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gameface_one
06-25-2007, 08:52 AM
SBP mulls regional training centers


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:00am (Mla time) 06/25/2007


The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas turns its attention to Visayas and Mindanao as the national program for the men, women and youth teams begins to roll out this month.

“A plan is in place to put up the first ever training center in the Visayas and Mindanao for potential men and women athletes,” BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said Sunday.

“We’re introducing a national program for the age groups for the men and women basketball teams. We’re identifying regional heads who will spearhead the development of the youth teams in the Visayas and Mindanao.”

And this early, among the early projects eyed for the youth program is 19-year-old Gregory Fuentes-Slaughter, a 6-foot-11 Fil-American rookie from the University of the Visayas.

“He’s young and will train under Mon Fernandez for the youth team; he’s too young for the SEA [Southeast Asian] Games,” said national coach Junel Baculi.

Fritz Gaston, the head coach of Ateneo’s UAAP championship run in 1988, will be Baculi’s counterpart in the SEAG women’s competition.

Gregorio said Fernandez, the four-time PBA Most Valuable Player now based in Cebu, will be among the key personalities in the development of the national program in the southern region.

Bennie Bangag
06-25-2007, 09:04 AM
OK yan kung si don ramon ang magsasanay kay slaughter. even before the europeans reintroduced the basketball world to the importance of multiskilled big men, ramon fernandez was already making waves as a center back in the 80s and 90s who can do a little of everything on the basketball court--play inside, step out for the jumpshot, direct the offense as a point center, and run the floor as a ballhandler or as finisher. my all-time pinoy basketball hero.

payo ko lang kay don ramon: sana po ay magbaon kayo ng maraming ingles, at baka maubusan ;D alam naman po nating mas fluent si don ramon sa wikang cebuano, waray, at kastila.

GHRanger
06-25-2007, 09:19 AM
Sana kasama din dito meron continous competitive competition na organized ng SBP. Not just the ones initiated by the sponsors and the commercial center.

pachador
06-28-2007, 11:56 PM
June 28, 2007
Basketball body eyes new direction for RP
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

THREE important agendas that will determine their group’s direction will be tackled during the monthly meeting of the SBP-BAP Board of Trustees this Monday at the PLDT building in Makati City.

The meeting, which was supposed to be held in Cebu today, was moved back to the nation’s business capital after Cebu’s foremost basketball patron Michel Lhuillier left the country for an annual vacation.

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“I have to move it here in Manila because Michel is still out of the country.

But nevertheless we will be holding our monthly meeting with the board of trustees in Cebu when Michel is back,” SBP-BAP executive director Patrick Gregorio told Sun.Star Cebu in an interview yesterday.

This also means the trip of SBP-BAP president Manny Pangilinan, who was scheduled to arrive for the awarding of the 1st Talk ‘N Text SBP-BAP MVBA Invitational tournament, is also cancelled.

According to Gregorio, the board will ratify the proposed plan of having a Visayas (and Mindanao) Training Center in Cebu; to put into action the plan to have regional tournaments patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA); and the naming of the regional and provincial heads for the regional structuring.


“We have to identify the athletes for both men’s and women’s national teams so players will not need to leave for Manila to play. With the Visayas training center, talents are identified early and when the time comes, they will be included in the national team. Our proposal of having a regional tournament has also received a lot of interests. We will ask the leagues to send their best players back to the regions for a tournament where regional teams will have to play home-and-away games, just like the former MBA. But this is only a short tournament,” Gregorio said.

Gregorio is also proposing to “franchise” basketball in the regions.

“We are also trying to give opportunity for the regions to manage their own offices, market, solicit sponsorships and earn from the gates so they could spend their income to the development of the grassroots. The simple logic here is just like the franchising system. We are going to make each regional office just like a business framework,” Gregorio said.

Gregorio also welcomes all the people who will try to help their program saying, “I call it revolutionizing volunteerism.

Everybody is welcome. We are just one federation there is only one interest to move forward so that basketball will grow even bigger.”

gameface_one
07-03-2007, 07:53 AM
SBP lines up 3 events, forms training venues


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The BAP-SBP board headed by Manny V. Pangilinan will hold three major tournaments that will comprise its annual calendar of events and establish satellite training venues in the provinces to strengthen its grassroots development program.

Patrick Gregorio, the basketball body’s executive director, told The STAR Monday that the cage body’s board had agreed to hold tournaments starting with the Manila Invitationals set on July 12, the Regionals this September or October and an inter-collegiate meet next January.

The board has also approved the creation of training venues in the Visayas, Mindanao, Southern Tagalog and Northern Philippines that will be temporarily headed by former four-time PBA MVP Ramon Fernandez.

The Invitationals will be participated in by the RP team, China, Syria and Lebanon and will serve as the final buildup of the Nationals tasked with the mission of earning an Olympic berth in the Fiba qualifier in Tokushima.

However, Gregorio hopes to make it a yearly affair by inviting countries which would see action in the Jones Cup in Taipei. "We’ll hold the Manila Invitationals on a regular basis so that other countries will include it in their annual stints prior to the Jones Cup," said Gregorio.

The Inter-collegiate, on the other hand, will be patterned after the US NCAA where all schools, not only those from collegiate basketball hotbeds like the NCR, Cebu, Bacolod and Davao, are qualified to join while the Regionals are open to all regional teams regardless of their league affiliations.

The training venues to be established in the provinces will concentrate in developing talents for the country’s age group teams like the Under-21, Under-19, Under-17 and Under-14.

Meanwhile, the BAP-SBP also named heads of various committees with Dr. Raul Canlas leading its medical commission, Christian Tan (competitions), Bernie Atienza (coaches), Nic Jorge (youth) and Chot Reyes (national teams).

gameface_one
07-03-2007, 08:03 AM
SBP eyes regional tourney with PBA



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, meeting for the first time as an executive board yesterday, approved a grassroots program which will involve the participation of the PBA and its cadre of players.


In a meetng presided by SBP president Manny Pangilinan, the board approved a regional tournament composed of 10 teams with two PBA players as the teams’ anchor.

SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio said the plan which he developed was approved unanimously, but for the program to proceed, the PBA must agree to participate.

Gregorio said that the matter will be discussed by PBA Commissioner Noli Eala with the league’s Board of Governors, which is currently chaired by SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas.

"If the PBA can help the National team, maybe it’s also time for them to allow players to join the regional tournament," Gregorio said. "It will be a big help in the SBP grassroots development program."

Gregorio said his plan calls for at least two PBA players who will join a team where they originally come from. Thus, Visayan players will play for a Visayan region and Luzon or Bicol teams to tap players coming from their areas.

Gregorio believes such a setup will not only create excitement but also allow pro players to share their basketball knowledge with amateurs.

"Regardless of whatever club or association they represent, the regional teams will play in the tournament with the winner as our national champion," he said.

The board of trustees also approved the establishment of training centers outside of Metro Manila, and the initial target is to have one this year in Cebu City to be supervised by basketball great Ramon Fernandez.

The holding of an annual National Inter-Collegiate tournament was also ratified.

Also, the Manila Invitational, which will start next week, will be a yearly event for the SBP.

"Like this year, it will be calendared after the Jones Cup so we can invite the national teams from other countries. It’s a good opportunity for us to have an event like that," said gregorio.

It was the first time the SBP Board of Trustees met five months since the basketball bodies’ Unity Congress where Pangilinan was unanimously elected as head of the new basketball association.

The board is comprised of 25 members but only 17 were able to attend the meeting, including Eala, Vargas, PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad, NCAA’s Fr. Paul and UAAP’s JunJun Capistrano.

gameface_one
07-16-2007, 06:40 AM
Fernandez, Altamirano to train young cagers

The Philippine Star

Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player and former MBA commissioner Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez and champion PBA coach Eric Altamirano got the nod as heads of the BAP-SBP National Training Centers for Visayas and NCR, respectively.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said the two hoop icons would spearhead the scientific training of possible national team aspirants in their areas.

Fernandez, a University of San Carlos alumnus who won a gold medal as a member of the 1973 RP team to the FIBA-Asia Championships and a silver medal in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, brings his vast experience in the sport to the forefront while Altamirano, the 1986 UAAP MVP who also steered Purefoods and Mobiline to PBA titles in 1997 and 1998, respectively, brings his coaching and training expertise to the program. His Coach E Basketball School is among the most respected in the nation.

“The aim of the BAP-SBP National Training Centers is to harness the potentials of young cagers aged 10 to 16,” says Gregorio. “They’d be too young to be allowed to leave their families for this kind of training in Metro Manila. That’s why we designed this program so that they can stay in their regions and still enjoy quality basketball education from among the best.”

Gregorio also expressed optimism in the chosen heads.

“Don Ramon (Fernandez) has won in every basketball level. It won’t be everyday that a four-time PBA MVP will be teaching you everything he knows and that’s inspiring in itself,” Gregorio notes. “Coach E (Altamirano) has touched so many lives with his coaching philosophy and I’m quite sure it will be an honor for these youngsters to experience a winning attitude under a bona-fide winner like him.”

Gregorio also disclosed that the heads for Luzon and Mindanao will be announced in the coming days, putting the BAP-SBP’s first national program in motion.

“This will change how we discover and train the future of Philippine basketball,” the youthful basketball leader explains.

gameface_one
07-16-2007, 06:47 AM
On BAP-SBP appointments



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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO
Philstar.com



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One of the obvious problems in amateur competition within the country is the lack of uniformity in the training programs. Although each region has its own distinct style or outstanding traits in the way it plays the game, fundamentally, there has often been a big gap between the standard of the game in the NCR and other parts of the country.



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The Philippine Star

The BAP-SBP has been extraordinarily busy this weekend, finally cementing its plan for the future of Philippine basketball.

First, BAP-SBP appointed four-time PBA Most Valuable Player and original MBA commissioner Ramon Fernandez to run its national training center in the Visayas, then gave champion PBA coach Eric Altamirano the same responsibility for NCR, as well.

One of the obvious problems in amateur competition within the country is the lack of uniformity in the training programs. Although each region has its own distinct style or outstanding traits in the way it plays the game, fundamentally, there has often been a big gap between the standard of the game in the NCR and other parts of the country.

University of San Carlos alum Fernandez, who was a member of the Philippine team that won a gold medal in the 1973 FIBA-Asia Championships and a silver medal in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China, will have the great advantage of being able to fuse the Visayan brand of basketball – characterized by lots of running and outside shooting – with the more technical brand of game played in Metro Manila. He also has the added advantage of being a student of history, even attributing his inspiration to play the game to “The Great Difference” Caloy Loyzaga. Loyzaga was named one of the 10 best players in the world in the World Championships in Brazil in 1954.

Altamirano, the 1986 UAAP MVP who created the highly successful “Coach E” basketball camps with the trademark one coach-to-five students ratio, also organized the extremely successful Nike Elite camps for the country’s top high school players. Altamirano, who also steered Purefoods and Mobiline to PBA titles in 1997 and 1998, respectively, and also handled the San Miguel All-Stars, is a tireless researcher and student of the game. He has constantly sought to outdo himself in improving playing and coaching in the country.

“The aim of the BAP-SBP National Training Centers is to harness the potentials of young cagers aged 10 to 16,” says BAP-SBP executive director Pato Gregorio. “They’d be too young to be allowed to leave their families for this kind of training in Metro Manila.

That’s why we designed this program so that they can stay in their regions and still enjoy quality basketball education from among the best.”

This is the first step in what likely will be a two-pronged program: to standardize the level of basketball while also exchanging the qualities that make each area of the Philippines unique. The basketball governing body is also taking a page from former PSC commissioner Tisha Abundo, who organized the country’s first talent identification program for the government agency during her tenure.

And to go further down the basketball food chain, BAP-SBP also appointed De La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren as its head coach for the Philippine youth team. Pumaren was a point guard on the squad that swept the FIBA-Asia Championship in 1985, and steered the Green Archers to four consecutive UAAP titles from 1998-2001. Also invited to join Pumaren are San Beda juniors coach Ato Badolato, who is almost single-handedly responsible for the second-largest number of junior championships of a school in the NCAA; and Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

Although tryouts have yet to be announced, the appointment of Pumaren comes as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced its first Youth Olympics featuring athletes from 14 to 18 years of age to be held in 2010.

It’s about time that the country has in place a feeder system for its elite athletes in the sport of basketball, one which will also serve as a development program in areas where players are not exposed to the highest level of competition. The NBA has expressed a similar sentiment, hoping to bring its NBA Madness event and other programs to the southern part of the Philippines to decentralize its activities.

For Mindanao and Luzon, there are also many possible choices for heads of the BAP-SBP’s training centers. Perhaps the BAP-SBP could consult PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, who hails from Davao and is very familiar with the sports situation there.

oca
07-16-2007, 08:39 AM
On BAP-SBP appointments

And to go further down the basketball food chain, BAP-SBP also appointed De La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren as its head coach for the Philippine youth team. Pumaren was a point guard on the squad that swept the FIBA-Asia Championship in 1985, and steered the Green Archers to four consecutive UAAP titles from 1998-2001. Also invited to join Pumaren are San Beda juniors coach Ato Badolato, who is almost single-handedly responsible for the second-largest number of junior championships of a school in the NCAA; and Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

Although tryouts have yet to be announced, the appointment of Pumaren comes as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced its first Youth Olympics featuring athletes from 14 to 18 years of age to be held in 2010.



Salamat naman at meron na tayong coach sa Youth Team.

I hope in a few weeks time, they'll draw up a program and issue a press statement about it. But this early, I believe they can inform the public of the FIBA calendar on the Youth events. Kahit yun muna ay agarang maihayag sa publiko.

full battle gear
07-21-2007, 05:27 AM
Women’s hoops: Playing catch-up
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Saturday, July 21, 2007

National women’s head coach Fritz Gaston has so many challenges in front of him. He has to form a women’s national team.

First of all, the former director of the BAP has a tight deadline. He needs to put together a competitive team by the end of the month, so as to do well in the SEABA championship in Singapore in September. This will serve as the team’s gauge of its readiness for the SEA Games.

“Ideally, I’d like to name the final line-up by the end of the month,” said the former Ateneo Blue Eagle.

The players have been scrimmaging every day, with many of the veterans from the last national team two years ago still in the line-up. Some new recruits have been added, and two of the players are even quitting their jobs to practice full-time. At least the team finally has a regular practice venue.

“For a while, we were orphans,” muses Gaston. “We were borrowing practice schedules from PBA teams. Now, we have a home at Rizal Memorial.”

Historically, we have had a tough time against Malaysia and Thailand, whose women’s teams get more exposure and are able to recruit more widely. Many parents in the provinces are reluctant to allow their daughters to come to Manila to train for the national team, for fear that they may be negatively influenced, or exposed to danger in the big city. But that has just been the most fundamental problem. Other Southeast Asian countries like Singapore have been naturalizing mainland Chinese for their men’s team, and are looking for suitable additions for their women’s team, as well.

Gaston, an accomplished coach of the Ateneo’s championship run in 1988, is seen as a unifier of the women’s game. In the 2003 SEA Games, the women’s team coached by Bai Cristobal, finished with a bronze medal, which has been par for the course for the country.

For the medium- to long-term, Gaston is working with the Philippine Basketball League to put up a commercial women’s tournament, to give the players additional improvement and a way to make a living. Gaston says that the women’s players don’t have a place to go after their college playing careers, and end up entering the mainstream workforce, instead.

While all the attention has been focused on the men’a national team that is trying to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, the women’s team’s problems have been magnified by our suspension from international competition.

“While we were away, the other countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia and Thailand were competing in Asian tournaments,” the former point guard of the U-Tex Wranglers explained. “They got to play against China, Taipei, Kazakhstan and the powerhouses. Even though they were getting massacred, they’ve gotten experience playing against tougher competition. We haven’t.”

Despite all the challenges, Gaston is confident the team will give a good account of itself.

“The players are very committed. We have a tough assignment ahead of us. But I know the players will do their best.”

gameface_one
08-01-2007, 08:15 AM
‘Debacle didn’t snuff out Olympic dream'

The Philippine Star

TOKUSHIMA, Japan – The SMC-Philippine team debacle in the FIBA men’s basketball here won’t deter the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas from pursuing their goal of bringing the country back in world basketball map.

The SBP leadership stressed this a few hours after the national team lost its Beijing Olympics bid, saying their program has just begun.

“Maybe this was a strategic loss. There are more lessons to be learned. We should be able to analyze what we need to do. It’s not the end of the world for Philippine basketball,” said SBP president Manny Pangilinan.

“We didn’t lose our Olympic dream because we’re now looking at the 2012 London Games,” said PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas.

The SBP leaders made these assurances even as they lamented the RP team’s failure to survive the Group of Death with Iran, Jordan and China in the 2007 FIBA event serving as an Olympic qualifier.

Members of the RP delegation shed tears as RP team coach Chot Reyes apologized for their failed mission.

“I took full responsibility for the loss. I failed,” said Reyes.

Vargas, however, assured the team that the SBP and the PBA are with them in this painful experience.

“Actually, we’re proud of you. We know all the sacrifices you’ve done for the cause and that you gave all your best. You have nothing to be ashamed of,” Vargas told the team.

The players will be back to their respective mother teams in the PBA upon their return to Manila Sunday.

“There are no big competitions until 2009. So 2008 will be a year of inactivity for international basketball except for the Olympics which we are not part of. It’s time to prepare for 2009,” said Pangilinan.

The 2009 FIBA-Asia championship is the qualifier for the 2010 World Championship in Turkey. Pangilinan said they’re likely to bid for the hosting of the Asian qualifier.

Pangilinan is hopeful that the Philippines can do better next time. He said getting a naturalized player is one way of doing it.
“Honestly 2012 is five years from now. Some of our players will be too old to play there. I’m okay to getting naturalized player. You’ve seen a number of them. You saw how (Jordan’s Rasheim) Wright beat us. But we need to have a balance in our team and not go wholesale for naturalized players because the victory will be hollow,” said Pangilinan. Nelson Beltran

gameface_one
08-01-2007, 08:21 AM
‘Like Chot, everyone’s bleeding,’ says Pangilinan


By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer
Last updated 05:05am (Mla time) 08/01/2007


TOKUSHIMA, JAPAN -- Outside a tropical-themed restaurant in front of a yacht-lined canal, two rows of torches cradled bright yellow flames dancing in the soft late evening breeze.

Inside, an entire delegation mourned hosed-out embers.

“Like [national coach] Chot [Reyes] said, we’re bleeding,” said Manny V. Pangilinan, restating an all-encompassing line that assessed the state of the San Miguel-RP squad that blew its Olympic hopes after an 84-76 defeat to Jordan Monday night in the FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship.

The PLDT-Smart chief and the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas managed a straight smile in a late-night chat with journalists. But Pangilinan, a highly successful businessman who admits not taking losses lightly, did not hold back the sigh and the words that betrayed what he felt.

“Honestly, [I’m] very depressed,” he admitted.

“Minsan nga talaga, nakakawalang gana (Sometimes you just want to give up).

“Nawawalan ka ng pag-asa, di ba? (You just lose hope, right?),” he continued. “[It’s like, ‘Oh my God, will we ever make it?’ You find yourself asking that question. Tao ka lang (You’re just human).”

“There’s still tomorrow,” he said. “We just have to do better. It’s not the end of the world for Philippine basketball.”

But even spelling out the road map toward that tomorrow, it wasn’t enough for Pangilinan to liven up an atmosphere inside the restaurant, especially after the huddle among team officials and players who nursed the dream of a cameo stint in next year’s Beijing Olympics.

“It’s hard, because we wanted this so badly. Not just for ourselves, but for what we stood for,” said Reyes. And as he tried to speak in front of a bowed bunch of players, his voice broke and he cried.

And the sobbing that started in the locker room spilled over to the after-dinner talk. Pangilinan, Reyes, Asi Taulava, Renren Ritualo, Kerby Raymundo, SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio and PBA chair Ricky Vargas openly shed tears. It was hard to tell from the bowed heads who else wept.

“Maybe it was better we lost this early,” Pangilinan said. “Sometimes, you learn more from defeat than you do with winning. With winning, sometimes you think, magaling ka na (you’re already good). Maybe this was a strategic loss.

“Grabe yung improvement ng ibang Asian teams (Other Asian teams have improved really well). We weren’t able to keep pace.

“Let’s learn from this,” he added. “We have to analyze what we need to do.”

Pangilinan says all eyes will be on the 2009 FIBA Asia, which is the qualifier for the 2010 Turkey World Championship. Unlike the Olympics, which only guarantees one Asian slot through the FIBA Asia, the World Championship gives Asia three slots.

Opening talks with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann in Geneva over the possibility of hosting the 2009 qualifiers is a huge first step toward that goal. For one, it gives the host country the option to choose the group it falls in.

In this edition of the FIBA Asia, the Philippines fell into the so-called Group of Death with China, Iran and Jordan, three of the top four teams in Asia currently.

“[If not for the group], Philippines should be in final four,” said Syrian coach Samer Kayaly.

Jordan’s Brazilian coach Mario Palma offered the same analysis, saying even the loser of the Jordan-RP knockout match “can go on to win the championship.”

“After the loss to Jordan, we thought, maybe the [morale] was low or maybe Philippines is tired,” Kayaly added, after Syria dropped a 107-100 overtime decision to the Filipinos. “We tried to use this to win but we were not lucky. Philippines is [a] really good team.”

Pangilinan wants it to be good enough to at least fight for a slot in the 2012 London Olympics. And maybe roster changes, including the possibility of fielding a naturalized player, is one option to consider.

gameface_one
08-07-2007, 09:15 AM
Summit to tackle basketball issues


By JOAQUIN HENSON
The Philippine Star

POC first vice-president and Rep. Monico Puentevella said Monday he will push for a two-day basketball summit in Cebu within the next two months to determine the future of the sport in the country after the national team’s failure to clinch an Olympic ticket in the FIBA-Asia qualifiers in Tokushima.

Puentevella was in Tokushima to witness the Philippines‚ crash and came back with PBA chairman Ricky Vargas after the first round of eliminations last Tuesday.

"It will be a working summit among basketball leaders all over the country," said Puentevella. "We’ll ask (national coach) Chot Reyes to brief us on our international objectives. We’ll also look at our domestic objectives. I’m suggesting Cebu as the site to make it easier for our Mindanao officials to attend. Michel (Lhuillier) was in Tokushima and I’m sure he will be happy to host."

Lhuillier is a member of the SBP Board of Trustees.

Puentevella said there are lessons to be learned from the collapse in Tokushima and instead of sulking, the national team should be mapping out plans of getting back on track for the 2009 FIBA-Asia World Championship qualifiers, the 2010 World Championships, the 2010 Asian Games, the 2011 FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers and the 2012 London Olympics.

An issue for discussion in the summit is whether or not to recruit a naturalized player for the national team, mentioned Puentevella. He said FIBA allows a country to draft one naturalized citizen to compensate for the handicap of countries with undersized players or gaps in their lineups.

FIBA previously permitted two naturalized players per country. In 1986, the Philippines used the rule to its advantage, taking in Dennis Still and Jeff Moore to reinforce the national squad that beat China in the finals of the FIBA-Asia Championships in Kuala Lumpur.

In Tokushima, at least three countries enlisted naturalized players – Lebanon with Joe Vogel of Colorado State, Jordan with Rasheim Wright of District of Columbia and Japan with J. R. Henderson (now Sakuragi) of UCLA.

Countries that recruited naturalized players in the past include the US (Hakeem Olajuwon, Pat Ewing), Russia (J. R. Holden), Japan (Dan Weiss, Eric McArthur), Spain (Wayne Brabender, Clifford Luyk, Antonio Sibilio, Juan Antonio de la Cruz), France (Crawford Palmer), Venezuela (Askia Jones) and Australia (Ricky Grace, C. J. Bruton).

"It was evident in Tokushima how dependent we were on Asi (Taulava) as our only big man," said Puentevella. "When Asi got hurt, we had no one to turn to. We could‚ve used a naturalized player who’s 6-11 or 7-feet. The rule to use a naturalized player is there. We used it before. We need someone who can control the boards. Look at Jordan. Their naturalized player (Wright) destroyed us."

Puentevella said he spoke with the Korean team’s Daniel Sandrin of Seattle Pacific University in Tokushima and was surprised by his comments. It wasn’t certain if Sandrin is a Korean-American, therefore qualifying as a local, or a naturalized citizen. But he was born and raised in the US.

"Sandrin told me he couldn’t relate with the Koreans because they hardly speak English," said Puentevella. "He felt more comfortable with our team. He agreed we got a bad deal from the referee in the Iran game."

Puentevella said a candidate for naturalization is San Beda’s 6-8 center Sam Ekwe of Nigeria.

"If Ekwe gets better and matures, we should consider him if he wants to be naturalized," said Puentevella. "We should also look at our local boys, like Japeth Aguilar (now playing for Western Kentucky) and this 19-year-old kid from Cebu (6-11 Greg Fuentes-Slaughter). I heard we can recruit a tall Serbian but the good ones would rather play for their country."

Puentevella said the national team must be more familiar with the international style to make an impact. That will mean more foreign exposure and learning from teams with Olympic success like Argentina.

Puentevella said the two-day summit should also address the issues of grassroots development, standardization of rules and the PBA’s continuing commitment to lend players for the national team.

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:21 AM
Peping bats for Euro-style basketball

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The men behind the RP basketball team should start considering Europe as the team’s training ground as it continues its bid to recover lost ground in the international arena.

The suggestion came from no less than Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco after the country failed to advance to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Maybe they should start playing more in Europe rather than in America,” said Cojuangco, explaining that the Filipinos can probably learn more from the European brand of play.

In recent international competitions, like the Jones Cup in Taipei, and the FIBA Asia Championships in Japan, the RP dribblers showed their penchant for one-on-one plays.

“And we all know that even the United States made up of NBA players lose in the international tournaments because of their failure to adapt to the international style,” said Cojuangco.

Playing more in Europe, Cojuangco said, will make the Filipinos more at home with the international style, which revolves around an excellent ball movement and teamwork.

Cojuangco said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by businessman Manny Pangilinan can also consider inviting European teams to the country.

Tony Chua, the incoming chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association, is on the same page with the POC president regarding the European factor.

Two weeks ago, Chua, team manager of Red Bull, said one of his immediate plans as chairman is to encourage all the 10 teams to tap European imports.

Chua said while the Filipinos can learn more from the Europeans, the teams can probably cut down on the expenses, and the high salaries of American imports.

gameface_one
08-12-2007, 07:54 AM
The future of RP basketball



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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO
philstar.com



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What a tough month it has been for Philippine basketball. It seems that earth-shaking events have rocked the sport to its very foundation.



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The Philippine Star

What a tough month it has been for Philippine basketball. It seems that earth-shaking events have rocked the sport to its very foundation.

First, our proud men’s basketball team finally hit the wall, and the odds caught up with them as they failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. It was heart-breaking to watch, and an expected shock. Next, the most senior guard in the NCAA, College of St. Benilde’s Paulo Orbeta is accused of manipulating the scores of games for money, a cloudy debate that gets murkier as time goes by, at best. Then, PBA commissioner Noli Eala stepped down in the midst of a swirling personal and legal crisis that will not be immediately resolved. Now, our Philippine women’s team is fighting time and the odds, trying to come up with a decent lineup (and stepping into the pool of Fil-Ams for the first time) as it hopes to place in the SEABA next month, and the SEA Games in December.

But Philippine basketball is more than any or all of these events. Now may be perhaps the best time to clean the slate and start afresh with long-range plans for commercial and international success. The PBA is at a crossroads, in more ways than one. First, they have to decide to what extent they will support the next campaign to make it to the Olympics. I once proposed the Olympic campaign as the league’s exit strategy. In my conversation with Eala before the program was undertaken, I suggested that the PBA do everything to get into the Olympics (although I maintained it was not their job), and, once they fulfilled that promise, could gracefully bow out and hand the reigns back to the appropriate national sports association.

Now that the BAP-SBP has laid down its network and appointed regional training directors, there will be a pipeline for both grassroots development and the formation of an elite team (or two or three) for international competition. What remains to be done is the drafting of a gentleman’s agreement among all the leagues in Metro Manila and the rest of the country not to recruit the members of the national team for a certain prescribed period (perhaps a four-year Olympic cycle), and the provision of a competitive compensation plan for the players involved. In the long run, this will be of greater benefit to the national team and the PBA. A cursory review of the roster of the NCC squad which was the core of the national team back in the early to mid-1980’s shows that, percentage-wise, they continue to make a mighty contribution to the development of the sport as coaches or team managers.

Also, the BAP-SBP has gotten buy-in from all the major amateur basketball leagues like the PBL, NBC and MVBA, in the organization of a major regional basketball tournament, the Pilipinas Cup. Four venues will be hosting games simultaneously: Baguio, Antipolo, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. The two-week tournament will be a showcase of talent from all over the country per region, regardless of league affiliation. The basketball NSA is currently seeking a television partner with nationwide muscle to provide adequate exposure for this maiden project.

The BAP-SBP is also putting together a US NCAA-style tournament, ranking the top 32 collegiate teams against each other, and playing 1 versus 32, 2 versus 31, and so on. You lose, you’re out. Win or go home. That would be a very exciting format which has never been done on that scale.

Aside from the activities of the BAP-SBP, the national women’s team recently received a quiet boost with the news that Fil-foreigners from the US and Canada are ready and willing to play for the flag and country. The first would be 27-year old Vicki Brick, a 5’8” point guard who was a high school All-American recruited by the University of Maryland Terrapins. Brick averaged 3.1 steals and 4.3 assists per game on her first year in the WNCAA, the second- and third-highest totals for a rookie in US history. She also played in Australia, and is raring to come over and play. Aside from Brick, there are at least six other players of Filipino descent planning to plane in, including a pair of twins averaging a combined 31 points per game in Illinois.

Privately, another school-based group is putting up a league for non-varsity grade school and high school players, to reinforce the development of the sport. Although details are still confidential, the group will launch its first tournament within the year, with a surprising list of prominent schools in its fold.

Beyond that, television networks are also planning made-for-TV basketball events, to shore up local programming and fill in valuable airtime. There is a growing competition even on cable television, for basketball content. One international cable channel is even planning a promotional basketball event in the Philippines to re-launch one of its basketball anime programs.

Bottomline, to parapharse Noli Eala, basketball is bigger than any one team, any one player, or even any one league. Basketball is alive, well, and unbowed. All the events that have stirred things up are like waves in the ocean that is our favorite sport, crashing onto the shore before being pulled back into the immeasurable grandeur that basketball continues to be.

gameface_one
08-19-2007, 07:55 AM
Convergence in basketball



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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO
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Though many were saddened by and consider the Philippines’ ninth-place finish at the FIBA-Asia tournament a setback, a Filipino official of the NBA says the experience should actually serve as an impetus to improve our world ranking.



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The Philippine Star

Though many were saddened by and consider the Philippines’ ninth-place finish at the FIBA-Asia tournament a setback, a Filipino official of the NBA says the experience should actually serve as an impetus to improve our world ranking.

“With our ninth-place finish at the FIBA Asia Championships, the Philippines has actually moved up a few notches in the world rankings,” NBA Asia senior marketing officer Carlo Singson said in an e-mail. “After a gallant showing, we have finally managed to overtake ‘powerhouse’ Guam, as well as UAE and Saudi Arabia, which both dropped like a pair of rocks.”

FIBA’s latest men’s world rankings, updated after the FIBA-Asia tournament, show the United States as the top team in the world, followed by Olympic champion Argentina and world champion Spain. The highest-ranked Asian team is China (11th). The Philippines is 62nd, behind other Asian nations like Lebanon (23rd), Korea (25th), Qatar (27th), Japan (31st), Iran (32nd), Chinese-Taipei (40th), Kazakhstan (43rd), India and Syria (45th), Kuwait (50th), and even Southeast Asian neighbors Hong Kong (51st) and Malaysia (59th). There are only 72 countries ranked. But Singson believes this is deceiving.

“As the ‘ninth-best’ team in Asia, we should be ranked number 44 or 45,” Singson explains. “We can then continue to move up from there. Surely we can overtake the likes of Mali, Tunisia, Virgin Islands (luckily Tim Duncan and Raja Bell do not play for the team), and Chinese-Taipei.”

If you recall, in the very first Olympic basketball tournament in Berlin in 1936, the Philippines finished fifth, the highest ranking ever achieved by an Asian country to this date. (But we could have finished as high as second, if organizers hadn’t changed the tournament format and even allowed the US to field players above the height limit.)

Looking ahead, the Philippines should also take other FIBA-Asia men’s tournaments seriously, such as the Under-21, Under-19, and so on, because they all affect the rankings. The SEA Games and Asian Games, however, do not make a dent on FIBA’s ratings system.

There are indications that there will be a uniformity of rules in the future. The NBA may soon lean towards adopting international amateur rules like a closer three-point line, while FIBA may actually consider some NBA rules, such as the 14-second shot clock in the frontcourt.

Many of these rules make sense, anyway, and uniformity would make international cooperation easier.

“We are starting to see cooperation among leagues,” explains Patrick Gregorio, executive director of the SBP. “In the Pilipinas Cup (planned for October), we are seeing the PBL, MVBA and NBC working together. They see the value of being on the same page.”

More and more, the wisdom of convergence shows. Since basketball has been open for almost two decades, anyway, the practical applications of unified rules would seem apparent. There is no need to fear amateur rules. The NBA has experienced scores going down with pro rules (remember the New York-Houston finals?), so the fear of scores going down with amateur rules is unfounded. With a shorter three-point line, defenses will be challenged, and better shooting percentages will return. It will unclog the lane, and challenge players to be more flexible.

Most of the biggest leagues outside the US embrace amateur rules: Euroleague, major leagues in Spain, Italy, France, China and Australia do it. Why don’t we?

gameface_one
08-20-2007, 07:59 AM
Suggestions from Juan dela Cruz


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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO
Philstar.com

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It seems that readers of The Star were quite taken by our pieces on the present state of Philippine basketball, and have passionately been sending in their suggestions on how to further improve our progress. Though they agree our performance in the FIBA-Asia tournament was a positive step, they are uniformly dissatisfied with our current status in the eyes of the world.


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It seems that readers of The Star were quite taken by our pieces on the present state of Philippine basketball, and have passionately been sending in their suggestions on how to further improve our progress. Though they agree our performance in the FIBA-Asia tournament was a positive step, they are uniformly dissatisfied with our current status in the eyes of the world.

Kenneth Inocencio (kinocencio@yahoo.com) sent a very lengthy list.

"We really need a top to bottom overhaul of the basketball system in our country. Off the top of my head here’s what I have (I’m 110 percent sure Patrick Gregorio is spending long hours working on some of them). The rule changes are the most logical way to start. Besides, I don’t buy that ‘it will stifle the game’ argument.

"Most of the work needs be done at the lower levels. We really need to get that US NCAA style college tournament so it will be easier for us to identify players with potential (besides, it will be damn entertaining – imagine the Cebu leagues finally getting their chance to prove that they can match the NCAA and UAAP or get atomized altogether). We need national level tournaments for high school and grade school. This should set us up nicely for playing in all levels of FIBA tournaments. I don’t put too much attention on the rankings though because if its really done right, why is the US still up there."

I agree with you, Kenneth. And I know that Pato Gregorio has been spending many of his nights trying to figure out how best to go about it. As for your suggestion that we do get foreign coaching help, don’t worry. The STAR will be the first to let you know when it happens. As you’ve seen, the BAP-SBP has already taken the first step to streamline officiating in the country. After all, a call is a call is a call.

Also, with regards to US NCAA-style tournaments, that will be the second project of the BAP-SBP after the Pilipinas Cup, which will pit the country’s best amateur players from every region against each other. But honestly, if we want the respect of the world, we will have to join other FIBA tournaments. We haven’t realized that the rankings aren’t just affected by the men’s seniors events, but include the Under-21 and Under-19 events, too.

Meanwhile, Dominique Laserna (niquelaserna@yahoo.com) had these comments:

"I am still frustrated with our amateur basketball, why? How come that on the left side there’s NCAA and on the other side there’s UAAP, why can’t they combine? Why can’t we include the schools from all over the Philippines, why is it that it has to be Ateneo and La Salle always? My goodness, how about the good ones fom Cebu or Davao? It is like becoming a TV rivalry, that of eat bulaga and wowowee. Why can’t they create one tournament for them, a big tournament composed of all teams nationwide. Just unify."

Well, Dominique, the fact of the matter is that the NCAA and UAAP are two different and distinct leagues, each with its own membership and history. There may be several reasons for things to be the way they are. First of all, the schools all want equal exposure, and may be reluctant to allow new members because it would dilute their exposure, and might be difficult to accommodate at this point. Basketball is a first-semester sport, and the two groups also have many other sports that run through the second semester.

Again, the BAP-SBP is looking for ways to unify all the leagues without adversely affecting their schedules. As for your point about De La Salle and Ateneo, they have achieved what all teams and leagues want: a rivalry that captures the imagination. That is something that builds over time. And DLSU and AdMU were already rivals in the NCAA before they transferred to the UAAP. Commercially, games between the two are what sponsors and TV advertisers ask for, regardless of the strength of either team. If all teams could achieve that, then you would get your wish.

Victor Pilar (Victor.Pilar@mwrdgc.dst.il.us):

"I felt sorry losing at the Jones Cup, but now we can see how Asian basketball has improved through all these years. We are now competing toe to toe against the rest of the world. There should be more than one Asian team to represent Asia in the Olympics and more teams in the World Championships. Filipino fans should not feel sorry that we lose at the wrong time. We beat Iran, Korea etc. at the Jones Cup. We beat also the Novi Sad Junior team that won the FIBA Championship. We just need to adapt to the internaitonal type of basketball we will be in good shape."

Well said, Victor. All indications are that the near future will see a unification of rules throughout the world, perhaps even the NBA will lean more towards inertantional rules, since that is one of the reasons why pros have difficulty in the World Championships and Olympic Games.

With regards to the number of teams in the Olympics, right now the International Olympic Committee is trying to figure out how to lessen the burden on host countries. They have already been very strict about adding new sports (the fastest being taekwondo, which took only 12 years, or three Olympic cycles), and are even contemplating the removal of cycling because of all the drug issues. It will be next to impossible to do anything that will lengthen the Olympic Games schedule. If you recall, three years ago the IOC Executive Committee voted down the applications of 14 sports, including billiards, bowling and dancesport.

From Jose Flores (jose.flores@rbc.com) in Vancouver, Canada, a suggestion on expanding our recruitment process:

"Another thing is to see if we have recruitment centers in North America…let’s say two in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), two in the US. There are hundreds of Filipinos and Filipinas playing high school and college ball in North America. Here in Vancouver with a sizable population, most of the schools have Pinoy backcourts. Most of these kids want to study and play ball after college in Manila and they don’t know where to turn to.

Let’s do what the Aussies do, form a squad, let them train abroad and keep them. We are a great basketball country, ang problema is that people stare at the shortcomings and not at the vision and goals ahead." That seems to sum up what the top officials of basketball are now looking at. Instead of being discouraged and giving up, we should look at the big picture, and the long-term programs that are already started to bear small fruit. True, we did not get an Olympic berth today, but we are making strides in the right direction.

pachador
08-25-2007, 12:26 AM
SBP plots comprehensive venture to tap young talents

By Dennis Principe Business Mirror Aug 24, 2007
Correspondent


Basketball officials plan to put up national teams per age group patterned after Fiba.

It would be the first such comprehensive venture that will pluck out the country’s best young players, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Under the system, the SBP will conduct local tournaments, as well as field players in international competition in under-14, under-17 and under-19 age groups.

Patrick Gregorio, general secretary of SBP, seeks to fortify the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), which will teach internationally accepted methods of training.

“The Fiba conducts tournaments sa mga ganitong age group so mas maganda kung bubuo na din tayo ng team na pwede na din nating isali sa mga youth tournaments ng Fiba,” Gregorio said.

Gregorio met with Ramon Fernandez and Eric Altamirano yesterday at the Richmonde Hotel in Pasig City to further concretize plans for the NBTC, which seeks full approval from the SBP board on September 15. The NBTC hopes to be launched in October.

The NBTC will be established initially in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. Fernandez has been tapped to handle the Visayas program, while Altamirano as NBTC’s program director.

Alex Compton, who was also in the Richmonde meeting, is expected to hold clinics under the center.

The long-term goal, Gregorio added, is the formation of a national squad without solely relying on the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

“Hindi naman biglaan ’yung hindi natin paggamit ng PBA players. What we want to do is to eventually make the project parallel with the PBA, but ultimately sa NBTC na manggagaling ’yung nucleus ng national team.”

The SBP is looking at a joint venture with the PBA team that will involve two separate national teams, one composed of pros and another composed of a SBP-constructed team.

“I think this is the first time na magkakaroon ng ganitong recruitment ng players for the national team,” Fernandez said, describing the NBTC.

The NBTC will need a P5-million annual budget in training 40 boys and 40 girls who will compose the training center.

Gregorio is also inviting esteemed Serbian coach Vlade Djurovic to come to the country early next month to get his input regarding the program and, at the same time, observe the way basketball is played in the country.

gameface_one
09-16-2007, 08:03 AM
IN HUDDLE
SBP interested in Serbian coach


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 01:04am (Mla time) 09/16/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The 59-year old Serbian coach gave it to Patrick Gregorio straight: “If you want to get back on the Asian basketball map, you have to have at least one 7-foot player in the team.”

And since he is aware that we don’t grow basketball players that tall in the Philippines, Vlade Djurovic said we will need to naturalize, the way we did 20 years ago in the case of Jeff Moore, Dennis Still and Chip Engelland, none of whom even came close to 7 feet.

With the trio, we won the Fiba-Asia Men’s championship, then known as the Asian Basketball Conference, and the 1986 Jones Cup.

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“Vlade said the most important positions in a basketball team are those of center and point guard. He said we have many good point guards but no good center. Compared to the other Asians, he rated the Filipino basketball player as “good”, but not excellent, not even very good,” said the BAP-SBP project director, who has been tasked by chair Manny V. Pangilinan to study and evaluate European basketball philosophy which has proven so effective in recent years.

“We’ve tried the American and Asian philosophies, but these didn’t work for us. Maybe the European philosophy will.”

Just exactly what is the European philosophy? I asked Pato.

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“It’s continuous passing. Pass. Pass. Pass. You don’t allow the ball to stay in your hands longer than a few seconds. You should see his drills. A cager must be able to manage four balls at one time,”

Pato said 80 participants from the PBA, the PBL and the collegiate leagues from all over the Philippines attended the two-day clinic conducted by Djurovic at the Fort in Taguig.

“To my recollection, it was the first time we had a basketball clinic conducted by a European. He had many ideas which were new to us.”

Yes, the SBP is considering hiring Djurovic long term, to teach basketball on the grassroots level and even perhaps to coach the national team.

Gregorio said that Djurovic, for his part, felt it would be a great honor if he succeeds in helping the Philippines find itself back in the world basketball map.

“He said he’s getting old and that might be a legacy he can leave to both Serbia and the Philippines. Do you know that he didn’t charge us a single centavo for his clinic? He even paid for his own air fare.”

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I forgot to ask if basketball and boxing scholar Teddy Reynoso was a University of the East alumnus. He must be.

After the UE-DLSU game last Thursday, I got this text message from Teddy: ” UE won this game, sweeping both rounds of the UAAP. Don’t you think the Warriors should be automatically declared champion? What’s the incentive for a sweep anyway? An automatic finals slot where they could lose everything they worked so hard for if they get beaten twice by the opponent. That’s crazy if you ask me!”

More than a decade ago, that’s exactly the way it was done. UST was the last team to be automatically declared champion after sweeping the first and second round of the UAAP back in l993.

That feat was not duplicated until this season.

gameface_one
10-13-2007, 08:33 AM
Heavy month for basketball


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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO
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October is shaping up to be a really heavy month for basketball, as the country starts deploying its teams overseas for exposure trips and competition.


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The Philippine Star

October is shaping up to be a really heavy month for basketball, as the country starts deploying its teams overseas for exposure trips and competition.

The RP-Cebuana Lhuillier women’s team is at the SEABA tournament in Phuket, Thailand to flex its muscles after more than two years of dormancy. The team, made up of former national players and collegiate stars and the first female Fil-Am in Vicki Brick, is hoping to improve on its traditional third-place finishes in the ASEAN region.

"One weapon that we have, which I think few other teams use, is the press," says head coach Fritz Gaston. "We can press and force turnovers and make them have a hard time bringing the ball up."

True enough, the women’s team went on a tear the last week, beating De La Salle by 60, Adamson by 40, and even coming from behind to defeat the champion Xavier high school boys’ team, as well as other men’s teams. After the SEABA, the team will come home to prepare for the SEA Games. At least two more Fil-foreign players are slated to join the lineup.

Meanwhile, the men’s team that is slated to play in the SEA Games left for Korea the other day to scrimmage with commercial and collegiate teams there. The team was bolstered by the news that Fil-Am Gabe Norwood would be finally coming over to wear the national colors again. Norwood had been conspicuously silent about his participation on the team.

Next, Franz Pumaren will put together his lineup of about 25 junior players who will see action in the Asian Youth championships which will be held either in the Philippines or Taiwan in July of 2008. Pumaren, who won another UAAP basketball title, is looking at a tall, athletic pool of players born 1990 or after.

Incidentally, Luigi Trillo will be coaching the country’s first officials’ three-on-three team which will participate in the demonstration sport in a FIBA-recognized event in Macau, as well. Trillo was looking for size, but has managed to put together a team that will instead parade championship experience in the junior UAAP and NCAA tournaments.

Speaking of Macau, the NBA China Games will be held there on the 18th and 20th. The Orlando Magic will test the Chinese men’s team on Oct. 18, then tangle with the Cleveland Cavaliers on the 20th. Many prominent sports personalities from the Philippines will travel to the former Portuguese colony for this rare chance to watch Team USA and NBA All-Star players like LeBron James and Dwight Howard in action.

Here at home, the PBA also opens a new season, with many changes in team rosters and old faces in new uniforms, not to mention a chance for rookies to show their stuff as first-time pros.

And all that’s only in October.

gameface_one
11-04-2007, 08:28 AM
Hapee, Harbour Centre triumph


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 00:35am (Mla time) 11/04/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Mark Borboran and Reed Juntilla helped Hapee Toothpaste deflect a Harbour-Philippine Team second-half rally for a 78-73 triumph that kept them on top in the PBL V-Go Extreme Energy Drink Cup Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Jason Castro and Beau Belga towed the Nationals to within a bucket, 75-73, before Borboran responded with a triple with 10 seconds left to extend the Complete Protectors’ winning streak to three.

Juntilla also came to the rescue by drilling 12 of his 15 points after the Harbour-RP Team knotted the contest at 55 late in the third.

“The boys wanted this game to make sure we still have the share of the lead; they were determined,” said coach Jun Noel.

Hapee showed its might in the first half with Larry Rodriguez shooting 12 of his 16 markers in the second period for an early 36-24 buffer.

Fil-Am Gabe Norwood also displayed flashes of brilliance to finish with an all-around game of eight points, five assists, four boards, two steals and two blocks as Hapee dealt the nationals their second loss in five games.

“He’s still struggling, I told him not to get affected with the physical game,” said Noel of the 6-foot-5 guard.

Earlier, Al Vergara and Fil-Am Solomon Mercado combined for 12 points in the late stretch that paved the way for Harbour Centre’s third straight victory, 82-76, over newcomer Pharex.

“I hope this will continue,” said coach Jorge Gallent after the three-time champions kept pace with Hapee at 3-0.

The 6-foot Mercado, a rookie Fil-Am guard from Biola University in California, topscored for the second straight game with 18 points, five assists and five of Batang Pier’s 14 steals.

The scores:

First Game
HARBOUR CENTRE 82—Mercado 18, Vergara 15, Maierhofer 12, Asoro 7, Ababou 6, Taylor 6, Tang 5, Gonzales 5, Cañizares 4, Gaco 4, Jahnke 0.
PHAREX 76—Espiritu 14, Co 14, Alfad 13, Matias 12, Oreta 9, Gerilla 7, De Guzman 4, Burtscher 3, Allera 0, Soriano 0, Yambao 0.
Quarters: 17-20, 37-32, 62-54, 82-76

Second Game
HAPEE 78—Rodriguez 16, Juntilla 15, Daa 8, Norwood 8, Borboran 6, Hugnatan 6, Quinday 4, Grijaldo 4, Mercado 3, Viray 3, Saguindel 3, Espiritu 2.
RP TEAM 73—Belga 19, Castro 19, Alonzo 10, Chan 6, Crisano 5, Salangsang 4, Cabahug 3, Fernandez 3, Bautista 2, Dela Cuesta 2, Tan 0.
Quarters: 13-18, 43-31, 60-55, 78-73

gameface_one
11-25-2007, 05:17 PM
TAO Corp. pumps in P76.5M for RP caging


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

Philippine basketball got a shot in the arm with the entry of TAO Corp., which pledged no less than P76.5 million to finance the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ programs in the next three years, including stints in the 2010 world championship and the 2012 London Olympics.

SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan made the announcement during their board meeting, which was followed by the well-attended inauguration of the SBP office inside the Ultra Complex in Pasig Saturday.

TAO Corp., which is into pharmaceutical and distribution business, has made a commitment to support, in particular, SBP’s national basketball training center, the national youth and women’s team.

This new player in Philippine basketball is to pour P1.5 million in the last two months of the year, P20 million in 2008, P25 million in 2009 and P30 million in 2009.

"TAO Corp. came in as they believe in the leadership of our president Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. They believe in Mr. Pangilinan’s righteous leadership and unquestionable values," said SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio.

"They’re very willing to help and open to play with the big players like San Miguel Corp., PLDT and Harbour Centre," Gregorio added.

SBP officials didn’t divulge who’s behind TAO Corp. but The STAR gathered that he’s no other than Jun Sy, the young, energetic businessman-sportsman from Dumaguete.

Apparently, the duo of Gregorio and National Basketball Training Center director Eric Altamirano sold the idea to Sy, whose corporation is the country’s exclusive distributor of Nokia.

SBP officials said 40 percent of TAO Corp.’s pledge will finance the national youth training centers, another 40 percent for the youth and women’s teams and 20 percent in the operation of the federation.

"This will really go a long way and hopefully this could lead us to a stint in the next world basketball championship and the 2012 London Olympics," said Gregorio.

San Miguel Corp. and PLDT bankrolled coach Chot Reyes’ program in the recent Olympic qualifying tourney in Tokushima. But the team found itself in the Group of Death right in the elimination round and wound up ninth in the field of 16.

The Philippine basketball community met Pangilinan’s announcement with a thunderous applause.

In attendance were the SEAG-bound men’s and women’s teams, national coaches Junel Baculi, Chot Reyes, Fritz Gaston and Franz Pumaren and POC top officials Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and Steve Hontiveros among others.

gameface_one
11-26-2007, 09:44 AM
RP to bid for Diamond Ball
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The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will formally bid to host next year’s Diamond Ball when the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board meets in Chicago, United States on Dec. 7 to 9.


This was bared by SBP President, telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, during the association’s opening of its main office Saturday night at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

"We’ll send one or two of our people to lobby to the FIBA board so we can host the Diamond Ball," said Pangilinan.

FIBA actually set the Diamond Ball from July 29 to Aug. 1 2008, or eight days before the Beijing Olympics.

It’s an invitational tournament composed of national teams of Argentina, Angola, Russia, Australia, Iran, and the Philippines.

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) also presented its bid to host the said tournament, which started in 2000 in Hong Kong.

"The Philippines is really an ideal venue (for the Diamond Ball)," said SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio, adding that the association and television company Solar Sports will underwrite the P30 million project.

Gregorio said that the SBP already submitted its proposal to host the event two weeks ago and he expressed confidence that the country has a strong chance to win the bid, saying: "the Olympics is already in China."

"Our focus right now is the Diamond Ball. It’s a very big project," said Gregorio. "We’ll be sending a PBA-caliber team to play in that event."

Meanwhile, TAO Corporation, a pharmaceutical and distribution company, pledged P76.5 million to develop the youth 18-and-under program (men’s/women’s) of the SBP.

"It’s an exciting program. We didn’t forget the youth," said Gregorio. "Aside from P76.5 million, the youth pool will be given scholarships and board and lodging."

The men’s youth, handled by many-time national player and champion mentor Franz Pumaren, will play in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in May 2008 in Malaysia.

"The formation of the team will start next week," said Gregorio.

gameface_one
12-29-2007, 09:37 AM
RP’s Polymaster Kings get going vs Macau cagers


By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:14am (Mla time) 12/29/2007


NANAN CITY, FUJIAN, CHINA -- The depleted Polymaster Kings got a reprieve when they drew lightweight Macau as opening assignment in the Seventh Zheng Cheng Gong Cup here.

Down to nine men, including playing coach Junnel Mendiola, the Kings, representing the Philippines, tackle the smaller Macau five at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the start of the six-nation tournament at the Nanan Stadium.

The non-arrival of Jeffrey Sanders and Willie Moody, who encountered visa problems, is expected to make things difficult for the Filipinos, who are bidding to extend their reign since the event started in 1999.

Despite the absence of his chief gunners and a bum stomach slowing down power forward Braulio Lim, Mendiola, a former mainstay of the 2001 Southeast Asian Games champion RP team, said the Millennium Basketball League titlists are ready to do battle with the select commercial teams from Macau, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and host China.

“We’ll do our best,” said Mendiola. “It’s hard but we’re determined to win.”

Mendiola said the holiday season prevented the team from getting reinforcements in time for the team’s departure to this booming city in Fujian province on Thursday.

Other members of the Kings are former University of the East Red Warrior Luis Palaganas, former Bacchus stalwart Reynaldo Mendoza, former Far Eastern University Tamaraw Ronnie Zagala, former University of Manila Hawk Richard Litonjua, Romel David, Michael Dizon and 6-foot-5 Fil-Am Michael Andre Burtscher.

After Macau, the Philippines, defending the title won by Johny Tam-mentored squads, will tackle Huarong of Nanan on Saturday, Bumi Kaya (Indonesia) on Dec. 30, Singapore on Dec. 31 and Tong Whye (Hong Kong) on New Year’s Day.

The top team after the single-round elimination will emerge champion.

Former FIBA president Carl Ching Menky will be the guest of honor and speaker in Friday’s opening ceremony.

Ching and Korean basketball legend Shin Dong-pa will make the ceremonial toss of the event being held in honor of the late general and hero.

Sports patron Alvin Tai Lian is the head of the RP delegation with Taixin Ming as team leader.

Also with Team Philippines are Robert Milton Calo, assistant team leader; John Utsig, referee; and Fructuso Lraytos, technical official.

The Filipinos are best remembered here when they rallied from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip Hong Kong and keep the title first won by the Laguna Lakers in 1999.

gameface_one
12-31-2007, 09:55 AM
Nanan All Star five nips RP’s Telecoms


By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:25am (Mla time) 12/31/2007


SHUI TOU, CHINA -- Fifth Avenue Telecoms’ fiery rally fell short Saturday night, allowing the Nanan All Stars to score a 70-67 victory in the 7th Zheng Chenggong Cup international basketball tournament here.

The loss dropped the Filipinos into a tie with their tormentors at 1-1 and left the defending champions with the tough task of sweeping their three remaining games to get a crack at the title won by the Laguna Lakers in 1999 and a FedEx-backed squad in 2003.

They will try to get back on track against Bumi Kaya of Indonesia, which is powered by national players and is unbeaten after two games, Sunday night.

In other games Saturday, Indonesia trounced Macau, 90-71, and Hong Kong dumped Singapore, 82-60, in Nanan City.

Visibly tired after arriving in this chilly marble-producing town barely three hours before the game, the Filipinos still managed to threaten at 65-64 with still a minute left behind Ronnie Zagala and Luis Palaganas.

But the taller Chinese kept their poise with burly 6-foot-8 center Xu Nan scoring on a short stab then added two free throws for 69-64 following a flubbed three-pointer by Fil-Am Michael Andre Burtscher.

Zagala, 5th Avenue’s top scorer with 35 points in a 93-91 nipping of Macau Friday, struck with a three-point jumper in the last six seconds, 69-67.

But Romel David was forced to foul Xie Ya Cai in the ensuing play and the Chinese made the front end of his free throws for the final count.

“Masyadong malamig (It’s too cold),” complained East Avenue playing coach Junnel Mendiola, referring to the prevailing 12-degree temperature. “Naninigas ang kamay namin pag naka-upo (Our hands get stiff when we are on the bench).”

The 26-year-old Zagala, a three-time national player, wound up with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists with Palaganas and former pro Braulio Lim adding 10 points each.

With springy Wen De Long at the firing end, the Chinese kept the nine-man 5th Avenue squad at bay throughout, posting their biggest lead of 45-36 midway in the third quarter.

The victory wheeled the Chinese, boasting an average ceiling of nearly 6-foot-5, back into contention in the six-team, single-round tournament.

They absorbed a 68-62 beating from a pesky Hong Kong side in the inaugural matches in Nanan City on Friday.

The 6-foot-5 forward Wen powered the Chinese with 20 points and a tournament-high 19 rebounds. Wng Xiao Dong contributed 16 points, including four triples, along with Ding Zhen Xiong.

Fifth Avenue, champion of the Millennium Basketball League, tangles with Thong Whye of Singapore Monday night before closing its stint here against Hong Kong, the 2003 runner-up of the quadrennial event, on New Year’s Day.

The scores:
NANAN ALL STARS 70 -- Wei DL 20, Wang XD 16, Ding ZX 16, Xu N 8, Xie YC 3, Zhang W 3, We CH 2, Ye CH 2, Chen YF 0.
5TH AVENUE 67 -- Zagala 18, Palaganas 10, Lim 10, Dizon 9, David 7, Mendoza 7, Mendiola 4, Burtscher 2.
Quarters: 17-15, 38-32, 50-48, 70-67

gameface_one
12-31-2007, 10:01 AM
Polymasters bow to Chinese 5
mb.com.ph








SHUI TOU, FUJIAN — The Philippines’ 5th Avenue Telecoms-Polymaster put up a brave stand against host Nanan (China) before absorbing a 67-70 loss in the seventh Zheng Cheng Gong Cup international invitational basketball tournament at the Shui Tou gymnasium here Saturday.

Visibly tired after plunging into action barely three hours after arriving in this bustling marble-producing town, the Filipinos allowed their taller and heftier Chinese counterparts to control the tempo of the game from the start before fighting back behind the hot hands of Ronnie Zagala, Luis Palaganas, Braulio Lim and Fil-Am Michael Dizon.

The Filipinos even had a chance to send the game into overtime but Fil-Am Michael Burtscher missed a contested three-point shot with 12 seconds left to allow the Chinese to escape with the win.

"It’s a good game. The Chinese played very well. We had our chances, but missed them in the end," RP-5th Avenue playing coach Junnel Mendiola said.

Mendiola said the sudden change of venue from Nanan City to this town, as well as the freezing weather in this Southern part of China, greatly affected the rhythm of the players.

"Despite the loss, I’m satisfied with the performance of the boys," Mendiola said, who is hoping to duplicate the achievements of the Laguna Lakers, who bagged the title in 1999; and FedEx Express, who captured the crown in 2003.

The loss left the nine-man Filipino squad with an even 1-1 win-loss record in this six-nation, weeklong tournament organized by the Nanan City Sports Council in honor of national hero Zheng Cheng Gong.

Zagala, the hero in RP-5th Avenue’s dramatic 93-91 win over Macau last Friday, again carried the fight for the Filipinos with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.

Palaganas, a member of the 3T Corporation team which ruled the Millennium Basketball League (MBL) First Conference early this year, added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth period.

Lim, who saw action for Purefoods Hotdogs in the PBA, contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Dizon had nine points and five rebounds.

Behemoth Wen Be Long led Nanan with 20 points and a tournament-high 19 rebounds.

