SBP disappointed to meet PH basketball stakeholders as FIBA ​​World Cup looms

SBP President Al Panlilio calls on basketball players like the PBA, UAAP and NCAA to sacrifice and align their schedule with Gilas Pilipinas’ schedule ahead of the FIBA ​​World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Disappointed by Gilas Pilipinas’ early exit from the FIBA ​​Asia Cup, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) held a meeting with the country’s basketball stakeholders on August 1 with the aim of forming the best possible squad for the FIBA ​​World Cup next year.

Gilas finished ninth in the continental showpiece after a 102-81 loss to Japan in their knockout round, marking the first time in 15 years the side have missed the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

The loss follows a dismaying campaign at the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, where the team failed to win a 14th consecutive gold medal after a shocking loss to Indonesia.

In a statement, SBP Chairman Al Panlilio called on basketball players such as the PBA, UAAP and NCAA to sacrifice and align their schedule with the Gilas schedule as the Cup approaches. of the world, which the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia co-host.

Panlilio said the lack of training time and availability of players needs to be addressed, with the national team taking part in a series of international tournaments before the showpiece of world basketball takes place in August this year. next.

“We really need to give him the full support of all basketball stakeholders,” Panlilio said.

Gilas will play three more windows at the FIBA ​​World Cup Asian Qualifiers in August, November and February before attempting to reclaim his throne at the SEA Games in Cambodia in May.

Expecting a better performance, the SBP said Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson will “likely” play in the fourth Asian qualifying window, where he will be supported by PBA players from teams eliminated in the Champions League. Philippines in progress.

The Philippine Cup final kicks off on August 21, just in time before the Philippines take on Lebanon on August 25 and Saudi Arabia on August 29.

As for hiring the services of national team stars playing in foreign leagues like Japan and Korea, Panlilio said the federation will work with FIBA ​​to get their clearance.

Big man Kai Sotto is also being watched by the SBP to see action in upcoming tournaments.

“The time for leagues to sacrifice and adjust schedules thinking about Gilas is now because the World Cup is only a year away,” Panlilio said. – Rappler.com

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