BEIRUT (Lebanon) – Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, but there’s also a lot of basketball – Asia ­basketball – to look forward to in the near future.

 

For those of you who can’t separate the loves of your lives (basketball and your significant other) from one another on this day of romance, we’ve got you covered with some valentines to share.

Roses are Red 🌹, Gilas jerseys are Blue 🇵🇭 , all my #puso is for you! 💙

 There are a couple of other teams that wear blue jerseys, whether it’s Chinese Taipei, India, or Korea, but that Gilas blue hits just a bit different. You just know that the fans can’t wait to see those jerseys put on and be in action on their heroes when they play at the World Cup next year in Manila.

Don’t be like 🇸🇦’s Alsuwailem and reject my love like he rejects shots 🥺 !

 Getting shot down by your crush is painful, and something we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. It’s a pain that is not easy to describe, but we feel like it could be a bit like getting your shot blocked in a close game.

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Alsuwailem is the master of rejections on the basketball court. He’s tied for most among all players with 5 in the World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers so far and led all players with a whopping 23 blocks at the Asia Cup Qualifiers.

So if you want to know what heartbreak feels like, maybe try attempting your shot around Alsuwailem.

 

I’m like 🇰🇿’s Anton Bykov’s free-throw shooting in the Asian Qualifiers. Missing 1 to be 💯% – and that’s you.

We all look for that special someone to complete us in our lives. For Kazakhstan’s Anton Bykov, he is missing a special one as well to be almost complete – as in completely shooting 100 percent from the free-throw line so far in the Asian Qualifiers. Bykov missed only 1 of his 10 free-throw attempts in his first two games, making him just shy of being perfect. He shares this feat of missing “the one that got away” with the likes of Lebanon’s Wael Arakji and Jordan’s Freddy Ibrahim among other.

Thanks for being the like the 🇦🇺Boomers in my life, assisting me through highs and lows!

 Life isn’t a single-player game; it’s a co-op and sometimes all you need an assist from a special someone. That special someone could be from the Boomers as they have been one of the best teams to rack up assists in Asia basketball. 

You make my heart 💚 race like watching 🇮🇳’s Bhriguvanshi’s buzzer beater on a loop 🔁

When you meet that special someone, they say you’ll have that one special moment that you want to pause and put in and endless loop forever so that you can relive it again and again and again… We know one moment India basketball fans want to put in an eternal loop and that’s Vishesh Bhriguvanshi’s game-winning buzzer-beating halfcourt three-pointer from the Asia Cup Qualifiers against Iraq. India will be making their first appearance in the Asian Qualifiers this window, so could Bhriguvanshi have another one of these shots up his sleeves?

 

🇮🇷’s Arsalan Kazemi can put up 10pt 26rb 12as …the only number I care about is yours 😉📲

If you’re ever feeling blue about asking for someone’s phone number and they turn you down, one way to get over it could be to just hit the basketball court. On the hardwood, you can get as many numbers as you like from points, rebounds, assists, steals, to blocks – which is what Arsalan Kazemi did when he averaged 12.0 points, 21.5 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocked shots per game in the first window of the Asian Qualifiers. It’s not the same as getting that phone number, but it should still feel good.

Will you watch the 🏀 #FIBAAsiaCup draw with me this Friday?

We’re going to be playing cupid (well, sort of) this Friday, February 18, when the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 Draw takes place! Will your favorite teams be grouped together? Or will they be grouped with a bitter rival, stuck in a love-hate relationship? 

You’re like 🇨🇳’s Zhao Rui on defense. He steals the ball 🏀 – and you steal my heart 😉!

 You usually never know when you are about to fall in love and get your heart stolen. Similarly, you rarely know when you are about to get the ball stolen on the basketball court… because if you did know, you probably would do something to prevent that.

Sometimes, there is just not so much that you can do as the opponents of China’s Zhao Rui have found out. In China’s first two games of the Asian Qualifiers against Japan, Zhao is averaging 3.5 steals per game to be among one of the best to do so in Asia at the moment.

Don’t play games with me.
Watch them with me instead… all 20 games at the Asian Qualifiers ❤️

If you are going out with a special someone this valentine’s day, make sure to check if they are going to be watching the World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers with you in a couple of days. There will be 20 games to choose from between February 24-28, and if he or she says yes, we’d be glad to recommend them as a keeper.

If they say no… well, there’s still plenty of time to show them how to love the game as we do.

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