Guiao: Physicality will help Gilas against Iran, Kazakhstan

With both Gilas Pilipinas and Jordan preparing for the upcoming fifth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers, intensity was high in Monday's tune-up game which Jordan won 98-92.

Jordanian center Mohammed Hussein engaged Gilas big man Christian Standhardinger in several shoving incidents that halted play a few times during the second half, not mentioning the stare down with JP Erram after one particular rebound play.

Meanwhile, Jordan forward Zaid Abbas got elbowed in the face by Beau Belga during the first quarter. Abbas fell to the floor as several of his teammates attended to him before he managed to shake it off.

Belga said, however, he was able to settle things quick with Abbas after the incident. He knows the physicality is basically part of the international game.

"I went to the other side later and I asked him (Abbas) if he's okay. I told him that I didn't mean it. That it's not my intention to hurt. He said, 'No, it's okay. It's fine,'" he said. "They (Jordanians) also know how to play physical. Others don't get easily angered but you know, when you retaliate, you lose."

Jordan coach Joseph Steibing also took notice of how rugged things were during the game.

"I've coached against the Philippines in the past and I didn't realize they were that physical and they compete and play hard," Steibing said after the game. "That's what I was trying to tell our guys and I'm proud of the guys for competing."

For Gilas coach Yeng Guiao, the physicality his players experienced in their first of four tune-up matches this week will serve the team in good stead since he expects Kazakhstan and Iran to play in the same manner.

"Everyone saw how everyone seemed to be losing his cool. And that (physicality) is very close to what will happen in the games themselves," Guiao said. "Mentally, the players will have to exercise controlling their emotions. Be able to condition their minds to take on the physicality against Kazakhstan and Iran."

Steibing also said they are thankful they were able to arrange two tune-up games against Gilas to prepare them for the tough matches ahead.

"These games will be great help because it's hard (to get tuneup games). We're in West Asia. It's hard for us to play couple quality games so this was on our way to New Zealand," said Steibing, whose team will face New Zealand in Christchurch on November 29, followed by South Korea in Busan on December 2.

Jordan is currently occupying fourth spot in Group E with its 5-3 record, behind New Zealand (7-1), Lebanon and South Korea, which are tied at 6-2.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday at the Meralco Gym.