Philippine basketball

Malonzo, Newsome near Gilas Pilipinas debuts as part of 13-man squad for Lebanon clash

Delfin Dioquino
Malonzo, Newsome near Gilas Pilipinas debuts as part of 13-man squad for Lebanon clash

INCHING CLOSER. Filipino-Americans Jamie Malonzo and Chris Newsome are now classified as locals by FIBA.

PBA Images

Jamie Malonzo and Chris Newsome crack the 13-man Gilas Pilipinas squad that is bannered by NBA player Jordan Clarkson and big man Kai Sotto

MANILA, Philippines – Jamie Malonzo, Chris Newsome, and Roosevelt Adams inched closer to their Gilas Pilipinas debuts.

Now classified by FIBA as locals, the three Filipino-Americans cracked the 13-man national team pool for the Lebanon match in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on August 25.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios on Monday, August 22, announced the squad that is bannered by NBA player Jordan Clarkson and big man Kai Sotto.

PBA stars Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Calvin Oftana return to Gilas Pilipinas duty, while national team mainstays Dwight Ramos, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, and Ray Parks from the Japan B. League remain.

Completing the roster is UP stalwart Carl Tamayo, the only amateur player on the squad.

According to Barrios, the final 12-man lineup will be submitted a day before the Lebanon clash.

The Nationals will fly to Beirut at midnight on Tuesday. – Rappler.com

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

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.