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Kobe Paras upbeat about the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 squad he ll eventually lead

If you ask Filipino forward Kobe Paras to describe what all the early developments for the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the 2023 FIBA World Cup make him feel, you'll get one word: Happy. Paras, who was one of the more prominent names among 23 young players listed by the Philippine national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes to be part of the early training pool, expressed his approval of the group of guys, even if some are visibly left off of the list because of their commitment to other squads. "I’m happy with the group of guys. I know there are a lot of guys that aren’t on the list," Paras said in an interview with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News North America during the Los Angeles Clippers' Filipino Heritage Night. "It makes sense if they’re not on the list because of their teams or whatever rules but I’m happy with it."  One player who fit that bill was De La Salle University's flashy forward Ricci Rivero, who was left off the list after his school urged its players to focus on their rebuild next UAAP season. Even then, the 6'6" Paras, who's more or less baptized by Coach Chot to be destined to be the face of the nationa team sounded both honored and excited about his inclusion to the squad, who'll represent the Filipino tricolor five years from now, as the Philippines co-hosts the international basketball meet with Indonesia and Japan. "I’m happy that coach picked me as well. I love representing my country so I’m just really happy that he chose me for that," said the U.S.-based Paras. "I saw the other day they practiced." Aside from local, homegrown talents included in the "#23for23" pool like Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Isaac Go, a couple of Filipino-Americans also made the list. Remy Martin, a rookie point guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils, and Dwight Ramos from the California State-Fullerton Titans, were names present in the preliminary pool. As a fellow Pinoy cager in a foreign land, Kobe is nothing but eager to meet, and eventually play his contemporaries. "I haven’t talked to Remy [Martin] or what’s his name from Fullerton...Dwight [Ramos]," Kobe said. "I think I’m going to play him too. I gotta talk to Dwight but I’ve seen Remy play. I need to talk to them though. Because we’re representing L.A. and the Philippines so it’s going to be cool."  Here's the full video interview of Kobe Paras:  .@_kokoparas enjoyed being at .@LAClippers Filipino Heritage Night and he also expressed his happiness about being on SBP #23for23 He hopes to also speak to .@3wight and .@1Remy_Martin1 soon 🇵🇭🏀🌊 .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport .@ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/e8GcUq1Luf — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 9, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 9th, 2018

Paras, Ravena, Perez, Sotto banner Reyes’ 2023 Gilas wishlist

This early, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes has come up with the list of players who are being considering for the 2023 Fiba World Cup squad. High-flying forward Kobe Paras, collegiate standouts Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo and CJ Perez of Lyceum, and high school prodigy Kai Sotto lead the list of young stars whom the decorated mentor touted as the future of Gilas. "By no means final but for now #23for23 # #thefuture #playlouderin2023 #basketballiscominghome," he tweeted on Friday morning. Also included in the list are San Beda's Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, and Kemark Cario, Ateneo's Matt Nieto and Isaac Go, UP's Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liao, NU's J-Jay Alejandro, Joshu...Keep on reading: Paras, Ravena, Perez, Sotto banner Reyes’ 2023 Gilas wishlist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

How exactly will the Gilas cadets in Filoil Preseason work?

The Gilas cadets will be using the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup as preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. “Actually, this is the start of the long process to prepare for the World Cup in 2023. What a better way to start it than on our home ground – sa Filoil,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas deputy director Butch Antonio said. Already named to the Gilas cadets pool are J-Jay Alejandro, Jeo Ambohot, Robert Bolick, Kemark Carino, Paul Desiderio, Isaac Go, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, Javee Mocon, Matt Nieto, Kobe Paras, CJ Perez, Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, Arvin Tolentino, Abu Tratter, and Ken Tuffin as well as high school stars Kai Sotto and Carl Tamayo. But as per Antonio, nothing is set in stone. “We have been given flexibility by Filoil. Ang gagawin namin, the pool will be part of it, a pool of 14 to 16 then plus-minus na yan,” he said. Indeed, that would be for the best as the Filoil Preseason is also traditionally utilized by school-based squads to gear up for the looming collegiate wards. With at least a dozen members of the Gilas cadets pool also lined up in school-based squads, it’s best to be flexible. And so, what happens when the Gilas cadets have a matchup with a school-based squad which a player as part of the pool? Say, when it’s the Gilas cadets versus Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, and San Beda College? “It’s gonna be a weird setup when players are gonna play for their school teams and us, but hopefully, we’re gonna manage. When we play against Player A’s team, Player A will play for his team,” Antonio said. In our example then, Bolick and Mocon will suit up for the Red Lions up against the Gilas cadets. And if the Gilas cadets have a game and then a particular player has another game for his school-based squad within the day? “Now, if Player A has a game before or after us, he plays for his team and he will double-up (for the Gilas cadets). Nakausap na naman nina coach Chot [Reyes] and coach Jong [Uichico] most of the college coaches so we’ll manage na lang the minutes,” Antonio said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Kobe reinforces Gilas 5 in preseason cup

