ASIAN GAMES: Did Clarkson pass the China test?
Paul Lintag on Aug 21, 2018 08:06 PM
Clarkson got his numbers but he was a key team player all throughout, giving Gilas a chance to take down the mighty Chinese in the 2018 Asian Games. It wasn't meant to be in the end though. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
While it ended in a rather sorry two-point loss to China, Jordan Clarkson's Gilas Pilipinas debut was one to remember.
The Fil-Am combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers made a good account of himself in his first game as an official member of Team Philippines.
Clarkson got his numbers but he was a key team player all throughout, giving Gilas a chance to take down the mighty Chinese in the 2018 Asian Games.
It wasn't meant to be in the end though but before Gilas moves on to the quarterfinals of the Asiad, most likely against old rival South Korea, let's take one last look at the Philippines' brave stand against China with the debuting Jordan Clarkson.
Total points for Jordan Clarkson in his Philippine team debut.
Despite struggling in the first half, Clarkson went on and finished with a strong 28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in his first game for Gilas Pilipinas, leading the charge as the Philippines tried to take down China in the 2018 Asian Games.
Did Jordan Clarkson pass the China test?
Yes. Yes. yes.
Total points for Jordan Clarkson in the third quarter of Gilas-China.
Clarkson struggled in his first half for Team Philippines but he did drill a straightaway three just before the halftime buzzer.
Jordan took that confidence into the third, where he scored another four triples, including three straight to tie the game at 55-all.
It was a mini glimpse of how Clarkson can be the x-factor for Gilas moving forward. Hopefully, there's more of that in the future.
Total free throw disparity between Gilas and China.
It was pretty even on most categories for Gilas and China in their highly-anticipated showdown... except for fouls and free throws.
The Philippines gave up 25 fouls that led to 39 free throws for China and the Chinese made 23. In comparision, Gilsa shot 11-of-15 from the line after drawing 16 fouls.
Total blocks for Chinese star Zhou Qi.
Zhou had six rejections in the first half alone as the 22-year-old Houston Rocket established the Great Wall in favor China, making it hard for Gilas to get anything going on both ends.
To make matters worse, he also buried four triples, three in the first quarter alone. He ended up with 25 points for the game.
Total points for Christian Standhardinger.
The Fil-German is having a great Asian Games performance so far, putting up 18 points against China after a 15-point performance against Kazakhstan last week.
Standhardinger, together with Stanley Pringle, are emerging as key cogs for the Gilas system with Clarkson moving forward in the Asiad.
The continued production from the PBA's top pick, coupled with the explosiveness of his two scoring guards will be crucial for the national team in the medal rounds.
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