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gameface_one
05-11-2007, 08:59 AM
RP 5 leaves for Tehran, opens bid versus host
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 05/11/2007

The SMC-Philippine team is taking on the host country’s SABA squad to start its campaign in the nine-nation 18th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran Sunday.

The Nationals are also to battle Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers, Syria’s Al Jalaa and Bahrain’s Al Manama in Group B play in the preliminary round. One of the five teams in this group will be out after the prelims.

In Group A, four teams in Lebanon’s Blue Stars, Qatar’s Al Rayvan, India’s Young Cagers and Kuwait’s Al Qadsia will only fight for placings in the knockout quarterfinals on May 8.

It will be knockout games all the way to the finals in this tournament which the Philippines has won four times in the past through Northern Cement in 1984, Swift-PABL in 1988, PBL-Andok’s in 1995 and Hapee Toothpaste in 1996.

The Nationals leave today save for Enrico Villanueva who is to follow the team after their game with San Miguel Beer in Cebu tomorrow.

Villanueva is raring to play for the national team although he suffered back spasm in the Red Bull-Sta. Lucia game Wednesday.

"The doctors said it’s muscle fatigue since I’m attending two practices a day (with Red Bull and with the RP team)," Villanueva told The STAR.

Saying his team’s stint in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup is a learning experinece, coach Chot Reyes said he’ll try some combinations to keep everybody sharp for the tougher task ahead.

The Iran tourney serves as the squad’s final tune-up for the SEABA men’s championship in Rachaburi, Thailand on May 24-28.

"We’ll go out and try to win the tournament, but that’s not the ultimate objective, especially with the other teams using two imports of unlimited height each. We’ll continue playing as a team, play everybody, give everyone minutes," said Reyes.

The SEABA joust is the qualifying tournament for the FIBA-Asia men’s championship in Tokushima, Japan, in July that in turn serves as a qualifying event for next year’s Beijing Olympics – the ultimate goal of Reyes and his troops.

Reyes said his main goal for the Tehran event is for his players to continue improving as a team.

"Don’t get me wrong. We’ll go all out, but not at the expense of learning and improving as a team," he said.

gameface_one
05-11-2007, 09:02 AM
RP Team off to Tehran cagefest



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

AFTER ALMOST two months of preparation, the SMC-RP Team finally gets its first taste of international competition in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.


"They can’t wait to play," said RP coach Chot Reyes yesterday referring to his multimillionaire PBA players.

Members of the team, except for Red Bull center Enrico Villanueva and assistant coach Nash Racela, will leave on Air Emirates flight 335 at 12:20 a.m. today for the six-hour trip to Dubai. From there, it’s a two-hour flight to Tehran.

Villanueva could not join his teammates because Red Bull has a scheduled game against San Miguel Beer tomorrow in Cebu City.

Accompanied by Racela, Villanueva will leave the same evening and join the rest of the nationals at the Leyah Hotel in Tehran.

The Champions Cup is the first of three important tournaments they will join in hopes of earning an Olympic berth in next year’s Beijing Games.

The event serves as a vital tune-up for the nationals before it flies to Ratchaburi, Thailand for the May 24-28 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Men’s Championship.

The SEABA meet is the elimination phase for the Olympic qualifying FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan in late July.

The last time a Philippine team played in the Olympics was 36 years ago in Munich with Robert Jaworski and Jimmy Mariano at the helm.

Reyes said that winning the Champions Cup, where other teams are expected to use two imports, is not their goal.

"The most important thing for us is to learn and improve. Because our main concern is the next two tournaments, the SEABA and the FIBA Olympic qualifying," said Reyes.

With a bye on the first day, the nationals will play against host Iran on May 13, Kazakhstan second on May 14, Syria next on May 15 and Bahrain last in the eliminations on May 16.

After a day rest, the quarterfinals will be held on May 18, semifinals on May 19 and the finals on May 20.

gameface_one
05-13-2007, 12:49 PM
Import-less RP five braces for tough Asia Champs Cup



Inquirer
Last updated 05:22am (Mla time) 05/13/2007


TEHRAN, Iran—The participants may be fewer than expected, but the competition level remains basically the same.

This was the assessment made by San Miguel-RP Team coach Chot Reyes after a quick scan of the opposition in the 18th Fiba Asia Champions Cup that starts Saturday at the Azadi Sports Complex here.

“It’s still a tough field,” Reyes said during Friday night’s reception party of the tournament that was reduced to just eight entries instead of the full complement of 10.

For still unexplained reasons, tough squads Kuwait and Jordan failed to arrive, forcing a slight alteration in the tournament format.

Perennial contender Lebanon, represented by the Blue Stars squad, is in the fold along with former titlist Al-Rayyan of Qatar.

Although the Astana Tigers of Kazakhstan have no import like the Philippines and India, Reyes believes it is foremost among the teams to watch out for.

“It’s their national team and their coaches are their former stars,” said Reyes, who has coached against the towering Kazakhs in the 2005 and 2006 Jones Cup.

Even Saba Battery Club of host Iran, which the Philippines takes on first Sunday, could be a darkhorse mostly because of its imports, Nndabuem Muoneke and Joseph Fitzgerald Garth.

Muoneke is a former Purefoods import in the PBA but it is Garth, a beefy 6-foot-10 who impresses Reyes more.

“Pati mukha may (Even his face has) muscle,” said Reyes.

Among the more prominent faces here is Julious Nwosu, one of Al Jalaa of Syria’s imports.

The 6-foot-9 Nwosu was part of the Harbour Centre-Philippines team that topped the tournament’s Southeast Asian qualifier in Jakarta last month, paving the way for the Nationals’ stint here.

It is the first tournament for the all-pro RP five which is hoping to return to the Olympics next year in Beijing by at least finishing second to China in the Asian qualifying in Japan in July.

The withdrawals of Kuwait and Jordan left Lebanon, Qatar and India in Group A with Syria, Iran, Kazakhstan, Bahrain and the Philippines bunched in Group B.

The teams in each group play a single round robin, but those in Group A are already seeded in the quarterfinals.

Group B is drastically different with the top team advancing outright to the semifinals on Saturday and the next three to Friday’s one-day quarterfinals.

Opening-day games pit Iran against Bahrain, Lebanon against Qatar and Kazakhstan versus India.

The Filipinos spent most of Friday recovering from the tiring eight-hour flight to Dubai from Manila.

After a three-hour stop in Dubai, the entourage took a two-hour flight to this Islamic republic and an hour-long bus ride to this bustling capital.

gameface_one
05-14-2007, 09:37 PM
From asia-basket.com:



Saba Battery (IRI) 101 - Harpour Center (PHI) 88 (Q's: 32-25, 51-38, 78-64 & 101-88)


- Saba Battery's scorers: Garth Joseph (217-C-73, college: St.Rose (NY)) (39 pts, 12 reb, 3 bs, 2 ast, 2 stl), Samad Nikkhah (17 pts, 4 stl), Babak Nezafat (16 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl), Aidin Bahrami (9 pts, 2 ast, 2 stl), Gabe Muoneke (9 pts), Hamed Afagh (8 pts, 3 ast), Behzad Afradi (2 pts), Saman Veisi (1 pts, 3 ast).


- Harpour Center's scorers: Donaldo Hontiveros (23 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl), Mark Caguioa (19 pts), Michael Pennisi (13 pts), Ranidel De Ocampo (7 pts, 2 stl), Daniel Seigle (6 pts, 2 stl, 2 bs), Kerby Rymundo (6 pts), Pauliasi Taulava (5 pts, 6 reb), Felorendo Jr. (3 pts), Jim Alapag (2 pts), Enrico Vililanueva (2 pts), Anthoni Dela Cruz (2 pts).

AnthonyServinio
05-15-2007, 03:20 AM
* * DESPITE THE loss to Iran, the Philippines still stands a good chance of making it to the next round as long as we win at least one of our last three games.* That should be easy since our final opponent, Bahrain, is represented by a nine-man squad with no imports.* The way things are going, Bahrain will finish last in the group and bow out of the tournament.

* * *Actually, we should go for a sweep of the last three games to open a remote chance of topping the group and earning an automatic spot in the Final Four and avoiding an early colission in the quarterfinals with either Qatar (if we finish in third) or Lebanon (if we finish in fourth).* A runner-up finish in the eliminations will mean a quarterfinal date with India, who the Pinoys are almost sure of beating for a place in the Final Four.

* * *Based on the Kazakhstan-Philippines match two years ago in Araneta, we stand a good chance of winning since the Kazakh core remains the same with a lot of familiar names returning. Both teams played without imports and the Philippines had an easy time disposing of the Kazakhs.

However, Syria looks dangerous with Julius Nwosu on their roster.* Nwosu knows the Filipino style of play very well. Strangely, they have a lot of players (aside from their imports) with non-Arabic sounding names.

pachador
05-15-2007, 04:55 AM
Syrian national team has 3 Syrian-Brazilian players yata:


New origin player in Al Jalaa!!!*

by Mohammed Malas - May 6, 2007
Syrian/Brazilian player Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) arrived earlier today to Aleppo, Syria to join the trainings of Al Jalaa before the beginning of Asian Clubs Championship (Tehran, Iran 12-20 May).

Marcelo De Andrade Correa was born Jan. 1, 1977, in Franca-SP, Brazil, Son of Roberto and Lucia Helena Correa, His father who is originally from syria was a member of the Brazilian national team.

Correa played in NCAA in the US with San Diego State (From 1997 until 2001), He played in Brazil with Universo / Ajax (Season 2004), Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (Season 2004-2005) and last season with Corinthians SC (Season 2005-2006).

