FIBA WORLD CUP: Making connections key for Gilas says Standhardinger

Paul Lintag on Nov 20, 2018 03:37 PM
Making connections key for Gilas says Standhardinger
"We really need to focus on getting the chemistry down. Obviously you're trying to win every game but in this game [vs. Jordan] it was more important that we try something out, try new things out to know exactly how our teammates run from different teams in the PBA. I think we did that. And I think it's a long journey, but I think we will be ready," --- Christian Standhardinger.

The latest version of Gilas Pilipinas has been talked about as possibly the best Philippine team ever assembled.

Star players from the two major PBA groups are included in the new, 20-man line-up for the national team. Naturally, expectations rise to coincide with the talent level present.

But with that many personalities in one team, time is needed before things are able to run smoothly.

Gilas Pilipinas already went through the initial struggle Monday as the national team dropped its first of two practice games against Jordan.

Despite the loss, there were positives to take away from the Jordan game, particularly the play of the San Miguel Beermen as they shared the floor together.

The chemistry displayed by the PBA's most dominant team is something that Gilas Pilipinas wants to have in order to move forward in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

"The connection is there," forward Christian Standhardinger said on the Beermen.

"But we need to have that connection with the other guys too. That's what we need to work on. I think we have so much talent that its gonna be hard to adjust. But I think this group of guys, we have no egos. That's a great sign for success," he added.

As the national team works on its chemistry with 20 new faces, Standhardinger believes that this series of practice games will greatly help.

Gilas still has one more game against Jordan and another two against Lebanon coming up this week.

After that, the Philippines has another week to practice before hosting Kazakhstan and Iran for the Asian Qualifiers.

"Obviously we need to really work on our connections," Standhardinger said.

"We really need to focus on getting the chemistry down. Obviously you're trying to win every game but in this game [vs. Jordan] it was more important that we try something out, try new things out to know exactly how our teammates run from different teams in the PBA. I think we did that. And I think it's a long journey, but I think we will be ready," he added.

 


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