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FIBA: Young guns to step up in post-Blatche era Gilas

The plan is to get a pool of naturalized players eventually, but to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas is going full All-Filipino. The Philippines has no naturalized player listed in its original 24-man lineup for the pair of games against Thailand and Indonesia this month. It's a different kind of challenge as Gilas has relied on naturalized players like Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche — even Christian Standhardinger if we're being technical about it — through the years. "Tulung-tulong na lang talaga," veteran Marc Pingris said. Pingris has some experience in pushing Gilas to key victories in the absence of naturalized players. The Philippines got its ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Cup with an All-Filipino crew. "Kahit wala kaming naturalized player, ang dami naman okay na player na bata," Pingris added. For this brand-new Gilas team, Pingris sees a different approach for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. All the fresh legs in the national team pool will be utilized accordingly says Pingris. The future is certainly bright. "More running game itong team ngayon," Pingris said. "But kailangan nila ng guide, kailangan nila ma-absorb kung paano maglaro sa FIBA, ito future natin eh. Nandito lang kami para i-guide sila," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 10th, 2020

SEA Games: Tim Cone honored to have Jayson Castro back with Gilas Pilipinas

When the 15-man pool for the Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team to represent the country in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games was announced, one of the major talking points was the fact that it was made up of all PBA players. The other major talking point was the return of long-time Gilas Pilipinas playmaker Jayson Castro. The Talk N’ Text star was believed to be done with international competition after he had begged off from duty during the recently-concluded FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. Castro was of course part of that historic 2014 team that competed in the World Cup in Spain, and had been one of the National Team’s key pieces for the last few years. When the SEA Games pool was announced and Castro’s name was on it, there was, of course, much excitement. “I’m proud to announce, we have asked him to come back and join the program and I’m really proud of the fact that he decided to come back to help us out,” said newly-appointed Gilas head coach Tim Cone during the roster announcement last September 26th. Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas, Cone was able to get his first look, so to speak, at Castro and his new Gilas squad when they converged for their first practice in preparation for the upcoming biennial multi-sport event set to be held in the Philippines from late-November to early-December. “I don’t think it really took any convincing, Jayson loves playing with the National Team, I just felt he may be…I think he felt that maybe he was…the young guns need to come in and start taking his place, and I think that it was kind of a realization for him watching that how much he was missed in that lineup, and the leadership,” Cone said during the post-practice scrum. “He’s still Asia’s best guard, and I think when he was approached again to come in and join us, I think that he was willing to do it.” Safe to say, Cone was really happy to have The Blur back in the country’s colors and on his squad. This will be the first union between the PBA’s winningest head coach and Asia’s best playmaker. “He knows that he can contribute and he can be a great help and he can lead this team. I’m just honored that he’s here, I’m just really, truly honored, I’m excited about coaching him, I’ve never had a chance to coach him,” Cone expressed. For his part, Castro was also excited for the opportunity to be playing for Cone for the first time in his storied professional career. “Sobrang detalyado niya, every movement ine-explain niya, which is sobrang helpful sa players kasi, yung mga ganung coach, minsan mo lang maging coach kaya i-absorb mo lahat ng malalaman mo sa kanya,” Castro said of Cone’s coaching style. “This is my first time kay coach Tim…so happy ako na under ako sa kanya,” he added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

Gilas yearender: Nationals go perfect in 2020

  By JONAS TERRADO Gilas Pilipinas emerged as one of the bright spots for Philippine sports in this pandemic-struck year. The men’s national basketball team went perfect across the two windows of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers where young guns were able to showcase their arsenal. With a mix of veterans and emerging stalwarts, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Kouame, Paras, Ildefonso lead young Gilas pool for Fiba Asia Cup qualifying

MANILA, Philippines—Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has announced the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will represent the country in the coming  2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. The latest Gilas squad will include Ateneo teammates Angelo Kouame, Dwight Ramos, Will Navarro, and Katipunan returnee Dave Ildefonso. University of the Philippines’ Kobe Paras, brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño, […] The post Kouame, Paras, Ildefonso lead young Gilas pool for Fiba Asia Cup qualifying appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Kai Sotto officially G League-bound to team up with Jalen Green

