Gilas Pilipinas’ FIBA World Cup campaign has ended on Sunday after they lost in a very close game against Iran. And this, according to their coach, was because of lack of preparation time.
“We need a longer preparation time,” Gilas’ coach Yeng Guiao said in an interview after the game.
“We need to get out of Asia and get experience versus teams from the other zones like in Europe or Latin America,” he added.
“Preparing for the World Cup doesn’t take months,” Guiao continued. “The program needs to be set years earlier.”
Iran turned what supposedly was a close game into a catastrophic for Gilas with just 10-second quarter points.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) allows its players to participate in international leagues, but only for a short time since it has a 10-month schedule every season.
However, Guiao ought not to dwell on what happened to the team last week; rather, he wants the next coach of the Gilas team to learn from it.
“This team did its best, but we had our limitations. We learned our lessons and we’ll try to be a better team next time,” he said.
“The lessons we learned from this World Cup should be passed onto the other teams,” Guiao added.
The Philippines’ national team had a very lousy play that Sasha Djordjevic commented that Gilas was not qualified to play in the tournament.