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Gates to re-open for FIBA qualifiers

The gates will once more be open to the public when the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3, both at the MOA Arena, in the fifth window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 16th, 2018

Brownlee to Philippine team is ‘one option,’ says Guiao

National team head coach Yeng Guiao is open to tapping the services of Justin Brownlee as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the future. Guiao bared the intriguing recourse Monday night following the Philippines’ gut-wrenching loss to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers that sent the Filipinos staggering to fourth… link: Brownlee to Philippine team is ‘one option,’ says Guiao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Lassiter-Wright is the shooter combo Gilas deserves

In an ironic twist of fate, three-point shooting has been one of the issues Gilas Pilipinas has been dealing with so far in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. In seven games so far, the Philippines is only shooting 28.5 percent from distance, which is 12th in a field of 16 teams. Gilas is only averaging 6.4 makes per game despite attempting an average of 22.6 shots per outing. In their last loss to Iran, Gilas shot 5/28 from three-point range for a woeful 17.9 percent. Fortunately, it looks like brighter days are ahead for Team Pilipinas from rainbow country as the national team is set to welcome back Matthew Wright from one-game suspension. The Fil-Canadian sniper is shooting 43.8 percent in these Qualifiers, second-best in Gilas. Wright will team up with Marcio Lassiter starting Monday against Qatar, giving the Philippines its best two-man shooter combo since Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier shared the floor a couple of Gilas versions ago. "I'm excited because Marcio is one of the players I look up to," Wright said of his upcoming tandem with Lassiter. "Coming in, I've heard comparisons between us and it's very flattering with Marcio being a great shooter and a champion," he added. While it's they're first time teamming up ever, Wright is confident that he'll mesh well with Lassiter. As Gilas looks to recover from back-to-back losses in the Asian Qualifiers, a Lassiter-Wright combo should greatly help the national team's cause. "We get along off the court too. We have great chemistry and we will make things happen and open the floor for everybody else," Wright said. "We just got to do our job and knock down shots," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

PBA: League invites Gilas players for meeting regarding brawl

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has announced on its Twitter account that it will open up dialogue with the players involved in the fist fight against Australia at the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena. The PBA, which had 11 of 12 players on its activated Gilas roster Monday night, will be conducting a closed-door meeting this Thursday to discuss the incident. Just in: PBA invites Gilas Pilipinas players to a closed-door meeting on Thursday to discuss the incident that happened in their game against Australia.#WeArePBA pic.twitter.com/FEaARTq3QG — PBA (@pbaconnect) July 3, 2018 Nine players from the Gilas roster, including eight PBA players, were thrown out of the game. They were namely: Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario of TNT, Carl Bryan Cruz and Calvin Abueva of Alaska, Matthew Wright of Phoenix, and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra. Andray Blatche, naturalized import was also ejected for his role in the fight, while four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, and Meralco's Baser Amer were retained on the floor for what the referee deemed as 'non-hostile' actions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 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

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Chot stands his ground with Gilas, basically names Kickert as trigger

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- There's obviously more to the story of Gilas Pilipinas' ugly brawl against Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena here. But in the immediate aftermath of the free for all, the Philippine national team is standing its ground, basically saying that all they did was protect themselves. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] In a quick interview with a handful of media after the game, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes says that they actually tried to restrain their players. But after continued extra activities from the Boomers, particularly forward Daniel Kickert, things just got out of control real quick. Coach Chot mentioned an incident even before the game started as both teams apparently got into it during warm ups. "I don't know if he was trying to get into our minds, if he was trying to start something," Reyes said of Kickert. "I have no... whatever his motive is, there was no excuse for him doing what he did during the warm- up. Nakakita na ba kayo na tinira yung kalaban sa warm-up? Sa lay-up line? Hindi pa naguumpisa tinira na tayo. What do you expect us to do?" he added. With the incident pre-game, Reyes said that they told their players to brush it off and focus on the game. Regardless of the Pinoy's apparent focus, the Boomers started to break the game wide open in the second half.  [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game] And at the four-minute mark of the third period, things went south. After a physical sequence, RR Pogoy shoved Australia's Chris Goulding to the floor. That prompted Kickert to hit Pogoy, knocking him to the floor as well. Almost immediately, Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche went after Kickert and the Gilas bench followed soon after. In the end, a totoal of 13 players were ejected, nine from Gilas. The Philippines ended up losing by default. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas] Facing possible sanctions from FIBA, Reyes is ready to accept but he maintains Kickert had a huge role in all of it. "I don't know. It's up to FIBA in the end. We need to face those consequences, it is what it is. One thing I know about this team is that we're not gonna back down. We already restrained the players before the game. We told them wag na pansinin," Reyes said. "Then Kickert did all of those things at the start, sa warm-up line. We told them wag na pansinin, focus on the game. But you know, when he did that in th third quarter it was hard to restrain them anymore," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Don’t expect to see Terrence Romeo with Globalport this month, with Gilas next month

