Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for 2014 FIBA World Cup

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Gilas Pilipinas World Cup Schedule

The Gilas Pilipinas squad will be led by Chot Reyes and will face Senegal, Puerto Rico, Greece, Argentina and Croatia in the Group B qualifying stage. The upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup is being held in Spain and it starts at the end of August.

Each team will play five games between 30 August and 4 September at Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo located in Seville. The Gilas roster for the upcoming World Cup has not yet been decided with the team of 24 players currently participating in a training camp at Miami. Most of the players are experienced individuals with big number of games under their belt, the only uncertain thing at the moment is who will get the one international spot on the roster.

The choice is set between Andre Blatche from the Brooklyn Nets or Marcus Douthit who plays for the Filipino national team since 2010 and has participated in five major tournaments. Putting that aside here is a short review of all the teams that will compete against Gilas Pilipinas in the group stage.

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Croatia – Game date: 30 August

Key Player: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets (6’8’’ 212lb)

Bogdanovic at age 25 has played for European powerhouses like Real Madrid, Fenerbahce and Cibona. He is currently a part of the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA league where he will serve as a great backup guard forward combo for Joe Johnson. Bogdanovic posseses quick feet on defense and great technique accompanied with a sweet jump shoot for his body size.

International: Oliver Lafayette, Olympiacos (6’2’’ 190lb)

Lafayette is an experienced shooter on the SG position. He went undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft, but managed to play couple of seasons in the D-League and handful of games for the Houston Rockets. Since then he has been playing for European teams amongst which most important are Olympiacos, Zalgiris Kaunas, Anadolu Efes and Maccabi Electra.

Young Blood: Dario Saric, Anadolu Efes (6’10’’230lb)

There were lots of talks connected with Dario Saric and his potential NBA career this summer, but the 19 year old Shibenik native decided to stay in Europe and play for Turkish side Anadolu Efes. He has the technique of a point guard, sweet jump shot from distance and is very agile for his size. It will be interesting to see will this be a breakthrough tournament for him.

Team Overview: Croatia has two NBA players in Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn Nets) and Damjan Rudez (Indiana Pacers). Most of their key players participate in the Euroleague as a part of big European clubs, but Croatia has yet failed to make an important impact on some big tournament in recent years. They have great number of young players and it is hard to believe that they will reach the elimination stage in this World Cup. They have big chances to pass the initial group stage.

Greece – Game date: 31 August

Key Player: Kostas Papanikolaou, Barcelona (6’9’’ 230lb)

Although he just turned 24 years Papanikolau is probably the key figure on this Greece squad. Reason for this is that he is a versatile forward/guard on the offensive end and can guard various positions on defense. He won the Euroleague with Olympiacos at the beginning of his professional career and at the same time he was an important part of that squad that featured Pero Antic, Milos Teodosic, Printezis, Haynes and Spanoulis.

International: None

Young Blood: Giannis Antetokoumpo, Milwaukee Bucks (6’11’’ 217lb)

At the age of 19 Giannis is still growing. When he was drafted by the Bucks over a year ago he was standing at 6’9’’. That is a two inch difference from his height today. Besides that he has great ball control and can virtually play all positions from one to five.  He needs a little bit more size if he wants to hustle under the basket for rebounds, but at nineteen he is one of the players with most potential in the world. He is a backup for experienced forwards Printezis and Kaimakoglou, but it is clear that he will get lots of minutes on the floor.

Team Overview: Greece has changed generations a couple of years ago and this is their first tournament where young players are in the focus. Bourousis, Printezis and Zizis are here from the old guns, but it is clear that this is a chance for the young and talented players to show off what they got with the absence of Spanoulis and Schortsanitis.

 

Argentina – Game date: 1 September

Key Player: Luis Scola, Indiana Pacers (6’9’’ 240lb)

He is one of the rare players that are still in the Argentinian squad from that golden generation that was consisted of Manu Ginobili, Nocioni, Oberto and many other legends that went head to head with the US Dream Team in the past decade. Today Luis Scola will need to teach the young Argentinian squad how to play at big competitions.

International: none

Young Blood: Couple of players from the domestic championship that are under 23 years and it will be interesting to see if any one of them has the quality to replace Ginobili or Scola in the future.

Team Overview: Change of generations for the Argentinians and it will not be a surprise if they don’t pass the group stage in Seville.

Puerto Rico – Game date: 3 September

Key Player: Carlos Arroyo, Galatasaray (6’2’’ 200lb)

It was a battle between Barea and Arroyo for this place, but Arroyo had a better season in Europe leading his team to the Euroleague playoffs than Barea had in Minnesota where he averaged 8.4 points and little bit over 3 assists, which are both his lows since he joined Kevin Love and the Wolves franchise.

International: Renaldo Balkman, Capetanes de Arecibo (6’8’’ 225lb)

One time New York Knicks player and pride of the street basketball courts at the city that had only bright future in the NBA, Renaldo has played in the Puerto Rican league since 2013.

Young Blood: John Holland, Gravelines (6’6’’ 205lb)

Coming straight from the Bronx, NY John Holland is the youngest player on this squad at the age of 24. He went undrafted in 2011 and since then played for three different European clubs.

Team Overview: There is actually not a single young player on this squad as five of the players on the roster are well over their thirties, so we will be expecting an experienced play with low number of mistakes and tough D from this team.

 

Senegal – Game date: 4 September

Key Player: Mouhamed Sene, Baloncest Fuenlabrada (7’1’’ 230lb)

With a four year experience in the NBA Sene is the leader of this squad. He was the 10th draft pick of the 2006 NBA Draft and proved that he has great technique, footwork and decent jump shot for a big man, but rebounding and battling under the rime were not his greatest strengths so he didn’t survived for long in the NBA.

International: Louis Adams, Carolina State University (6’1’’)

Young Blood: Badji Abdou, Union Neuchâtel Basket (6’9’’)

Team Overview: The Senegalese side was initially disqualified from the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but after a long process of appealing they finally got the right to compete. They don’t have any star players and are probably one of the weakest teams on the tournament.

 

 

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  • peregrino erah

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