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Kai Sotto forgoes Gilas practice and tune-up game for exam week

Citing academics, Kai Sotto won't be attending Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up game against Jordan at the Meralco Gym Monday evening. Sotto says he will be undergoing exams this week at Ateneo High School, thus not being able to devote his time fully to the rigors of national team training. "Hindi ako pupunta sa practice. Exams namin sa Ateneo. Hindi ako lalaro bukas," the 7 foot 1 center said. Even though he won't be able to attend training for Gilas, Sotto had a show in their 75-59 win against the Adamson Baby Falcons at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. The slot man had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the victory, with 17 of those markers coming from the free throw line. Even so, new Blue Eaglet coach Reggie Varilla was proud of his boys of towing themselves to the win, days after floor general Forthsky Padrigao underwent an appendectomy and will be out the remainder of the first round. Sotto even dedicated the victory to his recovering teammate who he is proud to be called as his best friend. "Si Forthsky talaga, best friend ko yan. Sobrang ka-close ko yan. Alam ko yung nararamdaman niya na yung parang comeback season niya tapos naputol pa." About his 25 attempts from the line, Sotto expected the swarming Adamson defense to give no inch to him, and took every opportunity to take advantage of the tactic. "Yun talaga gagawin lagi ng depensa. Expected na lagi. Marami rin akong namintis so sayang." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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Iraq president visits Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Iraq's new President Barham Saleh made his first official visit to neighboring Iran on Saturday, November 17, calling for "a new order in the region." Saleh met his counterpart Hassan Rouhani to discuss trade, transport links and efforts to tackle dust pollution that plagues areas on both sides ........»»

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Bong Go joins Gilas

Ex-Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is now officially part of the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team.  .....»»

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Iran faces AFC sanction

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Iran has been told it could face suspension from the Asian Cup in January over a law interfering in the national soccer federation’s independence. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it is “closely monitoring the current issues” with its top-ranked team, and will not tolerate “third-party interference in their member associations.” […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto join Gilas Pilipinas training – Manila Video

Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation last night at the Meralco gym for the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, which will be held from November 30 to December 3. 12 players out of the 20-man training pool were present on the first day of practice: June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos of… link: Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto join Gilas Pilipinas training – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 13th, 2018Related News

Greatest PH team? That remains to be proven, says Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas' present 20-man pool may be touted as the greatest assembled Philippine squad in recent memory but that remains to be proven on the hardcourt.  That's how head coach Yeng Guiao simply put things to perspective as he quickly downplayed the "greatest" tag given to the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero's inclusion in Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers is not just solely geared towards their development. National team head coach Yeng Guiao bared that the two promising young stars have a chance to secure a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

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

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas resumed its preparation for the Asian Qualifiers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup with arguably the best roster assembled in recent memory.  Reigning 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and 7-foot-1 wunderkind Kai Sotto were in attendance as the national team's buildup for the fifth ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

23 for 23 Gilas cadets AJ Edu, Remy Martin shine in early US NCAA action

Gilas Pilipinas cadets AJ Edu and Remy Martin showed off their wares in the early goings of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.  After the first week of action, the Filipino-Nigerian Edu and the Fil-American Martin have each played two solid games for the University of Toledo and Arizona State University, respectively. Edu is norming a respectable 6 points, 5.5 rebounds, in 14.5 minutes off the bench in his first couple of games for the Rockets as a rookie. The 6'10" Edu came off the bench for the Rockets in his debut, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds in just 10 minutes of action in Toledo's close 87-86 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. In his second game, the 18-year-old big man was more impactful, coming off the bench to flirt with a double-double, going for 9 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes in the Rockets' dominant 99-58 win over the Wilberforce Bulldogs. Martin, meanwhile is coming off a successful rookie year with the Sun Devils where he was recognized as the Pac-12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year. The six-foot point guard has been entrusted more minutes in his sophomore season, and he has been producing in Arizona State's first two matches, averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in a little over 29 minutes of action. Martin came off the bench in the Sun Devils' first game, filling up the stat sheet with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 31 minutes as Arizona State survived Cal State Fullerton in double overtime, 102-94.  Remy then started for the Sun Devils in their resounding 80-52 win against McNeese State. He dropped 6 points, 5 assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds in 28 minutes. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Dream come true as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

    MANILA, Philippines – Among the 20-strong Gilas Pilipinas pool  chosen by new head coach Yeng Guiao, 16-year-old rising star Kai Sotto stands out above the rest. Well, for one, he’s the youngest pool member by at least 4 years next to pool mate Ricci Rivero. And of course, in case anyone still needs ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Bong Go now part of Gilas Pilipinas

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is now part of Gilas Pilipinas.  The 44-year-old will serve as head of delegation to the national team in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio announced on Sunday, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Batang Gilas duo shine for NU in UAAP 81 Juniors action

