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Reality check hits Gilas ahead of Fiba Asia Cup

There were occasional bursts of laughter during practice on Thursday.

Controlled scrimmages between Gilas Pilipinas’ Fiba Asia Cup team and Southeast Asian Games squad were intense, but fun was still written on the players’ faces from the ever playful Calvin Abueva to the usually stoic Mac Belo and always serious Terrence Romeo.

Guard Ray Parks and national team assistant coach Jimmy Alapag during practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
But beyond the feeling of ease throughout Gilas’ second to the last training session before leaving for Lebanon early Sunday morning, reality check hits.

“As you can see, the Fiba Asia team, they’re having a hard time against the SEA Games team. Can you imagine if that’s China?” Reyes told reporters.

“But like I always keep saying, we gotta work with what we have. We had to rest the players who have games tomorrow so those who could play who are not playing tomorrow we’re the ones who scrimmaged,” said Reyes, referring to June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro, who will suit up for their respective PBA clubs on Friday.

Reyes admitted the team still has a lot of catching up to do to reach its desired form in time for the Fiba Asia tilt.

Author: Mark Giongco
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/259067/reality-check-gilas-pilipinas-china-2017-fiba-asia-cup

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