GILAS Pilipinas has yet to practice with a complete lineup as three players who saw action in the last PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals weren't around on Monday night at the Meralco gym.
San Miguel star slotman June Mar Fajardo and TNT stalwarts Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy failed to show up when the national team gathered for the final two weeks of its preparation for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.
National coach Yeng Guiao was already anticipating the three to show up in practice at the conclusion of the mid-season finals which Fajardo and the Beermen won in six games over Rosario, Pogoy, and the rest of the Katropa.
“Actually I thought they were coming today, pero wala pa rin. So baka pagod pa, so siguro bukas (Tuesday) andito na yung mga yun,” said Guiao.
Instead, the national team had to make do with its regular 12-man roster consisting of Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Kiefer Ravena, Pau Lee, Mark Barroca, Matthew Wright, Poy Erram, Raymund Almazan, Beau Belga, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick.
Rosario has already sent word he’ll be at the team practice by Tuesday. The team said Fajardo and Pogoy will also attend training on Tuesday.
Guiao regrets a little the one day practice which the three key players skipped, but doesn't take it against from them.
"Sayang yung araw, nanghihinayang din ako. Kaya lang hindi rin natin sila mapuwersa o mapilit. Alam nating galing sila sa finals, so maybe they know how they feel, they know what their bodies require, so we're giving them the benefit of the doubt," said the Gilas coach.