HWASEONG, Korea — Gabe Norwood admitted fatigue is setting in on Gilas Pilipinas but vowed to give his all as the team plays one more match in the 17th Asian Games.
“Just like anything, you want to come up with a win. We want to finish this with a win,” said Norwood.
The Philippine national basketball team finally got a break on Tuesday after playing five games in five days, returning to action on Wednesday in the battle for seventh place against Mongolia at the Hwaseong Sports Complex.
Norwood said he is proud of his teammates for playing tough for five straight days even as Gilas’ losses piled up including a classification match defeat against a young Chinese squad, 71-78, on Monday.
“China is young and has fresh legs. We came up a little short again,” said Norwood, who only had four points in the game.
Marcus Douthit scored 24 points with Ranidel De Ocampo playing his best game in the Asiad with 14 points on 2-of-4 shooting from the three-point area.
Norwood said playing consecutive games has taken its toll, with Jimmy Alapag and Marc Pingris sitting out the game against China due to injuries.
Nevertheless, Norwood said he is proud to see Gilas continue to fight.
“A lot of us are weary right now, mentally and physically. But you know, the guys put the best effort out there possible. And the guys who couldn’t play cheered on,” said Norwood.