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Chot concerned on Gilas capability to attack foes' zone defense

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas coach Chot Reyes is hoping they’re able to squeeze the best they can in the mere 12-day preparation they had for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup where they open their campaign against titleholder China on Wednesday in Beirut, Lebanon.

In that brief period, Reyes fast-tracked all the preparations he believed needed to make Gilas competitive against the heavyweights of Asia and Oceania in the meet that actually fires off Tuesday.

Chot Reyes presides over Gilas Pilipinas' practice in this file photo.. Philippine Star photo
Opening-day games pit Kazakhstan versus New Zealand and Lebanon opposite Korea in Group C, and Japan against Australia and Hong Kong versus Taipei in Group D.

The Philippines goes up against China, then Iraq tangles with Qatar in Group B games while Iran tackles India then Jordan squares off with Syria in Group A matches on Wednesday.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas patron Manny V. Pangilinan was in the airport early Sunday morning to personally wish the team well in its departure for Beirut.

Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar played their game against NLEX in Calasiao, Pangasinan Friday night and rushed to NAIA to catch their flight.

Author: Nelson Beltran
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/06/1725817/chot-concerned-gilas-capability-attack-foes-zone-defense

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