Asian Games: Final Gilas roster leaves spot for Clarkson pending approval


Posted at Aug 10 2018 10:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2018 10:31 PM

Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas veteran Gabe Norwood secured their rightful place on the final 12-man roster of the men's national basketball team that will play in next week's Asian Games in Indonesia.

The rest of the team includes Maverick Ahanmisi, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Poi Erram, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Asi Taulava, Chris Tiu and James Yap.

The squad left a 12th berth open for Jordan Clarkson, whose availability remained up in the air at the time this story was posted.

That means if Clarkson turns out to be ineligible, coach Yeng Guiao will have only 11 players to work with.

Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, of the Gilas cadets program, were cut, as well as TNT player Don Trollano, whose place in the lineup went to Clarkson instead.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the sport's national governing body, said there was a meeting with Asian Games organizers to discuss Clarkson's status some time Friday.

To get him on board, Clarkson needs to be cleared by the competition organizers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the NBA.

Only the Cavaliers have approved of Clarkson's participation.

"That's what we mean by hopefully the stars align," SBP president Al Panlilio said in an interview with Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News. "All those things are quite important."

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