Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Guiao likes Gilas’ order of games.“That’s good for us. It just means to say that when you face Italy on your first game, you have to bring everything you have. By the time we play our first game when we get there we should be ready to play 100 percent. There’s no such thing as getting warmed up first.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Serbia and Italy are home to several NBA residents and although their availability playing for their home country is still uncertain, Guiao is already bracing for the worst.“As I said, I was looking at Italy and Serbia’s NBA players and if those guys are going to play, we’re really going to have a hard time.”Among the notable Serbians currently playing in the NBA are Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, who is one of the best big men in the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers’ 7-foot-3 giant Boban Marjanovic and Sacramento Kings’ 6-foot-6 sweet-shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.Italy meanwhile, has the likes of Los Angeles Clippers swingman Danilo Gallinari and San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli.The Philippines, which is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup, opens its campaign against Italy on August 31 in Foshan City, China before taking on Serbia two days later and Angola on September 4.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UST’s 1-2 punch Sisi Rondina, Eya Laure wreaking havoc in UAAP Season 81 Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Yeng Guiao admitted the Philippines will be shooting for the stars against world basketball powers Serbia and Italy in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.But despite the seemingly insurmountable task for Gilas Pilipinas to get past the first round, Guiao remains a firm believer that it can be done.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not going to say that this is the group of death but like I said, we’re overwhelming underdogs but maybe this is the group of near death,” Guiao told reporters Sunday night a day after the 2019 Fiba World Cup draw.READ: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdogs’ in Group DFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Against Italy and Serbia, it will almost take a miracle to beat those teams, but the good thing about me is I believe in miracles. I believe that a miracle can happen. We just need to prepared for us to be able to do that.”The Philippines, which is ranked 31st in the world, was drawn into Group D with No. 4 Serbia, No. 13 Italy and 39th ranked Angola. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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