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Calvin Oftana, CJ Perez reward ‘particular’ Gilas group

Calvin Oftana

Calvin Oftana.–NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas’ Calvin Oftana and CJ Perez are again within the nation however their heads are nonetheless within the clouds following their gold medal marketing campaign within the Asian Video games.

“That team used to be in a special magnificence. It used to be so particular as a result of virtually everybody used to be a veteran and a pro,” stated Oftana, who got here out to fortify his alma mater San Beda, which misplaced to Lyceum, 67-62, within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball event on Sunday at Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

“Maximum of them are my kuyas (brothers) within the PBA however they’re there to steer me and the group, particularly trainer Tim (Cone),” Oftana stated.

Gilas ended a 61-year gold medal drought within the Asiad males’s basketball event in spite of dealing with numerous manpower woes up till the nationwide group’s departure for the meet, however Oftana recalled how a lot the group used to be nonetheless ready to push the rustic’s bid.

“We virtually didn’t compete however trainer Tim requested us if we nonetheless sought after to play and we spoke back ‘Sure trainer although there are simply seven people left we will be able to nonetheless play,’” Oftana stated.

CJ Perez


Gilas’ a hit feat in Hangzhou, China, used to be an “honor” to present to the rustic, a objective that Perez stated they didn’t be expecting to perform to start with. Perez, the previous Lyceum megastar, used to be amongst Gilas’ overdue additions at the side of Kevin Alas, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross.

However Oftana stated the championship used to be conceivable during the chemistry that they constructed all over the quick coaching camp Gilas held a couple of weeks got rid of from its International Cup stint.

“We’re so glad as a result of after 61 years we were given the gold medal,” added Oftana, who praised naturalized participant Justin Brownlee’s “dream-like” capturing. “Dream lang ata yun yung nas-shoot ni JB lahat ng tira niya.”

In Gilas’ semifinal win over host China, Brownlee sank 33 issues together with 17 within the ultimate body to guide a fightback from 20 issues down and earn a championship combat in opposition to former PBA import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-led Jordan.

Brownlee then gathered 20 issues, 10 rebounds and 5 assists within the gold medal recreation in opposition to Jordan.

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“For the rustic, in fact … It used to be tricky however now we have Justin Brownlee so we helped him, we defended and ‘Magic’ Brownlee in reality hit his pictures. Lord gave us the win and we’re so fortunate with the arduous paintings of our teammates,” Perez stated.



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