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    Gilas leaves for Fiba qualifying in Bahrain along with injured Allyn Bulanadi

    Nov 22, 2020

    ALLYN Bulanadi joined Gilas Pilipinas in the trip to Bahrain for the second window of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

    Gilas draftees Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, and twins Matt and Mike Nieto lead the team seeing action in the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama.

    Also in the team are University of the Philippines' Kobe Paras and Javi Gomez de Liano, MPBL player Justine Baltazar, Juan Gomez de Liano, Ateneo's Dwight Ramos, Will Navarro and Dave Ildefonso, as well as San Beda's Calvin Oftana and Kemark Carino.

    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program director Tab Baldwin said that the federation felt that it's just right to include the San Sebastian sniper, out with a separated right shoulder, in the trip.

    "We felt that it's important for him to be a part of it and even he wants to give it a try," Baldwin told Sports5's Fraulein Olavario just before the team took off on Sunday.

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    Bulanadi hurt his shoulder in one of the first Gilas training sessions at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba.

    The 23-year-old Davaoeno has indicated that he's ready to suit up for one of the Gilas' games against Thailand in Manama, although it's still up to the coaches led by Jong Uichico if he will earn his place in the 12-man rosters for the respective games.

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    "I'm skeptical that that can happen," Baldwin admitted, "but it's great to have him along cause he worked hard like everybody else."

    Fifteen players were part of the Philippine delegation that left the country at 1:40 p.m.

    Only Ivorian center Ange Kouame, who has yet to secure his Filipino citizenship, was left off from the 16-man pool.

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