BATANG Gilas coach Mike Oliver expressed disappointment over Batang Gilas' poor finish against Indonesia, warning the team may pay dearly if it does the same against Thailand in their next game in the Seaba Under-16 Championship.
The Filipinos were in control against Indonesia but lowered their guard late in the third period, allowing their unheralded opponents to cut into a once-imposing lead, much to Oliver's consternation.
"Medyo super relaxed tayo eh. Yung mga guys, medyo relaxed tayo, feeling natin kayang-kaya natin yung kalaban dahil nung nakita, medyo maliit," said Oliver.
"Pina-pressure natin sila ulit kasi nawala yung intensity dahil feeling nila, malayo na ang scores, feeling ng mga players, ibibigay na lang ng Indonesia," he said.
Behind Alexander Felix, the Indonesians employed a full-court press to slice a 36-point lead to 25, 48-73.
Indonesia outscored Batang Gilas in the second half, 45-38, but the Batang Gilas held on to score its second straight victory.
Still, the winning margin was a far cry from Batang Gilas' 108-42 rout of Singapore in the opener.
"Unfortunately, sinwerte ang Indonesia from the outside, tumaas ang morale, unti-unti hanggang sa fourth quarter, dala ng Indonesia ang momentum."
Oliver has some time to make the adjustments and motivate the players as they take Tuesday off before gunning for a third straight win against the Thais on Wednesday.
"Iwo-work out natin yung press break kasi ang Thailand pume-press din, pressing team din sila. Iwo-work out natin at the same time, kaunting adjustment on our offense dahil medyo naging free-wheeling type ang offense namin kanina, hindi kami masyadong nakapag-run ng plays," he said.