Ding Zhen Xiong and Wang Xiao Dong added 16 points apiece.

The scores:

NANAN 70 — Wen Be Long 20, Wang Xiao Dong 16, Ding Shen Xiong 16, Xu Nan 8, Xie Ya Cai 3, Zhang Wei 3, Wu Can Huang 2, Ye Chao Yong 2, Chen Fang 0, Lin Jun 0, JIng Cong 0, Huang Hai Yang 0.

RP-5TH AVENUE 67 — Zagala 18, Palaganas 10, Lim 10, Dizon 9, David 7, Mendoza 7, Mendiola 4, Burtscher 2.

Quarters: 15-17, 32-38, 48-50, 67-70

gameface_one
01-02-2008, 11:21 AM
Philippines’ Telecoms cagers batter Singaporeans


By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:56pm (Mla time) 01/02/2008


SHUI TOU, China -- 5th Avenue Telecoms started hot and sustained the heat till the end to rout Singapore, 97-74, Monday night in the Seventh Zheng Chenggong Cup international basketball tournament here.

Showing better teamwork and tougher defense, the Filipinos zoomed to a 28-16 first-quarter spread and never allowed the Singaporeans to come any closer en route to their second win in four starts in the six-team tournament that ends Tuesday.

Former national player Ronnie Zagala again shone with 26 points and 10 rebounds for 5fth Avenue, which posted their biggest lead at 97-71, shortly before the final buzzer sounded.

Unlike in their first three games, however, Zagala got plenty of help from former University of Manila Hawk Richard Litonjua, who had 19 points, including three triples, former University of Santo Tomas Glowing Goldie Romel David with 14 and former University of the East Warrior Luis Palaganas with 10.

Atoning for their error-ridden 66-84 loss to the Indonesians on Sunday, the Filipinos played cohesively against the Singaporeans, coming through with 15 assists and 14 steals, four by Palaganas.

Singapore, which dropped its fourth straight game, drew 26 points from 6-foot-6 Bo Man, a member of the Singapore Sizzlers in the Australian pro league.

With 5th Avenue centers Braulio Lim and Michael Andre Burtscher weakened by stomach ailments, the Singaporeans posted a 49-43 edge off the boards, with Bo grabbing 16 rebounds.

The Filipinos closed their stint in the quadrennial event when they tangle with the dangerous Hong Kong side Tuesday night in Nanan City.

A win over Hong Kong, which suffered its first defeat against pacesetter Indonesia (72-63) on Monday, coupled by a Nanan All Stars loss to unbeaten Indonesia in the final game Tuesday will forge a three-way tie for second place among 5th Avenue, Nanan and Hong Kong.

Though they have yielded the crown a FedEx-backed team won in the last edition in 2003, the Filipinos are determined to show their true worth against the Hong Kong side.

“We’ll give it our best shot,” said Junnel Mendiola, playing coach of the nine-man 5th Avenue squad. “The boys want to redeem themselves from that loss to the Indonesians.”

Earlier, 5th Avenue, champion of Manila’s Millennium Basketball League, nipped Macau, 93-91, before yielding to the towering Nanan five, 70-67, on Saturday.

The Philippine delegation gathered at a function room of the Minjing Hotel here to welcome the New Year with a small celebration. They will be leaving this chilly mountain town for home via Xiamen Wednesday night.

The scores:

5TH AVENUE 97 -- Zagala 26, Litonjua 19, David 14, Palaganas 10, Mendoza 7, Dizon 7, Lim 6, Burtscher 6.

SINGAPORE 74 -- Bo 26, Lu 13, Chien 10, Huo 10, Li QL 7, Li WT 4, Liang WM 4, Yao 0.
Quarters: 28-16, 54-32, 76-54, 97-74

gameface_one
01-03-2008, 10:03 AM
Biting cold freezes RP’s Telecoms to fourth place


By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:41am (Mla time) 01/03/2008


NANAN CITY, CHINA -- The temperature plunged and so did 5th Avenue Telecoms’ shooting percentage Tuesday night.

Making less than half of its attempts (41 percent) and only four of 24 from three-point territory (16.6 percent), the Millennium Basketball League titlist bowed to Hong Kong, 68-84, Tuesday night and wound up fourth in the 7th Zheng Chenggong Cup International basketball tournament here.

Their third loss in five games pulled the Filipinos, champions of the quadrennial event in 1999 and 2003, behind the Indonesians, the Hong Kong five and the Nanan All Stars in that order.

Indonesia bested Nanan, 89-84, in Shui Tou town, to complete a five-game sweep while Hong Kong finished with a four-win, one-loss slate. Nanan took third with a 3-2 card.

Unaccustomed to the chilly weather prevailing here, the Filipinos suffered even more when the temperature dropped to a biting 7 degree Celsius from the usual 12-16 degrees.

“Namanhid ang kamay ng mga bata sa lamig (It was so cold the players’ hands got numb),” said 5th Avenue playing coach Junnel Mendiola. “Hirap silang tumira at tumanggap ng bola (It was hard for them to shoot and receive passes).”

Their woes became evident as the night wore on, allowing Hong Kong to zoom ahead at 66-48 early in the third quarter as the Filipinos, who had 24 turnovers for the game, kept turning the ball over and flubbing open attempts.

Reminded that a FedEx-supported team mentored by Air21 Express interim coach Johny Tam rallied from 20 points down to beat another Hong Kong team for the 2003 crown, the nine-man 5th Avenue squad gave it a final go and closed within 58-67 midway in the fourth period.

That’s the best they could do, however, as the speedier HK dribblers sealed the outcome with a triple and back-to-back fastbreak attempts, 79-62, with two minutes to go.

In an afternoon game, Macau subdued Singapore, 84-71, to salvage fifth place with a 1-5 record. The Singaporeans wound up sixth and last at 0-6.

Fifth Avenue’s victories came at the expense of Macau, 93-91, Singapore, 97-74, while its other losses were dealt by Nanan, 67-70, and Indonesia, 64-86.

For the fifth straight time, Ronnie Zagala topscored for the Filipinos with 17 points, followed by Fil-Am Michael Dizon with 13, including a rim-rattling two-handed follow-up slam that drew applause from the crowd just before the final buzzer sounded.

Filipino-Australian Michael Andre Burtscher chipped in 11 points, former University of the East Red Warrior Luis Palaganas added nine and former University of Santo Tomas Glowing Goldie Romel David had eight.

The Filipinos motored to bustling Xiamen City in the afternoon to catch their Wednesday night flight to Manila.

The scores:

HONG KONG 84 -- Wu 20, Luo 16, Liang ZX 13, Liang GC13, Lu 12, Wu JL 8, Xie 2, Liu 0, Mo 0.
FIFTH AVENUE 68 -- Zagala 17, Dizon 13, Burtscher 11, Palaganas 9, David 8, Litonjua 6, Mendoza 2, Lim 2.
Quarters: 23-14, 42-36, 62-46, 84-68

oca
02-20-2008, 08:23 AM
And, knowledgeable sources said, that pull-out may depend on the April elections of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the sport’s national federation, in April.

The above excerpt is taken from the news report of the Inquirer, "RP Youth Five Dreams Big", 20Feb2008.

Tama ba yan? The elections will be this April?

The timing is off and over the long term will not help Philippine basketball.

Take note, it is scheduled before the Olympics or during an Olympic year. It should have been scheduled the calendar year after every Olympics.

Can you imagine having an election as the Summer Games approaches? I suppose we need not go into the horrid details attendant to our elections.

I don't know if this schedule is only part of the transitory provisions of the SBP. Pero dapat baguhin nila yang cycle na yan. Have it on an odd year, preferably the year after the Games. The FIBA C'ships are also in even number years. That way, when the time comes we do regularly qualify to the Summer Games (wishful thinking ba?), our preparation will not be derailed.

As mentioned in the same news report, the sponsor of the Youth Team has an exit clause. Implied is, pag di nila gusto ang bagong hirang na opisyal ng SBP, they'll pull out.

Do we have to go through that at every Olympic year.

Hindi ba nag-iisip yung mga nagtakda nang petsang iyan?

I just wish the news report was erroneous on that point.

Kaya pala masigasig ang BAP sa pag organize ng mga events this early.... they have to make their presence felt.

gameface_one
02-21-2008, 09:43 AM
MVP up for 2nd term in cage body

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Philstar.com


Chances are BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan would be reelected by acclamation in April or keep the position with no election at all.

This was the consensus among SBP area and regional directors who attended a meeting with Pangilinan in Astoria in Ortigas Complex Tuesday.

It was actually a conference where the national federation and its regional chapters presented their programs. Philippine Olympic Committee board chairman Robert Aventajado was also present to discuss the component of basketball in the Philippine Olympic Festival.

But talks about politics in the sidelines just couldn’t be avoided with the SBP by-laws calling on the federation to hold an election of officers by the end of April.

A federation insider said majority of the membership is satisfied with the leadership and programs of Pangilinan that they intend to reelect him by acclamation.

On former Congressman Butch Pichay’s pronouncement that he’s running for the SBP presidency, one SBP board trustee said there may never be an election in April.

“I’ll bet that we don’t hold an election this year but in the next Olympic year in 2012. We can do that under our by-laws,” said the board trustee, who didn’t want to be identified.

“I was among the framers of our constitution. Only the board can call an election. The spirit of a certain provision in our constitution is for the board to call an election when everything is already normal in the federation. But the federation is still in a transition period,” the trustee added.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said Pangilinan has expressed his desire to stay on as president and continue programs he’s laid down for the federation.

“He’s very passionate with his vision,” said Gregorio of Pangilinan.

Pangilinan discussed the National Youth Training Center (NYTC) to highlight his presentation during the meeting. The NYTC has an end goal of bringing the Philippines back in the Olympics in London in 2012.

The five SBP super areas presented their respective programs. They’ve got tremendous boost with Pangilinan committing to give them a seed money of P100,000 each.

“Under the SBP by-laws, the regional federations should be self-sufficient and self-reliant. Mr. MVP is giving personal money totaling P.5 million as their seed funds. Mr. MVP’s request is for the regional federations to make good use of the money, make the money grow,” said Gregorio. – Nelson Beltran

myktristan
02-22-2008, 04:43 PM
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will formally bid to host next year’s Diamond Ball when the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board meets in Chicago, United States on Dec. 7 to 9.

This was bared by SBP President, telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, during the association’s opening of its main office Saturday night at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

"We’ll send one or two of our people to lobby to the FIBA board so we can host the Diamond Ball," said Pangilinan.

FIBA actually set the Diamond Ball from July 29 to Aug. 1 2008, or eight days before the Beijing Olympics.

It’s an invitational tournament composed of national teams of Argentina, Angola, Russia, Australia, Iran, and the Philippines.

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) also presented its bid to host the said tournament, which started in 2000 in Hong Kong.

"The Philippines is really an ideal venue (for the Diamond Ball)," said SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio, adding that the association and television company Solar Sports will underwrite the P30 million project.

Gregorio said that the SBP already submitted its proposal to host the event two weeks ago and he expressed confidence that the country has a strong chance to win the bid, saying: "the Olympics is already in China."

"Our focus right now is the Diamond Ball. It’s a very big project," said Gregorio. "We’ll be sending a PBA-caliber team to play in that event."

Meanwhile, TAO Corporation, a pharmaceutical and distribution company, pledged P76.5 million to develop the youth 18-and-under program (men’s/women’s) of the SBP.

"It’s an exciting program. We didn’t forget the youth," said Gregorio. "Aside from P76.5 million, the youth pool will be given scholarships and board and lodging."

The men’s youth, handled by many-time national player and champion mentor Franz Pumaren, will play in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in May 2008 in Malaysia.

"The formation of the team will start next week," said Gregorio.

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20071126109763.html

gameface_one
03-07-2008, 06:58 AM
SBP faces dilemma over RP’s foreign stints



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is in a quandary as to which team it is going to tap to represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated in May in United Arab Emirates.



Initially, SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio has reserved the slot to the champion of the PBA All-Filipino Conference but the pro league has yet to act on his request.

For winning the just-concluded event, Sta. Lucia is lined up to compete in the tournament as bonus for topping the most prestigious conference of the pro league.

Rickie Santos, chief of PBA Operations and Technical Committee, said the matter PBA represenation will be discussed upon the return of Commissioner Sonny Barrios who is taking a vacation in the United States.

Santos, however, is skeptical whether the Board will allow a PBA team to take part in the event because it runs in conflict with their forthcoming Fiesta Cup.

"I don’t think it is possible for us to send a team because the Fiesta Cup is about to start. But it depends on the decision of the Board," Santos said. "We’ll just have to wait."

Even the PBA’s participation in the Jones Cup in July in Taipei looks in peril.

The Champions Cup, like the Jones Cup, is also in conflict with the schedule of the Fiesta Cup although the pro league will already have one team eliminated by that time.

But it looks like Gregorio is not amenable to the idea of sending a tail-ender to the event which he considers as an important tournament, too.

"I prefer that we send a selection, one that is truly competitive," Gregorio said.

In the event the PBA can’t send a team, Gregorio is likely to knock on the door of the Philippine Basketball League for the Jones Cup since the ongoing PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup is already over by June.

"My concern now is the Champions Cup which is just around the corner," said Gregorio, who added that PBL’s Harbour Centre will defend its crown in the SEABA Club Championship slated next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Gregorio also said that if the PBA would not form a team for the Asian Games slated in China two years from now, he would ask the help of Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero to bankroll the training and participation of the team.

Romero, a patron of amateur basketball, has expressed willingness to help form a national team for the Asian Games.

Romero was also the one who financed the training of the Philippine men’s basketball team in last year’s Thailand SEA Games.

gameface_one
03-27-2008, 09:59 AM
SBP shopping for a national team



By Kristel Satumbaga
mb.com.ph

With no PBA team available for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Pato Gregorio is inviting PBL four-time champion Harbour Centre to represent the country in the annual event slated in Kuwait on May 8-16.


The PBA turned down the request of SBP since the Kuwait tournament will interfere with the schedule of the pro league.

Initially, the slot was reserved for the newly-crowned All-Filipino champion Sta. Lucia but the PBA Board thumbed down the SBP proposal.

"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 (with two imports) in Kuwait because of conflict of schedule. We respect that decision," Gregorio said.

Romero can’t be reached for comment since he’s in Singapore.

However, it is also doubtful if the PBL Board will allow Harbour Centre to play in the Kuwait since it has an ongoing tournament.

By the time the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup starts, the PBL will be on the semifinals stage then.

The Batang Pier are currently leading the field with a 6-0 record.

Aside from the Kuwait tournament, Gregorio is also asking Romero to help form a team for the Jones Cup slated in July.

The Jones Cup also runs conflict with the schedule of the pro league although it can lend some players whose teams will be out of the running by July.

"We hope that PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad and executive director Butch Maniego will support this request just like in the past," said Gregorio.

"Walang problema sa Jones Cup, pero mukhang malabo ‘yung FIBA-Asia because it’s a two-week tournament and the PBL conference would be in the semifinal stage by then," Maniego said.

"This is as far as how the preliminary discussions went. However, we still have to discuss it once the BAP-SBP formally goes to us," he added.

The Harbour Centre-RP team will leave next week with to defend its crown in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup on April 2 to 6 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

AnthonyServinio
04-03-2008, 12:51 AM
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* * *LUCY PAREDES-GASTON, mother of PBA legend and BAP-SBP official Matthew "Fritz" Gaston, passed away peacefully last March 30 at the age of 88.

* * *Her remains lie in state at the Monserrat Chapel of the Loyola Memorial Park along Sucat Road in Paranaque City.* She will be cremated on April 5, 2008 (Saturday) after the 9:00AM mass.

* * *In lieu of flowers, please donate to a Gawad Kalinga site of your choice.

gameface_one
04-21-2008, 08:53 AM
Clean Living
Basketball boo-boo


By Manolo Iñigo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:12:00 04/15/2008


MANILA, Philippines—There was a time in Philippine sports when Filipino basketball players reigned supreme in Asia. In fact, Filipino players were almost at par with their American and European counterparts.

In the mid-1970s, the esteemed Gonzalo “Lito” Puyat, a longtime head of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, was elected twice as president of the powerful FIBA (International Basketball Federation), the governing body for basketball.

There were other notable achievements in the dash-and-dribble sport.

I’m pretty sure that basketball old timers fondly recall the golden years when the Philippine team, captained by Ambrosio Padilla, finished fifth in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. They also remember the good times when the Philippines, sparked by the fabled Carlos Loyzaga and wily Lauro Mumar, finished a magnificent third in the 1954 World Basketball Championship in Rio de Janeiro.

And who could forget our string of successes in the Asian Basketball Conference (now FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier) and the Asian Games basketball competitions where the Philippines was the perennial champion?

Worth recalling too, was the extraordinary feat of the Philippine Youth Team of the 1970s for scoring an amazing streak of 32 straight victories, a record that remained unmatched up to the present.

No wonder basketball is the country’s undisputed No. 1 sport.

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However, recent RP results in the region proved otherwise. In the just-ended 7th Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup held Jakarta, Harbour Center-Philippines, bankrolled by sportsman Mikee Romero, could only finish second to Indonesia, the very Asian squad we used to whip before.

Something’s seriously wrong here. Over the years, the quality of Philippine basketball has continuously failed us.

In the Seaba fiasco, people are blaming officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for being short-sighted. How on earth could these people, supposedly knowledgeable in basketball, fail to secure a FIBA clearance for RP import Sam Ekwe from the Nigerian Basketball Association? Ekwe is a 6-foot-8 behemoth from San Beda College.

As FIBA commissioner Lee Kak Kwan said: “The Philippines should be aware of the requirement being a regular participant of several FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.”

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said he had requested a clearance for Ekwe from the Nigerian association, but his request was left unanswered. After seven days, Gregorio considered his request approved, a big blunder on his part. What he should have done was to pursue the Ekwe case by immediately notifying the FIBA.

Just to stress my point, FIBA rules states that “if there is no response within the seven-day period, the requesting national member-federation shall immediately notify FIBA.”

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Gregorio has already tendered his resignation, effective May 31, for reasons he refused to explain. On the other hand, SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan has hinted he may step down because recent events tended to question his leadership.

In an interview with sportswriter Tito Talao of Tempo tabloid, Pangilinan was quoted as saying, “I wanna go. I don’t need this headache,” referring to his irritation over the distorted picture being painted of him by his critics.

“I don’t need this job,” he stressed.

Pangilinan explained, though, that he just couldn’t abandon the infant SBP. “I want to leave the organization in good hands.”

gameface_one
05-05-2008, 01:18 PM
Not only in the Philippines
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Monday, May 5, 2008
Philstar.com


One of our favorite expressions for peculiar situations (especially involving political conflict) is to say “Only in the Philippines.”

Apparently, the internal conflict that caused our suspension by FIBA from international competition is not so unique to our country, after all. It may be even worse for Japan, since they are on the verge of being eliminated from Olympic competition just weeks from the women’s qualifying tournament.

The Japan Basketball Association (JBA) has been unable to peacefully resolve its own internal conflicts, or even open positions on its board of directors for almost a year, and has drawn the close scrutiny and even direct supervision of FIBA’s hierarchy itself. The Japan Olympic Committee, like the POC, suspended the JBA on March 18, and place into serious jeopardy the participation of the women’s team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Madrid from June 9-15. The event is the last tournament that will grant five more countries entry to the Beijing Games.

Possibly in part because Japan earned the fifth-highest number of gold medals in the last Olympic Games, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann flew to Tokyo March 28 to hold meetings with the president of the Japanese Basketball league, Mr. F. Tamiaki, the acting president of the JBA, Mr. T. Ishikawa, and the president of the JOC, Mr. T. Takeda.

In the extraordinary congress held on April 29, JBA members were able to pick nominees for board membership. They also approved the calendar and financial reports for 2008. FIBA and the JOC were pleased with the developments. JOC will consider lifting the suspension of the JBA at its next Executive Board meeting. The new JBA will elect a new set of officers to represent the sport’s national association in Japan.

“The institutional developments over the past couple of days have been long overdue and are very encouraging. On behalf of the FIBA Central Board I congratulate JBA for having resolved this deadlock. We expect now JBA to stop the infighting and appoint without delay a new president, so that the relationships with both FIBA and the JOC can be normalized rapidly,” the FIBA website quoted Baumann as saying. “FIBA will therefore closely monitor the compliance of JBA with their latest resolutions. The discussions with JOC President Takeda were also very constructive, allowing to concentrate on preserving the interests of JBA and protecting the athletes. As a result, the JOC can lift its suspension shortly and the Japanese Women National Team shall pursue its training camps without anxiety. We look forward to seeing the Japanese team competing in Madrid and Haining and wish them good luck.”

The JOC and JBA jointly asked FIBA to allow the Japanese women’s team to continue training in upcoming FIBA events despite the fact that the JOC suspension has not yet officially been lifted. The Japanese women’s team is also slated to join the second FIBA Diamond Ball for Women to take place in Haining, China, from August 2-5.

So it seems one of the keys to moving forward was a literal changing of the establishment in the Japanese basketball scenario.

Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, the old guard simply will not go away without taking a piece of the sport with them. The only time we will have peace in basketball is when they realize that they have to allow the new order to do its job first, instead of casting stones even before the new house is built.

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Congratulations to the winners of the FILA Boracay International Dragonboat Festival. The Wann Sea Dragons from Germany finally found their sea legs and won the men’s 500-meter race with a time of two minutes, 7.6 seconds. Not too many people know that the Germans were supposed to arrive days before Saturday’s star, but due to the cancellation of their domestic flight, arrived only on the morning of the actual competition.

The women’s 500 meters was won by Bugsay Boracay with a time of two minutes, 22.12 seconds. The mixed 500 meters was claimed by the PNP Patriots in two minutes, 3.5 seconds.

In the 300-meter races, the men’s event was won by defending champion Tribu Cam Surone minute, 12.5 seconds; the women’s race conquered by Hong Kong’s Stormy Dragons, in one minute, 25 seconds flat, while the mixed race was claimed by Tribu Cam Sur in 1:13.91.

A total of 47 teams participated, from as far off as Australia, Liechtenstein, the US, Germany, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:23 AM
SBP set to follow US cage program
By June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/

MANILA, Philippines—A comprehensive program patterned after USA Basketball is being adopted by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Executive director Noli Eala Wednesday said BAP-SBP is on the verge of putting up a national team organizing committee composed of officials from top commercial and collegiate leagues and the best coaching minds in Philippine basketball.

The committee will be made up of representatives from the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, UAAP, NCAA, Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) and at least three coaches with winning traditions in their respective leagues.

Eala declined to identify the coaches but a source said former men’s team and Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes, De La Salle University’s Franz Pumaren, Norman Black of Ateneo de Manila University and Junel Baculi are candidates.

The former PBA commissioner said the organizing committee will take care of the scouting and screening of players and coaches as well as the training, funding and selection of team members for elite tournaments.

“Hopefully, this will systematize the formation of the national team,” said Eala, who will act as ex-officio chairman of the committee.

BAP-SBP competitions commission head Bernie Atienza will be in charge of the committee, whose chief aim is to develop, manage and coordinate programs for the national team.

Patterned after the structure of USA Basketball, the SBP national team organizing committee will serve as the backbone of the organization’s thrust to bring the country back in the international basketball scene.

Eala said the committee is targeting the 2010 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey and 2012 London Olympics.

amdgc82
07-17-2008, 05:48 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Pangilinan begs off from set meeting
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE anticipation for a national gathering of the basketball top honchos of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) died down when it announced yesterday that the meeting has been cancelled, much to the chagrin of local basketball heads, who were looking forward to it.

Stakeholders, board members and regional heads of the BAP-SBP under the Manny Pangilinan leadership was supposed to meet this Friday here in the city for a once-in-a-lifetime chance of holding the elusive meeting outside Manila.

“There is conflict in scheduling that is why we have to move the meeting to another date,” said BAP-SBP executive director Noli Eala. Eala, who is the creator of Liga Pilipinas, will be in town as the Liga shifts venue here in Cebu.

Reset

Eala said that they will have to reschedule the meeting. It is likely that it will no longer be held here in Cebu.

Lawyer Baldomero Estenzo, who represents the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), was told that the schedule conflict involved that of BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan.

The basketball patron and communication mogul had to attend to business-related issues on that day, which forced the meeting to be cancelled. “He really wants to attend this meeting,” Estenzo said.

“The meeting is supposedly for planning of programs and strategies. We were also supposed to identify the group’s vision
and mission,” Estenzo added.

Disappointed

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said that he was disappointed because he wants the group to finally come up with plans and programs for basketball.

BAP-SBP had received several attacks from BAP head Prospero Pichay, the other faction of BAP-SBP for allegedly not having real programs for basketball.

In a press conference here in Cebu, when asked if he is not worried that his projects will be in conflict with that of
Pangilinan’s group, Pichay said that he isn’t “since Pangilinan does not have programs at all.”

As of the moment, Pangilinan’s and Pichay’s groups are fighting a legal battle as to which BAP-SBP faction legally holds the mandate to be the country’s governing body. (MCB)

D_I_A
07-17-2008, 09:18 AM
eh sa pula sa puti naman ang mga basketball leaders diyan sa cebu eh..

amdgc82
07-20-2008, 08:04 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Make up your mind
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) will be ordered to face the Ethics Committee of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP), formerly the Basketball Association of the Philippines-SBP.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala told reporters that as a standard operating procedure, Cesafi has to explain why they were cooperating with their rival group for the holding of the 6th Asian University Basketball Championships here two weeks ago.

“Well it is just an SOP for the Cesafi to explain their side to our Ethics Committee since they made an oath of loyalty with us last July 12,” Eala said.

Also set to face the ethics committee with Cesafi are the two Cebu schools who participated in the tournament—the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Southwestern University Cobras.

The Cesafi placed itself in a unique situation after aligning with both factions of the BAP-SBP.

“We just want to clear the issues, for formality’s sake. We just wanted to know where their loyalty belongs,” Eala said.

Cesafi cooperated with the BAP-SBP group of Prospero Pichay for the Cebu hosting of the 6th AUBC which attracted two foreign schools—Hoaquiao University of Xiamen, China and the Han Yang University of South Korea. The University of Luzon and the Angeles University Foundation completed the cast of the competition which was dubbed as the Battle of Champions.

Feud

Meanwhile, Eala’s move might just as well prod Cesafi to finally choose which group it will support in the never-ending feud in Philippine basketball.

Cesafi is also close to make an official stand regarding the BAP-SBP fiasco.

However, Cesafi is keeping their stand under wraps until their board meeting this coming Wednesday.

Things have been chaotic for the basketball community with two groups claiming to be the legitimate national body—the BAP team of Pichay and the other group being that of BAP-SBP’s Manny Pangilinan.

Stakeholder

Cesafi, currently affiliated with Pangilinan’s group, is caught between the warring factions, being a stakeholder, and the group deemed it necessary to investigate the legality of both groups.

Pichay, the first to hold an election, also questioned the legality of Pangilinan’s tenure and went as far as bringing the issue to court and later registering BAP-SBP with the Securities and Exchange Commission, preventing Pangilinan’s group from using the name BAP-SBP.

However, Pangilinan’s group is the one recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and Fiba, the world basketball governing body, and is backed by the major stakeholders in the country.

The SBP will also ask the SEC to remove BAP-SBP from its list.

Lawyer Baldomero Estenzo, the Cesafi’s representative to the BAP-SBP had reviewed the documents that would prove the claims of both factions and will be reporting his finding to the Cesafi board.

During the elections of Pangilinan’s group, Estenzo also tried to question why BAP-SBP, which was supposed to be a united basketball body, now has two factions.

However, nobody answered him.

After Estenzo reports his finding, the board will then make the decision.

“Whatever the decision, Cesafi will remain a stakeholder of BAP-SBP,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

Meanwhile, Pangilinan’s group, which cancelled the strategic planning session last Friday, has moved it on July 25 and 26, still in Cebu. The meeting was postponed after a conflict with Pangilinan’s schedule. (RCM, MCB)

amdgc82
07-20-2008, 08:16 PM
It’s not over yet
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:01:00 07/20/2008

Another chapter of the seemingly endless struggle for outright leadership of the country’s beleaguered basketball governing body is set to be written.

This after BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) Executive Director Noli Eala said their group is asking for an explanation from Cebu schools which participated in the recent Asian University Basketball Championships (AUBC).

Eala, a member of the Manny V. Pangilinan side of the BAP-SBP, said that the University of the Visayas (UV) and the Southwestern University (SWU) have some explaining to do to the ethics committee of the organization. Also included were some officials of the Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi).

“We will let them explain why they joined the tournament,” said Eala when he met with a select group of the Cebu media yesterday at the Grand Convention Center.

The AUBC was organized by the BAP-SBP group of Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte and Prospero Pichay. The other BAP-SBP faction is led by Pangilinan and Eala.

UV and SWU play for the Cesafi, which is one of the stakeholders of the Pangilinan-led BAP-SBP.

As a stakeholder, Cesafi teams will only participate in tournaments sanctioned by the Pangilinan-led BAP-SBP.

Controversy popped out when Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhuy accepted the commissionership of the AUBC. Because of this, Tiukinhoy is also expected to be invited to the committee.

When sought for his comment Tiukinhuy said: “Ask Eala first if their organization is legal before they invite us to the ethics committee.”

Lawyer Baldomero Estenzo, Cesafi's representative to the Pangilinan-led BAP-SBP board, said they are willing to explain their side.

“I will ask them what our violation is,” said Estenzo. “We joined because we didn't even know the rules. That's why I asked them to provide us documents such as articles of incorporation, their by-laws and minutes of meeting so we will know what the rules are.”

Estenzo said they have yet to receive any document from the Pangilinan-led BAP-SBP.

Estenzo also questioned why the Pangilinan-led BAP-SBP did not take action when UV and SWU played in the National Students Basketball Championship (NSBC) last March. The NSBC, which was won by SWU, was organized by the Pichay-led BAP-SBP.

“UV and SWU joined the AUBC because they were not penalized when they played in the NSBC,” Estenzo said.

Estenzo said that they are now studying as to what group the Cesafi will tie up with. That matter will be discussed when the Cesafi board holds a meeting on Wednesday, said Tiukinhuy.

The Pangilinan group will also be holding its much-awaited strategic planning session in Cebu on July 25 and 26 after it was postponed last week because of the unavailability of Pangilinan.

Among the things that will be discussed will be the issue regarding the name the group is currently carrying.

The Pangilinan-wing is currently carrying SBP since the BAP-SBP has already been registered with the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Pichay. CORRESPONDENTs CALVIN D. CORDOVA and Jonas Panerio

amdgc82
07-21-2008, 06:50 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
Word war heats up
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

WE did not violate any rules.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) hit back at Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas SBP) executive director Noli Eala after Eala said they will have to explain in an inquiry why they joined a tournament organized by a rival faction.

Cesafi, and two of its members, the Southwestern University and the University of the Visayas, supported the Asian Universities Basketball Championship organized by the Prospero Pichay faction of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-SBP.

Their support prodded the Manny Pangilinan group—which have dropped the Baskeball Association the Philippines (BAP) from its name and renamed itself to just the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) since Pichay’s wing was the first to register BAP-SBP with the Securities and Exchange Commission—to question the loyalty of the Cesafi.

Cesafi, and two of its members, have also been ordered to face the ethics committee of SBP.

However, Cesafi sees no reason for the league to be called for any sort of loyalty check.

“As far as we are concerned, there weren’t any violations in Cesafi’s participation of the Asian Universities Basketball Championship,” said Cesafi representative to BAP-SBP Baldomero Estenzo.

Legitimate

Estenzo said, Cesafi is a stakeholder of BAP-SBP and they see nothing wrong in joining an event organized by Pichay’s group, which claims to be the legitimate BAP-SBP.

“The Bangkok Agreement states that the Fiba recognizes the corporation called BAP-SBP and wasn’t that the name of Pichay’s group that invited us in the AUBC?” Estenzo said.

During the elections of the Pangilinan group, Estenzo said he tried to ask why there are two groups in the basketball body but was reportedly rebuffed.

“We did not violate any rules. Well to violate a rule, there should have been a rule in the first place. But there were none to violate,” Estenzo said.

Why now?

Estenzo also wondered why Pangilinan’s group is only questioning them now, a week after the AUBC, when they had known all along that they were joining the event.

“They should have communicated with us and told us that we were wrong. They should have furnished us with a copy of all the rules that were broken,” said Estenzo.

Estenzo added that the schools, University of the Visayas and Southwestern University, should not be questioned because they merely acted upon the approval of Cesafi.

“They joined because they are the runnerup of the National Champion’s League (UV) and the champion of the National Schools Basketball Championship (SWU),” Estenzo said.

The NSBC was also organized by the Pichay group.

Estenzo added that they cannot stop the schools from joining because this is an opportunity for their players to hone their skills.

“Where else can you find an opportunity to play teams from China and Korea? It is very rare. And when it comes, we can’t just tell the teams not to take advantage of it. Pangilinan’s group does not have those to offer. It is not our fault that Pichay’s group is already implementing programs and they are still in the planning stages,” Estenzo said.

Estenzo also added that he had completed his investigation regarding BAP-SBP and will be reporting the findings to the Cesafi board this Wednesday.

‘Let’s see what happens in the board meeting. It could be dramatic,” said Estenzo, who is one of the brains behind Cesafi and is currently the basketball coordinator for University of Cebu.

amdgc82
07-21-2008, 06:52 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
SBP to hold session in Cebu
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THE Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas will push through with its planning session in Cebu City this Friday.

“Last week, MVP (SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan) wanted to hold it here but because of some matters, he needed to reschedule it,” Eala said.

Eala will present to the board of trustees his programs and plans for the next four years.

“It’s going to show that SBP is not all Manila. We will be reaching out to key places in the country, not just in Cebu but all over the country,” Eala said.

Among the plans that Eala will present is the first official tournament that SBP will be holding—the Nokia Manila Youth Invitational Championships from Aug. 14 to 17 in Pasig City.

“This is the first tournament that we are putting up as SBP. Then we will try to have the National Juniors Championships in the last quarter of this year,” Eala said. (RCM)

oca
07-21-2008, 10:05 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
SBP to hold session in Cebu
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THE Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas will push through with its planning session in Cebu City this Friday.

“Last week, MVP (SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan) wanted to hold it here but because of some matters, he needed to reschedule it,” Eala said.

Eala will present to the board of trustees his programs and plans for the next four years.

“It’s going to show that SBP is not all Manila. We will be reaching out to key places in the country, not just in Cebu but all over the country,” Eala said.

Among the plans that Eala will present is the first official tournament that SBP will be holding—the Nokia Manila Youth Invitational Championships from Aug. 14 to 17 in Pasig City.

“This is the first tournament that we are putting up as SBP. Then we will try to have the National Juniors Championships in the last quarter of this year,” Eala said. (RCM)


I like the idea of having an SBP organized Junior event. Pero iyang Nokia Invitational, nasa gitna yan ng UAAP at NCAA Jrs competition. Bad timing if you ask me.

Buti pa, huwag na lang invitational, gawin na lng NCR qualifier for the nationals and schedule it at the start of the second semester, early November.

As for the Nat'l Jrs, okay na okay yan.

If I recall it right, late November to early December ang PCCL. Baka pwedeng pagsabayin, or mauna nang 1 week ang Nat'l Jrs.

Kung ano man, pag-usapan ang schedule, basta ituloy ang Nat'l Juniors! Kung ano man ang maging pintas sa format or composition on the first SBP organized staging, pwedeng patawarin. Importante, mapasimulan na!

D_I_A
07-21-2008, 11:25 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
Word war heats up
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

WE did not violate any rules.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) hit back at Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas SBP) executive director Noli Eala after Eala said they will have to explain in an inquiry why they joined a tournament organized by a rival faction.

Cesafi, and two of its members, the Southwestern University and the University of the Visayas, supported the Asian Universities Basketball Championship organized by the Prospero Pichay faction of

the Basketball Association of the Philippines-SBP.

Their support prodded the Manny Pangilinan group—which have dropped the Baskeball Association the Philippines (BAP) from its name and renamed itself to just the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) since Pichay’s wing was the first to register BAP-SBP with the Securities and Exchange Commission—to question the loyalty of the Cesafi.

Cesafi, and two of its members, have also been ordered to face the ethics committee of SBP.

However, Cesafi sees no reason for the league to be called for any sort of loyalty check.

“As far as we are concerned, there weren’t any violations in Cesafi’s participation of the Asian Universities Basketball Championship,” said Cesafi representative to BAP-SBP Baldomero Estenzo.

Legitimate

Estenzo said, Cesafi is a stakeholder of BAP-SBP and they see nothing wrong in joining an event organized by Pichay’s group, which claims to be the legitimate BAP-SBP.

“The Bangkok Agreement states that the Fiba recognizes the corporation called BAP-SBP and wasn’t that the name of Pichay’s group that invited us in the AUBC?” Estenzo said.

During the elections of the Pangilinan group, Estenzo said he tried to ask why there are two groups in the basketball body but was reportedly rebuffed.

“We did not violate any rules. Well to violate a rule, there should have been a rule in the first place. But there were none to violate,” Estenzo said.

Why now?

Estenzo also wondered why Pangilinan’s group is only questioning them now, a week after the AUBC, when they had known all along that they were joining the event.

“They should have communicated with us and told us that we were wrong. They should have furnished us with a copy of all the rules that were broken,” said Estenzo.

Estenzo added that the schools, University of the Visayas and Southwestern University, should not be questioned because they merely acted upon the approval of Cesafi.

“They joined because they are the runnerup of the National Champion’s League (UV) and the champion of the National Schools Basketball Championship (SWU),” Estenzo said.

The NSBC was also organized by the Pichay group.

Estenzo added that they cannot stop the schools from joining because this is an opportunity for their players to hone their skills.

“Where else can you find an opportunity to play teams from China and Korea? It is very rare. And when it comes, we can’t just tell the teams not to take advantage of it. Pangilinan’s group does not have those to offer. It is not our fault that Pichay’s group is already implementing programs and they are still in the planning stages,” Estenzo said.

Estenzo also added that he had completed his investigation regarding BAP-SBP and will be reporting the findings to the Cesafi board this Wednesday.

‘Let’s see what happens in the board meeting. It could be dramatic,” said Estenzo, who is one of the brains behind Cesafi and is currently the basketball coordinator for University of Cebu.



so blind loyalty ba ito ng CESAFI sa BAP ni Pichay?

sa pula sa puti talaga ito..kung san may pakinabang dun sila..

kaya talagang walang mangyayari pag pera pera lang ang labanan..

sayang ang CESAFI..


DOWN with the BAP!!!

Howard the Duck
07-22-2008, 02:20 AM
Ano bah na override na ang bangkok agreement

amdgc82
07-23-2008, 05:45 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Eala shuns word war with Cesafi
www.sunstar.com.ph

SAMAHANG Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala do not want to engage in publicity stunts and would rather stay away from the word war with the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)

“Wag na natin sagutin in public. They should just present their case to the ethics committee,” (We won’t answer them in public) Eala told Sun.Star-Cebu yesterday.

University of Cebu representative to the board and one of the movers of the creation of Cesafi, Baldomero Estenzo, earlier said that Cesafi had no liability when they chose to participate and cooperate with the BAP-SBP-organized Asian University Basketball Championships last July 5 to 12 here.

No violation

Estenzo claimed that what Cesafi did was not a violation. Cesafi also is not liable to any loyalty check.

“If that is their position, then I respect that. But they should present it formally (to the ethics committee),” Eala added.

According to Estenzo SBP under the leadership of communication mogul Manny V. Pangilinan has no programs yet, while some are still in the planning stages.

However Eala had earlier announced the first project of the SBP – which is the Nokia Manila Youth Invitational Championships from Aug. 14 to 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasig City.

Test

Where the current Philippine Youth squad will be tested against the Youth Teams of the Peoples Republic of China, Chinese-Taipei and Lithuania.

And before the end of the year, the SBP National Juniors Championships will be staged.

“We still have to discuss when Cesafi will face the Ethics Committee but they will be called to explain. As I earlier said, we just want to clear some issues and we are not trying to alienate our members, we just want to hear their reasons,” stressed Eala. (RCM)

oca
07-23-2008, 07:25 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Eala shuns word war with Cesafi
www.sunstar.com.ph

SAMAHANG Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala do not want to engage in publicity stunts and would rather stay away from the word war with the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)

“Wag na natin sagutin in public. They should just present their case to the ethics committee,” (We won’t answer them in public) Eala told Sun.Star-Cebu yesterday.

University of Cebu representative to the board and one of the movers of the creation of Cesafi, Baldomero Estenzo, earlier said that Cesafi had no liability when they chose to participate and cooperate with the BAP-SBP-organized Asian University Basketball Championships last July 5 to 12 here.

No violation

Estenzo claimed that what Cesafi did was not a violation. Cesafi also is not liable to any loyalty check.

“If that is their position, then I respect that. But they should present it formally (to the ethics committee),” Eala added.

According to Estenzo SBP under the leadership of communication mogul Manny V. Pangilinan has no programs yet, while some are still in the planning stages.

However Eala had earlier announced the first project of the SBP – which is the Nokia Manila Youth Invitational Championships from Aug. 14 to 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasig City.

Test

Where the current Philippine Youth squad will be tested against the Youth Teams of the Peoples Republic of China, Chinese-Taipei and Lithuania.

And before the end of the year, the SBP National Juniors Championships will be staged.

“We still have to discuss when Cesafi will face the Ethics Committee but they will be called to explain. As I earlier said, we just want to clear some issues and we are not trying to alienate our members, we just want to hear their reasons,” stressed Eala. (RCM)


So this is an international invitational event. Akala ko "local". Okay yan!

At sana legit youth teams ang ipapaddala ng ibang bansa. Hwag naman sana patakbuhing selection lang.

D_I_A
07-24-2008, 08:42 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Eala shuns word war with Cesafi
www.sunstar.com.ph

SAMAHANG Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala do not want to engage in publicity stunts and would rather stay away from the word war with the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)

“Wag na natin sagutin in public. They should just present their case to the ethics committee,” (We won’t answer them in public) Eala told Sun.Star-Cebu yesterday.

University of Cebu representative to the board and one of the movers of the creation of Cesafi, Baldomero Estenzo, earlier said that Cesafi had no liability when they chose to participate and cooperate with the BAP-SBP-organized Asian University Basketball Championships last July 5 to 12 here.

No violation

Estenzo claimed that what Cesafi did was not a violation. Cesafi also is not liable to any loyalty check.

“If that is their position, then I respect that. But they should present it formally (to the ethics committee),” Eala added.

According to Estenzo SBP under the leadership of communication mogul Manny V. Pangilinan has no programs yet, while some are still in the planning stages.

However Eala had earlier announced the first project of the SBP – which is the Nokia Manila Youth Invitational Championships from Aug. 14 to 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasig City.

Test

Where the current Philippine Youth squad will be tested against the Youth Teams of the Peoples Republic of China, Chinese-Taipei and Lithuania.

And before the end of the year, the SBP National Juniors Championships will be staged.

“We still have to discuss when Cesafi will face the Ethics Committee but they will be called to explain. As I earlier said, we just want to clear some issues and we are not trying to alienate our members, we just want to hear their reasons,” stressed Eala. (RCM)


So this is an international invitational event. Akala ko "local". Okay yan!

At sana legit youth teams ang ipapaddala ng ibang bansa. Hwag naman sana patakbuhing selection lang.




actually 2 tournaments pa nga ata, isang National Juniors Championship at Youth Invitationals

amdgc82
07-27-2008, 07:01 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Pangilinan: SBP involves whole country
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IN all of Samahang Baskitbol ng Pilipinas’ (SBP) actions, the group will make sure Cebu and the rest of the provinces will be a part of it.

This was the assurance of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan after the conclusion of the first day of the Strategic Planning Sessions held at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel.

SBP is moving towards one direction—to bring the Philippines to the Olympics and for the development referees and the coaches at the grass roots level.

“We had reviewed the progress of Noli (Eala) as the Executive Director and so far in his one month with the SBP he had laid out a solid program of works the road to the London Olympics,” Pangilinan during the press conference held Friday evening.

After yesterday’s Day 2 of the Strategic Planning Session, SBP will be implementing the following programs—the national inter-secondary championships, development of the women’s basketball, the implementation of the 3-on-3 basketball of the Fiba, accreditation and licensing of referees, the education and improvement of the coaching techniques.

On the other hand, SBP has also strongly pursued its case with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on delisting of the BAP-SBP from its roster.

The Prospero Pichay faction of the BAP-SBP, which also held its separate elections, was the first register the name with SEC.

SBP lawyer Marivic Añonuevo believed that “we will prevail” because they were granted to discuss this matter with the general council.

Pangilinan also said they committed no violation, like what the other faction has accused them, because “the mother of all agreement was the Tokyo Agreement.”

However, Pangilinan appealed to forget about the past issues and instead to work hand-in-hand to move to the direction that wanted to achieve.

“We will not assert that we are the legitimate group. We just wanted to work to move forward and achieve our goals and that is to win the Asian Games title in 2010 and to get a slot to the 2012 London Olympics,” said SBP chairman and Misamis Oriental governor Oscar Moreno. (RCM)

D_I_A
07-27-2008, 09:30 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Pangilinan: SBP involves whole country
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“We will not assert that we are the legitimate group. We just wanted to work to move forward and achieve our goals and that is to win the Asian Games title in 2010 and to get a slot to the 2012 London Olympics,” said SBP chairman and Misamis Oriental governor Oscar Moreno. (RCM)



they will not assert kasi legitimate na sila talaga..

amdgc82
07-28-2008, 10:46 PM
SBP sets London 2012 Olympics as main target
07/29/2008
www.tribune.net.ph

CEBU CITY – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. (SBP) has laid the roadmap in its return to the elite Olympic circle by 2012 by setting up goals for the next four years and approving a program aimed at the London Games after its two-day strategic planning conference in Marco Polo Hotel here.

The conference was attended by 18 members of the 25-man Board of Trustees led by Gov. Oscar Moreno and Mr. Manny Pangilinan, chairman and president of SBP. Basketball patron and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas also attended the session to express full support for the leadership of Moreno and Pangilinan.

The SBP Board agreed that the main goal in the next four years is to qualify for the World Championships in 2010 through a championship finish in the FIBA-Asia qualifier in 2009, an Asian Games Gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the FIBA-Asia qualifier of 2011.

“The mission set by the board led by MVP for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long term programs as soon as possible.” SBP executive director Noli Eala said.

Among the many plans and programs presented to the Board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a 4-year development plan for the National Team and the crafting of a distinctively “filipino philosophy” for basketball to be implemented nationwide.

The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship which is already a FIBA-recognized event. The Board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.

Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components, first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing. The program has started through an observers activity already being conducted by the SBP in the major leagues and will be highlighted by a referees clinic to be conducted by Lubomir Kotleba, Fiba Sports Director and Col Lee Kak Kuan, FIBA-Asia Technical head on Sept. 16-18, 2008 in Manila. More clinics are scheduled between August to October culminating in a leveling of all referees by November and full accreditation and licensing by January 2009. Similar programs for tournament commissioners and coaches have also been lined up. A Technical Commission was created to oversee the referees and commissioners programs.

D_I_A
07-28-2008, 11:55 PM
SBP sets London 2012 Olympics as main target
07/29/2008
www.tribune.net.ph

CEBU CITY – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. (SBP) has laid the roadmap in its return to the elite Olympic circle by 2012 by setting up goals for the next four years and approving a program aimed at the London Games after its two-day strategic planning conference in Marco Polo Hotel here.

The conference was attended by 18 members of the 25-man Board of Trustees led by Gov. Oscar Moreno and Mr. Manny Pangilinan, chairman and president of SBP. Basketball patron and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas also attended the session to express full support for the leadership of Moreno and Pangilinan.

The SBP Board agreed that the main goal in the next four years is to qualify for the World Championships in 2010 through a championship finish in the FIBA-Asia qualifier in 2009, an Asian Games Gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the FIBA-Asia qualifier of 2011.

“The mission set by the board led by MVP for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long term programs as soon as possible.” SBP executive director Noli Eala said.

Among the many plans and programs presented to the Board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a 4-year development plan for the National Team and the crafting of a distinctively “filipino philosophy” for basketball to be implemented nationwide.

The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship which is already a FIBA-recognized event. The Board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.

Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components, first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing. The program has started through an observers activity already being conducted by the SBP in the major leagues and will be highlighted by a referees clinic to be conducted by Lubomir Kotleba, Fiba Sports Director and Col Lee Kak Kuan, FIBA-Asia Technical head on Sept. 16-18, 2008 in Manila. More clinics are scheduled between August to October culminating in a leveling of all referees by November and full accreditation and licensing by January 2009. Similar programs for tournament commissioners and coaches have also been lined up. A Technical Commission was created to oversee the referees and commissioners programs.



i'm curious about about CESAFI's reactions...

amdgc82
07-29-2008, 06:24 AM
SBP calls for ‘Filipino philosophy’
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. (SBP) is crafting a philosophy on the country’s participation in future international competitions.

SBP executive director Noli Eala proposed to the board in their two-day strategic planning conference in Cebu City the “Filipino philosophy,” which he thinks would be vital if the country wants to be successful again overseas.

“I was thinking that one of the hindrances to develop a true basketball program is that the players and the basketball officials do not fully understand the rules of Fiba [International Basketball Federation],” Eala told the BusinessMirror Monday.

“That’s why we need to have one common philosophy that will not only teach but develop young players who’ll be exposed to these rules and when they play for the national team, kaunting adjustment na lang,” he added.

The SBP board convened at the Marco Polo Hotel last weekend to map out a four-year program, the ultimate goal of which is to qualify a team to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Eala said the “Filipino philosophy” is aimed toward achieving that goal and will be implemented nationwide.

“There will be a big committee that will craft that philosophy and it will trickle down from the technical committee up to the coaches’ committee for full implementation,” he said.

A regulatory and standards committee, to be headed by former Fiba-Asia secretary-general Moying Martelino, will put the program together.

The four-year program of the SBP also targets a slot in the 2010 World Championship in Turkey, a gold-medal finish in 2010 Asian Games in China, and an Olympic berth in London Olympics in 2012.

“The mission set by the board, led by MVP [SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan] for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long-term programs as soon as possible,” Eala said.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will handle the 2009 Fiba Asia qualifier for the World Championship, while the SBP Cadets Team will be tapped for the 2011 Fiba-Asia qualifier for the London Olympics. Players of that team will also form the nucleus of the 2010 Asian Games squad.

The board is also seriously studying a proposal of naturalizing foreign players for the cadets pool, as well as the hiring of a foreign coach who could either be the head coach or the consultant of the national team.

The SBP’s grassroots programs for various age groups were also tackled during the meeting. Also, the association will establish a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship, which is now a FIBA-recognized event. The board also agreed to strengthen and integrate the National Basketball Training Center into its Youth Commission.

Also high on the list was the creation of a comprehensive referees program. Fiba Sports Director Lubomir Kotleba and Col. Lee Kak Kuan, Fiba-Asia technical head, will conduct a clinic for the local referees on September 16 to 18 to highlight the program.

amdgc82
07-29-2008, 06:26 AM
July 29, 2008 03:24 PM Tuesday
SBP sets goals for the next 4 years *
www.journal.com.ph

Cebu City �" The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SBP) ended its two-day strategic planning conference at Marco Polo Hotel confident that it has firmed up its goals for the next four years.
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In the same conference, it approved the implementation of long-term programs envisioned to be the roadmap that could lead the Philippines towards a return trip to the Olympics in 2012.
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The meeting was attended by 18 members of the 25-man Board of Trustees led by Governor Oscar Moreno and* Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman and President of SBP and prominent guests headed by cage patron and Cebu Congressman Eduardo Gullas.
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The SBP Board agreed that the main goal in the next four years is to qualify for the World Championships in 2010 through a championship finish in the FIBA-Asia qualifier in 2009, an Asian Games Gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the FIBA-Asia qualifier of 2011.
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“The mission set by the board led by MVP for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long term programs as soon as possible,” SBP Executive Director Noli Eala said.
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Among the many plans and programs presented to the Board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a 4-year development plan for the National Team and the crafting of a distinctively “Filipino philosophy” for basketball to be implemented nationwide.
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The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3 on 3 championship which is already a FIBA-recognized event. The Board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.
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Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components, first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing.

amdgc82
07-29-2008, 06:34 AM
SBP envisions RP return to Olympics
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
www.philstar.com

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SBP) has put in place its target in the next four years, including a stint in the World Championships, a crack at the Asian Games crown in 2010 and a return trip to the Olympics in 2012.

Although it has been described as ambitious, SBP executive director Noli Eala maintained it is doable even as the cage body approved the implementation of long-term programs envisioned to be the roadmap that could pave the way for the Philippines’ return stint in the London Games.

“The mission set by the board for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long term programs as soon as possible,” said Eala after the SBP held a two-day strategic planning conference in Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu over the weekend.

The conference was attended by 18 members of the 25-man Board of Trustees, led by Gov. Oscar Moreno and Manny V. Pangilinan, chairman and president of SBP. Basketball patron and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas also attended the session to express full support for the leadership of Moreno and Pangilinan.

The SBP board agreed that the main goal in the next four years is to qualify for the World Championships in 2010 through a championship finish in the FIBA-Asia qualifier in 2009, an Asian Games gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the FIBA-Asia qualifier of 2011.

Among the many plans and programs presented to the board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a four-year development plan for the national team and the crafting of a distinctively “Filipino philosophy” for basketball to be implemented nationwide.

The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship, which is already a FIBA-recognized event. The board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.

“The planning session opened the boards eyes to the reality that the SBP is not a tournament organizer or a sponsor of tournament. It is focused on developing basketball Filipinos can be proud of* with a mission to qualifying 2012 London Olympics, winning the Asian gold and a strong grassroots program,” SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas said

Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components, first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing. The program has started through an observers activity already being conducted by the SBP in the major leagues and will be highlighted by a referees clinic to be conducted by Lubomir Kotleba, FIBA sports director and Col Lee Kak Kuan, FIBA-Asia Technical head on Sept. 16-18, 2008 in Manila.

amdgc82
07-29-2008, 06:49 AM
SBP bares ambitious program
Targets London Games, World tilt
www.mb.com.ph

To qualify for the World Championships in 2010 and play in the 2012 London Olympics will be the main objectives of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in the next four years.

The SBP plans to achieve these goals even if it means naturalizing basketball players and hiring foreign coaches.

"We want to make full use of FIBA rules in ensuring that no stone is left unturned in our desire to form the strongest team that will take us to the Olympics. All over the world these rules are being maximized. The SBP believes it is time to include it in the agenda." SBP executive director Noli Eala said.

The plan to naturalize foreign players and hire a foreign coach for the Philippine basketball team is actually not new. It is a page lifted from the RP team of 1986 which had two naturalized players and an American coach that won the Asian Basketball Championship in Malaysia.

The goals were established in a strategic planning conference held in Cebu City and attended by 18 members of the 25-man Board of Trustees led by SBP Chairman Gov. Oscar Moreno and president Manny V. Pangilinan over the weekend.

"The mission set by the board led by MVP for Philippine basketball is ambitious but achievable if we can begin implementing long-term programs as soon as possible," Eala said.

Eala said that the present main concern, the World Championships, could be attained through a championship finish in the FIBA-Asia qualifier in 2009 and an Asian Games gold medal in 2010.

Eala added that the Philippines could also gain an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the FIBA-Asia qualifier of 2011.

Among the many plans and programs presented to the Board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a 4-year development plan for the National Team and the crafting of a distinctively "Filipino philosophy" for basketball to be implemented nationwide.

The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship which is already a FIBA-recognized event. The Board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.

Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components, first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing. The program has started through an observers activity already being conducted by the SBP in the major leagues and will be highlighted by a referees clinic to be conducted by Lubomir Kotleba, FIBA Sports Director and Col Lee Kak Kuan, FIBA-Asia Technical head on September 16-18 in Manila. More clinics are scheduled between August to October culminating in a leveling of all referees by November and full accreditation and licensing by January, 2009.

Similar programs for tournament commissioners and coaches have also been lined up. A Technical Commission was created to oversee the referees and commissioners programs.

The SBP Board also agreed on the proposal of an SBP-Cadets National Team that will be developed and maintained for the next 4 years. The long term program will be managed by a National Team Management Group to be created from among the various sectors of the SBP including national coaches and the newly created Competitions Commissions. The program calls for the best young players outside of the professional league to be invited to form the Cadets pool.

These players will be asked to commit to the national team for one Olympic cycle. The SBP Cadets team will be tapped for the 2011 FIBA-Asia qualifier and will form the nucleus for the 2010 Asian Games while the all-pro team of the PBA will handle the 2009 FIBA-Asia qualifier and possibly, the 2010 World Championships. The SBP Board also agreed to the proposal to study the inclusion of naturalized players for the Cadets pool and the tapping of a foreign coach either as head coach or consultant of the national team program.

A Regulatory and Standards Committee will also be formed to study, create and implement a unified and common philosophy for officiating, coaching and playing basketball for the Filipino. The 12-member committee will be headed by Moying Martelino.

amdgc82
07-29-2008, 07:12 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Cesafi plays it safe, affirms neutral stand
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AFTER figuring in a tug-of-war with the two warring factions of basketball bodies, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi), which used to be one of the biggest backer of the national basketball body, finally made final its stand on the raging issue.

Sort of.

“The board’s position as far as the BAP-SBP is concerned, is we are non-committal until we are clear on the leadership issue,” said Cesafi president Rolly Villa after their board meeting yesterday.

As of the moment, there are two factions claiming to be the legitimate basketball body—one that of politician Prospero Pichay, the other of businessman Manny Pangilinan.

Until now, however, it remains unclear which group holds credence. Pichay’s group registered BAP-SBP to the Securities and Exchange Commission and wave around the Bangkok Agreement to prove their legality.

Pangilinan’s group meanwhile, which was forced to use rename itself to SBP, relies on the support of Fiba, the international governing body for basketball and the Philippine Olympic Committee, which has the authority to recognize a national sports association.

Registration

Pangilinan’s group is also currently contesting Pichay’s registration of the BAP-SBP with the SEC.

Cesafi, a BAP-SBP stakeholder and a powerful influence in the south, was closely associated with the Pangilinan faction.

However, that association was eased when the Pichay group reached out and presented their side.

This prompted Cesafi to let Baldomero Estenzo, its representative to the BAP-SBP, to make an investigation. His findings were reported to the board yesterday, which they used as basis of the official stand.

Neutrality

Cesafi’s neutrality was announced earlier by commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy. However, when Cesafi supported an event hosted by Pichay in Cebu—the Asian Universities Basketball Championships. Questions rose and there were speculations that Cesafi was to jump aboard the Pichay train.

The group’s support of the AUBC led Pangilinan’s side to question Cesafi’s loyalty.

Adding fuel to the fire was when Estenzo snubbed the meeting of SBP at the Marco Polo last weekend.

“We will not commit to any group because we are not certain about the leadership yet. It is not prudent for us to take sides now and it is to the best interest of Cesafi and the member-schools that we do not meddle with all the politics,” said Villa, who is also a top official of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Villa added that the Cesafi will still run its course according to its rules. It will make its decision again once the issue between the two factions, which included a case filed in court, will be resolved.

However, when asked about Cesafi’s participation in SBP-initiated national competitions like the Champions’ League, Villa said they have time to think about it.

“When the time comes, I am sure the issue will already be resolved,” he said.

myktristan
07-29-2008, 02:41 PM
Cage execs target London Olympics
Link: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports6_july29_2008 (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports6_july29_2008)

CEBU—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. ended its two-day strategic planning conference in Marco Polo Hotel, confident that it has firmed up the SBP’s goals for the next four years and approved the implementation of long-term programs envisioned to be the roadmap that could lead the Philippines toward a return trip to the Olympics in 2012.

