Chot Reyes wants Gilas to be at its best in Seaba regardless of level of competition
Chot Reyes was far from satisfied with Gilas' last full practice before the Seaba. Jerome Ascano

CHOT Reyes is not looking at what kind of opposition awaiting Gilas Pilipinas when it opens its campaign in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship on Friday.

All he cares about is the team playing to its full potential.

“We’re just trying to keep focus doon sa gagawin namin. Wala kami gaanong iniisip kung malakas o mahina (ang kalaban). Basta ang entire discussion namin is to make sure that we’re focused to do the things that we need to do to get the job done,” said Reyes after conducting the national team’s last full practice at the Upper Deck gym on Thursday before seeing action in the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

“Doon lang kami. We’re just staying on that lane.”

Gilas Pilipinas gets its campaign going at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday against a Myanmar side that is not really regarded as a basketball power.

But again, the focus is not on the team that’s in front of them.

“Basta tayo we just make sure that we’re near as possible to our best,” stressed the national coach.

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That was not the case during practice which Reyes said was hampered by a bad start.

“Ang sama ng start kanina. I thought the players were not focused. They we’re making a lot of mistakes so hininto ko yung drill and we went to the next drill,” admitted Reyes.

While things picked up all the way to the end, the five-time PBA Press Corps Coach of the Year was still not satisfied with the way things went.

“They were not shooting as efficiently and as accurately as I want. Hopefully, it’s just the effect of some guys being first timers here,” he added. “Ayoko ng pilitin so we just ended practice.”

After Myanmar, Gilas takes on Singapore on Saturday followed by Malaysia on Sunday.

The team takes a break Monday and then goes up against Thailand on Tuesday, Vietnam the next day, before capping its campaign against Indonesia on Thursday.

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