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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 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 5th, 2020Related News

Gian Mamuyac vows to continue channeling his inner Gabe Norwood

Gian Mamuyac is a determined defender. That's why he had a highlight at the expense of three-time champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry: OMG! Batang Gilas & former Blue Eaglet Gian Mamuyac @mamuinthesea just blocked @StephenCurry30 game winning three! pic.twitter.com/t9YQQtywfE — TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) Setyembre 6, 2016 As well as back-to-back MVP and one-time champion Ben Mbala: Ben Mbala will not be denied. #UAAPSeason80Finals pic.twitter.com/8zPdZfuwWN — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Disyembre 3, 2017 Coupling his long limbs with quick feet and sprinkling in a whole of energy and effort, the Ateneo de Manila University swingman looks like he has a lot of Gabe Norwood in him. As it turns out, that was all by design. "I've always been a fan of underrated guys. When I watched Gabe play, nakita ko talaga agad na he's my type of player," Mamuyac himself told Norwood himself in an online learning session a week ago. Of course, Gian Mamuyac DID pattern his play after Gabe Norwood. pic.twitter.com/Rk2F1wK4K8 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) May 1, 2020 He then continued, "He's not the scorer, he's not the best ball-handler, but he does it all for his team. Kaya I tried to make my game na katulad talaga ng game ni Gabe." Mamuyac, alongside Far Eastern University's Ken Tuffin, San Beda University's Calvin Oftana, and the University of the Philippines' James Spencer got to converse with the Gilas Pilipinas skipper through a Zoom meeting initiated by GOAT Academy. The fledgling program has organized several online learning sessions that aim to connect pros with collegiate stars and let the former enrich the minds of the latter. Now, along with defense, the Blue Eagles' Swiss Army knife would have to take after Norwood's leadership as well. The blue and white would be heading into their title defense in UAAP 83 now without all of Nieto twins Mike and Matt, Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, and Adrian Wong. Even before they left, however, captain Mike already entrusted the reins of leadership to Mamuyac. "Actually, matagal ko na siyang kinausap tungkol dyan. Sabi ko sa kanya na kayang-kaya niya yun kasi parte rin ng 'next man up' namin yun," he said. Fortunately for him, he just got much-welcome advice from somebody who knows a thing or two about stepping up as captain. "You definitely have to take it upon yourself to be more vocal. For me, being the captain after Jimmy Alapag, probably the greatest leader I've come across in any level of basketball, that was tough," Norwood advised. He then continued, "You can't try to be like the leaders ahead of you. You learn from them, but you don't wanna be them because that's not necessarily what the team needs. The biggest thing is trying to be yourself." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 1st, 2020Related News

QC’s Brgy Maharlika finally issues quarantine passes

Barangay Maharlika officials in Quezon City’s First District finally issued official quarantine passes on Friday, but only after six weeks since the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine was implemented. The ECQ has, in fact, been extended twice—to 30 April and 15 May. Headed by chair Isaac Tan, the community management said it issued temporary passes for […] The post QC’s Brgy Maharlika finally issues quarantine passes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2020Related News

‘Dune’ filming, release on schedule

Vanity Fair shared the first look of Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, Dune. Oscar-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet will play Paul Atreides, the film’s lead who resides on a planet called Caladan. Also in the movie are Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke […] The post ‘Dune’ filming, release on schedule appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 18th, 2020Related News

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Black s Ateneo vs Baldwin s Ateneo

