Gilas Pilipinas bounces back from defeat! Resiliency is now a cliche for the Filipinos.
Gilas Pilipinas bounces back from a heartbreaking loss yesterday against China, and defeats Lebanon with a score of 78-68 in the FIBA Asia Cup 2012. Naturalized center Marcus Douthit paced the Philippine National Team with 25 points and 21 rebounds.
China and Lebanon are considered the strongest contenders in Group A where the Philippines are also part of. Last night, it was a tough loss but today, it’s a sweet victory. Against a squad like Lebanon that is taller, bulkier and more experienced, the Gilas Pilipinas found ways to avoid a 0-2 start in the tournament. From executing the dribble-drive offense, to making jumpshots, free throws and contested lay-ups, the Philippine Team was resourceful enough to once again show resiliency and get a much needed win. By the way every game counts in a short tournament like this so it’s a do-or-die scenario every game.
This is what Filipinos are known for, RESILIENCY, and Gilas Pilipinas best exemplified that. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back and successfully adapt to adversity. Coming from a loss, of course the National Team bounced back and win. That’s the Filipino spirit! Though it’s beginning to sound as a cliche, well it’s really what defines us Filipinos and separates us from other nations. It’s our ability to adapt no matter the difficulty of the situation. Whether it’s storms, or floods, or poverty, or lack, or oppression, or mistakes, we all know the next part of the story if you’re a Filipino. You will always find that rainbow after the rain. You will always be a victor no matter what you’ve been through. Setbacks are just set-ups for greater things.
I like how Robert F. Kennedy put it, “Only those who fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” That’s what Filipinos do. After failing greatly, then it’s achieving greatly. Remember the higher you fall, the higher the bounce.
Tonight Team Gilas Pilipinas showed that, and everyday, an ordinary Juan shows that.