Lack of prep time, Clarkson absence don’t concern Guiao ahead of Kazakhstan duel

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Philippine men’s basketball team holds practice on the eve of its opening game against Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHead coach Yeng Guiao likes the Philippine men’s basketball team’s chances on the eve of the squad’s opening game against Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Guiao is confident ahead of the Filipinos’ all-important duel with the dangerous Kazakhs despite having limited preparation time and missing the services of Jordan Clarkson, who was a buzzer-beating inclusion to the team.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Our team is jelling, the camaraderie is really good and they’re absorbing the system really well. That’s the good news.”Four years ago in the previous Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the Philippines beat Kazakhstan by two, 67-65.The Kazakhs, however, had the better overall stint as they managed to advance to the knockout stage while the Filipinos ended up in seventh place.The Filipino-American Clarkson will make his PH debut against China on August 21.Guards Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee and Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger are expected to lead the team.Half of the team are composed of players from Rain or Shine namely Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, James Yap, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi.Big men JP Erram and Asi Taulava complete the team. Clarkson was reinserted in the final 12-man lineup in lieu of TNT swingman Don Trollano.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Guiao also thinks it’s not going to be ideal for Clarkson to play right away after coming off a long flight from Los Angeles.The Philippine team arrived in Indonesia early Monday morning after just holding several days of training in Manila which including one tuneup game against TNT.READ: Guiao pleased as ‘unselfish’ Asiad-bound PH team beats TNT in tuneupBut the PBA champion coach feels the team was able to make the most out of the short time.“Although with the time that we spent together, we’ve made a lot of progress,” said Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT PVL: UP fends off pesky CSB for 3rd win LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: It’s final: Clarkson playing for PH in Asian Games“We feel we have a pretty good game plan against Kazakhstan, we feel we are ready,” said Guiao after wrapping up practice at Gor Lokasari gym Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The coaching staff has done an excellent job scouting, doing the preparation and doing the mind-setting of the players, and every body is just making a contribution to the effort,” he added.The Philippines plays Kazakhstan at 11 a.m. (Manila time). Clarkson is expected to arrive in Jakarta around the same time the game will be played. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img

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