Chot Reyes credits MOA Arena crowd for win against Japan: ‘We wouldn’t have won if we played in Tokyo’

ByVictor Adea

Photo from FIBA.baskebtall

Gilas Pilipinas coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes gave credit to the jam-packed crowd that rocked the MOA Arena during the national team’s home game against Japan, Sunday night in the 2nd window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

The acknowledged ‘6th’ man of the team provided the much needed spark as the squad battled back from an early 16-lead by the Japanese to cut the deficit to only 1 at the end of the 1st period.

“We’re not hiding the fact that if had played this game in Tokyo or elsewhere, I don’t we wouldn’t have won. I think the crowd gave us lift, we were counting on the crowd to give us that adrenaline push that would really be our sixth man to the the Japanese team,” said Reyes during the post-game press conference.

The game was full of runs with neither team giving way to the other. Gilas would establish double-digit leads only to be erased by spirited rallies from the visitors.

Reyes admitted that he expected the team to struggle early in the game due to effects of the long travel time from Australia, in addition to facing a team fighting for their tournament lives.

“Well we kinda expected that we would struggle coming from that trip. It was a very difficult trip for us coming from Melbourne via Sydney, and so we expected that we would struggle coming from this ball game,” said Reyes.

“We’re really lucky that we were playing at home. Shout out to all out countrymen who came out tonight to cheer. I don’t think we would have been able to make it with the comeback,” added the 54-year old, five-time PBA Coach of the Year awardee.


2018 Commissioner’s Cup Team Standings

The 2018 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup, also known as the 2018 Honda–PBA Commissioner's Cup for sponsorship reasons, will be the second conference...

San Miguel acquires Kelly Nabong from GlobalPort for Gabby Espinas, future draft pick

The San Miguel Beermen have added another key piece to their already vaunted front court rotation by acquiring volatile big man Kelly Nabong from...

WATCH: Brgy. Ginebra vs Columbian Game Highlights [June 20, 2018]

After a brief battle in the early minutes, Barangay Ginebra hammered Columbian Dyip hard en route to a 134-107 victory that pushed the Gin...

LOOK: Paolo Taha pens heartfelt gratitude to Brgy. Ginebra officials, coaches, teammates and fans

A day after being dealt to the GlobalPort Batang Pier for rookie Julian Sargent, Paolo Taha took to Instagram to express his heartfelt gratitude...

PBA releases partial 2018 Commissioner’s Cup elims schedule

The PBA has released through its social media accounts a partial schedule of the upcoming 2018 Commissioner's Cup signed by no less than league...

WATCH: Best Player of the Game interview with Scottie Thompson

After a brief battle in the early minutes, Barangay Ginebra hammered Columbian Dyip hard en route to a 134-107 victory that pushed the Gin...