FIBA: Despite horror World Cup, “exciting times” ahead for Gilas says Gabe

Paul Lintag on Sep 09, 2019 05:47 AM
Despite horror World Cup, “exciting times” ahead for Gilas
“I think it’s exciting times for Philippine basketball,” team captain Gabe Norwood said, looking ahead as the Philippines will be the main host for the next World Cup. (FIBA)

The 2019 FIBA World Cup was a harsh eye-opener for Gilas Pilipinas and the national team will surely take some valuable lessons home after going 0-5 in China, losing by a combined 147 points.

Effort is certainly not a question but Gilas Pilipinas may have to rethink its ways on how to handle FIBA tournaments in the future in order to avoid an embarrassing result like this one.

The countdown is set to four years for Gilas as the Philippines will be the primary host of te 2023 World Cup.

After a horror 2019 tournament, things should get brighter for the national team. It certainly can’t get darker than this one.

“I think it’s exciting times for Philippine basketball,” team captain Gabe Norwood said, looking ahead.

“To host an event as big as the World Cup, even though it’s four years away, it’s very exciting,” he added.

Excitement can only get you so far and while Norwood is not in charge of putting things together four years from now, he knows that Philippine basketball will have to put its best foot forward for the 2023 World Championships.

“You gotta get the best players available ready in the next four years,” Norwood said.

“We got a lot of young talent in our country, our youth program is doing really well. It should be interesting to see how the groups play out and everything. But I think everybody can look forward to a fun athmosphere in Manila,” he added.

 

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