Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero, Andres Feliz, Karl-Anthony Cities in a Fiba World Cup recreation. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Dominican Republic coach Nèstor Garcia informed his costs one thing that helped produce the primary true upset within the Fiba World Cup and uncovered Italy as being susceptible, in spite of everything.

“All he informed us was ‘I like you, I do know you guys will discover a manner,” Karl-Anthony Cities informed reporters after main the Dominicans to a mammoth 87-82 win over favored Italy that muddled up Group A play at Sensible Araneta Coliseum Sunday night time.

“So we discovered a manner [to win] and located a option to reciprocate his love.”

That victory kind of gave Gilas Pilipinas’ teaching workers an thought of how the Italians, ranked tenth on this planet and the prohibitive picks to prime their group with out a hitch, may very well be conquered. The Filipinos conflict with Italy on Tuesday additionally on the fabled Huge Dome.

And with the Filipinos having misplaced to the Dominicans by simply six factors, Italy coach Luigi Datome is now on his toes greater than ever heading into the match with Gilas.

“An important recreation to organize [for]. Put together to maneuver ahead to the second spherical,” Datome stated, nonetheless exhibiting shock on the reversal. “Put together, however carry on believing in ourselves, in fact, carry on trusting one another.

“And we all know it’s gonna be laborious [against Gilas] prefer it was laborious in the present day, prefer it was laborious two days in the past,” he went on. “Nothing totally different (within the mindset of my gamers).”

Datome, who acquired 17 factors from Marco Spissu, is aware of precisely how he’ll cope with Gilas.

“In fact, the Philippines, like [the] Dominican Republic, they’ve a single nice participant and throughout them there’s a very good crew,” Datome stated, clearly referring to Jordan Clarkson. “So for certain, it’s crucial to restrict this participant, you can not cease them, they’re so good.”

With out Clarkson

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Clarkson fouled out within the stretch towards the Dominicans, exactly the break Cities and the remainder of the crew wanted Friday.

They didn’t want that form of a break towards the Italians, solely sheer will.

“We performed with lots of battle and we acquired the job achieved. [This is a] tremendous good option to get the win. [I’m] tremendous joyful for us” Cities, who scored 24 factors and had 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, stated. “Our nation’s been craving for these wins and I’m glad that we’re capable of get them.”

The Dominicans are actually 2-0 counting an 87-81 win over Gilas Pilipinas Friday and the results of their second recreation kind of offers Filipino followers the idea that Italy might be crushed.

Left on the Dominicans’ schedule is a conflict with Angola additionally on Tuesday.

Needing a win

Gilas Pilipinas’ Jordan Clarkson. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

The Filipinos misplaced to Black Antelopes, 80-70, just about shutting the door on Gilas going into its conflict with Italy.

Andres Feliz, who additionally damage Gilas Friday, scattered 24 factors to share crew honors with Cities, who was all reward of their star guard.

“He was making pictures. He was scorching, tremendous scorching! He was scorching within the first half, nonetheless scorching within the second,” the large man stated of Feliz, who additionally had eight assists and 6 rebounds and is now averaging 18 factors a recreation. “

“I believe all of us did a terrific job contributing to this win. Andres was wonderful tonight, tremendous joyful for him, tremendous joyful for our nation,” Cities stated. “Our nation deserves this.”

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