SEA Games: Gilas locked in for Singapore and its “PBA players”

Paul Lintag on Nov 30, 2019 01:43 PM
SEA Games: Gilas locked in for Singapore
Gilas is locked in against Singapore, a team that’s certainly not as deep as the Philippines but a team good enough to have a handful of “PBA players” according to head coach Tim Cone. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

The Philippines will open its bid for a 13th straight men’s basketball gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games on Dec. 4 when Gilas Pilipinas takes on Singapore at the MOA Arena.

Four days before its SEA Games opener, Gilas is hard at work and the national team is in the middle of a stretch where they’re doing two-a-days in practice.

While the Filipinos are overwhelming favorites to win gold in basketball, the brains behind Gilas are leaving nothing up to chance.

Gilas is locked in against Singapore, a team that’s certainly not as deep as the Philippines but a team good enough to have a handful of “PBA players” according to head coach Tim Cone.

“We’ve seen a lot of video on them. They got 4-5 really good players, beyond that I wouldn’t say they’re a deep team,” Cone said.

“They got some guys there that would definitely play in the PBA,” he added.

Playing in front of what should be a strong hometown crowd, Gilas wants to win gold but to also give fans a good show.

Losing in the SEA Games in Manila is definitely not an option.

“Hopefully we’re gonna be smart, not take anybody lightly,” Cone said.

“Obviously, we wanna get off on the right foot on our first game, we’ve done our homework against Singapore,” he added.

 

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