Nash Racela to call shots for Gilas cadets in Seaba as Baldwin wraps up business with TnT
Gilas assistant coach Nash Racela could be drawing up the plays for the Philippines starting with the match against Indonesia. Jaime Campos

NASH Racela is expected to handle the Gilas cadet squad, at least for the start of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship, as Tab Baldwin wraps up his duties as consultant for Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Baldwin said he will stay in the country until the end of the Commissioner’s Cup finals.

The Texters-Painters showdown could end as early as Sunday, just a day before Seaba opening. Or it could go the distance and end on Wednesday, which would be the third playing date for the Gilas cadets.

Racela will lead the Philippine delegation leaving on Saturday for Singapore. The Seaba Championship runs until May 1.

“I’ll be staying with the Talk ‘N Text team and coach Nash and coach Mike (Oliver) will be travelling with the squad. I’ll go immediately when the series finish, irrespective of the result,” said Baldwin.

Baldwin made it clear he is very confident of Racela handling the squad, with the latter actually calling the shots and the former simply observing the Gilas cadets’ final tuneup match against PBA team Blackwater.

[See Tab Baldwin impressed as Gilas cadets beat Blackwater in final Seaba tune-up]

Racela is also part of the Talk ‘N Text coaching staff.

“We foresaw this from the very beginning. We built this team to where it is today and coach Nash has plenty of experience as a head coach. We are comfortable with that. I hate to see him go without me but it’s not something that we weren’t ready for,” said Baldwin.

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