Marcelo will join the other origins in the team 'Dede' Barbosa and Eduardo Caviglia, He will be part of Syria NT also who is preparing for WABA (Damascus, Syria 1-5 June).* *

asia-basket

gameface_one
05-15-2007, 07:50 AM
RP five succumbs to tall Iranians


The Philippine Star

TEHRAN — The San Miguel-RP Team lost to Iran, 88-101, Sunday, but coach Chot Reyes maintains more positive things are in store for the Nationals in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Sports Complex here.

"We have yet to play our best while they (Iranians) played as well as they can play," said Reyes after the loss that spoiled the Nationals’ debut in the eight-nation tournament known as Asia’s premier club championship.

"Still, I think our guys did pretty well, considering two of our main players in Mark (Caguioa) and Danny (Seigle) haven’t played in an international competition before. This being our first international competition as a team, we viewed this as an initial test of our focus, energy and teamwork and although we lost I think the team passed," he added.

It’s now a matter of bouncing back and the Nationals can do that Monday against the Astana Tigers of Kazakhstan in a game set at 8:45 p.m. (1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Manila time).

The Kazakhs themselves have rebounded from a 70-94 loss to Syria’s Al Jalaa last Saturday by handily beating Bahrain’s Al Musarraq, 96-74, Sunday.

"Kazakhstan is an entirely different challenge. They have two Russian imports and though they are tall, they are mobile. Also, their wingmen have found their touch after struggling against Syria," said Reyes.

"But the real challenge is how our boys would react after that loss to Iran. Ganyan talaga sa international competitions, you don’t have much time to adjust."

Besides, Kazakhstan does not have a really hulking giant like Iran’s, one who proved to be as lethal as feared as he propped the Iranians into dominating the match from the start and into their second straight win in Group B.

Joseph Garth, who proved to be a 7-foot-3, 330-lb behemoth from the Dominican Republic, had 39 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts’ Saba Battery Club as it followed up its 78-48 manhandling of Bahrain on Saturday.

Garth was so dominating with his overall inside presence that RP big men Asi Taulava, Mick Pennisi and Enrico Villanueva were virtually powerless in containing him and all had aches and pains to show for their futile efforts.

gameface_one
05-15-2007, 07:52 AM
RP cagers no match to Iran
mb.com.ph





TEHRAN — The San Miguel-RP Team lost to Iran, 88-101, Sunday, but coach Chot Reyes maintains more positive things are in store for the Nationals in the 18th FIBA -Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Sports Complex here.


"We have yet to play our best while they (Iranians) played as well as they can play," said Reyes after the loss that spoiled the Nationals’ debut in the eight-nation tournament known as Asia’s premier club championship.

"Still, I think our guys did pretty well, considering two of our main players in Mark (Caguioa) and Danny (Seigle) haven’t played in an international competition before. This being our first international competition as a team, we viewed this as an initial test of our focus, energy and teamwork and although we lost, I think the team passed," he added.

It’s now a matter of bouncing back and the Nationals can do that Monday against the Astana Tigers of Kazakhstan in a game set at 8:45 p.m. (1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Manila time).

The Kazakhs themselves have rebounded from a 70-94 loss to Syria’s Al Jalaa last Saturday by handily beating Bahrain’s Al Musarraq, 96-74, Sunday.

"Kazakhstan is an entirely different challenge. They have two Russian imports and though they are tall, they are mobile. Also, their wingmen have found their touch after struggling against Syria," said Reyes.

"But the real challenge is how our boys react after that loss to Iran. Ganyan talaga sa international competitions, you don’t have much time to adjust. Again, our focus, energy and teamwork will be tested."

Besides, Kazakhstan does not have a really hulking giant like Iran’s, one who proved to be as lethal as feared and, combined with the other perks for being host, propped the Iranians into dominating the match from the start and into their second straight win in Group B.

Joseph Garth, who proved to be a 7-foot-3, 330-lb behemoth from the Dominican Republic, had 39 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts’ Saba Battery Club to follow up to its 78-48 manhandling of Bahrain on Saturday.

Garth was so dominating with his overall inside presence that RP big men Asi Taulava, Mick Pennisi and Enrico Villanueva were virtually powerless in containing him and all had aches and pains to show for their futile efforts.

"I’m the biggest guy in the PBA and I’ve never ever before had to hold off somebody with two hands," said the 6’9, 260-lb Taulava.

"He hurt my (right) shoulder on his first spin against me," said Pennisi, a known bruiser for Red Bull. "So the next time up, I gave him a hard slap and it’s my whole arm that stung. I go, ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ and he just brushes it off like a fly."

But like Reyes, Taulava remains upbeat his team will accomplish its ultimate mission of doing well here and using the experience as springboard for next week’s SEABA tilt and July’s FIBA-Asia championship.

"They’re not gonna have somebody that big, that strong, that solid in the FIBA-Asia," said the Talk ’N Text center.

Dondon Hontiveros had 23 points and Caguioa 19 for the Nationals, who came out tight but flashed some of their fiery form in the second half to make a game of it.

That charge was only a spark, however.

In all, it was Garth who was the biggest difference, with his mini-hooks and backboard support-bending dunks. He also caused many of the Nationals to change and miss their shots and forced them to double team, leaving the Iranians’ other shooters with brief open looks that were often enough.

gameface_one
05-15-2007, 07:52 AM
7-3 giant powers Iran past debuting RP five



Inquirer
Last updated 01:04am (Mla time) 05/15/2007


TEHRAN -- The San Miguel-Philippine team failed to stop Iran’s 7-foot-3 giant and took a 101-88 loss Sunday in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Sports Complex here.

The towering, 330-lb Joseph Garth from the Dominican Republic unloaded 39 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Iran’s Saba Battery Club to a second straight win following its 78-48 rout of Bahrain on Saturday.

But RP coach Chot Reyes said that more positive things are in store for the Nationals

“We have yet to play our best while they (Iranians) played as well as they can play,” said Reyes, after the loss that spoiled the Nationals’ debut in the eight-nation tournament, Asia’s premier club championship.

“Still, I think our guys did pretty well, considering two of our main players in Mark (Caguioa) and Danny (Seigle) haven’t played in an international competition before. This being our first international competition as a team, we viewed this as an initial test of our focus, energy and teamwork. Although we lost, I think the team passed (the test).”

The Nationals try to bounce back Monday against the Astana Tigers of Kazakhstan in a game set at 8:45 p.m. (1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Manila time).

The Kazakhs rebounded from a 70-94 loss to Syria’s Al Jalaa last Saturday by whipping Bahrain’s Al Musarraq, 96-74, on Sunday.

“Kazakhstan is an entirely different challenge,” said Reyes. “They have two Russian imports and, though they are tall, they are mobile. Also, their wingmen have found their touch after struggling against Syria.

“But the real challenge is how our boys will react after that loss to Iran. Ganyan talaga sa (It’s like that in) international competitions, you don’t have much time to adjust.”

Kazakhstan does not have a hulking giant like Garth, who was benched when Iran outplayed Bahrain in their Group B debut.

Asi Taulava, Mick Pennisi and Enrico Villanueva, the Philippines’ big men, just didn’t have the size to contain Garth. They also ended up battered and bruised defending the Iranian import.

“I’m the biggest guy in the PBA and I’ve never ever before had to hold off somebody with two hands,” said the 6-9, 260-lb Taulava.

“He hurt my (right) shoulder on his first spin against me,” said Pennisi, a known bruiser for Red Bull. “So the next time up, I gave him a hard slap and it’s my whole arm that stung. I go, ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ and he just brushes it off like a fly.”

Taulava also remained upbeat that his team will accomplish its ultimate mission of doing well here and using the experience as springboard for next week’s Seaba tilt and July’s FIBA Asia championship.

“They’re not going to have somebody that big, that strong, that solid in the FIBA Asia,” said the Talk ‘N text center.

Dondon Hontiveros had 23 points and Caguioa 19 for the Nationals, who came out tight but flashed their form in the second half.

It was Garth who was the big difference with his mini-hooks and backboard-bending dunks.

Garth made 15 of 17 shots and hit nine of 11 free throws, hitting 10 of his points after the Filipinos whittled a 51-36 Saba lead to 52-56.

Caguioa scored eight points and Hontiveros six in the RP rally that fanned the hopes of the few Filipino fans here led by consul Renato Dueñas.

But Garth simply took over with his three-point play capping a 19-7 run that gave Iran a 75-59 spread. The Iranians later stretched it to 91-73 with 3:26 left in the game.

The scores:
IRAN 101 -- Garth 39, S. Bahrami 17, Nzafat 16, A. Bahrami 9, Muoneke 9, Afagh 8, Afradi 2, Veisi 1.
SAN MIGUEL-RP 88 -- Hontiveros 23, Caguioa 19, Pennisi 13, De Ocampo 7, Raymundo 6, Taulava 5, Ritualo 3, Alapag 2, Dela Cruz 2, Villanueva 2, Helterbrand 0.
Quarters: 32-25, 51-38, 78-64, 101-88

salsa caballero
05-15-2007, 10:56 AM
^ I like don't think that's entirely accurate on Asi's part. Korea plays 7-3 mastodon Ha Seung Jin, himself an NBA vet like Garth. Unlike Garth though, who played maybe a total of three games with the Raptors, Ha spent a full season with the Blazers and continues to ply his trade in the States with the NBDL's Anaheim Arsenals.

In sum, the RP team, particularly the bigs, benefitted greatly from playing this level of competition.

