Gilas 3×3 in good shape

Published May 10, 2021, 6:36 PM

by Waylon Galvez

With less than two weeks before they leave for Graz, Austria for the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 national team has made progress with its preparation for the said event.

Despite the delay in preparation because of the community quarantine the government implemented in the NCR Plus, the Nationals doubled the effort to get to where they are now.

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 head coach Ronnie Magsanoc said he is very pleased with the commitment of the players after more than a week of training camp bubble in Calamba, Laguna.

The 3×3 pool composed of PBA players Moala Tautuaa and CJ Perez of San Miguel, rookies Joshua Munzon of Terrafirma and Leonard Santillan of Rain or Shine, and ex-pro Karl Dehesa were all present before Magsanoc gave the players a break to work on their respective documents necessary for Austria.

Alvin Pasaol, another PBA rookie of the Meralco Bolts, is still in the process of completing health and safety protocols but he is expected to be ready when the pool restarts its training camp this week.

“With their commitment and sacrifice, I can say that the players are really all-in,” said Magsanoc Sunday, May 9.

“The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas did its part to provide us with everything we needed including a safe training environment in the bubble and the team did its best to maximize the great opportunity to train and be together.”

The players trained twice a day with gym sessions in between to be in shape for what is expected to be a tough campaign as the Philippines will go up against Qatar, Slovenia, France and the Dominican Republic in the pool stage.

Magsanoc admits that the first few practices were tough due to the conditioning of the players but the level has picked up considerably.

“They’ve been off the court for the past six weeks because of the community quarantine so we had to be patient until they got their legs underneath them but so far, we like what we see and we’ll take what we can get,” he said.

“The launch pad that this team will have is the effort and commitment they will show not just in the training bubble but hopefully until our next workouts,” added Magsanoc, a member of the 40 Greatest PBA Players.

The national team is set to leave for Austria on May 23, in time for the OQT scheduled May 26 to 30. Gilas 3×3 will take on Qatar and Slovenia on May 26, and tackles the Dominican Republic and France on May 28 for the chance to grab one of three spots for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Despite the break, Magsanoc said that online training would continue for the players everyday.

“Right now there has been an agreement with the roster that we’ll continue our (online) workouts but we also instructed them to find a playing court where they could practice individually,” said Magsanoc.

“What’s important is to stay in shape and be ready for the elite competition come the OQT.”

“All in all, I salute these gallant gentlemen for everything that they have done. I’m learning from them and I’m hoping I also impart some knowledge to them. So far, I like what I see. I’m doing my best and they’re doing their best and that’s more than good enough for me,” he said.

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With less than two weeks before they leave for Graz, Austria for the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 national team has made progress with its preparation for the said event.

Despite the delay in preparation because of the community quarantine the government implemented in the National Capital Region-Plus, the Nationals doubled the effort to get to where they are now.

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 Men head coach Ronnie Magsanoc said he is very pleased with the commitment of the players after more than a week of training camp bubble in Calamba, Laguna.

The 3×3 pool composed of PBA players Moala Tautuaa and CJ Perez of San Miguel, rookies Joshua Munzon of TerraFirma and Leonard Santillan of Rain or Shine, and ex-pro Karl Dehesa were all present before Magsanoc gave the players a break to work on their respective documents necessary for Austria.

Alvin Pasaol, another PBA rookie of the Meralco Bolts, is still in the process of completing health and safety protocols but he is expected to be ready when the pool restarts its training camp this week.

“With their commitment and sacrifice, I can say that the players are really all-in,” said Magsanoc Sunday, May 9, 2021.

“The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas did its part to provide us with everything we needed including a safe training environment in the bubble and the team did its best to maximize the great opportunity to train and be together.”

The players trained twice a day with gym sessions in between to be in shape for what is expected to be a tough campaign as the Philippines will go up against Qatar, Slovenia, France and the Dominican Republic in the Pool Stage.

Magsanoc admits that the first few practices were tough due to the conditioning of the players but the level has picked up considerably.

“They’ve been off the court for the past six weeks because of the community quarantine so we had to be patient until they got their legs underneath them but so far, we like what we see and we’ll take what we can get,” he said.

“The launch pad that this team will have is the effort and commitment they will show not just in the training bubble but hopefully until our next workouts,” added Magsanoc, a member of the 40 Greatest PBA Players.

The national team is set to leave for Austria on May 23, in time for the OQT scheduled May 26 to 30. Gilas 3×3 will take on Qatar and Slovenia on May 26, and tackles the Dominican Republic and France on May 28 for the chance to grab one of three spots for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Despite the break, Magsanoc said that online training would continue for the players everyday.

“Right now there has been an agreement with the roster that we’ll continue our (online) workouts but we also instructed them to find a playing court where they could practice individually,” said Magsanoc.

“What’s important is to stay in shape and be ready for the elite competition come the OQT.”

“All in all, I salute these gallant gentlemen for everything that they have done. I’m learning from them and I’m hoping I also impart some knowledge to them. So far, I like what I see. I’m doing my best and they’re doing their best and that’s more than good enough for me,” he said.

 
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