Quiambao was added to the staff of Strong Group-PH.

Kevin Quimbau of Gilas Philippines

Kevin Quimbau of Gilas Philippines. – FIBA ​​Basketball

A strong group-Philippines made a late addition to Gilas Pilipinas pool member Kevin Quimbau before the first batch of the squad departed on Wednesday for the United Arab Emirates to secure a second straight title at the Dubai International Championship, which begins on Friday. is about to end.

Ange Koome was a late scratch from the star-studded squad after suffering from dengue, and Coimbatore was a welcome addition as the Filipinos opened against the UAE national squad.

“It’s been tough without Ainge. It changes everything for us,” said coach Charles Teo, who led the last PH team, Mighty Sports, to a clean sweep of the tournament in 2020. before the event was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We built this team knowing we would have had him, and his absence is a real game changer.”

Two more matches are scheduled in as many days as strong Group-PH take on Al-Nasr Libya on Saturday before taking on Al-Wahda on Sunday. According to Teo, the squad will wrap up the group stage next week against Dynamo-Lebanon on Wednesday before a crossover semi-final where “there are more difficult teams”.

Former National Basketball Association stars Nick Young, Shabazz Muhammad and Renaldo Balkman will still headline the squad, aided by a talented roster of collegiate stars led by Adamson’s Jerome Lastimosa and University of the Philippines’ JD Quigolingan. will get

Teo also admitted to helping the Filipino squad play overseas, especially in the Middle East where there is a large number of overseas Filipino workers.

“We definitely need the Filipino fans to come out and support us there. They’ve been our sixth man every time and we need every one of them,” Teo said.

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