Philippine national team Gilas Pilipinas will kick off their 27th FIBA Asia championship campaign 8:30 p.m. today against Saudi Arabia at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Though there’s no doubting that the caliber of China, Korea, Iran and other participants in the tournament, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is confident that the preparations that have rendered during the off-season is enough to pull off a surprise.
The veteran mentor admitted that they may be shorter against the taller teams but the skills and speed, Gilas is not far behind.
Naturalized player Marcus Douthit is the tallest player in the team at 6”11 followed by Junemar Fajardo at 6”10 and Japeth Aguilar at 6”9. (Rommel Fuertes)