FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas can still afford to lose games at home

Paul Lintag on Nov 24, 2018 06:30 AM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas can still afford to lose games at home
"Hopefully sa totoong game versus Kazakhstan at Iran, maging fluid talaga yung offense namin and then yung defense namin, makapag-adjust," guard Jayson Castro said on the national team's current struggles against the visiting Jordan and Lebanon.

Gilas Pilipinas juts dropped another tune-up game, this time against Lebanon Friday at the brand-new Ephsilon Chi Center inside the UP campus.

But it's better to lose games now since they don't count.

At least that's one good way to look at things as the national team rounds into form ahead for the 5th window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

"Hopefully sa totoong game versus Kazakhstan at Iran, maging fluid talaga yung offense namin and then yung defense namin, makapag-adjust," guard Jayson Castro said.

"Mas malayo kasi yung first game namin [vs. Jordan], nagkakapaan pa, yung chemistry wala pa. Pero this time, medyo nandoo na," the Blur added on Gilas' loss to Lebanon.

Another thing to improve on for Gilas before the games actually count is avoiding poor starts.

Against the Lebanese, the Philippines faced a 16-point deficit at the break.

While the national team made a huge run in the third quarter, it wasn't enough to take the lead and the win.

"Kasi kung mapapansin niyo, every start of the game, sobrang sama ng start namin, kailangan namin ma-fix yun," Castro said.

"At the same time, yung aggressiveness namin sa defense at physicality. Yung offense din namin, sana maging fluid," he added.

 

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