MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) Christian Standhardinger will be the naturalized player, and Scottie Thompson will make his long-awaited debut for the men's senior team when the Philippines plays Iran in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier on Thursday.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio revealed the 12-man line-up that will compete against Iran in Tehran, in what will be the first window of the second round of qualifiers.
The full line-up is as follows:
1. Raymond Almazan
2. Beau Belga
3. Alex Cabagnot
4. Paul Lee
5. Poy Erram
6. Marcio Lassiter
7. Allein Maliksi
8. Gabe Norwood
9. Ian Sangalang
10. Christian Standhardinger
11. Asi Taulava
12. Scottie Thompson
"SBP is pleased with the roster that will play in Iran," Panlilio said in a statement. "We are praying that Coach Yeng's Final 12 will be able to compete and beat the strong Iranian team."
National team coach Yeng Guiao had been reluctant to name his "Final 12" in Manila, and instead brought the entire 16-man roster to Tehran when the team left on Sunday.
He had been choosing between Standhardinger and point guard Stanley Pringle as his naturalized players, especially after big man Greg Slaughter was cleared to play as a local for the national team.
However, Slaughter is still dealing with a nagging ankle injury that prevents him from suiting up for the Philippines.
"It is unfortunate that Greg Slaughter's injury is not fully healed yet," Panlilio said. "There is still swelling and contusion on his left ankle."
"We are very cautious not to rush his comeback, as we don't want to further aggravate his condition," he added. "We expect a more complete roster in future tournaments, when (June Mar) Fajardo and Slaughter are ready to serve and play together for flag and country."
Also sitting out the Iran game are Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright, who will serve their one-game suspensions stemming from their roles in the Philippines' brawl against Australia back in July.
The Philippines has a 4-2 win-loss record in Group F, while Iran has a 5-1 slate.
They will play Qatar in a closed-door game at the Araneta Coliseum on September 17.
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