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    Familiarity with dribble-drive offense from his FEU days an edge for Gilas cadet Mike Tolomia

    Apr 21, 2017

    ON a professional level, it's unforgivable whenever a point guard forgets a certain play, whether it's during practice or in an actual game. 

    But not if you're training with two different teams at the same time.

    Such was the case for some Gilas playmakers, who are overwhelmed with countless offensive schemes they have to master in the national team and their mother ballclubs in the PBA.

    Confusion does happen sometimes, admitted Rain or Shine guard Mike Tolomia, who is among the 25 players from which Gilas coach Chot Reyes will form the squad that will compete in the 2017 Seaba Cup next month in Manila.

    "May times na nakakalimutan ko yung play pero naaalala ko napi-pick up ko naman kaagad," Tolomia said in a chat with

    But for someone who has been famillar with the dribble drive offense of the national team since his college days, Tolomia hardly had a hard time adjusting.

    Tolomia said the system was already introduced to them by ex-FEU coach Nash Racela and Gilas deputy Josh Reyes.

    "Sanay ako sa dribble drive, kaya di ganun kalaking adjustment sa Gilas kasi nung college pa kasi si Coach Josh at Coach Nash na-introduce na kami sa sistema," said Tolomia, who led FEU to the UAAP championship in 2015.

    Tolomia, though, doesn't see it as an edge against fellow guards in the pool that has a mix of veterans and rookies. In fact, he knows there's still a lot of room for improvement.

    "Marami pa," he said. "Unang-una yung maging consistent pa ako sa shooting ko lalo sa three points kasi sa international, yun yung madalas ma-open talaga e."

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    "Yung pagiging leader din, kasi as a point guard yun kailangan ko pa i-work on. Natuto naman ako sa mga veteran point guards dito at sa PBA."

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