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Toughest battle yet for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netThere’s no two ways about it: Gilas Pilipinas will be facing its toughest foe in an official Fiba Asia World Cup qualifying match Thursday when it battles Australia Wednesday at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.And the challenge will be tougher after National coach Chot Reyes omitted Jayson Castro out of the 12-man squad along with another injured guard, Jio Jalalon, for the showdown of unbeaten teams at 4:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Named best point guard of the last two editions of the Fiba Asia tournament, Castro averaged 20 points in wins over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first window.But an ankle injury sustained against Phoenix that was aggravated in the clash against Ginebra left Reyes with no choice but to sit out his top point guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We tried to go hard in practice but he was not there at all,” said Reyes in an interview with TV5 (See related story above).Reyes said their approach won’t change as in their first two games of the window. MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Valenzuela bids to regain crown in Ronda Pilipinas “There’s no difference whether we have Jayson or not,” said Reyes. “Obviously that’s a big part of our offense but in terms of approach and style of play, it’s basically the same.”Gilas Pilipinas will try to put up a determined stand against the Boomers, who will be led by Daniel Kickert and Mitch Creek. Kickert averaged 18.5 points and 5 rebounds in their first two wins in Group B, while Creek added 13.8 points and 5.8 boards.“They’ve got size they’ve got speed they’ve got shooting,” he said. “We’ll find little ways to throw them off their rhythm and who knows? We might catch them on their off night and that will allow us to be competitive.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more