The Nazareth School of National University (NS-NU) Bullpups opened their UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball tournament campaign on a high note after holding off the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 78-70, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. With the game tied at 57 following a JB Sajonia jumper from 15 feet, NS-NU held off a furious run by the Baby Tams, as Bullpup Terrence Fortea scored six straight points to keep their opponents at bay.  FEU-Diliman's RJ Abarrientos cut the lead to as close as four, 61-65, but NS-NU answered emphatically with the game-deciding 16-3 run, capped off by Harold Alarcon's fastbreak layup. "Medyo nag-start out ng maganda yung defense namin. Na-contain namin yung FEU noong first half. Noong bandang gitna ng third quarter, medyo bumaba na naman. Siguro we have to be more consistent," NS-NU Bullpups head coach Goldwin Monteverde told ABS-CBN Sports. NU tried to pull away initially in the first half, venturing on an 11-1 run bridging the first two quarters to lead 28-16, but the Baby Tamaraws found a way to slowly chip away the lead. Batang Gilas duo Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano had a great debut for the Season 80 runners-up, combining for 28 points. The sharpshooter Fortea meanwhile added 11 markers of his own. Abarrientos top scored for the Baby Tamaraws with 15, while Ron Tolentino added 14. Meanwhile, in the first game, the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Junior Archers drew their first win of the season in a comeback win against the UE Junior Red Warriors, 66-56. Game tied at 49 in the early goings of the fourth quarter, DLS-Zobel wrestled away the game from UE through a 15-4 run to lead 64-53. Henrie Subido, brother of UST Growling Tiger Renzo led the way with 19 points. Lance Jomalesa, a key cog in the game-sealing run added 17 markers of his own. For UE, Shane Dichoso paced their offese with 20 points and six rebounds, but coughed the ball nine times. Big man Jesse Sullano meanwhile had a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds. FIRST GAME DLSZ (66) -- Subido 19, Jomalesa 17, Sevilla 13, Macasaet 6, Pingol 4, Villarin 3, Buncayo 2, Milan 2, Cudiamat 0, Luna 0, Marana 0. UE (56) -- Dichoso 20, Sullano 11, Alinsoring 8, Lima 6, Manaug 5, Flores 3, Tajonera 2, Agbas 1, Almacen 0, Villarta 0, Gatdula 0, Escamilla 0. Quarter Scores:  15-17, 35-29, 44-45, 66-56. SECOND GAME NS-NU (78) -- Tamayo 18, Fortea 11, Abadiano 10, Gonzales 8, Alarcon 7, Dayrit 7, Torres 6, Felicilda 5, Quiambao 5, Mailim 1, Vinoya 0, Enriquez 0, Buensalida 0. FEU-Diliman (70) -- Abarrientos 15, Tolentino 14, Alforque 12, Anunuevo 7, Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Ona 5, Bagunu 2, Torres 2, Libago 0, Barasi 0. Quarter Scores: 20-16, 41-34, 54-52, 78-70.   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

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Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’

Matthew Wright's job for this PBA season may be over, but he's not about to get a break just yet. With Phoenix Fuel Masters out of 2018PBA Governors' Cup playoffs, Wright will return to his duty with the Philippine men's national basketball team that will play in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Wright, who is part of the 20-man pool that will begin training on Monday, is looking forward to the national team grind especially with the return of Arwind Santos and LA Tenorio. "It's a great pool, I know it's exciting to see guys like Arwind and LA back in the mix," said Wright, who first began his international career in 2016. Tenorio last became part ...Keep on reading: Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 10th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao wants to test 'big boy' Kai against Gilas 'old boys'

In a loaded 20-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the new FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window, one name stood out the most. Young Kai Sotto was easily the most surprising name in head coach Yeng Guiao's lineup announced Tuesday and while the 7'2" high school phenom is a long shot to make the final 12, it wouldn't hurt for him to be included in the senior team as early as now. Former head coach Chot Reyes actually teased about the possibility of Kai joining the senior team as early as 2017 but this year, it's no longer just a possibility. [Related: Chot considered including Kai Sotto to Gilas' SEA Games lineup] It's happening. "With Kai kasi, we have nothing to lose [and] we have everything to gain," Guiao said on why he included Sotto in his new pool that also includes June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Christian Standhardinger, and Japeth Aguilar. "I'd like to see him play against the big boys and be able to accelerate his development. Who knows? Baka gulatin tao, baka makakuha siya ng spot sa top 12," he added. As the undisputed future of Philippine basketball, many are clamoring for Kai to improve his competition. The junior ranks in the Philippines are not exactly challenging for Sotto. At 7'2" and still growing, no one can match up to Kai's size and improving skill set. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Castro and Tenorio make Gilas return in new 20-man pool] With plans to train abroad shelved for the moment, joining the senior team of Gilas Pilipinas is the next best thing for the Ateneo star. "I think Kai is our future, and we're just trying to make use of the opportunity for him to be developed and be able to upgrade the competition he's been playing in kasi dominado niya masyado yung high school, dominado niya rin yung Under-18, so now maybe it's time for him to try the big boys," Guiao said of Kai. "Or the old bots kasi big boy din siya," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2018Related News

