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Cone: Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations reset after blowing 43-point lead

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Justin Brownlee leads Gilas Pilipinas anew within the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Up by 43 with about seven minutes left within the ball sport, naturalized ace Justin Brownlee checked in for Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night time in opposition to Chinese language Taipei.

The remainder of the starters—Kai Sotto, Dwight Ramos, Calvin Oftana and Scottie Thompson—adopted shortly even with the sport already past doubt.

The intention was to not rub the blowout win within the guests’ faces, however reasonably make up for the only a few instances that the new-look Gilas Pilipinas will likely be taking part in collectively heading into its large take a look at this July.

“We weren’t attempting to run up the rating by bringing within the first group. It was a chance for us to get that first group to exit and play collectively,” nationwide coach Tim Cone mentioned on the heels of a 106-53 rout at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis.

“Each alternative for us goes to be treasured as a result of we now have restricted alternatives. We’ve got to do it that approach. [We are] not like different groups,” he added.

Gilas swept the opening window of the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) Asia Cup Qualifiers, pocketing two large wins over Hong Kong and Chinese language Taipei that many thought the squad would simply take.

However these are the one video games the Nationals can be taking part in earlier than they tackle fearsome European groups within the Olympic Qualifying Event (OQT) in Riga, Latvia, this July.

“You at all times want you had extra time to arrange,” Cone mentioned with a sigh. “I want we might preserve this factor going however that’s out of our management so we’ll stay with what we now have and that’s our problem. That’s a part of our large problem.”

4-month hole

The hole between Gilas’ newest win and its subsequent project, which dangles one final pathway into the Summer season Olympic Video games in Paris, France, is slightly over 4 months. Quite a bit might occur inside that interval, from accidents to profession actions.

Brownlee will likely be ineligible to play within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA)—at the very least for now—because the league will likely be holding the Philippine Cup, a event unique just for locals. The PBA standouts gained’t be obtainable as properly, as they are going to be fulfilling membership duties similar to Sotto, Ramos and AJ Edu with their respective groups within the Japanese B. League.

“We had been simply speaking within the locker room about how this type of looks like an ending. We gained’t play till one other three or 4 months. And so it seems like an ending for us. We want we had yet one more sport to play subsequent week or in a few days however that’s not one thing we management,” Cone mentioned.

“However I don’t assume there’s one man in our crew not trying ahead to [July] and getting again collectively and getting this factor going once more.”

However it’s not like Cone and his mind belief plan to only let the times go by earlier than the crew plunges into the OQT, the place World No. 8 Latvia and higher-ranked Georgia await.

“The settlement is that we bought 10 days earlier than we truly play our first sport in opposition to Latvia. In order that is likely to be 10 days right here, Encourage camp day-after-day or possibly it’s going out and looking for some friendlies in opposition to European groups so we will get a really feel for the way in which they play. we haven’t all figured that out but however we’re within the midst of figuring it out,” he mentioned.


“We’ve bought some invites from Lithuania, from Slovenia and the Czech Republic. We’re gonna work our approach via these and see what we will do. However the window for us to do is simply 10 days [to train].”

Cone additionally is aware of that this system should construct on the features the crew has made this week.

“This 2-0 begin is nice, however that’s slightly child step on the way in which. We have to make much more greater strides as we go as the following sport we play is Latvia, which is High 8 (on the planet). They usually simply beat Spain a few days in the past. So we bought them and Georgia developing. So can we get to that stage?” he mentioned.

“This can be a good begin, however the objective is greater than the position,” mentioned Sotto, who starred alongside Brownlee as soon as once more within the triumph on Sunday night time. “These are child steps—however large—as that is the start.”

“We’ve got extra time to enhance and gel collectively. We’re solely going to get higher. Hopefully, when the [OQT comes] we’re approach higher and prepared,” he added.

In the meantime, Jamie Malonzo was conspicuously absent within the shellacking of Chinese language Taipei. Cone mentioned that his ward was out attributable to a medical situation, including that he had caught a virus.

“Jamie, we contemplated bringing him to the hospital, he’s that down and out. Hopefully, he’ll bounce again and get higher. We despatched our docs to him and put him on [intravenous therapy],” he mentioned.

“I feel possibly among the guys simply bought severely dehydrated on the journey and we didn’t hydrate properly sufficient. I’ve bought to be extra cognizant of that and make it possible for guys are doing that higher. Type of like a journey fatigue. That’s actually on us to make it possible for doesn’t occur. Viruses are in all places so that you by no means know when somebody’s going to choose one thing up.”

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Nonetheless, some contested Cone’s rationalization throughout a number of Inquirer platforms, exhibiting a clip of a person that resembled Malonzo figuring in a fistfight inside a restaurant. INQ



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