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Gilas Pilipinas vs Francis Arnaiz’s 1973 national team? ‘Mr. Clutch’ picks

One of the PBA’s best players, Francis “Mr. Clutch” Arnaiz was put on the spot on ANC’s “Hardball” Monday when asked to compare today’s Gilas Pilipinas to the 1973 national basketball team that won the Asian championship, which he was a part of.

“Man for man, then and now, the skills we had then and the skills they have now? I’ll be honest, I think they would have beat us. C’mon,” Arnaiz said.

Francis “Mr. Clutch” Arnaiz. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News
But the former Toyota and Gilbey’s Gin star guard who was best remembered for his back-court partnership with Robert Jaworski has a quick follow-up.

“But I tell you, whoever they are now and whoever we were, if we have the same access to the training they had, if we're all born in the same generation and play together, we probably would have beat them,” Arnaiz said.

He, Jaworski and the likes of William “Bogs” Adornado, Rosalio “Yoyong” Martirez and Rogelio "Tembong" Melencio made up the national team that won the 1973 Asian Confederation Championship (now rebranded as the FIBA-Asia Cup).

Author: Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News
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