IN PHOTOS: Gilas Cadets practice for SEA Games competition

MANILA, Philippines - The Gilas Cadets line-up for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament held their final practice before departing for Singapore on Thursday, June 4, at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

Led by the tutelage of Head Coach Tab Baldwin and his coaching staff, the 12-man roster for the SEA Games and reserves of the team took part in different drills and scrimmages as the squad prepares to fight for gold in the international tournament. 

Team Captain Kiefer Ravena, naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit, and San Beda Red Lions starting point guard Baser Amer are just some of the names included on the roster.  

The Philippines is in Group A and begins its campaign on Wednesday, June 10 against Indonesia, followed by Malaysia the next day. The Philippines will wrap up the group stage on June 12 against Timor-Leste on June 12.

The Philippine men's team has won every gold medal since basketball debuted at the SEA Games in 1977, save for 1989 when Malaysia won the final.

UST's Kevin Ferrer (L) chases Mac Belo (R) of FEU. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

UST's Kevin Ferrer (L) chases Mac Belo (R) of FEU.

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Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag gives National University's Troy Rosario a shoulder rub as he calls out plays. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag gives National University's Troy Rosario a shoulder rub as he calls out plays.

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Mac Belo puts up a layup. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Mac Belo puts up a layup.

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Kiefer Ravena calls out a play next to Gilas coach Tab Baldwin. File photo by Czeasar Dancel

Kiefer Ravena calls out a play next to Gilas coach Tab Baldwin.

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Almond Vosotros (L) of De La Salle University and Thirdy Ravena (R) of Ateneo share a laugh. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Almond Vosotros (L) of De La Salle University and Thirdy Ravena (R) of Ateneo share a laugh.

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Troy Rosario throws down a dunk. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Troy Rosario throws down a dunk.

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Roger Pogoy (R) dribbles as Rosario (C) and Kiefer Ravena (L) defend. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Roger Pogoy (R) dribbles as Rosario (C) and Kiefer Ravena (L) defend.

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Thirdy Ravena (R) and older brother Kiefer (L) smile during practice. File photo by Czeasar Dancel

Thirdy Ravena (R) and older brother Kiefer (L) smile during practice.

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The Gilas Cadets wrap up practice. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

The Gilas Cadets wrap up practice.

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- Rappler.com