P.S. Garth has roots in the Carribean island republic ofDOMINICA not the Dominican Republic...

pachador
05-15-2007, 01:44 PM
Kazakhstan beat Philippines 75-66

I think the philippines is trying various player combinations. yep. this tournament is for practice unless talagang na shut-down ang mga players natin

Seigle - 21 pts 10 rebounds

Caguioa - 18 points 4 rebounds

Taulava - 6 points 8 rebounds

Villanueva - 8 points 2 rebounds

Raymundo - 6 points 6 rebounds

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/game8.pdf

JonarSabilano
05-15-2007, 01:56 PM
Kazakhstan beat Philippines* 75-66

I think the philippines is trying various player combinations. yep. this tournament is for practice unless talagang na shut-down ang mga players natin

Seigle - 21 pts 10 rebounds

Caguioa - 18 points 4 rebounds

Taulava - 6 points 8 rebounds

Villanueva - 8 points 2 rebounds

Raymundo - 6 points 6 rebounds

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/game8.pdf



Was able to download the PDF file from the fiba-asia website. It looks like the defense was all over Kazakh phenom Anton Ponomarev. He was only able to shoot 2-of-10 from the field. He was able to get 14 rebounds, though. I think those extra numbers made the difference in this game.

pachador
05-15-2007, 02:15 PM
interesting observation.... siguro nga they tried their defense strategy on poor ponomarev who is their star hehehe pinayungan pala siya. its good to try it now para sa fiba-asia mismo alam na nila anong gawin kay ponomarev.

quote author=JonarSabilano link=topic=1227.msg37245#msg37245 date=1179208619]



Was able to download the PDF file from the fiba-asia website. It looks like the defense was all over Kazakh phenom Anton Ponomarev. He was only able to shoot 2-of-10 from the field. He was able to get 14 rebounds, though. I think those extra numbers made the difference in this game.

pachador
05-16-2007, 12:43 AM
RP team in Iran

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/san_miguel.jpg


Asi guarding the Iranian giant import:

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/pic12.jpg


The Ayatollah keeping an eye on the left side of photo. on the right side is the RP team hehe:

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/pic9.jpg

AnthonyServinio
05-16-2007, 01:06 AM
* * WITH THE loss to Kazakhstan, the Philppines faces a must-win situation against Bahrain on Wednesday. *Even, if the Pinoys beat Syria later today, a loss to the Bahrainis will be fatal and boot them out of the tournament and an automatic last place finish.* Bahrain would earn the last playoff spot via the "winner over the other" rule as the possibility arises that both teams would end up tied with one win and three losses apiece.

* * *Speaking of Bahrain, they were finally able to bring in two imports (with African-sounding names).* They played their first two games with a nine-man all-local crew.* Despite that they still lost to Syria, 48-78, in the curtain-raiser to the Philippines-Kazakhstan game.* The Pinoys must go all out and make sure they beat Bahrain for a spot in the knockout playoffs.

* * The Pinoys most likely opponent in the quarterfinals is the other group's top team Lebanon, handled by Coach Maz Trakh, another coach familiar with Filipino basketball having worked with Talk N Text during the Bill Bayno Era. Coach Trakh also coached Fastlink-Jordan to Second Place in the 16th Champions Cup held at the Araneta in 2005.

pachador
05-16-2007, 01:30 AM
congrats Borat ! great success for glorious country of kazakhstan ! ;D

pachador
05-16-2007, 04:23 AM
3rd loss for RP:

unconfirmed reports from interbasket say that we got bombed by Al-Jalaa of Syria by about 25 points daw. this is all I have.

gameface_one
05-16-2007, 07:18 AM
Kazakhs inflict second loss on RP five

The Philippine Star

TEHRAN – The San Miguel-RP team continued to struggle in the face of top-notch opposition in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup, bowing to a taller, quicker Kazakhstan Astana side, 66-75, Monday at the Azadi Sports Complex here.

Danny Seigle, atoning for his measly six-point output in the team’s 88-101 loss to Iran Sunday, came away with 21 points and 10 rebounds but still failed to carry the Nationals to victory as the Kazakhs, starring Yevgeny Issakov, proved better and steadier down the stretch.

The setback was the second in as many Group B outings for the Nationals but coach Chot Reyes was quick to boost his players’ sagging morale by reminding them of their ultimate purpose in this tournament that precedes next week’s SEABA tilt and July’s FIBA Asia championship, the qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“What is important is for us to continue to play together, not to abandon each other and what we’re trying to build,” he said. “All of these are part of our learning process and these games will help us down the road so we have to deal with it, continue to get better and play as a team.”

The learning is not limited to his players, added Reyes. “That’s why I’m playing everybody, to try and get the right combinations that will be put to use later,” he said.

There were already some encouraging signs.

After being held to just 27 boards by Iran’s Saba Battery Club, the Nationals were just barely outrebounded by the Kazakhs, 49-48. Also, the Nationals had 76 field goal attempts and forced their opponents to 12 turnovers.

“They came out and played hard while we didn’t play particularly well. We’re still trying to find our rhythm,” said Reyes.

Issakov, a sweet-shooting 6-foot-9 forward, sizzled with 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Astana, which ironically played better when seven-foot Russian import Sergey Smirnov rode the bench due to foul trouble.

Aside from 6’7 forward Andrey Shpekht and 6’4 guard Rustam Yargaliyev, also dealing a big blow to the Nationals’ bid of overcoming a 50-67 fourth quarter deficit was a dubious traveling call on Seigle.

Blowing the whistle was Kuwaiti referee Mohammad Al-Amiri, who has been the object of the RP team’s ire due to numerous calls and non-calls that often went the Kazakhs’ way.

When Seigle and Reyes disputed the call, Al-Amiri promptly gave them a technical foul each, resulting in four charities by Issakov that made it a 71-53 count, only 4:16 left in the game.

After the incident, the Nationals finally showed their true form with Seigle scattering nine points in a 13-4 windup.

“We have to continue working at it, learning to come out and play hard for 40 minutes,” said Reyes.

He, however, refused to make an alibi out of Al-Amiri, who will again officiate the Nationals’ game against Syria’s Al-Jalaa at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday (1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Manila time). Instead, he pointed out the lessons learned from Astana.

“Among all the Asian teams, Kazakhstan is the most European-like in their game. Malaking bagay iyon dahil they’re very tall, very good shooters and very physical. The experience of playing against them will be put to good use later on,” he said.

The Syrians, with 7-foot Bernard Jons, many-time PBA import Julius Nwosu, and, according to the latter, three naturalized players of Brazilian origin, should be another good test since they are coming off a 78-48 manhandling of Bahrain’s Al-Muharraq also Monday.

“It will be the same thing, us having problems withthe other side’s big men,” said Reyes. “Syria beat Kazakhstan (90-74 last Saturday), so that gives us an idea of how hard that game is gonna be.”

pachador
05-16-2007, 01:55 PM
hirap talaga si Asi sa higanteng ito ;D

http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/pic13.jpg

lekiboy
05-16-2007, 01:58 PM
di naman higante yan e....pero parang tao ah... ;D ;D

pachador
05-16-2007, 02:30 PM
7'3" daw yan kaso e baka exagerated ng sports agent niya o kaya camera angle



di naman higante yan e....pero parang tao ah...* ;D ;D

AnthonyServinio
05-16-2007, 03:09 PM
7'3" daw yan kaso e baka exagerated ng sports agent niya o kaya camera angle



di naman higante yan e....pero parang tao ah...* ;D ;D


* * *Garth Joseph is listed at 7'2" and 315 pounds in my NBA guide book.* He once played two games each for the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets in 2000-2001.* Joseph is 33 years old and is from the Dominican Republic via Saint Rose University.

salsa caballero
05-17-2007, 12:19 AM
^ Actually it's DOMINICA not the Dominican Republic...Garth is a Carribean reggae guy who once stunned his Raptors team mates with an impromptu reggae ditty during a getting-to-know-you...

JonarSabilano
05-17-2007, 08:30 AM
di naman higante yan e....pero parang tao ah...* ;D ;D


Wow. Holding hands. Yihee. ;D

gameface_one
05-17-2007, 09:42 AM
Hurting RP 5 absorbs 3rd loss


The Philippine Star

TEHRAN – The San Miguel-RP team took a severe beating for the third straight time as it succumbed to Syria’s Al Jalaa, 80-114, in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Stadium here Tuesday.

The Filipinos, already battered by the twin routs by Iran and Kazakhstan, played even hurt as Jimmy Alapag, Danny Seigle and Mick Pennisi suited up despite nursing injuries as the Nationals fell to their most lopsided loss in Group B.

Alapag and Seigle had a sprained ankle each and Pennisi a sore left knee, all sustained in a 66-75 loss to Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers last Monday.

All three played against the Syrians but coach Chot Reyes sat them out in the second half so as not to aggravate their injuries.

Towering Bernard Jons put up a rare triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 shot blocks while Julius Nwosu added 18 points and eight rebounds to key the Syrians’ rout that took shape right in the first half.

The Nationals, however, can still make the quarterfinals on Friday if they win over Bahrain’s Al Muharraq at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday (1:15 a.m. Thursday, Manila time) at the close of the elims.

But Reyes has yet to decide whether he will leave his injured players’ fate to chance since they are set to see action in the SEABA championship slated May 24-28 in Thailand.

"Foremost among my responsibilities here is to protect my players and make sure we have the strongest team possible for the SEABA," simply said Reyes.

Reyes met alternately with his staff and players starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, both as part of the team’s dynamics and also to plot the strategies for that evening’s game.

"We’ll talk among ourselves," said Reyes. "While we will definitely go all out to win tonight, we’ll also try to find out how best to win even without being 100 percent."

One of Reyes’ goals here is to find the combinations that will click and the load on his mind got heavier after seeing his team unravel right in the first half for the second straight game.

Mostly, it was because of Jons, a skinny, long-limbed 7-footer who has the quick leap and uncanny timing to swat away shots and he complemented his two-handed dunks with some nifty perimeter shooting.

"He plays above the air," said Asi Taulava, five times rejected by the Louisiana native.

