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Gilas Pilipinas: Road to Reclaiming Gold in SEA Games 2023
The Philippines’ national men’s basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, is preparing to start their campaign to win the gold medal back at the Southeast Asian Games. On May 9, the first day of the basketball competition in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the squad will play Malaysia.
One of the most eagerly awaited competitions of the biannual multisport games is the 5-on-5 basketball competition. Along with Malaysia, Singapore, and the host nation Cambodia, Gilas will participate in Group A.
The Philippine basketball team has participated in every Southeast Asian Games since the event’s inception in 1977. Hence they are no strangers to the event. The Philippines achieved the most success in basketball, taking home 17 gold medals.
But in a hard-fought game against Indonesia last year, Gilas was deposed with a final score of 85-81. The loss was a big letdown for the Philippine squad, who were anticipated to retain their crown.
Gilas is committed to winning the gold medal and reestablishing its supremacy in the sport this year. The group’s other teams, particularly Malaysia and Singapore, both of whom are renowned for having great basketball programs, will present the squad with fierce opposition if they are to succeed in their aim.
Following their contest with Malaysia, the Gilas will play the hosts, Cambodia, on May 11 before playing Singapore in their last group-stage matchup on May 13. The top two teams from each group will attend the crossover semifinals on May 15; the victorious team will then move on to the gold medal game on May 16.
It is important to note that the 2022 event, which was hosted in Hanoi, Vietnam, had a different structure from the one this year. The top teams from each group will fight in the crossover semifinals, as opposed to the previous year, when the top two teams battled for the gold medal after a single round-robin round.
Finally, the basketball competition at the Southeast Asian Games is one of the most thrilling competitions in the biannual multisport games. The Philippine team, Gilas Pilipinas, is again preparing to win the gold medal. The squad is motivated to establish its value and demonstrate that they are still the top basketball team in the area with a group of skilled and seasoned players.
Although it will be challenging to win the gold, Gilas is prepared to take on any obstacles that stand in their way. The squad is certain they have what it takes to win their first game, which will be played against Malaysia on May 9.
We can help Gilas Pilipinas as basketball supporters and followers by following their trip on social media and encouraging them along the road. Let’s show the world that the Philippines is a force to be reckoned with in the basketball globe by rallying behind our national team.
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