After 40 years, it's back at our home soil. The formerly known as Asian Basketball Championship, now FIBA-Asia, will be hosted by our country. We won the 1973 edition of ABC here in our own country. It's now time to regain our lost glory, to be number 1 in Asia and to get to play again in World Championship, now dubbed as FIBA World Cup.
This biennial meet is set to showcase the country's tallest and best team formed ever. With naturalized Filipino, Marcus Douthit manning at the middle, The Kraken, Junemar Fajardo at the four-spot with the 6-foot-9 slot man Japeth Aguilar backing them up, that makes the front line more formidable and competitive against Asia's stratospheric teams such as China, Jordan and Lebanon.Philippines is a guard-rich basketball country. With three of the best point guards of the Philippines that are really perfect for the dribble and drive philosophy, it gives the team stability. We never saw another Allan Caidic, who was the most feared three-point shooter in his time, in this generation. But with Larry Fonacier, Jeff Chan and Gary David, there will be no problem with outside shooting. It's just about breaking down defense. Marc Pingris will be anchoring the defense while Gabe Norwood will be a big man at point.
Nobody knows who will be the quintet at floor. They can play small ball and they can play big.
Philippines last won it at 1985. With three slots available for the World Cup, Philippines has big chance. I am not a player of the team, not even their coach nor part of their staff. I am just an ordinary Filipino Citizen. And all I can do for our country is to support them. Support the National Team.
I am calling all the Filipinos, basketball fan or not, to support our own, support our team to reclaim our lost glory, to be number one again.
Ako, Si Zyvil Charles Arcilla, taga-Makati at tubong Pampanga, sumusuporta at naniniwala sa Gilas Pilipinas. Laban Pilipinas! PUSO!