At the moment Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 can only hope that one day it can hold its own against the best 3×3 teams in the world.
The Filipinos ended their heartbreaking campaign at the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Graz , Austria, without a single win when they retired from the competition for a place at the Tokyo Games.
“We will return to Manila with the thought that in time we will meet the best countries in the world Can keep up, “said Gilas 3×3 head coach Ronnie Magsanoc.
Expectations for the Philippines, which are ranked 20th in the world and included in the OQT, were modest, as they are number 3 Slovenia, No. 3 France. 10, Qatar No. 26 and the Dominican Republic No. 33 were merged.
The Philippines suffered two defeats in their first two games and lost to Qatar (21-12) and Slovenia (21-11).
It didn’t help the Filipinos’ cause when Mo Tautuaa – the tallest player in their lineup – sustained an injury when they lost their third defeat in a winless team bout 22:11 against the Dominican Republic Episode had to take.
“A consistent international presence will definitely give our Gilas 3×3 national players more toughness and willingness as soon as we take part in the FIBA 3×3 competitions at the highest level in the coming year,” said Magsanoc.
About the Events Gilas 3×3 wants to attend include the 2021 Asian Games in Vietnam and the 2022 Asian Games in China, according to Magsanoc.
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