FIBA: Timing is everything for Gilas Pilipinas to start World Cup
Paul Lintag on Aug 28, 2019 07:33 PM
“We’re trying to schedule our peak by that time. Everything we do now is geared towards achieving that peak on Saturday.” — Gilas coach Yeng Guiao. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
As of right now, Gilas Pilipinas is already at 90 percent with a couple of days to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
That’s good enough, for now at least.
The national team is hoping to schedule its peak once it’s actually time to play games, with the Philippines targeting a full 100 percent against Italy to open the World Championships on the 31st.
After all, Gilas matching up against Italy on Saturday is arguably the most important game for Group D in the World Cup.
“We’re hoping we can 100 [percent] by Saturday,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.
“We’re trying to schedule our peak by that time. Everything we do now is geared towards achieving that peak on Saturday,” he added.
Against Italy, Gilas has conceded the fact that the opposition is simply more talented.
However, the national team is not about to start the World Cup with a bummer. Gilas Pilipinas is going all in for that opening game vs. the Italians.
“Even if we’re gaining momentum and we’re improving our execution, Italy still has more size, they still have more talent than we have,” Guiao said.
“We’re just hoping that we perform close to our best when we play on Saturday,” he added.
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