Even with new players coming in, the national coach Yeng Guiao believes that chemistry is not a problem for the 20-man rural training pool preparing for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.
"It's still very early … but I do not think I'll have problems with chemistry and cohesion," Guiao said during Monday's training at Meralco gym in Quezon City.
"The left chemistry from the fourth window and the Asian games is still there, and the new guys coming in are very absorbing on the gigs. They are very quick to make adjustments.
"I know they come from different systems and different styles, but the system (we have) is very simple yet. So they can easily adjust even on our first day," he added.
In total, 12 players performed on the first day of training, when Guiao performed almost two hours of scrimmage.
Present on the first day of training were San Miguel Beer players Jun Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos, Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, TNT's Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, Poy Erram of Blackwater and Matthew Wright of Phoenix Fuel.
Gilas cadets Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero also participated in the training session.
"I feel blessed to be part of the training pool," says Sotto, the 7-foot 16-year-old who is in his first stop with the men's pool. "I know I will learn many things with coach Yeng and PBA players."
SMB Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort Stanley Pringle failed to join the training day. Pringle is set to come from the US on Thursday while Standhardinger is still recovering from a bumma.
Six other players missed the first day, Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson, as well as Paul Lee and Ian Sanggalang from Magnolia Hotshot's Pambansang Manok because their team is in the semi-final series of PBA Governors. Cup.
Their absence, according to Guiao, is what concerns him because he wants to train with a full unit and see performance from all 20 players before trimming it down to 15 before the national team plays two show matches against Jordan on November 19th. and 20.
In the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier, the national team will meet Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3rd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Philippine team is currently in third place in Group F with a 5-3 record behind Australia's 7-1 cards and Iran's 6-2 slash, and before 4-4 Japan, 3-5 Kazakhstan and 2-6 Qatar.
Samahang Basketball Pilgrimage (SBP) President Al Panlilio also fell in the gym with Antipolo City Cong. Robbie Puno as he spoke cards to the players during a meeting before scrimmage.