GILAS Pilipinas overcame a slow start before finding a way to scrape past tall Lithuanian club Klaipedos Neptunas, 81-76, on Thursday night in the first outing of its two-week camp at the Svyturio Arena in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
National coach Chot Reyes declined to give other details, saying they are trying new things for the team and wouldn’t want to give other countries an idea on what they are doing.
“Tweeps, apologies for not being too detailed in the games. Hesitant to even post d stats. Dami nating ginagawang bago. Mahirap na masilip,” Reyes said on his Twitter account @coachot on Friday morning.
But the fiery national mentor said things are going well as of the moment as they enjoying playing and learning things together in Lithuania.
“Suffice it to say for now things are going well. Learning curve is steep. We enjoy d struggle, but d bond is deep,’ he added.
Reyes’ son, who serves as one of his deputies, said that despite the win, Gilas still has a lot to work on its game.
“Good win but still lots to improve on. Overcame a really bad start vs this big & great shooting team,” he said on his Twitter account @josh_reyes.
The match is the first of six scheduled tune-up games for Gilas against top Lithuanian clubs and the under-20 national team as part of its buildup for the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Manila this August.
Neptunas, the No. 4 ranked team in the Lithuanian League (LKL) after finishing with a 16-4 win-loss card this year, didn’t play its two American imports David McClure and Rashaun Broadus.
Gilas will next play on Friday night against Birstono Jazz Diremta, which placed 14th in the Lithuanian National League (NKL).