Stand­hardinger, Cas­tro re­turn to Gi­las lineup vs Iran

Sun Star Bacolod - - Sports -

GI­LAS Pilip­inas slightly tweaked its lineup head­ing into its clash against Iran in the hopes of clos­ing the fifth win­dow of the World Cup qual­i­fiers on the win­ning track.

Af­ter ab­sorb­ing a stun­ning home loss to Kaza­khstan on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, Yeng Guiao re­placed 4 play­ers as the Filipinos meet the vis­it­ing Ira­ni­ans on Mon­day at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Chris­tian Stand­hardinger will re­place Stan­ley Pringle as Gi­las’ nat­u­ral­ized player while Jayson Cas­tro and Troy Rosario, who served their re­spec­tive three-game sus­pen­sions from FIBA, will re­turn to na­tional team ac­tion.

The last of the 4 new Filipino play­ers is Ar­wind San­tos, who will don the na­tional col­ors for the first time since 2009.

June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Nor­wood, Scot­tie Thomp­son, Mar­cio Las­siter, Matthew Wright, Beau Belga and LA Teno­rio, who all played in Gi­las’ 88-92 loss to Kaza­khstan, will look to re­deem them­selves against Iran.

Aside from Pringle, Greg Slaugh­ter, Poy Er­ram and Alex Cabag­not were also dropped for the Iran game.

Pool play­ers Paul Lee, Ian San­galang, Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero did not see ac­tion in the fifth win­dow.

Cur­rently at joint 3rd place with Ja­pan in Group F be­hind a 5-4 card, the Philip­pines face a must­win sit­u­a­tion against Iran to bol­ster its chances of a top 3 fin­ish that guar­an­tees a spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup./ rap­



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