Chot says Jones Cup win boosts morale for next battles

Posted at 09/03/2012 10:03 PM | Updated as of 09/04/2012 11:27 AM

Gilas Preps for Stankovic Cup in Japan

MANILA - Barely a week after their historic win at the 2012 Jones Cup, Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2 is back on court preparing for yet another important tournament.

At today's practice that was open to the media, Coach Chot Reyes admits that the coaching staff was happy with the quality of play of Gilas 2 regardless if they won the Jones Cup title or not.

Reyes added that the team is now looking at facing even tougher competition in the Stankovic Cup in Japan next week, all the more members of the team cannot rest on their laurels.

Jones Cup hero LA Tenorio, who was fresh from his first practice with new team Ginebra after the blockbuster trade, is looking forward to getting back to work with Gilas as well.

The former Ateneo standout was very happy with the way he and the team performed against the tough American team in the Jones Cup.

He admitted, however, that they haven't accomplished much yet, and there is still lots of room for improvement.

Reyes and Tenorio agree that even though they want to stay grounded and not be on a high too much from the Jones Cup win, winning a tournament does wonders for the moral and confidence of team.

For Reyes, it was a great boost as well for the whole team's confidence in the system he did his best to put into place.

Beyond that, Reyes was ecstatic that the big Jones Cup win broke the mindset of the Filipino players who used to think that 3rd place is always gonna be the best that they can do.

Now that they beat the big boys, they have the confidence to dig deep in tougher battles ahead that can keep them on course for bigger goals for Gilas 2.