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‘Future looks bright!: Tim Cone impressed with Thirdy, young Gilas

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The young Gilas Pilipinas impressed PBA’s winningest coach Tim Cone on Sunday when it whipped Indonesia in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Jakarta.

Gilas opened its campaign with a 100-70 rout—a rousing debut that left the former national team head coach raving about the “future” of the country’s basketball program.

Cone was particularly impressed with 23-year-old Thirdy Ravena, who led the national team with 23 points in 23 minutes.


Four more hit double-digit scoring with Roger Pogoy tallying 16 points, CJ Perez adding 11 while skipper Kiefer Ravena and De Liaño chipped in 10 apiece.