SEA Games: Gilas has 3 practice games lined up as training gets more serious

Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2019 08:51 PM
SEA Games: Gilas has 3 practice games lined up
The national team will play practice games for the next three Mondays starting Nov. 4 as revealed by head coach Tim Cone. Gilas will take on San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas on back-to-back weeks. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Gilas Pilipinas practice for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be turned up a notch over the next three weeks.

The national team will play practice games for the next three Mondays starting Nov. 4 as revealed by head coach Tim Cone. Gilas will take on San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas on back-to-back weeks.

Gilas Pilipinas will then play a Taiwanese team backed by imports on Nov. 18. All games will be closed to the public.

“We know the people are out there scouting us. And we also want to have total focus cause our time is so short,” head coach Tim Cone said,

“We want to have total focus on coming in and playing and working against the Alab team and not having to worry about playing for the crowd, playing for you guys or trying to look good or whatever. We’re trying to do the work. That’s why we’re closing that game out,” he added.

The national team only practiced with 13 players Monday as Jayson Castro was out due to injury and Matthew Wright asked to be excused after welcoming his new child to the world. June Mar Fajardo was present but didn’t participate due to a swollen knee.

Ginebra super import Justin Brownlee was the 13th player in practice.

“We gotta remember, we're only playing a 40-minute game. It's not a 48-minute PBA game, it's a 40-minute FIBA game. Not as many minutes to go around. So 12, 14 players is really too many,” coach Tim said.

“But we're gonna try to get everybody out there, give them a feel. That's why we're playing more than one practice game,” he added.

 

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