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Guiao can have smorgasbord of PBA players for next Gilas team

JAKARTA--Gilas Pilipinas will be playing China in a few hours in the 18th Asian Games, but cage fans back home will have something to cheer about before the first basket between these two regional.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesAug 21st, 2018

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 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

Guiao to name Gilas pool for upcoming Fiba window next week

Cebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter are expected to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas when head coach Yeng Guiao names his latest national team pool during a meeting with the PBA Board of Governors next Tuesday. The Philippines begins the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of home games at Mall of Asia Arena against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3. "Of course, the PBA governors want to know who will be the players in the pool for these players to be notified. The board also wants to know the program and the practices but for sure, the PBA will lend any of the players called," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in a story posted on th...Keep on reading: Guiao to name Gilas pool for upcoming Fiba window next week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas gets home win behind closed-doors

MANILA, Philippines --- Whether its in front of 20,000 people or 220 select audience, Gilas Pilipinas can't seem to have a good start at home in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Fortunately, regardless of how many people are in attendance, the Philippines knows how to recover from a poor start. Gilas needed a strong second-half push Monday to beat Qatar, 92-81, in a closed-door game at the Araneta Coliseum. The national team outscored the visiting Qataris, 28-12, in the third period to make up from a terrible first half. With the victory, Gilas maintained third place in Group F with a 5-3 record, bouncing back from two straight losses dating back to the first round. "It's kinda surreal, it felt really weird na maglaro ka sa sarili mong bansa [against] another country and there's nobody there cheering you," head coach Yeng Guiao said on the closed-door outing. "But after a while you get used to it. I also told [the players] before the game, ang daming nanonood sa atin sa TV, live stream, and all of them are praying and supporting us. Just visualize that and maybe that's going to help you put up that effort," he added. Gilas certainly put up that effort in the second half, giving up only 29 points in the third and fourth quarters to steal a home win after falling flat in the opening 20 minutes. Qatar shot lights out to start the game, dominating Gilas, 52-39. The Qataris already had three players in double figures at the break and led by as many as 17 points. Fortunately, the Philippines quickly recovered in the third, firing a quick 13-2 run to cut the deficit to two, 52-54. Gilas finally regained the lead late in the third after a Japeth Aguilar jumper, 59-58, and the national team never let up. Team Pilipinas ended up leading by as many as 17 points in the fourth period, 86-69. Japeth Aguilar and Alex Cabagnot led Gilas in scoring with 16 points apiece. Stanley Pringle had 13 while Beau Belga added another 11 points for the Philippines. Qatar got 26 points from Mohd Yousuf Mohmmed. The Qataris dropped to 2-6 in Group F.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 92 -- Aguilar 16, Cabagnot 16, Pringle 13, Belga 11, Lee 8, Wright 6, Lassiter 5, Sangalang 5, Erram 4, Thompson 3, Taulava 3, Norwood 2. QATAR 81 -- Mohammed MY 26, Al-Rayes 17, Ngombo 17, Khalid 10, Mohammed MH 4, Abdelbaset 3, Gueye 3, Abdelhaleem 1, Avdic 0, Lashin 0. Quarters: 15-26, 39-52, 67-64, 92-81.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Qatar braces for new environment and new Gilas team

