Thirdy Ravena out anew as Gilas Pilipinas battles Saudi Arabia

Gilas Pilipinas will go to battle against Saudi Arabia with exactly the same roster it had against Jordan.

Out of the Final 12 for the second straight game is Thirdy Ravena who is still recovering from a sprained ankle.

Fresh from a morale-boosting road win against the Falcons, Gilas will rely once more on reigning PBA MVP Scottie Thompson, Japan B.League imports Ray Parks and Dwight Ramos, and NBL sophomore Kai Sotto.

Game time is midnight of November 14 (Philippine time) at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

Completing the Gilas roster are Gin Kings Japeth Aguilar and Jamie Malonzo, Roger Pogoy, Poy Erram and Calvin Oftana of TNT, CJ Perez of San Miguel, together with collegiate standouts Ange Kouame of Ateneo and La Salle’s Kevin Quiambao.

The Philippines is running third in Group E with a 4-3 record while Saudi Arabia is in 5th with a 2-5 card.

Sotto led the charge for Gilas against the Falcons with 16 points and 7 boards while Parks and Perez added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Thompson, however, was the star of the night as the 2-time PBA Finals MVP had a superb all-around performance of 8 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists plus a steal in 28 minutes of action.

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