|FilOil Flying V Sports|
By Ivan Saldajeno
SAN JUAN, MM--Baser Amer will embark on his national team duties at the Southeast Asian Games, and it is not just San Beda coach Jamike Jarin who is very glad to see his star point guard go for the gold.
"The entire San Beda community is very happy that he made it to the SEA Games team," Jarin, who graduated from San Beda High School, told sportswriters on Saturday, a half-week after the announcement of Amer's inclusion to the Gilas Cadets squad for the Singaporean tournament starting on June 10.
Jarin also said, "Even his family, the people from Davao, our Muslim brothers, they're very happy that Baser Amer will don the national colors."
The former Batang Gilas mentor also noted that this will be the very first time Amer will become part of a national team as he missed out on becoming one during his youth team days.
"He wasn't able to do that in the youth team because of personal things," Jarin explained why the Red Lions' spitfire point guard did not play for the youth squad despite getting raves from high school coaches.
In spite of that, Jarin is happy that Amer will finally team up with supposed youth team comrade and best friend Kiefer Ravena.
"It is a reunion--the first time for Kiefer and Baser to be teammates with the national team, so I'm very, very excited for them."
On the other hand, Amer told some scribes that he is happy that he will be with the Gilas Cadets, which has been practicing everyday and is raring to once again show its dominance in the Southeast Asian basketball scene.
Expected to win it all, the Gilas Cadets will battle five more teams in the SEA Games basketball tournament.