A LITTLE over three weeks since opening camp for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas said things are steadily coming along and expected it to further pick up in the coming weeks.
Following their practice and tune-up game with the Jones Cup-bound Mighty Sports team last Monday, Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said that while they are still a work in progress, he is happy with the effort that the players are giving and that as practice moves along execution should improve.
“I’m happy with the effort of the players, including the new guys like CJ (Perez) and Robert (Bolick). The chemistry is steadily developing,” said Mr. Guiao.
“It’s still a work in progress. We still have some lapses but I expect our execution to improve as we progress and when Andray (Blatche) joins us,” he added.
Mr. Guiao went on to say that the Mighty Sports tune-up, which ended in a tie at 85-all, was a good practice for them and that they are looking forward to their trip to Spain early next month for training to prepare themselves better for the World Cup in China, which is happening from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15.
The 14-man Gilas pool for the World Cup will be released later this week, Mr. Guiao said, when Mr. Blatche joins them.
He said the players will be selected from the players who are currently training with the team.
“It’s more or less this team,” Mr. Guiao said.
Regularly training with the team are June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Messrs. Perez and Bolick, Kiefer Ravena, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario. Recently joining the training are Matthew Wright and Beau Belga. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo