Gilas Pilipinas still waiting for key guys as weekly training resumes


Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes during the Fiba Asia Cup 2022 game vs Lebanon.

FILE–Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas restarted its weekly practices final Monday night time, gaining not less than a month-long prep time that’s arduous to come back by for this system.

However program director and coach Chot Reyes is the primary to dampen any rising pleasure with a actuality examine.

“We simply had half of the fellows for the reason that gamers in Japan usually are not but right here and several other gamers additionally needed to relaxation,” Reyes instructed a number of reporters on the best way out of Sensible Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night time after watching his TNT survive Phoenix from a distance, 123-119.

“Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan got here from a (Meralco) recreation the night time earlier than, whereas Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson weren’t again from their (championship) trip but,” he added.

Gilas, nonetheless, was capable of have an early appraisal of three new call-ups and reunite with its towering cornerstone.

“Jerom Lastimosa, Mason Amos, and Schonny Winston have been there, so we had an opportunity to work them out. In fact, June Mar (Fajardo), who we acquired again into the groove of issues,” Reyes mentioned.

Lastimosa, Amos, and Winston are the most recent prospects Gilas Pilipinas tapped for the sixth and ultimate of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers set subsequent month.

Reyes mentioned that it’s too early to say whether or not anybody from the three varsity standouts might make the Remaining 12 in opposition to Jordan or Lebanon however he was glad to see and get an concept of how they match with what this system intends to construct down the road.

“We barely did something. Simply walkthroughs of some stuff. It’s too early to inform,” he mentioned. “Although we already know what these guys can do, we simply wish to see how they may match.”

“I believe it’s going to be helpful for them as properly—for the gamers to have that have,” he mentioned.

Gilas is about to host the streaking Cedars on Feb. 24 after which the Falcons Feb. 27 on the cavernous Philippine Area utilizing the showcase to determine the gamers that may make up the roster for the World Cup this August.

Reyes mentioned that Gilas intends so as to add extra days to its preparations for the 2 dwelling stands as quickly as extra gamers turn out to be accessible.

“Round every week earlier than the video games, I believe that’s the time we’d go (coaching) daily,” he mentioned.

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