Terrence Romeo stayed on the court for nearly an hour after Globalport wrapped up its practice on Friday at the Greenmeadows Gym in Pasig. However, that seems to be the most action the Batang Pier star will be seeing anytime soon. Romeo said that remains no timetable for his return and that it is unlikely he will be back on the court this month. “’Di ko pa nakikitang kaya ko this January. Malabo,” he told reporters. The high-scoring guard is recovering from a knee injury and is yet to suit up this season. According to him, his knee is far from a hundred percent. “Tumatakbo ako konti-konti and nararamdaman ko yung pressure (sa tuhod), masakit. Ayokong pilitin,” he said. He also said that it isn’t just his knee that has been affected, but his conditioning as well. As he put it, “Medyo nawala ako sa shape nung nakalipas na buwan kaya kelangan ko rin magpapayat nang konti para pagbalik ko, hindi mapupunta lahat ng pressure sa tuhod ko. “ Along with missing out more than half of Globalport’s elimination round schedule, Romeo’s injury will also sideline him from the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in February. Gilas will be resuming training on Monday for a looming showdown with fellow undefeated team Australia in its home court on February 22. Romeo said that he has already informed coach Chot Reyes about his status. “Actually, nakausap ko si coach last month and sinabi ko nang kung pwedeng bigyan ako ng chance na makapag-try out ulit, pero after February na,” he said. He then continued, “Si coach Chot naman, ‘di siya nagko-close ng opportunity para sa kahit kaninong tao kaya nung in-open ko yun, sabi niya, of course, open pa rin yung pool.” Of course, the former UAAP MVP said that when that time comes, he knows full well he has to earn a spot. “Siyempre, kelangan ko maging deserving by that time. Kung magiging deserving ako by that time, makikita naman nila yun. Kung di naman ako deserving, maiintindihan ko naman din yun,” he said. He then continued, “Sisiguraduhin kong by (the next window), magiging healthy ako and kundisyon para 100 percent ako na makapag-tryout para sa pool.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas beats Chinese Taipei, remains unbeaten in World Cup qualifiers

The Philippines successfully defended its homecourt against Chinese Taipei, 90-83, on Monday night to win its second straight assignment to open the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Gilas wins

GILAS Pilipinas survived a scare to beat host Japan, 77-71, and open its bid in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asia qualifiers at the Komazawa Olympic Park gym in Tokyo, Japan. Veteran Jayson Castro and naturalized center Andray Blatche leading the charge for the Filipinos, who blew an early double-digit….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

LIVE: Philippines vs Japan – 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – The SMART Gilas Pilipinas will open their campaign against Japan on Friday, November 24, at the Komazawa Olympic Park Gym in Tokyo, Japan.  The Philippines is ranked No. 5 in Asia and 30th in the world. Japan, meanwhile, is at 8th place in the Asian rankings and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

FIBA WC: Jawo stresses teamwork for Gilas to advance

Former senator and Philippine national team mainstay Robert 'Sonny' Jaworski says that he would like to see Gilas Pilipinas achieve greater things through teamwork in the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this February. Sporting a 5-5 record, Gilas will have to work hard against Qatar and Kazakhstan, both road games that will ultimately decide whether the national team will advance into the next round of basketball's biggest international competition or not.  Jaworski, who was watching the Ginebra-San Miguel tussle at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, stated the obvious by calling the next two games critical, but did impart a valuable lesson for coach Yeng Guiao's boys. "Sayang naman. So, we got to bring a lot of things together. And most importantly, yung maasahan ko yung kasama ko. Maaasahan ko yung kakampi ko, yun lang," the 72-year old shared. "The team spirit is very important. Learn as much as possible the good and the bad habits of each other, yun ang importante," he added. Now talking about the game, seeing his former team getting pummeled by the Beermen early on, Jaworski credited a familiar source of energy -- the sixth man -- as the one that helped the Gin Kings trim a 21-point lead to as low as five in the dying seconds of the game. "There were a lot of miscues. That's how the game rolls. Basta ang importante, the game got closer towards the end and I think the crowd made it that." When asked about coach Ginebra mentor Tim Cone's team struggles in the Philippine Cup, Jaworski magnified a key strategy in order to help the team get the wins in the league's most prestigious tourney. "Well, understand that the waterboy is important, so don't just rely on the import, you know? The waterboy is important and so are the other players. Get the pride going through. We cannot just rely on an import." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Gilas with two injured big men as next Fiba window nears | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesAhead of a crucial stretch in the Fiba Basketball World Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinasis looking at a few bumps in its preparation. Big men Raymond Almazan and Troy Rosario are bot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Barroca looking forward to Gilas return

