Chot Reyes: 'We showed we can compete against top teams'

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Chot Reyes admitted Gilas Pilipinas' best efforts showed to everyone they can compete against some of the toughest teams in the world.

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But finishing strong against tough teams in their group was one aspect they just failed to accomplish at the close of the 2023 FIBA World Cup group stage play on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.'A lot of factors are involved (in Gilas' 0-3 record in Group A). In the first game, Jordan (Clarkson) fouled out, that was a big factor.

'Last game (against Angola), we couldn't make shots and today, we face the team that made all their shots,' explained the 60-year-old Gilas coach, pointing to Italy's 17 three-pointers that overwhelmed the Philippines.'That's basketball, every game is different, you have to approach each game, every possession, every play,' he said.'(We) just keep our heads down, focusing on each play, each possession, what is in front of us.

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