A few good luck charms help Gary David find his offense for Gilas Pilipinas


Gary David shoots over Dmitriy Klimov. Photo by NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGE

MANILA, Philippines—Superstition? A little. But mostly, it was just the reward for all the hard work Gary David put in for Gilas Pilipinas.

The Globalport gunner admitted that a trip back to his hometown allowed him to refocus himself for the task at hand, but it was adding a few items to his wardrobe that sparked him somewhat as he knocked in 22 points to lead the Philippines past Kazakhstan, 88-58, in the Fiba Asia Championship at Mall of Asia Arena.

“There were a few clothing items that I decided to wear again,” David said in Filipino after the game Friday night.

Pressed for details, he smiled sheepishly: “Underwear.”

And he also decided to put on his trusty wristband for good measure.

“I just tried to refocus myself. I thought of all the things that I do in the PBA and I also put on a few pieces of clothing that I wore in the past when I had big games,” said David.

The result was phenomenal. Going into the match, David had a total of 16 points for the tournament. But with 2:27 left in the first quarter, he launched a triple that kissed cotton, giving Gilas Pilipinas a 21-7 headstart—and he immediately knew the slump was over.

“When I made the first shot, I felt good,” said David. “I knew that I had a rhythm going.”

He made two more triples in the first half, the last giving Gilas Pilipinas a 32-13 spread. He wound up making 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for a 7-of-11 fieldgoal total. He also gained enough momentum and confidence going into Saturday’s crucial semifinal bout.

“I hope this is the start,” said David.

National coach Chot Reyes, however, feels that David was due for an explosion.

“He put in all the hard work,” said Reyes, who never lost faith in David even when he was mired in a slump.

“There were several players we wanted who were not made available by their teams or did not want to join us at all. Gary David was here since Day One,” said Reyes. “Shooters shoot and they will sometimes miss. But the worst thing I could have done was to lose faith in him.”

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  • epoxxy

    kapag pumuputok pala itong si David ay tambak ang kalaban at sure na ang panalo, buti na lang at muling isinuot ang mga lumang gamit sa tuwing sinusuerte sya sa mga PBA games nya, kaya sa SF at Finals isuot muli ang mga iyan, baka mas suwerte pa kung huwag mo ng labhan, je je

  • sebastian abao

    Who need those players anyway who cannot put first their patriotic duties first before their self interests. They are like our corrupts countrymen who should be banish from our country forever. Team Pilipinas and sponsors, thanks for making us proud again.

  • takatori

    There were several players we wanted who were not made available by
    their teams or did not want to join us at all. Gary David was here since
    Day One,” said Reyes

    Yung mga so called professional and the so called BEST PLAYERS natin sa PBA who did not join Gilas tem on purpose(ayaw ng team nila kaya ng mamalingering and invented many excuses) eh sigurado nagsisisi now with all the support and attention being put up ng sambayanang filipino sa Gilas players.

    Some of these malingerings eh ang babata pa pero sinayang ang kanilang pag kakataon.

    Smart Gilas win or lose has nothing to prove!

    I take my hat off kay coach CHOT and off course MVP!

    Go! Go! Go! Gilas,KAYA NIYO YAN!

    Down! Down! Down! sa mga malingerings and their mother teams!

    You know who you are!

    • Don Dee

      Serious question; paki share naman dito yan mga umayaw maglaro para sa Pinas. Who the fvck are these? Dapat i-boo pag naglaro sa barangay liga ng PBA. Leche sila. Flag first!

    • epoxxy

      yong mga team na ayaw magpahiram ng players ay iyon ang mga walang tiwala sa magiging NT, kasi kahit sinong coach ang ilalagay mo tingin nila walang panalo ang RP, ang mga players namang ayaw sumali ay iyon naman ang mga takot mawalan ng kitang milyon baka nga naman mabalda pa sila.

  • pedronimo

    Question lang po: how many true brown-blooded Pinoys play for Gilas?

    • Don Dee

      Let me throw that question back at you, who is a true-blooded Pinoy? Mga aeta lang ba dapat maglaro para sa Gilas?

      • pedronimo

        Though they do not play the game, aetas are more Filipino than imports, if that’s what you want to hear. We might win the crown, but that will bethe glory of the team and its members but hardly our country’s sports..

      • Don Dee

        Tell me kung saan pinanganak si Patrick Ewing o si Tim Duncan. These two played for the USA basketball team. Kung USA gumagamit ng naturalized players, tayo pa? Allowed yan under FIBA rules. Kung ayaw mo ng rules ng FIBA, gawa ka ng sariling liga mo at dun ka maglaro.

      • pedronimo

        You can savor all the FBA crowns if you wish but the muscle of Philippine sports hardly benefits. Apparently, you love basketball more than you love the Filipino. What if we simply adopt all boxers, then who cares who Pacquiao and Donaire are. Let’s also naturalize Celine Dion or Michael Buble just to have that international flavor.

    • page_break

      a stupid question to ask, did u ask qatar, jordan, ksa, taipe how many true blooded on their squad?

      • pedronimo

        Stupidity deserves no reply, but you just did.

  • oh_noh

    pumutok din sa wakas ang granada!!!

  • archerfan

    There were several players we wanted who were not made available by their teams or did not want to join us at all. Gary David was here since Day One,” said Reyes.

    – patay kayo kay chot pag nanalo yan!! gigil yan! eto nga di pa nakakapasok nagbibigay na ng sample. abangan nyo yan.

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