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    Thai-American Tyler Lamb admits officials working on inclusion in Thailand team

    Mar 12, 2017
    Tyler Lamb scored 24 points for HK Eastern in a lopsided win over Alab on Sunday. ABL photo

    SANTA ROSA, Laguna - Tyler Lamb is proving to be a big headache for Alab Pilipinas in the ABL.

    He could be a problem for Gilas Pilipinas, too, in the near future.

    The Thai-American import of Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL bared on Sunday that Thailand officials are working on his inclusion in the national team that will compete in the coming Southeast Asian Basketball (Seaba) championship and the SEA Games.

    "We are working on that right now," the high-scoring guard said after scoring 24 points on Sunday night in leading the Long Lions to their second successive win over Alab Pilipinas, 83-61, at the Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.

    "There's a Seaba tournament so I might be playing. My agent is talking with the coaches there right now to see all the guidelines. I really dont know whats going on," said Lamb.

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    Lamb, who was once brought in to play as an Asian import for Globalport in the PBA, said he already has a Thai passport but is unsure about his status.

    But if it happens, Lamb said he would be thrilled to don Thailand's colors.

    "It would be an honor to play for Thailand. I have my Thai passport and everything. I'm not really sure about my status right now. It's being worked on," said the 26-year-old guard out of Long Beach State.

    The US-raised guard figures to be a concern for Gilas, which sees Thailand among the threats to its bid in the May 12-18 tournament serving as a qualifier for the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon this August.

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    Lamb's possible inclusion could be a huge boost to Thailand, which tapped Moses Morgan, a Thai-American player for the Saigon Heat, for its national team in a tournament in Hong Kong last year.

    Thailand had given the Gilas cadets a big fight in the 2015 SEA Games and last year's Seaba Cup where the Thais finished with a silver medal.

    Lamb is already looking forward to playing with his co-ABL player in the Thailand team.

    "Hopefully, both of us can play," said Lamb.

    Still, Lamb said his main focus at the moment is his stint with Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL.

    "Not really focused on that right now," said Lamb, referring to his possible stint with Thailand. "I'm trying to get through this ABL and take it one game at a time."

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    Tyler Lamb scored 24 points for HK Eastern in a lopsided win over Alab on Sunday. ABL photo
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