TEAM Pilipinas assistant coach Caloy Garcia said that Barangay Ginebra representatives are likely to join Sunday’s training along with the return of head coach Yeng Guiao from a business trip.
After Ginebra’s three-peat hopes for the PBA Governors’ Cup title got shattered by archrival Magnolia, 108-112 loss in Game 4 of the semifinals last Friday night, Garcia is expecting Greg Slaughter, Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar, and LA Tenorio to join the men’s national basketball pool starting on Sunday night at the Meralco Gym.
Stanley Pringle, who arrived from United States last Friday, is also expected to come on Sunday, while Finals-bound Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang of Magnolia are still uncertain if they will show up on Sunday’s practice.
The four Ginebra stars are likely to play in their Wednesday’s tune-up against Jordan as Guiao will be prioritizing the 13 players, who appeared in the first three practices, when they test the mettle of the Jordanians on Monday.
“I think coach Yeng would use our 13 players that has been practicing but since natalo yung Ginebra so they’ll show up on Sunday’s practice,” Garcia said. “Hindi ako sure kung gagamitin ni coach Yeng for Monday’s game but basically yung 13 players kasi has been practicing yun ata muna yung focus ni coach Yeng.”
Guiao will be leaning on June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Beau Belga, JP Erram and Matthew Wright as well as cadets Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero.
But the lead assistant coach said that they are still adjusting especially the new comers and returnees.
“Medyo nangangapa pa sila June Mar but yung mga luma naman who played for us already for the last Gilas medyo nakuha naman nila,” he said. “I think it’s just the adjustment of the new guys pero so far okay naman yung pinakita nila.”
After the two tune-up matches against Jordan this coming week, the men’s national team will battle Lebanon on November 23 and 25.