Kai Sotto has made the next step in his young career official - he will be suiting up for the G League Select Team.  “Now, I have to take the next step towards my NBA dream,” he said in his Instagram post on Thursday. “We have many options available, but after much thought, I believe this is the best option for me to get closer and faster to that dream.”         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Kai Zachary Sotto (Official) (@kzsotto) on May 13, 2020 at 5:59pm PDT Two days ago, The Athletic’s Shams Charania already reported the development that the 7-foot-2, 18-year-old is the first international player to take this new path for promising prospects. The developmental program has been incentivizing this new path to keep promising prospects in the US instead of Australia's National Basketball League or the Chinese Basketball Association. With that, Sotto will be joining forces with Jalen Green, the US’s top-ranked talent out of high school who traces his roots to Ilocos Sur, who spurned several US NCAA colleges and instead sprung for the G League's select squad, one that will be unaffiliated with any NBA club or any existing G League franchise. “My wish is that you continue to support me and my new teammates Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and Dashien Nix,” he said, referring to the other promising prospects who tooo this new path. “I’m very proud and excited to start my professional career with the NBA G League Select Team.” According to the NBA, this path will let top young prospects kickstart their professional career while also being mentored.  Even more, this decision will allow the fully blooded Filipino to “accelerate his on-court development as he learns NBA-style basketball.” Sotto excelled at Ateneo de Manila High School in the Philippines, leading the Eaglets to the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball crown and winning Finals MVP honors then claiming the Season 81 MVP award before playing at The Skill Factory.  Sotto, who was named an All-Star and MVP of the Jr. NBA Philippines program in 2016, is the first Jr. NBA Philippines participant to sign with the NBA G League.  In February, Sotto participated in the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago.  He has represented the Philippines in several competitions, including the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.   —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 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

Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas' young guns proved worthy of their spots in a hard-fought 100-70 road victory over Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers on Sunday, February 23, in Jakarta. Thirdy Ravena, one of the 5 amateur players in the 12-man lineup, put up 23 points, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Special Mighty-Pilipinas gave glimpse of future of national team

For the first time ever, the trophy of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament is moving away from West Asia - and it’s all thanks to Mighty Sports-Pilipinas. The Filipinos completed a clean sweep of the 2020 edition of the regional tournament to be crowned kings - the first-ever team outside the Middle East to do so. For head coach Charles Tiu, all of this was just a fulfillment of a promise. “It’s a great, great feeling. Of course, our semis loss last year taught us a lot,” he shared. He then continued. “This year, it feels nice. This is for all the fans who have supported us.” Of course, the Philippine team also did nothing less than live up to the hype - especially with NBA veterans Andray Blatche and Renaldo Balkman powering a young yet talented core. “This team is special. We just got a great group of guys,” their youthful mentor said. He then continued, “We’ve got guys who we will see play for the national team one day. We’re a young team, but we were able to find a way.” Indeed, young guns such as Thirdy Ravena and Juan Gomez de Liano have only gained valuable experience in international play - and those two, alongside Isaac Go and Javi GDL, are part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool. Without a doubt, though, they wouldn’t have done it if not for the leadership of Blatche and Balkman. As Coach Charles put it, “Andray and Renaldo were great. They led this team. They were true pros.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

Gilas young guns face acid test

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is looking to give the young guns their day in the sun as Gilas Pilipinas takes part in the initial skirmishes of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2020

