PBA: TNT willing to adjust 'whatever it takes' for country's pride
Philip Matel on Jun 01, 2018 07:59 PM
TNT coach Nash Racela explained that the team is very much willing to make adjustments for Gilas in the upcoming Asian Games this August.
Taking a page out of the Cleveland Cavaliers' mantra for the 2018 NBA Playoffs, TNT coach Nash Racela says the KaTropa will do 'whatever it takes' for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games this August.
The flagship franchise of Manny Pangilinan has been tapped by the PBA board as the primary core of the delegation, which will be complemented by several players from the #23for23 Gilas cadets and an Alaska Ace, whose identity will be announced in the future.
Gilas will also be reinforced by resident import Andray Blatche, who, four years ago, first suited up for the team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Sevilla, Spain.
Racela further explained that the team is very much willing to make adjustments for Gilas and added that they would respect any more moves requested to them by the higher-ups.
"It was a decision by the board, we don’t really have a choice but to allow them to represent the country sa Asian Games," Racela said after the game.
"Again it’s going to be hard for us, we will miss them for a couple of games and get them back. It’s not going to be easy but that has always been the sacrifice of our organization for the national team. It is what it is."
The KaTropa, who thrashed Columbian Dyip by 28 points en route to a 5-1 slate, tied with Rain or Shine for the best in the league, made sure that the opening salvo from them was enough to guarantee a win, leading by 19 at the end of the first quarter, 36-17.
Holding the lead was never a problem for them, as they led by as much as 40, 117-77, early in the fourth. The game gave much-needed rest for import Joshua Smith (11 points in 13 minutes of action) and the reigning top scorer Terrence Romeo (19 points in 24 minutes), who are both hampered by foot and ankle problems, respectively.
For the rest of the way, the second-year mentor could only hope that the team could sustain their momentum for the playoff race.
"It’s nice to continue with our winning ways again. The tougher games are ahead of us now so that’s really the challenge for us. It’s nice that were able to get wins in the first half of the elims but the second half is more important," he said.
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