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FIBA: Wright out of Gilas to start Asia Cup qualifiers

Gilas Pilipinas is officially down one more shooter to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. Phoenix's Matthew Wright is out against Thailand and Indonesia next week as he continues to rehab his injured ankle. He dropped by practice Wednesday to talk to program director Tab Baldwin. "Matthew pulled out because he has something wrong with his ankle. He came by to talk to Coach Tab, he said he wanted to join but unfortunately he had to rehab his ankle," team manager Gabby Cui confirmed. "He won't be able to make it," he added. With Wright out of the pool, the addition of Rain or Shine's Javee Mocon makes more sense. Mocon practiced for the second straight day with Gilas and he looks to take over one of the wing spots vacated by the Phoenix star. "He's stepped up and is willing to help the team. Very happy for Javee," Cui said. Other addition for Gilas following recent developments are Alaska's Vic Manuel and Abu Tratter. The pair are yet to show up to practice since the Aces are out on a team building. They're expected to join the national team later this week. "We're waiting for Vic and Abu. They're very willing to help out. I think Abu will be here Friday," Cui said. "Si Vic, congratulations to him I think his wife is giving birth Saturday. Baka he'll be here Sunday. Even on short notice they still want to help," Cui added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 12th, 2020

FIBA: Ravenas lead Gilas as Asia Cup prep finally starts

Preparations for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup are officially underway for Gilas Pilipinas. Nineteen of the 24 pool members showed up to practice Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the Ateneo campus in Katipunan. PBA players present were Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and CJ Perez. Gilas draftees Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, Matt and Mike Nieto were also in attendance while amateur players Thirdy Ravena, Dave Ildefonso, Jaydee Tungcab, Dwight Ramos, and Juan and Javi Gomez Gomez de Liaño completed the active list. Christian Standhardinger, Marc Pingris, Poy Erram, and Kobe Paras were also present but were in street clothes. Absent from the list the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas revealed a few weeks ago are Japeth Aguilar, Ray Parks, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, and Justine Baltazar. Gilas' practice start exactly two weeks before the opening window of the Asia Cup qualifiers. The Philippines will begin group play on Feb. 20 against Thailand, a rematch of the 2019 SEA Games Finals just last December. Gilas will then travel to Indonesia to take on another SEA Games rival on Feb. 23. Of the 24-man pool, the Philippines will select 12 players in its final lineup. TNT active consultant Mark Dickel will serve as head coach for Gilas Pilipinas but only on an interim basis.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

FIBA: TNT s Dickel is Gilas Pilipinas interim coach for Asia Cup

Now it's official: Gilas Pilipinas interim head coach to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers is Mark Dickel. Dickel, the former two-time Olympian and current TNT active consultant out of New Zealand, will take over the national team. He will start with preparing Gilas for a pair of games against Indonesia and Thailand in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. "In his short stint in the Philippines, Coach Mark has performed creditably well', said Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in a statement. "We want to hit the ground running for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. We all know what he did to help TNT in such a short span and we’re confident he can also move things quickly as we prepare for the first window this February," MVP added. Dickel has been with TNT since the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. In four conferences, he's led the KaTropa to the Finals once. For the February window, Dickel will have 24 players at his disposal in Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and Ray Parks Jr. from TNT, Kiefer Ravena and Poy Erram from NLEX, Christian Standhardinger from NorthPort, Japeth Aguilar from Ginebra, CJ Perez from Columbian, Mac Belo from Blackwater, and Matthew Wright from Phoenix. Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte, and Allyn Bulanadi along with Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jaydee Tungcab, and Dwight Ramos will come from the cadet pool. After the February window, Gilas will resume the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers on November. The SBP plans to have a full-time head coach by that time. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

Sotto will join Gilas Pilipinas at 2021 FIBA Asia qualifiers

Kai Sotto won’t be joining the start of the NBA G League that is set to go on inside a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida this February......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

Filipinos gain edge as FIBA cracks whip

The third window of th 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers has yet to start, but Gilas Pilipinas already gained an edge over its counterparts. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) formally sanctioned three national federations for failing to send delegates to the second window last November. In a statement, the FIBA disciplinary panel announced that national […] The post Filipinos gain edge as FIBA cracks whip appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Gilas clobbers pro-laden Thais in FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers 2nd window

After a slow start that saw the Filipinos only up 21-19 after the first quarter, an offensive onslaught in the second period powered by Dwight Ramos and Juan Gomez de Liano blew the game wide open......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

Gilas taps youngsters for qualifier

Five Gilas Pilipinas pool full-time members lead an all-amateur cast gathering anytime soon to start preparation for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers set Nov. 26-30 in Manama, Bahrain......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

