Arizona State’s Arnecia Hawkins headlines the 12-woman roster, along with UCLA’s Kelli Hayes, George Washington University’s Meilyn Bautista, and Sacramento State’s Gabi Bade as head coach Patrick Aquino fortified his team with sharpshooters.
“Nagkausap na kami ni Coach Yeng (Guiao) and then even yung (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas), at tsaka boss (Manny V. Pangilinan) and then buong coaching staff, alam na yung situation ko. Sabi ko I want to focus muna sa family ko kasi almost seven years na non-stop basketball,” – Jayson Castro #FIBA #GilasPilipinas
“We’re just going to finalize his status. He has personal priorities so we will finalize that within the week if he’s going to be staying with the team or taking a break,” – Yeng Guiao
Gilas Pilipinas men was drawn in the same group with Asian arch-nemesis Korea and Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand and Indonesia in the draw for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. #FIBA
Jimmy Alapag of the Philippines has been chosen to assist at the Official Draw of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers set to take place at the Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru in Bengaluru, India on June 8. #FIBA
Gilas Pilipinas is facing tall odds at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, sorely lacking in size. Andray Blatche passed for safety reasons while June Mar Fajardo is nursing an injury.