Coach Yeng Guiao will be making some slight adjustments to his roster when the Philippines faces Qatar on September 17. This is the final game of Team Philippines in the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
He is activating Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright to replace Allein Maliksi, and Raymond Almazan. Aguilar and Wright have served their one-game suspensions after the game against Iran. Guiao is also changing naturalized players, opting to go with Stanley Pringle in the place of Christian Standhardinger.
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The statement released by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regarding the roster changes explains why each move was made.
Guiao is bringing in Aguilar because of his athleticism and experience in the international stage. With the change in naturalized players, Team Pilipinas will need all of Aguilar’s 6’9″ frame against the fast and athletic Qataris.
Wright is being brought back for his outside shooting. After a miserable 5/27 night against Iran, the Philippine Team will need all the firepower they can get from beyond the arc. Wright will have the green light to fire away from outside.
Finally, it’s been no secret that Guiao was planning to use Pringle and Standhardinger for one game each in this window. Against a guard-heavy Qatar team, Pringle will be expected to run the show and stabilize the offense.
The Philippines will face Qatar in a close door game in the Araneta Coliseum. Only the broadcast crew, select members of local and international media as well as team and FIBA officials are allowed inside the venue.
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