The conference was attended by 18 of the 25-member board of trustees led by Gov. Oscar Moreno and Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and president of SBP. Basketball patron and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas also attended the session to express full support for the leadership of Moreno and Pangilinan.

The SBP board agreed that the main goal in the next four years is to qualify for the World Championships in 2010 through a championship finish in the Fiba Asia qualifier in 2009, an Asian Games Gold medal in 2010 and an Olympic berth in London 2012 by winning the Fiba Asia qualifier of 2011.

“The mission set by the board, led by MVP for Philippine basketball is ambitious, but achievable if we can begin implementing long-term programs as soon as possible.” SBP executive director Noli Eala said.

Among the many plans and programs presented to the board by Eala were a comprehensive grassroots program for various age-groups, referees/commissioners and coaches, a four-year development plan for the National Team and the crafting of a distinctively “Filipino philosophy” for basketball to be implemented nationwide.

The grassroots programs include the establishment of a national inter-secondary tournament, a women’s commercial league and a national 3-on-3 championship which is already a Fiba-recognized event. The board also agreed on the strengthening and integration of the National Basketball Training Center into the Youth Commission.

Eala also batted for a comprehensive referees program which will have two components: first, development and education and second, accreditation and licensing. The program has started through an observers’ activity already being conducted by the SBP in the major leagues and will be highlighted by a referees’ clinic to be conducted by Lubomir Kotleba, Fiba sports director and Col Lee Kak Kuan, Fiba Asia Technical head on Sept. 16 to 18 in Manila. More clinics are scheduled between August and October culminating in a leveling of all referees by November and full accreditation and licensing by January 2009. Similar programs for tournament commissioners and coaches have also been lined up. A technical commission was created to oversee the referees’ and commissioners’ programs.

The SBP board also agreed on the proposal of an SBP-Cadets National Team that will be developed and maintained for the next four years. The long-term program will be managed by a National Team Management Group to be created from among the various sectors of the SBP including national coaches and the newly created Competitions Commissions.

sajubeads
07-29-2008, 07:14 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Cesafi plays it safe, affirms neutral stand
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AFTER figuring in a tug-of-war with the two warring factions of basketball bodies, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi), which used to be one of the biggest backer of the national basketball body, finally made final its stand on the raging issue.

Sort of.

“The board’s position as far as the BAP-SBP is concerned, is we are non-committal until we are clear on the leadership issue,” said Cesafi president Rolly Villa after their board meeting yesterday.

As of the moment, there are two factions claiming to be the legitimate basketball body—one that of politician Prospero Pichay, the other of businessman Manny Pangilinan.

Until now, however, it remains unclear which group holds credence. Pichay’s group registered BAP-SBP to the Securities and Exchange Commission and wave around the Bangkok Agreement to prove their legality.

Pangilinan’s group meanwhile, which was forced to use rename itself to SBP, relies on the support of Fiba, the international governing body for basketball and the Philippine Olympic Committee, which has the authority to recognize a national sports association.

Registration

Pangilinan’s group is also currently contesting Pichay’s registration of the BAP-SBP with the SEC.

Cesafi, a BAP-SBP stakeholder and a powerful influence in the south, was closely associated with the Pangilinan faction.

However, that association was eased when the Pichay group reached out and presented their side.

This prompted Cesafi to let Baldomero Estenzo, its representative to the BAP-SBP, to make an investigation. His findings were reported to the board yesterday, which they used as basis of the official stand.

Neutrality

Cesafi’s neutrality was announced earlier by commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy. However, when Cesafi supported an event hosted by Pichay in Cebu—the Asian Universities Basketball Championships. Questions rose and there were speculations that Cesafi was to jump aboard the Pichay train.

The group’s support of the AUBC led Pangilinan’s side to question Cesafi’s loyalty.

Adding fuel to the fire was when Estenzo snubbed the meeting of SBP at the Marco Polo last weekend.

“We will not commit to any group because we are not certain about the leadership yet. It is not prudent for us to take sides now and it is to the best interest of Cesafi and the member-schools that we do not meddle with all the politics,” said Villa, who is also a top official of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Villa added that the Cesafi will still run its course according to its rules. It will make its decision again once the issue between the two factions, which included a case filed in court, will be resolved.

However, when asked about Cesafi’s participation in SBP-initiated national competitions like the Champions’ League, Villa said they have time to think about it.

“When the time comes, I am sure the issue will already be resolved,” he said.
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What is there to question with regards to legitimacy when SBP is the duely recognized and accreditted federation by both the POC and FIBA.

I hope that CESAFI will be suspended by SBP and cant join in the Champions league.

may palno pa yatang sumali sa Champions league ang mga " Balimbing".

D_I_A
07-29-2008, 09:33 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Cesafi plays it safe, affirms neutral stand
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AFTER figuring in a tug-of-war with the two warring factions of basketball bodies, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi), which used to be one of the biggest backer of the national basketball body, finally made final its stand on the raging issue.

Sort of.

“The board’s position as far as the BAP-SBP is concerned, is we are non-committal until we are clear on the leadership issue,” said Cesafi president Rolly Villa after their board meeting yesterday.

As of the moment, there are two factions claiming to be the legitimate basketball body—one that of politician Prospero Pichay, the other of businessman Manny Pangilinan.

Until now, however, it remains unclear which group holds credence. Pichay’s group registered BAP-SBP to the Securities and Exchange Commission and wave around the Bangkok Agreement to prove their legality.

Pangilinan’s group meanwhile, which was forced to use rename itself to SBP, relies on the support of Fiba, the international governing body for basketball and the Philippine Olympic Committee, which has the authority to recognize a national sports association.

Registration

Pangilinan’s group is also currently contesting Pichay’s registration of the BAP-SBP with the SEC.

Cesafi, a BAP-SBP stakeholder and a powerful influence in the south, was closely associated with the Pangilinan faction.

However, that association was eased when the Pichay group reached out and presented their side.

This prompted Cesafi to let Baldomero Estenzo, its representative to the BAP-SBP, to make an investigation. His findings were reported to the board yesterday, which they used as basis of the official stand.

Neutrality

Cesafi’s neutrality was announced earlier by commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy. However, when Cesafi supported an event hosted by Pichay in Cebu—the Asian Universities Basketball Championships. Questions rose and there were speculations that Cesafi was to jump aboard the Pichay train.

The group’s support of the AUBC led Pangilinan’s side to question Cesafi’s loyalty.

Adding fuel to the fire was when Estenzo snubbed the meeting of SBP at the Marco Polo last weekend.

“We will not commit to any group because we are not certain about the leadership yet. It is not prudent for us to take sides now and it is to the best interest of Cesafi and the member-schools that we do not meddle with all the politics,” said Villa, who is also a top official of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.

Villa added that the Cesafi will still run its course according to its rules. It will make its decision again once the issue between the two factions, which included a case filed in court, will be resolved.

However, when asked about Cesafi’s participation in SBP-initiated national competitions like the Champions’ League, Villa said they have time to think about it.

“When the time comes, I am sure the issue will already be resolved,” he said.



Sons of Tootsie Roll!!! What the heck is the CESAFI up to? wag nang magmalaki, mas lalo lang magiging marginalize ang liga nila.

Mukhang nagmamalaki pa na wag sumali sa Champions League? Pagiisipan pa daw?

Hanggang ngayon ba di pa rin ba alam ng CESAFI na ito kung sino ang legal and duly recognized basketball group?
I think CESAFI's not really playing it safe, but playing it dumb and blind.The entire world knows which basketball group in the country is legitimate and which one has been banished.

It's the SBP led by Pangilinan, Moreno and Eala.

amdgc82
08-04-2008, 07:23 AM
Local coaches’ group hits BAP-SBP*
plan to hire foreigner for 2012 hoops
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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THE Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) expressed displeasure over an option of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) to tap a foreign coach that would handle the national squad that will try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Maraming dapat i-consider, not just the foreign coach,” said BCAP president Chito Narvasa, who stressed a Filipino coach could handle the gargantuan job of honing a team for the 2011 Olympic qualifier.

“We need to know their [BAP-SBP] comprehensive development plan and how it will help us in basketball,” added Narvasa, the current commissioner of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball competitions.

The BAP-SBP in its board meeting in Cebu City last week, mulled over the hiring of a foreign coach to oversee the training of the future national team.

BAP-SBP executive director Noli Eala has already bared some names, including Bernardo Murphy of Argentina, Vlade Djurovic of Serbia and Alan Richardson of England. All has conducted clinics on International Basketball Federation (Fiba) rules during Eala’s watch as commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Although Narvasa said hiring a foreign coach could always be an option, he suggested for the BAP-SBP to look first into the current crop of local coaches whom he feels are qualified for the job.

The BCAP has been critical about hiring a foreign coach for a local basketball team. Its most celebrated protest involved American Bill Bayno, who coached Talk ’N Text in the PBA in 2002.

The BAP-SBP has set up a four-year program for the national team the main goal of which is to qualify a team for the London Olympics

D_I_A
08-04-2008, 05:15 PM
Local coaches’ group hits BAP-SBP*
plan to hire foreigner for 2012 hoops
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
*
THE Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) expressed displeasure over an option of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) to tap a foreign coach that would handle the national squad that will try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Maraming dapat i-consider, not just the foreign coach,” said BCAP president Chito Narvasa, who stressed a Filipino coach could handle the gargantuan job of honing a team for the 2011 Olympic qualifier.

“We need to know their [BAP-SBP] comprehensive development plan and how it will help us in basketball,” added Narvasa, the current commissioner of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball competitions.

The BAP-SBP in its board meeting in Cebu City last week, mulled over the hiring of a foreign coach to oversee the training of the future national team.

BAP-SBP executive director Noli Eala has already bared some names, including Bernardo Murphy of Argentina, Vlade Djurovic of Serbia and Alan Richardson of England. All has conducted clinics on International Basketball Federation (Fiba) rules during Eala’s watch as commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Although Narvasa said hiring a foreign coach could always be an option, he suggested for the BAP-SBP to look first into the current crop of local coaches whom he feels are qualified for the job.

The BCAP has been critical about hiring a foreign coach for a local basketball team. Its most celebrated protest involved American Bill Bayno, who coached Talk ’N Text in the PBA in 2002.

The BAP-SBP has set up a four-year program for the national team the main goal of which is to qualify a team for the London Olympics



ito ang pinaka bulok na sinabi ng BCAP, basta pag si narvasa ang nagsalita..sablay..sige siya na lang ang mag coach ng RP NT.

The_Big_Cat
08-04-2008, 07:39 PM
Why not allow a foreign coach for our national team? It is the trend right now. Our asian neighbors have adapted to this trend. China, UAE & Jordan.

Our 1994 national team to the Hiroshima Asian Games was coached by foreign-born Norman Black while the 1998 national team to the Bangkok Asian Games was coached by foreign-born Tim Cone.

D_I_A
08-05-2008, 12:31 AM
Why not allow a foreign coach for our national team? It is the trend right now. Our asian neighbors have adapted to this trend. China, UAE & Jordan.

Our 1994 national team to the Hiroshima Asian Games was coached by* foreign-born Norman Black while the 1998 national team to the Bangkok Asian Games was coached by foreign-born Tim Cone.


nagpapansin lang talaga si Narvasa..

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:31 AM
Samahan peeks into hoops gambling
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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THE Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) will be looking into the gambling issues hounding local collegiate basketball.

Samahan executive director Noli Eala believes the federation should create preventive measures to stop the illegal practice, that’s why they will conduct their own independent inquiry into the issue.

“We just want to be in the loop. This will not be a full-blown investigation because authorities are doing their part,” Eala said yesterday. “We will just wait for the result before we conduct our own.”

Eala was referring to the case of Far Eastern University forward Marnel Baracael, who was shot point blank in the back on July 24 by a still unidentified gunman. Police believed the incident has something to do with basketball gambling.

The SBP wants to get the copy of the results of the police investigation before crafting a proposal to be given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

“It is more of an informal probe, or a clarification, on how we can address this problem and what can be done,” Eala said.

Unconfirmed reports have it that SBP president Manny Pangilinan has secretly asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to look into the gambling syndicate that operates within college basketball leagues.

Eala said he was not aware of such move by the federation head.

“That I do not know. But who knows, after all, SBP has the mandate over all amateur leagues in the country, including the UAAP and NCAA,” he said.

Game-fixing and point-shaving are common elements of gambling supposedly practiced in collegiate basketball.

Last year the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nabbed College of Saint Benilde guard Paolo Orbeta for admitting to a point-shaving scheme.

In the previous season of the UAAP, one FEU standout was secretly scratched from the lineup after school officials found out he was involved in game-fixing. Investigators will summon this unidentified cager—who is now playing in Liga Pilipinas, in which Eala is also the president—to see if he knows something of Baracael’s case.

“This is really a major problem. We can’t help but do something about it. So we’ll ask [the police] for a report and from there, we’ll draw a guideline on how this [issue] can be avoided,” said Eala.

D_I_A
08-07-2008, 09:28 AM
Samahan peeks into hoops gambling
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph

THE Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) will be looking into the gambling issues hounding local collegiate basketball.

Samahan executive director Noli Eala believes the federation should create preventive measures to stop the illegal practice, that’s why they will conduct their own independent inquiry into the issue.

“We just want to be in the loop. This will not be a full-blown investigation because authorities are doing their part,” Eala said yesterday. “We will just wait for the result before we conduct our own.”

Eala was referring to the case of Far Eastern University forward Marnel Baracael, who was shot point blank in the back on July 24 by a still unidentified gunman. Police believed the incident has something to do with basketball gambling.

The SBP wants to get the copy of the results of the police investigation before crafting a proposal to be given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

“It is more of an informal probe, or a clarification, on how we can address this problem and what can be done,” Eala said.

Unconfirmed reports have it that SBP president Manny Pangilinan has secretly asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to look into the gambling syndicate that operates within college basketball leagues.

Eala said he was not aware of such move by the federation head.

“That I do not know. But who knows, after all, SBP has the mandate over all amateur leagues in the country, including the UAAP and NCAA,” he said.

Game-fixing and point-shaving are common elements of gambling supposedly practiced in collegiate basketball.

Last year the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nabbed College of Saint Benilde guard Paolo Orbeta for admitting to a point-shaving scheme.

In the previous season of the UAAP, one FEU standout was secretly scratched from the lineup after school officials found out he was involved in game-fixing. Investigators will summon this unidentified cager—who is now playing in Liga Pilipinas, in which Eala is also the president—to see if he knows something of Baracael’s case.

“This is really a major problem. We can’t help but do something about it. So we’ll ask [the police] for a report and from there, we’ll draw a guideline on how this [issue] can be avoided,” said Eala.



it's good that SBP is now flexing its muscle against irregularities in the college hoops.

Joescoundrel
08-14-2008, 10:14 AM
^ To hell with "looking into" if no arrests are made and charges filed. The SBP has to see this through all the way.

D_I_A
08-15-2008, 12:29 AM
RP, Lithuania mull cage pact
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, August 15, 2008
Philstar

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), under the leadership of business mogul Manny Pangilinan, is in the process of forging a bilateral agreement with its Lithuanian counterpart that would allow Filipino players, coaches and trainers to train in Lithuania.

Officials of the Philippine and Lithuanian cage federations made initial talks during the inaugurals of the Manila Youth Basketball Invitational Championship featuring the junior men’s teams of the Philippines, Lithuania, China and Chinese Taipei.

The Filipinos, the Chinese and the Taiwanese are gearing up for the FIBA-Asia junior men’s championship slated Aug. 28-Sept. 5 in Tehran, Iran. The Lithuanians, on the other hand, have just finished second in the European tourney.

SBP officials believe Lithuania, among the world powers in basketball, could well be a good training ground for Filipino players.

Lithuania won the bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The initial proposal is for Lithuanian coaches to train Filipino players and, in exchange, the Philippines will purchase Lithuania’s latest basketball analysis software which gives detailed assessment of the team’s strategy and player’s individual performance.

“The Lithuanians take pride in their IT industry. We can benefit from that software plus we can avail ourselves of training in Lithuania,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei used a sleek running game to upset China, 88-75, in the opener of the four-day invitational tourney presented by Tao Corp.

Howard the Duck
08-15-2008, 02:07 AM
expected na ang position ng BCAP.

dapat sa sariling school muna nagpatrol si narvasa :o

next ;D

myktristan
08-19-2008, 01:39 PM
Baumann seeks POC confirmation of SBP
By Julius Manicad
http://www.tribuneonline.org/sports/20080819spo3.html

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) may not be part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but it scored the Summer Games biggest breakthrough.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco yesterday revealed having a chance encounter with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) secretary-general Patrick Baumann in one of the Olympic venues in Beijing, China.

And it was more than just a simple chit-chat between the two ranking sports officials as Baumann reiterated his support to the fledgling cage body and asked Cojuangco to submit a formal letter to confirm the POC's recognition of the SBP's first election and general assembly last June 12.

Cojuangco said Baumann's move is an obvious attempt to thwart the old Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), which is still hoping to regain recognition from the Fiba central board.

In fact, the faction, which is now led by losing senatoriable Prospero Pichay and Chinese citizen Graham Lim, is still communicating with the Fiba central board, struggling to gain its nod after the Fiba took it away in 2005, leading to the country's two-year suspension from the international arena.

"He (Baumann) was asking for a letter that confirms the election and general assembly of SBP," Cojuangco said in an overseas telephone conversation. "Maliwanag yun na kaya gusto niya ng confirmation from the POC ay para maiwasan na ang mga kumokontra sa SBP. Actually, siya pa nga ang lumapit sa akin to ask a letter of confirmation from us."

After being tapped by the Fiba central board to intervene in the basketball affairs in the Philippines, Baumann has been very cordial with the POC and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, the head of the three-man panel who later on became the SBP president.

GHRanger
08-19-2008, 02:22 PM
Local coaches’ group hits BAP-SBP*
plan to hire foreigner for 2012 hoops
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph


I am a bit lukewarm on this one but leaning more of hiring a foreign coach -- sa tagal tagal na natin naglalaro ng basketball, hindi pa din tayo natututo ng iba't ibang klase ng laro. NBA style pa din tayo. A foreign coach with global experience will benefit us in the long run. There are some things that watching tapes and reading books will not do... experience at playing at a higher level. There are also other factors to consider like conditioning - both mental and physical, team organization, etc...

We should look more on the wealth of experience this person can provide rather the nationality.

It seems funny and I can't help but poke fun at Chito Narvasa -- of all the people with the credibility... haay... If pray you run BCAP better than you run the UAAP.

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 06:57 AM
STRONGER RP-F.I.B.A. TIES
By Jun Lomibao, Sports Editor
with Reuben Terrado, Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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BEIJING—Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) officials were expected to arrive here late Wednesday with the intention of strengthening the association’s ties with the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).

Expected to arrive were BAP-SBP chairman Governor Oscar Romero, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and executive director Noli Eala. Association president Manuel Pangilinan is due Thursday. The officials’ flight from Hong Kong was delayed, according to Eala.

“We’ll try to catch the basketball games tonight,” said Eala in a text message. He was referring to the US-Australia and Greece-Argentina quarterfinal matches which were scheduled later in the evening Wednesday.

The group is also scheduled to visit the Olympic Village Thursday, according to Team Philippines official Eleonor Navarro-de la Peña. They are also expected to watch Mary Antoinette Rivero’s fight Friday. Rivero is sponsored by Smart, which is headed by Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, RP Olympics chief of mission Monico Puentevella emphasized the need for sports psychologists to work on the Filipino athletes in future international competitions.

Puentevella said there are no sports psychologists in the Philippine delegation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which he believes is important.

“That is the reason I introduced motivational sessions because there are no psychologists,” said Puentevella in a teleconference with Manila-based mediamen in the Philippine Sports Commission Olympics monitoring group

Taekwondo jin Toni Rivero became the lone hope of the Philippines for a gold after Tshomlee Go lost his first round bout Wednesday. Rivero springs to action Friday.

“Since walang psychologist, I’ll try my best to motivate Toni,” said Puentevella.

Puentevella has suggested it to PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez in Beijing and will further propose it in a scheduled Philippine sports summit slated September 4 in Subic.

“Nag-usap na kami (Ramirez), kailangan natin ng sports psychologists para sa lahat,” said Puentevella.*

D_I_A
08-21-2008, 03:52 PM
STRONGER RP-F.I.B.A. TIES
By Jun Lomibao, Sports Editor
with Reuben Terrado, Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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BEIJING—Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) officials were expected to arrive here late Wednesday with the intention of strengthening the association’s ties with the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).

Expected to arrive were BAP-SBP chairman Governor Oscar Romero, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and executive director Noli Eala. Association president Manuel Pangilinan is due Thursday. The officials’ flight from Hong Kong was delayed, according to Eala.

“We’ll try to catch the basketball games tonight,” said Eala in a text message. He was referring to the US-Australia and Greece-Argentina quarterfinal matches which were scheduled later in the evening Wednesday.

The group is also scheduled to visit the Olympic Village Thursday, according to Team Philippines official Eleonor Navarro-de la Peña. They are also expected to watch Mary Antoinette Rivero’s fight Friday. Rivero is sponsored by Smart, which is headed by Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, RP Olympics chief of mission Monico Puentevella emphasized the need for sports psychologists to work on the Filipino athletes in future international competitions.

Puentevella said there are no sports psychologists in the Philippine delegation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which he believes is important.

“That is the reason I introduced motivational sessions because there are no psychologists,” said Puentevella in a teleconference with Manila-based mediamen in the Philippine Sports Commission Olympics monitoring group

Taekwondo jin Toni Rivero became the lone hope of the Philippines for a gold after Tshomlee Go lost his first round bout Wednesday. Rivero springs to action Friday.

“Since walang psychologist, I’ll try my best to motivate Toni,” said Puentevella.

Puentevella has suggested it to PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez in Beijing and will further propose it in a scheduled Philippine sports summit slated September 4 in Subic.

“Nag-usap na kami (Ramirez), kailangan natin ng sports psychologists para sa lahat,” said Puentevella.*



grabe kawawang mga atleta..mga sacrificial lambs tapos sa huli sila ulit ang sisisihin..

gameface_one
08-23-2008, 06:35 AM
SBP officials to meet Baumann


By Ted S. Melendres
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 08:53:00 08/22/2008


BEIJING—A high-powered delegation from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), led by chair Gov. Oscar Moreno, president Manny V. Pangilinan, vice president Ricky Vargas and executive director Noli Eala, is expected here Friday to confer with Patrick Baumann, the powerful secretary general of the FIBA (international basketball federation) who is supervising the Olympic competition in the sport.

Knowledgeable sources within Team Philippines here said the SBP officials will surely take up with Baumann the supposed attempt of the “discredited” Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) to “seize power in the sport back home.”

* * *

The wushu special event opened here like an Olympic competition Thursday. With Beijing Games volunteers and officials running the show together with similarly blue-and-gray clad personnel from the international wushu federation, the championships looked like a regular event on the Olympic calendar.

Wushu, however, doesn’t enjoy International Olympic Committee recognition as a regular Summer Games sport. Medals awarded here are separate from those of the Olympics.

Thus, even if Filipino Willy Wang bags a gold in the taolu event, where he is the heavy favorite, and all his compatriots crash out—heaven forbid—of the Beijing Olympics without a medal, the 15-member national squad will still go home with a big fat egg.

* * *

NBA superstar Yao Ming has sent a message of consolation to world champion Liu Xiang, who withdrew from the men’s 110-meter hurdles due to injury Monday and sent the entire nation into mourning, according to the China Daily newspaper.

“The road ahead is long, cheer up Liu,” Yao wrote in a text message to Liu’s coach Sun Haiping. “There are two decisive factors in the life of an athlete. One is his or her best performance; the other is the sum of the athlete’s whole career.”

Liu is China’s most popular athlete after Yao and reportedly earned $2 million in endorsements alone last year. Yao is said to have banked $6 million in endorsements over the same period.

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 07:01 AM
SBP asks to host 2011 Asian joust
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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MACAU—The Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) has offered for the country to host the International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Championship in 2011, which also serves as the continental qualifying for the London Olympics the following year.

That would give the national team a deciding edge in a tournament where it saw its dreams to return to the Olympic arena—for the first time since 1972—dashed last year in Tokushima, Japan. In last year’s Fiba-Asia meet, Team Philippines wound up ninth.

SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas on Tuesday disclosed he has made a verbal offer for the Philippines to host the Fiba-Asia meet during a meeting with the Fiba top brass on Friday.

Noli Eala, SBP executive director, is set to make a more formal proposal this week to Fiba-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock in Kuala Lumpur.

“They were very accommodating and their words were encouraging,” said Vargas of the Fiba officials, whom they met for about 90 minutes.

Vargas, Eala and SBP chairman Gov. Oscar Moreno met with Fiba and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials in Beijing for the POC’s official confirmation of the SBP as the country’s legitimate national basketball body.

Vargas said the Fiba officials took the time to reiterate the recognition of the world’s governing body of the SBP, under the leadership of tycoon Manny Pangilinan, as the only recognized caging body in the Philippines.

“Don’t doubt,” Baumann told the SBP and POC delegation, according to Vargas.

full battle gear
09-12-2008, 08:42 AM
SBP softens stand on BAP
By Joaquin Henson
Friday, September 12, 2008
www.philstar.com


At its inception, the POC-recognized NSA for basketball was called the BAP-Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas as a conciliatory gesture to the defunct Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Eventually, the reference to the BAP was dropped because it became irrelevant and now, the NSA is known only as the SBP, the country’s sole FIBA affiliate. But remnants of the BAP leadership refused to fade away, resorting to a smear campaign to discredit the SBP in what was perceived to be a losing cause.

In a change of heart, SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday opened the door for the BAP to join as a regular member.

Eala said he spoke to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann during the recent Beijing Olympics and mentioned he would reach out to the BAP.

“The SBP is strong in the elite program while the BAP could use its old network for grassroots development,” said Eala.

However, Eala said the BAP must recognize the SBP leadership as a condition for its acceptance into the fold.

“We are open to the idea of working with the BAP,” he said. “But the BAP must recognize the leadership of Mr. (Manny) Pangilinan as president. I see no problem working with the BAP. We will treat the BAP just like any SBP member, league or association. But we will not tolerate the BAP trying to usurp the SBP’s authority.”

While in Tehran for the recent under-18 Youth Championships, Eala conferred with FIBA-Asia deputy secretary-general Hagop Khajirian of Lebanon on the possibility of Manila hosting the 2011 men’s tournament, which will be the regional qualifier for the London Olympics.

“Mr. Khajirian welcomed our offer,” said Eala. “However, I was told the preference is for China or Japan to host in 2009 or 2011 because of marketing considerations. If China declines to host in 2009, it will be given priority to host in 2011.”

Eala said the Olympic basketball format in London may change, pending IOC approval at the Copenhagen congress next year.

In Beijing, only 12 countries participated in basketball with Iran representing Asia as China had a guaranteed ticket as host nation. In London, FIBA is proposing to expand the field to 16 countries with a limit of 10 players per team instead of 12. There is also a plan to merge Asia and Oceania under a common zone with three Olympic slots. At present, Asia and Oceania are allocated one spot each.

Australia is the perennial Olympic basketball entry for Oceania, leaving out New Zealand. If Asia and Oceania are merged for three spots, Australia and New Zealand could qualify together.

Eala also bared plans of organizing a National Team management group, similar to the USA Basketball model, to lay the groundwork for representation in international competitions.

The management group will be headed by Bernie Atienza, concurrently SBP chairman of the competition committee. Members will be two from the pro sector, three from the collegiate sector (NCAA, UAAP and CESAFI), two from the amateur commercial sector (PBL, Liga), two national coaches (Chot Reyes, Norman Black), two coaches (Yayoy Alcoseba will be one) and Eala as executive director.

Eala said a national pool will be assembled soon and a team formed to play at the Haarlem invitationals in Amsterdam in December. Angola and Holland will participate in the tournament.

Eala said starting next month, the SBP will undertake a roadshow for its members all over the country.

“We’re going around to touch base with our members and strengthen our network,” he said. “We’ll promote our programs and establish a one-stop shop, like an express lane, for leagues to become SBP membWe’re consolidating the efforts of all the basketball stakeholders under one roof to make sure we cover every league, group and association.”

Eala said the creation of the Regulatory and Standards Committee under Moying Martelino will address issues of officiating, playing and coaching. In the referees program, Eala said the goal is to increase the country’s roster of international referees from five to 10 or 15.

“We are closely coordinating with FIBA in our referees program,” said Eala. “That’s why we’re bringing in Mr. (Lubomir) Kotleba and Col. (Lee (Kak Kuan) next week to conduct a referees seminar.” Kotleba of the Slovak Republic is the FIBA sports director while Col. Lee of Korea is the FIBA-Asia technical director.

Eala said recruiting a foreign coach and a naturalized player for the national team is under consideration. Candidates for foreign coach include Rajko Toroman and Vlade Djorovic of Serbia, Bernardo Murphy of Argentina, Alan Richardson of England, former PBA import Andy Fields and Jonas Kazlauskas and Rimas Kurtinaitis of Lithuania.

“We’re looking at a foreign coach who is a mentor-type,” said Eala. “He must be willing to relocate and develop and train our young players for international competition.”

Eala said the SBP is exploring all options to put the country back on track as a basketball power in Asia.

amdgc82
09-12-2008, 09:05 AM
POC confident of basketball’s*inclusion in Laos
By Reuben Terrado
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph

BASKETBALL could be included in the Laos program for the 2009 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) after all, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco Jr.*

Cojuangco said POC sport and rules committee head Go Teng Kok, who was in Laos for the SEAG sport and rules committee meeting, has reported the possible inclusion of the country’s most popular sport.

“Sabi niya [Go] baka maipasok na iyong basketball. Sigurado na daw iyon,” Cojuangco told the Usapang POC radio program Thursday on dzSR Sports Radio 918 Thursday morning.

Go arrived late last night and will discuss the details of the meeting with POC officials on Friday.

Laos has limited the number of sports on its program because it does not have the infrastructure to host them. The Laotians also lack technical personnel to run as many sports as possible.

Go was told to lobby for the inclusion of eight more sports to the 22, which Laos has calendared. These are billiards, basketball, archery, cycling, fencing, rowing, dance sports and bowling.

The 22 sports are aquatics (swimming and diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, football, golf, judo, karate, muay, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, fin swimming , petanque, pencak silat, shuttlecock and traditional boat race.

Laos is hosting the biennial games for the first time. In its effort to run the games smoothly, it has accepted the support of Thailand, Vietnam and even China.

amdgc82
09-13-2008, 06:21 AM
September 13, 2008 06:34 PM Saturday* *
Doing all they can*
By: Gerry Ramos
www.journal.com.ph

WHAT a price Filipinos have to pay just to retain the men’s basketball gold in next year’s Southeast Asian Games.
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At least $50,000-$60,000 will be needed for the wooden flooring of the basketball venue of the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, a cost the country is planning to shoulder just for the inclusion of the sport so dear to us in the biennial meet’s final calendar* of events.
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Fresh from the SEA Games sports and rules committee meeting in Laos, athletics chief Go Teng Kok said he plans to take up the matter before the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), from which he hopes to get a positive response just before the body convenes again on Nov. 8 to decide on the final 25 events for the 25th edition of the biennial meet.
* *
Go bared the latest news yesterday in a special luncheon hosted by him and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.
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Along with archery, cycling, canoeing, weightlifting and rowing, basketball is among the last three sports Laos is considering to complete its list of events numbering to about 22 at the moment.
* *
Go said Thailand is among the countries lobbying for basketball to be played in the SEA Games to the extent it bowed to shoulder all operation expenses including game officials and the referees. Basketball Association of Thailand president Benjabhoki Suthep made the pitch on behalf of his country.
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The Thais are the defending women’s champion in basketball.
* *
“They (Thais) said they are going to push for it even though we’re seeded to win the gold. Ako naman I can’t make any offer until I have talked to BAP-SBP officials.
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“I tried calling Mr. (Noli) Eala, but unfortunately, he wouldn’t return my call.”
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Eala is the executive director of the BAP-SBP.
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But Go said the country could pitch in its own by taking charge in repairing the flooring of the basketball field.
* *
“Right now, semento kasi yun. So we intend to change it into hardcourt which we believe would cost around the same amount I’ve mentioned earlier,” said the controversial sports figure.
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Go added renovating the gym would also help propagating the sport in Laos, basketball being an entirely non-entity in the former French protectorate and the reason why the host didn’t include it in the original list of the 25th SEA Games calendar of events.
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Despite the uncertainty hovering on the fate of basketball, Go assured the Filipino cagers will be in Laos to defend their title.
* *
“Matutuloy yang basketball,” he said.
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Behind a team backstopped by Fil-Am Gabe Norwood and Jason Castro and backed by Harbour Centre, the Philippines won the basketball gold in the last SEA Games held in Nakhonratchasima in Thailand.
* *
In related news, Go also revealed the number of events to be fought per sports, with athletics, aquatics and shooting having the most to offer.
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Athletics has a total of 45, shooting has a combined 42 for both trap (12) and skeet (30) events and aquatics a combined 41 in swimming (30), diving (10) and water polo (1).
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The rest are as follows — badminton (7), boxing (16), football (2), golf (4), judo (16), karate (18),* sepak takraw (8 ), table tennis (7), tennis (7), volleyball 4 (indoor 2, beach 2), wrestling (10), wushu (12), taekwondo (21), muay thai (12), petanque (11), pencak silat (14), fin swimming (16), shuttle cock (22) and snooker and billiards (12), which replaces dragon boat.*

amdgc82
09-15-2008, 08:40 AM
Monday, September 15, 2008
Pichay wins court battle; Cesafi to jump ship
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE court has made its decision, and the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. is only too willing to follow.

In the legal battle for the validity of two national congresses held separately by the basketball factions—Basketball Association of the Philippines of Porspero Pichay and Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas of Manny Pangilinan—Judge Antonio Eugenio of RTC Manila ruled in favor of the Pichay faction and declared it the valid congress.

In his decision, Eugenio said, “The national congress convened by the respondents (Pangilinan camp) is herby declared null and void. Consequently, the election of officers at the said meeting is similarly declared to be without force and effect.”

“Respondents are further directed to cease and desist from further acting as officers of the SBP and to turn over the affairs of the organization to the petitioners,” said the ruling, which was dated Sept. 3.

The two factions have been battling as to which of them is the rightful national sports association for basketball. The two then went on to hold their respective national congresses, where they elected their own sets of officials, each claiming to be the valid group, until finally it went to court.

Neutral stand

Because of this, after a long wait, Cesafi, will be jumping out of the Pangilinan faction and into the Pichay train.

“We have decided to have a neutral stand until the court makes a decision. And now that it has, our option is to abide by it. Not just the Cesafi but all the stakeholders should abide by the rule of law,” said Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy, who added that it still needs to meet with the board to finalize the decision.

On the other hand, fans who think the decision will lead to the basketball community finally have its peace will up for a disappointment since Pangilinan’s camp vowed not to take the court’s decision sitting down.

According to executive director Noli Eala, the court ruling will cause a setback in their programs.

Confident

“We are confident that this is simply temporary, the decision neither being final nor executory. SBP will apply every and all legal remedies to reverse this travesty, and remains committed to fight for what is right and just for Philippine Basketball.

“The SBP is disappointed and saddened by the decision of Judge Eugenio. The SBP regards that decision to be a serious obstacle to all the efforts of legitimate stakeholders of Philippine basketball to move it forward, and in the right direction,” said the official statement sent by Eala.

Eala added that the decision is “fundamentally erroneous and seriously flawed and grossly misinterprets the relevant provisions of the Tokyo Communique, the Bangkok Agreement and the SBP By-laws, and consequently has produced conclusions, which are not supported by the relevant facts.” (MCB)

amdgc82
09-15-2008, 12:49 PM
Monday, September 15, 2008
Judge voids cage election
By Peter Atencio
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE re-election of telecoms chief Manuel Pangilinan as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. has been declared null and void.

In a 21-page decision penned by Judge Antonio Eugenio of Branch 24 of the Manila Regional Trial Court dated Sept. 3, the court granted the petition filed by the BAP-SBP faction led by Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte and former Surigao Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay, a few days after Pangilinan was named as head of the BAP-SBP, Inc. in an election held last June 12.

Also elected during the June 12 polls was Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno as chairman, while former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala was appointed project director.

The courts forwarded Eugenio’s decision to lawyer Rommel Frias, who represented the Villafuerte group in the case.

Pangilinan’s group held their own elections eight days after former Villafuerte was elected chairman and Pichay named as president of the BAP-SBP together with the other duly elected officers in the June 4 National Congress and election of officers.

“The National Congress convened by the respondents is hereby declared null and void. Consequently, the election of officers at said meeting is similarly declared to be without force and effect,” wrote the judge in his decision.

Eugenio also directed Pangilinan’s group to “cease and desist from acting as officers of the BAP-SBP” and to “turn over the affairs of the organization to the petitioners.”

The court also declared that the national convention (congress) which was convened by the petitioners (Villafuerte/Pichay’s group) is valid.

The court also added that it was not impressed with the respondent’s defense which said “that the June 12 national congress was done in the presence of the Philippine Olympic Committee and recognized by the FIBA,” and “that the convention should be given the imprimatur of validity.”

The court reasoned out that when the two separate national elections were held, the SBP was still in a transitory period and under the provisions of the SBP, the body shall remain in a transitory period “unless and until the 2008 National Congress shall have been convened.”

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 06:22 AM
Monday, September 15, 2008
Judge voids cage election
By Peter Atencio
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE re-election of telecoms chief Manuel Pangilinan as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. has been declared null and void.

In a 21-page decision penned by Judge Antonio Eugenio of Branch 24 of the Manila Regional Trial Court dated Sept. 3, the court granted the petition filed by the BAP-SBP faction led by Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte and former Surigao Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay, a few days after Pangilinan was named as head of the BAP-SBP, Inc. in an election held last June 12.

Also elected during the June 12 polls was Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno as chairman, while former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala was appointed project director.

The courts forwarded Eugenio’s decision to lawyer Rommel Frias, who represented the Villafuerte group in the case.

Pangilinan’s group held their own elections eight days after former Villafuerte was elected chairman and Pichay named as president of the BAP-SBP together with the other duly elected officers in the June 4 National Congress and election of officers.

“The National Congress convened by the respondents is hereby declared null and void. Consequently, the election of officers at said meeting is similarly declared to be without force and effect,” wrote the judge in his decision.

Eugenio also directed Pangilinan’s group to “cease and desist from acting as officers of the BAP-SBP” and to “turn over the affairs of the organization to the petitioners.”

The court also declared that the national convention (congress) which was convened by the petitioners (Villafuerte/Pichay’s group) is valid.

The court also added that it was not impressed with the respondent’s defense which said “that the June 12 national congress was done in the presence of the Philippine Olympic Committee and recognized by the FIBA,” and “that the convention should be given the imprimatur of validity.”

The court reasoned out that when the two separate national elections were held, the SBP was still in a transitory period and under the provisions of the SBP, the body shall remain in a transitory period “unless and until the 2008 National Congress shall have been convened.”

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 06:23 AM
Huge blow to SBP
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:57:00 09/15/2008

The seemingly never-ending battle for the leadership of the country's basketball governing body may finally have found a breakthrough of sorts.

This after Branch 24 of the Regional Trial Court in the NCR declared the National Congress, which was convened by the Manny Pangilinan-led faction of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on June 12, to be null and void.

This was decided on September 3 by Judge Antonio Eugenio in the civil case filed by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)-SBP against their counterparts from the SBP.

In addition, the elected officers at the said convention was declared to be “without force and effect” and subsequently directed to “cease and desist from further acting as officers of the SBP and to turn over the affairs of the organization to BAP-SBP.”

The issue stemmed from the conflicting National Congress that were held by different factions last June.

The Prospero Pichay-led wing had there convention on June 4 while the Pangilinan faction convened theirs on June 12.

The June 4 convention was attended by 65 of the BAP-SBP's members, while consequently, only 19 attended the June 12 event.

The Pichay-wing questioned the legitimacy and validity of the election that was held at the June 12 convention, wherein Pangilinan was elected president and Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno as the chairman of the board. Pichay was elected as president of the breakaway group.

“Considering the importance of the issues raised not to mention the very compelling necessity of resolving them for the sake of the sport which is arguably the most popular in the country, the court deems it proper to resolve the instant case on the merits if only to give solution to the brewing issues that has long plagued the sport of basketball,” said the court decision, which Cebu Daily News has obtained a copy of.

In light of the court decision, the leadership of the BAP-SBP has essentially been transferred to the officers which were elected during the June 4 convention, namely, Congressman Luis Villafuerte as chairman, Wilson Young as vice chairman, Christian Tan as executive director and Teresita Abundo as secretary.

The SBP however, remained steadfast in their claim to be the country's basketball official national sports association as they said in their official statement sent to CDN by executive director Noli Eala.

“The SBP is disappointed and saddened by the decision. The SBP regards that decision to be a serious obstacle to all the efforts of legitimate stakeholders of Philippine basketball to move it forward and in the right direction. The decision is fundamentally erroneous and seriously flawed. It grossly misinterprets the relevant provisions of the Tokyo Communique, the Bangkok Agreement and the SBP By-Laws and consequently has produced conclusions which are not supported by the relevant facts.”

Eala added that they will exhaust every resource in order to rectify or reverse the decision.

“While admittedly an unnecessary setback, we are confident that this is simply temporary, the decision being neither final nor executory. SBP will apply every and all legal remedies available to it to reverse this travesty and remains committed to fight for what is right and just for Philippine basketball.”

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 06:28 AM
BAP LINKED to POC POLLS
A dangerous game by GTK, execs say
By Julius Manicad
09/16/2008
www.tribuneonline.org

Two veteran sports officials yesterday linked Go Teng Kok�s support to incumbent Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco with the basketball leadership issue, claiming the controversial president of athletics and karatedo is "playing a dangerous game" in trying to resuscitate the already dead Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

The official also charged Go of trying to "hostage" the POC leadership by claiming big numbers, which the Tribune source claimed Go doesn't have, and that his support to Cojuangco may include a deal that would lead to the BAP's eventual recognition after it was was kicked out three years ago and replaced by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) after a long-drawn battle.

A close Go confidante also admitted the controversial official's support to Cojuangco is related to the BAP issue, and charged Go of playing "a very dangerous game" after seeking a meeting with Macapagal over the weekend despite openly expressing support to Cojuangco the day before.

Go, it was claimed, even left a hanging promise to Macapagal when he said "Even if I am already for Peping, I can still change my mind."

After becoming the prime mover in the expulsion of the BAP in 2001, Go had been instrumental in its attempt to regain the POC recognition, trying to broker talks between his Chinese pal Graham Lim and Cojuangco. Go even assumed the BAP presidency before handling it to chess president Prosepero Pichay.

Cojuangco, however, recognized the SBP headed by Manny Pangilinan, forcing Go to quit the powerful POC executive council and as Cojuangco's special assistant.

"His support to Peping is related to the BAP's attempt to get back to the graces of the POC," one of the sources said. "He is not asking for anything from Peping at the moment. But should he win � or if Art wins � he will ask for the reinstatement of the BAP."

In his preliminary talks with former POC chief Celso Dayrit, Go was asking for three positions in the executive council for his men. Dayrit, who was then gunning for another term, said those positions are sensitive and could give Go a big clout in the local Olympic movement.

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 07:04 AM
September 16, 2008 06:49 PM Tuesday* *
Court favor Pichay group*
www.journal.com.ph

The group of Prospero Pichay and Louie Villafuerte has scored one against the team of businessman Manny Pangilinan and Governor Oscar Moreno.
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In a court decision, a Manila Regional Trial Court judge ruled that the group of Pichay and Villafuete has the rightful claim to the leadership of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).
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In a Civil Case No. 08119546 penned last week, Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr decided that the National Congress held last June 4 was legal and valid and as such, it rendered the subsequent June 12 convention called by the SBP faction null and void.
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In the June 4 congress attended by majority of the stakeholders, Pichay, a former congressman from Surigao del Sur, and Camarines Sur Rep. Villafuerte, were elected president and chairman, respectively.
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Villafuete’s group filed a suit against Moreno and company seeking to nullify the results of the SBP-initiated elections that voted Pangilinan as BAP-SBP president and Moreno as chairman.
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According to Eugenio, the court took note of the fact that the call for the June 4 elections was authorized by nearly 70 of the 87 stakeholders who attended the National Congress initiated by Villafuerte, as BAP-SBP chairman, last May 17.*

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 01:00 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Eala: Setback is temporary
By Peter Atencio
www.manilastandardtoday.com

NOLI Eala, the executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. group led by telecoms chief Manny Pangilinan, said yesterday they will make the necessary legal remedies to overturn the court decision which upheld the petition of the other BAP-SBP faction led by Rep. Luis Villafuerte and former Surigao Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay.

Eala, who learned of the decision last Friday, said their group will take legal remedies to reverse the court decision, and “fight for what is right and just for Philippine basketball.”

“While we admit that this is an unnecessary setback, we are confident that this is simply temporary, the decision neither being final nor executory,” said Eala.

In a 21-page decision, Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Antonio Eugenio of Branch 24 ruled for the petitioner and declared the election of Pangilinan’s group held last June 12 as “null and void.”

Villafuerte’s group filed the complaint before the courts after the BAP-SBP group of Pangilinan held its own election, naming Pangilinan as president and Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno as chairman. Eala was later appointed as executive director.

Eala added that he finds the decision “fundamentally erroneous” and “seriously flawed,” and said it “grossly misinterprets the relevant provisions of the Tokyo communique, the Bangkok Agreement and the SBP bylaws, and consequently, has produced conclusions which are not supported by the relevant facts.”

Pangilinan’s elections took place eight days after Villafuerte group held a national convention and elected Pichay as president and Villafuerte as chairman on June 4.

Lawyer Rommel Frias, who represents the Villafuerte-Pichay group, said he will make the necessary steps to make Eugenio’s decision executory.

Eugenio has directed Pangilinan’s group to cease and desist from acting as officers of the BAP-SBP and to “turn over their affairs of the organization to the petitioners.”

“The decision is immediately executory. If the respondents refuse to comply despite knowledge, the decision shall be made enforceable,” said Frias.

Moreno, on the other hand, said he remains hopeful that the decision will be reversed in due time.

“Although we are certain that this patently wrong decision will be reversed in due time, it has unfortunately succeeded in sowing confusion in the basketball world,” Moreno said.

amdgc82
09-16-2008, 01:09 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
SBP to contest Pichay leadership
www.visayandailystar.com
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Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala yesterday said they will exhaust all legal remedies to reverse the Manila Trial Court decision favoring the group of former Rep. Prospero Pichay and incumbent Rep. Luis Villafuerte in the battle for leadership of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Eala said that MTC Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr.’s decision is not final and executory and it was fundamentally erroneous and seriously flawed.

The SBP executive said they consider the decision a serious obstacle to all the efforts of legitimate stakeholders of Philippine basketball to move it forward and in the right direction.

In his decision, Eugenio declared that the June 4, 2008 National Congress attended by majority of the stakeholders who elected Pichay as BAP-SBP president and Villafuerte as chairman was legal and valid.

He also ruled that the subsequent June 12 convention called for by Eala’s group was null and void.

During the June 12 convention, businessman and telecommunications tycoon Manuel Pangilinan was elected president and Oscar Moreno as the chairman.

Eala said the court’s decision misinterprets the relevant provisions of the Tokyo communique, the Bangkok agreement and the SBP constitution and by-laws. He added that it produced conclusions which are not supported by relevant facts.

Reiterating his commitment to fight for what is right and just for Philippine basketball, Eala said they will move for the reversal of the decision.*

amdgc82
09-17-2008, 06:31 AM
SBP eyeing young players to form pool
09/17/2008
www.tribuneonline.org

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) would soon embark on an ambitious recruitment program that will serve as a feeder of talents to various national teams to be formed soon, beginning with 660 players as young as 9 years old from 11 cities outside of Metro Manila starting next year.

Nic Jorge, SBP youth sector chairman, said the SBP is set to launch its Youth Basketball Development Program, which initially aims to recruit more than 600 players, 9 to 11 years old, who will comprise the first batch of the SBP youth talent pool.

They will be scouted from various schools and barangays from Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Lucena, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas City, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Davao, aside from the usual basketball hubs in Metro Manila.

According to Jorge, the recruitment procedure would save the SBP of its resources, while keeping budding players near their homes while giving them opportunities to serve in a national team.

Jorge also assured their continuous training as those initially recruited in the 9 to 11 category would be elevated to the 12 to 13, 14 to 15, and 16 to 17 brackets until they become eligible to serve in the 18-Under squad and the RP team that competes in the Southeast Asian Games.

amdgc82
09-17-2008, 06:55 AM
September 17, 2008 05:08 PM Wednesday* *
Youth cage program launched soon *
www.journal.com.ph

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas* would soon embark on an ambitious recruitment program that will serve as a feeder of talents to various national teams to be formed soon, beginning with 660 players as young as 9-years old from 11 cities outside of Metro Manila starting next year.
* *
Nic Jorge, SBP youth sector chairman, said the SBP is set to launch its Youth Basketball Development Program, which initially aims to recruit more than 600 players, 9-11 years old, who will comprise the first batch of the SBP youth talent pool.
* *
They will be scouted from various schools and barangays from Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Lucena, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas City, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Davao, aside from the usual basketball hubs in Metro Manila.
* *
According to Jorge, the recruitment procedure would save the SBP of its resources, while keeping budding players near their homes while giving them opportunities to serve in a national team.
* *
Jorge also assured their continuous training as those initially recruited in the 9-11 category would be elevated to the 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17 brackets until they become eligible to serve in the 18-Under squad and the RP team that competes in the Southeast Asian Games.
* *
“With 660 young players comprising the pool outside of Metro Manila, there is an abundance of players ready for the picking by the various national teams when their time comes,” Jorge said. “Also, the numbers would double and triple as they grow older. The various leagues in the provinces would also benefit from this, while leagues in Metro Manila will soon find competitions against provincial squads no longer as easy as they thought they were.”
* *
These players, Jorge said, will be exposed to tough competitions at an early age, while assuring provincial squads their ranks would not be “raided” by teams based from Metro Manila.
* * *
Jorge’s experience in the development of young players goes way, way back since he first formed the Basketball Efficiency and Scientifc Training (Best) Center in 1977. Many of his graduates have played for the various national teams and other leagues, including the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Basketball League.

amdgc82
09-17-2008, 07:08 AM
Laykdatan: Umarya na naman si Eala
Zaldy Perez
www.abante-tonite.com
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Sa una’y kay gandang basahin ang mga progra*mang balak na isagawa ni SBP executive director Noli Eala.

Pero kung pag-aaralang mabuti, tila mahirap ang implementas*yon at tila puro gastos ang kanyang mga ideya.

Pangarapin mo ba naman na kumuha ng isang Serbian coach na siyang mentor ng Fiba-Asia tournament champion Iran.

Sabihin na nating malaki ang posibilidad na mauto niya ang Serbian coach para igiya ang ating pambansang koponan, pero gaano naman kayang halaga ang tatapyasin nito sa kabang yaman ng SBP o sa mga makukuhang sponsors.

Siyempre, natural na gusto mong i-pirate ang isang mahusay na coach pero hindi mo ito basta-basta makukuha kung hindi masisilaw sa ibibigay na anda.

Ngayon, meron na namang kinakawkaw itong si Eala.

“A basketball training center for foreigners with Filipino roots will soon rise in Las Vegas.”

Ang bigat ano po? Kahit pa nga sabihin nating merong mga taong tutulong upang itayo ang sina*sabing training center, tulad nina Toronto Raptors exe*cutive Jim Kelly at Loy Allado, kahit paano kailangan na naman ang mil*yung-mil*yong salapi para gumalaw ang mga taong ito.

Hindi naman sira ang ulo ng mga iyan na magtatrabaho ng libre para sa kapakanan ng pambansang koponan.
Hindi lamang iyan, bukod sa sinasabing Las Vegas, aba eh maglalagay pa din daw ng training facility sa Toronto, Canada para naman doon sa mga North America-based Filipinos.

Siyempre, salapi na naman ang katapat niyan. Aba, kahit na sabihin pa nating matutuloy ang mga iyan, tatagal naman kaya ang SBP o sabihin na n*ating si president Manny V. Pangilinan sa kapapaluwal ng pondo?

Kahit na isang damukal din ang makuhang sponsors baka mamulubi at magsi-ayaw na rin sila.

Sana naman huwag bira ng bira si Eala, sige ka baka mamaya mo niyan mabulunan ka ‘di matinding tubig ang kakailanganin mo hanggang sa malunod ka para maalis ang bara sa lalamunan.

‘Yun nga yatang all-pro team na kakatawan sa Pilipinas sa quali*fying tournament para sa World Basketball tournament, hindi pa yata naikukuha ng magagamit na pondo heto’t umaarya ka na naman.

Isa pa ang pangarap lang naman ay mag-qualify sa Olympics at kung naroon na hindi naman makaka-gold, eh para ano pa ang mga iyan, pagsasayang ng damu-damukal na pera at panahon?

amdgc82
09-17-2008, 12:06 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Cebu schools break away
By Peter Atencio
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Cebu Schools Association Foundation has formally broken away from the Manny Pangilinan-led Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc.

The Cesafi, one of the 21 groups represented in the BAP-SBP Board following its elections on June 12 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, actually has decided to adopt a “neutral stance” since June 19, seven days after the elections, during its own board meeting in Cebu City.

Cesafi is the biggest collegiate athletic association in Cebu province and counts as its members top college teams Southwestern University and University of Visayas, among others.

League commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said Cesafi based its decision to adopt a “wait-and-see” stance on the report of the association’s representative and legal counsel Baldomero Estenzo, who attended the elections in Makati and was named as a member of the board of trustees.

But yesterday, Tiukinhoy said the Cesafi, which has 11 member-schools, mostly based in Cebu City, is formally severing its ties with Pangilinan’s group after a Manila Regional Trial court judge declared the BAP-SBP group of Pangilinan as “null and void.”

Tiukinhoy said the Cesafi is now legally obligated to support the BAP-SBP faction of Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte and former Surigao Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay.

“The league is not after following personalities, but the rule of law,” said Tiukinhoy, who added that the Cesafi board of trustees is set to formalize its stand.

Last Sept. 3, Manila RTC Judge Antonio Eugenio, in a 21-page decision, nullified the election of Pangilinan as president of the BAP-SBP Inc. and Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno as its chairman and directed its officers “cease and desist” from acting as its officers and to “turn over the affairs of the organization to Villafuerte and Pichay’s group.

myktristan
09-17-2008, 01:41 PM
SBP eyeing young players to form pool
http://www.tribuneonline.org/sports/20080917spo5.html

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) would soon embark on an ambitious recruitment program that will serve as a feeder of talents to various national teams to be formed soon, beginning with 660 players as young as 9 years old from 11 cities outside of Metro Manila starting next year.

Nic Jorge, SBP youth sector chairman, said the SBP is set to launch its Youth Basketball Development Program, which initially aims to recruit more than 600 players, 9 to 11 years old, who will comprise the first batch of the SBP youth talent pool.

They will be scouted from various schools and barangays from Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Lucena, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas City, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Davao, aside from the usual basketball hubs in Metro Manila.

According to Jorge, the recruitment procedure would save the SBP of its resources, while keeping budding players near their homes while giving them opportunities to serve in a national team.

Jorge also assured their continuous training as those initially recruited in the 9 to 11 category would be elevated to the 12 to 13, 14 to 15, and 16 to 17 brackets until they become eligible to serve in the 18-Under squad and the RP team that competes in the Southeast Asian Games.

myktristan
09-17-2008, 01:42 PM
SBP holds clinics on officiating
http://www.tempo.com.ph/news.php?aid=40843

As part of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program to improve the quality and standards of officiating in the country, the SBP invited FIBA technical director Lubomir Kotleba to conduct a series of clinics starting today.

According to SBP executive director Noli Eala, the program aims to increase the number of Filipino International Referees (IRs) recognized by the International Basketball Federation.

The 62-year-old Slovak arrived yesterday.

Kotleba has been touring other nations as representative of FIBA for quality officiating for the past 10 years. This marks the first time that FIBA will hold a clinic in the country.

"This is the SBP’s commitment to FIBA-Asia for the Philippines to be a strong and active member of the basketball community after so many years of inactivity brought by the suspension," Eala added.

myktristan
09-17-2008, 01:45 PM
Youth cage program launched soon
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-09-17&sec=7&aid=73073

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas would soon embark on an ambitious recruitment program that will serve as a feeder of talents to various national teams to be formed soon, beginning with 660 players as young as 9-years old from 11 cities outside of Metro Manila starting next year.

Nic Jorge, SBP youth sector chairman, said the SBP is set to launch its Youth Basketball Development Program, which initially aims to recruit more than 600 players, 9-11 years old, who will comprise the first batch of the SBP youth talent pool.

They will be scouted from various schools and barangays from Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Lucena, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas City, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Davao, aside from the usual basketball hubs in Metro Manila.

According to Jorge, the recruitment procedure would save the SBP of its resources, while keeping budding players near their homes while giving them opportunities to serve in a national team.

Jorge also assured their continuous training as those initially recruited in the 9-11 category would be elevated to the 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17 brackets until they become eligible to serve in the 18-Under squad and the RP team that competes in the Southeast Asian Games.

“With 660 young players comprising the pool outside of Metro Manila, there is an abundance of players ready for the picking by the various national teams when their time comes,” Jorge said. “Also, the numbers would double and triple as they grow older. The various leagues in the provinces would also benefit from this, while leagues in Metro Manila will soon find competitions against provincial squads no longer as easy as they thought they were.”

These players, Jorge said, will be exposed to tough competitions at an early age, while assuring provincial squads their ranks would not be “raided” by teams based from Metro Manila.

Jorge’s experience in the development of young players goes way, way back since he first formed the Basketball Efficiency and Scientifc Training (Best) Center in 1977. Many of his graduates have played for the various national teams and other leagues, including the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Basketball League.

sajubeads
09-22-2008, 08:11 AM
PBA names RP five coach Monday


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Close this MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Basketball Association, which has been heavily involved in the formation of the national five over the last few years, is expected to announce the name of the RP coach on Monday, among other things.

Commissioner Sonny Barrios will make the announcement Monday morning at the league offices.

Barrios, though, turned off his mobile phones and refused to answer text messages.

The PBA, or its commissioner for that matter, has always had the privilege of naming the national coach.

Chot Reyes, now coach of Talk ‘N Text, handled the last Philippine team that participated in the Olympic qualifiers, getting a leave of absence from his former team, San Miguel Beer, which also helped bankroll the program.

Sources say Reyes, Red Bull’s Yeng Guiao and former RP team head coaches Tim Cone of Alaska and Jong Uichico of Barangay Ginebra head the list of candidates.

Like in the previous PBA-backed teams, the coach also comes up with the program on how to run the team, which now aims to make it to the London 2012 Olympics.

In a related development, a hearing on the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc.’s petition against the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines will take place at a Manila Regional Trial Court today.

The hearing seeks the intervention of the courts to quash an earlier restraining order obtained by the BAP prohibiting the SBP from functioning as the rightful basketball body in the country.

CrossOver
09-23-2008, 12:25 AM
By Nelson Beltran

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios put on hold yesterday the formation of the RP team for the 2009 FIBA Asia championship with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) engaged in a legal battle on which is the legitimate national federation in the country.

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Judge Antonio Eugenio ordered last week the SBP under president Manny Pangilinan to cease and desist from functioning as a national cage body, granting the petition filed by the BAP group of former Rep. Prospero Pichay and Rep. Luis Villafuerte.

SBP executive director Noli Eala has said they will appeal the Eugenio ruling that nullified the SBP election of officers last June 12 where Pangilinan was voted as president.

“We’re handcuffed by the court ruling. The PBA has never violated a court order and I don’t intend to violate one,” said Barrios.

