Gilas 3×3 to begin training for OQT

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announces that preparation for the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will commence at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna starting next week.

“We are happy to tell everyone that our request was received favorably by the PBA for Joshua Munzon of TerraFirma, Alvin Pasaol of Meralco, Leonard Santillan of Rain or Shine, and CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa of San Miguel Beer to join the training bubble in Calamba, Laguna for the upcoming FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for May 26 to 30 in Graz, Austria,” said SBP President Al Panlilio.

“The SBP thanks Commissioner Willie Marcial, the PBA Board of Governors, and the mother teams of the five players for their support. All the players and coaches, led by SBP 3×3 Program Director Ronnie Magsanoc, have started the protocol necessary to enter the training bubble and they will start their practices next week.”

The Philippines will take on Qatar and Slovenia on May 26 and then the Dominican Republic and France on May 28 for the chance to grab one of three spots for the Tokyo Olympics.

Also joining the training bubble is 2012 PBA Draftee Karl Dehesa who last saw action for Phoenix in the PBA. Dehesa and Santillan will be the two reserves of the squad.

“We believe that the Philippines will have a competitive team in Austria,” added Panlilio. “It’s a big challenge to upset teams ranked in the Top 10 of 3×3 in Slovenia and France but we have a good combination of skill, speed, size, and strength to give them a run for their money. We may be ranked ahead of Qatar and the Dominican Republic but we can’t count them out either. It’s good to get this chance to prepare so our players can get back into game shape and develop chemistry.”