Norwood after shock Gilas loss: "We still control our own fate"
Paul Lintag on Dec 01, 2018 06:34 AM
"I think the whole team knows the gravity of our situation and we all knew what we want to accomplish once we wore those colors. We still control our own fate, but at the end of the day, we must find a way to get it done." --- Gabe Norwood.
MANILA, Philippines --- Pressure continues to mount for Gilas Pilipinas.
As if being labeled as the best Philippine team ever was not enough, the national team took a shock loss Friday at the hands of Kazakhstan.
Now, instead of on the brink of making it to the FIBA World Cup next year, the Philippines is actually in danger of missing out.
Gilas Pilipinas is still in third place in Group F with a 5-4 record but they now share the spot with Japan, a team that's coming in hot with a five-game winning streak.
Australia maintains first place with an 8-1 record and the Boomers are actually through to the World Championships. Iran is second with a 6-3 mark following back-to-back road losses to Japan and Australia.
The Iranians visit the Philippines Monday for a crucial showdown.
"Well, there's more pressure on us now to win against Iran so kailangan tayo manalo sa Iran on Monday," head coach Yeng Guiao said after the Gilas loss.
"That's part of the siguro the process that we have to undertake. Ako naman, I'm not giving up on our chances, actually hinahabol pa din naman tayo ng Japan. So, we play Iran and then we have another window so I guess we have to make an assessment after the Monday game, that's the time to look at our options after that," he added.
Longtime captain Gabe Norwood assures that Gilas definitely feels the pressure now.
But as the situation may seem dire now, it's important to realize that the Philippines still have things under control. It's just a matter of taking care of business.
"If they don't feel that, they shouldn't be here," Norwood said of the overwhelming pressure that now surround the national team.
"I think the whole team knows the gravity of our situation and we all knew what we want to accomplish once we wore those colors. We still control our own fate, but at the end of the day, we must find a way to get it done. That's the challenge that is set in front of us, and hopefully as competitors and professionals, we accept that and make the most out of it," he added.
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