“Prudence dictates we put on hold the formation of the national team starting with the naming of the coach. If we go on, the court might say ‘who ordered you so.’ Worse, we might be cited for contempt,” added Barrios. “Hopefully, this legal matter is resolved immediately.”

But the PBA chief made it clear that the PBA is not abandoning the SBP, remaining loyal to its cause.

Barrios, who has just returned from a two-week vacation in the United States, was to announce his choice as national coach on Oct. 1. The coach would be given the blanket authority to form his team vying for a slot in the 2010 World Championship in the regional qualifier set in September next year.

The PBA commissioner said he’s looking for one who could give undivided attention to the national team.

He didn’t mention the names of the candidates but said a big plus-factor is previous coaching experience — be as head coach or assistant coach — in international play. The PBA coaches who’ve been exposed in international stage are Tim Cone, Jong Uichico, Chot Reyes, Yeng Guiao and Binky Favis.

Barrios said he’s not giving weight on the win-loss records of the coaches in the recent PBA tourneys. “I’ve been part of the PBA participation in the national team endeavor from the time of coach Robert Jaworski (in 1990 Beijing Asiad) to the time of coach Jong Uichico (in 2002 Busan Asiad). The style of international game is far different from the PBA brand of play,” Barrios explained.

But Barrios insisted his hands are tied with the court ruling, and he’s hoping to avoid the experience gone through by coach Chot Reyes and his team in 2005 seeing their hard work and sacrifice go down the drain on the suspension of the BAP by the International Basketball Federation.

With the Philippines reinstated in the FIBA roster in late 2006, Reyes and his team crammed in training and eventually settled for ninth place in the FIBA-Asia championship last year in Tokushima.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080922159)

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Wala talaga kayong magawa BAP mga PU%@N!@ nyo mga demonyo kayo! Sa mga hindi sang-ayon sa sobrang pamumulitika ng BAP please lang mag sign ho kayo dito sa Online Petition (http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?stopBAP).

D_I_A
09-23-2008, 01:02 AM
Can't we have caucus guys? wag lang dapat online petition..dapat may press con din ang mga fans.

maybe those connected in the different media fronts can help us. sobra na ginagawa na BAP!!!

DOWN WITH THE BAP!!!

pachador
09-23-2008, 01:10 AM
I agree. magkano ba ang newspaper ad or baka naman a newspaper will be willing to give us free space to publish our open letter and petition. there should also be a demonstration with TV cameras covering and press releases. pechay vegetable and illegal alien combination is bad news >:(



Can't we have caucus guys? wag lang dapat online petition..dapat may press con din ang mga fans.

maybe those connected in the different media fronts can help us. sobra na ginagawa na BAP!!!

DOWN WITH THE BAP!!!

pachador
09-23-2008, 12:27 PM
what kind of country is the Philippines where a rich illegal alien in the name of graham lim who is already approved for deportation by the Philippine Supreme court is still not deported . why? oh why ? who are the government officials protecting this rich illegal alien. I would have forgiven this despicable alien if he just kept a low profile , but he has the gall to piss-off the whole filipino basketball nation through the BAP's legal actions and antics.

sajubeads
09-23-2008, 12:30 PM
Bro, hope someone could facilitate so that we can concretize our disgust over this power hungry BAP bastards . We can probably have a one page newspaper adds .Many would be willing to share our hard earned money for these endeavors.Or perhaps one of our forumer could get a TV interview or perhaps someone file a case against BAP at the court with camera rollling. For publicity.

pachador
09-23-2008, 12:47 PM
i think pichay and villafuerte does not realize yet how many votes they will lose if they continue siding with BAP. someone ought to show them that the whole filipino basketball public hates the BAP. i have the feeling that graham lim sweet-talked this two politicians.




Bro, hope someone could facilitate so that we can concretize* our disgust over this power hungry BAP bastards . We can probably have a one page newspaper adds .Many would be willing to share our hard earned money for these endeavors.Or perhaps one of our forumer could get a TV interview or* perhaps someone file a case against BAP at the court with camera rollling. For publicity.

D_I_A
09-23-2008, 12:59 PM
Bro, hope someone could facilitate so that we can concretize* our disgust over this power hungry BAP bastards . We can probably have a one page newspaper adds .Many would be willing to share our hard earned money for these endeavors.Or perhaps one of our forumer could get a TV interview or* perhaps someone file a case against BAP at the court with camera rollling. For publicity.




Following are steps that we could undertake in our movement:

1. let's create or form discussion groups.

2. organize committees or organizing cells in major cities in the Philippines like NCR, Metro Cebu, Davao City, Baguio, GenSan, Zamboanga, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio and other cities where basketball is really an issue.

3. appoint lead groups from these areas, tackle the BAP-SBP row and its repercussions in the Philippine basketball scene and its participation in the International competitions

4. volunteers from the the different forums are highly encouraged to come in the open and implement plans.

5. coordinate these with the other areas where cells have been organized

6. continue and heighten all online petitions against the BAP

7. if we have already had significant numbers and supporters, a mass action could take place. UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI or other basketball competition of major significance can be the best platform we could take for media mileage is already present.

8. involve local basketball issues e.g. CESAFI's backing of BAP in CEBU etc.

9. file a legal case against the BAP personalities (with media exposure definitely)

10. ask some basketball personalities to join the petition and mass actions

you can add more suggestions with these dudes and dudettes


for NCR forumers maybe we could meet and discuss this issue, just name the place and when. again suggestions are highly appreciated.

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DOWN WITH THE BAP!!!

DEPORT GRAHAM LIM NOW!!!

SBP DON'T YIELD TO bap!!!

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D_I_A
09-24-2008, 12:06 AM
alright dudes and dudettes we have sign of relief this time!!!



IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR BASKETBALL

PBA to form RP team as CA refutes BAP

By Arman Carandang

Daily Tribune

09/24/2008

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) may now fulfil its commitment to form the national team as well as name the coach to handle it for the 2009 Fiba Asia Championship.

This after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) under Manny Pangilinan secured a relief in its legal battle with another group claiming to be the county’s rightful governing body in basketball.

Justice Juan Enriquez Jr. of the CA’s 11th Division yesterday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of Pangilinan, whose election last June 12 as President of SBP was earlier nullified by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 on a petition by former Rep. Prospero Pichay and Rep. Luis Villafuerte.

“To preserve the status quo and so as not to render ineffectual and nugatory the judgment that will be rendered in this decision, a temporary restraining order valid for 60 days is hereby issued enjoining the respondents and all persons acting for them from executing, enforcing, implementing or otherwise giving effect to the assailed decision,” Enriquez said in his order.

The assailed decision, which was handed down by Judge Antonio Eugenio of the Manila RTC Branch 24 last Sept. 3, practically put a handcuff on both the SBP and the PBA from effecting their earlier commitment to assemble a team way ahead of time for the Fiba Asia next year.

“With the preliminary relief, we’re confident the Court of Appeals will find our arguments meritorious for it to reverse the RTC ruling,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

“If It means there’s no legal impediment, I’ll now proceed with my assignment. I’ll work on it as agreed upon — the sooner the better,” said PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Barrios was supposed to proceed with the long overdue formation of the national team, but could not do so because of a cease and desist order sought earlier by Pichay and Villafuerte.

The PBA nevertheless assured that the league remains committed to helping the SBP in its quest to form a competitive team for next year’s Fiba-Asia championship which serves as the qualifier for the 2010 world championship in Turkey.



MALAYA
9/24/2008

Barrios ready to name coach

BY NOLI CORTEZ

FREE of shackles and with a heightened sense of urgency, PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios can start naming the coach of the league-backed national team.

Barrios yesterday bared he can reveal his choice of the coach earlier than expected to start the latter’s arduous task of assembling and gearing up his team.

"I can now proceed with fulfilling my assignment, which is to name the national coach," Barrios said after getting hold of a copy of a temporary restraining order obtained by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas late last Monday.

The TRO, issued by Judge Juan Enriquez Jr. of Division 11 of the Court of Appeals, ordered all parties to preserve the current status quo, which has the SBP as the sole governing body for basketball in the country.

The CA decision enjoined a breakaway faction from the BAP "and all persons acting for them from executing and forcing, implementing and otherwise giving effect" to an earlier Regional Trial Court ruling that prohibited the SBP from acting as the national sport association for basketball. The RTC ruling was issued last Sept. 3 and released to the media last Sept. 14.

Due to that ruling, Barrios, who has just returned from a US vacation, was prompted to defer baring his choice until the legal battles have been resolved.

"We in the PBA have never violated any law of the land," Barrios stressed last Monday.

The CA ruling was welcomed by SBP Executive Director Noli Eala who said: "We’ve got preliminary relief and we’re confident the CA will eventually overturn the RTC ruling."

Eala pointed out the SBP, which has Misamis Occidental Gov. Oscar Moreno as chairman and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan as president, is the sole NSA for basketball recognized not only by the POC but also by the sport’s international federations as well. He is optimistic the courts will see it in said light.

"We hope the CA finds our arguments meritorious," he said.

For his part, PBA Chairman Joaqui Trillo said no legal battle will detract the league from its mission to help the country’s cagers in the international arena.

"We in the PBA made a commitment and we’re standing by it," Trillo said.

With the CA TRO that is valid for 60 days, things have changed drastically and Barrios said he can now name his chosen one earlier than his self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline.

"It means there are now no legal impediments prohibiting me from doing my assignment," he explained. "At kung magkaroon na naman ng panibagong legal impediment, at least the ball has started rolling, so to speak."

Reportedly among the hot candidates for the head coaching slot are Ginebra’s Jong Uchico, Red Bull’s Yeng Guiao and Alaska’s Tim Cone.

The PBA has shaken up its season to free its coaches and players who will be tapped for the RP team that will represent the country in the 2009 regional qualifying tournament for the World Basketball Championship set the following year.



Lions, Bombers clash in Game 1

Barrios ready to name coach

Pumaren: This one’s far from over

Volley Federation needs P6M to stage Asian Youth girls meet

Miller sparks Aces past Giants

RP football has what it takes: AFC








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Baka umabot pa ito sa Supreme Court!!! Sana naman tumigil na ang mga kampon ng kadiliman - ang bap!!!

Down with the BAP!!!

SBP Shall Prevail!!!

Don't Yield to BAP!!!

DEPORT GRAHAM LIM NOW!!!


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CrossOver
10-07-2008, 06:59 AM
Smart, Coke, Harbour back RP five quest
By Nelson Beltran

Smart, Coca-Cola and Harbour Centre have signified their intention to help fund the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ long-term program for the national team with a mission of earning a stint to the London Olympics in 2012.

SBP vice-chairman Ricky Vargas told The STAR yesterday that the three companies have expressed their desire to help the elite men’s team the way Nokia and Tao Corp. have been doing to the national youth squad.

Vargas said SBP is looking for a patron that will bankroll the RP team’s expenses from this year all the way to its participation in the FIBA-Asia Championship in 2011 which the national federation would bid to host.

Vargas, also a member of the PBA board representing Talk n Text, has a separate task of working with PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios in search of sponsors for the PBA-backed national team set to represent the country in the Asian joust next year.

“Smart, Coca-Cola and Harbour Centre are all offering to sponsor the SBP team. But it’s possible that one of them would be invited to sponsor the PBA-backed RP team,” said Vargas.

The PBA board approved lending players to the RP team for next year’s world qualifier but left to the SBP the task of looking for sponsors.

Barrios and coach Yeng Guiao are set to meet soon to discuss, among other things, the ballpark figure needed for the campaign.

The PBA board is looking at the original budget given the RP team to the Tokushima FIBA-Asia tourney last year. Apparently, it’s pegged at P25 million but the team overshot the budget with several training trips abroad.

Guiao said he’s willing to work within the budget to be given him by the league.

Nokia and Tao Corp. earmarked close to P90 million in a four-year program for the youth team. More may be needed for SBP’s long-term national team program, patterned after successful NCC team of Danding Cojuangco in the 80s.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is set to return in the country on Oct. 20 to start running the program. He’ll pick the players for the pool to be given extensive training for the next three years.

Among the players being eyed are Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao and Ryan Buenafe, La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio, San Beda’s Ogie Menor and Jake Pascual, Jose Rizal’s Mark Sena and John Wilson and San Sebastian’s Arvie Bringas.

SBP executive director Noli Eala has said they will also look for Fil-foreign hopefuls abroad and possibly a tall player willing to be naturalized to play for the country.

The SBP team will be the same squad to be sent to the next SEA Games, Asian Games and other FIBA tourneys before the 2011 FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifier.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20081006138)

myktristan
10-08-2008, 04:20 PM
BCAP open to talk
http://www.tempo.com.ph/news.php?aid=41425

The Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) is open to talks with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to discuss the recent hiring a foreign coach to oversee the country’s basketball development program as envisioned by the SBP.

This was the message of BCAP chief Chito Narvasa to the SBP, saying that he sees no problem as long as Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who steered Iran to a spot in the Beijing Olympics, remains as Project Director and not as coach of any future national team.

Once the SBP decides to elevate the 53-year-old native of Belgrade as coach, that’s the time for BCAP to take action.

Going to the court is one of their options.

"We’re against the hiring of foreign coach. If he (Toroman) was named as the project director, and not coach, we have nothing to argue about that," Narvasa said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s Restaurant in UN Avenue, Manila.

"But if the SBP names him as coach of the national team, we have to go to court," Narvasa added.

Court cases against foreign basketball coaches is not new to BCAP as it challenged in the past the hiring of Americans Bill Bayno an Paul Woolpert by Talk ‘N Text, as well as the late John Moran by the now-defunct Shell in the PBA.

The law, according to the onetime PBA coach, prohibits foreign coaches from calling the shots to Filipino teams – national or club teams.

"We did that against Bayno, we did that against Woolpert, we did that against Moran. In all cases, we won. So BCAP’s batting average is 100 percent. So, if we talk of legal, I know we’re standing on solid ground," he said.

Narvasa said that his association understands that getting Toroman is the prerogative of the SBP and his fellow BCAP members, such as former RP team coaches Norman Black of UAAP champion Ateneo, Alaska’s Tim Cone, Ginebra’s Jong Uichico and Yeng Guiao agreed with this position when they met last Monday.

The SBP, led by SMART and PLDT president Manny V. Pangilinan, signed Toroman to three years to chart the program of the national team whose ultimate objective is to play in the 2012 London Olympics.

CrossOver
10-17-2008, 01:11 AM
The Milo sponsored BEST Center Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)-Passerelle tournaments resume Oct. 18-19 with the Luzon regional championship at the Eastern College Gym in Baguio.

Grade school hoopsters from Saint John Cathedral School, International School of Better Beginnings, Saint Louis Laboratory Grade School and Don Bosco Academy Pampanga will vie for the Milo BEST Center SBP Luzon title.

On the high school level, junior cagers from Divine Word College of Dagupan, Maryhill Academy, Saint Louis Laboratory High School and Don Bosco Academy Pampanga will wage their own battle for the Milo BEST Center Passerelle Luzon trophy.

The winners of the two-day regional championships will represent Luzon and join other champions from NCR, Visayas and Mindanao for the Milo BEST Center SBP-Passerelle national finals.

A breeding ground of champions, the Milo BEST Center SBP-Passerelle gathers the country’s top elementary and high school teams to compete in a competitive yet warm atmosphere that hones skills and celebrates sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20081016173)

amdgc82
10-18-2008, 08:51 AM
SBP holds tryouts for US youth caging
Saturday, October 18, 2008
www.philstar.com

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is conducting tryouts for boys 13 years and under who will represent the country in the Youth Basketball of America State Championship in Florida, USA, on July 29, 2009.

Former Red Warrior Mark Herrera, assistant coach of the PBL Burger King Whoopers and head coach of two-time Jr. PBA champion Quezon City-Talk N Text, will coach the team. He will be assisted by coach PJ Navarro of Ateneo.

Herrera, who is also assistant coach of the UE Pages, said the tryouts, which is also open to out-of-school youths, will be held Nov. 9, 1-6 p.m., at the Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan.

Participants must present a copy of their NSO Certified Birth Certificate.

“We would like to encourage all boys 13 years old and under, even the out-of-school youths to join the tryouts. This is a big opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Herrera, a former mainstay of the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP.

The tryouts are part of the talent identity program of the SBP under president Manny V. Pangilinan, vice-chairman Ricky Vargas, SBP youth commission chairman Nic Jorge, and SBP executive director Noli Eala.

Interested players, especially those outside Metro Manila, may call up Herrera at 0910-4611007, (02)557-2157 or (02)710-3639 for details.

Elementary and high school players from various schools invited to the tryout are:

Norman Aaron Black, James Ezekiel Cariño, Mark Gamboa, Jacob Magpoc, Jose Lorenzo Mendoza, Joseph Matthew Nieto, Michael Joseph Nieto,

Rodrigo Alessandro Puno, Ferdinand Ravena III, (Ateneo); Gian Karlo Abanilla, Hugh John Bayborda, Arvidas Kio Dy, Zandro Limpot Jr., Aron Joseph Manguera, Gerome Alek Melo, Justin Michael Perez (La Salle-Zobel); Renz German (Divine Grace School), John Ryan Gumtang, Jose Carlos Lopena, Jessie Jude Ma-alat, Christian Von Mara, Umali, Cedric Shawn (Don Bosco-Makati)

Julius Lorenzon Barraquias, Kyle Chester Carlos, Shaun Danielle Ildefonso, Kobe Lorenzo Paras, Amando Emanuel San Juan II, Joseph Cornelius Sison, Jeremiah Joel Daniel Vizmonte, (La Salle-Greenhills), Henri Lorenzo Subido (Lourdes School-Mandaluyong),

Jeric Renz Carolino, Ronald Karl Gonzales, Freddy Pajarillaga Jr. (Lourdes School-QC), Alek Antonio Andres, Juan Lorenzo Villanueva, Ryan Jacob Viquiera (Marist School), Jerichoxzan Ajero, Lorenzo Miguel Battad, Miguel Luis Gomez, Adam Junnel Lopez, Ivan Garret Mendoza, Ranbill Angelo Tongco (Notre Dame of Greater Manila) Angelo Ferrer (Trinity College)

Franz Jonathan Abuda, Pierre Jacob Ancheta, John Thomas Gonzales, Carlos Nicolo Mercado (San Beda College) Jaime Renato Manila, Charles Michael Soriano, Carl Andre Valdez, Joshua Robert Rosardyn Viajar (St. Mary’s College)

John Kirk Carpiso, Jedd Lewis Eleria, Thristan Edge Laman, Dean Marvin Lee (Sta. Clara International Academy) Alexis Jan Christian Agcaoili, Juco Clarence Celeres, Jacob Jose Ejercito, Anton Lorenzo Lapez, Rendell Joseph Lee, Jarrell Raddley Lim, Mitchell Kyle Ong, Vincent Gabriel Soliven, Jan Christian Oliver Tang, Ivan Francis Yeung (Xavier School).

D_I_A
10-22-2008, 03:19 AM
Philstar

Big J plays active role in national squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robert Jaworski, the living legend of Philippine basketball, welcomed the opportunity to help Philippine basketball as he accepted an offer by national coach Yeng Guiao to be part of his advisory council.

Mentor of the RP team that won the silver medal in the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, Jaworski promised to support Guiao in the effort to gain a slot for the country in the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.

“It’s an honor to be asked to contribute in our own little way through our experience, knowledge, and insights from past tournaments,” said Jaworski.

“I understand that we’ll be asked to drop during practice from time to time, and also to list down our so-called Dream Team for Yeng’s consideration. We’ll probably look at it together and maybe come up with a team that everybody believes is the right group,” Jaworski said.

Jaworski, whose charisma and aggressive brand of play made him the face of the PBA for decades, said he might attend PBA games every now and then to scout candidates he may include in his list.

He may not be physically present in the PBA games for some time but insisted he’s attuned to what’s going on in and around the league.

Air21 president and team manager Lito Alvarez earlier reported talks are ongoing for Jaworski to coach the Express. Jaworski confirmed those talks but said he has some other current business matters to attend to first.

“They (Express) are wonderful people, and we’re talking about something that’s closest to my heart, basketball,” he said. “It’s just that at this time of my life there are a couple of small things I’m putting together, so I don’t know.”

He was also unsure about his plans for the 2010 elections.

“If there’s going to be some honest-to-goodness electoral reforms and I could pool all athletes and sports people together then I think I will venture into politics again,” said Jaworski who has served a term as senator.

The plans to acquire a naturalized seven-footer to beef up the national team and tap the services of a foreign coach drew negative reaction from Jaworski.

Instead of naturalizing a foreigner which would “always involve a question of law,” Jaworski suggested that a search be made for a tall foreign player with Filipino lineage that would make him eligible to “vote and play basketball” under the Dual Citizenship Law.

Jaworski also is not keen on the hiring of a foreign coach to handle the national team.

“It’s a little way off. I don’t have anything against foreign coaches, but we have to have some degree of pride,” he said.– Nelson Beltran

amdgc82
10-22-2008, 05:42 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Ex-BCU stalwart gets IR status
By Roderick Osis
www.sunstar.com.ph

FORMER Baguio Central University stalwart Dominique Pomar has made it to the elite list of international referees accredited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Pomar was one of the four recommended for international referee status by the Samahang Basketbolista ng Pilipinas for making the grade after a two-day clinic conducted by Fiba sports director Lubomir Kotleba recently.

Two others have taken their refresher course who were also recommended by the SBP

"The referee development is a very critical part of the SBP plans and programs. Our vision is to see the Filipino basketball referee officiating a game in the Olympics some day," said SBP head Noli Eala.

The SBP has now nine accredited referees.

Pomar was a stalwart of the BCU Eagles way back in 1995 when it pulled an upset against the SLU Navigators for their third place battle.

He played until the late 90s and later joined the Basketball Referees Organization of Northern Philippines, Inc. (Bronphil Inc.)

He is one of the 30 participants nationwide of which four were recognized, said Bronphil Inc. president Jun Rimando.

Rimando said Pomar took his oath this week in Manila.

amdgc82
10-22-2008, 06:27 AM
RP cagers off to Bali
www.tribuneonline.org
10/22/2008

The Smart-Pilipinas 3-on-3 team competing in the first ever beach basketball of the 1st Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia departs tonight for the island paradise with high hopes of garnering a medal for the Philippine delegation.

The delegation will be led by SBP executive director Noli Eala, SBP Youth Commission chairman Nic Jorge, head coach Britt Reroma and bannered by four up and coming young players of the Youth pool including three players who were part of the RP Youth team that competed recently in the Asian Jr. Men's Championship in Tehran, Iran. They are Joseph Tolentino, Samuel Marata, Papot Paredes and Arthur de la Cruz.

gienecees
10-23-2008, 02:13 PM
Toroman sets national pool tryout
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:48:00 10/23/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Serbian coach Rajko Toroman has scheduled a tryout for the best and promising amateur dribblers on Nov. 21 to kick off a three-year program designed to pave the way for the country’s return trip to the Olympics.

Organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the tryout will feature several standouts from the UAAP and NCAA and a sprinkling of talents from the Visayas and high school ranks.

SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan said the federation has actually three major objectives that Toroman will help achieve to hopefully get the country back in the Olympics in 2012.

After the Southeast Asian Games next year in Laos, Pangilinan said preparations for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China would be in full swing in time for the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship, the qualifying tournament for the Olympics.

“We have to be realistic in terms of our goal to qualify in the London Olympics,” said Pangilinan.

“And you guys are actually the players who are likely to play in the London Olympics,” added the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) top honcho as he addressed a crowd packed with collegiate stars during the UAAP-NCAA Collegiate Awards the other night.

“You are the future of the national team.”

Pangilinan also came to the defense of Toroman, whose appointment as BAP-SBP project director has been criticized by the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.

“We shouldn’t be insecure about getting a foreign coach just because coach Rajko is here,” said Pangilinan.

The_Big_Cat
10-23-2008, 02:19 PM
Serbian mentor gets marching orders
October 23, 2008
Manila Standard

SERBIAN coach Rajko Toroman immediately was tasked to go to work to prepare the RP basketball squad which will defend its title in the 2008 Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel Pangilinan gave Toroman the assignment upon learning that basketball is one of five events being considered to be added to the roster of sports in the 26th SEA Games to be held in the Laotian capital of Ventiane.

“Maganda ang chances ng Pilipinas. We have been champions for a long time, but other countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are slowly catching up,” said Pangilinan, who was with the Serbian coach during last Tuesday’s 2008 Collegiate Awards Night at the Manila Pavilion.

Philippine Olympic officials, who attended the 1st Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia, received word from organizers that aside from basketball, archery, cycling, dragon boat and weightlifting also have good chances of being endorsed by the organizing committee when the SEAG Federation Council holds a meeting late next month.

But basketball’s chances for inclusion in the roster will be assured if Thailand agrees to hold the games in Bangkok. Peter Atencio

Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam are the three member-countries assisting Laotian officials in organizing the SEA Games in the areas of funding, infrastructure, manpower resources and technical assistance.

Pangilinan said that Toroman’s other task is to prepare the national squad for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, an even tougher assignment since the RP squad will be going up against powerhouse teams from Korea, Japan, China and the Middle East.

“’Yun and medyo mahirap,” said Pangilinan, referring to the Serbian’s task of helping the RP basketball squad win the gold in the Asiad.

Pangilinan said the SBP is looking at collegiate stars to eventually prepare for qualifying tournaments for the 2012 London Olympics.

gienecees
10-24-2008, 05:05 PM
Asia-Oceania merger could doom RP cagers
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:26:00 10/24/2008


MANILA, Philippines—No longer an Asian basketball power, the Philippines faces the prospect of hurdling a tough, souped-up field to make it back to the Olympics in 2012.

This came in the wake of reports that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is considering to merge Oceania and Asia for the 2011 qualifying tournament for the London Olympics.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia is pushing for the merger to provide tougher competition for Australia and New Zealand which have dominated their zone championship for so long.

Elphinston, according to the newspaper The Daily Telegraph, said FIBA had earlier circulated a discussion paper on the possible merger.

“The reason for that discussion paper is that Australia and New Zealand clearly need more competition,” the newspaper quoted Elphinston as saying.

Elphinston added the merger would also benefit Asia because of the “high quality of competition Australia and New Zealand could offer.”

“Australia and New Zealand need greater opportunities for television exposure and income, and one is linked to the other,” said Elphinston.

A merger is expected to make things tougher for the Filipinos, whose best finish in the region since 1986 was second in the 1990 Asian Games behind China.

“The rest (of Asia) will have a difficult time advancing to the London Olympics,” said Mauricio “Moying” Martelino, a former FIBA-Asia secretary general.

“The merger offers a tough competition, but it will kill the Olympic hopes of small countries like the Philippines.”

Yeng Guiao, head coach of the PBA-backed RP team which will see action in the FIBA-Asia Championship next year, said the FIBA should increase the number of qualifiers from the two continents if they are merged.

“If FIBA plans to include Australia and New Zealand, it should add more slots for the Olympics,” said Guiao. “Otherwise, it will be disadvantageous since these two countries are strong enough to make life difficult for us.”

D_I_A
10-29-2008, 03:59 AM
Philstar

35 cagers eyed for national pool
By Nelson Beltran
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has identified around 35 players who will be given a crack for the national pool to be trained extensively by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman in an effort to make the London Olympics in 2012.

The candidates list, including key players of the triumphant Ateneo and San Beda squads, has been drawn by a working group composed of SBP director Bernie Atienza and coaches Chot Reyes, Fritz Gaston, Eric Altamirano and Allan Gregorio.

SBP executive director Noli Eala, who has just returned from Bali, Indonesia accompanying the RP team that won the silver medal in the Asian Beach Games 3-of-3 event, said they’re announcing the list within the week.

The tryout is set Nov. 21-24. Between now and the tryout date, the SBP will make a round of the schools of the hopefuls, informing them of the program.

“We want to avoid conflict with the schools,” said Toroman.

Among the players known to Toroman are Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao and Ryan Buenafe, La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio, San Beda’s Ogie Menor and Jake Pascual, Jose Rizal’s Mark Sena and John Wilson, San Sebastian’s Arvie Bringas and University of Visayas’ Greg Slaughter.

The others are chosen by the SBP working group assisting Toroman.

Atienza chairs the SBP national team selection committee, Gaston heads the coaches commission, Altamirano supervises the National Basketball Training Center while Gregorio is a young coach who will work closely with Toroman.

The Serbian mentor, who steered Iran to the gold medal conquest in the last FIBA-Asia championship, said he’ll chose 15 players from candidates list.

An addition will come from a separate tryout SBP will be conducting for Fil-Am players in the US in summer next year.

Toroman and his pool will work together in the next three years, an effort envisioned to form a team competitive to do well in the Asian Olympic qualifier in 2011.

insulares
10-30-2008, 03:06 AM
RP basketball must feel sense of urgency, Pangilinan says

Jonathan Perez, GMANews.TV
10/23/2008 | 06:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Time is not on the country's side in its quest to revive basketball glory, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan said Tuesday night.

"We have no more time to prepare and we must move quickly, as soon as possible," said Pangilinan, the guest of honor during the UAAP-NCAA Collegiate Basketball Awards at the Manila Pavilion.

The telecommunications mogul added that the hiring of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who was chosen by the basketball federation to lead the country's campaign for a possible stint in the 2012 Olympics, would help to achieve that end.

Toroman, who piloted Iran to win the FIBA Asia Championship title last year that earned them a spot in the Beijing Olympics, signed a three-year deal with the SBP to act as federation consultant.

Pangilinan said getting to the London Games would be the long-term goal, the short-term goal being the Philippines' bid to retain the title in the Southeast Asian Games next year.

"We must prepare to defend our title [in the SEA Games since] our Southeast Asian neighbors are slowly catching up," he said, adding that the federation's next goal is to win the gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou.

"[The SBP's] supreme objective will still be to qualify for the 2012 Olympics."

The Philippines last qualified and competed in the Olympics when Munich hosted the Summer Games in 1972. The Philippines finished with a 3-6 record to tie Poland and West Germany from 11th to 13th place.

Meanwhile, among those honored during the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps were Collegiate Mythical team members Jason Ballesteros of San Sebastian, La Salle's JV Casio, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Chris Tiu of Ateneo, and San Beda's Sam Ekwe.

Al-Hussaini also received the Sudden Impact award, while Tiu was joined by Mapua's Neil Pascual "Super Seniors".

Jervy Cruz of UST was hailed "Scoring Champion", while San Beda's Ogie Menor earned the Mr. Extra Effort award.

Eric Salamat of Ateneo was the recipient of the Energy Player award, while La Salle's Rico Maierhoffer was honored as the best Sixth Man between the two leagues.

Ekwe was also named the Chairman of the Board for grabbing the most rebounds.

San Beda's Pong Escobal, who now plays for Talk N Text in the PBA, was named "Court General", while Ateneo's Nonoy Baclao was the Sultan of Swat.

JRU, the losing NCAA finalist, was honored as the Breakthrough Team of the Year.

Norman Black (UAAP) and Frankie Lim (NCAA) were named the Coaches of the Year.

Pangilinan lauded the night's awardees but still pointed to a greater cause.

"When forming the RP Team there will be no more schools. We don't care if you're from Ateneo, La Salle, San Beda or JRU. Everybody is welcome to try out."


http://www.gmanews.tv/story/128962/RP-basketball-must-feel-sense-of-urgency-Pangilinan-says

insulares
10-30-2008, 03:14 AM
FIBA - FIBA 33 Basketball Tournaments at the 1st Asian Beach Games

BALI (FIBA 33/1st Asian Beach Games) - The national flag of India was raised yesterday for the first time in international basketball when the Indian Boys Team won the Gold medal of the inaugural Asian Beach Games held in Bali, Indonesia. In the Final, India defeated the Philippines (Silver), 23-17, while Malaysia clinched Bronze. In the Girls tournament, Japan took the Gold by beating Thailand (Silver), 33-27, and India claimed the Bronze.

Played on a synthetic court on the beach in Bali and using the 3-on-3 half court concept known as FIBA 33, the tournaments served as a further and most successful test event in preparation for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. FIBA 33 is FIBA’s recent new discipline particularly aimed to encourage more young people into the game of basketball.

Despite rain delays on the start of the final two days, the FIBA 33 discipline proved that it can present an exciting action-packed spectacle which is greatly enjoyed by players and spectators alike. The tournaments, which featured eight men and five women’s national teams from Asia in the 17-year age group, were called by six young FIBA qualified referees and played under the direction of FIBA’s Sports Director, Lubomir Kotleba.

The synthetic SportCourt field of play is proving very good for the players and provides an attractive and safe outdoor surface for basketball. FIBA President Bob Elphinston and FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock were very enthusiastic with the successful format and with the emergence of India and the Philippines in the youth categories in Asia. In India, results are starting to show thanks to the work of Serbian coach Aleksandar Bucan and, with increased Government support, the gigantic country can soon start challenging the best in Asia.

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/arti.asp?newsid=28773

D_I_A
10-31-2008, 12:31 AM
Philstar

Shameful Pinoys in Singapore
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, October 31, 2008

A Filipino basketball team carrying the colors of Hacienda Pacita Sugar was an embarrassment at the Jumpshot Superstars Challenge in Singapore last August. Fans who watched the three-day tournament said the Filipino cagers were out of shape and badly outplayed.

The Filipino OFWs who paid good money to witness the games were extremely disappointed, if not disgusted, by the way the players lost every lopsided game. It was like the players were rounded up by some organizer just to collect an appearance fee.

“They didn’t come to play,” said a witness. “They came to be slaughtered. It was a shame.”

In the first game, the Pacita squad was walloped by the Singaporean semi-pro club Cagers by 34, 104-70. The Cagers were led by guard Wong Wei Long and beefed up by two South African imports. A report from Jumpshot Magazine said, “Perhaps due to a lack of time to train together as a team, they (Pacita) somehow lack cohesiveness and have a tendency to turnover the ball way too much.”

In the second game, the Yulon Dinos of Taiwan swamped the Filipinos, 151-72 – a margin of 79 points. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol paced the hapless Pacita squad with 11 points.

In the third game, Singapore Home United trounced Pacita, 108-67. A report mentioned the Filipinos played without starting point guard Jun Gregorio.

Believe it or not, the average losing margin for the Filipinos was 51 points. A UAAP or NCAA high school team would’ve played with more heart.

Who brought the team to Singapore to be massacred? The guilty party must be accountable for this disaster.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said he has no knowledge of this event. Who allowed the team to travel? Who paid for the expenses? Did anyone make money on the deal? An investigation is in order to get to the bottom of the debacle.


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does BAP has anything to do with this? ???

D_I_A
11-05-2008, 02:53 AM
Malaya
11/5/2008

Chua named RP team manager

THE PBA-backed national team bound for the FIBA-Asia qualifying tournament for the World Championship next year should have a beneficent sponsor.

That is, if team manager Tony Chua could have his way.

The PBA Board yesterday formally appointed Chua as team manager, giving him the authority to be in charge of logistics and look for team sponsors.

"Siyempre, ang hahanapin nating sponsors ‘yung tutulungan talaga ang team," Chua said in a brief interview at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

"Ayokong magkaroon ng problema ang team, lalo na financially," he added.

Chua declined to name anybody in particular, but had hinted he is eyeing a politician who has shown keen interest in sports, basketball in particular.

National coach Yeng Guiao has yet to formally submit his budget proposal for the team bidding to make it to the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, but has previously stated he’ll go for an amount not exceeding P20 million.

"Alam mo naman tayo, sanay sa mga barya-baryang team lang," he half-joked then.

A big chunk of budget will be spent on a series of tune-up games and events Guiao wants for his team before the regional qualifier September next year. To qualify for the world meet, the nationals must finish in the top three in the regional qualifier.

gienecees
11-06-2008, 09:56 AM
Philstar

Shameful Pinoys in Singapore
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, October 31, 2008

A Filipino basketball team carrying the colors of Hacienda Pacita Sugar was an embarrassment at the Jumpshot Superstars Challenge in Singapore last August. Fans who watched the three-day tournament said the Filipino cagers were out of shape and badly outplayed.

The Filipino OFWs who paid good money to witness the games were extremely disappointed, if not disgusted, by the way the players lost every lopsided game. It was like the players were rounded up by some organizer just to collect an appearance fee.

“They didn’t come to play,” said a witness. “They came to be slaughtered. It was a shame.”

In the first game, the Pacita squad was walloped by the Singaporean semi-pro club Cagers by 34, 104-70. The Cagers were led by guard Wong Wei Long and beefed up by two South African imports. A report from Jumpshot Magazine said, “Perhaps due to a lack of time to train together as a team, they (Pacita) somehow lack cohesiveness and have a tendency to turnover the ball way too much.”

In the second game, the Yulon Dinos of Taiwan swamped the Filipinos, 151-72 – a margin of 79 points. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol paced the hapless Pacita squad with 11 points.

In the third game, Singapore Home United trounced Pacita, 108-67. A report mentioned the Filipinos played without starting point guard Jun Gregorio.

Believe it or not, the average losing margin for the Filipinos was 51 points. A UAAP or NCAA high school team would’ve played with more heart.

Who brought the team to Singapore to be massacred? The guilty party must be accountable for this disaster.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said he has no knowledge of this event. Who allowed the team to travel? Who paid for the expenses? Did anyone make money on the deal? An investigation is in order to get to the bottom of the debacle.


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does BAP has anything to do with this?* ???


Dude this is a one sided report by Mr. Henson very biased in deed i'll post you on the reply of the SG org that went to play there

gienecees
11-06-2008, 09:57 AM
Philstar

Shameful Pinoys in Singapore
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, October 31, 2008

A Filipino basketball team carrying the colors of Hacienda Pacita Sugar was an embarrassment at the Jumpshot Superstars Challenge in Singapore last August. Fans who watched the three-day tournament said the Filipino cagers were out of shape and badly outplayed.

The Filipino OFWs who paid good money to witness the games were extremely disappointed, if not disgusted, by the way the players lost every lopsided game. It was like the players were rounded up by some organizer just to collect an appearance fee.

“They didn’t come to play,” said a witness. “They came to be slaughtered. It was a shame.”

In the first game, the Pacita squad was walloped by the Singaporean semi-pro club Cagers by 34, 104-70. The Cagers were led by guard Wong Wei Long and beefed up by two South African imports. A report from Jumpshot Magazine said, “Perhaps due to a lack of time to train together as a team, they (Pacita) somehow lack cohesiveness and have a tendency to turnover the ball way too much.”

In the second game, the Yulon Dinos of Taiwan swamped the Filipinos, 151-72 – a margin of 79 points. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol paced the hapless Pacita squad with 11 points.

In the third game, Singapore Home United trounced Pacita, 108-67. A report mentioned the Filipinos played without starting point guard Jun Gregorio.

Believe it or not, the average losing margin for the Filipinos was 51 points. A UAAP or NCAA high school team would’ve played with more heart.

Who brought the team to Singapore to be massacred? The guilty party must be accountable for this disaster.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said he has no knowledge of this event. Who allowed the team to travel? Who paid for the expenses? Did anyone make money on the deal? An investigation is in order to get to the bottom of the debacle.


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does BAP has anything to do with this?* ???


Dude this is a one sided report by Mr. Henson very biased in deed i'll post the reply of the SG org that went to play there

gienecees
11-06-2008, 09:59 AM
sorry po mistake, pakitangal n lang yung nadoble sa taas ^

gienecees
11-06-2008, 10:03 AM
Philstar

Shameful Pinoys in Singapore
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, October 31, 2008

A Filipino basketball team carrying the colors of Hacienda Pacita Sugar was an embarrassment at the Jumpshot Superstars Challenge in Singapore last August. Fans who watched the three-day tournament said the Filipino cagers were out of shape and badly outplayed.

The Filipino OFWs who paid good money to witness the games were extremely disappointed, if not disgusted, by the way the players lost every lopsided game. It was like the players were rounded up by some organizer just to collect an appearance fee.

“They didn’t come to play,” said a witness. “They came to be slaughtered. It was a shame.”

In the first game, the Pacita squad was walloped by the Singaporean semi-pro club Cagers by 34, 104-70. The Cagers were led by guard Wong Wei Long and beefed up by two South African imports. A report from Jumpshot Magazine said, “Perhaps due to a lack of time to train together as a team, they (Pacita) somehow lack cohesiveness and have a tendency to turnover the ball way too much.”

In the second game, the Yulon Dinos of Taiwan swamped the Filipinos, 151-72 – a margin of 79 points. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol paced the hapless Pacita squad with 11 points.

In the third game, Singapore Home United trounced Pacita, 108-67. A report mentioned the Filipinos played without starting point guard Jun Gregorio.

Believe it or not, the average losing margin for the Filipinos was 51 points. A UAAP or NCAA high school team would’ve played with more heart.

Who brought the team to Singapore to be massacred? The guilty party must be accountable for this disaster.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said he has no knowledge of this event. Who allowed the team to travel? Who paid for the expenses? Did anyone make money on the deal? An investigation is in order to get to the bottom of the debacle.


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does BAP has anything to do with this?* ???


Dude this is a one sided report by Mr. Henson very biased in deed i'll post the reply of the SG org that went to play there






PLEASE READ THIS FIRST (posted @ pinoysg.com)
http://www.pinoysg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15342&start=15


ito po ang official reply kina Mr. Joaquin Henson and Noli Eala, ng group na nag-facilitate ng pinoy participation sa Jumpshot Challenge:

Quote:


Dear Mr. Eala



We owe your good name to Mr. Pato Gregorio who has kindly made this effort to introduce us.

We refer to the article in the Philippine Star today in regards to the filipino team which played in an invitational called the Jumpshot challenge. Please note that the writer, Mr Joaquin Henson and your goodself is misinformed of the details of that tournament.

- the Jumpshot Challenge was actually an exhibition match against a Taiwanese based pro team and a local amateur club due to the coaches knowing each other. The coach of the Taiwanese club is Xiang Xuei Lei, who is a Singaporean. Their idea was mooted to Jumpshot magazine and a tournament was formed with only 2 weeks to prepare.

- they approached us to sponsor a Philippine team to play in the said invitational but our Chairman, Mr. Paul Monozca made it very clear to them that we were very selective with our sponsorships and that there was too little time to even get a good team together.

- the decision to field in a team which were a roster of PLAYERS ALREADY BASED IN SINGAPORE and were working here was due to local basketball officials appealing to support the event and for relationship purposes with Jumpshot magazine. Also, it was a good opportunity for our local kababayans to form a team and enjoy themselves. They all came from a grassroots league we sponsor here.

- we were not informed that the organisers were going to charge for tickets which we had no role in as we just supported the event with a team. We were told that it was a a free match

- the battle was as expected - the Taiwanese Club against the Singapore semi-pro club beefed up with 2 imports. The 2 clubs who were prepared in the first place and who made aggressive invitations to weak teams to package the event to their liking.

- please note that even the Singapore Slingers did not join the match because they deemed it a grassroots event

- Bryan Gahol joined in as he was here to visit his girlfriend and was invited on a friendly basis

We are shocked that our kababayans are being portrayed in the wrong manner here and they just wanted to support the event out of respect.

Allow me to introduce who we are in Singapore. Our foundation and business group is chaired by filipino investment banker Paul Monozca, a resident of Singapore for over 15 years. He was awarded by the Sports Minister and the Singapore Sports Council the Singapore Inspirational Sports Award in 2006 for his charitable contributions thru sports in Singapore and is a very respected name in Singapore. He has thought of nothing but to give joy to his fellow filipinos and for them to have the opportunity to compete.

Our foundation runs the biggest grassroots basketball event in Singapore, the Gatorade Goodwill Games in support of medical missions and an orphanage fund in the Philippines.

Our Chairman also sits on the board of the American Basketball Association (ABA) World Basketball Cup in Atlanta in 2010 and also sits on the executive committee of the Singapore Slingers Pro Club who has recruited players like Jason Castro and Al Vergara into multi-million peso playing opportunities here in Singapore. Our foundation also, is the official partner of the PBA together with PLDT to bring the official PBA games here in Singapore under our co-sponsorship.

Our business group has been doing business with Singapore based companies for 8 years now and is comprised of respected names in Philippine business. Website : www.parmon.com

We hope this clarifies everything that the tournament was a novelty event and we fielded in a team in support of both the organisers and our kababayans from our grassroots league which wanted to play. We also denounce the thought that there was an appearance fee paid as this can be confirmed directly with Jumpshot Magazine.

Mr. Monozca is saddened that this was not clearly checked first and this has disheartened our kababayans in Singapore. He has said however that he will continually support the will to compete of any filipino on a global stage.

Best Wishes


Susan Lee
PR Executive
Parmon Group Pte. Ltd. & the Dr. AB Monozca Foundation


We hope this reply, through this forum, will be diseminated sa mga pinoy groups dito na deeply affected or even those who are unhealthily satisfied by this unfounded article.


ITAYO ang Bandila ng mga Bayaning OFW!

D_I_A
11-11-2008, 11:51 PM
Malaya
11/11/2008

Basketball out of Laos SEAG

BY CHRISTINE MONCADA

BASKETBALL has been scratched from the list and will not be played in the Southeast Asian Games for the second time in the last three stagings of the biennial event.

Laos, which is hosting next year’s Games, does not have an international standard basketball venue and although Thailand had offered to host the event, local officials refused to hold basketball during the SEA Games Federation Council meeting.

The hosts insisted that if it is going to be held in Thailand, it has to be near the Laos-Thailand border.

Basketball, which was included recently in a provisional list by the SEAG Federation, was also scratched from the calendar in the 2005 Games due to a ban by the International Basketball Federation on the country.

Cycling, archery and weightlifting have been approved, however, according to the Philippine Olympic Committee.

"Mr. Go (Teng Kok) reported just now that those sports have been added in the Laos SEA Games," said POC spokesman Joey Romasanta.

"This development gives our bid in the SEA Games a boost because we’re always a contender in those sports."

Go, the country’s representative to the SEAG sports and rules committee, weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella, swimming president Mark Joseph and wushu head Julian Camacho are in Laos for the SEAG meeting.

The three additional sports hikes the number of sports disciplines in the Laos SEA Games to 25. The others are aquatics (swimming and diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, football, golf, judo, karate, muay, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, fin swimming , petanque, pencak silat, and shuttlecock.

CrossOver
11-12-2008, 12:48 AM
Once again, basketball is in danger of being scratched from the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos next year.

The SEA Games Federation bared the revised list of sports disciplines to be played in Laos and basketball, which also wasn’t played during the 2005 Manila SEA Games, is not in the list.

Go Teng Kok, the RP athletics president who’s representing the Philippine Olympic Committee in the four-day meeting in Laos, however, said all’s not lost yet as far as basketball is concerned

“I am working on it. Almost the whole day today I’ve been talking to the other countries to support our idea for basketball to be played in Manila which can be named a satellite venue,” he said.

The problem with basketball is that Laos doesn’t have an adequate facility that meets international standards.

Laos said they can hold basketball in their country if the Philippines helps in putting up an adequate venue and Thailand provides the technical needs.

“The last thing I heard was that the SBP-BAP would rather host the basketball games in our country,” said Go, who is lobbying for the support of the other countries on this move.

“I will formally raise the issue before the federation. Whether or not basketball will be played in the SEA Games will be known tomorrow,” said Go.

Three sports were added to the list of 22 events approved last September. Now in the calendar of events are weightlifting, cycling and archery, and still knocking on the door are basketball and dragon boat.

The sports that made it to the previous list are athletics (with 45 events to be disputed), aquatics (41), badminton (7), billiards and snooker (12), boxing (16), football (2), golf (4), judo (16), karate (18), sepak takraw (8), shooting (42), table tennis (7), tennis (7), volleyball (2), wrestling (10), wushu (23), taekwondo (21), muay (12), petanque (11), pencak silat (14), fin swimming (16) and shuttle-cock (22).

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20081111181)

CrossOver
11-14-2008, 12:31 AM
By Abac Cordero

The Philippines will get to defend the SEA Games gold medal in basketball after all 11 members of the SEAG Federation yesterday gave the go signal for the sport to be played in host country Laos next year.

Go Teng Kok, the RP athletics chief who represented the Philippines in the four-day federation meeting that ended yesterday, said the event that was almost scratched due to venue problems will be played after all.

He called from Laos and said after a desperate search, organizers found a venue that could hold the games, and even representatives of the International Basketball Federation or FIBA have given their nod.

“It’s not the best basketball court there is but with a little improvement it will do,” said Go who said he spent the whole day trying to convince the other member countries to keep the sport for next year’s Games.

“This is certainly good news not only for the Philippines but to all SEAG countries as well. We all know basketball is among the popular spectator sports in any Games,” said Go.

He said even the Philippine Ambassador to Laos, Elizabeth Buensuceso, was involved in the negotiations, being a friend of the chairman of the Laos SEA Games Organizing Committee.

Since 1977, the Philippines has failed to win the basketball gold only once when it lost to Malaysia in the 1989 finals. The sport was not played in the 2005 Manila SEAG because the Philippines was under FIBA suspension.

Go said Laos organizers are now asking for the financial support to stage the basketball competitions, and the RP official said the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas can provide the answer.

“I suppose Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan (SBP president) will be happy to help. But even Bangkok (Thailand) officials have offered to help. Laos just wants everything to be put into writing,” said Go.

Basketball was almost scratched from next year’s SEA Games because of the absence of an adequate venue. Organizers said the other day a new hardcourt to be brought in was the only solution.

But sports officials from the Philippines and Thailand found it impractical to bring in a new hardcourt considering the cost of shipment and installation, and instead offered hosting the event outside of Laos.

Finding a venue in Laos, one that is good enough, solved all the problems.

“That’s the nice thing about the relationship among SEA Games countries. They (other countries) support us in the same manner that we support them when they lobby for some events where we don’t have strong chances of winning,” said POC president Jose Cojuangco.

“Operational cost is the only concern now. I think we, including the other countries, can work together on this,” said POC spokesman Jose Romasanta who commended Go for a job well done.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20081113165)

D_I_A
11-14-2008, 12:53 AM
AT RP’S THAILAND’S COST
Malaya

Laos approves basketball in SEA Games

By Julius Manicad

11/14/2008

The Southeast Asian Games Federation, on the 11th hour of discussions yesterday, approved the inclusion of basketball in the 25th edition of the SEA Games in Laos.

But the Philippines and Thailand, two countries tipped to battle it out for the two gold medals at stake in the sport, will have to work out details for the construction of a basketball court in Vientiane, the Loatian capital, which should suit the standards of the world-governing International Basketball Federation (Fiba).

Laos, organizers said, won’t spend for the wooden court if only to accommodate the sport.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) sports and rules committee chairman Go Teng Kok, however, said he had conducted initial talks with the Olympic committee and basketball body of Thailand over possible sharing of expenses. He is set to drop by Bangkok to formalize their arrangements before he returns to Manila.

Thailand is one of the most persistent in lobbying for the inclusion of basketball after winning the gold medal in the women’s division of the 24th SEA Games. The Philippines, on the other hand, won the gold medal in the men’s division.

“The doors of basketball have been re-opened,” Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) spokesperson Joey Romasanta said upon receiving Go’s report.

“All they want is for us to shoulder the operational cost. I think with the support we’ve been getting, funds would not be a very serious problem.”

Romasanta also stressed that even Philippine ambassador to Laos, Elizabeth Buensuceso, joined Go and POC treasurer Julian Camacho in lobbying for the inclusion of basketball in the biennial meet’s 25-sport calendar.

“I’m still hopeful that basketball will be included,” POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco said. “Everybody knows that here in the Philippines, we all love basketball. And Go Teng Kok and Camacho have many friends there who understand the situation.”

In its first hosting of the region’s biggest athletic gathering, tiny Laos admitted having no capability to hold basketball. But the Philippines and Thailand persistently batted for its inclusion, even offering to hold the games in their territories.

The Laotians, however, proposed for the donation of a wooden floor. Unfortunately, it was shot down by BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas since shipment and installation would cost them more than the sponsorship of the entire tournament.

“Good thing, Laos agreed to the clamor of the 10 other countries,” Romasanta said. “Now the challenge lies on our players on how they will defend the crown.”



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Philstar
Laos okays staging of SEAG caging
By Abac Cordero
Friday, November 14, 2008

The Philippines will get to defend the SEA Games gold medal in basketball after all 11 members of the SEAG Federation yesterday gave the go signal for the sport to be played in host country Laos next year.

Go Teng Kok, the RP athletics chief who represented the Philippines in the four-day federation meeting that ended yesterday, said the event that was almost scratched due to venue problems will be played after all.

He called from Laos and said after a desperate search, organizers found a venue that could hold the games, and even representatives of the International Basketball Federation or FIBA have given their nod.

“It’s not the best basketball court there is but with a little improvement it will do,” said Go who said he spent the whole day trying to convince the other member countries to keep the sport for next year’s Games.

“This is certainly good news not only for the Philippines but to all SEAG countries as well. We all know basketball is among the popular spectator sports in any Games,” said Go.

He said even the Philippine Ambassador to Laos, Elizabeth Buensuceso, was involved in the negotiations, being a friend of the chairman of the Laos SEA Games Organizing Committee.

Since 1977, the Philippines has failed to win the basketball gold only once when it lost to Malaysia in the 1989 finals. The sport was not played in the 2005 Manila SEAG because the Philippines was under FIBA suspension.

Go said Laos organizers are now asking for the financial support to stage the basketball competitions, and the RP official said the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas can provide the answer.

“I suppose Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan (SBP president) will be happy to help. But even Bangkok (Thailand) officials have offered to help. Laos just wants everything to be put into writing,” said Go.

Basketball was almost scratched from next year’s SEA Games because of the absence of an adequate venue. Organizers said the other day a new hardcourt to be brought in was the only solution.

But sports officials from the Philippines and Thailand found it impractical to bring in a new hardcourt considering the cost of shipment and installation, and instead offered hosting the event outside of Laos.

Finding a venue in Laos, one that is good enough, solved all the problems.

“That’s the nice thing about the relationship among SEA Games countries. They (other countries) support us in the same manner that we support them when they lobby for some events where we don’t have strong chances of winning,” said POC president Jose Cojuangco.

“Operational cost is the only concern now. I think we, including the other countries, can work together on this,” said POC spokesman Jose Romasanta who commended Go for a job well done.

D_I_A
11-14-2008, 12:54 AM
at least may basketball na ulit.. ;)

CrossOver
11-14-2008, 09:36 AM
At makikita na natin yung Toroman RP Team diyan* 8)

CrossOver
11-15-2008, 12:39 AM
By Julius Manicad

International Basketball Federation-Asia (Fiba-Asia) yesterday offered its support to Southeast Asian Games host Laos to ensure the sport will be played in the regional competition in December.

According to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) spokesperson Joey Romasanta, the meeting between Go Teng Kok and Thai basketball officials yielded positive result, prompting Fiba-Asia secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia to offer his support.

Under their agreement, Fiba-Asia will shoulder the operational expenses, including the salary of tournament directors and other officials to oversee the Laos meet, reducing expenses to be spent by both the Philippines and Thailand, two countries which persistently lobbied for the inclusion of cage events.

POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, however, will send a formal letter to the SEA Games organizers, signifying the latest breakthrough in the inclusion of basketball.

“It will be a very simple letter,” Romasanta said. “At least, we’re now sure that basketball will be played in the SEA Games. This is a good development in our attempt to regain our overall title.”

After receiving a flat rejection from the Laotians, Go and POC treasurer Julian Camacho fought for the inclusion of basketball, even offering to bring it to the country with all expenses shouldered by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Before the conclusion of the three-day SEA Games federation meeting, the Laotians came out with a compromise, listing basketball but asking the Filipinos and Thais to spend for its staging, especially for the transport of a first-class wooden court that will suit Fiba’s standard.

“Fiba-Asia never turned us down,” Romasanta said. “Finally, we are now sure that there would be basketball in the SEA Games.”

The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20081115spo2.html)

D_I_A
11-15-2008, 01:33 AM
Philstar
SBP pool banners RP bid in SEAG
By AbacCordero and Nelson Beltran
Saturday, November 15, 2008

The team that’s being formed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and being placed under the supervision of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will represent the country in the Laos SEA Games next year.

Noli Eala, the SBP executive director, yesterday said the team, to be composed of the country’s finest talents from the amateur ranks will see action in a few other international tournaments before the SEAG.

“Well you can say that in terms of impact, the SEA Games will be their baptism of fire. But before that, once the team is formed, they will be exposed internationally,” said Eala.

Toroman is conducting by-invitation-only tryouts for the team. It starts today at the Xavier School in San Juan and resumes on Nov. 17, 20 and 21 at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Eala said 40 players have been invited, and while Toroman is in charge, a “slew of Pinoy coaches” are also helping out, like Chot Reyes, Allan Gregorio, Eric Altamirano, Fritz Gaston and Sandy Arespacochaga.

Eala, however, said that “it’s very possible” that Toroman, who led Iran to the FIBA Asia Championship last year, will call the shots in the end.

Among the amateur players who have caught Toroman’s attention were UAAP stars Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Tiu, Nonoy Baclao and Ryan Buenafe, La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio, San Beda’s Ogie Menor and Jake Pascual, Jose Rizal’s Mark Sena and John Wilson and San Sebastian’s Arvie Bringas.

There are a few other players from Cebu led by Greg Slaughter that Toroman wants to look at.

Meanwhile, at least three US-based Filipino talents have expressed their desire to join the pool by next year.

Eala said they’re seriously considering to acquire the services of Japeth Aguilar, Ray Parks and Gian Tiu who have all been exposed in US varsity basketball.

“I have spoken directly to Japeth and he’s definitely willing to join us. He can come as early as March if they don’t make the US NCAA proper and by April if they do,” said Eala of Aguilar, the former Ateneo player now with Western Kentucky in the US college ball.

“I understand coach Yeng (Guiao) is also considering Japeth for his team. We’ll be very happy if he can play but I see him as a long-term project,” said Eala on Aguilar who apparently has bulked up and grown up at 6-foot-10.

Japeth is the son of former national and pro cager Peter Aguilar.

Parks, meanwhile, is son of seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby. He’s a legitimate Fil-Am, his mother being a Filipina.

“I have also talked to Bobby Parks. We’ve invited him and his son to come to Manila. Bobby is very happy his son is being considered for the pool. They’re interested to relocate to Manila,” said Eala.

“Ray is a top US NCAA prospect. He’s 6-4, playing guard for a leading Memphis Tennessee high school team,” Eala said.

Tiu is another US-based Filipino high school player standing 6-foot-9.

CrossOver
11-15-2008, 12:09 PM
If Japeth Aguilar make it to Yeng Guiao Team magandang exposure to para sa kanya then pagkatapos ng 2009 FIBA Asia train naman siya ke Rajko Toroman Team pwedeng siya na din maging team leader. So ang manyayari ba ay yung PBA Backed Team ang ating RP Team A & yung isasabak sa 2009 SEA Games naman ang RP Team B?

D_I_A
11-18-2008, 12:55 AM
[b]Philstar
SBP willing to build dome for Fiba Asia
By Abac Cordero Updated November 18, 2008 1200 AM


SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan (third from left) stresses a point as cage officials (from left) SBP executive director Noli Eala, SBP chair and Gov. Oscar Moreno and SBP vice chair Ricky Vargas listen. JUN MENDOZA

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is dead serious in its bid to host the 2011 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship and is in fact willing to build a new coliseum to hold the games.

Manny V. Pangilinan, SBP president and chairman of PLDT-Smart, said they have manifested their bid to host the event to the International Basketball Federation or FIBA twice.

The SBP presented its bid during a meeting with FIBA president Bob Elphinston and secretary-general Patrick Baumann in Geneva last week.

And to help them in their bid, the SBP, this early, is planning to build a brand new coliseum.

“We need a national basketball center for training and staging of international competitions. We need a new venue for this kinds of competitions,” said Pangilinan.

