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Fiba: Aussies didn’t incite brawl

The Australian basketball body welcomed the Fiba’s finding that no discrimionatory or racist language was used by the Boomers, nor did it start the brawl that marred the Australia-Gilas Pilipinas World Cup qualifier early this month. “We welcomed Fiba’s ruling in its report that no discriminatory or racist language was….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJul 20th, 2018

Guiao rips Kickert, Aussies: He almost killed somebody and didn t apologize

Former Philippine national team coach Yeng Guiao slammed Daniel Kickert and the rest of the Australian team for triggering the brawl with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philipp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

World Cup no biggie for USA Basketball

Some nations like the Philippines and Australia are taking matters too seriously, sadly even trying to rearrange each other's mug in order to qualify for basketball's World Cup in 2019. As a consequence, the national teams of both countries are now hurting physically and emotionally following an on-court brawl, among the worst in the annals of basketball during a World Cup qualifier at Philippine Arena in Bulacan last month. Suspensions meted out after the melee by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) are causing bitter beer faces for the Filipinos more than the Aussies. With 10 players and two coaches suspended, Fiba's action effectively decimated the Philippine natio...Keep on reading: World Cup no biggie for USA Basketball.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

FIBA: Guiao blames Kickert for starting Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- Former national team head coach Yeng Guiao is not convinced that the unfortunate Gilas-Boomers brawl is entirely the fault of the Pinoys. The Australians had a hand in it too, and they should apologize as well, particularly Daniel Kickert. Guiao believes Kickert triggered the whole thing, which is what Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is saying. "What the Gilas players did was, to me, a natural human instinct in that situation. So, actually ako, I think it’s the Australians who need to apologize, not the Gilas team because it’s Kickert’s action that started the whole thing," Guiao said Wednesday after a PBA game featuring his NLEX team and Magnolia. "I do not believe in Luc Longley saying it’s Chot Reyes. Wala namang ginawa si Chot eh. Yung sinabi niya, well. .. That’s again, maybe, that’s debatable. But what Kickert did was the trigger of everything," he added. Kickert hit RR Pogoy with an elbow to the face after Pogoy shoved Chris Goulding to the floor following an offensive foul. But Guiao says Kickert never should have reacted in the first place and the Boomers are just looking for someone to blame after the fracas. "Yung nangyari kay Pogoy, yung banggaan nila ni Goulding, basketball play pa iyon eh. that was still a basketball play and the refs blew their whistle," Guiao said.  "So I think the Australians are just looking for somebody to blame when the ang dapat iblame ang the Australians, who I think are looking for trouble when they came here. The tone was set the day before when they were ripping the decals without any permission. If I coached the national team I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say kahit ano pa man yung dahilan," he added. In the end, Guiao is firm in his belief that Kickert pretty much started the brawl. And Guiao can't figure out why Kickert has never apologized for his own actions in the incident. "Kickert I think started it all, and he didn't even apologize. All he said was it's regrettable. And all he said was it's unfortunate. But he almost killed somebody and he did not apologize," Guiao said. "So sa akin pag hindi ka nagalit dun, hindi ka normal. Some people are taking the high ground but ako nagpapakatotoo lang ako. I dont think it's Chot Reyes's fault, it's Kickert's fault. He started it. And the bad thing about ths is our Gilas players are profusely apologizing for what happened, the guy who started it never apologized," he added. In the end though, Guiao acknowledges that the player's actions were wrong. However, he can understand the way they reacted. It was human nature and it was a lose-lose situation for our players. Watch their teammate get bullied and they'll hear something negative. Stand up and defend their teammate and well. they'll hearing negative things now. "To me, what is more embarrassing, if Kickert did that in front of our countrymen with us hosting, and he did not suffer any consequences after doing that..To me, sa akin yun ang nakakahiya.. na nandito ka sa Pilipinas, binagsakan ka ng siko ng napalaking tao. Kung yun ay naging kapatid mo, naging tatay mo, naging anak mo, kahit nga yung aso ko ginanun nya, makakatikim sa akin yun eh. So, it’s really to be, para magpakatotoo ka. Natural reaction talaga yun. Sabi ko nga, kung hindi nag-react ng ganun baka mas nakakahiya pa. Bakit mo pinabayaan yung kakampi nyo?" Guiao said. "I will not justify that. Mali talaga yun. I agree na mali talaga yun. Siguro nung burst of emotion, after that dapat naawat na, dapat naano na. Yun hindi ko majujustify yun. But in that instant, that split second when there's a burst of emotion, galit na ganun reaction mo, kung tao ka, flesh and blood ka and nakita mo yun, magre-react ka talaga. Kaya nga to me it's just being human," Guiao added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Aussies feared for safety after Manila basketball brawl

