Serbian 3×3 pro Stefan Stojajic said the Filipino team that competed in the FIBA ​​3×3 OQT had not adapted to the 3×3 game, making it the country’s first winless game in one of the FIBA approved tournament. (Chooks-to-Go)

The Serbian 3×3 professional Stefan Stojajic assessed the performance of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 at the recently concluded FIBA ​​3×3 Olympic Qualification Tournament (OQT) in Graz, Austria, bluntly totojajic was already involved in the team’s first preparations at the beginning of 2020. With his great experience and his expertise due to his No. 13 in the world rankings and his place in the Pro-Team Liman, the second-placed Pro Stojajic, a team around the world, was brought in to help shape the Filipino team for the OQT. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get through it as the tournament was postponed from April 2020 to May 2021 and he had to fly back to his home country.

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“It’s difficult to talk about a team’s assessment when you get a bad result. I don’t want to point my fingers at anyone, but it is obvious that the team was not prepared for a 3×3 game, ”Stojajic said in an interview on Spin.phStojajic that the team did not fully understand the basics and the nuances of professional 3×3 basketball. While Joshua Munzon and Cebuano Leonard “Santi” Santillan had already cut their teeth in 3×3 basketball on the local front as well as in international competitions, the PBA reinforcements – CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa – only had the 3×3 -Play started games. “I fully understand that 3×3 basketball is a new discipline and that there aren’t that many experienced players and coaches in this new sport. But usually people who come from 5v5 have a misunderstanding of the game, “Stojacic said.” I was a professional 5v5 player and I still play between 3×3 seasons and I can only tell you from experience that these disciplines make a huge difference in all aspects of the game, ”he added. Unfortunately, the Filipino team just didn’t adapt to this game. They believed that the individual quality of the players would be enough, ”said Stojacic shared. “It’s obvious the Filipino team wasn’t ready for the tournament.” “There were some good moments during the games and the players were showing quality, but they made so many common 5v5 mistakes that it is perfectly obvious that they have not adapted to 3×3. In my opinion, that’s the team’s biggest problem. “Gilas 3×3 concerns resulted in the country ending dead last in the tournament. On the opening day of the tournament they lost first to Qatar (12:21) and then to Slovenia (11:21). After injuring Tautuaa, the Gilas played 3×3 with just a three-man squad and was upset by the Dominican Republic 11:22 before ending the competition with a 14:15 loss to France to make a name for themselves in 3×3 to do it, as it does in 5v5 basketball, it has to accept the sport and give it the respect it deserves. “I can tell you that if the Philippines want to improve, you need it to feel the passion for this sport and to respect this sport on the same level as 5 against 5 and to accept that things are changing and that the 3×3 -Basketball is increasing, “he said as soon as possible on an international level based on your experience or you will simply lag behind countries that have been involved in this game for a long time. “(JNP)

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