Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Asian Games: China escapes Clarkson, Philippines

Asian Games: China escapes Clarkson, Philippines

A number of his Filipino teammates helped take some of the weight off their National Basketball Association teammate, including Christian Standhardinger who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds in helping to lead the Philippines on an 18-5 stretch in the fourth quarter while Clarkson rested.

The Rain or Shine-Philippines squad put up a valiant effort against the mighty Chinese National team but ran out of steam in the final seconds, falling in the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Games.

But a strong fourth quarter by Abudshlamu Abudurexiti and crucial baskets by Zhao Rui propelled China past their pesky rivals, derailing the Philippines' attempt to come out as leaders of Group D.

"The SBP has made a decision to appoint Coach Yeng Guiao to be the national team head coach for the next FIBA Qualifiers in September games vs. Iran & Qatar".

Guiao is now manning the sidelines for the national squad in the Asian Games in Indonesia where they hold a 1-0 win loss record in Group D together with Kazakhstan and China.

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But Guiao's splendid handling of the national team to the Asiad following its 96-59 conquest of Kazakhstan has convinced the powers within the SBP that the 59-year-old former Pampanga congressman and vice-governor is the right man for the job.

Guiao will not have Andray Blatche playing against either Iran or the Qataris and in the next game, and Calvin Abueva is suspended for six games with RR Pogoy to serve out a five-game suspension.

Clarkson, who fought off cramps late in the game, finished with 28 points on 12-of-25 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point area, with eight rebounds and four assists. "I also can't say no to boss MVP and boss Al Panlilio", Guiao said. "We are happy that Coach Yeng accepted it. Para sa Bayan!", he said via Viber messenger.

"We'll talk to the PBA if coach Yeng wants to add a few more, which we'll then submit to FIBA", said Panlilio.

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