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Strong Group taps ex-NBA players Blatche, Roberson alongside Dwight Howard

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio City Police Office (BC PO) in a press statement on Wednesday confirmed the death of one of its personnel.

The victim was identified as 25-year-old Patrolman Jumieko Potennec.

The police admiss ion implied that the death of the cop was a self-inflicted gunshot.

“Accidents can be unavoidable in the handling of firearms,” Baguio City police director Colonel Francisco Bulwayan Jr. said as he emphasized the importance of adhering to safety principles when dealing with issued firearms to prevent such incidents.

The Baguio City police also ruled out foul play and stressed that the incident was “a tragic accident”.

The police vowed necessary assistance to the family of Potennec.

“Every member of our force will actively contribute to ease the financial burden faced by the family, following one of the best practices of BCPO,” the police said.

It also stressed that Potennec will be remembered for his dedicated service to his countrymen as a police officer.

“His contributions to the community will forever be etched in our hearts,” Bulwayan said.

MANILA, Philippines – Strong Group Philippines is loaded for the upcoming Dubai International Basketball Championships, to say the least.

Aside from one-time NBA champion and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard, the team w ill also have two other former NBA stars in tow.

Former Gilas Pilipinas import Andray Blatche and former Oklahoma City Thunder stalwart Andre Roberson will also see action for the team, which will compete in the Dubai tourney later this month.

Aside from the two, the team will also have former TNT Tropang Giga import McKenzie Moore.

Roberson, who played seven seasons in the NBA, averaged 4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game for the Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets.

While these numbers are not eye-popping, Roberson’s defense is something to behold, as proven by an NBA All-Defensive Second Team nod for the player.

Blatche had numerous stints with Gilas Pilipinas in the international scene. 

He played nine seasons in the NBA. 

Aside from the loaded roster, the Strong Group will have former Bay Area Dragons head coach Brian Goorjian as the team’s consultant.

Strong Group head coach Charles Tiu confirmed this to Philstar.com.

“Yes, he will be my assistant and consultant,” Tiu said of Goorjian, who also coaches the Australian men’s national basketball team.

Last year, the Philippine team fell in the quarterfinals of the Dubai competition.

Tiu earlier said the team is eyeing the title this year.

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