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Marcio Lassiter says Filipinos are “going to discover a method” to win the SEA Video games gold in Cambodia. —FIBA.BASKETBALL PHOTO

“I think about the workforce we’ve.”

Thus declared Marcio Lassiter, a pioneering member of the Gilas Pilipinas and a shoo-in for the solid that’s at present being put collectively to reclaim the basketball gold within the Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games in Cambodia subsequent week.

Lassiter, additionally a member of that famed Tim Cone crew that gained the gold again within the 2019 version hosted by the nation, stated that the Gilas teaching workers has been doing a very good job closing the gaps attributable to manpower scarcity, an issue that has lengthy hounded the nationwide program.

“2019 was a special lineup. You understand, I don’t even recall what number of practices we’ve had. This 12 months, I believe due to the lengthy [pro] season, we’ve solely had 10 guys. Typically, 9, like a couple of days in the past. That kind of delayed our progress as a workforce, however we’re right here making an attempt to do the most effective we will to be taught a system,” he instructed the Inquirer.

“[We] have to choose up faster. Our PBA (Philippine Basketball Affiliation) system is completely different [compared] to right here,” he added. However coach Chot [Reyes], Josh [Reyes] and Tim are doing an incredible job to get us all on the identical web page.”

From 28 names turned in to fulfill the necessities of this SEA Video games’ organizing committee, 15 trooped to Encourage Sports activities Academy in Calamba, Laguna province, final Sunday to gap up and develop familiarity and cohesion.

All about basketball

There, Lassiter joined San Miguel Beer teammates Chris Ross and CJ Perez, and a former one in Christian Standhardinger. Different PBA standouts within the lot are Calvin Oftana of TNT, Chris Newsome and Aaron Black of Meralco, Arvin Tolentino of NorthPort, Jeremiah Grey of Barangay Ginebra and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser of NLEX.

Amateurs have been referred to as up for the bid in Phnom Penh as nicely. Ateneo-commit Mason Amos, Adamson ace Jerom Lastimosa and La Salle’s towering brothers Ben and Michael Phillips comprise the youth brigade anticipated to strengthen Justin Brownlee, the tireless, do-it-all ahead who was granted Filipino citizenship final January.

“I bought to determine issues out with all these guys. That’s the problem. We bought every week. We’ll do two-a-days so I hope that would expedite the method, you realize, velocity [things] up,” Lassiter stated.

Greater than the camp—the place every thing is simply going to be about basketball—Lassiter is drawing optimism from two issues: Brownlee and this bunch’s eagerness to proper the mistaken of that fateful Could day in Hanoi, Vietnam, the place the Philippines noticed its 33-year reign within the regional meet collapse.

“In case you bought guys who wish to get on the market and win, we’re gonna discover a method,” he stated. “[And] Justin’s right here. He ought to assist us loads in areas like, simply calming us down, weathering a storm, or hitting that well timed bucket. He’ll be an incredible assist to us.”


Cone believes it’s that starvation that can serve Gilas probably the most when it plunges into motion at Morodok Techo Nationwide Stadium within the Cambodian capital starting Could 9.

“These guys are dying to do that, dying to be part of this. It doesn’t come on a regular basis, particularly for the Fil-Ams, as a result of [they] aren’t allowed to symbolize their nation.

And simply because they’re Fil-Ams, it doesn’t imply this isn’t their nation. That is their nation, too. However [these SEA Games] assist you to do this. So that is the one alternative they may do it,” he stated.

“I believe we’re gonna have a hungry workforce as we’ve guys that actually wanna are available in and play and that’ll be our edge,” Cone added.

“It’s a special problem, I’d say,” Lassiter stated of the reclamation mission that begins with Malaysia at 2 p.m. on Could 9, adopted by host Cambodia at 6 p.m. on the eleventh after which Singapore, 2 p.m. on the thirteenth.

“We simply gotta embrace it and do the most effective we will. We simply bought to be sharp,” Lassiter added. “We’ll discover methods to maintain plugging away.”

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