Gilas Pilipinas will take on Qatar in what is considered a must win for the Philippine national basketball team. Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar live stream online is on ESPN5. Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar start time is 12:00AM Friday.
Losing the grip of controlling its destiny, Gilas Pilipinas needs to win this game first against Qatar and hopes that other teams will fail as the World Cup Asian Qualifiers dwindles into two games each. While Gilas Pilipinas suffered two defeats a home that enabled Japan to take the third spot in Group F. The Filipinos just came from a 78-70 loss to Iran in Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
Coach Yeng Guiao tried to utilize what he had in the previous two games but it did not go into Gilas’ favor. This time around, Guiao will have the force he needs to be able to secure a victory. Andray Blatche will return to the roster as well as Jayson Castro and Gabe Norwood.
Interestingly, Thirdy Ravena is the new face in Gilas roster against Qatar. Ravena will be the first player from college to play for the national team since the PBA started to offer its players to the game.
Big men June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and JP Erram are playing against Qatar in tonight’s game. Marc Barroca, Paul Lee and Marcio Lassiter are also included in the line up. Troy Rosario and Scottie Thompson will try their best against their opponents.
Neither Christian Standhardinger nor Stanley Pringle Jr will play because Blatche will take the spot as the naturalized player. Considering that Gilas lost the two games without Blatche, Guiao decided to bring in the former-NBA player.
Surprisingly, Matthew Wright is not included in the 15-man pool for Gilas in the sixth and final window. In connection with that, the outside shooting of Gilas with Lee and Lassiter would be enough to beat Qatar.
For Qatar, the entrance of Serbian coach Panos Yiannara will be interesting. Yiannara was chosen as a coach replacing Tim Lewis after Qatar was blown out by Japan, 85-47 and Australia, 110-59 in the fifth window.
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