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9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs Canada

Priming up for two important regional events in the next two months, Gilas Pilipinas opens up its hectic Jones Cup Invitational schedule against Canada on July 15 as the country hopes to win the event for the fifth time and retain the championship using its national team.

It will be nine games in as many days for the Filipinos, who will be bringing in one import in Mike Myers and will be parading Kobe Paras as a National for the first time in front of the world.

Kobe Paras of Gilas Pilipinas. Inquirer.net photo
Paras will be joined by former collegiate phenom Kiefer Ravena and members of the Cadet pool all seeing action in the PBA now, counting Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright, who were with pro veterans that bamboozled the opposition in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship in Manila two months ago.

Ravena and Paras are, without a doubt, the finest talents in the amateurs today with Ravena contemplating on turning pro later in the year.

Myers has been in the country for weeks now, originally listed to see action for TNT KaTropa in the PBA, while Paras and Ravena headed straight to Gilas camp after bannering the PH 3X3 team.

After taking on Canada’s 3D Global Sports on that day, the Filipinos will clash with Taipei A, Taipei B, Japan, South Korea, Iraq, Lithuania, India and Iran in what could be the title game on the 23rd.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/255091/9-games-9-days-gilas-ph-opens-jones-cup-bid-vs-canada

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