Jons went 8-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the stripe before sitting out the fourth quarter, leaving Nwosu and the rest of the Syrians to stretch their lead to 114-77.

Ren-Ren Ritualo scored the Nationals’ last 15 points off triples and wound up with 23. Despite his injury and playing for only 19 minutes, Seigle finished with 14 points.

Michael Mandaly led all scorers with 27 points to go with 10 rebounds while Brazil natives Eduardo Farhat, Marcelo Correa and 6-6 playmaker Andre Churri combined for 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

gameface_one
05-17-2007, 09:46 AM
Syrians rout RP five by 34 points



Inquirer
Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 05/17/2007


GAMES WEDNESDAY (Tehran time)
4:15 p.m. -- Syria vs. Iran
8:45 p.m. -- Bahrain vs. Philippines

TEHRAN -- With three players hurting and unable to stop Syria’s imports, San Miguel-RP Team absorbed its worst loss in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup, 114-80, Tuesday at the Azadi Stadium here.

Bernard Jons, a deadly seven-footer, had a triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots while Julius Nwosu, who ironically helped the Filipinos to qualify here, added 18 points and eight rebounds as Al Jalaa slapped a third straight loss on the all-pro Philippine squad.

Nwosu was one of two imports Harbour Centre-RP used to win the Seaba Champions Cup in Indonesia last month with the national team under coach Chot Reyes taking over in this tournament as part of its buildup for the Seaba tilt set late next week.

The injuries being nursed by Jimmy Alapag, Danny Seigle and Mick Pennisi also hastened the downfall of the Nationals, who took earlier setbacks from Iran (101-88) and Kazakhstan (75-66) in Group B.

Alapag and Seigle have sprained ankles and Pennisi a gimpy left knee which they sustained in the loss to Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers last Monday.

All three played against the Syrians but Reyes decided not to risk aggravating their injuries by benching them in the second half.

The Nationals wind up their schedule against Bahrain’s Al Muharraq at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday (1:15 a.m. Thursday, Manila time).

If they lose, the Nationals will go up against the top team from Group A in the quarterfinals Friday. A win gets them into a quarterfinal clash with the Group A’s No. 2 squad.

Reyes has yet to decide whether to use his hurting players.

“Foremost among my responsibilities here is to protect my players and make sure we have the strongest team possible for the Seaba,” he said.

Meetings with his staff and players have been set by Reyes starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“We’ll talk among ourselves,” said Reyes. “While we will definitely go all out to win tonight, we’ll also try to find out how best to win even without being 100 percent.”

Jons, a skinny, long-limbed center with a quick leap and uncanny timing to swat away shots, went 8-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the stripe before sitting out the fourth quarter.

“He plays above the air,” said Asi Taulava, who was rejected five times by the Louisiana native.

Ren-Ren Ritualo scored the Nationals’ last 15 points off triples and wound up with 23. Despite just 19 minutes of action and his injury, Seigle still finished with 14 points.

Michael Mandaly led all scorers with 27 points to go with 10 rebounds while Brazil natives Eduardo Farhat, Marcelo Correa and 6-6 playmaker Andre Churri combined for 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

The scores:
SYRIA 114 -- Mandaly 27, Jons 22, Nwosu 18, Papazian 13, Farhat 9, Hadad 7, Sharif 7, Correa 6, Churri 3, Eshak 2, Shakkour 0.
SAN MIGUEL-RP 80 -- Ritualo 23, Seigle 14, Dela Cruz 11, Taulava 7, Alapag 6, Caguioa 5, Villanueva 5, Raymundo 4, Hontiveros 3, De Ocampo 2, Pennisi 0, Helterbrand 0.
Quarters: 22-20; 57-34;81-56;114-80

pachador
05-17-2007, 11:52 AM
RP-San Miguel bombs Bahrain 99-80 for first win

Seigle - 20 points 3 rebounds
Taulava - 18 points 14 rebounds
Ritualo - 18 points
Caguioa - 11 points 2 rebounds
Hontiveros - 9 points 6 rebounds

Pennisi did not play
Dela cruz - played 44 seconds only

team free throw % suddenly went up

hmmmmmm
http://www.fibaasia.net/Website%20files/18thFACCup/game13.pdf

yungha
05-17-2007, 01:35 PM
can't help but notice that helterbrand has had a subpar tournament. perhaps he's not the right point guard for international tournaments? perhaps, while he's undoubtedly among the best if not the best point guard in the PBA presently, his style of play doesn't suit international play?

nothing against jayjay, maybe he's still feeling his way. gameface regulars would know, though, that i've been batting for gabe norwood since way back.

no cause for alarm, i think, at least not yet. seigle has proven he's a force in asian basketball. this despite having to create his own shots most of the time owing to lack of cohesion as yet. kung sabay-sabay pumutok sina caguioa, hontiveros and ritualo or even just 2 out of those 3 in support of seigle, we'll be hard to contain.

after all, if this tournament has proven that we can't defend against bigger, stronger opponents, then let's just outrun and outgun them. in my opinion.

AnthonyServinio
05-17-2007, 03:01 PM
* * *TODAY, THE tournament goes on a rest day before the playoff round and this should serve the Philippines well by allowing the injured players to recuperate from injuries. Play resumes on Friday with the quarterfinals.

* * *The win against Bahrain gave the team a big boost now that they know how it feels to win again after three straight losses.

* * *Blue Stars-Lebanon is a dangerous opponent because their coach Maz Trakh knows Philippine basketball well having once worked with Talk N Text during the Bill Bayno Era.* Coach Trakh piloted Fastlink-Jordan to Second Place in the 16th Champions Cup at the Araneta Coliseum two years ago.

* * *The key to beating Lebanon is to at least contain their star player Fadi El Khatib.* Lebanon’s imports are sort of average in William Pippen and center John Carter.* Carter played for Army-Syria in the 16th Champions Cup and were not really that impressive.* Lebanon’s entry then La Sagesse starring El Khatib had far better imports back then in legitimate NBA veterans Stephen Howard and Kenny Satterfield en route to winning Third Place.* Carter’s Syria finshed in Seventh Place among ten teams. Pippen is a far cry from his more famous relative Scottie Pippen.

* * *The Philippines can draw inspiration in the fact that they beat the visiting Lebanese NT in an exhibition game held at the San Juan Arena last year.* This was the same Lebanon squad that was on its way to play in the 2006 World Championships in Japan.* Should the Pinoys be successful, waiting for them in the semifinals will be a grudge match with Al Jalaa-Syria.* The Syrians are very heavily favored to eliminate India’s Young Cagers in the quarterfinals.

* * * Who knows, this could be the time for Coach Chot Reyes to spring out his surprises and catch the enemy flatfooted!

* * *The other quarterfinal pairing pits Al Rayyan-Qatar versus Astana-Kazakhstan.* Saba Battery-Iran gets an automatic seat in the semis by virtue of topping the five-team group.

* * *Even if the tournament is in the homestretch, I still have some reservations about the format.* From ten teams in two groups of five, the field was reduced to eight teams due to the last-minute withdrawal of Kuwait and Jordan, with both teams drawn into the same group.

* * *Instead of transferring one of the teams in the five-man group to balance out the field, the hosts Iranians twisted the format in such a way that their team would gain easy passage in the semis if they topped their group.* It did not look fair that one group had five and the other three teams.

pachador
05-18-2007, 12:31 AM
I read in interbasket that there is a tune-up game today against the Iranian national team bannered by their 7'5" Iranian giant ,Jaber. Tommorow friday will be against Lebanon BluStars like you said.

pachador
05-18-2007, 01:15 AM
Here is the 7'5" Iranian center dunking without jumping ;D

http://nbadraft.net/profiles/jaber/jaber005.jpg

gameface_one
05-18-2007, 10:00 AM
RP 5 lets it all out on Bahrain

The Philippine Star

TEHRAN – San Miguel-RP Team finally found its groove and beat Bahrain’s Al Muharraq, 99-80, Wednesday to make the quarterfinals in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Stadium here.

Danny Seigle endured a sprained right ankle and scored 20 points while three other Nationals, led by Asi Taulava’s 18 points and 14 rebounds, also turned in double figures in a game they dominated from the start.

“This game is like letting out all our frustrations, you know?” said Seigle, his ankle injured in Monday’s loss to Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers heavily wrapped in ice after the game.

The win was the first in four games for the Nationals, but enough to make them the third and last qualifier from Group B to Friday’s quarterfinals.

All because of the fact, RP coach Chot Reyes pointed out, his team finally went up against an opponent that didn’t have a dominant import like the seven-footers from Iran, Kzakhstan and Syria.

“They (Bahrain imports) are quietly efficient and blue collar workers, much like taller versions of a (Alaska import) Rosell Ellis. But our discrepancy in size is not that big and that’s the only opening we needed,” he said.

Six-foot-seven A.M. Akintunde had 21 points and 12 rebounds but fellow African reinforcement, 6’10 S.B. Edeghe, only had 13 points and five rebounds against the defense anchored on Taulava and Rico Villanueva.

“I also like going up against 7-footers. But if they’re a bit shorter it’s still fine by me,” said the 6’9 Taulava, with 6’6 Villanueva the shortest among the centers in this tournament.

Thursday is a rest day for the tournament, but not for the Nationals who have squeezed in a tune-up game with the Iran National team that has a 7’5 center and two 6’11s.

Reyes said it is part of his team’s buildup for next week’s SEABA tournament and July’s FIBA Asia Men’s championship. “We may be meeting the same Iranian team in the FIBA Asia so better to get a feel of them now,” he said.

The Nationals must make do without Tony dela Cruz, who was added to the injured list when he suffered a left ankle sprain just seconds after being fielded in the first quarter.

“I stepped on somebody’s foot and felt my ankle pop,” said the 6-foot-4 forward who was initially diagnosed with a second-degree sprain.

