Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao believes his players are ready for the crucial sixth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
“We feel very confident that we can get to the World Cup,” Guiao said after Monday night’s practice. “The objective from the beginning is to try to get to the World Cup. If we win these two games, I think that’s going to do it. But if we lose one, that’ll be tough on us so it’s important to win both.”
TEAM Pilipinas may end up playing one tune-up game before two crunch matches in the sixth ans final window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.
National coach Yeng Guiao bared the squad is scheduled to play a tune-up game against Meralco on Friday, a day before leaving for Doha for their away match against Qatar on February 21.
“Baka Friday, maka-set up kami ng practice game with Meralco,” said Guiao.
Guiao had expressed concern about the absence of tune-up games after a plan to go up against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in a scrimmage game was cancelled.
Guiao said playing a tune-up game against Meralco is a perfect opportunity for Team Pilipinas since the Bolts do not have a player in the national team.
The tune-up game also comes during the PBA break for the qualifiers.
“Vino-volunteer ni coach Ryan (Gregorio) ‘yung Meralco. Kumpleto naman sila. Wala naman silang (Meralco) player sa Gilas,” Guiao said.