SBP expect strong attendance for Gilas home games in FIBA Window 6
November 12, 2022 | 1:58 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines — With the Middle East-based Filipinos secured a limited number of seats to watch Gilas Pilipinas in the fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are eager to stage the matches. the busiest when the Filipino team will see action in front of the home crowd early next year.
Two home games in February will allow home fans to see Gilas up close when the Philippines host the final window of the Asian Qualifiers.
“February will be a big window for us. We welcome it and at the same time it is against Jordan and Lebanon. They are two quite interesting games for us. It is also a preparation for training for the World Cup. This is also the last window for the Qualifiers,” SBP chairman Al Panlilio said.
For the sixth window, Gilas hopes to bring in two-time top importer from the Philippine Basketball Association and five-time champion Justin Brownlee from Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as a naturalized player.
With just a few paperwork to complete, SBP officials are confident Brownlee can obtain Filipino naturalization in time for the February window.
“We are working on Brownlee. Hopefully we can bring him in for the sixth window. I know it’s a little tight, but we’re getting support from the Senate and Congress. We only have a few documents to submit. We followed on how to push them kasi November na,” Panlilio said.
The Philippines will face Lebanon on February 24 and then face Jordan on February 27.
When they last met in the fourth window on August 25, the Philippines lost to Lebanon, 85-81, in Beirut with NBA Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson on board.
Clarkson won’t be around when the Philippines rekindle their rivalry with this emerging powerhouse in the Asian region, but Gilas will be betting on the possibility of having Brownlee, the PBA’s beloved resident backup.
The Philippines beat Jordan, 74-66, just recently in Amman and are looking to wrap up their fifth window campaign with another win over Saudi Arabia, a team they beat soundly in the fourth window, 84- 46, at SM Mall of Asia. Arena.
After the sixth window, Gilas Pilipinas will train non-stop for three months and the PBA is doing everything to support the national team by providing all the players they need.
In fact, the league, through PBA President Ricky Vargas and Commissioner Willie Marcial, decided to shorten its season by forgoing a full conference to make way for Gilas’ prep.