Gilas considers Cebu trip a boost to cohesion
Joey Villar, Nelson Beltran (Philstar.com) - September 18, 2015 - 3:25am

MANILA, Philippines – Members of Gilas Pilipinas were one in the belief their Cebu trip served its purpose, with their cohesion and bonding firmed up as they broke camp and flew back to Manila yesterday, three days before their departure for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

“The Cebu trip is a big help. We had the opportunity to really communicate and talk with one another. In Manila, we’re on separate ways after practice,” said Jayson Castro.

“Those talks in the hotel and in our leisure moments have helped improve our bonding and chemistry. I think it will help along way in China,” Castro also said.

Asi Taulava said they’re now not just a team but more like a family.

“We really don’t look at it like we’re a team. We’re more of a family. From Estonia to the Jones Cup to now, we’ve seen how much better we’ve gotten along as a team,” said Asi Taulava, as quoted by a Cebuano scribe Jonas Panerio.

“Within the team, it’s like a ‘brother’ relationship. Nobody has any hard feelings and we try to keep everyone focused on the task at hand. That’s the journey we’re on: trying to make it to Rio,” Taulava also said.

Ending their Cebu jaunt at noon yesterday, the Nationals take a rest today and hold one final practice at the Meralco Gym tomorrow before flying to Changsha Monday.

Gilas Pilipinas intends to hold at least two practice sessions in Changsha before opening their FIBA Asia campaign versus Palestine on Wednesday.

A concern Thursday morning was Castro waking up ill, Matt Ganuelas Rosser going down with the flu, and Calvin Abueva hurting his ankle.

Still, the three joined the practice that was opened to the public in gratitude of the team to the Cebuano fans.

At the end of their Cebu camp, Taulava, the team’s senior statesman at 42, borrowed the words of Jordan Clarkson, saying they’re “all in” in the effort to bring the country back to the Olympic basketball competition in Rio de Janeiro next year.

ACIRC ASI TAULAVA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP CALVIN ABUEVA CEBU CEBUANO CHANGSHA CHANGSHA MONDAY FROM ESTONIA GILAS PILIPINAS IN MANILA
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