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Slaughter tapped as Pogoy’s replacement for Gilas in SEA Games

"Gregzilla" will be unleashed in the Southeast Asian Games, after all......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 3rd, 2019

Gilas Pilipinas holds first practice in preparation for SEA Games

The newly-assembled Gilas Pilipinas squad for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games held their first practice Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Present from the 15-man pool were Stanley Pringle, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Vic Manuel, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Chris Ross, Art Dela Cruz, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy.  Present but in street clothes were Christian Standhardinger and Marcio Lassiter. Both San Miguel standouts are still recovering from respective injuries. The lone absentee from practice was June Mar Fajardo, who has some personal issues to attend to. "It just brings back so many memories of 1998 for me," said newly-appointed Gilas head coach Tim Cone. The winningest head coach in the PBA, Cone was tapped to mentor the National Team following Yeng Guiao's departure following the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Cone's tenure however, will only be for the SEA Games.  "You walk into a room with those 15 great players, all of them superstars in their own right...just being around them, having an opportunity to interact with them. I see them from a distance so much, we play against them, we watch them on video, we know their weaknesses and strengths but we don't get a chance to talk and really get to know them, it's a completely different light. That, for me was the biggest impact, just being in the room," Cone continued.  The all-PBA lineup was announced last September 26 and will represent the country in the biennial meet that will take place in the Philippines from late-November to early-December. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Gilas weighs in on Pogoy SEA Games 2019 replacement

MANILA, Philippines – Coach Tim Cone and the rest of his Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff have yet to decide on who will replace Roger Pogoy in the final 12-man lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. First, Cone said they need to secure a medical release for Pogoy, who suffered ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

SEA Games: Pogoy out of Gilas due to back injury

Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games has already taken a hit and the tournament hasn’t even started yet. RR Pogoy is out of the lineup due to injury, meaning that Gilas will be one less shooter as it tries to win another basketball gold medal for the Philippines. MRI showed Pogoy has a “disc bulge at L5-S1 causing nerve root irritation” as confirmed by TNT and Gilas team manager Gabbu Cui to ABS-CBN Sports. Doctors advised Pogoy to completey rest for one week and may begin rehab accordingly after. Pogoy hurt his back late in TNT’s quarterfinals win over Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Mga 8 eh [scale of 1-10 in terms of pain],” Pogoy said after the TNT game. “Biglang sumakit, una nung nag-dive ako tapos yung supalpalin ko sana si [Ian] Sangalang or kukuha ako ng rebound, biglang sumakit na siya,” he added. No replacement currently for Pogoy in the SEA Games lineup.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas Pilipinas powers through Thailand for 13th straight gold

MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas extends its dominance in men's basketball at the Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines was hardly shaken by a foul-plagued start, going to work and dominating Thailand, 115-81, in the gold medal game of the 2019 SEA Games Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Gilas was in the penalty three minutes in, but that didn’t stop the national team from wearing down a game Thailand side. In the end, the Philippines used yet another strong third quarter to break the game wide open, unleashing a barrage of three-point shots to outscore Thailand, 40-15, to start the second half. Gilas then cruised to the country’s 13th straight gold medal in SEA Games basketball.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 115 -- Fajardo 17, Tenorio 16, Standhardinger 16, Wright 14, Manuel 14, Pringle 13, Ravena 10, Ross 8, Lassiter 3, Aguilar 2, Rosario 2, Slaughter 0. THAILAND 81 -- Lamb 33, Jakrawan 15, Suttisin 7, Leelapipatikul 7, Chanthacon 6, Jaisanuk 6, Muangboon 3, Chungyampin 2, Klahan 1, Langsui 1, Ananti 0, Apiromvilaichai 0. Quarters: 25-17, 48-39, 88-54, 115-81.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas uses strong 2nd half to demolish Indonesia in semis

