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Mark Barroca rejoins Philippines quintet

Mark Barroca, a member of the original Gilas team formed in 2009, has been tapped for a return stint with Team Phl, joining Jayson Castro, Paul Lee and Scottie Thompson in the backcourt to be utilized versus Qatar and Kazakhstan in the FIBA World Cup qualifier final window......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Gilas re-opens training camp

Gilas Pilipinas starts on Jan. 21 its buildup for the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier where Team Phl looks to win “away” games versus Qatar and Kazakhstan to have a shot at making the world joust in China late this year......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2019Related News

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 30th, 2018Related News

Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines will likely head into the final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with its full force after naturalized center Andray Blatche announced that he's back in the fold. In an announcement made through Theia Sports, h/t to Fiba, Blatche said he'll rejoin Gilas Pilipinas for their final two games of the tournament against Qatar and Kazakhstan. "It's confirmed! I'll be back to play for the Philippines in February!" announced Blatche. "Can't wait to win these two games for the best fans in the world!" The Philippines is in a precarious spot in Group F, holding on to fourth place a 5-5 record. Top three teams and the better of the four...Keep on reading: Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 29th, 2018Related News

ONE Championship: Mark Sangiao looks to carry over Team Lakay s success in 2019

2018 will be over and done in a few days, but it will be remembered as the banner year of the legendary Team Lakay.   Widely associated with the local mixed martial arts scene in the Philippines due to the big number of notable homegrown talents that it has produced since its inception in 2003, Team Lakay has reached new heights in 2018 as it now houses four world champions under the ONE Championship banner.   Since the beginning of the year, the legendary camp from Baguio City, Benguet has been on an extraordinary run in the organization.   Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio kicked off the year for Team Lakay by copping the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch this past January.   Eustaquio was enshrined as the undisputed flyweight kingpin of the promotion five months later when he edged out Brazilian arch-nemesis Adriano Moraes in a world title unification bout.   It was followed by Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, who had his first taste of gold last July when he routed two-division titleholder Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen by way of clear-cut unanimous decision for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.   Belingon became ONE Championship’s official bantamweight champion by defeating longtime division ruler Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes via split decision in their highly-anticipated title unification rematch last November.   Meanwhile, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio settled the score with Yoshitaka Naito in September, dethroning his Japanese rival by unanimous decision to bring home the ONE Strawweight World Championship.   Eduard Folayang joined Eustaquio, Belingon and Pacio in the cast of Team Lakay world titleholders, recapturing the ONE Lightweight World Championship at the expense of Singapore’s Amir Khan this past November.   Speaking on behalf of his teammates, Folayang believes that Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao played a pivotal role in their success.   “Coach Mark should have a belt,” Folayang said. “We are a good team because we have a brilliant and selfless coach who supports us all the way.”   At the peak of his professional career in 2010, Sangiao opted to hang up his gloves for good to focus on coaching Folayang and other members of Team Lakay.   Although he had to make the ultimate sacrifice of calling it a career at the age of 30, Sangiao disclosed that there is no tinge of regret in his decision, especially after seeing what his athletes have become.   “When I see these belts, I know that my sacrifice was worth it. I feel that I’m also a champion,” the Team Lakay headmaster stated. “I decided to retire eight years ago. I’m a positive guy, so I don’t regret my decision to retire. I’m very happy with it.”   Finishing their campaign with four world titles in ONE Championship, Sangiao acknowledges that 2018 is Team Lakay’s most successful year so far.   “It’s our biggest year. We won titles and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruit of our hard labor,” he mentioned.   With the achievements that they are presently basking in, Sangiao conceded that not even in his wildest dream did he expect Team Lakay to be highly acclaimed in the sport or reach its present stature.   “When I started this group in 2003, I did not even think that it would get to this. All I thought at the time was that I liked what I was doing,” he remembered. “I am happy with the outcome of my passion.”   It appears that everything Team Lakay lays its hands on turns into gold, but for Sangiao, this is only the tip of the iceberg.   “It’s only the beginning. There is more to come. We look forward to defending our belts and prevailing as champions for a long time,” he declared.   Sangiao may be looking to carry over Team Lakay’s success into 2019, but he knows that it will be no walk in the park.   “We had an amazing run in 2018. With all of the titles that we won, we have a big target on our back. Tougher challenges await us next year. Like we always say, we will do our best,” he expressed.   Pacio, Eustaquio and Folayang are all booked to defend their respective world titles in the first quarter of 2019.   Team Lakay may have cemented its position as a global force in mixed martial arts in 2018, but Sangiao assured that he and his wards are not resting on their laurels.   "This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop. We have to keep on improving and defend those belts,” he vowed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 27th, 2018Related News

