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2023 FIBA World Cup

Kyle Anderson admits Jordan Clarkson, Rhenz Abando turned tides of game vs Gilas

Kyle Anderson, also known as Li Kaier in China, tipped his hat to fellow NBA player Jordan Clarkson and KBL sophomore Rhenz Abando for their outstanding performance against the Dragons on Saturday night.

The Philippines secured a resounding 96-75 victory over China, preventing a winless campaign in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

FIBA-WC-PHI-vs.-ITA-Rhenz-Abando-9472 Kyle Anderson admits Jordan Clarkson, Rhenz Abando turned tides of game vs Gilas 2023 FIBA World Cup Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news“Jordan Clarkson. Simple as that. They were up by 20, and he hit [four] consecutive threes, had some tough buckets, and got going. He’s a really good player,” said Anderson, who shared a moment with Clarkson after the game.

“I’m not sure about his name and number [Rhenz Abando], but he blocked my eurostep. He turned the game around. Him and Jordan Clarkson turned the game around, simple as that. He played really well. Hats off to those guys,” he continued.

Anderson emphasized that the energy and timely scoring from Clarkson and Rhenz Abando, who delivered a crucial block on him during the third quarter, shifted the momentum in favor of Gilas Pilipinas. In that pivotal third quarter, Gilas outscored China 34-11, resulting in a commanding 22-point lead at 73-51.

The Utah Jazz star scored 20 points in less than four minutes, including four consecutive three-pointers, leading the way for Gilas Pilipinas in the third period. He finished with a game-high 34 points, along with three assists and two rebounds. Meanwhile, KGC Anyang guard Rhenz Abando contributed 14 points, five rebounds, a steal, and a block, helping the Philippines conclude the tournament with a 1-4 record.

On the other hand, Anderson registered 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists as the Dragons ended their campaign with a 1-4 record as well.

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Anderson expressed his enjoyment of competing for China in the FIBA World Cup and thanked the fans for their unwavering support during challenging times.

FIBA-WC-PHI-vs.-CHN-Kyle-Anderson-1229 Kyle Anderson admits Jordan Clarkson, Rhenz Abando turned tides of game vs Gilas 2023 FIBA World Cup Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports newsI love the experience. Being around all these great players, competing with my team was awesome. Competing for China was awesome, the fans, you know, they loved us, they supported us even through the tough times,” said Anderson.

“Playing for Coach Sasha [Djordjevic] was a great experience. I learned a lot, so I love the experience,” he added.

Anderson also revealed that he won’t be participating in the upcoming Asian Games with the Dragons, as he needs to return to Minnesota right after the world tournament.

“I have the NBA season coming up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and I don’t want to think about that. I’m here, I’m present here with the guys, but obviously, the NBA season is coming up, and I’m just getting ready for that.

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