The country’s national basketball team plunges into action on July 15 to 23 for the 39th edition of the William Jones Cup which will be held in Taiwan.
The Philippine representative last year, Mighty Sports, bagged the crown via an 8-game sweep against teams from South Korea, the USA, Iran, Egypt, Taiwan, Japan and India.
This year the country will be represented by no less than Gilas Pilipinas. Though no PBA veteran made it to the team composed mostly of cadets, it will be reinforced by amateur stars Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras and Raymar Jose. Fil-German Chris Standhardinger and TNT Commissioner’s Cup back-up import Mike Myers complete the youthful squad which will use the tournament as preparation for the SEA Games which will be held on August 19 to 30 in Malaysia. – Mae Villarin
Gilas Pilipinas schedule of games:
July 15, 3:00pm vs Canada
July 16, 7:00pm vs Chinese-Taipei A
July 17, 3:00pm vs Chinese-Taipei B
July 18, 1:00pm vs Japan
July 19, 5:00pm vs Korea
July 20, 5:00pm vs Iraq
July 21, 3:00pm vs Lithuania
July 22, 1:00pm vs India
July 23, 5:00pm vs Iran
**All games will be telecast live on TV5 except the games against Korea, Lithuania and Iran. It be shown live on Aksyon TV and will be shown on TV5 at 9pm.
**All games with be shown via live streaming through Sports5.ph