FIBA: Gilas starts final training phase vs. 36ers

Paul Lintag on Aug 23, 2019 07:12 AM
FIBA: Gilas starts final training phase vs. 36ers
Against the 36ers, Gilas will be trying to point out the final things to work on ahead of the World Cup. Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Gilas Pilipinas’ final week of preparations will start with the national team’s penultimate tune-up game.

The Philippine national team host Australia’s Adelaide 36ers Friday in a closed-door practice game, the first of two outings ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Gilas will open the World Championships on Aug. 31 and the showdowns against the 36ers will help decide the team’s final lineup.

For Friday’s game, Gilas is still not quite 100 percent yet as guard Matthew Wright is doubtful with a foot injury.

Kiefer Ravena is also out as he’s on the second to the last day of his 18-month FIBA suspension.

Against the 36ers, Gilas will be trying to point out the final things to work on ahead of the World Cup.

“We’ll see kung ano kilos natin, from Spain to back to the Philippines, if we have gotten better,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“If we need to make some more adjustments, makikita natin. May Saturday pa tayo so we can still make adjustments for the Sunday game,” he added.

Adelaide presents the perfect opportunity for Gilas to match up with teams they’ll take on China.

If there’s a time for Gilas to come up with ways to win in the World Championships, this is that time.

“Kaya natin sila kinuha dahil parang ganun itsura ng mga kalaban natin eh,” Guiao said of the 36ers.

“We expect a lot of energy from those players. That’s also good with our conditioning because we have to keep up with them, yun ang gusto natin,” he added.

 

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