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typhoidterry
06-22-2007, 03:32 PM
Williams, Menk, Yap reinforce RP pool
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, June 22, 2007
The SMC-RP Team is reinforcing its pool of players with the addition of Kelly Williams, Eric Menk and either James Yap or KG Canaleta upon its return from a training trip in Belgrade, Serbia,

Williams has decided to cut short his stay in the United States and will join the RP team in the Jones Cup tourney in Taiwan on July 2-10.

Menk, Yap and Canaleta are also being considered for the trip which the RP Team management committee set as the final cutoff date in determining the players to be sent to the FIBA-Asia championship in Tokushima, Japan on July 28-Aug. 5.

Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will name Fritz Gaston as coach of the national women’s team with the composition of the pool also to be announced in a press conference today.
Williams and Menk have assured PBA commissioner Noli Eala that they’re joining the Nationals in their training at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo starting Monday.

“I’m very happy with these developments specially with Kelly’s decision to forego his vacation. It speaks volume of the man. Kelly showed true sign of commitment to help the cause of the RP team,” said Eala.

“I’m also thankful with Menk who manifested excitement and willingness to join the training without guarantee from coach Chot Reyes that he will make the Tokushima competition,” Eala added.

But Eala said Williams, Menk and Yap would likely join the Jones Cup trip, giving coach Reyes 14 players at his disposal in the nine-day competition. Tony dela Cruz is likely to be relegated to reserve status because of his injury.

“At this time, the Tokushima lineup is still an open field. Players already in the team definitely have the inside track. But at the end of the day, the players in best shape and who could best contribute for the team in Japan are likely to make it,” said Eala.

“We’re beefing up the team. Hopefully, this adjustment works for the betterment of the team as the Tokushima trip nears,” Eala added.

He also expressed satisfaction on the team’s Belgrade trip although it caused injuries to Dela Cruz, Danny Seigle and Dondon Hontiveros.

Eala said Reyes is planning to use Seigle sparingly in the Jones Cup to preserve him for the Manila Invitational Cup. Seigle is nursing a hamstring pull.

Fil-Am player Gabe Norwood is also proceeding to the Jones Cup although his lawyer has yet to submit complete documents that will certify his Filipino citizenship.

“His papers are lacking but we’ll do this properly. We’ll not cheat our way to getting someone who’s not qualified,” Eala said.

typhoidterry
06-22-2007, 03:39 PM
I was surprised to read this today because the topic was inserted in one of the news articles.

Sports
Williams, Menk, Yap reinforce RP pool
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, June 22, 2007
The SMC-RP Team is reinforcing its pool of players with the addition of Kelly Williams, Eric Menk and either James Yap or KG Canaleta upon its return from a training trip in Belgrade, Serbia,

Williams has decided to cut short his stay in the United States and will join the RP team in the Jones Cup tourney in Taiwan on July 2-10.

Menk, Yap and Canaleta are also being considered for the trip which the RP Team management committee set as the final cutoff date in determining the players to be sent to the FIBA-Asia championship in Tokushima, Japan on July 28-Aug. 5.

Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will name Fritz Gaston as coach of the national women’s team with the composition of the pool also to be announced in a press conference today.
Williams and Menk have assured PBA commissioner Noli Eala that they’re joining the Nationals in their training at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo starting Monday.

“I’m very happy with these developments specially with Kelly’s decision to forego his vacation. It speaks volume of the man. Kelly showed true sign of commitment to help the cause of the RP team,” said Eala.

“I’m also thankful with Menk who manifested excitement and willingness to join the training without guarantee from coach Chot Reyes that he will make the Tokushima competition,” Eala added.

But Eala said Williams, Menk and Yap would likely join the Jones Cup trip, giving coach Reyes 14 players at his disposal in the nine-day competition. Tony dela Cruz is likely to be relegated to reserve status because of his injury.

“At this time, the Tokushima lineup is still an open field. Players already in the team definitely have the inside track. But at the end of the day, the players in best shape and who could best contribute for the team in Japan are likely to make it,” said Eala.

“We’re beefing up the team. Hopefully, this adjustment works for the betterment of the team as the Tokushima trip nears,” Eala added.

He also expressed satisfaction on the team’s Belgrade trip although it caused injuries to Dela Cruz, Danny Seigle and Dondon Hontiveros.

Eala said Reyes is planning to use Seigle sparingly in the Jones Cup to preserve him for the Manila Invitational Cup. Seigle is nursing a hamstring pull.

Fil-Am player Gabe Norwood is also proceeding to the Jones Cup although his lawyer has yet to submit complete documents that will certify his Filipino citizenship.

“His papers are lacking but we’ll do this properly. We’ll not cheat our way to getting someone who’s not qualified,” Eala said.

peterstrauss
06-23-2007, 02:52 PM
“His papers are lacking but we’ll do this properly. We’ll not cheat our way to getting someone who’s not qualified,” Eala said.

sorry for this but can't help add this comment ..... unlike some institution out there along taft avenue ..... ::)

Kid Cubao
06-23-2007, 05:15 PM
^^ don't you think this kind of retort is getting waaay tired? why don't you post your thoughts on fritz gaston's appointment as head coach of the women's team despite the fact that we have a number of well-trained and experienced basketball coaches who have built successful women's programs and are just as qualified, perhaps even more so, than coach fritz?

jembengzon
06-23-2007, 05:30 PM
“His papers are lacking but we’ll do this properly. We’ll not cheat our way to getting someone who’s not qualified,” Eala said.

sorry for this but can't help add this comment ..... unlike some institution out there along taft avenue ..... ::)


guys, agree with cubao with regrads to the uncalled for "retort". sorry, it's not helpful at all, and doesn't add anything of value to the thread.*let's just keep on the topic* *:)

Edited to remove mention of the BEN - ipapasa ko na sa iba ang usapang ito ;D

Joescoundrel
06-25-2007, 09:30 AM
I am personally shocked, nay GALLED, that it wasn't JOHN FLORES of our Lady Eagles who got this assignment!

I know Fritz Gaston steered the Blue Eagles to the 1987 UAAP Crown, and that he has always been a cerebral and celebrated player, but for godsakes when was the last time he seriously coached? And does he even know his players? If he does how well does he know them?

No one knows the women's game in this corner of the world than John Flores. Were it not for Graham Lim's inanities when he was still BAP head Flores would've shown us all his chops in the 2005 SEA Games as the women's team coach. Why wasn't he given another chance?

Gaston is practically coming out of the cold so to speak. The last time he coached was at one of those exhibition games. Has he kept up with all of the developments in the game? Does he know how the refs call it now in international competitions, especially the women's game? A good friend once told me that coaching isn't for dilletantes, and that it requires a lot of preparation; you have to live it, breathe it, be it, day in and day out. Has Gaston done that even semi-regularly anytime in the past decade?

Even if it weren't Flores there are the likes of Ateneo assistant coach Haydee Ong, UST's Peqe Tan, Adamson's Mai De La Vega, even Regg Jose of Lasalle, who are veteran competitors and coaches in the women's game. Any of them would have more immersion and experience in the women's game.

Fritz freaking-Gaston...

Who the hell picked him? A goddam executive search committee? We're looking for a BASKETBALL COACH not a COO!

Or perhaps this is simply a case of the SBP once again, just like the failed BAP, taking the women's game for granted?

Bennie Bangag
06-25-2007, 09:45 AM
you took the words out of my mouth, joe. not to demean or question our own fritz gaston's credentials, but it's true: the last time he coached was in an exhibition game, and i am almost certain he's had no experience coaching ladies. maybe he was brought in to serve as catalyst to draw more support to the women's national team.

Sam Miguel
06-25-2007, 05:26 PM
Fritz Gaston to my knowledge has been a top corporate executive / entrepreneur the past two decades or so, which leaves me wondering how he got the nod to coach the RP Women's team. While Manny Pangilinan and the rest of his cronies are trying to professionalize and rationalize everything over at the institutional level of the SBP this particular appointment is intriguing to say the least.

To my recollection the last time Gaston was a fulltime headcoach was when he guided Ateneo to the 1987 UAAP championship. Since then he has been on and off in the basketball circuit, doing more and more corporate work and putting his Ateneo education to better and (hopefully) more productive use as a business executive. In fact I ran into him a couple of years back pushing a car security device he called "Gotcha".

I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt, since after all he will be coaching and not (thank God) playing. But I truly wonder what he is going to do as coach. If all he is there for is just to "raise awareness and funding" as observed by some then perhaps he should not be coaching; instead he could be team manager. I totally agree that there are people more qualified than he in coaching the women's team.

bluetruck
06-26-2007, 01:39 PM
my take is that it's more of a concession to the old bap guys.* apparently, just last week* the old bap was busy accusing the sbp of deliberately easing them out of the new nsa. this could just be a political move.* *fritz is not a bad choice though as he was one the more sober bap guys during the height of bap-sbp controversy.* but this is not to say that he lacks the qualifications although there are definitely better qualified coaches. *net, net, this is a cheap price to pay for unity as the country has got nothing to lose in women's basketball even* if it losses all its games. * fritz has nowhere to go but up.*

Raging Blue
06-28-2007, 12:20 AM
We just have to accept the SBP appointment of Fritz Geston as the Head Coach of the Philippine Women's Team. I am sure MVP and his staff have a very good reason as Sam Miguel has alluded in his post.

The next step for Fritz is to choose a very competent coaching staff to assist him in forming and training the team into a competitive unit, given he has been out of coaching for quite some time. Perhaps, he could appoint John Flores as his "number 1" assistant given the solid resume mentioned by Joe S. If it is not possible, the other names mentioned by Joe are very qualified as well to assist Fritz in his job.

In some cases, it is the assistant coaches (or the "team advisers") that are the brains behind successful basketball teams. Ask Pido Jarencio, Jorge Gallent, Caloy Garcia and the younger Pumaren coaches in their nurturing coaching years.

Wang-Bu
06-28-2007, 10:07 AM
Kung sa mga kasalukuyang naglalaro pa actively ang mga ito ang masasabi kong pwede nating isabak sa RP Team:

JENG RAVAGO
CASSY TIOSECO
CRISTINE REYES
AJ BARRACOSO
KRISTINE PRADO
KADY WILSON
JING AGUILAR

AURORA ADRIANO
DIANA JOSE
CHOVY BORJA
MERENCIANA ARAYI
TESS BOMBEO
TIN CHUA
AYI RIVERA
JEM BUENACOSA
MIA MACHIKO
MAYI SADORA
TIN ALON-ALON

DANICA CAYNAP
KATRINA QUIMPO
JAC CRUZ
MARICHU BACARO
SARAH MERCADO
PIPAY VILLANUEVA
YENG MERCADO
AILEEN GRAJALES
EMS MATREO

Kaya nga lang matinding training camp ang kailangang i-organize para sa kanilang lahat.

Sang-ayon din ako na si John Flores ng Ateneo ang dapat mag-coach kung itong mga magiging player. Kilala na niya ang mga ito bilang kakampi at kalaban; ang iba diyan high school pa lang alam na niyang laro. Alam na din ng karamihan sa mga 'yan kung papano sistema ni Flores.

Ewan ko nga lang kung magkasundo sila nung Wilson.

typhoidterry
06-28-2007, 12:22 PM
Kung sa mga kasalukuyang naglalaro pa actively ang mga ito ang masasabi kong pwede nating isabak sa RP Team:

JENG RAVAGO
CASSY TIOSECO
CRISTINE REYES
AJ BARRACOSO
KRISTINE PRADO
KADY WILSON
JING AGUILAR

AURORA ADRIANO
DIANA JOSE
CHOVY BORJA
MERENCIANA ARAYI
TESS BOMBEO
TIN CHUA
AYI RIVERA
JEM BUENACOSA
MIA MACHIKO
MAYI SADORA
TIN ALON-ALON

DANICA CAYNAP
KATRINA QUIMPO
JAC CRUZ
MARICHU BACARO
SARAH MERCADO
PIPAY VILLANUEVA
YENG MERCADO
AILEEN GRAJALES
EMS MATREO

Kaya nga lang matinding training camp ang kailangang i-organize para sa kanilang lahat.

Sang-ayon din ako na si John Flores ng Ateneo ang dapat mag-coach kung itong mga magiging player. Kilala na niya ang mga ito bilang kakampi at kalaban; ang iba diyan high school pa lang alam na niyang laro. Alam na din ng karamihan sa mga 'yan kung papano sistema ni Flores.

Ewan ko nga lang kung magkasundo sila nung Wilson.


I believe that the RP team coaching staff will have a lot of problems regarding active UAAP players. The UAAP season is less than two weeks away and I doubt if any of the coaches are willing to lend their players during the UAAP season. The national team caoching staff can always go for the likes of Ginny Velarde and other players who have already graduated. You can include the names that have already been mentioned like Pipay Villanueva, Em Matreo, Diana Jose, Aurora Adriano and Jac Cruz. Which brings the second road block in mind.....most of these women are now in the corporate world. Dcay Caynap I heard is now with Unilever, working with Carolyn Tanchi. I know that all these players are willing and able to serve the country but the lack of program to address the lives of athletes after they retire is something that has never been addressed up to now.

