WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas [PBA Media Day | Oct. 24, 2023]

The PBA Board and its counterpart with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) praised both SBP Chairman Emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and San Miguel Corporation President and CEO Ramon S. Ang for their unqualified support for Gilas Pilipinas’ historic triumph in the recent 19th Asian Games.

Board chairman Ricky Vargas and SBP president Al S. Panlilio made special mention of Ang and Pangilinan’s all-out support to the national team’s campaign in Hangzhou, China, ‘whose individual and combined passions for the upliftment of Philippine basketball has motivated the entire team to aim high and never say die.

The recognition came about following the landmark championship achieved by Gilas Pilipinas in the Asiad where it captured the basketball gold for the first time after 61 long years.

The Filipinos beat Jordan, 70-60, in the championship match of a campaign highlighted by Gilas’ dramatic come-from-behind win over China, 77-76, in the semifinals.

At the same time, the SBP Board of Trustees and PBA Board of Governors also commended the exemplary work of Ginebra governor and Gilas team manager Alfrancis Chua and commissioner and deputy team manager Willie Marcial, who both exhibited outstanding hands on management skills in providing the proper motivation and daily inspiration to the team during the tournament.

Most importantly, both cage bodies acknowledged Gilas head coach Tim Cone, the players, and the rest of the team for the remarkable triumph ‘which will leave an indelible mark in the annals of Philippine sports history.

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