BEIJING -- Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao said he does not know if he will continue to lead the team after its 2019 World Cup campaign ended with five losses. The Philippines had one final chance to bring home a win, but just couldn't get past a motivated Iran squad, losing 95-75 on Sunday.
"That is something that I will need to discuss with the bosses and my coaching staff," Guiao said of the head coaching position. "If it's not for me, I'm not going to hold onto the position and try to hang onto it. That will be resolved when I get the chance to talk with the bosses. At this point, I'm open to anything."
Heading into this tournament, Filipino fans were expecting a lot from this Gilas team after the Philippines had some success during the 2014 World Cup in Spain. Unfortunately, Gilas failed to live up to their expectations.
"We're very sorry that we were not able to perform up to the level that they expected from us. I'm sure they wanted to see closer games, but even that we were unable to do," said Guiao.
Of the Philippines' five losses, four were blowouts. In all their games, Gilas struggled from 3-point range and was bullied inside by much taller and stronger teams that have been playing together for a long time.
"When you take this job, that's part of the package that you have to answer and be responsible for," Guiao said. "This job is high risk, high reward and also high consequence if you don't reach your objective. I can understand that. From the beginning, I was telling the players also, that when something happens and we're not able to get to where we want to get or achieve our goals, I will shoulder the blame, as long as they give their all."
Guiao came on board with the Gilas program as head coach after the third window of the Asian qualifiers, temporarily replacing Chot Reyes. But he took over the position permanently not long after, helping the country secure a World Cup spot for the second straight time.
Asked if Andray Blatche played his last game in a Pilipinas jersey, Guiao said: "I don't think that decision is going to be made now or in the next few days. That will take a lot of evaluation and assessment, and I'm not even sure if I'll be the one who'll make that evaluation or assessment."