MANILA — As expected, Indonesia provided a challenge for Gilas Pilipinas in the semifinals of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. But once Gilas flipped that switch... well you know how it goes. The Philippines is through to the Finals of the 2019 SEA Games following a masterful 97-70 victory over the Indonesians Monday at the MOA Arena. Up by 11 at the break, 39-28, Gilas shot seven triples in the third for 39 points, breaking the game wide open. In the rematch of the SEA Games gold medal game from two years ago, the Indonesians — led by former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman — battled hard to start and only trailed the Philippines by four after one, 20-24/ However, an eight-point second quarter doomed any chance of momentum for Indonesia, giving Gilas the room it needed to just explode in the second half. With the win, the Philippines set the gold medal game against Thailand Tuesday. Four players finished in double figures for Gilas led by Christian Standhardinger with 14 points. Matthew Wright added 13. Vic Manuel went for 12 points while Chris Ross was good for 11 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists. For Indonesia, it was Juan Laurent Kokodiputra that led the way with 20 points. For the bronze medal game, the Indonesians will take on Vietnam.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 97 -- Standhardinger 14, Wright 13, Manuel 12, Ross 11, Pringle 9, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Rosario 7, Aguilar 6, Slaughter 6, Ravena 2, Tenorio 1. INDONESIA 70 -- Kokodiputra 20, Grahita 14, Dhyaksa 11, Joni 11, Gemilang 6, Sitorus 4, Oei 2, Kokasih 2, Lakudu 0, Wicaksono 0. Quarters: 24-20, 39-28, 78-45, 97-70.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas shoots way to nice 69-point win over Myanmar

MANILA — For a while, Myanmar actually looked like it was up to something. And then Gilas just shot down any doubt whatsoever. The Philippines flexed its basketball muscles against Myanmar anew, taking a 136-67 win Saturday at the MOA Arena to end prelims action for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. In the opening period, Myanmar didn’t look like the team that lost to Gilas by a combined 202 points in two games two years ago. Gilas only took a 32-24 lead after one and it would have been only five if Marcio Lassiter didn’t hit a late triple. But that conversion from deep proved to be the sign as Lassiter and Mattew Wright shot the lights out in the second, leading Gilas’ 45-12 run. By halftime, Marcio and Matthew had a combined 10 triples and Gilas had a 77-36 lead. It was cruise control in the second half then as the Philipines got the 69-point decision for a clean 3-0 mark heading to the semifinals. Matthew Wright was the high man for Gilas, finishing with 29 points off eight triples. Vic Manuel added 24 for the Philipine while Troy Rosario was good for 16 points. Kiefer Ravena and Marcio Lassiter contributed 15 each. Gilas had 43 assists in the win, led by a team-high nine from Chris Ross. The Philippines also only had one turnover. Aung Myint led Myanmar with 28 points and seven rebounds. Gilas Pilipinas will take on Indonesia in the semifinals Monday.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 136 -- Wright 29, Manuel 24, Rosario 16, Lassiter 15, Ravena 15, Aguilar 12, Slaughter 10, Tenorio 9, Standhardinger 6, Ross 0. MYANMAR 67 -- Myint 28, Ta 14, Justin 6, Aung 5, Tun Tun 4, Sar 4, La Ja 4, Zaw 2, Zaya 0, Wine 0, Oo 0, Htut 0. Quarters: 32-24, 77-36, 104-49, 136-67.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas rolls to semis after taking down Vietnam

