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Gilas Pilipinas nonetheless ready for key guys as weekly coaching resumes

FILE–Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas restarted its weekly practices final Monday night time, gaining not less than a month-long prep time that’s laborious to return by for this system.

However program director and coach Chot Reyes is the primary to dampen any rising pleasure with a actuality examine.

“We simply had half of the blokes because the gamers in Japan usually are not but right here and a number of other gamers additionally needed to relaxation,” Reyes advised a couple of reporters on the way in which out of Sensible Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night time after watching his TNT survive Phoenix from a distance, 123-119.

“Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan got here from a (Meralco) sport the night time earlier than, whereas Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson weren’t again from their (championship) trip but,” he added.

Gilas, nonetheless, was capable of have an early appraisal of three new call-ups and reunite with its towering cornerstone.

“Jerom Lastimosa, Mason Amos, and Schonny Winston had been there, so we had an opportunity to work them out. In fact, June Mar (Fajardo), who we bought again into the groove of issues,” Reyes stated.

Lastimosa, Amos, and Winston are the most recent prospects Gilas Pilipinas tapped for the sixth and closing of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers set subsequent month.

Reyes stated that it’s too early to say whether or not anybody from the three varsity standouts may make the Remaining 12 towards Jordan or Lebanon however he was glad to see and get an concept of how they match with what this system intends to construct down the road.

“We barely did something. Simply walkthroughs of some stuff. It’s too early to inform,” he stated. “Although we already know what these guys can do, we simply wish to see how they are going to match.”

“I feel it’s going to be helpful for them as properly—for the gamers to have that have,” he stated.

Gilas is about to host the streaking Cedars on Feb. 24 after which the Falcons Feb. 27 on the cavernous Philippine Area utilizing the showcase to determine the gamers that can make up the roster for the World Cup this August.

Reyes stated that Gilas intends so as to add extra days to its preparations for the 2 house stands as quickly as extra gamers turn into obtainable.

“Round every week earlier than the video games, I feel that’s the time we’d go (coaching) every single day,” he stated.


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