- Team Pilipinas won over Qatar in their last match in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
- Head coach Yeng Guiao shared their experience in their historic closed-door match
- According to Guiao, they were just cheering for themselves to hype up
Last Monday, September 17, Team Pilipinas experienced their historic closed-door game as part of their sanction. Only 220 VIPs were selected to watch the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
KAMI has learned through a Youtube video that according to national team coach Yeng Guiao, “Siguro noong umpisa talagang unusual, it’s weird, but after a while, you get used to it.”
It was strange for the team to play in an empty crowd. Coach Guiao said that it was weird to play at the home court without fellow Filipinos cheering for them. However, he assured the team that there were a lot of Filipinos cheering and praying for them via television and live stream.
To hype themselves, Coach Guiao said, “So ang ginawa namin, kami kami na lang ang nag-chi-cheer sa sarili namin, kaya maingay ‘yung bench.”
He even added, “Dati hindi ko marinig mga instructions ko, miski mismong ako e, [dahil] sa ingay. Pero ngayon, pati instructions sa kabila (Qatar) naririnig namin, e.” which drew laughter to everyone.
When asked what drove them to push harder during the second half of the game, Guiao said, as reported by ABS-CBN Sports, “Everybody was just pushing hard on defense and everybody felt that.”
In a previous report by KAMI, Team Pilipinas won over their match with Qatar in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers 2019. Philippines led the game by 17 points, with score 92-81. The current standing of Philippines is 5-3.
Team Pilipinas will take on Kazakhstan on November 30, 2018.
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