Gilas Pilipinas Boosted as Standhardinger and 9 Other PBA Players Join SEAG Camp
After the FIBA World Cup draw, the Gilas Pilipinas team shifted its focus to the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. The team will embark on a redemption mission starting May 9 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Christian Standhardinger, named the Best Player in the recent PBA Governors’ Cup, will lead ten PBA players who have made themselves available for the Gilas’ camp at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
The other players joining Standhardinger are CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross from San Miguel Beer, Calvin Oftana from TNT, Chris Newsome and Aaron Black from Meralco, Jeremiah Gray from Barangay Ginebra, Brandon Ganuelas Rosser from NLEX, and Arvin Tolentino from NorthPort. The team also includes resident Ginebra import and now Gilas naturalized player Justine Brownlee, Mason Amos, Jerom Lastimosa, and Michael and Ben Phillips.
However, some of the team’s aces, such as June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Jamie Malonzo, Mikey Williams, and Scottie Thompson, are currently out of stock. It remains to be seen if anyone else will join the pool. Gilas will submit the final 12-man lineup for the Cambodia joust during the technical committee meeting on May 7.
Regardless of who makes the final cut, coach Chot Reyes has vowed to go out there and fight to reclaim the crown they lost in Hanoi last year. At the same time, Reyes is not taking anything for granted, noting that a rule allows unlimited naturalized imports with passports.
The Gilas Redeem Team will begin its SEAG campaign on May 9 with a Pool A opening match against Malaysia. The Nationals will be looking for a flying start in the 1 p.m. match at the Morodok Techo National Stadium Elephant Hall 2 in Cambodia, as they also mark their first SEAG appearance since suffering a shocking 85-81 loss to Indonesia in the virtual battle for the gold last year in Vietnam.
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