FIELDING a naturalized player hardly makes Indonesia well prepared for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship.
Mario Wuysang admitted that the Indonesians’ buildup for the regional showpiece was far from ideal, making him less confident of their chances despite the presence of naturalized player Jamarr Johnson.
“Honestly, we’re not the best prepared for this tournament,” Wuysang said in a short chat with SPIN.ph. “I know we’re not at our peak. We’re not super prepared for this.”
“But we’re going to come out and just try to compete, and do the best we can,” the veteran playmaker added.
Asked if Indonesia remains Gilas Pilipinas’ toughest foe after giving the Philippines a scare in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games championship game, Wuysang refused to put that kind of pressure on his team as he rattled off other teams that can give Gilas a worthy challenge.
“I don’t know,” Wuysang admitted. “For us, every team here is tough. Thailand brought what looks like a full team, Singapore’s tough.”
“We know Gilas is a very strong team,” the former Asean Basketball League MVP, who’s had numerous battles with Philippine clubs in the past, added. “We’re not looking at Gilas. We’re just taking it game by game and try to get better.”
Wuysang, who turned 38 last Friday, making him one of the oldest players in the tournament, continues to lead the Indonesians in their campaign.
“With my experience, I’m going to help my team as much as I can whatever it may be, whether it’s guiding them or whatever I can do to help my team be successful,” Wuysang said.
Whatever the result, he’s enjoying his stint in the country.
“It’s always an honor to play here, the basketball capital of Asia,” Wuysang said.