Rest of the league available for Gilas pool, says Marcial

Philip Matel on Jul 19, 2018 07:40 PM
Rest of the league available for Gilas pool, says Marcial
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcia; expressed relief that the suspension did not cover the PBA, which would have meant castastrophic results in their respective mother teams' campaign.

We might not be doomed after all.

Hours after the decision of FIBA that sealed the fate of the 10 Gilas players involved in the infamous brawl at the Philippine Arena, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial assured everyone that the rest of the league would be available for national team duty.

Gilas Pilipinas will be without the services of Calvin Abueva for six games, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, and Carl Bryan Cruz for five, while naturalized center Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Terrence Romeo will not suit up for three. 

Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright meanwhile will miss the game against Iran on Sept. 13 for their involvement in the skirmish.

"Ang PBA, kay coach Chot Reyes, ang pool niya, ang 12 teams," Marcial said in an interview at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The commissioner meanwhile expressed relief that the suspension did not cover the PBA, which would have meant castastrophic results in their respective mother teams' campaign.

As the door closes for the 10, another window opens for the Gilas pool members who did not suit up for that game or were not handed sanctions. It could also be a springboard for others who have not yet been called up to defend flag and country.

"Nandyan sina LA, Vic Manuel, sina Arwind Santos, Almazan. Yun ang mga puwedeng kunin ni coach Chot."

June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood, and Allein Maliksi, who are part of the national team, were not given sanctions, thus making them available for the rest of the second window of the Asian Qualifiers.

The long-time PBA figure also thanked the people involved for being readily available once the league requested their presence in a meeting.

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