Myanmar coach proud of his crew despite 107-point loss to Gilas
Paul Lintag on May 13, 2017 05:33 PM
Myanmar head coach Ten Kok Heng was still proud at how his team played Gilas Pilipinas despite being obviously overmatched in all facets of the game.
Manila, Philippines --- While the margin of victory was an unexpected surprise, Gilas Pilipinas' utter destruction of Myanmar in the 2017 SEABA championships was a foregone conclusion.
In fact, even Myanmar's own head coach pretty much saw it coming.
"Philippines, everybody. They are two levels above us," Ten Kok Heng said Friday after his young Burmese crew absorbed a 40-147 beating at the hands of the Filipinos.
"We totally lost to them. I have nothing to say," he added.
Ten Kok Heng, who was actually part of the Malaysian team that upset the Philippines in the 1989 SEA Games final, acknowledged that his team, whose oldest player was only 23 years old, has a long way to go in terms of basketball.
However, he was still proud at how Myanmar played Gilas Pilipinas despite being obviously overmatched in all facets of the game.
"I'm proud of my boys because they never gave up," he said. "Long way to go. Long way to go, as you can see."
With only one month of preparation prior to SEABA, Ten Kok Heng is hopeful Myanmar can put up a better showing come the SEA Games.
After all, the experience the Burmese gets in this regional showcase should go a long way in helping the team improve.
"I’m very sure that when the SEA Games come, we will play better as a team," the Malaysian mentor said.
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