MANILA, Philippines – A "bruised and battered" Australian team feared for its safety and sought government help to escape the court after a mass brawl with the Philippine side at an international match in Manila, officials said Tuesday, July 3. Basketball's governing body FIBA has launched a probe ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

SBP vice chair Robbie Puno says Gilas a united team after fight vs Aussies

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas vice chairman Robbie Puno said he's 'proud' of Gilas Pilipinas despite having nine players ejected following an ugly brawl during a Fiba World Cup Qua.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA to probe Gilas, Australia after bench-clearing melee

BOCAUE, Philippines – FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, said it will open disciplinary proceedings against the Philippines and Australia following their bench-clearing brawl at the Philippine Arena here on Monday, July 2.  A total of 13 players were tossed out in the Aussies' 89-53 default win – a game ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Players react to Gilas vs. Australia brawl

What was supposed to be a non-bearing FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers meeting between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia ended in infamy, as a massive brawl ultimately put a stop to the game, Monday evening at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.  With Australia up 31 midway through the third quarter, things got physical between Gilas player RR Pogoy and Australian players Chris Goulding and Daniel Kickert, eventually erupting to a bench-clearing brawl that saw punches, kicks, water bottles, and even chairs get thrown.  Bench-clearing brawl between Gilas and Australia. pic.twitter.com/RotOFNiMgl — Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 2, 2018 The incident, of course, became viral almost instantly.  Andrew Bogut, and Australian former NBA player and national team member obviously wasn't pleased with the events that took place.  MAN WTF!!! Disgusting — Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018 Cameras caught a number of Gilas players, led by Marc Pingris, taking a selfie as the officials sorted things out. This didn't sit well with Bogut either.  Blokes taking a team selfie after all that. Down 31. Yep. They really just took a team selfie. — Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018  Being the hosts, it certainly wasn't a good look on the Philippines' part, and a number of former Gilas players and current PBA players expressed their dismay as well.  Embarassing… — Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) July 2, 2018 Roommate!! 😩🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ — L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) July 2, 2018 Can’t believe some people are proud of this.... 🤦🏽‍♂️ wrong sport! — Solomon Mercado (@M3rcMyWords) July 2, 2018 Junemar tho... what a beast! And didn’t feel the need to throw one punch or throw any chairs to show his pride. #4timeMVP — Solomon Mercado (@M3rcMyWords) July 2, 2018 Embarrassing!!! — Chris Ross (@cmross6) July 2, 2018 This is unfortunate. — joe devance (@jdv_38) July 2, 2018 Aleast we won the rumble not sure about the game!! — marcus douthit (@DouthitMarcus) July 2, 2018 As a player, what would u do if u are hit or u see ur teammate get hit on the face? U cant just back down. Goes for both 🇵🇭 and 🇦🇺 players. Im not saying that the fight is a good thing. Tough situation really. #GilasPilipinas — Jai Reyes (@jaireyes5) July 2, 2018 This is embarrassing — alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) July 2, 2018 Congrats .. yall just made shaqtin a fool — alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) July 2, 2018 Wow man....😔 — Kel Williams (@KelWilliams21) July 2, 2018 Christian Standhardinger, a former Gilas player himself, took to Twitter to stand up for his basketball brothers.  If you attack one of us, you attack all of us! THAT WAS A CHEAP SHOT AGAINST POGOY. I hope nobody got seriously injured. — Chris Standhardinger (@cstandhardinger) July 2, 2018 Wag nalang tayo magmalinis lahat.. kung ikaw yung nasa court at nakita mo yung teammate mo na sadyang sinaktan matutuwa ka?? Isip tayo!! Wag tayo puro embarrasing!! Oo panget tignan masisira name ng bansa pero wag paagarabyado lalo na sarili natin bansa to!! — Ronald Tubid (@ront71) July 2, 2018 Other members of the Philippine basketball community also took to Twitter to share their two cents.  This is not gonna be good for our country in the long run 😕 — Thirdy (@ThirdyRavenaaa) July 2, 2018 😳 — Kib Montalbo (@kibmontalbo) July 2, 2018   It's just so difficult to keep your cool in a crazy situation like that (I probably couldn't) I've always had the highest regard for JMF and Gabe pero lalo pang tumaas ngayon. (And Baser too) — Jason Webb (@Jason_Webb_Phil) July 2, 2018 Even NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell, who was in Manila just a few weeks ago, caught wind of the fiasco. Yo @ThonMaker14 out here tryin hit dudes wit the flying knee😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 — Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 2, 2018 Thon Maker, a player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Australian National Team, was seen on camera attempting a flying kick on Gilas guard Terrence Romeo.  Speaking of Romeo, the fan-favorite was unapologetic as he stood up for his Gilas teammates as well.  Dun sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing embarassing kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo . Kami mag kaka teammate sa loob kailangan namin mag tulungan. Hindi namin pwede pabayaan yung isat isa. Kung embarassing kami sa mata niyo bat di kayo mag convert ng australian. — Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) July 2, 2018 Kahit anong sabihin niyo nag lalaro kami para sa isat isa para sa kapwa natin pilipino higit sa lahat para sa bayan. Hindi niyo alam ang sacrifice namin Kung para sainyo mali tulungan namin yung kakampi namin sinasaktan problema niyo na yun basta kami walang iwanan tapos!!! — Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) July 2, 2018 In the end, 13 players were ejected, with nine of them coming from Gilas Pilipinas.  The game continued, with Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo being the lone Gilas players not to be ejected.  The game waa called eventually, with Australia winning 89-53.  According to FIBA, disciplinary proceedings will be opened and decisions, and most likely sanctions will be handed out in the coming days.  Following the incident that occured in the third quarter of the Philippines-Australia game on Monday in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, FIBA will now open disciplinary proceedings against both teams. The decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days. — FIBA media (@FIBA_media) July 2, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Hello again, mate: After basketbrawl, PH battles Australia anew in Fiba U18

