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    Naturalized player Jamarr Johnson admits beating Gilas an 'impossible' task for Indonesia

    May 18, 2017
    Indonesia's naturalized player Jamarr Johnson was a letdown against Gilas. Jerome Ascano

    MUCH was expected from Jamarr Johnson but he proved a letdown in Indonesia's 97-64 loss to Gilas during the final game of the 2017 Seaba Championship on Thursday.

    Coming off a 17-point outing against Myanmar the day before, Indonesia's naturalized player proved a non-factor as he finished with only four points and two rebounds against the hosts.

    But Johnson refused to make excuses about his "horrible performance," saying size and athleticism simply spelled the difference in the titular clash.

    "They have three 6'10 guys and like a really solid core. It's almost impossible with our roster right now to even compete," he said.

    "It's impossible. They're just too big. They killed us on the rebounds, they killed us on second chance points, they killed us on offensive rebounds, they were just a little too big for us today."

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    The 6-5 Johnson, one of the tallest in the team, struggled to bulldoze his way past the Gilas towers Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, and Japeth Aguilar.

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    But if there's any consolation, it's the one shot he made against Blatche.

    "It wasn't a good night for me but hitting that one shot against him, I can tip my hat off and say I'm happy about that," said Johnson of his jumper against Blatche. "And that was like on him, it wasn't like against anyone else. I'm happy about that."

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    Johnson said doesn't see his team beating the region's power in the foreseeable future.

    "I just feel like for SEA Games, Indonesia's goal is to get second. For us to get second is satisfying for our team, for our management," he said.

    "If that's what they are happy with then I will do my best to be okay with that as well."

    [See Jalalon bound to be a 'special player for Gilas program,' says Chot Reyes]

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