MANILA, Philippines – Coach Chot Reyes said he doubts if Gilas Pilipinas still has the desire to win after seeing the team suffer a second-half meltdown against Qatar on Friday.
Reyes felt that even if the team is already tired, it was uncharacteristic for Gilas to lose against the Qataris.
They were expecting tough games from Iran, China and South Korea -- not from Qatar.
“I don't think it was an issue of fatigue. I think it was more of an issue of desire,” Reyes said after their painful 68-77 defeat.
He was particularly critical of Marcus Douthit, who failed to stop Mohd Mohamed from hitting his three-pointers.
“I'm gonna ask Marcus if he doesn't wanna play we'll go all Filipino. If he wants to go home he can go home,” said Reyes.
Douthit is serving as a replacement of the more favored Andray Blatche after the latter was declared ineligible to play for the Asian Games.
The loss has put Philippines’ medal hopes into jeopardy. It will now have to sweep its last two assignments against the dangerous South Korea and Kazakhstan to make it to the semifinals.
But Reyes said he is not particularly worried about the opposition.
He is more concerned about his team’s motivation going to the last games of the quarterfinal round.
“I'm not worried about who we're playing. I'm worried about my team. It wasn't just Marcus. We had a bunch of players who weren't ready,” said Reyes.