Heavy training, Italy tourney up for nat’l five | Inquirer Sports

Heavy training, Italy tourney up for nat’l five

By: - Reporter / @MusongINQ
/ 04:00 AM June 25, 2016

RANIDEL De Ocampo (33) and his Gilas teammates are in for a tougher grind ahead. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NET

RANIDEL De Ocampo (33) and his Gilas teammates are in for a tougher grind ahead. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NET

GILAS Pilipinas will have two days of hard practice before the Filipinos open their campaign in a pocket tournament in Bologna, Italy, against the Italians on Friday (Saturday) in Manila.

The Filipinos will play two straight games to wind up their back-breaking European training for the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which gets off the ground on July 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Gilas plays the Italians before colliding with either Canada or Fiba Asia tormentor China the following day.

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Should the Filipinos upset the hosts at Land Rover Arena, they will advance opposite the winner of the Canada-China match. A loss will pit Gilas against the loser of the match between the Canadians and the Chinese.

Gilas, which flew out on June 10 and had a nine-day camp in Kapernisi in Greece, flies back home on Monday and will touch down on Tuesday.

National coach Tab Baldwin, incidentally, will name the final lineup tomorrow at around 6 p.m. and will beam his announcement through TV5, basketball godfather Manny V. Pangilinan’s television outfit.

Gilas lost its first game outside the Philippines recently, a 68-103 decision to Turkey, which the Filipinos will again clash with for their final tune-up match on July 1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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