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The lesson Gilas coach Jong Uichico learned from 2002 Asian Games heartbreaker

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Jong Uichico's history taking the helm of the men's national basketball team began at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, a tournament that Filipino fans still remember for one stunning result.

With a chance to advance to the gold-medal game against China, the Philippines fell to the hosts on a 3-pointer in the dying seconds of their semifinal match, relegating the Filipinos to the battle for bronze.

Nine-time PBA champion coach Jong Uichico believes explaining the reason behind a play or a coaching decision helps to get his message across to veteran players. File/PBA Media Bureau
Playing less than 24 hours after the defeat to South Korea, Uichico and co. struggled against Kazakhstan, eventually falling and settling for 4th place.

For Uichico, the loss taught him the importance of resilience and moving forward.

"The primary lesson that I learned from that is to be able to bounce back," he told ABS-CBN News at a recent Gilas event celebrating the team's effort in the Jones Cup.

"It was a really heartbreaking loss, but that's just your profession, it comes with the territory."

Author: Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/01/17/the-lesson-gilas-coach-jong-uichico-learned-from-2002-asian-games-heartbreaker

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