TEAM PILIPINAS HANDA NA KONTRA QATAR
MAGBABALIK para sa Team Gilas Pilipinas sina Matthew Wright at Japeth Aguilar sa pagsagupa nito sa bibisitang Qatar sa ikalawang laro nito sa ginaganap na ikalawang round ng FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers sa isang closed door na laban ngayong alas-7:30 ng gabi sa Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Makakakasama nina Aguilar at Wright sa mas pinalakas na kombinasyon ni national head coach Yeng Guiao sina Alex Cabagnot Jr., Paul Lee, John Paul Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Stanley Pringle, Ian Sangalang, Paul Asi Taulava at Earl Scottie Thompson.
Pansamantalang ipinahinga ni Guiao si Christian Standhardinger kapalit ni Pringle dahil sa parehas na estado ng dalawang manlalaro na nakalista bilang naturalized player. Nakasaad sa kautusan ng FIBA na isa lamang ang puwedeng makalaro bilang naturalized.
“After careful deliberation, SBP fully supports the roster adjustment proposed by Coach Yeng Guiao,” sabi ni Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio. “It is a welcome development that Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are back in the Final 12 after serving their 1 game suspension imposed by FIBA.”
“Japeth’s quickness, perimeter scoring as well as his above the rim athleticism combined with his vast experience in the international brand of play will surely be an added boost in our battle against Qatar. Matthew Wright is a knock-down shooter from the 3-point area. We struggled mightily against Iran because we couldn’t shoot from the outside, with him onboard, hopefully, that problem will be addressed,” sabi pa ni Panlilio.
Sina Aguilar at Wright ay kapwa napatawan ng isang larong suspensyon matapos makasama sa naganap na kaguluhan sa huling laro sa unang round ng Pilipinas at Australia.
“The inclusion of Stanley Pringle will add stability in our guard rotation as we want to take advantage of our quickness against the guards of Qatar,” dagdag pa ni Panlilio. “Greg Slaughter was not given the green light to play. We are hoping that in the December window, both Greg and Junemar will finally be healthy to represent Gilas Pilipinas. Both games in December will be played in Manila.”
“We again ask our beloved countrymen to pray for our Gilas Pilipinas Team as they gallantly play for flag and country in this all-important game in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers,” ayon pa kay Panlilio sa laro na nasa ikaapat na window ng FIBA World Cup qualifiers. — Angelito Oredo