ASIAN GAMES: Clarkson leads Philippines to highest finish in 16 years
Paul Lintag on Aug 31, 2018 08:57 PM
5th place in the Asiad will be the highest finish for the Philippines in 16 years or since 4th place in the 2002 Busan Games. (Photo from the PSC Media pool)
One for the road.
Gilas Pilipinas dominated Syria from start to finish Friday, 109-55, locking up fifth place in the 2018 Asian Games at the GBK Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Following a crushing defeat at the hands of South Korea in the quarterfinals, Gilas recovered to score two convincing victories in the classification round.
5th place in the Asiad will be the highest finish for the Philippines in 16 years or since 4th place in the 2002 Busan Games.
With Jordan Clarkson catching fire early, Gilas got off to a strong start, leading Syria by 22 after the opening period, 38-16.
The Philippines then clamped down on defense in the second half, limiting the Syrians to only 21 points as Gilas rolled to the masterful victory, capping the Asiad on a supremely high note.
Clarkson wrapped up his initial Gilas stint with 29 points, four rebounds, and six assists.
Christian Standhardinger, easily the second-most impressive player for the Philippines in the Asian Games, scored 27 points on top of 15 rebounds. Asi Taulava and Stanley Pringle added 11 and 10 points respectively for Gilas.
Talek Aljabi scored 23 for Syria.
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