MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas resumed weekly operations last Monday night, achieving a month-long preparatory period that is unlikely to be achieved by the program.
But program director and coach Chot Reyes was the first to quash any growing excitement with a reality check.
“We have only half of the people because the players in Japan are not here yet and some of the players have to rest too,” Reyes told several reporters on the way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night. after watching his match. TNT Survive in Phoenix seen from a distance, 123-119.
“Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan came in from a (Meralco) game the night before, while Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson are yet to return from their (championship) vacation,” he added.
However, Gilas was able to evaluate three new calls early and reunite with its towering platform.
“Jerom Lastimosa, Mason Amos and Schonny Winston were there, so we had a chance to solve their problems. Of course, June Mar (Fajardo) who we put back on the wheel,” Reyes said.
Lastimosa, Amos and Winston are the latest promising players picked by Gilas Pilipinas for the sixth and final match of next month’s Fiba World Cup Asia qualifiers.
Reyes says it’s too early to say if any of the three standout teams can make it to the 12th Round of the Finals against Jordan or Lebanon but he’s excited to see and learn how well they fit into the competition. what the program intends to build.
“We did almost nothing. Just a guide of some tools. It’s too early to tell,” he said. “While we already know what those guys can do, we just want to see how they’ll fit in.”
“I think that would benefit them too — for the players to have that experience,” he said.
Gilas is set to host the successful Cedars on February 24 and then the Falcons on February 27 at the Philippine Gymnasium in the cave using the showcase to identify players who will feature in the roster. book for the World Cup this August.
Reyes said that Gilas intends to add several more days to prepare the two home stands as soon as more players are added.
“About a week before the game, I think that’s the time we practice every day,” he said.
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