Castro will lead Blatche-less Gilas to FIBA-Asia Cup

Paul Lintag on Jul 25, 2017 10:24 PM
Castro will lead Blatche-less Gilas to FIBA-Asia Cup
The Blur will take charge as Gilas Pilipinas will head to Lebanon for the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup without Andray Blatche.

Gilas Pilipinas is all set for the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup in Lebanon.

On Tuesday, national team head coach Chot Reyes revealed the 12 players that will compete for the Asian championship next month with reigning two-time best point guard in Asia Jayson Castro leading the way.

Joining the Blur is reigning three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo as well as scoring champion Terrence Romeo.

Calvin Abueva is also in the lineup while Gilas regulars in Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, and the returning Gabe Norwood likewise made the cut.

PBA rookies and Gilas cadets Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz will represent the Philippines in the FIBA-Asia Cup, which will run on August 8-20 in Beirut.

Curiously, Andray Blatche was left out of the final 12. His spot will be taken by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger who is considered as a naturalized player under FIBA rules.

No official statement has been released yet on why Blatche, who has been Gilas' reinforcement since the 2014 World Cup and last played for the Philippines last May during the SEABA Championships, missed the cut.

Speaking of the SEABA Championships, Allein Maliksi is another player from that team that failed to make the main roster for the FIBA-Asia joust.

However, several reports earlier this week said that the former Brooklyn Net was having concerns about the security in Lebanon, causing his reluctance to re-join the national team.

Gilas Pilipinas, composed of its cadet crew, recently just came back from Taiwan after finishing fourth in the 39th William Jones Cup.

 

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