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    Chot Reyes says Kobe Paras, Standhardinger arrival addresses SEAG team's lack of size

    Jun 27, 2017

    NATIONAL coach Chot Reyes said on Tuesday changes can still be made to the Southeast Asian Games lineup he announced during Gilas Pilipinas practice.

    The longtime national team mentor released a list that included amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras and Ray Parks, among others, but quickly qualified that the names aren't cast in stone.

    "Like I told the team earlier, we had to submit something to beat the deadline," he said. "There's always a possibility of changes. People, God forbid, get injured, don't come to practice, and stuff. We have time to still make changes.

    "For now, the way we're looking at it, that's the kind of lineup we're hoping to field sa SEA Games. It's a combination of cadets and new guys plus PBA vets," Reyes added.

    [See Paras, Ravena, Parks, Standhardinger named to Gilas side for SEA Games]

    Reyes described the lineup as a versatile one filled with players who can create, shooters who can space the floor, and a set of young big men to patrol the paint.

    "Obviosuly we wanted to make sure we have shooters. I think we have quite a good lineup of big men as well," Reyes continued.

    However, Reyes' frontline will be his biggest concern, with Fil-German prospect Christian Standhardinger standing as the tallest in the team at 6-7.

    Gilas veteran Troy Rosario, cadet Carl Bryan Cruz and newcomer Raymar Jose complete an undersized frontline, but Reyes said Standhardinger and 6-6 Kobe Paras adds much-needed size to the lineup.

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    "That was the biggest deficiency of having an all-cadet team, we didn't have enough quality big guys. Bigs are all undersized, but then with the addition of Christian and Kobe, we were able to address that," Reyes said.

    "Troy is a PBA vet but he really considers himself a cadet. Hopefully that would be enough to get the job done in the SEA Games."

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