FIBA: Dickel on cancelled Gilas game: "There are bigger things going on"

Paul Lintag on Feb 15, 2020 01:47 PM
Dickel on cancelled game:
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With Gilas Pilipinas busy preparing for the start of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, a curveball was thrown the way of the national team less than a week before it was supposed to play its first game.

FIBA made it offical Friday that the Philippines' home game against Thailand has been postponed until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The game was originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome.

Gilas' away game against Indonesia on Feb. 23 is still a go but you never know.

"Obviously, we wanna play games. But at the same time there are bigger things going on in the world than our game," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said.

"You can be cognizant of the fact that other governments are making decisions that they think are putting their citizens at the safest possible position," he added.

For now, everything's still business as usual for Gilas Pilipinas.

The Indonesia game is in a week and they'll still play Thailand down the line one way or another.

"Maybe we scale back the practices to maybe one or two a week and just get ready to go to work whenever the games do come again," Dickel said.

"You just control what you can control and stay focused, keep you eye on what your job is," he added.

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