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gameface_one
06-19-2007, 11:20 AM
China, Syria, Lebanon


The Philippine Star

The San Miguel-Pilipinas team gets a feel of the cut-throat competition that awaits it in the forthcoming Olympic-qualifying FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima when three potential major contenders fly in next month for the four-nation PBA-Manila Invitational Championships set July 12-15.

The national teams of Syria, Lebanon and powerhouse defending champion China are arriving to test the mettle of Chot Reyes’ squad which is about to complete a week-long sojourn in Belgrade, Serbia.

The tournament format calls for single round robin, with the top two teams vying for the championship and the other two playing for third place.

Venue for the July 12 and 14 games is The Arena in San Juan, while the Araneta Coliseum hosts the July 13 and 15 matches.

The Big Dome games on the 13th and the 15th will serve as preliminary matches for the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

The Tokushima FIBA-Asia, set July 28-Aug. 5, will pick Asia’s representative to the Beijing Olympics next year.

Meanwhile, the RP team blasted the Montenegro under-20 national team, 99-85, during their tune-up series at the Sports Ecko Sportski Centar in Belgrade, Serbia Monday.

Forward Danny Seigle sustained a hamstring pull and failed to see action for the rest of the game, while Mark Caguioa brushed aside a punching foul he took early in the game.

Though not in the original schedule of teams to face, the Nationals gave up their day-off to play a young, tall team composed of 6-2 point guard Marko Mijovic, 6-4 off-guard Sead Sehovic, 6-6 small forward Aleksa Popovic, 6-9 power forward Milovan Savovic, and 6-10 center Maksim Sturanovic.

The Montis applied the pressure on the Filipinos early and stayed in the passing lanes from the opening buzzer.

This forced the Nationals’ starting unit of Jimmy Alapag, Caguioa, Dondon Hontiveros, Ranidel de Ocampo and Asi Taulava to spread the floor and look for backdoor cutting opportunities.

With Seigle coming off the bench, the Nationals took a 26-18 lead after the first quarter, padded it to 51-40 at the half by going to Jayjay Helterbrand and using their experience to offset the absence of Kerby Raymundo (food poisoning) and Tony dela Cruz (strained back).

Sehovic, who was called for a punching foul against Caguioa in the first quarter, returned in the second half to spark his team briefly before getting repelled by the mid-post attacks of Ranidel de Ocampo, Dondon Hontiveros and Caguioa for a 56-43 Team RP advantage.

gameface_one
06-19-2007, 11:25 AM
Manila Invitational tests RP quintet



Inquirer
Last updated 05:11am (Mla time) 06/19/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The San Miguel-Pilipinas national team gets to toughen up some more for the coming Olympic-qualifying FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan, when it faces topnotch opposition in the four-nation PBA-Manila Invitational Championships slated July 12-15.
The national teams of Syria, Lebanon and powerhouse China are arriving to test the mettle of coach Chot Reyes’ squad, which is close to wrapping up its weeklong training stint in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Invitational tournament format calls for a single round-robin among the four teams, with the top two squads vying for the championship and the other two playing for third place.

Games on July 12 and 14 will be held at The Arena in San Juan City, while the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City will host the July 13 and 15 matches.

The Big Dome games on the 13th and the 15th will serve as curtain-raisers to the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

The Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championship, set July 28 to Aug. 5, will pick Asia’s representative to the Beijing Olympics next year.

As Olympics host, Asian champion China is seeded to the Games.

If the Chinese win the FIBA-Asia Championship, then the runner-up will go to Beijing as well. If China finishes neither in No. 1 nor No. 2, then only the FIBA-Asia champion gets a ticket to the Olympiad.

The Nationals, who are also playing in the Jones Cup tournament in Taipei early next month, are bracketed in the tough Group A with China, Jordan and Iran in the FIBA-Asia tournament.

gameface_one
06-19-2007, 11:28 AM
Syria, Lebanon, China cagers arriving
mb.com.ph





AS THE hour of reckoning nears, the San Miguel-Pilipinas national team gets to savor the sights and sounds of the forthcoming Olympic-qualifying FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima when three potential major obstacles fly in next month for the four-nation PBA-Manila Invitational Championships set July 12-15.


The national teams of Syria, Lebanon and powerhouse defending champion China are arriving to test the mettle of Chot Reyes’ squad which is currently near the close of a weeklong sojourn in Belgrade, Serbia.

The tournament format calls for single round robin, with the top two teams vying for the championship and the other two playing for third place.

Venue for the July 12 and 14 games is The New Arena in San Juan, while the Araneta Coliseum hosts the July 13 and 15 matches.

