Despite falling to China, 82-80, Clarkson helped lead the Philippines with 28 total points, including 16 third-quarter points. The naturalized Filipino also knocked down five treys to go along with eight boards, four dimes and two steals.
“I think he scored 20-plus points for us, and he created a lot of [good] situations for us,” said Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao following Monday’s game.
Clarkson wasn’t alone in this sterling showing. A number of his Filipino teammates helped take some of the weight off their NBA teammate, including Christian Standhardinger who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds in helping to lead the Philippines on an 18-5 stretch in the fourth quarter while Clarkson rested. Stanley Pringle also chipped in 14 points.
At the other end of the court, China’s Zhao Rui helped put China ahead in the waning moments with two crucial free throws. Zhou finished the game with a double-double, including 25 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
Though China may have spoiled Clarkson’s international debut, the Philippines have already secured a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinals with their next opponent to be determined.