Missing Gilas stars finally show up as FIBA World Cup nears

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is slowly gaining full strength with less than two weeks before the FIBA World Cup, as June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario attended practice on Tuesday, August 20.

A total of 15 players showed up at the Meralco Gym in Pasig as the trio ended a two-week absence from the national team after San Miguel dispatched TNT in 6 games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals.

TNT duo Pogoy and Rosario were early in training and participated in the conditioning drills, followed by Fajardo, who came from their championship victory party at the San Miguel headquarters in Mandaluyong. 

Also present on Tuesday were Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, Beau Belga, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Raymond Almazan, and Poy Erram. 

Matthew Wright – who joined Marcio Lassiter in the injured list after suffering a right peroneal tendon strain during practice on Monday, August 19 – was also in attendance but did not join the scrimmages. 

The World Cup will come off the wraps in multiple cities in China starting August 31. 

But before that, the Filipinos will tangle with Australian team Adelaide 36ers in back-to-back tuneup games on August 23 and 25. – Rappler.com 

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.