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Ebondo ruled out for Chooks Pilipinas in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

From left: Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas' head coach Chot Reyes with SBP's Robbie Puno and BAVI's Ronald Mascariñas | Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — The Red Ebondo for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas episode has taken another turn.

Head coach Chot Reyes revealed on Twitter Friday that the Congolese cager will be unable to make it to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzou China.

Ebondo was one of the options to fill the second import slot for Chooks going into the club skirmish. Bright Akhuetie was ruled out due to the possible complications on bid for a UAAP residency.

The update came a day after the national team mentor retracted an earlier Tweet saying that Ebondo and Isaiah Austin have successfully secured their Chinese visas.

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Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will be leaning on the 7-foot-1 American Austin as its only foreign reinforcement in the skirmish that opens tonight. They take on Kazakhstan first.

The tournament only allows two foreign reinforcements for each team.

Hope is not for lost for Chooks, though, as two more cagers in Gab Banal and Andre Paras are listed and on standby as reserves.

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