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Gilas Pilipinas to take daily practices in lead up to the February window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

by Reynald Magallon, February 06, 2020 10:11pm

The Gilas Pilipinas already started their preparations for the first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on Thursday which would be the first of the national team's daily practices for two weeks

Gilas program director Tab Baldwin bared the plan after their first practice session at the Moro Lorenzo Gym.

"We practice everyday. We have a two week window so everybody was aware that we weren't practicing four weeks ago. One practice, we don't reaally believe on that, we really believe on the committment to the cause, dedicating yourself to one another and building the culture which I think you can only do if consistent training and time together," explained Baldwin.

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The former national team coach said this current Gilas doesn't have the luxury of training overseas. In place for that, Baldwin decided to have a dailly practice to help the team develop their chemistry and cohesion, and speed up the learning curve.

"We don't have the luxury of the Gilas team in the past when you have your summer tournaments to go away to Spain or Turkey, where ever and spend time together. We preplaced that with the daily committment to building the team and building the system and building the culture," he added.

The national squad was almost complete in their first day in office. Gilas special draft picks Isaac Go, Allyn Bulanadi, Rey Suerte, Matt and Mike Nieto were all present. Joining them were Jaydee Tungcab, Thirdy Ravena, Dwight Ramos,  Juan and Javi Gomez de Llano and Dave Ildefonso.

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PBA veterans Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena  and CJ Perez also showed up. Kobe Paras, Marc Pingris, Christian Standhardinger and Poy Erram were all present but were all in street clothes and didn't join the team scrimmages.

Justine Baltazar, Japeth Aguilar, Ray Parks and Mac Belo and Matthew Wright were the absentees in Gilas' first session.

Nonetheless, the turn out of their first training pleased head coach Mark Dickel.

"It's exciting to have the first practice but we're a long way away. We got a lot of work to do in the few weeks to cover a lot of grounds to get us ready to play a good game come the first game," he said.

"We're just trying to get the combinations down and get everyon to understand what we're trying to do on b oth ends because it's gonna be an adjustment for them."

Joining Dickel and Baldwin in the Gilas sidelines were former Alaska head coach Alex Compton, Phoenix Fuel Masters assistant coach Topex Robinson, and Gilas youth team head coach Sandy Arespacochaga

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