Like his friend and national team coach Chot Reyes, Tim Cone is well aware of the high probability that Gilas Pilipinas will face half a world away, something the National team only enjoys benefit from a few training sessions.
However, Cone insists that Gilas going into action against Jordan and Saudi Arabia in Fiba’s Asian World Cup Qualifiers (International Basketball Federation) is not an unprepared team, but rather an unprepared team. is a team that can get the real sense of its limited time together on the court.
“I think the methods we’ve taken are very effective, they’ve been well thought out,” Cone told the Inquirer on Sunday night, ahead of the Nation’s flight to Amman in Jordan, where they opened. Bidder wiped out the fifth window of the tournament.
“I think we made the most of each training session. And I think we will be ready,” he continued.
The national cage program has established a regular weekly run every Monday night beginning this past September 19, a week after cage leaders were invited to appear before a Senate panel. to strengthen the preparations of Gilas and the Philippines for next year’s World Cup.
Cone said the sessions at the Meralco gym in Pasig “were tough,” but as Reyes pointed out over the weekend, what Gilas fans miss the most is the fact that most members Talent team members are familiar with the system.
“You know, the good news is that Dwight [Ramos] know the system. Kai [Sotto] know the system. he said.
Sotto will only have three complete practice sessions with the entire team before the Philippines take on Jordan.
While upbeat, Cone said Gilas’ coaching staff remained vigilant.
“I think we will be ready. Although I think Jordan will be hard to beat at home. You can’t underestimate home and away [format]. Jordan will have difficulty at home like Lebanon [in Beirut last August]. And this time, we won’t have Jordan [Clarkson] or a Justin [Brownlee]”I said.
So the burden is now on the locals in the pool, and more importantly, the pillars of the program like the 7-foot-2 Sotto, naturalized center back Ange Kouame and two-time veterans World Cup winner Japeth Aguilar.
All three are shaping up to be sensible picks for the final line-up as they can form a formidable front line against the tall Jordanians. On top of that, it should also give Reyes a chance to test drive the big three for the first time, after missing the chance to do so with the injured Mar Fajardo June, who, like Aguilar, has played in two Worlds. Bowl.
Reyes has since said he will name his final roster on the eve of each competition because Gilas intends to keep its cards close to the chest.
The Nationals players practiced for the last time in Manila on Monday morning before flying to the Jordanian capital at 11pm.
With a 3-3 record, the Philippines played Jordan on November 10 (midnight 11 November in Manila), followed by a rematch against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah three days later. INQ
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