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Dickel expects Gilas to have ‘close, difficult’ encounter with Indonesia

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Gilas Pilipinas coach Mark Dickel is a close and difficult encounter when the national team plays the Indonesian side on the road for the Fiba Asia Cup Qualifiers on Sunday.

Dickel, who was named as the interim coach for the February window, will debut as the Nationals’ head tactician against former Gilas mentor himself and now Indonesia national team head tactician Rajko Toroman.

With the experience of Toroman in the international stage, Dickel said he is expecting that it will be a tough call for Gilas.

“I expect a close game a difficult game but it will be really good for us. I feel like in the last couple of practice we made huge strides and it’s our chance to prove that,” said Dickel.

“I’ll be just really happy if we play a good game, the result, should take care of itself.”

Good news for Gilas though is that Indonesia will defend their home turf on Sunday without naturalized player Lester Prosper, who reportedly out of the line up for this windown after failing to secure necessary documents needed for him to suit up.

Dickel however believed that Indonesia still have the capability to give trouble to the national team if they let up.

“Obviously that changes us a little bit in terms of how we prepare but ultimately they have more than enough to get us in trouble out there,” he said.

“Just the ball movement, they get great shots, the don’t turn the ball over they’re disciplined. These are all things that are difficult to play against especially if they hit shots.”