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Abueva, Almazan officially out of Gilas' February WCQ window pool

Calvin Abueva's tenacity will be greatly missed. Denver Lachica (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--For missing three straight practices, Coach Chot Reyes decided to cut Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the second window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers on Feb. 22 and 25.

"It is already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita, so it is simply a matter of disinterest," Reyes, who returned to preside the weekly training session at the Meralco Gym on Monday night after missing the previous week, explained the development to the media. "I guess they are not interested and we have to move on, we can’t wait for those guys."

He clarified, however, that the other absentees, Matt Wright, Allein Maliksi, and Japeth Aguilar, were excused.

"Allein is attending a wedding in Australia and Japeth really had a previous function that we had," Reyes further said.

Team Manager Butch Antonio later revealed in a separate interview that Wright called in sick.

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