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PBA to allow Gilas pool members to suit up for FIBA Asia Cup

MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa on Tuesday announced that all PBA ball clubs have agreed to release Gilas Pilipinas pool members to the national team that will compete in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon from August 8 to 20.

This means that Coach Chot Reyes will have at his disposal all the players that he named to the 24-man Gilas pool, from which the Final 12 will be selected.

PBA veterans, including Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva, will be allowed to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
Recent SEABA campaigners June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy lead the 19 PBA players in the 24-man roster.

Other PBA players on the list are: Gabe Norwood, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Chris Tolomia and Carl Bryan Cruz.

Naturalized player Andray Blatche, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, and Kobe Paras complete the list.

The release of the PBA players to the Gilas Pilipinas pool is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which posits that Gilas cadets will be released 30 days before the tournament, and the PBA veterans, 15 days.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/18/17/pba-to-allow-gilas-pool-members-to-suit-up-for-fiba-asia-cup

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