There is a small corner of the world where the Philippines can still extend its dominance over a game that makes it extra fascinating.
On Sunday, a hot-shooting crew finally pulled a key weapon out of his pocket and entered the area.
Indonesia, laser-guided three-point shooting and exposing natural player Marquez Bolden, stunned Gilas Pilipinus, 85-81, in the men’s basketball event at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Sunday to win the gold medal for the first time. .
For the Philippines, it was the first time in 33 years that it had surrendered its regional stronghold — and lost just 14 months before the FIBA World Cup co-hosts.
“That’s life. Sometimes, things don’t work out the way we want them to,” said National Coach Chot Reyes, program director of the Gilas Polypinas, which has the responsibility of building a competitive team for the global basketball showcase.
At the Thane Tri Gymnasium, that program failed to accomplish the task at the regional level.
“We’ve been saying that since the beginning,” Reyes said. “We can no longer treat Southeast Asia [basketball] As a joke, we have to prepare in the future as well [and] নিন Take the Southeast Asian Games seriously.
Women save pH pride
The Gilas women’s team also lost on Sunday, with Malaysia scoring 96-93 in the last 10 points of the game.
But that team still won gold in its second consecutive SEA Games.
The basketball tournament format requires a single round robin, where the team with the best record wins the gold medal.
Due to a good quotient, the loss was unfavorable for the women, who ended up with their lone defeat in the tournament.
The men had no such mattress.
Indonesia and the Philippines entered the court with a similar 5-0 record, turning their match into a gold fight. And the Indonesians, whose program was written by Rajko Toroman, who created the original Glass Pilipinus Blueprint, unveiled a game plan এবং and a roster ডিজ designed for the game.
Indonesia used dribble-drive offenses — a system that the Philippines has won several major victories internationally করতে to score from outside the arc. Indonesia hit 13 of their 31 attempts from that range where the Philippines fired just three of 16 shots from the same distance.
Bolden, who played very little in the tournament, was fit for 32 minutes on Sunday and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
“It simply came to our notice then. I take full responsibility and accountability for the results, “said Reyes.
Apparently, this too is far from the final look of the team that will compete in the World Cup. The young cadets in the program were absent, locked in by their commitment to their school or foreign club. But it was a squad that, Reyes said, was still good enough to tear apart the field and maintain the Philippine iron grip on the regional throne.
“[W]e There was a team who could still get the job done. Our players have played their best, “said Reyes after emerging from the dugout. “Indonesia has come up with a very good game plan. They made good shots from the three-point line. In the end, we just couldn’t match it. “
Matthew Wright led the Giles with 23 points, while Jun Mar Fazardo added another 20 as the Nationals clinched the silver medal – the first time since 1989.
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