That's basketball for you. How did India, which beat you, lose to Jordan by almost 60 points?
Originally Posted by interxavierxxx
Philippines played hard and physical against the Chinese bigs, and that disrupted the Chinese offensive rhythm. Chinese players are too dogmatic and inflexible. The Filipinos already knew China would try inside-out every possession, even when it's obvious it shouldn't be done, especially with Zou Yuchen. In the North Korean (another super short team) warmup game China already had these kind of problems, but Philippines play a much different style defensively. Plus the outside shots were not falling for China (partly because of the Filipino defense), and Philippines were able to grab many rebounds to keep the game close. Again I thought it was a great learning experience for the Chinese players to play against this type of defense, as in the CBA and games before this they haven't been challenged like this.