Powerade Team Pilipinas (some people say Poorade) will face a team we last beat in 1998 when Jojo Lastimosa was still playing. Kazakhstan since then has mastered the PBA powered squad who were having a hard time against the tall and fundamentally sound Kazakhs. Both teams have yet to win. Kazakhstan has three teenagers in the team and played in the recently concluded FIBA World Under 19 Championship. It has one player playing in Europe - Anton Ponomarev. Korea defeated Kazakhstan using speed and accuracy. Every opportunity it gets the East Asian team runs. Any sane small team should as the Central Asian republic is full of giants. Powerade Team Pilipinas can do that but most of the time in the Jones Cup - the player is faster than the ball resulting in turnover. All I can say is good luck to Team Pilipinas. One of their weaknesses is their inability to play against tall squads. I don't know if their bread and butter one-on-one plays will work against Kazakhstan. I do hope it won't be another whitewash.
They need it. It's NOT LIKE THE PBA is affected with these embarrassing losses to Jordan and Team White-whatever.
Gabe Norwood tried to show-off last night giving an alley-oop pass to Dillinger who mishandled the ball anyway. Despite trailing in double-digits against Team CTA, Norwood had the nerve to do that. He was replaced and never played again.
After the jumpball at the start of the game, Team Pilipinas didn't even know what court they are going to defend and they went to the other side, the Taiwanese scored an easy two.
Enough of this...our national players (save for Japeth Aguilar who will soon be) are millionaires anyway. It's not worth it. They'll forget this as easy as they forget their season (at least for some).
Powerade Team Pilipinas look like amateurs at one point I was so embarrassed by their performance. I don't know if they were too - I don't mean the players but the Philippine Basketball Association management.
WHAT WAKE UP CALL?
The wake up call happened eons ago that's why SBP formed Smart Gilas. The PBA will stop representing the country after this tournament.