The Big Dome games on the 13 and the 15th will serve as curtain-raiser for the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

The Tokushima FIBA-Asia, set July 28-Aug. 5, will pick Asia’s representative to the Beijing Olympics next year.

As Olympics host, China is seeded to the Games.

If the Chinese make it to the FIBA-Asia final game, then the other finalist will go to Beijing as well. If China finishes neither No. 1 or No. 2, then only the FIBA-Asia champion gets a ticket to the Olympiad.

The Nationals are bracketed in Group A with China, Jordan and Iran, a bracket Reyes called the "Group of D" for its toughness.

peyups-La Salle
06-19-2007, 09:16 PM
This event will really test the capabilities of the national team against some of our foes in the region. This event will be the barometer of the national team for the upcoming FIBA championships. So Let's support OUR Team and hope for the best..

Howard the Duck
06-21-2007, 09:23 PM
sana nakuha na rin nila ang jordan at iran...

gameface_one
07-10-2007, 08:39 AM
RP cagers in shape for Manila Invitational



Inquirer
Last updated 05:06am (Mla time) 07/10/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- With spectacular victories over the United States, South Korea, Iran and host Chinese-Taipei in the ongoing 29th William Jones Cup, San Miguel-Pilipinas has proven its worthiness for a hometown tournament before it goes to war three weeks from now.

From July 12-15, less than two weeks before they fly to Tokushima, Japan to battle for an Olympic berth in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship, the Nationals will take on powerhouse China, Syria and Lebanon in a 4-nation Manila Invitational at the New Arena in San Juan City and the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The appearance marks the first and last time coach Chot Reyes’ SMC-RP squad will parade its stuff before the Filipino public as it embarks on a journey that could carry it all the way to the Beijing Olympiad in August next year.

No Philippine basketball team has made it to the Olympic Games since 1972 in Munich, Germany, the year masked Palestinian terrorists scaled the walls of the Olympic Village, barged into the Israeli sleeping quarters, and shot to death half a dozen of the occupants, athletes and coaches alike.

“As we wind up the RP team buildup to Tokushima, the four-nation Invitational is a great opportunity to showcase to the millions of Filipino fans the product of our national team’s labor and commitment to win an Olympic berth,” said PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

The tournament format calls for a single round robin, with the top two teams vying for the championship and the other two playing for third place.

Venue for the July 12 and 14 games is at The New Arena, while the Araneta Coliseum hosts the July 13 and 15 matches.

The Big Dome games will serve as curtain-raiser for games of the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

The Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championship, set July 28-Aug. 5, will pick Asia’s representative to the Olympics. As Olympics host, China is seeded to the Games.

If the Chinese make it to the FIBA-Asia final, then the other finalist will go to Beijing as well. If China fails to reach the final, then only the FIBA-Asia champion gets a ticket to the Games.

clutchjedi
07-10-2007, 02:07 PM
sana magaling din yung kunin nilang mga referee, para kahit papaano ma-simulate talaga paano ang tawagan pagdating sa FIBA-Asia. better if may international refs.

Wang-Bu
07-10-2007, 03:21 PM
Dapat NABRO mag-referee para walang away, sigurado masama ang tawagan sa lahat ng panig...

GHRanger
07-10-2007, 04:07 PM
sana magaling din yung kunin nilang mga referee, para kahit papaano ma-simulate talaga paano ang tawagan pagdating sa FIBA-Asia. better if may international refs.


OT:
Agreed. Dapat meron pero di lahat. At least magkakaroon ng opportunity yung local refs to work with international level refs. Sabayan na nila ng post mortem analysis ng mga calls sa game.

Dark Knight
07-10-2007, 09:46 PM
Mukang me pagasa tayo dito. Homecourt advantage. ;D

gameface_one
07-12-2007, 07:32 AM
4-nation invit’l unfolds

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

For their worthy performances in the recently concluded Jones Cup in Taipei, Kelly Williams, Eric Menk and James Yap loom as strong contenders for berths to the national team bound for the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 to Aug 5.

Fil-Am player Gabe Norwood also appears a cinch to make it if he could obtain a Philippine passport in time for the Asian Championship.

With their fine showing in the Jones Cup, Williams, Menk and Yap are retained in the RP team lineup competing in the four-day, four-nation Manila Invitational Championship which gets underway Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

And chances are they would go all the way to Tokushima, boosting the RP team, which will embark on a quest for a return stint in the Olympics in Beijing next year.

“We’ve seen in the Jones Cup that they can blend and can help the team,” said RP coach Chot Reyes.