Joescoundrel
06-28-2007, 12:47 PM
To add to Typhoid's and Raging's comments: This is perhaps the primary reason why Fritz Gaston was designated headcoach, precisely to try and put together a program for the women's team and line it up with the overall basketball development program of the SBP. I was just informed that Gaston is an executive / consultant / specialist or whatnot for PLDT, making him for all intents and purposes an employee of MVP's. So perhaps the earlier comment that he is more of a de facto "program director" is more accurate than we all thought. This means it would indeed be possible that a real "operations manager" (read: real headcoach) will be named soon although designated perhaps as "assistant coach".

Speaking of available personnel, perhaps we should try to rustle up Camille Dowling, Neng Caasi, May Narcisa, the Manalo girls, Erika Dy, Donna Reyes, Karla Larosa, regardless of what corner of the globe they may be, apart from the players Typhoid already mentioned. I totally agree that getting these girls all together during the UAAP season will be next to impossible. Although I do recall sometime in 2005 that our Lady Eagle starters were able to train with the RP Team then being handled by Coach Bai Cristobal, so perhaps there is a way to work around the timing.

freak
06-29-2007, 04:36 AM
I thought you will all be interested in this, the assistant coaches for the RP Women's team, according to Ms. Celis:

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio must really have that unifying talent, one of the reasons why he was chosen for the post by SBP president Manny Pangilinan. Imagine the people he wove together to form the coaching staff for the women’s national team: Fritz Gaston as head coach with Bay Cristobal, Haydee Ong, Emelia Vega and Raymond Celis as his assistants. So far, no one’s complaining.

I'm not quite sure if the last line is as accurate.. ;D

wait.. Raymond Celis.. now, why does that name sound familiar? ::)

from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=73653

Wang-Bu
06-29-2007, 09:46 AM
Si BAI CRISTOBAL kasama?

Sa pagkakaalala ko nilayasan si Bai ng mga player niya nung bandang 2005 gaya nina Narciso at Caasi. 'Yun ang panahon kung kelan nagpapakita sa Ateneo ang mga RP Women's Team players na ito upang suyuin si John Flores na siya na lang ang mag-coach ng women's team para sana nga sa SEA Games nung taon na 'yon. Inayawan ni Flores and nasabing diskarte ng mga player na nabanggit.

Hindi din nakatulong sa sitwasyon na ang mga player ng Ateneo gaya nina Tin Chua, Stephanie Villanueva at D-cay Caynap ay nag-pull out sa team bandang mga panahon na iyon upang mag-concentrate sa kanilang pag-aaral sa Ateneo. Kumalat tuloy ang tsismis na sinadyang i-pull out ni Flores ang mga player niya upang makuha niya ang pagiging coach ng team.

Sa katunayan bago pa man naganap ang nasabing "pull out" ay meron ng ilang miyembro ng women's team na hindi kontento sa patakbo ni Bai Cristobal. Kung ano pa man ang dahilan ng mga player na ito at nagkaproblema sila kay Bai Cristobal ay wala ng kinalaman duon si Flores. Nakwento nga sa'kin nina Caasi mismo na todo-suporta si Flores sa team kung kaya't pinayagan niyang mag-train ang kanyang mga player kasama ng RP Team. Nagkataon nga lang na tila mabigat nga yata ang aral sa Ateneo at kinailangan na nilang magpaalam sa RP Team.

Ngayon nariyan na naman si Bai. Ano naman kaya papel niya diyan? Papano siya magiging taga-"unify" kung siya mismo ay nagkaproblema sa team nung siya ang coach?

Isa pa 'yang si Vega. Sa tindi ng kalidad ng mga naging player niya mula pa nuong 2004, lalo na sina Merenciana Arayi at Tess Bombeo, ganun na din si May Narcisa, siguro naman hindi gaano nasubukan ang galing niya bilang isang coach. Nung 2004 muntik-muntikan pa sila sa Ateneo kung hindi lang sumablay 'yung layup ni Chua.

Pero sige, bigyan pa din natin ng pagkakataon ang palakad ng SBP at ni Fritz Gaston. Sana lang matagal nilang inisip ang diskarte nila sa pagbuo ng coaching staff na ito.

Wala na kong masasabi dun sa Raymond Celis, siempre naman naksandal sa tempered industrial steel-reinforced na pader 'yan at institusyon na ang kanyang ina, si Ma'am Beth.

Sam Miguel
07-02-2007, 04:08 PM
It looks like the Grajales sisters, Ems Matreo, Aurora Adriano and Diana Jose will all be seeing action for the RP Team. Pipay Villanueva and Tin Chua are still mulling over their participation to this team. We still need two legit bigs.

Sam Miguel
08-07-2007, 05:34 PM
Are "Gaston's Girls" seeing action in the SEA Games this December?

eustacia
08-07-2007, 08:30 PM
I am personally shocked, nay GALLED, that it wasn't JOHN FLORES of our Lady Eagles who got this assignment!

I know Fritz Gaston steered the Blue Eagles to the 1987 UAAP Crown, and that he has always been a cerebral and celebrated player, but for godsakes when was the last time he seriously coached? And does he even know his players? If he does how well does he know them?

No one knows the women's game in this corner of the world than John Flores.

No disrespect to John Flores, but I think there are some coaches out there who "know the women's game" more than he does.

He's not been coaching in the UAAP women's division for years now, but I would say Juno Sauler knows the women's game more than anyone (including Flores). He led DLSU to three straight championships when he was at the helm of their women's team.

For that matter, I think the coach of Adamson (Vega?) is more qualified also. Her team has been the most competitive in the last ten years.

As for the player composition, I think that the players during the time that DLSU was the champion are more skilled than the players now.

jembengzon
08-07-2007, 09:05 PM
No disrespect to John Flores, but I think there are some coaches out there who "know the women's game" more than he does.

He's not been coaching in the UAAP women's division for years now, but I would say Juno Sauler knows the women's game more than anyone (including Flores).* *He led DLSU to three straight championships when he was at the helm of their women's team.



i think you should check your facts before you post. john has been the lady blue eagles coach for the past 5 years running, ressurected a moribund program that won 0 games a couple of years ago into a runner-up in 2004, champion in 2005 and 3rd place in 2006 using 8 rookies.

he's been in the close running for the national women's coach position for a couple of years as well, so i don't think your above statement is factual.* *:)* *

eustacia
08-07-2007, 11:42 PM
If you'll read my post again, I was expressing my own OPINION that there are other coaches who know women's basketball more than he does. I named Juno Sauler as an example. Juno was the coach of the DLSU women's team for three years, and made the team champions in those three years. He had an impeccable record as coach as well (his losses in those three years probably wouldn't exceed ten games). The DLSU teams during his tenure as coach were dominant, I recall.

There are no inaccurate facts in my post as regards John Flores, I didn't even mention any of his accomplishments. I do agree that he has made massive improvements to the Ateneo team. What I said was that I think Juno Sauler and Emelia Vega are better qualified than he is.

jembengzon
08-08-2007, 05:59 AM
If you'll read my post again, I was expressing my own OPINION that there are other coaches who know women's basketball more than he does.* I named Juno Sauler as an example.* Juno was the coach of the DLSU women's team for three years, and made the team champions in those three years.* He had an impeccable record as coach as well (his losses in those three years probably wouldn't exceed ten games).* The DLSU teams during his tenure as coach were dominant, I recall.

There are no inaccurate facts in my post as regards John Flores, I didn't even mention any of his accomplishments.* I do agree that he has made massive improvements to the Ateneo team.* * What I said was that I think Juno Sauler and Emelia Vega are better qualified than he is.


i know, and although i don't agree, i respect your opinion.* i was referring to your statement saying john flores has been out of the women's game for the past couple of years.* he's been the lady eagles coach for the past couple of years up to now.* :)* *I know the other coaches are as qualified, if not more so.* * that begs the original question:* if there are many to choose from,* then why was fritz gaston, who has been out of the coaching scene anywhere for a couple of years, chosen, and what can he bring to the table ?

baludoy
08-08-2007, 08:29 AM
i read a week or 2 ago, in a tabloid no less (don't ask which one ;D), that these queen eagles may be included in the gaston led national team:

tin chua
marilyn matreo
ely chua
cassy tioseco
trina limgengco

:)

Joescoundrel
08-08-2007, 09:45 AM
^^^ I don't think Treena Limgenco is actually in the running Baludoy, although the others you mentioned are. Among former UAAP players Aurora Adriano and Diana Jose of FEU and Merenciana Arayi and Jeng Ravago of Adamson are also in the pool.

As for Eustacia's statements, yes, there are many out there who know women's basketball, including Juno Sauler. But if my memory holds fast I recall the Lady Archers were a loaded team with the mighty Manalo twins and a then-burgeoning Kristine Prado as the pillars of Sauler's success as Lasalle women's coach. With that kind of a lineup it would be difficult not to succeed for Sauler's part. The same can be said of Emy Vega of Adamson, who has had the likes of Arayi, Ravago and Tess Bombeo in her lineup during Adamson's title reign. Ateneo never had athletes of that high level, which makes Flores's success as a coach so much more acclaimed.

And you did mention that John Flores has not been coaching for some time now, an obvious factual error, since he has been at the helm for Ateneo since 2002.

Just to add to what Jem already said, before Flores came along the Lady Eagles were a sorry 0-36 over three UAAP seasons. He managed to turn them into Final 4 fixtures, Finalists and eventual champions in 2005. His recruitment landed the likes of Katrina Quimpo and reigning MVP Cassandra Tioseco, and his defense has been much talked-about in coaching circles, impressing the likes of Tim Cone and Chot Reyes. When the RP Team became disenchanted with then coach Bai Cristobal they practically begged Flores to be their coach, making frequent pilgrimages to the Loyola Center during games and practices.

He was already named SEA Games coach for 2005 until the f---ing BAP f---ed everything up and FIBA suspended us.

THAT is why I am wondering why Fritz Gaston was named coach and not him.

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:22 AM
Fil-Am standout suits up for SEAG quintet

The Philippine Star

With the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Women’s Championship just around the corner, the BAP-SBP RP Women’s team gets a major shot in the arm as Filipina-American cager and former University of Maryland ace point guard Victoria Lynne “Vicki” Brick is set to join the Nationals.

Brick is one of several foreign recruits being eyed to reinforce the squad, according to head coach Matthew “Fritz” Gaston, who was one of the guests at the recent opening ceremonies of the 38th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA).

Brick, a high-school All-American for the McDonough Tornados in Maryland before suiting up for the Terrapins in 1999, brings her defensive tenacity and superb play-making skills to the quintet bound for Singapore this September.

As a freshman, the 5’7” Brick averaged 3.1 steals and 4.3 assists per contest in 26 games as a starter, the second and third best efforts, respectively, by a first-year player in NCAA history. After her college career, Brick suited up for Sydney in Australia’s WNBL and normed 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc in 16 games for the Flames in 2005.

“I’m eagerly awaiting her arrival,” said Gaston on his 26-year-old find. “Having played (NCAA) Division I (basketball) in the USA and professionally in Australia, she will bring excitement in RP basketball, raise the level of play and hopefully help us win (our) first SEABA gold.”

Brick will be flying in from the United States within the next two weeks.

Gaston also said that he will be announcing the composition of the team for the SEABA before week’s end.

eustacia
08-08-2007, 11:13 AM
As for Eustacia's statements, yes, there are many out there who know women's basketball, including Juno Sauler. But if my memory holds fast I recall the Lady Archers were a loaded team with the mighty Manalo twins and a then-burgeoning Kristine Prado as the pillars of Sauler's success as Lasalle women's coach. With that kind of a lineup it would be difficult not to succeed for Sauler's part. The same can be said of Emy Vega of Adamson, who has had the likes of Arayi, Ravago and Tess Bombeo in her lineup during Adamson's title reign. Ateneo never had athletes of that high level, which makes Flores's success as a coach so much more acclaimed.

Juno Sauler became the coach of the DLSU Women’s Team in 1999. The previous coach, I recall, didn’t even lead DLSU to the final four. The team that Juno inherited from 1998 was intact, and he immediately made the team champions. The Manalo twins were only rookies that year, and while they were given considerable playing time, they were not the pillars of the team then. I think Charmaine Salalila and Reg Jose were still there, playing their last year. DLSU swept the eliminations two years straight, in its four-year title run. I’m sure the coach, and not just the players, had much to do with that dominant record over a four-year period.

Khristine Prado did not become a key player until probably the 2002 season. The key players during the 4-year title run were Roselle Ocampo, Jessica Severino, Ginny Velarde and the Manalo twins (all of whom became part of the mythical team at least once in their playing years).

I disagree with your assessment that Ateneo did not have athletes in the same level as Adamson’s or DLSU’s players. When the Ateneo team started winning games, they were already able to recruit some of the top prospects in the high school ranks (starting from Erika Dy, I think). So in the same way that you’re saying that it would be difficult not to succeed on Sauler’s part, it would also be fair to say the same for Flores. He became the coach just when Ateneo started recruiting aggressively for its women’s team.

