Smart Gilas Pilipinas took a month-long break before going through the final stretch of its preparations for the 2011 Fiba Asia Championship.
RP coach Rajko Toroman said the Dubai International Tournament in January will kick off the team’s itinerary for next year.
After finishing sixth in the Guangzhou Asian Games, Smart Gilas is on vacation and will resume practice after Christmas, tentatively on Dec. 27.
The tough Dubai joust, which allows three imports of unlimited height, is scheduled Jan. 20 to 29. The RP five copped third place in the same tournament last year.
Toroman has also penciled a foreign training in Serbia either in February or March before the Nationals compete in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials are lobbying for the hosting of the Champions Cup, a tournament for the best club teams in the continent, come April or May.
Toroman said the William Jones Cup will be the last training stop for Smart Gilas prior to the Fiba Asia Championship, which offers only a single ticket for the region in the 2012 London Olympics.
The SBP has also placed its bid on the Asian championship after Fiba Asia earlier stripped the hosting from Lebanon.