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Get To Know The New Faces Of The Chooks To Go Pilipinas Roster

Including the country's only hope of stopping Andray Blatche
by John Paulo Aguilera | Sep 22, 2017
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Some familiar names are bannering the Chooks To Go Pilipinas lineup at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China starting on Friday.

Kiefer Ravena, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose, and Almond Vosotros are fresh off a gold medal campaign in the recently concluded SEA Games. Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres, and LA Revilla are all part of the 2013 La Salle Green Archers championship team. Jeric Teng and Andre Paras, who came from basketball families, have made a name for themselves in the sport. But something tells us we haven't covered the entire lineup...

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FHM turns the spotlight on the lesser-known guys, including the country's only hope of stopping ex-Gilas Andray Blatche, who will now reinforce reigning titleholders China Kashgar:

Isaiah Austin

The 7'1" is known for being the ceremonial pick of the 2014 NBA draft; his plans of turning pro were cut short due to Marfan syndrome. Austin, who just secured his visa, was cleared to play again last year. He is expected to anchor the defense and free up offense with his inside-out game.

Al Francis Tamsi

Like Vosotros, Tamsi was also a member of a title squad in college—he was a shooting guard for the 2015 FEU Tamaraws. In a video by Sports5, the Boholano shares his love for seas urchins and singing. Tamsi, a rookie for The TNT KaTropa, should make an impact as a 3-and-D player.


Jett Manuel

The King Maroon-turned-licensed-engineer was instrumental in UP's steady resurgence during the previous season. Raring to prove himself alongside more experienced backcourt personnel and improve his draft stock, Manuel will be relied upon for his scoring ability.

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Rod Ebondo

Ebondo is the reason why the CEU has been making waves in both collegiate tournaments and amateur leagues. Although undersized for his position, the 6'6" big man is sure to establish his presence in the paint (or maybe run the floor and shoot from deep).

Gab Banal

Overshadowed by his D-League teammate Jeron, the seasoned forward has proven to be one of the Flying V Thunder's solid wards. Banal was selected 22nd overall in 2014 but had a forgettable PBA career—a productive stint in this club event might just change that.


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