Guiao focused on Iran, names final roster

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Manila grabs North solo lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe suddenly vacant Gilas Pilipinas head coaching position has thrust Yeng Guiao into even more spotlight, as coach Chot Reyes’ decision to step down from his post lined up the fiery NLEX mentor in the PBA as the natural successor to the position.But Guiao was not ready to tackle the issue just yet, not with a more important job at hand.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t have thoughts about it right now,” Guiao told the Inquirer via a text message from Tehran, where the national men’s team will face Iran in a Fiba World Cup qualifying match on Thursday. “I’m focusing on our game vs Iran … [and] I will also have to prepare the team further for our game against Qatar on Monday.”So it was business as usual for Guiao Wednesday, who announced the 12 players that will face the Asian heavyweights, who may miss star center Hamed Haddadi, who is reportedly suffering from a groin injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe final 12 who will battle Iran at 8 p.m. Thursday are: Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Malicsi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, Asi Taulava and Scottie Thompson.Almazan, Belga, Lee, Erram, Norwood and Standhardinger were teammates in the Asian Games, where the Philippines finished at fifth spot. Lassiter, the San Miguel Beer gunslinger, will be making a comeback to the national team while playmakers Cabagnot and Thompson will be making their debuts with the Gilas program. Haddadi has been a target of injury speculations, with some media outlets hitting at the secrecy that the Iran basketball federation is wrapping his status in.The former Phoenix Sun in the NBA reportedly sustained his injury in the Asian Games, where the Iranians finished with a silver behind champion China.Another key player, Arsalan Kazemi, is reportedly also injured and sources have said that both might play sparingly.Reyes stepped down as national coach Tuesday night, saying  he will focus on building the team for the 2023 World Cup that the country is hosting.“Now that the PBA has opened its doors fully to the SBP and the national team, it is time for me to step aside and contribute in a different capacity, focusing on the 2023 program,” Reyes posted on his Twitter account (@coachot).ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img

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