Baldwin says Gilas Pilipinas improved, expresses concern over injured players

  • Gilas Pilipinas will fly out on June 10 for a nine-day camp in Greece
  • Coach Baldwin said the team’s intensity has finally picked up
  • He said that the other players have to step up
  • He is concerned over the health issues of the other players like Jeff Chan and Marcio Lassiter

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin is satisfied that the team’s intensity has finally picked up.

The American-Kiwi coach said after the practice on Thursday night, June 2 at the Meralco Gym in Pasay City that the national team took a step forward.

Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying: “I can’t say that I’ve always felt that right, but today I definitely did.”

He added that Andray Blatche came in with a lot of intensity and the other players sort of followed him a little bit.”

“He lifted the level of energy and intensity and I think other players have to step up and do that as well. We have to do it vocally and not just by example,” he said.

However, despite the improvement of the team, Baldwin expressed his concern over the injury of some of the players.

The national team’s two guards, Jeff Chan and Marcio Lassiter are having health issues.

Chan still has issues with a groin injury while Lassiter is battling bronchitis and has been out for six days.

Other Gilas players who won’t be able to join the team for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments this July because of injuries are Paul Lee, Greg Slaughter and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.

A total of 18 teams will be joining the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and they have been divided into three groups.

The tournaments are set to run from July 5 to 10 and only the winners of each of the groupings will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.

Gilas Pilipinas is set to fly out on June 10 for a nine-day camp in Greece.