Gilas Pilipinas tweaks lineup vs Australia in World Cup Qualifiers

Delfin Dioquino
Baser Amer and Carl Bryan Cruz replace Jio Jalalon and Allein Maliksi against the Aussies

NUMBER ONE. Gilas Pilipinas is vying for the top spot in Group B as it meets Australia. Photo from FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas shook things up a little bit in its lineup for its looming clash against Australia in the 3rd window of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

In a report by ESPN5’s JC Ancis, Baser Amer and Carl Bryan Cruz, who did not play in the Filipinos’ 93-71 demolition of Chinese Taipei on Friday, June 29, will suit up for the national team against the Aussies on Monday, July 2. 

The two young cogs replace Jio Jalalon and Allein Maliksi, who were part of the 12-man squad against the Taiwanese but barely played. 

Completing Gilas’ roster against the Boomers are Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. 

The Philippines and Australia, which are tied at the top of Group B with identical 4-1 cards, will be vying for solo first place heading into the second round of the Qualifiers when they meet at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.