MANILA, Philippines - Fil-American playmaker Solomon Mercado of Rain or Shine was named to the Smart Gilas national basketall team becoming the third player from the PBA to reinforce RP squad in the Asian Games from Nov. 12 to 27 in Guangzhou, China. Smart-Gilas Pilipinas Serbian coach Rajko Toroman announced Mercado's inclusion on Thursday saying he was impressed with the performance of the sophomore guard during the exhibition match between Gilas and Rain or Shine. The request was relayed to Rain or Shine owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu who immediately gave their joint approval. "If it's for flag and country so we're supporting it," Yu said. "Of course it's a big honor for our company, as well as for our team." "Sol will be a big loss to our team in the early campaign of the tournament but we're ready to sacrifice since the country's honor is at stake in the Asian Games," added Que. Apparently, Toroman was hesitant at first to get the Rain or Shine guard due to his previous knee injury, but after seeing Mercado in the exhibition match, he was impressed with the way the former stalwart of Biola University played. "He's quick, he can shoot, he can defend," Toroman said. In a recent meeting in Bangkok, the PBA board chaired by B-Meg Derby Ace's Rene Pardo unanimously approved the inclusion of Asi Taulava (now with Meralco) and Kelly Williams of Talk 'N Text to the national team. Even with Mercado in the national team, Toroman said there's no decision yet who will be dropped from among the 12-man lineup.
Reposted From Manila Bulletin