Thirdy Ravena headlines 15-man Gilas Pilipinas for King Abdullah Cup

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Thirdy Ravena of Gilas Pilipinas. (Photo: FIBA Basketball)
Thirdy Ravena of Gilas Pilipinas. (Photo: FIBA Basketball)

Thirdy Ravena will lead Gilas Pilipinas once more as he bolsters the 15-man delegation in the King Abdullah Cup.

Ravena, who last donned the colors of the country in the first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Jakarta back in February 2020, will make his much-anticipated return to national team duty in Amman, Jordan.

The San-En NeoPhoenix guard will be joined by Angelo Kouame, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Dwight Ramos, Isaac Go, Carl Tamayo, Rey Suerte, Dave Ildefonso, Geo Chiu, Jordan Heading, Justine Baltazar, RJ Abarrientos, SJ Belangel, and William Navarro.

Cut from the trip were Allyn Bulanadi and Tzaddy Rangel. Meanwhile, Jaydee Tungcab and Kemark were ruled out of the roster after leaving the Inspire Sports Academy bubble due to injuries.

Gilas program director Tab Baldwin remains the head coach of the contingent, as Jong Uichico, Sandy Arespacochaga, Sandro Soriano, and physical therapist Dex Aseron make up the rest of the coaching staff.

Gilas Pilipinas will start their campaign on July 26 when they clash with Egypt before facing Saudi Arabia, Jordan Team A, Tunisia, and Jordan Team B in the succeeding playdates.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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