Monday's closed-door game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers will be a first for Gilas Pilipinas. It's also going a first for Qatar, the Philippines' opponents in the Group F clash. As both teams prepare for the historic outing, it's sure weird for the visiting Qataris to not see a massive crowd at the Big Dome. Gilas home games tend to be packed after all. "I mean, I'm not sure how many closed door games have been played here in Manila. I think we were looking forward to playing in a packed environment, just for the experience and the atmosphere for the players," head coach Tim Lewis said on the close-door game. "So it will be different, you'll be able to hear everything we say, and I'm sure the game will have a different feel to it, it's hard to say until we actually start playing," he added. Lewis is familiar with how Gilas plays its home games after coaching Thailand in the 2017 SEABA Championships here in Manila. After that, Lewis was also involved with the TNT KaTropa for about a month as a consultant. "I've coached teams where we played in gyms with not many fans. Here, you don't expect that though, especially when you're playing against Gilas," Lewis said. Aside from dealing with a new environment, Lewis and the Qataris also prepare for a new-look Gilas team. Former head coach Chot Reyes is gone and coach Yeng Guiao's Final 12 for Monday feature players not necessarily included in previous Gilas iterations. It doesn't mean that the Philippines got weaker though. "Any Gilas team is gonna be solid, they play in a strong lead, they're well-coached. So I think it's probably not a fair statement to say it's a weak Gilas team," Lewis said. "I think it's a different Gilas team. They're getting to know each other, playing a different system, so you know, the coach is gonna have his own problems in terms of that. But they performed well against Iran and they did a good job in the Asian Games. So the core of that team is together and I'm sure they'll come out and be super competitive," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Team Pilipinas set to leave for Iran to start round 2 of Asian Qualifiers

Team Pilipinas is off to Iran to start round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas had one last morning practice on Monday and the national team is off to Tehran in the evening. The Philippines will take on Iran on September 13. No final 12 has been announced still and Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao said last week that the lineup will be revealed once they're already in Iran. And so, all 16 players will make the trip. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran] Gilas currently has a pool that includes Beau Belga, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Asi Taulava, Alex Cabagnot, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Ian Sangalang, Matthew Wright, Raymond Almazan, Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Greg Slaughter, Stanley Pringle, and Poy Erram. However, for the Iran game, Wright and Aguilar are suspended while Guiao will have to drop either Standhardinger or Pringle due to eligibility issues. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas] The Philippines is part of a merged group F with Australia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Qatar. Team Pilipinas is sitting at third place so far with a 4-2 record behind the Boomers (5-1) and the Iranians (5-1) themselves. Gilas will take on Iran at 8:30 p.m. (Philippine time) on Thursday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Guiao in no hurry to name PH final 12 vs Iran

The Philippines' first game in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers is just a week away but head coach Yeng Guiao is in no hurry to name his final lineup. Gilas Pilipinas will face Iran in Tehran on Sept. 13 and Guiao plans to announce his squad there so the team can take advantage of having more players during training. "There's no real urgency to name the 12 guys, so we'll stick with the 16 as for now," said Guiao after the team's practice Thursday at Meralco Gym. "We'll take all 16 players so even the two who are suspended won't be able to play but we still need them so we can continue with the practices." Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are suspende...Keep on reading: Guiao in no hurry to name PH final 12 vs Iran.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran

National team head coach Yeng Guiao is in no rush to name his final 12 to start the second round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Exactly a week before Gilas plays Iran on the road, coach Yeng is still refusing to name his final lineup, saying that they might as well name the team once they're in the Middle East. He even declined to name any shoo-ins to his Final 12. "Wala pa rin. Let's keep it exciting. There’s no real urgency to name the 12 guys. So we’ll stick with the 16 as for now. Although it’s really just 14, kasi di naman makakalaro si Japeth at si Matthew sa Iran," Guiao said after practice Thursday. "We also don't want the guys who may not be chosen to feel left out this early. So malalaman din naman nila. Mas mabuti nang nandoon na kami sa Iran," he added. With the Iran game fast approaching and short on extra bodies, Coach Yeng says the national team will take all 16 players to Iran, even Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright who can't play against the Iranians due to their one-game suspension from FIBA. "We'll take all 16 players, so yung dalawang suspended di makakalaro kaya lang kailangan namin sila doon para tuluy-tuloy yung practice," Guiao said. One problem that still persists though is the eligibility of Greg Slaughter. Gilas is yet to hear anything if the Ginebra slotman counts as a local or not. "We’re still in limbo with regards to the status of Greg. We’re just waiting for that. We hope it’s announced before we leave," Guiao said. "But I think we’ll choose between Stanley and Christian on who the naturalized player will be for the Iran game. But we’re not making that decision right away. Puwede namang doon na sa Iran gawin yon eh. Kasi ang submission ng final lineup is the day before the game eh," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 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 Spin.ph, 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

