TAB BALDWIN will debut as head coach of the national mens basketball squad against Indonesia in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship for Men set late this month in Singapore.
The American-New Zealander was tasked to handle the cadets team in the six-nation tournament which serves as a qualifier for the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Asia Mens Championship in Changsa in Hunan, China, in August.
The top 3 teams in the April 27 to May 1 tournament in Singapore will advance to the 16-nation Asian Championship where the gold-medal winner takes the lone ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Baldwins Gilas team will face the Indonesian team on April 27 at 6 p.m. then face Lao PDR the following day at 4 p.m.
The Filipinos, six-time winners of the competition, then meet two-time champion Malaysia on April 29 at 6 p.m., face off with a Brunei Darussalam side coached by Filipino Nomar Isla the following day, also at 6 p.m.
They will cap their Seaba stint against host Singapore on May 1 at 8 p.m. Defending champion Thailand is not competing this year.
Baldwin, who was Chot Reyess consultant when Gilas Pilipinas bagged the silver medal in the 2013 Fiba Asia Mens Championship in Manila to claim the historic ticket to the Fiba World Cup in Spain last year, has yet to name his final 12 for the Seaba tournament.
The 16-man pool is made up of naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Kevin Ferrer, Garvo Lante, Mark Belo, Jeron Teng, Baser Amer, Jiovanni Jalalon, Glenn Khobuntin, Thirdy Ravena, Prince Rivero, Troy Rosario, Scottie Thompson, Norbert Torres, Armon Van Opstal and Almond Vosotros.