Ateneo de Manila University has, put simply, reigned supreme over UAAP Men's Basketball in recent history. Blue Eagle has been the king eight times out of the last 12 tournaments. That dominance has bookended just three other teams who have won championships in that same timeframe. The first bookend was a five-peat that was engineered by then-already multi-titled mentor Norman Black from 2008 to 2012. The other - from 2017 and still counting - bookend has former national team coach Tab Baldwin calling the shots And Ateneo does not look like its slowing down anytime soon as its future remains secure in the hands of Ivorian tower Ange Kouame, emerging primetime playmayer SJ Belangel, and Filipino-American recruit Dwight Ramos. Between the two bookends, however, which Blue Eagle string of championships shines brighter? That is what we set out to figure out in this ABS-CBN Sports Super Showdown. In grading the greatness of Black's five-peat and Baldwin's three-peat, we will be judging them in five categories (talent, system, level of competition, dominance, and legacy) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. TALENT Black's five-peat had Kiefer Ravena while Baldwin's three-peat had Thirdy Ravena. So let's call that a draw. In terms of everything else, however, there is just no doubt that Ateneo had the most talented team for majority of its five-peat. The twin towers of Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Nonoy Baclao were followed by Justin Chua and then Greg Slaughter. Steady Chris Tiu was replaced by Jai Reyes and Eric Salamat who were then replaced by Kirk Long and Emman Monfort who were then replaced by Ravena and Juami Tiongson. At the wings were then likes of Ryan Buenafe, Nico Salva, and Oping Sumalinog. Majority of these players were true blue-chip recruits who decided to go to Ateneo, get-together with other promising prospects, and just run roughshod over the UAAP. Let's be clear here, anybody and everybody would want to go to war with that championship core of Ravena (Thirdy, that is), Isaac Go, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt to go along with whoever the versatile four-man is - be it Vince Tolentino or Raffy Verano or Will Navarro - and either Chibueze Ikeh or Kouame, but in terms of sheer top-level talent, the five-peat has the three-peat beat. Advantage Black's Ateneo, 10-8 SYSTEM The signature of Black's Ateneo teams was a complete team that had a killer inside-outside combo. Tiu and Al-Hussaini. Monfort and Chua. Ravena and Slaughter. And whenever it mattered most, there was always a clutch player to come through - be it Tiu or Salamat or Buenafe. That's the benefit of having the most talented team most of the time. The slight edge here, however, would have to go the egalitarian system Baldwin has installed in these Blue Eagles. Baldwin's boys take pride in the fact that, indeed, all of them are ready and raring to contribute whenever called upon. More often than not, the core plays somewhere between 12 to 24 minutes, but not one player could say his minutes are assured as their mentor always preaches that each and every one of his boys should never stop being better. That means that at any given point in time, somebody is always there to step up for somebody - "next man up" as they love to call it. Take for instance, that four-spot which first saw Tolentino doing the dirty work and once he graduated, Verano just filled in the spot. And when the Filipino-American ran into academic issues, was there any problem whatsoever? None at all because Navarro was there to come to be known as "Mr. Efficiency." Most definitely, there is no better system in collegiate basketball than what Baldwin has in place through this Ateneo three-peat. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 LEVEL OF COMPETITION Six other member-schools made it to the playoffs at least once during Ateneo's five-peat - the lone exception being the University of the Philippines which was then still trudging through its so-called "dark days". In that run, the Blue Eagles had to contend with Far Eastern University with the likes of Mac Baracael, Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, and Terrence Romeo; University of the East with the likes of Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu, Paul Lee, and James Martinez; Adamson University with the likes of Lester Alvarez, Rodney Brondial, and Alex Nuyles; De La Salle University with the likes of Jvee Casio, Rico Maierhoffer, and Jeron Teng; University of Sto. Tomas with the likes of Dylan Ababou, Karim Abdul, and Jeric Teng; and National University with the likes of Emmanuel Mbe and Ray Parks Jr. For their part, Ateneo's three-peat team saw the Bulldogs and the Red Warriors both fail to make the Final Four during its time on top. Still, they had to run through a gauntlet of good to great teams such as the Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero-led Green Archers, the Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti-led Soaring Falcons, and the Arvin Tolentino and Wendell Comboy-led Tamaraws. Through it all, the Blue Eagles also had to play spoiler in the climb to contention of the Fighting Maroons with Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, Rivero, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan as well as the return to relevance of the Growling Tigers with Rhenz Abando, CJ Cansino, Mark Nonoy, and Soulemane Chabi Yo. The difference here then becomes the arrival of MVP-level foreign student-athletes. In La Salle's Mbala, UP's Akhuetie, and UST's Chabi Yo, Ateneo's three-peat team had to wage war with three of the best recruits from abroad before winning the championship. For sure, Al-Hussaini, Chua, and Slaughter mentored by Black would have been able to make something happen if ever they were matched up with those three, but the fact remains that nowadays, there is just more foreign talent in the UAAP. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 DOMINANCE With a five-peat, Black did something that has not been done in the UAAP since UE won seven titles in a row in the '60s under the legendary Baby Dalupan. Through that time, Ateneo registered a couple of one-loss and a pair of two-loss seasons - and the only struggle, relative to them, was a 10-4, second-seed elimination round finish in Season 73. Still, through that time, the Blue Eagles only had one loss in all of its playoff series - a 68-88 shocker of a defeat to the Red Warriors in Game 2 of the Season 72 Finals. Somehow, though, Baldwin's historic feat was more impressive as their 16-0 romp through Season 82 is the first-ever of its kind in men's basketball. Before this, all previous season sweeps in men's basketball wound up with 14-0 records. The three-peat Blue Eagles also boast of a better elims standing as they only lost a total of three times there in three years. Their two losses in the playoffs are worse compared to the five-peat team, but Season 82's 16-0 is still better than either Season 71 or Season 74's 16-1. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 LEGACY Black opened the floodgates for Ateneo to be a destination for blue-chip recruits from outside Katipunan. Remember, before this, the Blue Eagles' 2002 championship was built on the shoulders of former Blue Eaglets Rico Villanueva, Wesley Gonzales and Larry Fonacier - the non-homegrown key cogs being LA Tenorio from San Beda High School and two-time UAAP Srs. MVP Rich Alvarez, who played high school ball overseas. Through that five-peat, though, the blue and white became the undisputed king of recruiting as it got Salva from San Beda, Buenafe and Salamat from San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Tiu and Chua from Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek, respectively, and Baclao, Slaughter, and Sumalinog from the Visayas. Yes, Ravena was there, but many of Black's key cogs were still blue-chip recruits from outside Katipunan. In comparison, Baldwin's championship core, for the most part, are former Blue Eaglets in Ravena (again, Thirdy, that is), Anton Asistio, SJ Belangel, Gian Mamuyac, and the Nieto twins. Even Kouame is, in essence, a homegrown key cog as he was taken in by Ateneo even before college and finished his high school in nearby Multiple Intelligence International School In all, the blueprint may have been different, but the building was the same in the end - a blue and white dynasty. Draw, 10-10 FINAL SCORE: 48-47 for Baldwin's Ateneo.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 14th, 2020Related News

