Five "rookies" make up Gilas 12 for SEABA championships

Paul Lintag on Apr 28, 2017 10:17 PM
National team head coach Chot Reyes is taking a loaded Gilas Pilipinas to the 2017 SEABA Championships.

LUCENA CITY --- The final lineup of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2017 SEABA Championships is set.

National team head coach Chot Reyes bared the 12 men set to represent the country Friday night at the Quezon Convention Center here, right after Gilas beat the Luzon All-Stars in the second leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star festivities.

Usual suspects like Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo banner the team while Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo also return to reinforce the Philippine squad.

Japeth Aguilar is also in together with Troy Rosario. First-timers Raymond Almazan, Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Allein Maliksi complete the local crew.

Naturalized center Andray Blatche, set to arrive in the country early next week, is the final member of the team.

Gilas Pilipinas will compete in the regional tournament hosted by Manila on May 12-18 with one spot to the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup later this year up for grabs.

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