PBA board affirms support to Gilas

PBA board affirms support to Gilas

Gilas Pilipinas during the 2017 SEABA awarding ceremony at the Smart Araneta Coliseum | Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA board of governors reaffirmed its commitment to the basic terms of its memorandum of agreement with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas with regards the national team program in a meeting yesterday at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

The PBA and the SBP remained in one page in the objective to get Team Phl back in the FIBA World Cup in China in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The task of charting specific details for the formation and preparation of the new Gilas team is left on the hands of SBP president Al Panlilio, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and national coach Chot Reyes.

Among the details to be prepared by Panlilio, Narvasa and Reyes include the pool of players and the Gilas calendar of training and actual tournaments.

These, however, are subject to the approval of the PBA board.

“The next PBA board meeting in on June 29. So I’m looking forward to meeting with commissioner Chito and coach Chot soon,” said Panlilio.

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“I think the most crucial is the period of preparation (that the PBA can give the national pool),” Panlilio also said.

With all their constraints, Panlilio hinted at limiting Gilas Pilipinas’ sorties only to the most important FIBA events.

The FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut on August 8-20, the SEA Games in Malaysia also in August and the starting window periods of the Asian qualifier to the World Cup in November, February and June are among those set for Gilas Pilipinas.

Reyes also has to make a new pool in addition to the existing cadet pool made up of Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Chris Tolomia, Ed Daquioag, Von Pessumal, Arnold Van Opstal, Carl Bryan Cruz, Russell Escoto and Alfonso Gotladera.

Under the SBP-PBA MOA, Reyes is allowed to tap one extra player each from the 12 PBA teams.

But Terrence Romeo, Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey, all parts of the Gilas pool formed for the SEABA event, are now all together with GlobalPort.