Gilas star Jimmy Alapag says dribble-drive system perfect for height-challenged Filipinos
Gilas Pilipinas star Jimmy Alapag played in the PBA for the first time this season in Talk 'N Text's game against KIA Motors on Friday night. Jerome Ascano

JIMMY Alapag said he hopes Chot Reyes will stay on as Gilas Pilipinas head coach and feels more strongly that the 'dribble drive' offense he put in place will remain even in the event that the coach is replaced.

The national team standout said he believes the dribble-drive offense is the perfect system for height-challenged Filipino dribblers at the international level.

“I think the results speak for themselves,” Alapag said on Friday. “I think the dribble drive is something that really plays to the strength of the Filipino basketball player.”

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Reyes turned to the dribble-drive in steering the national team to the 2012 Jones Cup crown, the silver in last year’s Fiba-Asia tournament, and a gallant stand in the Fiba World Cup a few months ago.

“(The dribble-drive offense) allows us to maximize our speed and our quickness, and obviously our perimeter shooting,” Alapag, who has retired from international duty after the Asian Games, said. “I have no complaints about it.”

Although he declined to comment on the potential choices for the next Gilas coach that have been popping up, Alapag stressed he had no problems with the present coaching staff.

“It’s up to the committee,” said Alapag. “But for me, I really don’t have any problems with the coaching staff, I think coach Chot did a great job during his time. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Alapag played his first competitive game in the PBA season on Friday since Gilas’ controversial 67-65 win over Kazakhstan in the Asian Games last September.

The unflappable playmaker chipped in two points in almost seven minutes in Talk ‘n Text’s 85-62 win over Kia in the PBA Philippine Cup.

“I need to gradually work myself back to game form. But it was great to be out there. It felt good just to run up and down a little bit.”

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