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Paras, De Liaños in for Gilas Pilipinas in first clash vs Thailand

Kobe Paras banners Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup against Thailand in the first of their two encounters in the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, November 27.

Paras will be joined by his UP teammates Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño and Gilas Pilipinas special draftees Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, and Matt and Mike Nieto.

Ateneo stalwarts Dwight Ramos, Dave Ildefonso, and Will Navarro bolster the team to be coached by Jong Uichico.

Completing the squad are new additions Justine Baltazar of La Salle and Kemark Cariño of San Beda.

Go, Ramos, Matt Nieto, and Juan Gomez de Liaño already know what to expect from the qualifiers after seeing action in the first window where the Philippines handed Indonesia a 30-point beating.

Calvin Oftana, Jaydee Tungcab, and Allyn Bulanadi did not make the cut.

The trio, though, could possibly suit up in the second game.

Gilas Pilipinas carries a 1-0 record in Group A, while Thailand has a 0-1 slate. – with reports from Martin Mendoza/Rappler.com

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.

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