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Gilas PH five slight pick vs Kazakhstan

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MARCUS Douthit (right) of the Philippines hopes the one-day rest will help ease the pain of a bruised shin. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

After getting the opponent it wanted since a month ago, Gilas Pilipinas now tries to step closer to the world championship when it tangles with Kazakhstan today in the quarterfinals of the 27th Fiba Asia championship at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Filipinos have had Kazakhstan in their wish list ever since the tournament draw, but Gilas coach Chot Reyes, saying there’s no such thing as a sure win in basketball, expects the toughest outing for the host team so far in the 8:30 p.m. encounter.

“We know how dangerous Kazakhstan is,” Reyes said Wednesday night, moments after Gilas formalized its No. 1 seeding in their group that sealed their spot in the knockout phase against the beefy Kazakhs.

“They have great shooters and a great point guard,” Reyes added.

The  Philippines will come into the match as the slight favorite following wins in its last three outings in the preliminaries and a victory over the Kazakhs by three points in a tuneup match just days before the start of this 15-nation event.

But the Filipinos are bracing for a rugged evening with Reyes  commenting that “there’s no such thing as a sure win” after the scare his boys got against lowly Hong Kong on Wednesday after impressive wins over Japan and Qatar.

Marcus Douthit welcomed yesterday’s break to rest a hurting right shin since the naturalized 6-foot-10 center will again be the focal point of the Filipinos’ game on both ends of the floor.

Kazakhstan has big frontliners and likes to give hard screens to set up its shooters. It also plays hard-nosed defense like no one else does here.

The key, it seems, in hurdling the Kazakhs is controlling point guard Jerri Jonson, a 6-foot slasher who is rumored to be nursing a slight leg injury, though he has been used extensively in the last three games.

Containing Johnson could get half of the job done for Reyes and his gang, and stopping him will be the responsibility of Jason Castro, LA Tenorio and skipper Jimmy Alapag.

The Philippines has an edge in the frontline with more athletic big men Ranidel de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo backing up Douthit.

Team Philippines’ outside guns must also connect to open things up inside for Douthit and Reyes has a lineup full of snipers in Jeff Chan, Larry Fonacier and Gary David.

The winner of this match advances opposite the winner of the South Korea-Qatar game in the Final Four, where one of three berths to the Worlds in Madrid will be at stake.


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Tags: 27th Fiba-Asia , Gilas Pilipinas , Kazakhstan

  • ALFILIBUSTERISMO

    At sana, huwag lumabas ang kayabangan ng Coach nila. Coach Reyes pls just do what is necessary for Gilas Pilipinas to win over South Korea. No error in coaching please. Listen to your heart for God will whisper the play.

  • ALFILIBUSTERISMO

    God, paminsan-minsan lang naman ito, pagliyabin mo ang mga shooting hands ng Gilas Pilipinas sa laro nila laban sa South Korea para sumaya naman ang buong Pilipinas, Ang sarap ng feeling pagnananalo ang Gilas Pilipinas.

  • oh_noh

    woooooohooooooo!!!

    (PHP) 88-58 (KAZ) – Final

  • indiosbravos2002

    Chot Reyes hyping up the opponent. Para nga naman pag natalo di sya masisisi. Sasabihin nya na lang I told you so.

  • Putakte Naman

    dream high!

  • deocafa01

    And for the love of God! How do you solve a problem like Gary David?

    • indiosbravos2002

      The guy is a disappointment compared sa original Gilas team na walang itapon na player. This team has a pabigat in the person of David. Scoring champ daw eto sa PBA? Baka bwakang lang

  • Lemuel Vargas

    “…The key, it seems, in hurdling the Kazakhs is controlling point guard Jerri Jonson…”

    And if the Gilas team focus all their efforts in guarding Jerri Johnson, it will create opportunities for him to pass the ball to his teammates.

    However, with the Kazakhs..

    Go. go. Gilas!!! Let those treys come like water!!! (the only caveat is let those treys go inside the basket w/c will require composure and not collapsing again on the 4th quarter..

  • oh_noh

    Utuin nyo yung coach… na may nakahanda nang offer sa kanya sa coaching staff ng gilas pag hinulog nya ang laban :-)

    kidding aside, if the gilas team against hk shows up… we can say goodbye to our sf dream…



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