TNT KaTropa coaching consultant Mark Dickel has been named interim coach of the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.
The Philippines is set to open its campaign with a home game against 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Thailand on Feb. 20, followed by a road game against Indonesia at the Britama Arena in Jakarta on Feb. 23.
“In his short stint in the Philippines, coach Mark has performed creditably well,” said Manny V. Pangilinan, chairman emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
The 24-man pool of Gilas Pilipinas for the coming battles includes three members of the KaTropa in RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, and Ray Parks.
Dickel, tapped as an active consultant of TNT in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup, helped the KaTropa reach the finals of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.
“We want to hit the ground running for the coming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers,” said Pangilinan. “We all know what he did to help TNT in such a short span and we’re confident he can also move things quickly as we prepare for the first window this February.”
Aside from the three TNT players, also in the pool are Kiefer Ravena, Poy Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Japeth Aguilar, CJ Perez, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jaydee Tungcab, and Dwight Ramos.
The SBP intends to announce a full-time coach by the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers sometime in November.