I’m not belittling Flores’ accomplishments as coach, but I just have a different opinion in that I think there are others, namely Sauler and Vega, who may know the women’s game more.


And you did mention that John Flores has not been coaching for some time now, an obvious factual error, since he has been at the helm for Ateneo since 2002.

I was referring to Sauler and not Flores, here's my original post:


He's not been coaching in the UAAP women's division for years now, but I would say Juno Sauler knows the women's game more than anyone (including Flores). He led DLSU to three straight championships when he was at the helm of their women's team.

Sorry if you understood that to mean that I was referring to Flores.

Wang-Bu
08-08-2007, 11:21 AM
Hanapin na din ni Coach Fritz 'yung nag-graduate na Pinay mula sa West Point, basketball scholarship and pinantustos niya sa pag-aaral niya dun sang-ayon sa Inquirer. Nasa 5'6" din 'yon at pihado matindi ang killer instinct at Segundo Kamote na nga siya ngayon ng US Army.

Sino pa kayang ila-lineup ni Coach Fritz...?

JonarSabilano
08-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Hanapin na din ni Coach Fritz 'yung nag-graduate na Pinay mula sa West Point, basketball scholarship and pinantustos niya sa pag-aaral niya dun sang-ayon sa Inquirer. Nasa 5'6" din 'yon at pihado matindi ang killer instinct at Segundo Kamote na nga siya ngayon ng US Army.

Sino pa kayang ila-lineup ni Coach Fritz...?


Si Shawn Berina ba ang tinutukoy mo? Variable ang tangkad niyan -- minsan nakalista na 5'4", minsan, 5'7". Point guard din ang laro, katulad ni Vicki Brick at ng magkakambal na Roque ng Cleveland State.

jembengzon
08-08-2007, 01:51 PM
Sorry if you understood that to mean that I was referring to Flores.



yes, that clears this misunderstanding up. it might have been better understood if you began with "juno sauler has been out..." or " although he has been out of women's coaching for some time now, juno sauler..." but appreciate you clearing this up. and yes, sauler and vega are very competent coaches, as well as coach john. between the three of them, it's like splitting hairs ;D

now, if we have such competent coaches, why cant the sbp find a way to involve them in the national team ?

blue-palaman
08-09-2007, 10:09 AM
They should go after those 2 pinay point guard at Cleveland State. At least they will have a good chance to beat China.
Akala ko reni rcruit sila.

Joescoundrel
08-09-2007, 02:21 PM
We already have an abundance of guards locally, although of course players trained and who have competed regularly abroad would have a distinct advantage in terms of skill and experience.

But what we should really focus on is finding productive post players. Guards won't mean a thing if we can't defend against inside scoring and get rebounds to fuel any semblance of transition. The likes of AJ Barracoso, Cassy Tioseco, Jeng Ravago, Cristine Reyes, Jing Aguilar and the Salvacion girl of St Benilde can help here, since they are at least 5'11" and they've undergone extensive training and are all in great shape. They may not be the 6'1" to 6'5" towers of China, Korea and Japan, Thailand and Indonesia but at least they can provide a semblance of size, something we really need in international competition.

gameface_one
08-18-2007, 09:26 AM
RP women cagers face daunting task
mb.com.ph





THE Philippine women’s basketball team must finish at least third in the coming South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament in October in order to play in the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.


The condition was set by the SEA Games Task Force because it has no basis to measure the standard of play of the team since it did not see action in the 2005 Manila SEA Games.

The SEABA meet is slated on Oct. 14-20 in Thailand.

Though the goal is quite high, women’s team coach Fritz Gaston welcomes the challenge.

"Yes a bronze medal may do it for us, but we’re after winning the gold medal," said Gaston in yesterday’s session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan. With him was assistant coach Haydee Ong and members of the national women’s pool.

The RP women’s team bagged a bronze in the 2003 SEA Games in Vietnam. Four players from that squad -- Emilia Vega, Susan Bambico, Che Lubiano and Joan Grijales -- are trying out for the national team.

Gaston expects Thailand and Singapore to battle for top honors. Their teams reportedly are reinforced by naturalized players from China.

Singapore was supposed to stage the SEABA tilt, originally scheduled this September, but backed out at the last minute, forcing organizers to move the event a month later and give the hosting chores to Thailand instead.

"I would assume na kasama pa rin sila (Singapore). From what I understand, ‘yung organizational set up lang naman ang naging problema nila e," said Gaston.

At present, the RP pool is down to 16 players, including Fil-Am standout Victoria Lynne ‘Vicki’ Brick of the University of Maryland. Gaston hopes to trim it down to its final 12 at least one or two weeks before the tournament.

‘We don’t want to experience the same dilemma the RP men’s team went through during the 24th FIBA-Asia Championship when the coaching staff was forced to name its final roster at the 11th hour," Gaston explained.

"We’re giving ourselves until the first week of October to decide on the final roster, kasi until at that time, lahat puwedeng ma-consider pa. It’s just a matter of match up at base na rin sa mga makakalaban namin doon."

gameface_one
09-21-2007, 10:25 AM
Philippine cagebelles turn to Lhuillier


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 09/21/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- In danger of missing the Southeast Asian Games due to the dearth of sponsors, the Philippine women’s basketball team has been courting an aggressive backer in the sport to salvage its stint in the biennial meet.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio yesterday said Philippine team officials and Cebuana Lhuillier are close to forging an agreement that would allow the national lady dribblers to see action in the Thailand Games Dec. 6-16.

Cebuana Lhuillier has reportedly disbanded its team in the Philippine Basketball League, opening a door of opportunity for the SBP to convince its owner, Jean Henri Lhuillier, to shift its priority to the beleaguered cagerettes.

“We’re in the thick of negotiations and hopefully, things would be ironed out soon,” said Gregorio.

Lhuillier, an ardent basketball supporter, is convinced that negotiations would turn out just fine.

“We want to help our women’s team,” said Lhuillier, who is also the president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines and manager of the tennis team.

“It’s just a matter of ironing out some remaining kinks.”

Excluded from the P50-million budget earmarked by the Philippine Sports Commission for the national team, the national lady dribblers were forced to look for a sponsor who will shoulder the team’s the P1.5 million expenses for the tournament.

Coached by Fritz Gaston, the women’s squad is in search of big players and Filipino-foreign dribblers to complete the roster in time for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship on Oct. 14 in Phuket, Thailand.

Gaston has inserted Vicki Brick, a 5-foot-7 guard from the University of Maryland, into the lineup following the decision of University of Illinois-Chicago point guard Chrissy Dizon to play in Europe.

The men’s team is supported by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who has tapped veteran mentor Junel Baculi as head coach.

AnthonyServinio
09-21-2007, 03:08 PM
* * *COACH Matthew Gaston must consider Cebuana sensation Jessamine delos Reyes, who recently powered the University of San Carlos Lady Warriors to their very first CeSAFI crown.* The 5'10" do-it-all player has won almost every individual award the past four seasons until tasting the crown this year.

gameface_one
10-06-2007, 08:06 AM
Fil-Am to boost RP cagebelles
By Joey Villar
Saturday, October 6, 2007
philstar.com


Fil-American Victoria Lynne Brick could provide the spunk and leadership for the Philippine national women’s basketball in its bid for a medal finish in the 24th Southeast Asian Games set Dec. 6-16 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

“I see a very young team,” said the 26-year old 5-foot-7 former US NCAA Division I school University of Maryland standout who arrived Thursday and practiced with the team. “But I would gladly assume the leadership role if they’ll allow me to. I’m used to that.”

Brick, whose father Victor is a Fil-Am and mother Lynne is an American, is a born leader having started at point guard in her four seasons with the Terrapins.

Two years after she graduated, University of Maryland captured the 2006 US NCAA Women’s title.

“I’m so honored that I helped guide some of the members of that champion team, I hope I could also do the same here,” Brick said.

RP team coach Fritz Gaston and team members Cassy Tioseco and Pipay Villanueva, both Ateneo mainstays, yesterday agreed that Brick could fit well into the team.

“She’s a hard worker, we’re excited with her arrival,” said Gaston, who is also preparing the team for the SEABA Women’s Championship set on Oct. 14 in Phuket, Thailand.

“She’s strong, quick and plays really hard,” said Tioseco, a leading MVP candidate who led Ateneo to the 2007 UAAP crown, said.

The team, however, needs to perform well in the SEABA tilt if it wants to get a free ride to the Thailand SEAG. Otherwise, they would need to find a sponsor to fund their SEAG campaign.

gameface_one
10-07-2007, 06:57 AM
IN HUDDLE
RP cagebelles Seaba tourney underdogs


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 10:21pm (Mla time) 10/06/2007


MANILA, Philippines--I DIDN'T realize how out of touch I had been with the RP women's basketball team until I got a press release from SBP executive director Pato Gregorio announcing that Jean Henri Lhuillier of Cebuana Lhuillier had agreed to play godfather to the squad.

Pato said that SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan and Jean Henri had met recently to seal the sponsorship which will include facilities, equipment, and cash incentives for the forthcoming Seaba tournament in Phuket this October and the Southeast Asian Games in December.

According to women's head coach Fritz Gaston, the Seaba trip is being financed by the Philippine Sports Commission, but for the more important SEAG, which will also be held in Thailand, the team still needs a sponsor.

To accommodate the ladies' team, Cebuana Lhuillier had to take a leave of absence from the PBL to rechannel its resources, which does not cover our participation in the SEA Games.

* * *

Two years ago, I was in Quinghuangdao, China where the Fiba Asia Women's championship was held.

I have seen the teams we will be facing in the Seaba and the SEAG and some of them will not be easy to beat.

Even if we are sending a taller, more talented and better supported team this time around.

Thailand, which belongs to Division l of Fiba Asia, has several six-footers and so does Malaysia. Singapore, which lost to us in Quinghuangdao, might surprise us with recruits from mainland China.

* * *

"What we lack in height, we will make up for in speed and aggressiveness," said Fritz, who has high hopes for a good finish in Phuket where Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are participating.

RP's tallest players are six-footer Cassie Tioseco, 5-11 Amby Almazan and 5-9 Machiko Matsuno .

Eye-catching Fil-American Vicky Brick, who arrived from the United States recently, is expected to raise the Pinays' game to a much higher level.

Vicky comes from a Division l US NCAA school.

To my surprise, even my son Raymond, who coached the RP team in Quinghuangdao and is now a member of Fritz's coaching staff, is very optimistic about our chances in the Seaba scheduled Oct. 14-20.

* * *

When it comes to swimming, the San Beda Sea Lions are undoubtedly the best in the NCAA. The Sea Lions have been dominating the league for the last six years. This year, on the NCAA's 83rd season, they became "sixpeaters."

The Sea Lions broke 11 records this year through Miguel Amado Diaz, Jorge Palileo, MacGyver Reyes and Ferdinand Frigillana, the season's most valuable player.

Frigillana won 5 golds and established new records in all 5 events.

As part of their bonus incentive, the entire San Beda swimming team will be sent to Taipei by team manager James Sy to compete in the Taipei Citibank Invitational Swim Meet Nov. 11 and 12.

* * *

San Miguel Beverages Inc. was born when San Miguel Corporation and Coca-Cola International parted ways, the latter bringing with it all of SMC's beverage products which include carbonated softdrinks like Coke and Pop Cola and non-carbonated juices.

To introduce the new Magnolia beverage line to the market, the San Miguel Beermen will now be known in the PBA as the Magnolia Beverage Masters, who are rated as the team to beat this season

gameface_one
10-08-2007, 07:51 AM
RP women out to make history
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Monday, October 8, 2007
Philstar.com

For the first time in more than two years, the Philippine women’s basketball team will be seeing action in international competition. The squad, with little over two months’ preparation, leaves for the SEABA tournament Friday, hoping to make a big comeback in the region.

But it won’t be easy.

“The other teams have been competing in Level 1 of FIBA, against Korea, China, Taipei, Kazakhstan, while we’ve been stuck in Level 2,” says head coach Fritz Gaston. “They’ve really gone past us.”

For the first time, our women’s team has sought out help overseas. The team has actively recruited Fil-Am players to beef up the squad, which will be challenging other countries that have also naturalized mainland Chinese to add to their size.

“There are quite a number of Fil-Ams who wanted to come over, but they couldn’t because of work commitment or because they were still in school,” Gaston explains. “So it’s very difficult to bring them in and stay with us. But most of the ones we called really want to play.”

So the first female Fil-Am to suit up for the national team is 5’7” point guard Vicki Brick. A highly recruited high school All-American, Brick played for the University of Maryland Terrapins from 1999 to 2004.

“For my bio, they asked what was my favorite food,” says Brick, who arived only Wednesday. “And my grandmother is Filipino. So I said ‘My Nana’s pansit canton.’ So they knew I was Fil-Am.”

Brick averaged 3.1 steals and 4.3 assists in 26 games as a rookie, the second and third- best efforts by a rookie in NCAA history. After college, Brick played for the Sydney Flames in the Australian WNBL, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.

“That’s what she brings to the team,” Gaston adds. “The exposure they get in the States is really different. So we’ve seen how she brings the level of play up to another level or two. She makes the crisp passes and plays hard defense.”

