PBA allows release of players to Gilas Pilipinas for FIBA-Asia Cup
Paul Lintag on Jul 18, 2017 02:43 PM
The PBA has agreed to release the 19 players part of the 24-man Gilas pool for the continental championships, giving Chot Reyes the luxury to build the best team possible for the August 8-20 tournament in Lebanon.
Gilas Pilipinas will be in full force for the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup... if national team head coach Chot Reyes chooses to actually to do so.
The PBA has agreed to release the 19 players part of the 24-man Gilas pool for the continental championships, giving Reyes the luxury to build the best team possible for the August 8-20 tournament in Lebanon.
In a report released by the league on Tuesday, Commissioner Chito Narvasa has allowed to lend the players for the national team even as the season-ending Governors' Cup officially opens on July 19 at the Big Dome.
The 19 active PBA players part of the pool are June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, Gabe Norwood, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Kevin Ferrer, Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, and Carl Bryan Cruz.
Naturalized center Andray Blatche, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks, and Kobe Paras complete the lineup.
"It always affects the PBA whenever there is a change in [FIBA] schedule. We'll discuss with [SBP president] Al Panlilio and coach Chot Reyes," Narvasa said per the report.
Although the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup has nothing on the qualification of the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines would most definitely like to improve upon its silver medal finish from 2013 and 2015.
The FIBA World Cup qualifiers is set to also affect the new PBA season, prompting the league to consider moving its next opening to December compared to the usual November date to give way to Gilas Pilipinas.
"No specific dates yet. We want to know the exact dates of the FIBA games first," Narvasa said.
Gilas is currently in Taiwan competing for the Jones Cup where the Philippines is the defending champion.
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