COACH Yeng Guiao isn’t very pleased as Team Pilipinas continues to start games sluggish.
"It's getting to be a habit on our end that we play very loosely in the first half and sa second half tayo bumabawi. It does not work that way. You have to make an effort for 40 minutes. An effort of 20 minutes is not good enough," he said on Friday.
The Nationals dropped the second of their three tuneup games, this time a 74-69 defeat to Lebanon at Epsilon Chi Center in University of the Philippines, with the squad once again slow to come out of the gates.
The Lebanese built an 18-point lead in the third quarter which the Filipinos could not overcome.
"Actually, nagstart ito sa Qatar pa. We had a bad first half and it was only in the second half where we pushed ourselves. I guess coming into this game, we always want to be aware and conscious that we need to make a better effort early in the game," he said.
Guiao also noted that the Filipinos need to adjust quickly to the officiating.
"We still need a few more games to get used to physicality. Nawawala tayo sa execution natin, nawawala yung timing natin, at nawawala yung rhythm natin pag binabangga bangga na tayo. We're actually waiting for the referees to bail us out but it does not happen in the international game or style," he observed.
The fiery mentor remains firm in his belief that they will overcome the struggles in time for the fifth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.
'We'll go to practice tomorrow and we'll have exactly one week before we play Kazakhstan. And I'm hoping that one week is enough for us to get used to the different brand of game. Iba kasi talaga yung pinanggalingan natin sa PBA. Iba talaga yung physicality ng international game."