Healthy again, Sangalang out to make most of national team call-up

Ian Sangalang's about to take another chance at being a national team player. After he begged off in the past versions of Gilas, the smooth-moving big man can don the national tricolor after Yeng Guiao invited him to be part of the team for the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "I'm very happy to be part of Team Philippines and this will be a great exposure for me," said Sangalang in Filipino after his Magnolia Hotshots trumped NorthPort 104-87 in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I'm just really happy because out of all the players here I was chosen to become part of the team." Sangalang added that he didn't initially think tha...Keep on reading: Healthy again, Sangalang out to make most of national team call-up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

No worries for PH five: PBA pledges buffet of standouts available for Guiao

JAKARTA--Even with a total of 10 players suspended by Fiba, Team Philippines can look forward to having a strong Gilas Pilipinas for the coming two World Cup Qualifying matches with the PBA doublin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers: Guiao set to take over Gilas in second window

'Gilastopainters' head coach Yeng Guiao's duty with the national team will enjoy an extended stay as he is set to mentor the team at the continuation of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The fiery Guiao, who is currently in Jakarta handling the affairs of the national squad, will now be in charge of handling a Gilas squad still reeling from the suspension of 10 players and head coach Chot Reyes, who was himself slapped with a one-game ban. Guiao, who currently coaches the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, previously held the post in 2009, where he guided a Powerade Team Pilipinas squad to 8th place in the FIBA Asia Championships that year. According to SBP president Al Panlilio, Guiao will be handling the squad when they face Iran on Sept. 13 and a close-door home game against Qatar on Sept. 17. “We advised Coach Yeng last night, and he has of course accepted it para sa bansa,” Panlilio told Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez. “He’s committed to also coach the next window.” Reyes and the team were meted the punishments following the brawl against Australia last July 2 at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Breaking Down Gilas vs Kazakhstan

