MANILA – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has revealed the Gilas Pilipinas lineup that will face Lebanon in the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers to be held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Friday night.
Justin Brownlee and Mason Amos will be making their Gilas seniors team debuts and are joined by returning vets Kiefer Ravena, Scottie Thompson, CJ Perez, Jordan Heading, Ray-Ray Parks, Dwight Ramos, Thirdy Ravena, Calvin Oftana, Jamie Malonzo, and June Mar Fajardo.
With Schonny Winston, Jerom Lastimosa, and Kevin Quiambao sitting out the Gilas-Lebanon grudge match, Amos, an incoming Ateneo freshman, is the only amateur player that made the Final 12.
Both teams are already assured of spots in the FIBA World Cup main tournament from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, but Gilas would want to avenge its tough defeat on the road to Lebanon despite having Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto around.
With Friday declared as a special non-working holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, a full-sized crowd at the Philippine Arena is now more anticipated. (PNA)