MANILA — Even Vietnam’s rebuilt national team was no match to Gilas Pilipinas. The Philippines is through to the semifinals of 5x5 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, winning an impressive 110-69 decision Friday at the MOA Arena. Gilas is now 2-0 as its gold medal bid continues at home. Vietnam brought perhaps its best national team in years with a handul of Vietnamese-American players. Early results proved such as Vietnam won its first two games. However, Gilas’ superior firepower would prevail and the Philippines turned a manageable 12-point game at the break into a 41-point blowout. Five-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo showed up for Gilas, leading the national team with 23 points and 12 rebounds. After June Mar, five others scored in double figures for the Philippines with LA Tenorio and Vic Manuel adding 14 each. Troy Rosario was good for 12 points. Vietnam, playing its third game in three days, got 28 points from Chris Dierker.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 110 -- Fajardo 23, Tenorio 14, Manuel 14, Rosario 12, Pringle 11, Slaughter 10, Wright 7, Lassiter 6, Aguilar 6, Ravena 5, Ross 1, Standhardinger 1. VIETNAM 69 -- Dierker 28, Young 13, Tran 7, Le 6, T. Dinh 5, H. Nguyen 4, S. Dinh 3, Vo 2, Du 1, T. Nguyen 0, S. Nguyen 0. Quarters: 27-19, 52-40, 80-57, 110-69.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

Kahit walang RR, Jayson Gilas maraming tirador

KAHIT out na sina RR Pogoy at Jayson Castro, kumpiyansa si coach Tim Cone na hindi magiging anemic ang shooting ng Gilas Pilipinas sa 2019 SEA Games men’s basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Roger Pogoy ruled out of SEA Games with disc bulge

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas took another manpower blow after Roger Pogoy was ruled out for the 30th Southeast Asian Games because of a back injury. The gunslinger, who was in the Fiba World Cup squad a few months back, was disgnosed with a bulging disc, according to Gilas team manager Gabby Cui, Pogoy got the injury […] The post Roger Pogoy ruled out of SEA Games with disc bulge appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Pogoy, out sa Gilas sa 'SEAG2019 dahil sa back injury

Manila, Philippines – Out na sa line up ng Gilas Pilipinas sa 30th Southeast Asian Games si TNT guard Roger Pogoy dahil sa back injury na natamo sa laro kontra Magnolia nitong Lunes. Ito ng Gilas Pilipinas at TNT team manager Gabby Cui base na rin sa resulta ng MRI na nagsasabing nagkaroon si Pogoy […] The post Pogoy, out sa Gilas sa #SEAG2019 dahil sa back injury appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Gilas Pogoy suffers injury, ruled out for SEA Games 

RR Pogoy has been ruled out of the Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games due to a back injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Cone: Greg’s SEA Games tour of duty still possible

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone expressed the possibility of Greg Slaughter rejoining the Southeast Asian Games roster if circumstances call for it and the 7-footer is fit enough for the job in the Nationals’ mission beginning Dec. 4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2019

SEA Games: Ravena guns for 5th SEA Games gold

Kiefer Ravena gets a crack at a historic fifth straight Southeast Asian Games basketball gold medal after being named one of the 12 players in the Gilas Pilipinas roster. The NLEX star, who started donning the tricolors in the biennial meet in the 2011 Jakarta edition, is a late addition in the national pool but still made the cut for the Tim Cone-mentored squad. The Nationals are looking for its 13th consecutive mint on home soil in the competition set to begin on Dec. 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Joining Ravena are other Gilas mainstays June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Vic Manuel, Chris Ross, Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

3 Ginebra players cut as Gilas SEA Games lineup set

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games has been set. National team veterans June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Roger Pogoy will spearhead the Philippines' campaign for a 13th straight SEA Games gold medal and 18th overall, according to reports by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

