FIBA WORLD CUP: New Jordan coach impressed with Gilas after win

Philip Matel on Nov 20, 2018 05:54 AM
FIBA WORLD CUP: New Jordan coach impressed with Gilas
Joseph Steibing, who is just six weeks in to his new coaching assignment, led the Jordanians to a 98-92 victory against the Philippines.

New Jordan head coach Joseph Steibing says that he was impressed on how Gilas Pilipinas worked together in their tune-up game Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.

Steibing, who is just six weeks in to his new coaching assignment, led the Jordanians to a 98-92 victory against the Philippines.

The coach, who also handled the Qatar national team from July 2002 to April 2007 noted that the home team had shown lots of improvement since he last faced the country.

"Very good team. It seems that they're a very experienced team. Played together for a while with each other. As players out there, they could shoot the basketball," the American said.

With his team relying on the hot hands of veteran Zaid Abbas, Steibing noted that his squad still needs to improve if they want to repeat against Gilas on Wednesday evening.

However, what he thinks his team needs to improve on is keeping their emotions from flaring up, since his side got called for two technical fouls in the contest, and countless bumps against the Filipinos.

"We're trying to get our guys to understand to play through that. Miss a call or two, but let's be mentally tough and move on to the next play," he shared.

The coach, who has over three decades of coaching experience under his belt was thankful that his team had been fortunate enough in facing such a talented team like the Philippines, as they march on in their battles in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Much like Gilas, Jordan has a 5-3 record in the months-long tournament, and is slated to face New Zealand and Korea in the fifth window.

"It is helping us prepare for our next window. We got to very tough teams in New Zealand and Korea so playing against the Philippines will probably match the Koreans, they have very similar styles. Hopefully that’s going to help us."

Even though he is just starting to jell with his players, the tactician is already setting goals for his squad: a spot in the FIBA World Cup in China next year.

Maybe they can.


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