Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas Jordan Clarkson and coaches Chot Reyes and Tim Cone. –HANDOUT PHOTO

There will likely be no scorching streak to experience into the Fiba World Cup.

However at the least, nationwide coach Chot Reyes is glad Gilas Pilipinas gained’t be going into the match chilly.

“Clearly, we needed to win this final recreation,” Reyes mentioned in a dispatch launched by the nationwide basketball federation on Tuesday, the day after a late night time loss to world No. 31 Mexico, 84-77, within the staff’s remaining pleasant earlier than the World Cup tipoff.

“However there’s a variety of positives,” Reyes added.

“Lastly, we have been in a position to get Jordan (Clarkson), Kai (Sotto) and Scottie (Thompson) to play with the remainder of the fellows, and I feel that’s an important factor going into the World Cup—that we’re not entering into chilly.”

The trio, who have been the final members of the expertise pool to report back to coaching, additionally performed collectively within the friendlies towards Ivory Coast and Montenegro. Clarkson sat out the competition with the Los Guerreros to relaxation, however that additionally confirmed Gilas is extra than simply the Utah Jazz star who will function the staff’s naturalized ace within the Aug. 25 showcase.

Thomspon had 14 factors to steer all of Gilas within the shedding stand on Monday night time, with different members of the staff additionally contributing.

Roger Pogoy and Dwight Ramos each had 9 factors, Jamie Malonzo had eight whereas Kiefer Ravena had seven in a balanced effort that ought to augur effectively for the nationwide program that originally seemed closely reliant on Clarkson.

Gilas Pilipinas opens its bid towards Dominican Republic, which is ready for the hosts to come back out exhausting towards it.

‘Will probably be noisy’

Karl-Anthony Cities goes by way of the media gauntlet upon arrival. —MIAA PHOTO

“Our first recreation is towards you. Will probably be noisy,” head coach Nestor Garcia instructed reporters simply earlier than boarding the staff’s bus additionally on Monday night time.

“They (Gilas) acquired shooters, they run the court docket, they acquired massive guys. They attempt to assault each time. They’re an aggressive staff and we respect them loads, the Philippines,” he added.

Garcia will likely be counting on NBA caliber firepower, too, in Karl-Anthony Cities for the marketing campaign.

“Clarkson is a star, too. We all know that he’s very harmful, he produces a variety of issues,” he mentioned. “Everyone knows that he’s a giant participant, however basketball is a staff recreation.”

“Philippines has an awesome staff, and that, for us, is a giant motivation,” he added.

Cities, in the meantime, saved his outlook modest.

“The sport of basketball is worldwide, I’m glad to have the ability to play towards everyone, in each nation,” he mentioned with a smile.

With tuneup matches achieved, Reyes now shifts his give attention to movie and plotting.

“We’re now going to condense every part we’ve discovered in these final two months and two tuneup video games that we’ve performed for these subsequent three days of apply,” he mentioned.

“[It’s going to be a] mixture of video and court docket work to make it possible for we’d be prepared at our highest kind for Aug. 25. So these three days are going to be very, crucial.”

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