Guiao changes Team Pilip­inas lineup vs Qatar

Manila Times - - Sports - FIBA. COM IMAGES BY JOSEF T. RAMOS

HEAD­ING into a must-win game against Qatar tonight in the fourth win­dow of the In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Coli­seum, coach Yeng Guiao re­or­ga­nized Team Pilip­inas’ 12-man lineup in the hope of pulling off an up­set.

Guiao re­placed Chris­tian Stand­hardinger with an­other nat­u­ral­ized player Stan­ley Pringle. The play­maker Pringle, Guiao be­lieves, will add quick­ness and scor­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to the Pi­noy team against the back­court of the Qataris.

“The in­clu­sion of Stan­ley Pringle will add sta­bil­ity to our guard ro­ta­tion as we want to take ad­van­tage of our quick­ness against the guards of Qatar,” said Sama­hang Bas­ket­bol ng Pilip­inas Pres­i­dent Al Panlilio in a me­dia state­ment.

The other fresh legs, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright, who were still serv­ing a one-game -

The two were sus­pended for their in­volve­ment in the brawl be­tween Gi­las Pilip­inas and Aus­tralia's Boomers in the third win­dow of the Asian qual­i­fiers at the Philip­pine Arena in Bo­caue, Bu­la­can. The in­ci­dent was the rea­son why tonight’s game will be held in closed doors, with only mem­bers of the me­dia and sports of­fi­cials as au­di­ence.

“Japeth’s quick­ness, perime­ter scor­ing as well as his above 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 three-point area. We strug­gled against with him on-board, hope­fully, that prob­lem will be ad­dressed,” the state­ment reads.

Guiao dropped shooter Allein Ma­liksi and Ray­mond Al­mazan to make a room for both play­ers.

The other mem­bers of the Philip­pine team fac­ing Qatar tonight are Beau Belga, Alex Cabag­not, Paul Lee, JP Er­ram, Marcio Las Taulava and Scot­tie Thomp­son.

Nor­wood is not both­ered by the lim­ited prac­tice time they’ve had be­cause of Typhoon Om­pong.

for all teams in this sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

games is ex­pected to lead Qatar.

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