'Sorriest team I ever played against': Netizens rage after Astana import bashes PH team
MANILA, Philippines - After being down by 8 at halftime, Chooks to Go Pilipinas turned it around and won by 8, 73-65, against Kazakh club BC Astana thanks to Kiefer Ravena’s heroics and import Isaiah Austin’s defense and rebounding.
While Austin made noise on the court with his 17 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks, another import made a different kind of noise off it: Astana import Justin Carter.
Just lost to the sorriest team I ever played against— Justin Carter (@_smooth_J) September 22, 2017
Perhaps no one informed the former Creighton cager that the country he just dissed is the world’s undisputed social media capital, based on research by We Are Social Ltd. Sure enough, Filipino netizens and journalists caught wind of Carter’s rant and let him have a piece of their own minds.
GMA News’ Mark Zambrano is one of the top replies, and for good reason:
Now you know how we play. We're not the best out there but we grind it out. We respect the game. Maybe you forgot that part. Next time..— Mark Zambrano (@markzambrano) September 23, 2017
Netizen @edsacosta06 put things in perspective for Carter:
It hurts, right? Beaten by a young team, with just a week of practice.— Eds (@edsacosta06) September 22, 2017
So did @xxprettymermaid:
Justin Carter and company beaten by college players who only had 1 week practice for the tourney.— Alez (@xxprettymermaid) September 23, 2017
Soon enough, more netizens jumped on the “beaten by college players” bandwagon:
That makes you the sorriest player bcuz thats just a young team— lax (@LaxamanaJoshua) September 22, 2017
that team was formed a week only, college players, pro rookies. How much more if u will face the strongest club of Philippines?— Fritz RN (@fritzryan20) September 23, 2017
just got beaten by a bunch of college players. .thats not even a pro team in the Philippines— boodee monteno (@belbod9) September 23, 2017
But some hit Carter back where it hurt most: from the statsheet.
This didn't make you cool after a loss. You're shooting 3/21, and your team got 6 National team players. Be humble bro, God bless you. pic.twitter.com/567qKgy1SY— W Gameplay (@WGameplayPH) September 23, 2017
But it was Sports5.ph writer Noel Zarate who told Carter the most important consequence of his action: his team’s reputation which he carries with him as their import.
And you're the sorriest player out there. BC Astana deserves respect. Not quite sure about you...— Noel Zarate (@NoelZarate) September 23, 2017
BC Astana is one of the most successful basketball clubs of Kazakhstan, as they are the current champions of the Kazakhstan Basketball Championship tournament and Kazakhstan Basketball Cup, both abbreviated as KBC. The club also rode a championship four-peat in both KBCs from 2011 to 2014. Only the Astana Tigers’ 6-peat from 2004-2009 has surpassed BC Astana in terms of overall success.
Maybe Carter ought to remember that soon enough. – Rappler.com
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