The SBP board held a three-hour meeting yesterday at the PLDT office in Makati.

He said while there’s the Araneta Coliseum, the SBP really doesn’t have full control of it because the venue that can house a little over 20,000 fans is also being used for different events.

“Now we have to start planning because we only have two to three years before the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. We’re already looking at alternative sites,” he said.

Pangilinan said Quezon City under Mayor Sonny Belmonte has already mentioned the availability of a site somewhere in North Triangle or near the Trinoma Mall.

“It has to be somewhere accessible to the public. Nothing is fixed yet as to the venue. It needs the cooperation of the national government,” he added.

The project, a very expensive one, will need the cooperation of the Philippine Basketball Association which has long been planning and dreaming of having its own venue, too.

“We will coordinate with the PBA,” said Pangilinan, adding that everything would be expedited once the Philippines is awarded the right to host the event.

Asked how much it would need to build the new venue, Pangilinan answered, “A lot.”

Ricky Vargas, vice president for PLDT and former PBA chairman, said “just to build the coliseum already means a lot of money, and hosting the event will be another one.”

“But I’ve been dreaming about this since I became PBA chairman. Now it might happen,” he said.

CrossOver
11-20-2008, 12:37 AM
By Julius Manicad

Notwithstanding a possible legal clash with local coaches, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) appears bent on appointing Serbian coach Rajko Toroman as RP Team mentor in the 25th Southeast Asian Games.

But the SBP seems ready for it, as it got another court case out of its way yesterday after it was reported the Court of Appeals has nullified the petition of the disgraced Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) that sought to nullify the SBP elections last June 12.

A source from the CA revealed the decision, which technically junked the earlier decision of a Manila court acknowledging the BAP as the rightful cage body in the country.

The BAP, however, is no longer recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the International Basketball Federation (Fiba). The CA decision also affirmed the SBP as the sole legitimate national sport association for basketball.

With one legal problem out, the SBP appears ready to test the waters in Toroman’s case.

Although he refused to directly confirm, SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday said the appointment of the 53-year-old Toroman is a “great possibility” since his designation as project director is the first step towards reclaiming a seat in the Olympics, which the country last achieved in 1968 during the Mexico Summer Games.

Toroman, in fact, had already buckled down to work and called for a nationwide tryout to form the nucleus of the national squad. Since SBP has yet to formally appoint a head coach, sideliners believe Toroman is being groomed for the job, albeit secretly.

His possible designation as chief mentor is expected to be met with resistance from local coaches.

Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) president Chito Narvasa had earlier warned to seek legal redress should SBP formally names Toroman as RP Team head coach.

Narvasa, together with newly-appointed RP Team coach Yeng Guiao, claimed to stand on a high legal ground since winning a court battle over American mentor John Moran, who called the shots for the Shell Turbochargers in the 2004 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Fiesta Cup but was got fired after an awful 1-5 start.

Eala, however, stressed the appointment of Toroman is part of their long-term program that was already approved by the entire SBP board.

“There’s no formal announcement yet, but it is with great possibility,” Eala said. “As what I’ve mentioned in the before, we are trying to do away with ‘pick up system.’ We overhauled the entire program and we’re now focussed on winning in the international tournaments.”

In a press briefing Monday, SBP president Manny Pangilinan admitted he is expecting pressure from various quarters, especially BCAP.

Pangilinan, who hired two American coaches as team owner of Talk ‘N Text in the PBA: Bill Bayno and Paul Woolpert, however, refused to divulge his possible course of action.

“The answer is ‘yes’ to both questions,” Pangilinan said. “And to cope with that (BCAP’s possible legal action)? It is with great difficulty.”

The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20081120spo1.html)

D_I_A
11-20-2008, 01:59 AM
Cage body grooms
Toroman as RP coach
Malaya 11/20/2008


DESPITE expected opposition from local coaches, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has laid the groundwork for the appointment of Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman as coach of the national team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games next year in Laos.

Toroman, who has been designated as SBP project director, has called for a nationwide tryout intended to form the nucleus of the national squad, a move that observers said would eventually lead to him being named the coach of next year’s SEA Games team.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas elections that installed Manny V. Pangilinan as president has been affirmed by the Court of Appeals, a very reliable source who requested anonymity told Malaya last night.

The court, according to the source, threw out the appeal of the breakaway Basketball Association of the Philippines headed by former congressman Prospero Pichay seeking to nullify the SBP elections.

A recent falling out between SBP Executive Director Noli Eala and PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad also raised the possibility the country’s premier amateur league may not form a team for next year’s Games, further raising the possibility of Toroman being picked to call the shots for the national team.

Eala himself has fueled speculations, saying there’s a "great possibility" the 53-year-old Toroman, who had an outstanding stint with the Iranian men’s and juniors teams before joining the SBP, may be tapped for the job.

Members of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, led by its president, Chito Narvasa, and recently-appointed national team coach Yeng Guiao, had voiced opposition to the possibility of Toroman being named as national coach, although the group did not raise a whimper when the Serbian coach was appointed SBP project director.

Not all BCAP members, however, are opposed to Toroman’s appointment, with some of them, including pro league coaches, expressing their intention to learn "a thing or two" from the Serbian mentor.

Eala said that if ever Toroman would be named national team coach, it would be part of the SBP’s long-term program as approved by the board.

"It is with great possibility," Eala said. "As what I’ve mentioned before, we are trying to do away with the ‘pick up system.’ We overhauled the entire program and we’re now focused on winning international tournaments.

"In the past, the federation (SBP) was not yet doing anything," Eala said. "We now have a long-term program so we’re taking charge of forming the team."

In a press briefing last Monday when it was announced the SBP was bidding for the hosting of the Asia-FIBA qualifier for the London Olympics, SBP president Manny Pangilinan admitted he expects pressure from various quarters, especially the BCAP, if Toroman is appointed national team coach.

Last year, the PBL was tasked by the SBP to form the national team for the Thailand SEA Games. Responding to the task, the PBL tapped Harbour Centre to form a team that went on to whip the opposition by an average margin of 42 points en route to a title sweep.
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Yakult tapped for RP team campaign
Updated November 20, 2008 12:00 AM
Philstar

Former PBA board chairman Tony Chua, the team manager of the RP team bound for the Fiba Asia championship in Yangzhou, China next year, said their sponsorship agreement with Yakult Philippines is virtually a done deal.

“Yakult has been very supportive of the PBA and they’re willing to help the national cause. They’re just awaiting clearance from their mother company in Japan,” Chua told The STAR.

The presence of Yakult Philippines marketing director Michael Ong in the first meeting of coach Yeng Guiao with the members of the national pool underscored Yakult’s intention to back the country’s bid for a berth in the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. Yakult Philippines president Albert Dy Sun sent Ong to the meeting as his representative.

Yakult is expected to formally come in as the RP team main sponsor starting next month and up to August next year during the staging of the Asian joust where three slots to the world championship are at stake.

Coca-Cola and Smart-PLDT are also expected to support the team.

San Miguel Corp. bankrolled the training and actual preparation of the RP team to the Tokushima Fiba Asia championship last year. No less than P30 million was reportedly spent in the endeavor netting only top finish in the consolation round.

Guiao’s program may cost much less as this covers a shorter period of preparation and involves fewer travels abroad.

Before the Fiba Asia tournament, Guiao and his team will be playing only in the SEABA championship and possibly the Jones Cup and two pocket tournaments here or abroad.

Guiao also doesn’t see the need to allocate funding for scouting.* * * * * * *– Nelson Beltran

insulares
11-20-2008, 05:06 AM
CA reverses RTC decision on SBP

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:29:00 11/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas scored a point against the Basketball Association of the Philippines when the Court of Appeals reversed an earlier court ruling that declared the Manny V. Pangilinan-led group’s election null and void.

The BAP had earlier filed a civil case against the SBP, claiming the present SBP leadership is illegal. The Manila Regional Trial Court had ruled in favor of the BAP.

But sources at the SBP camp said the CA decision reversed the ruling after the SBP appealed the Sept. 3 decision of the RTC.

Meanwhile, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) confirmed the proposed merger between Asia and Oceania in the 2011 FIBA Championship but assured the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas the move will not in any way affect the title bid of the Philippines.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the FIBA decided to include Australia and New Zealand to the Asian zone, but Asian countries will still fight for the lone slot for the 2012 London Olympics.

http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20081120-173238/CA-reverses-RTC-decision-on-SBP

D_I_A
11-21-2008, 01:23 AM
Court upholds SBP
By Abac Cordero Updated November 21, 2008 12:00 AM
Philstar

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SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan (left) and SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas during a presscon at the PLDT Building in Makati.* *JOEY MENDOZA

The Court of Appeals ruling upholding the legitimacy of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas over the Basketball Association of the Philippines couldn’t have come at a better time.

“There were moments when we’re willing to give up or compromise,” SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan admitted yesterday as he welcomed the CA ruling dated Nov. 18, 2008.

Pangilinan was placed at the helm of Philippine basketball on June 12 this year. But his tenure has always been marred by disputes and legal battles with his counterparts from the BAP.

In a press conference, the chairman of PLDT-Smart said the court ruling is a very strong signal for the SBP officers to move on and help chart the course of Philippine basketball.

“This is an important legal development. Our desire is to simply move forward. But we will continue to reach out to the members of the BAP so they can become our associate members,” he said.

Joining Pangilinan in the press conference were SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas, executive director Noli Eala and lawyers Marievic Ramos Anonuevo and Ramon Songco.

“The case has resulted to so much division. And we hope that with this development we can move forward, and put together a strong program for national team and grassroots,” said Eala.

“This should lay to rest once and for all any doubts on the leadership of Mr. Pangilinan, (Misamis Oriental) Gov. Oscar Moreno as our chairman. We hope that this finally ends any skepticism,” he added.

Eala said the BAP, under its president, Prospero Pichay, has been moving around the country “presenting themselves” as the national leadership in the sport when they are no longer recognized by FIBA.

Eala said the SBP is set to inform the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) of the development. He said the BAP could still file an appeal before the Supreme Court.

“There are certain legal remedies available to them (BAP) but we hope this ends here. There are more important things to do. We don’t want to go to court. It was them who went to court first,” said Pangilinan.

The BAP filed a case before the Manila Regional Trial Court questioning the legality of the SBP’s existence and got a favorable decision. But the SBP secured a TRO that prevented the implementation of the RTC ruling.

“We had to do it because the BAP was already asking for everything. They wanted the office which Mr. Pangilinan built with his own money, and they wanted even our bank accounts,” said Vargas.

The TRO was to expire tomorrow, and if not for the CA ruling, the SBP, according to Eala, would have been left “holding office in the football field.”

The right to vote in the Nov. 28 Philippine Olympic Committee elections would have also been stripped from the SBP.

“We hope we can now peacefully continue (with the SBP). Since the beginning we had nothing but difficulties. But we stuck to what we thought was right, what we thought was correct. We were ready to give up.

“And we asked, ‘Why are we in this political arena?’ Now we’re happy that we will not be asked to pack our bags,” said Vargas, the new president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines where Pangilinan is his chairman.

If there was any lesson learned through all these, Pangilinan pondered.

“Maybe I should have been into boxing first,” he said.
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November 21, 2008 05:58 PM Friday
By: Gerry Ramos
Phil Journal

THE monkey finally off its back, the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) is now ready to move forward and pursue the programs that were stalled following the legal impediment that marred the election of Manny V. Pangilinan as president of the association.

“We hope that with this development, we could now move forward and put aside our divisions,” announced BAP-SBP executive director Noli Eala during a hastily-called media conference a day after the Court of Appeals’ special ninth division reversed the decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court declaring as null and void the June 12 National Congress that installed Pangilinan as head of the country’s sole governing body for the sport.

The breakaway faction of BAP head Prospero Pichay filed the case before the RTC, claiming its group was the rightful leader of the association as validated in a separate National Congress it held June 4. A 60-day Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) acquired by the Pangilinan party prevented the court from effecting the decision.

But on Wednesday, Associate Justice Josefina Guevara-Salonga affirmed Pangilinan’s election, and declared the congress convened by the respondents as ‘null and voided.”

Consequently, the election of officers at said meeting is similarly declared to be without force and effect. Respondents are further directed to cease and desist from further acting as officers of the SBP and turn over the affairs of the organization to the petitioners,” said Judge Guevara-Salonga in her decision.

“Peacefully and hopefully, we’ll now be able to continue with our job. This court case has somewhat hindered our authority,” said BAP-SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas.

The group is set to furnish the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and basketball stakeholders in the country a copy of the CA decision.

“This is an important legal development that even the FIBA is concerned about,” said the mild-mannered BAP-SBP head.

Atty. Ramon Songco of SGV, one of the SBP counsels that also included Marievic Ramos-Anonuevo, said the decision ‘ I believed will be served to them today (yesterday)’, while adding that he won’t be surprised if the other group would still appeal the case.

“There are certain legal options available to them, but I hope this is the end of it,” Pangilinan said.

But information gathered by PJ from people close to the Pichay group revealed that it is going to explore all options available, including elevating the matter in to the Supreme Court.

Despite the division created by the court cases, Pangilinan said he’s more than willing to welcome back the other group into his fold.

“We’ll be happy to reach out to them,” he said.

“There are still remnants of the BAP structure in the provinces, which we intend to bring into our fold. We are the NSA (national sport association) for basketball under the leadership of Mr. Pangilinan and no one else,’’ added Eala.

CrossOver
11-22-2008, 09:50 AM
By Bill Velasco

The two press conferences of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas signal some good things for basketball in the country.

First, the SBP will be free to move and implement its programs, unless the Basketball Association of the Philippines actually commits to taking their case (overturned this week) to the Supreme Court. But, truth be told, that would be an open-ended case.

“There are many more important matters for the Supreme

Court to tackle,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

“This isn’t really an issue of national security or anything like that.”

But there still remains a lot of work to be done. Quietly, the SBP has already increased from five to nine the number of FIBA-accredited referees. Also, they have been supporting the Philippine Olympic Committee in trying to get basketball reinstated into the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.

Moreover, open tryouts are now being held for the future national team. The players should be in their early to mid-20’s so that they will be hitting their peak in time for the FIBA-Asia tournament in 2011, and possibly the London Olympics themselves.

SBP chief Manny V. Pangilinan also put forth the proposal that the national players be compensated accordingly.

“The national players should receive something competitive to what PBA players are receiving,” Pangilinan proposed.

“They also have an economic interest in playing the game. And they are making a sacrifice.”

SBP vice-chair Ricky Vargas also said that he hopes the PBA will allow the national team to play as a guest team, and that they be allowed to play with the naturalized player who will be seeing action with them.

But, Pangilinan stressed, the Philippine team has to be competitive, or else there would be diminished value for the sponsors.

“It would hurt the sponsors of the team if they kept losing,” Pangilinan added. “That’s why it is important that the team performs well. Or else, the exposure won’t be of much value.”

The tryouts have already included the best collegiate players in the country, who seem sincerely interested in playing for flag and country. If one recalls the NCC team that represented the Philippines in the 1980’s, what was striking about that team is not that almost all the players did well in the PBA, but that so many of them served for so long, and continue to be part of the league. That program will be reflected in the new national selection. Keeping the team together will be critical in building competitive chemistry for international exposure.

On another note, this writer asked the SBP leadership how they were inclined to vote in the November 28 POC elections.

“We have given all responsibility for voting to our executive director,” Pangilinan said, referring to Eala.

In an informal count of NSAs by a small group of journalists, 19 NSAs were assumed to be voting for Macapagal, 18 for Cojuangco.

But, according to another POC insider, a handful of those supposedly for the incumbent may be ineligible. At least two of them are actually undecided.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=417623&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
11-23-2008, 03:18 AM
By Abac Cordero

Forming a young, talented national team is one thing.

Making the players stay is another.

To make sure they do, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is drawing up a very special compensation package that should keep the players in the team at least for the next four years.

“We have to sell the concept of the national team,” said SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, adding that players who will be chosen to be part of the team should be compensated well.

“That’s the number one question – compensation,” said the PLDT and Smart chairman who has the responsibility of charting the course of Philippine basketball as SBP head.

Pangilinan said the SBP will try to “match” what the PBA players are getting if it wants to lure the best young talents into the national team that is looking at the 2012 London Olympics.

“What we are tracking is the Olympics. And the future of Philippine basketball is not today’s PBA players but the future PBA players. We want them to play in the national team before they get to the PBA,” said Pangilinan.

“We really need to form a proper team and we have to train them.”

And keep them, too.

Pangilinan said Smart Communications is working out a plan with Harbour Centre, which is owned by Mikee Romero, in drawing up the compensation package to be offered to the players.

Rookies in the PBA are paid as much as P150,000 a month while veteran stars get as much as P350,000 a month.

“There are so many opportunities the SBP can offer to the members of the national team that is being formed,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala without really elaborating.

What’s certain is that the SBP is willing to spend just to make sure that it forms the best non-PBA team possible, even if it means naturalizing one or two players and paying them even more than what PBA players get.

Eala said they’re communicating with 6-foot-10 Terrence Gamble, who’s now playing in Mexico, regarding naturalization. The 26-year-old who once shattered a backboard with a dunk has already shown interest.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=417845&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
11-23-2008, 02:38 PM
By Waylon Galvez

A great motivator. Intense. Straightforward. Passionate competitor.

In the words of Willie Miller, Kerby Raymundo and Mick Pennisi, those are what RP coach Yeng Guiao will serve on the table when the all-pro RP Team starts training for the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championship today at The Arena in San Juan.

"Si coach Yeng kasi pagdating sa players pantay lang ang tingin n’ya, walang superstar. Kung ano ‘yung treatment n’ya sa first five, ganun din sa 12th man ng team, parehas lang," Raymundo, who played for two seasons under Guiao with Red Bull, said.

"Kung nagka-mali ka, sasabihin n’ya sayo, alam naman natin pa’no si coach Yeng e. Saka kailangan mag-submit ka sa kanya as a player," he added.

Raymundo, together with fellow national team member Mick Pennisi, were part of the original roster of Red Bull when the Bulls joined the PBA in 2000.

Miller, on the other hand, joined Guiao when the Bulls tabbed him as the top overall pick in the 2001 PBA Rookie Draft. He won his first Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while with the team in 2002.

Miller left after the 2003 season to join Talk ’N Text. Now he plays for the Alaska Aces.

Raymundo was traded to Purefoods before the 2002 season started while Pennisi was dealt to San Miguel Beer only during the off-season.

All three have made contributions in Red Bull’s championship runs in 2001 and 2002 Commissioner’s Cup. The 6-foot-9 Pennisi was still with the team when it won its last PBA title, the 2006 Fiesta Cup.

"Nanalo na kami ng championships under coach Yeng, sana this time mas masarap kung sa international competition naman," Miller said.

"Knowing coach Yeng’s style, s’ya ‘yung klaseng hindi talaga papatalo. Gagawin lahat ng makakaya para manalo, lalo ngayon para sa karangalan ng bansa," Raymundo added.

As for Pennisi, having three former Red Bull players and one current Bull in Cyrus Baguio in the national team is an advantage because of familiarity with the system and the plays of Guiao.

They can also help, Pennisi said, so other players could adjust easily.

"It will be interesting to see. I think players like myself and Cyrus knows his system so it will be a little easier. Also players like Kerby and Willie they know coach Yeng’s style so I think having players that know his system is an advantage so we can teach and give pointers to other teammates," he said.

"And it’s always great to be back with coach Yeng. I have been playing under him since I joined the PBA so it was a good eight years. Were familiar with each other so it will be an easy transition for me," he added.

The FIBA-Asia Championship where the national team will compete serves as the qualifying event to the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.

The last time a Filipino team qualified to the world was in 1978 when Manila hosted the event.

Other players picked by Guaio are Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, Jared Dillinger of Talk 'N Text, Jayjay Helterbrand of Barangay Ginebra, Asi Taulava of Coca-Cola, James Yap of Purefoods, Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes or Sta. Lucia Realty, Ranidel de Ocampo and Arwind Santos of Air21, and Sonny Thoss of Alaska.

Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20081123141725.html)

durden_tyler
11-25-2008, 11:49 PM
EAM PILIPINAS PLUNGES INTO TRAINING
Nationals enjoy 1st taste of coach Yeng’s system
Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Twelve of the 14-man RP-PBA team had their first taste Monday of the dynamic simplicity of the system national coach Yeng Guiao is bringing in as Training Day commenced for the squad tasked with qualifying to the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul.

And judging from the way Asi Taulava waded into the philosophy – based largely on making the right decision at the right time – and the manner by which Jayjay Helterbrand, Ryan Reyes, Willie Miller and Jared Dillinger – players reared on coaching principles that are vastly different – jumped into the fray with bright eyes and ear-to-ear grins, it would seem everybody had a great time at The Arena in San Juan.



Also attending Day One of the every-Monday practice were Sonny Thoss, Kerby Raymundo, Mick Pennisi, Cyrus Baguio, Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Gabe Norwood.

James Yap, Raymundo's Purefoods teammate, was nursing a slight cough and watched from the bench, while Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia Realty, who suffered an eye injury during a recent game, sent word he won't be able to make it.

With Guiao were assistant coaches Gee Abanilla and Roehl Nadurata, and RP team manager Tony Chua. PBA commissioner Renauld 'Sonny' Barrios, who welcomed the players at mid-court before the team went through basic 3-on-3 drills, supervised practice with league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos.

"We'll just be breaking the ice, just make us be familiar with each other," said Guiao, who addressed a concern not only of the players but their mother teams as well.

"Everything's gonna be light. We're not gonna burn you out. We're not gonna overextend you, guys. We just wanna be able to practice the skills that you'll need in order to execute our offense."

While acknowledging the individual talent and skills of each player, Guiao explained that "specific adjustments" will be needed to suit "specific plays."

"For example, the big men will have to learn to shoot the ball from the elbow," he said. "We'll also run a lot of pick-and-rolls and drive-and-kicks so the guards will have to hit it in a catch-and-shoot situation."

There were no scowls, no snarls, no daggers looks – at least not yet – from the multi-titled coach known for his motivational expertise as much as for his penchant for chewing referees and opposing players who get in the way.

Instead, there was much cajoling, and coaxing, and charming – the way they do in college ball.

Guiao urged the six-foot-nine Taulava to take it strong to the hoop from the free throw line, cross-over dribbling in the process.

He whooped when Helterbrand essayed a shake-and-bake and then pulled up for a 16-footer.

And he howled when Thoss, momentarily shaken loose from the rigidity of the Triangle Offense, went one-on-one with his man, displaying some moves that made Miller, his Alaska teammate, swoon.

Overall, the one hour session came off as a cross between free-flowing playground basketball and an organized, quick-thinking game, with Guiao exhorting his team to make a decision – whether to attack, pull back or pass off – and then act on it.

If a sense of uncertainty, even discomfort, prevailed before the Nationals' first session, there were only laughter and good-natured ribbing afterward.

Even Guiao couldn't resist needling Mick Pennisi, a former player with Red Bull now with San Miguel.

Stressing the importance of becoming comfortable with his system, and expressing his faith in them, Guiao told the hushed players: "With your talent, guys, and with your intelligence…not you, Mick..."

The deadpan turned Pennisi's face red and brought a subdued snicker from a delighted Taulava.

Guiao then moved to the crux of his philosophy.

"Remember, in this team, there's not one, two, or three guys that are gonna be responsible in winning games. We will not let one guy take over the game and ask him to carry this team on his shoulders and win the game for us," he said.

"Everybody's responsible. Nobody has to score 30 points for this team to win. All you guys need to do is to take the open shots, look for your open teammates, ran the patterns, and make good decisions. That's it. That's how we're gonna win."

A team captain, Guiao said, will be chosen after two or three practices.

"Among yourselves," he told his players, "somebody has to exercise some leadership. You have to recognize somebody as your team leader. If you wanna be team captain, go for it, campaign, don't be shy about it.a

Personally i am excited and glad to have seen their practice yesterday.

CrossOver
11-26-2008, 12:33 AM
TWELVE members of the 14-man RP-PBA team had their first taste of the dynamic simplicity of the system national coach Yeng Guiao is bringing in as Training Day commenced last Monday for the squad tasked to qualify for the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul.

And judging from the way Asi Taulava waded into the philosophy–based largely on making the right decision at the right time–and the manner by which Jayjay Helterbrand, Ryan Reyes, Willie Miller and Jared Dillinger–players reared on coaching principles that are vastly different–jumped into the fray with bright eyes and ear-to-ear grins, it would seem everybody had a great time at The Arena in San Juan.

Also attending Day One of the every-Monday practice were Sonny Thoss, Kerby Raymundo, Mick Pennisi, Cyrus Baguio, Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Gabe Norwood.

James Yap, Raymundo’s teammate at Purefoods, was nursing a slight cough and watched from the bench, while Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia Realty, who suffered an eye injury during a recent game, sent word he won’t be able to make it.

With Guiao were assistant coaches Gee Abanilla and Roehl Nadurata, and RP team manager Tony Chua. PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios, who welcomed the players at mid-court before the team went through basic 3-on-3 drills, supervised practice with league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos.

"We’ll just be breaking the ice, just make us familiar with each other," said Guiao, who addressed a concern not only of the players but their mother teams as well.

"Everything’s gonna be light. We’re not gonna burn you out. We’re not gonna overextend you, guys. We just wanna be able to practice the skills that you’ll need in order to execute our offense," he told the players.

While acknowledging the individual talent and skills of each player, Guiao explained that "specific adjustments" will be needed to suit "specific plays."

"For example, the big men will have to learn to shoot the ball from the elbow," he said. "We’ll also run a lot of pick-and-rolls and drive-and-kicks so the guards will have to hit it in a catch-and-shoot situation."

There were no scowls, no snarls, no daggers looks–at least not yet–from the multi-titled coach known for his motivational expertise as much as for his penchant for chewing referees and opposing players who get in the way.

Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/nov26/spor3.htm)

CrossOver
11-26-2008, 12:37 AM
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HEAD coach Yeng Guiao breaks the ice with the members of the national team at The Arena in San Juan.

CrossOver
11-26-2008, 12:55 AM
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Go Teng Kong

The Philippines will link up with Thailand and Fiba-Asia to ensure the staging of the basketball competitions in next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

The Philippines has sent a draft of the memorandum of agreement to Laotian Southeast Asian Games organizers to guarantee basketball’s inclusion in the calendar of events in the region’s premier sporting event.

“We sent them (Laotian organizers) the MOA and we can expect a positive response in the next few days,” said athletics chief Go Teng Kong in yesterday’s PSA forum at the Shakey’s UN Avenue branch.

Under the MOA, Go said Thailand, Fiba-Asia and the Philippines, through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, have made commitments to fund and run the event during the two-week meet.

Joining Go in the forum was wushu chief Julian Camacho, who was with Go during the last Southeast Asian Games Federation Council meet held last Nov. 11-13 in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.

“The main complaint of Laos then was that they had no venue to stage basketball. But during our visit, Mr. Camacho was able to spot a multi-purpose hall inside the Laos National Sports Complex that is ideal for basketball,” Go said.

He added that FIBA-Asia representatives have already evaluated the venue which is of international standard.

“We can expect the response to the MOA before Dec. 7 (when the complete calendar of events for the SEA Games will be known), and we can look forward to having basketball in the SEA Games,” Go said.

On the other hand, Camacho said the Philippines remains hopeful that dragon boat, which the RP bets dominated in the 2005 Manila SEA Games, and canoe kayak might still be included in the Laos SEA Games roster.

Go, who is the SEA Games Federation Council committee chairman for rules and sports, was able to convince other members of the regional meet to include cycling, archery and weightlifting in the 2009 SEAG calendar.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=418700&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
11-26-2008, 01:40 AM
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HEAD coach Yeng Guiao breaks the ice with the members of the national team at The Arena in San Juan.


whoa ganda naman ng practice uniforms nila..may jacket kaya yan? ano kaya outfitter nila?

D_I_A
11-26-2008, 01:48 AM
People's Journal
RP team walang problema kay Yeng

HINDI naging problema ng mga miyembro ng Philippine training team na makasunod sa sistema ni coach Yeng Guiao sa unang araw ng kanilang ensayo kamakalawa ng gabi sa The Arena, San Juan.

Maliban kay Sta. Lucia Realty forward Kelly Williams, lahat ng mga manlalaro ni Guiao ay dumating sa ensayo, isang patunay na handa silang magkaisa upang palakasin ang tsansa ng Nationals na manalo sa SEABA at sa FIBA-Asia Championships sa su-sunod na taon.

“We just stayed loose in our first practice. For now, we just broke the ice. We want to be able to familiarize ourselves with each other, we will elect a team captain after two or three practices,” wika ni Guiao matapos ang ensayo.

“I was planning to have at least two to three days to get the players to familiarize themselves with my system but I was surprised that they got the message after just one hour. It was a lot easier for them than what I thought it to be, they are naturally talented and intelligent, which made it easier for me,” aniya.

Bagama’t nasa ensayo ng RP team, hindi nakapaglaro si Purefoods Tender Juicy sniper James Yap dahil sa viral infection, ngunit nandoon siya upang ipakita ang kanyang dedikasyon sa sistema ni Guiao.

Ganoon din ang naramdaman ni Guiao kay Ryan Reyes na dumating sa ensayo kahit may sakit pa sa kanyang likod at hindi pa nakapaglalaro para sa Realtors.

“We appreciate Ryan (Reyes) and James (Yap) coming to practice and observing what we did despite their condition. They absorbed a lot even by just watching,” sabi ni Guiao.

Ayon pa kay Guiao, may posibilidad na madagdagan pa ang national pool upang pumalit sa mga manlalarong aatras dahil sa iba’t ibang dahilan.

“We’re looking at some borderline candidates whom we may invite to practice with us like Mac Cardona and Japeth Aguilar. We don’t want to do that, but we may have to do it to maximize our time during practices,” wika ni Guiao.
Theodore P. Jurado

D_I_A
11-26-2008, 02:11 AM
Abante
11/26/2008
Papitik-pitik muna ang ensayo ng RP 5



Maliban kay Sta. Lucia Realtor player Kelly Williams, dumalo ang lahat ng mga kasapi sa 14-man RP-PBA team sa kauna-unahan nitong practice game kahapon sa pamamahala ni national coach Yeng Guiao sa The Arena sa San Juan.


Hindi nakapunta si Williams dahil sa pinapagaling pa nito ang natamong eye injury kamakailan, ngunit sa kabuuan ay hindi naging problema para sa ibang manlalaro ang bagong sistema na ginagamit ni Guiao.


Bilang panimula siniguro ni Guiao na hindi mahihirapan ang mga manlalaro sa kanilang unang ensayo.


“We’ll just be breaking the ice, just make us be familiar with each other,” ani Guiao, na pinaghahandaan ang qualifiers ng team para sa 2010 World Championship sa Istanbul, Turkey.


“Everything’s gonna be light. We’re not gonna burn you out. We’re not gonna overextend you, guys. We just wanna be able to practice the skills that you’ll need in order to execute our offense.”


Sumipot sa ensayo, na gaganapin tuwing Lunes, sina Asi Taulava, Jayjay Helterbrand, Ryan Reyes, Willie Miller, Jared Dillinger, Sonny Thoss, Kerby Raymundo, Mick Pennisi, Cyrus Baguio, Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo at Gabe Norwood. Naroon din si Purefoods scorer James Yap kahit pa natali sa bench dahil sa iniindang ubo.


Ipinaliwanag ni Guiao, na sinamahan sa pamamahala ng ensayo nina assistant coaches Gee Abanilla at Roehl Nadurata, RP team manager Tony Chua, PBA commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios at league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos, na bukod sa individual talent at skills ng bawat player kailangan nilang magkaroon ng “specific adjustments” sa bawat “specific plays.”


“For example, the big men will have to learn to shoot the ball from the elbow,” aniya. “We’ll also run a lot of pick-and-rolls and drive-and-kicks so the guards will have to hit it in a catch-and-shoot situation.”


“Remember, in this team, there’s not one, two, or three guys that are gonna be responsible in winning games. We will not let one guy take over the game and ask him to carry this team on his shoulders and win the game for us,” dagdag pa niya.

Joescoundrel
11-26-2008, 08:25 AM
I was at this practise session and Coach Yeng Guiao emphasized only three things on this particular evening:

1. Proper spacing, establishing and holding position in the low post

2. Getting the ball quickly to the receiver - no high arcing passes

3. Seeing options and making good decisions

All throughout he went to a three-man drill running various iterations of the pick and roll, the hand-off, the high-low and attacking the baseline. He wanted the guards to see their options when the forwards were out high and the center was in the low blocks. Arwind Santos had a field day out there using his height, length and freakish athletic abilities to overwhelm anybody defending him. Jay Helterbrand seemed a little off-kilter playing the passing game.

Conspicuously absent was reigning PBA most valuable player Kelly Williams, although his Sta Lucia teammate Ryan Reyes was there and not making too good an effort fighting his way through screens on defense. James Yap spent almost the entire evening on the bench, although he was in his practise uniform.

chinito_guy
11-26-2008, 06:07 PM
Taulava on RP team: 'We have some unfinished business'
DOMINIC MENOR, GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines - People used to question Asi Taulava's roots. But nobody can ever doubt where Taulava's soul is rooted.

Not after being named to his third RP national team. And most certainly not after being the first guy to raise his hand and holler at his availability to play for flag and country.

"I'm here to support the team. I volunteered myself. Coach [Yeng Guiao] accepted me. Now it's time to play basketball."

Taulava's heft - all 260lbs packed in his 6-9 frame - is most welcome in an undersized squad. But his heart is what makes him stand out, something which could act as a driving force for a RP team still searching for international glory.

"We have some unfinished business," he declared.

Taulava has been longing for some closure on the Asian basketball scene for some time now, failing in his first two tries in 2002 and '07.

In the World Championship qualifiers next year, he hopes a third tour of duty - and the country's umpteenth bid - won't end in defeat.

"I just want to win a medal," Taulava said, referring to the 2009 Fiba-Asia tournament where the top three teams will be given slots to the prestigious 2010 Worlds.

"I'm at the latter end of my career and that's what motivates me. Hopefully we get a good placing and book ourselves a seat in the World Championships."

That would be a fitting ending for somebody who has known only disappointment wearing the Stars and Sun.

Taulava's 2002 campaign in the Korea Asian Games was smoked by a last-second three-pointer by the hosts in the semifinals.

His 2007 attempt was shot down in the Olympic qualifiers after the country's preparations were marred by an international suspension and an appearance in the "group of death" during the tournament.

Six years since his first overseas tournament, Taulava said he's learned a lot about the international game: It's more physical and the refs don't tolerate bickering teams.

"Fiba basketball is brutal. It's like mixed martial arts and basketball put together," Taulava, who turns 36 next March, said.

"I'm telling the younger guys, it's not the PBA. You can't complain about pretty much anything. You gotta play 40 minutes of basketball, not take a break in any minute or any second. Because once you do, the next thing you know, the game is over."

A man of his size makes Taulava a shoo-in for any RP team. He's not as skilled offensively as most Asians have been developing recently but with Taulava patrolling the paint, at least the Nationals have a body who they can throw against opposing bigs and at the same time give them some scoring.

But the one-time PBA MVP wants his teammates to value his experience in the same way that they value his imposing physique.

"I look forward to teaching the younger guys whatever I learned in my first two trips to a Fiba [International Basketball Federation]tournament. And hopefully, I can lead them and guide them along the way."

But the clock is ticking. The Nationals need to produce in the World qualifiers next year - possibly Taulava's last as a RP team member - because the reality is nobody close to Taulava's brawn is seen coming in to fill in his size-15 shoes any time soon. In short, while the country's version of Shaq is still around, some hay needs to be made.

Taulava doesn't shy away from his responsibilities to the team. But he expects his teammates to be up to the task as well.

"I'm just one piece of the puzzle in this team. Coach won't hear any complaints from me regarding any hard practices or any practices for that matter or any styles he wants us to play. We need to play hard and well. And we need to play to win." - GMANews.TV

insulares
11-27-2008, 04:29 AM
whoa ganda naman ng practice uniforms nila..may jacket kaya yan? ano kaya outfitter nila?



Hope they make the jerseys available to the public.

Best of luck to Coach Guiao and Co.

*********************************************
Apparel support from Nike

Nike Philippines, which forged a partnership with last year’s Team Pilipinas, will again provide the RP squad’s apparel.

“Nike takes that partnership to a whole new level,” said Mae Dichupa, Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager.

She said the Nationals will be using specially designed Nike Pilipinas kits composed of jerseys, shorts and jacket.

Nike’s new uniform features aerographic technology, which will provide zone cooling up to half the yarn, making the uniforms more lightweight and breathable.

“Team Pilipinas’ new basketball uniforms incorporates the same Nike swift technology that other teams wore in Beijing such as Team USA,” said Dichupa.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/11/26/08/guiao-rp-teams-chemistry-good-sign

D_I_A
11-27-2008, 02:24 PM
whoa ganda naman ng practice uniforms nila..may jacket kaya yan? ano kaya outfitter nila?



Hope they make the jerseys available to the public.

Best of luck to Coach Guiao and Co.

*********************************************
Apparel support from Nike

Nike Philippines, which forged a partnership with last year’s Team Pilipinas, will again provide the RP squad’s apparel.

“Nike takes that partnership to a whole new level,” said Mae Dichupa, Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager.

She said the Nationals will be using specially designed Nike Pilipinas kits composed of jerseys, shorts and jacket.

Nike’s new uniform features aerographic technology, which will provide zone cooling up to half the yarn, making the uniforms more lightweight and breathable.

“Team Pilipinas’ new basketball uniforms incorporates the same Nike swift technology that other teams wore in Beijing such as Team USA,” said Dichupa.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/11/26/08/guiao-rp-teams-chemistry-good-sign



trip ko yung jacket..i hope nike releases more units this time..before it was so limited..

anyone here who knows if nike will release it commercially?

CrossOver
12-01-2008, 10:15 AM
By Nelson Beltran

SINGAPORE -- Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will run the program for the national pool between now and 2010 but a local coach will be tapped to call the shots for the RP team in the Olympic qualifying tourney in 2011.

This is the idea Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan shared to Filipino sportswriters on the sidelines of the PBA road showcase here featuring his team Talk n Text against San Miguel Beer.

“Let’s give him the chance. I’m also sensitive to the feeling of Filipinos. Certainly when it comes to the important events, I want a Filipino coach coaching the team. I want the face of a Filipino coaching the team in the 2011 Olympic qualifying event. And if we qualify, I also want a Filipino coaching in the Olympics,” said Pangilinan.

“Meantime, let’s give him the chance to prepare the team. For one, all our coaches are busy (with their respective teams) right now,” Pangilinan added.

The SBP head is addressing his appeal to the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines which is against the appointment of a foreign coach handling the national team.

“That has to be sorted out,” said Pangilinan of the BCAP issue.

SBP is to narrow down to 25 tomorrow the list of hopefuls for the national pool to be trained by Toroman. The SBP team will have its initial international exposure in an invitational tournament in China Dec. 16-22.

While the SBP team is training for the 2011 Olympic qualifier, a separate RP team, composed of PBA stars, will compete in next year’s Fiba Asia championship for a berth in the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

The same PBA selection, handled by coach Yeng Guiao, will play in the 2009 SEABA championship which the SBP is planning to host. Pangilinan and SEABA president Eric Toehir of Indonesia were set to meet here yesterday.

Among the players likely to make the training pool of Toroman are Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao and Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer of La Salle, Arvie Bringas of San Sebastian and Mark Sena and John Wilson of Jose Rizal.

SBP has also tapped the services of US-based scouts Loy Allado, Larry Albano and Jim Kelly to look for potential Fil-Ams in the US. Part of the job of the scouts is also to look for tall players willing to be naturalized to be part of the RP team.

Pangilinan said Toroman is being helped out by coaches Chot Reyes, Eric Altamirano and Norman Black.

“We don’t know yet who that future coach will be, but he definitely he has to be a Filipino,” Pangilinan stressed.

For having shaped the SBP team in its early stages, Toroman, according to Pangilinan, could at least act as consultant.

“Siya (Toroman) ang nag-develop ng team so I think it is only proper to give him that,” said Pangilinan. “But if it is a Filipino team gearing up for a prestigious or important international tournament, dapat Filipino.”

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=420186&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
12-01-2008, 10:32 AM
Singapore — If the country succeeds in bringing a team to the Olympics, basketball officials want a Filipino coach to handle it. Never mind if the team is guided along by a foreigner.

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan made the statement yesterday, saying “it is his long-held dream to see a Filipino coach at the helm of a Filipino team in the Olympics.”

“Certainly, damdamin ko if ever makabalik tayo ng Olympics, gusto kong makitang mukha ng head coach Filipino,” stressed Pangilinan during a dinner he hosted for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) delegation at the Marina Mandarin Hotel here.

“Para sa akin, pagdating ng important tournament, give it to a Filipino (coach),” uttered Pangilinan.

The SBP has tapped Serbian coach Rajko Toroman to handle the formation of a young RP Team that will represent the Philippines in future international competitions, capped by the 2011 qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

If and when the team Toroman will form and train actually reach the Olympics, he will then act as a consultant to the Filipino coach, whoever will be.

“Siya (Toroman) ang nag-develop ng team so I think it is but proper to give him that (consultancy position),” he said.

The SBP-BAP opted to tap Toroman as early as last ctober so that the program will not be affected when the Memorandum of Agreement between the SBP and PBA for the pro league’s players to represent the Philippines in international tournaments ends in 2010.

Toroman is currently being helped out by Chot Reyes, Eric Altamirano and Norman Black in the program. A PBA tactician though will handle the team in two years time.

Pangilinan also revealed his strong bid for the country to host the Seaba championship in May, a tournament which the Philippines needs to win to earn a slot in the Fiba-Asia qualifying in China sometime in August or September.

He was set to meet with SEABA chief Eric Thoheir of Indonesia.

Toroman will name the members of his 25-man pool today.

Also being tapped are US-based coaches Jim Kelly, and Larry Albano, aside from Joy Allado, in a determined effort to shore up the country’s bid to find more talents from abroad. An unnamed scout will concentrate his hunt in Canada.

In the meantime, a PBA-backed national team handled by Yeng Guiao is gearing up for next year’s qualifying for the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. The Filipinos need to make it among the top three to make it to the Worlds proper.

The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20081201spo2.html)

CrossOver
12-01-2008, 10:37 AM
By Noli Cortez

SINGAPORE. – A foreigner may mold the Philippine basketball program for now, but a Filipino will still do the final polishing.

This was stressed by BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manny V. Pangilinan on Saturday, saying* it is his long-held dream that if* the National cagers make it the Olympics in 2012, a Filipino coach will be at the helm.

"Certainly, damdamin ko if ever makabalik tayo ng Olympics, gusto kong makitang mukha ng head coach ay Filipino," the telecommunications mogul stressed after a dinner he hosted for the PBA delegation at the Marina Mandarin Hotel here.

"Para sa akin, pagdating ng important tournament, give it to a Filipino (coach)," he added.

The SBP has tapped Serbian coach Rajko Toroman to form a young RP Team that will represent the Philippines in future international competitions, capped by the 2011 qualifying for the London Olympics the following year.

Toroman has signed a three-year contract as project director of the SBP.

"Siya (Toroman) ang magde-develop ng team so I think it is only proper to give him that," said Pangilinan. "But if it is a Filipino team gearing up for a prestigious or important international tournament, dapat Filipino."

The memorandum of agreement between the SBP and PBA for the pro league players to represent the Philippines internationally ends in 2010 and it is for such eventuality that SBP has signed Toroman to a three-year contract early last October.

Pangilinan related Toroman is currently being helped out by such coaches as Chot Reyes, Eric Altamirano and Norman Black, but it could be a PBA tactician who will be handling the SBP team in two years time.

"We don’t know yet who that future coach will be, but he definitely has to be a Filipino," Pangilinan stressed.

Pangilinan also said the country has sounded off its bid host the South East Asia Basketball Association championship in May next year, a tournament the Philippines needs to win to earn a slot in the FIBA-Asia qualifying in China sometime in August or September.

He is set to formalize that bid Sunday when he meets with SEABA chief Erik Thoheir of Indonesia.

Toroman will name the members of his 25-man pool on Monday.

Also being tapped by the SBP to help in the formation of the team US-based coaches Jim Kelly, and Larry Albano, aside from Joy Allado, who are scouting for players who can be naturalized. An unnamed scout will concentrate his hunt in Canada.

In the meantime, a PBA-backed national team handled by Yeng Guiao is gearing up for next year’s qualifying event for the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. The Filipinos need to make it to the top three to advance to the Worlds proper.

Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/dec01/spor2.htm)

CrossOver
12-01-2008, 10:41 AM
SINGAPORE — When the Philippine national team sees action in the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2011, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan wants a Filipino coach to handle the team and no one else.

This was Pangilinan’s reply when the issue of hiring Serbian Rajko Toromas was raised again during a dinner he hosted for the PBA delegation Saturday at the Marina Mandarin Hotel here

"Certainly, gusto ko makitang mukha ng head coach Filipino," said.

The SBP has been getting the flak, especially from the Basketball Coaching Association of the Philippines (BCAP), for signing the 53-year-old Toroman to a three-year lucrative deal.

Toroman’s main task is to prepare the national team for the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship, the qualifying tournament to the 2012 London Games.

Toroman earned instant fame when he steered a tall Iranian squad to the FIBA-Asia title two years ago that earned them a slot in the recent Beijing Games.

Right now, Toroman has been going around the country in the hope of discovering potential players for the national team. He’s now a regular spectator of PBA games.

Toroman, according to Pangilinan, recently held tryouts for 35 college players.

The field has been trimmed to 25, according to the telecommunication mogul, which include 2008 UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo, Rico Maierhofer of La Salle, James Sena of Jose Rizal University and Ogie Menor of three-time NCAA champion San Beda College.

The team has been invited to participate in an invitational tournament in China from Dec. 16 to 22, and Toroman will be calling the shots for the RP Team.

When it comes to big tournaments like the Olympics, as well as the FIBA World Championships, Pangilinan made it clear that Filipino coaches will definitely handle the coaching chores of the nationals.

"Para sa akin pagdating ng important tournaments, give it to the Filipino," Pangilinan said. "We don’t yet know who the future coach will be but he definitely has to be a Filipino."

The team of Toroman will also compete in next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Laos, as well as the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou in China.

It is different from the one that coach Yeng Guioa will handle, as it is an all-pro team tasked to earn a seat in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey when it competes next year in the FIBA-Asia Championship also in Guangzhou, China.

On the other hand, Pangililinan also said that the SBP would help in improving the basketball venue for Laos SEA Games.

That includes the possibility of giving the old hardcourt or flooring and the goal posts to Laos, which could cost an estimated P500,000, instead of constructing a brand coliseum for P4 million.

"We could save P3.5 million, gamitin na lang natin ditto para i-improve ’yung sarili nating venues," Pangilinan said.

Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20081201142424.html)

D_I_A
12-01-2008, 11:15 PM
Collegiate stars named to SBP pool
Malaya
12/2/2008

TOP collegiate stars led by UAAP Most Valuable Player Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo and NCAA finals MVP Ogie Menor of San Beda, along with 23 other collegiate standouts, have been named to the 25-man national training pool of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas where the country’s squad for three big international tournaments will come from.

The players were selected by SBP Project Director Rajko Toroman of Serbia, who will be in charge of training the pool members and will decide who will make up the national squads in next year’s Southeast Asian Games, 2010 Asian Games and 2011 Fiba Asia Men’s Championship, a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics.

Toroman was assisted in making his decision by a selection group that included coaches Norman Black, Chot Reyes, Eric Altamirano, Alan Gregorio, Yayoy Alcoseba and Fritz Gaston, SBP Competitions Commission Chairman Bernie Atienza, and Liga Pilipinas Operations Chief Butch Antonio.

Rico Maeirhoffer and JV Casio of La Salle have also been named to the training pool, along with NCAA Seniors MVP Jason Ballesteros, Fil-Am standout Joey Deas of Rockhurst University in Kansas, NCAA juniors top player Arvie Bringas and University of Visayas standout Greg Slaughter, a 7-footer, among others.

Telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, who heads the SBP, expressed satisfaction with the players named to the pool. Smart, PLDT and Harbour Center have expressed interest this early to bankroll the long term program of the SBP national team.

"This is exactly what the SBP program is all about, a long-term build-up to 2012. The long road to London begins today and we know it will take a lot of communal sacrifice and collective hard work from all members of the SBP," said SBP Executive Director Noli Eala.

Completing the 25-man national pool are Marcy Arellano of UE, Chris Tiu of Ateneo, Mark Barocca of FEU, RJ Jazul of Letran, Dylan Ababou of UST, Mac Baracael of FEU, Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, JR Cawaling of FEU, Paul Lee of UE, Peejay Barua of La Salle, Martin Reyes of UP, Rico Fajardo of Univerity of Cebu, Magi Sison of UP, Terrel Theophile of the Pampanga Buddies, Nonoy Baclao of Ateneo, Philipp Paredes of Reedley, and Jervy Cruz of UST.

The inclusion of US-based players Japeth Aguilar and Gian Chiu was deferred pending a final discussion with the two.

Toroman described the team as "full of promise and potential" and expressed confidence the team will be ready to compete in one year after an extensive training program.

D_I_A
12-02-2008, 12:23 AM
Bigyan ng pagkakataon si Toroman--MVP
People's Journal
12/2/2008

SINGAPORE -- Pangangasiwaan ni Serbian coach Rajko Toroman ang programa para sa national pool mula ngayon hanggang 2010 subalit isang local coach ang kukunin upang gabayan ang RP team sa Olympic qualifying tourney sa 2011.

Ito ang planong ibinahagi ni Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan sa mga Filipino sports-writers sa sideline ng PBA road showcase dito na tinatampukan ng kanyang koponang Talk N Text laban sa San Miguel Beer.

“Let’s give him the chance,” wika ni Pangilinan patungkol kay Toroman. “I’m also sensitive to the feeling of Filipinos. Certainly when it comes to the important events, I want a Filipino coach coaching the team. I want a face of a Filipino coaching the team in the 2011 Olympic qualifying event. And if we qualify, I also want a Filipino coaching in the Olympics.”

“Meantime, let’s give him the chance to prepare the team. For one, all our coaches are busy (with their respective teams) right now,” dagdag ni Pangilinan. Ipinararating ng SBP head ang kanyang panawagan sa Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines na tumututol sa pagkuha ng isang foreign coach upang hawakan ang national team.

“That has to be sorted out,” sabi ni Pangilinan hinggil sa BCAP issue.

Tatapyasin bukas ng SBP sa 25 ang talaan ng mga hopefuls para sa national pool na sasanayin ni Toroman. Ang SBP team ay magkakaroon ng initial international exposure sa isang invitatio-nal tournament sa China sa Dis. 16-22.

Habang ang SBP team ay nagsasanay para sa 2011 Olympic qualifier, isang hiwalay na RP team, na binubuo ng mga PBA stars, ang sasabak sa susunod na taon sa Fiba Asia championship para sa isang berth sa 2010 World Cham-pionship sa Istanbul, Turkey.

Ang parehong PBA selection, na gagabayan ni coach Yeng Guiao, ay maglalaro sa 2009 SEABA champion-ship na balak na i-host ng SBP. Sina Pangilinan at SEABA president Eric Toehir ng Indonesia ay nakatakdang magpulong dito kahapon.

Kabilang sa mga players na posibleng makasama sa training pool ni Toroman ay sina Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao at Ryan Buenafe ng Ateneo, JV Casio at Rico Maierhofer ng La Salle, Arvie Bringas ng San Sebastian at Mark Sena at John Wilson ng Jose Rizal.

Kinuha rin ng SBP ang serbisyo nina US-based scouts Loy Allado, Larry Albano at Jim Kelly upang maghanap ng mga potential Fil-Ams sa US. Bahagi rin ng trabaho ng scouts ang maghanap ng matatangkad na players na nakahandang maging bahagi ng RP team.

Sinabi pa ni Pangilinan na si Toroman ay tinutulungan nina coaches Chot Reyes, Eric Altamirano at Norman Black.

“We don’t know yet who that future coach will be, but he definitely has to be a Filipino,” paliwanag pa ni Pangilinan.

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12-04-2008, 06:50 AM
Parks son to try out for national Olympic pool
By Joey Villar

Bobby Parks, a seven-time PBA Best Import awardee, is bringing his Fil-Am son Ray to try out for the national developmental pool gearing up for the 2012 London Olympics.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala yesterday told The STAR the Parks will be coming in from Memphis on Dec. 27 with the son trying his luck with the national squad.

Parks, 15, is currently a US NCAA Division I prospect, having averaged an impressive 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Ridgeway Middle School varsity back home in Memphis.

Parks, whose mother Marifer Celine (Shane) Barbosa is a Filipina now living in Los Angeles, was also the youngest player invited to play in the three-day, 17-and-under Las Vegas Easter Classic last year and stood out in the tournament with his impressive performance.

Parks earlier stated he wants to play for Memphis State, where his father also played, but if things work out might end up wearing the Ateneo Eagles uniform under coach Norman Black.

“It would be nice to play in the Philippines,” Ray told The STAR last year. “I definitely want to go to college either in the US or the Philippines. I don’t know what to do yet. It would be an honor to someday play for the Philippine team. My dad would love to see me play for the national team.”

Eala said Parks should be a big addition to the 25-player development pool the SBP earlier formed under team project director Serbian Rajko Toroman in the country’s bid to earn a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=421006&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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12-04-2008, 07:09 AM
RP women's team eyes tall Chinese for SEAG
By Joey Villar

The national women’s team’s bid for a breakthrough gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos next year will get a big boost if the Nationals would be able to enlist a 6-foot-3 Chinese through naturalization.

RP team manager Cynthia Tiu yesterday bared plans to naturalize Zheng Xiaojing, a Fujian, China native who has been training with the Nationals since August.

“She (Zheng) has been in the country and training with our team since August and she really wants to play for the country and stay here for good,” said Tiu in yesterday’s media briefing at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City.

Tiu said they are already coordinating with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas through executive director Noli Eala and may pursue the move starting next year through a legislative grant.

“There are actually three ways, the first two being administrative and judiciary ways,” said Eala. “But we ruled out the two because of the 10-year residency requirement, which leaves us with the legislative grant.

“The way to do it is to find a sponsor in both the House of Representatives and Senate because naturalization is like enacting a law,” added Eala, who said it would take at least eight months to complete the process.

The country only has two players standing six feet one of them 6’0” Cassy Tioseco, a Fil-Australian and Ateneo standout.

RP team coach Haydee Ong said the 24-year-old Zheng, the top player of the Fujian team currently ranked eighth in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association, would help ease the country’s perennial problem of finding tall, big players to man the slot.

“Our problem is always the lack of tall players. Her (Zheng) arrival somehow addresses this concern,” said Ong.

Tiu, Ong and the Discovery Suites-backed Nationals are leaving today to join an invitational tournament slated this week in Singapore where the host team and two club teams from Malaysia are also participating.

The Nationals, who have started preparations as early as February this year, also hope to compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tentatively set in May in Thailand next year.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=421008&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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12-09-2008, 12:21 AM
RP youth tryouts slated in Davao

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas resumes its nationwide search for future Olympic cagers when it holds a series of out-of-town tryouts starting in Zamboanga City Dec. 26-28.

National 13-under head coach Mark Herrera, together with his coaching staff and SBP National Youth Commission chairman Nic Jorge, will conduct the tryouts aimed to discover new talents to be added to the pool of the RP Youth team.

The tryouts for Metro Manila and nearby provinces are over, but Herrera said he and his staff will also be holding other tryouts to discover new players from the south.

“I am really excited to go to Zamboanga to see a new brand of ballgame. I have been getting a lot of requests from our brothers from other provinces in the south to visit them and check out their very talented players,” said Herrera, assistant coach of the PBL Burger King Stunners and head coach of two-time champion Talk ‘n Text team in the Jr. PBA league.

After Zamboanga, Herrera’s coaching staff is heading off to Zambales to hold similar tryouts Jan. 2-4. Herrera said the next stop will be Davao and Cebu early next year. This will complete the first 48 players for the RP Youth 13-U pool.

“The tryouts in Metro Manila were very successful and I am hoping that we will find more kids who are willing to dedicate their talents to basketball. These kids will be the future of Philippine basketball and I am proud to be a part of their talent discovery,” Herrera said.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=422515&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

The_Big_Cat
12-13-2008, 08:44 PM
Son of ex-import Parks to arrive in Manila, try out for RP 5
12/13/2008 | 08:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ray Parks, son of Philippine Basketball Association seven-time Best Import Bobby Parks, will be staying in the Philippines for a week to attend the national developmental pool that will serve as training ground for players who will play for the 2012 London Olympics.

The six-foot-three Parks, 15, is set to arrive on December 27 and try out for the under-16 squad to be handled by newly installed mentor Eric Altamirano

"I am very interested in playing for the RP team. I would love to represent the Philippines anyway I can. I am proud to be Filipino and if I do make the team, I can represent the country the best way I can," Parks told GMANEWSTV via online interview.

"I will be in the Philippines from December 27 to January 3. I am glad that I am getting the chance to come back home and try out for the RP team. I am playing basketball everyday here in the US. I will have to miss a couple of practices here with my high-school team to come to the Philippines," he added.

Parks has earned the admiration of several scouts from US NCAA Division One teams. He has had impressive numbers of 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Ridgeway Middle School in Memphis.

Parks, who can speak Tagalog fluently, Bobby Parks' with his Filipina wife Marifer Celine Barbosa, who now lives in Los Angeles.

Besides attending the tryout for the RP team, Parks is also pondering his future whether to play in the US NCAA or play for a collegiate team in the Philippines.

Ateneo, whose team is being handled by Parks’ godfather, Norman Black, is reportedly very much interested in luring the son of the former San Miguel and Shell best import, who has become the yardstick by which foreign reinforcements in the PBA are gauged.

Black even admitted that the son is better than his father in some respects.

"He shoots better than Bobby," Black said . "I think he’ll be a great player. Of course, I’d like him to play for Ateneo but I leave it up to Ray and Bobby."

"The level of competition is certainly higher in the US and if Ray is invited to play for a big school, I’ll encourage him to go for it." - Rey Joble, GMANews.TV

D_I_A
12-22-2008, 01:17 AM
Sons of Parks, Ravena may play for RP flag
Manila Standard Today
12/20-21/2008
By Rey Joble

SEVEN-time Philippine Basketball Association Best Import Bobby Parks and former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player Bong Ravena represented the national quintet at one time in their careers.

Parks, who led San Miguel Beer and Shell to championships in the PBA, played for the RP Team in Club Championships after a stellar career in the pro ranks.

Ravena was a member of the gold-medal winning RP quintet in the 1991 Manila Southeast Asian Games, an all-amateur squad that featured then the likes of Johnny Abarrientos, Vergel Meneses, Marlou Aquino and Vic Pablo, to name a few.

This time, though, their sons—Ray Parks and Keifer Ravena—are expected to spearhead the RP under-16 team to be handled by Eric Altamirano in next year’s Southeast Asia Youth Basketball Association.

The Seaba Youth tournament is the qualifying event in the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship. Parks is set to arrive next week and try out for the squad.

“He stands 6’4” and he’s a talented guard,” Altamirano told Standard Today. “It’s hard to find a player like him. It will be a big boost to us if he will play for the RP team, but then again, he has to show his willingness to represent the country as well.”

Parks has earned the admiration of several scouts from US National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One teams. He has had impressive numbers of 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Ridgeway Middle School in Memphis.

Besides attending the tryout for the RP Team, Parks is also pondering his future whether to play in the US NCAA or play for a collegiate team in the Philippines.

Ateneo, whose team is being handled by Parks’ godfather, Norman Black, is reportedly very much interested in luring the son of the former San Miguel and Shell best import, who become the yardstick by which foreign reinforcements in the PBA were gauged.