Kobe Paras is set to play his first meaningful minutes in almost a year when he joins the Gilas Pilipinas cadet squad seeing action in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup which kicks off April 21. Team manager Butch Antonio bared that the popular off-guard will be arriving next week and will join fellow "23-for-2023" members in its early buildup for the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup. "Kobe will be basing himself in the Philippines in the meantime, and I'm very thankful and glad that Kobe is very committed to the Gilas program," Antonio said. Paras had an uneventful collegiate stint in the United States, first abandoning his commitment with UCLA and transferring to Creigh...Keep on reading: Kobe reinforces Gilas 5 in preseason cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

7’0” Kai Sotto believes he needs to work harder to crack 2023 World Cup team

IT’S still five years from now and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes already crafted the future composition of the national team seeing action in the 2023 World Cup, which the Philippines will be hosting along with Indonesia and Japan. Leading the squad are college standouts Kobe Paras, AJ Edu, Remy Martin, Robert Bolick, Thirdy Ravena, […] The post 7’0” Kai Sotto believes he needs to work harder to crack 2023 World Cup team appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

What do we expect from Kobe Paras in 2018 Filoil joust?

Now that he's back, everyone is curious to see how Kobe Paras plays on the floor. People don't have to wait long though as the high-flying combo guard is set to lead Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the upcoming 2018 Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup. The national team's opening assignment is already this Saturday against UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University. According to coach Jong Uichico, who handled Paras in the 2017 SEA Games where Gilas won gold, Kobe is more than ready to go in 2018. "We know naman that he's gifted di ba? He can jump, he can shoot, he can put the ball on the floor," he said.  "He's still young pa naman so for sure that his maturity will come in time. But yung sipag niya, yung aggressiveness nandiyan. And that's one part of it already," Uichico added. And while Kobe is one of the tallest members of the cadet crew at 6'6", don't expect him to man the paint all that much in the Filoil joust. Winning the preseason tournament is not the main priority, it's adding to the team's experience that can be used in international tournaments. That means Kobe should play as if he's playing China, or Iran, or South Korea. "He can play any position but syempre we're looking at him not only for a local tournament eh. We're looking at international tournaments, kung saan siya makaka-fit, which is really the 2 or the 3 spot," Uichico said of Kobe. "Yes he might be good at the 4 spot but come international time he'll be too small at the 4 spot. We're really trying to look at him at the 2 or the 3 para sa international he'll be of use for the team," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Ricci s sole focus now is Gilas Pilipinas

After leaving De La Salle University, high-flying Ricci Rivero is practically a free agent. He's not in a rush to find a new school though. Ricci is taking his time. For now, his sole focus is with the Philippine national team, which is one item off his bucket list. Rivero will team up with the returning Kobe Paras to lead Gilas Pilipinas' youth brigade this year, starting with the 2018 Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup. "I'm so excited nga kasi I wasn't able to play last time for the U-18 team," Ricci said. "Now syempre, I left La Salle, and then I don't know yet where I'm going so I told my parents na I want to focus on Gilas first, kasi it's my dream talaga to play for the national team," he added. Gilas Pilipinas will first see action on Saturday against Thirdy Ravena and his UAAP Champion Blue Eagles. Kobe, Ricci, and Thirdy in one game shoule be must see. In fact, Rivero says all Gilas games will be must see. "I'm so excited kasi I'm gona play again with Kobe," Rivero said. "Syempre, who doesn't want Kobe back di ba? Everyone's looking forward to watching our games kasi nga Kobe is going back," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Serious cadets wanting Filoil title is 'a good sign'

Just because they joined the Filoil tournament, it doesn't mean that Gilas Pilipinas is necessarily gunning for the title. With most of the #23for23 pool members seeing action, the preseason joust is just part of the master plan that's already in motion. However, several members of the team, mainly Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, have expressed their desire to actually go after the championship and that's fine too. It's great, actually. "It's not the goal [winning title] but it's a good barometer for them," coach Jong Uichico said regarding Gilas' Filoil aspirations. "To think of winning the championship, that means they're taking the tournament seriously. That's a good sign," he added. The national team will open the preseason joust Saturday against reigning UAAP Champion Ateneo de Manila University. And so far, practice has been going relatively well for the cadet squad. "Okay naman, sa few practices that we've had, they showed naman the improvement," Uichico said. "Nilalagay namin ng unti-unti pero syempre we don't have that much time naman so pina fast-track lang namin lahat," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Kobe Paras upbeat on co-Gilas pool members

