SEA Games: Cone trusts Gilas to be ready despite one less practice
Paul Lintag on Nov 18, 2019 01:19 PM
“It's always a difficult situation. You make the best you can out of it, and I trust the guys, I trust our players that when the time comes, they'll be ready,” Cone said. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
In preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas already had limited practice time.
As as the national team is skipping practice Monday to favor rest, that window just got smaller.
“It’s always a concern. But again, what can we get done in one less and then, with all the guys, you know… Again, their focus is somewhere else, their energy is being reserved for something else,” head coach Tim Cone said.
“That's why I'd like to get this thing, the quarterfinals, done, and then we can really focus in on the SEA Games,” he added.
The 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup is gearing up for its playoff run and most Gilas players and their respective mother teams are in the middle of a dogfight for playoff positioning.
Before the league fully gives way for the SEA Games, the Governors’ Cup quarterfinals will have to finish first.
“It's always a difficult situation. You make the best you can out of it, and I trust the guys, I trust our players that when the time comes, they'll be ready,” Cone said.
“They got a feel for our offense, and we just gotta create better habits for our defense. An hour and a half of practice, and then a week and a half off won't do that for us. So, I don't wanna just practice, just for the purpose of showing up and saying we practiced. I mean, if we're gonna practice, we're gonna practice with a purpose,” he added.
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