Gilas quint in SEAG an overkill, says Adalem


Sending the Gilas Pilipinas team to the Southeast Asian Games basketball competitions is an “overkill.”

Saying a well trained team is enough to capture the SEA Games’ most important gold medal for the Filipinos, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas treasurer Dr. Ernest Jay Adalem said the country doesn’t need to score 50-point wins to prove a point.

“With all due respect to the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission), which is pushing for a full-strength team to the SEA Games, we can win games by 20, even 30, points using our B team,” Adalem told the Inquirer.

Adalem, who is chair of the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu), even offered a selection from his league to represent the country in the December Games in Burma (Myanmar).

He said that even an Naascu selection, if allowed by the POC, will be up to the task.

Adalem also explained that the SBP may not agree to funding its participation in the SEA Games with the PSC not keen on funding team sports this time.

“SBP is also relying on Smart Sports for funding, especially now that we are hosting the Fiba-Asia,” added Adalem.

Smarts Sports supports several other sports like badminton, boxing, taekwondo, tennis, among others.

The SBP spends about P100 million a year for development, training and competitions, but the figure could double this year because of the Asian championship set at Mall of Asia Arena on Aug. 1 to 11, according to Adalem.

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  • Yxon

    just to inflate the sports leader’s egos for doing nothing.

  • darsmith

    What Gilas needs right now are games (or tournaments) that will toughen them up for the Fiba Asia tourney this August. You can’t improve your game by engaging to a team that you can handily beat.

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Yep, send the collegaite team to SEAG. We should be careful not to have injuries to the Smart Gilas team and also not to overinflate the confidence of this team or we will suffer the consequence of not playing all out because of this overconfidence (if you get my drift,,)

  • CmdrAdobo

    It’s not arrogance or overkill. Just send young or colleagiate for exposure.
    Thank you.

  • archerfan

    send the uaap champion to sea and its going to be enough. its going to be a good training ground for the kids.

  • ddano

    The Philippines used to send it’s second team to Basketball tournaments like the
    Jones Cup, Pesta Sukan, and SEA games, considered less prestigious events , and still wins the championship in those tournaments. The national team is used to compete in the ABC and Asian Games.

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