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Batang Gilas campaign hopes to heal wounds

     MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine basketball youth team hopes to reedem the country in the international stage after a wild month that saw Gilas Pilipinas figure in a brawl with Australia, get slapped by FIBA with hefty fines and suspensions, and withdraw from the 2018 Asian Games. Batang Gilas vies to ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerAug 3rd, 2018

Batang Gilas caps journey to World

Batang Gilas failed to finish its campaign on a high note as it suffered a 57-76 setback to China in the bronze medal match of the FIBA U18 Asian Championship Saturday at the Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Still licking the wounds created by their 43-77 downfall to Australia on Friday, the national youth squad […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Batang Gilas duo shine for NU in UAAP 81 Juniors action

The Nazareth School of National University (NS-NU) Bullpups opened their UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball tournament campaign on a high note after holding off the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 78-70, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. With the game tied at 57 following a JB Sajonia jumper from 15 feet, NS-NU held off a furious run by the Baby Tams, as Bullpup Terrence Fortea scored six straight points to keep their opponents at bay.  FEU-Diliman's RJ Abarrientos cut the lead to as close as four, 61-65, but NS-NU answered emphatically with the game-deciding 16-3 run, capped off by Harold Alarcon's fastbreak layup. "Medyo nag-start out ng maganda yung defense namin. Na-contain namin yung FEU noong first half. Noong bandang gitna ng third quarter, medyo bumaba na naman. Siguro we have to be more consistent," NS-NU Bullpups head coach Goldwin Monteverde told ABS-CBN Sports. NU tried to pull away initially in the first half, venturing on an 11-1 run bridging the first two quarters to lead 28-16, but the Baby Tamaraws found a way to slowly chip away the lead. Batang Gilas duo Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano had a great debut for the Season 80 runners-up, combining for 28 points. The sharpshooter Fortea meanwhile added 11 markers of his own. Abarrientos top scored for the Baby Tamaraws with 15, while Ron Tolentino added 14. Meanwhile, in the first game, the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Junior Archers drew their first win of the season in a comeback win against the UE Junior Red Warriors, 66-56. Game tied at 49 in the early goings of the fourth quarter, DLS-Zobel wrestled away the game from UE through a 15-4 run to lead 64-53. Henrie Subido, brother of UST Growling Tiger Renzo led the way with 19 points. Lance Jomalesa, a key cog in the game-sealing run added 17 markers of his own. For UE, Shane Dichoso paced their offese with 20 points and six rebounds, but coughed the ball nine times. Big man Jesse Sullano meanwhile had a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds. FIRST GAME DLSZ (66) -- Subido 19, Jomalesa 17, Sevilla 13, Macasaet 6, Pingol 4, Villarin 3, Buncayo 2, Milan 2, Cudiamat 0, Luna 0, Marana 0. UE (56) -- Dichoso 20, Sullano 11, Alinsoring 8, Lima 6, Manaug 5, Flores 3, Tajonera 2, Agbas 1, Almacen 0, Villarta 0, Gatdula 0, Escamilla 0. Quarter Scores:  15-17, 35-29, 44-45, 66-56. SECOND GAME NS-NU (78) -- Tamayo 18, Fortea 11, Abadiano 10, Gonzales 8, Alarcon 7, Dayrit 7, Torres 6, Felicilda 5, Quiambao 5, Mailim 1, Vinoya 0, Enriquez 0, Buensalida 0. FEU-Diliman (70) -- Abarrientos 15, Tolentino 14, Alforque 12, Anunuevo 7, Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Ona 5, Bagunu 2, Torres 2, Libago 0, Barasi 0. Quarter Scores: 20-16, 41-34, 54-52, 78-70.   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 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

Batang Gilas seeks World Cup slot vs Bahrain

After toppling mighty China to close out its impressive elims campaign, Batang Gilas shoots for no less than an outright World Cup berth against either Chinese Taipei or Bahrain in today’s quarterfinal round of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Batang Gilas raps Lebanon in Fiba Asia U-18

AJ Edu and Dolph Panopio lived up to hype in their first team up with Kai Sotto as Batang Gilas blasted Lebanon, 75-53, to kick off its campaign in the 2018 FIBA-Asia U18 Championship at the Studio 29 in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Batang Gilas routs Lebanon in FIBA Asia U18 opener