ABL Season 10 Preview

With the 10th Season of the ABL officially underway, we’ve been witnesses to one of the more colorful and exciting off seasons in the past few years. This is a testament to the ever-growing level of competition the league has seen year in and year out, as teams are doing their best to make sure that they enter the season with as competitive a lineup as they can muster. After another banner season which saw the CLS Knights defeat perennial contender the Singapore Slingers, everything is up for grabs. Established teams have entered into rebuilding mode, former champions have gone the direction of youth, regular contenders have added more depth both among their imports and locals, while this year’s expansion club boasts of one of the more impressive lineups we’ve seen from an expansion club in recent memory. All of this just makes for an even more exciting tenth season as the ABL continues to rise to greatness. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect from each of the teams: San Miguel Alab Pilipinas  (Regular season record: 18-8, 2nd, lost to HK Eastern in the quarterfinals) Former ABL Champs San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will be fielding a virtually new squad this 2019-2020 season, with Lawrence Domingo and Brandon Rosser as the only holdovers from Coach Jimmy Alapag’s 2018-2019 campaign. Gone are 3-time local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, Jr, former Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos. Instead, Alab will be relying on Fil-American guards Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray to lead their cast of locals. Brickman is no stranger to winning, after having led the Westports Malaysia Dragons to an ABL championship in 2016, and Mono Vampire to a Finals appearance two seasons ago. He remains one of the league’s best passers and has a knack for making winning plays. Jeremiah Gray meanwhile, is arguably Alab’s most touted local addition, and the 6’4” scorer could be one of the most exciting locals to watch out for this season. Since joining the ABL three seasons ago, Alab has finished the regular season no lower than 3rd place, but after last season’s early post season exit against the Hong Kong Eastern, Coach Jimmy Alapag and the rest of the squad are looking to bring the franchise back to the ABL Finals. Formosa Dreamers (Regular season record: 19-7, First, lost to Mono Vampire in the quarterfinals) The Formosa Dreamers shocked the ABL last season when, after finishing with a dismal 1-19 record in their inaugural season, the Dreamers finished at the top of the heap after the regular season with a 19-7 record. It was short-lived however, as the team from Taiwan bowed out in the first round of the post-season to the 8th seeded Mono Vampire of Thailand.  None of the three imports (Will Artino, Malcolm Miller and Tevin Glass) who steered them to a first-place elimination round record will be back this season, and neither will Coach Dean Murray. Instead, the Dreamers will be tapping former Saigon Heat Head Coach Kyle Julius, who steered the Heat to the franchise’s first winning season and playoff victory, to call the shots from the sidelines. They’ve also added two explosive imports in Jerran Young and Marcus Keene. Young, the 6’6” wingman who averaged 19ppg, 7.1rpg, and 2.3 spg to help bring the Slingers back to the ABL Finals last season. Keene meanwhile, suited up for two games for Mono Vampire last season and averaged 32.5ppg before being cut. Look for these two imports to power the Dreamers fast paced offense together with Taiwanese National Team mainstay Jet Chang, and reliable locals Kenny Chien, Lee Hsueh-Lin, and Wu Sung-Wei.   Hong Kong Eastern (Regular Season record: 13-13, 7th, defeated Alab Pilipinas in the quarterfinals, lost to Singapore Slingers in the Semifinals) 2017 ABL Champion Hong Kong Eastern has reset their program, parting ways with 2017 Coach of the Year Edu Torres, as well as former world import MVP, Marcus Elliot. They’ve opted to go with younger imports in Trey Kell (23 years old) and TJ Price (26 years old), while retaining last season’s replacement to Sam Deguara, Michael Holyfield. They’ve also tapped former NBA G-League coach Jordan Brady as Torres’ replacement.  