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SBP unveils 24-man Gilas pool vs Lebanon, Saudi Arabia

August 18, 2022 - Thursday 1:08 PM by GDM

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The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Wednesday unveiled its 24-man talent pool for the two Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying games later this month.

Leading the bunch is Utah Jazz Jordan Clarkson. Last week, several overseas campaigners were already identified by the national federation, namely Kai Sotto, Ray Parks Jr., Dwight Ramos, Kiefer Ravena, Thirdy Ravena, Francis Lopez, Roosevelt Adams, and varsity stars Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao.

The other half of the pool features stars from Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), like two-time World Cup veterans June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra.

(Photo courtesy: SBP/FB)

Also making the talent pool are reigning PBA Most Valuable Player Scottie Thompson (Ginebra), CJ Perez (SMB) Allein Maliksi (Meralco), Raymond Almazan (also Meralco), Kevin Alas (NLEX), Ian Sangalang (Magnolia) Jio Jalalon (Magnolia), and Robert Bolick (NorthPort). 

The PBA cast are Calvin Oftana of NLEX and Gilas newcomers Jamie Malonzo of NorthPort and Chris Newsome of Meralco.

The Nationals are playing Fiba Asia Cup winner Lebanon on Aug. 25 in Beirut and then host Saudi Arabia at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City four days later.

Gilas is currently 2-2 in the tournament and using the games to determine the players and prepare them for the World Cup here in August next year.

Sotto is expected to arrive Aug. 18, according to the national federation. While Clarkson is projected to plane in the next day.