GILAS Pilipinas again encountered token resistance on Saturday night that that it had the luxury to field an unconventional lineup at one point of the 113-66 victory over Singapore in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship.
After his team scored a 107-point blowout win against Myanmar, national coach Chot Reyes continued to experiment with combinations that he felt could work in certain situations.
One of those lineups saw Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Rogery Pogoy together on the court without a pure point guard in the final frame.
“We're trying a lot of different combinations, we even tried a no-point guard line-up,” Reyes said in the post-game conference. “Games like this afford us the opportunity.”
“But like I said, even if we have different combinations, we still should be playing at a high level,” he was quick to add after the Filipino dribblers appeared to go through the motions against a relatively weaker Asean foe.
Reyes is hoping Gilas can stay on its toes against Malaysia on Sunday.
“We're looking at Malaysia, and they're a tough defending team,” Reyes said. “They're very young, but they're long and athletic. I like their fight, their spunk. We have to come in and be prepared for Malaysia's way of defending tomorrow.”