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Gilas adds Ateneo’s Arespacochaga to bolster think-tank

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By Miles Morales

Gilas Pilipinas will add a potent tactician to beef up its coaching staff ahead of the sixth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Qualifiers.

Sandy Arespacochaga, lead assistant coach of the UAAP champs Ateneo Blue Eagles and a part of Bong Ravena’s staff over at the TNT Katropa, has been tapped to join national squad’s staff.

“We added him because, we needed an extra hand in scouting,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said.

Arespacochaga, who helped facilitate Monday night’s session that saw 13 members of the pool participate, is among the “advanced scouts” for Gilas’ match against Kazakhstan.

Arespacochaga and fellow assistant coach Ford Arao will fly to Astona in advance to watch the Kazakhtan squad take on the Australian Boomers on February 21 — the same day when Gilas faces Qatar in Doha.

Sitting with a treacherous 5-5 record, Gilas can’t afford to falter in the final window that will decide who the final seven teams that will qualify for basketball’s biggest stage.