Trey Kell is a talented scorer, standing 6’4”, and averaged 21.6ppg, 7.9rpg, and 4.8apg at the Canadian National Basketball League where he was named Finals MVP. TJ Price meanwhile is another scoring guard who averaged 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg, and 3.2apg in the Hungarian League A Division. Talented as their imports may be however, the success of Eastern’s rebuild will still largely depend on the contributions from the locals.     Kuala Lumpur Dragons (Regular Season record: 8-18, 9th, did not advance to the post season) Key Players: Will Artino, Amir Bell, Cade Davis Now known as the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the 2016 ABL Champs have long road ahead to retain their past glory. Having not made it to the last three postseasons, Head Coach Jamie Pearlman will be relying heavily on former Creighton Bluejay and Formosa Dreamers center, Will Artino. Artino averaged a double-double in his first season in the ABL, and led the Dreamers to first place at the end of last year’s regular season. He will be partnered up with a solid shooter in Cade Davis, and Amir Bell, a 6’4” guard from Princeton, who averaged 10.4ppg, 4.2rpg, and 3.9apg for Agrigento in the Italian League 2nd Division. It will be interesting to see how this new mix of imports will blend with their locals, especially in a tough bracket that includes San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, Mono Vampire, Singapore Slingers, and the Saigon Heat.   Macau Black Bears (Regular Season Record:14-12, 6th, lost to the Singapore Slingers in the quarterfinals) Key Players: Mikh McKinney, Kenny Manigault, Brandon Edwards, Lai Ka Tong, Jenning Leung When Anthony Tucker went down to injury last season, so did Macau’s hopes of really contending for the ABL crown. Granted, Mikh McKinney was the league’s best scorer and Ryan Watkins, the best rebounder, but without their former World Import MVP and best playmaker, the Black Bears simply could not advance.  This season, gone are Tucker and Watkins. McKinney will have the explosive and athletic Kenny Manigault as his backcourt mate. Manigault averaged 17.1ppg and 5.3rpg playing in Finland. Their third import is 6’6” Brandon Edwards, who will be tasked to mix it up inside with the best big men of the league. It will be tough for this guard-laden Macau squad, and they will rely mostly on a small-ball style, utilizing McKinney’s and Manigault’s athleticism to relentlessly attack defenses and create opportunities for themselves and the rest of their teammates.   Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Regular Season Record: 11-15, 8th, defeated Formosa Dreamers in the quarterfinals, lost to CLS Knights Indonesia in the Semifinals) Key Players: Mike Singletary, Ryan Watkins, Tyler Lamb, Freddie Lish, Moses Morgan Mono Vampire proved that they were dead serious on making it back to the Finals this upcoming ABL Season. Last year, after bucking a slow start, Mono Vampire added Romeo Travis, Malcolm White, and Freddie Lish midseason, and still ended up becoming the hottest team to close the regular season. They also surprised everyone by eliminating the top seeded Formosa Dreamers despite being the 8th seeded team in the post-season.  This year they brought back their solid core of Tyler Lamb, Mike Singletary, Freddie Lish, and Moses Morgan; while also adding the one of last year’s most efficient imports and rebounding leader Ryan Watkins from the Macau Black Bears. 6’1” Preston Knowles, the former Louisville Cardinal, will be manning the point guard spot, as former world import MVP Anthony Tucker, will miss the season due to another foot injury. Regardless of Tucker’s absence however, Mono Vampire looks to possess one of the league’s deepest rosters.    