Jimmy Alapag (left ankle) was used sparingly and Mick Pennisi (bruised left knee) was not fielded at all against Bahrain. But Jayjay Helterbrand ably did most of the playmaking chores and Ranidel de Ocampo and Kerby Raymundo were foremost among those who helped patrol the lanes or provide help defense.

The Nationals buried Bahrain with 11 triples before finishing with a 39-for-71 clip from the field.

Ren-Ren Ritualo provided the most sustaining fire by scoring 18 points off the bench.

Those were translated into surges, the most telling when the Nationals unleashed an 18-4 bomb ignited by Ritualo’s eight points that gave them a 61-42 spread and the most lethal capped by Dondon Hontiveros’ four points for their first of three 21-point leads, 89-68.

gameface_one
05-18-2007, 10:03 AM
RP five rips Bahrain for first win



Inquirer
Last updated 03:31am (Mla time) 05/18/2007


TEHRAN -- San Miguel-RP team finally found its groove and crushed Bahrain’s Al Muharrak, 99-80, Wednesday to clinch the last quarterfinal slot in Group B of the 18th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Stadium here.

Bucking a sprained right ankle, Danny Seigle scored 20 points, Asi Taulava added 18 and 14 rebounds and two more Nationals finished in double figures in a game they dominated from the get-go.

“This game is like letting out all our frustrations, you know?” said Seigle, his ankle, which was injured in Monday’s loss to Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers, heavily wrapped after the game.

It was the first win in four games for the Nationals, who will now face Group A topnotcher Lebanon in the quarterfinals starting Friday.

Coach Chot Reyes attributed the Filipinos’ success to the fact that they finally went up against an opponent that didn’t have a dominant import like the seven-footers from Iran, Kazakhstan and Syria.

“They (the Bahrain imports) are quietly efficient and blue-collar workers, much like taller versions of (Alaska import) Rosell Ellis,” Reyes said. “But our discrepancy in size is not that big and that’s the only opening we needed.”

Six-foot-seven A.M. Akintunde had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Bahrain but fellow African reinforcement, 6-10 S.B. Edeghe, could get only 13 points against the defense anchored on Taulava and Rico Villanueva.

“I like going up against 7-footers,” said the 6-9 Taulava, whose backup, the 6-6 Villanueva, is the shortest among the centers in this tournament. “But if they’re a bit shorter it’s still fine by me.”

Thursday is a rest day for the tournament, but not for the Nationals who have squeezed in a tune-up game with Iran’s national team that has a 7-5 center and two 6-11s.

Reyes said it is part of his team’s buildup for next week’s Seaba tournament and July’s FIBA-Asia Men’s championship. “We may be meeting the same Iranian team in the FIBA-Asia, so better to get a feel of them now,” he said.

The Nationals must make do without Tony dela Cruz, who joined the growing list of the injured. He sprained his left ankle just seconds after being fielded in the first quarter.

“I stepped on somebody’s foot and felt my ankle pop,” said the 6-4 forward, who was initially diagnosed with a second-degree sprain.

Jimmy Alapag (left ankle) was used sparingly and Mick Pennisi (bruised left knee) was not fielded at all against Bahrain.

But Jayjay Helterbrand ably did most of the playmaking chores and Ranidel de Ocampo and Kerby Raymundo were foremost among those who helped patrol the lanes or provide help defense.

Ren-Ren Ritualo also added 18 points coming off the bench.

From a 43-38 lead, the Nationals unleashed an 18-4 bomb ignited by Ritualo’s eight points for a 61-42 lead. Another burst starring Dondon Hontiveros gave RP the first of its three 21-point leads, 89-68, midway in the last quarter.

The scores:
SAN MIGUEL-RP 99 -- Seigle 20, Taulava 18, Ritualo 18, Caguioa 11, Hontiveros 9, De Ocampo 8, Alapag 8, Villanueva 4, Helterbrand 2, Raymundo 1, Dela Cruz 0.
BAHRAIN 80 -- Akintunde 21, Alderazi 19, Edeghe 13, Al Tawash 12, Mohamed 8, Ebrahim 5, Al Doy 2, M. Ali 0, Ali 0, Thaqafi 0.
Quarters: 20-17; 43-38; 79-62; 99-82

gameface_one
05-18-2007, 10:07 AM
FIBA Asia Championship Cup

RP gets a win and a quarterfinals slot
mb.com.ph



TEHRAN — San Miguel-RP Team finally found its groove and beat Bahrain’s Al Muharraq 99-80 Wednesday to make the quarterfinals of the 18th FIBA Asia Championship Cup at the Azadi Stadium here.


Bucking a sprained right ankle Danny Seigle scored 20 points while three other Nationals, led by Asi Taulava who had 18 points, also turned in double figures. He also had 14 rebounds.

"This game is like letting out all our frustrations, you know?" said Seigle, his ankle injured in Monday’s loss to Kazakhstan’s Astana Tigers heavily wrapped in ice after the game.

The win was the first in four games for the Nationals, but enough to make them the third and last qualifier from Group B to Friday’s quarterfinals.

All because of the fact, RP coach Chot Reyes pointed out, his team finally went up against an opponent that didn’t have a dominant import like the seven-footers from Iran, Kzakhstan and Syria.

"They (Bahrain imports) are quietly efficient and blue collar workers, much like taller versions of a (Alaska import) Rosell Ellis. But our discrepancy in size is not that big and that’s the only opening we needed," he said.

Six-foot-seven A.M. Akintunde had 21 points and 12 rebounds but fellow African reinforcement, 6’10 S.B. Edeghe, only had 13 points and five rebounds against the defense anchored on Taulava and Rico Villanueva.

"I also like going up against 7-footers. But if they’re a bit shorter it’s still fine by me," said the 6’9 Taulava, with 6’6 Villanueva the shortest among the centers in this tournament.

Thursday is a rest day for the tournament, but not for the Nationals who have squeezed in a tune-up game with the Iran National team that has a 7’5 center and two 6’11s.

Reyes said it is part of his team’s buildup for next week’s SEABA tournament and July’s FIBA Asia Men’s championship.

"We may be meeting the same Iranian team in the FIBA Asia so better to get a feel of them now," he said.

The Nationals must make do without Tony dela Cruz, who got added to the list of their injured when he suffered a left ankle sprain just seconds after being fielded in the first quarter.

"I stepped on somebody’s foot and felt my ankle pop," related the 6’4 forward who was initially diagnosed with a second-degree sprain.

Jimmy Alapag (left ankle) was used sparingly and Mick Pennisi (bruised left knee) was not fielded against Bahrain.

But Jayjay Helterbrand did most of the playmaking chores and Ranidel de Ocampo and Kerby Raymundo were foremost among those who helped patrol the lanes or provide help defense.

Firepower was not a problem this time as the Nationals buried Bahrain with 11 triples before finishing with a 39-for-71 clip from the field. Ren-Ren Ritualo provided the most sustaining fire by scoring 18 points off the bench.

Those were translated into surges, the most telling when the Nationals unleashed an 18-4 bomb ignited by Ritualo’s eight points that gave them a 61-42 spread and the most lethal capped by Dondon Hontiveros’ four points for their first of three 21point leads, 89-68.


The scores:


San Miguel-RP 99 — Seigle 20, Taulava 18, Ritualo 18, Caguioa 11, Hontiveros 9, De Ocampo 8, Alapag 8, Villanueva 4, Helterbrand 2, Raymundo 1, Dela Cruz 0.

Bahrain 80 — Akintunde 21, Alderazi 19, Edeghe 13, Al Tawash 12, Mohamed 8, Ebrahim 5, Al Doy 2, M. Ali 0, Ali 0, Thaqafi 0.

Quarters: 20-17; 43-38; 79-62; 99-82.

pachador
05-18-2007, 10:40 PM
Iran national team won tune-up game yesterday against Philippines...65-48....only 3 quarters played..........Philippines did not take game against Iran seriously because of game against Lebanon friday.

source: big Ticket from pba.ph

pachador
05-19-2007, 02:59 AM
Philippines demolish Lebanon Blue Stars 95-81

source: Al-Jazeera


Asalamu Alaikum !

true.blue
05-19-2007, 10:18 AM
^ where's the link?

Cool Cat
05-19-2007, 10:38 AM
hello guys...im just nice here...i wanna say hi and hello to all the poster...im new here...i also post in http://forums.interbasket.net.....

Philippines win over Lebanon...95-81....they probably play against syria..coz i believe syria will win over idia in there quaterfinal games....thanx guyz....

gameface_one
05-19-2007, 10:46 AM
Slim chance for RP five



Inquirer
Last updated 03:51am (Mla time) 05/19/2007


TEHRAN—San Miguel-RP team was caught in a tough must-win situation against unbeaten Blue Star of Lebanon in the quarterfinal round last night of the 18th Fiba Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Stadium here.

The match, set at 4:15 p.m. (8:45 p.m., Manila time), kicked off the quarterfinals of the tournament that has been a practical classroom for the Nationals gearing up for other important tournaments.

The Nationals, which bested Bahrain for their first win Wednesday, were expectedly the underdogs against the Lebanese who emerged from the eliminations of the three-team Group A unscathed.

“To me, they’re the second-best, if not the best, team here,” said RP coach Chot Reyes. “We go into the game as underdogs, but you never know.”

For the second straight game, the Nationals will be playing an opponent with no towering import, the Lebanese reinforcements being 6-foot-10 John Carter and 6-6 William Pippen, said to be a relative of former NBA star Scottie Pippen.

Still, the two Americans have proven to be efficient and effective, especially when combining forces with Lebanon star El Fadi El Khatib. Their coach, Maz Trakh, is a former Talk ‘N Text consultant and is thus familiar with the style of play in the PBA.

