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Here come the South Koreans

“Like I told the team last night, in an elite tournament like this, there is no easy game. There is no such thing as easy game. We felt that we’re going in for a tough match with Japan,” said Reyes.

Gilas Pilipinas’ Kobe Paras, right,
soars high for a layup against a
Japanese defender in the William
Jones Cup tournament yesterday
in Taiwan. The Nationals won 100-85.
“My concern is the next game against South Korea,” said Reyes, who gave reserves Von Pessumal, Kobe Paras and Alfonso Gotladera a chance to play so as to provide his regular players – Wright, Standhardinger, Ravena, Roger Pogoy and Myers – longer rest.

“We don’t know how we can compete against Korea, but we’ll try our best,” Reyes said.

The 28-year-old Standhardinger, whose mother is from Angono, Rizal, said the game against Japan taught them a lesson, which they hope to use when they face the Koreans.

“We started out flat against a really energized Japan team. Any game, we have to respect the game, respect our opponent,” said Standhardinger, who played ball when Nebraska and Hawaii.

Tomorrow, the Nationals play Iraq, then Lithuania on Friday, India on Saturday, and Iran on Sunday – the final day of competition.

Source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/07/19/here-come-the-south-koreans/

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