Reality check for Gilas

Losing back-to-back home games to Kazakhstan and Iran was a huge blow to Gilas with two games left in the FIBA Asia/Pacific Qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in China so that national coach Yeng Guiao faces the challenge of forming a cohesive unit to play the final sixth window on the road......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 26th, 2018Related News

1st manned space mission sent by Russia | The Manila Times Online

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan: The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscows Soviet-designed spacecraft, will.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 4th, 2018Related News

Gilas still a work in progress with losses to Kazakhstan, Iran

The two losses in four days — 88-92 to Kazakhstan and 70-78 to Iran — are painful and humbling reminders that there is no fast-tracking success. .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 4th, 2018Related News

Gilas still a work in progress with losses to Kazakhstan, Iran

The two losses in four days — 88-92 to Kazakhstan and 70-78 to Iran — are painful and humbling reminders that there is no fast-tracking success. .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 4th, 2018Related News

Defiant Guiao keeps fate in Gilas World Cup bid: 'Alam ko kaya pa natin'

MANILA, Philippines --- When Yeng Guiao took over Gilas Pilipinas, his "contract" was to run until the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. However, there's a very good chance that the Philippines might not even make it there. If that's the case, coach Yeng will step down from his post on his own. "When I took on this job, I stated very clearly that my objective and our goal is to bring this team to the World Cup," Guiao said. "I also stated that if I cannot bring this team to the World Cup, I'll walk away," he added. After Monday's crushing loss to Iran, Gilas falls out of Group F's top-3 for the first time. The Philippines has an even 5-5 record following back-to-back defeats and the country trails Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3), and Japan (6-4) in the standings. Only the top-3 move on to the World Cup and the Boomers have already secured their slot. The best fourth placed team also moves on but the fate of the two teams that happen to place in the top-4 in both groups will rely on China's final placing. As hosts, the Chinese have a sure slot in the 2019 World Cup. If China makes it to the top-3 of Group E, both fourth placed teams move on. China is currently no. 3 in Group E with a 6-4 mark. Still, while a chance to mak it to the World Cup is ever present, it doesn't take away from the disaster that was Gilas Pilipinas' final two home games in these Asian Qualifiers. "Well, of course we're disappointed, not just about the match but for the whole window," Guiao said after the Iran loss, which came days after the shock upset at the hands of Kazakhstan. "I still feel this is a strong team. I still feel if the chances are slimmer going to the World Cup but I still feel we can do it. Alam kong kaya pa rin natin," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2018Related News

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home

Gilas Pilipinas faltered when it mattered most and dropped a 70-78 decision to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Monday night before a stunned crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. The Filipinos took an eight point lead in the fourth quarter but it only set up a spirited comeback from the Iranians led by their prolific swingman Mohammad Jamshidi. It was a heartbreaking and costly loss for the Philippines, which slipped to fourth place in Group F after going 0-2 at home following a stunning loss to Kazakhstan last Friday. Jayson Castro led Gilas Pilipinas with 19 points in just his first game back after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement ...Keep on reading: Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 3rd, 2018Related News

First manned space mission launches since Soyuz failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow's Soviet-designed spacecraft, will launch on Monday, December 3. Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 3rd, 2018Related News

Arwind Santos ready to help Gilas bounce back vs Iran

Arwind Santos is hoping for a last hurrah in helping the Philippines not only bounce back from a disappointing loss to Kazakhstan, 92-88, last November 30, but also qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2018Related News

