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For Pingris, trademark Pinoy bonding helping Gilas Pilipinas



Marc Pingris is one of the integral pieces of the Gilas Pilipinas program for his all-out hustle and determination to fight against bigger opponents on the floor.

Off the floor, his colorful persona helps even further with Gilas’ chemistry and bonding. As part of Gilas 2, Pingris’ stint wouldn’t be complete without Instagram posts of him and the rest of the team doing silly stuff in training camps, and even chronicling his DOTA battle with June Mar Fajardo.

With Gilas 3, Pingris exemplifies the same attitude for balance. After practice, he sings, and sometimes makes fun of his teammates.

This Filipino concept of “pakikibagay” is aiding Gilas with their adjustments even if they are racing against time.

“Kahit yung bagong dumarating, ang turingan namin ay magkakapatid. Nakikibagay tayo sa isa’t isa, palabiro tayo, at madaling makisama,” Pingris shared, adding Jordan Clarkson quickly felt being at home with the team.

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times For Pingris, trademark Pinoy bonding helping Gilas Pilipinas    “Sabi ni Jordan ang daling pakisamahan ang mga Pilipino. Naging close siya agad. Hindi na siguro mawawala yun sa atin. Example, yung mga fans na dumarating.”

Heading into the FIBA Asia Championship, Pingris says Gilas needs to be even stronger and surpass what they have achieved in the past.

“Kailangan pa nating dagdagan. Kumbaga na-scout na rin tayo ng ibang team at napaghandaan na tayo. Kailangan pa naming lagpasan ang nagawa namin before,” he said.

With the return of Andray Blatche after a week off, Pingris shares it is another adjustment for Gilas to make, although the entire team is working on their respective roles to make the transition easier.

“Kararating ulit ni Andray so panibagong adjustment ulit, hindi naman may binago pero kailangan lang niya ulit makipaglaro para magamay niya at makuha ang kondisyon,” he said.

“Hindi rin naman siya lang ang nagbibigay ng lahat. Tinutulungan rin namin siya para matulungan niya kami.”