Batang Gilas team. Photo from fiba.basketball Funny how things have turned out. Just over a month removed from an ugly brawl that shook the basketball world, the Philippines and Australia cross pat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

SBP restudies appeal of FIBA sanctions

The appeal fee of 2,000 Swiss Francs (the equivalent of P107,000) was paid but the SBP has until Aug. 14 to decide whether or not to push through with the plan of seeking a reconsideration of the sanctions that FIBA meted out in the wake of the Philippines-Australia brawl in the third window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asia/Pacific Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena last July 2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

“Can Aby your boyfriend?”: How Robert Bolick won Aby Maraño’s heart

Aby Maraño is everything you want in an athlete. She’s strong, driven and passionate about her sport. So, when basketball player Robert Bolick saw her play volleyball for the first time…he saw himself. The only difference was she was a three-time champion, two-time MVP and team captain, while he was merely a rookie and a bench warmer. Robert was also three years younger than her. Aby was way out of his league, it seemed. But, this young man was no loser. He was determined to shoot his shot and find some way to win her heart. His first move was to ask for a little favor from his former teammate, LA Revilla, who was the starting point guard of the DLSU Men’s Basketball team at the time. Robert needed LA to find out whether Aby had a boyfriend. Like he usually does on the hardcourt, LA delivered an assist to Robert in form of good news - Aby was single. Now, that Robert knew that his target was open, all he had to do was take a shot. And he took it at the most unexpected of moments. They were inside the school bus on the way back to DLSU after a Green Archers game in the UAAP. Aby, who was undergoing her on-the-job training with ABS-CBN Sports, the official broadcast partner of the league, hitched a ride with the team. There was a lot of joking among his teammates, but all Robert could think of was the soothing smell of Aby’s hair as he was seated right behind her. It was at that moment when Robert decided to crack a joke of his own. “Oy, Pre! Makinig kayong lahat!” announced Robert before motioning towards Aby. “Aby ka ba? Can Aby your boyfriend?” The entire bus erupted. It was as if they were back inside the MOA Arena where fans where screaming their lungs out. Robert looked at Aby’s face and sensed a positive reaction to his sudden revelation. “Ay. Parang kinilig ah,” he thought. As soon as they got off the bus, Robert and Aby shared their first dinner. When it was time to go home, Robert reminded Aby to take care and that they should continue communicating. “Text, text na lang tayo! Text mo ako ha.” he told her. “Paano kita ite-text? Wala naman akong number mo,” she replied. Little did Aby know that Robert didn’t ask for her number directly to avoid getting “busted.” His game plan worked as they started talking and spending time with each other more often. Upon Aby’s advice, Robert even asked her coach, the multi-titled Ramil de Jesus for permission to court her. Although Robert admitted that he was intimidated at first, he knew that he had no choice but to ask for Coach Ramil’s blessing to ensure a smooth passage to Aby’s heart. “Para sa akin naman, wala namang dapat katakutan pag alam mo na gusto mo talaga. Gusto ko naman si Aby eh.” Today, August 8, 2018, Robert and Aby are celebrating their 5th year anniversary together. A lot has happened in their lives since then. Robert has transformed himself into an accomplished athlete like Aby, winning three championships (1 UAAP title with La Salle, 2 NCAA titles with San Beda), a PBA D-League championship and MVP award among many accolades. They both have also become national team athletes as Robert was included in the “23 for 23” Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup while Aby was named Captain of the Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team. “Hindi niya ako minahal dahil magaling ako mag-basketball. Minahal nga niya ako na bangko pa lang ako,” said Robert as he reminisced about everything he has been through with Aby throughout the past five years. While watching their careers blossom, following their love story is equally entertaining. The two are very open with regards to how they feel about each other. Aby even proudly declared during an interview on “Down the Line” that she would agree to marry Robert is ever he proposed to her.   We throw it back to an episode of #DownTheLinePH when @MrPureBusiness and @denniselazaro asked about Robert popping the big question to Tyang Aby! pic.twitter.com/NFGitS4TKE — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 8, 2018 Despite Robert and Aby being just 22 and 25 years old respectively, marriage has been a topic of conversation between the couple. “Sinasabi na nga niya sa akin na gusto niya na ‘Maraño-Bolick’ pag naglalaro siya,” revealed Robert. “Sabi ko naman sa kanya, ‘Take time lang. Total, five years na tayo magkasama. Di naman natin kailangan madaliin yan. Focus ka lang muna sa kung saan ka ngayon. Eventually, pag nag propose na ako, gusto ko yung ready ka na magka-anak.’” One of Robert’s biggest dreams in life is to be able to play with his future kids as a young father, preferably in his 20s. “Dream ko talaga na while naglalaro ako, makakalaro ko yung anak ko,” said Robert. “Kung magka-lalaki man lang ako, whatever na sport ang gusto niya, makakalaro ko man lang siya. Makaka-takbo-takbo man lang ako.” “Sabi ko kay Aby, ‘Tell me pag ready ka na.’” Only God knows what the future holds for these college sweethearts. But, right now, the King Lion and Tyang Aby are living their best lives. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Why not send PBA Commissioner’s Cup winner to Asiad? – Jaworski

It’s final, Basketball Australia won’t appeal the bans the International Basketball federation (FIBA) meted on its three players as a result of the mass brawl with their Filipino counterparts during a World Cup qualifier game held in Manila early last month. Would the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas follow such a class act taken as a [...] The post Why not send PBA Commissioner’s Cup winner to Asiad? – Jaworski appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Why not send PBA Commissioner’s Cup winner to Asiad? – Jaworski

EDDIE G. ALINEA It’s final, Basketball Australia won’t appeal the bans the International Basketball federation (FIBA) meted on its three players as a result of the mass brawl with their Filipino counterparts during a World Cup qualifier game held in Manila early last month. Would the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas follow such a class act… link: Why not send PBA Commissioner’s Cup winner to Asiad? – Jaworski.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas finalizes position paper on brawl

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios yesterday said they’re finalizing documents to formally appeal FIBA sanctions drawn in the aftermath of the Gilas-Australia brawl......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

