Fiba OQT stint alerts return of PH as a critical world pressure

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Fiba OQT stint signals return of PH as a serious global force

The Filipinos actually made heads flip in Latvia. — PHOTOS FROM FIBA.COM

Gilas Pilipinas might have misplaced its all-important match towards Brazil within the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Match (OQT) in Latvia on Saturday, however the Nationwide 5, nonetheless, can now boast of one thing Philippine basketball wasn’t capable of communicate of for many years.

After a masterful conquest of world No. 6 Latvia on its house turf and a pair of plucky stands towards the Georgian and Brazilian nationwide sides backstopped by NBA-caliber expertise, Gilas Pilipinas—years written off as a doormat on the worldwide stage—proved that it belongs.

“It’s, kinda like a ‘now we all know’ second—[that] ‘Now, we all know we are able to compete,’” nationwide coach Tim Cone stated on Saturday night time, shortly after the 71-60 loss to the world No. 12 Cariocas who dashed Gilas’ goals of returning to the Olympic Video games in Paris.

Cone—just like the hundreds of thousands following Gilas’ bid at house—would’ve wished his crew to maintain writing their unbelievable shock story in Riga. However the Nationals had only a few solutions for the bodily play of the enemy who additionally rediscovered their offensive groove simply when the Filipinos misplaced theirs.

“They performed us with an actual bodily model of basketball,” he stated of the South American powerhouse that superior to face the Latvians within the finale on Sunday night time.

“We have been making robust photographs within the first half they usually have been lacking a number of open photographs. We knew that if we didn’t flip that round, it was going to get troublesome for us within the second half,” Cone went on. “And we continued to [take] robust photographs they usually weren’t moving into anymore. After which they began hitting open photographs.

“I believe we simply sort of panicked just a little bit. We began doing a number of one-on-one, we weren’t shifting the ball like we usually do. We simply didn’t deliver our greatest.”

Leaving a mark

The botched marketing campaign will sting for some time for Gilas, however there is no such thing as a denying the inevitable mark left by the squad led by Justin Brownlee, June Mar Fajardo, Dwight Ramos, and Chris Newsome.

“In fact, we wish to get to the Olympics. It was the final word purpose,” Newsome stated. “However once more, that is one other stepping stone for us as a program to attempt to enhance and proceed to get higher. You already know, there’s a number of positives that you may take away from this journey, from this match.”

“[I’m] undoubtedly not joyful,” stated Brownlee. “[I’m] grateful for the chance, although. It’s been an honor to return right here, to this nation, and be capable of showcase Filipino basketball and I wish to thank Latvia for that.”

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, who was with the contingent all through the match, was amongst these ecstatic to see how Cone’s intrepid costs fared in its first two outings. Expectedly, he was simply as devastated to see the run finish on Saturday.

However Panlilio, who is aware of a factor or two about preventing by way of adversity having conquered most cancers himself, is aware of that Gilas’ newest setback may very effectively be a fortuitous setup for a comeback.

“Like in something—like in life and the company world—you be taught from adversity and hopefully come out stronger and higher shifting ahead,” he instructed the Inquirer.

“We understood the purpose and set our sights on it—making the Paris Olympics if we are able to. [The] long term is to compete within the Fiba Asia Cup, come out as the highest workforce, qualify for the World Cup in 2027, and be one of the best Asian workforce that additionally qualifies us to [the Los Angeles] Olympics.



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“It’s a long-term plan we now have launched into. However every match is a constructing block to the following,” he added. INQ





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