FIBA: Gilas turns full focus to Indonesia with Thailand game cancelled

Paul Lintag on Feb 15, 2020 01:47 PM
FIBA: Gilas turns full focus to Indonesia
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Gilas Pilipinas is not putting too much into the postponement of its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers home game against Thailand.

On Friday, FIBA made it official that the Gilas-Thailand game, originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome, is off until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

With the new development, the national team is putting all their attention to Indonesia, who they'll face on the road on Feb. 23.

"It actually makes our job easier now, we'll just focus on one opponent," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said.

"We can focus all our resources and time on exactly what they do," he added.

Even during the past Southeast Asian Games, Indonesia was one of the teams to watch for Gilas Pilipinas, then coached by Ginebra mentor Tim Cone.

The Indonesians are handled by former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman and an extra few days only bodes well for the Philippines to prepare for a master tactician on the other side.

"They're well coached and really well structured, really disciplined," Dickel said of Indonesia.

"For us, it makes it a little easier to focus on what they're gonna do [with extra days]," he added.


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