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Southeast Asian basketball enthusiasts have been waiting for the Gilas Pilipinas to return to international competition after a year-long absence because of the epidemic. In its first test in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games, the squad will play a beefed-up Cambodian quintet.
Cambodian Basketball's Rise
Cambodia’s basketball program has made improvements in recent years. Their national squad has significantly improved in talent and strategy, owing to the efforts of the country’s basketball association and government assistance.
Cambodia achieved history in 2018 as it qualified for the first time for the FIBA Asia Cup. Even though they did not win a single game throughout the tournament, their sheer existence was a great accomplishment for the squad.
Cambodian Quintet Revived
Gilas Pilipinas will play a much-improved Cambodian quintet in their first encounter at the 2023 SEA Games. The Cambodian squad has gained numerous players with dual citizenship, which increases their prospects of competing at a higher level dramatically.
Chan Kosal, born and reared in the United States, is a crucial member of the Cambodian squad. He played high school basketball in California and junior college in the United States before coming to Cambodia to play for the national team.
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The Match's Importance
Gilas Pilipinas’ encounter against Cambodia is critical for both teams. It will be the first test for Gilas in the 2023 SEA Games, and they will want to start strong and demonstrate their supremacy in the event.
This match is an opportunity for Cambodia to show the world that it is a developing Southeast Asian basketball country. The arrival of numerous players with dual citizenship has boosted the team’s expectations, and they will want to demonstrate their ability to compete at a higher level.
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