WATCH: Jimmy Alapag talks Gilas Pilipinas
MANILA, Philippines – Jimmy Alapag was the man of the moment for Philippine basketball as he put on a spectular show when the National Team Gilas Pilipinas took on the best the world had to offer in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain.
Although the team failed to make the second round, winning only one game in the preliminary stages, Alapag believes the team showed it can compete by keeping in step with Argentina - the team ranked 3rd best in the world by FIBA - and taking the fight to more celebrated national teams like Croatia and Puerto Rico.
But all the good generated from the team's World Cup campaign appeared to evaporate during the national team's stint in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
A banged-up Gilas squad fell short in the tournament and was marred by controversy when they took a shot in their own basket to try and salvage their chances in the tournament.
In this first of a two-part interview with Alapag, the Gilas team captain reflected on what transpired in Seville and Incheon and revealed his thoughts on the Gilas Pilipinas program.