Filipino fans cheer during the Gilas Pilipinas vs Angola game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Foshan, China
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Gilas fans clamor for change after FIBA World Cup exit
Luisa Morales ( - September 6, 2019 - 10:04am

MANILA, Philippines — Basketball in the Philippines is like a religion, and after a dismal outing for Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup, fans are starting to ask for change.

Amid reports of the PBA reviewing the system of training for Gilas, Filipinos couldn't help but bare their own opinions.

A couple of Twitter users suggested changes in the PBA's schedule to allow players more time to train with the national team.

With the PBA Commissioner's Cup concluding only a week before the World Cup, players like June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario had shortened preparation time for the international tourney.

Twitter user @RealTalkMarco also suggested a long-term program for the national team, citing team culture and chemistry as important factors in winning games.

"Team culture and chemistry is a vital part to a successful national team. Not just practicing for 3 mos," the tweet read.

IamRjay, meanwhile, believes Gilas shouldn't need to rely on naturalized players and develop the skill sets of our own players instead.

@Myersone1 also noted the physical toll the PBA season takes on players.

"They are prone to injuries because of that PBA-SBP Program. Almost a(n) all year round tournaments," the tweet read.

It is unclear how the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will respond following the tough end to Gilas' World Cup campaign.

The Filiipino cagers are in Beijing and are set to play two more qualification matches against Tunisia and Iran for a chance to play in the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

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