Must-see sports events for 2020

The sports and the action never stop. That will only continue as we usher in a new year. PBA in January The 44th season of the PBA is far from over as Ginebra and new-age rival Meralco are all-set to go at it for all the glory in the Governors’ Cup Finals. The first and oldest professional league in Asia will then take a two-month break before tipping off its next season in March. There, rookies like Roosevelt Adams and Mike Ayonayon will make their much-anticipated debuts during the Philippine Cup Dubai International Basketball Tournament in January Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. Kai Sotto. Dave Ildefonso. Jamie Malonzo. Andray Blatche. That is the core Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has come up with for the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. That young and talented lineup is sure to go all-out as it tries to improve on its third-place finish in the invitational tourney a year ago. NCAA volleyball in January Arellano will protect its throne from several oncomers in the brand new season of NCAA women’s volleyball while Perpetual hopes to do the same over at the men’s side. The Lady Chiefs will follow the lead of Regine Arocha, as always, as they set out for a fourth consecutive championship. UAAP volleyball in February Ateneo ended La Salle’s three-year reign last season and now, the archrivals remain in championship contention in UAAP women’s volleyball alongside UST and FEU. National U is also out to extend its rule in the men’s tournament even as the likes of FEU and Ateneo are ready and raring to put up a new challenge. Gilas Pilipinas in February The Olympic dream is yet to turn into reality for Gilas Pilipinas, but the Philippine national team remains primed for more international action in the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. There, the Filipinos will fight over the right for an automatic advance into the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. NBTC in March The best of the best young talent in the Philippines come together anew in the latest National Basketball Training Centre League National Finals. There, NCAA king San Beda and UAAP title favorite National U are poised to wage war with the other champions from all over the country. And of course, the All-Star game is and will always be a must-watch. NCAA basketball in July For the first time in quite a while, it’s not San Beda that has a target on its back in NCAA basketball. Instead, it will be Letran which will have to fend off the hungrier Red Lions as well as determined LPU, San Sebastian, and Mapua. Tokyo Olympics in July The Olympics are upon us once more and this time, it is closer than ever to home as Japan hosts the world meet in Tokyo. Already headed there while wearing the flag are EJ Obiena for men’s pole vault as well as Carlos Yulo for artistic gymnastics. UAAP basketball in September Ateneo remains on top of UAAP men’s basketball, but will now defend its title without the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. In Women’s action, National U is still the standard, but teams such as UST and FEU keep coming closer and closer. ABL is ongoing A new champion will be crowned in ABL 10 and as of right now, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is at the head of the pack. MPBL is ongoing The Philippines’ only regional league is only getting bigger and better in its third tournament, the Lakan Season, which continues to roll along......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JANUARY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52. Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt. The 44th season of the PBA opened.   Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine. Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.    FEBRUARY Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers. Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title. Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play. Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires. The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night.    MARCH Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad. Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw. San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat. Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.   APRIL Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship. EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar. Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title. The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers. Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia. Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.   MAY Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown. San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia. Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne. Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball. Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.   JUNE   Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office. Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.   (To be continued).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

FIBA: Can Gilas pull the rug from under Tunisia?

It's been very difficult watching Gilas Pilipinas play at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. They've put out the effort, sure, but the execution on both ends has left a lot to be desired and it's pretty clear that the team has paid for the laughably short preparation time they were given. Now let's look at the general positional matchups we can expect against Tunisia. BIGS Philippines: Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, Japeth Aguilar Tunisia: Salah Mejri, Mohamed Hadidane, Mokhtar Ghyaza, Makram Ben Romdhane, Mohamed Abbassi If our bigs had a hard time against Yanick Moreira and Valdelicio Joaquim of Angola, then boy are they gonna find the going rough against Salah Mejri of the Dallas Mavericks and Makram Ben Romdhane, who plays for France's Saint-Chamond Basket. The 7'1" Mejri has been an absolute beast in China, averaging around 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game, and he will give Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, and Japeth Aguilar plenty to handle in the paint. Ben Romdhane has been great, too, as a complimentary piece to Mejri who's able to grab a lot of rebounds.  WINGS Philippines: Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, CJ Perez Tunisia: Michael Roll, Ziyed Chennoufi, Omar Mouhli, Radhouane Slimane Maccabi Tel-Aviv wingman Michael Roll will be the one to watch at the perimeter. The 6'5" shooter will be a tough match-up for the struggling Gabe Norwood and RR Pogoy, and I just hope Roll doesn't pop the cap for 20+ points against us. If he does, it'll be another long night for Gilas.  Needless to say, we'll need another big outing from breakout player CJ Perez to keep in-step with Tunisia and be in a position to win when the clock reaches the waning minutes. If Perez gets cold, too, we're an easy KO for Tunisia. GUARDS Philippines: Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, Robert Bolick, Mark Barrocca Tunisia: Omar Abada, Nizar Knioua, Mourad El Mabrouk The challenge for our inconsistent guards will be trying to stop the duo of Omar Abada and Mourad El Mabrouk. Abada is a speedster with great court vision, and he has a knack for finding Tunisia's bigs in easy spots to score. As for El Mabrouk, he's a streaky shooter, and if he gets going, we'll be in a world of hurt.  I want to personally see a strong bounce back effort from Kiefer Ravena. He's had a lot of ups and downs in the World Cup, but a breakout performance here will silence the critics and help our chances of maybe still clinching that Olympic berth. COACHING Philippines: Yeng Guiao Tunisia: Mario Palma.  Coach Palma isn't a stranger to Asian basketball. In fact, if memory serves, he's not a stranger to Coach Yeng, too. Both Coach Yeng and Coach Palma were at the 2009 FIBA Asia Cup in Tianjin, where coach Yeng's Philippines lost to coach Palma's Jordan in the KO quarterfinals. Jordan would eventually bag third place and qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Cup in Turkey. If Coach Yeng remembers that, then that would be great motivation to win today and get one back against his former tormentor. OVERALL We are not favored against Tunisia, at least judging by how they very nearly qualified to the second round had they beaten Puerto Rico two nights ago. Mejri will give us a lot of problems, especially if our interior defense remains lethargic, and it'll be a challenge guarding their shooters if our perimeter rotations are still bogged down. Still, a good shooting night and having minimal turnovers will help our chances at springing an upset. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Young guns CJ Perez, Robert Bolick shine in gloomy loss