PB(A)BL: Christian Standhardinger adds to own hype with Hong Kong stop

Not all players take the same route going to the PBA, each player will have his own story to tell. This series will be about those who chose a different path, those who had to hustle overseas at one point in their careers before eventually landing in the PBA. Here, we take a look at current big-name PBA players who spent some time in the other major basketball league with Philippine teams in the region: the Asean Basketball League. They don’t have to play for a Filipino team, after all, the ABL is a great place where Filipino talents can shine even while playing for other countries. [Related: PB(A)BL: Like a Dragon, Matthew Wright brought fire in Malaysia's dream season] The penultimate entry to the series is about Christian Standhardinger and impressive season with Hong Kong Eastern.   Stop and Go Christian Standhardinger became one of the busiest basketball players in the region by the time he travelled to Manila in mid-2017 following his call-up to Gilas Pilipinas. The Fil-German forward became the national team’s de facto naturalized player during that year’s Jones Cup, FIBA-Asia Cup, and SEA Games. After Gilas was removed from medal contention in the FIBA-Asia Cup in Lebanon, Standhardinger left to join the SEA Games team in Kuala Lumpur. In between, Standhardinger found the time to sign with the ABL’s Hong Kong Eastern and make himself available for the PBA Draft (more on that later). Standhardinger officially debuted for Hong Kong Eastern on November 19 2017, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a win against Alab Pilipinas. Hong Kong entered the 2017-2018 season as defending champions and with Standhardinger, the team obviously targeted back-to-back titles. Unfortunately, HK couldn’t keep its success against Alab. Despite taking home-court advantage, Hong Kong got swept in the semifinals by the Philippine team led by Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman. Alab would go on to win the championship, beating Mono Vampire in five games. Standhardinger played a total of 22 games in his lone ABL season for Hong Kong, shooting 50 percent from the field for 22.5 points per game on top of 11.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals. He had his most productive outing in Thailand, posting 40 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and five steals in a Hong Kong win over Mono Vampire.   Gilas to ABL to PBA Christian Standhardinger officially made his Gilas debut in July 2017 in the Jones Cup and would eventually help the team to a fourth-place finish. Exactly one month after his Gilas debut, it was reported that he would suit up for Hong Kong Eastern. In early September, Standhardinger declared for the PBA Draft and was taken first overall by the Beermen on October 29, 2017. The Draft became infamous as San Miguel made a deal with Kia to acquire the number 1 pick. The deal, approved by then PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, caused enough controversy that the PBA Board actually separated into two separate factions. The deal also paved the way for Narvasa’s resignation and Willie Marcial stepping in to become the new PBA Commissioner. But back to Standhardinger, CS didn’t immediately join the Beermen as less than a month after the PBA Draft, the ABL season would start. After months of anticipation, Standhardinger finally debuted for San Miguel in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup but the Beermen failed to defend their mid-season title, losing to Ginebra in the Finals. Despite a rocky stint with San Miguel, CS would win two championships with the team in the 2019 season. But even as the Beermen went through all that trouble to acquire the rights to pick him first, Standhardinger only lasted four full conferences with the team. Standhardinger’s trade away from San Miguel made big news late in 2019, but the move pretty much “freed” the hard-working forward. With Northport Standhardinger led the Batang Pier to the Governors’ Cup semifinals, having a better finish than San Miguel. CS also won his first-ever Best Player of the Conference award after an incredible breakout performance for his new team.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

