FIBA 2014: The Gilas Review

Gilas Pilipinas may have been eliminated from the ongoing FIBA Worlds 2014, but it did earn the admiration of the basketball world.

What would Gilas be without Andre Blatche?
But what would Gilas be without Andray Blatche?

In its five group games, the only double-digit loss came at the hands of highly-touted Greece, 82-70; while beating Senegal 81-79 in overtime. On the other hand, in the other 3 games, the Philippine men’s basketball team only lost by an average of 3.67 points – losing by just 4 points even against known basketball powers like Argentina.

Yes, though this is something to celebrate for the basketball-crazy country considering it has not qualified for the Worlds for quite sometime until now – remember, since it’s been a while for the Philippines to reach this stage, competition in this edition of the FIBA Worlds didn’t really know what to expect; and may have taken Gilas lightly and so the close scores.

Fajardo was promising, but it was really only 1 game..
Fajardo was promising, but it was really just 1 game..

It’s no different from beginner’s luck for Gilas.

So for the country to truly reestablish itself – one, it has to conquer Asia for the next 12 years. And, at least comfortably make the round of 16 while closely battling for the round of 8 each time in world competition. Tenacity and teamwork would be key.

Still, if only for FIBA 2014 – the showing was fair enough.

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