MANILA, Philippines – Injured Reyes plans to tap UAAP and NCAA players for the composition of the Giles Philippines at the upcoming FIBA tournament in July.
After finishing silver at the 31st Southeast Asian Games, the coach of the Philippine men’s basketball team spoke on Play It Right TV about his plans for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers and FIBA Asia Cup 2022 in July.
Reyes said PBA players will not be available for the national team’s busy July due to the 47th season of the Philippine Cup, which starts on 5 June.
“Our plan is that it will be made up mostly of UAAP and NCAA players because the PBA will be running at that time,” Reyes told Quinito Henson and Diane Castilejo.
Giles Philippines coach UAAP named Rookie of the Year and champion Carl Tamayo and James Spencer of the University of the Philippines, Atenio SJ Belenzel and Japan B-League-goer Justin Baltzer as the players he wants for the FIBA event. And the benefit of international exposure.
“At the same time, we wanted to have the opportunity to express ourselves to the likes of Carl Tamayo, SJ Belenzel, Dave Ildefenso, and even James Spencer, Justin Baltzer of UP,” he said. “We really want to be able to open them up to high-level Asian competition. This is going to prepare them for the 2023 World Cup. That is the plan. “
Also available are multi-title PBA coaches Bird Dwight Ramos, Kifer and Thirty Ravenna and Francis Lopez.
The Philippines will face India on July 1 and New Zealand in Auckland on July 3 before competing in the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Reyes acknowledged his “huge frustration” with their loss to Indonesia, which ended their reign at the SEA Games, but said he knew he had to “face the consequences and learn from the experience and move on.”
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