Reyes on Batang Gilas’ tough odds in U17 World Cup: Remember 2014

first_imgView comments Basketball history suggests not to count out the Philippines ahead of another World Cup stint.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The country faces a tall order in the Under-17 tilt in Argentina, but Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reminded everyone of the last time the Philippines competed in a Basketball World Cup.“Croatia was plus-20 and Argentina was plus-30 and we took both of those teams to the last possession,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReyes steered Gilas to breakthrough campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and he thinks the Philippine youth team can do the same two months from now.“You’ll never know. The fact is the team is there. And every time they’re there, they will always have a chance to win,” Reyes said. “It’s a good test and barometer on where we stand but really, we believe that with enough preparations and proper preparations we can compete with these teams,” said the younger Reyes, who serves as deputy to head coach Mike Oliver. “As you can see, we are not the small team anymore. We know, physically, we can hang with these guys.”“We have to believe that we can compete. We’re not preparing to go on vacation, we’re preparing to compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Batang Gilas, which is ranked 31st, is slotted in Group D together with No. 7 Argentina, No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.“Honestly, we haven’t looked at the teams yet. But just the names of those countries alone, they’re very tough,” said Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes.“But I believe with the proper preparation, especially in this age group level, I think we can really compete and the aim is to surprise people and see how far we can go. The first goal is to get into the next round.”With the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto, who led the team’s fourth-place finish in the Fiba U-16 Asian Championship in Foshan, China, Reyes said size is not that of a concern for the Philippines unlike before.What’s crucial, however, is having ample time to prepare.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more