JAKARTA—National team coach Yeng Guiao made light of the physical nature of their game against Kazakhstan on Thursday, which saw the Philippines come away with a comfortable 96-59 victory at the Basket Hall in the Gelora Bung Karno complex.
An unsportsmanlike foul was called on Chris Tiu, Stanley Pringle got tangled up with Kazakhstan’s Rustam Murzagaliyev, and Raymond Almazan got away with an elbow on his defender during a dead ball situation.
But Guiao said after the game that he was not worried about the physicality escalating into violence.
“Hindi, hindi. 'Yung girian na 'yun, wala 'yun. Hindi naman girian sa tingin ko 'yun,” said Guiao.
“There were small physical interactions, pero I don't think it came to a point where it would blow out of proportion or out of control. The referees were specifically trying to prevent anything like that,” he added.
Indeed, the referees were quick to blow their whistle at any sign of trouble. Pringle and Murzagaliyev were given technical fouls following their brief entanglement; Guiao was also quick to sub out Almazan after his show of temper.
More than the physical nature of the contest, it is the officiating that Guiao wants to address after their game. The Philippines found itself in the penalty early in the first quarter, allowing Kazakhstan to stay within striking distance.
Their big men were also quick to collect fouls, and Pringle wound up committing two fouls in the span of eight seconds late in the second period.
“We are getting used to the international game, so I guess that’s understandable,” Guiao said of their foul issues. “We should learn from that, and bring those lessons into the next game.”
The Philippines has four days to prepare before facing off against powerhouse China on the 21st.
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