Jordan Clarkson wants to play for Gilas again — ASIAN GAMES

Jordan Clarkson led a hurriedly assembled Philippine men's national basketball team to fifth place in the 2018 Asian Games. PSC media pool

Jordan Clarkson led a hurriedly assembled Philippine men's national basketball team to fifth place in the 2018 Asian Games. PSC media pool

But Guiao quickly found out that the ROS mainstays and the reinforcements from rival teams and Clarkson's acquisition proved to be the right blend.

This time around, Guiao boasts a legitimate National Basketball Association player in Clarkson, saying he is the best player in these games.

The rest is history.

"We couldn't ask anything more from the players", said Guiao, back coaching in the worldwide scene nine years since guiding the Powerade Pilipinas squad to a seventh-place finish in the 2009 Fiba Asia Championship at a time when the PBA-backed squad has no naturalized player reinforcing the squad. "(This is) A team that is like a brotherhood", said the NLEX mentor, stressing that the collaboration between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was vital.

The withdrawal affected the rescheduling of games which was completed months before that when the country re-entered the grouping had to be changed, too, that saw the Philippines playing in a tougher bracket.

Proof of this was their setbacks at the hands of the South Koreans and the Chinese.

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Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger will also remain with the team as its naturalized player as both are not eligible to play as locals under FIBA rules, although Guiao has to choose between the two who he will line-up first for the Iran game. I'm happy, I'm satisfied.

Unlike China's speed and size and Korea's outside shooting, the Syrians do not pose as much of a threat to the Jordan Clarkson-led nationals.

"We could have actually done better, but that's probably the fate we really should be at", Guiao added. “As I had been telling the boys from the start, we might not win a medal as many expect us to, but, definitely, we can win the hearts, not only of our countrymen, but neighbors from other nations as well.”.

"And I believe we more than succeeded in that area".

In what Coach Yeng Guiao described as a fitting send-off for Jordan Clarkson, the Philippines stepped on the gas pedal at the opening buzzer and never let up.

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