The last time Barroca suited up for the national team was back in 2011 during the FIBA Asia Championships that also doubled as the Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – Andray Blatche makes his keenly awaited return to Gilas Pilipinas as he spearheads the 14-man pool for the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February. Serving a 3-game suspension from FIBA and missing the fifth window after being left out of the previous ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble

BULACAN, Philippines---June Mar Fajardo returned to the venue that hosted a dark chapter in his illustrious career. San Miguel's jovial giant went back to Philippine Arena to collect his fifth straight MVP during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 PBA season six months after the Philippine national team got involved in one of the worst basketball incidents in sporting history. Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian national team got into a huge brawl late in the third quarter of their match in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers that saw basketball's governing body suspend a total of 13 players from both teams get suspended. Of the 13, 10 were from the Philippines but Fajardo wa...Keep on reading: ‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Possible Batang Gilas mentors?

This is going to be a huge year for Philippine basketball, especially with Team Pilipinas trying to punch its ticket to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and with the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers beginning November. Eric Altamirano is at the top of my list Our youth teams, however, will be just as busy. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Andray Blatche back in beast mode

After serving his three-game suspension stemming from the Australia fracas at the Philippine Arena last July, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is back in beast mode and ready to return to action for the national squad in the final window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Blatche back in beast mode

After serving his three-game suspension stemming from the Australia fracas at the Philippine Arena last July, Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is back in beast mode and ready to return to action for the national squad in the final window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

PBA 43 Review: Suspended surge at NLEX

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we take on the NLEX Road Warriors.   SUSPENDED SURGE After a problematic first season under new head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX hit the jackpot in the 2017 PBA Draft. Armed with the no. 2 pick, the Road Warriors made the obvious choice and took guard Kiefer Ravena, arguably the most PBA ready prospect to make the jump in forever. He was PBA ready alright. Kief wasted little time in helping NLEX turn things around. With Ravena at the lead, the Road Warriors had their best tournament in the PBA so far and made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, pushing the Magnolia Hotshots to six games. That’s pretty much the best part of NLEX’s season though. The Road Warriors failed to have a strong finish in the semis series against the Hotshots after Kevin Alas tore his ACL early in Game 5. With Alas out, NLEX’s emerging K&K backcourt tandem was decimated. And after Ravena’s shock suspension from FIBA, the K&K, and in essence NLEX’s whole season, was lost. Ravena was slapped with an 18-month ban by FIBA for doping. Ravena took a protein drink with prohibited ingredients prior Gilas Pilipinas’ home win over Japan in the 2019 FIBA Asia Qualifiers in February. The suspension covers all basketball activities, including the PBA. With that development, NLEX naturally spiraled out of control in the Commissioner’s Cup, leading to an early elimination. The Road Warriors did well enough in the Asia League Summer Super 8 in Macau, finishing in the semifinals, to help set up a strong run in the Governors’ Cup. But with most of its key pieces gone, NLEX flamed out in the quarterfinals and a season that started with so much promise ended in bitter defeat. Patience will be a virtue for NLEX moving forward, but once the Road Warriors finally feature a complete lineup, the team’s suspended surge can hopefully continue in 2019 and beyond.   NLEX ROAD WARRIORS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 6-5 (6th place) Commissioner’s Cup: 2-9 (11th place) Governors’ Cup: 5-6 (8th place) Overall: 13 wins and 20 losses. Two playoff appearances, 1 Semifinals.   POST DRAFT NOTE: NLEX used two first round picks to select Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. Both rookies didn’t play one game for the Road Warriors. NLEX used the two rookies as trade bait and eventually nabbed center Poy Erram from Blackwater. Erram certainly gives the Road Warriors a top center and he should be instrumental in NLEX as the team waits to feature a complete lineup with the K&K tandem.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019