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PH 3×3 pool kicks off SEA Games preparations

The Philippine 3×3 team. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines — The 3×3 pool of Gilas Pilipinas for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games held its first meeting last Monday at the Meralco Gym.

Led by head coach Ronnie Magsanoc, eight members of the pool attended the meeting, including Meralco’s Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, Columbian Dyip’s CJ Perez, San Miguel’s Terrence Romeo, Blackwater’s Mac Belo, NorthPort’s Mo Tautuaa, Phoenix’s Jason Perkins, and Alaska’s Chris Banchero.

Robert Bolick, Ian Sangalang, Anthony Semerad, and Raymond Almazan complete the pool.

“We want to thank the PBA once again for making sure that the best talents were made available for this pool,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio.

“We’re very happy that the players we selected were also eager to participate. We’re gunning for no less than a gold medal in the SEA Games and we know there’s a lot of work ahead but we’re confident that we’ll have the best team out there,” he added.

Helping Magsanoc out as assistants are Moriah Gingerich from University of the Philippines and San Miguel Beer skipper Alex Cabagnot.

“Alex volunteered to help out and we’re thankful that he offered his services. He is willing to impart his basketball knowledge to help out the younger players,” said Panlilio.

“He’ll certainly help us with the preparation and motivation as well because we all know he is a winner,” added Magsanoc.

“We decided not to practice yet and instead have a meeting with the pool because there will be challenges, specifically with the schedule. We want to be fair to their mother teams as well in the PBA because they were kind enough to allow their players to join us,” Magsanoc further explained.

The first order of duty for the coaching staff is to trim the pool down to six or seven players, to have more focused training sessions. They expect to have a decision within the week.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us as some players need to adjust to the 3×3 brand of play,” said Magsanoc.

“Because of the short turnaround, we’ll base our decision on the line-up on who’ll click as a team,” he added.

The first ever 3×3 tournament of the SEA Games will be held on December 1 and 2 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Philippines will be going up against Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and either Laos, Brunei, or Cambodia.

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