TeamPilipinas’ win over the taller and more athletic Qatar would have been sweet if it were not for the fact that at one point in the second quarter, Team RP had a 21 point lead, only to blow it all and lead by just 8 in the end, 88-80.
Coach Chot Reyes was so infuriated over his team’s early celebration and consequent lapses that he was slapped two technical fouls and ejected from the game with 30 seconds left, 62-49. Calling the loss of focus ‘unacceptable’, he lambasted his players ‘to wake them up’. “It was more of wanting to wake up my players“, Reyes said. “Nakita ko na sa body movements nila while warming up at the break na nawala na ang focus, to allow Qatar to outscore us 14-2 at the start of the third is unforgivable.”
Qatar however, although coming close several times failed to complete their comebacks due to bad execution and over – complaining to the referees. Here’s the last minutes of the 4th:
Scores and Quarterscores after the jump:
SMC-RP 88 – Caguioa 14, Hontiveros 13,Williams 13, Alapag 11, Taulava 10, Helterbrand 9, Norwood 6, Raymundo 5, Yap 4, Pennisi 3, Menk 0.
Qatar 80 – Musa 19, Saeed 19, Salem 14, Abdi 8, Ahmad 7, Abdula 6, Abdul Rahman 5, Daoud 1, Nasr 0, Malek 0.
Quarterscores: 28-10; 47-29; 62-54; 88-80.
The final RP game against Kazakhstan will be aired today, 4:30 PM on ABC-5. This is an important win to gauge the strength of that team, whom the RP team might meet in the quarterfinals of the FIBA-Asia men’s championship to be held later this month.
Jordan will be a shoe – in for the Jones Cup Championship as it meets Japan today, coming in with the best record from the single round robin series. Even if Jordan loses their game to Japan, they are still assured of the championship having a better record than anyone else.
Video again from xeonfire07