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WATCH: FIBA brawl peacemaker Troy Rike donates to World Vision

MANILA, Philippines – A week after the bench-clearing melee between the Philippine and Australian basketball teams, Gilas Pilipinas cadet Troy Rike was off to World Vision Philippines to donate the P100,000 cash incentive from national team sponsor Chooks-to-Go.  Rike was given recognition for shielding Aussie player Christopher Goulding ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 10th, 2018

Gilas newbie Troy Rike praised for effort to pacify the mob during brawl

Troy Rike, the youngest player in the Gilas Pilipinas' 15-man roster for the third window of the Fiba World Cup Qualifier, was commended for his heroic effort during the brawl between the Phil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Philippines basketballer Troy Rike gets cash reward for protecting Boomer Chris Goulding during brawl

via abc.net.au – As players wait on the outcome of a FIBA investigation into a brawl during a World Cup qualifier in the Philippines on Monday night, one player has received a cash reward for protecting Boomer Chris Goulding. According to Philippines media, Troy Rike received a commendation and a Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Fare hike, Gilas’ Troy Rike, Joyce Bernal directs SONA | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler:  P9 minimum jeepney fare starts afternoon of July 5. Gilas brawl mediator Troy Rike donates incentive. Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte's 3rd SONA. Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Gilas brawl pacifier Troy Rike donates incentive

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas cadet Troy Rike followed up a good deed with another one. After acting as pacifier during the Philippines-Australia brawl  where he tried to protect Australia’s Christopher Goulding, Rike received a P100,000 incentive from one of Gilas' team sponsors. The Wake Forest product, however, decided to donate his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

PBA: League invites Gilas players for meeting regarding brawl

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- After an ugly free for all, Gilas Pilipinas was left with only three players to go up against the talented Australians at the Philippine Arena here. With four minutes to go in the third period, a brawl broke out between the Philippines and Australia. After the commotion settled and reviews were done, four players from the Boomers were ejected. Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Kickert, and Chris Goulding were thrown out on the part of Australia. For Gilas, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence, Romeo, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz were ejected for disqualifying fouls, leaving Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer to fend of themselves. The game naturally ended with an Australia win by default after Norwood and Fajardo fouled out. Final score was 89-53, leaving 1:57 on the clock in the third period. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] As it stands, Australia took over first place in Group B and will head to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers with a 5-1 record followed by Gilas Pilipinas (4-2) and Japan (2-4). In terms of the game before the brawl, Gilas kept it competitive after the opening 10 minutes but a 9-0 run by Australia in the second quarter opened things up. As the Boomers took a double-digit lead, the Philippines never recovered and the Australians cruising for a victory that could have been a fitting bounce back a suffering a shock upset at the hands of Japan last week. After nearly everything went right for Gilas in a dominant road win over Taipei, nearly everything went wrong for the Philippines in its home stand. Everything went wrong actually and the Philippines could be facing trouble with FIBA over the incident.   The Scores:   AUSTRALIA 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0. PHILIPPINES 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.   Quarters: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Fil-Am forward from Wake Forest candidate for Gilas-Taipei match

Six-foot-7 Gilas cadet Troy Edward Rike is an option as a stretch forward in the 15-man Gilas pool that flew to Taiwan Monday for the Philippines-Chinese Taipei rematch in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan

Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright. The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29. They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

