The phrases the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) supplied after the Southeast Asian Games basketball debacle in Hanoi, Vietnam, spoke clearly of what the federation plans to do: Rebound.
The query on how the Gilas Pilipinas program will proceed with that motion, nonetheless, stays unclear.
“We will bounce back and reclaim our spot to stay ahead,” federation president Al Panlilio stated in a press release launched on Wednesday by the SBP.
The Inquirer reached out to federation officers, together with program director and nationwide coach Chot Reyes and crew supervisor Butch Antonio, for extra particulars however obtained no reply at press time.
In the assertion, the SBP stated that it understood “… the disappointment of Filipino basketball fans.”
“We apologize we fell short and were not able to give our teams better support they needed to retain the gold,” Panlilio stated.
The nation received all 4 basketball gold medals in 2019, ruling the lads’s and ladies’s occasions of each the three×3 and 5×5 competitions. In the thirty first version of the biennial meet held lately in Hanoi, the nation misplaced three of these golds, together with the lads’s 5×5 crown which the Philippines had held for over three many years.
The solely gold that remained got here courtesy of Gilas Pilipinas’ girls’s crew. The males’s squad suffered an 85-81 defeat within the gold medal match, regardless of a roster led by the Philippine Basketball Association’s six-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, abroad campaigners Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, and a number of the most interesting execs within the land.
“There are no excuses and we’ve learned valuable lessons,” stated Panlilio.
As to what these classes had been and what could be finished to rectify them stay unclear.
The solely plan of motion, as issues stand, is a pair of friendlies with the South Korean nationwide crew on June 17 and 18 within the metropolis of Anyang, China, coach Il-seung Choo revealed in a neighborhood dispatch.
Outside of that, Gilas Pilipinas is about to play within the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup Asian Qualifiers’ third window in New Zealand, after which the Asia Cup in Indonesia in July.
Reyes stated he intends to faucet quite a few collegiate gamers for each tournaments.
Whether such a transfer advantages this system stays to be seen. What it supplies is a path much like the one this system took in 2014 when Gilas started taking part in in pocket tournaments throughout Europe to arrange for the World Cup in Seville, Spain.
But with the Fiba World Cup looming and the nation internet hosting the occasion the place it hopes to assemble a crew that can be aggressive sufficient to make it out of the group stage, the SBP might want to do extra.
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