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Ravena, Aguilar, Perez, Standhardinger to reinforce Gilas pool for Fiba Asia Cup Qualifiers

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Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, CJ Perez, and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger were among the PBA players added to the Gilas Pilipinas 24-man pool ahead of the first window of the qualifiers for the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup next month.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA unveiled pool which is a mix of collegiate standouts, PBA stars and incoming pro league rookies.

Five rookies who were picked in the special Gilas draft last month, namely Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, and Allyn Bulanadi were included in the pool together with amateur standouts Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, and Fil-American Dwight Ramo.

Standhardinger will likely be the naturalized player of the team, which, surprisingly, didn’t include five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.

Also named to the Gilas pool were PBA players Poy Erram, Roger Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, and Troy Rosario, while Jaydee Tungcab, Javi Gomez De Liano and Justine Baltazar complete the 24-player pool, from where the Final 12 for the first window of the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers will be picked.

The SBP, however, has not decided yet on who the interim coach will be for the first window where the Philippines will face Thailand and Indonesia in February 20 and 23, respectively.