SEA Games: Defense a focus for Gilas as first game nears

Paul Lintag on Nov 29, 2019 04:54 PM
SEA Games: Defense a focus for Gilas as first game nears
Less than a week before they debut in the biennial event, the national team started two-a-day practice Friday, with Barangay Ginebra coming over in the second practice to help Gilas out. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Gilas Pilipinas is in a race against time as it prepares for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Less than a week before they debut in the biennial event, the national team started two-a-day practice Friday, with Barangay Ginebra coming over in the second practice to help Gilas out.

Working with the Gin Kings, Gilas got exposed in a number of ways, but most notably on defense, where the national team is not quite as sharp just yet.

“First two-a-day. I’m not sure the players enjoyed it that much. But on the second practice we got the Ginebra team to come on over and work with us a little bit in terms of being a defensive team so we could work on some things offensively, and transitioning down the floor against us,” head coach Tim Cone said.

“That’s one of our weaknesses, transition defense, we gotta get back espeically against these small and quicker teams that we’re gonna play,” he added.

Cone says it’s naturally harder to teach defense however, the PBA’s winningest mentor in confident his national team will pick things up.

Coach Tim has a veteran lineup that’s locked in for the SEA Games and that helps a lot in terms of preparation.

“There are some things, all the exposure really comes from the defensive side. These guys are very accomplished offensively, we just gotta try to get a feel for what we wanna do defensively, that’s actually always harder than teaching on the offensive side,” he said.

“These guys are here to work, there’s no fooling around. Everybody’s been locked in, we’re still working,” coach Tim added.

 

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