Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Clarkson towards Italy within the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Jordan Clarkson was not desirous about crunching the mathematics to find out Gilas Pilipinas’ subsequent opponents within the 2023 Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup.

He is aware of what the approaching video games imply to the nationwide squad.

“We’re sturdy mentally and we’re gonna [get] it collectively and attempt to get these [next] two [games]. We all know what it means and what it means for the nation,” he mentioned on the heels of a 90-83 loss to Italy at Sensible Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday evening.

Puerto Rico, South Sudan and regional powerhouse China are nonetheless attempting to achieve passage into the second spherical as of press time.

Two of these three groups are going to slip into the crossover classification section that begins Thursday and can get in the way in which of a reeling Gilas aspect hoping to rebound from a hunch and pull a Paris Olympics berth out of what has been a forgettable homestand within the World Cup up to now.

Clarkson’s defiant spirit comes from how Gilas Pilipinas has carried out in its three shedding stands on this World Cup.

“We haven’t actually felt like we’ve been out of any video games. And we [kept on] combating,” he mentioned. “This crew is powerful. We struggle. We ain’t giving up all through the entire recreation.”

Clarkson’s optimism is shared by his teammates.

“We nonetheless obtained two video games. So we will’t put our heads down an excessive amount of. [We need to] get well from this [loss to Italy]. [We’re] out of competition however once more, two extra video games. We are able to’t take [those] calmly,” guard Kiefer Ravena mentioned.

“I believe we’re going to play the way in which we at all times play,” guard Rhenz Abando added. “We’re going to do our greatest within the subsequent video games. We’re nonetheless hoping to get to the Olympics.”

That indomitable spirit will turn out to be useful for Gilas, particularly if the race for that Asian quota by some means resets.

Some benefit

A China relegation to the classification section would imply that Japan, which additionally bombed out of competition in Group E, will stay the one Asian squad to have registered a victory. That additionally leaves Jordan, Iran and Lebanon as the opposite winless Asian groups trying to rack up victories within the comfort spherical.

“South Sudan—bodily athletic crew. Watched them a number of video games. [Their] teaching is sweet as effectively. I do know Luol Deng and the way he has put a program collectively over there. They’ve obtained one other younger participant, Wenyen Gabriel over there that’s athletic, runs the ground effectively,” Clarkson mentioned.

“China as effectively. Very conversant in that crew. Kyle Anderson becoming a member of them. Their large man (Zhou Qi). Two actually good groups. We obtained to come back out right here, put it collectively and compete and win. That’s what we need to do. We’re not popping out right here attempting to lose however we all know these two groups are good. They’ve been put collectively effectively with dimension and every thing, so we’re able to compete and struggle,” he added.

Gilas might be having fun with some kind of benefit within the contest on Thursday 8 p.m. at Sensible Araneta Coliseum having had extra relaxation than South Sudan, Puerto Rico and China.

However Clarkson promised that Gilas gained’t depend on simply that.

“We’ll go away every thing out on the ground,” he mentioned.

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