FIBA WORLD CUP: Belga preaches patience for new-look Gilas Pilipinas

Paul Lintag on Nov 19, 2018 10:48 PM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Belga preaches patience for new-look Gilas
"We just need to jel and especially, pag tinignan mo yung puro superstar naman, Konting oras lang," --- Beau Belga.

MANILA, Philippines --- Everybody calm down.

Gilas Pilipinas dropped its first tune-up game Monday to Jordan as the era of "The Best Philippine team ever" got off to a slow start.

Still, it's just the team's first tune-up and wins don't count for now, so that's good.

The priority for the national team now is to mesh all the larger than life personalities included in the brand-new 20-man pool.

And at least for the 12 that played against Jordan in the first of two practice games, there are already promising signs to get excited about.

"Ako ang nakita ko na positive, kahit hindi kami ganun ka-prepared dito sa game, you will see na pursigido mag-improve," forward Beau Belga said after the loss.

"We just need to jel and especially, pag tinignan mo yung puro superstar naman, Konting oras lang," he added.

With new head coach Yeng Guiao, familiarity is going to be key as the national team moves forward to a new era.

Familiarity will come in time and four practices and one tune-up game will not do the trick.

Fortunately, Gilas Pilipinas still has a handful of practice games and a couple more weeks before the games truly count in their preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

"Siguro ano lang... familiarity. Kasi sabi nga ni coach, we've been practicing for four times pa lang. We will most likely jel lalo na pagdating ng mga taga-Ginebra," Belga said.

"Tingin ko itong week na to mag-jel na yung team," he added.

 

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