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FIBA Gilas Pilipinas lineup against Jordan, Kevin Quiambao takes Calvin Oftana’s spot

Feb 27, 2023

MANILA, Philippines – For Gilas Pilipinas, Kevin Quiambao will get another opportunity to display his talents. The Philippines will likely deploy almost the same lineup when it attempts to sweep the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Monday, barring any significant changes. 

As it hosts Jordan at 6 o’clock in the evening, Gilas Pilipinas, which is currently only competing for pride and future development, plans to add versatile forward Kevin Quiambao. in Bulacan, in the Philippine Arena, Bocaue. 

According to a list just made public, TNT star Calvin Oftana will be replaced by the La Salle ace.

Jordan (5-4) and the Philippines (6-3) both enter the match with a high level of confidence. Gilas recently defeated Lebanon, a former tormentor, 107–96. The Falcons, on the other hand, have already secured a spot in the main event and are also recent winners after a 98-63 thrashing of Saudi Arabia. 

The two countries will participate in a no-bearing game, but the competition should assist the winner advance before the international showcase scheduled for here in August.

During the second window of the Asian qualifications, diminutive big man Quiambao made his Gilas debut and astounded Filipino fans with his playmaking. 

He then played for the Gilas under Chot Reyes at the Asia Cup in Indonesia, where he had his best performance. Against the dominant team in the area, New Zealand, he ended with 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists. 

Gilas could better space the floor with Quiambao on board without giving up its ability to play in the interior.

He will be the backstop for Ray Parks Jr., CJ Perez, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Mason Amos, June Mar Fajardo, Justin Brownlee, and Mason Amos. Jordan Heading and team stalwart Dwight Ramos are expected to be the only members of the Gilas team to have participated in every qualifying round. 

The same team that routed the Saudis will be traveling with Jordan. 

The Falcons, led by flamboyant guard Freddie Ibrahim and naturalized player Dar Tucker, are also out to avenge a 74-66 home setback to the Philippines in November.

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