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Gilas' overlapping FIBA Asia Cup, SEAG sked concerns Reyes

MANILA, Philippines – The members of the Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team assembled at the Upper Deck Sports Center in Pasig City for the first day of practice for the Fiba Asia Cup (which will take place in Lebanon from August 15-27) and the Southeast Asian Games (which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19-30).

In attendance were veterans Japeth Aguilar, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Terrence Romeo as well as cadets Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Alfonso Gotladera, Jovani Jalalon, Raymar Jose, Ray Parks, Roger Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Christian Standhardinger, Matthew Wright and Almond Vosotros.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes. Philippine Star photo
The team worked on some drills essential to its dribble drive offense, after which former Thailand coach Tim Lewis (who coached the latter during the recent SEABA tournament) taught some of his defensive schemes to the squad.

Of concern for Reyes and his coaching staff is the overlapping of tournaments, with the FIBA Asia and the Southeast Asian Games all taking place at the same time.

“Ngayon lang nangyari yun,” dryly noted Reyes.

The first 27-stagings of the biennual SEA Games were held late in the year – either November or December. However, beginning with the 28th games held in Singapore in 2015, the tournament was moved to an earlier time schedule in accordance to the international calendar.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/28/1722358/gilas-overlapping-fiba-asia-cup-seag-sked-concerns-reyes

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