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Guiao to announce final Gilas pool after Blatche’s arrival


Gilas coach Yeng Guiao deferred naming the players who will comprise the national team’s final training pool for the FIBA World Cup next month pending the arrival of naturalized player Andray Blatche this weekend.

The 6-foot-10 Blatche, according to Guiao, is expected to arrive on Friday.

The national team coach last week said the final training pool roster will be announced Monday shortly after its tune-up game against Jones Cup-bound Mighty Sports.

But Guiao changed his mind and wants to wait until Blatche comes over.

The Gilas Pilipinas members who regularly attend the Monday-Thursday practices are June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Gabe Norwood, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Barroca, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, Kiefer Ravena, Paul Lee and Troy Rosario.

Matthew Wright was the latest addition to the pool last week, with Blatche coming in as the 14th man in the roster.