Gilas Pilipinas has come a long way since they started off and are expected to mark their place in the FIBA Asia 2015.
As per FIBA.com, though they began a bit late in preparing for the tournament, they have gained great experience in battling teams like Estonia, Iceland and Netherlands and have been improving with each game. The site also mentions their significant strategies and wonderful skills displayed during the Jones Cup and the MVP Cup respectively.
The FIBA Asia Championship to be held in China demands extreme skills and persistence as it serves a qualifying ground for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Just days before FIBA Asia, the Philippine team was transported to Cebu City from Manila by head coach Tab Baldwin in order that they practice more effectively in a convenient atmosphere.
The team can boast of Andray Blatche an American naturalized Filipino citizen who plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers along with the national team as a power forward/Center. Blatche has proven to be one of the biggest assets to the team and played a key role in games against Greece, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Croatia. The first victory of Pilipinas in the 2014 World Cup after 40 years against Senegal also had Blatche to take most of the credit.
Andray controls the pace and shooting along with Ranidel Ocampo, Marc Pingris and Asi Taulava. Other remarkable players in the team include 2015 Jones Cup Mythical Five member Jayson Castro, as well as Gabe Norwood and Terrence Romeo who make it a perfectly balanced team, completing the requirement of size, shooting skills and speed.
Here is the complete schedule of Gilas Pilipinas for FIBA Asia 2015 Preliminary Round:
September 23, 2015 (Wednesday)
Gilas Philippines vs Palestine – 11:45 am (PH time)
September 24, 2015 (Thursday)
Gilas Philippines vs Hong Kong – 9:30 am (PH time)
September 25, 2015 (Friday)
Gilas Philippines vs Kuwait – 4:45 pm (PH time)
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