Baldwin rues missing Filipino style basketball
Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2015 07:27 PM
I am discouraged and disappointed. I thought we just didn’t play Filipino basketball --- Tab Baldwin
SINGAPORE --- Something was amiss in the way the Philippine men’s basketball team played Wednesday at the start of the competition in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.
Head coach Tab Baldwin said that he’ll let the team know what it was.
“I am discouraged and disappointed. I thought we just didn’t play Filipino basketball. We were slow, we were plodding. We weren’t aggressive. Our defense looked like a shadow of what it had been in SEABA,” Baldwin said after the team vanquished Indonesia 81-52 at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.
The mentor was obviously unhappy with his players’ sluggish play though the Filipinos never trailed the whole game.
After building a 27-15 lead midway in the second period, the Pinoy ballers allowed Indonesia to close in at 20-29 in the last one and a half minute before halftime. Only after outscoring the Indons, 25-10, in the third quarter did the Filipinos finally took control of the match.
“We just need to have an aggressive mentality all the time. I’m fairly intolerant of passive basketball and we saw too much of that today,” Baldwin added.
“It’s not our style its not what suits our team. And it’s not what Filipino basketball is gonna be about while I’m coaching, we’re gonna be aggressive,” the mentor said.
“We need to play Filipino basketball. We need to get after people. We need to be uncompromising with our attitude,” he added. “We don’t need to ever take a step backwards. And we did, we were just slow. I was unhappy.”
Baldwin thought that his players played to the level of their opponent and it should not be the case, said the mentor.
“We are not gonna gauge ourselves relative to our opposition. That’s irrelevant to me. We are going to gauge ourselves on what we should be as a basketball team. What we’ve train to be and what we’re going to be,” said Baldwin.
The PHI team will take on Malaysia on Thursday where center Marcus Douthit and guard Scottie Thompson, who suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter, are both doubtful to play.
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