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11-05-2007, 11:41 PM
RP 5 to play at Goodwill Games
abs-cbnnews.com



The Philippine basketball team is gearing for the Gatorade Goodwill Games in Singapore this month for a series of tune-up matches in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

Fresh from their training stint in Korea, the RP Team will be facing the Singapore National Team, a selection from the American Navy, the Australian Pro Team Singapore Slingers, a selection from Europe, and a selection from the Gatorade Basketball Clinic of the Philippine community in Singapore.

The Philippines has been a top contender even after a two year hiatus from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) circuit.

The RP Team is backed by amateur basketball godfather and Harbour Centre Port Terminals chairman Mikee Romero.

The Goodwill Games is hosted and co-sponsored by tycoon Lance Gokongwei for Cebu Pacific Airlines and Parmon Group Chairman, Paul Monozca. Other co-sponsors are sports drink Gatorade, Mr. Arnold Bengco of Citigroup, Mr. Noel Perdigon of 7107 Flavours Restaurant and the Rasa Sentosa Shangri-la Hotel.

Game schedules:
Nov 11 , 3 p.m. - Singapore National Team vs Philippine National Team
(Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang)

Nov 12 , 6 p.m. - American - Navy Selection / LJE Sports vs Philippine National Team
(BAS court, 601 Aljunied Crescent, #01-04, Singapore Basketball Center)

Nov 13 , 7 p.m. - Australian Pro team Singapore Slingers vs Philippine National Team
(Jurong East Sports & Recreation Center, 21 Jurong East, Street 31)

Nov 14 , 8 p.m. - European Selection / BBAXN vs Philippine National Team
(BAS court, 601 Aljunied Crescent, #01-04, Singapore Basketball Center)

Nov 15 , 6 p.m. - Gatorade Basketball Clinic & Mix Games for Philippine Community
(Anglo Chinese School (ACS), 80 Barker Road, Along Bukit Timah)

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:20 AM
RP five getting better and better *
People's Journal
November 14, 2007 Wednesday

SINGAPORE – Getting better and unforgiving in every game, the Philippines scored another 40-plus win in its four-game series here Monday, crushing the U.S. Navy Selection this time, 105-58, at the Singapore Basketball Centre.
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Boyet Bautista drilled in six of the Nationals’ 18 three-point shots in an awesome display of long court brilliance, while the team’s defense stepped up big time in an outcome that proved the squad’s readiness in defending its SEA Games title next month in Thailand.
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“Finally, I saw their (Nationals) killer instint,” said coach Junel Baculi. “Unlike before, when they tend to relax after posting a big lead they worked hard till the end.”
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“This is the best game we’ve played so far,” said Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre, main backer of the Philippine team. “Nagising na rin sa wakas.”
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The Philippine team opened its campaign with a 90-42 win over the Singapore national team.
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The Nationals, though, will have no time to celebrate much since they will have one tough opponent next in the Singapore Slingers at the Jurong Indoor Stadium.* * * *
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The Slingers are considered as the toughest among the teams the Nationals will meet, competing regularly in the Australian National Basketball League.
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The Slingers are made up of only three Singaporeans, with five Australians, two Americans, a New Zealander and a Macedonian. Aussies Chris Cameron and David Donaldson are the team’s tallest players at 6-foot-10 with four others standing at 6-8.
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Baculi said he’s hoping to exact revenge over the Slingers, who beat the Nationals in the Brunei Cup in August.
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So deadly were the Nationals that Baculi found little need for two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro, who wound up scoreless with Eugene Tan.
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Bautista topscored with 20 points, followed by Jonathan Fernandez with 14 points, including four triples.*

The scores:
Philippines (105) —Bautista 20, Fernandez 14, Chan 13, Belga 11, Salangsang 9, Alonso 6, Cruz 6, Crisano 5, Tiu 5, Vergara 5, Cabahug 2.
U.S. Navy Selection (58) — Adams 14, Chad 10, Nicholas 8, Miller 8, Aaron 7, Williams 7, Smith 2, Lawrence 2.
Quarterscores: 29-14, 56-23, 76-43, 105-58

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:22 AM
RP 5 killer instinct comes out
BusinessMirror
WED NOVEMBER 14, 2007

SINGAPORE—The Philippine team, showing its prowess in both offense and defense, dumped the United States Navy selection, 105-58, Monday night at the Singapore Basketball Centre.

