SPURNED the second time around, big man Aldrech Ramos is taking the latest snub by Gilas Pilipinas in stride after he became among the odd-men out in the national team set to wage war in the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship in Changsha, China.
While there may be a tinge of sadness after one again failing to make the final cut of the national team, the ‘stretch 4’ big man out of Far Eastern University is nonetheless proud of those who were selected to comprise the 12-man roster of coach Tab Baldwin with whom he had forged a greater bond in the short time he was with Gilas.
“Medyo malungkot, but very happy doon sa mga napili. Suporta naman ako lagi sa kanila. And I think, kahit sino naman sa (pool) deserving na makasama sa final lineup,” Ramos shared to Spin.ph.
The 6-foot-4 forward was cut from the team on Tuesday, along with Fiba World Cup veterans Jimmy Alapag and Gary David, and rookie Troy Rosario when Baldwin finally submitted his final roster for the Rio Olympics qualifying meet set September 23-October 3.
He disclosed coach Baldwin called him up just before the official Gilas roster was submitted to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and forwarded to the Fiba Asia organizers.
The recently acquired forward of Mahindra Enforcers said he’ll definitely miss the camaraderie the group has developed in the two months it has been together since its formation last August.
“Sigurado yun, ma-miss ko yung bonding namin, yung mga kakulitan lalo na sunud-sunod yung alis namin,” said Ramos, recalling the trip Gilas made in Estonia for a four-team pocket tournament and just recently, the 37th Jones Cup where the team brought home the silver medal behind eventual champion Iran.
Ramos was part of the original Smart Gilas pool under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. He did play for the team during the 2010 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Doha, Qatar, but never made the national roster for the 2011 Fiba Asia Championships in Wuhan, China.
But being considered for the national team anew is more than enough to console Ramos’ hurting ego.
“Iba ang feeling to represent the national team. Kaya sobrang happy ko that I became part of this Gilas (3.0) team,” he said. “Bonus na lang sa akin kung napili pa ako (in the final 12).”