Ranidel De Ocampo tweeted out last night that he was retiring from Gilas duties, while his fellow Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texter Jayson Castro could be joining him in that regard.
De Ocampo tweeted, “I officially announce my goodbye of playing in Gilas Pilipinas Basketball! #PUSO”
I officially announce my goodbye of playing in Gilas Pilipinas Basketball! #PUSO
— Ranidel De Ocampo (@jutaca33) July 6, 2016
The decision looked pretty final, as it was even acknowledged by head coach Tab Baldwin:
@jutaca33 Thank you for your service, commitment and class. It's been a privilege to work with you as both a player and person.
— Tab Baldwin (@iHob1111) July 6, 2016
Last night’s defeat to New Zealand might also be the final game of “The Best Point Guard in Asia” Jayson Castro, as reported by ABS-CBN News’ Camille Naredo:
"Siguro, this could be my last." — Jayson Castro.
— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 6, 2016
De Ocampo has been a part of multiple FIBA Asia Championship tournaments, stretching back to 2011. He has career international averages of 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.
Castro on the other hand has been a part of the Gilas program since 2013. His career international averages are 11.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He was named to the Mythical Five of the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Asia Championship tournaments.