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Dwight Ramos, Matt Nieto among new faces in Gilas final 12 vs Indonesia
by Reynald Magallon, February 19, 2020 8:44pm
Dwight Ramos and Matt Nieto will be among the new faces for the Gilas Pilipinas once it takes on Indonesia in their road game on February 23.
Joining the two were fellow amateur standouts Thirdy Ravena and Juan Gomez de Llano. Also making the cut were special draft pick Isaac Go.
The five non-PBA players will be backstopped by former Gilas players Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, Poy Erram and Abu Tratter. Late replacement Justin Chua will also be donning the country's colors for the first time.
Head coach Mark Dickel made the announcement after their Wednesday practice at the Meralco Gym.
"In all honesty the team in the last two days of practice made it a lot easier to pick," said Dickel.
"We felt that PBA players that we picked gave us a really really good base to build of and then the other five players will make the group. so that was the decision that was made and that's why we made it just to give us this chance in this window to do well," he added.
Meanwhile, Javee Mocon, Rey Suerte and Jaydee Tungcab was named as the reserves of the team. Gilas cuts include Javi Gamez de Llano, Mike Nieto and Allyn Bulanadi.
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