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FIBA: Wright ready to step up for Gilas after unfortunate Marcio injury

With star shooter Marcio Lassiter suffering an unfortunate knee injury, Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup have taken a huge hit. Gilas is hoping to still get Marcio for the World Cup but if Lassiter can’t make it, other members of the national team will have to step up. Everyone, including head coach Yeng Guiao, has Matthew Wright in mind. “It’s a big loss [Lassiter injury], but we’ll find ways to make up for it. Matthew Wright is there, the rest of the team is there so we’ll find ways for everyone to step up,” Guiao said. For his part, Wright sees this as a new opportunity to rise up for the national team. Lassiter’s injury was an unfortunate development but it is what it is. Someone will have to step up in his place for now. “Some people could say it’s an added pressure [Marcio injury] but I don’t think so. I’m still gonna go into the tournament preparing the way I’ve been preparing. You always come in training like you’re gonna be playing for 40 minutes no matter what, that’s not gonna change my motivation,” Wright said. “If anything, it’s more motivation for me, it’s a chance to rise to the challenge, succeed and help Gilas, have a good tournament,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

FIBA: Relieved Guiao can finally have Gilas go hard as a complete team

With less than two weeks to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas can finally practice with a full team. The national team is still dealing with injuries, the latest one hurt being Matthew Wright, but Gilas Pilipinas finally has everyone onboard with the return of June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. Gilas can truly grind it out now and the team enters the most critical stretch of its World Cup prep. As it stands, the national teamis not in ideal condition just yet. “Malaking relief actually,” head coach Yeng Guiao said on finally practicing with a full team. “Pero kung tatanungin niyo ako ngayon, di pa tayo handa eh,” Guiao added. The Philippines start the World Cup with an Aug. 31 showdown against Italy and time is running out to get some good practices in. Gilas will make the most of their sessions as they look to get things going with a complete lineup. “Itong last 10 days, importante satin, dahil nga parang sinalpak lang natin yung tatlo kahapon eh. Eh crucial yung tatlo,” Guiao said talking about Fajardo, Pogoy, and Rosario. “Malaki pa matututlong ng mga yun sa team. Kaya tamang-tama na meron pa tayong sampung araw,” coach Yeng added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 47 min. ago

Gilas Final 12 known Sunday; Wright, Erram suffer injuries

Expect no let-up from members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool as they look to make a good impression in the next few days before coach Yeng Guiao selects his final 12 for the FIBA World Cup. Practice sessions have been stretched from two hours to three hours beginning last Monday before taking Australian club Adelaide […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Gilas still waiting on Fajardo, Pogoy, Rosario to come in a day or two

All of June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario were expected at Gilas Pilipinas' practice, Monday inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. All three, however, were not in action as the Philippine national basketball team went on a three-hour training session with less than two weeks before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. "Actually, I thought they were coming today, pero wala pa rin," head coach Yeng Guiao told reporters. "We were trying to get in touch with them, trying to confirm, but so far, wala pang confirmation." Fajardo is fresh off winning a championship for San Miguel while Pogoy and Rosario were key cogs in TNT's runner-up finish last Friday. "Baka pagod pa sila, pero siguro, bukas, nandito na yung mga yun," the Gilas mentor shared. According to team manager Gabby Cui, Pogoy and Rosario will be in attendance for the next practice on Tuesday. Fajardo, meanwhile, remains a question mark as the Beermen are set for a championship celebration on the same day. Still, coach Yeng said they're giving all of them the benefit of the doubt. "Sayang yung araw, nanghihinayang din ako kaya lang, 'di natin sila mapupwersa o mapipilit. Alam din nating galing sila sa Finals so they know how they feel, what their bodies requires," he said. He then continued, "We're giving them the benefit of the doubt." Nonetheless, the Philippine national basketball team remains hopeful it can be at full strength within the week. As their tactician put it, "We'll wait for them one or two more days, pero pag 'di sila dumating, kailangang magdesisyon na rin tayo." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Yeng Guiao says building cohesion top priority

With the FIBA Basketball World Cup just two weeks away, Gilas Pilipinas is stepping up on its preparations, putting in extra hours for shooting drills and video watching and fine-tuning things with a pair of tune-ups against Aussie club Adelaide 36ers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

