FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas braces for most challenging buildup yet

Paul Lintag on Jun 27, 2018 10:54 AM
FIBA: Gilas braces for most challenging buildup yet
The third FIBA window is in the middle of the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup, where most teams, including the core of Gilas, are fighting for playoff positions.

Everytime Gilas Pilipinas prepares for an international meet, it seems the national team is always in a rush.

Dealing with schedule problems each time, Gilas is always pressed for time.

But in the ongoing 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, which is in its third window, the Philippines appears to be in its worst shape.

"Actually ilang practice pa lang kami eh, at the same time wala rin tune-up," guard Jayson Castro said.

The national team will face Taipei on the road on Friday, June 29, before hosting Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena.

Gilas arrived in Taipei Monday, marking the official start of their daily practice sessions before the two games.

"This time parang yung schedule namin napaka-tight eh," Castro added.

"Wala ganun talaga, kailangan na lang mag-adjust," he added.

The FIBA window is in the middle of the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup.

And unlike previous windows, PBA teams are fighting hard for playoff spots, which makes it extra challenging for the players included in the national team pool.

Fortunately, despite the most challenging window so far in terms of preparation, the Philippines can rely on its chemistry to try and get things done quickly.

The 15 players in Taipei are pretty much the same core of players that played since last year.

"Isang advantage lang siguro na matagal na rin kami magka-kasama, konting adjustment na lang," Castro said.

"Si Andray [Blatche] naman nakita rin natin na sobrang nagpapa-kundisyon, which is maganda rin samin," he added.



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