Gilas-Pilipinas starts ’61-Day Trip to History’ countdown

Gilas Pilipinas. Photo courtesy of
Gilas Pilipinas. Photo courtesy of Chot Reyes  /

By Eddie G. Alinea

MANILA – By early evening today (Manila Time) the Gilas-Pilipinas national basketball training pool would have landed in Klaipeda City in Lithuania to begin its rigid two-month preparations for the World Championship qualifying tournament FIBA-Asia Championship here in Manila this coming August 1-11.

No less than business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, president of the organizing Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, expressed hopes on the day of the aspirants’ departure yesterday that the expensive 16-day Lithuanian trip would produce the desired results towards forming a national team competitive enough to finish at least in the top three and make it to the World Championship next year in Spain.


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