Aguilar, Wright re­turn as Team Phl faces Qatar


Hav­ing served their one-game bans, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are back into the Team Pilip­inas’ fold when the squad takes on the visit­ing

Qataris tonight in the FIBA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match. The match tips off 7:30 p.m.

Join­ing the re­turnees are the na­tional team’s new­est faces in Scot­tie Thomp­son and Alex Cabag­not.

Gi­las pi­o­neer Mar­cio Las­siter, long­time skip­per Gabe Nor­wood, the ag­ing Asi Taulava, and Ian San­galang are also repris­ing their roles af­ter the heart­break­ing loss to the Ira­ni­ans last Thurs­day.

JP Er­ram, Paul Lee, Stan­ley Pringle, who all have mounted com­mend­able in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances at the Asiad last month, will also see ac­tion. They will be joined by Ray­mond Al­mazan.

Cu­ri­ously, Chris­tian Stand­hardinger is knocked off the ros­ter af­ter hav­ing an ef­fi­cient scor­ing dis­play in the game against the Ira­ni­ans. Pringle has taken his spot as the nat­u­ral­ized mem­ber of the team. A squad can field only one dur­ing games.

The lineup was bared by the Sama­hang Bas­ket­bol ng Pilpinas Sun­day af­ter­noon, just af­ter the Na­tion­als’ short prac­tice at the Big Dome.

"It is a wel­come devel­op­ment that Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are back in the Fi­nal 12 af­ter serv­ing their 1-game sus­pen­sion im­posed by FIBA,” SBP pres­i­dent Al Panlilio said through a state­ment min­utes af­ter the rev­e­la­tion.

“Japeth’s quick­ness, perime­ter scor­ing as well as his above the rim ath­leti­cism com­bined with his vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­ter­na­tional brand of play will surely be an added boost in our bat­tle against Qatar.

Matthew is a knock­down shooter from the 3 point area. We strug­gled might­ily against Iran be­cause we couldn’t shoot from the out­side, with him on board, hope­fully, that prob­lem will be ad­dressed," he added.—

Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright will re­turn to ac­tion for the na­tional team as they take on Qatar tonight in the 2019 FIBA World Cup qual­i­fiers at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

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