Vietnam coach calls Filipinos’ own version of shot clock ‘clever’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 17, 2017 10:02 PM
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Coach Donte Hill and Vietnam did not know they would have some trouble with time up against Gilas.
Vietnam was soundly defeated by an All-Filipino Gilas Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
And as if they needed any more help, the Filipinos received an extra bit of boost from the partisan crowd.
Whenever the Vietnamese had possession in the second half, or for most of it, the pro-Philippine spectators yelled out the shot clock countdown.
Only, the numbers they were chanting were far lower than what was appearing on the shot clock.
In one instance, 20 ticks still remained on Vietnam’s shot clock, but the fans were already shouting “10, 9, 8…”
Proving to be a good sport, Vietnam coach Donte Hill was smiling, if not laughing, every time the Filipinos did that. “I thought it was clever. It showed the kind of commitment the fans have – they believe in their team and they support their team,” he said.
He then continued, “It was very clever and I got a kick out of it.”
It would be hard to prove that the pressure from the crowd got to the players, but Hill’s wards missed 13 of their 18 shots in the third quarter. All in all, in the second half, they only shot 9/28 from the field.
Whatever it is, Hill was quick to point out that, without a doubt, his players don’t have much experience playing under pressure. As he put it, “Our players are not used to this kind of competition. So I just told them before the game, ‘This is gonna be the best competition you’ll be playing so enjoy the moment.’”
That is exactly why the Vietnamese side’s mentor had nothing but sound advice for his players. “I told them you got to listen to the right voices – you got to listen to your voice, my voice, the team’s voice. As a basketball player, you have to be close your mind and focus on the moment,” he shared.
He then continued, “That’s the key to be successful.”
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