When the lone naturalized participant’s spot in its roster seemingly boiling right down to both Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson or Barangay Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee, Gilas Pilipinas confirmed that it was turning a web page in its playbook.
Gone had been the times when the instant candidate for a naturalized participant can be an enormous man to assist the Philippines take care of ceiling issues.
That meant native bigs can have greater roles. And coach Chot Reyes is getting a transparent have a look at what must be performed — particularly with an important large man in his pool.
“This was all a part of the method,” Reyes stated of Gilas Pilipinas’ loss to a Lithuania choice squad, 90-80, in a tuneup match on Tuesday in Kaunas, Lithuania.
“We needed to play a staff who has 5 shooters as a result of we needed to see how we may get June Mar [Fajardo] defending ball screens, choose and pops in opposition to shooters. June Mar had 10 factors within the first half and his man had 20 factors, it’s one thing we have to work on,” Reyes added.
Fajardo, who scored 13 factors within the recreation, is a six-time Most Priceless Participant within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) and is the league’s most dominant native participant. However in the way in which basketball is performed these days exterior the PBA, Fajardo looks like an anachronism, a throwback to the times of publish heavy hoops.
And Reyes hopes to assist the San Miguel Beer star adapt — and discover methods for the staff to assist out.
“It’s now as much as us to return into observe and work out methods to defend when we’ve got a state of affairs like that when there’s a three-point capturing exterior large man on the opposing staff. These are the issues we needed to be taught. We knew that that is the sort of participant that we had been going to face, that June Mar goes to face. It’s not solely June Mar, it must be everybody serving to out and rotating to cease that,” Reyes stated.
Lithuania ahead Tomas Zdanavicius erupted for 25 factors, together with a six-of-seven three-point capturing, to steer the eight-man choice of the host nation.
After dropping three of their 5 tuneup video games, Reyes has an thought of what must be performed because the nationwide staff prepares for the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup that the Philippines will cohost with Japan and Indonesia.
“We’ve to search out that stability the place we’re scoring nicely and defending nicely. A part of the method. Clearly, we’re not pleased with the outcome however I’m very happy with the educational and the teachings that we proceed to choose up,” he stated.
Tinker with lineup
“At first, we had some beauty that weren’t falling. That’s why they had been capable of get an early run. But additionally this staff didn’t actually stress laborious on passing lanes. They defended another way, which can be one of many issues that we have to discover ways to assault groups that defend this fashion. Offense wasn’t our drawback on this ball recreation, it was actually protection.”
Reyes had an opportunity to tinker together with his lineup, particularly up entrance, the place there’s a extra urgent want for an upgraded efficiency. He used a distinct mixture for some time with Japeth Aguilar at energy ahead and Brownlee at small ahead as heart Ange Kouame joined the staff after his commencement at Ateneo.
However he believes that this type of outcome will solely make his staff higher.
“Clearly, it didn’t work as a result of we acquired off to, what, 17-1 begin. However the good factor is that’s a part of why we’re right here to determine totally different mixtures, totally different lineups and to know that there’s no nothing extra highly effective information than expertise,” he stated. “So now that we’ve got that first-hand expertise the gamers ought to now all know higher. That’s a part of the educational course of and the teachings that we got here right here to be taught.”
Gilas Pilipinas will open its marketing campaign in opposition to Angola on Aug. 25 at Philippine Area and it’s slated in Group A with Dominican Republic and Italy.
Vytautas Sulskis was additionally instrumental for Lithuania with 19 factors and 9 rebounds. Justinas Ramanauskas scored 12 factors and dished out 9 assists, whereas Rokas Pocius added 10 markers and 9 boards.
Brownlee had 20 factors and 7 rebounds whereas Jamie Malonzo added 14 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Kiefer Ravena had 10 factors and 4 assists.
Chot Reyes says Gilas’ tuneup loss to Lithuania ‘all a part of the method’
Kiefer Ravena will at all times say sure to taking part in for Gilas Pilipinas
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