REWIND RANKINGS: Thirdy, Arvin T., and 14 NBTC All-Stars

The National Basketball Training Centre 24 is now on its third year and through its run, it has been graced by the likes of Kai Sotto, Joel Cagulangan, SJ Belangel, Carl Tamayo, Rhayyan Amsali, and Kevin Quiambao as top three talents. From 2018 onward, a selection committee made up of scribes from ABS-CBN Sports, ESPN5, Spin, and Tiebreaker Times have reviewed the best of the best in the NCAA, UAAP, MMBL, CESAFI-NBTC, and FCAAF and then ranked them in the definitive list of the most promising prospects in the Philippines. That list of names then became the final roster for the annual NBTC All-Star Game. Even before the NBTC 24, though, the grassroots national tournament has organized All-Star Games with 24 of the most promising prospects in the Philippines. And so, wouldn't it be fun if the All-Stars before 2018 will get the NBTC 24 treatment? In this space, the current selection committee will be retroactively ranking the NBTC All-Stars in their respective years from the game's debut in 2012 all the way to 2017. Next, it's the 2014 NBTC All-Stars - a class that was composed of several players from two teams who had perfect seasons. --- Both San Beda High School and Nazareth School of National University completed clean sweeps of their respective tournaments in 2013. The Red Cubs were the class of the NCAA Jrs. after going 18-0 in the elimination round and then disposing of La Salle Green Hills via two consecutive convincing victories in the Finals. The Bullpups were right there with them after winning each and every one of their 14 matches in the elims before stamping their class on Ateneo de Manila High School in the championship round. Perfect runs are a rarity and that's why it would be a no-brainer that players from San Beda and National U would top our retroactive rankings - as, famously, the NBTC 24 values winning first and foremost. That means that Red Cub Arvin Tolentino and Bullpup Hubert Cani vault over NCAA MVP Prince Rivero of LSGH and UAAP MVP Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo. And that's not just because of who wound up with the biggest wins. Tolentino only proved to be worthy of the hype as the best big man coming out of high school as he displayed his versatility en route to the Finals MVP. Cani was himself Finals MVP as nobody from the blue and white had an answer for his steady play that turned up the volume when it mattered most. Of course, even then, there was no denying the tantalizing talent that was Ravena and, in the future, he would go on to be the top talent from this class and won three championships with Ateneo. Rivero, meanwhile, had for himself a solid stint in college as well, but never got to harness his full potential as a banger in La Salle. The year also saw the charge of San Sebastian back into the forefront of the high school wars led by Mythical Teamers Michael Calisaan and Rhanzelle Yong. The year was definitely dominated by the NCAA and the UAAP as those leagues held down the top 13 spots. Hope Christian big man John Apacible and point guard Arjan Dela Cruz were the first players outside those tournaments at 14th and 15th, respectively. Going farther down the list, however, there hides Isaac Go who was a raw project in Xavier before rising to great heights in Ateneo. A noteworthy absence in the All-Star Game is LSGH's Kobe Paras who, by then, was already priming and preparing to go to the US and play in the NCAA. In all, the 2014 NBTC All-Stars counted 11 players from the NCAA, seven from the UAAP, and 6 players from other leagues in Manila. In the top 10, the NCAA also boasted of occupying the most seats with six. This is the final NBTC 24 for 2014 - retroactively, that is: 1. Arvin Tolentino, F, San Beda 2. Hubert Cani, G, National U 3. Thirdy Ravena, F, Ateneo 4. Prince Rivero, F, LSGH 5. JP Cauilan, F, National U 6. Michael Calisaan, F, San Sebastian 7. Revrev Diputado, G, San Beda 8. Javee Mocon, F, San Beda 9. Rhanzelle Yong, F, San Sebastian 10. Diego Dario, G, UPIS 11. Enzo Battad, F, National U 12. Richard Escoto, F, FEU-Diliman 13. Radge Tongo, G, San Beda 14. John Apacible, C/F, Hope 15. Arjan Dela Cruz, G, Hope 16. Alfren Gayosa, F/G, San Sebastian 17. Chino Mosqueda, G, National U 18. Med Salim, F, Chiang Kai Shek 19. Isaac Go, C, Xavier 20. Ryan Costelo, G, San Sebastian 21. Jarrell Lim, G, Xavier 22. Ivan Villanueva, F, Letran 23. Jobert Mercado, G/F, Hope 24. Justine Serrano, F, Mapua.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 8th, 2020Related News

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.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 24th, 2020Related News

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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2020Related News

Ravena brothers team up for Gilas in FIBA Asia Cup qualifier

Thirdy Ravena cherishes the opportunity of playing alongside brother Kiefer Ravena for the national team. The Ravena brothers will mark their first time playing for the tricolors in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers after the two made the cut in the Gilas Final 12 roster. Gilas will face Indonesia on February 23. “Masaya siya pero at the same time malaking responsibility yun, kasi yung kapatid ko para na rin siyang coach,” said the younger Raveba. “Para na rin siyang tatay ko eh kasi kahit on the court tinuturuan niya rin ako.” The Ravenas never got an chance to play together for the national squad.   Thirdy made his senior team debut last year in the FIBA Wolrd Cup Asian qualifiers against Qatar while Kiefer was still serving an 18-month FIBA ban.   “Nabigla ako but it’s a great honor, a great privilege to play for Gilas once again,” said Thirdy, who last played with Kiefer back in the UAAP for Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP back in 2015. “It’s gonna be fun, ‘yung program na pinlano para sa amin, can’t wait to represent the Philippines once again.” Aside from the Ravenas, other former Blue Eagles in the lineup are Poy Erram, Matt Nieto, Isaac Go and Justin Chua while incoming Ateneo player Dwight Ramos is also in the roster.   Also suiting up for Gilas are CJ Perez, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, Abu Tratter and Juan Gomez de Liano. The squad is set to fly to Indonesia on Friday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Gilas hard at work on Valentine s Day

