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Tale of the Tape: How does the Philippines stack up against China?

The big day has come. The Philippine national men's basketball team, currently fondly dubbed by fans as the "Gilastopainters," will finally do battle with old rival and tormentor China in Group D of the Asian Games. Can the Philippines beat the mighty Chinese -- the winningest team in Asian Games history? Can the Gilastopainters break a 44-year drought when it comes to defeating the Big Red Machine? Let's see how our boys measure up on paper. Frontline: Advantage China It's easy to give the hulking Chinese the edge here, what with their having two 7-footers and a bevy of guys standing 6'8" or taller. The one to watch is 7'2" Houston Rocket Zhou Qi, who, despite being just 22 years old, could be the best overall big man in the Asian Games when all is said and done. He runs the floor well, can shoot from the perimeter, finishes strong around the cup, and blocks shots like nobody's business. His length, athleticism, and timing will be huge stumbling blocks for a Filipino frontline lacking anyone taller than 6'9. Aside from Zhou, other guys who certainly put the hurt on the Philippines are 7'0" Wang Zhelin and 6'8" Abudushalamu Abudurexiti. Wang was a bona fide NBA draft pick by Memphis in 2016, while Abudurexiti was China's best power forward in both the first and third windows of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, averaging around 16 points and 8 rebounds. Needless to say, Poy Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Asi Taulava, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan will all have their hands full tonight. Wings: Advantage Philippines I'll go out on a limb and say that just by having Jordan Clarkson, the Filipinos will have the edge here, and that's despite China's having two-time CBA MVP Ding Yanyuhang. I don't think that, pound-for-pound, anyone on China can stop Clarkson from making his move and penetrating, though scoring on two 7-footers protecting the rim may be too much even for the Cleveland Cavalier guard. Still, Clarkson's scoring ability may be too much to handle for China at this level, and he'll definitely make Ding work extra hard on the defensive end. Gabe Norwood and James Yap will be key for the Philippines here. Defensively Gabe can hold his own against any of the Chinese wingmen, who will feature CBA Slam Dunk champion Zhao Tailong and three-point specialist Liu Zhixuan aside from Dallas Maverick signee Ding, while Yap's outside shooting will be crucial in helping spread China's D. Backcourt: Advantage Philippines As explosive as our wing scoring can be, it's really in the backcourt where the Philippines can flourish against China. Zhao Jiwei, one of China's top two point guards, was supposed to make it to Jakarta, but an injury has sidelined him, effectively handing over playmaking reigns to national team debutante Tian Yuxiang, the unsteady Fang Shuo, youngster Zhao Rui, and natural two-guard Sun Minghui -- another CBA Slam Dunk champion. Their main task will be trying to stop the athletic duo of Stanley Pringle and Maverick Ahanmisi, who combined for 22 points and 4 steals in their lopsided win over Kazakhstan last Thursday. Add prolific scorer Paul Lee to the mix, too, alongside the wily Chris Tiu, and, boy, China's guards may find themselves dancing to the wrong tune tonight. Pringle, of course, is going to be an x-factor. The 31-year-old will need to have another solid showing for the Philippines to really maximize their advantage in the backcourt. His penetration and decision-making will be barometers for the Filipinos' success here, so he needs to be aggressive and sharp. Coaching: Advantage China This is Yeng Guiao's first tour of duty with the national team in nearly ten years, while Li Nan has been coaching at the international level continuously since last year. Though Yeng has been coaching, on aggregate, for a much longer time, Li has been with this particular iteration of China's national team for more than a year now, and that familiarity with his team coupled with his experience in the Asian Qualifiers gives him the slight advantage. Of course, Li has not coached against a player like Jordan Clarkson yet, so he'll be thrown into the fire as well. I don't exactly know who has the tougher task here -- Yeng needs to find a way to limit the effectiveness of China's bigs, while Li needs to devise a scheme to slow Jordan Clarkson down. Neither is easy, but whoever gets to crack his puzzle should give his respective side a big boost. Overall, China can still be considered slight favorites in this matchup, owing to their collective recent international experience and their size, though they're one Jordan Clarkson or Stanley Pringle explosion away from starting their Asiad campaign on a losing note.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 21st, 2018

TALE OF THE TAPE: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Japan

The Philippines and Japan are traditional basketball rivals in the Asian basketball scene. Unlike China and South Korea, Pinoys have had some success against the Japanese, including a two-game sweep in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships. Gilas 3.0 beat the Akatsuki Five in the second round of the Asian Championships two years ago and again in the semifinals. Japan will be out for revenge this time around as the opening round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers kick off Friday in Tokyo. With Gilas Pilipinas taking on Japan, see how both countries stack up against each other with this Tale of the Tape.   PHILIPPINES World rank: 30th Asian rank: 5th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 84.7 Rebounds per game: 37.3 Assists per game: 18.5 Steals per game: 7.3 Blocks per game: 3.7 Total Field goal percentage: 41.5 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 42.9 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 39.5 percent Free throw percentage: 79.7 percent Key players: Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo   JAPAN World rank: 50th Asian rank: 8th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 78.8 Rebounds per game: 34.3 Assists per game: 19.0 Steals per game: 9.5 Blocks per game: 3.5 Total Field goal percentage: 45.2 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 46.1 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 43.2 percent Free throw percentage: 78.9 percent Key players: Yudai Baba, Joji and Kosuke Takeuchi, Ira Brown   Gilas Pilipibas vs. Japan will be on Nov. 24, Friday, 6 pm (Philippine time) at the Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea

  SINGAPORE -- President Rodrigo Duterte will reaffirm the Philippines "principled position" in the South China Sea Sea as regional leaders meet here for the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).   In a statement, Malacaang said Duterte would "engage leaders" of Asean-member states and dialogue partners, which include China, Russia and the United States, on Manila's position on various issues such as our maritime dispute and illegal drugs.   "The President will reiterate the Philippines' principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, traffickin...Keep on reading: Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea.....»»

