RDO's international career comes to an end

RDO's international career comes to an end

- RDO announces his retirement from Gilas Pilipinas and playing in international tournaments

- De Ocampo was part of the reincarnated Pilipinas team that played remarkably in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Asian games

- Coach Tab Baldwin thanks Ranidel for playing for the national team

RDO's international career comes to an end

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After ending team Pilipinas' Rio Olympic aspirations with a painful loss to the high offensive New Zealand national team on Wednesday, July 6, the national team will also be losing a key player in Ranidel de Ocampo.

De Ocampo, now 34, named one of the mythical five of last year's FIBA Asian games, has announced his decision to retire from any international competitions after Gilas Pilipinas' devastating 89-80 homecourt defeat to New Zealand that eliminated them from the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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De Ocampo tweeted about his decision to say goodbye to playing for Gilas Pilipinas in future international tournaments.

The veteran forward averaged 1.5 points and 1 rebound in 7.9 minutes playing time in the national teams short-lived run in this qualifying tournament.

This marks the end of a remarkable international career of Ranidel, who first enrobed the national team colors in 2003 as a part of the team that won the gold medal at the SEA Games in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

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The 6 foot 6 power forward was also a part of the Gilas' program revival as they saw action in the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup, as well as the 2013 and 2015 Fiba Asia Championships.

Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin also tweeted to thank the Talk and Text forward for his time with the national team.

“Thank you for your service, commitment, and class. It’s been a privilege to work with you as both a player and person,” he said.

Long before the qualifying tournament, De Ocampo had already mentioned that this OQT would be his last.

 

- SK, Kami Media

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