Coach Leo Austria poses with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and their wives during the 2017 PBA All-Star Week in Lucena. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.net

Coach Leo Austria poses with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and their wives in the course of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week in Lucena. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.internet

LUCENA — Despite having a loaded Luzon All-Stars roster, coach Leo Austria’s facet is taking on Gilas Pilipinas with none formal observe periods.

“Since the other day, I’m trying to have a schedule of practice but the players are too busy and there’s a lot in their schedule, especially with the outreach programs and their rehearsal for the dance number because they really want to please the crowd,” he bared on Thursday.

As a lot as he’d like to squeak in a brief coaching, there’s nothing Austria can do now however to financial institution on the sheer expertise and familiarity of his wards as they struggle to give a youthful national group facet all that it could handle.

“I think with their talents, we can compete in tomorrow’s game because I believe that these players want to help Gilas by playing seriously,” he stated. “I’m just trying to communicate with the players and I want to preserve their energy. Then maybe tomorrow, we’ll go to the venue early and tackle our gameplan.”

Gilas pool members Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, and Japeth Aguilar will probably be with the Luzon All-Stars, along with former national group campaigners Paul Lee, LA Tenorio, Ranidel de Ocampo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Caguioa, and Jay Washington.

Alex Cabagnot and Stanley Pringle full the celebrities from up north.

Despite the shortage of preparations of his star-studded squad, Austria stated that the Luzon All-Stars are coming to the Quezon Convention Center with one objective in thoughts.

“We want to win,” he stated. “I want to give the players the freedom to expose their talents because that’s what’s All-Star is all about. At the same time, it’s the only way we could help Gilas in their preparation.”

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