A well-rested Gilas Pilipinas squad excessive on a key victory that allowed the teaching employees to test-run schemes will get again on the highway to redemption within the Remaining 4 of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games males’s basketball match on Monday.
However ready to snare Chot Reyes and his expenses is final yr’s tormentor Indonesia, which scored an 87-69 win over Thailand to develop into No. 1 in its group. Sport time is at 6 p.m. in Manila, with Gilas hoping that all the things it has skilled—and realized about itself—within the three video games it has performed on the humid and linoleum-paved court docket at Modorok Techo Nationwide Stadium could be sufficient to ship them to the finalé.
“Hopefully we may regulate higher within the semifinal,” mentioned Reyes.
A lot of these changes will probably be utilized to Justin Brownlee, the naturalized ace who was shackled to only 10 factors (three-for-13 capturing) by dehydration and a cramping episode in the course of the Philippines’ 79-68 loss to host Cambodia.
Reyes assured that his employees has been devising extra methods to permit Brownlee to deal with the enjoying circumstances on the venue.
Brownlee had 12 factors and eight assists within the 60-point blowout of Singapore on Saturday, which ought to bode effectively for Gilas as Indonesia looms to be a foe as robust as Cambodia with the presence of naturalized gamers.
Indonesia, which ended the Philippines’ 33-year-long reign within the competitors, is parading the likes of Anthony Beane, Jr. and former Philippine Basketball Affiliation import Lester Prosper.
In the meantime, the ladies’s workforce is reaching for a similar sort of optimism because it hopes to salvage a silver medal towards a perennial contender in Malaysia.
“It’s our final recreation, so we’re giving all of it that we received. No trying again,” he instructed the Inquirer on Sunday, shortly after his crew held off Thailand, 82-70.
“On the finish of the day, we wish to go house with a podium end,” he went on. “Regardless of our ups and downs, we’ll stick collectively as a result of we’re a household.” INQ
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