Clarkson bolsters PH five chances against China

Jakarta—How do you boost your chances against a powerhouse team like China? 

Laban Pilipinas. Philippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta. AFP
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”Kung dati, we are a 100 to 1 underdog against China, ngayon we are just 100 to 20, nadagdagan na ang odds natin,” said Philippine Basketball Team Coach Yeng Guiao, whose wards battle the 2018 Asian Games favorites Tuesday at 4 p.m. (5 p. m. Manila time) 

“We admit talaga naman favorite sila, but I feel the more important thing is now, we feel that we have more of a chance to win. Dati para talagang wala ka chance na manalo sa kanila,” Guiao added. 

Credit NBA star Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the “slight’ boost in odds. 

“What’s good for us is he can draw the defense and free up our shooters. His skills are very good, all of these combined translates to a quicker transition for him to make adjustments. So it’s going to be two against one, Clarkson vs the two NBA Chinese players,’’ added Guiao, referring to players Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuang.

Qi is a 7’1” backup slotman of the Houston Rockets, while Ding is a 6’7” forward of the Dallas Mavericks.

“China is bringing their best team in the Asian Games. They are solid on all fronts specially their frontline,” said the Philippine Team’s chief scout Ryan Gregorio, himself a three-time PBA champion coach. 

“Zhou Qi is tall and quick. He has a range that can extend to the 3-point range. He has great anticipation skills on defense. Ding is quick and strong, and has long range,” added Gregorio.

One of the plans, according to Guiao, is try to keep the game close, be aggressive the entire 40 minutes and out-run their rivals. 

“We will try to duplicate the defense that we did against Kazakhstan,” said Guiao, referring to the 96-59 beating they handed the Kazakhs last Wednesday. 

“We will be banking on our quickness. We lack the height and length, but we can compensate with our quickness and intelligence,” seconded Gregorio.

Topics: Jordan Clarkson , China , Philippine Basketball Team , Yeng Guiao , 2018 Asian Games
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