FIBA: Business as usual for Gilas despite cancelled Thailand game
Paul Lintag on Feb 14, 2020 08:54 PM
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With the postponement of its opening home game against Thailand Thursday, Gilas Pilipinas' initial schedule for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers has been slightly altered.
FIBA has opted to move the Philippines-Thailand game set for Feb. 20 to another date due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
It is what it is and Gilas is business as usual, returning to practice Friday.
"Obviously disappointing because it would have been awesome to play a game here in front of our fans," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said.
"But we can't control that, so just get ready to go over to Indonesia nad find a way to play a good game and win," he added.
There's no date for the Gilas-Thailand game but Dickel assures that the national team will be ready to go when a new schedule is announced.
For now, Dickel is focused on using the extra days to drill more reps on his players.
"If you get more time to really have everybody understand what their roles are, what is expected, and what they gotta do out there, the games are gonna look better," he said.
"I'm happy about it, we get two or three more days to prepare. Just gotta take advantage of those days," Dickel added.
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