This will mark Blatche’s return to active Philippine duty after sitting out the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon a couple of months back for security reasons.That paved the way for Christian Standhardinger to play a third international tournament for Gilas after seeing action in the Jones Cup, where the Filipinos finished fourth, and in the Southeast Asian Games which Team Philippines easily won.Standhardinger was picked first overall in the last Draft but is not included in the pool with Blatche filling in the naturalized player’s slot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Among those who did not show up were Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena, who are still both out of town, and naturalized center Andray Blatche who promised to arrive on Nov. 12.Fajardo, Aguilar, Romeo, Ravena, Blatche, and TNT KaTropa guards Jason Castro and RR Pogoy, who were also present Friday night, to lead the 23-man pool for Gilas Pilipinas.The rest of the pool includes: mainstays Calvin Abueva and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and LA Revilla, cadets Matthew Wright, Jalalon, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Russel Escoto.Team Philippines will play Japan in Tokyo on Nov. 24 and the Filipinos, with Blatche on board, should be the favored side.Gilas will then travel a few days after to Chinese Taipei to play the Taiwanese and Quincy Davis. The Filipinos are also slated to clash with world power Australia in the home-and-away series of games.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comA major fissure that split the PBA board into two groups did not rip the unity of the national program as the San Miguel group made good on its vow to continue supporting Gilas Pilipinas, sending its key players to the first practice in preparation for the Fiba World Cup.Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and athletic Barangay Ginebra big Japeth Aguilar showed up for training at Meralco gym Friday night with the other members of Gilas Pilipinas, the national squad bankrolled principally by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.ADVERTISEMENT Foton turns back Generika but fails to satisfy coach LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pangilinan owns three PBA teams and those squads—TNT KaTropa, Meralco and NLEX—are part of a seven-team bloc that is seeking the ouster of commissioner Chito Narvasa.The San Miguel squads—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Star—lead a five-team faction that back Narvasa and there were initial fears that the split would be detrimental to the national program, which is going to play crucial home-and-away matches to try qualify for the Fiba World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the San Miguel group had moved to build a truce within the board and also vowed to continue supporting the national team.Even Star’s Jio Jalalon, who is sidelined with a lateral collateral ligament damage, showed up Friday night.