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Category: newsSource: abante abanteJan 14th, 2020

FIBA lists Dickel, Arespacochaga, Trunic to coach Gilas’ ACQ

MANILA, Philippines – Even without an official announcement from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), FIBA has gone ahead and revealed Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic as part of Gilas Pilipinas’ coaching staff for the 2020 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. New Gilas program director Tab Baldwin clearly put his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2020

FIBA: TNT’s Dickel leads coaches listed for Gilas in Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas’ head coach will be on an interim basis when the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers kick off February with the Philippines taking on Thailand and Indonesia. The 24-man pool is set but the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is yet to make an official announcement on the team’s coaching staff. [Related: FIBA: Pingris makes Gilas return in FIBA Asia Cup team pool] However, it appears that FIBA’s official website is first to the news as the Asia Cup lists the trio of Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga, and Nenad Trunic as coachs for Gilas Pilipinas. Dickel is TNT’s active consultant and has been with the KaTropa since the 2018 Governors’ Cup. This would be his first official stint with the Philippine national team. Meanwhile, Coach Sandy is one of the top deputies not only for TNT but for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. He’s also a veteran assistant coach for many of our national teams. Trunic is a Serbian mentor who had previous stints in Iran. “We’re not ready to announce a full-time coach in February for sure,” SBP President Al Panlilio said in a previous interview. “But we’re hoping that… the next window is November, so it gives us time to get the right coach moving forward. It has to be full-time coach,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

November road games vs. Korea, Thailand loom over Gilas Pilipinas

Unless FIBA actually makes an official announcement, the November games of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers should be treated as if they're actually going to take place. As it stands, Gilas Pilipinas is set for a pair of road games against Thailand and South Korea in about four months time. However, the Gilas program has been pretty much stopped since a 100-70 road win against Indonesia back in February. "May FIBA qualifier pa kasi dapat sa November, wala pa sinasabing cancellation. If you look at the schedule, nandoon pa. We're supposed to be playing," SBP director of operations Butch Antonio said during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. "We have to keep that in mind. We have to make sure that it's in our awareness na meron dapat tayong paghandaan," he added. Aside from the possibility of playing in November, Gilas still has to address its lack of an actual head coach. TNT's Mark Dickel handled the team on an interim basis during in the Indonesia game back in February but upon arriving from Jakarta, there have been no updates from the national team, let alone practices, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We will still have to set a meeting with Coach Tab to see how we can progress from here," Antonio said on the Gilas coaching search. "Wala right now. Kailangan pa pag-usapan ng SBP management yun," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

FIBA: What s next for Gilas Pilipinas after road win vs. Indonesia?

Gilas Pilipinas' road to the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup is officially underway following Sunday's road win against Indonesia. What's next for the Philippines now though? Gilas' next official game will be in nine months. The Philippines will take on longtime nemesis South Korea on the road on November 27. The Korea game will officially kick off the second window for Gilas as the national team will be in Thailand on Nov. 30 to battle the Thais. By February 2021, Gilas will be at home, hosting Indonesia on Feb. 18. Finally, on Feb. 21, Gilas Pilipinas will end the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers with a grudge match against South Korea in Manila. Gilas' one and only home game in 2020 is also on the horizon. The Philippines was supposed to host Thailand last Feb. 20 at the Big Dome but the game was cancelled for a later date due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. "Whenever that game is, we're definitely gonna be ready," Mark Dickel said on the cancelled Thailand game, which is part of his original assignment as interim head coach of the national team. "SBP, MVP, everybody is totally committed to making this thing work. We're not gonna be unprepared," Dickel added. There's no official announcement from FIBA yet regarding the new Gilas-Thailand showdown in Manila. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