PB(A)BL: Like a Dragon, Matthew Wright brought fire in Malaysia s dream season

Not all players take the same route going to the PBA, each player will have his own story to tell. This series will be about those who chose a different path, those who had to hustle overseas at one point in their careers before eventually landing in the PBA. Here, we take a look at current big-name PBA players who spent some time in the other major basketball league with Philippine teams in the region: the Asean Basketball League. They don’t have to play for a Filipino team, after all, the ABL is a great place where Filipino talents can shine even while playing for other countries. [Related: PB(A)BL: Chris Banchero's hot streak with San Miguel Beer] Today, we focus on Matthew Wright and his incredible one-and-done season with the Westports Malaysia Dragons.   Enter the Dragon Long before he ended up being a regular to Gilas Pilipinas, Matthew Wright actually already suited up for the national team via the U-18 squad in 2008. The Fil-Canadian then went home to Toronto and played in the NCAA tournament via St. Bonaventure. As a 25-year-old shooter, Wright got close to his other home when he suited up in the ABL for the Wesports Malaysia Dragons with his future Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia and another prospect in Fil-Am Jason Brickman. With the Dragons, Wright set the ABL on fire with his scoring exploits. In his lone stint during the 2015-2016 season, Wright set the league record for most three-point shots made in one game at 10. He also set the record for most three-point shots made in a single season at 71 and his total points of 461 were the 4th highest of all-time and most by a non-World Import. Wright ended up being the ABL’s first-ever Heritage MVP, leading the league with an average of 23.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting from deep. He also added 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. More importantly, Wright helped the Dragons to the no. 1 seed in the 2016 season with a strong 16-4 record. The crowning achievement was Malaysia winning its first, and so far, only ABL title by taking out the Singapore Slingers in the Finals, 3-2.   ABL to Gilas to PBA After leading the Westports Malaysia Dragons to the ABL championship, Wright was added to a Gilas Pilipinas pool that included guys like then amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Mac Belo, Ray Parks Jr., Kevin Ferrer, and Jio Jalalon. Wright was later named to the actual Gilas Pilipinas Cadets team and entered the PBA through the 2016 Draft. While no order was revealed, Wright joined the Phoenix Fuel Masters, reuniting with Dragons coach Ariel Vanguardia. Once in the PBA, Wright’s scoring exploits continued, in one game scoring 42 points, which was the most for a rookie since Eric Menk scored 43 for Tanduay since 1999. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year race and was part of the All-Rookie Team. The Fil-Canadian sniper also became a regular for Gilas Pilipinas since, consistently making the final team for tournaments like the SEABA Championship, the FIBA Asia Cup, and the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. In the 2019 season, his third with Phoenix, Matthew Wright led the Fuel Masters to a breakthrough semifinals appearance in the Philippine Cup as the no. 1 seed. He also ended the year as the league’s no. 2 scorer.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2020

FIBA: Time investment key to unlocking Gilas Pilipinas potential says Chot

For all intents and purposes, Gilas Pilipinas right now is on a rebuilding phase in order to recapture lost glory and also to prepare for the 2023 hosting of the FIBA World Cup. To start, the national team has identified a number of young players to make the initial pool of talent, highlighted by the five guys drafted in the special Gilas Draft of 2019, led by top pick Isaac Go. Gilas is also in the process of selecting a new head coach. While the system appears to be off and running, former head coach Chot Reyes says that the Gilas Pilipinas program will come down to one thing: time. "It’s hard to say and I don’t want to comment because I’m no longer the coach, but I’m sure there’s a disadvantage and that disadvantage is time," Reyes said. Coach Chot was one of the latest special guest to Ariel Vanguardia's webinar for the Hoops Coaches International podcast. "The team you saw in 2013 against Korea and more so the team you saw in 2014 in the Worlds, the reason we played there because I think that was our most prepared [team]," Reyes continued. "By most prepared, I mean one-month preparation. We were given one month to play the best teams in the world, as in July 28 or something, we arrived in Miami and that was the first time the players met Andray Blatche. Can you imagine if we had two months or three months?" Coach Chot added. True enough, since the success of Reyes' Gilas 2.0, every succeeding version of the national team has had limited preparation regardless of what tournament they're competing in. The regular schedule as of late is that Gilas meets to practice once a week every Monday, with more practices added depending on how close the upcoming tournament is already. However, one of the main problems is that Gilas typically starts practice around 2-3 weeks before game time. The latest Gilas team to compete in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers had barely two weeks to cut down its original pool of 24 players. "The one disadvantage really that any Gilas team faces is just time, just to get time to come together and get to play to the best of their ability," Coach Chot said. With that in mind, Reyes believes that the best of Gilas Pilipinas is yet to come. It might sound so simple and trivial but it truly only takes an investment in time to bring out the best in the Philippine national team. "Our Gilas team, you haven’t seen the best of us. You haven’t seen as at our peak," Coach Chot said. "We have not seen a Gilas team go out and play at its peak. Even us, as well as we played in 2013-2014, we were not in our peak," Reyes added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 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

FIBA: Cruz makes Guam s final team to start Asia Cup qualifiers

Gilas Pilipinas players are not the only Filipinos suiting up to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. NLEX's Jericho Cruz has made the final lineup of Guam to start group play in the first window of the Asia Cup qualifiers. He posted a photo of him with his national team jersey on social media and his profile is likewise up on FIBA's website. Lets get it! ???????? Guam proud ????? pic.twitter.com/pWCifM2PZC — Jericho Cruz (@jerichoXcruz) February 20, 2020 Cruz and the rest of Guam's national team will play only one game in the first window, just like Gilas Pilipinas. Guam takes on New Zealand at home on Sunday.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 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

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 pic.twitter.com/FKKZ6V91AA — 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

Wright to Gilas: My body’s not ready

Phoenix Pulse sniper Matthew Wright, who begged off from the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, promised to make himself available for Gilas Pilipinas duties and in tip top shape in the next period of the competition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 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: 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