Training camp in Lithuania, invitationals lined up for Smart Gilas Pilipinas


Chot Reyes. PBA IMAGE/ Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines—A training camp in Lithuania and other plans are in order for Smart Gilas Pilipinas as part of its rigorous build-up for the Fiba Asia Championships.

After naming his 17-man pool on Thursday, National team head coach Chot Reyes also bared the plans for Smart Gilas leading up to August.

With the PBA Commissioner’s Cup opening this weekend, practices so far are limited to Monday meetings, starting February 11.

But “as soon as the players become available, we shall practice more regularly,” said Reyes in an interview at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

Reyes hopes to get at least a week of practice after the second conference, with all of the players from the pool present, before they fly to Lithuania.

“We’ll play the top six Lithuanian ball clubs and will also have the former coach of  Lithuanian national team work with the boys for 12 days,” Reyes said of the camp slated from June 2 to 16.

Reyes also said that they were planning a week-long invitational at the end of June here in Manila.

“We’ll invite some international teams, most probably the Middle Eastern teams,” said Reyes, who has always pointed out the height advantage of the squads from the Middle East.

The first real test before the Fiba Asia Championships comes midway in July as Smart Gilas defends its title in the Williams Jones Cup.

PBA Commissioner Chito Salud also shared the league’s plans to give “maximum exposure to our (national) team.”

“We decided to tweak our All-star game by allowing the Gilas team to go against a PBA selection for the main game,” said Salud.

Reyes is hopeful that these preparations will put Smart Gilas “in our sharpest shape when Fiba Asia begins. ”

“The goal is to make the top three but the dream is to win it all,” Reyes said as Fiba Asia dangles three slots to the 2014 Fiba Worlds in Spain.

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  • Don Ryder

    why are we wasting all this money on basketball?  hindi naman tayo mananalo sa China, Korea, Japan, atbp.  Let’s just build a sports program based on sports where it is possible for us to win.  we do have tall guys but they are clumsy.  they can’t run, they can’t jump, they can’t dribble, they can’t rebound.  all they do is jog around the court

    • Jibrail Arkangel

      ng comment ka, wla ka nmng alam sa sports at hnd ka yata nanood…
      talo sa japan? marami nga tayong panalo kontra sa japan nat’l team.

      hnd mo alam ang problema kaya hnd tayo nanalo.

      players selected as nat’l team were not the best and fitted for the team, but instead they were choosen because they are the only available players..

      Yan. ang problema sa basketball national team natin..

  • Lando

    wala ng dahilan para hindi mag-champion

  • kentjohn

    smart gilas 1 reinforced by present mvp import vs smart gilas 2.this is a good game gilas 1 coached by rajko toroman

  • alex

    Kudos to the PBA bosses for they bent backwards for the Phil team! Coach Chot should follow suit and let hard feelings with Japeth on sideline for now and add athleticism with height. Lee and Abueva should add youth energy and James Yap should add high percentage scoring. 

  • Constantine

    Coach Chot, let’s go for the dream! You have at least 3 good, mobile and big players. Slaughter and Fajardo are the big difference compared with the Jones Cup team last year! These two bigs will spell the difference this August. You can play 2 bigs at the same time. We can now protect the lane! We just have to polish our team defense and team offense.

  • Night

    ayos GO GO GO COACH… GO GILAS!!!!

  • Platypus09

    Nice strategy boys.

    Good luck at Fiba Championships..

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