The Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team is set to compete in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup this April.
The plan was hatched during the special board meeting held on Monday. There, it was also suggested that the Gilas be able to claim the championship if it rules the competition.
This is a novel idea that harkens back to the days of the Northern Consolidated Corp (NCC) squad of the late Ron Jacobs. Composed of the country’s top amateur players and reinforced by naturalized players Jeff Moore and Dennis Still, the NCC competed in the PBA as a guest team in the 1984 and 1985 seasons, emerging as champion in the 1985 Reinforced Conference.
The Gilas could be the PBA’s 13th team if it doesn’t have any training camps or competitions overseas. The team would be composed of the five players picked during the first Gilas draft, namely former two-time Cesafi MVP Rey Anthony Suerte, former Ateneo studs Isaac Go and Matt and Mike Nieto, and Allyn Bulanadi.
The upcoming draftees would also be part of the team as well as several Gilas cadets, which would be given special guest licenses from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
This would pave the way for the likes of Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño, Justine Baltazar, Kobe Paras, Dwight Ramos and even Angelo Kouame to suit up for Gilas and compete against the pros. (JNP)