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Heading, SBP bury hatchet

The falling out between Jordan Heading and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is now a thing of the past as the deadeye gunner already showed up in Gilas Pilipinas training in preparation for the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Gilas Pilipinas team Butch Antonio said their cold war is finally over as Heading had already returned to join the 24-man pool that will see action against Lebanon on 24 February and Jordan on 27 February at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

A 6-foot-2 guard, Heading was part of the team that campaigned in the FIBA Asia Olympic Qualifying Tournament two years ago, posting a scoring average of 14.2 points on an impressive 72 percent shooting from the outside.

He, however, created controversy when he pursued a career overseas — first with the Taichung Suns in the T1 League in Taiwan and, second, with the Nagasaki Velca in the second division of the Japan B. League — despite being drafted by Terrafirma as the top overall pick in the special Gilas draft and having a live contract with the SBP.

But everything is now water under the bridge as Heading formally reported for duty to help the banged-up Gilas Pilipinas squad.

“He will be part of the pool,” Antonio said.

Aside from Heading, also set to show up are Japan-based players Dwight Ramos, Thirdy Ravena and Ray Parks while Kiefer Ravena already joined the training last Monday.

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