FIBA: PBA Finals trio shoo-ins to World Cup team says Yeng

Gilas Pilipinas is in the most critical stage of its 2019 FIBA World Cup preparations and yet it is still missing three key players. The national team is still without June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy as they’re still playing in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The earliest the trio will be without mother team commitments will be Saturday and the latest will be Monday next week. When Fajardo, Rosario, and Pogoy rejoin Gilas, there’s no doubt about their conditioning. However, it’s going to take a couple of days at least to mentally transition from the PBA Finals to the FIBA World Cup. “The mere fact na yung isip nila ay wala pa sa Gilas ngayon and they’re focused on what they’re doing, meron ding adjustment yon. To refocus their minds and their attention to what we do in the Gilas team,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. “That’s going to take a few days din, so syempre, lalo na kung nag champion ka or hindi, there’s going to be emotional toll on you,” he added. There’s no doubt about the three’s willingness to play for the national team. Coach Yeng just hopes that they can catch up in time with the rest of the Gilas crew. “I hope di sila matagalan sa adjustment nila. But we all know what they’re going through. It’s a difficult time, but at the same time it’s exciting. All of those will have a toll on their focus and concentration,” Guiao said. “We’re just hoping na in a short time, makaadjust sila agad, makapag pahinga sila agad—makarecover sila agad from the Finals,” he added. As for the matter of coach Yeng naming his Final 12 to China, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy are pretty much shoo-ins he said. It’s just a matter of fitting them back to the lineup after the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. “More or less they have slots. They’re shoo-ins. My problem is not making the decision on whether they’re in or not,” Guiao said. “My problem is trying to jell them with only a week to go after that. That’s really the problem,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Bolick in the running for Gilas spot in FIBA World Cup after Spain exploits

MANILA, Philippines – Robert Bolick was a revelation for Gilas Pilipinas in its training camp in Spain, and his effort and tenacity definitely did not go unnoticed by head coach Yeng Guiao. Guiao bared Bolick is "in the running" to secure a spot in the final lineup for the FIBA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

Yeng Guiao treating Duterte s Gilas remarks as a ‘challenge’

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao isn't too concerned with President Duterte's comments on the team's chances in the 2019 FIBA World Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

FIBA: Blatche guarantees peak condition after Spain camp

Gilas Pilipinas is headed to Spain for its longest and most important training camp ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Naturalized center Andray Blatche has guaranteed that by the time the national team is back from Europe, he’s ready to rock for the World Championships in China. We can qoute him on that. “I’m quite sure about time I get back from Spain, I’m 100 percent ready,” Blatche said in a rare interview since he’s been back in Manila to prepare for the World Cup. In Spain, Gilas is lined up to face Congo, Ivory Coast, and possibly even the Spanish national team will all their top players. There, Blatche says he and Gilas can certainly get a lot of things done. “Me personally, I’m working on conditioning, running fourth quarter and playing defense. Our offense is going to come for this team. It’s more about defense for us,” Blatche said. “This is a great group of guys we got here. I’m excited about going to Spain and having a real training camp,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Guiao seeks better conditioning for Blatche, better chemistry for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – The FIBA World Cup is just around the corner, and Yeng Guiao is looking to ramp up preparations for Gilas Pilipinas and naturalized player Andray Blatche. Guiao said that Blatche will begin training daily with PBA team NLEX, while the national team will start practicing daily ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

Daily practices for Gilas Pilipinas coming soon

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao himself admitted that, at present, complete attendance for practices is easier said than done. “I can’t blame them. I know they have responsibilities with their mother clubs,” he said after the Philippine national team’s training session, Monday inside Meralco Gym in Ortigas. “Mahirap talagang maghati ng attention especially at this crucial stage. We’ll just have to manage whatever opportunities we have.” This, after only 10 players were in attendance and nine were in action in the latest practice with just a little over a month to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Of course, the likes of Japeth Aguilar, Robert Bolick, Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, and Christian Standhardinger were not present as they had just come off their respective quarterfinals matchups a day ago. “Of course, they cannot focus a hundred percent on what we’re doing because it’s the crucial phase of the playoffs,” Coach Yeng said. In his eyes, though, many players’ schedules with their mother teams would free up sooner than later - meaning Gilas would also have more warm bodies for practices. As he put it, “We’re just waiting until the other guys get freed up and (can) focus on our practices.” He then continued, “Of course, we don’t want them to lose kaya lang, kapag na-out sila, pwede na sila mag-focus dito. Later this week, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is headed to its semifinals - meaning only four squads would remain. With that, the national team is eyeing holding daily training sessions. “Next week, we’ll practice every day. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. na tayo Monday to Friday,” their fiery mentor said. Coach Yeng then furthered that when that time comes, the national team already has an understanding with the PBA. “We have an understanding that as soon as players are vacant and their mother teams are no longer playing, we have full control of the players,” he shared. Without a doubt, the Filipinos are gearing up to go full throttle in their preparations for the world meet in Spain in August. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

