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Justin Brownlee is assured Gilas Pilipinas can rise above its lack of preparation time. FIBA.BASKETBALL

Gilas Pilipinas’ lack of follow time collectively shouldn’t be misplaced on Justin Brownlee, the naturalized Filipino who seemingly will carry the brunt of the Philippines’ bid to reclaim the Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games basketball gold subsequent month in Cambodia.

However ever the optimist, Brownlee is conserving his head up.

“That’s a tricky one,” he advised the Inquirer when requested concerning the nationwide staff’s struggles with preparation. “However , a number of guys who could possibly be enjoying for the staff have been enjoying or [were] in-season.”

“So hopefully, everyone is in fine condition,” he added.

Knocked off a perch it sat on for 33 lengthy years, the Philippines’ males’s basketball staff is trying to show that final 12 months’s 85-81 loss to Indonesia within the finalé in Hanoi, Vietnam, was nothing however a fluke.

However the optics haven’t been matching for Gilas as of late. Coaching camp has been hampered by manpower scarcity as most of the names tapped for the herculean job within the Cambodian capital have been fulfilling membership duties within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA).

Determined bunch

It additionally doesn’t assist that Gilas’ tormentors are those wanting like a determined bunch. Indonesia is reportedly coming again house from a nine-game stretch of friendlies in opposition to professional golf equipment in Australia, piloting newly naturalized participant Anthony Beane, Jr. and now-fit Lester Prosper.

Brownlee is conscious of all that, and even did his homework “watching highlights of the loss.” However an enormous a part of his positivity comes from the truth that many within the Gilas 28-man pool have been enjoying alongside and in opposition to one another.

Becoming a member of Brownlee within the choice are his teammates at Ginebra: Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo and Jeremiah Grey.

June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez, Calvin Oftana, Kevin Quiambao, and Mason Amos have additionally had expertise enjoying alongside Brownlee.

Different names within the huge pool are Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Schonny Winston, Raymond Almazan, Aaron Black, Chris Newsome and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, who’ve been constant attendees of the camp.

Scoring champion

After which there’s Mikey Williams, the PBA’s scoring champion who has battled it out in opposition to Brownlee within the latest Governors’ Cup championship sequence.

With most Gilas recruits wholesome, the quick prep time collectively shouldn’t pose a lot of an issue, in keeping with Brownlee. As issues stand, solely TNT sharpshooter Roger Pogoy has been dominated out for the showcase in Phnom Penh scheduled to run from Might 9 to 16.

“That’s the most important factor,” Brownlee identified. “With everyone in form and chemistry in place, I believe we’ll be OK.”

Gilas is reportedly bracketed with Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar in Group B, which means the Philippines can have a comparatively simple route going into the knockout stage.

However issues have gotten harder for the Philippines in a regional meet that was once a certain gold. Apart from settling for the silver final day trip, Gilas additionally had an in depth shave in opposition to Thailand, which fell in need of gorgeous the Philippines, 76-73.

“We all know it’s not going to be simple. However no matter street we’re going to take, I do know everybody’s prepared to take it and go all out,” he stated.

“I hope that stress could be on the entire staff,” he went on with a nervous chuckle. “However the staff’s method is to simply do no matter we are able to to win that gold again.”

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