The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Singapore at 5:00 P.M. on August 25, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Gilas Pilipinas is just a win away in order to get back to the Southeast Asian Games Basketball biggest stage. A category whom the Filipino dominated since 1991.
However, team Singapore will be there to challenge the defending champs.
If in the recent 2017 William Jones Cup Kobe Paras’ role in the team was to watch-and-learn sort of thing, in the 2017 SEA Games he is the new “Mr. Excitement” and Gilas Pilipinas energy booster.
After he electrified the crowd in their game versus Myanmar where he dropped 20 points, his stellar performance continued against the more physical and host team, the Malaysia squad.
Coach Jong Uichico utilized the younger Paras especially when Standhardinger was in foul trouble early in the game and after Carl Bryan Cruz got ejected from the game due to technical foul.
Also, starting point guard Amer Baser was also thrown out because of the same reason. During the second half, Kevin Ferrer and Kuek Tian Yuan had an emotional entanglement that puts the game on halt for several minutes.
The officials slapped Cruz and Baser with technical fouls and instructed the Philippines’ coaching staff to send them back to their dugout.
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That series of event made the Filipino cagers more inspired and translated to a strong defense which leads to a strong offense.
If Christian Standhardinger can out-rebound the Chinese and other Asian players in the just concluded 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, in Kuala Lumpur he demonstrated it once again versus a much younger opponents.
Standhardinger finished in double-double performance with 18 points and 18 rebounds while Kobe Paras added 16 points.