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Baldwin: Gilas PH needs more international exposure

IT wasn’t the outcome that Philippine coach Tab Baldwin expected.

And Gilas Pilipinas didn’t exactly have the campaign it desired in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Manila after it failed to make the semifinals.

In the middle of all the disappointments, though, Baldwin gave an overview of how the team is taking its failed attempt to land a spot in next month’s Rio Olympics.

Jayson Castro, shown here against three New Zealand defenders, and the Gilas Pilipinas team need more tuneup games against the worldís best teams in order to improve.
“It’s an eye-opener for us. It really is,” said Baldwin of the entire experience of his team in this FIBA OQT.

Though Gilas Pilipinas wished for the best outcome and came out with high hopes, it wasn’t able to reach the Promised Land, losing to France and New Zealand and kissing their Olympic dreams goodbye.

Baldwin, however, still believes that there were still some positives that were gained.

“One of the positives from the tournament is getting more exposed against this level of competition,” said Baldwin.

The Philippines needs more of this kind of exposure to catch up with the powerhouses in terms of international play.

“More international experience and exposure are needed. That will be crucial to the Gilas program,” he said.

Gilas team skipper Gabe Norwood, despite the disappointment, shared his coach’s sentiments, but he remained proud of the effort that the team put into its campaign in representing the country.

“We wore the Philippine flag across our chests. It’s very tough but I couldn’t be more proud of all the effort that we gave out,” said Norwood.

Topics: FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Manila , Tab Baldwin , Gilas Pilipinas
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