As Gilas Pilipinas ended its campaign in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup without a win en route to a disastrous 32nd place finish, head coach Yeng Guiao stressed the need for future versions of the national team to learn from the mistakes of the current group in order to avoid a repeat of this year’s debacle.
“This team did its best but we had our limitations. We learned our lessons and we’ll try to be a better team next time,” said Guiao moments after the team absorbed its 5th consecutive defeat, a 20-point beating at the hands of Iran to close out its winless campaign.
“The lessons we learned from this World Cup should be able to be passed onto the other teams,” added the fiery mentor.
As the country prepares to host the next edition of the quadrennial meet in 2023, Guiao batted for a much longer preparation time as well as exposure and a deeper understanding of other basketball cultures.
“We need a longer preparation time. We need to get out of Asia and get experience versus teams from the other zones like in Europe or Latin America,” said the 7-time PBA champion mentor.
“Preparing for the World Cup doesn’t just take months, the program needs to be set years earlier,” he added.