Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 18, 2018 09:13 PM
All but one of the players in the Gilas Pilipinas pool were in attendance in the last home practice before Taiwan
Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July.
Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.
Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright.
The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29.
They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice.
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