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Slaughter tapped as Pogoy’s replacement for Gilas in SEA Games

"Gregzilla" will be unleashed in the Southeast Asian Games, after all......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 3rd, 2019

Gilas Pilipinas holds first practice in preparation for SEA Games

The newly-assembled Gilas Pilipinas squad for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games held their first practice Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Present from the 15-man pool were Stanley Pringle, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Vic Manuel, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Chris Ross, Art Dela Cruz, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy.  Present but in street clothes were Christian Standhardinger and Marcio Lassiter. Both San Miguel standouts are still recovering from respective injuries. The lone absentee from practice was June Mar Fajardo, who has some personal issues to attend to. "It just brings back so many memories of 1998 for me," said newly-appointed Gilas head coach Tim Cone. The winningest head coach in the PBA, Cone was tapped to mentor the National Team following Yeng Guiao's departure following the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Cone's tenure however, will only be for the SEA Games.  "You walk into a room with those 15 great players, all of them superstars in their own right...just being around them, having an opportunity to interact with them. I see them from a distance so much, we play against them, we watch them on video, we know their weaknesses and strengths but we don't get a chance to talk and really get to know them, it's a completely different light. That, for me was the biggest impact, just being in the room," Cone continued.  The all-PBA lineup was announced last September 26 and will represent the country in the biennial meet that will take place in the Philippines from late-November to early-December. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Gilas weighs in on Pogoy SEA Games 2019 replacement

MANILA, Philippines – Coach Tim Cone and the rest of his Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff have yet to decide on who will replace Roger Pogoy in the final 12-man lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. First, Cone said they need to secure a medical release for Pogoy, who suffered ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

SEA Games: Pogoy out of Gilas due to back injury

Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games has already taken a hit and the tournament hasn’t even started yet. RR Pogoy is out of the lineup due to injury, meaning that Gilas will be one less shooter as it tries to win another basketball gold medal for the Philippines. MRI showed Pogoy has a “disc bulge at L5-S1 causing nerve root irritation” as confirmed by TNT and Gilas team manager Gabbu Cui to ABS-CBN Sports. Doctors advised Pogoy to completey rest for one week and may begin rehab accordingly after. Pogoy hurt his back late in TNT’s quarterfinals win over Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Mga 8 eh [scale of 1-10 in terms of pain],” Pogoy said after the TNT game. “Biglang sumakit, una nung nag-dive ako tapos yung supalpalin ko sana si [Ian] Sangalang or kukuha ako ng rebound, biglang sumakit na siya,” he added. No replacement currently for Pogoy in the SEA Games lineup.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Temp to Champ: Justin Brownlee s Magical PBA journey with Ginebra

