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No June Mar Fajardo in 24-man Gilas pool for Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers

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Five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who has been one of thepillars of Gilas Pilipinas for years now, is curiously left out of the national pool for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers next month.

Fajardo’s name was nowhere to be found in the 24-man pool the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will submit to Fiba Asia for the meet that kicks off on Feb. 20.

A total of 11 PBA players are part of the pool including naturalized player Christian Standhardinger and comebacking Marc Pingris.

No reason on Fajardo’s non-inclusion was available as of posting time.

The 6-foot-10 Fajardo has been a constant presence in every Gilas Pilipinas team since 2013 and was part of the national squad that competed in the 2014 and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Cebuano center stood as a pillar in the last Gilas team to win the basketball gold medal in the recently-concluded 2019 Southeast Asian Games.