Toyama Grouses player Dwight Ramos is officially back in the Philippines, temporarily leaving the Japan B. League to partake in Gilas Pilipinas’ upcoming stint at the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers this month.

Ramos, popularly known as “Saint Dwight” to his fans, arrived in the country on Friday (February 4). A day after, he joined Gilas in its training bubble at Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas. 

According to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), they didn’t have a problem getting the 6-foot-4 Fil-Am player back into the lineup. Ramos readily accepted the call, the organization revealed. 

The 23-year-old, who’s in his first year of playing for a Japanese team, could get released from his contract if he gets infected with coronavirus or is injured during his stay in the country. 

Although now qualified for the Asia Cup, Gilas is still hell-bent on putting on a good performance in the upcoming window. The national team will be up against South Korea twice, India, and New Zealand during this round.

“When we reached out to Dwight he already showed interest to come over even risking his contract [with the Grouses] in the process,” Panlilio said during a press conference last Friday. 

“If he contracts COVID or gets injured his team said they will not continue with his contract and if that happens we’ll be liable for it.”

Joining Ramos in the bubble are Ange Kouame, SJ Belangel, Will Navarro, Jaydee Tungcab, and Juan Gomez de Liaño. 

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