Gilas-Pilipinas is out as guest team in the PBA Governor’s Cup, instead will compete in the FIBA Asia Cup

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Gilas-Pilipinas will not be playing as a guest team in the Governor’s Cup.
This was revealed by PBA commissioner Chito Salud, but the good news is the board is looking at compressing the tournament schedule to allow the national squad to participate in this year’s FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.
“We’re continually looking to explore ways of further compressing our third conference with the end in view of allowing our Gilas team to participate in the FIBA Asia Cup,” Salud told sports scribes after emerging from the monthly PBA board meeting at the league’s office in Libis, Quezon City.
The FIBA Asia Cup, formerly known as the ABC Champions Cup, will be held on July 11-19, with the winner qualifying automatically for the FIBA Asia men’s championships next year.
The Philippine National team will have a daunting task as they will face the Asia’s powerhouse teams in the said cup whom they will also meet in the Asian Games in Korea.
Salud explained that the compressed schedule could possibly mean having five PBA game days a week in the season-ending conference, which is expected to end by July 9.
However, the decision is still subject for review for the time being, since they are still going to consider the playing venue’s availability as well as a consultation with broadcast partner TV5.
“So what we will do is play 10 games a week. Whether that’s a triple-header, twice a week or a double-header five times a week, that’s what we’re fixing right now,” said the PBA chief.
“I hope we could be accommodated by TV5 so that the games can be shown live for the fans to enjoy.”
PBA’s Adjusting

The league earlier adjusted its slate to allow Gilas-Pilipinas time to train for and compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in August and the Asian Games basketball tournament in September.

The PBA Board of Governors met on Thursday and agreed to explore ways to pare down the schedule for the season-ending Governors’ Cup even further to allow the team to compete in the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China from July 11 to 19.

“We wanted to make sure that Gilas could leave by the 10th of July. The board is fully supportive of the idea of giving Gilas the chance to participate in that tourney in Wuhan, China as a prep tournament,” added Salud.

“(Gilas) coach Chot (Reyes) stressed that the competition the team will get in Wuhan is more suitable compared to participating in the third conference, where he will be playing teams lacking key players,” said Salud.

Final Decision

Salud also mentioned that the nitty gritty of the compressed schedule is expected to be finalized by April 10 when the league board holds a special meeting at the PBA office.
In the same meeting, Salud said he will also be making a detailed presentation to the board on the credentials of the three expansion team applicants – Ever Bilena, owned by sportsman-businessman Dioceldy Sy, Kia Motors and NLEX/Metro Pacific under the MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) group.
I’ve gotten all the information I deem necessary for me to present their credentials to the board. So on April 10, a special board meeting will be called, precisely for the purpose of considering the applications of these three teams,” he added.
It is a great development as the Philippine National team will have a full backing from the first professional league in Asia.
— with reports from

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