Gilas Pilipinas to parade 4 new players in crucial game vs Iran

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Gilas Pilipinas shuffled its lineup in hope of getting the right balance that could well give the team a good shot at redemption against Iran and a boost in its drive in the closing games of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

For their second game in the fifth window of the FIBAWC eliminator, the Nationals seek to get back at the Iranians in their 7:30 p.m. tussle Monday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

With a deflating 88-92 loss to Kazakhstan Friday at the same playing venue, coach Yeng Guiao has tweaked his lineup in pursuit of a desired result against the Iranians that dealt them a 73-81 beating in their previous match over in Tehran in September.

Christian Standhardinger, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Arwind Santos are coming on board to take over from Greg Slaughter, Poy Erram, Alex Cabagnot and Stanley Pringle.

Staying in the mix are Japeth Aguilar, Beau Belga, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and Matthew Wright.

In this group, Guiao hopes to have formed a team that could make a turnaround from their loss to the Kazakhs and pump back life on their bid to make the grade for the World Cup in China next year.