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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

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

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

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

Paras, Fil-German boost SEAG squad

MANILA, Philippines -  A combination of Gilas cadet players, newcomers, led by Kobe Paras and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, and PBA veterans Troy Rosa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

SBP upbeat it can send best Gilas squad to FIBA tiffs

MANILA, Philippines – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, also the Meralco Bolts representative to the PBA board, is optimistic the pro le.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2017

Perez impresses in Gilas practice, downplays comparisons to Abueva

MANILA, Philippines — Among the notable names in the 23-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for 2023 is Lyceum University star CJ Perez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

San Beda beats LSGH on penalties to retain Juniors football crown

The San Beda College Red Cubs survived a valiant College of Saint Benilde-La Salle Greenhills effort, beating the Greenies 3-1 on penalties to retain the NCAA Juniors football title, Monday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  While San Beda dominated the shots in the first 45 minutes of action, it was CSB who came the closest to scoring, getting the ball into the back of the net but the goal was ruled off side.  The Greenies eventually took control in the second half, with Vin Dela Cruz scoring in the 63rd minute.  Senior Red Cubs striker JR Suba needed only six minutes to respond, as he drained the equalizer in the 69th minute.  Two minutes later, the Greenies would take the lead once more, courtesy of a Kobe Del Rosario conversion.  Again, it was Suba to the rescue for the Red Cubs, pulling the defending champions even in the 73rd.  Neither side would manage a deadlock-breaking conversion and the match headed into extra-time.  In the 109th minute, LSGH would again take the driver's seat as Dela Cruz's brace gave the Taft-based side a chance to extend the finals series.  For the third time in the match, Suba would rise to the occasion as he headed in a 118th minute equalizer to ultimately force a penalty shootout.  LSGH was the first to get on the board in the shootout thanks to a Jethro Borlongan attempt, but that would be the only time they'd get past San Beda keeper Jessie Semblante, who successfully denied all of the Greenies' succeeding penalty attempts.  With the title one conversion away, it was Semblante who stepped up to the spot and calmly beat LSGH keeper Joshua Gatchalian to clinch the championship.  "Hindi parin ako nawalan ng pag-asa," said Suba, talking about being down 3-2 with mere minutes left in the match. "Sabi nga ni coach Aris Caslib, hangga't hindi pinipito ng referee yung final whistle, wag kang susuko, may chance pa din." "Ayun nga, dumating yung chance. Patience lang. Dumating yung goal." continued Suba, who finished with a hattrick in his final match as a Red Cub. Suba was also named the season Most Valuable Player, and the season's Best Striker, with 20 conversions to his name.  San Beda's Semblante was named Best Goal Keeper, while teammate Eldwin Escoro was named Best Defender.  Red Cubs coach Jeff Cuayong was named Coach of the Year.  Other awardees include LSGH's Raphael Santos, who was named Best Midfielder, and University of Perpetual Help, who took home the Fair Play Award.  This is the 17th juniors football title for San Beda and their fourth in the last six seasons.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

UAAP Juniors MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino wants in on 2023 Gilas roster

  MANILA, Philippines - In the early morning of January 5, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes posted on Twitter his tentative pool for the national team which will represent and host the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Filipino high school and college prospects aged 16 to 25 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

NCAA champ San Beda set to see action in Dubai Invitational

San Beda College is one of only three teams in the NCAA which will not be seeing action in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Red Lions will be getting left behind in terms of preparations. The defending champions of the NCAA will the Philippines’ representatives in the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament from January 19 to 26. For them, carrying the flag is nothing but an honor. “We got this rare invitation to join this prestigious tournament and represent the country against top teams in West Asia. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the top competition and a great honor to play in front of our fellow Filipinos in Dubai,” team manager Jude Roque said. Fronting the fight for San Beda will be Gilas Pilipinas 2023 prospects Robert Bolick, Kemark Carino, and Javee Mocon. “Our players will surely gain (a lot) from this experience. We expect them to come back home as a better team,” Roque said. Flanking them will be Finals MVPs Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah, Franz Abuda, Ben Adamos, JB Bahio, Jeramer Cabanag, Clint Doliguez, Calvin Oftana, Jomari Presbitero, AC Soberano, Eugene Toba, and Radge Tongco. The Red Lions will be mentored by multi-titled mentor Boyet Fernandez and assistant Gino Manuel along with statistician Benjie Berro, physical therapist Mike Sunga, and liaison officer Joey de Jesus. Winners of 10 of the last 12 NCAA tournaments, they will now try their luck against the likes of United Arab Emirates national team; Lebanese clubs Al-Hikma, Al-Riyadi, and Homentmen; Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek; Libyan club Al-Nasr; Moroccan club AS Sale; and Tunisian club ES Rades. A year ago, the Philippines was represented by Mighty Sports which registered a 1-5 record in the invitational tournament. San Beda, along with Arellano University and Mapua University, opted not to join the PBA D-League. Conversely, all of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Wangs Basketball), College of St. Benilde (Go for Gold), Emilio Aguinaldo College (Batangas), Jose Rizal University, Lyceum of the Philippines University (Zark’s Burgers), San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Che’Lu Bar and Grill), and University of Perpetual Help will be seeing action in the tournament commencing on January 18. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