“Having the honor to play for the Philippines, to possible make history, this is the start of something new,” Brick gushes. “And the thought of being the first Fil-Am is a great honor that extended for me. And my teammates, we have a chance to do something that’s never been done before.”

Gaston, whose team was already a potent blend of offense and defense, was immediately impressed with Brick’s contribution. They’d been playing against college teams and even some men’s teams. With their close chemistry, they’ve brought Brick into the fold right away.

“She’s blended in like a fish in water,” the former pro adds. “Now, she’s more or less comfortable with her teammates, and running the offense. “I thought it would take her more games, but as it is, it just took her two days.”

“I think we’re very hard-nosed, very determined,” Brick adds. “They’ve been very accepting of me, which I appreciate. We’re out to make history, and let the world know that Filipino basketball is here.”

The SEABA will be a great lab for us to test how well we will do in the SEA Games.

gameface_one
10-08-2007, 07:52 AM
IN HUDDLE
RP cagebelles Seaba tourney underdogs


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 10:21pm (Mla time) 10/06/2007


MANILA, Philippines--I DIDN'T realize how out of touch I had been with the RP women's basketball team until I got a press release from SBP executive director Pato Gregorio announcing that Jean Henri Lhuillier of Cebuana Lhuillier had agreed to play godfather to the squad.

Pato said that SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan and Jean Henri had met recently to seal the sponsorship which will include facilities, equipment, and cash incentives for the forthcoming Seaba tournament in Phuket this October and the Southeast Asian Games in December.

According to women's head coach Fritz Gaston, the Seaba trip is being financed by the Philippine Sports Commission, but for the more important SEAG, which will also be held in Thailand, the team still needs a sponsor.

To accommodate the ladies' team, Cebuana Lhuillier had to take a leave of absence from the PBL to rechannel its resources, which does not cover our participation in the SEA Games.

* * *

Two years ago, I was in Quinghuangdao, China where the Fiba Asia Women's championship was held.

I have seen the teams we will be facing in the Seaba and the SEAG and some of them will not be easy to beat.

Even if we are sending a taller, more talented and better supported team this time around.

Thailand, which belongs to Division l of Fiba Asia, has several six-footers and so does Malaysia. Singapore, which lost to us in Quinghuangdao, might surprise us with recruits from mainland China.

* * *

"What we lack in height, we will make up for in speed and aggressiveness," said Fritz, who has high hopes for a good finish in Phuket where Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are participating.

RP's tallest players are six-footer Cassie Tioseco, 5-11 Amby Almazan and 5-9 Machiko Matsuno .

Eye-catching Fil-American Vicky Brick, who arrived from the United States recently, is expected to raise the Pinays' game to a much higher level.

Vicky comes from a Division l US NCAA school.

To my surprise, even my son Raymond, who coached the RP team in Quinghuangdao and is now a member of Fritz's coaching staff, is very optimistic about our chances in the Seaba scheduled Oct. 14-20.

* * *

When it comes to swimming, the San Beda Sea Lions are undoubtedly the best in the NCAA. The Sea Lions have been dominating the league for the last six years. This year, on the NCAA's 83rd season, they became "sixpeaters."

The Sea Lions broke 11 records this year through Miguel Amado Diaz, Jorge Palileo, MacGyver Reyes and Ferdinand Frigillana, the season's most valuable player.

Frigillana won 5 golds and established new records in all 5 events.

As part of their bonus incentive, the entire San Beda swimming team will be sent to Taipei by team manager James Sy to compete in the Taipei Citibank Invitational Swim Meet Nov. 11 and 12.

* * *

San Miguel Beverages Inc. was born when San Miguel Corporation and Coca-Cola International parted ways, the latter bringing with it all of SMC's beverage products which include carbonated softdrinks like Coke and Pop Cola and non-carbonated juices.

To introduce the new Magnolia beverage line to the market, the San Miguel Beermen will now be known in the PBA as the Magnolia Beverage Masters, who are rated as the team to beat this season.

mighty_lion
10-08-2007, 08:28 AM
Vicky Brick is a Hottiee! ;D

gameface_one
10-11-2007, 10:32 AM
IN HUDDLE
Internet, ‘pancit canton’ lead to Fil-Am’s discovery


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
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Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Typical of this so-called cyber age, the discovery of Filipino-American national player Vicky Brick from the University of Maryland, a Division I US NCAA squad, came through the Internet.

And SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio was the one who tracked her down.

“I was searching the US NCAA website one day, in an effort to find a Fil-Am talent for our ladies national team, when I came across Vicky’s photo,” Pato recounted.

“I guess it was pure intuition, because Vicky’s name didn’t sound Filipino and neither did she look like one. But I got curious and read through her bio-data. When I got to the item that said her favorite dish was pancit canton, it was like hitting the jackpot. I knew she must have had some Filipino blood in her,” related Pato, who struck another coincidence when he found out what Vicky’s middle name is.

Gregorio.

* * *

More than Pato, ladies national team coach Fritz Gaston is happy that Vicky was discovered.

“Her presence has raised the team’s level of play. She is definitely an invaluable addition,” Fritz said.

On Friday Vicky leaves with the ladies’ team for Phuket, Thailand where it will compete in the Seaba qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Women’s championship.

Personally, I’m glad that many people are now taking care of our ladies’ team. There’s Jean Henri Lhuillier of Cebuana Lhuillier, Cynthia Tiu of Discovery Suites, Marivic del Pilar of Victory Liner, and Alex Wang of PRC Couriers.

* * *

Last Monday, Jean Henri hosted a sendoff dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen for the women’s team. It was on the same night amateur basketball’s godfather Mikee Romero also tendered a sendoff party at the Kamayan-Saisaki on Edsa for the men’s basketball team, which left for Korea Wednesday to play a series of tune-up games.

It was the first time the lineup of the men’s team was introduced to the PBL ballclubs. In addition to the regular Harbour Centre squad, Mikee said the national squad was going to play in the next PBL conference.

I was surprised to see former PBA player Alex Crisano in the national team lineup. Alex kept telling everybody -- except me I guess -- that he is now a reformed Christian.

* * *

A day after the double sendoff, I was at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong on the invitation of Mikee to watch the practice game between the Philippine team and Harbour Centre.

Mikee said he feels the Nationals need another point guard. According to him, the positions would have been completed, had four of their players not been signed up by PBA teams after the tournament in Brunei last August.

The game ended at 101-77 in favor of the nationals, with players from the champion De La Salle Archers watching from the sidelines. Does this mean that the national lineup which left for Korea on Wednesday is still far from being final?

* * *

Bet you the Ateneo Sports office in Katipunan was flooded with phone calls after that report in the papers about Eagles coach Norman Black being replaced by Chot Reyes.

Well, I was told that Ateneo has officially denied the report and as far as Ateneo patron Manny V. Pangilinan is concerned, his office was most surprised to hear about what turned out to be pure rumor.

* * *

For Marietta Pumaren, mother of UE’s Dindo and La Salle’s Franz, the championship game in the UAAP was not a win-win situation for the Pumarens.

“Sure a Pumaren was certain to win the title, but one of the brothers will also have to lose. That was the prospect I can’t bear to witness, that’s why I decided to stay home last Sunday,” Marietta related.

While she was ecstatic for Franz who won the championship, Marietta said she was heartbroken for youngest son Dindo.

gameface_one
10-17-2007, 08:46 AM
RP cagebelles thwart Thais


Team RP-Cebuana has recently pulled off an 80-76 come-from-behind win over Thailand in the South East Asian Baskeball (SEABA) Women’s Championship in Phuket, Thailand.


Fil-Am Vicky Brick combined with veteran Emelia Vega at crunchtime to lead the RP team past Thailand last Monday.

The RP belles rallied from seven points down in the third then sustained their momentum in the fourth with Brick and Vega taking charge in the clutch to pull off the victory.

The team was formed just two months ago as the Philippines played its very first international game since the country’s suspension from FIBA.

Brick, who played for a US Division I squad during her college years, played true to form on her first stint with the national team, firing 18 points while Vega canned in all but one of her four foul shots in the closing seconds.

Vega finished with nine points.

"The girls played a tough defense against their taller opponents throughout the game. They never gave up," said RP-Cebuana coach Fritz Gaston, whose chargers drew inspiration from the Filipino workers in Phuket.

"They really gave us a big lift," said Gaston.

RP Cebuana team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier, who will be joining the team later this week, cited the girls’ heart and desire as the key to that big win.

"What they lacked in height, they more than made up for it with a lot of heart and I am confident that they have very good chances of making it to the finals after this victory. It is a good gauge of what the team can do but we have to remember this is just the first game and they still have a long way to go," said Lhuillier.

Aside from Brick and Vega, other scorers for RP-Cebuana were veteran Dixie Valencia and Aurora Adriano, who chipped in 11 points apiece, Joan Grajales who scored 10, UAAP MVP Cassie Tioseco, who had seven points, Pipay Villanueva, who contributed three points and Fil-Nigerian Ewon Arayi who made one point.

In other games, Malaysia thumped Indonesia, 99-58, while Thailand made short work of Singapore, 98-56.

The Philippines will play Indonesia in the next game Tuesday night and will take on Singapore on Wednesday before going up against title contender Malaysia on Thursday.

The semifinals will be held Friday with the No. 1 team clashing with No. 4 and Nos. 2 and 3 disputing the other final berth. The championship will be played on Saturday. With a report from the Philippine Star

gameface_one
10-18-2007, 09:07 AM
Cagebelles win shy of No. 1 seed


The Philippine Star

The RP-Cebuana continued to stamp its class in the South East Asian Basketball (SEABA) Women’s Championship, thumping Singapore, 78-59, to move a win away from sweeping the elims in Phuket, Thailand Wednesday night.

Pipay Villanueva delivered the goods from the outside while Minerva Narciza dominated the paint and the rest backed them up with a gritty defense that took the sting out of the Singaporeans.

Villanueva torched the hoops with four triples while Fil-Am Vicky Brick tossed in 10 points in the first three quarters before getting the rest to finish the job for Team RP.

The win was the RP cagebelles third straight after repulsing fancied Thailand, 80-76, Monday and demolishing Indonesia, 70-54, Tuesday. It thus moved the team a win from clinching the top seeding in the semifinals.

But the RP girls expect a tough outing against title contender Malaysia at Thursday’s resumption of the tournament.

The semifinals will be held tomorrow with the No. 1 team clashing with No. 4 and Nos. 2 and 3 disputing the other final berth. The championship will be played on Saturday.

RP team coach Fritz Gaston pulled out Brick, who saw action in a US Division I squad during her college years, in the fourth quarter to prepare the talented Fil-Am for the crucial game against Malaysia.

"The team is in high spirits and Narciza is playing so well in the paint," said Gaston, whose wards are competing in their first international game since the country’s suspension from the FIBA.

Against the Thais, the RP belles rallied from seven points down in the third then sustained their momentum in the fourth to pull off the victory.

Brick and Emelia Vega shot 18 and nine points, respectively, against Thailand while Cassie Tioseco, the MVP in the recent UAAP season, and Narciza starred in the team’s win against Indonesia with 11 points apiece.

gameface_one
10-19-2007, 11:29 AM
RP-Cebuana bags fourth straight win
mb.com.ph





The RP-Cebuana Lhuillier women’s basketball sneaked past Malaysia, 67-65, yesterday to sweep the elimination round of the Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Women’s Championships in Phuket, Thailand.


Fil-American Vicky Brick scored on a baseline jumper with three seconds to go to break the last deadlock at 65-65 and lift the Philippines to its fourth straight win.

The Filipinos, who got the needed lift from Fil-American Vicky Brick anew, and they go for a finals berth against Indonesia at 3 p.m. today (Manila time) in the semifinals of the five-nation tournament.

The other finals berth will be disputed by Thailand and Indonesia. The championship game is set at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The RP women’s team, back in international competition after a four-year layoff, took control early and raced to an 11-point halftime lead in the game marred by a fight towards the end.

The game was headed for a thrilling finish with the count tied at 60-all when Malaysia lost its top player for a punching foul.

Late Wednesday, the Filipinos thumped Singapore, 78-59, for their third straight victory and the solo lead in the five-team tournament.

The Filipinos started the tournament with a come-from-behind 80-76 win over Thailand and followed this up with a 70-54 drubbing of Indonesia.

In the game against Singapore, Pipay Villanueva boomed with four three point shots to lead the Filipinos, whose main player, Fil-Am Vicky Brick, was rested by Gaston after scoring 10 points in anticipation of a grue;ing match with the Malaysians.

gameface_one
10-20-2007, 10:11 AM
Filipino cagebelles gains SEABA finals slot
abs-cbnnews.com


The RP-CEBUANA Lhuillier women's basketball team scored a finals slot at the Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Women's Championships in Phuket, Thailand by beating Team Indonesia, 72-47, Bandila news program reported.

The RP team relied on their team’s mainstay Fil-American Vicki Brick to go past Team Indonesia.

Before facing Indonesia, the RP team sneaked past Malaysia, 67-65, last Thursday to sweep SEABA’s elimination round.


