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Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup

TAIPEI — It’s not only the Philippines that didn’t send its best for the Jones Cup, with the timing of the event not really friendly to two more prestigious regional contests for the remainder of the year.

Asian sides priming up for the continental championship in August and the start of the World Cup Qualifying later this year, save for the host nation, have opted to send their second teams to this 10-team, nine-nation event to develop talents for the future.

Like Gilas, Japan also didn’t send its best players in the Jones Cup. Fiba.com
Regional power Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years, sent its ‘B’ team as the 12 players in its roster vie for two slots to the national team proper where they will get to play with the likes of Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami.

Japan’s biggest star, Jojie Takeuchi, stayed home, according to Japanese media here, together with some of the team’s regulars as its 24-Under squad is thrown into the fire which will give coaching staff an idea on who can make it to the regular squad.

Long-time Gilas tormentor South Korea has assembled a team made up of a couple of national team players led by Lee Jong-hyun.

Coached by 1990s national team star Hur Jae, the Koreans are also tipped to contend in the Asian Championship.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/256684/like-philippines-other-countries-also-sent-their-b-teams-in-jones-cup

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