Gilas Pilipinas guard and streak shooter Paul Lee missed a possible game winning three-pointer in the 2018 Asian Games Men’s Basketball match against team China, 80-82.
Sporting his passport name in Indonesia as Paul John Dalistan had a clear view for the shot with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. However, he hit the back rim and the ball didn’t went under the nets.
Paul Lee finished the game with 10 points including his amazing shot againt the out-streched arms of Abudushalamu Abudurexiti.
Jordan Clarkson who joined Gilas Pilipinas after their game against team Kazakhstan was impressive in his national squad debut. Clarkson led the Filipino pack with his 28 points.
The former teammate of Kobe Bryant (in LA Lakers) as well as LeBron James (in Cleveland Cavaliers) found his shooting strokes in the third quarter as he closed the scoring gap to just 52-55 after converting back-to-back three-pointers.
But that stellar game of Clarkson was put into halt as he suffered cramps especially in the final quarter. His presence was almost negligible and his teammates from PBA tried to take over the slack.
Stanley Pringle tried to carry the team in his shoulders as he utilized his trademark quick step moves. In several instances he was successful as he was able to convert his layups against the long arms of Zhou Qi. Pringle chipped in 14 points.
As usual, Christian Standhardinger was in his never-give-up attitude as he continuously attack the basket even he was blocked several times by the Houston Rockets center. Standhardinger able to put some of the China’s big-men in foul trouble becuase of his style of play.
The San Miguel Beermen forward logged 18 points, the second high scorer behind Jordan Clarkson.
Although Gilas lost the game but their goal to keep the game close was achieved. The only part probably that they didn’t anticipate was the cramps of Jordan Clarkson.
Team Philippines still not out of the contention as their earlier match was still in preliminary round and having beaten team Kazakhstan five days ago, Gilas is secured for a quarterfinals spot.