Javi Gomez de Liaño has been given another chance to showcase his wares in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers as he cracked Gilas Pilipinas’ lineup for its duel against Indonesia on Friday, June 18.
Benched during the Philippines’ upset win over South Korea, Gomez de Liaño has been added to the 12-man crew that will face Indonesia, replacing William Navarro.
The national team initially left out Gomez de Liaño in its original lineup against Indonesia released on Tuesday, June 15.
Gomez de Liaño is averaging 14 points and 2.5 rebounds in the qualifiers.
Retained in the lineup were Kai Sotto, Angelo Kouame, Dwight Ramos, Isaac Go, SJ Belangel, Justine Baltazar, Carl Tamayo, RJ Abarrientos, Jordan Heading, LeBron Lopez, and Geo Chiu.
Heading, Lopez, and Chiu will all debut for the seniors squad.
The Philippines became the first team from Group A to clinch an Asia Cup berth as it remained undefeated in four games with an 81-78 shocker against Korea on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Indonesia is at third place in Group A with a 1-3 record after absorbing an 81-104 loss to Korea on Thursday. – Rappler.com