Gilas Pilipinas Faces Bahrain Challenge in 19th Asian Games
Gilas Pilipinas confronts a considerable challenge as they prepare for their debut at the 19th Asian Games, which begins on Tuesday. Coach Tim Cone and his Philippine squad are ready for a tense struggle, and the stage is set for a thrilling clash.
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Bahrain is their first opponent, and Coach Cone knows the task ahead. Bahrain, a squad that has overcome significant obstacles in the two weeks of the continental showcase, should be noticed.
“I think they’re going to be a challenge out there,” says Coach Cone, a seasoned coach with a long PBA career. The anticipation for this match is growing as the Gilas all-star unit prepares to play Bahrain.
The game is planned for 1:30 p.m. at Zijingang University on the Zhejiang University campus. Despite the uncertainty surrounding late additions Kevin Alas, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Arvin Tolentino, and CJ Perez, the national squad remained focused on their preparations.
On Monday, Gilas held a thorough video viewing session, followed by a challenging practice at the Dongzan Arena Olympic Sports Shop, their second consecutive training session since their arrival on Sunday.
Bahrain, which is in Group C with the Philippines, Thailand, and Jordan, is coming off a strong showing in the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Damascus, Syria, last month. They won all five matches and earned a ticket to the Qualifying Tournament for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Former PBA import Dwayne Chism, Mustafa Rashed, and Muzamil Ameer Hamooda play a significant role in Bahrain’s campaign. Coach Cone and his coaching staff know their opponent’s abilities and are prepared for the obstacles they may provide.
“They’re going to cause some issues because they shoot the ball so well.” They placed a lot of strain on the situation. Coach Cone comments, “They are not a large team, which is unusual for a Middle Eastern team.” “Usually, Middle East teams are massive, but they (Bahrain) are a little different in that they are quick, and they can shoot.”
As Gilas Pilipinas prepares to face Bahrain, they recognize the importance of the match and are motivated to give their all on the court. Beyond this first match, Gilas will face Thailand and Jordan, including noteworthy players such as Tyler Lamb and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. For the Philippine national squad, the Asian Games promise to be an exciting and demanding event.
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