MANILA, Philippines — Kobe Paras is satisfied with his potential teammates when the 2023 FIBA World Cup fires off in the Philippines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

This is not your kuya s Gilas Pilipinas

Basketball continues to evolve and the Philippine brand is not exempted from it. With the release of the initial #23for23 pool for the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, one thing is for sure: Gilas Pilipinas will look a whole lot different in 2023 compared to the one that's currently trying to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. The future Gilas will still have a ton of shooters since that's one of the national team's greatest strengths but the future Gilas will also have a higher ceiling than any other Philippine team ever assembled ever. Seriously, one quick look at the initial #23for23 list and you'll see 10 players listed at least 6'6". Five of them are listed at least 6'8". Kai Sotto is already a legit seven footer at 15 while AJ Edu is an ultra-athletic forward that stands 6'11". The wings and guard spots are also filled with guys who are listed at 6'4". Guys like Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena, and even CJ Perez all have decent size to play at those positions. In the current #23for23 list, the shortest player is Ateneo's Matt Nieto at 5'10". Oh and almost all of the players in that list, including the supposed towers and anchors of the team, can shoot from the outside. It's the time of the basketball unicorn and it's about time the Philippines caught up. "We have to start somewhere," head coach Chot Reyes on putting up his list of players for 2023. "That's our dream for Philippine basketball for the longest time. Now we're starting that with that vision in mind, to have tall players who can still play, run, and shoot at the same time," he added. Following Gilas' first practice for 2018 Monday, it appears that the future can live up to potential. The room for development is there of course but the foundation seems solid for now. "Somebody was mentioning in the shooting drills na lahat nakaka-shoot ah. That's the reason why they're here," Reyes said. "They were all chosen for their shooting ability and that's what we're looking for. The ones that can shoot the long ball and still have the height," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena banner 23 for 23 Gilas pool roster

MANILA, Philippines - The FIBA World Cup is coming back to the Philippines in 2023 and it is never too early to start preparing for it. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes released a list of 23 players who will possibly see action in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Kobe joins Ricci, rest of '23for23 pool for Gilas practice

Kobe Paras is not wasting any time. Arriving in the country at six in the morning, Kobe joined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Meralco Gym. Paras, part of the #23for23 team, will join the national team as they prepare for the 2018 Filoil Flying V preseason joust. Joining Kobe in practice are Ricci Rivero, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Vince Tolentino, Javee Mocon, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Prince Rivero, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, and Kenneth Tuffin. J-jay Alejandro didn't participate as he deals with an injury. Gilas Pilipinas, with Kobe anc co., will debut in the Filoil tournament on Saturday against Ateneo De Manila, the reigning UAAP Champions.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Kobe set to come home to bolster '23for23 team in 2018 Filoil joust

Kobe Paras is coming home. The son of former PBA Rookie-MVP Benjie who recently turned pro, Kobe is flying to the Philippines to bolster the Gilas Pilipinas #23for23 crew that will see action in the upcoming 2018 Filoil-Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. Head coach Chot Reyes confirmed the development via a Facebook post from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, the national team's chief backer. "Kobe needs to play, not just practice. The more actual games he gets, the better he'll become. That's why we're including him in our Filoil and Jones Cup rosters," Reyes said from the release. Following an underwhelming freshman season at Creighton, Kobe transferred to Cal State Northridge with hopes of playing next season in the US NCAA Division 1. However, Paras never suited up for the Matadors after deciding to go pro earlier this year. The Filoil stint should be Kobe's first action since his decision. Kobe is set to arrive this weekend to join the national team in practice.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Gilas 23 for 23 cadets, rebuilding La Salle banner 12th Filoil Cup opening day

MANILA, Philippines – It's never too early to prepare.  Gilas Pilipinas' 23 for 2023 squad is gearing for the 2023 FIBA World Cup as early as possible as they join the country's top collegiate teams in the 12th Filioil Flying V Premier Cup.  The Philippine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Chot Reyes: We would not have won if we played in Tokyo or somewhere else

