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    Guiao torn between Pringle, CSH as naturalized option vs guard-heavy Kazakhs

    Nov 27, 2018
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    UNLIKE in the fourth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao was non-committal of his plans on whether or not he would parade Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle in each of the national team's homestands.

    "It's an option, but it's not definite yet," he said after wrapping up Tuesday's practice session at Meralco Gym.

    Both Standhardinger and Pringle are deemed as naturalized players in Fiba competitions and have fulfilled that role in lieu of resident naturalized slotman Andray Blatche in the series of games last September in Guiao's rejigged roster.

    Standhardinger led the Philippines in its 81-73 losing effort to Iran as he posted 30 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists in Tehran.

    Pringle, on the other hand, was the one to don the national tri-colors four days later, dropping 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals in Team Pilipinas' 92-81 victory over Qatar in a closed-door Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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    Their performance in those games alone merited them an invite for Guiao's 20-man pool for the fifth window and gave them a strong chance to suit up for these next set of games against Kazakhstan on November 30 and versus Iran on December 3, both at Mall of Asia Arena.

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      Guiao, however, hasn't decided yet if he'll follow the same set-up given the contrasting styles of the Filipinos' next foes.

      "Ang tingin kasi namin, Kazakhstan is guard-heavy in terms of scoring. So magandang ilagay si Stanley dahil yun ang mga ka-match niya," the fiery mentor explained, wary of the Kazakh backcourt duo of Rustam Yergali and Rustam Murzagaliyev.

      "But at the same time, nasasayangan kami sa laki at energy ni Christian. Pero yun nga, for sure, (Standhardinger is) going to be in the Iran game. The question is do we sacrifice Stanley just to have the size and energy of Christian for the Kazakhstan game? So right now, medyo toss-up pa yun."

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      Guiao is set to unveil his 12-man roster for the Kazakhstan game on Wednesday.

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