The Filipinos also thumped Singapore, 78-59 late Wednesday.

abcdef
10-20-2007, 09:41 PM
Who won the championship game?

gameface_one
10-21-2007, 09:09 AM
IN HUDDLE
RP cagebelles’ battle cry


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 02:36am (Mla time) 10/21/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- It wasn’t all hard work and pressure for the ladies’ basketball team in Phuket, Thailand. There were light moments too.

And it wasn’t all basketball too. There was also a beauty contest where two contestants from each team -- supposed to be the prettiest -- were entered in the search for the 2007 Miss Seaba. The judges were composed of members of the media and the team captain of each squad.

I guess that was the reason we lost. The Philippines did not have a single media member in its delegation.

Our entries were Cassie Tioseco and Chiko Matsuno, who finished in the top 5. Declared Miss Seaba was a cagebelle from Singapore, who was described by Pato as “cute and very Chinese-looking.”

Pato said she sang a Thai song which delighted everyone, including the judges.

“I donated a round trip, all-expenses paid ticket to the Philippines to the winner to show Fiba how happy we are to be back in the basketball scene,” Pato said.

A cager from Thailand was first runner-up and and a Malaysian second runner-up.

More than the Miss Seaba title, according to Pato, what mattered to Chiko and Cassie was winning the Seaba championship.

I wonder if the candidates had to parade in gowns and swimsuits. Whatever, Pato said these girls could give Ms Earth contestants a run for their money.

* * *

The following day after the beauty contest, it was back to serious business. The team was so focused, I was told. The girls were very determined to win, especially after the Glorietta bombing where several people were killed and scores injured.

“Let’s make history!!!” was the battle cry. This is the first team to ever sweep the Seaba elims and the first team to beat both Thailand and Malaysia in one tournament.

Hopefully, it will also be the first team to win a Seaba title.

* * *

Jack Ruby (not the assassin) had jumped out of bed hours before the break of dawn yesterday.

It was Jack’s 38th birthday, but that was the least of his concern.

Being the opening day of the PBL’s 25th season, the league’s hardworking marketing chief was looking forward to a super busy day.

There wasn’t going to be a celebration for the birthday boy.

* * *

By 9 a.m., Jack was reporting that they had plastered a total of 200 PBL/V.Go sun visor stickers on the same number of private and public vehicles. The first PBL activity of the day started at 7 a.m. and would be followed by a motorcade, movie viewing, haircutting and a concert, among others, at The Arena in San Juan.

Jack was so excited. He had worked so hard to market the amateur cage league this season that he lost a few strands of his dark brown locks.

I noticed during the press conference held at Gerry’s Grill last Thursday that he was now using gel (or is it mousse) to make his hair, which had gone limp, stand again.

On second thought, maybe he started losing his hair many months earlier when he was still working under the most stressful conditions in another cage league.

* * *

PBL chair Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, in his short speech last Thursday, said it was the league’s first presscon in years thanks to the efforts of Jack, who was too shy to accept credit. It was also the first time in years that the PBL will have a title sponsor—two, in fact, that’s why the conference is being called 2008 PBL V.Go Extreme Cup 2.

Ex-PBA star Abe King, now based in Seattle, Washington, tagged along to talk to PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad regarding the possibility of forming a team for Wrigleys Chewing Gum, where he and wife Ligaya work.

gameface_one
10-23-2007, 09:05 AM
RP Cagebelles vow: ‘We’ll get ’em in SEAG’
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Philstar.com


Coaches and players of the Cebuana Lhuillier RP women’s team are confident they can get back at SEABA tormentor Thailand and score their breakthrough win in international front in the coming 24th Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

“They (the Thais) didn’t intimidate us. What we have right now is high level of confidence that we can beat them in the SEA Games,” said coach Fritz Gaston, two days after their return from Phuket, Thailand where they finished second in the 2007 SEABA women’s championship.

“I don’t think they would make major adjustments. The Thais and the Malaysians would play just the same in the SEA Games. But we can improve with one more month preparation. We lacked cohesion in SEABA going there with only two months of training,” Gaston added.

Gaston is also looking to beef up the team’s frontline with a possible acquisition of another US NCAA Division I Fil-Am player Marilou Liebou.

“When we were talking before SEABA, she said she’s available in December,” said Gaston of Liebou.

If ever, the 5-foot-10 would be a welcome addition to the RP team which has an average height of only 5-foot-7. Thailand has a height average of 5-foot-10 with two players at 6-foot-3.

“The good thing about our team is that we have small players who can defend big guys. What hurt us in Phuket was the Thai forward who’s so good playing like a man,” said the RP team mentor.

Gaston said they will work to enhance their speed and power in the next four weeks before going back to Thailand for the SEAG.

It was in Chiang Mai in 1995 where the RP women’s team made its highest finish in the biennial games at second.

Having matched the feat in Phuket, the RP belles are determined to go a notch higher in Nakhon Ratchasima.

AnthonyServinio
10-23-2007, 11:25 AM
* * *WITH the way our wpmen's national team is performing these days, I strongly believe that a gold or even a silver medal finish in the coming Southeast Asian Games should provide the spark and initiative to start a serious commercial or semi-pro league for women.* There is enough momentum generated by such an achievement just like when the victorious Team USA's gold medal romp at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics proved to be the perfect springboard to establishing the WNBA.

mighty_lion
10-23-2007, 12:20 PM
^ Isa lang masasabi ko. Brick is Hot! ;D

gameface_one
10-24-2007, 10:56 AM
Thai ace poses big threat to RP ladies

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Philstar.com


How to stop this Thai player “who plays like a man” is the biggest headache of Fritz Gaston, head coach of the Philippine women’s basketball team.

“She really moves well and actually plays like a man. At one point, I even thought of asking officials to investigate if she just had a sex change,” said Gaston.

This Thai player, who wears jersey No. 5, did the most damage as Thailand whipped the Philippines last Saturday, 66-49, for the SEABA crown last Saturday in Phuket.

“She scored 36 points against Malaysia. She shoots very well, and if you come close to her, she drives hard. And she’s five-foot-ten. Parang lalake kumilos,” said Gaston.

Vicky Brick, the Fil-American sparkplug of the RP team, was so impressed with the Thai, saying, “If she was in the United States she would have been in the All-American team.”

“We have to prepare how to match up with the Thais, especially this No. 5,” said Gaston, who has exactly 43 days to find ways how to beat the Thais in the coming Southeast Asian Games.

“There’s no question. Thailand is the team to beat in the SEA Games. It’s really a strong team. But you cannot count Malaysia out, too,” said Gaston at the PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Ave.

Gaston, a former PBA player, came to the forum with players like Cassy Tioseco, Machico Matsuno, Diana Jose, Stephanie Villanueva and Merenciana Arayi.

The RP cagebelles led by skipper Emilia Vega won their first four matches in Phuket, including a close 76-72 decision over the Thais in the elimination.

But they fell short in the finals against the hosts, failing to control the Thais size and heft advantage.

At times, Gaston said his players felt they were up against a men’s team.

“That was our biggest disadvantage. We didn’t know how to beat Thailand’s men’s team,” he said in jest, referring to Thailand’s top player who “plays like a man.”

“But from now on we will do that, too. We will hold scrimmages with our men’s team. We have to find ways on how to match up with them,” said Gaston.

The RP women’s team was formed just over two months ago, and Gaston said the first month was even spent on tryouts.

“We have to learn how to become more explosive, quicker and stronger,” added Gaston, looking forward to the possible arrival of a couple more Fil-Ams in time for the SEA Games.

“If they come, we will have to re-evaluate things and talk it over because it will depend on the positions these new arrivals would be playing,” he said.

“But we’re ready to take them in. These players in the fold right now are so selfless that giving up some slots for the sake of the team wouldn’t be a problem,” he said. – Abac Cordero

gameface_one
10-24-2007, 11:04 AM
Gaston eyes mentally tough squad for SEAG



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph

STRENGTHENING HIS wards’ mental toughness will be the main goal of RP women’s basketball team head coach Fritz Gaston in their final preparation for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.


Gaston said a focused mind during the competition would be a key ingredient to winning the gold medal in the biennial meet against physically tougher teams from the region.

"Aside from being physically fit, I also want my team to be mentally tough so they could play much better against their opponents," said Gaston during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.

Gaston added that having a conditioned mind would give positive vibes on the athletes’ determination to do their best in achieving their goal.

"Sa training, kasama na pati mental training. We have been training them on situations where they don’t like the referee’s calls, or they were losing by 20 to 30 points to see how they would react," Gaston explained.

"Importanteng kondisyon din ang utak mo kapag naglalaro, hindi puro pisikal lang," he added.

The RP squad, which was formed only two months ago, proved it has what it takes to compete in the SEAG by placing second in the SEABA Championships last week. Thailand won the title.

Spearheaded by Fil-American recruit Vicky Brick, the crew evened the country’s best finish in the 1995 Chiang Mai edition.

Though the team showed it has a lot of character, Gaston said the coaching staff plans for a more intensive training in China, hopefully by the third week of November.

He added that the Thailand and Malaysian teams have already resumed their training in China.

"Lalaban tayo for gold," said Gaston. "Kulang kami sa practice pero kinaya ng team sa SEABA, nakita na namin ang mga kalaban namin and we are looking for a training that will make our athletes become quicker and more explosive."

gameface_one
11-01-2007, 06:57 AM
IN HUDDLE
RP ladies get needed boost


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 03:54am (Mla time) 11/01/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Look who’s getting VIP treatment from the mayor of Muntinlupa City.

Swimming legend Susan Papa, that’s who.

Remember how Susan was harassed and tormented for months by the Muntinlupa mayor who did practically everything to drive her out of her wits? She was abducted, intimidated and manhandled by the mayor’s operatives to scare her into giving up her fight against the mayor’s relative who had put up an illegal machine shop business in Susan’s neighborhood. These all happened back in April, remember?

Well, last Tuesday, Susan invited me to join the Fighting Orcas -- the new swimming club she is coaching -- for a courtesy call on Philippine Amateur Swimming Association vice president Dr. Ramon “Cardie” Roque at the House of Representatives where he is deputy secretary.

From Alabang, the group convoyed to Quezon City escorted by a motorcycled cop which Susan said was provided by new Muntinlupa mayor Aldrin San Pedro, who beat Jaime Fresnedi in the last elections.

Now don’t you consider that a sudden reversal of fortune?

Dr. Roque said there was no work that day but they opened the Batasan Halls for their special guests -- his former swimming age-group buddy and her young swimmers who are competing in Taiwan this November.

The doctor -- himself a swimming champion -- was so nice. He delivered a short inspirational speech to the young athletes, treated them to spaghetti and burgers and toured them around the sprawling Batasan complex.

The swimmers were so inspired they promised to bring home medals from Taiwan.

* * *

Ever since their silver medal finish in the Thailand Seaba last month, the RP ladies basketball team, which will be reinforced by three US-based players, have been drawing second looks from people.

Although our chances for a gold in the Thailand Southeast Asian Games have significantly increased with the acquisition of these cagebelles, head coach Fritz Gaston said he has mixed emotions over this development.

“Two or three additions will mean the same number of subtractions, I am both happy and sad,” Fritz said.

Expected to arrive within the next two weeks are Melissa Sison Jacob, 5’9, a pure Filipina (her last name is pronounced Hacob) who hails from Alaminos, Pangasinan; Fil-Syrian Amira Quintana Issa, 6’2 from Matalum, Leyte, and Rachel Ocampo, 5’2, from the University of California in Sta. Cruz.

Melissa, according to BAP-SBP executive director Pato Gregorio who did research on the trio, can play any position but is at her best at point. She can also shoot.

Amira, on the other hand, is expected to provide the much needed height and heft. And toughness, if I may add.

Every time Amira visits her home province, she keeps in shape by playing with the boys -- the only rose among the thorns. “Nakikipagbalyahan (Playing tough) with them,” according to Fritz.

Rachel, on the other hand, is a tryout who is paying for her trip.

Even the godfathers -- both big and small -- have started coming in. Fritz asked permission to thank supporters like Omikase Japanese Restaurant, Ruddy Tan of Burlington, Joey Campos of Petron, Jimmy Alabanza of Eastern Seaboard Insurance, who has insured the team for a maximum of P3 million each, and realtor Robin Tong.

* * *

He must have been severely disappointed over our lackluster performance in the recently-concluded Macau Indoor Games, otherwise he wouldn’t have bothered to call just to tell me that.

“We participated in several disciplines but we managed to bring home only two bronze medals, one in chess and one in wushu,” said former Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero “Butch” Pichay who is president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and chairman of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (FESSAP).

Butch rationalized that competition must be really stiff, considering that this is an Asian event involving world powers in the continent like China.

I should have asked Butch who shouldered the expenses for our participation -- the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the individual national sports associations (NSAs) or the FESSAP?

gameface_one
11-16-2007, 10:42 AM
IN HUDDLE
RP cagebelles reinforcements start arriving


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 04:19am (Mla time) 11/15/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- She is strikingly attractive; you won’t miss her even in a thick crowd. Not only does she literally stand head and shoulders above those in her immediate vicinity -- man or woman -- her exotic Syrian beauty will also most certainly catch anybody’s eye.