From the get-go, it was obvious that this iteration of Gilas Pilipinas would be a bit different. Coach Yeng Guiao, who could have opted on a more offensively potent starting unit, decided to go with familiarity and defense, starting three players from the Rain or Shine core in Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Beau Belga, and inserting JP Erram at center and Stanley Pringle at the point guard spot. The effect was immediately evident, as the corner triple from Norwood off a Pringle assist in the first play of the game set the tone. The trio of Norwood-Ahanmisi-Pringle showed why they are probably one of the strongest, more athletic, quick, and defensive-minded perimeter trios that Gilas has fielded in recent years. Practically switching everything on the outside, they did not allow Kazakhstan any room to operate, nor to get any rhythm from the field while forcing multiple turnovers, with Ahanmisi getting two steals that led to transition layups early. It was a 12-2 start for the Philippines before Kazakhstan could blink. The only thing going for the opposing team was their offensive rebounding, albeit these only prevented further transition baskets from the Philippines, as the Kazakhs couldn’t convert on the put backs. One thing Gilas has to adjust to however, is the way the international referees call the game, as their bigs – Almazan and Belga – got into foul trouble early, and penalty situation allowed Kazakhstan to make some headway from the line despite shooting just 1/13 from the field in the first. It was a low scoring first quarter, with Gilas held scoreless for the last 4 minutes and Kazakhstan unable to capitalize on the penalty situation, missing multiple charities. The quarter ended 16-9, Philippines. The second quarter started with Kazakhstan giving up their 7th turnover, which would be a recurring theme throughout the game thanks to Gilas’ defensive pressure. With 6 steals through the first 15 minutes of the game, Gilas prevented their opponents from getting any rhythm offensively, despite Rustam Yergali coming out more aggressive on the offensive end.  James Yap came off the bench and poured in 7 points in the first half, hitting 1 of Gilas’ 6 first half triples. They were 6/19 from deep while holding Kazakhstan, who is known for their outside shooting, to 1/12 at the half. Defense was once again the key in the 2nd quarter, as Gilas allowed just 11 Kazakhstan points, with themselves scoring 25. They forced 15 turnovers with 11 steals total in the first half, scoring 18 turnover points as a result; while they themselves committed just 5 turnovers, yielding 0 turnover points for the Kazakhs. The only downside was they gave up 18 freethrows to Kazakhstan, who luckily only converted on 11 of them. The half ended with the Philippines holding a commanding 21-pt lead, 41-20. Stanley Pringle was impressive to say the least, running the offense and controlling the pace of the game, living up to the all the accolades thrown his way prior to the Asiad. Kazakhstan came out of the halftime huddle with a lot more urgency, employing full court pressure all throughout the 3rd quarter, and outscoring Gilas 9-5 in the first 2 1/2 minutes. They also continued to hold the rebounding edge, especially on the offensive glass. While the Philippines continued to pressure defensively, doubling the ballscreens, Kazakhstan was able to adjust, hitting the rolling big man on multiple occasions for easy undergoal baskets. It was here that Fil-German Standhardinger went to work, getting offensive rebounds and scoring on back-to-back baskets midway through the 3rd, despite picking up his fourth personal with still 4 minutes left in the quarter. This turned out to be Kazakhstan’s best quarter, and the only one where the breached the 20-pt mark, outscoring Gilas 23-20. Whether it was the adrenaline rush with the arrival of Jordan Clarkson in the venue or an earful from Coach Yeng at the end of the third, Gilas started out much better in the fourth, with Pringle once again leading the charge. He hit back-to-back baskets to get to his game high 18pts to start the fourth period; while Almazan – who had multiple skirmishes throughout the game – also hit back-to-back baskets. By the time Paul Lee hit his 3rd consecutive triple midway through the fourth – his only field goals of the game – the game had been blown wide open on a Gilas 20-9 fourth quarter run, 81-52. At that point everyone started getting into the scoring picture while they kept the defensive intensity and held Kazakhstan to just 16 points in the fourth for an emphatic 96-59 opening day win. It was an impressive start to the tournament for Gilas, despite the absence of Kazakhstan’s best player due to injury, and more so with all that had happened prior to arriving in Indonesia. They now have four days to prepare for a key matchup with powerhouse China. With Clarkson, they get not just another elite athlete on the perimeter, but a legitimate NBA talent in his prime. It will take a lot more than that however, as the game against Kazakhstan showed. There will be no room for error against the huge and athletic Chinese frontline, and their younger guards. Defensively they’ll have to communicate as well, if not better; and our bigs will have to work extra hard to box out their Chinese counterparts. We can’t give up too many fouls, as the Chinese are tremendously better free throw shooters, and putting our already thin frontline in foul trouble will further limit their ability to implement Coach Yeng’s defensive gameplan. Offensively, I’m confident we have the talent to compete or even surpass China in the perimeter, and everyone knows Coach Yeng is a master at bringing out the best in his players. If our guards can wreak havoc and break China’s perimeter defense, and we’ll be able to get open looks both inside and out. If our bigs, Belga, Erram, Standhardinger, Almazan, and Taulava can limit China’s 2nd chance opportunities and give us a decent amount of 2nd looks, then we definitely have a shot. This Gilas squad definitely looks promising. I’m sure glad we decided to send one.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: I’m excited and I’m ready for the games -- Clarkson

NBA player Jordan Clarkson will finally get a chance to don the national colors. Although the Cleveland Cavaliers guard skipped the Philippines’ opening day assignment, Clarkson liked how the ragtag, hastily-formed Gilas Pilipinas played their hearts out against Kazakhstan in the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games. Clarkson, the country’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies on Saturday, arrived in Indonesia Thursday morning and went straight to GBK Basketball Hall to watch the game.      “I’m excited and I’m ready for the games. I’m very excited to know that I’m finally getting to do this, being able to play with my team and for the country, it’s definitely something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Clarkson. Despite missing a key piece, national team head coach Yeng Guiao steered the Rain or Shine core and PBA-reinforced Gilas to a convincing 96-59 drubbing of the Kazakhs to set a foot in the quarterfinals. Clarkson was impressed with what he saw. “(The team) is really good, fast, get up and down, shoot threes, fun style of play,” said Clarkson, who for the past three years was in the talks of playing for the national team. The Gilasto Painters, a portmanteau of Gilas and Rain or Shine’s PBA moniker, pounced on the hapless Kazakhs early and bullied their way to a dominating win, which saw all of Guiao’s 11 players contributing on offense.    Clarkson, whose eligibility for the Asiad was filled with drama, will debut on Tuesday against powerhouse team and gold medal favorite China.    “It’s a big game, every game is a big game,” he said. “We try to get the win every time we step on the floor so we just come here to compete and try to win.” Clarkson will now use the lull in action to familiarize with Guiao’s system and jell with the team.    “We got a few days of practice before the next game. I have to get used to how they do things here at least we have four days of practice so that I could get used to,” he said. Here is the full Clarkson interview:    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice -- Rivero

