Gilas bench gets boost with addition of PBA champion coach Ryan Gregorio
Three-time PBA champion coach and thrice PBA coach of the year Ryan Gregorio is tapped for the national squad. Dante Peralta

THE Gilas 5.0 coaching staff for the Fiba Asia Challenge Cup got a boost with the addition of Ryan Gregorio as head coach Josh Reyes says the players are improving ahead of the Sept 9 to 18 tournament in Iran.

Reyes said Gregorio’s addition to the team is definitely a big boost.

"He'll join me in Iran, which is advantageous for us," Reyes said of the Gregorio, who was present during the tuneup game against Ateneo.

"His experience can only benefit us so it's good to have somebody like him."

"I've also worked with him in the past in international tournaments so it's good to have somebody who's more experienced than you coming in."

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Gilas has been drawn with Chinese-Taipei and India, and Reyes has no doubt the team will be ready in time for the group play.

"Like I said in the past, they're progressing," said Reyes.

"We're coming along as good as we can, given the time that we have. I think everybody is focused, working hard in practice, so whatever level we can get given these days, I think we're progressing into maximum capacity." 

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