first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort GALLERY: Askren, Aoki face off for ONE: Immortal Pursuit Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES That game will be played Down Under, and so will the return match against the Taiwanese also in February. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva will lead Reyes’ frontline against Japan, which is also tall and agile because of Takeuchi and Brown.Reyes would have to decide on whether or not to include Kevin Alas on the roster since the other guard he has in the pool, Kiefer Ravena, seems to be a shoo-in owing to very impressive showings ever since making the Gilas team in the Jones Cup last July.Jayson Castro, twice voted as Asia’s best point guard, could slide into the No. 2 spot, which also gives Reyes the option to include Alas in the team as a back-up to Ravena.After the Friday game, Team PH returns home the following day and will play Chinese-Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Philippines is shooting for no less than a sweep of its first two games for the momentum heading into a clash with world power Australia in February.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comChot Reyes makes the final three cuts in his 15-man pool Thursday on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas’ first round clash with Japan in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Team Philippines has been in the Japanese capital since Tuesday as Reyes and his staff continue to figure out which best 12-man team can compete with the hosts that will be bannered by naturalized player Ira Brown and talented center Joji Takeuchi.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila), and the Philippines will be playing that game without its leading scorer in the last Fiba Asia Cup, Terrence Romeo.Romeo did not make the trip because of a nagging leg injury, and Reyes would have to find the right combination that would come up with the 17.8-point average that the 5-foot-10 point guard churned out in Lebanon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Not yet, we’re still deciding,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer Wednesday afternoon, one day ahead of the Fiba deadline.The team managers’ meeting, slated Thursday afternoon, is the final day for both teams to decide as Japan will also trim down a 14-man pool. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img