PBA agrees to release Gilas members to RP Team
TAIPEI – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa announced on Tuesday that all the PBA teams have agreed to release Gilas pool members to the national team that will vie in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon on Aug. 8-20.
This means coach Chot Reyes will have at his disposal all the players he named to the 24-man Gilas team from which the Final 12 will come.
Recent SEABA campaigners June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy lead 19 PBA players in the 24-man roster.
Other PBA players in the list are Gabe Norwood, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Chris Tolomia and Carl Bryan Cruz.
Naturalized player Andray Blatche, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, and Kobe Paras complete the list.
The release of the PBA players to the Gilas pool will be in accordance with the memorandum of agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas – 30 days before the tourney among the Gilas cadets and 15 days among the PBA veterans.
Narvasa said they will try to find a way to settle the conflict of the PBA Governors Cup schedule with that of the Asia Cup.
“It always affects the PBA whenever there is a change in (FIBA) schedule. We’ll discuss it with (SBP president) Al Panlilio and coach Chot Reyes,” said Narvasa.
The PBA has made the necessary adjustments in its 2017-18 season to give way to the numerous window periods of the FIBA Asia world qualifiers.
One adjustment is the season opener set in December.
“No specific date yet. We want to know the exact dates of the FIBA games first,” said Narvasa.(PBA)
With the imports’ stints still on hold pending the release of their ITCs (International Transfer Certificate), the locals continued to take the spotlight with Elaine Kasilag, Jeanette Panaga and Myla Pablo spearheading the Lady Warriors’ attack against the Lady Spikers, who struggled with their service reception and fell to a tie with their tormentors.
Jeff Chan’s take-charge mentality was evident on Holy Wednesday when defending champion Rain or Shine registered a grind-out 96-94 come-from-behind win over Phoenix.
With his team down by as many as 17 points, Chan willed Rain or Shine back to life with baskets from inside and outside, the last, a three-point play off Mark Borboran with 7.7 seconds to go to push the Elasto Painters ahead for good, 95-94.
The left-handed sniper from Bacolod finished with 24 points, 12 coming inside the final six minutes as Rain or Shine snapped a two-game skid to improve to 4-2 overall.
The 34-year-old Chan’s hot-shooting performance earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of April 10-16, besting a tough host of candidates led by San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross, Meralco big man Kelly Nabong and wingman Jared Dillinger and GlobalPort Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle.
Rain or Shine took a long break during the Holy Week but is expected to go all-out in practice as the Elasto Painters gear up for their much-awaited clash with unbeaten San Miguel Beer (3-0) on April 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena. (pr)
Meanwhile, former national champion Rupert Zaragosa groped with a 75 but still led the Special Division (18-and-above), two clear of Dan Cruz, who had a 77, while Lizbeth Alcantara seized control in the girls’ side with an 83, seven shots clear off Annika Guangko, who skied to 90.