INTERIM head coach of Gilas Pilipinas, Tim Cone, has announced replacements for four players who have been omitted from the lineup for the upcoming Asian Games scheduled to commence on September 23 in Hangzhou, China.
During a press briefing held on Tuesday alongside officials from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Cone revealed that Chris Ross, Kevin Alas, Arvin Tolentino, and CJ Perez would step in to replace Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Moala Tautuaa, and Jason Perkins.
Additionally, Marco Lassiter has been added to the team’s roster, while Cone noted that Roger Pogoy would be unavailable due to “serious health reasons.”
Despite calls from netizens urging the Philippines to withdraw from the Asiad, team manager Alfrancis Chua stated that this was not an option.
Chua also mentioned that they would soon release the finalized player list submitted to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games organizers.
Gilas Pilipinas is coming off an appearance at the FIBA World Cup held in the country, where the national team ended with a disappointing 1-4 win-loss record.