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Chot not rushing Pogoy as FIBA World Cup qualifiers near

Delfin Dioquino
Chot not rushing Pogoy as FIBA World Cup qualifiers near

EXPERIENCED. Roger Pogoy is one of only four players in the current 22-man pool who have seen action in the FIBA World Cup.

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Chot Reyes says they are still evaluating whether Roger Pogoy can suit up for Gilas Pilipinas after sustaining a calf injury that sidelined him in the PBA Governors' Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes is not about to risk the health of Roger Pogoy just for him to play in the upcoming window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers later this February.

Reyes said they are still evaluating whether Pogoy can suit up for the national team after the TNT star sustained a calf injury that sidelined him in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

“If he cannot [run with us in practice], we do not want to force him because for me, the Pogoy situation is not a FIBA window situation, it is a career health situation,” Reyes said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“We’re going to do what is best for him, not only for the window, but in the long run.”

Of course, having Pogoy is a big boost for the national team owing to his experience in the international stage.

Among the current 22-man pool, Pogoy is one of only four players who have seen action in the World Cup along with Jayson Castro, Robert Bolick, and Troy Rosario.

But Reyes said health stays the top priority for Pogoy.

“We do not want to jeopardize rushing him just to be able to play for the window. He has to be 100 percent before we make that decision on him,” Reyes said.

Reyes only has a few days to prepare the national team before they start their Asian Qualifiers campaign against visiting Korea on February 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Slated to play four games in five days, the Philippines will then face India on February 25, New Zealand on February 27, and Korea again on February 28. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.