Mix of PBA veterans, amateurs to make up SEA Games pool

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 05:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines will most likely be represented by a mixture of PBA veterans and amateur standouts in the basketball competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games this December.

This, according to officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) who want the SEA Games team to also develop players for future iterations of Gilas Pilipinas. 

"The pool, I think, that was submitted, PBA players and some amateurs were also included in the list," said SBP President Al Panlilio, who revealed that they have already submitted a list of 24 players to Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.

"I think the intention is it has to be developmental at the same time. So we’re hoping we can maybe have a combination. We have not decided," he said.

The full list has yet to be revealed, and coach Ryan Gregorio -- the special assistant to Panlilio -- acknowledged that they were making some "tweaks" to the pool. But Panlilio also said that many of the players who already competed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup were not included in the list.

"I think the assessment that time was ipapahinga naman sila," he explained.

"But the names of Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, were there. From the amateurs, sila Thirdy Ravena, sila Isaac Go were also part of the list, and many more," he added.

"I don't know whether CJ Perez's name was there and Bolick," said Panlilio, referring to the two rookie standouts of Gilas. "They can also be part of that."

"We want to have some collegiate players also, to get the necessary experience tapos, of course, kailangan din may veteran leadership din that we can get from the PBA," Gregorio further explained.

The Philippines has traditionally dominated the basketball competition in the Southeast Asian Games, and SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan wants to take this opportunity to also give exposure to younger players who may end up representing the country in the 2023 World Cup.

"It's good for the younger players to be exposed, of course, regionally. It’s not global, but it is a region. So good for them to get exposed, maexpose na sila para malaman na how to play internationally as much as possible," he said. 

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