Gilas off to Japan sans hotshot

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first_imgView comments Coach Chot Reyes has until Nov. 23, or a day before the clash with Team Nippon, to decide on who the final three cuts would be.Gilas has had a long streak of success against Japan, which will be spearheaded by its naturalized player, 6-foot-5 guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Jojie Takeuchi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos will have the size that can match up with the Japanese, with Carl Bryan Cruz, Troy Rosario and Raymond Almazan to backstop Blatche and the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.Gilas also has a lot of talent and agility in the small forward position with Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva and Mac Belo. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Gunslinger Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy and Allein Maliksi are Reyes’ top outside guns even as the 5-foot-10 Romeo is still included in the list of players the coaching staff initially submitted to the Fiba.With Romeo out because of an injury, Reyes will be taking Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena to be the back-up of Castro, though Alas and Ravena will be hard-pressed to come up with the more than 22 points a game, Romeo’s average in the last Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut in Lebanon.“The coaches haven’t decided on it yet,” team manager Butch Antonio said in a text message when asked if Reyes and his deputies have more or less figured out on who the final cuts would be.One of the shoo-ins would have to be the veteran Gabe Norwood, who could be the best defensive man on Reyes’ roster as far as handling Brown is concerned.Gilas will play Japan on Friday before flying back home the following day to play Chinese Taipei and Quincy Davis III at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger powers HK Lions past Alab PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsA Gilas Pilipinas crew that will be without prolific point guard Terrence Romeo departs for Haneda, Japan, on Tuesday, seeking to open its Fiba World Cup Qualifiers Asia stint on a bright note against the host squad three days later.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, naturalized Andray Blatche and two-time Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro banner a 15-man team that flies out at 8:55 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img

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