FIBA WORLD CUP: Cabagnot after first Gilas win: "Our journey has begun"

Paul Lintag on Sep 18, 2018 07:00 AM
Cabagnot after first Gilas win:
Alex Cabagnot got his first Gilas win as the national team beat Qatar in a closed-door game.

MANILA, Philippines --- Alex Cabagnot finally got his win with Team Pilipinas and it feels oh so good.

Cabagnot scored a team-high 16 points for Gilas Pilipinas Monday, helping the national team beat Qatar in a closed-door game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas gets home win behind closed-doors]

Part of the new-look national team, Cabagnot is glad he finally got that first win, a win that symbolizes his own journey with the national team.

Scratch that, the start of a new journey for the new national team.

"It felt good," Cabagnot said on the win, which pushed Gilas to 5-3 in Group F, still enough for third place and a spot in the World Cup if the Asian Qualifiers ended today.

"I’m not really into the destination, but our journey has begun. That’s not the only game. And hopefully I could be there for the next window. You know how it is naman, pero, I can’t control that. I could only control what happened and I’m glad. and I’m fortunate to be with these guys and to be under coach Yeng Guiao," he added.

The next FIBA window is about two months away and Cabagnot is hopeful Team Pilipinas can build on this win.

Whether or not he makes it back, the veteran guard for San Miguel Beer has the national team's best interest in mind.

"I’m glad we won. Masarap ‘yung panalo namin," Cabagnot said.

"And hopefully we could build this in the next window --— if I’m still here, if I’m still invited by coach Yeng, the SBP community, and the federation," he added.



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