Daily practices for Gilas Pilipinas coming soon

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2019 08:36 PM
Daily practices for Gilas Pilipinas coming soon
Gilas Pilipinas and head coach Yeng Guiao are just waiting on several national team players to wrap up with their commitments to their mother squads in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao himself admitted that, at present, complete attendance for practices is easier said than done.

“I can’t blame them. I know they have responsibilities with their mother clubs,” he said after the Philippine national team’s training session, Monday inside Meralco Gym in Ortigas. “Mahirap talagang maghati ng attention especially at this crucial stage. We’ll just have to manage whatever opportunities we have.”

This, after only 10 players were in attendance and nine were in action in the latest practice with just a little over a month to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Of course, the likes of Japeth Aguilar, Robert Bolick, Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, and Christian Standhardinger were not present as they had just come off their respective quarterfinals matchups a day ago. “Of course, they cannot focus a hundred percent on what we’re doing because it’s the crucial phase of the playoffs,” Coach Yeng said.

In his eyes, though, many players’ schedules with their mother teams would free up sooner than later - meaning Gilas would also have more warm bodies for practices. As he put it, “We’re just waiting until the other guys get freed up and (can) focus on our practices.”

He then continued, “Of course, we don’t want them to lose kaya lang, kapag na-out sila, pwede na sila mag-focus dito.

Later this week, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is headed to its semifinals - meaning only four squads would remain.

With that, the national team is eyeing holding daily training sessions. “Next week, we’ll practice every day. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. na tayo Monday to Friday,” their fiery mentor said.

Coach Yeng then furthered that when that time comes, the national team already has an understanding with the PBA. “We have an understanding that as soon as players are vacant and their mother teams are no longer playing, we have full control of the players,” he shared.

Without a doubt, the Filipinos are gearing up to go full throttle in their preparations for the world meet in Spain in August.


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