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‘Group of Death’ awaits Batang Gilas

Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver said yesterday the Philippine team arrived a week early in Argentina to adjust to the time difference and climate conditions before opening its campaign at the fifth FIBA U17 World Cup in Rosario, a port city 300 kilometers from Buenos Aires, on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJun 24th, 2018

Batang Gilas falls short of bronze, still bound for FIBA Worlds

Batang Gilas has bowed out of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship with two loses in a row. Just a day after getting eliminated from contention by Australia, the Filipinos again faltered in the battle for third on Saturday, this time in the face of a more determined China side, 76-57, at the Stadium 29 in Thailand. Both Kai Sotto and AJ Edu had bounced back games individually, with the former finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, and one block and the latter ending with 14 markers, eight boards, and one rejection. However, they were the only two players who proved to be effective for the Philippines, as all of Dave Ildefonso, Migs Oczon, and Dalph Panopio only combined for 21 points in 9-of-30 shooting. Four day ago, Batang Gilas dominated the same Chinese side by a score of 73-63 to top their group in the preliminary round. After that, however, they were at the wrong end of routs by Australia in the semifinals and then China in the battle for third. Even with back-to-back losses the tournament, the Filipinos have already booked a ticket to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup by virtue of reching the semifinals. In doing so, they downed Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, China, and Bahrain along the way. BOX SCORES CHINA 76 – Wang QZ 27, Xu 18, Li 9, Guo 8, Jiang HR 7, Wang YZ 7, Chen 0, Shi 0. BATANG GILAS 57 – Sotto 16, Edu 14, Ildefonso 9, Oczon 7, Panopio 5, Abadiano 2, Amsali 2, Cortez 2, Lina 0, Ramirez 0, Torres 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-14, 43-26, 59-43, 76-57. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

China exacts revenge on Batang Gilas to take bronze

    MANILA, Philippines – China made up for its loss to Batang Gilas in the group phase with a convincing 76-57 victory in the battle for bronze in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Saturday, August 11. Although the Filipino side started the game up 4-0, the sharpshooting Chinese responded ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Batang Gilas stuns China to clinch FIBA U-18 Asia quarterfinal spot

MANILA, Philippines – Batang Gilas delivered a masterful performance to stun China, 73-63, sweeping the FIBA U18 Asian Championship group stage at Nonthaburi, Thailand on Tuesday, August 7. They are now guaranteed a quarterfinals spot and await the winner of the qualifying match between Bahrain and Chinese Taipei. Dave Ildefonso spelled the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Batang Gilas pounds UAE, braces for China showdown

Batang Gilas overpowered a listless United Arab Emirates, 92-49, and set up an interesting showdown with powerhouse China in a battle of unbeaten teams in Group B in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Studio 29 in Bangkok, Thailand Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18

The moment Kai Sotto's lanky 7-foot-2 frame entered the international stage, Philippine basketball circles knew an immeasurable hype machine was born. Sotto, however, proved that he's more than a ballyhooed player producing the numbers that backed up his notoriety, as he became the center of the Mythical Team for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan. Batang Gilas' then 15-year-old centerpiece put up 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, all of which were the highest marks for centers, during the competition but those numbers were against players who have yet to become 16-year-olds. Sotto, who turned 16 on May 11, will now be playing on a new age group come the Fib...Keep on reading: Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

FIBA Asia U18: Key additions Edu, Panopio boost Batang Gilas bid

    MANILA, Philippines – The tournaments just keep rolling for the future of Philippine basketball as Batang Gilas is set to fly out for the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship from August 5 to 11 in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Despite the lack of time to form a tightly-knit group, head coach Josh Reyes likes what he’s ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

  MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine basketball youth team made up for a lackluster group-stage run by finishing the FIBA Under-17 World Cup on a high ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Batang Gilas stays winless with loss to Argentina, faces Canada in KO phase

Batang Gilas vs Argentina. PHOTO FROM FIBA.COM The Philippines ended its group stage campaign without a win after bowing to host Argentina, 74-71, in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup Wednesdayat N.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Argentina staves off Batang Gilas in thriller

