Heading, Chiu, Lopez make Gilas Pilipinas debut vs Indonesia
MANILA, Philippines—Three faces will be making their senior debuts for Gilas Pilipinas in its game against Indonesia in the third 2021 Fiba Asia Cup Qualifiers.
Jordan Heading, Geo Chiu, and Francis Lopez will play in their first game of the competition replacing Mike Nieto, Will Navarro, and Jaydee Tungcab.
Javi Gomez de Liaño, meanwhile, was reactivated for the Indonesia game replacing Will Navarro.
The small forward was initially left off the lineup but will return for the team following a DNP in Gilas’ game against South Korea.
Here's Gilas Pilipinas' updated final 12 roster for the game against Indonesia tomorrow, June 18 at 6PM.
— SBP (@officialSBPinc) June 17, 2021
Terrafirma’s selection in the Gilas Special Draft, Heading last played for the Philippines in the 2011 Fiba Asia U16 Championship.
Chiu, meanwhile, last represented the Philippines in the 2019 Fiba U19 World Cup while Lopez is on his first international stint.
South Korea hero SJ Belangel will return along with Angelo Kouame, captain Isaac Go, Dwight Ramos, Kai Sotto, Justine Baltazar, Carl Tamayo, and RJ Abarrientos.
The Philippines are already qualified for the Asia Cup and hold a 4-0 record atop Group A while Indonesia is at third at 1-3.