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    Chot Reyes noncommittal on Abueva recall as Gilas pool loses depth due to injuries

    Feb 12, 2018
    Calvin Abueva doesn't expect a recall to the injury-hit Gilas pool. Jerome Ascano

    CALVIN Abueva is not expecting a late call-up for Gilas Pilipinas even with the injured Troy Rosario possibly being ruled out from the team for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.

    Abueva showed up for practice on Monday at the Greenhills West gym in his capacity as a member of the team's 16-man pool and not for anything else.

    "Oo (voluntary) ito. At least sa third window andun pa naman ako. At nakukuha ko pa rin yung sistema," the enigmatic Alaska star said.

    "Kahit hindi ako nakasama ngayon, at least nakakapag-practice pa rin ako."

    Together with Raymund Almazan, Abueva was dropped by national coach Chot Reyes from the Gilas pool for the second window of the qualifiers for failing to show up in the first three practice.

    But the former NCAA MVP out of San Sebastian has since made up for it by regularly showing up and joining the team in training.

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      Reyes said he appreciated the presence and help Abueva has been extending to the team, although he appears to stand firm on his earlier decision to leave Abueva out for the second window despite injuries to Troy Rosario and Terrence Romeo as well as the absence of Almazan.

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      At least as of today.

      "He's here as part of the pool. He's still part of the pool and he's just doing his duty," said Reyes.

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      "We have 15, 16 other guys. So its hard. We have to make a decision. The PBA players are still going to play with their mother teams all throughout this week," he added.

      "That's why we're kind of grappling with that situation now. That's why it's very hard to make any decision."

      Although resigned to his fate, Abueva said he'd be ready to play if and when a sudden turn of events happen.

      "Basta ako nandito lang, best effort lang, at ibibigay ko lang lahat ng kaya ko," 'The Beast' said. "Depende na lang kung ano mangyari ... Baka mabaligtad ulit yung mundo."

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