FIBA: No questions about Andray Blatche’s fitness for World Cup

As always, Andray Blatche will play a big role for Gilas Pilipinas for an upcoming FIBA tournament, this time being the 2019 World Cup in China. As always, his overall fitness will dictate just how well he’ll play. Finally in Manila, Blatche has had a week’s worth of practice with the national team. Andray is moving well and everything, but it’s quite obvious that he’s not at peak condition just yet. However, the national team is not worried about that too much. Blatche has a good six weeks of straight training to get himself in top shape. “Of course we still need to get him into game shape,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of Blatche. “But he’s been doing extra work. He’s actually been practicing by himself and also trying to get extra practice time with Rain or Shine and sa Monday, sa NLEX. There’s plenty of time to get him in shape,” he added. Blatche’s arrival has also added a big boost to Gilas’ regular practices. As a longtime member of the national team, Blatche has turned into one of the most crucial pillars for Gilas and his presence has been nothing but positive. “Wala naman siyang problem sa integration, because he’s been here and he knows 90 percent of the players,” Guiao said of Blatche. “There’s no problem with chemistry or attitude. They all get along together,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

FIBA: Gilas feeling the pressure of limited prep for World Cup

With a little over six weeks away from its first game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas is starting to feel the pressure of its limited preparation. Currently, the national team’s set up is to practice twice in one week, once during Mondays and another Thursdays. Gilas has been living with that but they know it’s not enough. Now, they’re truly feeling that that’s not quite enough. “That’s the urgency right now, masyadong madalang yung twice a week [practice] for such a big responsibility like representing the country sa World Cup,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. “We’re trying to get at least two more days of practice kung kaya,” he added. Guiao is generally happy with the way the national team has been practicing. But for Gilas to truly nake the most out of its sessions and hammer things home, more time is needed. With the PBA season still ongoing, in particular the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs starting this week, national team players can’t quite go all in on Gilas just yet. Most of the players in the Gilas pool will compete for the Commissioner’s Cup title. “There’s always a divided focus in the minds of the players,” Guiao said. “Request namin best-of-3 na lang yung championship. Anyway, to me it’s becoming urgent kasi we keep going back. Yung prinactice namin nung Monday, pagdating ng Thursday halos nakalimutan na tapos uumpisahan mo na naman,” coach Yeng added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Jordan Clarkson in Gilas pool

Holding on to slim hope that Jordan Clarkson will be allowed to suit up in the end, Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao has named the Fil-Am NBA player to the 19-man official pool that the Philippines is submitting for the FIBA World Cup hostilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Jordan Clarkson, palalakasin ang Gilas sa FIBA

Manila, Philippines – Isinama ni Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao si Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson sa pool ng kupunan na lalaban bitbit ang watawat ng Pinas sa 2019 FIBA World Cup. Ayon sa ulat, inanunsiyo ito ni Guiao nitong Lunes, Hulyo 15, pagkatapos ng national team practice sa Meralco Gym sa Pasig City. […] The post Jordan Clarkson, palalakasin ang Gilas sa FIBA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Clarkson included in Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas still has its fingers crossed that Jordan Clarkson will be cleared to play as a local in the FIBA World Cup as Yeng Guiao added the Filipino-American NBA player in his player pool. Guiao bared on Monday, July 15, he included the Cleveland Cavalier in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Gilas shows chemistry, fights Mighty to a draw

Coach Yeng Guiao gave Gilas Pilipinas a high grade after the Nationals battled import-laden Mighty Sports to an 85-85 stalemate in their first tuneup game in the run-up for the FIBA World Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Guiao to Unveil Gilas Shortlist Monday

Coach Yeng Guiao will name the 15 players, who will make up the Gilas Pilipinas training pool for the FIBA World Cup, during the team’s next practice on Monday night. Right after the national team’s training session on Thursday night at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City, Guiao said the announcement of the shortlist will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

Wright rejoins Gilas pool

Phoenix Pulse gunner Matthew Wright has joined the Gilas Pilipinas pool, giving the team added firepower and a deeper talent pool as coach Yeng Guiao prepares to finalize his roster for the FIBA World Cup by next week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

Guiao on Gilas chemistry for FIBA World Cup: There are no egos

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao expressed satisfaction with the chemistry the national team has formed two months ahead of the FIBA World Cup, which will kick off on August 31.  The team had 12 men practicing on Monday, July 1. It was only the second time ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019