SENATOR Antonio Trillanes has sponsored a resolution commending Smart-Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 for winning the country's first William Jones Cup title in 14 years.
In Senate Resolution No. 8555, Trillanes praised the "valiant effort" of the Chot Reyes-coached Gilas team which defeated the United States, 76-75, to cap the country's fourth successful championship run in the Taipei tournament and the first since the victory of the Philippine Centennial team in 1998.
The resolution said “the valiant effort shown by the Philippine team in securing the victory is seen as a meaningful and redeeming win as it marks the resurgence of Philippine basketball and reclaims the country’s stature as a dominant force in Asian basketball.”
Trillanes said Smart-Gilas’ coaching staff, officials and players deserve the nation’s congratulation and the Senate’s commendation.
Gilas is made up of Enrico Villanueva (Barangay Ginebra), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Gary David (Powerade), Jeff Chan (Rain or Shine), LA Tenorio (then with Alaska and now with Ginebra) Larry fonacier (Talk N’ Text), Mac Baracael (Alaska), Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk N’ Text), Sol Mercado (Meralco) and Sonny Thoss (Alaska), naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Matt Rosser and San Beda’s Garvo Lanete.
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