FOSHAN, China – CJ Perez and Robert Bolick could not hide their disappointment after Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a 46-point loss to Italy in their opening game in the FIBA World Cup here on Saturday, August 31. The Filipinos committed a whopping 23 turnovers and fired blanks from deep on a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

Nothing but gold

There is no doubt that Philippine basketball is all about Gilas Pilipinas. Naturalized player Andray Blatche is billed as the greatest gift to basketball-crazy Filipinos as his all-around brilliance during the FIBA World Championship in 2014 served as a source of pride and joy to a country desperate for modern-day heroes. Local stars like Jimmy […] The post Nothing but gold appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

Gilas Pilipinas Tune-up Games Preview: Philippines vs Congo

The Philippine national team tipped off their tune-up games against Congo a few days ago, prevailing, 102-80, in a closed door affair, but the rematch later at 1:30 AM Manila time may be quite different. The Congolese, who won the 2019 FIBA AfroCan tournament earlier this year, are expected to come out stronger in their second meeting with the Philippines, the winner of which goes on to face either Ivory Coast or hosts Spain in the Final of this pocket tournament in Guadalajara. In the 2019 AfroCan championship, Congo bested Kenya in the titular game, 82-61, after beating Angola in the semifinals, 84-78.  Leading the way for the Congolese was 6'8" big man Evariste Shonganya Tolembo, who is sure to have an interesting match-up against Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar later. Both Blatche and Aguilar lit up Congo a few days ago, combining for 47 points in the rout.  Tolembo will probably want to bounce back strong, and he is definitely capable. The 28-year-old who plies his trade for Jämtland Basket in the Basketligan Swedish top division averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game for Congo in the African Qualifiers, where they were eliminated after the first three windows.  Helping him out will be fellow frontliner Rolly Fula Nganga and top guard Maxi Munanga Shamba. Nganga is a 6'7" banger who was Congo's second most efficient player at the 2019 AfroCan, and his match-up at the wings against Gabe Norwood, CJ Perez, and Matthew Wright will be exciting. If Norwood isn't cleared to play, Nganga can potentially have his way at the perimeter against out undersized wingmen. As for Shamba, the 6'3" playmaker is a streaky shooter who has great court vision. He had a nice matchup with Mark Barroca in their first encounter, and he surely wants to bounce back in a big way today against the Filipinos.   Barring any more injuries, the Filipinos have a significant edge over Congo in terms of size and depth. The Pinoys have been shooting well of late, and if that continues, this could be over early; otherwise, Congo has the talent to keep in step with Gilas and be in a position for an upset late in the game. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

