Clarkson on Gilas loss: ‘Let’s show the world our resiliency’
Jordan Clarkson, too, felt the pain of Gilas Pilipinas’ opening day loss to first-timer Palestine in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship on Wednesday in Changsha, China.
Clarkson, who made a commitment to be part of the Philippine national team program, may be thousands of miles away from where the action is but he made his presence felt by showing his support through social media.
“It’s heartbreaking to watch!” the Los Angeles guard posted on his Twitter account following the Philippines’ 75-73 loss to Palestine. “But we only lost the skirmish; not the war.”
“The real test of our team’s heart will come against Hong Kong, Kuwait and others in the next rounds!” the Fil-American wrote. “Let’s show our fellow Filipinos and the world our resiliency and the pride it takes to win. Stay together, win together.”
Gilas is tipped to bounce back and beat Hong Kong on Thursday but the team can’t afford to take an Asian lightweight lightly based on Wednesday’s result where Palestine came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
Former Gilas slotman Marcus Douthit isn’t too concerned about the Filipinos dropping their first assignment.
“It’s a long tournament alot of things can happen stay positive we will bounce back lets go GILAS I BELIEVE PUSO!!” Douthit tweeted.