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    Andray Blatche rejoins Gilas practice, but Romeo, De Ocampo, Hontiveros still out

    Aug 13, 2015

    GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin was glad to see Andray Blatche join practice for an extended period on Thursday night at the Meralco Gym.

    Blatche was earlier diagnosed with prostatitis, characterized by the inflammation of the prostate gland, which has hampered the naturalized center for nearly a week now.

    But Blatche, supposedly still unable to join practice, surprisingly took part in the drills in the first half of the two-hour practice and even urged Baldwin to continue before the coach told him to rest.

    “He felt better,” Baldwin said. He’s hard to keep off the court, which I love.”

    “But he’s got to take care of himself,” the American-Kiwi mentor was quick to add. “I told him enough was enough tonight. He’s still in pain, you can see it. He’s still uncomfortable.”

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    There are still plenty in sick bay, though.

    Terrence Romeo, who is suffering from a viral infection, was still confined in a hospital.

    “But we expect him to be released tomorrow,” Baldwin said. “It was a very severe virus he had. They had the fever under control now, so it’s just getting the fluids back in the body, getting the body to regulate itself a little bit better.”

    Baldwin expects the GlobalPort star to return early next week.

    Like Ranidel de Ocampo (hamstring), Dondon Hontiveros was relegated to a spectator as the Alaska sniper was still recovering from a calf muscle strain.

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