Gilas eyes Fajardo, Thompson, Perez in next window of FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup qualifiers

Luisa Morales –

September 15, 2022 | 9:47

MANILA, Philippines — The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking to bring in the services of PBA stars, headlined by MVPs June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra, in the next window FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers in November.

Although likely to coincide with the PBA season, the SBP said it had “reached an agreement” with SMB, Ginebra and TNT Tropang Giga to have their players available in qualifying.

Six-time PBA MVP Fajardo last played for the Philippines at the 2019 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup in China. He missed the previous qualifying window as he was still taking part in the PBA Philippine Cup where they became champions.

Meanwhile, Thompson, who won gold with Gilas at the 2019 SEA Games under Tim Cone, played in the final qualifying window with NBA star Jordan Clarkson where the Nationals shared assignments against Lebanon and Russia. ‘Saudi Arabia.

Also in the SBP fold is new PBA champion and two-time scoring champion CJ Perez.

Other players looking to bolster the national team include Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar and Arvin Tolentino, as well as TNT stars RR Pogoy and Poy Erram.

Joining these PBA stars will be available players from the Japan B. League and “several other players” from the UAAP and national team training pool.

The SBP will announce the rest of the pool members once their availability is confirmed, the federation said in a statement emailed to media on Thursday.

The Philippines will face Jordan and Saudi Arabia on November 10 and 13, respectively, in away matches for the fifth window of the qualifiers.

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