FORMER Gilas mainstay Chris Tiu knows how integral a point guard is to Chot Reyes and his dribble-drive offense.
So when playmakers Jason Castro and LA Tenorio are called out by the Gilas coach over their poor play barely a week before the Fiba-Asia Men's Championship, that's surely a cause for concern.
“Definitely, they (Gilas point guards) will have to facilitate the offense in a dribble drive system," said Tiu after suiting up for a selection of PBA stars that held its own against Gilas before losing, 87-99, on Wednesday night.
"They have to create for their teammates a lot,” Tiu pointed out.
Tiu, a longtime member of the Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, took note of the current team's 21 turnovers as well as defensive lapses. But he insisted the problems can easily be fixed in the days leading to the August 1-11 showpiece in Manila.
“Their defense is okay, but they just had some lapses on whether they would switch or they would show. But I don’t think there are major problems. They still have time,” said the Rain or Shine rookie guard, who helped Smart Gilas to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Wuhan, China.
Looking at the brighter side, Tiu believes Gilas has the tools to do well in the world championships qualifier.
“Our shooters, I think, we have the best in the country with Jeff (Chan), Gary (David), Larry (Fonacier) and Jimmy (Alapag). There’s no question about it,” he said.
“It’s just how to get them open and have good looks, though they showed it in the fourth quarter by capitalizing on our defensive mistakes and lack of communication,” he added.