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Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan

Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright. The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29. They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 18th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Almost perfect attendance for first ROS-Pilipinas practice

With time not on their side, Rain or Shine-Pilipinas starts its preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The national team got their first team practice down Monday at the Meralco Gym with head coach Yeng Guiao presiding over everything. Present in Monday's evening session were Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, James Yap, Raymond Almazan, and Maverick Ahanmisi. Also in attendance were Asi Taulava, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Don Trollano, and Kobe Paras. JP Erram was also present but didn't up while cadet Abu Tratter joined training despite not being in the lineup. Cadet Ricci Rivero managed to catch up after coming straight from the airport. Rivero was with the UP Fighting Maroons in a training camp at Serbia. The lone absentee was San Miguel Beer's Christian Standhardinger.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Red Lions maul Cardinals to stay unbeaten

    MANILA, Philippines –  Defending champion San Beda extended its perfect run in NCAA Season 94 with an 88-70 blasting of Mapua in the men's basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Friday, August 3. The Red Lions unleashed a 12-2 run, 61-49, off the hot hand of Gilas cadet ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

UAAP champion Ateneo to represent Philippines in 2018 Jones Cup

If winning the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup and figuring in a tour against the national teams of Greece are not enough, UAAP defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is also set to be the Philippines' representatives in the 40th William Jones Cup. This will be the first time in a while that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be sending over a collegiate team to represent the country in the invitational tournament. "We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor. They will be representing our country to the best of their will," SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said. The tournament will begin on July 14 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The Blue Eagles will be composed of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Aaron Black, Raffy Verano, Adrian Wong, Anton Asistio, Gian Mamuyac, Jolo Mendoza, Angelo Kouame, Tyler Tio, William Navarro, Patrick Maagdenberg, Jawuan White, and SJ Belangel. The team's chief tactician will be Tab Baldwin and he will be joined by Sandy Arespacochaga, Gene Afable, Gabby Severino, Yuri Escueta, Ford Arao, Alton Lister, and Jon Jacinto. Last year, the Gilas cadets finished in fourth place in the 10-nation meet, finishing with a 6-3 record. And just like last year, Ateneo will also be backed by Chooks-to-Go this time around. "Of course, we are elated that are brand will be supporting this team. We will do our best to support the Blue Eagles in this journey," company president Ronald Mascariñas said. The Philippines has won the tournament five times. The last time the country topped the Jones Cup was back in 2016 with the import-laden Mighty Sports-Philippines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Gilas upbeat vs Taiwan despite lack of practice

Gilas Pilipinas departs at noon today for Taiwan for its third and last “away game” in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, seeking a repeat of its “home” win over Chinese Taipei in a bid to firm up its spot at second place behind mighty Australia in their group......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Limited practice stunts Gilas

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said yesterday the national team will begin daily practice only when it arrives in Taipei on Monday while the Taiwan squad has been busy playing tune-ups in South Korea since last week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Kobe joins Ricci, rest of '23for23 pool for Gilas practice

Kobe Paras is not wasting any time. Arriving in the country at six in the morning, Kobe joined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Meralco Gym. Paras, part of the #23for23 team, will join the national team as they prepare for the 2018 Filoil Flying V preseason joust. Joining Kobe in practice are Ricci Rivero, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Vince Tolentino, Javee Mocon, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Prince Rivero, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, and Kenneth Tuffin. J-jay Alejandro didn't participate as he deals with an injury. Gilas Pilipinas, with Kobe anc co., will debut in the Filoil tournament on Saturday against Ateneo De Manila, the reigning UAAP Champions.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Kobe set to come home to bolster '23for23 team in 2018 Filoil joust

Kobe Paras is coming home. The son of former PBA Rookie-MVP Benjie who recently turned pro, Kobe is flying to the Philippines to bolster the Gilas Pilipinas #23for23 crew that will see action in the upcoming 2018 Filoil-Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. Head coach Chot Reyes confirmed the development via a Facebook post from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, the national team's chief backer. "Kobe needs to play, not just practice. The more actual games he gets, the better he'll become. That's why we're including him in our Filoil and Jones Cup rosters," Reyes said from the release. Following an underwhelming freshman season at Creighton, Kobe transferred to Cal State Northridge with hopes of playing next season in the US NCAA Division 1. However, Paras never suited up for the Matadors after deciding to go pro earlier this year. The Filoil stint should be Kobe's first action since his decision. Kobe is set to arrive this weekend to join the national team in practice.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Blatche leads complete Gilas to practice

