FIBA Asia Cup

More PBA players, Juan Gomez de Liaño joining Gilas Pilipinas bubble

Delfin Dioquino
More PBA players, Juan Gomez de Liaño joining Gilas Pilipinas bubble

KEY PLAYER. Juan Gomez de Liaño has been a consistent contributor as Gilas Pilipinas remains unbeaten in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.

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Juan Gomez de Liaño and 3 more PBA players beef up Gilas Pilipinas' pool for the third and final window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Three more PBA players and Juan Gomez de Liaño are set to join Gilas Pilipinas in its training bubble in Calamba, Laguna on Friday, January 22.

Gomez de Liaño and PBA players Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, and Raul Soyud will arrive at the Inspire Sports Academy as the national team gears up for the third and final window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.

Soyud confirmed the news.

It is the first time for Soyud to be a part of the national team pool after he got a surprise call-up for showing vast improvement in the previous PBA season, where he got nominated for Most Improved Player.

Soyud will reunite with NLEX teammate Kiefer Ravena and team up with Terrafirma ace CJ Perez and Phoenix big man Justin Chua.

Pogoy and Rosario will play for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time since the first window of the qualifiers, where they contributed in a 30-point romp against Indonesia.

The two TNT players have been mainstays in the national team, representing the country in the last FIBA World Cup.

Gomez de Liaño, meanwhile, has played in all 3 games of the qualifiers and averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists as the Philippines topped Group A with a perfect 3-0 record.

Gilas Pilipinas will enjoy a homecourt advantage when it faces South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand in the third window, which will be staged in a bubble in Clark, Pampanga in February. – Rappler.com

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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.