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    Ray Parks declined invitation to be part of Gilas pool, says Guiao

    Jun 20, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    RAY Parks has been offered to be a part of Gilas Pilipinas Men's national team, but the Blackwater rookie begged off.

    That's according to head coach Yeng Guiao who continued to scamper for warm bodies to his pool in his second training session on Thursday.

    "Actually for today, we invited Ray Parks but he declined. My understanding is he declined to be part of the pool. I asked (team liaison officer) Yvette Ruiz to get in touch with him, so my understanding is may iba siyang priorities," the outspoken mentor said.

    Parks has been on a tear in his first conference in the PBA, averaging 23.4 points in 43-percent shooting clip, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 steals in his seven games for Blackwater this 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

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      He last suited up for the national team in the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and also won a gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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      Though Parks won't be in the running, Guiao remains confident that other players would be willing to lend a hand for flag and country.

      "We’re looking at some other guys we want to invite. We have a few other names na gusto naming iimbitahan," he said.

      Guiao even bared that Kiefer Ravena, who will finally be cleared for practice stemming from his Fiba-imposed suspension, will be ready for the next session on Monday.

      "By Monday nga, si Kiefer will be ready. I expect him to practice with Gilas in the evening," he said.

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