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.
One of the noteworthy sidelights when Gilas Pilipinas conquered Saudi Arabia on Monday in the fourth window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers was how generations of Ateneo Blue Eagles stars were able to share the hardcourt together for the national team.
The only reason why Chinese-Japanese college student Hiroyuki Yamasaki travelled to Manila, Philippines earlier this August was to attend a month-long summer English review classes in preparation for his TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a standardized exam that tests how ready non-native speakers are usually before enrolling at an English-speaking university or later on for international employment.
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.
Donning the Gilas Pilipinas jersey is nothing new for Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., having done it on several occasions across the youth, cadet, and men’s seniors levels.
One aspect of Jordan Clarkson’s ongoing NBA career that will always be unique is the fact that he was able to play with both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James — two of basketball’s greatest names ever.
With the spotlight in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers belonging largely to Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto, another Gilas Pilipinas stalwart has gotten the attention of former national team player Marc Pingris.
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).
While it is not his first rodeo for a senior Gilas Pilipinas men’s national team, Kai Sotto is thrilled at the prospect of playing alongside Jordan Clarkson for the very first time in a FIBA-sanctioned game.