My personal evaluation on FIBA 2014: A close look @ SMART GILAS team

It was a clear win over Croatia, with few non-calls when there should had been, was the major turning point of our loss. Then came Greece, RANK NO.5 in the world. The Greeks win by 12 points, sure. But I never was disheartened. There was regret and half-disappointment, but our boys did what they could to merit a victory. Not to mention na ilang travelling violations dapat na hindi din tinawag versus Greece. Iba siguro ang definition ng travelling sa FIBA. But, oh well…Alam ko na at the end of the day, every win counts. But I am way pass looking at where we stand as a team.

Kahit si Chot Reyes when he was interviewed pre-FIBA, tinanong siya kung ilan daw ba ang kaya nating talunin. He smiled and said, kahit isa yata wala eh, suwerte kung kahit isa meron, pero lalaban tayo, bilog ang bola. True enough, hindi man natin naipanalo ang mga nakaraang laban, hindi natin hinayaang tapak-tapakan lang tayo sa tournament. For me, that counts a lot. Imagine the shortest line up going against the best of the worlds, na kahit hindi man manalo hindi basta nagbibigay lang ng panalo sa kalaban. Aamoy muna ng dugo ang ibang bansa bago nila sabihing nanalo sila. Come on guys, when Gilas flew to Spain, I have little to no expectation whatsoever. Pero ginugulat ako ng mga bata natin, pupusta ako, sila man nagugulat sa mga sarili nila. Pati si Coach Chot siguro nagugulat din. As a result, buong mundo ang ginugulat ng Gilas.

Cheer up guys, I know may mga maling decisions sa laban kagabi. Alam kong masakit na matalo. We can’t help it as Filipinos, emotional tayo by nature eh. Pero kagabi ang nakalaban natin ay Argentina, RANK NO.3 in the world. Sa isang koponan na pinakamaliit at RANK NO.34, ini-expect ng buong mundo na yuyuko tayo but we stood proud and tall.

So cheer up, we will be up against 2 winnable teams – Senegal and Puerto Rico. Sana lang hindi bumaba ang morale ng mga players kasi may pag-asa pa talaga kapag tinalo natin ang dalawang teams na iyon. Lagi kong sinasabi, kung medyo tumaas-taas lang ang height natin, may laban talaga. Kahit hindi na nila kasingtangkad…

Lastly, I know it would have made a huge impact kung naglaro si Greg Slaughter. But his reasons are valid. Respect na lang natin iyon and leave it at that.

This is just the beginning of many great things the future Gilas line up can do. Ang mahalaga, huminto ang mundo para panoorin tayo…

Good morning! Smile mga die-hards as it isn’t the end yet for our dear Gilas team!

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