SBP DIRECTOR MAGSANOC STILL OPTIMISTIC DESPITE GILAS’ FIBA 3X3 WINLESS FIGHT
SBP 3x3 program director and head coach Ronnie Magsanoc said that Gilas’ losing experience in the Fiba 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament as good exposure for the players.
Gilas suffered their first loss against Qatar in a 12-21 score, followed by the slate of Slovenia 11-21 and ended their FIBA bid as they lost their last two games against the Dominican Republic, 22-11, and France, 15-14.
However, Magsanoc believes that it’s only a matter of ‘time and preparation’ to see the Gilas 3×3 players dominating the said competition.
“Consistent international exposure will definitely add toughness and readiness for our Gilas 3×3 national players once we participate in the top-level Fiba 3×3 competitions in the coming year,” Magsanoc shared.
“We will return to Manila with the thought that in time we will be able to match up and compete with the best (3×3) countries in the world,” he shared to The STAR.
Nonetheless, the well-decorated mentor has confidence in the other competitions, specifically the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam and in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
“Those are the next two international tournaments that we are hoping to play in as we continue to build and solidify the SBP’s national program for 3×3 basketball.”