Gilas Pilipinas takes on Canada as 2017 William Jones Cup gets underway

Photo by Charmie Lising

Gilas Pilipinas faces an early acid test in its Jones Cup campaign as it collides with a Canadian league champion squad right in today’s opener of the 39th staging of the annual event at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here.

Kyle Julius, the 2017 National Basketball League of Canada champion coach, will have at his disposal a formidable roster bannered by center/forward Royce White and guards Joel Friesen and Garrett Williamson and backstopped by NBA D-League mainstay Michale Kyser, Argentinian league veteran Dwayne Smith, Spanish league stalwart Diego Kapelan and Polish league player Dallin Bachynski.

Ray Parks added to Gilas Pilipinas roster for 2017 William Jones Cup

Completing the Team Canada 150 lineup are Tramique Sutherland of the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, Joey Haywood of the Halifax Hurricanes, Connor Wood of Carleton University and Conor Morgan of University of British Columbia.

The Filipinos and the Canadians, with a combined haul of six championships and five runner-up finishes in this premier Asian international invitational tourney, clash at 3 p.m. in the opening day. – The Philippine Star