SEA Games: Gilas and Myanmar prove that indeed, “We Win As One”

Paul Lintag on Dec 07, 2019 10:37 PM
SEA Games: Gilas and Myanmar prove that “We Win As One”
“You're not trying to create enemies in the SEA Games. That's why we all come together and that's something we want to try to represent tonight. We want Myanmar to keep coming back and keep wanting to play and keep wanting to improve their basketball program,” coach Tim said. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — It’s already on the official theme song, “We Win As One” in these 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.

After Gilas Pilipinas issued a 69-point beating to an obviously overmatched Myanmar side Saturday, the two national teams got together post-game and took a photo together.

There will be winners and losers in the SEA Games but coming together and displaying proper sportsmanship takes priority. It’s not just about beating the other team up.

Against Myanmar, Gilas certainly didn’t want to embarrass an opposing country that’s clearly just starting to find its way in the sport.

By virtue of a 136-67 win, Gilas coach Tim Cone feels like the Philippines achieved that delicate balance of playing to win but at the same time, giving the opponents the respect they deserve.

“We were trying to find a balance between playing the game hard and respecting the game and yet not trying to run up the score. We didn't want to run up the score and embarrass anybody,” Cone said.

“Obviously, there's a big gap in talent between the two teams. But, you know, the SEA Games are all about competition and friendship. You compete through friendship. You try to gain friendships,” he added.

Just as the official theme song of these SEA Games suggest, “yes we compete but the greatest feat is when we win as one.”

It might look tough to look at the scoreboard now but Myanmar having multiple shots at Gilas Pilipinas can only help improve their own basketball program.

It's just the same as when the Philippines plays far superior teams at the world level.

“You're not trying to create enemies in the SEA Games. That's why we all come together and that's something we want to try to represent tonight. We want Myanmar to keep coming back and keep wanting to play and keep wanting to improve their basketball program,” coach Tim said.

“We don't want to discourage them, and no one likes to be embarrassed. No one likes to be humiliated, so we just tried to be respectful and try to continue to play the game hard, create good habits going to the next game,” he added.

 

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