LOOK: Clarkson reps PHL flag on Fourth of July

It's the Fourth of July, US Independence Day, but Jordan Clarkson is in the gym, in a shirt that proudly proclaims "Philippine basketball." The Fil-Am guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers posted four photos to his Instagram account, showing him in a gym wearing red Nike gear that's emblazoned with the three stars and a sun.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Jordan Clarkson (@jordanclarksons) on Jul 4, 2019 at 1:53pm PDT The photos were taken by the company Good Looks! and bear its watermark. Clarkson has made it clear in the past that he would love to represent the Philippines in international tournaments, such as the upcoming FIBA World Cup. However, FIBA has not yet recognized him as a local, which means Gilas Pilipinas would have to field him in lieu of naturalized center Andray Blatche. The 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Clarkson last season averaged a career-best 16.8 points, along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Cleveland Cavaliers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-14, 9th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: JP Maguliano, Jethro Mendoza WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Dom Dayrit, Marwin Taywan, Oliver Bunyi (coach) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Juju Bautista, Maui Cruz, Jerome Garcia, Hamadou Laminou, Ariel Sison (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM EAC? The last remnants of the last EAC team to contend are no longer here – meaning Juju Bautista, Jerome Garcia, and Hamadou Laminou have all played their last games in red and white. The same goes for Ariel Sison, the Generals’ mentor for the last three seasons who has now handed over the reins to Oliver Bunyi, a coaching veteran who has valuable experience from his time as an assistant for the very first Gilas Pilipinas, the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL, and GlobalPort (now NorthPort) in the PBA. Without a doubt, EAC will be brand new for NCAA Season 95 – and that may very well be a good thing for a team that is yet to break through to the Final Four since joining the league in 2009. In this new era, coach Oliver will call on a couple of second-year contributors to take the next step and become the faces of San Marcelino. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but both JP Maguliano and Jethro Mendoza have long flashed glimpses they can be just that. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM EAC? Maguliano memorably introduced himself with a 30-point, 17-rebound in EAC’s upset win against San Sebastian College-Recoletos last season. Since then, the 6-foot-3 forward has continued being a workhorse and opened even more eyes in the 2019 PBA D-League and then the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. For his part, Mendoza was a seldom-used guard who nonetheless showed potential to be a scoring machine and in the developmental league and preseason, he top-scored for the Generals more than a few times. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR EAC? EAC has been seeing action in the NCAA for the last decade and has only sniffed the playoffs a couple of times. If there is a long-suffering team in the first and oldest collegiate league in the country, that is none other than the Generals. “I’m very positive, but we’re not satisfied. I know that if we work together, there’s a possibility for us to win big games. I just expect my players to always give perfect effort.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi As they set off into a new era, they remain hopeful for that elusive breakthrough – and we will all be right there celebrating with them if and when they break through, at long last. WHERE WOULD EAC BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? That breakthrough, however, will not be in NCAA Season 95 as EAC is still in the first phase of its rebuild. “Our best might not be enough against the others’ best this season, but I believe we’ll eventually catch up with them.” – head coach Oliver Bunyi The hope for the Generals, as of this moment, is to have more players join Maguliano and Mendoza as their building blocks for future contention. WHEN IS EAC’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? EAC plans to gift coach Oliver with his first win in just his first game calling the shots when they go up against College of St. Benilde on July 9 at Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95: Young guns to be wind beneath JRU’s wings for NCAA 95 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

NEXT IN LINE? Yeng Guiao sees Kiefer Ravena as a successor to elite Filipino point guards

The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Program has seen a number of elite playmakers during its time, and in recent memory and in recent memory, the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro are top of mind. Alapag helped lead the Philippines to their first FIBA World Cup berth in 2014, and starred in a number of big-time moments for the tri-colors Like Alapag, Castro has also excelled in international play and is widely regarded as Asia’s Best Point Guard. But as the Philippines gears up for another FIBA World Cup appearance this year, the program has seemingly lost the services of their chief playmaker, with Castro begging off from National Team duty to focus on his family. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup just around the corner, Gilas is now searching for their next floor general, and while Castro and his presence is undeniably irreplaceable, head coach Yeng Guiao believes that there is enough new blood that can help fill the void. “Wide open yan talaga, they have to earn that spot,” Guiao told ABS-CBN Sports, referring to Gilas' starting point guard spot.  While there is indeed a talented crop of point guards in the Philippines, Guiao has pinpointed Kiefer Ravena as a strong candidate, but maintains that it is still something that he needs to earn. “Although of course, Kiefer is a high likelihood that he’s going to be in the regular team, earning the number one spot is a different case. He has to fight it out with Paul, with Mark Barocca, even with the new guys, hindi natin alam kung ano ipapakita niyan.” Ravena rejoined National Team practice Monday evening after sitting out for nearly a year and a half due to a FIBA-imposed suspension. The suspension will be lifted on August 24th, a week before the start of the FIBA tournament. Guiao is confident that Ravena and the other Gilas hopefuls can step into the role that Castro has given up. “Tapos na ng suspension niya by August 24 eh, so ang calculation ko is yung spot ni Jayson, as much as we will miss him, as much as he has contributed a lot to the cause of the National Team, these are able guys, Kiefer particularly, who will show their true worth in the absence of Jayson. Kahit na malaki yung void na naiwan, I think these young guards coming in, especially Kiefer, are going to be able to fill it out.” The veteran mentor even believes that Ravena has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other elite Filipino point guards such as Alapag, Castro and the ones that have come before. “For sure. I have no doubt, he is going to be the successor to those guys.” “Number one, he is smart. He has a very high basketball IQ. Number two, he has leadership qualities, yung nakikinig sa kanya yung mga kasama niya, as young as he is, he is relatively young, nakikinig sa kanya pati yung mga beterano. Number three, he has the physical tools,” Guiao explained. “I would have wanted him to be two or three inches taller, pero kahit na hindi, I think he has the tools to play that position as well, and I think he is as big or a littler taller than Jayson, so wala tayong problema sa physical tools niya.“ Apart from missing Ravena’s services in the National Team, Guiao has also missed the former UAAP champion and MVP’s services in the professional ranks with the NLEX Road Warriors. Having Ravena back on the floor, even just for practice for now, Guiao says, is definitely a welcome sight. “I saw him play, this is what we’re missing in NLEX. This is what we’re missing in the National Team. He could have played side-by-side with Jayson actually kung available siya. Nung nakita ko siya now, after not playing for one-and-a-half years, and he’s still this good, can you imagine kung naka-laro lang siya? Gumaling pa sana siya.” Ravena will be back with NLEX for the PBA's third conference, the Governor's Cup later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Guiao taps young guns

Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball coach Yeng Guiao has called in the youth brigade, led by Kiefer Ravena, the top prospect to replace Jayson Castro, to beef up the FIBA World Cup-bound nationals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena’s return highlights Gilas’ ‘best practice so far’

The Philippine Men’s Senior National Basketball team continued their preparations for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this August with another training session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. While the highlight of the scrimmage was the return of playmaker Kiefer Ravena, who has been serving an 18-month suspension handed down by FIBA back in 2018, another positive was the number of players who participated in the practice. A total of 13 players were present in practice, and National Team head coach Yeng Guiao was happy to see enough bodies to be able to hold a proper 5-on-5 run. “We had enough people to go 5-on-5, this is our first complete actually, it’s our best practice so far,” Guiao told the media during a post-practice scrum. National Team vets such as Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, and Mark Barroca were on hand to participate in the drills and the 5-on-5 scrimmage, while Raymond Almazan was also in attendance but did not join the practice proper. Apart from Ravena, other new faces for this training camp included PBA rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, and Guiao was delighted to see them come out. “We’re very very appreciative of the guys who came in, si CJ atsaka si Robert, and of course, Kiefer,” the long-time mentor said. “For the first time, he’s able to practice and witness kayo, for the first time after more than one year and six months. Siguro part of the excitement why we had a really good practice today, we’re just excited to play with each other.” Guiao explained that Bolick and Perez, former NCAA stars, were invited because of their initiative to try their luck with the National Team pool. “Actually, in the case of Robert and CJ, sila yung nag-initiate na makapag-practice sila, that’s why we invited them, so nagparamdam sila na gusto nilang mag-try ng luck nila to be in the to be in the pool.” As for Ravena, Guiao was pleased to see that his NLEX playmaker was in tip-top shape, even after the time off. “Si Kiefer, nakakausap ko naman yun, so he’s really excited to be part of the National Team, at least pool, although sabi ko naman his chances of making it are really good,” Guiao stated. “You saw him in practice today, it’s just like he did not miss the last, or he was not suspended, for the last one and a half years. His sharpness is there, his stamina is there, he does not look like he’s heavy, that’s his natural body, so things are looking good at this point.” Guiao also expressed his appreciation for Stanley Pringle, who joined the practice. Pringle and the Gin Kings took on Guiao’s NLEX Road Warriors in Batangas the night before Gilas practice. “Si Stanley, again, he’s one of the guys that volunteered himself, just in case we need an extra body. Galing yan sa Batangas, kalaban namin kahapon, so he’s just offering his services just so we have people who can play roles in practices so mas maganda yung practice natin.” Being designated as a naturalized citizen by FIBA, The newly-acquired Ginebra Gin King is unlikely to crack the lineup with big man Andray Blatche expected to suit up for the National Team. Guiao is, however, looking to add Pringle to the training pool for their training camp in Spain this August. “I’m also thinking of bringing Stanley to Spain, if Ginebra is not playing in the Finals, kasi may dalawang team na maglalaro ng Finals, siguradong may member ng National Team, so when we go to Spain, we can only take the players of the ten teams that are not involved, so may mawawala talaga, so kailangan pag-isipan kung sino ang isasama.” The 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off on August 31st in China, with the Philippines joining Angola, Italy, and Serbia in Group D. Guiao hopes to be able to release a final lineup by next month. “Pag-dating ni Blatche, I think July 8, siguro by July 15 mayroon nang final lineup.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

No PBA players for Gilas in Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers, OQT

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas teams that will compete in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers and in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament later this year won’t be reinforced with PBA players. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio on Tuesday said the Philippine team will have to make do with the cadets in the […] The post No PBA players for Gilas in Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers, OQT appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2021