DON'T be surprised if you see Macmac Cardona donning the national colors one of these days.
The Meralco Bolts will beef up the Gilas Pilipinas cadet players when they fly to Japan next week to play a series of tune-up matches with the Japanese national team.
The five-day Tokyo series was the same event initially offered to the Chot Reyes-led Gilas national team, which decided to pass up on the opportunity after the draw for the Fiba-Asia championships put it in a collision course with the Japanese in the second phase of the eliminations.
Gilas is set to fly instead to Las Vegas to play tune-up games, hopefully against NBA summer camp teams.
Meralco governor Ramon Segismundo bared that the Japan friendlies will be a good opportunity for the Gilas cadets to hone their skills while giving the Bolts players the chance to warm up for the coming PBA conference.
“We’ve been invited by one of the Japan organizers, so we are now planning it. We want to give proper exposure to our cadets, as we all know mag-ta-try-out na sila sa national team,” said Segismundo.
Likely to be drafted from the Bolts side are guard Mark Cardona and newly acquired forward Don Allado, while the Gilas cadets will be led by amateur standouts Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, RR Garcia, Ronald Pascual, Garvo Lanete and Matt Rosser.
“Yung iba kasing players namin naka-bakasyon pa sa abroad kaya ini-imbentaryo pa namin kung sino ang magiging available,” Segismundo said.
Segismundo intends to reveal the names of the players which they will send to Japan within the next few days. The mini-tournament starts on June 27.
Meanwhile, the Meralco official bared that they are in the process of evaluating three import prospects for the Governors’ Cup, including former import Mario West.
“We hope to decide on it as soon as possible para agad na naming mapapunta rito sa Pilipinas,” he said.