FIBA: PBA Finals trio shoo-ins to World Cup team says Yeng
Paul Lintag on Aug 15, 2019 10:36 PM
The national team is still without June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy as they’re still playing in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. (Photos by Richard Esguerra)
Gilas Pilipinas is in the most critical stage of its 2019 FIBA World Cup preparations and yet it is still missing three key players.
The national team is still without June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy as they’re still playing in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The earliest the trio will be without mother team commitments will be Saturday and the latest will be Monday next week.
When Fajardo, Rosario, and Pogoy rejoin Gilas, there’s no doubt about their conditioning. However, it’s going to take a couple of days at least to mentally transition from the PBA Finals to the FIBA World Cup.
“The mere fact na yung isip nila ay wala pa sa Gilas ngayon and they’re focused on what they’re doing, meron ding adjustment yon. To refocus their minds and their attention to what we do in the Gilas team,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said.
“That’s going to take a few days din, so syempre, lalo na kung nag champion ka or hindi, there’s going to be emotional toll on you,” he added.
There’s no doubt about the three’s willingness to play for the national team.
Coach Yeng just hopes that they can catch up in time with the rest of the Gilas crew.
“I hope di sila matagalan sa adjustment nila. But we all know what they’re going through. It’s a difficult time, but at the same time it’s exciting. All of those will have a toll on their focus and concentration,” Guiao said.
“We’re just hoping na in a short time, makaadjust sila agad, makapag pahinga sila agad—makarecover sila agad from the Finals,” he added.
As for the matter of coach Yeng naming his Final 12 to China, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy are pretty much shoo-ins he said.
It’s just a matter of fitting them back to the lineup after the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
“More or less they have slots. They’re shoo-ins. My problem is not making the decision on whether they’re in or not,” Guiao said.
“My problem is trying to jell them with only a week to go after that. That’s really the problem,” he added.
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