Asian Games: China escapes Clarkson, Philippines

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 21, 2018

The NLEX Road Warriors head coach, who is now with Gilas in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, will be coaching the national team versus Iran in Tehran on September 13 and against Qatar on September 17.

They might join Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo and Baser Amer - the three players who weren't sanctioned by FIBA for the melee that ensued between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia at the Philippine Arena last July. "We are happy that Coach Yeng accepted it. Para sa Bayan!", he said via Viber messenger.

It's worthy to note that Clarkson averaged 23 minutes per game in the National Basketball Association last season and played seconds shy of 33 on Tuesday while getting the bulk of the action as the team's leading scorer. "That was a big factor in him accepting it".

Guiao's impressive coaching in the first game of the 2018 Indonesia Asian Games men's basketball competition last week turned out to be the key to his appointment.

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The result didn't reflect the type of performance the Philippines put forth in its basketball game against China on Tuesday.

Reyes was suspended for one game and fined CHF (Swiss Franc) 10,000 or P534, 873.83 by the FIBA for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior in the Gilas Pilipinas game against the Australian Boomers.

Ten players from the Philippines were also suspended by the FIBA namely Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz and Jio Jalalon (five games each), Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche and Troy Rosario (three games each), Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright (one game each) and Calvin Abueva (six games).

FIBA also slapped SBP with a disciplinary fine of CHF 250,000 or P13, 363, 846.

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