The Dubai International Basketball Tournament, now on its 24th year, is an annual sports competition held in the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE), organized by the UAE Basketball Association under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Eight teams are set to participate in the tournament – 2 from UAE(National Team and Al Ahli Dubai), Jordan, Philippines, Kazakhstan and 3 from Lebanon.Tickets will be on sale from Al Ahli Club on the day.
The Smart-Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 headed by Coach Chot Reyes will begin its campaign in the tourney with Mouttahed Tripoli of Lebanon Saturday early morning at the Al Ahli gymnasium in Dubai.
New players were added to the newest edition of the Gilas squad. Ateneo Blue Eagles Greg Slaughter, Kevin Louie Alas, former UAAP MVP and FEU Tamaraw RR Garcia, Ronald Pascual, former San Beda ace Jake Pascual and Fil-foreign guard Justin Melton add up to the team roster.
With the professional stars of the PBA such as Gary David, LA Tenorio, Arwind Santos and Junemar Fajardo unavailable to play for the team, Reyes has instead tapped Jay-R Reyes, KG Canaleta and Ronjay Buenafe. Completing the squad are naturalized player, Marcus Douthit, Garvo Lanete and Matt Rosser.
The Gilas squad will play on Group B of the sporting event along with Lebanon’s Mouttahed Tripoli, host Al Ahli and Sporting Aramex of Jordan.
Below is the schedule of games of Gilas 2.0 for the Dubai tourney:
- January 11, 2013, 9:00 PM (Jan 12, 1:00 AM PHT): Smart Gilas vs Mouttahed Tripoli (Lebanon)
- January 12, 2013, 9:00 PM (Jan 13, 1:00 AM PHT): Smart Gilas vs Al Ahli (UAE)
- January 14, 2013, 9:00 PM (Jan 15, 1:00 AM PHT): Smart Gilas vs Sporting Aramex (Jordan)
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