Following the basketball defeat at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, the words of Samhang Basketball NG Pilipinus (SBP) made clear what the federation plans to do: rebound.
The question of how the Gilas Pilipinas program will proceed with that activity, however, remains unclear.
Al Panelilio, president of the federation, said in a statement issued by SBP on Wednesday, “We will go back and reclaim our place to stay ahead.
Investigators reached out to federation officials, including program director and national coach Chot Reyes and team manager Butch Antonio, for more details, but received no response during the press conference.
In a statement, the SBP said it understood “… the frustration of Filipino basketball fans”.
“We’re sorry we got smaller and couldn’t give our teams the much better support they need to hold on to gold,” Panellio said.
The country has won four basketball gold medals in 2019, dominating the men’s and women’s events in both the 3 × 3 and 5 × 5 competitions. In the 31st edition of the recent biennial meeting held in Hanoi, the country lost three gold medals, including the men’s 5 × 5 crown that the Philippines held for more than three decades.
The glass is the only gold left courtesy of the women’s team of the Philippines. The men’s squad lost 85-81 in a gold medal match, despite having a list led by six-time Philippine Basketball Association’s most valuable player, Jun Mar Fazardo, foreign promoters Kifer and Thirdi Ravenna, and some of the country’s best professionals. .
“There are no excuses and we have learned valuable lessons,” said Panellio.
What those lessons were and what will be done to correct them is still unclear.
Coach Il-Seung Chu has revealed in a local post that he plans to play a friendly match with the South Korean national team on June 17 and 18 in Anyang, China.
In addition, the Gilas Pilipinus FIBA (International Basketball Federation) is ready to play the Asia Cup in New Zealand in the third window of the World Cup Asian qualifiers and then in Indonesia in July.
Reyes says he wants to tap a lot of collegiate players for both tournaments.
It remains to be seen whether such measures will benefit the program. What it offers is a way to take the program in 2014 when Giles started playing in pocket tournaments across Europe in preparation for the World Cup in Seville, Spain.
But with the FIBA World Cup looming and the country hosting the event where it hopes to bring together a team that will be competitive enough to knock it out of the group stage, SBP will have to do more.
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