San Beda crushes Perpetual for second win in a row

Games Friday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- AU vs Letran (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- AU vs. Letran (m) 11:00 a.m. –- AU vs. Letran (w) 12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. JRU (w) 2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs. JRU (m)   San Beda College pulled through in a tight first and third set to complete a sweep of University of Perpetual Help, 28-26, 25-18, 29-27, for a share of the early lead Thursday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Red Spikers needed three match points to subdue the Lady Altas and join repeat-seeking Arellano University and College of St. Benilde on top of the leader board.          Nieza Viray finished with 20 points off 18 attacks and pair of service aces to lead SBC while team captain Cesca Racraquin dropped 13 markers, 10 coming off spikes including the match-sealing back-to-back kills, for the Lady Red Spikers, who needed to comeback from two sets down in their opening day win over Jose Rizal University last week. Lady Red Spikers head coach Nemesio Gavino credited his wards for keeping their composure down the stretch. “Proud ako pero kulang pa rin ang consistency namin eh,” he said. “’Yun nga dikit ang laban pero yung maturity naman ng mga bata nandyan na kaya tiwala ako sa kanila.” The Lady Altas came back from a 21-19 deficit and tied the third frame at 23. SBC reached its first match point, 24-23, only to see Perpetual save a match point and eventually taking a 25-24 lead. The Lady Red Spikers tied it at 25 and took two more match point advantages before Racraquin finally silenced the Lady Altas with her attacks.         “Unang-una, tinrabaho namin sa training talaga. Game plan namin kung paano pipigilan ang Perps,” said Gavino of their win. “Inisa-isa namin sa scouting. Talagang napaghandaan namin.” Perpetual slid to 1-1 slate tied with San Sebastian College, JRU and Letran. Lourdes Clemente finished with 16 points while Cindy Imbo got 11 for the Las Pinas-based squad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly for 2023

  Jayson Castro feels more rejuvenated with the infusion of the young bloods in Gilas Pilipinas' evening practice session at Meralco Gym. "I feel younger," Castro said in Filipino. "It feels good because you can see it in their faces that they're excited and they want to learn. It's a good feeling for me as a veteran that I can give them advice about the international game that they can use in case they get called up." Seeing the young guns buckle down to work, Castro was ecstatic for the future of the national team as he worked with guys like Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liao in the session, giving them pointers on how a guard's role in...Keep on reading: Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly for 2023.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

LA Clippers fans celebrate win, Pinoy culture in Filipino Heritage Night

As the injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers topped the Atlanta Hawks via a game-winning three-pointer by C.J. Williams, 108-107, Filipino fans in attendance had a deeper reason to celebrate. Despite the heroics of the remaining Clippers players, the real star of the night was Philippine culture, as the LA squad celebrated Filipino Heritage Night (Tuesday PHL time). Who you got tonight, me or @djeman? @LAClippers 🙌🏾 #filipinoheritagenight pic.twitter.com/cWqQ2bcVcl — apl.de.ap (@apldeap) January 8, 2018 Tonight's Starting 5️⃣ 🇵🇭» @j3vans1_ 🇵🇭» @TeamLou23 🇵🇭» @C_Will21 🇵🇭» Wesley Johnson 🇵🇭» @DeAndre#FilipinoHeritageNight pic.twitter.com/tRpwf0f41a — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2018 From before tip-off, to the post-game festivities, the annual Clippers Filipino Heritage night presented an All-Star cast. #ClipperNation, stay in your seats for tonight’s halftime performance by @apldeap.#FilipinoHeritageNight 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/wl0cGA605d — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2018 Jessica Reynoso of The Voice Philippines kicked off the night with the U.S. national anthem, and in between timeouts Filipina Clippers Spirit Dancer Kyla made sure the Staples Center was beaming with Pinoy Pride. Celebrity b-ball game! Team @djeman vs Team @apldeap. Who you got?#FilipinoHeritageNight 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/B5sFF1c21M — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2018 Allan Pineda or Apl de Ap of the pop group Black Eyed Peas not only got the crowd going during halftime, he was also part of the Filipino celebrity game that drew cheers from rising star Kobe Paras, who also attended the festivities. "Just proud to be Pinoy and our people representing LA," said the musician. "It’s great to be here to celebrate our heritage. Just introducing our culture around the world." Indeed, it was definitely a win for both the Clippers, and for the Filipino community in L.A......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

BACK TO WORK: Gilas opens first practice for 2018

With just little over a month before the next FIBA window for the World Cup Asian Qualifiers, it's back to work for Gilas Pilipinas. Practice resumed for the national team Monday at the Meralco Gym with games against Australia and Japan coming up by the end of February. The team that played in the first window against in November last year showed up for Gilas' first practice of 2018 led by Jayson Castro. Matthew Wright, Raymond Almazan, Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Carl Cruz, RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Japeth Aguilar, and team captain Gabe Norwood complete the crew. Also present for practice are some of the players included in the 2023 World Cup pool for Gilas. Leading the list of the young bloods on deck were Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Kenmark Carino, Paul Desiderio, J-jay Alejandro, Javee Mocon, Robert Bolick, Juan Gomez De Liano, Will Gozum, Joshua Sinclair, CJ Perez, Arvin Tolentino, and Jeo Ambohot. Gilas Pilipinas will travel to Australia to take on the Boomers on Feb. 22 before hosting Japan here on Feb. 25.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018