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Rosario makes return to Gilas practice as WCQ pool now complete

Tory Rosario is back!
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Troy Rosario made a return to Gilas Pilipinas practice on Tuesday night following a bad fall last week as the Gilas Pilipinas pool to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers February window is finally in full force.

All the 15 members of the national pool to the games against Australia on Feb. 22 and Japan on Feb. 25 attended the training session at the Meralco Gym.

Rosario even suited up for practice along with 12 others, but as precautionary measures, he only took part in the shooting drills.

The other players suited up, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Kevin Alas, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Carl Cruz, June Mar Fajardo, Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, and Matt Wright, took part in the scrimmages with three African players led by former Ateneo center Chibueze Ikeh.

The other two members of the Gilas seniors pool, Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo, only observed the practice.

Five cadets, Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Arvin Tolentino, and Kenneth Tuffin, also attended practice.

Perez, Tratter, Tolentino, and Tuffin participated in training, while Bolick, owing to a leg injury he got on Sunday during San Beda's PCCL game against La Salle, only came in as an observer.

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