Meralco's Gary David wants to prove he deserved a slot for Gilas

As early as this time, some basketball analysts have already concluded that Meralco hot-shooting guard Gary David would be one of the members of the Gilas Pilipinas who will be left out of the final line-up.

However, "El Granada" has other things in mind as he wants to prove that he deserved the nod in the National team's line-up.

David deserving the nod

David had shooting struggles during the Asian meet and that failure is apparently still fresh in his mind and the new competition for roster spots have brought added pressure as Gary David seeks redemption in the FIBA World Cup and the Asian Games this year.

David revealed he is working even harder on his game this time, admitting he had a rough time during the FIBA Asia Men’s Championships last year in Manila when he shot just 28.6 percent from the field en route to a paltry 4.4-point per game average.

"Siyempre, may challenge na ngayon. Aminado naman ako di maganda pinakita ko sa Fiba-Asia, so tsina-challenge ko sarili ko na meron kaming pool at maraming pumasok na shooters,” David confided to before joining the team’s practice on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Additions in the pool
Gilas coach Chot Reyes had added three players into the pool.

Rain or Shine’s gunner Paul Lee and big man Beau Belga, and Meralco’s Jared Dillinger are also vying for places in the national team.

San Miguel Beer shooter Marcio Lassiter and Ginebra rookie center Greg Slaughter have pulled out shortly after being named to the national pool last month and that incident became controversial as some fans wanted the PBA to take their basketball licences. However, the PBA was against that proposal.

2014 PBA All-Star
ON Sunday, Gilas will have its first game play together since finishing a strong second behind champion Iran in the FIBA Asia last year.

The Philippine National team is set to clash with the PBA All-Stars in the festivities’ centerpiece event highlighting the annual All-Star week.

David vowed to give his 110 percent, knowing that the All-Star players led by reigning PBA MVP Arwind Santos and San Mig Super Coffee star James Yap won't give an inch in their highly-anticipated clash with Gilas. 
The 6-foot-1 David, one of the few older players in the pool, is turning 36 this July, but the Orion, Bataan native has not showed signs of slowing down as he is averaging 17.24 points per game in the PBA’s current season.
“Basta ako, I just  keep practicing. Personally, mag-work hard lang saka gawin ko lang ang trabaho ko para makapag-ambag ako sa Gilas,” he added.
Wherever David goes in his career, expect the die-hard Filipino fans to support him.

--- with reports from
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