Despite missing the cut in the national men’s basketball team’s final roster for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, Ricci Rivero remains thankful for the opportunity to train under head coach Yeng Guiao. Guiao announced the final lineup Friday after the squad’s practice at the Meralco gym. Unfortunately, young talents Kobe Paras and Rivero didn’t make the lineup as well as Talk ‘N Text guard Don Trollano, who sacrificed his spot for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson despite the eligibility of the NBA player still in doubt pending the petition of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the Indonesian organizers to include him in the Asiad roster.        “Actually wala (sama ng loob), nothing against anyone sobrang thankful pa rin ako,” said Rivero. “I talked to coach Yeng sabi ko, “Sobrang thank you for this opportunity.” “Kasi sobrang dami kong natutunan. First, yung mga kuya and then next sina coach Yeng kasi sobrang hands on nila,” added Rivero. “Si coach Yeng kasi nakikita ko sobrang galing niyang mag-develop ng player, in a short time sobrang dami kong natutunan sa kanya. So yun sobrang thank you.” Rivero was present in all the five practice sessions of the Nationals, which started Monday. Rivero rushed into the Meralco gym Monday after landing in Manila following the University of the Philippines’ training in Serbia. In the end, Rivero was thankful for the rare chance to vie for a spot for the tricolors. For me hindi (nasayang ang pag-ensayo), sobrang thankful talaga ako na yun nga naging part ako nito,” he said. “Nu’ng una pa lang naman na narinig ko sobrang thankful na ako, gusto ko siyempreng makasama pero siyempre di ba PBA players na yan and hindi naman sila basta-basta. Sobrang thankful ako, hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice.” The Nationals that will try to surpass the seventh place finish of Gilas in the 2014 Incheon Asiad will be led by the core of Rain or Shine in Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, and Gabe Norwood. Completing the team are JP Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Asi Taulava and Clarkson.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Asian Games 2018 pullout: Yeng Guiao wish list thumbed down

MANILA, Philippines – Yeng Guiao, who was supposed to coach the Asian Games-bound Gilas Pilipinas team , said he agreed with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' (SBP)  decision to withdraw from the Asian Games  after failing to get the PBA players on his wish list who can reinforce the Rain or Shine core.  "I totally agree with the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PBA: Asiad stint is ROS sacrifice for flag and country

