Monday, April 15, 2024

Tim Cone is aware of Gilas can’t play identical manner vs Chinese language Taipei

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Justin Brownlee and Gilas Pilipinas members wave to the gang after their win over dwelling group Hong Kong within the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. –FIBA PHOTO

Certain, Gilas Pilipinas overcame a sluggish begin on Thursday night time and ran away with a key win to kickstart its grand plan of returning to the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup in 4 years.

However the first half of that 94-64 rout of Hong Kong, normal out earlier than a crowd made up largely of abroad Filipino orkers at Tsuen Wan Sports activities Centre, had nationwide coach Tim Cone eager for extra.

And rightly so.

“That’s extra of what we would like from this group—to create extra offense from our protection, not simply attempting to come back up and take fast pictures,” he advised a pair of reporters on the heels of the Filipino’s opening Asia Cup Qualifiers victory.

“[E]verybody was attempting exhausting, however they had been tentative and we had been lacking pictures we should always have made. We had been just a little overextended defensively. We had been permitting guys. All of the issues we weren’t alleged to be doing, we had been doing in that first half.”

The Philippines raced to a 9-0 begin however discovered Hong Kong respiratory down their necks by the second interval. The hosts, at one level, even took the lead earlier than Gilas regained its bearings behind Dwight Ramos’ three massive performs that led to a 12-0 run within the third and just about put the Nationals again on the motive force’s seat for good.

‘Lengthy technique to go’

Cone charged that forgettable first half to the group enjoying its first recreation, however he was simply as swift in admitting that Gilas nonetheless has “a protracted technique to go.”

Even after starring with 16 factors, seven rebounds, and 7 assists, Justin Brownlee felt precisely that about himself.

So did Kai Sotto, the younger massive man who delivered a double-double of 13 factors and 15 rebounds within the absence of June Mar Fajardo and AJ Edu.

“I didn’t anticipate to come back out and play nice. I used to be simply attempting to get a rhythm,” Brownlee, who served a doping ban after the Philippines’ historic Asiad conquest, stated.

“I’m glad we received. However as coach Tim stated, this recreation is extra of a take a look at for us,” Sotto identified. “We’re those who’re going to be judged—not the opponent—after this recreation since everyone knows we’re the higher group.”

An opportunity to use tweaks and do higher awaits Gilas Pilipinas this Sunday when it hosts Chinese language-Taipei at PhilSports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis. However doing so shall be extra of a problem if the Taiwanese efficiency towards the Tall Blacks additionally Thursday night time was a sign.

Chinese language-Taipei was neck-and-neck with the Kiwis till they light within the payoff interval, settling for a 89-69 loss at dwelling.

“We heard that Taiwan gave New Zealand an actual battle immediately so that they’re going to be a group to reckon with after we come Sunday,” stated Cone. “We have to play lots, lot higher than we did tonight.”

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“Taiwan’s going to be more difficult. [But] I feel this (expertise) will actually assist us going into that subsequent recreation. I’m excited to play Taiwan, [as] they’re a greater group (than Hong Kong). I’m trying ahead to it,” stated Sotto.

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