An in-shape Andray Blatche has once again led Gilas Pilinas in its continued preparation for Australia and Japan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. On the second day of the Philippine national team's daily practice session Tuesday at the Meralco Gym, Blatche was at the forefront of a complete Gilas crew, a first in 2018. Blatche was joined in training by team captain Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jio Jalalon. Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo were also in attendance but didn't partcipate in drills. Unlike their session on Monday, the national team ran more sets Tuesday including a three-team scrimmage. Joining the senior Gilas crew were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Arvin Tolentino and Kenneth Tuffin from the #23for23 pool as well as the African selection led by Ateneo center Chibueze Ikeh. The Philippines will face Australia in Melbourne on Feb. 22 before hosting Japan on Feb. 25.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Andray Blatche raring to bounce back for Gilas Pilipinas

After a terrible showing for Gilas Pilipinas last November, Andray Blatche is raring to bounce back for next week against Australia and Japan. Out of shape during the first window when the Philippins challenged the Japanese and hosted Chinese Taipei at home, Blatche has been working out in China where he plays for the Xinjian Flying Tigers. For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the naturalized Filipino showed in great shape and is ready to go. "I just worked out twice a day the whole time in China preparing for this," Blatche said Tuesday after practice. "The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window," he added. Whil Blatche is in better shape now compared to last time, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that his big man still has a lot to work on between no and next week when the national team takes on Australia in Melbourne. "Well, I liked his movement. You could see by the way he’s shooting the ball and his offense that he’s slowly getting in shape. But I think he still has to improve some more his ... he has to get his game legs under him, because before he came here, he was with his team in China but he was on the reserve list so he wasn’t really playing games," Reyes said of Blatche. "He was continuously practicing but he’s not in real game shape. We have a week before the Australia game to get him back into that. But the problem is we’re not able to play actual games, and the only way to get in game shape is to play actual games. That’s the dilemma that we’re facing," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Troy Rosario rejoins Gilas Pilipinas practice

Troy Rosario was a pleasant surprise on Tuesday as he rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at Meralco Gym. Still recovering from his awkward spill in TNT's game against Phoenix on Wednesday, the versatile forward was up and about as coach Chot Reyes enjoyed a full attendance for the session. Andray Blatche participated in his second session with the team and was joined by veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood. Also present were Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Calvin Abueva. Mac Belo also attended but remained in the sidelines, nursing a leg injury. Kiefer Ravena was also pre...Keep on reading: Troy Rosario rejoins Gilas Pilipinas practice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Andray Blatche leads Gilas first closed-door practice of 2018

Ten days before the Philippines challenges Australia in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas finally started its closed-door daily training sessions Monday at Greenhills. Led by naturalized center Andray Blatche, who arrived in the country Friday night, the national team went to work as they prepare for the Boomers on Feb. 22. Solo Group B lead will be at stake in that titanic showdown in Melbourne. Joining Blatche for his first full practice with Gilas this year is team captain Gabe Norwood. Also in attendance were Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Abu Tratter from the #23for23 pool. Japeth Aguilar didn't participate in drills but was in attendance as well.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Ricci finally practices with Gilas Pilipinas

After taking a leave of absence from De La Salle University, Ricci Rivero was a full participant in Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Only an observer during the national team's first training session of the year last Jan. 8 as well as last week, Rivero was finally in a Pilipinas jersey and ready to go, a couple of days after his request to take a leave from La Salle's basketball team was made official. Rivero ran some sets with the national team and his official inclusion to the #23for23 pool seems to be already official at this point. Joining Rivero in practice from the #23for23 pool were Juan Gomez De Liano, Kai Sotto, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Will Gozum, and Karl Tamayo. As for the senior squad, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo led the way together with Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, and team captain Gabe Norwood. RR Pogoy and Matthew Wright were in attendance but didn't paticipate in practice.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Looks like Ricci Rivero is cleared to join Gilas Pilipinas

