The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has yet to appoint replacements should FIBA formally suspend the nine Gilas Pilipinas members involved in the ugly brawl in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier.
SBP deputy executive director Butch Antonio yesterday admitted that they have yet to make any move pending the formal release of FIBA decision about the melee with Australia that shocked the international basketball community last week.
Naturalized player Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Terrence Romeo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, Calvin Abueva and Japeth Aguilar were all ejected for their involvement in the brawl with the Boomers in the third window of the qualifiers last week at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Also expected to be slapped with hefty penalty are Gilas reserves Allein Maliksi and Jio Jalalon as well as assistant coach Jong Uichico, who all jumped in to fight with the Australians.
The world-governing body in basketball is currently reviewing all the pieces of evidence presented and is tipped to come out with a decision in a tribunal at the end of this month.
“Those are the things we will talk about,” said Antonio, also the team manager of Gilas Pilipinas squad that will face Group D qualifiers in Iran, Kazakhstan and Qatar in the fourth window in September.
“We can’t move until the FIBA decision is not yet here. We still have to wait and see.”
Sources said JP Erram, Vic Manuel, Arwind Santos, Scottie Thompson as well as former Gilas players Raymond Almazan, Jared Dillinger, Marcio Lassiter, LA Tenorio and Paul Lee are all being considered to join holdovers June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer and Gabe Norwood in the side that will play in the fourth window.