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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Romeo’s possible absence a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Ravena, Alas, says Guiao



Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Romeo's possible absence a 'blessing in disguise' for Ravena, Alas, says Guiao 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News PBA  Kiefer Ravena Kevin Alas Chot Reyes 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Group B

Due to a right knee injury, Terrence Romeo has become a big question mark for SMART Gilas Pilipinas, especially now that the team is about to enter the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this November.

But for Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao, the prolific scorer’s possible no-show might just be a huge opportunity for the other guys, especially for Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, his players with the NLEX Road Warriors.

“It could be a blessing in disguise,” opined the former national team head coach, after the Road Warriors’ exhibition match with SMART Gilas on Saturday morning at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City in which they lost, 95-87.

“Of course they will miss Terrence. But Kiefer’s going to be there, and si Kevin could be a candidate. Siyempre paborito ko dahil player ko yung dalawa,” added Guiao, who coached the national team back in 2008.

“Matutuwa kami kung makakapasok sila sa 12-man lineup.”

Both the second-generation cagers are strong candidates for the 12-man team that will face Japan in Tokyo for the November 24 curtain-raiser of the WCQ, all thanks to their consistent showings in practices.

And despite the Globalport Batang Pier star’s absence, Guiao has faith in coach Chot Reyes and Co. that this current batch of Gilas — who are vying for a spot in the 2019 World Cup — has what it takes to do what needs to be done.

“I’m pretty confident Coach Chot and his staff are going to be able to accomplish the mission.”