Batang Gilas boasts of height, speed for Fiba Asia U16

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sonny Barrios, executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said aside from Sotto, six other players in the team are above six feet, including the 6-foot-8 Chiu and 6-foot-7 Cortez.The team’s mettle will be tested right away being in Group B along with heavyweight Australia and Malaysia.The host country is in Group A with New Zealand and Hong Kong, Iran, Chinese Taipei and Macau are in Group C, while Korea, Japan, Lebanon and India comprise Group D.The top four finishers will represent Asia in the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina next year.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Expected to lead Batang Gilas’ campaign is 7-foot-1 center Kai Sotto, who is coming off a dominating season in the UAAP where he led the Ateneo Blue Eaglets to the championship.“We have a combination of height and speed. At least, we’re not going to look pitiful inside unlike before,” said Batang Gilas coach Michael Oliver during the PSA Forum on Tuesday at Tapa King Restaurant at Araneta Center in Cubao. “We’re not going to be undersized against our opponents.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJoining Sotto are Rafael Go, Raven Cortez, McLaude Guadana, Terrence Fortea, Recaredo Christian Calimag, Rence Padrigao, and Shaun Geofrrey Chiu, who helped the team win the Southeast Asian Basketball Association juniors championship in Manila last year.Rounding out the squad are newcomers Jerick Kyle Bautista, Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Yukien Andrada, and King Balaga. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery JR Quiñahan ejected in Game 6 after Jio Jalalon hit Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The Philippine youth team is primed to present a different kind of challenge against the competition in the Fiba U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China next month.Unlike in past editions of the tournament where undersized Philippine teams had to primarily bank on quickness, the latest version of Batang Gilas will have a man in the middle who can look eye-to-eye with the opposition’s big men.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales PLAY LIST 02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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