FIBA By the Numbers: The future is now for Gilas

Gilas Pilipinas' new era is off to a fine start thanks to the national team's impressive road win against Indonesia to open the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. With a relatively younger group than that previous iterations, Gilas took a while to get going but got the job done without too much trouble in the fourth quarter nonetheless. Pending new announcements for their cancelled home game against Thailand, the Indonesia road win is Gilas' last game and we'll have to wait a good nine months before the national team takes the court again. [Related: FIBA: Thirdy stars as Gilas pulls away late in win over Indonesia] With that, here's a nice ol' By the Numbers to help ease us through a much-needed Gilas break.   23 Total points for Thirdy Ravena in his first game back in Gilas Pilipinas. Thirdy just added to his stock as the most coveted Pinoy prospect outside of Kai Sotto with this performance with the national team. Ravena led Gilas with 23 points, all in the first three quarters of the win against Indonesia. Up until the national team opened the floodgates in the fourth quarter, it was Thirdy that was getting buckets for Gilas, keeping Indonesia at bay. On top of his 23 points, Thirdy also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. The future is now for the former Blue Eagle.   11 Total players in the scoring column for Gilas Pilipinas in the win against Indonesia. Thirdy's scoring outburst kept the Philippines ahead, but Gilas' balanced attack eventually overwhelmed the hosts in Sunday's 30-point win. RR Pogoy got hot in the fourth and finished with 16 points while CJ Perez, Kiefer Ravena, and Juan Gomez de Liano all scored in double figures as well. Only Isaac Go didn't score for Gilas but he did have seven rebounds in almost eight minutes of action.   15 Total steals for Gilas Pilipinas against Indonesia. Interim head coach Mark Dickel likes his team to play defense and that was pretty evident in the way Gilas was aggressive in their first game to start the Asia Cup qualifiers. Gilas recorded 15 steals in a game where Indonesia had 16 turnovers. Seven players had at least one takeaway with CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena leading the national team with four steals each. Dwight Ramos and Poy Erram had two apiece.   32 Largest lead of the night for Gilas Pilipinas. Indonesia was within four, 51-55, late in the third before Gilas ended the quarter with a 12-2 blitz for a 67-53 lead. Come the fourth quarter, RR Pogoy started out hot and Kiefer Ravena and CJ Perez helped add the finishing touches as the national team cruised to a big road win in the Asia Cup qualifiers.   26 Total fouls on Gilas Pilipinas. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Gilas as the Pinoys were called for a grand total of 26 fouls Sunday. Early penalty situation in the second and third quarters allowed Indonesia to stick around as they connected on 20 out of 23 free throws. Eight Gilas players had at least two fouls though no player fouled out.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

Thirdy a revelation for Gilas Pilipinas, but Dickel far from surprised

MANILA, Philippines – Thirdy Ravena shone the brightest on a Gilas Pilipinas team bannered by pro players, but coach Mark Dickel was not one bit surprised.  Ravena torched Indonesia on both ends with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks as Gilas Pilipinas opened the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

FIBA: New Gilas excited to prove worth as Asia Cup qualifiers near

The reality of the situation is setting in for Gilas Pilipinas. On Thursday evening, the national team got one of their last practices in before they leave for Indonesia Friday to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. With a final 12-man lineup on deck, Gilas went to work with a pretty simple goal in mind. "I expect it to be a difficult game, but it will be really good for us," interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "I feel like the last couple of weeks in practice, we've made good strides. Sunday's a chance to prove that," he added. The national team will squeeze one more practice in Manila on Friday before leaving for Indonesia. They'll take as many chances as they get to try and get the final 12 going as one cohesive unit. "We're getting an idea, but we don't really have a whole lot of preparation time to go into it." Dickel said. "We're just excited. I think we'll play a good game on Sunday," he added. Dickel still has his concerns over the national team but the confidence with his current group is prevailing over any doubts. "You're always concerned because you don't know how it's gonna look in the game, but I'm feeling more and more confident each day," he said. "The guys seem to understand more what we're trying to get them to do," Dickel added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

Mocon the unlucky cut in Gilas Pilipinas lineup

MANILA, Philippines – Javee Mocon failed to make the cut in Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers as the coaching staff decided to inject youth into the roster as foundation for the future.  Interim head coach Mark Dickel explained that they felt amateur standouts Thirdy Ravena ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

SBP bares Gilas Final 12 for 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

Kiefer Ravena bannered the list of players who made the final Gilas lineup set to play in a road game against Indonesia on Feb. 23 to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. Gilas head coach Mark Dickel bared the composition of the 12-man squad on Wednesday night after the team’s training. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas formally announced the composition of the team through their Twitter account. Our #GilasPilipinas Men’s Team versus Indonesia for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier game this February 23 ! ???????? #LabanPilipinas #ParaSaBayan #SBP — SBP (@officialSBPinc) February 19, 2020 PBA players CJ Perez, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, RR Pogoy, Abu Tratter and Justin Chua made the cut together with Dwight Ramos, Matt Nieto, Isaac Go, Juan Gomez de Liano and Thirdy Ravena. “Look, it was not an easy team to pick,” said Dickel. “We had numerous combinations that we could have gone with, and in a few positions we felt like we had covered it with some young players, so, they had an advantage thinking towards the future.” Javee Mocon, Jaydee Tungcab and Rey Suerte were listed as reserves. Gilas is set to fly to Indonesia on Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