Amira Quintana Issa who flew in from the United States a few days ago, reported to RP women’s head coach Fritz Gaston for the first time last Tuesday at the Ateneo de Manila University gym in Diliman, Quezon City, where the team was playing against one of Ateneo’s high school squads.

From the airport, I proceeded straight to Loyola Heights and was surprised to see such a specimen there.

Amira, who traces her Filipino roots to Matalum, Leyte, is 6-foot-2 barefoot. Shod, she’s one to two inches taller, depending on what shoes she’s wearing.

As she and Fritz stood talking inside the hard court, it was easy to see that she was a number of inches taller than her coach. With that height, Fritz said she would be a tremendous boost to the RP cagebelles.

The other Fil-Am, 5-foot-9 Melissa Sison Jacob, will plane in later this week. The 5-foot-2 hopeful Rachel Ocampo from the University of California in Sta. Cruz was also at the Ateneo gym.

* * *

If you want to see Amira in action, the RP team will be playing against the Filipino Indian Basketball League All-Stars in a special goodwill game organized by FIBL commissioner Dilip Budhrani as part of the celebration of the Festival of Diwali, the Indian New Year and the Festival of Lights.

The game is scheduled 6 p.m. this Sunday, November 18, at the Adidas Sports Kamp at the Fort in Taguig City.

* * *

Although Air21 owner Bert Lina has committed to lend his players to the RP team regardless of obstacles involved, Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad said the league will hopefully be able to form a highly-competitive team from the amateur materials available.

“That was a very noble gesture on the part of Mr. Lina but we don’t want to strain Air21’s relationship with the (PBA) Philippine Basketball Association. The good thing is that at least Air21 showed concern for the national team. That is really commendable,” Chino said.

After the SBP meeting last week, the PBL teams addressed the problem at hand by agreeing to lend their players to the national team.

“With the PBL owners making their players available, okay na kami. I think the RP team will be highly competitive.”

* * *

Initially, PBA OIC Sonny Barrios was willing to stay on the job for as long as needed.

“I wanted to, but my partners in business and my wife have already been complaining about the job that I have left unattended.

“Nahihiya na ko sa kanila,” Sonny said.

Sonny said nominations for the post of PBA commissioner are slow in trickling in.

* * *

So far there are only six nominees from four ball clubs.

According to Sonny, the board has agreed not to reveal the names of the nominators.

“Just the nominees and these are -- in no particular order -- Lambert Ramos, Chito Salud, Patrick Gregorio, Arben Santos, Carlo Singson, and Ricky Palou,” Sonny announced.

“Nominations will be accepted only up to Nov. 23,” he said.

Incidentally, a colleague questioned the criteria used for choosing the next commissioner.

He thinks integrity (10%) should be given a greater value instead of marketing know-how (40%).

amdgc82
11-21-2007, 09:53 PM
http://bleachersbrew.blogspot.com/2007/11/worlds-ball-for-three-fil-ams.html

The World’s A Ball for Three Fil-Ams
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

There’s traveling in basketball. Just ask Amira Quintanilla Abou Issa. All six feet and two inches of her.

Amira, as she asks to be called, hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, a coastal city by the Atlantic Ocean. “We don’t have beaches like they have in California, but it’s still pretty much a fun place to go to,” she related during an interview at the Regalia Towers in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Issa is billeted there along with fellow Fil-Americans Melissa Jacob and Vicki Brick who will be joining the Philippine Women’s Basketball Team to the Bangkok Southeast Asian Games this December. “I tried to take up surfing until I got hit by a board on the head. I guess that was it for me and surfing because I concentrated on tennis and basketball from there.”

She was born to a Filipina mother and Syrian father in the United States and played Division III hoops for Meredith College from 2002-06. “I enrolled in Meredith and actually played two sports – tennis and basketball,” she recounted of her affinity to sports, but my height sort of pushed me towards hoops.”

After graduation (Amira took up International Business and Spanish), she took part in a couple of training camps in the Women’s National Basketball Association but instead she found herself playing in Bulgaria. “I actually never got to play because the club I went to released me because of sponsorship problems,” she recalled of the unfortunate incident. “I found out that this often happens to American players who try to play overseas. So instead I put in my time teaching English and Spanish to Bulgarians. I got my certification and could actually use it to find a job later on.”

Like her fellow Fil-Americans Brick and Jacob, Amira received an invitation via email from Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Chairman Patrick Gregorio (Brick was discovered via google). “I was thinking of going to law school, but I couldn’t pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity,” she gleefully relates.

Jacob who went to the University of California-Irvine says that she was likewise excited about the opportunity to play for the Philippines. “An opportunity is an opportunity,” says the girl from Orange County. “MJ” as he she’s nicknamed, was born in the United States but her parents hail from Alaminos, Pangasinan. “Dad just loved to cook those traditional Filipino dishes." She will share point guard duties on the Fritz Gaston-mentored team with Joanne Grajales, Emilia Vega, and Vicky Brick. “She can shoot,” marveled national team center Cassy Tioseco of Jacob. Tioseco who is on her second tour of duty wearing the national colors, says that the inclusion of the Fil-Ams will hopefully augur well for RP Women’s basketball. “In the last SEABA, the other countries didn’t know what to expect from us. After we beat Thailand in the opening game everyone began to play us hard. We don’t know about their reinforcements, but neither do they know about us.”

Vicky Brick, the former Maryland Lady Terrapin point guard (she played from 1999-2004) who caught the women’s basketball world by surprise with her inclusion in the Philippine line-up concurs. “I heard that every team has beefed up their line-ups. We’re not just thinking about getting back at one team but playing everyone equally hard.”

Brick, who played recently with the Sydney Flames in Australia and idolizes former Houston Comet Cynthia Cooper and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, is not a stranger to hard work. Growing up in Baltimore where she knew current Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, Brick was a gym rat. “I played serious tennis and nearly went to the Chris Evert Tennis Academy. I enjoyed soccer too and if I had any time away from sports, my parents would say, ‘let’s hit the gym.’ So that’s me – a fitness buff."

But by the time she was graduating from high school, letters of interest from colleges began pouring in. “I eventually decided that I’d have more fun in basketball,” she smiles.

Basketball has allowed the three girls to reconnect with their Filipino roots. While in Bulgaria, Amira alone and far from the comfort zone of family and friends was advised to go to the nearest local Catholic Church. “That’s where I’d find other Filipinos,” she says with a laugh. “Even back in North Carolina, I was exposed to the traditional cultural dances. I even learned how to dance the tinikling.”

Now that they’re playing for Team Philippines they are hoping that the media attention they and women’s basketball receives will help the game grow in the country. “Every bit of help for the game will mean well for us and for the sport,” says Brick.

And when it comes to Philippine women’s basketball, “In the SEABA a gold would have been really really great, but a silver – when you consider the country’s history in the sport – isn’t so bad. Now hopefully, we’ll do it one better this time now that MJ and Amira are with us,” sums up Brick who is clearly enjoying her stay and stint with the country.

“After all it’s an opportunity and I get to travel,” concludes Amira Issa.


Thanks to Robin Tong for setting up the interview and the coffee.

Posted by Rick Olivares* *

amdgc82
11-23-2007, 04:46 AM
http://bleachersbrew.blogspot.com/2007/11/big-heart-big-dreams.html

Friday, November 23, 2007
Big Heart. Big Dreams.
by rick olivares

It’s a none too fancy press conference for the Philippine Women’s Basketball team at Dulcinea along the restaurant row that is Tomas Morato in Quezon City. But the 14-strong team and their coach Fritz Gaston are grateful for every bit of help that comes their way.

“As you can see, we’re trying to build something beautiful along the way,” said the be-medaled former Ateneo and Philippine Basketball Association star. “We are definitely on to something. In fact people are looking into the possibility of a pro league for women. And these girls are the right ones to make the sport popular here in the country.”

While Gaston was sharing his views on why it’s a welcome and nice change to be coaching women instead of men with other guests, his players seated on the adjacent table gushed and smiled at a picture that veteran photographer Tony Lu circulated among the them. It was a picture of Gaston dating back to his days with the Crispa Redmanizers back in his Philippine Basketball Association years in the early 1980’s (he wrapped up a successful four-year stint with Tommy Manotoc’s giant-killing U-Tex Wranglers prior to the move). When he wheeled around to check on his wards, national team mainstay AA Adriano laughed, “Okay sa shorts, coach.”

Despite the light mood at the press con, everyone knows the game is serious business. Fresh from a silver medal finish in the SEABA Games in Phuket, Thailand, the RP-Cebuana team, as they are known, have been working on their conditioning and their game in preparation for the 24th Southeast Asian games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. If teams took them lightly in Phuket, they sure won’t for Nakhon Ratchasima.

“Thailand immediately scheduled us for their first match so we can’t scout them,” related Gaston. “But it works both ways. They can’t scout our reinforcements either.”

In the last SEABA, the team played for a grueling six straight days. “I don’t think I’ve ever played competitively for six straight days back in college (with Maryland) or in the pros (in Australia with the Sydney Flames),” said Vicki Brick, the team’s secret weapon in Phuket. “The last time around, we had like seven or eight days to blend, but now the team is more familiar with one another, better conditioned, and better prepared. But we still have to find how to integrate MJ and Amira (Melissa Jacob and Amira Issa; the team’s Fil-Am reinforcements). It’s all going to boil down to execution.”

Bucking a mild back injury that has kept her from going full throttle, Jacob was optimistic about throwing her weight around, “I’m in the learning process. I’m getting to know everyone’s sweet spots on the floor. Hopefully I can contribute in anyway possible.”

The SEA Games will have only have a four team field as other countries have backed out of the competition so every game is critical. A loss can immediately jeopardize one’s medal hopes. When asked of the team can win SEA Games gold, Brick deadpanned, “Heck, I dream about it every night.”

The RP team although not yet trimmed down to its 12-member roster, will be leaving for China this coming Monday, November 26 to train. There they will be playing a combination of youth, college, and military teams as part of their preparations for the SEA Games. The team will be back on home soil on December 2nd and depart with the rest of Philippine delegation on the 5th.

The team pool is composed of Grajales, Emelia Vega, Adriano, Pixie Valencia, Diane Jose, Mae Narciza, Chiko Matsuno, Fats Tolentino, Tin Chua, Pipay Villanueva, Cassy Tioseco, Brick, Jacob, and Issa.

Considering the lack of popularity of women’s basketball in the country, every member of the team immediately jumped at the opportunity to play for flag and country. Pipay Villanueva quit her job just to play. “This is a once in a lifetime experience. Not everyone gets to do this,” said the former Ateneo Lady Eagle who was a part of the school’s team that won its first ever UAAP Women’s title in 2005.

Grajales, who played for the University of Iloilo and has been with the team since 2003, was clearly excited about this team’s chances. “Sa palagay ko, ito na yung pinakamalakas na team na kasama ako. Sana tuloy tuloy na.”

Summed up Gaston, “We have the skills to compete. The other teams –like Thailand have been around for about four years now. In fact, they’ve been in training for the last eight months just for SEA Games gold. But I’ll say this, this team has got a big heart. And any day, give me players with big hearts and I’ll show you what we can do.”

Side story: The UAAP throws in its support
The press conference was sponsored in part by the UAAP. “For the last 15 years, the UAAP has been sending athletes and teams to compete in the World University Games,” said Ateneo’s Jun Jun Capistrano. “Since we have a lot of our players on the women’s national team, we really wanted to support them.”

And the show of support has come in from gracious individuals and corporations like Manny Pangilinan, Pato Gregorio and the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, Alex Huang, Cynthia Tiu, Robin Tong, Cebuana Lhuillier, Burlington, Nike, Gatorade, Petron, and Victory Liner among others.

“We are definitely happy about the support we’re getting,” said Gaston. “Like I said, every little bit counts and they know we’re onto something good here.”

Poll Results:
Should the collegiate Champions League be the premier college competition in the land?

Yes. But the SBP should heavily promote and sanction it. 36 votes.
No. The UAAP & NCAA are the better leagues and don't need any other league to steal their thunder. 17 votes.

Posted by Rick Olivares* *

amdgc82
11-23-2007, 04:47 AM
Reinforced RP belles also good for gold
By Joey Villar
Philippine Star
Friday, November 23, 2007

Like the men’s team, the women’s basketball squad competing in the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand next month is confident of bagging the gold medal, too.

“I feel we have a better chance to win the gold medal now,” said RP coach Fritz Gaston in yesterday’s media launch hosted by the UAAP board at the Dulcinea in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

With two more Fil-Ams reinforcing the squad, things could look up indeed for the RP cagebelles in the biennial meet slated Dec. 5-16.

Amira Issa and Melissa Jacob have been included in the roster, firming up the already competitive squad led by Fil-Am Vicki Brick and local talents Emilia Vega, Cassy Tioseco, Matsiko Matzuno, Christine Chua, Pipay Villanueva, Minerva Narcisa, Aurora Adriano, Pixie Valencia, Diana Jose, Ewon Arayi, Joanne Grajales and recent recruit Fatima Tolentino of UP.