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

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

Go looks up to Ildefonso, De Ocampo

Danny Ildefonso and Ranidel de Ocampo are the great PBA players that Isaac Go would try to emulate as he pursues his PBA career while representing the country in international tournaments......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 9th, 2020Related News

PCCL: Belangel too hot to handle as Ateneo tames San Beda

Ateneo de Manila University still stands strong even now without its longtime pillars and gave a glimpse of its next well-oiled machine in an 83-69 rout of San Beda University, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in the opener of the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League's NCAA-UAAP Challenge. SJ Belangel made each and every one of his defenders pay while Filipino-American Dwight Ramos made quite the first impression in the annual showdown of collegiate champions and contenders from all over the country. Belangel totaled 25 points, including five triples, to go along with five assists and two rebounds all while energizing the kings of the UAAP to a wire-to-wire win. Ramos also added 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Ivorian tower Ange Kouame had eight markers, 14 boards, four blocks, two dimes, and two steals to his name to make sure Ateneo dominated even now without all of Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. BOX SCORES ATENEO 83 - Belangel 25, D. Ramos 12, Kouame 8, Navarro 7, Mallillin 7, Mamuyac 6, Daves 6, Tio 5, Andrade 3, Credo 2, Chiu 2, P. Maagdenberg 0, Berjay 0. SAN BEDA 69 - Oftana 11, Canlas 11, Penuela 11, Bahio 10, Abuda 9, Carino 7, Cuntapay 7, Villejo 2, Visser 1, Ejercito 0, Etrata 0, Fornis 0, Alfaro 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 37-26, 57-44, 83-69......»»

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Balkman, Blatche were guiding light in Mighty s Dubai title run

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas gathered many of the top young talent in the Philippines and got them to the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. With Isaac Go, Dave Ildefonso, Jamie Malonzo, Thirdy Ravena, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, the Filipino side, indeed, gave a glimpse of the future of the national team. Still, that young yet talented core wouldn't have gone anywhere without the push of NBA veterans Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche. "We're very honored to win this tournament. It was a tough tournament that I think was tougher than last year," head coach Charles Tiu said, referring to the 2019 iteration of the invitational tourney where they settled for third. He then continued, "The players did a great job. Andray and Renaldo, they showed us why they're NBA players." In particular, Coach Charles said that Blatche, long a source of scrutiny from the time he was naturalized, showed the way and his teammates only followed suit. As he put it, "Andray surprised me a lot. When he was playing for the national team, you hear a lot of things about Andray Blatche - some positive, some negative, but he was a good guy, no attitude." He then continued, "Whatever he had to do, he was there. That just rubbed off on the team. You're supposed to be the best player on the team and he had no excuses so how could anybody make excuses." For his part, Balkman further added to his personal tale of redemption. "Balkman, again, before getting him, I was very apprehensive, very worried about his history, but after that, I was like, 'Wow! This guy is just a pro,'" the Mighty mentor said. In the end, Balkman and Blatche were both the engine and the fuel that boosted the Filipinos, with its young yet talented core, to a breakthrough championship. "These two guys really set the tone for the team. Without them, we would not win this tournament," Coach Charles said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Gilas has eyes on younger players now ahead of 2023 World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas' 24-man lineup to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers is an intriguing mix of players. PBA players make one part, drafted cadets make another, and a group of talented amateurs complete the cast. "I like it," program director Tab Baldwin told ABS-CBN Sports on the national team's current dynamic. "We have to have one eye to 2023. The players we took out of the Draft are obviously fully committed to that," he added. In the 2019 PBA Draft, Gilas Pilipinas selected Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, and Mike and Matt Nieto. The five are loaned to the national team through 2023 by their respective mother teams. But aside from those five, Gilas has since added players like Thirdy Ravena, Jaydee Tungcab, Kobe Paras, Dave Ildefonso, and Juan and Javi Gomez Gomez de Liaño to name a few to the pool. They will be part of the pool for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers although they haven't been offically drafted to the national team like Go, Suerte, Bulanadi, and the Nieto twins. "We're also looking at later Drafts, looking at players like a Kobe [Paras], like a Dave Ildefonso, like a Juan Gomez de Liaño, these young players in the pool," Baldwin said. "We're trying to serve two masters right now, with winning games in the windows but also knowing that the bigger picture is 2023 and hosting the World Cup," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