(This story was originally published on January 31, 2020) With Barangay Ginebra's recent title win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, Justin Brownlee is now a four-time champion. In just under four years, Brownlee has completely captivated Ginebra and its legion of fans. Brownlee's influence extends beyond the barangay, one can only hear the continuous calls for him to become Gilas Pilipinas' naturalized player as proof of his influence. He is well-loved not just because of his on-court ability but more so because he is genuinely a good human being. But for all of Brownlee's brilliance in the PBA, everything almost never actually happened. He wasn't even supposed to stay here, let alone come.   THE TNT CONNECTION In 2011, Paul Harris came to the PBA and won the Commissioner's Cup title with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. They beat Barangay Ginebra in the Finals after six games. Also in 2011, Harris was playing in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws and one of his teammates was Justin Brownlee. The link has been established long before the Gin Kings cashed in. "To be honest, very ironically, the only person who ever told me about the Philippines was Paul," Brownlee told ABS-CBN Sports. "After he played with Talk 'N Text, we played together in the NBA D-League and I knew Paul before but I really met him when we played in the D-League. He had a lot to say about the Philippines and the way they loved basketball and the way he just won a championship," he added. After his 2011 championship, Harris would come back for a couple more stints with the Tropang Texters. But in 2016 for the Governors’ Cup, Harris would switch teams. Five years after taking them down for the Commissioner’s Cup title, the former Syracuse forward was now suiting up for Barangay Ginebra. Unfortunately, Harris’ Ginebra tenure lasted only one game after he injured his thumb at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings were now scrambling and Ginebra had to make a call for a replacement. It was Justin Brownlee that answered. The rest is history. "He told me if you ever have a chance to play in the Philippines, you should really take it," Brownlee said of Harris' advice. "It was my first opportunity for Ginebra so I took it. It's just crazy, because it was for him being injured [that I got a call],' Brownlee added.   3 AND D As a 22-time PBA champion, coach Tim Cone has an eye on players that can do well in the Philippines. Coach Tim knew that Justin Brownlee would have success in the PBA the moment he laid his eyes on him. "I remember scouting him in the NBA Summer League and thought, 'Wow, that guy would really do well in the Philippines,'" Cone said of Brownlee. "But he was a little bit more one-dimensional back then. He was more of a just a 3-and-D guy, he was a stretch four, shot a lot of three-points. He proved he could play bigger guys and play against bigger guys even though he was only 6'5". Those kind of guys usually do well here," the champion mentor added. From the time Brownlee first entered the PBA as Paul Harris' replacement as Ginebra import in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup to now, Cone was proven right. Brownlee turned out to be quite successful in the PBA. With more championships than playoff series lost, he shows no signs of slowing down. About four years in, teams still can't check Brownlee and there's a reason for that according to Cone. "The thing about Justin that impressed me is that while he's been here, his game has improved so tremendously," Coach Tim said. “I was talking to my son who lives in San Francisco. And we were talking about, you know how great Justin is and how hard it is to defend them and how happy I am that he's on my team. I would hate to have to try to guard him on the other side.” "Reminds me a lot actually a Bobby Parks, you know, when I was trying to figure out ways to guard Bobby Parks. Just could not find ways. He always would find a way to beat you and that's exactly what Justin does," Cone added, pretty much giving Brownlee one of the ultimate seals of approval for a PBA import.   WRONG LEAGUE Justin Brownlee could have been a star anywhere else in the world. He was already in the NBA D-League, he could have gotten an actual shot in the NBA if he stayed long enough for what it's worth. But he found himself in the PBA with Barangay Ginebra. The Gin Kings certainly hit the jackpot with him and they're not letting Brownlee go. "The one thing my son said, he said, 'Sorry, dad. But you know, Justin's in the wrong League. He shouldn't be in the PBA. He should be in the NBA, playing as a star somewhere, if he had  been given a chance,'" Coach Tim recalled about a conversation he had with his own son about Brownlee. "He's an NBA-caliber guy. I don't think there's any doubt. He'll be back next year and I think he'll be better even next year than he was this year," Cone added. Brownlee could have been a star anywhere else but the Philippines has become a second home for Brownlee. He will remain a Gin King as long as the barangay wants him to stay. “It’s just the mentality, to be honest. It starts with the ‘Never Say Die’ mentality. Just seeing how the people can come together and motivate other people to do something positive. All the way from the boss, to Coach Tim, to each player, it’s all about coming together,” Brownlee said on what allures him to Barangay Ginebra. “Thet [first] championship was great of course, but for me to come back, it was more so the culture. How the people treated basketball here and the relationship I started building with my teammates, and Coach Tim and the whole management. Over the championship, those are the things I love most, the real reason why I came back. Even if we never won, if I was asked to come back, I would come back in a hurry,” Justin added.   TEMP TO CHAMP Justin Brownlee most definitely made a name for himself in the Philippines with four Finals appearances, four PBA championships, one Best Import award, most three-pointers ever made by an import, and “The Shot.” For a replacement import, that's not too bad. Brownlee's legacy here is set, when he comes back for more, he’s just going to continue to make his case as the PBA’s GOAT import. But for all of Brownlee's brilliance in the PBA, everything almost never actually happened. He wasn't even supposed to stay here, let alone come. “My contract was only for one month,” Brownlee told ABS-CBN Sports on his first stint with Ginebra all the way back from the 2016 Governors’ Cup. “I didn’t know the full details of Paul’s injury at the time. I just remember they [Ginebra] wanted me another month, and it just turned into the rest of the conference. “ “It wasn’t even to stay for the whole conference [first contract]. It was very unfortunate that Paul got hurt but the opportunity presented itself to me and I tried to just take advantage of it the most I can,” Brownlee added. He took advantage indeed.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

Whatever happened to Gilas Pilipinas 1.0?

