Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


China hands Jordan Clarkson, bold Gilas heartbreak

Jordan Clarkson gave Gilas Pilipinas a huge boost versus China, but the result was still painful.

Clarkson had 28 points and eight rebounds, but the breaks of the game veered away from Gilas and led to their 80-82 defeat to China in the 2018 Asian Games, Tuesday evening at the GBK Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Philippines’ record versus the Chinese in the quadriennial showpiece is now 1-11 with the stinging defeat. Moreover, the loss sent the country’s record to 1-1, but they are still bound for the quarterfinals.

Clarkson was Gilas’ offensive anchor, most especially in the third canto, as he led the Filipino dribblers back from 12 points down – the game’s widest gap – and tie things up at 55 through his trey with 2:35 left.

The Chinese were able to post a 72-62 lead with 6:29 to go in the fourth, but the Philippines made a rousing 18-5 rally behind Stanley Pringle to take their first lead since starting the match at 5-0, 80-77, with 1:23 remaining.

But unfortunately, Gilas did not have a finishing kick. They missed point-blank shots that might have iced the game, and China scored five straight – ended by Zhou Rui’s freebies with 13 ticks left – to regain the upper hand, 82-80.

Paul Lee tried to weave some magic like he did back in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup, but his pull-up from beyond the arc only hit the rim’s back iron.

Christian Standhardinger provided 18 points and eight rebounds. Stanley Pringle supplied 14 points and four caroms, while Lee chimed in 10 markers in the defeat. All three had a hand in Gilas’ fourth quarter rally.

#ReadMore  Casambre goal lifts UP past UST for third straight win

Zhou Qi paced the Chinese squad with 25 points and 12 rebounds with seven blocks. Fellow big man Wang Zhelin had 13 points and seven boards, while Abudushalamu Abudurexit had 12 markers and eight caroms.

The quarterfinals will start on August 27, and Gilas might face Korea, as the latter have emerged as Group A’s leader.

The Scores:

Philippines 80 – Clarkson 28, Standhardinger 18, Pringle 14, Lee 10, Erram 6, Almazan 2, Belga 2, Norwood 0, Ahanmisi 0, Yap 0, Taulava 0.

China 82 – Zhou 25, Wang 13, Abudurexiti 12, Zhao 11, Ding 7, Sun 6, Liu 5, Fang 2, Dong 1.

Quarterscores: 12-20, 31-36, 57-59, 80-82.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

You May Also Like


Plenty of heroes stepped up as Meralco crawled back and escaped Magnolia in overtime, 113-107, to complete the 2023 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals ensemble,...


Rain or Shine is all in with Yeng Guiao. The Elasto Painters have signed the champion mentor to a fresh contract valid until 2028,...


It’s pretty simple for Christian Standhardinger. Step up in lieu of Japeth Aguilar. But the Ginebra workhorse has been doing it so well that...


Ginebra made quick work of NLEX, 127-93, to complete half of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, Sunday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. The...


Christian Standhardinger is truly defining the next-man-up mentality. The Fil-German bruiser has done an exceptional job stepping up for the injured Japeth Aguilar. He’s...


Roger Pogoy proved to be the difference as TNT came from behind to upend Ginebra, 114-105, to finish as the no. 1 seed at...


James Yap isn’t retiring just yet. The two-time PBA MVP is keen on returning next season as he felt fit for another rodeo following...


San Miguel injected more hope into its top-seed aspirations after mauling an all-Filipino Rain or Shine side, 129-116, in the penultimate game of the...