Chot Reyes credited the massive Mall of Asia Arena crowd as one of the factors in the key Gilas Pilipinas run that helped swing the momentum of the game in the national team's 89-84 victory against Japan in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Fondly called the sixth man, the crowd still roared as Gilas was struggling to score a basket in the first quarter, and then roared and roared some more as Gilas came back and eventually took the lead in the second quarter following a corner triple from returning Troy Rosario. "We're not hiding the fact that if had played this game in Tokyo or elsewhere, I don't we wouldn't have won. I think the crowd gave us lift, we were counting on the crowd to give us that adrenaline push that would really be our sixth man to the the Japanese team," Reyes said after the game. "We're really lucky that we were playing at home. Shout out to all out countrymen who came out tonight to cheer. I don't thing we would have been able to make it with the comeback." Despite a strong start by Japan that saw them lead as much by 16, 20-4, the tactician expected a sluggish start from his wards, and expected them to slowly rev up as the game went by. "Well we kinda expected that we would struggle coming from that trip. It was a very difficult trip for us coming from Melbourne via Sydney, and so we expected that we would struggle coming from this ball game. " The 54-year old added that his second unit came in very much prepared for the game, as he used them as a burst of energy, reviving a what seemed to be like dead-in-the-water Gilas team. Reyes also mentioned that the Japanese visitors would come out strong, as they were already fighting for their lives for a spot in the second round of the qualifiers. "If you'll notice the guys who got a lot of minutes in the first game, Kiefer, June Mar, Pogoy, even Calvin, before he got into foul trouble. I mean June Mar and Calvin, we were playing the Australia game really with Japan." And with the team getting the lead, he knew that his expectations had come to fruition, the home crowd had also done its job, rattling the Akatsuki Five to give away their massive lead. -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Gilas banking on the comfort of home after tough loss against the Boomers

If moral victories still count for Gilas Pilipinas, then the Australia game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Thursday was a huge moral victory for the Philippines. Before falling late in the second half, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the reigning Asian champions in a dogfight, even taking a five-point lead against the Boomers. The Philippines lost by 16 points. For what it's worth, the national team made good account of themselves in Melbourne. "We cant complain on [our] effort. Our game could've been better but our effort is there," head coach Chot Reyes said. "We thought at least we've accounted well for ourselves to compete against this Boomers squad," he added. The focus now shifts to Gilas' hosting of Japan in three days. It is imperative for the national team to handle its business at home. Doing that means that Gilas is one step closer to the next round and in essense, one step closer to a return trip to the World Cup. And that's the goal at the end of the day. "All we wanted to do is to compete. And I felt we were able to do that, we competed, we competed hard," Reyes said. "But it's hard coming to the games when you're also thinking of the next game, that was in the back of my mind. As much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we're managing our minutes because we know we're gonna need fresh legs when we play Japan," he added. While Gilas is the home team Sunday against the Akatsuki Five, the Philippines will have a longer travel time compared to the Japanese. "They're just coming from Tokyo, which is a three-hour flight as against ours," Reyes said, talking about the Japanese. "The good thing is we'll be playing at home and we're hoping to get adrenaline from the home crowd to compensate for the fatigue," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Gilas will play same line-up against Taipei

No lineup changes for Gilas Pilipinas for now. The 12 players that suited up for the Philippines against Japan Friday to start the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers will be the same ones that will play Monday as the national team defends home court against Taipei. Jayson Castro, who was sensational in Gilas' opening win against Japan in Tokyo, will once again lead the Philippines together with naturalized center Andray Blatche. Matthew Wright, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, RR Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Allein Maliksi, Calvin Abueva, Kevin Alas, and Troy Rosario complete head coach Chot Reyes' crew. "The team that will play against Chinese Taipei is the same that played versus Japan," team manager Butch Antonio said. "We're upbeat. Players and coaches know we still have things to work on. Players accept the fact that this is a long, hard journey. It will not be easy," he added. As for Taipei, the team will also field the same lineup that played, and lost, against Australia. Tip off between Gilas and Taipei will be 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Big Dome.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Chot Reyes says sorry to Japan for calling late timeout

Philippine national men’s basketball team coach Chot Reyes apologized to his Japan squad counterpart Julio Lamas for calling a timeout late in Gilas Pilipinas’ 77-71 victory in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Tokyo on Friday. Reyes, who surprised fans by requesting a timeout to map out a play despite having the lead with just […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

7'1" Isaiah Austin powers Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in Champions Cup

Now it's official: Isaiah Austin will get his first reps for Team Pilipinas as Chooks-to-Go heads to Chenzhou, China for the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Austin, the former Baylor star who beat Marfan Syndrome to continue his basketball dream, will banner the Chooks-to-Go in the Asian club meet that will open later this week. The 7'1' center will be joined by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, Almond Vosotros, Carl Bryan Cruz, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, Raymar Jose, Jett Manuel, Jeric Teng, Alfrancis Tamsi, and Rod Ebondo. Gab Banal and Andre Paras are the team's reserves as management works on the visas of Austin and Enondo. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes will handle the squad. Chooks-to-Go earned a wildcard entry in the FIBA Asian Champions Cup after Japan had to withdraw at the last minute. The Philippines is in Group A and will open its schedule vs. Kazakhstan on Sept. 22.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Door’s wide open for Kobe

MANILA, Philippines -  The sky’s the limit for Kobe Paras as the youngest player on the Gilas squad that just won the gold medal in men’s basketball at the S.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017