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: abscbn abscbnFeb 11th, 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

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

Gilas boys on freezing Kazakh weather: “Hindi naman siguro tayo papatayan ng heater doon”

It’s been cold in Manila recently, some people like it while some people don’t. But if a tropical country like the Philippines is experiencing unusually cold weather, you can just imagine the countries that do experience winter. It must be freezing. That’s the predicament Gilas Pilipinas has particularly when the national team goes on the road to battle Kazakhstan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas players are intrigued but prepared. “Yun nga sabi nga nila, sabi ko nga, so wala tayong magagawa kundi talagang maglalaro. Negative talaga, hindi naman siguro tayo papatayan ng aircon doon diba? Ah ng heater. So malay natin, hindi naman ganoon ang mangyayari,” guard Mark Barroa said. “So hopefully makuha talaga yung Qatar muna, bago pag-isipan natin yung Kazakhstan,” he added. For naturalized center Andray Blatche, the prospect of freezing temperatures in Kazakhstan mean nothing to him. Blatche has had his fair share of cold-weather places in the past so let’s just say he’s well acclimated. “It’s freezing cold in China, so it’s the same,” he said. “We practice in freezing gyms in China so I’ll be okay,” Blatche added. However, the rest of the Gilas boys don’t practice in freezing gyms so that’s why guard Scottie Thompson has a bit of a theory. It’s the most Scottie answer out there. “Siguro kaya ang lamig din dito [Meralco Gym], tino-todo na nila yung aircon para masanay kami,” Thompson said. “Yun din yung pinaka-battle namin – yung adjustment namin, yung katawan namin, yung lamig doon [Kazakhstan]. Adjustment na lang sa weather,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

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

Gilas has to ’embrace pressure’ in must-win duel vs Iran, says Guiao

The Philippines is in a fit in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after getting into a third-place tie with Japan at 5-4 in Group F. It's certainly a must-win situation for Gilas Pilipinas but head coach Yeng Guiao said the team is ready for the pressure that's lingering over their heads. "Of course, our next game is a must-win one and of course there's pressure, but that's what we signed up for," said Guiao Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena before the team's practice in preparation for its game against Iran on Monday. "We just have to embrace the pressure and accept the consequences." There will only be seven teams from Fiba's Asian region that will qualif...Keep on reading: Gilas has to ’embrace pressure’ in must-win duel vs Iran, says Guiao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng assures Gilas ready for Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas is ready to go. On the eve of its home game against Kazakhstan, the Philippines has done all its necessary preparations for this crucial outing. Gilas wrapped up one of its final preps Thursday at the MOA Arena, with the official 12-man lineup going over specifics before the big game. "Were as ready as we can be," head coach Yeng Guiao said on his national team. "We should be ready, we don't want to burn out the guys. We also want them to be well-rested for tomorrow. It's going to be a physical game, so we're ready for that," he added. The Philippines destroyed Kazakhstan by 37 points in the Asian Games a couple of months back and so while that gives some sense of confidence on Gilas, you can never be too sure. Coach Yeng has his team ready for anything new Kazakhstan might offer this time around. "Sa nangyari doon sa Asian Games, I'm sure they'll make adjustments," Guiao said. "So we cannot totally rely on what we did in the Asian Games. I’m sure they’re going to do something different. So we’re just putting in some options just in case they try to differ from their original game plan in the Asian Games," he added. The Philippines and Kazakhstan will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 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: Jordan walks out of practice game vs. Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines --- Looks like Gilas Pilipinas can't escape controversy. Another game by the Philippine national team ended before the final buzzer as Jordan packed its bags and left the playing court Wednesday at the Meralco Gym here. At the time of Jordan's walkout, Gilas was up, 82-73, with 6:26 to go in the fourth period. Much like Monday's clash, the second of two practice games between the Philippines and Jordan was intense and physical. There was a mini commotion in the first half following a hard foul by a Jordan player on Christian Standhardinger. Jordan head coach Joseph Stiebing was called for a technical foul on that play and as tempers flared, Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao met his counterpart inside the court and a shouting match ensued. Things came to a fault in the fourth quarter when another Jordan player threw the ball at Scottie Thompson in protest of a foul. That triggered the final confrontation between the two head coaches in which Guiao says Stiebing challenged him to a fight. "The coach [Steibing] said he was ready to take my ass. I was challenging him to take my ass pero hindi naman siya ginawa," Guiao said of his aletercation with Stiebing. The Jordan coach didn't deny having choice words for Guiao but insisted that those words came during the heat of the moment. He argued that Guiao was cursing at his players and he asked for him to stop. Stiebing says coach Yeng persisted. "When an opposing coach curses at your players and calls them names, I think that's crossing the lines, and I think that's what got me upset. I asked the coach earlier, I said, 'Please, don't talk to my players.' And then he did it again. I've had players before, if a coach curses at them, they'll go after them and start a fight. I think that's unprofessional," Steibing said of Guiao. "And you know, I told the coach something that I shouldn't have said but I didn't curse at him and it was just at the heat of the battle. But I did ask him twice not to curse at my guys and he continued to do it even after that," he added. Following the walkout, Gilas ended up splitting its practice games against Jordan following Monday's six-point loss. The Philippine national team still has another pair of tune-up games this week against Lebanon before hosting Kazakhstan and Iran for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Alex Cabagnot ready to go for Gilas practice

