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    Missed chance to play Spain can't dampen Guiao mood over overseas camp

    Aug 14, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    GILAS Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao would have wanted his players to face host Spain in the Torneo de Malaga, but the missed chance hardly dampened his feeling over the national team's overseas training camp.

    "The camp was good. It was all that we expected, except of course we wanted to play Spain pero 'di natin nakalaban sila. But nonetheless, we played four good games," he said on Wednesday as the national team went back to practice at Meralco Gym.

    Had the Philippines won over Democratic Republic of Congo, Gilas would have found itself in a collision course with La Roja. But a second-half meltdown for the Filipinos allowed Congo to take the 82-71 victory.

    Despite the missed opportunity, Guiao still looked at the camp in a positive light saying it gave his side the much-needed experience and develop the chemistry it needed in the run-up to the 2019 Fiba World Cup later this month.

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    "We were able to gain that experience, that knowledge, that we set out to do in the first place," he said.

    "We also were able to strengthen the bonds of the team. We also have a basis now for making some adjustments. We're running some new plays and making adjustments on defense because of what we were able to see in Spain."

    Positive as the camp was, Guiao just reminded his side to maintain their drive especially in the homestretch of their preparations.

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      "Just keep themselves focused on our purpose, on our practices, on our system. Just keep themselves rested, make sure that their bodies are preserved," he said.

      "We want to preserve yung gains namin from Spain. Maganda yung conditioning na nakuha namin dun, maganda yung cohesion, yung adjustments ng sistema, yung absorption nila. We don't want them to forget that, we don't want them to lose their conditioning that we've gained in Spain."

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