Basketball

Jakarta, Indonesia—The Philippines’ basketball coach said a referee from “Chinese territory” should not have officiated his side’s narrow loss to China at the Asian Games, querying the number of fouls his side was awarded.

A Philippines side bolstered by newly arrived NBA star Jordan Clarkson lost 82-80 in Tuesday’s thrilling match after China scored two free throws awarded by the Hong Kong referee with just 13 seconds left.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

CHINA survived a spirited challenge from the Philippines in their preliminary Group D match at the 18th Asian Games on Tuesday, winning, 82-80, at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Regaining their composure just in time to snatch back the win, the Chinese avoided opening their Asiad bid with a disaster as they held on for the win in a game that proved to be too close for comfort for them.

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Jakarta, Indonesia—Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson has called on the NBA to let players compete in more global tournaments to boost the sport’s popularity worldwide, ahead of his first appearance for the Philippines at the Asian Games.

Clarkson, who dashed to Jakarta last week after the US league released him in a last-minute U-turn, said Sunday he had wanted to play for the Philippines for years but had been repeatedly blocked. 

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IT will be a battle of leagueleaders and undefeated teams today at the National Collegiate Athletic Association as the Lyceum Pirates and defending champions San Beda Red Lions take on one another in a marquee matchup set for 4 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Currently occupying the one and two spots, respectively, Lyceum (8-0) and San Beda (6-0) seek to extend their strong run in the opening round of Season 94 and fortify their top-perch team status in the ongoing tournament.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

SUDDENLY on a strong charge back, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals (EAC) shoot for their third straight win when they face off with the College of St. Benilde Blazers in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 94 action today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Winners of their last two games after starting their campaign with four consecutive losses, the Generals (2-4) attempt to continue rising in their 2 p.m. collision with the middling Blazers.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

A TALL Batang Gilas team bannered by twin towers begins its 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship campaign this weekend in Thailand.

Seven-footer Kai Sotto and 6’11 Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu are part of the squad that will carry the Philippine cause in the biennial U18 tournament happening from Aug. 5 to 11 and against 15 other teams from around the region.

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Transferee Kim Aurin struggled all afternoon with his accuracy.

But the 6'1" Aurin, who moved from Jose Rizal University, made up for this in the closing seconds and lifted the University of Perpetual Help Altas to a 76-74 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at their own homecourt at the EAC gymnasium in Manila. 

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