SIDELIGHTS...Dirty tricks put Philippines on losing endBy Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)
October 4, 2015 Members of Gilas Pilipinas pose with their silver medals during the FIBA Asia awards rites last night. CHOT REYES@TWITTER.COM
MANILA, Philippines - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan yesterday took exception to host China’s delaying and distracting tactics against the Filipinos just a few hours before their FIBA-Asia Championship gold medal game.
Pangilinan complained that the electric bus assigned to transport Gilas from its hotel to the Changsha Social Work Colleges Gymnasium was delayed because it couldn’t run with a discharged battery.
“Now it has begun. Our Gilas electric bus delayed. Failed to charge daw. Gilas arrival at stadium delayed. Less time for warm up,” said Pangilinan on his Twitter account @IamMVP.
Pangilinan also said China denied the Gilas coaching staff tickets.
“And some of our coaches no tickets!!! Wow,” said the man also known as MVP. “Plus no tickets for some of our assistant coaches. Gggrrr. And for us hard to get tix (tickets)!!! Ggggrrr,” he added.