The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has reached an agreement to send a delegation to the men’s basketball event in upcoming 18th Asian Games to be held in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.
This new development comes after the SBP, the Philippines’ governing body for basketball, announced their pull-out a few weeks ago, citing the timing and sanctions from the FIBA Disciplinary Panel resulting from the infamous incident that transpired during the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifier match the country hosted against the Australian Boomers.
Both parties agreed to revisit latest plans to send the core of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Rain or Shine, who willingly stepped up to the plate before the withdrawal was announced by the SBP.
The PBA then held their own press conference, claiming they were blindsighted by the announcement, and that the teams were willing to support by loaning players to the delegation.
The team will be coached by current NLEX Road Warriors tactician Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao, and his former deputy from Rain or Shine, Carlos ‘Caloy’ Garcia.
The Elasto Painters will be sending six players, five of whom were members of the national team at least once before: Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, James Yap, Chris Tiu. They will be joined by teammate Maverick Ahanmisi, and Gilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras.
Completing the team will be reinforcements from other PBA teams, namely Paul Lee (Magnolia), Christian Standhardinger (San Miguel), Don Trollano (Talk N Text), Asi Taulava (NLEX), Stanley Pringle (Global Port), and John Paul Erram (Blackwater).
The 18th Asian Games basketball games will be held at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 19 to September 1.
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