Castro cool and calm on the eve of Gilas biggest game in Asian Qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas has a crucial match against Iran coming up but top point guard Jayson Castro is approaching it as just a normal outing. As it stands, the Philippines is currently tied for third place with Japan with identical 5-4 records while Iran is at second with a 6-3 mark. A win by the Philippines forces a tie for second place while a loss could push the national team to fourth and in danger of missing the World Cup altogether. Still, Castro is maintaining a rather relaxed vibe on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas' biggest game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Ayoko rin maging excited na excited ako na mawawala ako sa rhythm o mawala ka sa focus. Parang kagaya lang ng dati," he said. "Same lang nung dati. One of the veterans na ako dito sa Gilas, very important game pero parang natural game lang," Castro added. The Iran game marks Castro's return to Gilas Pilipinas after serving a three-game suspension from FIBA. If there's one thing to get excited about for Castro, it's the fact that he gets to play for the Philippines again. "Excited ako ulit makalaro para sa national team, makapag-provide ng leadership as one of the veterans," he said. "Yung past naging lesson sakin yun," Castro added. The Blur's presence certainly gives Gilas a boost especially after the national team just absorbed a shock upset at the hands of Kazakhstan Friday. With the Iranians coming to town, it's imperative for the national team not to let its guard down and take advantage of this second golden opportunity. "This time yung focus namin against Iran, after nung game sa Kazakhstan, sinabi ni coach Yeng na we still have a chance para maging number 2, as long as na matalo natin yung Iran," Castro said. "Marami rin kaming lesson na nakuha sa Kazakhstan and sana ma-apply namin yung mga yun against Iran," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 2nd, 2018Related News

Arwind ready to produce in first ever game for Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines --- Arwind Santos is more than ready to go for Gilas Pilipinas. Nine years after his last stint to the national team, Arwind is finally back, suiting up for Gilas for the first time Monday against Iran. The Philippines' shock loss to Kazakhstan Friday has added to the excitement, with the national team eager to bounce back for its last home game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Yun ang nakikita ko sa practice natin at saka sa mga ilang araw na natalo tayo sa Kazakhstan, gusto na kaagad bumawi. Lahat kami excited na maglaro. Parang nababagalan kami sa panahon," Santos said. "Pero ito bukas, kailangan ibigay na namin lahat para at least, kahit papaano, matuwa din ang ating mga kapwa Pilipino," he added. Making it back to the national team after almost a decade, Arwind is excited and ready to produce. He's also ready to everything and anything in order to have Gilas Pilipinas walk away with a crucial victory. "Pinu-push ko sarili ko na sana di ito yung maging huli and pagbu-butihan ko pa para makatulong sa bansa natin," Arwind said. "Ako ang nasa posisyon na to, kailangan ibigay ko best ko tapos manalo tayo. Kailangan manalo against Iran bukas," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 2nd, 2018Related News

Castro in as Gilas looks to salvage home stand vs. Iran

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas is going full force. The Philippines has unveiled its final 12-man lineup for the crucial match against Iran in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. After serving his FIBA suspension, guard Jayson Castro is officially back in Gilas and the Blur will look to lead a shocked national team to a bounce-back win over the Iranians Monday. The Philippines previously took a massive upset to Kazakhstan Friday, derailing the country’s march to the World Cup next year. Joining Castro are mainstays Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Matthew Wright. Completing the team are LA Tenorio, Beau Belga, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Arwind Santos, Scottie Thompson, and Christian Standhardinger. Gilas is currently tied with Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records while Iran keeps solo second with a 6-3 mark. If the Philippines beats Iran and Japan handles business against Kazakhstan, there will be a three-way tie for second place in Group F behind Australia, setting up a wild final window early next year. Gilas Pilipinas will host its long-time Asian rivals Monday at the MOA Arena.   —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 2nd, 2018Related News

Standhardinger raring to help Gilas Pilipinas bounce back vs Iran | Inquirer Sports

Christian Standhardinger witnessed how the Philippines fell to Kazakhstan in disappointing fashion, 92-88, in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It was a painful memory that was.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 1st, 2018Related News

Philippines can t afford to lose vs Iran, says Tenorio | Inquirer Sports

The Philippines stunning loss to Kazakhstan in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers had a bigger consequence than just an upset defeat, it also took away Gilas Pilipinas solo grip o.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 1st, 2018Related News

Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas | Inquirer Sports

Not every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The K.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 1st, 2018Related News

Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas

Not every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Kazakhs were holding onto a 90-88 lead with less than half a minute remaining and they had a hard time setting up a shot as the Filipinos hounded their passing lanes in front of a rabid Philippine audience at Mall of Asia Arena. But Kazakh captain Alexandr Zhigulin knew how his team remained composed during that pressure-packed situation---just be totally stoic. "Of course, there was pressure but we stayed calm and we did our job without any emotions," said Zhigulin as his team i...Keep on reading: Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 1st, 2018Related News