Batang Gilas eyes Fiba U17 slot

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Monday, March 30, 2015


THE Cebu-based team manager of the Batang Gilas U-16 team, Andrew Teh, is upbeat on the chances of the young nationals in the 3rd Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Under 16 Men’s Championship on April 14-19 in Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.

Teh, a travel and tours executive operating in Cebu City, believes that the team’s cohesiveness will be fast-tracked now that they are training daily.

“We’re getting there (gelling). It’s a good thing that they are practicing everyday, unlike during school days when they can only practice three times a week. We just keep on giving them tune up games every day. And one of the best things in our country, you will never run out of teams to play tune-up games with,” Teh told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

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The Philippines is trying to earn a slot to the Fiba-Asia U-16 tournament in Bangalore, India on July 2-12.

Southeast Asia is allowed three slots to the Bangalore tournament and Philippines, being the defending champions and last year’s Fiba-Asia U-17 silver medalist, is hoping to keep the Seaba title.

“We’re slowly but surely trying to get the boys to gel fast. This is important because we are looking to get a slot to the Fiba Asia U16 tournament,” Teh said.

Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles guard Jed Colonia is the lone Cebuano in the squad that includes a high scoring player from Bacolod City, Sam Josef Belangel.

“Colonia is the lone Cebuano who made it to the team. Other Cebuano players who were considered into the team were Denzel Sabroso of Cebu Eastern College Dragons and Andrew Velasco, Steven Co and Patrick Yu of SHS-AdC, but unfortunately they did not make the final cut,” Teh said.

The rest of the members of Batang Gilas are Gian Mamuyac, Ralph Escalona, Juan Gomez de Liano, Gillian Flores, Rhayyan Amsali, Sean Dave Ildefonso, Romulo Berjay, Will Gozum, Jonas Tibayan, and Kris Harvey Pagsanjan. The team is coached by Far Eastern University’s Mike Oliver.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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