Since program’s inception, Gilas Pilipinas has been the name associated with the Philippine men’s basketball team. It gave the national team the identity it has used for a decade already. Gilas has gone through many iterations, but the current lineup, regardless of who the players are, only go by the general “Gilas” term. But early in the program’s history, each team went by a specific number, unofficially used by pretty much everyone to distinguish the teams that competed in different tournaments. It made sense too, since each team had a completely different identity. In later years, Gilas has improved in using the program as a way to ensure national basketball continuity. Nevertheless, each of the earlier Gilas versions had their success and failures. Here’s what happened to each of them.   Whatever happened to Gilas 1.0? Main tournament: 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships @ Wuhan, China Prize: 1 automatic ticket to the 2012 London Olympics Result: 4th place (lost to Jordan in semis, lost to South Korea in bronze medal game) Head coach: Rajko Toroman Coach Rajko’s previous history before becoming the first coach of the Gilas program was leading Iran to its first-ever Olympics appearance in Beijing just four years prior. Toroman was tasked to lead another national team to the Olympics, but his Philippine team mostly made up of amateur stars fell two wins short of London. Coach Rajko’s Gilas stint ended after the 2011 Asian Championships. He’s still recently connected to the Philippine team, albeit this time as an opponent. He now coaches Indonesia and his national team took on Gilas last December in the SEA Games in in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers last February.   The Players: #4 Mark Barroca After his unceremonious exit from FEU, Mark Barroca was selected into the original Gilas team and was a major revelation especially during the national team’s earlier tune-up games against PBA teams and when they actually went to the semifinals of the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup. After their semifinals stint in Wuhan, Barroca was part of the loaded 2011 Gilas Draft, picked 5th by Shopinas before being shipped to B-Meg. Barroca has stayed with the Purefoods franchise since, a 6-time PBA champion and two-time Finals MVP. He won the Grand Slam with the team in 2014. #5 Asi Taulava Asi was one of the PBA players chosen to reinforce a mostly-amateur Gilas team in 2011. At the time, Taulava was a Meralco Bolt but would become an ABL MVP and champion with San Miguel Beer in the ABL two years later. The 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships was Asi’s third straight appearance in the tournament. He was with the 2007 team in Tokushima and was also part of the 2009 team that competed in Tianjin. While Taulava was already almost 40 here, it won’t be his last stint with Gilas Pilipinas just yet. #6 Jvee Casio The former La Salle star was one of the main pillars of the original Gilas team, putting off the PBA Draft for two years in order to play for the national team. Proof of Casio’s standing in the original Gilas team was him being selected first overall during the 2011 Draft. With the Powerade Tigers, Casio, with Gilas teammate Marcio Lassiter, made the Philippine Cup Finals as a no. 8 seed in 2012. In 2013, Casio won his first and so far, only title in the Commissioner’s Cup with the Alaska Aces. #7 Jimmy Alapag Alapag was one of the three TNT players in the original Gilas team. It was Jimmy’s first stint in the national team since 2007. He was not chosen for the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championships. Jimmy didn’t see heavy minutes with the original Gilas, but he was the national team’s most reliable marksman and shot 40 percent from deep. Seeing action in 2011 means that Alapag is a Gilas original, and his first appearance with the program would not be his last, it’s also not his best. #8 Chris Tiu Arguably the face of Gilas Pilipinas when the program first started, Chris Tiu went from a successful UAAP career in Ateneo to being captain of the national team. Tiu didn’t play