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    Towering lineup guarantees nothing for Gilas Youth in World Cup, insists Tamayo

    Jun 21, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    CARL Tamayo liked seeing Gilas Pilipinas Youth will a lot more ceiling this time, but he knows that as much as height is might, it doesn't guarantee anything especially for the 2019 Fiba Under-19 World Cup.

    "Hindi naman porket mas maraming nadagdag ngayon na matatangkad, sure na mananalo na tayo," said the Nazareth School of National University forward.

    The 6-foot-8 Tamayo joins twin towers Kai Sotto, standing at 7-foot-2, and AJ Edu, who measures at 6-foot-11, up front for the national youth team.

    The Philippines also has Ateneo's 6-foot-10 bruiser Geo Chiu and University of Santo Tomas' 6-foot-5 forward Bismarck Lina in the pool.

    For the 16-year-old Tamayo, much of his confidence is rooted on the improvements of Sotto and Edu, whom he previously played with during the 2018 Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship in Thailand.

    "Mas dominant yung paint namin dahil nandyan si Kai at Edu. Actually, ang laki ng inimprove ni Kai sa katawan pa lang at sa skills. Kaya mas confident ang laro namin, lalo na sa paint," he said.

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      However, Tamayo knows that the success of the Philippines will be dependent on two things: its chemistry and its execution of the system put by new coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

      "Kilala na namin karamihan ng nandito, so para sa amin, stick lang kami sa system ni coach Sandy at laro lang kung ano yung dapat na gawin. Magtrabaho lang sa loob ng court," he said.

      "Confident kami, pero marami pa rin kaming work na dapat gawin."

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