A game-high 28 points from NBA guard Jordan Clarkson, who played his first game for the Philippine men's national basketball team, and key contributions from Christian Standhardinger (18 pts 8 reb) and Stanley Pringle (14 pts) weren't enough to get the Pinoys over the hump, 82-80. This means that Gilas will have a more difficult road to a medal finish, starting with a game against bitter rival Korea in the knockout rounds.
Despite the painful loss, members of the hastily formed Gilastopainters are holding their heads up high after a noble performance. Both PH team veterans and newcomers assured fans that they will bounce back mightily next time around.
Prominent figures from the PBA, the likes of Ginebra mentor Time Cone and ex-Gilas stalwart Ranidel de Ocampo, shared the same sentiment. They praised coach Yeng and his boys for the great game, saying China just got lucky.
Ranidel de Ocampo