FIBA: New World Cup format favors Gilas Pilipinas says Chot
Paul Lintag on Mar 21, 2019 02:19 PM
Looking at the way the World Cup is structured now, Gilas has a better chance of advancing to the next round in 2019 compared to 2014, the country’s first world appearance in decades.
Former national team head coach Chot Reyes believes that Gilas Pilipinas has some things working out for them in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Admittedly, the Philippines is still a heavy underdog once group play starts in Foshan on August 31 as Gilas will be matched up against Italy, Angola, and reigning Olympic and World Cup silver medalist Serbia.
Still, looking at the way the World Cup is structured now, Gilas has a better chance of advancing to the next round in 2019 compared to 2014, the country’s first world appearance in decades.
Five years ago in Spain, Gilas played five group games and finished with only one win.
The Philippines could have advanced with two with the way its group played out but two wins in world-level tournaments are generally not enough to get out of the preliminary round.
In the 2019 FIBA World Cup, two wins will most likely get you through round 2.
“We’re benefiting from a better format now,” Reyes said.
“Parang two wins lang to get through to the next round, that’s why I think there’s a big possibility that we get those two wins. Like I said, I’m very optimistic,” he added.
After an inspired performance in 2014 with no prior experience to world-level tournaments, Reyes says Gilas should have a better chance to succeed now since the foundation was set five years ago.
If Gilas did it then, there’s no reason not to do a better job now.
“We have proven before that we can compete and that there's no reason with this team now, with the players that we have, with coach Yeng's system, with Andray Blatche in shape, there's no reason for us to improve on that previous one win in 2014,” Reyes said.
“I think if we get to two wins, that might be enough to get us into the next round,” he added.
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