FIBA Asia Cup

Baldwin fires back at Korean coach who made ‘lucky shot’ remark

Delfin Dioquino
Baldwin fires back at Korean coach who made ‘lucky shot’ remark

REBUTTAL. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin responds to the comments of Korean tactician Cho Sang-hyun.

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Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin says the 'lucky shot' comment made by Korean mentor Cho Sang-hyun will give his wards 'extra incentive' in their rematch

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin had some choice words in response to the remark made by Korea tactician Cho Sang-hyun that the Filipinos defeated the Koreans courtesy of a “lucky shot.”

Baldwin addressed the issue on Friday, June 18 after the Philippines remained unbeaten in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers with a 76-51 blowout win over Indonesia.

“We’ve already read that the Korea coach felt that we were lucky to win the game,” Baldwin told reporters.

“Frankly, I think that was pretty rich of any coach to walk off a game of which he lost and claim that it was good luck on the part of your opponent.”

The Philippines beat Korea for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, June 16 as an off-balanced SJ Belangel banked his game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

“[I]t was a lucky shot. There was no way of defending it,” Cho said through an intepreter. (READ: ‘Lucky’ Belangel shot ends Korea streak vs Gilas Pilipinas)

Belangel later claimed he intentionally aimed for the bank shot as he did not have a workable angle on the triple after being hounded by Korea forward Lee Seoung-hyun.

As the Philippines aims for a sweep of the qualifiers when it meets Korea again on Sunday, June 20, Baldwin said his wards will have plenty of motivation for a repeat win.

“We will make sure that is highlighted and I’m sure that will give our players a little bit of extra incentive,” Baldwin said.

“I do not expect that we will be going our there to be making friends on Sunday.” – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.