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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Lebanon head coach downplays spat with Marcio Lassiter

Lebanon head coach Slobodan Subotić clarified that he and Marcio Lassiter have already patched things up after their a mini spat during the tune-up with Gilas Pilipinas, Friday night at Epsilon Chi Center in UP-Diliman.

Things got heated between the Subotić and the San Miguel Beermen sniper with 7:34 to go in the third quarter, when Ali Mezher went down lying on the floor and clutching onto his chest after an apparent elbow by Lassiter.

“No. Nothing. I told that he hit my player because I saw my player down,” said the Slovenian bench strategist.

“But it wasn’t him, so I apologized.”

But that apparently lit the fire within the Filipino dribblers, as they managed to take down the 18-point wall Lebanon built and trimmed it to just two, 66-68, after a Japeth Aguilar tip-in off a Jayson Castro miss with 2:57 left to play.

Luckily for the Lebanese side, however, forward Ali Haidar and lanky yet towering center Ater Majok joined hands by fronting a mini 6-0 scoring blitz inside the final 2:33 to pave the way for the visitors’ 74-68 victory.

“At the end we showed character, that’s why we won,” said Subotić.

Still, Subotić tipped his hat to Gilas for the way they played – the two teams will play again on Sunday, November 25. “They’re good, they’re talented, they play tough – which I like – like the most teams in the region,” he said.

“This was a very good test for us.”

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