According to Enzo Flojo’s Asia on my Mind, Is Mac Belo the future star of Gilas Pilipinas?
The FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 will not be remembered as a very successful campaign for the Philippine national men’s basketball team. The team mentored by first time head coach Josh Reyes won just one out of their five games, losing by an average of 10.3 points in their four defeats. They finished fifth in Group E, falling short of making it to the Quarter-Finals for the first time in the tournament’s history.
It’s no surprise then that a lot of people felt disappointed at Gilas’s overall performance. Many fans back home started calling for the team to be made up of PBA players again. Many questioned why the “true” Gilas head coach, Tab Baldwin, was back in Manila coaching a college team instead of being in Tehran with Gilas. Many lamented not having a naturalized player, especially with Marcus Douthit set to suit up for a Filipino club team in the 2016 Merlion Cup.
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