Popping up triples while never easing up on their switching half-court to full-court press, the Harbour Centre-backed Nationals surged to a 56-23 halftime edge and breezed to their second straight victory in the four-game tune-up series.

The Nationals also routed the Singaporeans, 90-42, on Sunday.

“Finally, I saw their [Nationals] killer instinct,” said coach Junel Baculi. “Unlike before, when they tend to relax after posting a big lead they worked hard till the end.”

Led by Boyet Bautista’s six triples, the Nationals connected a total of 18 from the three-point zone in a display of shooting proficiency that reinforced the coaching staff’s belief of their offensive might.

Baculi and assistant coaches Louie Alas, Beaujing Acot and Ryan Dy are more concerned about the Nationals’ defensive capability in their title-retention campaign in the Thailand 24th Southeast Asian Games next month.

Even Harbour Centre team owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero was elated by the Nationals’ performance.

“This is the best game we’ve played so far. Nagising na rin sa wakas,” said Romero, who is in Singapore to oversee the Nationals’ preparations for the SEAG along with team coordinator Erick Arejola.

The Nationals will get their first real test Tuesday night when they tangle with the Singapore Slingers at the Jurong Indoor Stadium.

The Slingers are actually a Singapore-based professional team competing in the Australian National Basketball League.

Only three of its players are Singaporeans with five Aussies, two Americans, a New Zealander and a Macedonian in tow. Aussies Chris Cameron and David Donaldson are the team’s tallest at six-foot-10 with four others standing at six-foot-eight.

Baculi said he’s hoping to exact revenge over the Slingers, who beat the Nationals in the Brunei Cup in August.

So deadly was the Nationals that Baculi found little need for two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro, who wound up scoreless with Eugene Tan, as Bautista and Al Vergara alternately orchestrated the plays.

Bautista topscored with 20 points, followed by Jonathan Fernandez with 14 points, including four triples; Jeff Chan with 13 including three triples; and Beau Belga with 11. Eric de la Cuesta came through with two triples and Allan Salangsang, Vergara and Chris Tiu had one each.

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:26 AM
Nationals brace for Slingers game
Malaya* *
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2007

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SINGAPORE. — Revving up for a rematch against the Singapore Slingers, a professional team competing in the Australian National Basketball League, the Philippine national team whipped the United States Navy selection 105-58 Monday at the Singapore Basketball Center here.

The win was the second straight for the nationals, who are here on a four-game training stint as part of their preparations for the Thailand Southeast Asian Games next month. In their initial outing last Sunday, the nationals routed the Singapore national squad 90-42.

The real test will come on Tuesday when they tangle with the Slingers at the Jurong Indoor Stadium. Five Australians, two Americans, a New Zealander, a Macedonian and three Singaporeans make up the Slingers.

Aussies Chris Cameron and David Donaldson are the Slingers’ tallest at 6-foot-10, with four others standing at 6-foot-8.

Coach Junel Baculi is hoping to exact revenge over the Slingers, who beat the Nationals in the Brunei Cup last August.

Against the overmatched Navy selection, the nationals showed their prowess in defense and offense, popping up triples while never easing up on their switching half court to full court press.

The Harbour Centre-backed nationals surged to a 56-23 halftime edge and were never threatened from there.

"Finally, I saw their killer’s instint," said Baculi. "Unlike before when they tended to relax after posting a big lead they worked hard till the end."

Led by Boyet Bautista who had six triples, the nationals connected 18 times from the three-point zone in a display of shooting proficiency.

Even Harbour Centre team owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero was elated by the team’s performance.

"This is the best game we’ve played so far. Nagising na rin sa wakas," said Romero.

So deadly was the nationals Baculi found little need for two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro, who wound up scoreless. Eugene Tan, as Bautista and Al Vergara alternately orchestrated the plays.

