POGOY RETURNS FOR GILAS AGAINST KAZAKHSTAN
MANILA — RR Pogoy may make or break Gilas Pilipinas' hopes of making the FIBA World Cup.
Pogoy, who is now eligible to play national team ball again, made the Final 12 for Gilas in its Asian Qualifiers showdown against Kazakhstan.
In an announcement at the Samahang basketbol ng Pilipinas FB page Saturday, Pogoy will take over the place of Scottie Thompson in the Philippine team that will battle Kazakhstan in a crucial showdown in Astana.
Thirdy Ravena, the lone collegiate standout in the pool, stays in the Final 12 as well as Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Poy Erram, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, and Troy Rosario.
Gilas needs to beat Kazakhstan and hope that either Japan, Jordan, or Lebanon falter in their respective games to make the group stages.
Japan will visit Qatar, Jordan will host New Zealand, and Lebanon will welcome South Korea in games to be simultaneously played with the Gilas-Kazakhstan match.
The said tiffs, plus the Iran-Australia clash, will start at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night (Philippine Time). (PNA)