Saigon Heat (Regular Season record: 14-12, 5th, lost to CLS Knights Indonesia in the quarterfinals) Key Players: Chris Charles, Gary Forbes, Sam Thompson, Sang Dinh, Chris Dierker, Tam Dinh Coming from their most successful season thus far where they won their first ever playoff game, the Saigon Heat are poised to make waves this coming ABL season. Their local core of Khoa Tran, Sang Dinh and Chris Dierker, has been further bolstered by VBA MVP and Sang’s older brother, Tam Dinh (24.5ppg, 54.8% FG%), who will look to carry his scoring ways in the ABL. The Heat have also chosen to add length and experience, signing ABL All-time 10 Honoree Chris Charles, NBA veteran Gary Forbes, and former Ohio State Buckeye, Sam Thompson. However, the Heat will no longer be with head coach Kyle Julius -- architect of their playoff runs the past 2 seasons – as he is now with the Formosa Dreamers. In his place, the team has tapped 2-time Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) Coach of the Year Kevin Yurkus, to lead the squad.    Singapore Slingers (Regular Season record: 16-10, 3rd, defeated the Macau Black Bears in the quarterfinals, defeated HK Eastern in the Semifinals, lost to the CLS Knights Indonesia in the Finals) Key Players: Xavier Alexander, Marcus Elliot, Anthony McClain, Delvin Goh, Leon Kwek Arguably the most talked about offseason transfer belonged to the Singapore Slingers with their signing of former World Import MVP Marcus Elliot. Elliot played the last 3 seasons with Hong Kong Eastern where he averaged 23ppg, 7.6rpg, and 6.5apg. He also ranks 3rd in the ABL’s all-time scoring list, and has the second most career triple-doubles next the Slingers’ Xavier Alexander, last season’s Import MVP. With Elliot and Alexander, Singapore would now possess the league’s most potent backcourt, although there will surely be a period of adjustment, as both players are used to having the ball in their hands for most of the game. Further bolstering Coach Neo Beng Siang’s lineup is the addition of 7-foot big man Anthony McClain, a walking double-double, who most recently normed 17.8ppg and 13.6rpg in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League. Providing local support as well are Delvin Goh, who has continuously improved every season, and the returning Leon Kwek, who’s scoring and heads up play was sorely missed last season when he had to sit out due to National Service commitments.   Macau Wolf Warriors  Regular Season record: 2-24, 10th, did not advance to the post season) Key Players: Steven Thomas, Julian Boyd, Douglas Herring, Cai Chen After a dismal inaugural season, record-wise, the Wolf Warriors are looking to follow in the footsteps of the Formosa Dreamers, who rebounded from their 1-19 debut season to top the elimination round of season 2018-2019. They’ve brought in former ABL Champion Coach Todd Purves to mastermind the team’s rebuild, as well as ABL import legend and All-time Ten Honoree Steven Thomas, and ABL Champion Douglas Herring, who led the CLS Knights to their first ever ABL Championship last season. Rounding out their import lineup is Julian Boyd, a prolific scorer who averaged 22.5ppg and 9.9rpg, in his most recent stint in Iceland’s domestic professional league. Cai Chen, their top local last season, will try to prove that his 19.7ppg and 7.4rpg was no fluke, as he will try to lead their cast of locals to a better finish this time around.  Taipei Fubon Braves (new) Key Players: OJ Mayo, Charles Garcia, Joseph Lin, Lin Chih-Chieh, Tseng Wen-Ting One of the most interesting and exciting expansion teams the ABL has seen in a long while, the Taipei Fubon Braves not only bring with them a winning tradition, but a star-studded lineup. Champions of the local Taiwan Super Basketball League, the Braves will be parading arguably the best ex-NBA player to play in the league in OJ Mayo, former NBA D-League player and double-double machine, Charles Garcia, as well as 7’4” behemoth Sim Bhullar, and Taiwanese National Team veterans Lin Chih-Chieh and Tseng Wen-Ting. Another notable name on their lineup is Joseph Lin, younger brother of former NBA star Jeremy Lin.  Coach Roger Hsu’s team will be coming into the ABL with a lot of hype surrounding them; but with their chemistry and championship pedigree, he hopes the transition from their domestic league to the higher level of competition in the ABL will be a smooth one......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

