PBA Supporting Gilas Program

PBA's Ongoing Support for Gilas Program 2023

Even after the conclusion of the FIBA World Cup, the PBA remains committed to providing unwavering assistance to the national men’s basketball team.

The league has affirmed its dedication to backing Gilas Pilipinas in its upcoming campaign at the Asian Games next month and, in the fortunate event of qualification, for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In line with this commitment, the PBA has significantly adjusted its Season 48 calendar. The league postponed the start of the season to mid-October, allowing ample space for the country’s participation in the World Cup and the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.

Commissioner Willie Marcial reiterated, “We continue to support Gilas. Whatever the national team requires, we address.”

Marcial has not yet engaged in discussions with national coach Chot Reyes regarding the composition of the Gilas pool for the Asian Games. He said, “I don’t know which players he will use for the Asian Games, whether it will be the same Gilas roster from the World Cup or a new one. There’s no information yet, but whatever Coach Chot needs, the PBA will assist.”

Currently, the only confirmed player for the national team in the Asian Games is naturalized player Justin Brownlee. The group aims to improve upon its fifth-place finish in the 2018 edition in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a strong performance in Hangzhou.

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While Gilas’ primary objective in the World Cup from August 25 to September 10 is to advance to the next round, securing the top position among Asian countries would ensure a direct entry to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

If this milestone is achieved, the PBA is eager to extend its support. Marcial expressed, “I believe the board will agree; we supported the World Cup, and if we make it to the Olympics, we’ll support the national team. It’s the dream of every Filipino to be part of the Olympics.”

The Philippines has yet to participate in the Olympics since the 1972 Munich Games.

SBP's Acknowledgment of PBA and UAAP Support for Gilas in SEA Games

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has recognized the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) for their significant contributions in lending players to Gilas Pilipinas during the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.

SBP President Al Panlilio credited both leagues for their instrumental role in helping the Philippines reclaim the SEA Games gold in Cambodia following a loss in the previous edition in Vietnam.

Panlilio conveyed his gratitude, saying, “On behalf of the SBP, I would like to extend my thanks to the UAAP, the PBA, team owners, and the Board of Governors for permitting their players to be part of the victorious Gilas Team that secured the Gold Medal after a hard-fought match against the host nation.”

He further emphasized that the competitive nature of these leagues was pivotal in enabling Gilas to overcome the challenges faced in Cambodia.

Key PBA players participating in the SEA Games included Justin Brownlee, Jaymar Perez, Christian Standhardinger, Chris Ross, Calvin Oftana, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Marcio Lassiter, Arvin Tolentino, and Chris Newsome.

Panlilio also highlighted the role of institutions like the UAAP, stating that the success of Gilas Pilipinas depended on the individual programs of these partner organizations. He expressed gratitude for the skills, competitiveness, and national pride the UAAP and its member schools instilled in student-athletes.

Several UAAP collegiate players, such as Jerome Lastimosa from Adamson, Mason Amos from Ateneo, and Michael and Ben Phillips from La Salle, were integral to Gilas’ victory in the SEA Games.

As Gilas Pilipinas embarks on preparations for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, hosted by the Philippines in August, Panlilio is counting on the continued support of the PBA and UAAP. He appealed for unity among all basketball stakeholders in bolstering the national team’s performance on the international stage.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the collaboration between the PBA, UAAP, and other basketball stakeholders plays a crucial role in the success of Gilas Pilipinas on the global basketball stage. With their unwavering support, the national team is poised to make significant strides and achieve new heights in international competitions.

Related news: Jordan Clarkson to Join Gilas Pilipinas.

FAQs

The PBA is fully committed to supporting Gilas Pilipinas in various international events beyond the FIBA World Cup.

The PBA moved Season 48’s start to mid-October to accommodate Gilas’ participation in the World Cup and Asian Games.

No, the roster hasn’t been confirmed. Discussions with Coach Chot Reyes are pending, but PBA will support the team.

PBA and UAAP lent players to Gilas for SEA Games, boosting competitiveness and success.

PBA’s critical players like Justin Brownlee, Jaymar Perez, and UAAP collegiate contributed to SEA Games win.

SBP appreciates PBA and UAAP’s vital roles in Gilas’ SEA Games victory.

PBA and UAAP’s support remains crucial as Gilas gears up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

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