Gilas Pilipinas was itching to vary itself in opposition to New Zealand—a nation ranked six notches larger in Fiba’s international ladder raring to claim itself within the area.
What the Filipinos acquired on Sunday evening at Good Araneta Coliseum within the last sport of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers was an 88-63 beating that instructed of all of the work that must be executed for Workforce PH to keep away from failing to contend in opposition to powerhouses.
Nationwide coach Chot Reyes was fast to say that the loss was nonetheless an ethical victory, however he was additionally swift in hammering house the notion that this can be a nationwide cage program attempting to take advantage of out of an premature reboot.
“Clearly, after a sport, particularly after a loss, we all the time really feel we might’ve executed somewhat bit higher,” he mentioned. “Preparation definitely [was] very, very essential.
“[W]e nonetheless have plenty of issues that we now have to work on. The gamers should not but accustomed to one another,” he went on. “[For] me, this is also my first time to teach Thirdy [Ravena], Dwight [Ramos], Ange [Kouame] and a number of other different gamers within the workforce.”
Positive, the brief lead-up to the video games was a offender within the Nationals’ disjointed play. However there was additionally no denying that the supporting forged was hardly any assist when they need to have stepped up in opposition to the Tall Blacks.
Ravena completed with 23 factors, Ramos with 18 to spotlight one more well-rounded efficiency. Robert Bolick pumped in 18 extra, however no different member of the workforce scored greater than 5 factors within the loss.
The Filipinos saved the Kiwis inside placing vary for a lot of the first half, even narrowing the hole to simply seven early within the third interval. Nonetheless, frosty capturing, sorry errors and the workforce’s incapability to crash the boards doomed Gilas’ possibilities at righting the ship—ultimately snuffing any probability of a comeback.
It was actually a forgettable outing, contemplating Gilas’ final Fiba sport the place the Philippines misplaced by solely seven factors to World No. 5 Serbia through the Olympic Qualifying Match in Belgrade final yr—a stark distinction from this double-digit blowout by the hands of a New Zealand squad that hasn’t performed internationally in two years.
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It additionally didn’t assist that followers contained in the Large Dome have been expressing their disappointment.
Chants of “We would like [Tab] Baldwin!” and “Get Baldwin again!” crammed the sector as some spectators headed for the exits with nonetheless over three minutes remaining within the sport.
That ought to clarify why Reyes can also be keen to place the loss behind him. The nationwide cage program has a number of tournaments lined up within the coming months, on the way in which to the Philippines’ cohosting of the Basketball World Cup.
And people are shaping up as nice home windows for Gilas to smoothen holes in its play and shoot for redemption.
“We have now to fulfill with the [Philippine Basketball Association’s leadership] to synchronize our calendars. We’re now wanting on the Southeast Asian Video games [in Vietnam],” mentioned Reyes.
“I don’t assume we may have [collegiate] gamers at our disposal, in order that’s one other factor to consider—who’s going to be obtainable,” he added.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has since mentioned that it intends to be much less depending on abilities from the professional ranks, however assures that it’s laborious at work in reacquiring the dedication of a number of gamers.
However that continues to be to be seen, with Reyes even admitting that nothing has been forged in stone.
“We have now but to take a seat down and really craft the plans,” he mentioned.
If something, Reyes stays steadfast within the perception that the nationwide cage program regains its bearings as its drive for improvement plods alongside. He has, in any case, some nice pillars to construct on from right here on out.
“Not just for their statistics, for his or her factors, however … their work ethic, the power they create to practices. That’s the whole lot vital for leaders,” Reyes mentioned of Ramos and Ravena, whom he mentioned have been being groomed because the leaders of the Nationwide 5.
“I feel we are going to solely get higher as time goes by. Actually plenty of shiny spots however plenty of issues to construct on. We simply should put within the work,” he added. INQ
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