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    Chot Reyes rests Blatche, takes no chances ahead of title decider against Indonesia

    May 17, 2017
    Gilas coach Chot Reyes rested Andray Blatche ahead of the game against Indonesia. Jerome Ascano

    GILAS Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes isn't taking any chances when the hosts take on Indonesia for all the marbles in the 2017 Seaba Men's Championship on Thursday. 

    The veteran coach know better than to take a team like Indonesia lightly and that's why he took some precautionary measures in Gilas' 107-52 win over Vietnam on Wednesday.

    Reyes decided to tweak his starting line-up against the Vietnamese, making sure to rest Andray Blatche to keep his naturalized center fresh for their 7 p.m. clash with Indonesia.

    "The essence of sport is you can never be sure. That's why we shouldn't take anything for granted. I believe that everything we've done is to get us ready for the game tomorrow," Reyes said.

    "We know they're getting ready as well, raring to go as well, they got a couple of guys who are very, very fresh, that's why we made it a point to give Andray some rest," he added.

    [See Five down, one to go for Gilas]

    The availability of naturalized player Jamarr Johnson and Indonesian-American Arki Wisnu gives Indonesia depth as well as fresh legs and Reyes is very much aware of that.

    "From Day One, we took a look at their roster. We knew it wasn't a roster you can take for granted. That's why we built a team that we built," Reyes continued.

    "They have a very good coach, a heady point guard who's been around a long time and not afraid to take big shots, they have a couple of bigs who can shoot and then they have Jamarr Johnson who's gonna be their go-to guy," he added.

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    Asked what he expects from Johnson, Reyes said that the key to stopping the 6-5 forward would be to match his intensity.

    "The key is to keep up with his motor. He doesnt have many minutes on those legs, so he's gonna be very fresh," said the multi-titled coach. "We're gonna be ready."

    Hardly challenged in its first five games, Reyes said he couldn't care less about the winning margin against the upset-conscious Indonesians.

    "All we need to do is get a W. We're not concerned with the margin. We just want to get the job done and get to the Fiba Asia. There's 40 minutes separating us so the key now is to prepare for them."

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    Gilas coach Chot Reyes rested Andray Blatche ahead of the game against Indonesia. Jerome Ascano
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