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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

1 marine killed in Sultan Kudarat clash

ILIGAN City, Lanao del Norte: The troops of Marine Battalion Landing Team-2 (MBLT-2) clashed with a group of communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sitio Sinapsap, Barangay Sangay in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday, resulting in the death of a marine trooper and the wounding of another. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the 6th… link: 1 marine killed in Sultan Kudarat clash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 94 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CLINT ESCAMIS – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 23.3 points, 46.9 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.7 steals Clint Escamis has spent his first two seasons under the leadership of the likes of Sherwin Concepcion, Mike Enriquez, Warren Bonifacio, and Will Gozum. Now in his third and last season in Mapua, he is proving that he is no slouch as a leader himself. The league’s top scorer and second-best steal-getter has carried the Red Robins right back up there in the standings – and they are the only team to have downed all f the traditional powerhouses in College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Arellano High School, and San Beda High School. This version of Mapua may not be as star-studded as it was in the last four years, but they may just have the brightest star in all of the league in their 6-foot-1 swingman. INAND FORNILOS – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey defending white jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.4 points, 51.8 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assist On a team as fully loaded as CSB-LSGH, there has to be a workhorse – and Inand Fornilos has been just that and more. Just like he did in their championship campaign last season, he has been a force to reckon with on both ends of the floor for the league-leading Junior Blazers. The rebounds and defense have always been second nature for Fornilos, but this season, he has become better on offense. In fact, he already has a couple of 20-point games to his name – not bad for an undersized big man at 6-foot-2. Without a doubt, the graduating forward is doing all he can to make his former team regret ever letting him go. JOHN AMORES – Jose Rizal High School (blue jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal And all of that is because of John Amores, the second-best scorer in all of the league and the undisputed main man of the daring Light Bombers – the only team that will be sweeping contending Mapua in the elimination round. JRU’s rise from the bottom half of the standings to the top four is nothing short of spectacular and that improvement is best personified by Amores who went from role player a year ago to go-to-guy this season. Give the Most Improved Award to the kid already because he’s ready and raring to take much more than that. JOEL CAGULANGAN – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals For the high standards he set a year ago, this season has been a quiet one for Joel Cagulangan. With the likes of Escamis and Amores flying high and CSB-LSGH teammates Fornilos and RC Calimag grabbing more headlines than him, last year’s Finals MVP has been under the radar. Quietly, however, he is actually the Junior Blazers’ leading scorer and the NCAA’s best assistman and fourth-best steal-getter. Yes, that’s just how the 5-foot-9 do-it-all dynamo rolls, making an impact even if everybody else doesn’t feel it. Just don’t forget that he could also choose to make everybody feel his impact, okay? AARON FERMIN – Arellano High School (grey jersey, #18) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.2 points, 53.5 percent shooting, 17.6 rebounds, 1.0 block If not for Arellano’s struggles last season, Aaron Fermin would have been MVP. If not for the Braves’ struggle in the ongoing season, Fermin would have been the league’s most tantalizing talent. Standing at 6-foot-5, graced with a wide frame, having timing on lock, and blessed with a non-stop motor, the graduating big man has all the tools to be a game-changer on both ends of the floor. Indeed, he had a stretch of games of posting a 15-point, 20-rebound double-double. Now, if only he could lift Arellano to much-needed wins and back onto a playoff push. DAN ARCHES – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals Mapua has long been defined by its talented big men, but now, it’s the guys at the wings who have taken center stage. Escamis has been their main man, but he also has a more than capable running mate in Dan Arches. All Escamis could do, Arches could do as well, only without the same sort of consistency. But hey, this is the first time he has been getting time with in his two years as a Red Robins so there’s nothing that all those reps couldn’t improve. And oh, he also has one thing going for him – a fine floater that he could bust out at any time that somehow, some way, has become automatic. JOSHUA DAVID – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey, with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals Imagine the dynamic between Escamis and Arches, and then translate that onto Cagulangan and his own partner-in-crime in Joshua David. Like Cagulangan, David could stuff the stat sheet. Like Cagulangan, David could do whatever CSB-LSGH needs for a win. The only difference is that unlike Cagulangan, David already has the size at 6-feet and a big body to make the same sort of noise in the Seniors. Of course, Cagulangan’s clutch genes are also on another level, but who knows? Maybe David is just waiting on the wings to seize those moments for himself? MILO JANAO AND KEAN BACLAAN – San Sebastian College-Recoletos JANAO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist (yellow jersey with ball in first photo) BACLAAN’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals (yellow jersey with ball in second photo) It looks like San Sebastian College-Recoletos still wouldn’t be able to get over the hump this year, but the good news is that they remain on the right track. The even better news is that Milo Janao and Kean Baclaan, the two paving the way for them, are here to stay. That backcourt, by themselves, has fueled the Staglets to four wins – and still in the thick of things. While a long-awaited, much-wanted playoff berth is a long shot this year, perhaps it wouldn’t be so when both Janao and Baclaan get a year older and a year more determined to continue doing it all to win. MAC GUADANA AND JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University GUADANA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists (grey jersey with ball in first photo) BARBA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals (grey jersey with ball in second photo) Batang Gilas member Mac Guadana has become the NCAA’s constant – a 6-foot guard who could score at will while also doing his part in rebounding and playmaking. With him showing the way, Lyceum of the Philippines University has proven to be a far from easy out for three seasons now. They are still a ways away from legitimate contention, but the Junior Pirates have reason to believe that would be sooner than later as teaming up with Guadana is John Barba, a 6-foot-2 forward who just has a knack for willing his way to good looks inside. With those two, the boys from Cavite have two of the top six scorers in all of the league. Now, they just have to find the other pieces of the puzzle for their first-ever playoff berth. ROM JUNSAY – Arellano High School (grey jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals Rom Junsay was one of the biggest keys to Mapua’s first-ever championship. That was two years ago, though, and since then, the 5-foot-6 has transferred to Arellano and is now only playing his first and last season there. Nonetheless, in just his first game in blue and grey, he wasted no time in reminding everybody about his talents, dropping a career-high 34 points. He and the Braves have trailed off from there, but just as Arellano is a sleeping giant no team wants to wake, Junsay is an active volcano just waiting for the perfect time to erupt. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jonnel Policarpio – Mapua High School RC Calimag – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018