The real test begins for Gilas Pilipinas Tuesday when it makes its highly-anticipated debut in the 19th Asian Games.
And what a battle for coach Tim Cone and the Philippine team it will be.
The all-pro unit takes on a Bahrain side which Cone describes as a ‘challenge’ against a team that has faced major adversities in the last two weeks leading to the continental showpiece.
“I think they are going to be a challenge out there,” the most accomplished coach in PBA history said of Bahrain.
The match is set at 1:30 p.m. at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium.
It’s business as usual for the national team despite not hearing a word yet from the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) regarding the fate of late inclusions Kevin Alas, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Arvin Tolentino, and CJ Perez.
Gilas held a film viewing on Monday and then held practice at the Dongzan Arena Olympic Sports Shop for the second straight time since arriving Sunday.