True to his words, former La Salle stalwart Jeron Teng showed up in Gilas pool practice on Tuesday as proof of his eagerness to join the national team.
With FIBA 3×3 World Cup teammates Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras already on board, Teng, despite feeling under the weather, dropped by at the Meralco Gym in his bid to be included in the cadet pool.
However, technicality prevents the son of Alvin Teng of being included in both the Southeast Asian Games and Jones Cup roster–at least for now.
As it turned out, Reyes has already submitted a pool of names to the organizing committees of both tournaments months before, which means Teng’s chance to still fight for a spot has already ran out as soon as the list was passed.
“The problem is even before this final 12 there was already a list of 24 or 30 that was asked a month or so already,” said Reyes. “Pag di ka nakasama dun di ka na talaga maipapasok.”
True enough, while Ravena and Paras made it to the SEA Games roster, Teng was left out.
“It’s called the accreditation list,” the outspoken mentor explained. “It’s going to be difficult for Jeron to make it.”
That’s what exactly Reyes clarified to Teng when they discussed the current set-up.
“That’s what I told him when he asked if he could join the practices,” he said. “I said sure but there’s really no assurance if he can make any line up simply because it’s too late.”
Ray Parks is also barred from being included in the Jones Cup pool as Reyes said he was not included in the initial list.
But Reyes noted the Gilas door is very much open in having more warm bodies during practices.
“I told them they are more than welcome to attend practice,” he said. “You also want to give value to those who are here from the start, the guys who are never absent, who have always been here.”
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