CBC: Australia’s loss to Japan gives us hope

The members of Gilas Pilipinas made no bones about their surprise about Australia’s loss to Japan around the time they were playing Chiese Taipei.

“Nung natalo ng Japan ang Australia malaking bagay sa amin (Gilas),” admitted Carl Bryan Cruz. “Kasi puwede pala matalo yung Australia. nagkaroon kami ng kumpiyansa. Nung naglaro kami sa Australia, naramdaman naming na kaya.”

It was a sentiment echoed by center June Mar Fajardo. “Kailangan tignan naming yung butas kung paano sila tatalunin.”

“Challenge sa amin na meron sila mga NBA player,” added Cruz. “Kailangan ipakita yung best namin.”