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11-06-2007, 09:00 AM
RP finishes 4th in caging 3-on-3
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Philstar.com


The Philippines blew a late three-point lead and crumbled under a torrent of triples down the stretch in losing a 33-31 squeaker to Hong Kong to finish fourth in the demonstration sport of 3-on-3 basketball at the second Asian Indoor Games in Macau last weekend.

Hong Kong stormed back from a 28-25 deficit to knock down two triples in a row as the Filipino teeners failed to bring home a medal after opening the eight-nation tournament with wins over Malaysia, 21-4, and Chinese-Taipei, 21-13.

Iran upset China for the gold medal in the event that set an age limit of 18 for players and 35 for coaches.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann flew in from Geneva to witness the initial staging of the basketball variation, which will likely be calendared in the first Youth Olympics in 2010.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio spoke in behalf of the eight competing nations before the start of hostilities and thanked FIBA for its support to youth basketball.

Gregorio, coach Luigi Trillo and players Nico Salva, Ryan Buenafe, Arvie Bringas and Clark Bautista arrived home yesterday.

“Our young boys are crying,” said Gregorio after the heartbreaking loss to Hong Kong. “It’s a pity. We lost by two as Hong Kong hit four of its five triples in a crucial stage. Buenafe got three straight fouls early in the game and that hurt. It was a good learning experience for us.”

Bringas, the team’s tallest player at 6-5, scored 13 points against Hong Kong. Salva shot nine, Buenafe six and Bautista three.

“I felt bad we let our countrymen down,” said Trillo. “We did our best, though, with what we had. Against Hong Kong, I was very disappointed with the calls in the end but we missed a couple of free throws. 3-on-3 is a different game. Hopefully, we got the experience and motivation to perform better next time. Vietnam is the next host of the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. China and Iran had their best players here. China brought in players who were 6-11, 6-8 and 6-6 while Iran had a 6-10, 6-8 and 6-5. Even Hong Kong was surprisingly bigger than us.”

The Philippines was bracketed with Malaysia, Chinese-Taipei and Iran while China was in the other group with Hong Kong, India and Macau. After a 2-0 start, the Philippines lost a 21-13 decision to Iran and fell to a playoff against Hong Kong for the bronze medal.

Each half-court game was scheduled for two eight-minute halves. In the preliminaries, a game was called off when a team reached 21 points. In the battle for third place, the limit was increased to 33. A team was allowed up to two timeouts a game and a player was disqualified after four personal fouls. The penalty situation was applied after four team fouls.

The 3-on-3 game will be recommended by FIBA for the Youth Olympics, a brainchild of IOC president Jacques Rogge for athletes in the 14-18 age range. The IOC will decide in February which city will host the inaugural Youth Olympics. Bidders are Athens, Bangkok, Debrecen (Hungary), Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Poznan (Poland), Singapore and Turin (Italy).

The final standings of the 3-on-3 tournament in the Asian Indoor Games – Iran, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Chinese-Taipei, Malaysia, Macau.

Gregorio said the Philippines’ bid to host the Diamond Ball two weeks before the Beijing Olympics has been officially submitted to FIBA. China and Hong Kong are also bidding to stage the event where the host country will play African champion Angola, Oceania champion Australia, European champion Russia, Asian champion Iran and defending Olympic champion Argentina in a round-robin tournament.

Gregorio said Manila lost the bid to host the next Asian Juniors Championships to Iran because the FIBA-Asia Board was wary of a terrorist threat in the wake of the recent bomb blast in Makati.

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11-08-2007, 11:01 AM
Exercise in futility?
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Philstar.com


Philippine coach Luigi Trillo said playing in the demonstration sport of 3-on-3 basketball at the recent Asian Indoor Games in Macau was an eye-opener.

Trillo couldn’t believe how skillful the Iranian, Chinese and Hong Kong giants were in claiming the top three spots in the eight-nation tournament where the age limit for players was 18.

Big men are usually clumsy and can’t put the ball on the floor without fumbling. But not the 6-11, 6-10, 6-8, 6-6 and 6-5 players whom Trillo watched, almost in disbelief.

It wasn’t a dream. Trillo was in awe as the Iranians, in particular, showed they’re in a class of their own in Asia.

“I think Filipino players can compete with our Asian opponents on a skills basis but we just don’t have their size,” said Trillo who was a consultant in coach Fritz Gaston’s team that finished second in the SEABA women’s championships a few weeks ago. “That’s a problem we’ve got to address even in coach Franz’ (Pumaren) youth program. Looking for big Fil-Ams might help.”

