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    Wondering why Thai big man Wutipong Dasom saw limited action vs Gilas? Coach explains

    May 16, 2017
    Thailand's Wutipong Dasom played just 10 minutes against Gilas on Tuesday. Jerome Ascano

    AFTER a 40-point explosion in Thailand's 102-35 rout of Myanmar, Wutipong Dasom surprisingly saw limited action against Gilas Pilipinas in the Seaba Championship on Tuesday.

    Kept to 10 minutes of play, the 6-foot-5 Wutipong finished with only two points on 1-of-4 shooting to go with the same number of rebounds and a block in a lopsided 108-53 loss to the host team.

    Thailand coach Tim Lewis later explained his decision to bench the prolific big man, saying Wutipong still needs to learn "how to play within a team concept."

    "There's a variety of reasons, some of them I won't go into but he basically has to understand how to play within a team concept," said Lewis shortly after their second loss in five outings at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    "Until he does that, he's gonna find it hard to play at a national team level."

    With Wutipong sitting out for the most part, the undersized Thais struggled to keep up with the Filipino dribblers the moment they went full throttle in the second period.

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    Asked about his limited minutes, Dasom didn't mince any words, admitting that "me and my coach have not seen eye to eye since the first time he coached."

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    "There are certain things I've been doing a long time. I play basketball at a certain level and coming here, it was hard to fit in. My playing time is limited," Dasom said.

    But he refused to dwell on that and instead tried to focus on the positives from the setback.

    "Hopefully, we continue to grow, we can get there one day. It just goes to show how far they are in Southeast Asia so I have to give credit to them. They are a great squad," he said.

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