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.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 6th, 2020Related News

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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 4th, 2020Related News

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.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 29th, 2020Related News

‘Run for Kobe’ set this weekend as tribute to fallen NBA legend

CEBU CITY, Philippines – As a tribute to Kobe Bryant, Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) coach Isaac Miko S. Masiglat is organizing the “Run For Kobe” either on February 1 or 2, 2020 for free. Bryant, considered among the greatest basketball players of all time and a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, died […] The post ‘Run for Kobe’ set this weekend as tribute to fallen NBA legend appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 27th, 2020Related News

PBA 44 review: Columbian makes a slight jump

You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one?  Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat. The 2019 PBA seaspn started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals. Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season. Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year. Today, we start with the Columbian Dyip.   THE REAL DEAL...? Last year, we wondered if no. 1 pick CJ Perez was good enough for additional wins enough to take a significant jump for Columbian. The answer for the wins part of the question is technically yes. The Dyip went from just six wins in all of the 2018 season, half of them against Rain or Shine, to 11 wins in 2019. That's almost double. However, the Dyip didn't quite make the jump. Columbian never made the playoffs in Perez's rookie year and while they had many chances to get to the postseason as one of the lower seeds, they never got the wins they needed to advance. Columbian started the CJ Perez era in the Philippine Cup with a big win over then four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer. The Dyip finished with a 4-7 record in the All-Filipino, which would have been good enough to make the playoffs. However, Columbian didn't even play for the 8th spot as the team's quotient was inferior to that of Alaska and NLEX, two teams that also finished with 4-7 records. The Dyip settled for 10th place in the Philippine Cup. Columbian took a step back in the Commissioner's Cup, finishing at 11th place with a 3-8 record. The Dyip had arguably their best team in franchise history in the Governors' Cup with Perez and import Khapri Alston leading the way. Columbian was on the hunt for a playoff spot before their conference fell apart. The Dyip lost five of their last six games for another 10th-place finish with a 4-7 record. The Dyip ended up picking first in the PBA Draft once again, but the team's 2019 season was leaps and bounds better compared to the previous one. Columbian has an actual star in CJ Perez. He's the real deal. As for the whole team, they're just not quite there yet.   Columbian DYIP in the PBA's 44th season Philippine Cup: 4-7 (10th place) Commissioner's Cup: 3-8 (11th place) Governors' Cup: 4-7 (10th place) Overall: 11 wins and 22 losses. Zero playoff appearances.   OUTLOOK: Columbian added Roosevelt Adams from the PBA Draft, he should pair up quite nicely with CJ Perez. The Dyip also drafted former Ateneo big man Isaac Go but he's officially on Gilas Pilipinas duty. Nevertheless, Columbian now has quite a pile of young and talented players on its roster. How it all turns out for the Dyip should be interesting to say the least.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 23rd, 2020Related News

Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, liliban muna ng paglalaro sa susunod na 2 buwan

    TJ BUMANLAG   HINDI na muna makakatapak ng hard court ang Orlando Magic forward player na si Jonathan Isaac dahil sa natamo nitong left knee injury. Ayon sa pamunuan ng Magic, hindi bababa sa 2 buwan o higit pa ang magiging absent ni Isaac sa game. Nakuha ni Isaac ang kaniyang injury sa unang quarter […] The post Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, liliban muna ng paglalaro sa susunod na 2 buwan appeared first on PINAS......»»

Source: Pinasglobal PinasglobalCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2020Related News