SBP seeks 3-point clarification with FIBA on brawl

SBP president Al Panlilio has said a letter has been sent to FIBA seeking clarification on three points in relation to the suspension of 10 players, head coach Chot Reyes and assistant coach Jong Uichico with the appurtenant fines but clarified no appeal was made on the sanctions issued in the wake of the recent brawl between the Philippines and Australia in the third window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Barrios says SBP will appeal Fiba sanctions

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will appeal the decision of world cage body Fiba regarding 10 Gilas Pilipinas players with the next games in the World Qualifying tournament fast approaching. Executive director Sonny Barrios confirmed this on Friday, saying "definitely we will appeal the decision and we will do so before the deadline" set on Aug. 14 by Fiba. Gilas' next game is slated Sept. 13 in Iran before playing Qatar at home four days later. Only three players in the Gilas lineup---June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer---avoided sanctions from Fiba as a result of the ugly brawl vs Australia at Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was ...Keep on reading: Barrios says SBP will appeal Fiba sanctions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

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:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Expect another penalty for SBP after Asiad withdrawal

Expect more fines coming the SBP's way. By withdrawing from the 2018 Asian Games, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should receive more penalties on top of the FIBA fines it got just one week ago from the ugly Gilas-Boomers brawl at the Philippine Arena. On Friday, POC President and PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas says its safe to expect a fine from the Olympic Council of Asia for the country's suddent pull out in the Asian Games slated for next month in Indonesia. "I think there will be a sanction which is probably in terms of monetary. I'm pretty sure there will be," Vargas said. "What I don't know is there will be a sanction outside of the fine," he adde. Following the FIBA decision last week, the SBP is set to pay a fine of P13 million for the Gilas-Boomers brawl. While there's an expectation of a fine, Vargas assures that there's no tension between the Philippines and Indonesia. Both countries, together with Japan, will co-host the 2023 FIBA World Cup. "I think they will understand what we're going through and the thinking process the SBP has done," Vargas said of Indonesia. "The relationship of SBP with the Indonesian Basketball Associationis strong and it will withstand this decision," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Nowhere To Go But UP

