Chot Reyes explains stark contrast in Gilas results after Tab Baldwin exit

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes has long been criticized for the national team’s lackluster performance since taking charge earlier this year.

After a string of promising performances under Tab Baldwin’s tutelage, including a stint in the FIBA ​​Asian Cup Qualifiers where they went 6-0, the Nationals saw consecutive streaks end at the 31st Games Southeast Asia and the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2022 in Hanoi and Jakarta, respectively.

In Hanoi, the Philippines missed a gold medal for the first time since 1989 after losing to Indonesia in the virtual gold medal game.

Then in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup, Gilas failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 and also suffered their first defeat against Japan in over a decade.

Reyes thus aroused the ire of Filipino basketball fans with this infamous stretch.

But during an invite with Quinito Henson and Dyan Castillejo’s PlayitrightTV, Reyes on his part explained what happened that led to Gilas’ free fall.

“[Coach Tab] benefited from three months, they followed a complete training of three, four months in a bubble. Remember it was just when COVID was coming and people were, this team, this Tab together had the benefit of full prep time and we were very excited, myself included, I was very excited about this program that was put in place and was actually playing competitively and playing well,” said Reyes, speaking about Baldwin and Gilas’ preparations for the FIBA ​​Asia Cup Qualifiers in 2020.

“Unfortunately a lot of things happened. Players went to Japan, someone went to Taipei, other players went to the PBA. So this program that Coach Tab put in place didn’t is gone, is gone,” he added.

Club commitments, according to Reyes, have hampered players’ willingness to come and prepare with the national team for competitions.

It’s true that Gilas had little prep time before the SEA Games due to the PBA Governor’s Cup, which didn’t end until late April.

Then in the Asian Cup, only Poy Erram was able to join the Nationals on the PBA side.

Reyes said those issues are the reason Baldwin stepped down.

“I guess that’s why he quit and I was asked to take over and like I said I took over a program with very little left and we’re just trying to put it together. now,” Reyes said.

Now, the veteran tactician asks for the continued support and understanding of the Filipinos amid the national team’s struggles.

“We are trying to fix the plane because we are flying it at the same time…Hopefully we can continue to get everyone’s support,” he said.

Next up for Gilas is two games into the fourth window of the FIBA ​​World Cup Asia Qualifiers at the end of August where they expect Filipino-American NBA goalie Jordan Clarkson to play for the team. .

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