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:34 AM
RP five wins big
By REY C. LACHICA
Manila Bulletin
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SINGAPORE — Three days into their training in this enchanting island nation, Philippine team coach Junel Baculi finally found what he has been looking from his players killer’s instinct.

"Our hard work is finally paying off," said Baculi after the Harbour Centre-backed Philippine team’s 105-58 drubbing of the Navy-backed American selection Monday at the Singapore Basketball Centre here.

"Unlike before, when they tend to relax after posting a big lead, they worked hard till the end," said Baculi. "We’re ready to play and defend our title in the SEA Games."

Baculi’s excitement is understandable.

With Hapee Toothpaste management finally allowing its top pick — Fil-Am Gabe Norwood — to suit up for the Philippine team, Baculi believes the Nationals are now a lot more competitive than when they played as a guest team in the ongoing PBL V-Go Extreme Energy Drink Cup.

His assessment was echoed by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero.

"Sa wakas, nagising na rin sila. I think we can hit our peak form just in time for the SEA Games," said Romero, who came here along with his family to oversee the team’s training. "I can now see the fire in their eyes and the drive to win the gold medal in the SEA Games."

Even the main core of the team — Jason Castro, Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo and Eugene Tan have expressed their excitement over prospect of Norwood playing for the team.

"For the country, we will welcome him to the team," said Castro. "Mas lalo kaming lumakas dahil andyan si Norwood."

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:36 AM
RP 5 too much for Singapore
Manila Standard Today
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

SINGAPORE—The Philippine team, which received the good news that it will be reinforced by 6’5” Fil-Am Gabe Norwood for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Thailand, dumped the Singapore national team, 90-42, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Basketball godfather Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre and coach Junel Baculi were informed of the good news by assistant team manager Erick Arejola.

Hapee Toothpaste management, led by owner and PBL chairman Dr. Cecilio Pedro, allowed the athletic Norwood to reinforce the nationals.

“It’s a big, big development as far as the team is concerned and I’d like to thank the board for coming out to help the team. This endeavor is not for Harbour Centre, but for the country,” said Romero, who led a huge crowd of Filipinos who rooted for the RP team Sunday.

Taking from where they left off, the nationals banged in 21 points while limiting their rivals to just 9 points.

With the Filipinos clamping down on defense, the Singaporeans were again held to just 9 points in the second quarter as the SEA Games-bound team took a comfortable 42-18 lead at half time.

Meanwhile, the tentative schedule released by the Thailand SEA Games Organizing Committee for the coming regional sports extravaganza appears to favor the Philippine team.

For one, the nationals will have the lowly Cambodians as their rivals in the kick-off game of the five-nation basketball competition at the Keelapirom Stadium inside the Suranaree Unversity in Nakron Ratchasima province on Dec. 7.

“It’s just like a lull before the storm,” said Baculi. “It will give us time to adjust to the venue and time to scout our rivals. Scouting is very important in any tournament.”

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 05:38 AM
RP dumps US Navy selection
The Manila Times
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SINGAPORE: The Philippine team, showing its prowess in both offense and defense, dumped the United States Navy selection, 105-58, Mon*day night at the Singapore Basketball Center here.

Popping up triples while never easing up on their switching half-court to full-court press, the Harbour Centre-backed Nationals surged to a 56-23 halftime edge and breezed to their second straight victory in a four-game tune-up series.

The SEAG-bound RP squad, which also routed Singapore, 90-42, on Sunday, fired 18 triples, including six from Boyet Bautista.

“Finally, I saw their [Na*tionals] killer instinct,” said coach Junel Baculi. “Unlike before, when they tend to relax after posting a big lead they worked hard till the end.”

Harbour Centre team owner and amateur basketball god*father Mikee Romero was elated by the Nationals’ performance. “This is the best game we’ve played so far. Nagising na rin sa wakas.”

The Nationals will get their first real test Tuesday night when they tangle with the Slingers at the Jurong Indoor Stadium.

The Slingers, the Singapore-based team competing in the Australian National Basketball League, defeated the Nationals in the Brunei Cup two months ago.

