Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas throughout a sport in opposition to Italy within the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines-Gilas Pilipinas’ loss to Italy within the Fiba World Cup Group A play Tuesday evening has put cohost Philippines on a collision course with an outdated tormentor in China.

The final two nations met within the 2018 Asian Video games held in Indonesia with Jordan Clarkson anchoring a Gilas Pilipinas crew replete with PBA stars and coached by the fiery Yeng Guiao.

“What was that, two, three years in the past? Oh, that was 5 years in the past? I’m getting outdated,” a chuckling Clarkson mentioned of the matchup, which will likely be finalized after Wednesday’s Group B contests.

Gilas misplaced to China, 82-80, in that thrilling encounter in Jakarta, with Clarkson’s 28 factors going for naught.

The Utah Jazz guard may acquire some measure of payback when the 2 sides tangle as soon as once more, however Clarkson famous that China is a completely totally different crew this time.

Save for former Houston Rockets middle Zhou Qi, Zhao Rui, Wang Zhenlin, China certainly goes into the rematch with a brand new solid.

Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Clarkson throughout a sport in opposition to Italy within the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

“The crew that I performed with is totally different. (China’s) gonna be a special crew. They’re… going to have a Kyle Anderson, one other NBA man,” Clarkson mentioned.

Gilas will likely be taking up China armed with dimension—one thing it didn’t have in its earlier conferences. June Mar Fajardo and AJ Edu have been particularly strong in these previous three video games and may give Clarkson assist as quickly because the conflict at Good Araneta Coliseum ideas off.

“We simply bought to lock in, watch the movie, work out what they do,” mentioned Clarkson. “And get again to the drafting board then get a win, that’s it.”

Whereas the Philippines has crashed out of competition for the World Cup, it stays in play for the lone continental ticket for the Paris Olympic Video games. One of the best performing Asian crew by the tip of the worldwide showcase will likely be awarded passage into the worldwide showcase set within the glitzy French capital.

As issues stand, solely Japan has notched a victory on this World Cup, following its gorgeous upset of Finland final Sunday.

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