GILAS Pilipinas veteran point guard Jimmy Alapag has postponed his retirement to join the Philippine team in the 2014 Asian Games in Inchon, South Korea.
“Just finished meeting with Jimmy Alapag and he got two words: ‘I’m in’,” Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced via Twitter.
The 5’11 Alapag, 36, is expected to replace injured point guard Jayson Castro, who is Alapag’s teammate in Talk ‘N Text. In the recently concluded FIBA World Cup in Spain, Lebanese player Fhadi El-Khatib praised Alapag as the best point guard in the Asian region. Alapag had a remarkable performance in the Philippines’ matches against Argentina and Senegal. Gilas ended its campaign in the FIBA World Cup with a win-loss record of 1-4.
Reyes added that he would rely on 6’11 naturalized player Marcus Douthit after the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) barred Andray Blatche from playing in the Asian Games for not meeting the requirements of the three-year residency rule.
Douthit on Thursday secured clearance from the IAGOC to play in the Asiad.
Besides skipper Alapag, the other members of the team are guard Paul Lee, Ranidel De Ocampo, Jean Marc Pingris, JunMar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Gary David, Jeff Chan plus reserves Jared Dillinger and Beau Belga.