Akhuetie secures the defensive rebound! In one motion, turns and makes the outlet pass to Juan Gomez De Liaño streaking from the wing… before he even puts the ball on the floor he makes another forward pass to Paras who then takes a power dribble from the 3-point line, takes two steps and then soars for the tomahawk slam… Two possessions later, it’s a ball screen set by Akhuetie for Juan at the left wing. The defender – who fights over the screen – is left behind; as Bright’s man tries to hedge, Akhuetie sucks the help defense in with a strong roll to the hoop. Juan whips a pass to the right corner to an open Ricci Rivero, who shot fakes, gets his man in the air, drives baseline and eludes the last defender with his trademark euro-step to the middle, before kissing the layup softly off the glass… Deep in the fourth period, UP enters the ball into Akhuetie in the post. He backs his man down, and after a couple dribbles, sees the double team from the middle and makes a kickout pass to a wide open Javi GDL at the top of the key. The weakside defender rushes to close out against an open 3, but Javi passes it off to his brother Juan at the wing, who knocks down the booming triple!   These are just some of the plays that UP fans will bask in the glory of come UAAP Season 82, when their highly-touted all-UAAP 5 are finally all eligible to suit up for the Fighting Maroons. Before we get ahead of ourselves however, let’s dial it back and take a look at each of these players at this point of their college careers and what they bring to the Diliman stable. Javi Gomez De Liaño A product of the UPIS system, Javi is the first of the De Liaño brothers to play in the Seniors division after a successful stint in the high school ranks. Although not as highly-touted as his younger sibling, Javi is a stretch 4, standing 6’5” with lots of length and athleticism, and a reliable outside touch. Definitely one of Coach Bo’s blue-collar glue guys, who has stepped up his game (8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 30% 3P% 21.2mpg in S80) as his minutes have increased. He will play both ends of the floor, can defend an opponent’s best scoring big or forward, and will be Mr. Intangibles on the court. Juan Gomez De Liaño Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, Juan GDL is already one of the UAAP’s most exciting and explosive players to watch. Arguably the most athletic and shifty guard in the league today, he’s a natural born scorer who can finish at the rim but has also shown the ability to run a team and make great decisions. While he needs to raise his 3pt shooting percentage to the high 30’s to be a real threat from the outside, he has that same winner’s mentality as his fellow fighting Maroon, Mr. “Atin to!” Paul Desiderio. Bright Akhuetie The two-time NCAA Mythical Five member and former Perpetual Help double-double machine could easily be the most dominant big man in the UAAP after Ben Mbala. Not only will he bring the much needed inside scoring UP has sorely lacked for the past several years, but he will immediately be a dominant inside presence on both ends of the floor – commanding double and even triple teams on offense, and altering shot after shot as the last line of UP’s defense. After serving a year of residency after transferring from UPHSD, Akhuetie is surely raring to stamp his mark in the UAAP, much like he did in the NCAA during his two seasons with the Altas. Ricci Rivero The biggest surprise and recruiting coup this summer belonged to UP Diliman, if only for the transfer of Ricci Rivero from DLSU. The prized former LSGH swingman was already making waves as the possible next King Archer when his career at Taft was cut short due to out-of-court issues. But on the court, Rivero has dazzled UAAP fans the past two years with a combination of athleticism and finesse not seen in decades. His natural scoring