FIBA: Sans top shooters, Gilas will still make it rain in World Cup
Paul Lintag on Aug 27, 2019 10:43 PM
“I’m still confident that the guys we have now are still going to make those crucial outside shots.” — Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Gilas Pilipinas didn’t play a ton of tune-up games ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup but the national team did manage to get a good amount of actual games incorporated into its training.
The Philippines played a total of six friendlies against Congo, Ivory Coast, and Australia’s Adelaide 36ers before flying out to China for the World Championships.
In those six games, Gilas had a solid 4-2 record. However, the Philippines’ weakness was evident in those two losses.
Dropping games to Congo and the 36ers, after winning the first game against both teams, Gilas struggled shooting from the field, particularly from three-point range.
If the Philippines find it hard to win without making it rain from deep that’s a problem. A bigger problem is the fact that Gilas is without its two best shooters in Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright due to injury.
“It would have been very useful for us if Marcio and Matthew were available,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of his team’s outside shooting.
“But ano na, it’s useless na para manghinayang. Wala na tayo magagawa,” he added.
While Gilas Pilipinas may look to live and die by the three-point shot in the World Cup, even without its top two shooters, the Philippines still has RR Pogoy ready to step up to the plate as the main shooter.
Gilas also has a nice collection of guards, and even bigs, who will not hesitate to let it fly from deep, and make them too.
“I’m still confident that the guys we have now are still going to make those crucial outside shots,” Guiao said.
“May tiwala ako dito na magco-connect tayo kahit wala yung mga pinaka-magaling nating shooters,” he added.
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