Terrific three point shooting plus inside execution by the Khazaks did the RP team in, with RP Coach Chot Reyes saying he felt this would happen after RP’s game against Qatar the day previous. Although RP won that game, Coach Reyes felt that since the team’s losing an 18 point lead around the 2nd half foretold of worse things to come.
“I saw it coming, from the second half of yesterday’s game … I saw this coming. It was very disappointing,” he said. “I tried to remedy it by having practice this morning, but they had mentally checked out of this tournament.” Here’s a video of proceedings in the 3rd quarter:
The Khazakstan win notwithstanding, injured RP Team forward Danny Siegle in an interview with the Philippine Star said he was impressed with his teammates.
“We’ve improved a lot. What more if we’re trained for at least a year. Seeing how my teammates play here, I’m comfortable and confident we can do well in Tokushima,” he said. The much touted Siegle was unable to join the RP team due to injury.
Meanwhile, the RP-Team will host the Manila Invitational Cup, to be held at alternating venues San Juan Coliseum and Araneta Coliseum. The four team Invitationals will be composed of the National teams of Syria, Lebanon, China and RP. This short league starting Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15, 2007, is the final warm up before the FIBA-Asia event to be held at Tokushima, Japan.
Kazakhstan 107 – Rustam 28, Anton 23, Alexandr 12, Issakov 11, Mikhail 10, Andrey 10, Dmitry 7, Yegor 6, Ivan 0, Artyom 0, Voyeikov 0, G. Dmitry 0.
SMC-RP 90 – Caguioa 24, Alapag 21, Hontiveros 14, Williams 13, Helterbrand 5, Taulava 3, Yap 3, Ritualo 3, Menk 2, Raymundo 2, De Ocampo 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarterscores: 21-22, 44-43, 76-72, 107-90.
Video again from the terrific xeonfire07