Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Reyes lamented his inability to get better shots for his players following their heart-breaking 81-85 setback at the hands of Argentina in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain early Tuesday morning.
The Philippines rallied from a 15-point second half deficit and were within two points of Argentina in the final seconds, but point guard Jayson Castro was called for a traveling possession in Gilas' last possession and they were forced to give up a foul.
Reyes made no secret of how badly the loss stung. "The reason it hurts so much is because my boys just fought so hard," he said. "They just fight so hard, and they never quit."
"We are undersized, we are banged up, we have a lot of injuries, we were inexperienced, but we just kept fighting," he added.
"The only regret for me in this game was that we weren't able to gift the country with a win."
At the same time, Reyes took some of the blame for the loss.
"Personally, as a coach, I just have to be able to get better shots for my team in endgame situations," he said. "We had a chance to win the game against Croatia, we didn't get it done."
"We had a chance to win the game tonight, we had a shot to win the game, and I couldn't get my players a good shot. That's why I'm very disappointed," Reyes added.
"I just have to be a better coach in the future, I guess."
Gilas had sent a warning to the rest of the countries in Group B when they nearly upset Croatia in their opening game before losing in overtime, 78-81.
They lost by double-digits in a testy encounter against Greece, but led by double-digits briefly in the first half against Argentina before falling shot in the end.
"I think the effort we're giving out could have gotten us at least one win in those first three games," Reyes lamented.
Gilas will have one day off before resuming their FIBA World Cup campaign against Puerto Rico.