Gilas shooting for crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img