Gilas will be ready when games count says Guiao
Paul Lintag on Nov 27, 2018 07:54 PM
"We have to put together all our learnings and try to make them matter in the games that are most important to us, which are the Kazakhstan and Iran game," --- Yeng Guiao.
The Philippines had a rather disappointing result in its series of practice games against Jordan and Lebanon.
In four games last week, Gilas Pilipinas only came out on top once, an 82-73 decision against Jordan in their second game.
That contest ended with about six minutes to go in the fourth quarter after Jordan walked out following a heated verbal altercation betwenn Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan mentor Joseph Steibing.
The rest of the three games Gilas played, they lost, including a sweep at the hands of Lebanon.
It's a good thing those games do not count and Guiao is confident that the national team can regroup and win when the games matter against Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and against Iran on Dec. 3 both at the MOA Arena.
"We're very positive naman na we can play a good game against Kazakhstan," Guiao said.
"We have to put together all our learnings and try to make them matter in the games that are most important to us, which are the Kazakhstan and Iran game," he added.
Additional tune-ups would have allowed Gilas Pilipinas to be sharper.
But with a couple of days left before the penultimate window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Guiao would rather not risk injuries and the like.
"Ilang araw na lang eh, baka may mangyari pa," he said.
"It's better to preserve them at this point and also to just do scouting then practice the specifics na for the games," Guiao added.
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