Former mentor of Gilas Pilipinas, Rajko Toroman, admitted that he was surprised by the high level of play shown by the core of the young national team in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup qualifiers in 2021.

Toroman who is now head coach of Indonesia saw an all-cadet crew from Gilas Pilipinas defeat an all-pro squad in Thailand in the second qualifying window in Bahrain last year.

“I was really impressed and was very surprised at the level of the team and how they played, “Toroman told Radyo Singko’s Power and Play with Noli Eala program.

” These kids are excellent. These kids are very athletic, very talented. They may not have the experience like the pro players, but they are of a high quality. This is the future of Filipino basketball. ”

Under the leadership of Dwight Ramos and Juan Gomez de Liaño, the Philippines raced past Thailand in two consecutive victories and won with an average advantage of 28.0 points.

With these two failures, Gilas Pilipinas stayed at 3 : 0 unbeaten and took first place in Group A. “They played with a lot of confidence, as if they had been in the PBA for 10 years,” said the Serbian tactician.

Add Kai Sotto and the country has a fearsome team for years to come, added Toroman.

“I think this team has a future,” said Toroman. “With Kai Sotto and these young children, I think this is a very competitive team in Asia.”

Gilas Pilipinas will hold onto his all-cadet pool if he sees action in the final window of the Asian Cup qualifiers and FIBA ​​Olympic qualifiers in June. –

Delfin Dioquino dreamed of being a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – write about her.

He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.