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Thirdy, young Gilas impress Cone: ‘Future looks bright’

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:37 PM February 24, 2020
Gilas Pilipinas 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers

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MANILA, Philippines — The youthful Philippine team made quite a first impression on Sunday when it whipped Indonesia in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Jakarta.

Gilas Pilipinas opened its campaign with a 100-70 rout—a rousing debut that even left former national team head coach Tim Cone raving about the “future” of the country’s basketball program.

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“Great win for Gilas!! Impressive. Young guns really carried the fight. Wow, Thirdy!! Well played, well-coached. Hats off!” Cone wrote on Twitter Monday, referring to Thirdy Ravena, who led the team against Indonesia.

“Future looks bright for Gilas!” Cone, who guided Gilas to a gold medal finish in the Southeast Asian Games two months ago, added in a separate tweet.

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The 23-year-old Ravena, one of three amateurs on the team, starred with team-bests of 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

The squad, coached by Kiwi-Australian Mark Dickel, featured five players aged 23 or younger including 20-year-old Juan Gomez De Liaño.

Four more hit double-digit scoring with Roger Pogoy tallying 16 points, CJ Perez adding 11 while skipper Kiefer Ravena and De Liaño chipped in 10 apiece.

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