Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gilas Pilipinas coach wary of hot-shooting Kazakhstan

By

Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine men’s basketball team got a glimpse of the tough competition even before the real battle began.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas slipped past the Kazakhstan national team, which national team head coach Chot Reyes called “one of the strongest,” 92-89, on Friday in a tune-up match.

“In my books, one of the strongest Kazhakstan, we’ve always had a hard time against this team,” said Reyes after their last game before Fiba Asia Championship next week.

And the Kazakhs are precisely why the Filipinos opted not to be bracketed in group D, which also has India, Bahrain and Thailand, for the preliminary round, according to Reyes.

The Filipinos are in group A with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Chinese Tapei.

“I know there are a lot of geniuses who think we should be in group D. But really I’m woried about Kazakhstan,” admitted Reyes. “If we lose to them in the first round we might not even make it past the second [if we were in group D].”

And Reyes’ worries were not unfounded as Kazakhstans gave the Filipinos a scare on Friday, showcasing their range and peskiness down low.

Its guard Jerry Johnson made sure to flaunt his explosiveness and finished with 17 markers while main man Anton Ponomarev added 16 points.

And this was only Kazakhstan’s fourth game in their build-up for the Fiba Asia, so veteran head coach Matteo Boniciolli wasn’t all disappointed with his players’ showing despite the loss.

“We came from 45 days of very hard work with 3 scrimmages.  This was our 4th game. I don’t say I’m satisfied because I don’t like to lose, but it’s not that bad,” he said.

They shot 11 triples,and so did the Philippines, which was mostly from Jeff Chan, so it wasn’t a suprising when Boniciolli pointed our the Filipino marksmen.

“They’re one of the favorites for the 3 medals. They have a very good team, great coaching staff and they looked very aggresive, [they also have] fantastic shooters,” he said.

Before coaching the Kazakhstan national team, Boniciolli served as assistant for the national team of Italy, his hometown, from 1996 to 2001.

As to Reyes’ favorite tag on Kazhakstan, Boniciolli just wants his team to make a splash in the 11-day Asian Championships, which dangles three slots to the FIBA worlds.

“Thanks for his appreciation to our team. We are here to compete and to respect our opponent and we’re to win,” he said. “I think we’ll be one of the most interesting in the competition.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Basketball , Chot Reyes , FIBA Asia , Gilas Pilipinas , Kazakhstan , Men’s basketball , Smart Gilas-Pilipinas



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Drunk passenger triggers Bali hijack alert
  • Businesswoman allegedly killed by husband, brother-in-law
  • Roxas suspended from golf club for outburst over P5,000 guest fee
  • SC reschedules oath-taking of new lawyers
  • Ex-COA chief seeks bail after arrest for plunder
  • Sports

  • Guiao fined P100,000 for ‘mongoloid’ comment vs Meralco forward
  • Hawks and Grizzlies revel in home wins
  • Floyd: Manny’s power gone
  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking—Indonesia air force
  • Obama lands in Seoul as N. Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Militant protests vs Obama, US set
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Marketplace