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Norwood looks forward to changes in 2023 Fiba World Cup preps

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Gilas Pilipinas will come home winless after a disappointing 2019 Fiba World Cup campaign in China.

The Philippine national team finished with a dismal 0-5 record in the tournament and failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or its Qualifying tournament.

For Gilas captain Gabe Norwood, this was not how they anticipated to perform on basketball’s biggest stage. He said that this experience will instead be an eye opener for the country to improve and re-evaluate its program on the sport.

“Wasn’t the outcome we expected or wanted, but the lessons learned will help move Philippine basketball forward,” he said in a tweet Monday.

After representing the Philippines in numerous international contests for more than a decade, the 34-year-old said he is nothing but proud to compete with the current national squad.

“Proud to carry the flag and go to battle with this group!” he said.

The next FIBA World Cup will be co-hosted by the Philippines together with Japan and Indonesia. With this, Norwood hopes to see a better version of Gilas.

“I look forward to the changes that will be made to prepare the 2023 edition of Gilas!” he said.