Jio Jalalon headlines the list of the players called up to Gilas' training pool for the February window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
Through social media site Twitter, head coach Chot Reyes named Magnolia's Jalalon, TNT's Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario, NLEX's Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, Phoenix's Matt Wright, Blackwater's Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo, Rain Or Shine's Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan, Alaska's Calvin Abueva and Carl Cruz, Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar, and San Miguel's Junemar Fajardo to the Gilas pool on Thursday night.
Owing to an injury, Jalalon had to be cut from the training pool for the first FIBA WCQ window, but with him now closer to recovery, Reyes opted to insert him to the 15-man pool.
Gilas will travel to Melbourne to take on Australia on Feb. 22 before returning to Pasay on Feb. 25 to host Japan.
Weekly practices will start on Monday,
Meanwhile, in PBA, Barangay Ginebra has put Joe Devance on the unrestricted free agent list as the 6-foot-7 forward is still in a rehab procedure after finally undergoing a procedure on his injured foot.
Minus Devance, the Gin Kings will have to make do with Jervy Cruz and Raymond Aguilar to man the paint with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
Cruz had a significant contribution with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal as the Gin Kings opened their campaign in PBA Season 43 with an 89-78 drubbing of the Magnolia Hotshots in their Christmas Day setto at the Philippine Arena.
To cushion the impact of Devance's absence, Ginebra signed up free agents John Wilson and behemoth Jericho De Guzman while placing sophomore forward Art dela Cruz in the injured/reserve list.
The Kings play their second game in the season versus the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 6:45 p.m. Sunday the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Devance finally undertook a long-delayed surgery to remove bone spurs on his left foot after they completed a successful title defense in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Fil-Am forward out of University of Texas at El Paso had endured the injury for about three years.*pna/pba.com
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