Manila Bulletin

Postponeme­nt cuts both ways for Gilas, says Tab

- By JONAS TERRADO

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin believes the postponeme­nt of the FIBA Asia Cup, which was supposed to take place this month in Jakarta, Indonesia, has its advantages and disadvanta­ges.

The continenta­l tournament was supposed to take place this week but was moved to next year after COVID-19 cases increased due to the Delta variant.

For Baldwin, the rescheduli­ng of the FIBA Asia Cup not only allows Gilas to have more preparatio­n time but it also means that the team will have a stacked schedule for 2022.

“Having more time for us to prepare is not a bad thing,” Baldwin said in the Power and Play program of ex-PBA commission­er Noli Eala. “We need practice more than games, but we need games as well and we need to keep these players motivated.

“(But) what it really does (Asia Cup postponeme­nt) is it really puts us in an extremely heavy schedule in 2022,” added Baldwin, mentioning the FIBA World Cup Qualifier windows, the Asia Cup, Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games.

“So we have a full schedule (for 2022) which is exciting, but it also means that we got a lot of work to do to get prepared for that. But it’s a great way heading into 2023 which is the World Cup year. We gonna get a lot of informatio­n, a lot of preparatio­n and it’s exactly what we need so we’re looking forward to it.”

Gilas was coming off a stint in the King Abdullah Cup in Amman, Jordan, a tournament that was initially a final build-up for the Asia Cup prior to the postponeme­nt.

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