IT was Yeng Guiao’s call who made it in Team Pilipinas’ roster against Kazakhstan. And the national coach felt it was only proper that it was he who should shoulder the burden of its sorry loss Friday night that cast a huge shadow on the country’s bid for a berth in next year’s FIBA World Cup.
“I’m taking the responsibility naman for this game. I felt everybody in the team is there because I decided that they be there,” said Guiao in the aftermath of the Filipinos’ 92-88 loss at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 59-year-old mentor conceded Team Pilipinas’ frontcourt was outplayed by the quickness of the Kazakhstan team.
Guiao said the national team definitely missed out on big man Christian Standhardinger, who sat out the game in favor of Stanley Pringle playing out as naturalized player.
Pringle did have a good game for Team Pilipinas though, with a team-high 29 points in a losing cause for the host.
The two naturalized players will switch on Monday when the Filipinos play Iran also at the MoA Arena.
“We will gain Christian’s quickness and active play which we lacked today with our bigs,” said Guiao. “We’re hoping that with Christian, were able to remedy the defensive lapses that occurred because of our bigs being attacked by quicker bigs,” said Guiao.
"Christian will be able to give us some quickness at the '4' and '5' positions.'