IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas practices for PBA All-Star Game
IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas practices for PBA All-Star Game
Check out photos from Gilas Pilipinas' practice to prepare for their showdown with the PBA All Stars

MANILA, Philippines – For one weekend, Gilas Pilipinas can relax.

The Philippine national men’s basketball team that is set to compete in this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain enjoyed a relaxed albeit serious practice session at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, April 4.

Executing drills, running plays against each other, practicing their free throws, cracking out jokes and making fun of one another were all part of Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations for the match against the PBA All-Stars on Sunday, April 6.

(RELATED: PBA All Star showdown gives Gilas dry run for FIBA)

Playing the marquee event of the PBA All-Star Weekend once again, Gilas Pilipinas is expected to bounce back from their less than stellar performance last year in Digos City that resulted in a draw. Their added chemistry and confidence after an exceptional showing in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship will factor to make Sunday night a rough outing for the All-Stars.

Check out these photos by Rappler’s Josh Albelda from their practice session.

Gilas big men Marcus Douthit (L) and June Mar Fajardo (R) work in the post

Marcus Douthit throws down a dunk

Gilas coach Chot Reyes shouts out instructions

GIN-ERAL. Ginebra's court general LA Tenorio drives with the ball during Gilas' practice before their match vs the PBA All Stars. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler
Jeff Chan gets ready to fire a jump shot
Beau Belga puts up a shot over June Mar Fajardo
Gilas newcomer Paul Lee puts up a layup in practice

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