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Gilas Pilipinas to field 11-man lineup for next FIBA World Cup qualifying window

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas Pilipinas to field 11-man lineup for next FIBA World Cup qualifying window

MAIN MAN. Dwight Ramos is expected to carry the scoring load in the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

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Gilas Pilipinas opts to stick to the squad it sent to Korea for the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – Only 11 players will see action for Gilas Pilipinas when it resumes its FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers campaign in the third window later this June.

Named team captain, veteran guard Kiefer Ravena headlines the young crew as the national team opted to stick to the squad it sent to Korea for a pair of tuneup games against the Philippines’ continental rivals.

Also retained from the Korea lineup are Dwight Ramos, RJ Abarrientos, SJ Belangel, Rhenz Abando, Carl Tamayo, Francis Lopez, William Navarro, Kevin Quiambao, and Geo Chiu.

Coming off an ankle injury, Dave Ildefonso completes the roster as Gilas Pilipinas decided to go with just 11 players, with naturalized big man Angelo Kouame still nursing a knee injury.

Ildefonso and Kouame were supposed to play against Korea but stayed put due to their injuries.

Holding a 1-1 card in Group A, Gilas Pilipinas aims for redemption as it tries to beat New Zealand in an away game on June 30.

The Philippines will then host India at the Mall of Asia Arena on July 3 to wrap up the third window. – 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.