Jordan walking out on Gilas was good for both teams says coach
Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2018 02:32 PM
"I was disappointed in that and I felt like if we continue the game, something bad was going to happen and I didn't want to see that happen," --- Joseph Stiebing.
MANILA, Philippines --- As tempers flared in the second of two practice games between the Philippines and Jordan Wednesday night at the Meralco Gym here, the visitors made a snap decision and chose to walk away from the court.
With Jordan's walkout at the 6:26 mark of the fourth quarter with Gilas Pilipinas up by nine, 82-73, the game ended prematurely, pretty much handing the win to the Philippines.
That means both countries split their tune-up games this week, following Jordan's 98-92 victory two days earlier.
With multiple verbal altercations during the game, Jordan chose to leave instead of letting things further escalate into harmful physical contact.
"I was disappointed in that and I felt like if we continue the game, something bad was going to happen and I didn't want to see that happen," Jordan head coach Joseph Stiebing said on the decision to get his team out of the playing court following his final shouting match with his Gilas counterpart, Yeng Guiao.
The Jordan practice game was the second for Gilas Pilipinas to end before the final buzzer.
Last July at the Philippine Arena, the Philippines' game against Australia also ended before the fourth quarter when a full brawl exploded between both teams.
Nine Gilas players were ejected from the game and two more fouled out afterwards, ending the contest in Australia's favor.
Several national team players were placed under suspension after that and the Philippines is still actually on probation from FIBA.
"If us getting in a fight, I don't think that would have been a good thing for either team," Stiebing said.
"That's why we just decided to call the game," he added.
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