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Gilas cancels practice as PBA teams brace for crucial stretch heading into the playoffs

by Reynald Magallon, November 18, 2019 4:05pm

Gilas Pilipinas opted to cancel the national teams practice on Monday for the upcoming Southeast Asian games as PBA teams braces for the crucial stretches of their respective campaigns heading into the playoffs of the 2019 Governors' Cup.

Gilas team manager Gabby Cui confirmed the decision although head coach Tim Cone already announced the possibility of the cancellation in his interview after Ginebra's 98-96 loss to Northport Batang Pier on Sunday.

Cone bared that it would also be hard for the players to focus and go hard in the practtice if they're focused and reserving their energy for the bigger games of their respective mother clubs. TNT and San Miguel will actually be in a crucial game on Wednesday as they fight for the final spot in the top four and the chance to have a twice to beat advantage in the Quarterfinals.

"Only because Talk 'N Text is coming back from out of town, San Miguel and Talk 'N Text have a big game on Wednesday. And, I'm not sure what we can get done in one practice," said the national team mentor.

Also a factor in the decision was the cancellation of the team's supposed tune-up game with a taiwanese ball club.

"Tey were supposed to come here and do a series of games, but their two main players got injured, and they decided to back out. Not just from us but from other teams as well. So they didn't come on over," bared Cone.

"If we're not gonna play, we might as well let the guys really rest and get ready, get through the quarters so that they can put their total focus on Gilas and the SEA Games."

While Cone was confident that Gilas pool members can easily catch up to what they need to prepare on for the regional meet once they hold daily practices, he still insisted that losing a day of practice is still a concern for the national team.

"It's always a concern, one less, but again, their focus is somewhere else, their energy is being reserved for something else. That's why I'd like to get this thing, the quarterfinals, done, and then we can really focus in on the SEA Games," Cone commented.

"It's always a difficult situation. You make the best you can out of it, and I trust the guys, I trust our players that when the time comes, they'll be ready. And they got a feel for our offense, and we just gotta create better habits for our defense. An hour and a half of practice, and then a week and a half off won't do that for us. So I don't wanna just practice just for the purpose of showing up and saying we practiced. I mean, if we're gonna practice, we're gonna practice with a purpose," Cone ended.

 

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