WITH the 2017 Seaba Cup exactly just a month away, coach Chot Reyes is slowly starting to see things pick up for Gilas Pilipinas.
With the practices now being run on a daily basis starting last Monday, things are finally beginning to shape up for the squad as they've began formal five-on-five scrimmages to their usual routine in training on Wednesday.
"I think we got a lot of things done. Maraming na-accomplish. Iba talaga ‘pag tuluy-tuloy. Nakaka-build kami efficiently ng mga gusto naming gawin," Reyes said.
"It’s part of the process. They way we do things. After 3-on-0, 4-on-0, 5-on-0 drills, kailangan lagyan natin ng defense so that they can have an idea on how to execute," he added.
Reyes still lamented his team's inability to be complete after just 12 players showed up on Wednesday with several players having duties with their mother teams in the PBA and others resting.
The longtime Gilas mentor, however, understands that it's a situation that they have to deal with and he appreciates his players' efforts to catch up despite the hectic schedule.
"We can't put up a real full team in practice. But it is what it is. They’re very aware and we really liked their focus that’s why it was a very short practice because they got done what we wanted them to get done. So we cut it off early," he added.
Reyes hopes that the Holy Week break will not affect their momentum as they go full blast starting on Monday, with preparations now running on a daily basis.
The honeymoon phase in training is now over, now the hard part begins for them.
"What we’ve seen is how much work we need to work on offense and defense. We need to work a lot since we haven’t done any defense at all," Reyes said.
"Nire-reserve namin yan next week ‘pag everyday na."