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From oatmeal to intermittent fasting, Gilas stays in rhythm on the road

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FOSHAN, China -- Whether it's listening to music, taking a nap or eating their favorite meal, athletes have unique ways to prepare for a game. Gilas Pilipinas players are no exception.

For most, it becomes a ritual. Steph Curry famously eats popcorn before he does his 20-minute dribbling and shooting routine that concludes with a tunnel shot.

While no player on Gilas Pilipinas is banking shots outside the lines, each has his own rhythm and routine. Back home, Paul Lee normally goes out with his wife and kid a day before the game and gets a haircut.

"Of course that changes [when you're away from home], we can't do anything about it. But I just stay in my hotel room, rest and watch film. My diet's the same, I don't change anything. I just have to make sure that I don't eat much," said Lee.

When on the road, sticking to their usual diet gets complicated. Not everything is available and they have to make do with what they have.

"I monitor my diet on my own," said Roger Pogoy. "I just watch what I eat and avoid fast food and sweets."

Troy Rosario, who prefers to get eight hours of sleep the night before the game, makes it a point to load up during breakfast.

"I eat a heavy breakfast and my lunch is a bit light. [But] breakfast I go heavy, for sure, if there's a buffet -- bread, pancakes, oatmeal. If they're not available, I bring my own oatmeal. Whatever I eat can be purchased somewhere anyway," said Rosario.

Team captain Gabe Norwood, on the other hand, opts to keep things light.

"Not too much carbs on the day of the game. I usually have brunch that's heavy on fruit and granola, things like that, and then I try to have maybe a little bit heavier snack later in the day, sandwiches, things like that," he said.

Kiefer Ravena, who was forced to step away from any kind of basketball activity because of FIBA's 18-month ban, had to alter his eating habits to help him keep in shape throughout the entire ordeal.

"Before when I wasn't playing, I did fasting. I did intermittent fasting," he explained. "It was kinda difficult at first but I knew I had to get in shape and be ready, lose a lot of weight... which I think I did. I kinda modified [my diet]. Instead of really the 16-hour window, I'm eating every eight hours. I eat 7 a.m., then I eat at 3 p.m. and then my next meal is 11 p.m., which 90 percent of the time I'm asleep already so I just eat the following morning."

Eating right impacts a great deal on how well the body works, but following a fixed to-do list before each game is just as essential for some players. For Pogoy and Norwood, listening to music is a staple.

"I sometimes listen to Hillsong music," Pogoy shared.

"Music is kinda just on the feel," said Norwood. "I don't have like one go-to song. It kinda just depends on how I'm feeling that day. If I'm feeling like I need to get pumped up, I'll get pumped up. If I gotta calm down, I'll calm down.

"I'm an old school hip-hop guy so I can go B.I.G. Anything from Dipset to B.I.G, Freeway, Philadelphia East Coast rappers, stuff like that. But to calm down, it's definitely J. Cole. If I'm not listening to hip-hop, I listen to RnB... usually 90's RnB as well."

Ravena also likes to indulge himself with all sorts of tunes, but the only kind of sounds that put him in the right frame are the ones that are audible in game situations.

"For me it's about mind-setting myself, visualizing myself in the game," Ravena said. "As much as possible, I try to picture what I want to happen or what is about to happen in the game. I listen to music, and then I watch a lot of game highlights of the team that we're playing against. Nothing more special than that. It's just really keeping my mind ready the night before the game ahead."

ESPN5's Eros Villanueva contributed to this story.