the most minutes and didn’t have the best numbers, but he probably put in the most work out of everyone for the original Gilas team. After Gilas, Tiu joined the PBA Draft in 2012 and was selected by Rain or Shine. He won the Commissioner’s Cup title in 2016 and retired from basketball after the 2018 season. #9 Japeth Aguilar Japeth Aguilar was still pretty raw during 2011 for the original Gilas team. In Wuhan, he played the least out of all the players, appearing in only five games. Nevertheless, Aguilar would become a constant for the national team after his first stint in 2009. Aguilar would find his way to Ginebra in the PBA and won four of his five titles with the team. He’s the league’s most recent Finals MVP and is still playing for Gilas Pilipinas. #10 Mac Baracael Mac Baracael making the original Gilas team was a miracle all in itself. After being shot in the back as an FEU Tamaraw, Baracael made a full recovery and was selected into the national team and was a role player in the 2011 Asian Championships. Baracael was taken 6th by Alaska in the 2011 Draft and had a short but mostly solid but forgettable career in the league. #11 Marcus Douthit Marcus Douthit was the solid rock that formed the foundation of the original Gilas Pilipinas team. After a long search, the national team tapped the former Providence center as naturalized player and in his first Asian Championships, Douthit didn’t disappoint. “Kuya Marcus” led the tournament in both points and rebounds, averaging 21.9 points per game and 12.2 rebounds. He was also tied for third in blocks with 1.7 rejections per outing. Douthit was already 31 at the time, but he most definitely proved that the Gilas program can work and the national team can be successful if you put a solid anchor around the country’s most skilled players. #12 Kelly Williams In his first and only stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Kelly Williams started at power forward. At this point in his career, Williams wasn’t exactly the player that took the PBA by storm and won MVP in his second season, but he was still explosive enough to give the national team quality minutes. Kelly’s role with the original Gilas has mostly mirrored his career in his later years, being the scrappy veteran at forward for teams with younger, faster players. #13 Marcio Lassiter Despite not playing in Gilas’ first two games of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships due to eligibility issues, Lassiter ended up as the national team’s second leading scorer behind Douthit. Marcio actually struggled shooting in his Gilas Pilipinas debut, shooting less than 40 percent from the field and a woeful 21 percent from deep. Regardless, he was seen as the future of the national team, and it’s quite unfortunate that it took him a while to get back after his initial stint in Wuhan. In the PBA, Lassiter was picked 4th in the 2011 Draft by Powerade, joining Gilas teammate and no. 1 pick Jvee Casrio. Marcio was later traded to San Miguel and is now an 8-time champion. #14 Chris Lutz Like Lassiter, Chris Lutz missed two games in Wuhan due to eligibility issues. Like Lassiter, Lutz also struggled shooting the ball once he did play and wound up with the least total points for the original Gilas Pilipinas in 2011. Regardless, Lutz was a highly-touted recruit and was picked 3rd by San Miguel (then known as Petron) in the 2011 Draft and went on to average 15.4 points and 3.5 assists in his rookie year. However, Lutz’ career in the PBA ended up being short, as injuries ended up being his downfall. He was officially traded to Meralco in 2017, but is yet to resurface. #15 Ranidel De Ocampo RDO partnered with TNT teammate Kelly Williams to for a reliable power forward duo for the original Gilas Pilipinas. Never the flashy one, De Ocampo would become a reliable contributor for Gilas for years to come, and the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships was first proof of that. RDO was top-5 in points, rebounds, and assists for Gilas Pilipinas in 2011.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 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

