FIBA: Execution key for Gilas Pilipinas in penultimate Manila practice

Paul Lintag on Aug 27, 2019 08:37 PM
FIBA: Execution key for Gilas in penultimate Manila practice
“Practice is good, we’re just trying to tie up loose ends and fine-tune our executions,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of the national team’s penultimate practice in Manila before flying out for the World Cup. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

Two days before they leave for China to compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas finally practiced with its official 12-man lineup.

The Philippines announced its World Cup team Sunday and seeing action against Italy, Serbia, and Angola to start preliminary play are Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, Andray Blatche, Robert Bolick, June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, CJ Perez, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and Kiefer Ravena.

Still joining practice despite being cut from the 12-man line-up is Beau Belga. Poy Erram, bothered by knee issues, was also present and was in street clothes.

“Practice is good, we’re just trying to tie up loose ends and fine-tune our executions,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of the national team’s penultimate practice in Manila before flying out for the World Cup.

“These are the adjustments we made based on our tune-up games. Coaching staff and myself reviewed our plays and the executions we made,” he added.

With the World Cup getting closer and closer, Guiao says everything will boil down to executing their plays on court.

By now, Gilas Pilipinas has pretty much mastered all its plays following months of training and they know, in theory, how to try and beat the opposition.

It’s just a matter of putting it all together and actually making things happen.

“We’re hoping we execute well. To me, it’s really a question of execution on Saturday [against Italy],” Guiao said

“If we execute well and we see the effort is there, we should have a chance,” he added

 

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