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    Coach says Pinoy basketball team satisfied with silver in Arafura Games

    May 4, 2019

    DARWIN, Australia – The Philippine men’s basketball team was satisfied with its silver medal finish in the 2019 Arafura Games, said coach Cholo Elegino.

    The men’s basketball team led by MPBL standouts Leomer Losentes and Jorem Morada as well as other Mindanao talents John Rey Manatad, Bon Bulac, Conrad Fernando and Clemente Ruiz swept the group stages and went 1-1 in the playoff round before bowing to Northern Territory Top End, 111-100, in the final.

    “Ang daming detractors, ang daming non-believers sa team namin before namin mabuo itong team na ’to. ’Yung tipong alanganin na kami ang ipapadala,” said Elegino, also head coach of Ateneo de Davao.

    The team led by 22 points in the gold medal match but could not hold on.

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    Despite the collapse, Elegino said he is pleased.

    “Barely a month lang kami nabuo at nagkasama tapos ganito pa ‘yung pinakita ng mga players. Wala akong masabi sa effort nila. Nakita ng taong bayan na ‘yung effort. Sabi ko sa huddle kanina, iwan natin ‘yung effort natin sa Australia. Wag na tayong mag-pace pa at mag-save pa ng effort. Ibigay natin ang lahat para sa Pilipinas,” said Elegino.

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    “’Yun nga lang, gustuhin man natin protektahin ‘yung 22 points, magaling din ‘yung kalaban eh. Kinapos na tayo sa hangin,” Elegino said.

    “Grabe ‘yung experience namin. From day one, ‘yung support ng Filipinos, tremendous. Overwhelmed kami sa pagmamahal, sa suporta. Parang nasa Pilipinas lang kami. Feeling nga ng mga players natin, artista sila dahil sobrang pampered sila at sobrang mahal na mahal sila ng mga tao,” said Elegino, who is eager to represent the country again.

    “For as long as people will still trust as na mag-represent sa bansa, then we will do it. This time, we will be prepared. We will be more prepared,” said Elegino.

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