The Gilas Pilipinas pool sustained another casualty as they continued to go full blast in their daily practice Monday evening.
Calvin Abueva had to leave the training session early after he collided with Almond Vosotros during one of their scrimmages. Abueva suffered a cut on his upper lip and was immediately transported from Kerry Sports Manila to the Cardinal Santos Center in San Juan for treatment.
Fortunately, both Gilas coach Chot Reyes and team manager Butch Antonio are confident it’s just a minor injury.
“Pumutok yung labi niya. We’re just going to have him checked sa ER now. Pero his teeth are okay. Nagkabanggan sila ni Almond,” said Antonio.
“Di talaga maiiwasan yun e. Everytime we have a situation like this, we always run the risk of something like that happening,” added Reyes. “We don’t think it’s anything serious so Calvin should be fine.”
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The Gilas pool is in the midst of their preparations for the upcoming SEABA tournament happening May 12-18. The 12-man lineup Gilas will use for the competition has yet to be announced but it could possibly be revealed on April 28, during the PBA All-Star festivities in Lucena.
Reyes said the players who won’t be included in the official SEABA lineup will still participate in their training sessions.
“They will still come to practice but of course we will give priority to the final 12. We have to 10 days to get them ready.”
The Gilas pool engaged in 5-on-5 drills Monday evening. Though they’ve grasped the fundamentals of the dribble-drive offense, Reyes said it is an “ongoing concern” if the players can run the system fluidly.
“Hopefully they’re picking things up. My concern really is these are very talented players, they’ll pick things up quickly. But will it be habit, will it be in sync? That’s the question. Do we have time, are 10 days enough to ingrain it as habitual and instictive in their game – mailabas nila yung tunay na laro nila?” he said.
Meanwhile, Antonio said they are trying to fly in naturalized player Andray Blatche during the last week of April so he can begin training with the SEABA team starting May.