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FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao confident on Blatche fitting in with Gilas

On Monday, Gilas Pilipinas had to momentarily go back to life without Andray Blatche. The naturalized Filipino had to go back to China and will rejoin the national team Saturday as Gilas Pilipinas head to Qatar for the first of two games that will ultimately decide the country’s fate in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. With too little borrowed time with Blatche, Gilas remains optimistic that they’ve done enough to have Andray effective against Qatar and Kazakhstan in less than two weeks time. “Palagay ko nakuha na niya,” head coach Yeng Guiao said on Blatche’s grasp of his system. “Kahit noong pina-practice namin siya sa NLEX team, he has a very good understanding of the system,” he added. Blatche feeling comfortable and actually liking Guiao’s new system in Gilas certainly helps. Preparation is already hard with the national team coming together on such short notice. Making drastic changes — or not having key guys adapt — certainly would have made things even more difficult. “Siya mismo naman sinasabi niya na gusto niya yung sistema, he can get used to it very easily,” Guiao said. “Importante din na magustuhan niya, mas mahirap turuan yung isang tao sa isang bagay na hindi niya gusto. At least ito gusto niya, he's making an extra effort to learn,” he added. With an extra couple of days without Blatche present, GIlas will still have Blatche involved one way or another. “Ang gagawin namin, magvi-video kami ng mga practice namin, papadala namin sa kaniya,” Guiao said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 11th, 2019

Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window

MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas are on a tough bind in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with the team sitting at the fourth place of Group F and needing to win their last two games. Head coach Yeng Guiao also has the tough task of leading the national team into the enemy territories of Qatar and Kazakhstan for their last games but the fiery head coach is unconcerned of the difficult order. "I'm confident and I'm happy with this group of guys," said Guiao after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday before their trip. Guiao added that he's proud of what naturalized center Andray Blatche had done to be in top physical shape for the coming window. "...Keep on reading: Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Thirdy Ravena extra warm body for Gilas

Thirdy Ravena is among Gilas players flying out of Manila today while Andray Blatche travels to Doha from China, giving coach Yeng Guiao an extra warm body for any eventuality in their last hurrah in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Yeng Guiao says chemistry not an issue

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said yesterday chemistry won’t be an issue when the national team plays Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24, both away from home, in the last window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers even as Andray Blatche participated in only a handful of practices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Cramming Blatche says he has time to grasp Guiao’s system

The road to the Fiba World Cup is long and bumpy for Gilas Pilipinas. But Andray Blatche is ready for the ride---never mind if he has to cram to learn a new system.   "It's coming along great for us," he told journalists on Thursday night shortly after the Nationals' training at Meralco Gym. It was his last practice with coach Yeng Guiao and the national squad before having to fly back to China on Monday to reconnect with his pro league team there.   No worries, he said.   "When we get to Qatar, we're going to have two-a-days," Blatche said. "We have time to catch up for it. You know, being there, being together away from everybody and having two practice...Keep on reading: Cramming Blatche says he has time to grasp Guiao’s system.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Andray Blatche seen as ‘changer’ for Team Philippines

Seeing Andray Blatche in his first full practice Monday night, national coach Yeng Guiao has become more convinced the 6-foot-11 naturalized player could be “the game-changer” in Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to salvage a berth in the 2019 FIBA World Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

FIBA WORLD CUP: Blatche is Gilas’ game changer says Guiao

Reinforcement has arrived for Gilas Pilipinas in the name of Andray Blatche. The naturalized center has rejoined the national team as Gilas prepares for the 6th and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas needs two wins to have a chance at earning a spot in the World Cup and Blatche should be the one that gives the Philippines its edge. “He’s going to be the game changer,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said of Andray Blatche. “He's bringing in a lot of confidence, he's really lifting the morale of the team just because of his abilities,” he added. Even though Blatche only had his first official practice of the year with Gilas Monday, he’s coming along nicely says Guiao. Blatche has dropped by practices of NLEX and Rain or Shine over the weekend and that’s helped his accelerate his familiarization with Guiao’s system. The away games over at Qatar and Kazakhstan will be the first for Blatche under Guiao. “He's picked up on the plays really quick. One reason he practiced this morning with NLEX, we ran the same plays. On Saturday, he practiced with Rain or Shine we ran the same plays. So he's putting enough time and repetitions to be able to memorize the plays,” Guiao said. “I think he's just doing fine with the absorption of the system and the patterns, and getting to know the rest of the guys,” he added. Even as Gilas tries to make the most out of its with Blatche, Guiao is impressed with what he’s seeing so far. Andray is certainly set up to live up to his role as the national team’s game changer. “Nakita naman natin he's going to demand the double team definitely. I don't think there's anybody in the Kazakhstan team or the Qatar team that can stop him one-on-one,” Guiao said of Blatche. “We saw what his abilities are. He's an inside, outside guy. He's a very versatile player who can shoot and who can pass,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

