MANILA, Philippines-Gilas Pilipinas battles Angola subsequent within the 2023 Fiba World Cup, and nationwide coach Chot Reyes is the primary to warn towards taking the lower-ranked Black Antelopes frivolously.
“They’re robust. I’ve all the time thought that Angola’s a really high-quality, top-tier group,” he informed reporters throughout a media availability after follow at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis Saturday evening.
“We’re not overlooking them in any respect. We’re actually, actually getting ready. We knew, no matter occurred (towards the Dominican Republic) final (Sunday) evening, we’ll be in for a battle towards Angola,” he added.
Angola is ranked No. 41 on the worldwide ladder, a shade below No. 40-ranked Gilas Pilipinas. The Black Antelopes are additionally searching for their first win within the world showcase, after sputtering towards the mighty Italians on opening evening, 81-67.
The 2 groups battled within the 2019 version of the World Cup, however Reyes additionally pressured that the 2 groups have undergone massive transformations which ought to make Sunday’s conflict a toss-up.
“I feel it is a actually totally different Angola group (we’ll be going through) as a lot as it is a very totally different Gilas group,” he mentioned.
“A model new ballgame so far as I’m involved,” he went on.
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