MEMBERS of Team Pilipinas who were left out of the lineup for Friday’s Fiba World Cup qualifiers game against Kazakhstan still joined practice on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
National coach Yeng Guiao said the seven players not named by the coaching staff for the game against the Kazakhs remain very much in the running for a slot in the final line-up for the Iran game on Monday.
Among those not included in the national team’s first game in this fifth window of the qualifiers were Paul Lee, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Arwind Santos, and cadets Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto.
Sotto and Rivero didn't practice however, while Lee asked permission to rest for a while to make himself fresh for the coming PBA Governors Cup finals between Magnolia and Alaska.
Christian Standhardinger was also not named part of the unit, but Guiao said the 6-foot-7 Fil-German center will be the team’s naturalized player for the game against Iran. He was also absent in practice for the second straight time as he wasn't feeling well since Wednesday, according to Guiao.
“Candidates pa rin naman sila doon sa Iran (game),” said Guiao. “Kaya yes, they still practiced.”
All members of the training pool will still have a light shoot-around on Friday morning just hours before the 7 p.m. match with the Kazakhs, who Guiao said might have two additional players in their roster this time.
The final 12 for the Kazakhstan game are June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Beau Belga, Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, and Stanley Pringle as the naturalized player.