Young guns Bolick, Perez make cut as Gilas 12 lineup for FIBA World Cup announced

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — The final roster of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2019 FIBA World Cup has been revealed.

The lineup was announced by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on its official Twitter account, moments after the second tune-up game between Gilas and Australian club team Adelaide 36ers Sunday at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

Headlining the Philippine men's basketball squad are naturalized big man Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Paul Lee, and captain Gabe Norwood. All five played in the previous edition of the tournament held in Spain.

Included in the rotation are RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, and Raymond Almazan.

Kiefer Ravena, who played his first competitive basketball game against the 36ers following an 18-month FIBA ban, also made the cut.

Meanwhile, young guns Robert Bolick and CJ Perez are making their international debut.

Gilas, ranked 31st in the world, will go up against 2016 Olympic silver medalist Serbia, 13th seed Italy, and 39th ranked Angola in Group D. Their games will take place in Foshan, China.

The FIBA World Cup will run from August 31 to September 15.