ability (12.9ppg, 35% 3P%, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg in Season 80) and trademark euro-step have left many defenders bewildered, and have unleashed a social media fandom unlike any we’ve seen so far. Kobe Paras As if the UP Community didn’t already have enough to watch out for in season 82, they pulled off another big catch when Kobe Paras, son of former UP legend Benjie Paras, committed to Diliman just early this month. Another LSGH product, Kobe played for the Creighton Bluejays in the US NCAA and has represented the country in multiple FIBA tournaments, including a gold medal finish in the 2017 SEA Games. Another prolific and high-flying scorer, Paras stands 6’6” but plays the wing position; and while he has a respectable outside touch, he is more known for his thunderous finishes, as a 2-time FIBA 3x3 dunk champion. With Paras and Rivero, UP would have the most athletic wing combination the UAAP has seen in years.   BUT, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s remember that basketball is still won by an entire team, and not just the five on the floor, star-studded as they may be. And more importantly, not only will UP be able to seriously contend for the final four and even a championship in Season 82, they could in fact contend for one as early as this Season 81. Paul Desiderio, their undisputed leader, will be playing out his final year, coinciding with Akhuetie’s first year with the team. Together with the GDL brothers, Jun Manzo, Noah Webb, Gelo Vito, Diego Dario, Jan Jaboneta,  Jerson Prado, Jarrell Lim, and even Will Gozum, among others, UP will have its deepest roster in more than a decade; and will definitely be a favorite to finally barge into the Final Four. Thus, while Season 82 is ripe with championship promise; as early as now, there is nowhere to go but UP for the Fighting Maroons.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

SBP withdraws from Asian Games, cancelling ROS reunion

In a sudden turn of events, the Philippines will not send a basketball team to the 2018 Asian Games. In a statement late Thursday night, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has decided to withraw from the Asiad in order "to allow our National Team and our organization to regroup." Excatly one week ago, FIBA handed out its sanctions to the Philippines following the brawl against Australia in the World Cup qualifiers. 10 players were suspended. Head coach Chot Reyes was suspended as well. In light of that, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, with Yeng Guiao coaching, were supposed to take over the TNT KaTropa as Philippine representatives in the Asian Games slated next month. The PBA Board even had a meeting early Thursday to discuss the country's participation. But in a surprise move, the SBP is withdrawing from the competition just a few hours later. Read the full statement below: SBP Statement on Philippine Participation in the 2018 Asian Games pic.twitter.com/bYJkGEi74R — SBP (@officialSBPinc) July 26, 2018     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian Games

  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has pulled out from the 2018 Asian Games just hours after announcing its concrete plans for the Jakarta meet. The SBP said in a statement that the participation in the 2018 Asian Games "would not be optimal." This decision came just seven hours after the PBA Board and the SBP met to annouce that Rain or Shine will be the representatives in the continental meet. Yeng Guiao, who is currently handling NLEX, was also appointed as the team's head coach while Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia as the chief assistant. The SBP said they are in the process of regrouping the national team after the brawl against Australia in the Fiba W...Keep on reading: SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018