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4 Possible Gilas Game Changers In The 2019 World Cup Qualifiers

How far the national team goes will be up to these players
by John Paulo Aguilera | Nov 24, 2017
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The 12-man Gilas Pilipinas roster that will face Japan later today at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers has been announced.

According to Chot Reyes, the lineup "can change...every game," and that they "took into account the team that we're playing (and also) our health and injury situation." It means that Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, and Raymond Almazan still have a chance to suit up versus Chinese Taipei at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While the likes of Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, and Jayson Castro are expected to lead the way for the nationals, each player has the potential to be a game changer and a fair barometer for the team's performance:

Kevin Alas

Terrence Romeo is officially out due to injury, that's why the NLEX Road Warriors ace will be mostly relied upon for the offense. Alas has to employ every bit of his craftiness to score against the bigger guards of Asia. Now, go make Coach Yeng and Selena proud!

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Allein Maliksi

Here's hoping that Maliksi can build on a strong finish to the previous conference with the suprising Blackwater Elite. More than being a streak shooter, the 2017 SEABA Championship squad member must prove his worth on the other end of the floor using his length.

Troy Rosario

Picked over international revelation and fellow SEA Games gold medalist CBC, the former NU Bulldog will come in as the primary stretch forward. Rosario possesses all the physical tools to be one of the team's cornerstones, and a tenacious inside-outside force.

Japeth Aguilar

Forget about those ridiculous rim rockers—Aguilar was a shoo-in mainly for his versatile defense. If he puts his mind to it, the veteran national player can be a great stopper, even better than Gabe Norwood. How does a World Cup berth after a championship sound?


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