FIBA: Countdown starts for final Gilas 12 against Indonesia

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Feb 15, 2020 10:00 PM
FIBA: Countdown starts for final Gilas 12 against Indonesia
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Gilas Pilipinas should be getting close to figuring out who will make its final 12-man lineup to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.

After another practice Saturday, interim head coach Mark Dickel says he and his staff are rounding out the first 15 players for the game against Indonesia next week.

"I'm sure we'll go back-and-forth with the coaches tonight on who the 15 are and then start talking about combinations who should start," Dickel said.

"I'm really trying to have an open mind about all the players here, let the team pick itself based on how they're performing. I didn't wanna come in here with preconceived ideas because then you don't give guys a real chance to force their way in," he added.

At the very latest, Gilas Pilipinas has until the eve of a game to form a 12-man lineup.

That gives the national team a full week to decide on the roster against Indonesia.

However, Dickel and his coaching staff will have to put together a list very soon which will be subject to approval by FIBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

"We haven't really thought too much on who's gonna make the 15 or the 12," Dickel said.

"Over the next couple of days we gotta release it to FIBA for clearance reasons," he added.

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