MANILA, Philippines – Height is might for Batang Gilas as 7-foot-1 phenom Kai Sotto heads the Philippine lineup set to compete in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup starting this weekend in Argentina.
Joining the 7-foot-1 Sotto in the tallest Batang Gilas squad assembled yet are 6-foot-7 combo forward Carl Tamayo of the National University Bullpups, 6-foot-7 Raven Cortez of the La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, and the 6-foot-8 Ateneo bruiser Geo Chiu.
Gilas captain Forthsky Padrigao leads the guard lineup along with Terrence Fortea, RC Calimag, Yukien Andrada, Joshua Lazaro, Mclaude Guadaña, Gerry Abadiano and Migs Pascual.
The Philippines is bracketed in Group D with Croatia, France and host Argentina.
The Nationals will play their first game against Croatia on July 1, 4:30 am (Manila time).
Batang Gilas advanced to the world stage after reaching the semifinal round of the 2018 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship last April behind Sotto. (READ: Kai Sotto leads FIBA Asia U16 in 3 departments).
The Ateneo high school standout expects a tougher time in the world stage, but believes Batang Gilas prepared well for the tournament. (READ: Kai Sotto braces for tough World Cup grind)
Other members of the pool are Bismarck Lina, Rafael Go, King Balaga, and Jorick Bautista. – Rappler.com