    MANILA, Philippines – The newcomers starred as Batang Gilas kicked off its campaign in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship with a dominant 75-53 win over Lebanon at Nonthaburi, Thailand on Sunday, August 5. Filipino-Nigerian reinforcement AJ Edu proved to be as good as advertised in his 5-on-5 Gilas debut, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Batang Gilas off to Fiba Asia U18

Batang Gilas marched to the Fiba U18 Asian Championship, hoping to provide a ray of sunshine to a country that is licking the wounds created by the absence of its men’s basketball team in the 18th Asian Games. The national youth team banners the flag in a bid to clinch a ticket to the 2019 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Sotto powers Batang Gilas to 13th place with rout of New Zealand

Riding high after earning its first win, the Philippines ripped New Zealand, 73-51, early Monday morning (Manila time) to end its campaign on a winning note in the Fiba Under-17 World Cup in Argent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note

Saving its best for last, Batang Gilas romped past New Zealand, 73-51, to close out its 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup campaign on a strong note at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Santa Fe, Argentina. FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note by Jerome Lagunzad Saving its best for last, Batang Gilas… link: FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated 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

Batang Gilas bows to Croatia

Kai Sotto proved his mettle on the global stage as he delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds but Batang Gilas couldn’t hold back Croatia despite the 7-1 center’s heroics and lost, 97-75, to start its campaign on a shaky note at the fifth FIBA U17 World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, last Saturday night (yesterday 4:30 a.m., Manila time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Croatia annihilates Batang Gilas in FIBA Under-17 World Cup opener

  MANILA, Philippines – Batang Gilas got a rude welcome to its FIBA Under-17 World Cup campaign, falling hard to powerhouse Croatia, 97-75, in Rosario, Argentina on Saturday, June 30 (Sunday, July 1, in Manila). Although the Philippines fielded its tallest youth team yet, the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto and 6-foot-7 newbie Carl ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Batang Gilas faces Croatia

Batang Gilas opens its ambitious campaign in the FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup today as the Nationals take on European powerhouse Croatia at the Newell’s Old Boys Stadium in Rosario, Argentina. Batang Gilas faces Croatia by Jonas Terrado Game Today (Newell’s Old Boys Stadium) 4:30 a.m. — Croatia vs Batang Gilas Batang Gilas opens its… link: Batang Gilas faces Croatia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

‘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:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Batang Gilas tired but raring to battle

Batang Gilas endured a 31 1/2 hour trip from Manila to arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday tired but raring to play Canada and New Zealand in tune-ups before engaging Croatia at the Newell’s Old Boys Arena in Rosario on June 30 to start its campaign at the fifth FIBA U17 World Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Smart backs Batang Gilas bid at Fiba U17 World Cup

The Philippines' Batang Gilas will leave this week to compete at the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup, which will be held in Argentina from June 30 to July 8. But the team members will have no problem keeping in touch with their families and fans back in the Philippines thanks to Smart Travel Wi-Fi units that were turned over to them by PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications. Powered by Skyroam Technology Company, a global Wi-Fi provider, the Smart Travel Wi-Fi units are just part of the strong support that Smart has provided the campaign of Batang Gilas to do well at the Under-17 World Cup of Fiba. "We have a strong contender with our current U17 lineup. With their smarts,...Keep on reading: Smart backs Batang Gilas bid at Fiba U17 World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Tall Batang Gilas opens campaign in Asian under-16

THE road to the World Cup starts today for the Batang Gilas as the Filipino youngsters face Malaysia in the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship at the Foshan Lingnan Mizhy Gymnasium in Foshan, China. T.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Batang Gilas shakes off rusty start, edges Malaysia in FIBA U-16 opener

FOSHAN, China -- The Philippines labored through a lethargic 62-57 win over Malaysia to kick off its campaign in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championships at.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 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

Phoenix spoils Romeo’s return, keeps quarterfinal hopes alive

  Phoenix fanned its quarterfinal hopes, and spoiled the return of Terrence Romeo after turning back Globalport, 104-100 in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters ended their campaign in the elimination round with a 5-6 record and assured themselves of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals spot on Sunday. Phoenix had to grind it out in the payoff moments after the Fuel Masters lost a 31-point lead, 66-35, at the start of the third quarter thanks to GlobalPort's blistering 20-6 run. Romeo capped the Batang Pier's comeback with a layup to trim the lead lead to four, 102-98 with 26 seconds left, butJeff Chan and RJ Jazul iced t...Keep on reading: Phoenix spoils Romeo’s return, keeps quarterfinal hopes alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018