In preparation for the Asian qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas faced Jordania's visiting team for a match at the Meralco Field last November 19, in which they shortly lost to 98-92.
Christian Standhardinger led the Philippine team with 21 points, followed by teammates Marcio Lassiter and Jayson Castro who contributed 14 and 13. Ginebra's LA Tenori, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson were all present in the game but watched from the bench until have participated in a practice so far. For the opposing team, Zaid Abbas scored 24 points, which contained three points in the last 51 seconds that won the Jordan team in the game. Abbas was led by teammates Mousa Al Awadi and Abu Hawwas Amin who delivered 18 and 16 points.
Chief Pilot Gilass Pilipinas Yeng Guiao believes his team is "a bit rusty" and "has a lot of room to improve." He stated, "We had some good lengths, but we also had some bad parts. Our execution is still not so good, so we have to fine-tune our defense at both ends, "adding that they need to improve on Wednesday, which is their next match against the same team at the same place." Yeng's coach concluded, "These games are learning experiences for us. What we want to do or what we want to achieve is to see where our disadvantages are, where are our weaknesses. "
For their second match, the Philippine team will face Lebanon on Friday, November 23. Everything is in preparation when Team Philippines will face Kazakhstan and Iran for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. He will start at the Arena Mall on November 30th.