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Mark Dickel is Gilas interim coach for 1st window of Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers

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Two-time Olympian and current TNT KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel has been asked to lead the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas Men for the upcoming first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers as interim head coach.

The Philippines will be opening its campaign with a home game against 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Thailand on February 20, followed by a road game against Indonesia at the Britama Arena in Jakarta on February 23.

In his young PBA career that started in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup, Dickel was able to help the TNT KaTropa end their five-conference absence from the finals during the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The 24-man pool of Gilas Pilipinas Men for the upcoming window includes three members of the KaTropa in RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, and Ray Parks.

Aside from the three TNT players, also included in the pool are Kiefer Ravena and Poy Erram from NLEX, Christian Standhardinger from NorthPort, Japeth Aguilar from Ginebra, CJ Perez from Columbian, Mac Belo from Blackwater, and Matthew Wright from Phoenix.

Also in the pool are you guns Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, Juan, Javi Gomez de Liano, Jaydee Tungcab, and Dwight Ramos.

The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas intends to announce a full-time head coach by the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers sometime in November this year.