The Indonesian Men’s and Philippine Women’s National Teams will be participating in the 2019 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, as part of their preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games and FIBA Asia Cup.
Timnas Indonesia will face off against formidable representatives from Iran, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, and two teams from hosts Chinese Taipei. There will also be squads from Canada (University of British Columbia) and the Philippines (Mighty Sports), albeit non-national teams.
Reigning Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) MVP Kaleb Ramot Gemilang, Arif Hidayat, and Juan Laurent Kokodiputra will lead the new-look Timnas squad that will feature plenty of new faces like Wendha Wijaya, Widyanta Putra Teja, Mei Joni, M. Hardian Wicaksono, M. Arighi, Indra Muhammad, Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro, Tri Hartanto, Kelvin Sanjaya, and will be reinforced by foreign player CJ Giles.
Meanwhile, ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) 2018 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Alab Pilipinas forward Renaldo Balkman will banner Mighty Sports-Philippines’ five imports as he is joined by McKenzie Moore, Eugene Phelps, Hamady Ndiaye and Zach Graham.
Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup MVP Gab Banal, Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Aaron Black, Mikey Williams, and Angelo Wongchuking complete the Philippine representatives.
On the other hand, the Women’s division will be held between July 24-28, after the Men’s tournament wraps up.
Bannered by Filipino-Americans Kelli Casey Hayes, Arnecia Hawkins, Mei-lyn Bautista, and Elisha Gabrielle Bade, the Philippines Women’s Team will have a daunting task ahead of them as they are set to battle Chinese-Taipei’s Blue and White squads, the New Zealand Tall Ferns, Mitsubishi Electric Koalas (Japan), and Korea National Bank KB Stars (South Korea).
National Team mainstays Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro, France Mae Cabinbin, Camille Claro, Danica Therese Jose, Gemma Miranda, and Janine Pontejos return to don the blue and white.
Indonesia and Philippines’ Men’s Tournament Schedule:
July 12 – Philippines v Iran (15:00)
July 13 – Philippines v Jordan (13:00)
July 13 – Indonesia v Canada (15:00)
July 14 – Indonesia v Jordan (13:00)
July 14 – Philippines v Japan (15:00)
July 15 – Indonesia v South Korea (13:00)
July 16 – Indonesia v Japan (15:00)
July 16 – Philippines v South Korea (17:00)
July 18 – Indonesia v Chinese Taipei A (19:00)
July 19 – Philippines v Indonesia (15:00)
July 20 – Indonesia v Chinese Taipei B (13:00)
July 20 – Philippines v Chinese Taipei A (19:00)
July 21 – Indonesia v Iran (13:00)
July 21 – Philippines v Chinese Taipei B (17:00)
Philippines’ Women’s Tournament Schedule:
July 24 – Philippines v New Zealand (14:00)
July 25 – Philippines v Japan (16:00)
July 26 – Philippines v Chinese Taipei Blue (15:00)
July 27 – Philippines v Korea (16:00)
July 28 – Philippines v Chinese Taipei White (16:00)
All teams in each division are set to face each other in round-robin format, in which the team with the best record is declared the winner of the tournament.
The 2019 William Jones Cup games will be held at the Changhua County Gymnasium between July 12-16, before moving the events to the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City until its conclusion on the 28th.
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