Jones Cup veterans head 17-man Gilas-Pilipinas pool


Smart Gilas Pilipinas at the Senate.

A 17-man pool featuring players with international experience, size, speed and outside shooting was named by Gilas-Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes yesterday to handle the task of taking the Philippine back to the World Basketball Championship scene next year.

Together with naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit and 7-foot amateur standout Greg Slaughter, Reyes assembled a pool of 15 PBA pros led by seven members of Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text and Petron Blaze’s 6-foot-10 center June Mar Fajardo.

Most of those named in the pool all played under Reyes when the Philippines won the Jones Cup in August last year in Taipei, with MVP LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra leading the bunch.

Jason Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier, Ryan Reyes, Ranidel de Ocampo, Kelly Williams and Jared Dillinger of Talk ‘N Text, Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood, Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee, Sonny Thoss of Alaska, and Japeth Aguilar and Gary David of Globalport round out the pool.

“We made our decisions based on the needs (of the team),” Reyes told scribes at the league’s offices in Libis, Quezon City. “Everyone in that list has been informed and agreed to be part of the pool.

“Everybody said yes and that’s why we are excited,” he continued. “I think people are going to come in and give it their best.”

Gilas-Pilipinas will be gunning to finish at least third in the Fiba-Asia Qualifier in August in Manila to be able to go to the World’s proper in Madrid next year.

The Filipinos will be battling continental powers China, Iran, Lebanon, South Korea, Jordan and Qatar in the Fiba-Asia, and Reyes feels that he and his staff have addressed all of the Philippines’ weaknesses when ranged against those teams.

“The pool that we have answers the needs that we have identified earlier,” Reyes explained. “We need to be very versatile. We need to play up-tempo and go down low if we need to.”

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  • PCD_2012

    My suggestion is this:

    Gilas must get the service of retired NBA players, if possible one in every positions.  Get each player in each position – Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward and Center, the NBA players will train the Gilas players individually according to their positions.  Having a veteran and tested NBA players will hone their individual talents which they can’t learn inside our country. Cost of getting retired players is achievable now, many international teams are doing this already.

    Generally our players are poor in Transition, Rebounding and error-prone.  Good that they acquired the service of Aguilar, Fajardo and Slaughter, Douthit can now focus on his game as he already have a legit Power Forward playing alongside with him!

  • azkal futbol

    dream on — very small aspiration – 3rd place lang ang habol, para makakulelat sa mala-line up sa fiba… let pba entertain us but please, don’t waste time and effort to a cause where the shots will always be 10-is-to-1. i believe in miracle but such result will only happen once in a million – imagine in a million games against the best we can only get one. let’s build boxing and other realistically winnable sports and let us remove the baggages like miron and political officials.

  • McAlaglag

    Parang Olympic team picture.  Mas maraming officials kaysa players.  Kaya hindi tayo manalo, eh.  Ang gastos ng isang team pumupunta lang sa matatandang officers.  May kaunting budget naman pero mukhang kawawa athletes natin kumpara sa ibang bansa. 

  • Don Ryder

    Hay naku.  Bakit pa ba tayo nagpapadala ng mga basketball team sa ibang bansa e mga talunan naman ang mga all-star natin?  magagaling lang tayo dito sa Pilipinas at sa Southeast Asia — kasi wala namang hilig ang mga SEA na bansa sa basketball.  E nilalampaso nga tayo ng mga bansang mahilig sa baseball at football e — tulad ng Japan, Korea at China.  Nakatsamba tayo sa jones cup kasi meron tayong mga hugot at team B lang ang mga kalaban natin

    • Benjamin

      You’re out of your mind. Ang tournament ay dito sa Manila gagawin at kung ang Pinas ay aabot hanggang 3rd place, saka sila ipapadala para sa World Championship. Basahin mo munang maigi ang istorya at hindi iyong dakdak ka ng dakdak dahil wala kang alam. Uulitin ko, ito ay gagawin dito sa Pinas kaya mandatory na bumuo tayo ng team. Get your facts straight!

  • SolidBasketball

    bakit wala si James Yap at Mcgee?

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