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Gilas Pilipinas better now, but still waiting on guys playing in PBA Finals, says Guiao
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, August 16, 2019 9:12pm
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao said that the team has gotten better, especially with their experience in the pocket tournament in Spain, even though they are still missing the services of the guys playing in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
This Guiao shared to members of the media after the team’s practice on Friday at the Meralco Gym.
“Maganda naman. We’re moving better, we’re getting better chemistry, we’re getting better cohesion. We’re going to continue on practicing over the weekend, so wala tayong pahinga sa weekend. We’re still waiting for the rest of the guys playing in the Finals,” Guiao said.
“Lahat naman ng paghahanda talagang ginagawa natin, wala lang tayong control over the guys playing in the Finals. They’re still focused on the Finals, but I’m sure they’ll be ready to make the jump from the Finals to the Gilas practice. We have about a week to get them accustomed to our system again,” he said.
The fiery mentor also said that the team is looking to have their Spanish trainer with them here after the trainer helped the team out in Spain.
“We’re flying in our Spanish trainer maybe next week, Monday or Tuesday baka nandito na siya. So it’s an additional help for out team getting a better shape. He did a good job with us when we’re in Spain, so we thought it would be a good idea to have him here also, at least until the World Cup,” Guiao said.
The coach is also looking forward to the series of games that Gilas will play against Australia on the 23rd and the 25th, which he said, will be the basis of the final lineup.
“We’re also looking forward to the Australian series, I think by next week they’ll be here. Again that’s going to be a period of learning and of serving what we still need to do for the team,” he said.
“Those two games are going to be the basis for the Final 12. So right after that, sa 25 may game tayo, we might be ready with the list maybe 26 or the least by 27,” he added.
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