Gilas' first training session turned into orientation with just 10 players present

Mark Escarlote on Jan 21, 2019 07:03 PM
Gilas incomplete for first training session
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao just gave an orientation to his wards in their first training session for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Only 10 players showed up Monday for Gilas Pilipinas’ first training session for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Out of the 10 Gilas members, only six suited up for some shooting drills.

Latest additions Roger Pogoy and Mark Barroca were the first to arrive at the Ynares Sports Arena and were joined by Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Poy Erram, Raymond Almazan and Japeth Aguilar.

Erram and Almazan skipped the shoot around while Lassiter and Aguilar came in late.

Pogoy is making his return after serving a five-game ban after the infamous brawl against Australia July last year while Barroca received his first call-up after serving the tri-colors back in 2011.

With just handful of players present, head coach Yeng Guiao just gave an orientation to the squad.   

“Orientation lang kanina. Sabi ko every window naman I tell them what I expect from them. Sakripisyo talaga ito tapos nire-remind ko lang sila na ‘wag ng maulit ‘yung situation ni Kiefer (Ravena) doon sa doping incident,” said Guiao. “If they are taking something, supplement, performance enhancing something, itigil nila. Kung hindi nila kayang itigil pa-check nila doon sa staff natin kung legal ang substance. Sabi ko I don’t want to be responsible for anything that might happen similar to Kiefer’s situation. So ngayon pa lang nire-remind ko na sila.”

“Tapos ngayon pa lang yung schedule natin sinabi ko na sa kanila ahead of time para they can arrange their personal commitments,” he added.    

Paul Lee and Scottie Thompson skipped the first training day while naturalized player Andray Blatche has yet to arrive in the country.

Back-up naturalized player Christian Standhardinger has recently stated that he’s focused on recovering from knee injury and playing for San Miguel in the ongoing 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

Guiao and his crew are preparing for two must-win games against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25.

The national squad will fly to the Middle East on the second week of Ferbuary for a series of tune up matches.

Gilas dropped its last two games on nail-biting fashions – against Kazakhstan (92-88) and Iran (78-70) last December.

The national team is 1-3 in the last four games, and the two setbacks dropped the Philippines to fourth place with a 5-5 card in Group F behind Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3) and Japan (6-4).




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