FIBA WORLD CUP: Two road wins a must for Blatche, Gilas

Andray Blatche is back and he knows what he’s in for. As it stands Gilas Pilipinas holds an even 5-5 record in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. That’s only good for fourth place in the now competitive Group F. With two games remaining, both on the road, the Philippines is in a must-win situation for both. Andray Blatche is well aware of that. “For sure, everybody in this country knows the importance of these next two games,” Blatche said. “I know all my teammates know how bad we need this next win.  So it’s a do-or-die for us and I know we’re gonna give our all and leave everything on the court and come home with the two wins,” he added. Finishing his first official practice with the national team, Blatche says he’s doing fine. Adjusting to coach Yeng Guiao’s system has been fluid for the naturalized center. He’s even taken time to drop by practices of NLEX and Rain or Shine to speed up the process. “His offense is more of going off instinct, you know. Just gotta be in the right spots at times and then after that, you just play basketball. You know this is I think my third.. my third day here where I’m going over offense everyday. So it’s coming to me easy,” Blatche said of Guiao’s system. “It was like clockwork. It was like clockwork because, you know, I know what guys on this court are capable of doing and I know which guys are shooters, which guys are the slashers. His offense, like I said, is based off just knowing your teammate and knowing what they’re gonna do next and instinct. And that actually works out in my favor for me,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Ibibigay ko yung best ko, time ko, puso ko -- Barroca

Magnolia guard Mark Barroca is very much pumped-up to don the national colors once again after eight years. So when head coach Yeng Guiao called for the team’s first training session for the sixth and last qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the 32-year old Magnolia Hotshots backcourt star was one of the early players to arrive at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Unfortunately, the training session turned into just an orientation with just 10 players showing up and just six including Barroca participating in a quick shoot around.           But it didn’t dampen Barroca’s return as a member of the national team. “Sobrang excited ako makapaglaro dito. Sabi ni coach kanina ‘yung commitment nga sobrang kung meron pang 200 percent na commitment, ‘yun committed ako, so why not?” said Barroca, a pioneer of the then Smart Gilas program. “Bibigay ko talaga ‘yung best (ko), bibigay ko yung time ko dito ngayon na makapaglaro ulit.” Barroca last played for the national team back in 2011 during the FIBA Asia Championship where the country placed fourth.     “Siyempre as a player, lahat ng players gusto mag-national team so ito napili din ako so ibibigay ko yung best ko, yung time ko, yung puso,” said Barroca. “’Di na rin ako nagi-expect na makuha dito pero kinuha nila ako siyempre sobrang saya ko rin sobrang tine-treasure ko ‘yung pagkakuha nila dito sa akin. Alam mo yun, na-pump up ako e na kinuha nila ako,” he added. Barroca was joined by Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Poy Erram, Raymnond Almazan and Japeth Aguilar. Paul Lee and Scottie Thompson skipped the first training day while naturalized player Andray Blatche has yet to arrive in the country. Back-up naturalized player Christian Standhardinger has recently stated that he’s focused on recovering from knee injury and playing for San Miguel in the ongoing 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Gilas is preparing for two must-win games against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25. The national squad will fly to the Middle East on the second week of Ferbuary for a series of tune up matches. Gilas dropped its last two games on nail-biting fashions – against Kazakhstan (92-88) and Iran (78-70) last December. The national team is 1-3 in the last four games, and the two setbacks dropped the Philippines to fourth place with a 5-5 card in Group F behind Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3) and Japan (6-4).   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Nothing final yet on Blatche s Gilas status, says Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Whether Andray Blatche will play for Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth and final window of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup remains to be decided. "Being considered but nothing final yet," national team coach Yeng Guiao told Rappler through text on Thursday, December 27, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

Blatche rejoins Gilas in final window

By January, national coach Yeng Guiao looks to start a once- or twice-a-week workout to begin their preparation for the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier where Team Phl hopes to score a twinkill to salvage a berth in the 2019 World Championship in China......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018

Gilas ‘bad boyz’ ready for duty, says Andray Blatche

Naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche said he and his former Gilas Pilipinas teammates Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo are "ready" for another tour of duty for the Philippine team. The 32-year-old Blatche even dubbed the three of them as "the bad boyz" in a post on his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon less than 24 hours since Gilas bowed to Iran in heartbreaking fashion in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. READ:Despite Gilas' 0-2 home stand, Yeng Guiao 'no regrets' over exclusion of Andray Blatche   View this post on Instagram   3 of us are missing I'm sure they ready as well let's do...Keep on reading: Gilas ‘bad boyz’ ready for duty, says Andray Blatche.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Santos still going strong despite age, grateful to be part of Gilas 12 vs Iran

Arwind Santos is one of the oldtimers in Philippine basketball. At 37-years-old, the 2013 PBA MVP is already considered as an elder statesman and he has every right to take it easy. Taking things easy, however, isn't part of Santos' work order as he constantly produced stellar seasons throughout the years and he reached another milestone in his envy-worthy career when he got chosen as part of the national team lineup that will go up against Iran in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It's almost fitting that the man who chose for his latest international tour of duty was the man whom he played before in a Philippine jersey---the unflappable Yeng Guiao. S...Keep on reading: Santos still going strong despite age, grateful to be part of Gilas 12 vs Iran.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Gilas will be ready when games count says Guiao

