It is the defense of the Philippine Team Gilas Pilipinas that ended to the crushing of Kazakhstan 96-59 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Coach Yeng Guiao credited his team’s defense in this inspiring win of the Philippines in the first game of Asian Games. Even without Clarkson to suit up with the Philippine Team, Guiao’s wards put a strong momentum on the game by having a 21-8 score in the 2nd quarter.
Given this win of Filipinos against Kazakhs, the Philippines is a going to face the power house China on Tuesday, August 21.
Coach Guiao ensured that his team applies the leech like defense, led by its new players national-team backcourt of Pringle and Maverick Ahanmisi.
Kazakhstan’s had difficulty to score from the field early and the Filipinos took advantage of it and got it’s first win.
It is expected that the Philippines next game with China on Tuesday would be an exciting games as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson is scheduled to play.
Stanley Pringle scored 18 points and Christian Standhardinger added 15. The Final Score is Philippines 96, and Kazakhstan 59.