Gabe Norwood left the training camp of the Philippine national men’s basketball team in Lithuania on Saturday.
The versatile Rain or Shine guard, however, had a valid excuse: attending his own wedding.
SMART-Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Josh Reyes made the disclosure on Twitter.
“One guy short again today. Gabe flew out this morning for his wedding,” wrote Reyes.
Norwood is set to marry his longtime girlfriend Lei Feranil. The couple have two children, Cassius and Orion.
Without Norwood, the Philippine team was shorthanded for its tuneup match against Lithuanian club Bistrono Jazz-Diremta. Gilas lost the match, 86-79.
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