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    Thirdy Ravena gets surprise Guiao call-up for PH qualifier vs Qatar

    Feb 19, 2019

    THIRDY Ravena will get his shot at representing the country as he was included in coach Yeng Guiao's 12-man roster for Gilas Pilipinas' game against Qatar in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.

    The high-flying Ateneo forward will join naturalized player Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Mark Barroca, and Japeth Aguilar in the squad which will see action in Doha on Thursday.

    Roger Pogoy will be serving the last of his five-game ban from the infamous brawl against Australia last year while Raymond Almazan sprained his left ankle during the team's practice last Sunday, opening one spot for the younger brother of Gilas mainstay Kiefer Ravena.

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