FORMER Philippine team coach Rajko Toroman said shooter Gary David’s struggles in the Fiba Asia Championships is understandable since the Globalport star is a volume shooter.
The Serbian coach, who led the Gilas team to a fourth-place finish in this same tournament two years ago in Wuhan, China, says David can’t get hot with limited minutes on the court.
“These kinds of shooters like Gary David, he can’t pick up his pace in two or three minutes because he’s a volume shooter. You must wait for him (to get hot),” the Barako Bull consultant said.
David shot 0-for-5 in a little over six minutes in Gilas’ 79-84 loss to Chinese Taipei on Saturday, getting flak from fans. (For full story, see Misfiring David feels heat from fans but vows to regain shooting touch)
Before that, he was 0-for-2 in seven minutes against Jordan as Jeff Chan grabbed most of the minutes in the two-guard spot because of his torrid shooting.
David did start and play almost 12 minutes in the opening match against Saudi Arabia but came out 2-for-11.
Aside from his shooting woes, the Globalport star must overcome problems on defense because of match-up problems he usually encounters in the two-guard position, Toroman said.
“Gary David is unpredictable. He can explode anytime. But the point is not about his offense but his defense and again, it’s about match-ups,” Toroman told Spin.ph.
Toroman, the Smart Gilas national head coach from 2009-2011, also said the team needs to be more consistent to do well in the next round, noting that the Philippines’ second-round rivals are beatable.
Gilas Pilipinas opens its second-round campaign in the preliminaries on Monday against Japan at 8:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“You just try to win all games (in the second round) and just continue to be in shape,” said Toroman. “Qatar is not that strong and Japan is not that consistent, so for Gilas, they just have to be consistent.”
Asked about the strong possibility of facing China as early as the quarterfinals, Toroman said there’s no way Gilas Pilipinas could evade any of the strong Asian teams at this point with that loss to the Taiwanese.
“All these things (winning) won’t mean anything if we aren’t in good shape in the quarterfinals. The most important thing is to play good basketball in the quarterfinals,” he pointed out.