Black even admitted that the son is better than his father in some respects.

“He shoots better than Bobby,” Black said. “I think he’ll be a great player. Of course, I’d like him to play for Ateneo, but I leave it up to Ray and Bobby.”

“The level of competition is certainly higher in the US and if Ray is invited to play for a big school, I’ll encourage him to go for it.”

Ravena, meanwhile, is now playing for the Ateneo Eaglets and is one of the vital cogs of the squad.

Other notable players include Chris Tolomia and Cedric Labingisa.

Tolomia is the younger brother of PBA forward Chester Tolomia of San Miguel Beer, while Labingisa plays for the University of Santo Tomas Cubs.

D_I_A
12-23-2008, 01:31 AM
Tryouts for Under-16
cage team up
Malaya
12/23/2008

COACH Eric Altamirano will look for sound fundamentals, quickness and good outside shooting when he conducts a three-day tryout on Jan. 2-4 next year at the Jacinto Tiu Court at Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan, to determine the members of the Nokia RP Under-16 team set to compete in a series of international tournaments.

Altamirano said Filipino players born on Jan. 1, 1993 cam attend the tryouts set from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The players are required to attend all three days of the tryouts.

"We will be building around sound fundamentals, quickness and good outside shooting," said Altamirano, a former University of the Philippines Maroon, Purefoods champion coach and assistant coach of the Philippine team to the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

The RP Nokia Under-16 team will be composed of outstanding players from the tryouts and outstanding participants in the Nokia National Basketball Training Center D-League.

The team will compete in a series of international competitions serving as a run-up to the FIBA-Asia 16 Under tournament.

Altamirano said the Southeast Asian Basketball Association youth tournament will be held in May, where the top two placers will be seeded to the Fiba-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

The RP-Nokia team coached by Franz Pumaren won first place in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament this year and finished seventh in the Asian championship, beating eventual champion Iran.

Making up that team were Norbert Torres, Mark de Guzman, RR Garcia, Kyle Pascual, Ian Paul Sangalang, Philip Paredes, Matthew Wright, Gabriel Banal, Frank Golla, Jaypee Mendoza, Jhon Sumido, Joseph Terso, Samuel Marata and Jed Manguera.

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12-24-2008, 06:53 PM
Yeng, Franz not impressed
By Joel Orellana


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THERE’S no such thing as Christmas truce for Serbian Rajko Toroman and Filipino coaches.

Yeng Guiao and Franz Pumaren, two of the most successful mentors in the country today, raised doubts if Toroman’s recent victory in Guangxi, China, was enough proof that he has something that no local coach could offer in handling the national team in international tournaments.

“First, let’s congratulate them,” said Guiao, one of the advisers of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) and a known critic of Toroman’s insertion in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ (SBP) grand plan of returning to the Olympics in 2012.

“But it does not mean that we will not be able to do that if a Filipino coach had handled the team. ’Yung level of tournament, no doubt kaya ng Pinoy ’yan,” Guiao added.

Toroman led a rag-tag RP 5 to the title against Li Ning squad of Guangxi, 76-72, in the first China-Asean CBO men’s invitational tournament on Sunday.

The team was composed of players in the national developmental pool formed by SBP to be the source of talent for the country’s quest of clinching a slot in the 2012 London Olympics.

Pumaren also doubted the quality of the tournament that Toroman’s squad ruled as it did not really test the real capabilities of the Serbian mentor.

“Look at the quality of the tournament. Even Singapore gave the Chinese team a scare. Tapos ipagmamalaki mong tinalo mo ang Macau at Brunei. Even our high-school teams here can beat Macau and Brunei,” said Pumaren.

The La Salle mentor, who is not a member of BCAP, agreed with Guiao that a Filipino coach can get the job done in the China joust.

“It’s really hard to tell kung may bago nga siyang [Toroman] ipinakita because that’s not a quality tournament,” Pumaren added.

Guiao echoed: “We cannot judge him at that level of tournament na Asean lang. They did not beat the regular team of China or the Middle East countries.”

“The main principle here is kaya rin ng Filipino coach ipanalo ang team sa tournament na ’yon,” Guiao stressed.

BCAP, under its president Chito Narvasa, has been firm in its belief that a Filipino coach could lead the country to the Olympics.

But Narvasa did not go any further in criticizing Toroman.

“I think MVP [Manny Pangilinan] has cleared up that issue,” said Narvasa. “A Filipino is it [who will handle the team in case the Philippines qualifies in the Olympics].”

Pangilinan, the SBP president, said Toroman, officially appointed as project director, will just be there to help lay out the program and a Filipino coach will take over when the time comes—international competition.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the developmental pool is also being groomed to represent the country in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos, 2010 Asian Games in China and the 2011 International Basketball Federation Asia qualifier for the London Games.

Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=31&layout=blog&Itemid=65)

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12-28-2008, 03:23 PM
SBP plans hosting of SEA tiffs next year
By Joey Villar


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Noli Eala

The Samahang Basktebol ng Pilipinas is working out plans to host several Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournaments including qualifiers to the strong FIBA-Asia events next year.

SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday said they would bid for the hosting of the ninth SEABA Champions Cup and the eighth SEABA Men’s Championship tentatively slated March 3-7 and April 2-6, respectively.

The two would serve as a doorway to the import-laced FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in May and the FIBA-Asia Championship in August.

“We are studying our participation in many tournaments next year including these two qualifiers,” Eala told The STAR. “We also have a desire to host these two SEABA qualifying tournaments.”

Eala said SBP stakeholders headed by Smart and PLDT chair Manny V. Pangilinan including some managers and sponsors will convene next month to tackle the plan.

“By Jan. 21, I will be calling a meeting to discuss these matters with all basketball stakeholders, sponsors, managers and supporters,” said the former PBA commissioner.

The 25-player developmental pool under project director Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is particularly eyeing the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup as one of the tournaments they want to join aside from the Stankovic Cup in October and the 2009 Laos Southeast Asian Games.

Eala said the same team would start training on Jan. 7 before proceeding to Serbia in March and the United States a month after for more training camps before plunging into action in these events.

Eala also announced SBP’s plans of participating in, if not bidding to host, the seventh SEABA Women’s Championship June 1-5, first SEABA Under-16 Women’s Championship Sept. 26-30 and the first SEABA Under-16 Men’s Championship July 25-29.

The SEABA women’s tilt will serve as a qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Women’s Championship in the same month and the U16 Women’s meet for the FIBA-Asia U16 Women’s Championship in October.

The junior tilt for men, meanwhile, will stake a berth to the FIBA-Asia Junior Men’s Championship in November.

“These are the SEABA qualifying tournaments for various FIBA-Asia Championships in 2009 and we’re now starting to prepare for all of these,” said Eala.

The team, which recently topped an invitational tournament in China, was formed by the SBP last month with the ultimate goal of playing in the 2012 London Olympics.

Collegiate stars Chris Tiu and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of reigning UAAP champion Ateneo, Ogie Menor of three-peat NCAA titlist San Beda and JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer of La Salle head the initial roster of players that included Jason Ballesteros of San Sebastian.

San Sebastian high school standout Arvie Bringas and 7-foot Fil-Am Greg Slaughter of University of Visayas and Joey Deas, another Fil-Am hotshot from Rockhurst University in Kansas are also in the list.

Also in the roster are Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe and Nonoy Baclao, Far Eastern U’s Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael and JR Cawaling, University of the East’s Marcy Arellano and Paul Lee, Letran’s RJ Jazul, University of Santo Tomas’ Dylan Ababou, La Salle’s Peejay Barua, University of Cebu’s Rico Fajardo, University of the Philippines’ Magi Sison and Martin Reyes and Santo Tomas’ Jervy Cruz.

Pampanga Buddies’ Terrel Theophile and Reedley’s Philipp Paredes complete the developmental pool.

US-based Japeth Aguilar and Gian Chu as well as many-time Best Import Bobby Parks’ son, Ray, are likewise being eyed to join the squad.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=427459&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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12-28-2008, 03:25 PM
Coach E opens at 4 venues in January

Personalized and scientific basketball teaching takes the forefront in 2009 as the Coach E Basketball School opens at four venues starting next month with Hi-Smart Multivitamins plus Iron of New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation as major sponsor.

International Basketball Academy (IBA) president Xavy Nuñag announced that schedules of the third module for ages five and up are slated at San Beda College Alabang (Jan. 20-March 14), The Zone Makati (Jan. 21-March 14), Xavier School in San Juan (Jan. 22-March 14) and Clubsixfifty in Libis (Jan. 23-March 14).

“We encourage parents to give the gift of physical fitness this year by enrolling their children in the Coach E Basketball School,” says Nuñag, who ask interested parties to call the Coach E hotline at tel. Nos. 631-1195 (telefax) and 09217562639 or at iba_phil@yahoo.com and www.coach-e.com.

Classes at Xavier School are every Monday and Thursday, from 4-6 p.m., at the Zone every Wednesday (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday (10-12 noon), at San Beda Alabang every Tuesday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-12 noon) and Clubsixfifty every Friday (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-12 noon).

Coach E Basketball School was founded by former UP Maroon and Purefoods champion coach Eric Altamirano, who was recently named coach of RP Youth Under-16 team and also acts as director of the National Basketball Training Center.

The Coach E Basketball modules focus on the structured approach to learning basketball with fundamentals and shot training taught in a personalized manner or strictly one instructor for every five students.

Also taught are balance and stance along with ball-handling and dribbling.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=427462&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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12-29-2008, 12:06 AM
Santos Petroleum five leads NBTC regional winners

Santos Petroleum ruled the Western Visayas division while Daisy Condensada-SHSJ and Misamis Oriental Meteors copped the Cebu and Cagayan de Oro/Iligan first conference titles, respectively, in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League presented by Nokia at separate venues recently.

Santos Petroleum relied on the all-around game of Orly Pelopero to post a 104-60 victory over Dumaguete Suy.

Pelopero, who scored 23 points, was adjudged Most Valuable Player in the tournament under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) headed by Manny V. Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala and supported by Nike and Molten.

In the battle for third place, 888 Chinatown Square won over IEC Computers, 89-86, as Mitzi Banhao led his team with 21 pts with Luis Genobata and Billy Pelagio pitching in 15 and 14, respectively.

In Cebu, Daisy Condensada-SHSJ edged Lhuillier South UV, 50-49, as Gabe Branzuela was adjudged as Most Valuable Player. BMEG expert-USC routed Penshoppe-Don Bosco, 84-64, for third place.

At the Cagayan de Oro/Iligan front, Misamis Oriental Meteors rapped CDO Oro Grande, 85-79, as Elmer Labistop was named Most Valuable Player. Iligan Black Vipers nipped Iligan Firefly, 80-78, for third place.

In Davao, Energen now totes a 2-0 mark following a 112-72 win over St. Elizabeth Saints. Kenneth Flaviano, Larry John Malanday and Ryan Serafin had 22, 16 and 12, respectively, while Marvin Jay Ronquillo topscored with 14 for the Saints (0-2).

Megavia-Southmin tied Montana Pawnshop at 1-1 following an 86-80 win over the latter. Reden Celda and Jess Linus Evagelio had 18 and 12 points, respectively, for Megavia while Ronald Bangoy topscored for Montana with 24 points.

The Nokia NBTC D-League is a grassroots program meant to feed fundamentally sound players to future national teams aside from leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, PBL, PBA and the Liga Pilipinas.

Players from the league will also be culled to form a team that will compete in the 16 and under FIBA-Asia tournament.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=427703&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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12-30-2008, 12:55 AM
Coach on lookout for tall players in RP U-16

Nokia RP Under-16 team coach Eric Altamirano yesterday said the national squad will be needing tall players as open tryouts are set Jan. 2-4 at the Jacinto Tiu Court at Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan.

“We will also be in the lookout for big players who can play inside, rebound and run the floor,”said Altamirano on the three-day tryouts scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Altamirano earlier said sound fundamentals, quickness and good outside shooting are the general considerations for anyone who wants to be a part of the team. The cut-off birthday is January 1, 1993 or later.

“The formation of the team is, of course, always in the context of the competition not only in Southeast Asia but also in the Asian region where we will be up against tall, strong, quick and fundamentally-sound rivals,” explained Altamirano, a former University of the Philippines (UP) Maroon, Purefoods champion coach and assistant coach of the Philippine team to the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

Actually, some of these players to make up the Nokia RP U-16 are seen to come from the ongoing National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League.

“But of course, I am not discounting that there are talents out there who will just walk in during the tryouts and make the team, “said Altamirano as he emphasized anew the support of Nokia Philippines and TAO Corporation.

The Nokia RP Under-16 team will be fielded in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) youth tournament in May after which the top two placers will be seeded in the FIBA-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

Altamirano said that should any of these players excel further, a stint in the 2012 London Olympics is possible if the Philippines finally makes it after a long hiatus following the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Altamirano’s predecessor, coach Franz Pumaren, piloted the Nokia RP Youth team to first place in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament and seventh place in the Asian championship after beating eventual tournament champion Iran.

Members of that team were Norbert Torres, Mark de Guzman, RR Garcia, Kyle Pascual, Ian Paul Sangalang, Philip Paredes, Matthew Wright, Gabriel Banal, Frank Golla, Jaypee Mendoza, Jhon Sumido, Joseph Terso, Samuel Marata and Jed Manguera.

Inquiries: Ms. Love Viray, SBP office at 706-2969 to 70, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=427831&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

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01-02-2009, 02:05 AM
By Joel Orellana

RAJKO TOROMAN perhaps did not have second thoughts coming over to help pave a path for another Philippine participation in Olympic basketball.

Ahh, the Philippines. Tropical weather, beautiful beaches, hospitable people, and a 90 million bunch rabid about the sport he loves most.

Furthermore, with a telecommunications mogul as an, say, employer, who could refuse the offer.

But things did not turn out that way for Toroman, whose native Serbia is more familiar to conflicts, bloody ones at that.

Toroman is crossing paths with Filipino coaches belonging to the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP). “Filipinos first!” and “Filipinos can!” are their battle cry.

Philippine basketball has never been what it used to be. The sport remains No. 1 on the list of most-loved sports by Filipinos, but other than the Southeast Asian region, the country has yet to bring that impact back, when the Chinese were lanky and patsies, when the Koreans and Japanese posed as the worthy threats and when there were no Middle East powers, including Iran, the last team Toroman handled and brought to the Beijing Olympics for the first time in August.

The ongoing Toroman chapter, then, pictured Philippine basketball in 2008. Many humps and bumps for a sport that has the most stakeholders.

Manny Pangilinan, chairman of Smart-PLDT, the most liquid and the most profitable local company, heads the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. Not even his appeal and his sparkling business smarts could send shivers down the spines of the SBP’s opponents—those from the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

A court decision was sought by BAP to determine who should reign supreme in Philippine basketball and although MVP and co. got that blessing in November, the trouble seemed to be endless.

Toroman was shoved on the hot seat, soliciting a tough statement from Pangilinan. “Toroman will help in the program [as project director], but when it comes to the most important game [hopefully a stint in the Olympics], a Filipino would sit on the bench as tactician,” he stressed.

Only early this month though, Toroman made a statement. He formed a rag-tag team of collegiate stars, brought them to China and won a regional tournament.

And expectedly, his effort was not totally appreciated.

Color it blue and red

ATENEO returned to the most-coveted seat in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), sweeping archrival De La Salle for its first men’s crown in six years.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season, and Chris Tiu were at the forefront of Ateneo’s campaign that sort of cemented Norman Black’s reputation as one of the winningest coaches in the land—he also won 10 in the Philippine Basketball Association (nine with San Miguel Beer and one with Sta. Lucia Realty).

San Beda, on the other hand, ruled for the third-straight season the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) against a title-hungry Jose Rizal University in an epic three-game series that had its share of controversies.

Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad threatened to pull out the semipro league’s referees from the NCAA after the Red Lions cried foul over what they claimed as spotty officiating favoring the Heavy Bombers.

Interestingly, as everyone in the basketball community knows, Pangilinan is at the center of both collegiate championships. He is the No. 1 benefactor of both the Red Lions and Blue Eagles.

Real deal

MIKEE ROMERO’S Harbour Centre is now a by word in Philippine basketball, what with its fifth-straight Philippine Basketball League crown it won over Hapee Toothpaste.

It was Batang Pier’s fifth-straight crown just in seven conferences in the PBL, making the team the most successful franchise in league history.

Jason Castro was in there, too. The PBL Most Valuable Player signed a lucrative contract with the Singapore Slingers in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia but even before the former Philippine Christian University standout could be in a Slingers uniform, the Singapore-based team felt the pinch of the global economic meltdown and prematurely announced its disbandment, which actually did not materialize.

Alarmed, Castro opted not to pursue his stint with the Slingers, joined the PBA draft and now dons a Talk ’N Text uniform.

Barangay Ginebra made its millions of fans happy when it won the Fiesta Cup against Air21 in a classic best-of-seven championship series in the PBA. Jayjay Helterbrand was the tournament’s MVP while the Kings’ reinforcement Chris Alexander was the Best Import.

Filipino-American Gabe Norwood beat the deadline in the submission of pertinent citizenship papers and emerged the No. 1 pick by Rain or Shine in the draft, a decision that made the Elasto Painters suddenly strong contenders in the pro league.

Red Bull? Many say it’s for sale.* But Tony Chua, the amiable team manager, denied the Barakos will fold up next conference. Their lone legitimate star Cyrus Baguio was shipped to Air21 though and the Barakos of Yeng Guiao, who is tasked to coach the all-pro national team that will try to snare an Olympic slot, crashed out of the ongoing Philippine Cup early.

Who’s in charge, really?

SPEAKING of Guiao, the man tasked by the PBA, through commissioner Sonny Barrios, to coach the national men’s team, his saga with Toroman may not be over soon.

The SBP has insisted on Toroman as a mere project director and Guiao as head coach of the national team. But the SBP speaks of the 2012 Olympics as if Toroman’s formula will constitute much of the London stint program and the PBA rallying behind a Guiao-coached squad that will see action in all-important regional tournaments in 2009.

So is the trouble really over? The basketball remains round, so to speak.

Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4003:whos-on-top-of-the-national-team-really&catid=31:sports&Itemid=65)

D_I_A
01-02-2009, 04:52 PM
Who’s in charge, really?

SPEAKING of Guiao, the man tasked by the PBA, through commissioner Sonny Barrios, to coach the national men’s team, his saga with Toroman may not be over soon.

The SBP has insisted on Toroman as a mere project director and Guiao as head coach of the national team. But the SBP speaks of the 2012 Olympics as if Toroman’s formula will constitute much of the London stint program and the PBA rallying behind a Guiao-coached squad that will see action in all-important regional tournaments in 2009.

So is the trouble really over? The basketball remains round, so to speak.

Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4003:whos-on-top-of-the-national-team-really&catid=31:sports&Itemid=65)



ang hirap kasi, lahat ng stakeholders gusto sila ang pinaka dominante at hindi ang SBP, SBP is being held hostage by these commercial and amatuer-school leagues(PBA, UAAP,NCAA etc.)

kung gagamitin na ng SBP yung formula na bigyan ng monthly allowance ang players nito especially it's elite men's and women's team and pay them like pros then hold them together say for 5 years until they manage to be in the olympics siguro, makukuha nito yung goal nya

ilaban na lang din ng SBP with MVP at the helm ang case ulit sa Supreme Court, bago mabago ang jurisprudence about the BCAP's issue on foreign coaches, tutal kahit anong precedent ang ilabas nila ang pinaka magandang precedent eh kung meron na bang pinoy coach na nagpapanalo sa international scene simula na buuin ng iilang katao kasama sila Narvasa, Chua at Guiao ang BCAP, kung siguro naman pwede naman maging reasonable ang mga korte tungkol diyan.

CrossOver
01-05-2009, 12:08 AM
SBP moves on from awakening to rebuilding
By Joaquin Henson


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Noli Eala

If 2008 was a year of awakening, 2009 will be a year of rebuilding for the SBP. That’s SBP executive director Noli Eala’s assessment as he welcomed the new year with high hopes of improving the country’s standing in global basketball.

In specific terms, Eala said yesterday the SBP’s main goals for 2009 are to raise the country’s FIBA world rating which is now a lowly No. 63, to finish in the top three of the FIBA-Asia tournament for a ticket to the World Championships in Turkey next year, to retain the gold medal in basketball at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos and for the developmental team to perform creditably in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup.

“In 2008, we got our feet off the ground,” said Eala. “With our FIBA suspension lifted, we were back in the basketball mainstream. The SBP was accepted by the POC and FIBA and we’re now in the process of building house. We’re looking to strengthen the grassroots, reach out to the youth sector and focus on gaining technical competence.”

Eala said with Serbian coach Rajko Toroman’s assistance, the SBP will create a referees core for affiliate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, NAASCU and CESAFI to tap in order to standardize officiating. From a nucleus of nine Filipino FIBA referees, Eala said the core will be increased to 15 to 20 more.

“We are sending a new batch of referees to attend the next FIBA-Asia seminar in Malaysia this month then we’re sending another group to a commissioners’ clinic in Thailand,” said Eala. “We’ll continue to upgrade our standards of technical competence because in the end, that will impact on our level of competition.”

Eala said he expects to retain the core of the national development team that Toroman coached to win an invitational tournament in China last month.

“We want to expose our developmental team to more competitions,” said Eala. “We’re not rushing to face the world contenders. We’re building up like Manny Pacquiao did in his early years. We just want to get in the groove first. We’re hoping to sit down with our players this week and discuss terms of our contract with them.”

Eala said the plan is to reinforce the developmental squad with La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer, Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, Western Kentucky’s Japeth Aguilar and Oberlin College’s Gian Chiu for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in May.

“The developmental team’s first tournament of the year is the SEABA Champions Cup in March,” Eala continued. “Then, they play seven tune-up games in Serbia and go on a 10-day training trip to the US. That will prepare the team for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup which offers a higher level of competition.”

The Champions Cup allows teams to play with two imports but Toroman is inclined to keep an all-Filipino lineup.

“The door isn’t closed to getting imports although coach Rajko would rather take in Japeth and Gian to play center,” said Eala. We’ve got a long list of foreign players who are asking about naturalization. The list includes a couple of Serbians. We’re keeping that option in mind. For the women’s team, we’ve already found a Chinese player up for naturalization and Rep. Robbie Puno has offered to sponsor a bill towards that direction.”

Eala said he would’ve preferred the developmental team to play in the SEABA qualifiers for the FIBA-Asia Championships instead of the PBA selection but left it up to the pro league to decide.

“I think our developmental team can take care of the SEABA qualifiers and the PBA selection would find tougher competition in the Champions Cup to prepare for the FIBA-Asia Championships,” said Eala. “But our role is to support the PBA in this effort. The PBA is autonomous in planning its participation in our national program. We’re all out in supporting the PBA in trying to get a ticket to the World Championships and if the PBA would like to draft any of our players in the developmental pool or coach Rajko, we’ll be more than willing to contribute. It’s an SBP priority for the Philippines to qualify once more for the World Championships where we haven’t played since 1978.”

Eala said even as the vision is for the developmental team to mature to a level where it could represent the country in the 2012 London Olympics, the way is always clear for the PBA’s involvement.

This year, the developmental team will play in the SEABA Champions Cup, FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup and the SEA Games.

“Like in the US, the concept is to get the best players to represent the country which is why NBA players are in the national team,” said Eala. “In the SBP, we’re not about to reveal all our cards just yet. We’re determined to strengthen our developmental team but if we get a chance to play in the Olympics and if we can bring in our best players from the PBA, we’ll try to do that. Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the Olympics, after all.”

Eala said Bobby Parks’ 15-year-old son Ray-Ray is an outstanding prospect and Toroman has singled him out to join the national senior team in two years. Parks and his son are in town on the invitation of Nokia and Tao Corp.

“Coach Rajko is impressed with Ray-Ray,” he said. “Ray-Ray has the perfect basketball body - long-limbed, slim, just like his father. He’s now in Grade 10 in the US, the equivalent of second year high school. Within his age group, he plays two-guard. When playing against older boys, he plays point guard. He’s about 6-2. He’s gifted. The kid is special. Bobby is open for Ray-Ray to play college in Manila and his godfather Norman (Black), I’m sure, is talking to Ray-Ray about the possibility. Ray-Ray was born and grew up here so he speaks fluent Tagalog. He’s been living in the US only the last three years.”

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=429193&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
01-05-2009, 12:52 AM
SBP moves on from awakening to rebuilding
By Joaquin Henson


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Noli Eala



"if the PBA would like to draft any of our players in the developmental pool or coach Rajko, we’ll be more than willing to contribute. It’s an SBP priority for the Philippines to qualify once more for the World Championships where we haven’t played since 1978.”




PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=429193&publicationSubCategoryId=69)



correct me if i'm wrong, does EALA mean he would allow PBA to raid the ranks of the developmental team including its coach? i doubt if the PBA will really get them to play for the national team or include it in its team rosters to spice up PBA games. As for coach Toroman, will the PBA really hire him as a PBA team coach? would National interests be placed under the vested commercial interests of the PBA? if so then why orgnanize a developmental team it would just be a great waste of effort and resources on the part of the SBP

or it's just a means to an end for the SBP.

insulares
01-05-2009, 04:22 AM
correct me if i'm wrong, does EALA mean he would allow PBA to raid the ranks of the developmental team including its coach? i doubt if the PBA will really get them to play for the national team or include it in its team rosters to spice up PBA games. As for coach Toroman, will the PBA really hire him as a PBA team coach? would National interests be placed under the vested commercial interests of the PBA? if so then why orgnanize a developmental team it would just be a great waste of effort and resources on the part of the SBP

or it's just a means to an end for the SBP.



Relax, DIA.* Eala is simply offering one of its members (PBA) the resources available to them from the national federation.* The executive director has emphasized that booking a 2010 Worlds ticket is a high priority so it's Eala's own way of coaxing both Barrios and Guiao about being more open-minded about their options (including the option to take a higher-level tune-up like the import-laden Fiba-Asia Champs' Cup).* The offer is a sincere one.* If taken, it could help the short-term goal of qualifying (and potentially participating for the 2010 Worlds).* It can also help the longer term 2012 goal by having exposure to more personnel of the SBP outside the PBA.

But make no mistake, Eala's been on the PBA side of the fence before (and MVP is still there) so he knows how the PBA board thinks (pesoses!!! ;D).* He and MVP weren't born yesterday so I believe things have been thought out well before they made an offer to provide resources that could be potentially pirated.

The concept of compensation and contracts for the NT is another high priority after all.* If this is accomplished, then there's more leverage for the SBP to have the pro, commercial, and school leagues to buy into the internationalization of the entire Philippine basketball structure.

So to Coach Guiao: International coaching expertise is available.* Don't be too proud to ask for help, sir.

CrossOver
01-06-2009, 12:26 AM
Nokia RP Youth U-16 bares 24-man pool


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Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

Nokia RP Under-16 Youth team coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the members of the 24-man national pool from which a team will be formed for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) youth tournament set this July.

Majority of the pool members are products of the ongoing Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League, a grassroots program aimed at producing well-rounded players for future national teams.

John Aldrin Lunas of San Beda Taytay is the tallest at 6-5 while among those who made it were Kiefer Ravena (5-11, Ateneo), Cris Michael Tolomia (5-10, FEU), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (6-4, St. George International School) and Michael Anthony Pate (5-11, International School for Better Beginners in Lucena).

“We thank all of those who attended the tryouts and congratulate those who made the pool. May their God-given skills approximate their willingness to play for flag and country,” executive director Noli Eala said about the team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by Manny Pangilinan that will be trimmed down up to a 15-man lineup in time for the SEABA Youth tourney.

The team, which will be supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corp., is eyeing one of two seats for the FIBA-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

The advisory committee composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and FEU juniors mentor Horacio Lim scrutinized over 170 aspirants during a special camp and open tryouts at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center in Xavier School recently.

Altamirano said that the players in the pool are requested to attend practice starting Jan. 7, Wednesday, at the PhilSports Arena.

“This is only the start so we advise the members of the pool to religiously attend the practices to show their worthiness to make the final cut for the team,”Altamirano said.

Other members of the pool are Kristoffer de la Costa (San Beda-Taytay), Jay Christian De La Cruz (6’0”, Sacred Heart School in Cebu), Hero Tomilloso (6’0”, ICCS in Iloilo), Jasjit Dhaliwal (6’1 1/2, La Salle Greenhills), Mark Anthony Dia (6’1”, UST), Jasper Diaz (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Kevin Ferrer (6’2”, UST), Jeoffrey Javillonar (6’0”, Benedictine International School), Cederick Labing-isa (5’7”, UST), Raphael Nayve (6’0”, San Beda Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (6’1”, Ateneo), Franz Luis Pumaren (5’9”, La Salle Greenhills), Jeron Teng (5’11”, Xavier), Gabriel Reyes (6’0”, Southridge), Paolo Luis Romero (6’1” 1/2 , Ateneo), Brian James So (6’1”, Letran), Rene Sta. Maria (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Thomas Torres (5’6” 1/2, La Salle Greenhills) and Joseph Trajano (5’8”, La Salle Greenhills).

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=429442&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
01-06-2009, 12:46 AM
National Youth pool formed

Nokia RP Under-16 Youth team coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the composition of the 24-man national pool from which a team will be formed for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association youth tournament set this July.

Majority of the pool members are products of the ongoing Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League, which is the grassroots program aimed at producing well-rounded players for future national teams.

John Aldrin Lunas of San Beda Taytay is the tallest at 6’5" while among those who made it were Kiefer Ravena (5’11", Ateneo), Cris Michael Tolomia (5’10", FEU), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (6’4", St. George International School) and Michael Anthony Pate (5’11", International School for Better Beginners in Lucena).

The team, which will be supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corp., is eyeing one of two seats for the Fiba-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

The advisory committee composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and FEU juniors mentor Horacio Lim scrutinized over 170 aspirants during a special camp and open tryouts at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center in Xavier School recently.

The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090106spo4.html)

D_I_A
01-06-2009, 12:48 AM
Nokia RP Youth U-16 bares 24-man pool


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Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

Nokia RP Under-16 Youth team coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the members of the 24-man national pool from which a team will be formed for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) youth tournament set this July.

Majority of the pool members are products of the ongoing Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League, a grassroots program aimed at producing well-rounded players for future national teams.

John Aldrin Lunas of San Beda Taytay is the tallest at 6-5 while among those who made it were Kiefer Ravena (5-11, Ateneo), Cris Michael Tolomia (5-10, FEU), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (6-4, St. George International School) and Michael Anthony Pate (5-11, International School for Better Beginners in Lucena).

“We thank all of those who attended the tryouts and congratulate those who made the pool. May their God-given skills approximate their willingness to play for flag and country,” executive director Noli Eala said about the team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by Manny Pangilinan that will be trimmed down up to a 15-man lineup in time for the SEABA Youth tourney.

The team, which will be supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corp., is eyeing one of two seats for the FIBA-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

The advisory committee composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and FEU juniors mentor Horacio Lim scrutinized over 170 aspirants during a special camp and open tryouts at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center in Xavier School recently.

Altamirano said that the players in the pool are requested to attend practice starting Jan. 7, Wednesday, at the PhilSports Arena.

“This is only the start so we advise the members of the pool to religiously attend the practices to show their worthiness to make the final cut for the team,”Altamirano said.

Other members of the pool are Kristoffer de la Costa (San Beda-Taytay), Jay Christian De La Cruz (6’0”, Sacred Heart School in Cebu), Hero Tomilloso (6’0”, ICCS in Iloilo), Jasjit Dhaliwal (6’1 1/2, La Salle Greenhills), Mark Anthony Dia (6’1”, UST), Jasper Diaz (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Kevin Ferrer (6’2”, UST), Jeoffrey Javillonar (6’0”, Benedictine International School), Cederick Labing-isa (5’7”, UST), Raphael Nayve (6’0”, San Beda Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (6’1”, Ateneo), Franz Luis Pumaren (5’9”, La Salle Greenhills), Jeron Teng (5’11”, Xavier), Gabriel Reyes (6’0”, Southridge), Paolo Luis Romero (6’1” 1/2 , Ateneo), Brian James So (6’1”, Letran), Rene Sta. Maria (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Thomas Torres (5’6” 1/2, La Salle Greenhills) and Joseph Trajano (5’8”, La Salle Greenhills).

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=429442&publicationSubCategoryId=69)



i noticed that most of the members if not all are from NCR-Rizal area.. what happened to the members of the NBTC pool from the provinces. Don't tell me that no one really is capable playing from the provinces or regions.

so what's the real score in NBTC program in Visayas and Mindanao particularly in Cebu and Davao.

does it mean again that only those in NCR-Rizal had the chance of being in the National Under-16 Team?

Is NBTC really on the right direction of tapping talents or it's just the same "palakasan system" being employed by those handling the NBTC?

just a thought dudes and dudettes

CrossOver
01-06-2009, 12:55 AM
A sneak peek into the future

For the past three months, the Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Developmental League opens a wellspring of hope for young and aspiring dribblers in the country.

Several winners ruled in the first conference: Health Solutions-Laguna (South Luzon), Pampanga Delta (Northern Luzon), Santos Petroleum (Western Visayas), Daisy Condensada-SHSJ (Cebu) and Misamis Oriental Meteors (Cagayan de Oro/Iligan) bannered by Most Valuable Players Orly Pelopero, Elmer Labistop, Gabe Branzuela, Ryusei Koga and John Manabat.

But that is only scratching at the surface.

Behind the scores, standings and trophies, is the foundation of a stable of players who are fundamentally-sound and ready to compete at any level, maybe even all the way to Olympics a few years from now.

"We have always been clear that this league is not your regular league, where everything starts and ends with a victory and a loss," Nokia NBTC director and current Nokia-RP Under 16 coach Eric Altamirano said.

"All the teams are trained in practice under the same module to make sure that there is unified approach in developing their skills," Altamirano added. "Aside from the players, there is also transfer of coaching technology for the coaches for the benefit of their others teams in the provinces."

Lhiel Pascual, an investment banker and a former track and field athlete, showed his support on the concept behind training players in the Nokia NBTC D-League. His 6-foot-3 son, Martin plays for the B-MEG Pasig team.

"The league teaches players to be well-rounded. My son is requested to play center for Ateneo in the school league, but at the Nokia NBTC, he can use his other skills. He takes three-point shots and he’s doing well at it," Pascual said.

Former navy official and Bacolod-based businessman Jun Ballesteros, whose son Theodore plays guard for Dumaguete Suy, agreed.

"He (Theodore) is much improved and I can say that for the rest for his teammates. They play against big players and that helps in his development," Ballesteros said.

Even companies which have thrown in good money to fund teams are obviously getting their money’s worth.

"We are into this because this is all about the grassroots and B-MEG is always supportive of anything that will improve the countryside," said B-MEG national sales manager Jovie Sepe, whose company owns four teams – Pasig, Bulacan, Batangas and Cebu .

From the divisions, the league progresses to the provincial, regional and hopefully, the national championship sometime in April.

Aside from that, the initial pool of players offers a wide range of talents for the Liga Pilipinas, PBA, PBL and the collegiate leagues.

In fact, some products of the Nokia NBTC D-League were considered for spots in the Nokia RP Under-16 team during a camp held at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center at Xavier School.

The league resumes early this month for the second conference, with the girls division expected to blast off in February.

Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20090105144862.html)

D_I_A
01-06-2009, 12:59 AM
‘Giant’ trying out for RP five
By: Gerry Ramos
People's Journal
1/6/2009


HIGHLY-sought Filipino big man Japeth Aguilar is this summer to try out for the RP men’s basketball team.

National coach Yeng Guiao has already talked to the cager’s father, former Northern Consolidated Corp. stalwart Peter Aguilar, regarding the plans of the 6-foot-10 Western Kentucky University center to join the RP squad.

“Ang usapan dadating si Japeth dito for tryouts in May after graduation,” said Guiao.

The 23-year old big man from Pampanga is now in his senior year with the Hilltoppers and will be graduating from the NCAA Division I school this April.

In as much as Guiao would want to include Aguilar outright to his 14-man all-pro team, he said going through the usual tryouts is still necessary.

“Hindi kasi natin alam ang laro niya ngayon. Para sigurado lang,” added Guiao, also the vice-governor of Pampanga.

Aguilar is already in his second year with Western Kentucky, having spent the first two years of his college schooling playing for Ateneo Blue Eagles.

While he seldom gets playing time with the Hilltoppers, Aguilar remains to be a top prospect among local teams and considered a basketball star in the making following his remarkable showing while playing for Ateneo during the 2004 and 05 UAAP men’s basketball season.

“Based on the few times that I’ve seen him play with Ateneo before, my promise na siya as a big man,” Guiao said. “With the constant exposure he had playing for a Division I school in the U.S., siguro naman malaki lalo ang improvement niya.”

If ever Aguilar makes the grade with the RP squad, Guiao said he’ll already likely play for the FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship in Tianjin City, China from August 6-16. The meet serves as the qualifier for the 2010 World Basketball Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Kung isasama namin siya sa team sa FIBA-Asia tournament na siya lalaro dahil hindi siya aabot sa SEABA (South East Asian Basketball Association),” said Guiao.

The 8th edition of the SEABA men’s championship is the qualifying tournament of the FIBA-Asia competition. It is scheduled from April 2-6 and which the country, through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, is eyeing to host.

Apart from the SEABA tilt, Guiao is also interested in fielding his team to the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia from May 12-20.

Unfortunately, the national developmental pool under coach Rajko Toroman is the one assigned to see action in the event, which has for qualifying meet the SEABA Champions Cup tentatively set from March 3-7.

“Maganda sana `yung Champions Cup dahil may mga imports yun and at the same time, yung mga top teams sa Asian naglalaro doon. It could have been a good test sa team bago sana tayo maglaro sa FIBA-Asia,” said the national coach.

Meanwhile, concern of who’s going to pay Guiao as a full-time RP coach has been raised following his decision to resign as Red Bull mentor.

The national coaching staff and the entire squad are currently receiving mere allowances from the Philippine Basketball Association, while maintaining their monthly salaries with their respective mother ball clubs.

But with Guiao now spending more of his time training the PBA-backed nationals, the possibility of him seeking a monthly salary instead of the usual token allowances is not that remote.

A highly-placed source within the PBA said that should Guiao raise the point, the matter will be subjected to the approval of the league Board first.

“At the moment kasi, wala sa budget ng team `yung ganoon, so if ever na magka-ganyan, the Board will have to discuss it first,” said the sourc

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01-06-2009, 01:32 AM
U-16 pool down to 24


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NOKIA-RP Under-16 Youth team coach Eric Altamirano announced on Monday the members of the 24-man national pool from which a team will be formed for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) youth tournament set this July.

Majority of the pool members are products of the ongoing Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League, which is the grassroots program aimed at producing well-rounded players for future national teams.

John Aldrin Lunas of San Beda-Taytay is the tallest at six-foot-five. Among those who made the team were Kiefer Ravena (five-11, Ateneo), Cris Michael Tolomia* (five-10),* Bobby Ray Parks Jr.(six-four, St. George International School) and Michael Anthony Pate (five-11, International School for Better Beginners in Lucena).

“We thank all of those who attended the tryouts and congratulate those who made the pool. May their God-given skills approximate their willingness to play for flag and country,” executive director Noli Eala said about the team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, headed by Manny Pangilinan, that will be trimmed down to a 15-man lineup in time for the Seaba youth tourney.

The team, which will be supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corp., is eyeing one of two seats for the Fiba-Asia 16-Under Tournament.

The advisory committee composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and Far Eastern University juniors mentor Horacio Lim scrutinized more than 170 aspirants during a special camp and open tryouts at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center in Xavier School recently.

Altamirano said the players in the pool are requested to attend practice starting tomorrow, Wednesday, at the PhilSports Arena.

“This is only the start so we advise the members of the pool to religiously attend the practices to show their worthiness to make the final cut for the team,”Altamirano said.

Other members of the pool are Kristoffer de la Costa (San Beda-Taytay), Jay Christian de la Cruz (six feet, Sacred Heart School in Cebu),* Hero Tomilloso (six feet, ICCS in Iloilo), Jasjit Dhaliwal (six-foot-and-a-half-inch, La Salle Greenhills), Mark Anthony Dia (six-one, UST), Jasper Diaz (six-one, La Salle Greenhills), Kevin Ferrer (six-two, UST), Jeoffrey Javillonar (six feet, Benedictine International School), Cederick Labing-isa (five-foot-seven, University of Santo Tomas), Raphael Nayve (six feet, San Beda-Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (six-one, Ateneo),* Franz Luis Pumaren (five-nine, La Salle-Greenhills), Jeron Teng (five-11, Xavier); Gabriel Reyes (six feet, Southridge), Paolo Luis Romero (six-one-and-a-half, Ateneo), Brian James So (six-one, Letran), Rene Sta. Maria (six one, La Salle-Greenhills), Thomas Torres (five-six-and-a-half, La Salle Greenhills) and Joseph Trajano (five-eight, La Salle-Greenhills).

Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4126:u-16-pool-down-to-24&catid=31:sports&Itemid=65)

sajubeads
01-06-2009, 07:02 PM
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correct me if i'm wrong, does EALA mean he would allow PBA to raid the ranks of the developmental team including its coach? i doubt if the PBA will really get them to play for the national team or include it in its team rosters to spice up PBA games. As for coach Toroman, will the PBA really hire him as a PBA team coach? would National interests be placed under the vested commercial interests of the PBA? if so then why orgnanize a developmental team it would just be a great waste of effort and resources on the part of the SBP

or it's just a means to an end for the SBP.






Bro, i think there is nothing wrong if ever some of the players from the develpmental team or even its coach will reinforce the PBA formed national team. Eala is just loking at the bigger perspective, that is the bigger interest of the national team. There should be no competition between PBA and SBP. Whatever way that each organization can help each other that would benefit the team would be greatly appreciated. We have to remember that the overall goal of the developmental team is not to deprive the PBA of its players but to improved and develop our young cagers. I guess there's is nothing wrong if PBA teams eventually will later draft players of the National pool. Let's face it the players from the pool will eventually play in the PBA.The role of SBP is to have a program to continuously replace and develop young players both for the national team and maybe also for the PBA.

CrossOver
01-06-2009, 11:03 PM
MORE PRACTICE FOR RP SQUAD


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The easy, free-flowing training road to the FIBA-Asia Men's Championship will turn steep and arduous for the PBA-Philippine team three weeks from now.

National coach Yeng Guiao announced during Monday's resumption of team practice at The Arena in San Juan that he will be calling two or three two-hour sessions beginning February – maybe even by the last week of January.

"We're still in the familiarization stage," Guiao said. "We're trying to get as much in without bothering the teams playing in the quarterfinals. "But as the tournament gets closer, we have to go deeper into training. At saka by February, apat na lang ang naglalaro sa PBA. Six teams will have their players free."

The August 6-16 FIBA-Asia tournament in Tianjin, China – qualifying competition for the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul – is the target of Guiao's preparation.

To get there, however, the PBA-backed national squad will have to go through the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tourney on April 2 to 6 – the same route taken by Chot Reyes' RP team in 2007 to qualify for the Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championship, the regional elimination for the Beijing Olympics.

No official venue has been set for the SEABA tiff although the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, under telecommunications czar Manny V. Pangilinan, is reportedly putting up a bid for its staging.

"As I've told the players, this is the time to do all family obligations, and to let all injuries heal. Gawin na nilang lahat ng dapat nilang gawin ngayon so they can focus on their obligation to the team when tournament time comes," Guiao said.

"We can be a little lenient with their schedule now. But as the tournament gets closer, we'll be stricter with attendance."

PBA commissioner Renauld 'Sonny' Barrios, who attended the RP team's first practice for 2009 along with league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos, said, meanwhile, that plans are afoot to send Guiao on a couple of scouting trips within Asia.

"Maybe that can be arranged since the team has very limited foreign exposure due to the tight PBA schedule," Barrios said. "Para masilip rin niya yung mga magiging kalaban. Puwede niya sigurong subaybayan pag may tournaments doon."

"Puwede siguro. After all, I have more time in my hands now," said Guiao, who announced his resignation as Red Bull head coach a few days ago.

Philippine Sports News (http://www.sportsnews.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1649&Itemid=1)

D_I_A
01-06-2009, 11:09 PM
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correct me if i'm wrong, does EALA mean he would allow PBA to raid the ranks of the developmental team including its coach? i doubt if the PBA will really get them to play for the national team or include it in its team rosters to spice up PBA games. As for coach Toroman, will the PBA really hire him as a PBA team coach? would National interests be placed under the vested commercial interests of the PBA? if so then why orgnanize a developmental team it would just be a great waste of effort and resources on the part of the SBP

or it's just a means to an end for the SBP.






Bro, i think* there is nothing wrong if ever some of the players from the develpmental team or even its coach will reinforce the PBA formed national team.* Eala is just loking at the bigger perspective, that is the bigger interest of the national team. There should be no competition between PBA and SBP. Whatever way that each organization can help each other that would benefit the team would be greatly appreciated. We have to remember that the overall goal of the developmental team is not to deprive the PBA of its players but to improved and develop our young cagers. I guess there's is nothing wrong if PBA teams eventually* will later draft players of the National pool. Let's face it* *the players from* the pool will eventually play in the PBA.The role of SBP is to have a program to continuously replace and develop young players both* for the national team and maybe also for the PBA.



well, it's already assumed that most of the members of the developmental teams(younger age brackets) will be at the helm of the pba soon. but if pba will just lure these players without even letting them play first for flag and country then you have the real issue arising. sbp then is just like a broker worse like a pimp selling its talent if the price is right. of course i may be wrong with such hasty conclusions but what if it does happen?

of course its easy to say that if pba gets these young players to play for the league, definitely it(pba) can easily cloak that such recruitment was done for the national cause, but for how long would the league let these young players play for the flag without affecting the pba teams who have drafted them?

imho, sbp should maintain these players together as a national team whether members of the elite or developmental for a period of time until they peak as competitive national team. in this way, we would be having a solid national team whose familiarity and maturity has developed and tested for a longer period.

sbp shouldn't fall into the trap of just allowing the leagues to draft and dictate the terms for future national teams as what we are experiencing today.

i do agree that such players will be great players in the pba. i don't even had the right to stop them in pursuing a professional career in the said league. but if national cause is the main target, pba is obviously just pure entertainment, the country won't be entertained if we continue lose on international competitions because of our continuing practice of developing our national teams too late or too reliant on leagues that are more attuned to maintaining tv ratings and gate receipts.

sbp is said to be the catalyst of change in Phil basketball, hopefully it continues to uphold the country's basketball interests and not submit it's mandate on different leagues commercial interests.

Long Live Philippine Basketball

Onward SBP!!! *

CrossOver
01-06-2009, 11:48 PM
well, it's already assumed that most of the members of the developmental teams(younger age brackets) will be at the helm of the pba soon. but if pba will just lure these players without even letting them play first for flag and country then you have the real issue arising. sbp then is just like a broker worse like a pimp selling its talent if the price is right. of course i may be wrong with such hasty conclusions but what if it does happen?

of course its easy to say that if pba gets these young players to play for the league, definitely it(pba) can easily cloak that such recruitment was done for the national cause, but for how long would the league let these young players play for the flag without affecting the pba teams who have drafted them?

imho, sbp should maintain these players together as a national team whether members of the elite or developmental for a period of time until they peak as competitive national team. in this way, we would be having a solid national team whose familiarity and maturity has developed and tested for a longer period.

sbp shouldn't fall into the trap of just allowing the leagues to draft and dictate the terms for future national teams as what we are experiencing today.

i do agree that such players will be great players in the pba. i don't even had the right to stop them in pursuing a professional career in the said league. but if national cause is the main target, pba is obviously just pure entertainment, the country won't be entertained if we continue lose on international competitions because of our continuing practice of developing our national teams too late or too reliant on leagues that are more attuned to maintaining tv ratings and gate receipts.

sbp is said to be the catalyst of change in Phil basketball, hopefully it continues to uphold the country's basketball interests and not submit it's mandate on different leagues commercial interests.

Long Live Philippine Basketball

Onward SBP!!!* *


AMEN!

CrossOver
01-07-2009, 12:05 AM
Yeng steps up buildup for Fiba-Asia

The PBA-Philippine team steps up its preparation for the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship with two or three two-hour training sessions beginning at the end of the month or early February.

In last Monday’s resumption of the team practice at The Arena in San Juan, national coach Yeng Guiao announced that he would be calling more practice sessions to whip up the team early for the Fiba tilt.

“We’re still in the familiarization stage,” Guiao said. “We’re trying to get as much in without bothering the teams playing in the quarterfinals.”

“But as the tournament gets closer, we have to go deeper into training. By February, there’ll be only four teams playing in PBA and six will have their players free.”

The team hopes to reach peak form in time for the Aug. 6-16 FIBA-Asia tournament in Tianjin, China - the qualifier for the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

To get there, however, the PBA-backed national squad will have to go through the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tourney on April 2 to 6 - the same route taken by Chot Reyes’ RP team in 2007 to qualify for the Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championship, the regional elimination for the Beijing Olympics.

No official venue has been set for the SEABA tilt although the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, under telecommunications chief Manny V. Pangilinan, has signified its intention to host the event.

“As I’ve told the players, this is the time to do all family obligations, and to let all injuries heal. They should do all they need to do now so they can focus on their obligation to the team when tournament time comes,” Guiao said.

“We can be a little lenient with their schedule now. But as the tournament gets closer, we’ll be stricter with their attendance,” said Guiao.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios, who attended the RP team’s first practice for 2009 along with league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos, said there are plans to send Guiao to a couple of scouting trips in Asia.

“Maybe that can be arranged since the team has very limited foreign exposure due to the tight PBA schedule,” Barrios said. “Para masilip rin niya yung mga magiging kalaban. Puwede niya sigurong subaybayan pag may tournaments doon.”

“Puwede siguro. After all, I have more time in my hands now,” said Guiao, who has resigned as Red Bull head coach a few days ago.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=429696&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
01-07-2009, 12:22 AM
Tumitindi ang training ng RP team
Abante
1/7/2009


Mas pinaigting at mas mahirap na ang dating magaang na training ng PBA-Philippine team sa susunod na tatlong linggo bilang paghahanda sa FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship.


Inanunsyo ni National coach Yeng Guiao noong Lunes sa pagpapatuloy ng kanilang team practice sa The Arena sa San Juan, na magsasagawa siya ng dalawa hanggang tatlong araw na two-hour sessions kada linggo simula sa Pebero o sa huling bahagi ng Enero.


“We’re still in the familiarization stage,” ani Guiao. “We’re trying to get as much in without bothering the teams playing in the quarterfinals.


“But as the tournament gets closer, we have to go deeper into training. At saka by February, apat na lang ang naglalaro sa PBA. Six teams will have their players free.”


Ang August 6-16 FIBA-Asia tournament sa Tianjin, China -- ang qualifying competition para sa 2010 World Championship sa Istanbul, Turkey -- ang target ng preparasyon ni Guiao.


Ngunit para makatuntong dito, kailangan munang lusutan ng PBA-backed national squad ang Southeast Asian Basketball Association tourney sa Abril 2-6 -- ang parehong daan na tinahak ng 2007 RP team ni coach Chot Reyes 2007 para makapasok sa Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championship, ang regional elimination para sa nakaraan taong Beijing Olympics.


Walang opisyal na venue para sa SEABA tiff bagama’t napaulat na ang Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), sa ilalim ni telecommunications czar Manny V. Pangilinan, ay interesadong i-host dito sa bansa ang event.


“As I’ve told the players, this is the time to do all family obligations, and to let all injuries heal. Gawin na nilang lahat ng dapat nilang gawin ngayon so they can focus on their obligation to the team when tournament time comes,” dagdag pa ni Guiao.


“We can be a little lenient with their schedule now. But as the tournament gets closer, we’ll be stricter with attendance.”


Sinabi naman ni PBA commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios, na sinaksihan ang unang ensayo ng RP team sa 2009 kasama si league operations and technical chief Rickie Santos, na pinaplano nilang ipadala si Guiao sa ilang scouting trips sa Asya.


“Maybe that can be arranged since the team has very limited foreign exposure due to the tight PBA schedule,” sambit ni Barrios.

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01-08-2009, 12:36 AM
By Joaquin Henson

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and wife Tanja were SBP executive director Noli Eala’s special guests during the New Year holiday weekend in Baguio.

Eala took the Toromans on a tour of the country’s summer capital. Some of the places they visited were the Philippine Military Academy, the Ifugao village, the busy Session Road and the usual tourist hotspots.

The Toromans were in Baguio when the temperature fell to 9 degrees Celsius one morning a few days ago.

Eala said Toroman has a full schedule ahead. He’s coaching the national developmental squad in the SEABA Champions Cup in March and if it qualifies, the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in May. In between the tournaments, Toroman will bring the team to Serbia for a seven-game series and to the US on a 10-day training trip.

While in the US, the plan is for Toroman to supervise a camp where he hopes to discover Fil-Am potentials for the national team. He will evaluate Western Kentucky’s Japeth Aguilar and Oberlin College’s Gian Chiu to determine if they join the crusade in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup.

Eala said no site has been set for the SEABA Champions Cup and it’s possible Manila will bid to host. This week, Eala will confer with PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan on a bidding strategy. FIBA-Asia will accept bids to host its tournaments this year starting Jan. 21.

Aside from the Champions Cup, the developmental team will see action in the FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup and the Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=430053&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
01-08-2009, 12:52 AM
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Pahirapang ensayo ng RP 5
By Ramil Cruz

Mula sa papetik-petik lang dating paghahanda ng bansa sa 25th FIBA Asia Championship for Men sa darating na Agosto 6-16 sa Tianjin, China, darako na ito sa maabala at mahirap na yugto para sa PBA-Phi*lippine Team tatlong linggo magmula ngayon.
Isiniwalat kahapon ni national coach Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao sa pagpapatuloy ng praktis ng koponan na una sa taong ito sa The Arena sa San Juan City na magpapatawag na siya ng ensayo nang dalawa hanggang tatlong sesyon kada linggo umpisa sa Pebrero o maski sa huling linggo pa lamang ng buwang ito.
“We’re still in the fami*liarization stage,” banggit ng 49-anyos na si Guiao, kabibitiw lang na head coach din ng Red Bull Energy Drink sa professional league. “We’re trying to get as much in without bothering the teams playing in the quarterfinals.
1.“But as the tournament gets closer, we have to go deeper into training. At saka by February, apat na lang ang naglalaro sa PBA. Six teams will have their players free.”
Ang nakatakdang FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Asia hoopfest na qualifying tournament sa 16th World Men’s Basketball Championships sa Agosto 23 hanggang Setyembre 5, 2010 sa Istanbul, Turkey ang pinagpepreparahan ng hukbo ni Guiao.
Subalit bago makapag*laro roon, ang binabalikat ng Philippine Basketball Association na koponan ay kailangang pumasa muna sa 8th South East Asia Basketball Association Men’s Championship sa Abril 2-6 na planong pagkaabalahan ni Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel Pangilinan dito.
Naghari noong 2007 ang RP 5 na ginigiyahan ni coach Vincent Reyes sa SEABA sa Ratchaburi, Thailand upang mag-qualify sa 2007 FIBA Asia sa Tokushima, Japan kung saan pumangsyam lang rito para sumablay sa 29th Summer Olympic Games sa Beijing, China noong isang taon.
“As I’ve told the players, this is the time to do all family obligations, and to let all injuries heal. Gawin na nilang lahat ng dapat nilang gawin ngayon so they can focus on their obligation to the team when tournament time comes,” wika ni Guiao.
“We can be a little lenient with their schedule now. But as the tournament gets closer, we’ll be stricter with attendance.”
Binanggit naman ni PBA commissioner Renauld Barrios, na dumalo sa ensayo kasama ang puno ng operasyon at teknikal sa liga na si Ricardo Santos, Jr., na planong bigyan ng mga biyahe si Guiao sa Asya para makilatis ang mga karibal.
“Maybe that can be arranged since the team has very limited foreign exposure due to the tight PBA schedule,” hayag ni Barrios. “Para masilip din niya yung mga magiging kalaban. Puwede niya sigurong subaybayan pag may tournaments doon.”

ABANTE-Tonite (http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/jan0709/sports_story6.htm)

D_I_A
01-08-2009, 11:11 PM
RP’S NATURALIZED PLAYER

Plenty of applicants, no choice yet for SBP

By Julius Manicad

DAILY TRIBUNE

01/09/2009

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will not lack in prospects for naturalization, SBP executive director Noli Eala reported yesterday.

In fact, the SBP is having a hard time scaling down the list of foreign players wanting to become a naturalized Filipino, a practice that once proved effective in winning international championships in the 1980s when sports patron Danding Cojuangco was still at the helm of basketball, and is being observed as well by many countries.

Eala said applications from agents and cagers from all over the world are overwhelming, but chief scouting director, Jim Kelly of the Toronto Raptors, and project director, Rajko Toroman of Serbia, are having difficulty making the right choice.

Based on their qualifications, the naturalized player should be at least below 28 years old, stands above 6-foot-9 and should posses a dominating presence inside the shaded lanes. He may not have an above-average shooting touch, but he should help in pulling down rebounds and shutting the big men of the opposing team.

Kelly and Toroman also have no preferred nationality as long as the naturalized player would “fit perfectly into our system.”

Eala said they have set April as their tentative deadline, but it could be extended until the middle of the year. Naturalization is an eight-month process, making it possible for any chosen foreign player to don the national colors when the squad hits crucial stretch of preparation for the 2011 Fiba Asia Olympic qualifying tournament.

“We just want to make sure the player we will be picking he best among all applicants,” Eala said. “We have so many choices, but Jim and coach Rajko have yet to make their choice. We’re really having difficulty, and we’re trying to be careful, because the future of the team is at stake.”

Among the early applicants are 7-foot Deng d’ Awol of Wayland Baptist, 6-foot-11 Terrence Gamble of Tarleton State University, 6-foot-9 Gentry Lewis and 7-foot-3 Keith Closs, the 32-year-old lanky American center who played for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1997, averaging 3.9 points in 130 games.

But Eala said Closs isn’t even close enough.

“Unfortunately, Dikembe (Mutombo) is already too old,” Eala said, referring to the 42-year-old Mutombo, who has yet to see international action. “And just like Closs, if Dikembe only has fresher set of legs, I would hire him in an instant. We have a long-term goal here and we need a younger guy to do the job.”

Toroman agreed, adding the choice should be a perfect team player, exactly how Jeff Moore, Chip Engelland and Dennis Steele played their roles in the highly-successful run of Northern Consolidated Cement squad in 1986.

Scoring, he also said, would no longer be a problem since the Filipinos have a penchant of putting themselves into a good scoring position. Instead, the naturalized player should control the board and do other little things like hustle, blocking shots and setting up screens.

“He should be a big, strong guy who could help our shooters nail their baskets,” said Toroman, the 56-year-old mentor who steered Iran to its first Olympic appearance last year. “He may not be an NBA-caliber player but, at least, he should get the job done. And so far, we haven’t seen him yet.”


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SBP stresses roles of Pinoy players in national team

BY NOLI CORTEZ

MALAYA

1/9/2009

WHILE the search for a foreign player to boost the national basketball squad is ongoing, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas yesterday emphasized the roles of Filipino players in the team–homegrown and foreign-bred–are of equal value.

"It will be helpful to get a naturalized player. A big man, good rebounder who can be with us for three years," said SBP project director Rajko Toroman yesterday.

"But we are not expecting to get 20 points or so from one or two players. We get points from four players at least," added the Serbian coach, who was signed last year by the SBP to a three-year contract to help in the country’s quest for a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

The former head coach of the Iranian national squad likened the Philippine brand of basketball to the NBA, commending individual stars for their skills and abilities but making clear that such style of play cannot work in the international amateur scene.

"Basketball here is close to the NBA. But in international events you have to play more tactical games," he said.

