RP shoots for 5th place in Asian Games hoops

JAKARTA—The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team shoots for a
fifth place finish when they take on Syria in the Asian Games, Friday.

A fifth spot will give the hastily formed Rain or Shine-bannered team
a better finish than the last squad that finished at seventh place
despite having Andray Blatche as its naturalized player.

Gametime is 7:30 p.m. Manila time at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall.

Head coach Yeng Guiao, who last handled a national squad with the
Powerade Team Pilipinas says that he wants to gift the country with a
sweet finish.

“We didn’t practice on Wednesday, but we still did a lot of work
viewing Syria’s games and broken down some clips,” said the mentor of
the team’s preparations for the match. “We looked at every advantage
we can exploit against them. We want to make a good lasting impression
in our final game in the Asian Games.”

The Syrians are coming off a 76-66 win over the host Indonesians on
Tuesday to set up the clash with the Philippines, that crushed
undermanned Japan, 113-80, in their quarterfinals match.

“We couldn’t ask anything more from the players,” added Guiao. “They
have some through on short notice.”

Regarding Jordan Clarkson, Guiao described, “We’ve seen how Jordan can
explode at any given time, but we’ve also seen how efficient he could
become if he will get his teammates more involved. We saw how
Christian Standhardinger, Poy Erram, Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee
contributed to our last two wins and we’ll do the same against Syria.”