THE shooting struggles during the Asian meet are apparently still fresh in his mind, and the new competition for roster spots have brought added pressure as Gary David seeks redemption in the Fiba World Cup and the Asian Games this year.
David revealed he is working even harder on his game this time, admitting he had a rough time during the Fiba Asia men’s championships last year in Manila when he shot just 28.6 percent from the field en route to a paltry 4.4-point per game average.
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“Siyempre, may challenge na ngayon. Aminado naman ako di maganda pinakita ko sa Fiba-Asia, so tsina-challenge ko sarili ko na meron kaming pool at maraming pumasok na shooters." Gilas Pilipinas guard Gary David
“Siyempre, may challenge na ngayon. Aminado naman ako di maganda pinakita ko sa Fiba-Asia, so tsina-challenge ko sarili ko na meron kaming pool at maraming pumasok na shooters,” David confided to Spin.ph before joining the team’s practice on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Rain or Shine’s gunner Paul Lee and big man Beau Belga, and Meralco’s Jared Dillinger are also vying for places in the national team, while San Miguel Beer shooter Marcio Lassiter and Ginebra rookie center Greg Slaughter have pulled out shortly after being named to the national pool last month.
Come Sunday, Gilas is set to clash with the PBA All-Stars in the festivities’ centerpiece event highlighting the annual All-Star week. This will be the first time the national squad will play together since finishing a strong second behind champion Iran in last year’s Fiba-Asia showpiece.
David vowed to give his 110 percent, knowing that the All-Star players led by reigning PBA MVP Arwind Santos and San Mig Super Coffee star James Yap won't give an inch in their highly-anticipated clash with Gilas.
The 6-foot-1 David, one of the few senior citizens in the pool, is turning 36 this July, but the Orion, Bataan native has not showed signs of slowing down as he is averaging 17.24 points per game in the PBA’s current season.
“Basta ako, I just keep practicing. Personally, mag-work hard lang saka gawin ko lang ang trabaho ko para makapag-ambag ako sa Gilas,” he added.