Congratulations to Lebanon for winning a very close match. It was a good fight all the way.
We commend our Gilas team for a strong showing for the first game they played together on the international stage. They played at a higher level, displaying talent, aggressiveness, an improved defensive mindset, and a lot of heart in never giving up until the very end against one of FIBA’s toughest teams. The team’s chemistry and cohesiveness will only continue to improve the more they play together.
We believe our team will use this experience to compete even more fiercely come the 2023 World Cup. We remain committed to supporting and harnessing the potential of this team so we can win against the best.
The team appreciates the support of its countrymen as it strives to do better and perform better on the world stage, especially in the upcoming match with Saudi Arabia on August 29 here in the Philippines, our homecourt. Patuloy natin silang suportahan sa ang kanilang laban para sa bayan!