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