‘Major concern’ for TNT ahead of crucial game as key cogs fulfill Gilas duties

first_img“But it’s just so hard when you practice with just 10 players… we’ll just make our adjustments while the other teams are not almost complete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial FEU knocks out La Salle to enter Filoil semis MOST READ Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy—basically half of TNT’s core—are all part of the Gilas team that is in Taiwan for the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Although the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is on a two-week break to accommodate Gilas, TNT head coach Nash Racela couldn’t shake off the feeling that he couldn’t use the layoff to improve his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s not easy on our part right now because you don’t have your Gilas players,” said Racela in Filipino Thursday during their training at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo.“This is a major concern for us because when you lose four players, you don’t get to practice and prepare as a group so it’s really a concern.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TNT has the distinction of being the best-represented team in the Philippine national basketball team, but that honor came at a price for the KaTropa in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Apart from the four Gilas players, Racela also has three more players who couldn’t practice with the team with Joshua Smith, Kelly Williams, and Alex Nuyles saddled with injuries.This predicament comes at an unfortunate time for the KaTropa who are tied with Alaska at the second seed with 7-3 records and will need every bit of advantage to lock up that last no.2 spot.One slip up could deny them of the second spot, which will give a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, with just one more game left in their schedule.Waiting for TNT in its last game is no.1 Rain or Shine that holds a 9-1 record.“We can only focus on things we can control, which is our game against Rain or Shine, we can’t control what happens in Alaska’s game so we’ll just do our part in preparing for our last match,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES 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 awardlast_img read more