BATANG Gilas dropped its third straight game at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup on Wednesday but not after pushing to the limit host Argentina at the Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario. A battle of two winless teams in Group D of the tournament, the Filipinos crowded the hosts for much of the contest but just could not complete the task, slumping to the 74-71 defeat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Batang Gilas faces early tests in Fiba U-17 World Cup

Batang Gilas is in Group D along with France, Croatia and host Argentina, teams that assistant coach Josh Reyes described as among the 'toughest teams' in the field.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Elite 60 Dev’t Camp to serve as start for future Batang Gilas players

The Elite 60 Development Camp strives to be bigger and better now in its second year. And along with providing another avenue for young talent to better themselves, the training program is also providing another avenue for the Philippine national youth basketball team to better itself. “We (have tried) to come up with a program to complement and assist the national team program. That’s why this year, we decided to lower the age group to 16 and under,” camp director Eric Altamirano said in the program’s press conference on Thursday at the Capitol Commons in Pasig. He then continued, “If there’s any player that we can identify, the national team would be able to put them in the pool and have continuous training to hopefully make the national team.” The Elite 60 Development Camp is a training program that scoured the entire country for the best of the best young talent aged 16 and under. It will run from May 10 to 13 at the Colegio de San Agustin Gym in Makati. In its first edition a year ago, it gathered the top Under-18 players such as NCAA Juniors MVP Will Gozum and UAAP Juniors champion RJ Abarrientos. Now, it aims to identify younger talent who may very well serve as the core of Batang Gilas. “After the Elite 60 Camp, the objective is to have the national team coaches to be able to see sino ba ang potential players nila,” Altamirano said. Overseeing the camp alongside Altamirano, will be Rob Beveridge, former head coach of the Australian men’s national basketball team. For Batang Gilas itself, the training program is a much-welcome development. “This will really help us with the identification of talent. We lean on this program to identify the talent that we need,” assistant coach Josh Reyes said. And for that, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is also in all-out support of the Elite 60 Development Camp. “Magandang programa ang na-develop nina coach E at coach Alex [Compton] kaya it’s something worth supporting. Hopefully, this thing carries on through more years,” Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Elite 60 Camp seeks talent for Batang Gilas program

Over 174 boys in the 16-and-under age group from the National Capital Region and Luzon trooped to the La Salle Greenhills Gym to try out for the Elite 60 Camp last Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Andrew Teh joins FIBA as technical delegate

Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh is now part of a group of Filipino officials who made it to the FIBA organization with his entry into the roster of Technical Delegates running the home-and-away games in the FIBA qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Kai, Batang Gilas get rough draw in World Cup

Batang Gilas' FIBA U-17 World Cup opponents are set. After the official draw Monday, the Philippines is bracketed with Croatia, France, and host Argentina in Group D. Kai Sotto and the rest of our boys certainly didn't get any help in the draw as all of their preliminary opponents belong in the Top 10 of the world rankings. Hosts Argentina is ranked 7th while Croatia is 8th. The French are ranked as the 9th best boys' team on the planet. In comparison, the Philippines is ranked 31st. The 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup is slated for June 30-July 8 in Rosario & Santa Fe, Argentina. Batang Gilas qualified after taking fourth place in the 2018 FIBA-Asia U-16 championships.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Height, speed are keys for Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas in FIBA Asian Championships

