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Gilas battles PBA All-Stars to draw
InterAKTV · Sunday, May 5, 2013 · 8:46 pm
Rain or Shine forward Jeff Chan nailed a three-pointer with six-tenths of a second remaining as the Philippine national men’s basketball team battled a crack selection of PBA stars to a 124-all tie in the league’s annual All-Star game Sunday in Digos City.
The SMART-Gilas Pilipinas squad battled back from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to force the tie in what was the first public appearance of the latest incarnation of the national team.
The Philippines is became known for boxing because of our fighters making it to the international stage... but then, only a handfull of people in the nation actually box.
If the Philippines finally gets to FIBA World Cup... we become known for BASKETBALL, then that would finally achieve what Rafe Bartholomew has been trying to do... to show the WORLD that the Philippines's "unlikely affair with basketball" has actually turned out to be a "Match Made in Heaven".
Yesterday, the pool of 17 that will be taking on that extra burden of carrying the nation.
The next 6 months are critical. In the next 3 months, while the Commissioner's Cup is going on, this group will only be meeting once a week. Its a good thing that they have 15 guys who are familiar with of Coach Chot's system, (7 of which play it all year round). Only 2 need to learn it, within the next 3 months, before they go to training camp in Lithuania.
In Lithuania, they are isolated... they are focused... it's their training camp. After this, they go on and spar.
Then they come back and play in the PBA All Star Weekend... going against team who we could almost be sure, would feature other more popular PBA stars. They also play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks. They would also invite teams from other middle eastern countries...And finally, they defend the Jones Cup title... before coming back home for the ULTIMATE BATTLE here on our own turf. As it gets closer, I'm sure the pressure will mount... but unlike preparing for a Championship in the PBA... a loss here will be heartbreaking, not just for them... but for the whole nation. Because this is the LAST CHANCE... to finally break out of Asia, and into the World Stage.
The hardest part of the climb is the push to the summit... where you have to find that extra ounce of energy and drive to overcome all obstacles and get to the top. You are at that part. And when the Final Battle comes... you'll be playing in at atmosphere unlike never before. This time, the WHOLE CROWD will be cheering for you... and unlike a Ginebra vs BMEG in the PBA or an ADMU vs DLSU in the UAAP where half is for, and half is against... this time... EVERYONE - the bands, the streamers, the tshirts, the screams... will all be for you.
We're in this together... We're supporting all the way... Go Gilas! Go Pilipinas!
It's no longer PARA SA BAYAN... it should be LABAN NG BAYAN... #PUSO