MYANMAR coach Tan Kok Heng considered their winless stint in the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball (Seaba) Championship not a total loss, but instead considered it a valuable learning experience for the team that’s just starting to build its basketball program.
Tan said he felt his wards improved each game, beginning with their match against Gilas Pilipinas where they lost by 107 points until on Thursday to the time the Burmese bowed to Malaysia, 96-71.
“First game, they totally didn’t know what to do. You can see the improvement,” said the Malaysian coach.
Myanmar’s campaign may have ended up in another blowout loss, but the players still had reasons to smile following the campaign. Most of the players even took out their mobile phones to have a picture at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, perhaps the basketball mecca of Southeast Asia.
Myanmar even became a favorite among Filipino fans, particularly Wana Aung, who finished the Seaba campaign with 31 points.
The Burmese team lost by an average of 57 points in this Seaba Championship, but Tan remained proud of his players as they now begin their build-up for the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia this year.
“One thing I’m proud of them is they never gave up. This is what I want. Hopefully, we will have time to prepare for the SEA Games,” said Tan.
Tan said he plans to bring in more players for the SEA Games team as some of them have other commitments during the duration of the Seaba tournament.
“We might call up a few more players because they are working. But when I go back, they must attend training,” said Tan.