Gilas Pilipinas is suddenly on a roll. After stunning Jordan a couple of days back, the Philippines fended off a more competitive Saudi Arabian side on Sunday (Monday in Manila), 76-63 to sweep the fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
Dwight Ramos, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena and Ray Parks are expected to arrive on November 1 and 2 to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers where the Philippines plays away games against Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
With Gilas Pilipinas fielding one of its better lineups throughout the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, mainstay Dwight Ramos thinks the current roster needs just a bit more fortifying to be battle-ready for the prestigious international competition next year.
Gilas Pilipinas leaned on a strong second quarter to overcome a nightmarish start and pull away against Saudi Arabia, 84-46 in the fourth window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Monday in front of a sold-out Mall of Asia Arena crowd in Pasay City.
Jordan Clarkson’s return to a Gilas Pilipinas uniform did not end the way fans wanted to, but the NBA super sub said says he still saw positives in the Philippines’ close 85-81 loss to Lebanon on Friday morning (Manila time).
Matched against a team led by an NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner and a 7-foot-2 international prospect, Lebanon showed no fear and proved why they’re one of the continent’s best basketball teams right now.
Not even a depleted 10-man lineup could stop Gilas Pilipinas Men’s running game as they beat India convincingly, 79-63 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers third window on Sunday, July 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Featuring a near full-strength roster, the powerhouse New Zealand Tall Blacks dominated Gilas Pilipinas from start to finish, 106-60 in the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers third window on Thursday in front of a capacity crowd inside the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland.
As the final buzzer sounded inside the Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam and Indonesia erupted into celebration at center court to celebrate a historic Southeast Asian (SEA) Games basketball title, Filipino sports fans back home knew something felt wrong.
Having been the face of Gilas Pilipinas ever since he made his men’s senior national team debut back in 2020, Dwight Ramos was aware that there were still two things he has not accomplished yet while donning the national colors for two years: to play inside the historic Smart-Araneta Coliseum and play in front of Filipino fans.