Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gilas-China knockout duel looms

By

LIKE Filipino reporters who can talk to Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff in confidence and not let anything out, it seems like Chinese media know that both countries are headed to a collision course in the 27th Fiba Asia Championship quarterfinals.

The Inquirer joked around with a Chinese lady photographer covering the games yesterday, telling her to not let Yi Jianlian play their remaining games anymore and just let a slightly pulled hamstring and a hurting groin heal.

“Why, will Philippines win if Yi doesn’t play?” the smiling photo journalist answered back inside the busy press room of Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Yi is the foremost star in the Chinese roster, the last man from the Mainland to see significant action in the National Basketball Association and the one who strikes fear among all the countries in the 15-nation field.

“I think he will play,” said the lady photog.

With the final rankings in group plays yet to be determined, it seems that China has already picked an opponent it feels it can play well against in the knockout stages starting Friday.

And the Gilas coaching staff is bracing itself.

“It seems to be that way,” assistant coach Jong Uichico said.  “Yes, he (Yi) will make a difference—if he plays or not.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: 27th Fiba Asia Championship quarterfinals , Basketball , Gilas Pilipinas

  • oh_noh

    (QATAR) 71-68 (CT)

    PH vs. KAZ in QF *go gilas* march to the semi-finals!!!

  • berong es

    mananalo ang pinas dyan basta lang maligo muna ang mga intsik bago maglaro.

  • socali

    This is like Argentina playing against England in soccer. Remember the territory thieves. Play with fire. Give this country something to cheer about.

  • Pitbulldog

    Wag kayong matakot sa mga iyan. Singkit mga mata niyan. LImitado paningin ng mga iyan at kung hindi imulat nang maigi mata nila, kalahati lang ng nakikita nyo ang naaaninag ng mga engot na yan.

  • Phoinex

    Philippine team, just remember what they did and still doing to our territory. Even if it’s only basketball, you can make a statement to China that we are no push-over. Beat those Chinese for the sake or our country. Make us proud!



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • 2 teenagers killed in Mlang, North Cotabato
  • No sympathy from North Korea over ferry disaster
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • De Lima on Gigi Reyes: Let’s wait and see
  • South Korean relatives divided over whether to raise ferry
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Lifestyle

  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace