FIBA WC: Jawo stresses teamwork for Gilas to advance
Philip Matel on Jan 20, 2019 10:29 PM
Robert Jaworski congratulates coach Leo Austria for the latter's 99-91 win over Ginebra.
Former senator and Philippine national team mainstay Robert 'Sonny' Jaworski says that he would like to see Gilas Pilipinas achieve greater things through teamwork in the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this February.
Sporting a 5-5 record, Gilas will have to work hard against Qatar and Kazakhstan, both road games that will ultimately decide whether the national team will advance into the next round of basketball's biggest international competition or not.
Jaworski, who was watching the Ginebra-San Miguel tussle at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, stated the obvious by calling the next two games critical, but did impart a valuable lesson for coach Yeng Guiao's boys.
"Sayang naman. So, we got to bring a lot of things together. And most importantly, yung maasahan ko yung kasama ko. Maaasahan ko yung kakampi ko, yun lang," the 72-year old shared.
"The team spirit is very important. Learn as much as possible the good and the bad habits of each other, yun ang importante," he added.
Now talking about the game, seeing his former team getting pummeled by the Beermen early on, Jaworski credited a familiar source of energy -- the sixth man -- as the one that helped the Gin Kings trim a 21-point lead to as low as five in the dying seconds of the game.
"There were a lot of miscues. That's how the game rolls. Basta ang importante, the game got closer towards the end and I think the crowd made it that."
When asked about coach Ginebra mentor Tim Cone's team struggles in the Philippine Cup, Jaworski magnified a key strategy in order to help the team get the wins in the league's most prestigious tourney.
"Well, understand that the waterboy is important, so don't just rely on the import, you know? The waterboy is important and so are the other players. Get the pride going through. We cannot just rely on an import."
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