Looks like Ricci Rivero is finally cleared to join Gilas Pilipinas. The high-flying La Salle star was present in practice again Monday, however, he was in street clothes anew and was merely an observer. Good news though, it appears that it's only a matter of time before he officially joins the Gilas pool. It's just that La Salle has to make the final announcement. "He came to tell us that he’s been allowed. But we haven’t gotten any official word yet from La Salle, we’re just waiting," head coach Chot Reyes said regarding Rivero. "That's why he came here," he added. Rivero was not included in the initial #23for23 pool released by Reyes for the national team. La Salle apparently asked Gilas to exclude its current players during that time as the Green Archers were in transition following head coach Aldin Ayo's move to UST.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

20 players show up for latest Gilas practice

A total of 20 players showed up for Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday at the Meralco Gym, the national team's third session this year. For the main Gilas roster, Kiefer Ravena was the first to show up, joining San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo in training. Kevin Alas, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson Castro, and team captain Jayson Castro were also in attendance. For the #23for23 pool, CJ Perez and Thirdy Ravena were on deck, joining Juan Gomez De Liano, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Abu Tratter, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, Will Gozum, and Joshua Sincair. Also in attedance was head coach Chot Reyes, who missed last week's practice. PBA OIC Willie Marcial was watching as well. Castro, CBC, and Sinclair were in attendance but didn't participate in drills. Missing for the third straight week is Alaska's Calvin Abueva. For the rest of the main roster, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi were also out.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Ricci reduced to being an observer for first Gilas practice of 2018

Despite not being part of the preliminary Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, La Salle star Ricci Rivero still attended the first practice of 2018 of the national team Monday at the Meralco Gym. Rivero, who was excluded in the original #23for23 because La Salle asked head coach Chot Reyes to hold off for the moment, was a keen observer in practice. And since he wasn't suiting up, the high-flying combo guard instead met with top officials and the rest of the Gilas coaching staff. With the second window of the Asian Qualifiers coming up, Gilas officially opened camp following the holiday break. Aside from the main team that saw action in the opening window back in February, a handful of the #23for23 pool members were also present in practice. [Related: BACK TO WORK: Gilas opens first practice for 2018] For now, Gilas Pilipinas will meet once a week every Monday in preparation for a road game against Australia and a home outing vs. Japan next month.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

