JAKARTA – National coach Yeng Guiao hailed the coaching staff for an outstanding defensive plan against Kazakhstan on Thursday as the Philippines posted a win in its first game in the 2018 Asian Games here.
The Philippine team silenced romped to a 96-59 win over Kazakhstan on Thursday, a strong start for a squad that had a short preparation.
“It was an answered prayer,” Guiao said. “Millions of Filipinos were praying for us and the Lord just blessed us with a very nice win.”
Guiao said it was the defense that pulled the so-called Gilastopainters to the win, as they limited the Kazakhs to only 30 percent from the field. Only Anton Bykov scored in double-figures for Kazakhstan in the match with 13 points.
Guiao paid tribute to the scouting of the coaching staff, since they haven’t seen the current Kazakhstan team in the Asian Games, being the first game for both teams.
“The coaching staff did a good job, excellent job actually, of scouting and preparing for our defensive schemes. We were able to disrupt their offense. We were able to challenge their shots. Our anticipation was good and that’s because of the scouting that we id and the implementation and the execution of our game plan,” said Guiao.
“The coaching staff did a good job, coach Caloy (Garcia), coach Ryan (Gregorio), coach Ford (Arao), and the rest of the staff. They were working 24 hours actually,” said Guiao.