Fernandez confident of golden finish


    FORMER pro league great Ramon Fernandez, now a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, is confident that national basketball team coach Tim Cone will get the job done.

    Fernandez, a member of the silver-winning Asian Games team in 1990 in Beijing, believes the Philippines could win its 18th SEA Games gold medal overall since 1977.

    The men’s basketball competition will be held on December 1 to 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    “He (Cone) knows what it takes to win in the Southeast Asian Games. It can be done with an all-pro lineup and even with a mix of collegiate stars,” said Fernandez.

    Cone formed unveiled the Gilas Pilipinas 15-man SEA Games pool headed by six Barangay Ginebra players: Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio, Art Dela Cruz and Stanley Pringle.

    Other players selected were June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Christian Standhardinger, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro, Vic Manuel and Matthew Wright.

    “We don’t want to lose this one. This is our home court. This is not the best talent, but we are trying to be the best team that we can,” said Cone, who has 21 titles in the pro league, highlighted by grand slam wins in 1996 and 2013.