FIBA: “Practice winning,” Guiao tells Gilas ahead of World Cup

Paul Lintag on Aug 23, 2019 07:09 AM
FIBA: “Practice winning,” Guiao tells Gilas Pilipinas
“You need to practice winning, kailangan mo rin i-practice yung attitude mo towards playing any game, that’s part of the mental toughness aspect,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Gilas Pilipinas didn’t have a chance to play in many tune-up games ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The national team played four games against Ivory Coast and Congo in Spain and will play another two games against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers.

All in all, that’s only six official tune-up games for Gilas Pilipinas before the World Championships.

Still, Gilas had made the most of its limited opportunities and the national team is making sure to practice winning as well.

The Philippines is 3-1 in tune-up games so far and Gilas plans on adding on that winning record against the 36ers.

“You need to practice winning, kailangan mo rin i-practice yung attitude mo towards playing any game, that’s part of the mental toughness aspect,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“You have to consider every game important, consider every possession important. That’s how it’s going to be when we play in China,” he added.

As Gilas’ preparation winds down, it’s crucial for the national team to get that winning feeling and knowing that they can get the job done.

“You’re not just practicing your execution, you have to practice your mindset. Part of the practice [vs. Adelaide] is getting into the right mindset and being mentally tough,” Guiao said.

 

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