Smart Gilas Pilipinas scores repeat win over Hawke’s Bay Hawks


Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine men’s basketball team scored a repeat win over Hawke’s Bay Hawks, 73-70, Saturday (Manila time) in New Zealand.

Head coach Chot Reyes described Smart Gilas Pilipinas second match in as many days as “defensively intense” as they endured playing in another unheated gymnasium.

“Struggled from the outside today but found a way to eke out a W,” Reyes also said in a tweet. “Learning from the physical Kiwi game.

It was at least nine degrees outside, assistant coach Josh Reyes recounted on his Twitter account in Filipino, and “the ball felt really cold.”

“Got to adjust better to these cold gyms,” the younger Reyes also said.

On Friday, the Nationals also edged the Hawks, 82-78, as their three-point shooting was “on-target” said Reyes.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas, which is on a 10-day camp in Napier, NZ, plays the NBL All-Stars on Sunday then takes a break the day after that.

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  • Alfie Anido

    Chot Reyes’ coaching style will fail him should his team go toe to toe with S. Korea team 1. pag team 2 or team 3 mananalo RP pero we cant beat S.Korea team 1. Filipinos have lost the art of jump shot. On the other hand, the Koreans have been playing the same way since the Shin Dong Pa days.

    Remember the game where Olsen Racela missed the 2 freethrows in the Asian games? How about the Olympic qualifier recently where we already have a legit center in Douthit and we were leading the last 2minutes and finally S. Korea nailed their 3-pointers again. We lost, AGAIN, this time Olsen was commentating but got the case of deja vu all over again.

    So the question is, why can’t we beat them?

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