Magsanoc tapped to handle Gilas in 3x3 OQT

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announced yesterday the appointment of Ronald Magsanoc as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 men’s team to the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020

2019: To sweep or not to sweep in collegiate basketball

The 2019 collegiate basketball season will always be remembered as the time when all of NCAA defending champion San Beda, UAAP Men’s defending champion Ateneo, and UAAP Women’s defending champion National U were trying for season sweeps. Two of them did it, one of them didn’t. All in all, though, that storyline that had something to do with history defined NCAA 95 and UAAP 82. A tale of two leagues – when it comes to foreign student-athletes NCAA 95 was the last season wherein the Grand Old League’s 10 member-schools were still able to trot out foreign student-athletes. This, after more than a decade of the likes of Sam Ekwe, Sudan Daniel, Allwell Oraeme, Prince Eze, and Mike Nzeusseu setting the bar higher for big men. Over in UAAP 82, Beninese ball of energy Soulemane Chabi Yo and Ivorian tower Ange Kouame jostled throughout the tournament for the recognition as top individual player. In the end, Chabi Yo followed in the footsteps of Cameroon’s Ben Mbala and Nigeria’s Bright Akhuetie as Season MVPs. The NCAA will go local from here on out while the UAAP will still parade promising prospects from overseas – what’s certain is that both leagues will go all-out to ascertain that the action will never stop. Rising stars become shining stars Robert Bolick left San Beda with a big, big hole at point guard – only for Evan Nelle to waste no time proving the Red Lions remain in good hands. UST’s fast and furious attack needed a fast and furious playmaker – and the Growling Tigers got just that in the form of Mark Nonoy. In his first year as FEU’s lead guard, L-Jay Gonzales showed time and time again why he was always seen as the next one in the Tamaraws’ long, long line of great guards. The story of the season in terms of guards, however, has got to be Fran Yu who came out of nowhere to energize Letran to a pleasant surprise of a championship. UP might 2019 was the first time in a long, long while – or maybe even ever – that UP was considered a shoo-in for the Final Four. The Fighting Maroons had just ended a 32-year Finals absence and a 21-year playoff drought last year and came into this season still with Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, but also now with Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero. In all, State U lived up to the hype and made it back-to-back Final Four appearances, but at the same time, fell short of fulfilling the promise of its fully loaded line-up. Still, continued contention is nothing but a welcome development for Diliman which had been experiencing dark, dark days for far too long. Gilas Pilipinas calling With Tab Baldwin overseeing the program, Gilas Pilipinas will try once more to take a long-term, big-picture view – especially with the 2023 FIBA World Cup looming large. With that, the American-Kiwi mentor tapped on five collegiate standouts to form the foundation of the national team – Ateneo’s Isaac Go and Nieto twins Mike and Matt, UE’s Rey Suerte, and San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi. And with that, the Philippines is yet again leaning on the best of the best of collegiate basketball to wear the flag and do the country proud. It’s a new day, it’s a new generation The NCAA hit home runs in each and every one of its coaching changes. Bonnie Tan raised banner no. 18 for Letran in his first year. Randy Alcantara has Mapua prepped and primed to take flight. Louie Gonzalez has given JRU an attitude. Oliver Bunyi and Cholo Martin have EAC and Arellano, respectively, headed in the right direction. The same cannot be said for the UAAP as both of its new head coaches found themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture. Jermaine Byrd had La Salle fighting, but ultimately failed to find a finishing kick. UE also kept coming with the leadership of Lawrence Chongson, but eventually ended eliminated. Teeth out, claws out, all-out UST has a proud program in basketball, but only had nine wins to show in 42 games from 2016 to 2018 That all came to an end in 2019 as Aldin Ayo had the Growling Tigers, well, growling from the get-go. Bombing away at their opponents and forcing them to keep up, Espana made its mark as a legitimate contender that made it all the way to the Finals. There, they were sent away by Ateneo’s championship-winning machine, but the future remains bright for the black and gold with all of Season MVP Chabi Yo, Rookie of the Year Nonoy, captain CJ Cansino, Brent Paraiso, and Sherwin Concepcion, among others, coming back for more. Fitting farewell for Ateneo’s championship core Thirdy Ravena. Isaac Go. Mike Nieto. Matt Nieto. Adrian Wong. Those five left Ateneo on top of the world – having claimed a three-peat as well as completed a historic season sweep. And without a doubt, those five were also the catalysts in this new golden age for the Blue Eagles – a golden age which has seen them set and then raise the standard for team glory time and time again. Katipunan will have a tough time moving forward from those five, but at the same time, having the likes of Ange Kouame, Will Navarro, Gian Mamuyac, and SJ Belangel just waiting in the wings makes it easier. Who run the world? National U has not lost a game in 2,270 days. National U has not lost a game in 74 months. National U has not lost a game in six years. The last time head coach Pat Aquino had to lift up the spirits of his Lady Bulldogs was back in October 5, 2013 when they bowed to La Salle in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3. Since then, the blue and gold has been the gold standard of women’s basketball all while giving its opponents the blues. That didn’t change this year as behind Jack Animam and Rhena Itesi as well as welcome additions Kelli Hayes and Camille Clarin, National U continued to have all the answers – even for back-to-back Season MVP Grace Irebu and UST. Shock the system Letran was, in no way, given a chance to deny archrival San Beda’s bid for a perfect season – or much more, win the championship altogether. But the Knights didn’t listen and took that chance themselves, catching just everybody by surprise by taking Game 1 and dealing the Red Lions their first defeat in the season. San Beda bounced back in Game 2, but in the decider, Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, Larry Muyang, and Yu just willed Letran to the title. Now, the Knights are kings for the 18th time – and indeed, they had no import, but had no problem. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas Pilipinas powers through Thailand for 13th straight gold

MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas extends its dominance in men's basketball at the Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines was hardly shaken by a foul-plagued start, going to work and dominating Thailand, 115-81, in the gold medal game of the 2019 SEA Games Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Gilas was in the penalty three minutes in, but that didn’t stop the national team from wearing down a game Thailand side. In the end, the Philippines used yet another strong third quarter to break the game wide open, unleashing a barrage of three-point shots to outscore Thailand, 40-15, to start the second half. Gilas then cruised to the country’s 13th straight gold medal in SEA Games basketball.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 115 -- Fajardo 17, Tenorio 16, Standhardinger 16, Wright 14, Manuel 14, Pringle 13, Ravena 10, Ross 8, Lassiter 3, Aguilar 2, Rosario 2, Slaughter 0. THAILAND 81 -- Lamb 33, Jakrawan 15, Suttisin 7, Leelapipatikul 7, Chanthacon 6, Jaisanuk 6, Muangboon 3, Chungyampin 2, Klahan 1, Langsui 1, Ananti 0, Apiromvilaichai 0. Quarters: 25-17, 48-39, 88-54, 115-81.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas uses strong 2nd half to demolish Indonesia in semis

MANILA — As expected, Indonesia provided a challenge for Gilas Pilipinas in the semifinals of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. But once Gilas flipped that switch... well you know how it goes. The Philippines is through to the Finals of the 2019 SEA Games following a masterful 97-70 victory over the Indonesians Monday at the MOA Arena. Up by 11 at the break, 39-28, Gilas shot seven triples in the third for 39 points, breaking the game wide open. In the rematch of the SEA Games gold medal game from two years ago, the Indonesians — led by former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman — battled hard to start and only trailed the Philippines by four after one, 20-24/ However, an eight-point second quarter doomed any chance of momentum for Indonesia, giving Gilas the room it needed to just explode in the second half. With the win, the Philippines set the gold medal game against Thailand Tuesday. Four players finished in double figures for Gilas led by Christian Standhardinger with 14 points. Matthew Wright added 13. Vic Manuel went for 12 points while Chris Ross was good for 11 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists. For Indonesia, it was Juan Laurent Kokodiputra that led the way with 20 points. For the bronze medal game, the Indonesians will take on Vietnam.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 97 -- Standhardinger 14, Wright 13, Manuel 12, Ross 11, Pringle 9, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Rosario 7, Aguilar 6, Slaughter 6, Ravena 2, Tenorio 1. INDONESIA 70 -- Kokodiputra 20, Grahita 14, Dhyaksa 11, Joni 11, Gemilang 6, Sitorus 4, Oei 2, Kokasih 2, Lakudu 0, Wicaksono 0. Quarters: 24-20, 39-28, 78-45, 97-70.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas shoots way to nice 69-point win over Myanmar

MANILA — For a while, Myanmar actually looked like it was up to something. And then Gilas just shot down any doubt whatsoever. The Philippines flexed its basketball muscles against Myanmar anew, taking a 136-67 win Saturday at the MOA Arena to end prelims action for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. In the opening period, Myanmar didn’t look like the team that lost to Gilas by a combined 202 points in two games two years ago. Gilas only took a 32-24 lead after one and it would have been only five if Marcio Lassiter didn’t hit a late triple. But that conversion from deep proved to be the sign as Lassiter and Mattew Wright shot the lights out in the second, leading Gilas’ 45-12 run. By halftime, Marcio and Matthew had a combined 10 triples and Gilas had a 77-36 lead. It was cruise control in the second half then as the Philipines got the 69-point decision for a clean 3-0 mark heading to the semifinals. Matthew Wright was the high man for Gilas, finishing with 29 points off eight triples. Vic Manuel added 24 for the Philipine while Troy Rosario was good for 16 points. Kiefer Ravena and Marcio Lassiter contributed 15 each. Gilas had 43 assists in the win, led by a team-high nine from Chris Ross. The Philippines also only had one turnover. Aung Myint led Myanmar with 28 points and seven rebounds. Gilas Pilipinas will take on Indonesia in the semifinals Monday.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 136 -- Wright 29, Manuel 24, Rosario 16, Lassiter 15, Ravena 15, Aguilar 12, Slaughter 10, Tenorio 9, Standhardinger 6, Ross 0. MYANMAR 67 -- Myint 28, Ta 14, Justin 6, Aung 5, Tun Tun 4, Sar 4, La Ja 4, Zaw 2, Zaya 0, Wine 0, Oo 0, Htut 0. Quarters: 32-24, 77-36, 104-49, 136-67.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas rolls to semis after taking down Vietnam

