TERRIFIC 12: iECO does PH basketball justice with brave stand vs. Xinjiang

Paul Lintag on Sep 21, 2018 11:51 AM
iECO does PH basketball justice with brave stand vs. Tigers
The iECO Green Warriors proved to be worthy opponents for the CBA's Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Terrific 12 tournament. (Asia League photo via Power Sport Images)

MACAU --- iECO Green Warriors head coach Ariel Vanguardia felt that his team definitely didn't do Philippine basketball justice in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament here.

At least during their first game.

In their Terrific 12 opener Tuesday, the Green Warriors got smashed by Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings.

iECO surrendered 17 straight points to start the game, trailed by as many as 35 points, and ended up losing by 28.

Yikes.

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"The first game was not the Philippines' kind of basketball," Vanguardia said of the beatdown they took at the hands of the Golden Kings.

"We were embarassed in that first game," he added.

The Green Warriors were definitely not embarassed Thursday against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

iECO withstood a 15-point, second-half deficit and a near 45-point triple-double from Darius Adams to take the lead late in the fourth period.

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Unfortunately, the Green Warriors still took the loss, a close 103-107 decision to the powerhouse CBA team.

The fight was what mattered though, it did Philippine basketball justice.

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"That's the way Philippines plays," Vanguardia said of the brave stand vs. Xinjiang.

"We displayed we can compete. I am proud of the effort from my players. Great effort from my guys," he added.

 

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