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Ateneo's Dela Rosa, Joson committed to Gilas women in event of call up

John Bryan Ulanday - Philstar.com
Ateneo's Dela Rosa, Joson committed to Gilas women in event of call up
Kacey dela Rosa (L) and Jhazmin Joson
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MANILA, Philippines — After an impressive campaign in UAAP Season 85 women’s basketball, Ateneo standouts Kacey dela Rosa and Jhazmin Joson have assured their commitment for flag and country should their numbers be called up for Gilas Pilipinas duty.

Dela Rosa and Joson formed a formidable one-two punch combo for the Blue Eagles that resulted in the team’s first Final Four finish since 2015, boosting their stock as among the up-and-coming national team prospects.

Gilas women head coach Pat Aquino as early as last week have floated their names for a possible national team call up when he assembles the squad for a hectic schedule next year to be highlighted by a three-peat bid in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.

And the duo considered as “Shaq and Kobe” of Ateneo are ready to heed the call.

“Well, it'll be an honor to play for the country,” said Joson after Ateneo's 83-64 semis loss to six-time reigning champion National U.

Dela Rosa posted monstrous averages of 16.85 points, 14.38 rebounds and 3.38 blocks while Joson put up 11.33 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.93 steals to become fellow MVP candidates for Season 85.

Ateneo mentor LA Mumar also emphasized the school’s willingness to lend the two stalwarts in support for the national team program – given no hurdles in their academic duties.

“Ipapahiram namin itong dalawang ito. Promise. Basta okay 'yung grades nila, ipapahiram namin. We're gonna lend them to the national team,” he said.

Aside from the two, Gilas women architect Aquino is eyeing a bevy of UAAP standouts led by La Salle’s Lee Sario with UST’s Tacky Tacatac and MVP frontrunner Eka Soriano as part of its pool expansion along with overseas prospects.

“Im really preparing and I've already made a list. Definitely, it's a good problem for me na nae-expand yung pool. Hopefully more kasi ‘yun naman yung goal natin sa Gilas,” added Aquino as Gilas also braces for the Asian Games and the FIBA Asia Cup.

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