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    Gilas to embark on training trip to Greece, Italy, Turkey; play pocket tournament in Italy

    May 18, 2016
    Gilas winds down its training on Wednesday. Jerome Ascano

    GILAS Pilipinas' training for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) is about to shift into high gear with a three-week trip that will bring the national team to Greece, Turkey, and Italy.

    The national squad resumed practice on Wednesday at the Meralco gym, and is considering making the grind a daily one by next week.

    Coach Tab Baldwin said Gilas will be in the country until June 10, after which it embarks on a European trip starting with a nine-day training in Greece.

    "We will be going up to the mountain and go to a training center there where usually the great national teams train in a place called Kapernici," said Baldwin after the team concluded its three-hour training following more than a month of rest to give way to the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.

    [See Slaughter, Rosser out of Gilas pool due to injuries]

    From Greece, Gilas will go straight to Turkey to play the Turkish national team.

    "We'll have a couple of days in Istanbul," said the 57-year-old Baldwin.

    Then its off to Bologna, Italy where Gilas will participate in a pocket tournament along with Canada, China, and the host country.

    "We play Italy on Day 1 as it stands now. And then winners vs.winners and losers vs losers on Day2. Then we fly home I think," said the Gilas coach.

    On July 1, the Philippine team plays Turkey again here in Manila, winds down its training, and finally gets down to businss with a game against France at the start of the qualifier on July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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    Gilas winds down its training on Wednesday. Jerome Ascano
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