KG Canaleta has been dropped from the team while Danny Seigle and Tony dela Cruz will rejoin the Nationals for the Manila Invitational, which is the last tourney the RP quintet is playing before the FIBA-Asia elims.

“The RP team is still a work in progress. The Manila Invitational will determine the final pieces,” said Reyes.

China and Syria clash at 4:30 p.m. while the Philippines and Lebanon collide at 7:30 p.m. at the start of the Manila Invitationals.

Reyes said he will not field Yap, Renren Ritualo and Ranidel de Ocampo against Lebanon. Yap’s status is day-to-day since he suffered a sprained ankle in the Nationals’ last game in Taipei against Kazakhstan.

After playing nine straight games in Taipei and taking only a day’s rest, the Nationals play four successive matches in the Manila Invitationals. Reyes, however, allayed fear of a possible burnout.

“We didn’t play for a long time because of our (FIBA) suspension, this schedule is just right for us,” said Reyes.

The RP team mentor said China should still be a major concern although they’re only fielding their second team in the Manila joust and in the Asian championship.

Reyes also stressed they’re aiming for nothing less than the championship in Tokushima.

“Second place has never been our target ever,” said Reyes.

He said the stint in Jones Cup had helped them in their campaign. “We’ve learned a lot in the Jones Cup. All our objectives were met. To me, the only things that dampened our stint were the losses to Lebanon and Japan,” he said.

Kid Cubao
07-13-2007, 04:45 AM
we beat a tall and highly physical lebanese squad last night at the san juan arena by five points. renren ritualo came off the bench in the fourth quarter and drilled three-pointers one after the other to bail out the national squad, which saw itself being pushed away from its offensive sweet spots. we actually led by double figures until the third quarter, during which the lebanese began hitting from outside and driving inside for the and-1s.

coming up: the national squad vs china-B today at 4 pm.

gameface_one
07-13-2007, 06:59 AM
, tall Chinese outlast Syrians

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

The Chinese squad going to the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan is young, tall and quick which can press in defense and unload deadly outide offensives.

This was SMC-RP team coach Chot Reyes’ impression of the Chinese who started their campaign in the Smart Four-Nation Manila Invitational Championship with a 98-94 win over Syria at The Arena in San Juan Thursday night.

Reyes noted that the Chinese are not formidable a team and the RP squad can hold its ground against it.

“I think Jordan is better than them. I think we can beat them,” said Reyes who watched observing the Chinese and the Syrians in the opening game of the Manila Invitational.

“Syria is a typical Middle East team and you can’t take it lightly,” Reyes also said.

China, however, is Reyes’ more immediate concern since the Chinese are with the Filipinos, the Jordanians and the Iranians in the Group of Death in the elimination round of the Tokushima Olympic qualifier.

Syria is in Group D with Korea, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong.

Yao Ming, Wang Zhi Zhi and Yi Jiangliang are not in the China team here since they’re with the Team A now training in Las Vegas.

The visiting squad is the one headed for Tokushima while the premier Chinese team, featuring Yao, Wang and Yi, is playing in the Beijing Olympics next year.

The Tokushima-bound Chinese team, handled by former national player Adiljian is young but very promising.

“They’re good. They easily handled Syria kahit na mukhang hindi nagbubuhos ng laro (although they didn’t show their true form),” said RP team assistant coach Jong Uichico.

Forward Yi Lin scored a game-high 30 points while second-string center Zhang Kai banged in 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds leading the Chinese past the Syrians.

The Chinese and the Syrians didn’t play in the just-concluded Jones Cup which drew nine Tokushima-bound teams.

Sam Miguel
07-13-2007, 09:01 AM
Once again our bunch of multimillionaire PBA "stars" scrambled to get a win over a Lebanon squad that didn't even field in its best player, Fadi Al Khatib. Once again we let our guard down and allowed Lebanon to nearly beat us in the second half, when we should play our best ball. Once again we had to rely on individual brilliance to hack out a win over a real national team, after we were so selfless and executed near perfectly in the first half.

What the hell is our problem in every second half?

In the Jones Cup the second half saw our field goals and shooting percentages and rebounding and passing just head south. It happened again last night. Opponents make adjustments against us and yet we seem unable to adjust to their adjustments, as if we have nothing left in the tank come the second half. This is going to be the death of us in international competition. Top teams like Argentina and Spain and Greece and even China and Korea in our region are able to sustain their game from opening tipoff to final buzzer.

