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    Guiao regrets skipping Asiad, but doubts assembling strong team

    Jul 27, 2018
    Yeng Guiao wanted to form a more competitive team for the Asian Games.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    YENG Guiao admitted being a little bit disappointed following the surprise withdrawal of the country to send a basketball team to the 18th Asian Games.

    But in the end, does competitiveness takes precedence over participation?

    Guiao believes it would be an exercise in futility to send a team to the Asian showpiece that is not at par with the rest of the opposition.

    "Meron din kaunting panghihinayang kasi gusto ko ring magpadala ng team na malakas. Ayokong magdala ng team na mapapahiya tayo," said Guiao.

    "I want to bring a team that can compete and we can be proud of. So if we're not going to do that, then we might as well focus our energies on some other constructive things," said Guiao.

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    The NLEX coach had a meeting with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio and executive director Sonny Barrios late Thursday night where the consensus was reached upon for the country to finally skip its campaign in the Asiad.

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    The decision came just hours after the PBA Board officially appointed Rain or Shine as the lead ballclub in forming and preparing the cage team bound for Indonesia.

    But with only the core of Rain or Shine to work on, Guiao doesn't see the team playing at par with Asian powerhouse teams like Iran, China, Korea, among others.

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    "In the process of completing the lineup, nagkaroon ng parang doubts if we can really compete without the players we requested," said Guiao.

    With the Asiad not really a part of its playing calendar, the PBA decided to stick to its one team policy as far as lending players to the national squad is concerned, in this case the core of Rain or Shine.

    "Without the reinforcement, it’s difficult to expect a lot out of Rain or Shine," said Guiao.

    "Kung ganito ang situation natin, it might be better to asses if it is really going to help our cause."

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    From there, the withdrawal to the Asiad was decided.

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    Yeng Guiao wanted to form a more competitive team for the Asian Games.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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