Preview: Gilas Pilipinas vs Hong Kong
Game time: 8:30pm
2013 Super Keung Sheung Cup: Gilas beat Hong Kong, 85-58.
What Gilas should look out for:
1. A plethora of shooters
Though there's no real lights-out shooter on the Hong Kong side, they do have several streaky shooters who can get hot at the drop of a hat. Wong Chun Wai hit 4 against Japan, Chan Siu Wing hit 5 against Qatar, and Chan Yik Lun hit 3 against Taiwan. Gilas should not let any Hong Konger get hot tonight.
2. Hong Kong's speed
Height isn't going to be a strength of Hong Kong, but speed will. It's not that they're faster than Gilas, but they have a few small guys who can compete with Castro, Tenorio, and Alapag in terms of speed. Siu Wing, Lee Ki, and Li Kim Wong, in particular, are particularly quick.
We are certainly in the quarterfinals already, and, quite frankly, nobody expects Hong Kong to have a chance against Gilas. The reality, however, is that we tend to play to the level of the opposition (see the Saudi game), and I just hope that will not happen here. I want Gilas to make a statement and gain a lot of momentum heading into the next phase of the tournament. The mentality must be BEAT HONG KONG!!!
We can exploit:
1. Our size
In contrast to our most recent games, this time we have size on our side. Coach Kwong Wai Cheung has a pair of beanpoles in Duncan Reid and Lau Tung Leung, but I don't think either of them can hold a candle to our frontliners. Even if coach Chot decides to rest Marcus Douthit tonight, our bigs should still hold a distinct advantage over their counterparts from HKG.
2. Our athleticism
With Marc Pingris, Gabe Norwood, and, of course, Japeth Aguilar in our roster, the level of athleticism just skyrockets. I mean, have you seen how Japeth is throwing it down lately? And the D of both Ping and Gabe? Just so awesome. Hong Kong doesn't have any answer for our athleticism.
3. The boisterous crowd
As always, upwards of 10,000 people should be on hand to witness Gilas throttle Hong Kong. There has been a bit of animosity between the two countries since THAT unfortunate incident of 2010, so this game should resonate with the fans on several levels. With an energetic crowd pumping the Gilas boys up, they should hold nothing back.
The only way Hong Kong can stick with Gilas is if Gilas lets them. That won't happen tonight. Gilas by a mile.
Odds: 99-1 in favor of Gilas Pilipinas - Rappler.com