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Gilas battles Changwon in tune-up ahead of Asian Games

Tim Cone talks with the media after Gilas' open practice. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG—Gilas Pilipinas looks to ramp up its gear-up for the Asian Games as it will play two tune-up games during the homestretch of their short training camp.

Interim coach Tim Cone confirmed on Thursday night that one tune-up game will be against KBL team Changwon Sakers on Sept. 22.

Changwon is no stranger to Filipino fans as the team played several preseason games in the Philippines, mostly against Ginebra.

In fact, the Gin Kings were among the teams the Sakers faced in their tune-up games when they held their training camp in Taguig last year.

This time around, Changwon, now bolstered by Filipino import Justin Gutang, takes on Gilas with a live audience at the PhilSports Arena here.

When asked why he invited the Sakers to play Gilas, Cone said that he wanted to get a grasp of the Korean brand of basketball for the Asian Games this early with a possibility of a playoff game between Gilas and South Korea in play.

"They play the Korean style, so hopefully, that will help us prepare when we have a chance to go against Korea. We'll have a little bit of a feel 'coz Korea wasn't in the World Cup. We haven't played and scouted them in a while. That's something we have to figure out over the next couple of weeks," Cone said during Gilas' open practice also at the PhilSports Arena.

Meanwhile, he also bared Gilas is finalizing another tune-up game inside its "Calambubble" at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba City.

"We're also gonna play one of the PBA teams in Inspire," Cone further said.

Pending a final confirmation, Gilas is likely to play Meralco in the said tune-up game.

Gilas will take the Friday off before heading to Inspire on Saturday.

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