Gilas reenters training bubble

Published March 15, 2021, 8:15 PM

by Waylon Galvez

Photo from INSPIRE Sports Academy

Gilas Pilipinas troops back to the training camp as 27 players and coaches reentered the bubble Monday, March 15 at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

In a list provided by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the four players picked during the Gilas Pilipinas Special PBA Rookie Draft last Sunday were on the list, led by Filipino-Australian Jordan Heading and fellow pool members Tzaddy Rangel, William Navarro and Jaydee Tungcab.

Heading, who played for US NCAA Division 1 school California Baptist University, was selected No. 1 overall by Terrafirma. NorthPort took Navarro at No. 2, Rangel went to NLEX at third, while TNT picked Tungcab at fourth.

The other players are Justine Baltazar, Carl Tamayo, Rj Abarientos, Dwight Ramos, LeBron Lopez, Dave Ildefonso, Troy Mallillin, Josh Lazaro, Jason Credo, Chris Koon, Kyle Ong, Geo Chui, Sj Belangel, Gian Mamuyac and naturalized prospect Angelo Kouame.

With them are members of the coaching staff led by Gilas Pilipinas project director for men’s team Tab Badlwin.

The other coaches are Jong Uichico, Caloy Garcia, Alton Lister, Boyet Fernandez, Sandy Arespachochaga, Gabby Severino and Sandro Soriano.

The national team took a two-week break from training after their initial bubble training camp at the same facility.

Gilas Pilipinas is preparing for two events this year, including the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers third window here in June, and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade this July.

The main tournament, however, for Gilas Pilipinas is the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which the country will co-host with Japan and Indonesia.