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FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers: Mark Dickel labored over selection process for Gilas team

FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers: Mark Dickel labored over selection process for Gilas team

By Jonas Terrado

Coach Mark Dickel admitted having a hard time picking the 12 players who will suit up for Gilas Pilipinas’ match against Indonesia in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers this Sunday in Jakarta.

Gilas Pilipinas huddles during its first practice for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center. (Jonas Terrado)

Gilas Pilipinas huddles during its first practice for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center. (Jonas Terrado)

Dickel and his coaching staff elected to go with seven PBA players and five amateurs in a mix of youth and experience they hope can give Gilas a promising start in?its bid to secure a berth in next year’s continental competition.

Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Poy Erram, members of last year’s FIBA World Cup team, fellow pros Abu Tratter, Justin Chua and amateurs Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Juan Gomez de Liano and Dwight Ramos were chosen to suit up for the Indonesia match.

Javee Mocon ended up as what Dickel described as the “unlucky PBA player” that didn’t make the Final 12 as the team opted to go with Thirdy Ravena and Ramos who the coaching staff felt are capable of covering up the small forward position.

Mocon, Jaydee Tungcab and Rey Suerte were named as reserves.

“We felt that the PBA players that we picked gave us a really, really good base to build off. And then, the other four or five younger players can complement them. So, that was the decision that was made,” Dickel said after Wednesday’s announcement of the final roster.

“That’s why we made it, we feel this will give us the best chance in this window to do well. The bigs we picked in Poy, Abu, Isaac, Justin and Troy, we feel they can give us the help we need in the position, the four, the five,” he added. “Javee ended up being the unlucky PBA player, that through no fault of his own. We felt we just had it covered with Dwight and with Thirdy at that position.”

Gilas will play an Indonesian side that won’t be having naturalization candidate and former PBA import Lester Prosper for this window.

Indonesia coach Rajko Toroman selected veteran Arki Wisnu, Derrick Michael Xzavierro, Harianus Lakudu, Kaleb Rambot Gemilang, Abraham Grahita, Andakara Prastawa, Laurentius Steven Oei, Kevin Sitorus, Muhamad Noor, Vincent Kosashi, Mei Joni and Muhammad Wicaksono for the South Korea match.

The Indonesians have an option to make changes for Sunday’s match with the Philippines.

Tags: 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, Abu Tratter, CJ Perez, Dwight Ramos, FIBA Asia Cup, FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas, Isaac Go, Javee Mocon, Jaydee Tungcab, Juan Gomez De Liano, Justin Chua, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Dickel, Matt Nieto, Poy Erram, Rajko Toroman, Rey Suerte, Roger Pogoy, Thirdy Ravena, Troy Rosario

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