The 6-2 Issa, who played college ball for Meredith College, and the 5-9 Jacob, a former University of California-Irvine standout, are expected to help the Nationals’ cause against taller rivals from the reigning SEAG champions Thais.

Brick, a former University of Maryland hotshot who helped power RP to a surprise silver medal finish in the SEABA Championship recently in Thailand, is thrilled on the prospect of RP winning the gold.

“I dream about it (winning the SEAG gold medal) every night,” said Brick. “I can feel the weight of it on my neck.”

Gaston, however, said more than individual talent, the team’s heart and character will be the key in their gold medal campaign.

“The team with the biggest heart will win the gold medal and we have that,” said Gaston.

RP’s best finish in the biennial, 11-nation meet was a silver medal effort in the 1997 Chang Mai Games.

gameface_one
11-27-2007, 07:37 AM
Cagebelles in final tune-up in Shanghai


The Philippine Star

BANGKOK – The Philippine cagebelles left for Shanghai Monday to play tune-up games against top Chinese women’s squads in the final stage of its buildup for the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima.

RP team coach Fritz Gaston said their weeklong trip in China will also serve as the final test among the 14 hopefuls for the squad looking to surpass a strong silver-medal finish in the recent SEABA championship in Phuket.

Six-foot-2 center Amira Issa, who played college ball for Meredith College, and 5-foot-9 guard Melissa Jacob, a former University of California-Irvine standout, have firmed up both the frontcourt and backcourt of the team.

"This Shanghai trip will surely be a good experience that could help us in our SEAG bid. We just couldn’t find a good tune-up game against fellow women in the Philippines. We’re forced to play men’s teams. But men are really different from women," Gaston told The STAR.

The cagebelles are playing five tune-up matches against top collegiate teams and the Chinese military squad in Shanghai from Tuesday to Saturday. They return to Manila Sunday for a two-day layover before leaving for their SEAG quest.

It was also in Thailand in 1995 when the RP women’s team had its strongest showing in the biennial meet, placing second against the host.

"For sure, they’re wary of us. The schedule looks very well in favor of them. It looks like the hosts want the Philippines and Malaysia to play for second. We’ll give them a big surprise," said Gaston.

It’s a single round robin with the team with the best record automatically emerging champion. The Philippines has Thailand as its very first assignment then Malaysia and Singapore.

"Talagang set-up for them. Kapag tinalo natin sila, we play next Malaysia at malamang yayariin tayo at babawi sila against Malaysia for a three-way tie," Gaston said.

Gaston sees in Jacob someone whom he can pit against the Thai superstar who is said to be playing like a man.

Others making up the RP pool are Fil-Am guard Vicki Brick and homegrown talents Emilia Vega, Cassy Tioseco, Matsiko Matzuno, Christine Chua, Pipay Villanueva, Minerva Narcisa, Aurora Adriano, Pixie Valencia, Diana Jose, Ewon Arayi, Joanne Grajales and Fatima Tolentino. Nelson Beltran

Howard the Duck
11-29-2007, 03:18 AM
sana televised ang mga sea games games nila

gameface_one
12-04-2007, 08:11 AM
Shanghai experience toughens up cagebelles

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Philstar.com


Its confidence boosted by its recent stint in Shanghai, China, the souped-up RP women’s basketball team is raring to slug it out with the best in the region in the 24th Southeast Asian Games firing off tomorrow in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

“We’ve learned so many things in Shanghai,” said RP women’s team coach Fritz Gaston upon arrival from China where the nationals played four exhibition matches against taller, heftier opponents.

Although they won only one game, Gaston said it’s the experience that mattered which they hope to use in the SEAG.

“It’s not actually the result of those matches that are important, it’s the experience we got there since we’ve started to get accustomed to playing taller and tougher foes,” Gaston said.

Like the Harbour Centre-backed RP men’s squad, the RP cagebelles are eyeing no less than the gold medal after coming up with a silver medal finish in the recent SEABA Championship.

Fil-Am Vicki Brick, the RP team leader who played for US NCAA Division I University of Maryland, said the SEABA experience showed everyone that the Nationals can also be at par, if not better, than the rest in the region. – Joey Villar

amdgc82
12-06-2007, 08:09 PM
http://ubelt.com/blogs/viewpost.aspx?id=559

Press Release: Host Thais Try To Find Advantage in Women's Hoops
Last Updated: by rpsports_danny on 12/6/2007 7:19:00 PM

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – As host, Thailand, as expected will do everything to win all the gold medals within its reach to ensure the Southeast Asian Games overall championship it last won in 1999 is brought back its shore.

In women's basketball, for instance, the Thai Games Organizing Committee had to alter the schedule of games twice in two days in an apparent effort to scuttle the strongest challenge their team's chief rivals, especially the resurgent Philippine team, can put up.

The Filipinas who were to start their campaign against Thailand tomorrow, found* Gaston jittery, such an encounter had been re-scheduled for today.

The Filipinas and the Singaporeans battle each other at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. in Manila), with the latter reportedly recalled back the four players from Mainland China, which beefed up the team in previous international meets in the hope of fashioning out a decent performance here.

Earlier last Wednesday, the Games* organizers, thinking that the Thai cagebelles can easily repeat the drubbing they dealt the Filipinas in the gold medal play of the recent Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship, the basketball tournament committee had earlier pitted the host country's team against the Philippines in their initial outings on Saturday.

Learning its lesson for that setback, the Basketball Association-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, however, decided to beef up that SEABA runner up squad with what national head coach Fritz Gaston thought the girls needed to bring home the bacon this time, which will be a first in Philippine women's basketball history.

A move that led the host to change the schedule and pit the Filipinas against Singapore instead, obviously for the purpose of scouting Melisa Jacob and Amira Issa, a pair of Fil-Americans, and Fats Tolentino, the three reinforcements Gaston added on the lineup, precisely to patch up the frontline leak spotted in the RP SEABA Five.

Jacob is a 5-foot-9 guard who played for the University of California-Irvine, Isas a 6-3 behemoth from North Carolina, and Tolentino, a 5-11 center from the University of the Philippines.

The Thais, naturally, draw a bye on the day the Filipinas and the Singaporean cancel each other out before facing the Filipinas on Sunday. The hosts, likewise, rest on Dec. 12, the day the Philippines and Malaysia square off, again, to make sure the strongest pursuers would tire out before battling the Malaysians.

"Well, that's a prerogative ttat belongs to the host country. We can't do anything about that, hindi naman ipinagbabawal yan," Gaston could only sigh when he learned of the situation.

"What we should do is play the way we should and try to sweep the one-round tournament to assure that the gold medal will be awarded to us," said Gaston.

Leading the Filipinas campaign are team captain Emilia Vega (5-6), the girl who also presided over another RP team's SEA Games silver medal finish in nearby Chiang Mai in 1995, Fil-Am Vicki Brick (5-7),* Cassy Tioseco of Ateneo (6-1), the UAAP MPV, and her WNCAA counterpart Chiko Matsuno of Lyceum (5-11).

Rounding up Gaston's roster are John Ford Grajales (5-4) and Pixie Valencia (5-7) of Iloilo, Diane Jose (5-9) and Ace Adriano (5-8) of Far Eastern U and* May Narciza of Adamson U (5-9).

"The team has never been so solid and I believe the girls have what it takes to give everybody a run for their money, including our hosts," Gaston declared, adding that even castoffs Pipay Villanjueva, Kristine Chua, Ewon Arayi and Chobi Borja showed no hard feelings with the change in the line up.

With an average height of 5-9, the team emerges as the tallest national squad the country is fielding in an international competitions.

GHRanger
12-07-2007, 03:52 PM
"The team has never been so solid and I believe the girls have what it takes to give everybody a run for their money, including our hosts," Gaston declared, adding that even castoffs Pipay Villanjueva, Kristine Chua, Ewon Arayi and Chobi Borja showed no hard feelings with the change in the line up.


Mods, move this out if it doesn't seem appropriate.
IMHO, I think the word "castoffs" is too harsh a term for these ladies who worked and sweated it out for the National Team and the country. I would suggest that the writer should use a better term or rephrase this statement. Unless, of course, Fritz actually used "castoff" in his statement.

typhoidterry
12-12-2007, 11:41 AM
"The team has never been so solid and I believe the girls have what it takes to give everybody a run for their money, including our hosts," Gaston declared, adding that even castoffs Pipay Villanjueva, Kristine Chua, Ewon Arayi and Chobi Borja showed no hard feelings with the change in the line up.


Mods, move this out if it doesn't seem appropriate.
IMHO, I think the word "castoffs" is too harsh a term for these ladies who worked and sweated it out for the National Team and the country.* I would suggest that the writer should use a better term or rephrase this statement.* Unless, of course, Fritz actually used "castoff" in his statement.


We ll I hope he didn't, He would be an idiot if did.

Tanong ko lang.....Sino ba talaga ang Head coach ng Women's team????? I have been watching the SEA Games and I can't help observe that Fritz Gaston just sits there and lets his assistants do their thing.

amdgc82
12-14-2007, 05:36 AM
http://ubelt.com/blogs/viewpost.aspx?id=600

Pato Gregorio on Women's Basketball
Last Updated: by rpsports_sid on 12/13/2007 11:39:00 AM

I had a brief chat with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio minutes after the Philippines lost to Malaysia, 56-74, in women’s competition, relegating the RP cagebelles to the bronze medal. We discussed the future of women’s basketball in the Philippines and what programs the SBP is coming up with to develop the sport. Excerpts of the interview:

On the performance of the team in the SEA Games

Our women’s team is a very young team, in terms of age, in terms of preparation. We’re just on our fifth month. Yes, we got the silver in SEABA in Phuket months ago, but I guess it was more of na-surpresa yung kalaban. We can’t form a strong team yet.

When we were forming the SEA Games team, our task force scrutinized our potential to get a medal. Because they said, “If you cannot get a medal, it will be very costly.” Totoo naman. Diba? You send 20 people, and you can’t get a medal. So we proved to them that we can get a medal in SEABA, and we can easily get the bronze in the SEA Games.

On the SBP’s action plan for women’s basketball

Definitely it’s time to put money, resources, put up a commercial league to support women’s basketball in the Philippines. What I realized, some of the players had to resign from their jobs just to play for the national team. Our Fil-Am Melissa Jacob had to take a two-month leave from her job. Si (Minerva) Narciza had to resign from her job on a cruise ship. Si Pipay Villanueva resigned from Smart. And so after this, what? They have to look for another job? That’s unfair to them. So SBP will try to organize by February or March a commercial league for women.

Number two, just like what we’re doing for men’s basketball, we’re already forming the youth women’s (pool). This is part of the national basketball training centers of Eric Altamirano, wherein we will already identify promising young lady cagers for the national team.

I believe it’s all about programs. We have a very young team in 2009. I told FIBA-Asia we will bid for the 7th Southeast Asia (tournament) for women’s next summer in 2008.

There’s also the FIBA-Asia women’s championship (in 2008). Let’s already aim for that.

On other Fil-Am prospects

You know what’s exciting is we already have three Fil-Ams waiting: the Roque twins from Pangasinan, playing for the University of Illinois, and Julie May Siquio. These players play for the NCAA Division I. They’re playing now, that’s why they’re not here. I was told by the Roque twins, that pina-tryout pa sila for the Canadian national team.

That is really the future of women’s basketball. If we can form a commercial league with Fil-Ams, we can even invite the best players from ASEAN to play in the Philippines, that will really help us in developing the program of women’s basketball.

On the Philippines’ chances of becoming an Asian contender

You know, if you ask the basketball experts, even Congressman Peping Cojuangco, he told me, “Let’s aim to be one of the best teams in Asia, not just in Southeast Asia.”

And I agree. If you analyze, the Middle East teams do not have women’s teams. Ang kalaban mo lang, Korea, China at Japan. If you’re number one in Southeast Asia, kaya mong umangat eh.

By Sid Ventura

gameface_one
12-14-2007, 02:14 PM
Issa, Jacob stay on with RP 5; Brick uncertain


The Philippine Star

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Amir Issa and Melissa Jacob have made a commitment to make another try, but not Vicky Brick.

Issa and Jacob, Fil-Am players added to the RP women’s cage team here in the last minute, said they’re willing to return to the Philippines and continue to be part of the program geared at gaining regional supremacy.

Brick, a crack Fil-Am guard, said she can’t make a commitment until after she has discussed things with her parents and boyfriend in the United States.

"The doors are not yet closed but I’m spending Christmas in the US then discuss everything with my parents and boyfriend," said Brick.

But notwithstanding the presence of three Fil-Am recruits, the RP women’s team went short of its bid here, settling for the bronze medal with losses to Thailand and Malaysia.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said Thailand and Malaysia have improved tremendously since the SEABA women’s championship in Phuket a few months back.

Gregorio also thought Issa and Jacob weren’t able to jell immediately with the team. The SBP executive director, however, didn’t regret fielding the two Fil-Ams here.

"We must have a vision. We’re looking at the future, so it’s better to put them in our program this early," said Gregorio.

Gregorio said he’s satisfied with the bronze although he thought they would get the silver.

"From the start, I’m saying I would be satisfied with the bronze, happy with the silver and very happy with the gold," he said.