At 35 years old, Alex Cabagnot is being called to the national team for the very first time.  Even so, the San Miguel sniper lit up like a young professional as he got the call from Commissioner Willie Marcial, officially including him in the pool that will be considered for the Philippine national men's basketball team that will play in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Sept. 13 in Iran, and on the 17th here at home against Qatar. Even though he did not get a call from coach Yeng Guiao or the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Cabagnot is ready and very primed to go to practice on Monday. "Of course I'm going to practice. I'm so excited. I wish it were Monday already,"  Cabagnot, who had an all-around game of 23 points, six boards and nine asssists in their 125-112 win against Guiao's NLEX Road Warriors. Cabagnot also thanked Guiao for considering him to be in the pool, and was speechless when he heard the official word. "I'm excited and humbled at the same time. Just to have opportunity to be in the pool and serve my country and to help it any way possible." With no issues regarding his FIBA eligibility, it's a go for the sharpshooter.  __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao ready to name final Gilas lineup on Monday

Fresh from a brave stand in the Asian Games where they finished 5th place, national team head coach Yeng Guiao says his crew will be right back in business to prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. To start the second round, the Philippines (4-2) will take on Iran on September 13 before hosting Qatar four days later. With about two weeks of preparation this time, Guiao says Gilas will be right back to practice on Monday, September 3. He says the final team will be pretty much announced after that first practice. "Monday is the start of practice. We will also determine Monday who are interested in accepting that invitation and then we will form the team right there after," Guiao said Saturday. The Philippines will essentially keep its Asian Games core for the upcoming FIBA window, with the exception of some due to various reasons. Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Poy Erram, Asi Taulava, and Paul Lee are retained from the Asian Games team, though Guiao will have to let go of either Standhardinger and Pringle as both count as naturalized players in FIBA tournaments. Included in the new pool of Gilas are Scottie Thompson, Ian Sangalang, Allein Maliksi, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter. In a report from Indonesia by Reuben Terrado of, Matthew Wright is also invited. Although Wright was suspended by FIBA following the Gilas-Australia brawl back in July, the Phoenix gunner is only barred for one game, making him eligible for the Qatar game. "One week and one big man short of playing for a medal tayo sa Asian Games. Ito kapos din pero we will make the most out of it. We are used to cramming anyway so again, it will really depend on the commitment of the players," coach Yeng said. "Wala na tayong problema sa PBA. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa PBA dahil wala tayong limitations doon sa pagpili ng mga players so I think what happened in the Asian Games is also due to the cooperation now of the PBA and the SBP. Kung pinadala lang kami as yung original lineup at hindi natin nahatak sina Standhardinger, sila Pringle, sila Poy Erram, hindi natin nahatak sila Paul Lee, hindi ganoon ang performance natin. Kaya nagpapasalamat tayo sa PBA dahil pinayagan nila yun. Now, they're opening up the doors even wider for the window. So we're very thankful but again, time is the problem now. Andyan na yung willingness to contribute players pero problema na lang, I hope we can whip up the team into a competitive condition in the next week or so," he added. But first things first though is practice on Monday and the announcement of the lineup immediately after. "After ng practice. Kailangan din kaya maaga, yung documentation at yung eligibility eh," Guiao said. "Kailangan doon may napili ka na, kailangan doon sigurado tayo na okay sa FIBA. Kung hindi, kailangan mapalitan kaagad. Ayun yung isang issue pa rin doon. Yeah, Monday evening. After practice," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Gilas not dwelling on pressure in fiba

There’s pressure on Gilas to sweep its last two games in the final window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers but coach Yeng Guiao said yesterday even if the national team’s fate is still hanging in the balance, he’s not making the players think about it......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 27 min. ago

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

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

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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Nervous Thirdy preparing for Gilas Pilipinas role

Ateneo de Manila University star and UAAP Season 81 Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena is the only amateur included in the current Gilas Pilipinas pool. As if that’s not a big enough deal, Thirdy is also in the line-up during the time that the Philippine national team is under the most pressure. Currently sitting at fourth place in Group F, Gilas Pilipinas is faced with two must-win situations as the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers draws to a close. Thirdy, who’s in the running to make the final 12 for the Philippines-Qatar and Philippines-Kazakhstan games, is naturally nervous. However, if he makes the main roster, those nerves will have to go away immediately because there’s simply no room for error once Gilas takes the court next week. “Unang-una medyo kinakabahan ako kasi first time ko sila makasama, lahat ng mga players ng Gilas,” Ravena said. “But kapag nandoon na, wala na room para kabahan, kailangan mag-perform ako,” he added. Thirdy’s slot in the final 12 is no sure thing. Even if he makes it, who knows how many minutes he’ll play in a national team stacked with international veterans. Still, the high-flying Blue Eagle is making sure he’s on his toes, ready to take flight when he’s number is up. “I need to prepare as best as a I can para if ever the time comes na kailangan ko, may role ako na kailangan gawin sa team, dapat ready ako,” he said. “I’m preparing the best I can to give back the to the trust na binigay ni Coach Yeng sakin in getting me and bringing me to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers,” Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated 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

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:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas not overthinking do-or-die games

Gilas Pilipinas is in two must-win situations in Qatar and Kazakhstan for the final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. There’s no two sides to it, if the Philippines just split the two games, there’s a very high chance that the national team will miss out on the World Cup later this year. Gilas Pilipinas is well aware of the pressure they’re facing on the road but the team is not obsessing too much about it. “Hindi na namin masyadong iniisip yun kasi wala naman matutulong kung mago-overthink ka,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. “We just have to relax,” he added. Not too relaxed though but the national team is focusing on things they can control. Things like team standings, especially results from the other group, the Philippines has no control over that. “We're just trying to focus on the game plan, the system, offense and defense, the match-ups,” Guiao said. “Pagdating namin doon [Qatar], mag-uumpisa na kaming mag-viewing so we have 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. We have 5 days to just keep running the videos and keep memorizing the plays of the teams, kung yun pa rin ang ira-run nila,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Be ready for WADA tests

Gilas players who are seeing action against Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24 in the sixth window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers should be forewarned that random drug testing will be done after both games......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 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