WATCH: Highlights of Gilas practice; June Mar the 3-point threat?

Naveen Ganglani
WATCH: Highlights of Gilas practice; June Mar the 3-point threat?
June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva and even Tab Baldwin wax hot from downtown, while Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena show some teamwork in drills

MANILA, Philippines – The road to the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila from July 4-10 continued on Wednesday, May 25, when the Philippine men’s national basketball team held a 3-hour training session at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.

15 players from the pool were present, with 14 active and a one (Jeff Chan) observing. 

Here are some highlights from Gilas’ training:

June Mar Fajardo, the 3-point shooter? You heard it here first:

Speaking of 3-point shooting, one player who’s improved in that area is Calvin Abueva, who was stroking it from downtown:

Another guy who can hit from outside? Gilas coach Tab Baldwin himself:

Baldwin, who can be light and crack jokes when he’s not engineering his team to completing drills perfectly, asks a member of the crowd to touch the ball here before stroking it again from deep:

Gilas had some 5-on-5 drills on Wednesday. This one ended with Fajardo shooting an easy floater:

Look at Gabe Norwood, shaking and baking:

Told you June Mar’s looking to work on that stroke:

Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena connect on a backdoor play leading to the layup:

Norwood tried using the same move on Ray Parks, but could not get loose:

Parks can get it done on offense as well, stroking the open jumper here from good ball movement:

Romeo attacks the paint, draws defenders, and finds the open Mo Tautuaa for a slam:

Abueva can also shoot it from midrange:

Romeo and Tautuaa use the pick-and-roll this time, leading to another easy score:

Japeth Aguilar is known for his dunking skills, but if you leave him open, he can hit the jumper:

But, of course, he can still dunk it:


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