Huey, Team Philippines out to give hope after Gilas heartbreak

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 14, 2016 07:48 PM
Huey, Team PH out to give hope after Gilas heartbreak
QUICK FIX. Treat Huey and Team Philippiens are out to give their kababayans something to cheer about.

The Philippine national basketball team was the first team eliminated from contention in the very event they were hosting: the 2016 FIBA Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

From the other end of the world, Filipino-American Trey Huey and partner Max Mirnyi fell in five sets in the semifinals of Wimbledon.

Unlike Gilas Pilipinas, however, Huey has a golden opportunity to quickly give his kababayans something else to cheer about.

The 31-year-old and Team Philippines are fighting for promotion to Group I in the 2016 Davis Cup from Friday to Sunday right here at home up against Chinese Taipei. The Filipinos currently belong in Group II and a tournament win would let them climb up the ladder.

And unlike the Philippine national basketball team which still has to figure out a lot of things to continue competing internationally, the Fil-Am tennis player is already at the peak of his powers and already has the country on his back. As tournament administrator Randy Villanueva put it, “Just the other day, we watched him in the center court at Wimbledon, playing for three hours.”

He then continued, “And right after he lost, he flew here right away. Amoy grass pa nga siya e.”

As such, Villanueva urged his kababayans to throw their support behind Huey, even comparing his talent coupled with his capabilities with that of another Fil-Am athlete. “Kung excited tayo kay Jordan Clarkson, dapat mas excited tayo kay Treat,” he said.

He then paused for a while before continuing, “Kasi totoo na ‘to. We’re trying to have an NBA player, ito meron na – parang meron na tayong nag-playoffs tapos first five.”

For his part, the 18th-ranked doubles player in the world assured Filipinos that he and his teammates will go all out in giving them something else to cheer about. “I’m trying to lead our guys the best way I can,” he expressed.

Huey also urged his kababayans, however, to support their tennis players with the same passion they did Gilas Pilipinas. “I know a lot of fans came out (in the FIBA Manila OQT) so if we can get that kind of support here, that could help out a lot against Chinese Taipei,” he said.

He then continued, “That’s be great if everybody came here to give us homecourt advantage.”


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