Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. PHOTO BY RIO DELUVIO

(UPDATE) CHOT Reyes is just glad to close his coaching career in the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball with a gold medal.

Moments after steering the Philippines to a gold medal finish in the regional basketball tournament, the outspoken Gilas Pilipinas coach vowed “never to coach in the SEA Games anymore.”

“Well, win or lose, this was my last SEA Games. I promise I will never coach here in the SEA Games anymore. At least, I was able to go out with a gold medal,” Reyes told media men, moments after Gilas Pilipinas accomplished its mission of reclaiming the SEA Games men’s basketball gold with an 80-69 drubbing of host Cambodia on Tuesday night.

Reyes said the regional basketball games are supposed to be reserved for the developmental team, pointing to younger players from collegiate leagues, a practice the Philippines used to do in the past.

“It (national team) really has to be our younger players who are supposed to play here,” said the 59-year-old Reyes, who atoned for his silver medal finish with Gilas in last year’s edition in Hanoi, Vietnam with this gold medal triumph in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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