“We’ve got to control the ball longer, but our emphasis will be on defense,” Reyes said. “We’ve got to stop their transition game and disrupt their half-court offense. Grabe kasi ang half-court executions nila.”

A win over the Lebanese would push the Nationals into Saturday’s semifinals while a loss would relegate them to the battle for fifth place.

Reyes said any finish would suit as long as his players continued to benefit from the stint that precedes next week’s Seaba tournament and July’s Fiba Asia championship.

“We’re here to learn,” he said.

true.blue
05-19-2007, 09:31 PM
RP team beats Lebanon, enters semis
05/19/2007 | 04:49 PM

Games Saturday
(All times local - Tehran)
4:15 p.m. - Qatar vs Iran (Semifinals)
6:30 p.m. - Blue Stars vs India
8:45 p.m. - San Miguel-RP vs Syria (Semifinals)

San Miguel-RP Team posted a long-shot 94-83 victory over highly-favored Blue Star of Lebanon on Friday to enter the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup semifinals that is being held at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran.

According to a statement Saturday, the Nationals dominated both ends of the court to post the surprise victory that kept the RP squad in contention for the title.

Working for the Filipinos were their quickness to adjust to international kind of basketball.

"We were playing our fifth game in five days and lacking one player (injured Tony de la Cruz), yet we found a way to win. All of these are the result of our fighting heart," said RP coach Chot Reyes.

Mark Caguioa's 25 points led four other Nationals in double figures but the fiery offensive touch was not the only factor that played a big role in the win.

Dondon Hontiveros, Caguioa and Danny Seigle anchored the defense on Blue Star's explosive import William Pippen while Kerby Raymundo, Rico Villanueva and Ranidel de Ocampo alternated on stifling the Lebanese's most feared player, Fadi El Khatib.

Khatib still wound up with game-highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds but his impact was only felt during the third quarter and considered inconsequential in the last. Pippen, meanwhile, was held to just eight points, 17 less than his tournament average.

As a direct result, the Nationals led by as many as 18 points before repeatedly quashing the Lebanese uprisings in the second half.


The Nationals and Syria's Al Jalaa, a 102-79 winner over lowly Young Cagers of India also Friday, collide in a semis game set at 8:45 p.m. Saturday (1:15 a.m., Manila time).

The other semis pairing pits early qualifier Saba Battery of Iran and Qatar's Al Rayyan.


The scores:

San Miguel-RP (94) Caguioa 25, De Ocampo 12, Alapag
11, Seigle 10, Hontiveros 10, Taulava 7, Helterbrand
7, Villanueva 6, Pennisi 6, Raymundo 0, Ritualo 0.

Lebanon (83) Khatib 28, Fahed 22, Carter 17, Pippen 8,
Nour 5, Balaa 2, Samaha 0, Akl 0.

Quarterscores: 27-26; 57-39; 70-63; 94-83.

- GMANews.TV

pachador
05-20-2007, 12:49 PM
Al-Jalaa Syrian Club beats Philippines 109-77

30 : 14 1st Period
54 : 42 2nd Period
85 : 57 3rd Period

source : arabic sports site ---->* http://www.kooora.com/

Allahu Akbar!

clutchjedi
05-20-2007, 08:27 PM
Al-Jalaa Syrian Club beats Philippines 109-77

source : arabic sports site ---->* http://www.kooora.com/




You weren't kidding when you said it was an Arabic sports site!* :D

If I understood it correctly (by matching old scores to the Arabic symbols), Saba Battery - Iran beat Al-Rayyan - Qatar 76-71 in the other semifinal game, so San Miguel - Philippines will be facing the latter for third place?

edited to add:* may English version pala yung site. Nagpakahirap pa ako...* :D

cub
05-20-2007, 08:45 PM
3rd place ang philippines.

Howard the Duck
05-20-2007, 11:37 PM
paano kaya ang nangyari kung BAP team ang isinali dito? ;D

pachador
05-21-2007, 05:18 AM
Philippines lost to Al Rayyan of Qatar but still no news about the score although there was news about the Iran -Syria game whch was played later. go figure . I wonder if there was a rumble or a walkout by the Philippine players kasi Chot has been complaining about the bad officiating.* *???* *maybe not siguro...


Iran’s Saba Battery wins FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Tehran Times Sports Desk , May 21, 2007

TEHRAN – Saba Battery of Iran was crowned at the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup with an 83-75 win over the Syrian basketball side Al Jala’a here Sunday.

Saba, which had defeated Al Jala’a 92-64 in their last confrontation, celebrated the title on the court of Azadi Sports Complex, where boisterous fans and top sports officials including Physical Education Organization Mohammad Aliabadi and Basketball Federation President Mahmud Mashhun were present.

Al Rayyan from Qatar took the third title.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/21/2007&Cat=6&Num=002

gameface_one
05-21-2007, 12:56 PM
Syria relegates RP five to fight for third place

Whistle-happy refs foil Filipinos


Inquirer
Last updated 02:34am (Mla time) 05/21/2007


TEHRAN -- A suddenly listless San Miguel-RP team yielded anew to Syria’s Al Jalaa, 109-77, Saturday to see its title ambitions sink in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Azadi Stadium here.

Guard Michael Mandaly shredded the RP defenses for 34 points and Brazilian co-import Eduardo Farhat added 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Syrians’ reprise of their 114-80 win over the Filipinos in elimination play last week.

And it did not help the Filipinos’ cause that the Kuwaiti referee who worked their first three games, which all ended in defeat, was there again to spoil the flow of their offense.

The Nationals’ win run thus ended at two, with their fourth loss in six matches relegating them to the battle for third place with the American-reinforced All Rayyan of Qatar Sunday night.

The Filipinos had earlier snared the last quarterfinal berth over Bahrain’s Al Muharraq before stunning heavy favorite and Group 1 topnotcher Blue Star of Lebanon to crash into the semifinals of the eight-nation tournament.

But this time, sheer guts and grit could not tide over the only squad without an import here.

“We feel bad, but at the same time we’re determined to salvage third,” said RP coach Chot Reyes.

The last time the Filipinos saw action in the annual tournament, in Manila two years ago, they ended up fifth. That preceded the country’s suspension from international play by the international basketball federation, FIBA.

The Syrians clash with host Iran’s Saba Battery, a narrow 74-70 winner over the Qataris in the other semifinal pairing, for the championship.

Mark Caguioa topscored for the Nationals with 24 points and Danny Seigle added 20. And, despite containing Syrian imports Bernard Jons and Julius Nwosu, they could not get their offensive rhythm going.

Fouls on Filipinos

Kuwaiti referee Mohammad Al Amiri officiated the game along with Finnish referee Petre Mantyla and the two looked too eager to call fouls on the Filipinos.

The Filipinos were slapped 32 fouls, including three technicals and two deliberates, compared to the Syrians’ 15, just four for the entire first half.

Also, the Syrians were awarded 41 free throws to the Filipinos’ 15.

“It could have been a great game, but each time we made a run, a foul or a violation will be called against us, stopping our momentum,” said San Miguel-RP center Asi Taulava.

Caguioa, who fouled out after being slapped his second technical with 4:02 to go in the game, also blamed it all on the referees.

“Those referees took away our focus,” he said.

Awe-inspiring win

“I was hoping last night’s game didn’t take too much out of us,” said Reyes, referring to the Filipinos’s 94-83 win over the Lebanese on Saturday.

Jons, who had a triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 shot blocks the first time the two teams met, was held to only 11, 11 and two Saturday, while Nwosu managed only eight points and 11 rebounds.

Doing the most damage for the Syrians were Madanly and Brazilians Chueri and Farhat, who combined for all of Al Jalaa’s 12 triples.

Syria easily broke off from the game’s only tie at 10 with a 20-4 run anchored on Madanly’s seven points. During that breakaway, the Filipinos lapsed into five misses and two turnovers.

The lead ballooned to 37-14 before Caguioa scattered 10 points as the Nationals came within 36-46. That proved the closest they would get.

The scores:
SYRIA 109 -- Madanly 34, Farhat 26, Chueri 12, Jons 11, Hadad 10, Nwosu 8, Sharif 6, Papazian 2, Correa 0, Eshak 0.
SAN MIGUEL-RP 77 -- Caguioa 24, Seigle 20, Pennisi 9, Raymundo 8, Helterbrand 6, Hontiveros 5, De Ocampo 3, Taulava 2, Alapag 0, Villanueva 0, Ritualo 0.
Quarters: 30-14; 54-42; 85-57; 109-77

pachador
05-21-2007, 01:10 PM
SMC-RP SETTLES FOR 4TH IN IRAN

“At this point, we are very far from the best Asian Teams,” - Reyes

Monday, 21 May 2007
TEHRAN – The worn-out San Miguel-RP Team absorbed a 75-95 defeat to Qatar’s Al Rayyan Sunday, formally ending a FIBA Asia Champions Cup stint that was both frustrating and rewarding.

The Nationals tried their very best to overachieve but found themselves simply unable to exceed expectations against the longer, fresher Qataris and had to settle for fourth place.
Iran’s Saba Battery held off Syria’s Al Jalaa, 83-75, for the hosts’ first-ever crown in Asia’s premier club championship.

The finish improved the Filipinos’ fifth place windup in 2005, the last time they participated in the annual tournament. But RP coach Chot Reyes said the experience gained here were so much more.

“The number one lesson is the realization that we are at this point very far from the best Asian teams,” said Reyes, whose ultimate goal is for his team to be prepared for the FIBA Asia Men’s championship set July 28-Aug. 5 in Tokushima, Japan.

“If the FIBA Asia were played today then our chances would be very slim. At the same time, however, it is good that we learned these lessons now while we still have two months to improve. “At the end of our game, I just asked each player to think long and hard about where he is at this point and where he wants to be come July 28. Only by each individual improving will the team improve.”