The core of the Rain or Shine team to be handled by coach Yeng Guiao will comprise the Philippine team set to see action in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. At least seven to eight Elasto Painters will be included in the pool of players to be submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), together with three members of the Gilas cadets, a few big men from NLEX, of which Guiao is the coach, and Fil-Am and NBA stalwart Jordan Clarkson. The SBP in consultation with Guiao, is looking to submit the list to INASGOC by Friday. “We’ve been way past the deadline so we’re pushing him, rushing him (coach Yeng) to really come up with the lineup already,” said SBP president Al Panlilio, who was joined by league commissioner Willie Marcial, and Rain or Shine board representative Atty. Mamerto Mondragon during a mini-press conference that followed the regular monthly PBA board meeting on Thursday. During the meeting, the board formalized its approval of Rain or Shine as the lead team that will overlook the country’s campaign in the August 18 to Sept. 2 Asian showcase. Panlilio said Guiao has the list of Rain or Shine players he’d like to be part of the team along with cadet players Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, and Abu Tratter. For good measure, the SBP official said Guiao is also working out on possibly getting some of NLEX’s big men be included in the pool. “I spoke to coach Yeng kanina and he was even thinking of including Asi (Taulava) to help out in guarding the big guys from the other teams,” said Panlilio of the veteran center, who played during the 2002 Asiad in Busan, South Korea. As for the 6-foot-5 Clarkson, the SBP president said it’s all up to INASGOC whether to approve his accreditation or not if indeed, the Cleveland Cavaliers stalwart is eligible to play under the Asiad rule. The short window of forming a team for the quadrennial meet has also forced the PBA to stand by its earlier decision to just send one ball club to the Asiad so as not to affect the schedule of the season-ending Governors Cup. TnT Katropa was originally the one tasked to form a team bound for Indonesia, but begged off at the last minute following the melee that marred the FIBA World Cup qualifier between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia. “Pinag-usapa pa last board meeting na one team lang para hindi masira ang schedule. One team naman lang talaga ang policy nun,” said Marcial. In this regard, Panlilio expressed how grateful the SBP is to both Rain or Shine and the PBA for again addressing the call for flag and country. “I’d like to thank Rain or Shine for really stepping up to the plate in their commitment to our Gilas program, at least in the Asian Games,” said Panlilio, who is also Meralco’s representative to the league board......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

PBA: Grand ROS reunion a possibility for Asian Games

Rain or Shine and head coach Yeng Guiao are about to be reunited and it should feel so good. Following the FIBA suspension of most of its core, TNT will no longer represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. Instead, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, the no. 1 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, are all but set to take over in the quadrennial event. Coaching the team will be Yeng Guiao of the NLEX Road Warriors. Before his stint with NLEX, coach Yeng handled ROS and led the team to two PBA titles. In a report by PBA Press Corps president Gerry Ramos of Spin.ph, coach Yeng is all set to be in charge of the Asian Games team and he wants some of his old players back to complete a quick ROS reunion. Guiao reportedly wants Magnolia's Paul Lee and Ginebra's Jeff Chan back though it would be a longshot considering the Gin Kings are yet to even start their Commissioner's Cup Finals series against San Miguel. The last time coach Yeng handled a Philippine team was in 2009 with Powerade-Pilipinas that competed in the FIBA-Asia Championships. Regarding the Asian Games, and the state of Gilas Pilipinas in general, the PBA Board will meet Thursday. The meeting should give more clarity on the numerous topics and issues surrounding the national team.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 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

PBA: Yeng on FIBA ruling re Kiefer: 'Parang pinatay nga yung career niya eh'

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao sounded off on the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)'s ruling on Kiefer Ravena, as the team has decided to not let the rookie attend the games even as a spectator. Talking after their fifth loss of the Commissioner's Cup, this time at the hands of sister team Talk N' Text, 117-106, Guiao said that the team had taken a precautionary measure, and is seeking clarification through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, whether the rookie guard can attend NLEX games as an ordinary member of the crowd. After the PBA's annouuncement that the league will be adhering to FIBA's ruling, banning the 24-year old until August 31, 2019 in any basketball-related activities in any FIBA-sanctioned tournament, which includes stints for Gilas Pilipinas and the Road Warriors, it seems, Guiao says, that the #2 pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will also not be attending the team's practices for the forseeable future. "Parang ganoon din, parang bawal din. Parang pinatay nga 'yung career niya eh." Due to the ruling, which he called as 'masyadong malupit', Ravena's role with the team is still up in the air, as the team management does not want to make any move that may go against FIBA rules and further jeopardize the budding star's basketball career. The multi-titled coach then asked for an explaination from the world's governing body for basketball, as the ruling is seen as a landmark case in the Philippine sports scene. "Actually, siguro sa kanila malinaw 'yun eh. Sa atin lang vague kasi ngayon lang natin na-experience 'yung ganoon, ano. But to them, it's probably clear because it's happened to other players in other countries." Ravena was found to have used three banned substances in the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency after a random drug test conducted following Gilas' win versus Japan in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena last Februay.  __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018