FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas has to address poor starts at home

Paul Lintag on Nov 24, 2018 06:30 AM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas has to address poor starts
Friday in Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up loss to Lebanon, the Philippines was down 16 at the break before waking up in the third period.

Whether it's tune-up games or actual games, Gilas Pilipinas can't seem to have strong starts at home.

It has been a problem since the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers started in November of 2017.

That problem for the national team persists in November 2018.

Friday in Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up loss to Lebanon, the Philippines was down 16 at the break before waking up in the third period.

The national team cut down the deficit to one point multiple times but it wasn't enough as the Lebanese managed to hold on for a six-point win.

Gilas always having poor starts has to change now or it might prove costly in its final four games of the Asian Qualifiers.

"It's getting to be a habit on our end that we play very loosely in the first half and sa second half tayo bumabawi," head coach Yeng Guiao said.

"I think it does not work that way. You have to make an effort for 40 minutes," he added.

A team as explosive as Gilas Pilipinas can certainly make up for a poor start.

However, that only works and results in wins against teams that are obviously inferior in talent. More often than not, poor starts will end up being a loss, especially against teams the caliber of Lebanon.

"An effort of 20 minutes is not good enough," Guiao said.

"We always want to be aware and conscious that we need to make a better effort early in the game," Guiao added.

 


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