01/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2020 03:56
MANILA (Philippines) - The Basketball Federation of the Philippines, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), have formally announced the 24-player national team pool for the upcoming first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.
The Philippines will be hosting Thailand at home on Thursday 20 February before visiting Indonesia on Sunday 23 February in this first window.
SBP has listed a group of promising prospects, while returning some key veterans to the fold. RR Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger, and Matthew Wright all saw action at FIBA Asia Cup 2017 and are among the most experienced players in the pool along with Marc Pingris.
(Marc Pingris, FIBA Asia Cup 2015)
Exciting younger names listed include CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena who had a stint with the national team at the World Cup, as well as Ray Parks, Dave Ildefonso, and Thirdy Ravena among others.
(Kiefer Ravena, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019)
Exciting times are up ahead for the Philippines as they start building up their young core for the future up ahead. These group of players will play a part in the Philippines' hopes of qualifying back to the Asia Cup in 2021 where they are 5-time winners in the history of the competition.
The Philippines are also heading in with momentum and confidence after recently beating both Thailand and Indonesia on their way to win the Men's Basketball SEA Games 2019 gold medal in December last year.