Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes didn’t beat across the bush after the loss to Angola in Group A of the 2023 Fiba World Cup.

Reyes referred to as it how it’s: Gilas received’t win with a poor capturing efficiency.

That’s precisely what occurred as Gilas fired blanks and dropped an 80-70 resolution to Angola and its smothering protection.

“Ultimately, that was the story. I believed we took care of the ball lots higher tonight. Eighteen % from three just isn’t going to get it performed,” mentioned Reyes on Sunday night time at Araneta Coliseum.

“We held them under 40 % however basketball is a recreation of factors. In case you can’t put up sufficient factors on the board it’s arduous to win.”

Gilas shot miserably from downtown, sinking solely 4 of its 22 makes an attempt.

Gilas Pilipinas’ Jordan Clarkson. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

Nobody was spared from the capturing struggles. Not even Jordan Clarkson, who shot simply 7-of-22 from the sector together with 1-of-8 from distance.

Gilas zoomed to a 28-17 lead within the second quarter however solely to see Angola mount a rally.

“We received off to a pleasant lead early however we knew Angola was going to make a comeback, we received hammered on the boards,” mentioned Reyes.

Angola had 20 offensive rebounds and had 14 second likelihood factors off it.

Regardless of being the one winless group remaining in Group A, Gilas nonetheless has a shot at advancing to the subsequent spherical.

“We simply have to give attention to the subsequent recreation. The target is to get to the Olympics, so irrespective of how flickering that hope is, that hope remains to be alive,” Reyes mentioned.

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