Gilas filing request to replace Carl Bryan Cruz with Mac Belo in SEA Games lineup
Mac Belo arrives in Singapore with the rest of the Gilas cadets. Jerome Ascano

KUALA LUMPUR - The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will present Mac Belo as a replacement for Carl Bryan Cruz in the Gilas Pilipinas line-up for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

SBP deputy executive director Bernie Atienza said an injury to Cruz prompted the team to replace him with Belo. Cruz played for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup and was supposed to join the SEA Games squad in Kuala Lumpur.

"I will present the change to the managers' meeting (on Saturday)," said Atienza.

Although he is not part of the SEA Games lineup, Belo has been showing up in practices in street clothes as he is also coming off an injury during his stint with Blackwater.

Once the lineup change is approved in the managers' meeting, Belo will be able to suit up for the Philippines in its first match against Thailand on Sunday at the MABA Stadium here.

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