PBA, UAAP and NCAA join forces for Gilas as possible Senate probe looms

In possible Senate intervention, top basketball leagues in the Philippines come together to support Gilas Pilipinas following historic setbacks in recent international events

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top basketball leagues — the PBA, UAAP and NCAA — have teamed up to show their support for Gilas Pilipinas as the national team prepares for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup. 2023.

In a press release on Tuesday August 2, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said that the three leagues were ready to loan players during the World Cup – jointly hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia on 25 August to September 10, 2023. .

This, amid a resolution by Senators Bong Go, Mark Villar, Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino and Alan Peter Cayetano “to conduct an investigation in support of legislation on ways to support the men’s basketball team. of Gilas Pilipinas”.

The Senate Sports Committee’s proposed investigation will examine “relevant laws and policies to ensure optimal performance in future international sports competitions and to protect the welfare of Filipino athletes.”

Meanwhile, Senator Sonny Angara led the SBP board meeting on Monday, August 1, where federation president Al Panlilio presented plans for the World Cup to board members. of directors of the PBA, UAAP, NCAA and “other major basketball organizations”.

No player has yet been selected for Gilas’ roster, and no pool has been released, but the SBP have apparently already locked in Chot Reyes as head coach.

He is expected to have a decorated roster of World Cup assistants including PBA legend and 24-time champion Tim Cone, multiple-time UAAP title-list Goldwin Monteverde, New Zealand’s five-time NBL coach year Nenad Vucinic, and 11-time PBA champion Jong Uichico.

With just over a year until the event, the SBP has planned the launch of its “One Year To Do” countdown on August 27, the official World Cup draw in April 2023, and the official launch of the ball before the start of the actual competition. in August 2023.

The country’s top arenas will be available for the historic World Cup host – the Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena for the 40 qualifying matches, and the Philippine Arena for the 12 finals matches. event.

The SBP has since called for “unity” among the nation’s basketball players after historically dismal performances at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) and FIBA ​​Asia Cup.

With the support of the federation, Reyes remained as head coach despite overwhelmingly negative public reception stemming from the national team’s most recent failures. Panlilio instead blamed former head coach Tab Baldwin for allegedly starting Gilas’ problems in 2022. – Rappler.com

Norman D. Briggs