SBP mum on Gilas' future

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 06, 2015 04:30 PM
SBP mum on Gilas' future
Kaya ang nakikita kong basic area for improvement is perhaps longer preparation and there lies the problem in the future --- SBP executive director Sonny Barrios

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is mum about the future of Gilas Pilipinas after falling short of its campaign in FIBA Asia Championship.

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said that he would rather talk about the heroic silver medal finish of Gilas against the mighty Chinese squad.

The basketball federation will be having a board meeting on Oct. 8 to report about the FIBA World Cup bidding and Gilas’ campaign in the FIBA Asia.

Barrios however, couldn’t say whether it will be discussed if Gilas would compete or not in next year’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“Mas gusto ko na munang bigyan ng papuri yung 12 players natin sa ngayon,” he said.

Barrios lauded the effort and sheer guts of the 12-man Gilas Pilipinas team that finished runner-up in the FIBA Asia Championship despite having a short time preparing for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Changsha, China.

Not lost to Barrios was the fact the team of coach Tab Baldwin had to cramp a seven-week training highlighted by a whirlwind stint in an Estonia pocket tournament and the Jones Cup competition, before leaving for the Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 tournament.

Yet, the Filipinos just fell short of a win from ending the country’s more than four decades of Olympic quest after losing to the host country in the championship game, 78-67.

“Kaya pupurihin mo talaga ‘yung 12 na ito from the very start,” said Barrios in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday, noting how the champion team went on a seven-month European stint just to prepare for the FIBA-Asia meet.

“You should prepare them (team) for enough time. Tayo less than two months, alam nyo yung China? Seven months lang naman,” the SBP executive added.

Barrios also got to understand why Baldwin, whom he describes as someone who’s extensive in international coaching, needed longer time to prepare Gilas Pilipinas for a major tournament.

“Coach Tab explained to me he has a lot of plays because everything depends on which opponent Gilas is playing. Kung Iran, he has a different set of plays na para sa Iran lang, the same with China, and the others.

“Kaya from that point, I understand yung pangangailangan ng isang coach for a long period of time (to prepare) especially if you get to that level,” Barrios added.

Despite the limited time to train, the Philippine team finished its campaign with a 7-2 record, winning seven straight games after losing its opening game against Palestine, 75-73, before finally running to a brick wall that is China.

Barrios believed Gilas could have done more if it went to war trained properly.

“Personally I was telling myself if Tab had another month (of training) mas may laban tayo,” he said. “The fact that we won seven straight even without that extra month speaks a lot.”

“Kaya ang nakikita kong basic area for improvement is perhaps longer preparation and there lies the problem in the future.”

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