Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas’ Roger Pogoy throughout a sport in opposition to Angola within the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines—Roger Pogoy refused to surrender regardless of Gilas Pilipinas’ slim possibilities of qualifying for the subsequent spherical after absorbing their second straight loss within the Fiba World Cup 2023.

Gilas Pilipinas fell to Angola, 80-70, on Sunday at Good Araneta Coliseum however Pogoy remained defiant with Gilas nonetheless has a shot at making the second spherical so long as it beats Italy in its closing Group A project on Tuesday.

“We’re going to maintain combating as a result of we nonetheless have a sport left. So we’re not going to surrender,” stated Pogoy, who scored eight factors in 20 minutes of enjoying time, in Filipino.

Pogoy was a part of the 2019 Gilas squad, which additionally dropped a heartbreaking 84-81 loss to Angola in additional time within the 2014 World Cup in Foshan, China.

Pogoy lamented Gilas’ lapses that allowed the Black Antelopes to make essential three-pointers and dominate Gilas within the rebounding division with 20 offensive boards.

“We misplaced steam they usually hit quite a lot of essential 3-pointers. In addition they beat us with their offensive rebounds. We’re going to take a look at the video and assess how we misplaced that sport,” the TNT swingman stated.

Gilas Pilipinas’ Roger Pogoy. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Pogoy additionally expressed his gratitude to the 12,784 followers, who cheered for Gilas on the Huge Dome.

“I’m grateful for them due to their overwhelming help for us,” the two-time World Cup campaigner stated.

Pogoy and the remainder of Gilas are going to wish extra of that enhance from the house crowd after they conflict with world No. 10 Italy, which can also be hellbent on bouncing again after an 87-82 loss to Karl-Anthony Cities and the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

A win retains Gilas’ bid to advance going.

Nevertheless, the Philippines’ outright Olympic bid by turning into the best-placing Asian crew within the World Cup is in peril after co-host Japan grew to become the primary crew from the continent to win a sport this match after beautiful Finland.

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