- Tenorio said Gilas must hone their shooting skills to make up for Lassiter’s absence
- He said it would be a problem if their opponents see they only have Chan as a shooter
- Lassiter, who has been battling bronchitis, has been cut from the Gilas pool
Gilas Pilipinas veteran LA Tenorio said that the 14-man lineup of the Philippine National Basketball Team must thoroughly hone their shooting skills to make up for Marcio Lassiter’s absence.
The players included in the 14-man line-up are:
- Jayson Castro (TNT)
- LA Tenorio (Barangay Ginebra)
- Ranidel De Ocampo (TNT)
- June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel Beer)
- Marc Pingris (Star Hotshots)
- Japeth Aguilar (Barangay Ginebra)
- Terrence Romeo (GlobalPort)
- Troy Rosario (TNT)
- Ryan Reyes (TNT)
- Andray Blatche (GlobalPort)
- Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine)
- Jeff Chan (Rain or Shine)
- Calvin Abueva (Alaska)
- Ray Parks
Out of the 14 players, two will be placed on the reserved list for the upcoming 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Lassiter, who has been battling bronchitis, was the last one to be cut from the team.
Without, Lassiter, the team is down to one shooter — Jeff Chan.
Tenorio said in an interview with FOX Sports that everyone needs to step up and become threats to their opponents.
He added that if their opponents see that they only have Chan as a shooter, they can easily block his attacks.
Tenorio welcomed the inclusion of two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks to the pool; adding that Parks, who can play 1, 2 and 3 positions, is perfect for the system.
He also praised the latter’s shooting skills.
Gilas Pilipinas left on Friday, June 10, for an intensive training camp in Karpenisi, Greece.
After the training camp, they will have a tune-up match against Turkey on June 21 before taking part in a 4-nation pocket tournament in Italy.
These are all part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The tournament will run from July 5 to 10 and only the winners of each of the groupings will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.
Gilas will face-off the powerhouse team of France on the first day.