Gilas out to win Jones Cup

first_img“Right of the bat, we don’t know Canada. They will be big, they will be athletic. Our players will be tested and they don’t have the experience facing players like Canada but we just want to show character,” said Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes.Gilas is boosted by American import Mike Myers.Joining Myers and Ravena are Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Kobe Paras, Carl Cruz, Mike Tolomia, Kevin Ferrer, Fonso Gotladera, Roger Pogoy, Raymar Jose, Von Pessumal, Ed Daquioag, Chris Standhardinger, Almond Vosotros and Ray Parks, who is a late addition to the 17-man roster.“We took the players who will really fit the system and more importantly the players who will fully commit to the program. I believe these players are really committed,” Reyes stressed.ADVERTISEMENT “Like any other endeavor, there is only one objective and the objective is to win,” said team manager Butch Antonio during Gilas’ sendoff party Wednesday at Bar One inside Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Pasig City.“The Jones Cup is one step moving forward for the program. Our goal is to win just like any other tournament,” Kiefer Ravena, one of the youngest players on the team at 23, echoed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe competition runs from July 15-23 and the team with the best record ends up as champion.Gilas opens its bid against Canada on Saturday. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Gilas Pilipinas bound for SEA Games. Photo by Mark GiongcoThe Jones Cup may just be part of the Philippine team’s buildup for bigger tournaments ahead such as the Fiba Asia Cup but Gilas’ goal remains the same.Winning is still the main objective of Gilas, which leaves for Taipei on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend McGregor ‘might never fight again’ after boxing bout, says UFC head Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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