MANILA, Philippines – Japan B. League stalwarts Dwight Ramos and brothers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena committed to the Gilas Pilipinas team set to see action in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this November.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) confirmed the trio’s commitment as it released the list of pro and amateur players invited to join Gilas’ weekly training starting Monday, September 19, at the Meralco Gym.
UAAP standouts Angelo Kouame of Ateneo, Carl Tamayo of the University of the Philippines, and Kevin Quiambao were also tapped, the SBP said Sunday night, days after announcing that San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson will headline the national team pool.
Gilas Pilipinas will play in the next World Cup qualifiers in a pair of away games against Jordan (November 10) and Saudi Arabia (November 13).
Japeth Aguilar and Arvin Tolentino of Barangay Ginebra and Roger Pogoy and Poy Erram of TNT were also earlier named to the pool.
PBA players Chris Newsome, Kevin Alas, Calvin Oftana, and Jamie Malonzo are expected to attend Gilas’ regular practice, along with longtime pool members Francis Lopez, William Navarro, and Jordan Heading.
The Ravenas, Ramos, and Heading, though, won’t get to join the Gilas training yet as the Japan B. League kicks off in a couple of weeks.