SUPER 8: Inside the Asia League s grand basketball plans for the region

MACAU --- The Summer Super 8 is just the beginning. The Asia League may only have eight teams, including two Pinoy teams, in its tournaments now with the Super 8, but the FIBA-recognized offseason competition platform for club basketball is targeting bigger and better things. All for the continued development of basketball, particularly in this part of Asia. Matt Beyer, CEO of the Asia League, noticed a couple of years back that there's pretty much no international club-to-club basketball competitions in Asia so he made some things happen. While football has tournaments like the UEFA Champions League, basketball has no such thing. There's the FIBA Champions Cup, but that includes all of Asia. What the Asia League tries to focus on is the East Asia and Southeast Asian territory, where top teams from China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines can go after each other in high-level tournaments. "I just think there's a huge lack in international club-to-club basketball competition in Asia," Beyer said. "And if you look at China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, if you add the population of these geographies, it's over 2 billion people. So there's a lot of fans but no high level club-to-club competition. That's the reason this was created," he added. For Beyer, Macau seems to be the perfect setting to stage such tournaments and for the Summer Super 8, he's looking at it as something that could become Asia's version of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. Asia League has eight teams competing for the Super 8 this year with two teams each from China, Korea, and the Philippines plus one each from Japan and Taipei. Next year, the Super 8 may no longer be as the plan is to have 16 teams see action. "What we're aiming for is to become the East Asian version of the Las Vegas summer league," Beyer said. "Our July events, we will expand the scale of the teams. The eight teams this year, I wanna have 16 next year and that means more PBA teams if that's logistically possible," he added. Speaking of the PBA, the Asia League is aggressive is trying to work with getting Filipino teams to its events. Why? Pinoy teams attract crowds and they generally perform well with these kind of tournaments. For the ongoing Super 8, both NLEX and Blackwater ended up with identical 2-1 records. The Road Warriors are in the semifinals and the Elite missed the playoffs by one basket and ended up with an inferior quotient. And despite group play being played on weekdays, a decent Filipino crowd have showed up to watch the action at the East Asian Games Dome. "We started the dialogue with the PBA and Commissioner Willie (Marcial)," Beyer said. "We're trying to coordinate being able to make things work with the schedule and have teams released for the tournaments or just fit into the windows where they're available. I think we can work it out long term and I think this is good for the PBA and to the teams to play against different types of teams for a technical perspective and it should help to get the news out about PBA teams in other markets," he added. Aside from the Super 8 this year, the Asia League also has the Terrific 12 coming up in September. More than the number of teams involved, that tournament should be fiercer with club teams being allowed to have imports. Beyer ideally wants to have the PBA participate in that as well but with the Governors' Cup ongoing at that time, it might be difficult at least for this year. Still, the Asia League wants Pinoy teams, but not just any Pinoy teams. That's why Alab Pilipinas has been in consideration to compete in September though it's yet to be seen if Jimmy Alapag's crew can join. Ultimately, Beyer's goal is to have the Asia League be a hub for teams across Asia to compete with one another in such a way that their own mother leagues aren't being disrupted. The Asia League wants its July event to be the premier offseason joust. "The ideal situation that I look at is the July event be the summer league and expand it to 32 teams in three years. And that becomes the premier offseason forum just like the Las Vegas summer league is in the West," Beyers said. "September, we can't expand it above 12, that might be a little too big but let's see how it goes. That's gonna be the biggest preseason party for teams. We're gonna have the best rosters, tons of media, and broadcast on over 30 platforms all over the world," he added. That seems grand enough for the Asia League but there's more. Soon enough, full integration is going to be Beyer's target. "What we want starting the 2019-2020 season is to have integration into the seasons. What I look at is a pilot project where we take teams that are on the region and put them into two small groups that play home and way through the season, maybe one game per month to start," Beyer said. "And then we do a Final Four event, probably here in Macau to start. And then maybe that Final Four event can be like Euroleague Final Four before it moves around the region at an annual basis. That would be what I like to see. That would require a deep partnership with FIBA and the associations like the PBA," he added. Ultimately, the Asia League would like to stay true its mission to raise the standard of basketball in the region through greater collaboration with different leagues. It helps that for the current Super 8, teams are in it to win it and are taking things seriously. There should be more to come. "This isn't a one off tournament. We want to have a series of events. FIBA's mandate is a little different than ours but I think the goal is the same, we want to develop basketball and make the level of competition better in the region," Beyers said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Fiba: Aussies didn’t incite brawl

The Australian basketball body welcomed the Fiba’s finding that no discrimionatory or racist language was used by the Boomers, nor did it start the brawl that marred the Australia-Gilas Pilipinas World Cup qualifier early this month. “We welcomed Fiba’s ruling in its report that no discriminatory or racist language was….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Goulding agent to seek legal counsel, says Uichico ban ‘farcical’

MANILA, Philippines – Australian star Christopher Goulding's agent has expressed frustration over the  FIBA sanctions  dealt to the Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers players and officials.  Agent Daniel Moldovan said on Friday, July 20, that Goulding's actions in the brawl  that marred the World Cup qualifier between the two nations did ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Players, coaches suspended for Philippines-Australia brawl

