FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas turns attention to Iran after shocking upset

Paul Lintag on Dec 01, 2018 12:36 AM
Gilas turns attention to Iran after shocking upset
Gilas' road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup was derailed a little bit after taking a shock 88-92 loss to the visiting Kazakhstan in round 2 action in Group F.

MANILA, Philippines --- It was a rather disappointing day Friday for Gilas Pilipinas but the Philippines can't get too low about it as the national team has a bigger challenge coming up in a couple of days.

Gilas' road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup was derailed a little bit after taking a shock 88-92 loss to the visiting Kazakhstan in round 2 action in Group F.

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While the Philippines maintained a top-3 ranking, Gilas is now tied with red-hot Japan with identical 5-4 records.

Gilas now draws no. 2 Iran (6-3) Monday, and that game could drastically alter the standings and could help decide which teams move on to China next year.

"Of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said on the loss to Kazakhstan.

"But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran," he added.

A win against Iran will have Gilas Pilipinas on the brink of the World Cup.

However, a loss could prove cathastrophic especially if Japan maitains its momentum. The Akatsuki Five have won five straight games and will host Kazakhstan also Monday.

The Philippines is expected to make adjustments for the Iran game and one key change is putting Christian Standhardinger in place of Stanley Pringle.

Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario are also available for Monday and Gilas is looking to live up to its billing as the "best Philippine team ever" and forget about this upset at the hands of Kazakhstan.

"We're still a long way off from being the team that we really want to be," Guiao said.

"But I'm taking the responsibility naman for this game," he added.

 

 

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