SEABA: Gilas 'just wants to get the job done' against Indonesia

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2017 03:19 PM

Raymond Almazan soars for a tip-in against Vietnam. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – The margin of victory will be the last thing on Chot Reyes' mind when Gilas Pilipinas guns for the gold medal in the 2017 SEABA Championship on Thursday night against a similarly unbeaten Indonesian team.

Having won its first five games by an average margin of 63.8 points, anything less than a dominant performance against Indonesia may be a disappointment for fans of the Philippine men's national basketball team.

For Reyes, however, the only important statistic is the final score.

"We can just win by one (point)," he said on Wednesday night, after a 107-52 win over Vietnam that set up their gold medal match against Indonesia.

"All we need to do is get the 'W.' We're not concerned about the margin of victory, or whatever. We just want to get the job done," he added emphatically.

A win over Indonesia will not only give Gilas Pilipinas the SEABA gold, it will also ensure their qualification to the FIBA Asia Cup later this year, and thus, putting them one step closer towards their ultimate goal of making it to the FIBA World Cup and the Olympics.

"We just want to make sure that we get to the FIBA Asia," said Reyes. "And now, there are just 40 minutes separating us from that."

Reyes does not expect their game against Indonesia to be a cakewalk. Their opponents have also rolled to a 5-0 slate and received an extra boost on Wednesday when Jamarr Johnson and Arki Wisnu were finally cleared to suit up.

"The key now is to prepare (the team)," he said. "This game (against Vietnam) was played in preparation for Indonesia, to prepare them emotionally and mentally because we know it's going to be a hard one."

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