FIBA WORLD CUP: Coach Yeng expects Gilas improvement on Wednesday
Philip Matel on Nov 20, 2018 05:50 AM
Things did not go that well for the Philippines, as they never led after halftime.
With Gilas Pilipinas' first tuneup game against Jordan ending in a 98-92 dud, head coach Yeng Guiao expects to see some form of improvement as they fight again on Wednesday evening.
Gilas, who are preparing for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Nov. 30 against Qatar and Dec. 3 versus Iran, are playing with the unified roster for this window for the first time.
Despite that, the team showed flashes of brilliance when a unit that consisted of the San Miguel trio of Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, and Alex Cabagnot ignited a 15-0 run to wrest away the lead from the Jordanians, 28-25.
However, things did not go that well for the Philippines, as they never led after halftime.
"Our execution is still not that good. We have to fine tune our execution on both ends. But I think the good sign is the chemistry I think is good, except that we just need a little bit more time siguro," the fiery coach said after the tuneup game at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.
What was also noticeable is that eight men from the 20-man pool did not play. The quartet from Ginebra, namely LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Greg Slaughter; Magnolia's Paul Lee; and NorthPort's Stanley Pringle were present but did not play since they have only attended one practice thus far.
Lee's teammate Ian Sangalang and Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto were not present in the venue.
Guiao though mentioned that the aformentioned six players may be participating in practice this afternoon, which may make them available Wednesday.
In a game where Jordan's stretch bigs were clicking from the perimeter, particularly veteran Zaid Abbas, the tactician stressed that his wards improve on the defensive side so a similar situation would not arise when they meet again.
Another particular aspect coach Yeng wants his players to control themselves emotionally, since Monday evening's physical matchup was chippy and had some extra spice between the opposing sides.
"Nakita naman natin na halos nagkakapikunan na. And that's very close to what will happen in the games themselves. So, even mentality you're able to exercise controlling your emotions. You're able to condition your mind to take that kind of physicality that you will face against Kazakhstan and Iran."
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