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Duterte arrives in Singapore for ASEAN Summit

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PH eyes bigger share from oil exploration

President Rodrigo Duterte will insist that the Philippines should get a larger share of the oil that may be discovered during the country's planned joint exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea. Speaking in Puerto Princesa City on Saturday night, the President stressed that the country needed the oil more to light up areas without electricity, citing Palawan's brownouts. "I told China, 'If there's oil and you will drill oil there, I will have to insist that we get a bigger share. That's ours,'" he said. He added: "They said, 'That's also ours.' Yes, but that's ours. So we must get a bigger share. What face will I show in Palawan?" In justifying the Philippines' bigg...Keep on reading: PH eyes bigger share from oil exploration.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Lazada plans PH expansion as revenues from 11.11 sale surge

  CABUYAO CITY, Laguna -- The local unit of online retailer Lazada aims to double its one-day revenues from Sunday's annual Single's Day sale which offered discounts of as much as 99 percent on products sold on the popular shopping portal.   In a press briefing, Lazada Philippines CEO for logistics Juan Pavez Spencer said the company --- majority-owned by China's Alibaba Group --- already recorded 60 percent of its sales target as of 9 a.m. of the 24-hour shopping event dubbed "11.11".   "Our team is prepared for the high volume of orders and deliveries thanks to the continuous expansion of our ecosystem of warehouses and logistics partners," he said, ad...Keep on reading: Lazada plans PH expansion as revenues from 11.11 sale surge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

‘Philippines not interested in war’

President Duterte has virtually put on notice the United States, China, Australia and other counttries not to use any territory in the Philippines in case war breaks out in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Philippines to take action if Chinese weather stations in South China Sea are verified – Manila Video

Philippines to take action if Chinese weather stations in South China Sea are verified – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

New Sulu King research book by Chinese author debuts in Philippines

A NEW SULU King research book, presented by China’s Guangxi Normal University Press Group and the Philippines’ 1986 Summer House […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Facebook launches short form video app Lasso in bid to win teens over

MANILA, Philippines - Facebook has launched Lasso, a short-form video app that will compete with Tik-Tok, a similar app that has gained viral fame in both the US and China, according to The Verge . Lasso, like Tik-Tok, lets users record lip-sync videos with the inclusion of licensed music. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Davao, beyond durian and pomelo

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Countdown to Xi Jinping’s PH visit

THE China International Import Expo (CIIE) ends today in Shanghai. It might as well be the start of the countdown to the visit of President Xi Jinping to the Philippines...READ MORE The post Countdown to Xi Jinping’s PH visit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

IN CHARTS: Telco promises of Chavit Singson vs Dennis Uy-China Telecom

MANILA, Philippines – Impressed by or skeptical of the provisional 3rd telecommunications player's promises? Well, Chavit Singson 's disqualified consortium is fighting to give Filipinos the moon and stars. Services would be super cheap , if their plans become reality. ( Rappler Talk: Chavit Singson's bid for the 3rd telco slot ) Mislatel , the consortium of Dennis Uy's Udenna ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

MANILA, Philippines – The 138-man Philippine Navy team that joined the inaugural Asean-China Maritime Exercises (Acmex) returned to Manila on Thursday, November 8, feeling triumphant over their performance in the drills held in China. Captain Sherwin Respeto proudly shared during the arrival ceremony how his team gained the admiration ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Philippines refuses to acknowledge China s announcement of weather stations

Beijing's announcement that it has started operating weather monitoring stations on the Spratly Islands may not be enough validation for the Philippine government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The consortium of Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) provisionally won the bidding for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot on Wednesday, November 7. Their group, called Mislatel Consortium , also includes Udenna subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Dennis Uy-China Telco consortium provisionally named 3rd telco | Evening wRap

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

China Telecom joins local tycoon in joint bid for Philippine telco license

MANILA—China Telecom and firms controlled by a Filipino tycoon jointly bid on Wednesday for a third telecoms license on offer in the Philippines, as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to boost its notoriously weak services and end a domestic duopoly. State-controlled China Telecom joined businessman Dennis Uy, whose interests include real estate, energy, shipping and logistics, […] The post China Telecom joins local tycoon in joint bid for Philippine telco license appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

China Telecom consortium’s bid is lone qualified at Philippine auction — committee

MANILA — A consortium involving China Telecom and a Filipino tycoon was the only bid in contention for the Philippines’ third major telecom license after two rival entries were rejected at Wednesday’s auction, the selection committee said. The bids submitted by a consortium of TierOne and LCS Group of Companies called Sear Telecommunications, and another […] The post China Telecom consortium’s bid is lone qualified at Philippine auction — committee appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Philippines says two energy exploration deals with China ready for signing

MANILA — The Philippines is ready with two joint oil and gas exploration agreements to be signed with China, its energy minister said on Wednesday, and reiterated his position calling for the lifting of the ban on drilling works in a disputed area in South China Sea. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi made the statement ahead of the scheduled […] The post Philippines says two energy exploration deals with China ready for signing appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Udenna-China Telecom named provisional third telco

Mislacom—the consortium of Udenna Corp. and China Telecom—has been declared the provisional third telco of the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018