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Serbian coach says Gilas Pilipinas lacks ‘quality’, slams Paul Lee for playing ‘dirty’

Serbian coach Aleksandr Djordjevic doesn’t think highly of Philippine basketball and he made sure to drive the point on the court and during the post-game presser after his squad dealt Gilas a 59-point beating, 126-67, Monday night at the GBA International Sports and Recreation Center in Foshan, China.

“I think you showed some balance and quickness but obviously you’re missing quality and these two games (against his team and Italy) are the result of that,” said Djordjevic in reference to the blowout losses of the Philippine team in its first 2 matches in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The one-time player for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA also criticized the ‘dirty’ play of Gilas guard Paul Lee on his starting guard Marko Guduric during the closing minutes of the game.

“I don’t like dirty plays and I don’t like it when you seem to have an intention to hurt a player,” he said, referring to Lee’s nudge on Guduric which knocked down the Serbian playmaker.

“You have to stop that, you have to play fair. Play tough, play physical but tough, but play fair. That’s what I ask my players,” he added.

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