Scores:

RP 105 – Bautista 20, Fernandez 14, Chan 13, Belga 11, Salangsang 9, Alonso 6, Cruz 6, Crisano 5, Tiu 5, Vergara 5, Cabahug 2.

US Navy* 58 – Adams 14, Chad 10, Nicholas 8, Miller 8, Aaron 7, Williams 7, Smith 2, Lawrence 2.

Quarters: 29-14, 56-23, 76-43, 105-58.

amdgc82
11-15-2007, 03:02 AM
Getting stronger each day
BusinessMirror
THU NOVEMBER 15, 2007

SINGAPORE—Drawing strength from a once dormant defense and a vicious running game, Team Philippines slaughtered the Singapore Slingers, 100-93, Tuesday night before a predominantly Filipino crowd at the Jurong East Sports and Cultural Centre.

Cheered by some 2,000 of their countrymen, the Nationals quickened the pace in the second half with a sleek attack and solid interior defense to pull the rug from under the Slingers, who led almost all throughout before disintegrating in the final stretch.

“The team showed mental toughness, they really want to prove something,” said an impressed RP team coach Junel Baculi.

RP also smothered the Singapore national squad, 90-42, Sunday, and a United States Navy selection, 105-58, Monday, but Tuesday’s victory was considered the biggest because the Slingers are an all-professional team competing in the tough, Australian-based National Basketball League.

“This is a huge, huge win,” said an ecstatic Harbour Centre team owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero.

So jubilant was Romero, who was here to personally oversee the team along with assistant manager Erick Arejola, that he gave each member of the team $100.

“They all worked and fought really hard, they deserve this bonus,” said Romero.

Jervy Cruz, dwarfed by the Aussie, American and Macedonian giants of the Slingers, came through with 23 points and 12 rebounds that underscored how the RP big men matched up well with their bigger foes.

Filipino-American Alex Crisano had some unnecessary fouls but kept his cool to help the team with six points and five rebounds, while Allan Salangsang, Chad Alonzo and Beau Belga combined for 23 points and 11 boards, performances that should bode well for an RP team going for the gold medal in the 24th Southeast Asian Games next month in Thailand.

The small but lightning quick duo of Jason Castro and Al Vergara provided the spark as the two combined for 27 points and eight assists to ease the pressure off their big men inside.

Their biggest moment came late in the fourth quarter when Castro scored the basket that knotted the count at 90-all and Vergara, a late addition from Harbour Centre, drained a booming trey that gave RP the lead for good.

But Baculi and assistants Louie Alas, Ryan Dy and Beaujing Acot were quick to caution that they haven’t achieved anything yet.

“Yes we’re happy but we haven’t accomplished anything yet. Our real goal is to win the SEA Games gold in Thailand,” said Baculi.

The scores:
RP 100- Cruz 23, Castro 16, Salangsang 12, Vergara 11, Alonzo 7, Tiu 7, Crisano 6, Belga 4, dela Cuesta 3, Bautista 2, Cabahug 0, Chan 0, Tan 0
Singapore Slingers 93- Allen 15, Janev 15, Helms 13, Fitzgerald 11, Cameron 9, McDondald 9, Knight 9, Grizzard 8, Donaldson 0
Quarterscores: 12-23; 39-50; 67-72; 100-93

GHRanger
11-15-2007, 09:30 AM
Do we have other games for the National Team here in Singapore or is the one with the Slingers the last game?
Thanks.

salsa caballero
11-15-2007, 11:19 AM
We have another game- it's against a European Selection...

amdgc82
11-15-2007, 11:49 AM
Do we have other games for the National Team here in Singapore or is the one with the Slingers the last game?
Thanks.


The final game was held last night Nov. 14 against* European Selection/BBAXN All Stars. Final score was 115-55 in favor of RP National team.

eightyfiver
11-15-2007, 01:19 PM
Alright. Jervy, back to school muna. :D

john_paul_manahan
11-15-2007, 06:50 PM
if the Slingers are interested in Jayson Castro. i am all for him to try his luck in the NBL.

it will provide good exposure to FIBA competition, just like how i want gabe n. to play overseas instead of here.