June Mar, Castro lead Gilas in first closed-door practice for Asian Qualifiers

The usual suspects are present as Smart-Gilas Pilipinas starts its preparations for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. 13 players were present at the Meralco Gym Friday for the Philippines' first closed-door practice, exactly three weeks before the team takes on Japan to open Group B play. Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel led Gilas in practice followed by TNT's Jayson Castro. Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jio Jalalon, Raymond Almazan, Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Matthew Wright, and Japeth Aguilar are the others in attendance. Gilas Pilipinas has less than a month to prepare for the first window of the Asian Qualifiers. The Philippine team will travel to Tokyo to take on Japan on November 24. Three days later, Gilas will host Chinese Taipei at the Araneta Coliseum.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Would less games benefit the NBA?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quoted recently saying 'there's nothing magical about 82 games.' So what is the right number of games for the NBA regular season, and what would that schedule look like? * * * strong>David Aldridge: /strong>A 70-game schedule would, IMHO, be perfect for just about everyone concerned. Over the course of six months, that's just two fewer games per team per month. Fans would barely notice. But players would. While that doesn't sound like a major reduction, I think there would be an improvement in quality of play. Reducing to 70 while keeping the new mid-October start date of the regular season would also allow two significant changes: under my schedule, teams that get scheduled to play on Christmas Day on ESPN/ABC and TNT would get a mandatory four days off afterward to be with their families at home -- no games for any of those dozen teams after Christmas until Dec. 30. And, it would allow the league to make the post-All-Star break as long as it wants. A whole week? No games until the following Saturday/Sunday? Fine by me. Especially with the earlier trade deadline now in place, a whole week off for everyone would allow newly acquired players significant practice time with their new team. Now, owners would complain about losing six home games and the revenue they get from them. But, really: is a fan in Milwaukee really going to miss those second games against Indiana or Detroit or Charlotte in a given year? (And, vice versa for fans of those teams.) strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong>The right number is 82. The ideal schedule would look like this season’s or maybe something slightly airier. Let’s let the extra week folded into the 2017-18 schedule play out to see if it has the desired result in rest and recovery, and then maybe stretch things by an additional week next season. Better that than to cut back to, say, 66 games, which would reduce revenue for both the owners and the players, while ending much of the fun in comparing teams and stars across eras. Say bye, too, to modern players scaling lifetime statistical categories unless they plan to stick around for an extra three or four seasons. At some point, it no longer will make sense to argue about the superiority of the most highly conditioned, prepared and doted-upon athletes in history if they’re swaddled in bubble wrap relative to the legends of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s who gutted out four games in five nights while flying commercially. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong> This marks the 50 year anniversary of the 82-game schedule, but it's really meaningless to have an intelligent conversation about shortening the schedule until players and owners and networks agree to shorten their wallets. And we know that's not happening. The ideal length would be 70-75 games but good luck getting owners to refund the networks about 15-20 percent, and the networks offering rebates to sponsors, and the players taking pay cuts. strong>John Schuhmann: /strong>I've long thought that 72 games -- three against each team in your conference, two against each team in the other conference -- would be a better number, further reducing back-to-backs and general schedule stress. Now, if we want to get to a 1-16 playoff format and a balanced schedule, then there would need to be a system that rotates your three-game opponents through the years. Gate and local TV revenue would suffer some, but a reduction in total games doesn't necessarily mean a reduction in national TV games. In fact, those national TV games would become more important and less likely to be hampered by injuries or fatigue. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong> I agree with the Commissioner, there is nothing particularly 'magical' about the 82-game schedule. There's only something sentimental about it, mostly because we've grown accustomed to that number over the course of the past five decades. The number of games is not relevant if the end goal is to find a sweet spot for player rest and the finest product that can be produced for the consumption of the basketball public. Perhaps a stretch provision of the current season is more important than a reduction in the number of games. We're already starting the season a week earlier this season, why not another week or two earlier? An improved NBA calendar, to me, is like an improved school calendar (for those of you with school-age children, you know where I'm coming from). The number of days stay the same. But the start and end date and the built in breaks are what really matter. Would a 12-game reduction to 70 regular season contests satisfy all involved? I think so, in many respects. It would also allow for a stretching of key dates (All-Star, trade deadline, Draft, free agency, etc.) over the course of the calendar. My ideal NBA season would include all of those key dates during the course of the regular season so that 'offseason' felt more like a break than it does now. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

We have to go past beyond that (Final Four) -- Robinson

Even with a perfect 13-0 record and already secured of a spot in the Final Four, there is no slowing down for the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates. “They know that we are not a goal-oriented team,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson after his wards outlasted University of Perpetual Help, 94-83, Thursday to remain unscathed in the 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   The Intramuros-based squad punched a breakthrough semifinals stint since joining the league in 2011. But Robinson and the Pirates are looking beyond just clinching a Final Four appearance. “We have a vision to go to, kasi again, this is one thing we talked about sa dugout. If we're goal-oriented, our goal is to make it to the Final 4. But we have to go past beyond that,” he said. CJ Perez led the way for LPU with 21 points and nine rebounds with just one turnover in 34 minutes of play. “Sa 13-0 hindi naman guarantee na makukuha namin ang championship. Pero 'yun nga, andoon na kami, so kailangan pa namin magdagdag pa ng effort sa mga practice at sa game din,” said Perez, who is in his first year with the Pirates. LPU has five more remaining assignments before closing the elimination round. An 18-game sweep will give the Pirates an outright Finals spot armed with a thrice to beat advantage. But the road won’t be an easy one. LPU will face Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday before a rematch against San Sebastian College next Friday. The Pirates clash with Letran on October 6, Jose Rizal University on Oct. 13 before the much-awaited rematch against the defending champion San Beda College on Oct. 19.   “It's gonna be a tough battle from here on because we're gonna play the tough teams from here on, so, again, every experience that we could get is very important to us,” said Robinson. “A reminder to them that winning doesn't guarantee success, same as failure doesn't mean that you're messing up.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Lions, Altas Score

DEFENDING champion San Beda extended its perfect run to six games while surging University of Perpetual Help System Dalta assumed solo third yesterday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Robert Bolick had a scoreless second half but the Red Lions found a way to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018