Gilas Pilipinas may have crashed out of the 2023 Fiba World Cup contention, but the Philippines still managed to gain a fan in Italy’s animated head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco.
Even before lauding the Azzurri for their 90-83 win over the hosts, Pozzecco tipped his hat to Gilas in the post-game presser on Tuesday night.
“First of all, I want to congratulate the coach of the Philippines, its staff, and all the players. You did an amazing job today, but not just today,” he said.
“You’re to be proud of your players. You lost three games but you [fought] in all of those games, and so you have to be really proud of all the guys,” he went on.
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