TERRIFIC 12: Asia League boss: "Chinese fans are scared of Filipino basketball teams"

Paul Lintag on Sep 22, 2018 02:55 PM
Asia League boss: Chinese fans are scared of Filipino teams
"Chinese fans are scared of Filipino basketball teams. Look at how Gilas beat China last summer in the Asian Championships in Lebanon. I mean, that was a total upset. The Chinese have the size, obviously the population is an advantage, but Filipinos play with passion, they play hard, and they're not afraid of contact. They never give up and that's very difficult [for the Chinese]." --- Asia League boss Matt Beyer. (Power Sport Images)

MACAU --- Asia League CEO Matt Beyer is out here spitting facts.

As the only foreigner licensed to represent basketball teams in China, Beyer sure knows what he's talking about when he talks about Chinese teams and fans.

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And when he says the Chinese, long considered as the best in Asia, are actually afraid of Filipinos when it comes to basketball, the bold statement carries significant weight.

"Chinese fans are scared of Filipino basketball teams," Beyer said Saturday at the Studio City Event Center here.

"Look at how Gilas beat China last summer in the Asian Championships in Lebanon. I mean, that was a total upset. The Chinese have the size, obviously the population is an advantage, but Filipinos play with passion, they play hard, and they're not afraid of contact. They never give up and that's very difficult [for the Chinese]," he added.

Beyer points to iECO's brave stand against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in his Terrific 12 tournament.

Despite falling flat in their first game, the Green Warriors, the lone Philippine team in the Terrific 12 that was assembled pretty much a month ago, gave the Flying Tigers a legitimate scare.

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The same Flying Tigers that have the most budget in the Chinese Basketball Association.

"They brought it. For a team that was relatively new with players that are not from the top PBA rosters, they played hard," Beyer said of iECO.

"Playing against the Xinjiang team, that's the team with the largest budget in China. That's a team with an operating budget every year of over $20 million. To go and play against them, even though they didn't have Al Jefferson in, that's a strong performance [for iECO]," he added.

 

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