Ravena bros headline Gilas Pilipinas lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines – Brothers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena banner Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, where they will kick off their campaign against Indonesia.  Interim coach Mark Dickel announced the lineup on Wednesday, February 19, naming 7 PBA stars and 5 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

PBA: 'Awesome news' as Parks Jr. reaches new deal with TNT

Easily one of the bigger stories of the ongoing PBA offseason was the status of incoming second-year forward Bobby Ray Parks Jr. On Monday, Parks Jr. finally agreed to a new one-year deal to stay with the TNT KaTropa. Pretty much a restricted free agent, Parks Jr. was in negotiations with TNT, which was described to be "95 percent" done as late as last Saturday, Feb. 15. Missing last season's Philippine Cup to complete his ABL duties, Parks Jr. only signed a two-conference contract with Blackwater, the team that picked him second in the 2018 Draft. He was dealt to TNT after one and a half conferences with the Elite. Parks Jr. averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in 32 games during his rookie season. "I'm just thrilled that he signed," TNT active consultant and interim Gilas head coach Mark Dickel said on the Parks Jr. news. "That's great news for us. Awesome news, it'll be great to have the whole team in practice. It's good stuff," he added. With Parks Jr. finally signed, the opportunity to join the Gilas Pilipinas pools also opens for him again. But with the start of the opening window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers being so close, he'll have to sit it out for now pretty much. "As far as Gilas goes, these guys [players in practice] are 8-9 days in. Maybe we'll be thinking of next window for him [Ray]," Dickel said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

FIBA: Gilas planning to get one practice game before playing Indonesia

With their home game against Thailand to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers cancelled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Gilas Pilipinas is trying to maximize the extra few days added to its schedule. With a little over a week before Gilas takes on Indonesia on the road, the national team is planning on accommodating at least one tune-up game. The plan is to have it sometime next week with a PBA team. "I think we definitely wanna have a tune-up game," interim head coach Mark Dickel said after practice Saturday. "How we do it and when we'll schedule it, it'll be sometime next week," he added. The national team will leave for Indonesia on the 21st, giving them a good four days to schedule a game. Feb. 20 was the original date of the game against Thailand and that could be a window to make some arrangements happen. "I think we'll probably just have one [tune-up]," Dickel said. "We have such a tight timeline and we only have one game this window, it kinda makes more sense to get ready, have that game and replace that one [cancelled] game we were gonna play with that one [practice] game," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

FIBA: Countdown starts for final Gilas 12 against Indonesia

Gilas Pilipinas should be getting close to figuring out who will make its final 12-man lineup to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. After another practice Saturday, interim head coach Mark Dickel says he and his staff are rounding out the first 15 players for the game against Indonesia next week. "I'm sure we'll go back-and-forth with the coaches tonight on who the 15 are and then start talking about combinations who should start," Dickel said. "I'm really trying to have an open mind about all the players here, let the team pick itself based on how they're performing. I didn't wanna come in here with preconceived ideas because then you don't give guys a real chance to force their way in," he added. At the very latest, Gilas Pilipinas has until the eve of a game to form a 12-man lineup. That gives the national team a full week to decide on the roster against Indonesia. However, Dickel and his coaching staff will have to put together a list very soon which will be subject to approval by FIBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. "We haven't really thought too much on who's gonna make the 15 or the 12," Dickel said. "Over the next couple of days we gotta release it to FIBA for clearance reasons," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

FIBA: Gilas turns full focus to Indonesia with Thailand game cancelled

Gilas Pilipinas is not putting too much into the postponement of its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers home game against Thailand. On Friday, FIBA made it official that the Gilas-Thailand game, originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome, is off until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. With the new development, the national team is putting all their attention to Indonesia, who they'll face on the road on Feb. 23. "It actually makes our job easier now, we'll just focus on one opponent," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "We can focus all our resources and time on exactly what they do," he added. Even during the past Southeast Asian Games, Indonesia was one of the teams to watch for Gilas Pilipinas, then coached by Ginebra mentor Tim Cone. The Indonesians are handled by former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman and an extra few days only bodes well for the Philippines to prepare for a master tactician on the other side. "They're well coached and really well structured, really disciplined," Dickel said of Indonesia. "For us, it makes it a little easier to focus on what they're gonna do [with extra days]," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

FIBA: Dickel on cancelled Gilas game: 'There are bigger things going on'

