Gilas Pilipinas continued its regular practice Friday night amid the indefinite postponement of their 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers home game against Thailand on Feb. 20 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Alaska's Abu Tratter finally showed up, joining fellow PBA players Justin Chua, Poy Erram, Javee Mocon, CJ Perez, Roger Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, and Troy Rosario. Marc Pingris was also there but again was in street clothes. Vic Manuel was still a no-show as he is still taking some time off following the birth of his baby girl, per a report from Tiebreaker Times.
The non-PBA players present were Juan and Javi Gomez De Liaño, Isaac Go, Dave Ildefonso, Matt and Mike Nieto, Dwight Ramos, Thirdy Ravena, Rey Suerte, and Jaydee Tungcab. Kobe Paras, still recovering from a shoulder injury, was also present but like Pingris didn't participate. La Salle's Justine Baltazar has yet to show.
FIBA Asia announced early Friday that the Gilas-Thailand game and two other games in the first window of the qualifiers were postponed indefinitely due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
The international basketball federation announced the move in a tweet: "Due to the current #coronavirus outbreak, @FIBA Asia has taken the decision to postpone the following #FIBAAsiaCup 2021 Qualifier games" and listed Philippines vs. Thailand (Feb. 20), Japan vs. China (Feb. 21) and China vs. Malaysia (Feb. 24) as the games being postponed.
🚨⚠️Due to the current #coronavirus outbreak, @FIBA Asia has taken the decision to postpone the following #FIBAAsiaCup 2021 Qualifier games:— 🏀FIBA Asia Cup (@FIBAAsiaCup) February 13, 2020
20 Feb: PHI vs THA
21 Feb: JPN vs CHN
24 Feb: CHN vs MAS
The new dates will be announced later!
Gilas was supposed to play Thailand at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Feb. 20. The Philippines' game against Indonesia in Jakarta on Feb. 23 has not yet been impacted.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas confirmed the postponing of the Philippines-Thailand game, while noting that the Philippines-Indonesia game was still on schedule as of Friday.
"At 7:55 p.m., SBP received word from FIBA Asia postponing the Philippines game vs Thailand on Thursday, February 20, 2020 (at the) Smart-Araneta in consideration of the Philippine Department of Health Advisory against organizing events with mass attendance" as a precaution re threat of the corona virus epidemic," the SBP said in a statement. "However, the game against Indonesia in Jakarta on Sunday, February 23rd will proceed as scheduled."
The Philippine national team pool has been training for the first window under interim head coach Mark Dickel.
ESPN5's Sid Ventura contributed to this report.