SEA Games: Alab burns Gilas as both teams split friendlies

San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas pretty much proved it's for real. Alab took down Gilas Pilipinas Monday at the Meralco Gym, holding off the national team for a big 93-89 victory. After losing a narrow decision last week, Alab got back at Gilas as the two teams split their pair of practice games. Alab is preparing to regain the ABL championship while Gilas is busy preparing for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. RR Pogoy led Gilas with 14 points while Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo scored 12 apiece for the national team. Gilas Pilipinas was supposed to take on a reinforced Taiwanese team next week for another practice game but that's been cancelled now. Instead, the national team will regroup and resume normal training.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas holds off Alab in first of two friendlies

Gilas Pilipinas’ 2019 Southeast Asian Games team is 1-0 in official tuneup games. Gilas managed to hold off the ABL’s San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas Monday at the Meralco Gym, scoring a 98-95 victory in a closed-door practice match. June Mar Fajardo led Gilas Pilipinas with 21 points in the win. RR Pogoy was right behind him with 15 markers. Both teams are set to play each other again next week.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

SEA Games: With Castro out, Kiefer completes Gilas’ 15-man pool

With TNT star guard Jayson Castro sidelined with injury, Gilas Pilipinas is bringing in NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena as replacement for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Kiefer was present Monday as Gilas took on the ABL’s San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the first of two practice games. But while Ravena didn’t suit up just yet, Kiefer has been added to the Gilas pool, pushing the national team’s number back to 15 players for the SEA Games. “Coach Tim asked us if Kiefer could join the pool especially [since] Jayson couldn’t play,” team manager Gabby Cui played. “We talked to SBP, we’re cleared,” he added. Ravena joining the Gilas pool doesn’t mean he’ll play in the SEA Games next month. Coach Tim Cone still has to cut his national team down to 12 final players. For now, Kiefer will just come in to complete the current 15-man pool with Castro out. “I’m pretty sure naman papayagan ako ng NLEX. More than anything else, the decision is not on my hands,” Ravena said. “I just have to wait, first things first is ayoko ko makagulo sa kanila. You see the team, they’re complete already. But with coach Tim, it’s a learning opportunity for me and I’m really thankful for that,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

PBA: Pogoy hopes for second shot at Gilas as shooting returns with TNT

Shooting was pretty bad for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, resulting to a last place finish. As a whole, the national team shot just 25.2 percent from deep, making an average of a little over seven makes a game or a total of 36 triples in five outings. In China, TNT's RR Pogoy shot 3/12 from deep. He actually only made eight shots in total in the World Cup. Fortunately, shooting is good nowadays for national team players now that they're back in the PBA, and that includes Pogoy. In the win against Phoenix Wednesday in the 2019 Governors' Cup, RR shot 9/16 from the field for 22 points. Pogoy also made 4/5 from three-point range. He couldn't help but wonder what could have been if he shot better in China. "Palagi ko sinasabi, magbigay talaga ako ng oras para ma-practice yung shooting ko. Sana nung World Cup ganun no?" Pogoy said. "Nakaka-disappoint kasi nung World Cup sobrang panget ng shooting ko tapos dito maganda," he added. Aside from his TNT duties, Pogoy is still in the national team pool. The next tournament for Gilas is the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Pogoy wants another chance with the national team and if he makes coach Tim Cone's lineup, he looks to contribute a lot more. "First time din kasi eh [World Cup]. Siguro mabigyan pa ng second chance. Sana makabawi," Pogoy said. "Kung ma-lineup man sa SEA Games, maka-tulong naman," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: Tim Cone calls June Mar Fajardo a cornerstone for GIlas Pilipinas

The first official practice for the Tim Cone-led Gilas Pilipinas squad set to represent the country in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games happened Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas, and attendance was near-perfect. Twelve members of the 15-man pool participated in on-court activities, while Christian Standhardinger and Marcio Lassiter were present, but sat on the sidelines as they continue to recover from their respective ailments. The lone absentee from the group was five-time PBA MVP and eight-time Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo. Cone explained that Fajardo had some personal business to attend to and expects him to be with the team on Thursday’s session. “As you know, we’re missing June Mar. June Mar has some personal issue to do tonight and couldn’t make it tonight, we expect him to show up on Thursday,” Cone told the media. The multi-titled PBA coach also explained that Fajardo was also still dealing with an ankle injury and would have sat out the initial practice, had he been available. “He has an ankle issue, so he would not have practiced on court with us, he would have been on the side with Chris [Standhardinger] and Marcio [Lassiter], but we’re hoping that [he gets healthy],” Cone, who was tapped to succeed Yeng Guiao in National Team coaching duties, then took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of having Fajardo, arguably the most dominant big man in the PBA today, on the National Team. “Obviously he’s a cornerstone of the National Team, him and Jayson [Castro], so we need him on the team and we need him healthy, so we’re going to be patient with him. Again, he’s one of those guys that can pick up stuff really fast,” said Cone. The 2019 SEA Games, which will be held in the Philippines, begins late November. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019