IF and when Jimmy Alapag makes it back to the final roster of Gilas Pilipinas, the spitfire Talk ‘N Text guard declared it would be his final stint with the national team.
At 35, Alapag hopes his last hurrah with the Philippine team would be marked with a Fiba-Asia Men’s title, or at the very least a top three finish which would mean an automatic slot to the 2014 world championships in Spain.
“This will definitely be my last tour of duty considering I’m now the oldest player here with the team,” Alapag bared to Spin.ph shortly after Gilas' hour-long practice at the Philsports Arena in Pasig on Monday night.
Alapag said being part of the 17-man training pool allows him to work alongside Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, who steered the team to the championship of the 34th William Jones Cup in Taipei on the way to being named tournament MVP.
“I’m honored to be here (Gilas Pilipinas). Seeing the other top young guards in the PBA today like Jason (Castro) and LA is great and I look forward to playing with the two and getting the chance to work with LA,” said the former PBA MVP.
“I think he’s (Tenorio) one of the best point guards in the PBA today. Hopefully, I could use my past experience with the national team to help Jason and LA,” he added.
Alapag played for the national team during the 2007 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima, Japan, leading the team in scoring and assists with 16 points and 2.8 assists per contest.