Palace proud of Gilas
Pilipinas’ silver medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia championship
MANILA, Oct. 5 -- Malacañang joined the entire Filipino nation last
Saturday in congratulating the men’s national basketball team, Gilas
Pilipinas, for winning the silver medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
Gilas Pilipinas tried to conquer the odds against host country, China,
during their finals match at the Changsha Social Work Colleges gymnasium but
came up short in taking the gold.
Boasting a much taller lineup and home court advantage, China dominated the
entire game wire-to-wire (78-67), thus getting an outright spot to the 31st
Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year.
In a statement sent shortly after the game has been decided, Presidential
Spokesman Edwin Lacierda conveyed that Gilas Pilipinas had nothing to be
ashamed of in their loss.
“We join the Filipino people in celebrating Gilas Pilipinas’ silver medal
finish in the 2015 FIBA Asia Basketball Championships,” Lacierda’s statement
“Throughout this tournament, our team displayed the Philippine brand of
selfless, creative, passionate basketball, fuelled by the warm and vocal
support of Filipinos at home and abroad,” he added.
Lacierda commended all Gilas Pilipinas players, the team’s coaching staff,
and their supporters for never giving up on that elusive quest to once again
represent our basketball-loving nation in the Olympic stage.
“Our people have shown the world what it means to be Filipino, and this
serves as inspiration for all of us to work even harder in our respective
endeavors, fulfill our individual potentials, and secure the national pride
we have reclaimed, one success after another, in varying fields,” he said.
“We encourage all our countrymen to continue their support for our athletes
in general, and for Gilas Pilipinas in particular, as they continue to
pursue our collective basketball dream of landing a berth in the 2016
Olympics,” Lacierda concluded in his statement.
As runner-up in the competition, Gilas Pilipinas still has a chance to earn
an Olympic slot should they make it to the top three in the 2016 Rio Olympic
Men's Basketball Tournament happening in July.
The Philippines will be joined by FIBA Asia bronze medalist Iran and
fourth-placer Japan in the same tournament along with 15 other national
teams from Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. (PCOO/PND)