Also, we seem to have nonperforming assets on the team i.e. Jay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa. As brilliant as these two are in the PBA, and as much as I love the new Ginebra brand of basketball, maybe these two simply aren't cut our for international play with their too-freelance type of play. Maybe their Ginebra teammate Sunday Salvacion, with his perimeter shooting and toughness would be a better fit.

Kid Cubao
07-13-2007, 11:19 AM
^^ no, we didn't let our guard down. their bigs stepped out of the paint and began draining threes. once we made the adjustments to chase joe vogel and company all the way to the perimeter, it left the inside vulnerable for lebanon's putbacks. we just became steadier in the last two minutes.

Mikhail
07-13-2007, 11:45 PM
Mukhang nag-choke nanaman tayo. :o

Sa mga di nakapanood, buti na lang nasa youtube: :D

3rd Q:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4MmqLOy2rQ
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcIhwYGFr30
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9zzZ1UsLsA

4th Q:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eExjPVHfFrE
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gtWaSVDlDA
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7lQpSbS0Po
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOT-q9-FR4

gameface_one
07-14-2007, 07:56 AM
China’s young squad humbles RP quintet

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

The SMC-Philippine team blew a rare chance of beating a Chinese team – be it a young “B” squad – with a horrid endgame collapse.

The visiting Chinese came charging back from a 10-point deficit at the start of the final quarter and subdued the Filipinos at the finish for a 77-74 decision in a preview Friday night of their Group of Death collision in the coming FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan.

However, chances are the two teams will meet anew for the crown at the conclusion of the Smart Four-Nation Manila Invitationals on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Chinese take on the Lebanese at 4 p.m. while the Filipinos battle the Syrians at 6 p.m. at the close of the elimination round at The Arena in San Juan Saturday.

Although they failed to upend the tall Chinese squad, RP coach Chot Reyes said he was satisfied on how they fared in the showdown.

“There’s a myth that the Philippines can’t beat China. But with what the boys showed tonight, we know we can stay with them, we can play them and have a chance to beat them,” said Reyes.

“It was a won game we let slip away. It turned out we’re not mentally prepared to beat China. When the opportunity came, we couldn’t clinch it was too big a situation for us. Hopefully, we can do it in Tokushima,” Reyes added.

After squandering a 62-52 lead, the Nationals had a chance to salvage the game but Jimmy Alapag missed two charities in the closing seconds with the Nationals trailing by just one point, 74-75.

“No excuses, I missed it,” said Alapag, a 76-percent free-throw shooter whose botched charities were reminiscent of the heart-rending RP defeat to Korea in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

China coach Adiljian was impressed with the RP team’s tough stand and maintained it could beat Jordan and Iran in the Fiba elims.

“Considering their quickness and court savvy, I think they’re better than Iran and Jordan,” said Adiljian, through an interpreter.

He also said that China’s second team is not yet in competitive form since it was the first time it played out the country but the former prized point guard, however, remained hopeful they can win the Tokushima joust.

The Beijing Olympics-bound Chinese team, featuring Yao Ming Wang Zhi Zhi and Yi Liangjiang, is now training in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the first game, Lebanon bounced back from its 83-88 defeat to the RP quintet Thursday with a 95-60 rout of Syria.

gameface_one
07-14-2007, 07:58 AM
RP loses and ‘wins’ against China team B


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:26am (Mla time) 07/14/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Looks like San Miguel-RP team coach Chot Reyes swallowed this particular loss easily.

In fact, Reyes walked into the press room not even remotely resembling a coach whose Nationals just dropped a heartbreaker, 77-74, to China last night in Day 2 of the Smart 4-Nation Manila Invitational at the Araneta Coliseum.

“I think we all know that we won this game,” Reyes, wearing a wide grin despite the defeat, said. “I am very happy with the result. I think we were just not ready to win a game against China yet.”

Jimmy Alapag missed two free throws in the final 8.4 seconds which could have erased a 75-74 China lead—and this highlighted a scoring drought by the Nationals, who failed to buy a bucket in the final 2:17 and blew a 10-point third quarter lead.

“I think we are not just mentally prepared (to beat the Chinese) because China has this myth (of Asian invincibility),” Reyes added. “But we can stay with this team and we can beat this team.”

The Philippines, after a rousing 88-83 victory over Lebanon in the inaugurals on Thursday, dropped to 1-1 and would need to defeat winless Syria today and hope for a China win over the Lebanese to make the championship match.

Lebanon bombarded Syria, 95-60, behind Fadih El Khatib’s 30 points, in the first game.

“I’m not one for excuse, I could have knocked down two (free throws) but I couldn’t,” said Alapag, a career 76-percent free-throw shooter in the PBA. “I have no excuse. But I’ll be back and I’ll be better.”

