For flag and country
Even if the Alaska Aces will already lose ace forward Calvin Abueva for the next three weeks, the franchise granted a request by coach Chot Reyes and Gilas Pilipinas that Carl Cruz be allowed to continue practicing with the National Team for the time being.
“Coach Chot was asking for Bryan Cruz to continue along with Gilas because he needs him for practice,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton sent in a text message.
The 6-foot-5 forward, who is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for Alaska this conference, will miss Alaska’s game against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday, May 7.
“We will support that need wholeheartedly. Bryan will not play against Ginebra because we are committed to supporting Gilas,” Compton declared.
“It is an honor for Bryan and opportunities like this don’t come every day. Being a practice player for Gilas is an honor and we are happy for Bryan and hope that Gilas makes the country proud!”