Guiao has more or less figured out Gilas 12 and lineup to be revealed soon

Paul Lintag on Nov 27, 2018 07:53 PM
Guiao has more or less figured out Gilas 12
At least for the first home game against Kazakhstan, five will be cut from the list that has June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, Poy Erram, Stanley Pringle, Matthew Wright, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.

National team head coach Yeng Guiao will take his sweet time before naming his final Gilas lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

For the new window starting Nov. 30 against Kazakhstan. Guiao had 20 players to choose from in a pool largely considered as perhaps the "Best Philippine team ever" assembled.

That number is now down to 19 with Ian Sangalang begging off due to nagging injuries and the next time that number is trimmed again, it's straight to 12.

At least for the first home game against Kazakhstan, five will be cut from the list that has June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, Poy Erram, Stanley Pringle, Matthew Wright, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.

Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario are only eligible to play for the next game against Iran on Dec. 3 while in the case of Standhardinger and Pringle, the two of them can't play together so one of them is a guaranteed cut for each game.

"Baka diretso na kami sa dose," Guiao said on the cuts he has to make for the national team.

"Siguro sa Wednesday or Thursday, diretso na yan sa dose. Meron na kaming idea pero di niyo pa malalaman kung sino," he added.

In the 12 spots he has to fill for Gilas, coach Yeng says he and his staff has about half figured out.

The recent series of tune-up games against Jordan and Lebanon has strengthened his belief on who should be on the team but as for the final announcement, that will come soon enough.

"More or less may idea na kami, unti-unti nang nabubuo at nakikita na namin," Guiao said.

"The tune-up games were a big factor in choosing the players," he added.

 


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