Inatasan muli ni Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao sina Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, at Stanley Pringle na bumalik sa Gilas Pilipinas para sa nalalapit na pagtutuos nila laban sa Iran ngayong Lunes sa Big Dome para sa FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Tuluyang inanusiyo nila Guiao at ng SBP ang Final 12 na kanilang pinagpilian nitong Linggo lamang.
“After careful deliberation, SBP fully supports the roster adjustment proposed by Coach Yeng Guiao,” sabi ni SBP President Al Panlilio.
Papalitan ng 6-foot-1 guard ang kapwa naturalized player na si Christian Standhardinger na siyang naging leading scorer para sa Gilas.
“The inclusion of Stanley Pringle will add stability in our guard rotation as we want to take advantage of our quickness against the guards of Qatar,” saad ni Panlilio.
Samantala, magbabalik sila Aguilar at Wright mula sa kanilang one-game suspension, habang uupo naman sila Allein Maliksi at Raymond Almazan.
“It is a welcome development that Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are back in the Final 12 after serving their one-game suspension imposed by FIBA,” paliwanag ni Panlilio.
“Japeth’s quickness, perimeter scoring, as well as his above the rim athleticism, combined with his vast experience in the international brand of play will surely be an added boost in our battle against Qatar. Matthew Wright is a knock-down shooter from the three-point area. We struggled mightily against Iran because we couldn’t shoot from the outside, with him on-board, hopefully, that problem will be addressed.”
Maglalaro pa rin para sa Team Pilipinas sila Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Paul Lee,Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Scottie Thompson, and Asi Taulava.