BOUNTY Agro Ventures president Ronald Mascarinas was one of many Filipinos left heartbroken after Gilas Pilipinas suffered a deflating loss at the hands of South Korea in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup quarterfinals in Lebanon.
Gilas suffered their worst loss of the tournament with an 86-118 defeat against an ultra-efficient Korean side which couldn't seem to miss.
But for the man behind Chooks-to-Go, the squad's chief benefactor in the tournament, there's not much the team can do about it, especially with the Koreans’ impeccable shooting and ball movement on display on Thursday. Mascarinas was so mesmerized that he likened Korea’s performance against Gilas to reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
"Talagang nakakalungkot, pero looking at how South Korea played, talagang unbeatable sila," said Mascarinas.
"They played better than the NBA champion team na Golden State.”
But despite the demoralizing defeat, Mascarinas didn’t feel all that bad as he felt lady luck was also clearly on the side of the Koreans, pointing to Korea’s 16-of-21 shooting from beyond the arc.
“Three point shot 76 percent? Di kayang maulit yun. Yung averages nila is not close to that," he added.
"Nakikita ko si coach Chot [Reyes], he was helpless. Kahit anong gawin niya depensa dun e, parang napakaswerte ng Korea. Napaka-fluid ng offense and it was also their luckiest night."
Mascarinas bared that he was quick to reach out to Reyes immediately after the match and re-affirmed his commitment to the national team and learn from how Korea prepares for international competitions - long, tedious and patient.
The outspoken Gilas coach was quick to echo Mascarinas' sentiments in his reply.
"Mismo boss," Reyes said in his reply.