The Philippine youth team bannered by promising big man Kai Sotto,will bank on height and speed for its coming campaign in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China from April 2-8. The 15-year-old Sotto, who recently led Ateneo to the UAAP juniors basketball championship, serves as the centerpiece of the 12-man team of coach Michael Oliver which also counts on Rafael Go, Raven Cortez, McLaude Guadana, Terrence Fortea, Recaredo Christian Calimag, Rence Padrigao,, and Shaun Geofrrey Chiu – all of whom suited up for the Batang Gilas squad that won the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) juniors championship held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last year. Newcomers include Jerick Kyle Bautista, Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Yukien Andrada, and King Balaga. “We have a combination of height and speed. At least hindi na tayo kawawa sa ilalim unlike before. Hindi na tayo undersized sa mga kalaban natin,” said Oliver. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios, who, was with Oliver and Batang Gilas co-team manager Andrew Teh and Wilbert Loa in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at the Farmers Center in Cubao, said seven Batang Gilas players are above six feet, including Sotto who stands 7-foot-1, Chiu, who is 6-foot-8, and Cortez at 6-foot-7. Chiu and McLaude joined the team together with deputy coach MC Abolucion in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The country is bracketed in Group B with powerhouse Australia and Malaysia. The host country leads Group A together with New Zealand and Hong Kong, Group C will have Iran, Chinese Taipei, and Macau, while Group D is composed of Korea, Japan, Lebanon, and India. In all, 13 countries are seeing action in the week-long event. Barrios said the meet was supposed to be held last year shortly after the SEABA meet, but had to be moved to this year as FIBA failed to find a willing host. The top four countries to finish in the meet will represent Asia to the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina next year. As per tournament format, the best placed team in each group will qualify directly to the knockout stage starting with the quarterfinals. The second and third place teams will proceed to the playoff round. It won’t be easy, according to Oliver, since the team didn’t get to practice with a full roster until after the end of the UAAP season. “Naghahabol talaga kami sa training. Daily practices kami as much as possible,” said the Batang Gilas coach......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Batang Gilas joins Australia, Malaysia in FIBA U-16 group

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines drew powerhouse Australia and Malaysia for its group assignments in the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Who has blocks on both Steph Curry and Ben Mbala? Only Gian Mamuyac

Gian Mamuyac’s numbers didn’t say much about his skills or contribute much to Ateneo de Manila University’s championship win last Sunday. He only had three points, three rebounds, and nine minutes in that winner-take-all Game 3. He gave us one of the highlights of the game, however.   Ben Mbala will not be denied. #UAAPSeason80Finals pic.twitter.com/8zPdZfuwWN — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Disyembre 3, 2017   Yes, six-foot swingman Mamuyac rejected an inside shot by six-foot-seven and back-to-back MVP Ben Mbala. While it was far from a game-winner or game-sealer or anything of the kind, it was still quite the image for the Blue Eagles’ wonderful season – which saw, through the tournament, a less-heralded group of guys standing up to and then getting the better of Camerooninan powerhouse Mbala and once-defending champion De La Salle University. It was also an image showing how Ateneo consistently got contributions from all over its roster. For reference, Mamuyac only averaged 9.6 minutes of play in the Finals, but made an impact by clamping down on the likes of Aljun Melecio, Ricci Rivero, and yes, Mbala. For those in the know about him and his skills, however, that block is no longer a surprise. Long known as a defensive stopper, the long-limbed Mamuyac has had many gems against the likes of Melecio, John Lloyd Clemente, and Marvin Lee in the UAAP Juniors. And oh, he also has had this defensive gem at the expense of this somebody named Steph Curry.   OMG! Batang Gilas & former Blue Eaglet Gian Mamuyac @mamuinthesea just blocked @StephenCurry30 game winning three! pic.twitter.com/t9YQQtywfE — TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) Setyembre 6, 2016   Yes, Gian Mamuyac now has a resume most of us could only dream of – one-time UAAP Seniors champion, one-time UAAP Juniors champion, and owner of defensive stops on both NBA MVP Steph Curry and back-to-back UAAP MVP Ben Mbala. And the first-year player is only getting started. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Road to FIBA Asia 2017: China

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas faces a stern test in its 2017 FIBA Asia Cup because they are lumped in the Group of Death......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2017

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Australia mass stabber inspired by Islamic State

SYDNEY, Australia – A Somali-born Australian who went on a deadly knife rampage in the country's second-largest city Melbourne was inspired by Islamic State but did not have a direct link to the jihadist group, the government said on Sunday, November 11. Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed to death well-known local cafe ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018