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    Guiao's Final 12 hinges on Fiba decision on Slaughter eligibility

    Sep 4, 2018
    If Greg Slaughter can play as a local, the need for Christian Standhardinger would lessen, national coach Yeng Guiao says.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    IT'S a matter of wait and see now for the Philippine men's basketball team as Greg Slaughter has submitted all of the necessary documents to support his argument as a local for the September window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.

    The Ginebra big man disclosed the news himself, saying that as far as he's concerned, he has done his part in aiding his case.

    "From what sir Butch (Antonio) told me, the documents are now submitted to Fiba and we'll just wait on everything," he said. "I got the documents from my parents and I made sure I got them right away. My parents made it possible to get those over."

    Even coach Yeng Guiao said that Slaughter's fate is no longer on their hands as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) have sent all the necessary requirements to the Fiba Central Board.

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    "Kung na-submit na, wala na tayong magagawa except to wait. But I'm not really sure when they will make that final decision or approval," the fiery mentor said.

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      Guiao bared that the situation on Slaughter's status as a local is the main reason why he can't unveil his final 12-man roster for the Iran game yet.

      "Ayokong sabihin yung lineup until we have the 12th man, hanggang hindi natin nasisigurado si Greg kasi mag-iiba talaga. Pag si Greg ang naging local, baka less ang naging need natin para kay Christian (Standhardinger). Dependent doon ang lineup natin sa situation ni Greg," he said.

      But with five days to work with before flying for Tehran, Guiao and the rest of Team Philippines are hoping for good news as Slaughter being considered as a local could be a big boost for the squad, leaving the naturalized player quandary between Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle.

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      "If Greg can be categorized as a local, it will be a choice between Stanley and Christian as our naturalized player. That makes it easier for us," he said.

      Slaughter hopes so, too.

      "I think I should be able to play. I've been in the Philippines basically my whole life. I was even baptized in Cebu as a baby. I've been living here 11 years now, studied here, and played in tournaments with the national team," he said.

      "Hopefully, it will come back with a favorable response."

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