Gilas coach Chot Reyes believes they reached the objective in their William Jones Cup build-up at the conclusion of their tune-up games against PBA teams on Saturday at the Gatorade Hoops Gym in Mandaluyong.
The national squad, composed of PBA rookies and reinforced by American Mike Myers and Fil-German Christian Standhardiner, scored a 3-game sweep after beating NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska in a 4-day span.
“It was evident in our last three games —we have a lot of unnecessary turnovers, very simple passes that are going out of bounds or we’re losing,” said Reyes, whose Gilas side outlasted Alaska on Saturday, 120-117 at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
But the outspoken national coach said much of their struggle has a lot to do with familiarity issue.
“That’s really familiarity more than anything else,” he added.
Still, Reyes is happy to see the progress his wards have made so far as part of their buildup for the Jones Cup.
“But like I said, we have to go through this painful process for us to grow,” he stressed. “I think we really grew with this last three games.”
Jio Jalalon and Raymar Jose were sidelined in their Aces game after sustaining separate injuries against the Elite, but Reyes is positive they can still play in the Jones Cup.
Gilas will have a well-deserved one-day break on Sunday before regrouping next week as they practice until next Thursday.
The national side leaves for Taipei next Friday, a day before kicking off their 9-day campaign for the Jones Cup.
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