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Cruz, Standhardinger apologize to team; Chot says incident ‘no big deal’

TAIPEI – The Gilas Pilipinas locker room was as normal as it could be early on Friday afternoon, as Carl Cruz and Christian Standhardinger apologized for their physical plays the game before and coach Chot Reyes dismissing everything as “no big deal.”

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. Sports5 photo
“It’s no big deal for us,” Reyes said a few minutes before giving Gilas Pilipinas final instructions for a critical Jones Cup Invitational clash with Atletas All Stars Lithuania at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.

“I think it was a learning experience for him,” Reyes said of Standhardinger, whom he ordered back to the locker room – in full view of the fans – with 4:55 left on Thursday night against Iraq. “He had to learn things the hard way.

“But,” he repeated. “It’s no big deal. We’re not even making a fuzz out of it.”

Reyes was willing to lose the game against Iraq after Cruz and Standhardinger were caught by game officials giving out cheap shots in obvious retaliation to physical plays earlier in the game.

The firebrand coach recalled both to the bench and never put them back in.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257358/cruz-standhardinger-apologize-team-chot-says-incident-no-big-deal

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