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Jones Cup eyed as tune up for World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas

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By Miles Morales

Gilas Pilipinas is looking to take part in the coming Jones Cup in Taiwan as part of its preparation for this year’s FIBA World Cup.

National coach Yeng Guiao said plans are now being laid out on the possible foreign stint of the team after it earned a return ticket to the World Championships in China later this year.

There is no schedule yet for the Jones Cup this year, but the past editions of the tourney were held mid to late July, just a month before the Fiba World Cup kicks off in China.

“Initially pinag- aaralan namin kung kaya ng PBA schedule yung Jones Cup,” said Guiao.

“Kailangan magsama-sama tayo ng mas matagal at lumaban ng ibang tournaments,” he added.

The veteran tactician also plans to start training early to avoid the usual cramming that marred the national team’s previous international tournament preparations.