PBA prepares to host Gilas Pilipinas as visitor group next tournament
IF plans press through, the Philippine national men’s basketball group could see action in the regional professional league followed season. Gilas Pilipinas’ participation in a routine Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) competition was among the topics talked about in an unique conference between officials of the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Monday.
League authorities stated the PBA is open to welcoming the nationwide team if Gilas has no scheduled competition.
The nationals could dress as early as the Philippine Cup, which is targeted to open in April.
As a visitor team, Gilas is to be bannered by the unique draft players selected for the national group in 2019, namely: Isaac Go (Terrafirma), Rey Suerte (Blackwater), Matt Nieto (NLEX), Allyn Bulanadi (Alaska), and Mike Nieto (Rain or Shine).
They are to be signed up with by the players selected in another unique Gilas draft this year, which was also gone over in the unique meeting.
The team might likewise be fortified by collegiate standouts, who need to get clearance from regulators first to be able to participate in the expert competition.
In enabling Gilas to get involved, the PBA wishes to assist the national group in their preparation for upcoming tournaments, consisting of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, where the Philippines is among the hosts.
As an added reward, Gilas is qualified to win a PBA title even if it is a visitor team.
Gilas’ involvement in the PBA is not the first time that such is occurring.
Back in the 1980s, the national group backed by Northern Consolidated Cement competed in the PBA and even won a title– the 1985 PBA Reinforced Conference.
The group, composed of the similarity future PBA stars Hector Calma, Samboy Lim, Yves Dignadice, and Allan Caidic, backstopped by naturalized players Jeff Moore and Dennis Still and coached by Ron Jacobs, swept Manila Beer (4-0) in the finals.
Early versions of Gilas Pilipinas likewise paraded their items in the PBA.
Meanwhile, the league said the SBP is considering 3 to five gamers during the special selection for Gilas throughout the league’s novice draft on March 14.
The SBP is anticipated to submit the names of players it wishes to tap from the rookie pool “within the week.” A total record of 97 players submitted their applications for the draft this year.
In another Gilas advancement, FIBA just recently launched the schedule for the moved third and last window of the Asia Cup Qualifiers this month.
Set to take place here in the nation till travel restrictions on inbound foreigners from nations with known cases of new coronavirus pressures thwarted it, Group A matches, where the Philippines plays, will now be played in Doha, Qatar.
Gilas (3-0) is to play three matches in the Doha window from Feb. 18 to 22.
It takes on with Korea (2-0) on Feb. 18 and 22 and Indonesia (1-2) on Feb. 20.
Thailand (0-4) is the other team in Group A.
All the games will be played behind closed doors to defend against the spread of the coronavirus.
Gilas is presently training in a “bubble” setup at the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Laguna.
The training swimming pool is made up of cadets and PBA gamers.
They are Gilas cadets Dwight Ramos, Justine Baltazar, Will Navarro, Calvin Oftana, Dave Ildefonso, Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano, and Kemark Cariño.
The professional players are Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario (TNT), Justine Chua (Phoenix Super LPG), CJ Perez (Terrafirma), Kiefer Ravena and Raul Soyud (NLEX).
Likewise part of the pool are unique Gilas draftees Go, Suerte and Matt and Mike Nieto.
National Basketball Association G League player Kai Sotto is to join the training pool as well.