SBP backs Chot, FIBA ​​Asia Cup brands Gilas report ‘disappointment’

MANILA, Philippines — Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) have expressed their feelings after Gilas Pilipinas’ lackluster performance at the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2022 held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The latest in a string of dismal Nationals performances since the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, Gilas failed to qualify for the Asian Cup quarter-finals for the first times since 2007.

In a statement on Friday, SBP Chairman Al Panlilio urged national team stakeholders to join forces to work towards the goal of “forming a competitive team” for the country’s hosting of the Cup. of the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 next year.

While Panlilio also called Gilas’ performance in Jakarta a “disappointment”, the basketball executive stood by beleaguered head coach Chot Reyes.

“Gilas head coach Chot Reyes had no excuses for the dismal performance but said the result could have been different if top scorer Dwight Ramos and naturalized player Ange Kouame had adapted. He said the team began training on July 6, a week before the Philippines’ first game against Lebanon and Poy Erram, the only active PBA player on the roster, only attended three times,” the statement said.

“Any coach would have backed down from the challenge, but Reyes chose to play the cards he was treated with by keeping his commitment to the country and the SBP,” they added.

Panlilio, meanwhile, said they should go all out for the World Cup due to the importance of the event.

“As FIBA ​​Secretary General Andreas Zagklis mentioned, it has been almost 25 years since Greece hosted a world basketball event,” Panlilio said.

“We really need to give him the full support of all basketball stakeholders.” he added.

According to the statement, the SBP will hold a meeting of its stakeholders on August 1 to organize the preparation for the World Cup.

The PBA will also only play two conferences next year and clear its May schedule when the World Cup ends.

The SBP, however, said recruiting players for the next three windows of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers would be a “concern”.

Still, Utah Jazz Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson would be “safe” to play for Gilas at next year’s World Cup and will “probably” join the nationals in the fourth qualifying window in August.

The statement adds that the federation will contact NBA prospect Kai Sotto for Gilas’ future competitions.

But the SBP will seek to sign players from teams eliminated in the PBA Philippine Cup, the final of which is scheduled to take place on August 21.

For the fifth window, which will be held in November, the SBP said it would be “difficult” to assemble a combat team because leagues like the NBA, PBA, UAAP, NCAA and other foreign leagues will be in season.

In the sixth window, players from the collegiate leagues will be available but not from the PBA.

The SBP executive has urged players to “adjust their schedules”.

“Panlilio said the time for leagues to sacrifice and adjust schedules with Gilas in mind is now, as the World Cup is only a year away,” the statement read.

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