PBA: Arwind turns attention to Gilas: 'Ano pa gagawin ko, laglag na kami'

Arwind Santos is turning his attention to Gilas Pilipinas. Well, it's only right. "A-attend ako sa unang practice. Ano pa gagawin ko, laglag na kami? Doon muna ako magco-concentrate," Santos said Wednesday after his Beermen saw their PBA season end. Faced with a twice-to-beat disadvantage, San Miguel got dominated by Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. It's pretty much the same end for the Beermen as last season when they made two Finals before eventually stopping in the first round of the Governors' Cup as the no. 6 seed. "Nakakalungkot na natalo tayo," Santos said. "Hindi talaga maganda, pero ganun talaga. Siguro pinakita ng Diyos na hindi kami lagi nasa top. Kailangan bumaba rin kami, bumangon kami sa baba tapos magsimula ulit," he added. With San Miguel's campaign now over, Santos moves on to the Philippine national team where he's now a part of for the first time in nearly a decade. Santos reunites with head coach Yeng Guiao in Gilas. Guiao coached the 2009 Powerade Pilipinas, Santos' only national team stint so far. "Di pa naman ako kasama sa Final [12]. Para sa akin, panibagong challenge ito. Matagal na rin ako di nakakapag-laro sa Philippine team," Santos said. "Thank you kay ninong, kay coach Yeng. Sana hindi siya magka-mali sa pag-pili sakin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2018Related News

PBA: Coach Leo sees no reason why Beermen should be ashamed after early exit

The season is over for the dynastic San Miguel Beermen.  Just like last year, they once again have a quarterfinals exit in the Governors' Cup, this time at the hands of the Alaska Aces, who have never won against coach Leo Austria until now. Call it an underwhelming season, but the reality is they're still a good team. MVP frontrunner June Mar Fajardo was unavailable for the majority of the final conference, but returned in time to virtually secure his fifth straight MVP award, the most in history.  For Austria, there's no crying over spilled milk, calling the 2017-18 PBA campaign a rousing success.  "You win some, you lose some. But I’m still proud of the team. Kasi in the last 4 years, 12 conferences, we’ve been in the Finals 7 times, and won 6 championships. I think we have nothing to be ashamed of." The Beermen dipped to as low as a 2-4 record this season and AZ Reid to injury, before enlisting the services of spitfire scorer Kevin Murphy and getting import-like performances from #1 Christian Standhardinger to gather themselves and end up with a sixth-place finish. Snipers Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, along with Standhardinger were called for Gilas duty, and that left the team missing key players in some parts of the conference.  The four-time PBA Coach of the Year is not blaming that, but said that it had played a part in their preparation moving forward. "Well, I think everybody’s expecting us that we’ll get into the next round. We failed to do it. Congratulations to Alaska. They are deserving to win this quarterfinals." Now that the season is over, the team will be zeroing in on defending the Philippine Cup title, gunning for their fifth straight plum next season. Before that, five of coach Leo's players will be suiting up the nation's tricolors, namely Lassiter, Cabagnot, Standhardinger, Fajardo, and Arwind Santos. Those five will practice for the squad, and will fight for the coveted 12 slots.  Also in their minds for next year is how to improve through the draft. "We will try to improve our team dahil nowadays, every team in the PBA keeps on improving and improving and we could not be overconfident dahil alam natin na a lot of people are telling us, the All-Filipino is our conference."   "Of course, those four All Filipino championships are already in the past." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 7th, 2018Related News

Why surprise moves were made in new Gilas Pilipinas 20-man training pool

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao has made a number of surprising new choices in the most-recent 20-man training pool for the country’s campaign in the fifth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers. BREAKDOWN: Ginebra: Aguilar, Slaughter, Tenorio, Thompson Rain or Shine: Belga, Norwood SMB: Cabagnot, Fajardo, Standhardinger, Lassiter, Santos TNT: Castro, Rosario […] The post Why surprise moves were made in new Gilas Pilipinas 20-man training pool appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopNov 7th, 2018Related News

Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth

Tuesday night couldn't have ended on a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some gritty moments, is in the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup and the gutsy point guard, who put away Blackwater with two game-cementing free throws, earned another shot at the national team. Romeo Travis' triple-double was the fuel in the Hotshots' 103-99 victory over the Elite but Lee had a hand in the victory as well: He led all scorers with 22 points and plucked a rebound off a missed game-winning triple attempt by Blackwater's Nards Pinto before knocking down the two free throws that put the game beyond reach. Magnolia will have its hands full in the semifinals, with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra, ...Keep on reading: Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 6th, 2018Related News