AFTER watching Gilas demolish PBA D-League team Cafe France on Thursday, former national coach Louie Alas believes the national squad’s winning average is the only thing that needs to be settled in next month’s Southeast Asian Games basketball championship in Myanmar.
Mentored by coach Jong Uichico, the Gilas cadet squad routed the Bakers, 84-68 for its fourth straight tuneup game win. Gilas also whipped Cebuana Lhuillier, Arellano-Air21 and M Builders in their previous tuneup matches.
“Grabe firepower,” Alas told Spin.ph. “Lahat, at any given night, puwedeng umiskor, so yung offense nila parang magiging barometer.”
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“Pinaguusapan na lang diyan kung ilan ang ilalamang every game" - former national coach Louie Alas
Alas said rivals from other Southeast Asian nations will be hard-pressed to score against the Philippine team, whose defense will be anchored by naturalized center Marcus Douthit and backup big men Prince Caperal as well as cadet mainstay Jake Pascual.
“Firepower nito sobra. Malagyan lang ni Jong ng magandang depensa. Eh ngayon pa lang unbeatable na yan eh. Tapos may Marcus Douthit ka pa,” noted Alas, who also serves as one of Alaska’s assistant coaches.
“Pinaguusapan na lang diyan kung ilan ang ilalamang every game.”
The Philippines has won the SEA Games basketball gold medal 15 times in the last 16 editions, the lone exception coming in 1989 in Malaysia.