MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas will be parading a tall roster headlined by the return of Ange Kouame in its Friday midnight (Philippine time) battle against Jordan in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
As announced on Thursday, the 6-foot-11 Ateneo beanpole will be making a return to headline the national team's frontcourt.
Kouame will join Adelaide's Kai Sotto, Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar and Jamie Malonzo, TNT's Calvin Oftana and Poy Erram, and La Salle's Kevin Quiambao at Coach Chot Reyes' disposal in the forward and center positions.
Making the lineup among the guards are Hokkaido's Dwight Ramos, Nagoya's Ray-Ray Parks, TNT's RR Pogoy, Ginebra's Scottie Thompson, and San Miguel's CJ Perez.
This leaves San-En's Thirdy Ravena as the only guy not in the "Final 12", but he is expected to make Gilas' final lineup against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh at midnight on Monday (Philippine time).
Both Gilas and Jordan will be breaking a tie for third place at 3-3 in Group E play as the latter tries to make the last ride to next year's FIBA World Cup to be co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, beginning with a crucial home game at the Prince Hamza Arena in Amman. (PNA)