Alaska sits Carl Bryan Cruz to let rookie focus on Gilas double duty in SEAG, Fiba Asia
Carl Bryan Cruz sat out Alaska's game against Star on Friday night. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO – Alaska is putting country over club again as it has released Carl Bryan Cruz to Gilas Pilipinas full time for now to let him focus on his two upcoming tournaments for the national team next month.

Cruz was present, but just on the sidelines in the Aces’ PBA Governors’ Cup game against Star on Friday night.

The standout rookie forward, himself, confirmed that he wasn’t in the playing roster so he could keep his focus on Gilas’ buildup for the Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games.

“Aalis din kasi siya (so focus na lang muna siya sa Gilas),” Aces assistant coach Topex Robinson said at the half.

[See Chot explains decision to leave out Maliksi from Gilas team to Fiba Asia Cup]

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