Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Team will be heading back to their bubble training in Calamba, Laguna to continue their preparations for upcoming FIBA competitions on Monday, April 26.
“The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas heeded the instructions of the Philippine Sports Commission when they asked all national athletes to halt their training during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. When the IATF announced that they will be lifting those limitations, we immediately worked on getting the team back together,” said President Al Panlilio. “Of course there were protocols that we had to complete including the testing for all the members of the pool but the team’s ready to go back to work.”
Joining the bubble training are 2019 PBA Rookie Draft selections Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Isaac Go, and Rey Suerte along with this year’s picks in Jordan Heading, William Navarro, Tzaddy Rangel, and JD Tungcab.
Also being invited back are Kemark Carino, Javi Gomez de Liano, Dave Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, RJ Abarrientos, Carl Tamayo, Justine Baltazar, Jason Credo, Geo Chiu, Lebron Lopez, and naturalization candidate Ange Koame. Dwight Ramos will also be joining the training camp although he is still in the United States.
The training bubble will be in preparation for two FIBA tournaments in the coming weeks. Gilas Pilipinas will be taking on Indonesia and South Korea twice at the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on June 16 to 20 in Clark, Pampanga.
The squad will then travel to Belgrade, Serbia from June 29 to July 4 to take on the host team and the Dominican Republic at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Team Program Director Tab Baldwin will be alongside coaches Jong Uichico, Sandy Arespacochaga, Boyet Fernandez, Caloy Garcia, Alton Lister, Sandro Soriano, and trainer Dex Aseron.
“We appreciate everyone’s eagerness to rejoin the bubble and we’re hopeful that the team will get to pick up where they left things off before they broke camp,” added Panlilio. “The FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the OQT are fast approaching and, although the postponements have been tough on everyone, we remain confident that this training pool will put in the work necessary to perform at their best.”