By JONAS TERRADO
Coach Chot Reyes can now put his full concentrate on Gilas Pilipinas after concluding TNT’s grueling PBA Governors’ Cup schedule of 4 video games in seven days by successful its final two video games in convincing vogue.
Reyes steered the Tropang Giga to a break up after successful the final two video games, together with a 119-82 romp of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel final Friday on the Good Araneta Coliseum which noticed them erupt for 21 three-pointers.
TNT’s dominant efficiency got here two days after pulling away within the fourth to take down San Miguel Beer, 96-81.
“I actually thought if we might come out of it at 2-2. I believe that may be a reasonably good document. Very lucky to flee with that,” mentioned Reyes, who encountered troubles in the beginning of the stretch with losses to Magnolia Pambansang Manok and Phoenix Tremendous LPG, the latter ending in a 93-92 heartbreaker.
With the TNT marketing campaign placed on the wayside, Reyes can hopefully flip Gilas near a well-oiled machine with lower than per week earlier than the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers takes place on the Massive Dome.
Reyes’ 22-man pool composed of TNT gamers, a pair from Japan’s B.League and remaining full-time Gilas members may have their work reduce out as they brace for 2 conferences with South Korea and one every in opposition to India and New Zealand.
He’s additionally hoping to get some injured gamers prepared in time for the qualifiers, notably RR Pogoy who has been lacking the TNT video games after hurting his calf in apply.
Pogoy remains to be included within the pool after he was initially left off the listing put out by FIBA on its web site earlier within the week.
“I received’t disguise it. It’s been a wrestle, actually,” Reyes mentioned. “It’s been an enormous problem for me, the gamers, the teaching workers.
“At the very least now, we are able to concentrate on the job at hand within the coming week. We nonetheless haven’t made up our thoughts who’s going to make any type of last roster so now we are able to put our effort and my 100% concentrate on figuring it out.
“We simply needed to place in some fundamentals for the workforce, ensure we’d have the ability to put in a aggressive workforce for the window and now we’re going to take a look at this, the final 5 days of apply, as our last preparation for the duty at hand.”