Gilas Pilipinas Journey to Paris Olympic FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers 2025

Gilas Pilipinas' Journey to Paris Olympic Qualification - FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers 2025

Gilas Pilipinas, under the mentorship of coach Tim Cone, is set to embark on a monumental journey toward Olympic qualification. With their sights firmly set on securing a spot in the prestigious event, the team is gearing up for the challenges ahead.

Coach Cone clarified that the path to the Olympics begins with the upcoming tasks in the first window of the 2025 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Addressing the media during a press conference organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Cone emphasized the significance of this initial step in their ambitious quest.

“Our primary objective is to secure a berth at the Olympics, whether in Paris this year or in Los Angeles four years down the line,” stated Cone, outlining the team’s overarching goal.

He outlined the strategic progression: qualification via the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) or emerging as the top Asian team in the FIBA World Cup. To achieve this, Gilas Pilipinas must first secure a spot in the FIBA Asia Cup—a crucial stepping stone in their journey.

Drawing from his experience of leading Gilas to the Asian Games gold medal, Cone revealed his meticulous four-year roadmap for the national team. Central to his plan is forming a cohesive unit, starting with selecting a permanent 12-man roster aimed at fostering chemistry through consistent competition.

Leading the charge for Gilas will be seasoned campaigners such as Justin Brownlee, June Mar Fajardo, Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo, Chris Newsome, CJ Perez, and Calvin Oftana. Additionally, Cone has injected youthful vigor into the lineup, with promising talents like Dwight Ramos, AJ Edu, Kai Sotto, Carl Tamayo, and Kevin Quiambao earning their spots.
Assuming the mantle of responsibility as the head coach of Gilas, Cone expressed his reverence for the legacy of the national team. Reflecting on his deep-rooted connection with Philippine basketball, he conveyed his excitement to be part of this storied journey.

Aware of the time constraints and the significance of every opportunity, Cone stressed the importance of purposeful action and meticulous planning in their pursuit of excellence.

As Gilas Pilipinas prepares to kick off its Olympic odyssey, they are poised to confront Hong Kong on the road before locking horns with Chinese Taipei at home. With determination in their hearts and unity in their ranks, the team is ready to embark on a thrilling journey towards Olympic glory.

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