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Chot admits Gilas' performances 'less than satisfactory'

MANILA, Philippines – SMART Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes was glad that the national team reeled off two victories in the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers, even as he admitted that their performance was "less than satisfactory."

"We're happy that we pulled off Ws (wins)," Reyes said Monday, after Gilas Pilipinas hacked out a 90-83 victory over visiting Chinese Taipei at the Araneta Coliseum – a triumph that came on the heels of a similarly difficult 77-71 road win over Japan in Tokyo.

The SMART Gilas Pilipinas national team poses for a photo ahead of their qualifying game against Chinese Taipei. FIBA photo
"But we all know that we could have played much better," the coach added.

The team got off to a poor start against Chinese Taipei, trailing 17-3 early before the Gilas second unit came in to boost their cause. Still, it was not until the fourth quarter that the Philippines finally got a cushion, as they struggled with their perimeter and free throw shooting for most of the contest.

Reyes said frankly that he saw their struggles coming.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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