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.
“I think there’s a bigger chance to beat Italy than Serbia. Italy has two NBA players, (Marco) Belinelli who is a bit older and (Danilo) Gallinari, but they have some Euroleague players as well. But if I see some chance, that’s definitely Italy,” said Toroman via ESPN5.
Going up against their fellow FIBA Asia counterparts, the Philippines surrendered a double-digit cushion right after the opening period and was unable to recover from there.
“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
According to a statement released by EastWest Private, a United States-based sports and entertainment management company, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) assisted Sotto and his family so they could make the trip back home. #GilasPilipinas
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
Led by mainstays Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam, the squad mentored by Patrick Aquino will look to maintain the country’s status as a Level I team in the continental showdown. #PerlasPilipinas
“I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022,” – Kai Sotto #FIBA #NBA #GilasPilipinas