Reedy 6-foot-11 forward Yi Li scored on a curling layup over Dondon Hontiveros with 55 seconds left that shoved the Chinese to that one-point lead. The Filipinos then missed shots one after the other which could have turned the tables on the Chinese.

Yi went on to lead all Chinese shooters with 17 points, with Wang Bo, a beefy shooting forward, scoring 15, including a crucial triple from the deep left flank that put the Chinese back in the game, 73-74, with 84 seconds left.

“In reality, this team has never played anywhere before coming over here,” legendary Asian point guard Adiljian, now the Chinese coach, said through an interpreter. “Some of the players did not perform well. We will go back to Beijing to improve some more.”

China fielded its second team in this tournament, the same squad which Adiljian said will play in Tokushima, Japan, for Asia’s Olympic qualifier later this month.

The thing that alarmed Reyes over the loss were the 20 turnovers the Nationals committed. This, after averaging an impressive 10 boo-boos in finishing in a third place tie in the 29th William Jones Cup in Taipei recently.

Plus the fact that the RP Team played its 11th game in 12 days, Reyes believed that the Chinese “had a lot more energy than we had for this game.”

“I really don’t believe in good losses,” Reyes said. “But if there’s such a thing, then this (game) is it.”

The scores:

CHINA 77—Yi 17, Wang 15, Zhang 9, Wang 8, Li 8, Zhang Q. 7, Han 6, Bian 5, Wu 2, Chen 0, Gu 0, Yang 0.

SMC-PILIPINAS 74—Caguioa 25, Alapag 9, Hontiveros 8, Taulava 6, De Ocampo 5, Pennisi 5, Norwood 5, Williams 5, Menk 4, Dela Cruz 2, Ritualo 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 37-37, 52-62, 77-74

cub
07-14-2007, 11:25 PM
panalo Team Pilipinas kanina vs. Syria. Manila Invitational Championship game would be tomorrow.
Team Philippines vs. Lebanon.

gameface_one
07-15-2007, 08:49 AM
Nationals face Lebanese in final

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

Failing to get its wish for another game with China, the SMC-Philippine quintet, instead, battles old customer Lebanon at the close of the Smart Four-Nation Manila Invitational Championship Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Philippines measured up to the challenge of Syria and its “Bra-Syrian” recruits, carving out a 92-79 victory last night at The Arena in San Juan to arrange a title duel with Lebanon.

Earlier in the day, Lebanon pounded on the early ouster on fouls by Chinese top guns Yi Lin and Wang Bo to score a 77-71 win and gain entry into the finals of the four-day tourney.

The Philippines, Lebanon and China finished the elims with identical 2-1 win-loss records. The Filipinos and the Lebanese advanced to the finals on superior quotient.

RP team coach Chot Reyes was happy they made it to the finals but unhappy they didn’t get a rematch with the Chinese whom they will be playing in elimination round of the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan.

Reyes is hopeful his team would become the first RP squad to beat China in over two decades in their Tokushima tiff. The last time an RP squad beat a China men’s team was way back in the 1985 ABC championship. The Nationals were then bannered by Dennis Still, Jeff Moore, Samboy Lim, Allan Caidic and Hector Calma.

Against the Syrians, it should have been an automatic defeat for the Nationals if it were a FIBA tourney since the host team showed up in a wrong uniform color. It’s another big booboo the squad can’t afford in Tokushima.

Jimmy Alapag redeemed himself from his endgame meltdown that caused the RP loss to China Friday as he erupted for 28 points, leading the Nationals to a vengeful win over the Syrians.

RP lost to Syria in their Champions Cup showdown in Iran but the Syrians then played with imports.

Renren Ritualo, Gabe Norwood, Dondon Hontiveros and Kelly Williams each added at least 11 for the Nationals who outscored the Syrians in each of the last three quarters.

The Nationals played steadily, taking control most of the way although playing minus Danny Seigle, Mark Caguioa, James Yap and Jayjay Helterbrand.

Bra-Syrians Marcelo Correa and Eduardo Farhat combined for 34 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the losing team.

The Lebanese, meanwhile, rode high on the endgame exploits of guard Ali Mahmmoud and do-it-all star Fade El Khatib as they overcame a sluggish start to subdue the Chinese.

Still down by two in the final two minutes of play, the Lebanese drew two triples from Mahmmoud and a twinner from El Khatib in a crucial eight-to-nothing closing run to salvage the game and a slot in the finals.

The Lebanese needed to win by five points or more to make the title game.