Chot not messing around when it comes to SEABA
Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2017 04:45 PM
"Pag hindi tayo nanalo sa SEABA, pass your paper na tayo lahat dito." --- Chot Reyes.
With the SEABA tournament finally set for April and is to be hosted by the Philippines, national team head coach Chot Reyes is pulling out all the stops to make sure his Gilas Pilipinas won't suffer a monumental upset on its home turf.
Revealing a younger, more balanced 24-man pool, 25 if we already count naturalized center Andray Blatched, Reyes is making sure the best Philippine team available will be sent out to major international competitions.
And the first competition Gilas Pilipinas has to win is the SEABA joust which serves as a qualifier for the 2017 FIBA-Asia tournament.
"That's the plan [full force for every tournament] especially sa SEABA. Kailangan natin ipanalo ang SEABA to enable us to play in the FIBA Asia," Reyes said.
"Kailangan mag-champion dun, we need to bring our strongest team sa SEABA," he added.
Building a team focused on age, height, and shooting primarily, Reyes and his staff, which includes his son Josh, Jimmy Alapag, Jong Uichico, and Tab Baldwin, are not taking any risks with the Gilas program moving forward.
Especially since our ASEAN neighbors have made considerable improvements themselves, making the trip back to the top of Asia a little more difficult than it already is.
"We all know that our Southeast Asian neighbors have caught up. We have to bring our best," Reyes said.
"We're focused first on SEABA kasi we don't want to overlook the SEABA. Pag hindi tayo nanalo sa SEABA, pass your paper na tayo lahat dito. Everything goes for naught, that's our focus first," he added.
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