With Gilas Pilipinas busy preparing for the start of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, a curveball was thrown the way of the national team less than a week before it was supposed to play its first game. FIBA made it offical Friday that the Philippines' home game against Thailand has been postponed until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The game was originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome. Gilas' away game against Indonesia on Feb. 23 is still a go but you never know. "Obviously, we wanna play games. But at the same time there are bigger things going on in the world than our game," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "You can be cognizant of the fact that other governments are making decisions that they think are putting their citizens at the safest possible position," he added. For now, everything's still business as usual for Gilas Pilipinas. The Indonesia game is in a week and they'll still play Thailand down the line one way or another. "Maybe we scale back the practices to maybe one or two a week and just get ready to go to work whenever the games do come again," Dickel said. "You just control what you can control and stay focused, keep you eye on what your job is," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

PBA: TNT s Dickel no comment on rumored deal for Erram

TNT needs a big man bad and there are rumors going around online that NLEX's Poy Erram could be on his way to the KaTropa via trade. TNT active consultant Mark Dickel, who now doubles as Gilas Pilipinas' interim head coach refused to comment on the matter when asked Friday. "I cannot comment on anything that I don't know to be 100 percent factual," Dickel said on the rumors of a possible deal for Erram. "That's all I say," he added. While he wouldn't comment on the rumored deal, Dickel has some words about Erram and his possible impact for any PBA team. "However," Dickel said, pausing as if to gather his thoughts afterwards. "I'll say when I know it's for sure. It would be great, no question," Dickel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

FIBA: Gilas hard at work on Valentine s Day

Everyone's out for their Valentine's Day and pay day Friday plans but the Philippine national team is hard at work in preparation for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas home game against Thailand on Feb. 20 has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, nevertheless, the grind continues as the national team has to go to Indonesia for a road game on Feb. 23. For practice Friday, team captain Kiefer Ravena, Javee Mocon, Isaac Go, Dave Ildefonso, Dwight Ramos, Rey Suerte, Mike Nieto, Justin Chua, Troy Rosario, CJ Perez, Poy Erram, Jaydee Tungcab, Matt Nieto, Juan Gomez de Liano, Javi Gomez de Liano, Thirdy Ravena, Abu Tratter, and RR Pogoy were active. Kobe Paras and Marc Pingris were also present in practice but sat out due to nagging injuries. "Happy Valentine's day everybody. [Practice] was good, really good. An improvement from two days ago and an improvement from four days ago," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "It's going in the right direction," he added. Even with a cancelled first game, Gilas still has the showdown against Indonesia coming up and the national team is going about everything as business as usual. With no game on Thursday, it just means Gilas has a little more time to prepare for Indonesia now. "We get a couple more days to prepare and go to Indonesia," Dickel said. "We'll figure a way to work it out," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

FIBA: Business as usual for Gilas despite cancelled Thailand game

With the postponement of its opening home game against Thailand Thursday, Gilas Pilipinas' initial schedule for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers has been slightly altered. FIBA has opted to move the Philippines-Thailand game set for Feb. 20 to another date due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. It is what it is and Gilas is business as usual, returning to practice Friday. "Obviously disappointing because it would have been awesome to play a game here in front of our fans," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "But we can't control that, so just get ready to go over to Indonesia nad find a way to play a good game and win," he added. There's no date for the Gilas-Thailand game but Dickel assures that the national team will be ready to go when a new schedule is announced. For now, Dickel is focused on using the extra days to drill more reps on his players. "If you get more time to really have everybody understand what their roles are, what is expected, and what they gotta do out there, the games are gonna look better," he said. "I'm happy about it, we get two or three more days to prepare. Just gotta take advantage of those days," Dickel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

FIBA: Dickel wants 'good show' in Gilas one-and-done

Mark Dickel is handling Gilas Pilipinas for pretty much only two weeks as the national team's interim head coach. It's an extreme task, that's for sure. The Philippines started practice exactly two weeks before group play starts in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. In less than a week since training began, three players have begged off due to injuries and personal reasons. The fact that Dickel is only in charge for Gilas' upcoming two games likewise presents an intriguing challenge. "You just play the cards that you've been dealt," Dickel said. "You don't really about too much, you just lock in and feel lucky and thankful to have the players that you have, we got a lot of good players here," he added. Gilas will start the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers against familiar opponents. The Philippines will open things up at home on Feb. 20 against Thailand, a rematch of the gold medal game from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Gilas will then take on Indonesia on Feb. 23 on the road. He'll only handle Gilas for two games but Dickel is raring to put up winning performances. "I'm just excited. I know we're gonna be motivated and ready to go," he said. "We should put on a good show," Dickel added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Dickel warns Gilas squad of complacency

Though up against lower-ranked Southeast Asian rivals, Gilas Pilipinas coach Mark Dickel said it won’t do the Nationals any good if they think the opening window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers against Thailand and Indonesia would be a walk in the park. c.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020