MELBOURNE — Thirteen players and two Filipino basketball coaches have been suspended for their role in a mass brawl during a World Cup qualifier between the Philippines and Australia earlier this month, the sport’s governing body announced on Thursday. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) also said it would fine the national Philippines basketball organization 250,000 Swiss francs ($250,000) and the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Picking up the pieces

The quest to begin repairing the damage wrought by the brawl between the Philippines and Australia during their World Cup qualifying match on July 2 began almost immediately after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held a press conference Thursday to announce the fines and sanctions slapped by the international basketball federation (Fiba) on both countries. With coach Chot Reyes and naturalized center Andray Blatche out of the roster for a varying number of games and several key players also suspended, Gilas Pilipinas will be hard-pressed to come up with a competitive squad when it faces Qatar at the start of the second round of qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup. "Obviously, ...Keep on reading: Picking up the pieces.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Guiao believes Fiba suspensions were ‘fair’

MACAU—The end result of the ugly brawl between the Philippines and Australia during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers may not have been as shocking as the fight itself. Almost the entire of the Gilas squad and three Boomers were suspended for a varying number of games, a punishment which NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao… link: Guiao believes Fiba suspensions were ‘fair’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

FIBA suspends 10 Gilas players

The world governing body in basketball slapped heavy fines and suspensions on Gilas Pilipinas players and team officials as well as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as a result of the nasty brawl that marred their game against the Australian Boomers last July 2 at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Australia Philippines Brawl

  International governing body FIBA says 13 players and two coaches have been suspended and fined and sanctions imposed on the national federations of the Philippines and Australia after a brawl during an Asian qualifier for next year’s basketball World Cup. Video of the brawl was widely played around the world on various websites, with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

FULL TEXT: FIBA decision on Gilas Pilipinas-Australia brawl

MANILA, Philippines – A total of the 13 players and two coaches were suspended from international play for their involvement in the full-blown brawl that erupted between the Philippines and Australia in the World Cup qualifier last July 2.  The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia were given ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Hit somebody remark gets Chot Reyes suspended, fined

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes did not go scot-free from the hammer dropped by FIBA on the Philippines and Australia following their infamous brawl during a World Cup qualifying game last July 2.  Despite not joining the full-blown melee, Reyes will serve a one-game suspension and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

PBA: Nash says Castro asked for extra rest after infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl

Jayson Castro was DNP-rest Saturday for TNT against Rain or Shine. Head coach Nash Racela says his star point guard asked for a day off to help recover from the now infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl earlier this week in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Well, he needed time to recover. He talked to me before the game, he was asking for some rest," Racela said. "We were able to give it to Roger [Pogoy] in a way by lessening his minutes but just give him time to recover. Hopefully, he'll be ready for next round," he added. Castro for his part, says it was perfect timing to rest and recover considering the TNT-ROS game was pretty much no bearing. The Elasto Painters were no. 1 anyway and the KaTropa were set to a best-of-3 series in the quarterfinals. "Kinausap ko lang din si coach. Ready to play ako pero since nakita ko yung situation na kaya naman and at the same time the way Rain or Shine played parang relaxed sila," Castro said. "So might as well magrest na lang ako para makapagpahinga for the playoffs," he added. After barely making the Philippine Cup playoffs, Castro likewise mentioned that there's a collective sigh of relief for TNT now after locking up the no. 3 seed. "Nananalangin pa kami na manalo yung mga ibang teams. Parang twice-to-beat yung kalaban namin. This time number three kami, which is yun naman yung gusto namin, nasa Top 4 kami," he said. "Kung sinong makalaban namin okay lang naman, parehong top team naman sa PBA yun eh. At least best-of-three, may chance kaming makabawi just in case maunahan," Castro added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

PBA frees calendar for Gilas

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said yesterday the pro league will suspend games in the Governors Cup on Sept. 7-17 for Gilas to prepare for the second round of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup qualifiers and reiterated full support for the national team while awaiting the decision from FIBA on sanctions to be meted out in the wake of the recent Australia brawl at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018