FIBA: Wright out of Gilas to start Asia Cup qualifiers
Paul Lintag on Feb 12, 2020 09:14 PM
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Gilas Pilipinas is officially down one more shooter to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
Phoenix's Matthew Wright is out against Thailand and Indonesia next week as he continues to rehab his injured ankle.
He dropped by practice Wednesday to talk to program director Tab Baldwin.
"Matthew pulled out because he has something wrong with his ankle. He came by to talk to Coach Tab, he said he wanted to join but unfortunately he had to rehab his ankle," team manager Gabby Cui confirmed.
"He won't be able to make it," he added.
With Wright out of the pool, the addition of Rain or Shine's Javee Mocon makes more sense.
Mocon practiced for the second straight day with Gilas and he looks to take over one of the wing spots vacated by the Phoenix star.
"He's stepped up and is willing to help the team. Very happy for Javee," Cui said.
Other addition for Gilas following recent developments are Alaska's Vic Manuel and Abu Tratter.
The pair are yet to show up to practice since the Aces are out on a team building. They're expected to join the national team later this week.
"We're waiting for Vic and Abu. They're very willing to help out. I think Abu will be here Friday," Cui said.
"Si Vic, congratulations to him I think his wife is giving birth Saturday. Baka he'll be here Sunday. Even on short notice they still want to help," Cui added.
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