Coach Chot Reyes Congratulates Gilas Pilipinas for Winning Against China

Coach Chot Reyes celebrates the victory of Gilas Pilipinas against China

CHOT REYES – The former Gilas Pilipinas head coach expressed his immense joy following the Philippine National Basketball team’s dramatic victory over China in the Asian Games.

The match on October 4 showcased a stunning turnaround when Gilas Pilipinas player Justin Brownlee secured a one-point victory against China in the final moments of the game. The final score was 77-76 in favor of Gilas, propelling the team to the gold medal match.

This achievement marked a significant milestone as it was the first time since 1990 that the Philippine basketball team had reached the finals of the Asian Games, and Chot Reyes couldn’t contain his happiness at witnessing his former team’s success. Reyes enthusiastically shared his excitement, exclaiming, “YES, YES, YES!!! GILAS wins (PH Flag Emoji)!!! Congrats, Coach Tim and the guys. Grabe ka, @magic_brown32! On to the Finals!!! (PH Flag Emoji).”

Reyes’s post drew reactions from netizens who acknowledged his role in inspiring Filipino basketball enthusiasts. They expressed gratitude for the learning experiences he provided as a coach and hailed him as a staunch supporter of Gilas Pilipinas.

Furthermore, some netizens believed that Chot Reyes’s decision to step down as Gilas’s coach may have contributed positively to the team’s recent success. Reyes had resigned as the head coach after the FIBA World Cup, citing his inability to cope with the harsh criticism and negativity surrounding the position.

In explaining his resignation, Reyes candidly admitted, “After a while, it was just too heavy. It has been too painful, too heavy. Just to be very honest, bastos naman talaga ‘yung ibang pinagsasabi. I don’t deserve it, my family doesn’t deserve it.” Despite his departure, his influence and support for Gilas Pilipinas remained evident as he celebrated the team’s remarkable victory.

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