In the 3-on-3 tournament, the Philippines got off to an auspicious start, blasting Malaysia, 21-4, and Chinese-Taipei, 21-13. But against Iran, the Filipinos just couldn’t keep pace. From a 13-all tie, Iran held the Philippines without a point the rest of the way to win, 21-13. The loss dropped the Philippines into a playoff against Hong Kong for third spot.

Trillo said all the players appeared to be within the age limit. The disparity was in physical growth.

“I tried pick-and-rolls, back-picks, motion and kick-outs to get an advantage,” said Trillo. “But we were up against bigger guys who could move. No excuses. We lost to better teams but we fought hard ‘til the end.”

Trillo noticed the Hong Kong players hung out with the Chinese and probably came from the Mainland.

“I don’t know if Hong Kong has a basketball development program like ours but their players looked very polished,” said Trillo. “They opened a 5-0 lead against us but we came back to go ahead, 28-23. Then, they hit two triples in a row. We tried to catch up but fell short by two. I was disappointed with the officiating. I thought the officiating was fair when we lost to Iran but could be better when we lost to Hong Kong.”

Iran wound up bagging the title, upsetting China in the finals.

“I found out the Iranian coach has visited Manila thrice, twice as a player and once as a coach,” said Trillo. “He knows how Filipinos love the game. Iran doesn’t have too many leagues so players are able to get together for practice without too much difficulty unlike us. The team that won the Asian title in Tokushima recently had mostly junior players so you can imagine how strong Iran will be in the coming years.”

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio broached the idea to Trillo of coaching the Philippines in the next Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam two years from now and in the first Youth Olympics where 3-on-3 basketball will likely be calendared in 2010.

“The 3-on-3 game is very different,” said Trillo. “You inbound from the baseline and if the receiver gets the ball from inside the lane, he has to bring it out beyond the three-point line before making a play. It’s a half-court game so you can’t run transition, meaning you can’t use the length of the floor for speed against size.”

For Macau, Trillo enlisted 5-10 Clark Bautista, 6-2 Ryan Buenafe, 6-4 Nico Salva and 6-5 Arvie Bringas.

The heartbreaking loss to Hong Kong left the boys limp in the dressing room, crying their eyes out. But Gregorio called on them to show up at the awarding ceremonies, never mind if they were reduced to mere spectators.

“Pato (Gregorio) was a class act,” said Trillo. “He challenged us to get up and hold our heads high. We showed everyone our sense of sportsmanship.”

The Filipinos’ spirit was so evident that at the end of the hostilities, Gregorio was invited by FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann to speak in behalf of the eight teams during the closing ceremonies. The honor had to be in recognition of the Philippines’ passion for the game, no matter the odds.

But will the passion ever translate into a gold medal in 3-on-3? Is it an exercise in futility to try to form a competitive team for the next Asian Indoor Games? Are Filipinos doomed to failure in a half-court game where the Goliaths can easily overpower the Davids? Surely, hoping for honors in the 2010 Youth Olympics is wishful thinking.

Should the Philippines instead concentrate on other sports or events where there is a reasonable probability of success?

oca
11-08-2007, 11:50 AM
Hindi ko alam kung itong si Quinito ay t@nga o nagt@tangahan.

Matagal nang alam ng Pinoy na ang basketball ay laro ng matatangkad. Pero ganoon talaga ang kanyang pagkahumaling

Ano pa ang magagawa natin?

Minsan na rin... ang bawat isa sa atin ay nahumaling sa isang bagay. Magka leche-leche man buhay mo. Masagad ang bulsa mo. Bumaligtad ang mundo. Umiyak. Lumuha. Humagulgol. Hiwalayan ka ng asawa mo... isumpa ka nang iyong anak o mga anak, wala kang pakialam at hindi mo makuhang bumitaw!

Success...it is an afterthought. Dahil habang naruon ka sa gitna ng kahumalingan na iyon, wala kang alintana sa ibang bagay.

Hintayin nating malagpasan natin ang kahumalingan na iyon at baka makapag-isip tayo nang matuwid. Baka makuha nating bumitaw sa larong busluan. Pero hanggang nariyan pa tayo... hindi natin matutugunan yung sinasabi nilang "probability of success".

Halughugin ang mundo para maka-recruit ng matatangkad ng players na may dugong Pinoy?

Unless these kids grew up and learned the game in Europe or South America pwede pa. Pero kung sa US at Canada lumaki at natuto ang kukuning Fil-Fors... naaaaah!