Toroman, who guided the national team to a title finish in a tournament in China last month, pointed to Mark Barocca of Far Eastern University as a top contender for a spot in the still-to-be formed national squad that will attempt to clinch a spot in the 2012 London Olympics. Toroman added that UST’s Dylan Ababou, 6-11 Greg Slaughter of the University of Visayas, San Beda’s Ogie Menor and UE’s Marcy Arellano also showed potential in China.

The SBP is also making the deal sweeter for potential team members, knowing the lure of big money in pro leagues may be hard to resist.

"It’s the best deal one can get," said SBP executive director Noli Eala, explaining players can still play in the collegiate leagues while training with the national team. They also get monetary compensation, the amount of which depends on each player’s status.

CrossOver
01-08-2009, 11:22 PM
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Basketball body has hands full in choosing ‘naturalized’ player
By Joel Orellana

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is dead serious in having a naturalized player on the national team. But its hands are full—overflowing, in fact—because of the considerably heavy influx of aspirants.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said on Thursday his office has received numerous applicants from all over the world which is giving SBP’s chief scouting director Jim Kelly and project director Rajko Toroman a difficult time in picking the right prospect.

“We just want to make sure that the player we will be picking is the best among all the applicants,” Eala said. “We have so many choices, but Jim and coach Rajko have yet to make their choice. We’re really having difficulty, and we’re trying to be careful because the future of the team is at stake.”

Among the early applicants are seven-footer Deng d’ Awol of Wayland Baptist, six-foot-11 Terrence Gamble of Tarleton State University, six-foot-nine Gentry Lewis and seven-foot-three Keith Closs, the 32-year-old lanky American center who played for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1997, where he averaged 3.9 points in 130 games in his National Basketball Association career.

Eala said Closs could have been a perfect choice but the former NBA campaigner is too old and he doesn’t fit the long-term plan of the SBP.

“Unfortunately, Dikembe [Mutombo] is already too old,” Eala said, referring to the 42-year-old Mutombo, who was resigned by the Houston Rockets recently. “And just like Closs, if Dikembe only has fresher set of legs, I would hire him in an instant. We have a long-term goal here and we need a younger guy to do the job.”

Toroman, the Serbian who helped Iran to its first Olympics stint in Beijing last year, is eyeing a player in the mold of Jeff Moore, Chip Engelland or Dennis Steele who all played in the Northern Consolidated Cement squad of former Ambassador Danding Cojuangco Jr. in the 1980s.

Toroman felt that offense won’t be a big problem for the Philippine team because Filipinos are “good scorers.” The naturalized player, he said, should control the boards and provide defensive hustle inside the shaded lane.

“He should be a big, strong guy who could help our shooters nail their baskets. He may not be an NBA-caliber player but, at least, he should get the job done. And, so far, we haven’t seen him yet,” said Toroman.

The SBP set its own criteria for the naturalized player—that he should be at least below 28 years old, stands over six-foot-nine and should posses a dominating presence inside the paint.

The “import” may also not have an above-average shooting touch, but he should help in pulling down rebounds and shutting the big men of the opposing team, Toroman added.

Kelly, who used to be a scout of the Toronto Raptors, and Toroman are not particular about the nationality of the player for as long as he would “fit perfectly into the system.”*

Eala said they are giving themselves until April to make a choice.

Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4313:basketball-body-has-hands-full-in-choosing-naturalized-player&catid=31:sports&Itemid=65)

Mr.D
01-09-2009, 09:54 AM
Anu ba ang magiging role ng team na binuo ni Yeng guiao?? Cno ba tlga ang mglalaro for the FIBA and kung sakasakali sa Olympics??
Naguguluhan n kc kming lahat!!

JonarSabilano
01-09-2009, 11:17 AM
The PBA team will play in the SEABA qualifiers for FIBA-Asia this year, and if they place high enough in FIBA-Asia, sa World Championships in 2010.

The SBP long-term pool will play in the SEABA qualifiers for FIBA-Asia Champions Cup and the SEA Games this year, the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers in 2011, and if they win, the 2012 Olympics.

Please backread.

nardy
01-09-2009, 02:11 PM
Anu ba ang magiging role ng team na binuo ni Yeng guiao?? Cno ba tlga ang mglalaro for the FIBA and kung sakasakali sa Olympics??
Naguguluhan n kc kming lahat!!


para di ka maguluhan MAGBASA KA NAMAN .... NAPAKA DAMI NG POSTS REGARDING WHAT YOU ARE ASKING !!!! It is both in english and in filipino ....... PLEASE USE YOUR EYES AND BACKREAD FIRST BEFORE YOU POST QUESTIONS.

clutchjedi
01-09-2009, 05:45 PM
from "SBP moves on from awakening to rebuilding" by Joaquin Henson

“I think our developmental team can take care of the SEABA qualifiers and the PBA selection would find tougher competition in the Champions Cup to prepare for the FIBA-Asia Championships,” said Eala. “But our role is to support the PBA in this effort. The PBA is autonomous in planning its participation in our national program. We’re all out in supporting the PBA in trying to get a ticket to the World Championships and if the PBA would like to draft any of our players in the developmental pool or coach Rajko, we’ll be more than willing to contribute. It’s an SBP priority for the Philippines to qualify once more for the World Championships where we haven’t played since 1978.”





correct me if i'm wrong, does EALA mean he would allow PBA to raid the ranks of the developmental team including its coach? i doubt if the PBA will really get them to play for the national team or include it in its team rosters to spice up PBA games. As for coach Toroman, will the PBA really hire him as a PBA team coach? would National interests be placed under the vested commercial interests of the PBA? if so then why orgnanize a developmental team it would just be a great waste of effort and resources on the part of the SBP

or it's just a means to an end for the SBP.


I think Eala was not saying, that the dev pool players can enter the PBA draft and be drafted by PBA teams...

I thought what he actually meant was that:* if Guiao/the PBA would like to include ("draft") some of the dev pool players into the Guiao/PBA-led 2009 NT as amateur apprentices, or include Toroman in his coaching staff, then they are most welcome.

Tama ba? Confusing lang yung pagka-gamit ng "draft"* :D

D_I_A
01-10-2009, 05:00 AM
Contracts eyed for SBP cagers
Manila Bulletin
1/10/2009


By JONAS TERRADO

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is planning to offer a three-year contract to the 18-man roster of the developmental team under project director Rajko Toroman to ensure continuity of the program.

Executive director Noli Eala bared that the contract also provides a one-year provision in case the team makes the 2012 London Olympics.

Eala, however, didn’t reveal the amount but said it would depend on the status of the player, if he is a collegiate player or someone who will likely enter the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft.

"Mahirap magsalita eh. It would depend on the status of the player," said Eala. "If he is a collegiate player who will not turn pro, why give him a pro salary? But if a player who is obviously a first-round pick, you have to give them something."

The SBP has already talked one-on-one with the players of the pool although they wouldn’t mind if they would not accept the offer.

"But we told them that this is an alternate path towards the PBA that for a while they will devote themselves for a few years with the national team," said Eala.

"And by that time they enter the pro league, they are not only very good players but you have gained experience."

"This will be a good opportunity for these young players," he added. "I think this is the best offer a young player can get. They can play internationally, train with a foreign coach, they can play in the local leagues, and finally maybe they can play as a guest team in the PBA."

The final 18-man roster is set to be finalized before they go to Serbia on March 15 for a 10-day, seven-game training. From there, they will go to the United States in mid-April for a 10-day camp.

CrossOver
01-11-2009, 03:11 PM
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Nokia RP Youth U16 24-man pool bared
By Val Victa* *
Monday, 05 January 2009


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Nokia RP Under-16 Youth team coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the members of the 24-man national pool from which a team will be formed for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) youth tournament set this July. Majority of the pool members are products of the ongoing Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League, which is the grassroots program aimed at producing well-rounded players for future national teams. John Aldrin Lunas of San Beda Taytay is the tallest at 6’5” in the pool under the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas headed by Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala that will be trimmed down up to a 15-man lineup in time for the SEABA Youth tourney. The team, which will be supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corporation, is eyeing one of two seats for the FIBA-Asia 16-Under Tournament. “We thank all of those who attended the tryouts and congratulate those who made the pool. May their God-given skills approximate their willingness to play for flag and country,”Eala said. The advisory committee composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and FEU juniors mentor Horacio Lim scrutinized over 170 aspirants during a special camp and open tryouts at the Jacinto Tiu Sports Center in Xavier School . Altamirano said that the players in the pool are requested to attend practice starting January 7, Wednesday, at the PhilSports Arena. “This is only the start so we advise the members of the pool to religiously attend the practices to show their worthiness to make the final cut for the team,”Altamirano said. Other members of the pool are Jay Christian De La Cruz (6’0”, Sacred Heart School), Michael Anthony Pate (5’11”, International School for Better Beginners) and Hero Tomilloso (5’10”, ICCS), Jasjit Dhaliwal (6’1 ½, La Salle Greenhills), Mark Anthony Dia (6’1”, UST), Bobby Ray Parks Jr.(6’4”, St. George International School), Jasper Diaz (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Kevin Ferrer (6’2”, UST), Jeoffrey Javillonar (6’0”, Benedictine International School), Cederick Labing-isa (5’7”, UST), Raphael Nayve (6’0”, San Beda Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (6’1”, Ateneo),* Franz Luis Pumaren (5’9”, La Salle Greenhills), Kiefer Ravena (5’11”, Ateneo) Jeron Teng (5’11”, Xavier).Gabriel Reyes (6’0”, Southridge), Paolo Luis Romero (6’1” ½ , Ateneo), Brian James So (6’1”, Letran), Rene Sta. Maria (6’1”, La Salle Greenhills), Cris Michael Tolomia (5’10” FEU), Hero Tomilloso (5’10”, FEU), Thomas Torres (5’6” ½, La Salle Greenhills) and Joseph Trajano (5’8”, La Salle Greenhills).

RP Youth (http://rpyouth.com/content/view/84/1/)

D_I_A
01-11-2009, 11:32 PM
Eala, Toroman grace PSA Forum tomorrow
Daily Tribune
01/12/2009

Officials of Liga Pilipinas led by president and CEO Noli Eala and RP team developmental coach Rajko Toroman head the guests list of the first PSA Forum for the year 2009 tomorrow at the Shakey’s UN Avenue branch.

Eala is expected to talk about the opening of Liga Pilipinas Conference II that kicks off this week, while Toroman discusses his plans for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas developmental pool that plays in key international meets this year.

Also appearing in the session aired live over DZSR Sports Radio 918 and sponsored by Shakey’s, Accel, Brickroad gym and Aspen spa and MedCentral Medical Clinic and Diagnostic Center are organizers of the Philippine Stock Exchange Bull Run led by PSE senior specialist Jay Penaflor, Gay Maddela, event organizer, and race director Pablo Cay.

D_I_A
01-11-2009, 11:37 PM
Cage officials optimistic RP team will jell in time
Daily Tribune
Julius Manicad
01/12/2009

Powered by the country’s brightest collegiate stars, the RP men’s basketball developmental pool is said to be the strongest squad ever assembled since the 1980s, although cage officials said they are not rushing things down as they are patiently waiting for the young guys to blossom into one of the region’s most dominant squads.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) project director Rajko Toroman of Serbia recently reported the latest development of his team, saying that after winning the First China-Asean Invitational tournament, the squad has taken its first giant leap to prominence.

The team, however, needs more time to jell and that the SBP had already prepared a long list of foreign exposure that would hopefully lead to a return flight to the Olympics in 2012.

Included in its overseas assignments are the Seaba Champions Cup, Fiba Asia Champions Cup, Stankovic Cup and the 25th Southeast Asian Games where the country is the reigning titlist. The team is also set to have a 10-day training camp in the United States and a series of road games in Serbia in March.

“We’re just in the starting line of a very long journey,” Toroman said, comparing the squad to what he had in Iran that went all the way to see action in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“At this point, we’re not after winning, but after their development. We’re not only developing their skills, but also molding them into real winners in the future.”

Included in the 24-man pool who all amateur are Ogie Menor of San Beda, Dylan Ababou of UST, Mark Barocca of FEU, JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer of La Salle, and Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Tiu and Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo.

SBP also invited Filipino-American spitfire Joey Deas of Rockhurst University in Kansas, Tyrell Theophile of St. Gregory of Oklahoma and 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of University of the Visayas to shore its frontline.

“This team has a very long way to go. All we have to do is to wait and be patient,” SBP executive director Noli Eala said.

D_I_A
01-13-2009, 02:49 AM
Red Bull exec may give up RP team post
Manila Bulletin
1/13/2009


By WAYLON GALVEZ

With the resignation of Yeng Guiao as Red Bull’s coach, team representative Tony Chua is reportedly planning to step down as manager of the all-PBA Philippine team which Guiao is handling.

A PBA source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Chua has already told some league officials about his plan to resign as team manager of the Philippine team.

The team being handled by Guiao will compete in World Qualifying tournament in China this August.

Chua was picked as RP team manager as part of a package after the selection of Guiao as RP team coach since both are from Red Bull.

But since Guiao has resigned as Red Bull coach some insiders believe Chua is trying to give the PBA a free hand to pick another team manager since it would appear awkward for the two of them to be in the same team following their separation from their PBA team.

At the same time, Chua said he understood the reason behind Guiao’s departure.

"I understand that it’s a career move for his part," Chua said yesterday. "All of us here (in the PBA) are commodities – from the players, to coaches."

"That is coach Yeng Guiao’s prerogative (to leave the team) and we respect his decision. As for Red Bull, we now look forward to a new beginning, a fresh start," Chua said.

Guiao and Red Bull ended their partnership when the the coach, who is also vice governor of Pampanga, left the team a few weeks back a trade that left Red Bull with a team of second stringers.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the trade of Cyrus Baguio and Celino Cruz, who were shipped to Air21 without any player in return except for future draft picks.

The team earlier traded such certified stars as Enrico Villanueva (Purefoods), Lordy Tugade (San Miguel), Junthy Valenzuela (Ginebra) and Mick Pennisi (San Miguel).

Chua said that they are now in the process of finding Guiao’s replacement.

Guiao, on the other hand, is close to finalizing a two-year deal with Burger King, which, if given the go-signal by the PBA board, will replace Air21 in next month’s PBA Fiesta Cup.

D_I_A
01-15-2009, 12:56 AM
Romero to be tapped RP five team manager?
Updated January 15, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

Chances are coach Yeng Guiao and Mikee Romero will work together not just in the Burger King team but also in the RP squad competing in the FIBA Asia championship in China in August.

Red Bull’s Tony Chua is reportedly thinking of resigning as team manager of the RP team with Guiao having moved over to Burger King.

Sources said Chua has talked about the matter with PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios and Air21’s Lito Alvarez who confirmed it with The STAR.

“He (Tony Chua) asked me if Yeng is really now with us. He was thinking traditionally, the coach and the one who manages the national team come from one team,” said Alvarez.

“If they (the board) ask us, we’re certainly interested to manage the team. We’ll go through the process. If Tony resigns and the board gives us the assignment, I’ll nominate Mikee Romero,” Alvarez added.

The current PBL chairman and SBP board member, is set to come in as Burger King’s alternate representative to the PBA board.

Romero is no stranger to managing the national team, being the sponsor of the RP squads that played in the last two SEABA Champions Cups and the last SEA Games in Thailand.

“I’ll nominate Mikee since siya talaga ang may hilig dyan and he may have more time for that,” said Alvarez. – Nelson Beltran

D_I_A
01-15-2009, 01:02 AM
PBA, SBP to bring SEABA bash here
By: Gerry Ramos
Journal
1/15/2009


THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is teaming up with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in staging here the tournament qualifier for the 2009 FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship.

The two basketball bodies have already agreed in principal to work together in hosting the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) men’s cage tournament, one of two important events the SBP is bidding to be held in the country.

The SEABA meet is the tournament where the PBA-backed RP men’s team of coach Yeng Guiao is set to see action.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala said he has already sat down with PBA commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios regarding the joint project, adding the league official was amenable in helping the SBP shoulder the financial cost of hosting the tournament.

Eala is expected to submit SBP’s formal bid before FIBA-Asia by next week.

The proposal letter will also include a similar bidding to bring here the SEABA Men’s Champions Cup, the first major meet to be joined in by the SBP developmental training pool of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. The tournament serves as the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup.

Unlike the Champions Cup, the SEABA men’s basketball championship will feature eight teams at the most, according to Eala.

“Hosting it (SEABA men’s championship) is costlier, so it is imperative that we get to work hand in hand with the PBA in staging it here,” said the SBP official.

Besides, Eala stressed having the tournament held here meant less cost and travel burden on the part of the all-pro RP selection.

Eala added the SEABA tilt will likely be played within Metro Manila, while the SBP is eyeing Lucena as probable site for the Champions Cup in which six teams are expected to compete.

Guiao and his RP squad is eyeing to land a berth in the FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship, where the top three teams will earn a slot in the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

D_I_A
01-17-2009, 01:07 AM
National pool cagers ink onerous contracts
Manila Standard Today
Ronnie Nathanielsz
1/16/2009


THE 18 young players to be chosen as members of the national pool under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas with Serbian coach Rajko Toroman handling the team have been asked to sign contracts that are patently onerous and, according to one distinguished lawyer, a violation of the Philippine Constitution.

A copy of the contract obtained by www.insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports revealed that the pact will run for one year and 11 months effective Feb. 1, 2009 for some players, with an opportunity for extension and three years for others.

SBP executive director Noli Eala announced that SBP president Manuel V. Pangilinan would spend a total of P72 million over the next three years with one unidentified player, believed to be popular Chris Tiu, offered a P6.4-million contract.

“The players were awed by the fact that we’re offering them unbelievable contracts at this point of their career, ”Eala was quoted as saying, adding that the minimum would be over a million pesos.

“These players are very lucky.”

But what a couple of lawyers noted was that the contracts had a penalty clause, which was legally untenable under the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution effectively stating that “no involuntary servitude in any form shall exist, except as punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been fully convicted.”

Item 6 of the SBP contracts given the players by Eala includes “penalties imposed for pre-terminated contracts initiated by the player. Pre-termination will subject the player to compensate the SBP with, at the very least, the amount corresponding to triple of the annual compensation.”

In effect, if a player who gets P1 million a year decides to terminate his contract after one month, he would have to pay the SBP P3 million.

Correspondingly, there is no clause which protects a player if he is dropped from the national pool for whatever reason.

There is also a clause which demands that the contracted players play only for the Smart national team, which denies them the right to enter the Philippine Basketball Association Annual Draft or even play in the Philippine Basketball League.

One board member insinuated that the plan to prevent the best amateurs from moving to the PBA was Eala’s attempt to get back at the pro league, where he was formerly the commissioner and was forced to resign ostensibly over a personal indiscretion.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said the pro league was not informed about the SBP plans to compete in the PBA Philippine Cup, although it was mentioned in the players’ contracts, while another board member said the SBP was assuming too much without the courtesy of consulting the pro league.

D_I_A
01-18-2009, 01:45 AM
Philstar
RP 13-under tourney starts
Updated January 18, 2009 12:00 AM

The first RP Youth 13-under Talk ‘N Text Cup, featuring four teams composed of players hoping to make the 13-under national team, gets underway today at 12 noon at the Araneta Coliseum.

“This event will showcase the talents of young boys. They have prepared well for this mini-tournament. They are excited to play at the Big Dome before the regular PBA games. This will give them the feeling of playing in the big league,” said 13-under RP coach coach Mark Herrera.

“I’m very honored that Talk ‘n Text and PLDT have partnered with us in this mini-tournament. It’s made possible through the kindness of the PBA office headed by commissioner Sonny Barrios,” added Herrera, who is supported in this endeavor by Alex Wang and Vergel Meneses.

The event serves as the final tryout for the aspirants for the team competing in Singapore in February and in Florida in June.

D_I_A
01-19-2009, 12:13 AM
Sumusulong ang SBP
Al S. Mendoza
Abante
1/19/2009


Aprub sa akin ang pakulo ng SBP (Samahang Basketbol sa Pilipinas).
Ayon kay Noli Eala, ang executive director ng SBP, bibigyan nila ng malaking insentibo ang mga sasali sa koponang basketbol na sasabak sa ibang bansa.

Kung magkano ang suweldo ng mga nasa PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), halos gayundin ang ibibigay sa mga mapipili para sa pambansang koponan.

May kundisyon: Pipirma ng hindi bababa sa tatlong taon ang manlalaro.
Okey ako riyan.
Siyempre, may kapalit lahat.
Kung may sarap, may hirap.
Kung may tiyaga, may nilaga.
Pero ang tatlong taon ay hindi naman matagal.

Basta’t abala ka, parang hangin lang na biglang dumaan ang isang panahon.
Pagkatapos ng tatlong taon, puwede nang pumunta sa PBA ang player.
Kapag napunta ka nga naman sa National Team at may suweldo kang halos katulad sa PBA, sagana ka na.


Siyempre, pangarap ng bawat isang basketbolista ang makapasok sa PBA.
Natural lang iyan.
PBA ang tugatog na tagumpay, ang Sierra Madre kundi man Bundok Arayat.
Sa insentib ng SBP, hindi na tayo mahihirapan tulad ng dati na humakot ng mga manlalarong pang-internasyonal.


Kung dati, nagdadalawang-isip pa ang ilan diyan na sumabak sa tryouts para sa RP Team, sa laki ng insentib ay malamang sugod sila agad ngayon.

Asahan natin kung gayon ang pagdagsa ng mga dekalibreng aplikante sa mga susunod na pambansang koponan.
Kasabay nito, magtatayo rin ng recruitment centers sa America ang SBP. Ibig sabihin, ang mga Fil-Ams ay dito na dadaan.

Nawa’y tuluy-tuloy na ang asenso ng SBP para tayo’y igalang muli sa Asya sa larangan ng basketbol.

CrossOver
01-19-2009, 01:00 AM
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Top 10 named for RP five
By Joaquin Henson


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Chris Tiu and Rico Maierhofer

SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the governing body is in the process of tendering offer sheets to 19 amateur standouts who will form the core of the national developmental basketball team up to the 2012 London Olympics.

The “wish list” is broken down into 10 players with three-year offer sheets and nine with two-year offer sheets and a one-year right of option for renewal.

The top 10 cagers are Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Ryan Buenafe, Ogie Menor, J. R. Cawaling, Greg Slaughter, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Rico Maierhofer, J. V. Casio and Dylan Ababou.

No figures were disclosed by Eala but it was rumored that Tiu will be offered a P6.4 million contract, Hussaini P4 million and Buenafe P1.6 million. The three stars played key roles in leading Ateneo to the UAAP men’s senior championship this season.

Eala said he has conferred with the PBL’s Butch Maniego regarding the movement of the players, many of whom are seeing action in the amateur commercial league.

“We’re working closely with the PBL and we want to keep the PBL informed of our plans every step of the way as a major SBP stakeholder,” said Eala. “We realize there may be conflicts in schedule. We hope to work out solutions in order to address this problem.”

Four players were cut from the initial group of players invited by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman to try out for the developmental squad. They were San Sebastian high school star Arvie Bringas who failed to attend a single tryout, Fil-Am Terrell Theophile, Paul Lee who declined to participate and Ateneo’s Nonoy Baclao who is still nursing an injury.

Players who will be offered two-year contracts include Jason Ballesteros, Marcy Arellano, Mac Baracael, Rey Guevara and R. J. Jazul.

Eala said UST stalwart Jervy Cruz showed up for his first tryout a week ago.

On salaries alone, the SBP has set aside a budget of P14 million for the first year, P24 million for the second and P36 million for the third. It’s clearly a serious effort to hold on to the amateur stars for a “developmental” period before they turn pro.

But Eala said the plan is by no means a way to challenge the PBA.

“We’re all in this together,” said Eala. “The PBA is an integral part of the SBP program. Chris and J. V. are the only players who’ll miss the next PBA draft if they stay with the national team. We’re not depriving a big block of players from turning pro. In fact, we hope the PBA will allow the national team to play as a guest in the next Philippine Cup. In the end, all the national players will wind up in the PBA and their years of international exposure will make them more than ready to turn pro. It’s unfair to think there is any personal agenda behind our national team program.”

Eala said the offer sheets were approved by top SBP officials, including PBA governor Ricky Vargas.

“No contracts have been finalized,” continued Eala. “Only offer sheets, containing selected portions of the contract terms, are being tendered. Anyone referring to a contract is just speculating. There are penalties for both parties in the event of pre-termination so it goes both ways. Our vision is long-term and that’s why we’re talking of two and three-year commitments. Let’s remember that a contract can’t be onerous unless signed under duress or coercion. The SBP isn’t forcing anyone to sign. Everyone has the option to decline. What we’re offering is a chance to bring honor to our country. Our ultimate goal is to qualify our national team for the London Olympics.”


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=432995&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 01:10 AM
Asean pro cage league launched
By Abac Cordero Updated January 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar


Fiba president Bob Elphinston, Asean Basketball League chair Tony Fernandes, Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann and Seaba president Erick Thohir join hands during the launching of the Asean basketball league.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Asean Basketball League, a home-and-away tournament that would feature professional teams owned by private corporations, was formally launched here yesterday.

And the early buzz is that the Philippines, considered as the basketball capital of Asia, should be the team to beat whoever gets to represent the country.

The tournament has always been a dream for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) under Erick Thohir and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) under Bob Elphinston.

But only after top officials of these basketball bodies came to meet Tony Fernandes, a successful businessman from Malaysia, did the project get the much-needed shot in the arm.

“I’ve never played basketball in my life and never imagined being a chairman of a basketball league,” said Fernandes, owner of Air Asia and a string of hotels under the Tune Group.

“There is skepticism but we need to try. It’s all about dreaming. My life has always been full of dreams,” said Fernandes, whose airline company has grown from only two planes to 75 in only seven years.

He’d like to see the ABL grow as fast as his business empire, and by September this year, when the league officially takes off, Fernandes wants to see more than a handful teams for its inaugurals.

There will be teams from the Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Each country can field more than one team, and each one reinforced by two non-Asian players and two Asian players.

“There can even be Filipinos playing for the other teams,” said Fernandes, who always mentioned the Philippines ahead of the rest each time he talked about the participating countries.

The teams will visit the different countries during the eliminations and the crucial phases, and by February 2010 the first ABL champion would be crowned. To ensure balance, a strict salary cap will be enforced.

Fernandes said he’s looking at a prize money of at least $30,000 for the champion. Just a small pie, he said, and what’s important is to get the tournament going first.

Thohir said franchise forms are now being distributed, and franchise fees being pegged at a very reasonable rate. The SEABA president said there’s been no representation yet from the Philippines or the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Curiously, however, Graham Lim, the controversial official of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, was at the coffee shop of the Park Royal Hotel here with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

Also in the press conference attended by journalists from different Asean countries was SEABA secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock who first met Fernandes at the Beijing airport during the 2008 Olympics.

What the SEABA and FIBA have been discussing for almost two years now took Hock and Fernandes only 15 minutes to tackle. And after only three meetings afterwards came the ABL.

“There will be many roadblocks, many bumps along the way. But if the spirit is right, no mountain is impassable,” said Fernandes.

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 05:04 AM
Developmental RP 5 – LongTerm Commitment
TJ Manotoc
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Sa pagsimula ng taon, nais na din ng BAP-SBP na magsimula ng may maayos at malinis na direksyon patungo sa paghahanda ng RP Development Team na lalaro sa mga international basketball competitions na hindi sasalihan ng main men’s team na pangungunahan ng PBA selection. Marami na ang napag-usapan tungkol sa developmental team na ito noong isang taon pa lalo pa nu’ng sumama na rin sa BAP-SBP ang ngayon ay sec. gen. na si dating PBA Commisioner na si Noli Eala.


Layunin ngayon ng BAP-SBP na makabuo ng core ng team na pawang bata para pagdating ng 2012 ay hinog na hinog na ang mga ito. Pero ang naiiba ngayon sa mga dating hakbang ng bansa na bumuo ng line-up na pupuno sa RP team na pangmatagalan ay ang bagong hangarin ng BAP-SBP na maging eksklusibo sa RP Team lamang ang mga player na ito.

Ibig sabihin, hindi sila maglalaro sa PBL o maging sa PBA at bibigyan sila ng suweldo ng BAP-SBP na halos tatapat sa maaaring kitain nila bilang player sa PBL o sa PBA.


Ayon kay Eala, hangarin talaga nila na makabuo ng team na tatagal ang samahan sa loob ng tatlong taon kaya naman tinapatan nila halos ang mga maaaring kikitain ng mga players na ito sakaling pumasok sila sa PBA o PBL. Hindi short term ang hanap nila. Ibig sabihin, sa mga tournaments na sasalihan nila nitong taon, wala silang mataas na expectations na manalo kaagad. Ang gusto nila ay makabuo ng experience sa dadaanan nilang mga giyera kahit na matalo ng ibang mga mas matatandang mga team.

Ang goal talaga ng team na ito ay makabuo ng malakas na team na sasabak sa Asian Games sa 2010 at sa FIBA Asia Championships sa susunod na taon.


Ngayon, maaaring matanong niyo, ano ba ang pinagkaiba nito sa All-PBA Selection na RP Team? Maging ako, naitanong ko na din ito kay Eala.

Ayon sa kanya, pang-short term ang commitment nila ngayon. Ibig sabihin, kung ‘di sila magku-qualify nitong taon, hindi na sila ang sasabak sa malalakas na tournament sa 2010. Kaya malamang kahit papaano ay dagdag pressure ito kay coach Yeng Guiao at sa mga player niya sa RP Pool.


Pero balik naman dito sa Developmental Team, ang mga kasali sa unang sampu na pinangalanan ng BAP-SBP na nasa pool na inalukan na nila ng mga kontrata ay sina Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Ryan Buenafe, Ogie Menor, J. R. Cawaling, Greg Slaughter, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Rico Maierhofer, JVee Casio at Dylan Ababou.


Sa ngayon, hinahawakan sila ni coach Toroman na ayon kay Eala ay maganda naman ang response at adjustments ng mga bata sa European coach na iba ang style sa mga Pinoy na coach. Balak ni Eala na makasali sa anim na tournaments ang Dev Team kada taon para mahasa ng husto.


Ang isang tanong na lang sa mga batang ito ay kung handa na ba talaga sila mag-commit sa RP Team na pangmatagalan at long term?

Naiintindihan ko ang puwesto ng BAP-SBP, na ayaw naman nilang basta silang maiwanan ng mga magagaling na player kung magbago ang isip nila at gusto na nilang mag-pro. Kaya naman may mahabaang kontrata na silang inaalok. Walang iwanan ika nga. Ngayon, hamon sa mga mga batang ito, since maganda na ang suweldo at tila walang mawawala sa’yo financially, handa na ba kayong mag-commit para sa bayan?

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01-21-2009, 12:21 AM
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PBA won't join new regional league
By Nelson Beltran

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios yesterday expressed reservation on the feasibility of the PBA joining the newly formed Asean Basketball League regional pro league which had its media launch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday.

The PBA was offered to form a team for the league in a meeting between Barrios and Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) president Erick Thohir on the sidelines of the Talk n Text-San Miguel Beer game in Singapore last Dec. 6.

“I can’t see how the PBA getting involved there as a league. I can’t see how we can form the team and join the tour since the PBA’s thrust is ‘Philippine basketball for the Filipinos in the Philippines,’” Barrios told The STAR.

“I can’t speak for the members (PBA ball clubs) if there are those who are interested to join separately from their engagement in the PBA. The league itself is really doubtful,” Barrios added. “Their concept is something new. But we still have to see how they work. I can only say good luck and wish them the best.”

Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala said they will have some involvement in the ABL, being the organization in the country that will recommend and sanction local teams joining the league.

“This is a FIBA-Asia and SEABA project. So they’re dealing with the national basketball federation. ABL will not accept a team from a country not certified, recommended and sanctioned by the federation. This is for check and balance, and eligibility control,” said Eala.

“I welcome this league. From the perspective of regional basketball, this is good to develop Asean basketball. This is also good for the Philippines because it means more competition and more jobs for our players. This will also give the country another lead role in Asean basketball being the best in the sport in the region,” Eala also said.

Eala said he’s already been talking to prospective companies willing to carry the Philippine banner in the league.

“I think this weekend home-and-away tourney is doable. The thing is that they’ve yet to discuss the franchise fee. But I understand they will offer a good package to the teams,” said Eala.

The ABL will feature teams from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Each country can field more than one team and each one reinforced by two non-Asian players and two Asian players.


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01-21-2009, 04:20 PM
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New ASEAN league a boon to RP basketball

Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad and Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala yesterday said the launching of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is a blessing not only to Filipino players but to coaches and trainers as well.

"Since we are the US team in the South East Asian region, we can see some of our players, coaches and trainers in various teams of the league. At the same time, we can help raise the level of competition in the region," said Trinidad.

"Definitely, it will open an opportunity to a lot of Filipino players. Even our coaches, I’m sure some of them will be hired either as a coach or consultant, so it’s a blessing to us," said Trinidad.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said "It’s a boon to Philippine basketball."

Romero disclosed that he was offered to join the league as early as last year but declined because of his impending entry to the Philippine Basketball Association.

"I begged off because I will be joining the PBA soon as a new stockholder of Burger King," said Romero.

Burger King will be the new name of Air21 should the PBA board approve the request for a change of name.

Eala said the launching of ABL is a welcome development not only for the players but also for the sport.

"I am for it," said Eala, who added that one of ABL’s major stakeholder, Erick Thoir, called him up yesterday to clarify several things, notably in the selection of the team that will take part in the home-and-away tournament.

ABL was formally organized in Kuala Lumpur on Monday with International Basketball Federation (FIBA) officials, led by secretaty-general Patrick Baumann, in attendance.

Also present during the official launching were AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez of Malaysia and Thoir, an Indon media mogul.

According to Eala, Thoir clarified that it is the national sports federation which has the authority to recommend the team which will take part in the event.

"He told me that the national sports federation will be the one to recommend the team, so in our case, the SBP. Para hindi rin magulo when it comes to eligibility," said Eala. "So definitely, we’ll be involved."

Eala said that SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan appears excited with the latest development as he was instructed to inquire with respect to the rules and schedule of the tournament.

"Mr. Pangilinan wants it to include in to our calendar," said Eala. "It’s important for the SEABA to have many competitions. As for the Philippines, this creates more jobs and opportunities (for basketball players)."

Though the PBA is aware of the new development, it is waiting for the formal letter from the ABL.

"When we were in Singapore last year, one of its stockholders told us about its launching. So we have to wait for any letter or invitation, if we receive one, then we will study it before we present it to the Board," said PBA Media Bureau chief Willy Marcial.


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01-22-2009, 01:44 AM
SBP may join ABL tourney
Manila Bulletin
1/22/2009
By Waylon Galvez

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is seriously considering the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) as another avenue for its national developmental team to improve under Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala said yesterday that that option is now being studied after the ABL was formally organized in Kuala Lumpur last Monday with FIBA officials, led by secretary-general Patrick Baumann, as one of its supporters.

"That’s being considered," Eala told the Bulletin in a phone interview. "Of course we want to see the schedule and the format of the tournament first."

Eala said that he is scheduled to meet with Erick Thoir on Feb. 1 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thoir is an Indon media mogul who is one of the prime movers of the ABL along with Air-Asia founder Tony Fernandez of Malaysia.

"It’s going to be a good exposure (for the national developmental pool). Although it’s a professional league, there is no pro or amateur when it comes to global basketball," Eala added.

The former PBA commissioner said scheduling could be an issue.

Toroman’s team is committed to compete in the Stankovic Cup and the Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

It might also compete as a guest team in the PBA.

"Medyo tight ’yung schedule ng team," he said. "Since kami naman ang gumagawa ng schedule ng team, kung September pa naman ’yung ABL, we can make adjustment. ABL is a very good option."

"Aside from the schedule, we don’t know yet how much would it cost to maintain a team in the ABL. We’ll know after my meeting with Mr. Thoir," Eala added.

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01-23-2009, 12:12 AM
Members of RP training team known today
Updated January 23, 2009 12:00 AM
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BACOLOD – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala said the players who would sign up with the national training team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will be known today.

“I’ll talk to the players tomorrow (Friday) about their contracts. We’ll know if they want to join the team. We’re confident they would accept the package offered them,” said Eala, who’s here attending the amateur boxing congress at L’Fisher Hotel.

The SBP, headed by Smart and PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, offered the RP hopefuls contracts that will keep them with the team for a period long enough to make them competitive for a shot at a slot in the next Olympics.

Among the players being eyed for the pool are Ateneo’s Chris Tiu and Rabeh Al-Hussaini, La Salle’s JV Casio and Rico Maeirhofer, Far Eastern U’s Mark Andy Barroca, Santo Tomas’ Dylan Ababou and Jervy Cruz, Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter and United States-based Japeth Aguilar.

Eala said they’re looking at fielding the developmental team in the Asean Basketball League slated to open in September as part of its training.

“There’s a 50-50 chance that the team of coach Toroman will join the ABL,” said Eala.

The ABL, a home-and-away tournament being organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association, will feature professional teams owned by private corporations.

“There’s going to be imports in the ABL. The thing is we’re trying to train together and we don’t want to put imports there,” said Eala.

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01-24-2009, 12:23 AM
D-League girls tryouts
Daily Tribune

01/24/2009


Female basketball players 16 years and younger are invited join the tryouts for the teams in the Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League girls division.

The open tryouts are set in Feb. 8, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jacinto Tiu Gym at Xavier School in San Juan City. For more details, contact Coach Xavy Nunag or Ana Orosa at telephone number 6311195.

The qualified players will form several teams and will undergo intense training to enhance their skills under a competitive environment in the project of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas headed by Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala with support from Nokia Philippines and TAO Corporation.

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01-28-2009, 02:33 AM
Basketball, soft tennis dropped from Laos SEA Games roster
Tribune
01/28/2009

Basketball and soft tennis may possibly miss the last flight to the 2009 Southeast Asian in Laos.

Go Teng Kok, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) point man to the Laos SEA Games Organizing Committee, yesterday admitted basketball and soft tennis were not part of the official list of events the Laos organizers have recently released.

He said the deputy prime minister of Laos, Somsavat Lengsavad, shot down the idea of hosting basketball, saying the tiny democratic state has no venue, no fund and no able personnel to oversee the hosting of cage events.

Lengsavad is also the chairman of the SEA Games organizing committee of Laos.

Go, however, said it is just a case of “misinformation” since the deputy prime minister has no idea that basketball will be a joint project among three countries; Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, with Fiba-Asia lending technical support.

Same goes with soft tennis, which organizers previously want to link with the traditional lawn tennis to save fund.

“Officially basketball and soft tennis are not part of the official SEA Games calendar,” said Go, who arrived from Laos last Saturday. “But I believe I can accomplish it, all we need is just a good diplomatic relationship with the organizers. I am still very optimistic.”

Go said he will leave for Thailand anytime soon to talk with Thai basketball officials and map out a strategy that would convince Lengsavad to include basketball and soft tennis in the biennial meet.

Go consistently claims to enjoy a good relationship with other Southeast Asian sports officials.

“They just can’t turn me down,” Go said. “It just wasn’t explained to him (Lengsavad) properly. I know when I go there — kayang-kaya ko yan.” Julius Manicad

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01-30-2009, 12:07 AM
Amateur stars sign up for RP 5
By Joaquin Henson Updated January 30, 2009 12:00 AM
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SBP executive director Noli Eala announced yesterday the signing of seven amateur standouts to contracts affirming their commitment to play for the national developmental team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and disclosed plans of engaging PBA teams in preliminary games during the Philippine Cup finals.

Inked to three-year contracts were Dylan Ababou, Mark Barroca and J. R. Cawaling while Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael, R. J. Jazul and Magi Sison agreed to two-year deals.

Six more were expected to sign at presstime. They were Chris Tiu, Ogie Menor, Marcy Arellano, J. V. Casio, Rico Maierhofer and Rey Guevarra. Eala was in Zamboanga to attend an SBP activity yesterday and entrusted the negotiations to SBP executives Bernie Atienza and Butch Antonio.

To be offered contracts today are Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ryan Buenafe, Greg Slaughter, Junmar Fajardo and Paul Lee. UST center Jervy Cruz showed up for practice two weeks ago but didn’t play. According to Cruz’ agent Danny Espiritu, he is willing to play for Toroman’s squad. However, Cruz’ reluctance to participate in the tryouts may be an indication he’s not ready to make a long-term commitment to the SBP.

“We’re excited about recruiting Slaughter and Fajardo,” said Eala. “We’re grateful to Cong. Eddie Gullas for excusing Slaughter from playing for the University of Visayas in the CESAFI league to come to Manila (today). Coach Toroman is scheduling practice for four days to prepare for the PBA games. We’re also hoping Fajardo, who plays for the University of Cebu, can join.”

The 6-11 Slaughter and the 6-8 Fajardo are the team’s tallest recruits.

Eala said the developmental team will play in preliminaries during the PBA finals starting Wednesday. Games are planned against Burger King and Barangay Ginebra.

“We’re in the process of finalizing arrangements with PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios,” said Eala. “Our players are excited. Mac Baracael, for instance, told me he’s ready to go up against Arwind Santos and Jay-Jay Helterbrand. It’ll be a good test for our young team.”

Eala said the contracts offered to the amateur standouts stipulate a severance pay of three times the annual salary in case the SBP decides to terminate the agreement.

“We will not renege on our commitment to the players,” he explained. “We’re asking for the players to give priority to the national team, that if they continue to play in the PBL, for instance, there should be prior clearance. We are also allowing players to back out under certain circumstances, like if they are offered a scholarship grant, if they decide to pursue a career outside of basketball, if there are personal or family reasons. There is nothing onerous in the contracts. We’re hoping for a smooth working relationship where we compensate the players for their long-term commitment.”

Eala said when the contracts expire, he suggests the players apply for the PBA draft but shouldn’t be subject to the cap for rookies.

“We won’t hold the players back beyond two or three years,” said Eala. “We’re actually preparing them for the PBA. An option to consider is to allow an early entry draft for a PBA team to acquire the signing rights to a player before he actually turns pro. There will be no payments made until the player finally moves to the PBA. It’s similar to what the NBA does with international players.”

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01-31-2009, 12:39 AM
Korean cage legend wants to stay in RP
By Nelson Beltran Updated January 31, 2009 12:00 AM
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Korean basketball legend Shin Dong Pa arrives at the Ninoy Aquino Airport to promote Uptown21 Condo Group located at 42 Central Avenue, Barangay. Culiat, Quezon City. Rudy Santos

Korean cage legend Shin Dong Pa is back for another visit in the country, looking forward for a reunion with his Filipino basketball contemporaries and even thinking on settling in the place he calls second home.

“I can’t count how many times I’ve been here. I love, in particular, Pagsangjan. I feel at home when I’m in the Philippines,” said Shin, in town mainly to visit Manila-based businessman friend Lee Eal Mo, president of Phildipphil Inc. which is developing the Uptown21 Condo in Culiat, Quezon City.

In a dinner with some Filipino sportswriters, Shin, probably the greatest Korean cager of all time, reminisced about his playing days and shared his thoughts on present-day basketball.

He’s still very much into the game being the vice president of the Korea Basketball Association and working as a sports announcer/commentator for SBS – a major Korean broadcasting station.

He observes the Philippines lost its edge against its rivals in Asia with Filipino players becoming too individualistic in play, sacrificing teamwork.

“The Philippines used to be good in individual skills and teamwork. Now, they’re only good in individual skills. They play with too much dribble when passing is faster than dribbling,” said Shin, anchor of the Korean team in winning the 1969 ABC championship and the 1970 Asian Games.

He also thinks the formation of the local pro league may have caused the decline of Philippines in international competitions. He says the same is being experienced in Korea now.

“The attitude of the players has changed. The players now want to play more for money than national pride. Gone are the days when players are nationalistic and patriotic,” rued Shin.

He recalled his personal experience, declining offers to play in the US, Europe and even in the Philippines.

A slick shooter, Shin said former BAP president Lito Puyat vigorously courted him to play for the Manila Bank from 1970-74. “He even told me that I can name the players that I want as teammates and he would get it for me,” Shin said.

Three decades later, Shin is settling in the country after all. He’s purchasing a unit at Uptown21 which he helps promote.

Today, he will be reunited with Filipino players Robert Jaworski, Freddie Webb, Jimmy Mariano, Manny Paner, Yoyong Martirez and Atoy Co as they grace the Uptown21 Condo Fiesta, a promotional event of the project which will be ready for occupation by March next year.

He named Ed Ocampo, Webb and Ciso Bernardo as among the best Filipino players he faced. And he’s sad that both Ocampo and Bernardo have passed away.

He also had fond memories of Big Boy Reynoso whom he described the meanest and toughest player in their time.

If there’s another lifetime, Shin said he would choose to live in the Philippines, saying he’s never seen people who love basketball more than the Filipinos do.

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01-31-2009, 01:54 AM
Barrios eyes All-Star Games ‘twist’
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Friday, 30 January 2009 01:04
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IN line with the league’s commitment and support to the national team, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is preparing a different All-Star Games Weekend this April that will feature the RP 5 of head coach Yeng Guiao.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios told the BusinessMirror that everything is still in the planning stages but stressed the Nationals will get the chance to play the North and South All-Star squads which will be reinforced by imports.

“We’re still working on the details, including the possible venue of the All-Star Games. Right now, we’re on the process of finalizing everything dahil maraming probinsya ang nagbi-bid na mag-host ng event,” Barrios said.

“We’re still looking how many games will be played. At least dalawa siguro, one in Manila dahil matagal na ring walang All-Star Game sa Metro Manila,” he added.

Among the bidders to host a game of the extravaganza are Victoria City in Negros Occidental and Panabo City in Davao del Norte in the south and Dagupan City in Pangasinan in the north.

Metro Manila last hosted the All-Star Game in 2003 at the Araneta Coliseum. The Governor’s All-Stars prevailed over the Commissioner’s All-Stars, 124-122. FedEx’s Vergel Meneses was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the game.

Since then, the extravaganza has traveled to Cebu in 2004, Laoag City in 2005, Cagayan de Oro City in 2006, Baguio City in 2007 and Bacolod City in 2008.

The national team that is hoping to qualify to the 2010 International Basketball Federation World Championships, Barrios said, has become a factor in the All-Star.

“I think this could be a good tune-up game for the national team of coach Yeng Guiao. With these imports reinforcing the South and North teams, for sure it will be a very competitive one,” Barrios explained.

A three-game All-Star Game series could also be in the offing—one each in the north and south and one in Metro Manila. But Barrios said that option is still on the drawing board.

“Ang sigurado lang as of now is there will be an All-Star Game on a Sunday dito sa Metro Manila. The other schedule, pinag-aaralan pa,” he said.

Since it was formed late last year, the Nationals of Guiao have yet to compete in a tournament because some of the players are still playing with their mother clubs in the ongoing Philippine Cup. But come February, the training will go full blast, according to Guiao.

The 14-man RP pool includes Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, Kelly Williams, Willie Miller, Cyrus Baguio, Kerby Raymundo, Ryan Reyes, Jayjay Helterbrand, Sonny Thoss, Gabe Norwood, James Yap, Mick Pennisi, Arwind Santos and Jay-R Reyes.

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02-01-2009, 02:47 PM
Ex-Warrior to play for RP 5?
By Joaquin Henson Updated February 01, 2009 12:00 AM
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Former Golden State Warriors forward Chris Taft is applying to join the Philippine team as a naturalized player and SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the 6-10, 260-pound New Yorker might plane in for exhibition games against the Puerto Rican league champion Capitanes de Arecibo here late next month.

Taft, 23, was highly recommended to Eala by Toronto Raptors director of player personnel Jim Kelly, a former PBA coaching consultant with Great Taste.

“I am now in contact with Taft’s agent,” said Eala. “Taft is willing to apply for naturalization. We’re looking for a long-term commitment of at least three years up to the 2012 London Olympics. According to Jim, Taft is a low post player, can defend and can run the floor. He came out of college early to play in the NBA but wasn’t ready. Now that he has matured, Jim thinks he’s ready for the international game.”

Based on Kelly’s scouting report, Eala said Taft is at the top of the applicants’ list. Others expressing interest to play for the Philippine squad were 7-3 former Los Angeles Clippers center Keith Closs, 6-9 Gentry Lewis of Delta State, 7-foot Deng D’Awol of Wayland Baptist and two unnamed Serbian centers.

“Taft’s age is perfect for our requirements,” said Eala. “He’s single. He has no attachments and he’s willing to relocate. We’ll try to bring him in for the Capitanes series if it pushes through.”

Capitanes is the reigning Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) titleholder. BSN is the Puerto Rico premier basketball league. Capitanes beat Gigantes de Carolina, 99-94, in Game 7 of the BSN finals to win the title last season. The team is based in Arecibo, 50 miles west of San Juan on the north coast of Puerto Rico. It was formed in 1946 and has won three BSN crowns in 1959, 2005 and 2008.

Eala said he is proposing a four-game series with Capitanes starting Feb. 21 but team coordinator Ray Caban is requesting to advance it to Feb. 8. The plan is for Capitanes to play two games against the PBA selection coached by Yeng Guiao and two games against the national developmental squad of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

A four-team “pocket” tournament is also a possibility but Eala said no reply has been received from the Lebanese club Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut where Fadi El-Khatib plays. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut is reportedly in turmoil with players protesting delayed payment of salaries and bonuses. El-Khatib, who is leading the protest, has been banned two years from playing for Beirut. The Singapore Slingers were earlier invited to play in the tournament with Capitanes, Guiao’s team and Toroman’s squad but owner Bob Turner begged off as most of the players are now on leave.

Capitanes’ request to advance the first game to Feb. 8 will be in conflict with the PBA finals schedule as national players Willie Miller, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger and Sonny Thoss are playing in the title series. A possible Game 6 will be played on Feb. 8.

“Coach Rajko is looking forward to playing Capitanes,” said Eala. “For sure, Coach Yeng also welcomes the opportunity to get in some games. Puerto Rico is ranked No. 11 in the world and Capitanes is the top Puerto Rican team. There are at least five national players and two foreigners in Capitanes’ lineup. We expect a highly competitive series.”

Capitanes is led by 6-5 Angel (Buster) Figueroa who compiled 33 points and 21 rebounds in the BSN title clincher last season. Others in the lineup are 6-9 Angel Rosa of Brescia College (Kentucky), 6-5 David Ruiz of Venezuela, 6-1 Eddin (Guayito) Santiago of Missouri Southern, 6-4 Edgardo Ramirez, 6-9 Jeff Aubry of Cornell University, 6-10 Ricardo Osiris of Missouri Southern, 6-2 Rafael Cruz of Youngstown State, 7-1 Raul Rivera and 6-1 Wilfredo Pagan. Former PBA imports Lamont Strothers and Tyrone Washington used to play for Capitanes.

Taft averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots as a senior at Xaverian Prep, the same high school that former NBA star Chris Mullin attended, in Brooklyn in 2003. He is one of only eight cagers in University of Pittsburgh history to collect over 100 career blocked shots despite just two years with the varsity. Taft started in 53 of 65 games at Pittsburgh, averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was Golden State’s second round draft pick in 2005. His salary with the Warriors was $664,209 in 2006-07. Last season, Taft was signed by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBDL.

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02-05-2009, 12:13 AM
Miller best player; BK tabla sa Smart
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Tinanghal na Best Player of the Conference ng 2008-09 KFC PBA Philippine Cup ang guard-forward ng Alaska Milk na si Willie Miller, habang sorpresang natablahan ang Burger King ng Smart-Gilas RP, 95-95, sa exhibition game sa Big Dome kagabi.


Kumolekta si Miller ng 1,443 points matapos pumang-apat sa statistics (299), magbida sa media votes (533), boto ng players (161), TV coveror Solar Sports (300) at sa league (150) sa pagdaig sa apat na karibal para sa award na 60% na basehan ng liga para sa 34th season Most Valuable Player.


Sumegunda, tumersera, pumang-apat at pumanlima sina Mark Cardona ng Talk ‘N Text (870), Paul Asi Taulava ng Talk ‘N Text (470), Kelly Williams ng Sta. Lucia Realty (439) at Anthony Helterbrand ng Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (369).


Ang AM at TNT ang magkaribal sa titulo ng season-opening tournament ng pro league na ito na habang isinusulat ito ay nagpapambuno pa sa Game Four ng best-of-seven Finals kung saan abante ang Aces sa Tropang Texters, 2-1.


Dating Air21 ang BK na pag-aari ng Lina Group of Companies na ang coach na ay si Joseller Guiao samantalang ang Smart Gilas RP ang national training pool na hawak ni Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

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02-05-2009, 02:16 AM
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UC won't loan Fajardo to RP Team
By Gabby G. Malagar
Updated February 05, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU - University of Cebu Webmasters team manager Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo announced yesterday that the UC management stood pat on its earlier decision not to loan its 6-foot-9 giant June Mar Fajardo to the Philippine squad or to any team in Manila, even as he requested some basketball officials to refrain from making lucrative offers so as not to distract its star center in his studies.

“We will let Fajardo graduate first. I want him to finish his education first because that is a must and give him time to mature before allowing him to go to Manila,” said Estenzo in a press conference yesterday at the Cebu Country Club.

Estenzo revealed that Nicanor F. Jorge and Bernie Atienza of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) were inviting him for a breakfast meeting to talk on Fajardo but he politely declined the request.

Prior to that, SBP executive director Noli Eala also sent a text message to Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) commissioner Felix “Boy” O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. saying they want Fajardo to the national team.

Just the other day, Jorge again texted directly to Fajardo as well as to Webmasters coach Roel Gomez and one public official from Cebu, whose name Estenzo refused to identify.

Fajardo himself admitted he received numerous calls and messages pertaining to the offer but said: “Dili ko moadto sa Manila out of my loyalty sa UC. Dire ko nagsugod ug dire sad ko mohuman kay lain kaayo silay nag-train nako ug lain lang maoy makapahimulos.”

Estenzo discouraged some quarters from continuing to lure Fajardo with lofty overtures so that he will not lose his focus to play. He said that the future of Fajardo is at stake if he decides to be trained in Manila because he don’t think that they can outdo Mon Fernandez and Gomez in terms of polishing further the hoop skills of Fajardo.

“He will be trained here by Fernandez and Gomez. No doubt he will be a somebody to reckon with in Philippine basketball but give him time to mature,” Estenzo said.

Estenzo also disagreed on some claims that holding Fajardo is “unpatriotic and an act of selfishness” saying that they should not forget that UC lent Jonathan Canceran to the RP Youth Team under coach Joe Lipa a few years back.

The lack of courtesy, according to Estenzo, is always the cause of trouble in basketball. He asked why these people do not approach UC president Atty. Augusto W. Go directly if they are really interested in hiring Fajardo.

“Why disturb Fajardo when he is serious in his studies?” asked Estenzo.

The 19-year-old Fajardo, who hails from the municipality of Pinamungajan, is a third year Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) student.


The Freeman (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=437531&publicationSubCategoryId=110)

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UC to SBP: stay away

THE University of Cebu wants to stop people from “stalking” their prized center June Mar Fajardo.

Fajardo, the 6-foot-9 pivot man of the UC Webmasters, has been sought by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for the national basketball team developmental pool and UC wants the courtship to stop.

UC basketball team manager and athletic consultant Baldomero Estenzo yesterday called a press conference to announce that Fajardo will not be released by UC to serve the RP team.

“In UC, the athlete’s education is our priority. We consulted June Mar and his parents and decided to let him graduate first. We don’t want to sacrifice his education because of a stint with the RP team. He isn’t ready to play ‘big-time’ basketball yet. He needs more training, mentally and physically,” said Estenzo.

Fajardo, who is taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management and is still eligible for three years, said he does not know what the future holds for him in Manila so he would rather finish school.

“Dili ko ganahan muadto ug Manila. Wala ko kabalo unsay mahitabo nako didto. Mutiwas lang sa kog eskwela,” said Fajardo.

Fajardo’s move is in contrast with that of another Cebuano behemoth, Greg Slaughter of the University of the Visayas.

Academic work

Slaughter travels back and forth from Cebu to Manila to fulfill his duties with the RP team and his academics .

The UC officials decided to make the announcement because they feel hassled by all the people trying to contact Fajardo.

“They were calling everyone, from coaches of others schools, to councilors to help urge Fajardo to join the RP team. It is bothering him (Fajardo) already and he can no loner concentrate on his schoolwork and practice,” said Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.

“As far as we are concerned at the Cesafi, we are not stopping any player from joining. But the decision is always with the player and the school,” said Tiukinhoy.

The RP developmental team is coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman and is training for several international competitions.
Despite this, Estenzo still feels that Fajardo will not be missing out on a lot.

“In Manila, wala kay makuha except dili ka ka-graduate. He doesn’t need to go to Manila to get proper training. He can have that here with (UC head coach Rhoel) Gomez and (Ramon) Fernandez. I don’t think (Rajko) Toroman can train him any better than what these two are already doing,” said Estenzo.


Sun Star Cebu (http://www2.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2009/02/05/sports/uc.to.sbp.stay.away.html)

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02-06-2009, 11:27 PM
‘ONE-SIDED DEAL’

3 aces junk SBP contract, nix RP team

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
02/07/2009

Not everyone’s buying the lucrative contract being dangled by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to some amateur standouts.

Three marquee players have formally rejected the juicy offer tendered by SBP executive director Noli Eala, claiming some provisions stipulated in the contract are “one-sided.”

A highly-reliable source yesterday said Rico Maierhofer, Ogie Menor and Marcy Arellano refused to seal a long-term deal with SBP, foregoing a rare chance to be part of the national development pool, gain international exposure and train under the watchful eyes of prized Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

The troika could have been major pieces in the country’s championship puzzle, but the source said they questioned some terms in the contract, especially the provision stipulating that only “reasonable hospitalization” would be shouldered by the SBP should they sustain an injury.

Menor also reasoned his family advised him not to join the team after the basketball career of his elder brother, a former member of the National Team, did not prosper.

De La Salle hotshot JV Casio was also initially doubtful, fearing that signing a contract might just put his budding professional career in peril. Fortunately, he made a last-minute change of heart and formally joined the team “for the sake of flag and country.”

Eala confirmed that the three standouts are no longer part of the development pool which is being groomed to bring the country back to the world basketball map. They, in fact, were not around when the Nationals forged a 95-all decision in an exhibition game with Burger King (formerly Air21) last Wednesday.

With the departure of Maierhofer, Menor and Arellano, Eala said they are down to a 13-man lineup focused on multi-talented big men Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Gregory Slaughter and vastly-improved playmaker Mark Barroca, who erupted for 37 points in their previous game.

“As I said, we’re not forcing anyone to sign,” Eala told Tribune. “We still have enough players who are willing to dedicate themselves to play for flag and country. Since our system is not personality-based, we’re not really looking for superstars.”

SBP, through its president Manny Pangilinan, has been dangling a very generous amount that could go as high as P6.4 million in three years for young players who would decide to don the national colors.

The SBP is willing to spend a total of P14 million in the first year, P24 million in the second year and P36 million in the third year for players’ salary to secure an elusive berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

“The SBP program has already been in place, we are expecting to be as competitive as a PBA team in eight months,” Eala said. “We are undaunted. Nothing could stop us now, even the loss of the three (players).”

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02-08-2009, 01:45 AM
RP 13-under title game today
Updated February 08, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

The RP Youth 13-under will play their championship game today at the Araneta Coliseum before the regular PBA game schedule.

Fourteen players will be chosen from the original list of 48 candidates to form the team that will compete in the International Cup set March 6-9 in Singapore. They will be competing against Singapore East, Singapore West and Malaysia.

“The RP Youth 13-under Team is now set to go to Singapore to compete against their counterparts. I believe the boys can very well play against the Singaporeans and Malaysians. Our players have trained well for this tournament and they are ready to compete,” said Mark Herrera, two-time back-to-back champion coach of the Jr. PBA Talk ‘N Text QC Team.

