Castro, Fajardo lead Team Pilipinas hopefuls in 1st training day
Mark Escarlote on Nov 12, 2018 08:49 PM
Twelve of the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool attended the first training session called by head coach Yeng Guiao. (FILE PHOTO)
Veteran guard Jason Castro and San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo led 12 of the 20-player Team Pilipinas pool who attended the first training session called by head coach Yeng Guiao Monday night at the Meralco gym.
The Nationals are preparing for the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers where they will take on Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3 with both games set to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Also in attendance in the national pool bankrolled by Smart were SMB’s Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwod, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright, Blackwater’s Poy Erram and Talk ‘N Text’s Troy Rosario.
Youthful cagers Ricci Rivero of University of the Philippines and Kai Sotto of Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets were also in present.
"We're just trying to get them together for the first time atr least for this window and merong mga bagong pangalan, bagong mga dating," said Guiao. "So also, we know that there are also PBA games still going on so its very important that we make use of every opportunity just to bring them together. Get them to get some chemistry and cohesion early."
Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee but skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.
SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle are yet to arrive for practice as of posting time.
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