There will be many more practical classrooms for the Nationals before they are really primed and ready for Japan.

All of the Nationals’ attention is now focused on the SEABA championship set May 24-28 in Ratchaburri, Thailand, followed by a basketball camp in Belgrade on June 12-20.

Next up is an invitational tournament in Qatar on June 23-28, and the final tune-up before Japan: A four-team invitational being hatched by the PBA for July 4-7, right after the semifinals of the ongoing Fiesta Cup.

But first, Reyes and his wards must savor the Champions Cup, where it was generally agreed the Filipinos could have done so much better if not ranged against teams with imports of unlimited height and so much more attuned to the quirks and nuances of international play.

“This was a long and difficult tournament but it was well worth it,” said Reyes, pointing out the opposition here have the kind of styles the Nationals will be meeting anew in the future.

The Qataris are a good example, having a seven-foot import in Jacob Nonemacher and 6’4 point guard in Baker Mohammed and a host of naturalized players whose names either have a Mohammad, Mohammed or an Ali in it.

Tall, quick, athletic and having good range, the Qataris were also playing only their fifth game in nine playdates and this showed in the way they repeatedly beat the Filipinos in transition and hustle plays.

The Filipinos’ shooting was also way off and, as a result, the Qataris managed to unleash one surge after another, the most telling a 17-5 run in the third period that staked them to a 67-44 lead.

Once Reyes realized the Filipinos’ cause was hopeless, he concentrated on honing the plays while reserving the likes of Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Kerby Raymundo and Rico Villanueva for the SEABA.

After the game, the entire team went to a dinner tendered by a group of overseas Filipino workers here before preparing the long journey back to Manila that starts with an early Monday morning flight to Dubai.

The scores: Qatar 95 – Musa 26, Ali 20, A. Ali 12, Abdi 10, Saeed 10, Mohammed 6, Nonemacher 5, Salem 0.

San Miguel-RP 75 – Ritualo 18, Hontiveros 16, Seigle 12, Caguioa 8, Alapag 7, Raymundo 7, Pennisi 6, Taulava 1, De Ocampo 0, Villanueva 0, Helterbrand 0.

Quarterscores: 20-19; 44-35; 71-52; 95-75.

pba.ph

gameface_one
05-22-2007, 01:45 PM
RP 5 settles for 4th, trains sights on SEABA


The Philippine Star

TEHRAN – The worn-out San Miguel-RP Team took a severe beating from Qatar’s Al Rayyan, 75-95, Sunday, to close out its stint in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup with a fourth place finish here.

The Nationals tried their very best to overachieve but found themselves simply unable to exceed expectation against the taller Qataris and had to settle for fourth.

Iran’s Saba Battery held off Syria’s Al Jalaa, 83-75, for the hosts’ first-ever crown in Asia’s premier club championship.

The finish improved the Filipinos’ fifth place windup in 2005, the last time they participated in the annual tournament. But RP coach Chot Reyes said the experience gained here were so much more.

"The number one lesson is the realization that we are at this point very far from the best Asian teams," said Reyes, whose ultimate goal is for his team to be prepared for the FIBA Asia Men’s championship set July 28-Aug. 5 in Tokushima, Japan.

"If the FIBA Asia were played today then our chances would be very slim. At the same time, however, it is good that we learned these lessons now while we still have two months to improve.

"At the end of our game, I just asked each player to think long and hard about where he is at this point and where he wants to be come July 28. Only if individuals improve will the team improve."

All of the Nationals’ attention is now focused on the SEABA championship set May 24-28 in Ratchaburri, Thailand, followed by a basketball camp in Belgrade on June 12-20.

Up next is an invitational tournament in Qatar on June 23-28, and the final tune-up before Japan – a four-team invitational being hatched by the PBA for July 4-7, right after the semifinals of the ongoing Fiesta Cup.

But first, Reyes and his wards must relish on the experience it gained in the Champions Cup, where it was generally agreed the Filipinos could have done so much better if not ranged against teams with imports of unlimited height and so much more attuned to international play.

"This was a long and difficult tournament but it was well worth it," said Reyes, pointing out the opposition here have the kind of styles the Nationals will be meeting anew in the future.

The Qataris are a good example, having a seven-foot import in Jacob Nonemacher and 6’4 point guard in Baker Mohammed and a host of naturalized players whose names either have a Mohammad, Mohammed or an Ali in it.

Tall, quick, athletic and having good range, the Qataris were also playing only their fifth game in nine playdates and this showed in the way they repeatedly beat the Filipinos in transition and hustle plays.

The Filipinos’ shooting was also way off and, as a result, the Qataris managed to unleash one surge after another, the most telling a 17-5 run in the third period that staked them to a 67-44 lead.

Once Reyes realized the Filipinos’ cause was hopeless, he concentrated on honing the plays while reserving the likes of Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Kerby Raymundo and Rico Villanueva for the SEABA.

After the game, the entire team went to a dinner tendered by a group of overseas Filipino workers here before preparing the long journey back to Manila that starts with an early Monday morning flight to Dubai.

gameface_one
03-12-2008, 07:32 AM
PBA cool on Realtors Asia Cup stint
By Nelson beltran
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Philstar.com


PBA board chairman Tony Chua doubts if they can let Sta. Lucia Realty represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in May in Kuwait with the international tourney running in conflict with the coming PBA Fiesta Cup.

“By all means we’ll help if we can. I’ll bring SBP’s appeal to the PBA board. But if the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup’s schedule runs smack with ours, I don’t think we can sacrifice our own tournament,” said Chua.

Chua said he understands the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup was not among the pro league’s obligations under its old memorandum of agreement with the national cage body.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio sent the PBA another letter yesterday requesting the league board to allow Sta. Lucia, the newly crowned All-Filipino champion, to represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated May 8-16 in Kuwait.

The Fiesta Cup, opening March 29, is in the midst of its elimination round by then.

Sta. Lucia governor and team manager Buddy Encarnado has said he would love to send his team to the coming Fiba-Asia Champions Cup but the decision is in the hands of the PBA board.

If the pro league refuses to lend its players, SBP would have no other choice but to tap PBL four-peat champion Harbour Centre for the job.

The Batang Pier are playing in the SEABA Champions Cup set April 4-6 in Jakarta.

The Philippines plays Thailand on April 4, Indonesia on the fifth then Malaysia on the sixth. It’s a single-round-robin tourney after which the best team is automatically declared champion.

Harbour Centre, with Julius Nwosu and Vidal Messiah as imports, walloped Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam in last year’s SEABA joust. The SMC-Philippine team of coach Chot Reyes took over in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup, finishing fourth in Tehran, Iran.

gameface_one
03-12-2008, 07:34 AM
PBA awaits SBP letter for Asia Cup
mb.com.ph



By REY C. LACHICA

PBA Chairman Tony Chua yesterday said the pro league is willing to help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas fulfill its commitment to the International Basketball Federation but the PBA has yet to receive a formal invitation to represent the country in the Asia Champions Cup.


Chua, who appeared in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue Branch, said they can’t make a decision yet since there was no invitation from the SBP.

"We are willing to help the SBP in its commitment by allowing Sta. Lucia to represent the country but we have not received the invitation yet. We can’t act on it without the invitation," said Chua.

To represent the country in an international tournament, Chua said the league should have a formal invitation from the SBP since the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the league with the Basketball Association of the Philippines had already lapsed.

But SBP Executive Director Pato Gregorio said a letter to this effect was sent to the PBA a long time ago.

Gregorio said he faxed and even personally delivered the letter to the PBA Office last Jan. 28 that informed the league that the champion of the All-Filipino tournament will represent the country.

The event was initially slated in United Arab Emirates but it was moved to Kuwait from May 8-16.

"Hours after I presented the programs and vision of the SBP to the PBA Board, I wrote a letter to PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios regarding our commitment to play in that tournament," said Gregorio. "I told them that the winner of the PBA All-Filipino should represent the country."

For winning the PBA All-Filipino Conference, Sta. Lucia, Gregorio said, should be the one to represent the country.

Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado said he would love to send his team to the event but the board has yet to decide on the matter.

With the Fiesta Cup set to start on March 30, the Kuwait tournament will interfere with the schedule of the PBA.

gameface_one
03-27-2008, 09:37 AM
PBA declines Champs Cup invite


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

The PBA has formally turned down invitation to represent the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait in May but expressed willingness to play in the Jones Cup in Taipei in July.

The PBA board of governors made the decision in a meeting Tuesday where league officials also tackled possible procedures to be used in the open bidding for the next TV coveror of the league.

"We regret to inform the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) that we cannot send the PBA All-Filipino champion Sta. Lucia Realty to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup because of conflict of schedule. We tried to squeeze it in our schedule but it won’t really fit," said PBA board chairman Tony Chua.

For its part, the BAP-SBP tasked amateur cage godfather Mikee Romero to form the team that will represent the country in FIBA Asia Champions Cup slated May 8-16 in Kuwait.

"I was informed by SBP vice chair and former PBA chair Ricky Vargas that the PBA cannot send the PBA All Filipino champ Sta. Lucia to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait because of conflict of schedule. We respect that decision," BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said in a letter to Romero.

"As discussed with SBP president Manny Pangilinan, we are inviting PBL’s champion Harbour Centre to once again represent the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup," said Gregorio.

"We hope that PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad will support the request just like in the past," he added.

But Chua said the PBA would be able to send a team to the Jones Cup in July since three or four PBA teams will be available for the RP campaign by then.

As this developed, the PBA officials are looking forward to a meeting with the SBP to draft a new memorandum of agreement with regards to the pro league’s participation in international competitions.

