ALEX Cabagnot already tried it at the continental stage, but that won’t stop him from wanting to do so even at the regional level.
The rejuvenated San Miguel Beer playmaker has expressed a desire to play for the Philippines in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games that the country will be hosting in early December.
Cabagnot made his long-overdue national team debut last year – three months before he turned 36, suiting up for Team Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifying windows last September then in November.
And the lefty 6-foot- combo guard is hoping for an encore in the regional showpiece late this year.
“It would be a dream come true,” Caganot posted in a tweet early Sunday.
I would love to represent the country in the SeaGames . It would be a dream come true . #goingFortheGold ????????????— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) February 17, 2019
There is a strong possibility that the country is fielding a pro team in its bid to put its best foot forward in front of the home crowd.
Refusing to leave anything to chance, POC president and current PBA chairman Ricky Vargas earlier expressed his desire to see an all-PBA team
And the idea of four-time defending PBA Philippine Cup champion San Miguel taking the mantle has been floated around recently.
That gives hopes for Cabagnot, who made his presence felt for the national team in the nine-point win over Qatar behind closed doors at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last September 17 that atoned for his struggles in the loss to Iran in Tehran a few days back.
SMB teammate Chris Ross also found hope to suit up for the national team in the SEA Games that are not governed by Fiba rules regarding citizenship.
“Am I eligible to play? I wan to play also,” the Filipino-American Ross replied to Cabagnot’s tweet, considering his ineligibility to play in Fiba tournaments.
Am I eligible to play?!? If so, I want to ply also! https://t.co/FF7zPr9arc— Chris Ross (@cmross6) February 17, 2019