The team is supported by the SBP and SBP National Youth Commission chairman Nic Jorge.

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02-09-2009, 01:46 AM
SBP in search of replacements
Daily Tribune
By Julius Manicad

02/09/2009

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is looking for players who will fill the void left by three promising players who turned down its longterm offer, SBP executive director Noli Eala announced.

The three players who were originally included in the SBP’s 25-man training pool were Rico Maierhofer, Ogie Menor and Marcy Arellano.

In a previous conversation, Eala revealed that Chester Taylor, Aldrich Ramos, Ford Arao and Severino “Nonoy” Baclao are already on the verge of striking a deal with SBP that would give them a rare opportunity to don the national colors, gain international exposure and hone their skills under the stewardship of prolific Serbian mentor, Rajko Toroman.

But while Arao has already seen action in two exhibition matches against Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) squads, Taylor, Ramos and Baclao have yet to report in the team’s official practice.

Baclao, an Ateneo stalwart, is still recuperating from an injury while Taylor and Ramos are still seeing action with their respective squads in the finals of the Philippine Basketball League.

“Our system is not personality-based,” Eala recently said. “We do not really need a superstar. All we’re looking for is somebody who can sacrifice and play his heart out for flag and country.”

Based on its initial blueprint, SBP will pick 25 players to be part of its developmental pool that will be groomed to lead the country back to the Olympics in 2012.

Among them, 20 players will be given contracts, which Eala earlier claimed to be “as lucrative as what they will be getting in the PBA.”

The contracts could go to as high as P6.4 million in three years with SBP, through its president Manny Pangilinan, willing to bankroll a staggering P14 million in the first year, P24 million in the second year and P36 million in the final year of the expensive three-year program.

And with three stars formally rejecting the offer, the initial 25-man pool is now down to 13, prompting SBP to scamper for additional manpower.

Eala, however, remains undaunted.

“While their absence is a blow to the team, I think there are other young talents who are willing to sacrifice. And so far, a lot of collegiate players have expressed willingness to join,” Eala said.


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SBP offer fails to lure
some collegiate stars
Malaya
BY NOLI CORTEZ
2/9/2009


DESPITE the refusal of collegiate standouts to join its developmental pool, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is confident it can still form a strong team for international competitions.

Collegiate stars Rico Maierhofer, Ogie Menor and Marcy Arellano recently turned down SBP’s offer of a lucrative long-term contract due to various provisions that may hamper their bid to join the pro league.

The SBP, through its executive director, Noli Eala, said the refusal of the three players to join the pool should be treated more as a motivation than a loss. Eala added the challenge is for the remaining players in the pool to prove their worth and justify their inclusion in the national team.

"Our system is not personality-based," Eala said in a recent conversation. "We do not really need a superstar. All we’re looking for is somebody who can sacrifice and play his heart out for flag and country."

The initial 25-man pool is now down to 13, prompting the SBP to scamper for additional manpower.
Eala remained undaunted, saying: "While their absence is a blow to the team, I think there are other young talents who are willing to sacrifice. And so far, a lot of collegiate players have expressed willingness to join."

He added they are closely looking at four role players to fill the void left by Maierhofer, Menor and Arellano.

Chester Taylor, Aldrich Ramos, Ford Arao and Severino "Nonoy" Baclao are reportedly already on the verge of striking a deal with the SBP, embracing a rare opportunity to don the national colors, gain international exposure and hone their skills under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

Arao has already seen action in two exhibition matches against PBA squads while Taylor, Ramos and Baclao have yet to report to any team practice.

]Baclao, Ateneo’s defensive stalwart, is still recuperating from an injury while Taylor and Ramos are still seeing action with Magnolia and Harbour Centre, respectively, in the PBL finals.

Based on its initial blueprint, SBP will pick 25 players to be part of its developmental pool that will be groomed to lead the country back to the Olympics in 2012.

Among them, 20 players will be given contracts, which Eala claimed would be "as lucrative as what they will be getting in the PBA."

SBP president Manny Pangilinan is willing to plunk a staggering 14 million in the first year of the team, P24 million in the second year and P36 million in the final year.

Each player in the team can receive as high as P6.4 million in three years, but several players have reportedly been turned off by various provisions in the contract, including one stipulating that a player who leaves the team before finishing his contract must return a huge part of the money he has received.
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02-09-2009, 11:42 PM
SBP, Toroman look West to make strong RP team
Daily Tribune
By Julius Manicad

02/10/2009

Rajko Toroman admitted having a difficult time finding the right pieces that would complete the country’s basketball puzzle.

And with the lack of a potent naturalized player and the departure of three celebrated collegiate stalwarts, the road to victory just became even more unpredictable.

Toroman, the crafty Serbian mentor tapped to put the country back in the world basketball map, yesterday admitted that assembling a title-contender squad is easier said than done, especially now that some good players would rather try their luck elsewhere than suit up for Team Philippines.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking at the possibility of signing American Chris Taft, a 6-foot-10, 24-year-old draftee of the Golden State Warriors in the 2005 NBA draft.

“We are still talking to one guy, Chris Taft,” Toroman said. “But still we have to see what kind of condition he is, what kind of injury he has, and we still have to talk about the financial things before we can decide.”

“We also want a position 5 (center), but everybody in Europe is searching for good (players) at position 5,” he added. “It’s very difficult to find younger players — 6’10, 6’11 — who want to join us because if he’s good, he will definitely play in Europe. But we’ll try to do something.”

Former Ateneo de Manila University star Japhet Aguilar is also expected to join, but so far, SBP has yet to receive any significant word regarding the arrival of the 6-foot-9 beanpole.

Aguilar, son of former PBA player Peter, is still campaigning with the Western Kentucky University in the Division I of the US NCAA. Reports have it that he will come up with decision whether to play here or not after the March Madness anytime next month.

Without Aguilar, and the absence of Rico Maierhofer, Ogie Menor and Marcy Arellano, the initial 25-man pool is now down to 13 with only Gregory Slaughter, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Jason Ballesteros patrolling the paint.

“We’re also having a little problem with the position 4 (power forward) and if we find a Filipino-American who can fill out that position, we can be very, very competitive,” Toroman said.

Despite the cloud of doubt surrounding the team, the 58-year-old Toroman expressed optimism on his current lineup, claiming that the two previous exhibition matches with PBA squads served as a perfect gauge to determine their preparation.

SBP executive director Noli Eala earlier said the squad has yet to practice with its complete roster. It, in fact, has just started its short-term, six-month program to culminate with a special participation in a regular PBA season by October.

“I think we will be ready by October,” Toroman said. “Remember, forming this team is not an overnight process.”

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Despite snubs, Toroman still hopeful in finding the right mix
Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Monday, 09 February 2009 22:53

SERBIAN Rajko Toroman is still having difficulty finding the right materials that could propel the country back on the world basketball map.

With the refusal of three amateur stars to commit themselves to the team and the uncertainty of finding an effective naturalized player, the road back to the Olympics seemed bumpier for the national team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Toroman, the man tasked to fulfill the Olympic dream, admitted that forming a real competitive squad is easier said than done—especially that some candidates are entertaining doubts about his program.

“Sometimes, the players are still confused with the system but that’s okay because this is something new to them. What matters to me is they show character,” Toroman said after his Smart Gilas RP 5 bowed to Rain or Shine by only three points, 81-84, in an exhibition match on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Losing Marcy Arellano, Ogie Menor and Rico Maierhofer in the developmental pool was a big blow but Toroman, like the other SBP officials, is undaunted.

He is focused on how to make the team more competitive in the coming months. Tapping a naturalized player remains an option, he said.

“Searching is very difficult,” said Toroman. “It’s hard to find younger players who are six-foot-10 or six-foot-11 because if he’s good, probably he’ll play in Europe. But we’ll try to do something.”

SBP is currently talking to the handler of Chris Taft, a six-foot-10, 24-year-old draftee of the Golden State Warriors in the 2005 National Basketball Association.

“But still we have to see [what kind of condition he is], what kind of injury he has, and we still have to talk about the financial [things] before we can decide,” said Toroman.

“Our goal now is to improve [the game] of Greg Slaughter, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and maybe Japeth Aguilar and see if we still need a new big guy,” he added.

Aguilar is currently playing for the Western Kentucky University in the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament but has expressed his desire to play for the national team after his stint there.

Besides the six-foot-10 Aguilar, Toroman said he is considering University of the East standout Paul Lee.

The Serbian, who led Iran to its first Olympic stint in Beijing last year, is confident that in six months his team would be ready in the next season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where they will play as a guest team.

“We want to be competitive in the PBA come October,” said Toroman. “We’re already competitive after one month of practising. That’s great for us and it shows that we’re on the right way.”

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02-10-2009, 01:36 AM
Two RP clubs eyed for Asean Basketball League
By Joaquin Henson Updated February 10, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar



JAKARTA – Two slots are being reserved for the Philippines in the soon-to-be-launched Asean Basketball League (ABL) but SEABA president Erick Thohir said the other day he expects more Filipino players suiting up for other teams under the rule allowing the recruitment of two Southeast Asian imports.

Thohir, a media mogul representing Indonesia, said the ABL’s prime mover Tony Fernandes of Malaysia expects to open the league with at least eight clubs by September.

Thohir said no franchise has been pegged at the moment.

“The target is to get at least eight teams to play,” said Thohir. “Two will come from the Philippines and two from Indonesia with one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. We’ll also invite one team from Brunei and Vietnam or both. The ABL is still finalizing budgets and marketing plans to determine how much it will cost to sustain the league.”

Thohir said there must be a clear distinction between teams coming from the same country.

“If Indonesia has two teams, each must represent a different city or province, as in Bandung or Jakarta,” he continued. “Ideally, each club must be attached to a home stadium with a seating capacity of at least 4,000. If the Philippines has two teams, one could represent Manila and the other, Cebu. But it will not be possible for two Manila teams to represent the Philippines.”

Thohir said the ABL has set a deadline of the end of March for teams to express interest to join. Another deadline is May for the ABL to sign a TV contract, possibly with ESPN.

“It’s crucial for us to have a TV contract,” said Thohir who owns at least two TV stations in Indonesia. “Why ESPN? It’s because the channel covers 10 countries in the Southeast Asian region. We’re hoping aside from soccer and badminton which are popular in our region, the next staple for ESPN will be the ABL. I think viewers from Southeast Asia will appreciate basketball more than cricket and rugby which are being shown on ESPN.”

Thohir said SEABA will be involved in the league as an endorsing entity.

“We must keep in mind two things – one, that each team in the ABL will be endorsed by its country’s basketball association which is a SEABA member and two, that each team will be allowed to draft two non-Asian and two Southeast Asian imports,” he said. “SEABA will be involved in regulation and looking at the system of the league. To avoid any misunderstanding, the ABL will require each team to be endorsed by its SEABA member country association.”

Both FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock and Thohir are supporting the ABL.

“We want competitive balance in the ABL so it will be attractive to fans,” said Thohir. “We realize the Philippines, because of the popularity of basketball, has a big edge but we think the ABL has a format to assure balance. Some teams were thinking of drafting as many as six foreign players but that would defeat the purpose of creating local heroes. It will be harder to sell tickets if we don’t develop Southeast Asian heroes.”

Thohir said he anticipates Filipino pros playing for different teams as Southeast Asian imports. “Malaysia, for instance, could bring in a Filipino and an Indonesian to play with two non-Asian imports or Indonesia might sign up a Filipino and a Singaporean,” he went on. “Our idea is for the ABL to become like the English Premier League in football. This is strictly a Southeast Asian league. There will be no participation from China, Japan or Korea.”

Thohir said two Filipinos – Boysie Zamar of Medan and Bong Ramos of Surabaya – are now coaching in the 10-team Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) which runs from January to May. The IBL used to employ Filipino imports but because of the financial crunch, only local players are now in rosters. At the end of each year, the IBL organizes a tournament where rookies and free agents are invited to play on a trial basis before the next season starts.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the ABL offers an opportunity for the Philippines to take a lead role in the league and for more Filipinos to get jobs.

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02-12-2009, 12:49 AM
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RP 5 kontra Puerto Rico

Makikilatis sa unang acid test ang Philippine men’s basketball team sa pagsabak sa exhibition game sa isang astiging grupo buhat sa Puerto Rican League bago matapos ang buwan.
Kung gaano na kahanda ang pambansang koponan ang pangunahing bumabagabag sa ngayon sa mainiting head coach nito na si Joseller “Yeng” Guiao.
“I really don’t know at this stage if we’re ready and primed to play in the international tournament. Like I’ve said, we had a difficult time with the schedules of the other members of the RP team. But we have installed at least five patterns in our last few practices so maski paano may ipakikita tayo sa Puerto Rican team,” bulalas niya kahapon.
‘Di pa rin nakakapag-ensayo sa RP squad ang ilang kasapi ritong kagaya nina Ranidel de Ocampo at Jared Dillinger ng Talk N Text at Willie Miller at Sonny Thoss ng Alaska Milk dahil sa patuloy na pagsasalpukan ng nasabing mga koponan sa 2008-09 KFC PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Pero napipiga pa rin niya ang nalalabing talento na kanyang hawak sa kasalukuyan kasabay sa panalanging matapik ang sinuman o pareho kina Japeth Aguilar at Rabeh Al-Hussaini pandagdag sa sukat ng kampo sa pagliban pa ng naturalized import player. Tanging nagpapaatubli sa RP 5 mentor ang pagdisenyo lang sa laro ni Hussaini sa loob ng pintura.
“Al-Hussaini’s game is perfect for big men in our own standard, but might not be good enough in the international level. Dito sa atin, effective siya, his size is enough and capable of dominating the paint. But when you play internationally, parang maliit siya for his game and that’s my apprehension,” dugtong ni Guiao.
Nagagalak ang multi-titled bench tactician at mamando na sa Burger King sa buwang itong PBA Fiesta Cup, sa pagdating ng 6-8 na si Aguilar, na isa sa hinaharap maging potensyal na Fil-Am player dahil sa kasalukuyang pagkampanya sa Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers sa United States National Collegiate Athletic Association, pero limitado lang magamit dahil sa pilay sa bukung-bukong.


ABANTE-Tonite (http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/feb1109/sports3.html)

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02-12-2009, 12:52 AM
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Parks son makes it to RP pool

BOBBY Ray Parks Jr., three Ateneans and two University of Santo Tomas cagers lead the 16-man RP juniors’ squad that will prepare for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Uunder-16 Championship Junior Men Qualifying Tournament later this year.

The team will be trimmed down to 12 before the tournament set on July 25-29 at a still to be determined venue.

Parks, son of former PBA star import Bobby and a student of St. George International School, will be joined by Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena, Von Rolfe Pessumal and Paolo Romero and UST’s Kevin Ferrer and Cederick Labin-isa.

San Beda Taytay’s John Aldrin Lunas, Roldan Sara, Raphael Nayve, and Kristoffer de la Costa, Gelo Alolino (UPHR), Cris Michael Tolomia (FEU), Jeron Teng (Xavier), Michael Pate (International School for Better Beginners in Lucena), Jeoffrey Javillonar (Benedictine International School) and Rene Sta. Maria also made it to the team supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corporation.

"This is the start of the hard grind for the team in preparation for the SEABA Youth tournament, which is the qualifier for the FIBA Asia U16 Junior Men’s tournament to be held on November, 2009. We are doing this step by step," said RP youth coach Eric Altamirano.

"We are hoping the players’ parents and respective schools will join us in this sacrifice for the country. Just as before, our players will be driven by our core values which are love for country, passion for the game, integrity, leadership and commitment to excellence."

In a run up to the SEABA Youth, the Nokia RP U16 will play exhibition games from February to March. They will also participate in the Nike Elite Basketball Camp at Brent in Laguna set April 3-8 and compete in a pocket tournament and camp in Australia on April 12-22.

The months of May and June will be devoted to campaigns in the Nike Summer League and the Molten Invitational in Japan.

Altamirano’s assistants are Joey Guanio and Vic Ycasiano. Mon Jose will take care of scouting and video while Dan Rose is tasked with strengthening and conditioning.

The advisory committee is composed of San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors coach Jamike Jarin and FEU juniors mentor Horacio Lim. Ito Lopa is the head of operations.


Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/feb12/spor5.html)

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02-12-2009, 12:55 AM
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RP U-16 cage squad known
02/12/2009

Nokia Pilipinas Under-16 Junior Men coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the 16-man team that will prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) U16 Championship Juniors Men Qualifying Tournament set for July 25 to 29, 2009.

Making it to the list are Gelo Alolino of (UPHR), Kevin Ferrer (UST), Roldan Sara (San Beda Taytay), Cris Michael Tolomia (FEU), Jeron Teng (Xavier), Cederick Labin-isa (UST), John Aldrin Lunas (San Beda Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (Ateneo), Michael Pate (International School for Better Beginners in Lucena), Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo), Paolo Romero (Ateneo), Raphael Nayve (San Beda Taytay), Kristoffer de la Costa (San Beda Taytay), Jeoffrey Javillonar (Benedictine International School), Rene Sta. Maria (Rene Sta. Maria) and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (St. George International School).


The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090212spo5.html)

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02-12-2009, 01:07 AM
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Big J plays down RP five’s preparations
By Beth Celis
First Posted 04:32:00 02/11/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Although the majority of the people in her entourage were cheering for Alaska, United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney did not hide the fact that she was a big Talk ‘N Text fan.

The ambassador, who knows her basketball well, openly roots for the Tropang Texters. In Sunday’s Game 6, she even waved a small yellow TNT pennant, according to her scribe-seatmate on “Commissioner’s Row.”

Which reminds me. I meant to ask former senator, former PBA coach and cager and now Philippine Reclamation Authority chair Robert Jaworski if he was rooting for any particular team.

The Big J made a rare appearance at the Big Dome last Sunday with his pal, businessman-sportsman Hermie Esguerra, and dropped by the press room at halftime to say hello to his old media friends. The scribes took the opportunity to engage him in a brief interview.


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Because he had no microphone and I was several feet away, I couldn’t hear most of what the Big J was saying.

I know that he didn’t want to talk about his new job as PRA chair, a post he inherited from his father-in-law, former senator Ramon Revilla. He politely declined to answer a question thrown by one of the scribes concerning his duties and responsibilities in the authority.

A colleague told me confidentially that the Big J was not exactly thrilled with his new job, but just didn’t have the heart to turn down his father-in-law.

When somebody asked him to comment on the intensive preparations being undergone by the national team that will compete in forthcoming international tournaments, the Big J’s answer was direct to the point: “Wag na tayong magpantasya!”

Obviously, he was saying, in so many words, that with the Filipinos’ height and physique, it is useless to aspire for a slot in a world event like the Olympics. Or, maybe, even the world championship.

I never got to ask if “Sonny” was rooting for Alaska or Talk ‘N Text. No matter, I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten a straight answer anyway.


Inquirer (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20090211-188615/Big-J-plays-down-RP-fives-preparations)

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02-12-2009, 01:15 AM
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Altamirano aims to groom newly-formed RP Under-16 squad
02/11/2009 | 11:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Under-16 team coach Eric Altamirano hopes to enhance not only the skills of his players but also help form their values in time for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) U16 championship.

Altamirano said his main focus is not only skills enhancement but to also form the values of love for country, passion for the game, integrity, leadership and commitment to excellence.

“We are hoping that the players' parents and respective schools will join us in this sacrifice for the country. We are doing this step by step," said Altamirano as he prepares the team for the SEABA U16 Championship Juniors Men Qualifying Tournament.

The SEABA Youth tournament, which is a qualifier for the FIBA Asia U16 Junior Men’s tournament to be held on November this year, is set from July 25 to 29 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Part of the team’s preparation will be a two-month long exhibition games against other teams. They will also take part in the Nike Elite Basketball Camp at Brent in Laguna from April 3 to 8 and several mini-tournaments in Australia from April 12 to 22.

The 16-member squad, which will be trimmed to 12 before the SEABA tournament, will also be part of the Nike Summer League and the Molten Invitational in Japan in May and June.

Members of the Nokia Under-16 men’s junior team are Gelo Alolino (UPHR); Kevin Ferrer and Cederick Labin-isa (UST); Roldan Sara, John Aldrin Lunas, Raphael Nayve and Kristoffer dela Costa (San Beda Taytay); Von Rolfe Pessumal, Kiefer Ravena and Paolo Romero (Ateneo); Cris Michael Tolomia (FEU); Jeron Teng (Xavier); Michael Pate (International School for Better Beginners in Lucena); Jeoffrey Javillonar (Benedictine International School); Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (St. George International School) and Rene Sta. Maria.

In order to earn the support of the schools and parents of the players, team manager Joel Lopa met with them last weekend at the Valle Verde Country Club where assistants Joey Guanio and Vic Ycasiano were also introduced together with scout Mon Jose and strength and conditioning coach Dan Rose.

San Beda coach Ato Badolato, Ateneo juniors mentor Jamike Jarin and Far Eastern University high school team bench tactician Horacio Lim serve as the RP Under-16 team’s advisers with Ito Lopa as the head of operations.


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Regaining cage glory a tough task
Rey Joble
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FORMER Senator Robert Jaworski believes the Philippines’ road to reclaiming Asian basketball glory would be a difficult one.* * * * * *

“Let’s not fantasize too much. It’s going to be very rough. But in any sector, the word preparation and organization are keys. But beyond that, we have to put together a national philosophy that will finally make us move together toward one direction and value whatever that philosophy,” said Jaworski, who guided the first all-pro RP men’s basketball team to a silver medal in the Asian Games, the best-ever finish by the Filipinos since the open basketball policy was instituted.

He blamed the lack of funding as one of the hindrances why Philippine basketball has failed to improve for years, as well as the never-ending politicking in the sport.

“Let’s face it. Even in our own individual tournaments in this country, there is what you call empty victories. There are losses that have made a great contribution to both the losers and the winners. What I am saying is, let’s put together a national policy, a direction for what we want to achieve as a people and then work toward that direction, which is proper funding to the sport,” he added.

The former player/coach, who was responsible for instilling the never-say-die spirit that made Ginebra the country’s most popular team, was one of the 13,000-plus fans, who trooped to the Big Dome in Game 6 of the KFC-Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup finals between Alaska and Talk N Text.


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RP five gets baptism of fire
By Rey Joble
Thursday, February 12, 2009

YENG Guiao and his all-pro national team will finally get their baptism of fire when they battle a group of Puerto Rican players in a five-day exhibition series from Feb. 21 to 25.

This will be the first in a series of tournaments the Philippine quintet will be joining in preparation for the 2009 Fiba Asia Men’s Basketball Championship in China.

The team from Puerto Rico will be a selection of players that would most likely come from their professional league.

“I still have no idea who the players we’re going to face,” Guiao told Standard Today. “But this will be a great opportunity and a good test for our team.”

Guiao said that he has continuously conducted a weekly practice for the other members of the RP Team.

“We have ran at least five patterns. It’s a system that will involve everybody on the floor. We tried to avoid isolation plays. Instead, it involves more ball movement, which is one of the most important ingredients in international basketball,” said Guiao.

Aside from the Puerto Ricans, Guiao’s RP five will battle the Smart Gilas squad handled by Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

Guiao, who also coaches Burger King, once met Toroman in another exhibition match that ended up in a deadlock, 95-all.

“It’s hard to gauge them for just one game,” said Guiao on Toroman’s team. “Perhaps, the only good thing I can say right now is that he has culled the best amateur players to form up a squad. Other than that, wala na.”

Guiao’s RP five will play in four tournaments in five months, which include a strong tournament in Indonesia, a stint in the William Jones Cup tournament, a pocket-event in the Middle East and a much-awaited participation in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association.

From the list, it’s the Champions Cup in Indonesia which tempts Guiao the most.

“Someone recommended to me that the Champions Cup is a strong tournament and this will serve as a fitting preparation for the RP Team when we participate in the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship in September,” said Guiao.


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Sports RP Under-16 youth team starts training
Updated February 14, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Nokia Pilipinas Under-16 national coach Eric Altamirano yesterday announced the 16-man team that will prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) U-16 Championship Juniors Men Qualifying Tournament set July 25-29.

Making it to the list are Gelo Alolino of (UPHR), Kevin Ferrer (UST), Roldan Sara (San Beda Taytay), Cris Michael Tolomia (FEU), Jeron Teng (Xavier), Cederick Labing-isa (UST), John Aldrin Lunas (San Beda Taytay), Von Rolfe Pessumal (Ateneo), Michael Pate (International School for Better Beginners in Lucena), Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo), Paolo Romero (Ateneo), Raphael Nayve (San Beda Taytay), Kristoffer dela Costa (San Beda Taytay), Jeoffrey Javillonar (Benedictine International School), Rene Sta. Maria and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (St. George International School).

The team, which is supported by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corporation under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by Manny V. Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala, will still be trimmed down to a 12-man lineup in time for the tourney.

“This is the start of the hard grind for the team in preparation for the SEABA Youth tournament, which is the qualifier for the FIBA Asia U16 Junior Men’s tournament to be held in November. We are doing this step by step,” said Altamirano.” We are hoping that the players’ parents and respective schools will join us in this sacrifice for the country.”

“Just as before, our players will be driven by our core values which are love for country, passion for the game, integrity, leadership and commitment to excellence,” Altamirano said.

In a runup to the SEABA Youth, the Nokia RP U-16 will do rigorous practice and exhibition games from February to March. They will also participate in the Nike Elite Basketball Camp at Brent in Laguna (April 3-8) and compete in the pocket tournament and camp set in Australia from April 12-22.

The months of May and June will be devoted to campaigns in the Nike Summer League and the Molten Invitational in Japan.


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02-15-2009, 11:58 PM
RP women’s youth tryout slated
Daily Tribune
02/16/2009

The Careline-Philippine Women’s Junior and Youth teams will hold their tryouts for Metro Manila-based aspirants on Feb. 21 to 21 at the Xavier School Sports Center in San Juan.

RP Women’s Youth godfather Dioceldo Sy, chairman of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc., hopes to gather and train the best available talents in the country for future international tournaments.

The two-day tryout is line with the massive effort of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas under its president and telecommunications mogul Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala in reviving the country’s glory in women’s basketball.

“This is the first of a series of tryouts we are going to hold for the women’s youth and junior basketball. With the support of SBP, we hope can attract a large number of aspirants,” said Sy, who has been tasked by SBP to form and finance the training of the RP 16-under team.

Only players born in 1993 and 1992 are allowed to take part in the tryouts set from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Former University of the Philippines player Pat Aquino will call the shots for the RP team.

Players who wish to join the tryouts will get complimentary careline products and t-shirts from Freego of Edward Tio. Participants must bring photocopy of their birth certificates.

After the Metro Manila tryout, Sy said Aquino and his coaching staff composed of Paul Du and former RP standout Julie Amos will go to Dagupan, Cebu and Mindanao to conduct a similar tryout.

“We believe in the vision of SBP that for the country to become No. 1 in both the men’s and women’s divisions, we should maintain an elite and grassroots program for the women’s youth sector. And that is the commitment of Careline to the SBP and to the country,” Sy, the former Philippine Basketball League chairman, said.

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RP-Puerto Rico miniseries off; Yeng disappointed
By Nelson Beltran Updated
February 17, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s preparation for the SEABA Championship hit a snag following the cancellation of the RP team’s scheduled miniseries against the SBP developmental squad and a Puerto Rican club team Feb. 21-24.

“We’d been preparing for that. It should have been good practice games for us,” said national team coach Yeng Guiao. “Of course, we can’t do anything if it’s canceled. I’m just disappointed because we’re preparing to go to Qatar on the same date for some games there. We gave it up for the Puerto Rico series.”

The Nationals are competing in the SEABA championship in April in pursuit of a ticket to the FIBA Asia championship in China in August.

With the cancellation of the Puerto Rico games, the Nationals will compete in SEABA without any tuneup games except those in the PBA All-Star Week set right before the Asian qualifier.

To help the RP team in its buildup, the PBA is departing from its usual north versus south format in this year’s All-Star extravaganza. Instead, the league will feature the RP team in three games – against the North All-Stars, the South All-Stars and the North-South combined selection. The three all-star teams will be reinforced by imports.

“Except the All-Stars, we don’t have any game or even scrimmage going to SEABA. That’s why it’s really disappointing,” said Guiao.

“The Puerto Rico series is a big opportunity loss. It’s hard to look for the same opportunity. Talent-wise we can’t get an opponent like the Puerto Rico team. We suffered a double-whammy since we gave up the Qatar trip then we lost the opportunity to play Puerto Rico,” Guiao added.

“This series is set for us by the SBP. We still don’t know what happened. I was just told on the phone that the series is canceled. I don’t even know why.”




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D_I_A
02-17-2009, 12:21 AM
Tough task for nationals
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Monday, 16 February 2009 20:36

COACH Yeng Guiao and his Philippine squad face tough tasks against the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) All-Star selections.

Add imports on the floor and former national coaches on the sidelines and life should be just a little harder for the seasoned mentor and his recruits in the PBA All-Star Weekend in April.

The Philippine team battles the North All-Stars in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, on April 22. The North squad will be handled by former national team coach Chot Reyes.

After that, the RP team faces off with the Southern All-Stars on April 24 in Panabo City in Davao del Norte, with Tim Cone calling the shots for the pros.

Each team will also be beefed up by three imports who have been signed up by teams for the coming Fiesta Conference.

The Nationals then battle the full All-Star PBA selection with four imports and Reyes as coach on April 26 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Side events such as the Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shootout will also be held.

According to PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial, it will be the first time in All-Star Games history that a Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao format will be adopted.

“Usually one city or province hosts the All-Star Games but for the first time, we will travel to Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao,” Marcial told the BusinessMirror.

Marcial accompanied PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios on Monday in Bacolod City for the contract signing of the provincial game in Victorias City between Rain or Shine and Purefoods Tender Juicy.

Last year Bacolod City hosted the All-Star Games, which was won by the South All-Star team, 163-158, in overtime with Peter June Simon of the Giants winning the Most Valuable Player award.

Besides using the three-region extravaganza as training for the Philippine team that is eyeing a slot in the 2010 International Basketball Federation (Fiba) World Championship, focus will also be on the three veteran coaches.

Reyes, who steered Talk ’N Text to the Philippine Cup crown, was at the helm when the Philippines competed in the Fiba-Asia qualifying tournament in 2007 in Tokushima, Japan. The Nationals finished ninth in that qualifier.

Cone was the coach of the RP Centennial Team, leading the country to a bronze-medal finish in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, and the title in the Jones Cup.
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b]All-pro RP team loses one tournament
Daily Tribune
02/17/2009[/b]

The all-professional men’s basketball squad will be marching to war without any significant experience, national team head coach Yeng Guiao yesterday revealed.

This developed after the termination of a pocket tournament that could have given the Nationals valuable experience before heading to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in April.

Set to start on Feb. 21, the five-day exhibition series was supposed to feature a ragtag squad from Puerto Rico, the Singapore Slingers and, probably, the national developmental pool under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

Guiao said they he was seriously eyeing the tournament to be their launching pad to Seaba, which serves as the gateway to the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in September where they will vie for a seat in the 2012 London Olympics.

Initially, he was planning to bring his wards to Qatar for a series of exhibition matches with other Middle Eastern countries like Lebanon and Iran. But since it collides with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)-sponsored pocket tournament, he was forced to drop the Qatar joust to grab a rare opportunity of facing taller and stronger foes from the Americas.

And with the surprising decision to scrap it, the Nationals will be forced to march into battle without having any war experience.

“I don’t have any information who and why it was cancelled,” Guiao said in a telephone conversation with the Tribune. “Now, we have no choice but to go to Seaba (in April) without a major test on how to play in the international (competition). I really can’t understand that decision.”

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02-17-2009, 11:45 PM
Cancellation hounds Eala, SBP
Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 21:05


SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said on Tuesday the SBP should not be blamed for the cancellation of the tune-up games featuring the national teams and a Puerto Rican squad.

At the same time, Eala brushed off criticisms he is sabotaging the preparations of the all-pro Philippine team.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)-backed and Yeng Guiao-coached RP squad was invited to participate in the event that was originally set to feature only Smart Gilas, a long-term national pool formed by the SBP, and a Puerto Rican guest team.

The series was scheduled February 21 to 24 but the foreign squad canceled, hoping to get an earlier date that ran in conflict with the Philippine Cup finals between Talk ’N Text and Alaska. Eala said he informed the PBA about it almost two weeks ago.

“The Puerto Rican team wanted an earlier date but we told them the PBA has an ongoing final series,” Eala said. “And we e-mailed the PBA a week-and-a-half about that decision.”

“Sana huwag lagyan ng malice ’yung nangyari,” said Eala. “Anyway, the PBA should be arranging tune-up games for its own national team.”

Guiao was disappointed over the development as he was hoping his team would be able to practice against the competitive Puerto Rican club as part of his team’s preparation for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship in May.

Guiao had actually turned down an invitation from Qatar for a series of games against teams in the Middle East because they knew they can get the same competition against the Puerto Ricans.

“Ngayon, nawala na ’yung Qatar, nawala pa ’yung Puerto Rico. Sayang ang opportunity,” Guiao told the BusinessMirror the other day.

“Sana sinabihan kami nang maaga dahil akala namin plantsado na lahat kaya di na kami pumunta sa Qatar kahit libre lahat.”

But Eala denied that everything was already set for the staging of the miniseries.

“We never said na finalized na. Actually, the series should be between Smart Gilas and the Puerto Rican team lang. We invited the PBA kung gustong sumali ng RP team nila kasi wala silang nilalaruan,” said Eala.

“But due to conflict of schedule, the Puerto Rican decided to call it off, although they say puwede pang ituloy sa ibang date but the SBP should shoulder the airfare and accommodation which we cannot,” Eala added.

According to Eala, the Puerto Rican team initially was willing to pay for its own airfare and the SBP will shoulder the accommodation.

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02-18-2009, 10:46 PM
SBP, SM Supermalls forge partnership
Daily Tribune
02/19/2009

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yesterday firmed up a partnership with SM Supermalls in its quest to comb the country for talented young cagers who could be given the chance to compete in the World Youth Games in July and the World Youth Olympics in 2010.

The new partnership comes as a boost for the SBP 33 Championship, a nationwide search for youth cagers in three divisions, whose champions will represent the Philippines in the two newly-created events by the International Olympic Committee and the International Basketball Federation (Fiba). Both events will be held in Singapore.

Manny Pangilinan, SBP president and chief supporter of basketball and boxing in the country, inked the partnership with top officials of SM Supermalls yesterday at the Activity Center of the SM Megamall, making the leading mall chain as the official venue of the 3-on-3 nationwide basketball eliminations, with the national championsip to be held also at the Megamall.

SBP 33 is the SBP’s response to Fiba’s creation of 3-on-3 youth basketball, which is now an Olympic event.

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02-19-2009, 12:12 AM
Raymundo may opt out of RP team
Updated February 19, 2009 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Purefoods stalwart Kerby Raymundo, the best performer among the big men in the national team in the Tokushima Fiba championship two years ago, may beg off from playing for the PBA-backed RP squad to the SEABA championship because of conflict in schedule with his ballclub.

The 6-foot-6 center-forward yesterday told PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios he’s having a hard time attending practices of both the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants and the national team.

“He’s concerned how to go about two commitments, thinking he may become liability for both his club team and the RP team in the end,” said Barrios. “I told him to give me a few days, I may come up with a decision.”

Raymundo has also discussed the matter with RP team coach Yeng Guiao with the former telling the Purefoods mainstay to seek out the commissioner’s stand on the issue.

Guiao is confident Barrios will find a way to ease Raymundo’s predicament.

Apparently, the Giants are now undergoing hard training under coach Ryan Gregorio in preparation for the PBA Fiesta Conference opening Feb. 28 in Dumaguete. The training is seemingly taking its toll on Raymundo, who, together with teammate James Yap, also works out with the national team.

If ever, Raymundo’s absence would be a big blow to the RP team cause.

Earlier, the RP team’s preparation for the SEABA tourney hit a snag with the cancellation of its supposed mini-series against the SBP developmental team and a Puerto Rican club team slated Feb. 21-24.

The Nationals are competing in the SEABA championship in March in pursuit of a ticket to the FIBA Asia championship in China in August.

With the cancellation of the Puerto Rico games, the Nationals will compete in SEABA without any practice games except those in the PBA All-Star Week set right before the Asian qualifier. – Nelson Beltran

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02-19-2009, 12:48 AM
SBP not undermining PBA
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson Updated February 19, 2009 12:00 AM
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The failure of Puerto Rican club titleholder Capitanes de Arecibo to play an exhibition series with the Philippine team coached by Yeng Guiao was certainly not meant to derail the PBA’s efforts in forming a competitive team for the SEABA Championships this April.

SBP executive director Noli Eala, under fire for supposedly pulling the plug on the series, said yesterday Capitanes never confirmed its arrival in the first place.

A certain Ray Caban, representing Capitanes, e-mailed Eala last month asking if the team could visit Manila for a series of games.

“They initially offered to come on their own, meaning they would pay to fly over and we would take care of their hotel and local expenses,” said Eala. “I told them we could try to schedule a series from Feb. 20 to 24 so as not to conflict with the PBA conference.”

Eala went a step ahead by contacting a Middle East club to join the series, hoping to make it a four-way affair with Guiao’s selection and coach Rajko Toroman’s national developmental team.

But when Caban ree-mailed insisting to play two weeks earlier with air fare shouldered by the local hosts, the whole thing fizzled out. Later, Caban said the Puerto Ricans will be available to play early May.

“We never committed anything to the PBA,” said Eala. “There was nothing definite. I’m surprised why some people are making a big issue out of this. To me, it’s a non-issue. It was never a done deal. For some people to speculate that we’re trying to undermine the PBA is just not fair. There wouldn’t be a developmental team if only the PBA could lend its best players for our international commitments. But we understand and respect where the PBA is coming from. We support the PBA and we know how important it is to the SBP.”

Eala said the accusation that the SBP is out to sabotage the PBA’s efforts smacks of “a convenient excuse to fail.”

“I don’t think there’s any reason to think we might lose in the SEABA Championships,” said Eala. “Our PBA players could win easily with one eye closed and an arm tied behind the back. Regarding the opportunity to play in Qatar, that’s not our call. I don’t want to pick a fight with anybody, certainly not with the PBA or coach Yeng because we’re all on the same side.”

The SEABA Championships are set April 2-6 but no host has been designated by FIBA-Asia. Eala said he has asked the PBA if the league could sponsor it. The tournament is the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Championships on Aug. 6-16 in Tianjin City, China. The top three finishers in the Tianjin meet will represent Asia in the World Championships in Turkey next year.

Regarding the composition of the developmental team, Eala said only three of the 19 players in the original wish list declined the offer to commit for two or three years. They were Rico Maierhofer, Ogie Menor and Marcy Arellano.

“They were influenced by agents,” said Eala. “They’re free to decide what to do and we wish them all the best. We’re happy that all the others signed up, including Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and J. V. Casio. Rajko would’ve preferred for Rico to stay but we got a good replacement in 6-6 Aldrich Ramos of FEU who’s lean, quick and a good shooter.”

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Guiao wary of Malaysians
Rey Joble

WITH their preparation affected after the cancellation of two international events, members of the Philippine Team will be playing in the coming Southeast Asia Basketball Association unprepared and not in game shape.

National team coach Yeng Guiao told Standard Today that there will be no tune-up games lined up for his squad after the cancellation of the planned goodwill series against Puerto Rico’s champion club team Capitanes de Aracibo and the RP developmental team handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“What we need to do now is adjust our training from once a week to two to three times a week before plunging to action in Seaba,” said Guiao. “But this is really discouraging. The frustrating part is wala man lang kaming tuneup. We all know na medyo lamang tayo sa Seaba, pero iba pa rin ‘yung may tuneup ka eh. Practice shape is different from game shape.”

The Seaba tournament is set April 2 and counts host Malaysia as its dangerous opponent.

“We need to watch out for them, especially now na na-distort ‘yung preparation natin with the cancellation of two international events,” said Guiao.

A pocket event set from Feb. 21 to 24 and was supposed to be participated in by Guiao’s RP Team, the Puerto Ricans and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-supported RP squad, was shelved at the last minute at a time when the Nationals have already turned down their planned trip to Qatar for another tournament.


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02-19-2009, 09:56 PM
RP team in sticky situation
Daily Tribune
02/20/2009

Stripped of any tune-up game needed before it plunges into action in the Fiba qualifying Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament in Kuala Lumpur this April, the RP national team is looking for two remaining options at their disposal.

RP team coach Yeng Guiao said they are giving strong considerations to inviting a foreign team for their tune-up game.

“We can invite a foreign team over to play with the national team but that would be expensive,” said Guiao during practice last Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

“Or we can perhaps play against PBA imports.”

The Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup kicks off on Feb. 28 with 6-foot-6 reinforcements on parade.

“Mag-uusap siguro muna kami ni Commissioner (Sonny Barrios of the PBA) dahil this came so sudden… tong cancellation ng games with the Puerto Rican team,”

Guiao said. “Wala kaming backup plan sa pangyayaring ito.”

The Fiba Asia-bound RP squad is supposed to meet the selection from the Caribbean next week, but the scheduled matches were abruptly cancelled, leaving Guiao and his team without a tuneup game before the April 2-6 SEABA competition, the qualifier for the Fiba Asia Championships in China in August.

“We cannot keep on playing each other,” Guiao said. “And although lamang tayo sa Seaba in terms of talent, ang delikado eh we’re doing it in Malaysia, and they’re a contender. We have to make allowances for the homecourt advantage.

“So do we leave everything to chance and just assume that we’re the stronger team without even playing tuneup games?”

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Whew! What kind of a National Coach are you? You didn't forsee this would happen?

How come Tim Cone, Jong Uichico and Chot Reyes did?

D_I_A
02-19-2009, 10:19 PM
Yeng fears lack of tuneup for SEABA
Updated February 20, 2009 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Stripped of any tuneup game for the FIBA qualifying Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament in Kuala Lumpur this April, national coach Yeng Guiao is looking at two remaining options – but even these don’t look feasible.

“We can invite a foreign team over to play with the national team but that would be expensive,” said Guiao during practice last Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

“Or we can perhaps play against PBA imports.”

The Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup kicks off on Feb. 28 with 6-foot-6 reinforcements on parade.

“We may have to take this up with commissioner (Sonny Barrios of the PBA) because it came so suddenly (the cancellation of games with the Puerto Rican team),” Guiao said. “We didn’t have a backup plan for this.”

The FIBA Asia-bound RP squad was to meet the selection from the Caribbean next week, but the scheduled matches were abruptly cancelled, leaving Guiao and his team without a tuneup game before the April 2-6 SEABA competition, the qualifier for the FIBA Asia Championships in China in August.

“We cannot keep on playing each other,” Guiao said. “Although we have the advantage in the SEABA in terms of talent, there’s still the risk (of losing) because the games are held in Malaysia, and they’re a contender. We have to make allowances for the homecourt advantage.

“So do we leave everything to chance and just assume that we’re the stronger team without even playing tuneup games?” Inviting a foreign team, Guiao said, could eventually be out of the question, “unless we can find one willing to shoulder their own expenses like the Singapore Slingers.”

The Burger King mentor also has doubts about forming an all-import opponent to face the RP team.

“It may be difficult to bring those imports together and let them play like that,”he said. “ Besides, they all have practically the same height – 6-5 and 6-6.

Guiao admits, however, that he is at a loss as to how to deal with the “setback.”

“We also can’t form an all-PBA team because that would pre-empt the All Star Weekend,” he said.

“To tell you frankly, I don’t see any alternative.”


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Yeng looking at two options
People's Journal
2/20/2009

STRIPPED of any tune-up game before they plunge into action in the FIBA qualifying Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament in Kuala Lumpur
this April, national coach Yeng Guiao is looking at two remaining options at their disposal.
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“We can invite a foreign team over to play with the national team but that would be expensive,” said Guiao during practice last Wednesday at The Arena
in San Juan.
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“Or we can perhaps play against PBA imports.”
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The Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup kicks off on Feb. 28 with 6-foot-6 reinforcements on parade.
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“Mag-uusap siguro muna kami ni Commissioner (Sonny Barrios of the PBA) dahil this came so sudden…tong cancellation ng games with the Puerto Rican team,” Guiao said. “Wala kaming backup plan sa pangyaya-ring ito.”
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The FIBA Asia-bound RP squad was to meet the selection from the Caribbean next week, but the scheduled matches were abruptly cancelled, leaving Guiao and his team without a tuneup game before the April 2-6 SEABA competition, the qualifier for the FIBA Asia Championships in China in August.
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“We cannot keep on playing each other,” Guiao said. “And although lamang tayo sa SEABA in terms of talent, ang delikado e we’re doing it in Malaysia, and they’re a contender. We have to make allowances for the homecourt advantage.
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“So do we leave everything to chance and just assume that we’re the stronger team without even playing tuneup games?”
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Inviting a foreign team, Guiao said, could eventually be out of the question, “unless we can find one willing to shoulder their own expenses like the Singapore Slingers.”

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RP 5’s lack of tune-up
games worries coach Guiao
Manila Times
2/20/2009

DESPITE the postponement of tune-up games, RP team coach Yeng Guiao is looking at two possible options to prepare the squad for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April.

“We can invite a foreign team to play against the national team, but that would too be expensive or we can perhaps play against PBA imports,” Guiao said during the RP team’s practice session Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

“Commissioner [Sonny Barrios of the PBA] and I will talk because this thing came up so sudden [cancellation of games with the Puerto Rican team],” he said. “ We have no back-up plan in this untimely event.”

The Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup kicks off on February 28 with 6-foot-6 reinforcements on parade.

The FIBA Asia-bound RP squad was supposed to meet the selection from the Caribbean next week, but the scheduled matches were canceled due to unknown reason.

The team was left without a tune-up game before the April 2 to 6 SEABA competition, the qualifying event for the FIBA Asia Championships in China in August.

“We cannot keep on playing each other,” Guiao said. “And although we are ahead in SEABA in terms of talent, it stays dangerous because we’re doing it in Malaysia, and they’re a contender. We have to make allowances for the homecourt advantage.”

Inviting a foreign team, Guiao said, could eventually be out of the question, “unless we can find one willing to shoulder their own expenses like the Singapore Slingers.”

The Burger King mentor also has doubts about forming an all-import opponent to face the RP team because the height of the imports ranges from 6’5” to 6’6”.

Guiao admits, however, that he is at a loss as to how to deal with the “setback.”

“We can’t create another all-PBA team because it will preempt the All-Star Weekend,” he said. “I have no any alternative about this.”
-- Josef T. Ramos

D_I_A
02-21-2009, 12:48 AM
Aussies willing to play RP five
manila Standard Today
By Rey Joble
2/21/2009

SYDNEY Spirit, a three-time champion in the National Basketball League in Australia, will most likely face the national team handled by coach Yeng Guiao.

Marco Selorio, a Filipino based in Sydney and marketing manager of the Spirit, told Standard Today that his squad is willing to play Guiao’s RP squad either in the Philippines or in Australia, where thousands of Filipinos are working and staying.

“We can work this thing out,” said Selorio via online interview. “If the organizers can arrange a free airfare for our team, then we’re willing to go.”

The Spirit, led by Matthew Knight, David Gruber, Jason Smith, Derrick Low and Drew Williamson, are formerly known as the Kings. They were the undisputed champions from 2003 to 2005.

Selorio, who is also the head of Hoopdreamz, a sporting promotional outfit, said that they are planning to help every which way they can in the preparations of the RP Team.

“We’ve learned that their planned pocket tournament against a Puerto Rican team was canceled. We see this as an opportunity to help the RP Team in our best possible way by playing against them,” said Selorio. “The good thing about Australian teams is that they play tough basketball.”

The pocket tournament involving Guiao’s RP Team, the Puerto Rican squad and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-supported RP developmental team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman was called off after miscommunications among the organizers.

In 2002, the Perth Wildcats played against the RP Team then handled by Jong Uichico. The Wildcats proved to be a competitive squad that managed to beat the Nationals, who also lost Danny Seigle to an injury and made him miss the quadrennial meet.

Selorio said that the Singapore Slingers, a team that defeated the Air21 Express last year in a two-game series in Singapore, could also be a good choice to be invited in the Philippines.

PBA media bureau chief and special assistant to the commissioner Willie Marcial said he welcomed this new development and will get in touch with Selorio at the soonest possible time.

“We just have to know the details and the arrangements of their planned visit for a tune-up game, but this is certainly a big help for the preparation of the RP Team,” said Marcial.

Pressed for time to have a tune-up game, the Nationals will take on every possible opponent as part of its preparation for the Southeast Asia Basketball Association, which will be held in April. The Seaba meet is calendared first on the list of priorities of the RP squad. The team will next play a selection of players bannered by imports in the PBA All-Star game.

But the Seaba tournament is just a tip of the iceberg. The stiffer competitions will come from the Asian Champions Cup in Indonesia this May.

D_I_A
02-21-2009, 01:16 AM
RP development pool up for tough training
02/20/2009 | 10:06 PM
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MANILA, Philippines – The 13-player Philippine youth development pool is up for a tough challenge as Serbian coach Rajko Toroman has prepared a busy training schedule before they compete in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Indonesia.

Toroman has ordered a six times a week practice to condition the team before plunging into action in the Champions Cup slated May 12 to 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Toroman also scheduled a series of international tune-up games for the Nationals as part of their preparation before the Jakarta competition. The team is set to fly to Serbia and the US for training and competition next month.

Serbia will be the RP development team’s first stop. The training pool will compete against seven local professional teams from March 29 to April 7. The team returns to Manila before heading to the US on April 14 for another 10-day tune-up match.

While in the US, Toroman will take a close look at several prospective Filipino-American candidates for possible inclusion in the team. Among those whom Toroman will look at is 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, who is also being considered by the PBA-backed national team under coach Yeng Guiao.

“There are a few slots left and we’ll see the quality of the Fil-Ams. What we need are just extra players," added Toroman.

A mini-invitational tournament is also being planned between SBP and the PBL and this will serve as the team’s final tune-up before they leave for FIBA Asia.

D_I_A
02-21-2009, 01:17 AM
9 players sign up for RP youth development team
02/20/2009 | 09:15 PM
GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines – Big names like Rico Maierhoffer, Jervy Cruz, and Rogemar Menor are not part of the national developmental team, but Serbian coach Rajko Toroman believes he has the right players whom he needs to bring the Philippines back to its once lofty status in basketball.

“We’re on the right track and the quality of players in the team is very high," said Toroman, who is tasked to lead the country to victory in next year’s Asian Games and a seat in the 2012 London Olympics.

Nine players have already signed on the contract presented by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), while four more are expected to do the same thing within the week bringing to 13 the pool of players to train under Toroman.

Players who signed up are collegiate standouts Mark Barroca and JR Cawaling of the Far Eastern University, Dylan Ababou of the University of Santo Tomas, Rey Guevarra and Carlo Jazul of Letran College, Rabeh Al Hussaini and Ryan Buenafe of UAAP champion Ateneo, Maggi Sison of the Univesity of the Philippines, and Jason Ballesteros of San Sebastian College.

Expected to also sign up are Ateneo hot shot Chris Tiu, Mac Baracael of FEU, La Salle’s JV Casio and University of Visayas Filipino-German center Greg Slaughter.

The 6-foot-6 Maierhoffer of La Salle and San Beda’s Menor joined the tryouts but never returned, while 6-foot-4 do-it-all forward Cruz, who played for UST, never showed up. Veteran guard Marcy Arellano, who was part of the Philippine team that won the crown in an invitational tournament in China last December, also opted out.

University of the East’s Paul Lee, who emerged as the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) PG Flex Linoleum Cup’s best player, begged off until after the 2009 UAAP season, while University of Cebu’s 6-foot-9 center Junmar Fajardo has yet to get his approval from his mother team competing in the CESAFI.

A total of 15 players are being eyed to complete to pool with UST’s Chester Taylor, FEU’s Aldrech Ramos, and former Ateneo center Ford Arao contesting the other slots.

D_I_A
02-21-2009, 01:26 AM
Malaysia will be RP 5’s toughest foe in SEABA, says Guiao
02/20/2009 | 08:36 PM
GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines – Malaysia will be the Philippines’ toughest opponent in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament which opens on April 2 in Kuala Lumpur.

This was the quick observation made by national team mentor Yeng Guiao, who will bring his squad unprepared for the event after the cancellation of their supposed two international tournaments before plunging to action in the SEABA tilt.

“They’re (Malaysia) the team to beat. Our preparation was distorted after the cancellation of two international tournaments," said Guiao.

“Sayang ‘yung sa Qatar. Bukod sa libre siya, malakas na tournament din ‘yung lalaruan dahil nandoon ‘yung Jordan eh," said Guiao. “Our situation is really difficult. We don’t have any tune-up games going to SEABA."

Guiao said the only preparation the RP team would get is through its training session. “This is really discouraging. The frustrating part is wala man lang kaming tune-up. Practice shape is different from game shape."

Although he still likes his team’s chances, Guiao expects a tougher test against the host squad, who will be bannered by Soo Eng Heng, Tan Kian Hoong, Kappusamy Satyaseelan and Koh Way Te

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02-22-2009, 12:30 AM
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PBA rues cancellation of RP-Capitanes series
By Joaquin Henson
Updated February 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Playing the Puerto Rican club champion Capitanes de Arecibo would’ve been the perfect opportunity for coach Yeng Guiao to prepare the national team for the SEABA Championships on April 2-6 but it’s useless crying over spilled milk.

A PBA spokesman said the other day Guiao was under the impression the series with Capitanes was a done deal – which is why the pro league turned down a chance to play some friendlies in Qatar. It was a case of miscommunication and nobody is really to blame. Surely, the SBP – which was contacted by Capitanes to organize the series – can’t be blamed for the cancellation.

The SBP, in fact, sent an e-mail to the PBA outlining the schedule of the Capitanes visit which pegged two games against Guiao’s team on Feb. 21 and 24 and two games against coach Rajko Toroman’s developmental squad on Feb. 22 and 25. The same e-mail mentioned a request for the PBA to sponsor an official dinner on Feb. 23 and TV spots for SBP’s sponsors in the coverage of the games against Guiao’s team. It seemed like all systems go.

However, there was a note of uncertainty in the e-mail as the sender, the SBP’s Jen Hernandez, wrote, “Sir Noli (Eala) will be able to finalize details of this with Capitanes (de) Arecibo in a couple of days.” As it turned out, the deal went sour after the Capitanes asked to be paid for their plane tickets. In the initial discussions with Eala as SBP executive director, the Capitanes said they would take care of their air fare.

When the SBP refused to be held hostage, the series went out the window and the PBA was left without a tune-up series.

Some quarters are trying to impute malice in the botched series since the SBP is directly involved with another national team, not Guiao’s, the SBP is locking in collegiate stars for two or three years, taking them out of the PBA draft pool, and there is unpleasant history between Eala and the PBA. What must be pointed out is the cancellation of the series didn’t only disrupt the training of Guiao’s squad but also Toroman’s although there is more urgency to prepare the PBA All-Stars because of the proximity of the SEABA Championships.


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02-22-2009, 12:38 AM
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SPORTING CHANCE
By Joaquin Henson
Updated February 22, 2009 12:00 AM

The Metro Manila tryouts for the Careline-Philippine women’s junior and youth teams began at the Xavier School Sports Center in San Juan yesterday. Another round of tryouts is set this morning starting at 8.

“We’re hoping to gather and train the best available talents for future international tournaments,” said women’s youth godfather Dioceldo Sy, chairman of Ever Bilena cosmetics. “This is the first of a series of tryouts for the women’s youth team.”

After the Metro Manila leg, Sy said the coaching staff made up of Pat Aquino, Paul Du and Julie Vega will go to Dagupan, Cebu and Davao to conduct similar tryouts.

Only players born in 1992 and 1993 are eligible for the 16-under team that Sy is assembling to compete in the first FIBA-Asia championships for junior women on Oct. 21-29.

“We believe in the SBP’s vision that for the country to become No. 1 in both the men’s and women’s divisions, we should maintain an elite and grassroots program for the women’s youth sector,” said Sy, a former PBL chairman. “That is the commitment of Careline to the SBP and our country.”

Sy, whose Ever Bilena team has won three straight WPBL titles, said his support for the country’s under-16 squad is “my own small way of giving back.” He called it a “huge challenge” and vowed “to do our best to get the championship.”


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02-22-2009, 12:50 AM
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Smart-Mla makes Nokia nat’l finals
02/22/2009

Dave Moralde buried a three-pointer in the dying seconds to lift Smart-Manila to a 66-65 win over Quezon City for a 2-0 sweep of their Nokia National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) D-League at the San Juan gym.

With the score tied at 63-all, Moralde practically scored the game-winner to finish with a game-high 12 points in the tournament backed by Nokia Philippines and TAO Corp. under the aegis of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas headed by Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala.

“This game was quite difficult for, but it’s better this way since it is a test of character for the players,”said Manila coach Ato Badolato, who was also adjudged Best Coach following the finals. “Hopefully, in the next two months we could better prepare for our opponents in the national finals.

“Our players are also busy with the RP Under-16 team preparations, but we are jelling well,”Badolato.” I still have no idea about our possible finals opponents since I have not scouted them yet.”

In the battle for third, B-MEG Pasig routed Antipolo with Gio Henares, Aljon Mariano and Martin Pascual combining for 40 points while Ruzzl Colmenar and Albert Tanquintic had 20 and 19 for the Icons.


The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090222spo6.html)

D_I_A
02-24-2009, 12:02 AM
Menor quits San Beda 5

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:19:00 02/23/2009


MANILA, Philippines—Highly touted amateur standout Ogie Menor on Sunday said pressure from school officials to sign up with the national team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made him decide to forego his final year of eligibility with three-time NCAA defending champion San Beda College.

Menor, who played a major role in the Lions’ amazing run the past three years, had earlier said he was passing up his final year so he could join the Philippine Basketball Association rookie draft.

“I love the school but so many things I don’t like are happening already,” Menor, who rejected the contract offered by the SBP two weeks ago, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday.

“I really wanted to represent the country. But the contract did not have any guarantees so I decided to join the PBA draft.”

Menor’s refusal to sign the contract reportedly did not sit well with the school, whose basketball program is funded by SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim hopes that Menor, the 2007 NCAA Finals Most Valuable Player, reconsiders his decision.

“It’s not a matter of convincing him, but it’s about making the right decision,” said Lim. “It’s his choice, but I would encourage him to stay [in San Beda]. And if he goes with the national team, he’ll have lots of exposure.”

D_I_A
02-24-2009, 11:30 PM
GTK pleas for caging in Laos
Malaya
2/25/2009

GO Teng Kok flew to Laos yesterday to seek an audience with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith and lobby for the inclusion of basketball in the 25th Southeast Asian Games.

The meeting was arranged by former Laos and Cambodian Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua.

"We used all our options and clout to make sure that basketball will be included in the SEA Games," said Go, RP’s representative in the SEAG Sports and Rules Committee and special assistant to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco, Jr.

Go travelled to Laos alone but expressed optimism the host will reconsider its decision to exclude basketball.

Last month, the SEAG Organizing Committee announced the sports calendared in the Laos meet scheduled December 9-18, with basketball not included despite endorsement of all 10-member countries.

The organizers cited previous concerns, such as lack of venue and technical people to hold a basketball event.

The Philippines is the defending champion in basketball, winning it for the sixth straight time in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.

The sports already approved in the biennial tournament are athletics, aquatics, shuttlecock, taekwondo, karate, boxing, fin swimming, judo, pencak silat, muay, wushu, billiards and snookers, wrestling, petanque, sepak takraw, table tennis, lawn tennis, badminton, golf, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, football, shooting, archery, cycling and weightlifting.