"We’re part of the SBP but we’re not running the day-to-day operations. All of a sudden, we’re receiving invitations to play here and there," said Chua.

"Maybe, it would be better if they approach us for a meeting to draft a new MOA. We also want to know their programs and our participation," Chua added.

The PBA and the SBP forerunner Basketball Association of the Philippines had signed a MOA, which lapsed after the FIBA Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima last year.

Romero had earlier expressed his willingness to field a squad in the two tournaments, the strongest Harbour Centre would be participating in since dominating the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand last December.

gameface_one
03-28-2008, 08:55 AM
Champs Cup stint still unsure


By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:12:00 03/28/2008


MANILA, Philippines—The country’s participation in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup is still up in the air after the PBL raised its own concerns Thursday over the choice of Harbour Centre as representative to the tournament set on May 8 to 16 in Kuwait.

“We’re not turning our back, but we still have to discuss it with the PBL board,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

“The schedule is one concern. By that time, we’ll already be in the semifinal stage. We’re also concerned with the lack of time to prepare since it will start in five weeks.”

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has tapped Harbour Centre to represent the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup and the Jones Cup following the PBA’s refusal to spearhead the campaign in both competitions.

“Why not ask the PBA to reconsider its position?” Trinidad asked. “Harbour Centre is a strong team, but there’s no comparing it with Sta. Lucia.”

The PBA has earlier declined to send All-Filipino Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realty to the FIBA Asia since the stint will run in conflict with the pro league’s tournament schedule.

“If we’ll be sent as a token representative, we might as well not send a team,” said Trinidad. “FIBA Asia is too close. But we can still study the Jones Cup; there’s still enough time to prepare.”

The PBA, though, is willing to loan its players as reinforcements in the 30th Jones Cup on July 10 to 18 in Taiwan.

“We’ve studied the schedule and by the time the Jones Cup starts, three teams would have been booted out in the PBA,” said BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio. “The PBA is willing to lend players who are available.”

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who is in Singapore for a business trip, said: “I’ll have to talk to Pato (Gregorio) and Chino once I'm back. But I’m very honored and elated with SBP trusting me again.”

gameface_one
03-29-2008, 10:54 AM
RP might skip FIBA cagefest



Rey C. Lachica
mb.com.ph

If the PBL Board won’t allow Harbour Centre to represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) might be forced to skip the annual tournament slated May 8-16 in Kuwait.


SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio has invited the multi-titled team from PBL to carry the country’s colors after the PBA board turned down a request to have PBA champion Sta. Lucia Realty represent the country.

"If the PBL board won’t allow Harbour Centre to represent the country then we might be forced to pass up the tournament," Gregorio said. "I understand the situation of the board."

PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad had earlier raised his own concern regarding the invitation to Harbour.

Harbour Centre will be leaving next week for Jakarta, Indonesia to defend its title in the SEABA Club Championship.

They will be away for at least a week.

By the time the Kuwait tournament starts, the PBL will be in the middle of its semis stage with Harbour Centre likely one of the four teams playing.

Harbour Centre, owner of four straight titles in the PBL, currently leads the elims with a 6-0 record.

Trinidad, however, will still convene the board next week to tackle the issue.

Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola could not make a comment pending the arrival of team owner Mikee Romero who is in Singapore on a business trip.

"I still have to talk with Mr. Romero," Arejola said.

Gregorio plans to write the FIBA board as soon as he gets the final word from the PBL board.

"I will immediately inform FIBA that we can’t compete as soon as I get confirmation from the PBL," Gregorio said.

The event was initially reserved for Sta. Lucia as a reward for topping the recent Smart-PBA Philippine Cup. But the PBA board thumbed down Gregorio’s proposal although Sta. Lucia Board representative and team manager Buddy Encarnado had expressed interest in taking part in the prestigious event.

The San Miguel-backed Philippine team, bannered by PBA stars, finished fourth in the event last year.

Trinidad, however, sees no problem in Gregorio’s request to have Harbour Centre as the country’s representative in the Jones Cup in Taiwan in July.

If plans push through, Harbour Centre will be reinforced by at least 4 to 6 PBA players.

GHRanger
03-29-2008, 04:23 PM
RP might skip FIBA cagefest
Rey C. Lachica
mb.com.ph
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The event was initially reserved for Sta. Lucia as a reward for topping the recent Smart-PBA Philippine Cup. But the PBA board thumbed down Gregorio’s proposal although Sta. Lucia Board representative and team manager Buddy Encarnado had expressed interest in taking part in the prestigious event.
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Balik sa dati ugali? I'm quite sure they can rearrange their schedule for this. It doesn't take a genius to make changes for a 1-2 week tournament.

abcdef
03-29-2008, 11:36 PM
Oh man. . . we need to pile up those FIBA points. . . Para tumaas naman standings natin sa FIBA.

Howard the Duck
04-03-2008, 07:06 PM
Oh man. . . we need to pile up those FIBA points. . . Para tumaas naman standings natin sa FIBA.

club competitions aren't counted ;D

also, i'd rather concentrate on the jones cup, the champions cup is useless unless they revive the mcdo cup ;D

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 06:55 AM
Why PBL nixed Champions Cup tourney (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080403-128059/Why-PBL-nixed-Champions-Cup-tourney)
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:39:00 04/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines—First hour in the morning Wednesday, I was already chatting with PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, who was in Baguio City with his family to escape the torrid summer heat.

I had so many questions to ask before I could compose Thursday’s column that I had to catch the commissioner even before he got out of bed for his various activities.

To start with, I was curious why the PBL turned down the SBP’s offer for the league to represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup which will be held in Kuwait May 8 to 16.

Actually I had asked Mikee Romero the same question earlier after he had agreed to finance the team that will participate in the 30th William Jones Cup which will be held in Taipei this July.

I asked him why he had chosen the Jones Cup over the Champions Cup when the latter was more prestigious.

“Why not undertake both?” I asked.

Mikee said the PBL as a collegial body had turned down the stint in the Champions Cup which is largely participated in by teams from the Middle East.

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“It’s too close for comfort. We don’t have enough time to prepare for this tournament, which will be staged in about a month. That’s the reason we turned it down. While the level of competition may be the same, more or less, at least we have more than three months to prepare for the Jones Cup,” Chino explained.

Before the crack of dawn Wednesday morning, I received a text message from one of the scribes, who was flying to Jakarta, Indonesia with the Harbour Centre team. The scribe, who was texting from the airport, informed me that one of the Harbour Centre imports surnamed Le Blanc was unable to join the group because there was something wrong with his passport.

I asked Chino if he knew the first name of this import and his background.

Chino expressed surprise that Le Blanc made it as far as the airport. From what he knew, he said the import had been rejected by Harbour Centre because he was so lazy.

Chino said Le Blanc was a protégé of player agent Danny Espiritu. He had flown in on his own from Texas to try his luck in the PBA. No, he didn’t know the import’s first name and wasn’t interested to know it.

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As Danny Espiritu and I spoke on the phone Wednesday morning, Michael Le Blanc was aboard the PAL flight that was taking the Harbour Centre team to Jakarta.

“He made it, surmounting major obstacles,” Danny happily announced.

“On the eve of their departure, Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola found out that his Philippine visa had expired. Certain strings had to be pulled very early in the morning (the flight was at 7 a.m.), but Erick managed to have Le Blanc’s visa extended. However, at the check-in counter they found out that his passport was due to expire in less than three months. The PAL people would not allow him to board the plane. Ten minutes before departure, Erick promised the PAL crew that Le Blanc would immediately touch base with the American Embassy as soon as he landed in Jakarta, to ask for a temporary extension on the validity of his passport. They finally allowed him to board.”

Yes, Danny admitted the 6-foot-7 Le Blanc was lazy on defense and very señorito off the court. No team in the PBA would take him.

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My next question to Chino had something to do with an e-mail I received from William Fong, a stock market guru who owns the CKP 168 basketball team that plays in several small leagues.

William is interested in forming a team for the Champions Cup in Kuwait, but according to him, he will need reinforcements from the PBL. Will Chino and the board lend their players?

After recently losing the Mayor Alfredo Lim Cup title to 5th Avenue, despite a powerhouse lineup that includes PBL standouts and ex-pros, CKP has decided to revamp the team to include Jason Castro, Beau Belga and Eric de la Cuesta.

So far, CKP has won two straight games in the MBL. My question to Chino: Is William’s proposal for a tie-up feasible?

gameface_one
08-27-2008, 07:27 AM
SBP offers to host 2011 FIBA Asia

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

MACAU – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, in a determined effort to make the next Olympics, has offered to host the 2011 FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship, which serves as the regional qualifier for the 2012 London Games.

The SBP leadership made the initial bid verbally in a meeting with FIBA top officials in Beijing Friday. SBP executive director Noli Eala is leaving for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia any day this week to deliver the formal bid to FIBA-Asia secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas, the Talk n Text governor in the PBA board, made the disclosure during PBA annual meeting and planning session here.

Vargas, Eala and SBP chairman Oscar Moreno have just returned from Beijing where they met with officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee and FIBA for POC’s official confirmation of the SBP, under the leadership of business mogul Manny Pangilinan, as the legitimate national cage body in the country.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston, secretary general Patrick Bauhmann and Dato Yeoh welcomed the Filipino group during the Olympics. POC officials present were president Peping Cojuangco, vice president Monico Puentevella and secretary general Steve Hontiveros.

“They were very accommodating and their words were encouraging,” said Vargas of the FIBA officials whom they met for about an hour and a half.

“You’re the only body (from the Philippines) recognized by the FIBA,” Vargas also said quoting Bauhmann as telling the SBP officials.

Pangilinan was voted as SBP president in their election recently. He’ll serve the body for four years or until the Olympic year.