WITH an obviously weakened roster, Jordan should be no problem at all but Gilas Pilipinas which should be wary of Chinese -Taipei instead, according to former national team coach Rajko Toroman.
Jordan clashes with the Philippines on Friday in the Fiba Asia Chamionship and based on the opening-day results, the Arab nation has fielded a team that is not as formidable as the one that placed runner-up to China in this same tournament two years ago in Wuhan.
Toroman said losing top playmaker Sam Daghles and rugged rebounder Zaid Abbas due to injuries immensely affected the Jordanians chances of a stronger showing this year. Jordan is in the same bracket in Group A with Gilas, Chinese-Taipei, and Saui Arabia.
A bigger concern for Toroman now is dangerous Chinese-Taipei.
“I expect the Philippines to beat them (Jordanians) but we have to watch out against Chinese-Taipei, because they now have an inside presence in Quincy Davis,” noted Toroman, an interested observer in Day One of the 27th Fiba-Asia men’s championships.
The Taiwanese scored a come-from-behind 91-87 victory over the Jordanians in their debut after drawing 27 points, five rebounds and six assists from veteran Lin Chih-chieh.
Chinese-Taipei’s naturalized big man Quincy Davis was a perfect fit for a much-improved Taiwanese squad after erupting for 18 points and 11 rebounds while making eight of nine shots.
The Serbian coach, a veteran of the international game, said Gilas Pilipinas will have to make sure its defense is at its best against the Taiwanese to ensure finishing at the top of its bracket.
“Whatever we are doing, what’s important is we don’t let them (Taiwanese) shoot the ball from a certain spot. We need to push them to dribble first because their shooting percentage will go low if we play defense that way,” said Toroman.