Aus­tria bullish on Gi­las ap­pren­tice­ship

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DE­SPITE miss­ing an­other chance to cap­ture Saint Louis Univer­sity’s first ti­tle men’s bas­ket­ball of the Baguio – Benguet Ed­u­ca­tional Ath­letic League, coach Ray­mund Aus­tria re­mains pos­i­tive of his chances of his ap­pren­tice­ship with the Gi­las coach­ing staff.

The Nav­i­ga­tors were swept in two games by Univer­sity of Baguio Car­di­nals but Aus­tria lauded the ef­fort of the Nav­i­ga­tors who made its first fi­nals ap­pear­ance since 2009.

“It was a good game. Great sea­son for us. We are not ex­pect­ing to be here with four se­niors and eight rook­ies. Ma­g­a­nda yung pinakita ng mga bata,” summed Aus­tria who en­dured two losses dur­ing the group stage but out­played Cordillera Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Col­lege and the Baguio Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy in the sec­ond phase of the elim­i­na­tions to claim the

third seed in the fi­nal four.

The Nav­i­ga­tors then out­classed sec­ond seeded BCT who has a twice to beat ad­van­tage in the semis to earn its first fi­nals ap­pear­ance nine years.

“I’m hop­ing sana mat­u­loy para at least it will be a big help para sa atin dito sa Baguio spe­cially sa SLU and hope­fully I can ap­ply it here,” said Aus­tria.

Aus­tria was the hands down choice to join the Gi­las coach­ing ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram ac­cord­ing to BBEAL bas­ket­ball com­mis­sioner Djalma Arnedo.

“Coach Ray­mund has done an ex­cep­tional job. He was able to put to­gether a com­pet­i­tive lineup, ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. He’s the hand’s down choice for lead­ing both his men and women’s squad to the fi­nal four,” said Aus­tria.

The ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram was ear­lier of­fered by Coach Yeng Guiao dur­ing his visit to the city in Oc­to­ber.

Guiao added an op­por­tu­nity can be opened to lo­cal coaches for the men’s na­tional bas­ket­ball team un­der their ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram.

“The na­tional team is hav­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram for coaches. There are win­dows in the FIBA qual­i­fiers wherein we can ac­com­mo­date one or two lo­cal coaches from all over the Philip­pines and treat them as part of the na­tional coach­ing team,” Guiao added.

He said they will be asked to con­tribute their knowl­edge and at the same time learn from mem­bers of the coach­ing staff for at least two to three weeks to be able to ac­quaint their selves on how the na­tional team pre­pares.

“They will also learn how we coach against other na­tional teams, how we cre­ate game plans and ad­just­ments dur­ing the game,” added Guiao.

Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes

BULLISH. SLU head coach Ray­mund Aus­tria is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a stint in the na­tional men’s bas­ket­ball team which he said will be a great help to the lo­cal bas­ket­ball scene.

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