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Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG

TAIPEI – Jong Uichico will call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur late next month, and knowing the country’s history, the multi-titled coach knows that there is pressure to deliver.

“It’s the gold (medal) that matters,” Uichico said on Saturday while munching on a candy bar, moments before Gilas was to play its penultimate game in the Jones Cup Invitational here. “They (other countries) will surely be sending strong teams.”

Jong Uichico. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Uichico feels that, while the Philippines sends its best teams in bigger regional events like the Asian Games and the Asian Championship, the country’s foes in Kuala Lumpur are concentrated on unseating the Filipinos for the longest time as kings of Southeast Asia.

“Those countries believe that the SEAG is the tournament they have to concentrate on,” he said. “We sent our best team to the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship, the qualifier for the Fiba Asia) and I don’t think they (opponents) did.”

Gilas was made up of multimillionaire PBA stars in the SEABA and it was reinforced by naturalized center Andray Blatche as the country didn’t take anything to chance.

The result was a bamboozling of the field many thought to be overkill.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257484/uichico-aware-phs-rich-cage-history-calls-shots-seag

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