A DAY after the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 lineup for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was announced, the quartet of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, CJ Perez, and Mo Tautuaa buckled down to work at the Ronac hardcourt in Mandaluyong City.
Though relieved to finally have everyone there, national team coach Stefan Stojacic saw there is still a lot of work to be done from now until the last week of March to get this team going.
“This is the first practice that we have all the players that are part of the OQT. I am happy about that because it is still one month before the tournament. I think we still have enough time to cover everything,” said Stojacic, the 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Most Valuable Player and China coach.
Stojacic said the level of play in the Southeast Asian Games, where Perez and Tautuaa won a gold medal, is a different animal compared to what they will face in Bengaluru, India from March 18 to 22.
“CJ and Mo are new players in 3×3. They played in the SEA Games but that tournament is totally different from the international level of playing 3×3. But they have quality, very good players. Now, we have to change their mindset to 3×3,” Stojacic said.