Batang Gilas faces Angola in Fiba U17 championship

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


BATANG Gilas will give it their all when the Fiba Under-17 Championship opens today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Batang Gilas will face Angola today 8 at 7:45 p.m., Greece on Aug. 9 at 10:45 p.m. and USA on Aug. 11 at 10:45 p.m.

Following the footsteps of the Gilas Pilipinas team that clinched a spot to compete at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, Batang Gilas overcame odds to secure their silver medal finish in the FIBA Asia U-17 Championship in Tehran, Iran last year.

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National Youth team coach Jamike Jarin said that his players will show “Puso” as they aim to reach the bracket stages and possibly a podium finish.

“We’re coming in as the smallest team not only in our group, but in the entire tournament, so we plan to make the game faster, quicker, and let our opponent shoot from the outside,” Jarin said in a forum last month.

The team will be looking to the trio of Jolo Mendoza and twins Matt and Mike Nieto to lead the charge. The 16-year old Mendoza has been praised for having the maturity and game composure of a player beyond his age. Mike will be showing offensive prowess in the frontcourt while Matt gives his all-around performance as a playmaking guard.

Other members of the team are Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio, Carlo Abadeza, Michael Louise Dela Cruz, Richard Escoto, Lorenzo Navarro, Arnie Padilla, Jose Go IV and Emmanuel Panlilio.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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