The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is eyeing a sweep of all the four basketball golds at stake in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.
SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said that has been the directive of the country’s top basketball officials — to win both golds in the men’s and women’s categories composed of five-on-five and 3-on-3 competitions, respectively.
“That’s the mandate,” Barrios disclosed during the very first Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum for 2019 on Tuesday at the Tapa King Restaurant in Farmers Plaza Cubao.
The challenge right now is for the women’s team to deliver since the cagebelles have yet to win a breakthrough gold in the biennial meet unlike their men’s counterpart which had won all the golds except for two since the country first joined the biennial meet in 1977.
Multi-titled coach Patrick Aquino will continue to call the shots for the women’s squad.
“We told coach Pat the extent of his challenge,” said Barrios in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). “But we have set a high standard in Southeast Asia. We missed the women’s gold a few years back.”
The men’s team is still unaccounted for although Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas earlier expressed his desire to see an all-PBA player reinforced the squad.
Vargas also happens to be the current chairman of the PBA Board.
The SBP executive bared during the discussion that a lot of basketball events were also considered to be included in the SEA Games calendar aside from the 5×5 and 3×3.