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MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas vies in the 2015 Jones Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament in Taipei beginning tomorrow., hoping to use the event to reach competitive form for the FIBA Asian championship.

Team Phl takes the 12:30 p.m. Eva Air flight to Taipei today, bringing along 17 players for their lone warm-up competition for the Asian meet that doubles as regional qualifier for the 2016 Olympics.

“We requested that we be allowed to enter all our players, choosing 12 at a time,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.

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Rising NBA star Jordan Clarkson said Thursday he is eager to play for the Philippines’ national basketball team despite citizenship concerns from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

“I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country,” Clarkson said in a statement released by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (SBP).

Clarkson, whose mother hails from the Philippines, is visiting the basketball-crazy Southeast Asian nation and has joined the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, for practice.

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers continued their impressive form in Tunisia on Thursday as they beat Gabon 88-64 to set up a semifinal meeting with Senegal or Algeria, a match to be played on Saturday.

The Nigerian team won the first three quarters 72-34 and lost the fourth 30-16, as the coach, Will Voight, gave minutes to his bench.

Al-Farouq Aminu again led the way with 17 points in 23 minutes, followed by Michael Gbinije with 15 points from about 22 minutes of play.

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Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin also got excited with the presence of Jordan Clarkson during Wednesday night’s practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin is no different from everyone else inside the crowded Meralco Gym on Wednesday night.

There was much anticipation in the room with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson expected to attend Gilas training as news of his possible inclusion in the team builds.

And Clarkson not only showed up in practice, he also participated in some of the drills

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Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson reassured his commitment to the Philippine national men’s basketball team despite pronouncements from his father that he doesn’t recommend his son to play for Gilas Pilipinas due to his duties with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The younger Clarkson made the statement after his dad, Mike, said publicly that a Gilas Pilipinas stint for the Lakers guard is “not logical.”

“My father, Mike, has always looked out for my welfare and is only genuinely concerned for my career, my future and my wellbeing – his thoughts are that of a very loving dad,” Clarkson said in a statement passed on to the Philippine media on Thursday.

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MANILA, Philippines – Samahan Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios admitted that they didn’t expect Jordan Clarkson’s father to speak out against the player’s possible inclusion to the Philippine national team.

Initially, the SBP knew it would have to go through FIBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA to secure the Filipino-American’s services for Gilas. However, they didn’t expect to get opposition from Clarkson’s own father.

"That's a surprise," Barrios told sports website Spin.

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  Andrew Wiggins (John Locher/AP)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points as Canada beat Puerto Rico 78-72 to win its first Tuto Marchand Continental Cup on Wednesday.

The Canadians finished the FIBA Americas tune-up tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.

Andrew Nicholson added 16 points, including four three-pointers, for Canada while Melvin Ejim chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

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