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Guiao eyes bigger PH side vs Iran

 

By WAYLON GALVEZ

 

COACH Yeng Guiao wants to have a bigger and taller Phil­ippine side in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

“We are always look­ing for size because even here (Asian Games) that’s has been our problem,” said Guiao, who will call the shots for the PH team following the suspension of Chot Reyes.

Aside from the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and the 6-foot-7 Ian San­galang, Guiao is also eyeing shoot­ers Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Las­siter, and Scottie Thompson.

Thompson will bring a lot on the table with his energy and leaping ability.

Guiao is hoping to get Slaughter since June Mar Fajardo is not avail­able because of his injury.

The 6-foot-10 Fajardo is still re­covering from a bruised shin in­jury.

Cabagnot, Lassiter and Thomp­son are likely shoo-ins, while San­galang still has to prove himself at the frontline since the PH already has JP Erram, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Fil-Tongan Asi Taulava from his Asian Games ros­ter.

“I’m very happy with the way the players are progressing – we’re moving the ball well, play defense and execute our game plan in the Asian Games,” said Guiao.

“But when we go back to Manila and start practicing for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, almost half of the team will be gone – we’ll ac­tually start from scratch in terms of running your options and your plays again,” he added.

Guiao will handle the PH team when it faces Iran in Tehran on Sept. 13 and Qatar in Manila on Sept. 17.

Former NBA player Hamed Hadd­adi will spearhead the Iranians.

The 7-foot-2 Haddadi led Iran to an 80-68 win over South Korea in the semis of the Asian Games.

They will play against the Mighty China for the gold.

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