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Meralco out of Fiba Asia Champions Cup: Champion teams lang pwede!

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Meralco will not be able to compete for the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after the basketball governing body decided to have only champion ballclubs compete in the Sept. 24 to 29 meet in Thailand.

The Bolts were replaced by Lebanese Basketball League powerhouse Al Riyadi.

The Bolts represented the country in the same tournament last year, where it barged into the semifinals before bowing down to Iran’s Petrochimi Bandar Imam of Iran.

Meralco also dropped the battle for the bronze against Seoul SK Knights.

Tournament organizers have expressed openness to invite either reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion San Miguel Beer or runners-up TnT Katropa to be the country’s official representative in the meet.

However, the Beermen and Katropa – along with the Blackwater Elite – have long been committed to seeing action in the East Asia League Terrific 12 in Macau starting Sept. 17.