TONY Parker was gracious enough to praise Gilas Pilipinas guards who held their own against him in France's narrow win over the hosts in the opener of the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday night at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena.
Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro alternated in trying to stop the NBA veteran to no avail as Parker cut loose for 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field, including 3 of 7 from downtown, in the Les Bleus’ 93-84 win.
But the 32-year-old Parker had nothing but good words for both Filipino guards - and the entire Gilas team for that matter.
“They were pretty good, they were very aggressive, they tried to make stuff happen,” said Parker in the post-game interview.
“They were very aggressive going to the basket and creating shots for their teammates. They played pretty well.”
Romero finished with 19 points but was just 5 of 14 overall from the field, while Castro added 14 on 5 of 11 shooting.
Not lost on the San Antonio Spurs guard though, was the effort made by the hosts in making a game out of it despite trailing by as many as 13 points in the third period.
“They made it tough for us,” acknowledged Parker, whose team found itself trailing early on by as many as 10 points.
“They played with a lot energy, you have to give a lot of credit to them. They played a great game.”