MANILA — Even Vietnam’s rebuilt national team was no match to Gilas Pilipinas. The Philippines is through to the semifinals of 5x5 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, winning an impressive 110-69 decision Friday at the MOA Arena. Gilas is now 2-0 as its gold medal bid continues at home. Vietnam brought perhaps its best national team in years with a handul of Vietnamese-American players. Early results proved such as Vietnam won its first two games. However, Gilas’ superior firepower would prevail and the Philippines turned a manageable 12-point game at the break into a 41-point blowout. Five-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo showed up for Gilas, leading the national team with 23 points and 12 rebounds. After June Mar, five others scored in double figures for the Philippines with LA Tenorio and Vic Manuel adding 14 each. Troy Rosario was good for 12 points. Vietnam, playing its third game in three days, got 28 points from Chris Dierker.   The Scores: PHILIPPINES 110 -- Fajardo 23, Tenorio 14, Manuel 14, Rosario 12, Pringle 11, Slaughter 10, Wright 7, Lassiter 6, Aguilar 6, Ravena 5, Ross 1, Standhardinger 1. VIETNAM 69 -- Dierker 28, Young 13, Tran 7, Le 6, T. Dinh 5, H. Nguyen 4, S. Dinh 3, Vo 2, Du 1, T. Nguyen 0, S. Nguyen 0. Quarters: 27-19, 52-40, 80-57, 110-69.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

Kahit walang RR, Jayson Gilas maraming tirador

KAHIT out na sina RR Pogoy at Jayson Castro, kumpiyansa si coach Tim Cone na hindi magiging anemic ang shooting ng Gilas Pilipinas sa 2019 SEA Games men’s basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Roger Pogoy ruled out of SEA Games with disc bulge

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas took another manpower blow after Roger Pogoy was ruled out for the 30th Southeast Asian Games because of a back injury. The gunslinger, who was in the Fiba World Cup squad a few months back, was disgnosed with a bulging disc, according to Gilas team manager Gabby Cui, Pogoy got the injury […] The post Roger Pogoy ruled out of SEA Games with disc bulge appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Pogoy, out sa Gilas sa 'SEAG2019 dahil sa back injury

Manila, Philippines – Out na sa line up ng Gilas Pilipinas sa 30th Southeast Asian Games si TNT guard Roger Pogoy dahil sa back injury na natamo sa laro kontra Magnolia nitong Lunes. Ito ng Gilas Pilipinas at TNT team manager Gabby Cui base na rin sa resulta ng MRI na nagsasabing nagkaroon si Pogoy […] The post Pogoy, out sa Gilas sa #SEAG2019 dahil sa back injury appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Gilas Pogoy suffers injury, ruled out for SEA Games 

RR Pogoy has been ruled out of the Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games due to a back injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Cone: Greg’s SEA Games tour of duty still possible

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone expressed the possibility of Greg Slaughter rejoining the Southeast Asian Games roster if circumstances call for it and the 7-footer is fit enough for the job in the Nationals’ mission beginning Dec. 4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2019

SEA Games: Ravena guns for 5th SEA Games gold

Kiefer Ravena gets a crack at a historic fifth straight Southeast Asian Games basketball gold medal after being named one of the 12 players in the Gilas Pilipinas roster. The NLEX star, who started donning the tricolors in the biennial meet in the 2011 Jakarta edition, is a late addition in the national pool but still made the cut for the Tim Cone-mentored squad. The Nationals are looking for its 13th consecutive mint on home soil in the competition set to begin on Dec. 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Joining Ravena are other Gilas mainstays June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Vic Manuel, Chris Ross, Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

3 Ginebra players cut as Gilas SEA Games lineup set

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games has been set. National team veterans June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Roger Pogoy will spearhead the Philippines' campaign for a 13th straight SEA Games gold medal and 18th overall, according to reports by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019