The 3x3 pool of Gilas Pilipinas for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games had its first meeting Monday at the Meralco Gym.
Led by head coach Ronnie Magsanoc, eight members of the pool attended the meeting including Meralco's Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, Columbian's CJ Perez, San Miguel Beer's Terrence Romeo, Blackwater's Mac Belo, NorthPort's Moala Tautuaa, Phoenix's Jason Perkins, and Alaska's Chris Banchero.
Robert Bolick, Ian Sangalang, Anthony Semerad, and Raymond Almazan complete the pool.
"We want to thank the PBA once again for making sure that the best talents were made available for this pool," said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio.
"We're very happy that the players we selected were also eager to participate. We're gunning for no less than a gold medal in the SEA Games and we know there's a lot of work ahead but we're confident that we'll have the best team out there."
Helping Magsanoc out as assistants are Moriah Gingerich from University of the Philippines and San Miguel Beer skipper Alex Cabagnot.
"Alex volunteered to help out and we're thankful that he offered his services. He is willing to impart his basketball knowledge to help out the younger players," added Panlilio.
"He'll certainly help us with the preparation and motivation as well because we all know he is a winner," Magsanoc shared.
"We decided not to practice yet and instead have a meeting with the pool because there will be challenges, specifically with the schedule. We want to be fair to their mother teams as well in the PBA because they were kind enough to allow their players to join us," explained Magsanoc.
The first order of duty for the coaching staff now is to trim the pool down to six or seven players to have more focused training sessions and they will have a decision within the week.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us as some players need to adjust to the 3x3 brand of play," added the SBP 3x3 Program Head.
"Because of the short turnaround, we'll base our decision on the lineup on who'll click as a team."
The first ever 3x3 tournament of the SEA Games will be held on December 1 and 2 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Philippines will be going up against Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and either Laos, Brunei, or Cambodia.