A cadet-reinforced Smart Gilas-Pilipinas 2.0 will carry the country’s colors in the 24th Dubai International Basketball Tournament set two weeks from now.
Big man Greg Slaughter, former UAAP MVP RR Garcia, Kevin Louie Alas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, and Justin Melton comprised half of the team named by coach Chot Reyes for the January 10-19 tournament at the Al Ahli Club.
Reyes bared the Gilas lineup on his Twitter account @coachot.
The unavailability of several star pro players made Reyes decide to tap the services of the cadet cagers from the national pool.
Gilas Pilipinas members Gary David (foot) and LA Tenorio (elbow) are both nursing injuries, Sol Mercado is ineligible to play, while Arwind Santos and Junemar Fajardo – two players coveted by Reyes for his team - failed to get the green light from Petron management to wear the national colors.
In their place, Reyes has tapped Meralco players Jay-R Reyes, KG Canaleta, and Ronjay Buenafe.
Completing the team are naturalized players Marcus Douthit, Garvo Lanete, and Matt Rosser Ganuelas. Reyes also left two slots reserved for Japeth Aguilar and new Fil-Am recruit Isaac Holstein.
The Smart Gilas-Pilipinas team of former national coach Rajko Toroman bagged the bronze medal during the 2010 edition of the Dubai International, with Jayvee Casio adjudged as the best point guard of the tournament.