The Philippines had a rather disappointing result in its series of practice games against Jordan and Lebanon. In four games last week, Gilas Pilipinas only came out on top once, an 82-73 decision against Jordan in their second game. That contest ended with about six minutes to go in the fourth quarter after Jordan walked out following a heated verbal altercation betwenn Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan mentor Joseph Steibing. The rest of the three games Gilas played, they lost, including a sweep at the hands of Lebanon. It's a good thing those games do not count and Guiao is confident that the national team can regroup and win when the games matter against Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and against Iran on Dec. 3 both at the MOA Arena. "We're very positive naman na we can play a good game against Kazakhstan," Guiao said. "We have to put together all our learnings and try to make them matter in the games that are most important to us, which are the Kazakhstan and Iran game," he added. Additional tune-ups would have allowed Gilas Pilipinas to be sharper. But with a couple of days left before the penultimate window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Guiao would rather not risk injuries and the like. "Ilang araw na lang eh, baka may mangyari pa," he said. "It's better to preserve them at this point and also to just do scouting then practice the specifics na for the games," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- After an ugly free for all, Gilas Pilipinas was left with only three players to go up against the talented Australians at the Philippine Arena here. With four minutes to go in the third period, a brawl broke out between the Philippines and Australia. After the commotion settled and reviews were done, four players from the Boomers were ejected. Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Kickert, and Chris Goulding were thrown out on the part of Australia. For Gilas, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence, Romeo, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz were ejected for disqualifying fouls, leaving Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer to fend of themselves. The game naturally ended with an Australia win by default after Norwood and Fajardo fouled out. Final score was 89-53, leaving 1:57 on the clock in the third period. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] As it stands, Australia took over first place in Group B and will head to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers with a 5-1 record followed by Gilas Pilipinas (4-2) and Japan (2-4). In terms of the game before the brawl, Gilas kept it competitive after the opening 10 minutes but a 9-0 run by Australia in the second quarter opened things up. As the Boomers took a double-digit lead, the Philippines never recovered and the Australians cruising for a victory that could have been a fitting bounce back a suffering a shock upset at the hands of Japan last week. After nearly everything went right for Gilas in a dominant road win over Taipei, nearly everything went wrong for the Philippines in its home stand. Everything went wrong actually and the Philippines could be facing trouble with FIBA over the incident.   The Scores:   AUSTRALIA 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0. PHILIPPINES 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.   Quarters: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Good luck

THE Gilas Pilipinas squad leaves for Tokyo today, mindful of the tough task ahead but confident of getting the job done as its opens its bid in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers this Friday. With the team’s most important player in naturalized reinforcement Andray Blatche finally hitting town two days….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas is facingits biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition. The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team's continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao's system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup. "Just doing his system and I think anybody who's watched coach Yeng can see that everybody's going to have an opportunity to play," said Norwood after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday. Guiao's system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assura...Keep on reading: As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Gilas Pilipinas faces tough tests in final window

National coach Yeng Guiao and the members of his Gilas pool are trying hard to stay positive and focus on the goal at hand even with the tremendous pressure and extreme conditions they face in the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

In short time, Blatche has learned – and likes – Guiao s system

MANILA, Philippines – Limited time was a concern for Andray Blatche as he rejoined Gilas Pilipinas, but head coach Yeng Guiao believes the former NBA player has accustomed himself with the team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.  Being away from the national team for half a year, Blatche immediately ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao says Gilas ready for extreme Kazakh weather

It’s something they have no control over but Gilas Pilipinas remains wary of Kazakhstan’s extreme weather conditions. In super simple words, weather in Astana will be freezing. It’s going to be below zero as the Philippines wraps up its 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers schedule in Kazakhstan in less than two weeks time. “We’re trying to condition their minds and bodies na sobrang malamig, it’s something which we usuall do not experience dito sa atin, kahit mag-abroad ka man,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. “It’s our first time to play in such conditions,” he added. Gilas obviously can’t replicate the conditions in Kazakhstan while in Manila, it’s just impossible. So for the meantime, the national team will be doing everything to prepare save for actually playing in a giant freezer. “Pinaghanda lang namin saila, especially with their cold weather gear,” Guiao said. “The heavy jackets, the shoes, yung mga gloves. Baka dalawang araw lang kami dun pero yun nga mahirap yung dalawang araw na wala kang acclimatization. We’ll see,” he added. Whether or not Gilas actually sees a dip in performance in freezing cold weather remains to be seen. Gilas will just have to deal with the weather once they get to Astana. The good thing is that the national team will be ready regardless. “Mahirap sabihin how big a factor it is, since this is the first time we’re going to be in such situation as a team,” Guiao said. “Physically and mentally, I think they’re [Gilas] ready. They have to toughened up and play in a extreme condition,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019