MANILA, Philippines: The head coach of the Gilas Philippines, Chot Reyes, has fallen for the national team’s gold medal bid at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday.
The Philippines, considered a movable dynasty in the region, closed its high perch by a rising Indonesian side, 85-81.
“Our players have played their best,” said Reyes, who replaced Tab Baldwin in an unexpected change last February. “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. “
“It simply came to our notice then. I take full responsibility and responsibility for the results. As I said, they tried their best and that is sports. This is life. Sometimes, things don’t work out the way we did, “he added.
PBA star Matthew Wright and Jun Mar Fazardo led the way with 23 and 20 points respectively, but Giles’ attacking problems and strong shooting outside of Indonesia proved too much for the nationals.
The Philippines has won the men’s basketball gold 13 times in a row and it was inevitable to claim the number 14 spot while holding the glass crown at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.
Indonesia, on the other hand, has celebrated its first gold in the sport.
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