Gregorio is looking at a commercial league for his program to improve RP women’s basketball. Nelson Beltran

gameface_one
12-15-2007, 01:44 PM
Fil-Ams ready to answer call of duty


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 22:26:00 12/14/2007


NAKHON RATCHASIMA--Vicki Brick and Melissa Jacob, two Fil-Americans in the women's basketball team, did their last-minute shopping on Friday before boarding the 4 p.m. flight back to Manila.

Both echoed their great experience playing for the RP squad that still ended up without the gold medal after taking lopsided defeats in their last two outings.
Brick, a comely, athletic point guard, said she would go back to the United States after a couple of days in Manila.

Jacob is also set to fly back to the US but has plans of coming back to Manila. "If our services are needed by the country we'll be available anytime," she said.

* * *

When officials of the Thailand Sports Association hosted a launch for the Philippine delegation at the 24th Southeast Asian Games and told everyone they would take care of the Filipinos here, they weren't kidding.

Retired Col. Salvador "Buddy" Andrada knew about this first-hand.

Suffering shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat, Andrada was confined for two days in an intensive care unit of the modern Bangkok Hospital.

The Thailand Sports Authority is footing the bill, with Chaiyapak Sirawat, one of the most influential sports officials here, giving the assurance to his Filipino friend, the former head of the Philippine Tennis Association.

* * *

Filipinos also took good care of Filipinos inside the Athletes Village, with a 15-man team from the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine, led by Dr. Randy Molo, physical therapist Rhoy Lazaro and masseur Benjie Hizon, stationed there.

The team's biggest achievement in these Games was when it treated Annie Albania, who suffered a misaligned rib cage in her first bout. Two days of therapy helped her back into the boxing ring. She eventually won RP's only gold in the controversy-wracked boxing competitions.

A chiropractor, the esteemed Dr. Martin Camara, has also done wonders for the RP delegation, treating athletes, officials and mediamen alike as the rigors of this sporting conclave have taken its toll on almost everyone.

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 05:48 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan19/spor2.htm
SATURDAY |JANUARY 19, 2008

Trouble bugging national women’s basketball squad
BY CHRISTINE MONCADA

IF basketball officials don’t watch out, their women’s basketball program that has yet to fully take off may just die a natural death.

This surfaced yesterday after Malaya learned that three players who saw action in the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand last month have resigned while an assistant coach has taken a leave of absence, apparently in protest over the "special treatment" being given to Fil-Am players.

National women’s coach Fritz Gaston, however, downplayed these developments, saying he allowed the three players, whom he refused to identify, to take a well-deserved rest in the absence of an immediate competition. Gaston identified the assistant coach as Heidi Ong, whom he said has asked permission to concentrate on her coaching job at Ateneo.

Malaya learned some players in the team, who come from the UAAP and other collegiate leagues, are disgruntled over higher allowances being received by the Fil-Am players who joined the team in the Thai SEA Games last month, where the RP team won a bronze medal.

Malaya also learned that other players have requested to be excused from national duty for various reasons in a team meeting last Monday.

Gaston refused to say if a revamp is in the offing, adding: "Let’s wait and see." Gaston steered the women’s team to a silver medal in last year’s Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship, raising hopes the team, beefed up by three Fil-Ams, will contend for the gold in Thailand.

Gaston explained he agreed to give the entire team a rest since there is no immediate tournament lined up, adding his immediate concern now is the formation of a semi-commercial women’s league.

"They told me they want some issues to be resolved and I told them ‘Okay, let’s call off practice until these issues are settled’. I told them we’ll recall them before the league starts.

"But it remains to be seen. Kung ayaw nilang bumalik sa team then we’ll let them go but if they want to suit up then they are very much welcome to do so."

The cagebelles’ exploits in the international scene last year spurred interest in the game, boosting the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas plans to establish a semi-commercial league intended to start in April.

Ong, in an interview, said she can’t promise to be back and rejoin the nationals.

"I told (coach Gaston) I will not practice with the RP team for now because of my busy schedule, but nothing is official yet. We’ll see," said Ong, a member of Ateneo’s women’s coaching staff and the head coach of Immaculate Concepcion Academy.

Gaston also said he is busy putting up a team for the FIBA under-18 women’s basketball tournament in June in Indonesia.

He said he is gathering and looking at players training with coach Eric Altamirano who is calling the shots at the National Basketball Training Center.

typhoidterry
01-20-2008, 11:02 AM
When an NSA plays too much value in "marketing", it will lose sight of the real goal. When it tries to accomodate old BAP personalities to appease the old BAP it will fail. When you put a coach who only has one year coaching experience and no experience at the women's level it is bound to fail.

The real problem is not the funding nor are the Fil-ams. Gaston stated that he is giving the girls a well deserved rest. It is a cover up. Expect the truth to come out soon.

Sam Miguel
01-21-2008, 10:18 AM
^^^ This is precisely what I have been saying these past couple of months. Although Fritz Gaston was a former varsity and pro player, and he did coach before, he has been more of a corporate guy the past many years. That was why I wondered aloud a lot of times how and why he got the nod to coach the women's team. I was expecting the likes of John Flores, Reg Jose or even Peque Tan to get the nod, since they have been deeply involved in women's basketball for the better part of the last decade (longer in Tan's case).

While I appreciate all the effort the SBP put in to get the foreign-born players, I have always maintained that we have more than enough good women right here on our own shores to put together a young, dynamic and competitive team. I was rather surprised not to see the likes of Merenciana Arayi, Jeng Ravago, Ning Borja, Tess Bombeo and Tet Gadian and other high-quality veteran players NOT on the team. And yet we reached out across the seas to get three or four foreign-born players.

amdgc82
02-21-2008, 05:45 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/02212008/sports03.html

SBP kicks Fritz ‘upstairs?’
*
THE Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) has dropped Fritz Gaston as head coach of the national women’s team, reportedly in reaction to a complaint aired by homegrown players that he was biased in favor of the Filipino-foreigners.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio confirmed Gaston is indeed out of the team and that he was replaced by his former assistant, Heidi Ong, with another former deputy, Raymond Celis, handling the 18-under squad.

Ong was reportedly one of the prime movers behind the complaint that stressed that Gaston, who steered the team to a fourth-place finish in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Thailand last December, favored Filipino-Americans Vicky Brick, Melissa Jacob and Amir Issa, over the homegrown talents.

Gregorio described the move as “just a part of a long-delayed plan,” and that the BAP-SBP has given Gaston “full authority” to run the semicommercial women’s basketball league and head the National Referees Program.

“Actually, we just elevated his position,” Gregorio said. “Matagal na dapat ito. We have already discussed it even before SEA Games that Fritz will spearhead the women’s league and the referees program. I guess there’s nothing wrong with it.”

Gregorio furthered: “As far as I know, there’s no effort to oust him. Our agreement was settled even before the SEA Games and this is part of the plan. We realized that he could concentrate more on spearheading the [women’s] league if we’ll take him off the team.”

Gaston could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He reportedly was nowhere to be seen during the team’s first regular training last week.

amdgc82
02-21-2008, 06:11 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080221-120207/Ong-replaces-Gaston-as-coach-of-womens-squad

Ong replaces Gaston as coach of women’s squad
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:10:00 02/21/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- After steering the cagebelles to a third-place finish in the Southeast Asian Games last year, Fritz Gaston will no longer call the shots for the women’s squad.

Gaston had already handed the reins of the squad to Heidi Ong, who started taking over practice since Monday -- the team’s first scrimmage in over two months.

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio said Gaston was elevated to director of a semi-commercial women’s league and the national referees program.

Gregorio failed to mention it but trouble had been brewing in the women’s squad before Gaston left.

Reports have it that three players who saw action in the SEA Games two months ago resigned while Ong took a leave of absence, apparently in protest over the “special treatment” accorded to foreign-raised players, including higher allowances.

Vicky Brick, Melissa Jacob and Amira Issa, who all have Filipino roots, boosted the stock of the lady dribblers in the biennial meet as well as leading the team to a silver-medal finish in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championships in Thailand last year.

Other members of that team were Cassandra Tioseco, Matchiko Matsuno, Emelia Vega, Aurora Adriano, Joan Grajales, Minerva Narcisa, Fatima Tolentino, Sylvia Marie Valencia and Diana Jose.

BAP-SBP officials declined to name the players whom Gaston reportedly allowed to take a well-deserved rest in the absence of an immediate competition. Gaston couldn’t be reached for comment.

Gregorio, however, dismissed the allegations.

“I just appointed him (Gaston) to spearhead the women’s league and national referees program,” said Gregorio, who also appointed Raymond Celis as coach of the women’s youth 18-under.

“It has always been our plan. He’ll be the coach only until the SEA Games,” he added.

amdgc82
02-21-2008, 06:19 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080220205

Women’s team revamped; Fil Ams out?
By Joey Villar
Thursday, February 21, 2008

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas yesterday named Heidi Ong as the new coach of the national women’s basketball team.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio confirmed Ong’s promotion from* *assistant to head coach, replacing Fritz Gaston, who was the team’s mentor when RP settled for the bronze medal in last year’s SEA Games in Thailand.

“Heidi Ong is now the women’s team coach,” said Gregorio, who also appointed another RP team assistant Raymond Celis as new coach of the RP women’s 18-and-under squad.

Gaston will now head the committees tasked to handle affairs concerning the proposed women’s league and the National Referees Commission.

“We appointed him (Gaston) to take charge of the women’s league and national referees program,” said Gregorio.

Ong, along with three other members of the team, actually filed a leave of absence last month allegedly in protest over the “special treatment” given to Fil-Am players who backstopped the RP SEAG team.

The group had charged that the Fil-Am recruits – Vicky Brick, Melissa Jacob and Amir Issa – received bigger allowances than the locals, which didn’t sit well with some RP team members.

Issa and Jacob had previously signified their intention to stay with the team while Brick returned to the US to consult with her family whether or not to suit up for the squad again.

But with Ong, who has started conducting team practices Monday, at the helm, Brick, Issa and Jacob might reconsider their decision to play again for the team.

amdgc82
02-21-2008, 06:24 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080221spo1.html

AFTER PLAYERS’ PETITION
Cage group kicks Gaston upstairs
By Julius Manicad
02/21/2008

A mutiny of sort was launched by local players against women’s team coach Fritz Gaston and their lackluster performance in the 24th Southeast Asian Games did not help in saving Gaston his job.

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) dropped Gaston amid pressures from homegrown talents who accused the coach of bias in favor of Fil-American recruits.

Insiders yesterday confirmed Gaston’s absence during the team’s first post-SEA Games training early this week, raising speculations the BAP-SBP sacrificed his position to restore harmony in the team.

Gaston, who steered the Ateneo de Manila University to its first title in 1987, was the subject of an ouster campaign from some members of the squad for allegedly favoring his three Filipino-American players — Vicky Brick, Melissa Jacob and Amir Issa — over the homegrown talents.

Just last month, three mainstays have quit while assistant coach Heidi Ong filed an indefinite leave of absence. Ong, reports said, took a sabbatical to concentrate on her coaching chores in Ateneo.

Despite having a fat war chest and three Fil-Am recruits, the squad still fared miserably in the SEA Games, finishing a lowly third place behind powerhouse countries Thailand and Malaysia. Even worst, the Nationals bowed to the hosts by a staggering margin of 16 points in the semifinals, 54-70, to formally kiss their first SEA Games gold medal goodbye.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio confirmed Gaston’s sudden dismissal from the squad, but stressed “it’s just a part of a long-delayed plan.”

He said the move was made in close connection with their plan of giving Gaston “full authority” to run the semicommercial women’s basketball league and head the National Referees Program.

“Actually, we just elevated his position,” Gregorio said. “Matagal na dapat ito. We have already discussed it even before SEA Games that Fritz will spearhead the women’s league and the referees program. I guess there’s nothing wrong with it.”

In Gaston’s place, Gregorio appointed Ong as head coach while another deputy, Raymond Celis, will man the women’s 18-under. Ong was reportedly one of the prime movers behind the mutiny against Gaston and the three Fil-Ams.

But Gregorio feigned innocence over the speculation.

“As far as I know, there’s no effort to oust him. Our agreement was settled even before the SEA Games and this is part of the plan. We realized that he could concentrate more on spearheading the (women’s) league if we’ll take him off the team.”

AnthonyServinio
02-21-2008, 01:19 PM
^
FYI: The correct spelling of Coach Ong's first name is Haydee.

Sam Miguel
02-26-2008, 12:08 PM
What the hell is it with Haydee Ong? Could this be the same Haydee Ong who was such the team player as an assistant coach in Ateneo's first women's championship in 2005?

She has been mentioned and speculated upon as the "mastermind" in two significant ouster efforts of two coaches: Fritz Gaston of the RP Team and John Flores of Ateneo.

Considering that these two coaches were quite successful with their respective programs - Gaston steered the RP Team to the SEABA Silver medal and the SEAG bronze medal; Flores coached Ateneo's Lady Eagles to one National Students Championship, one HAIL championship and most of all two UAAP championships over the last three seasons - I find it a little TOO coincidental that when these two coaches departed it was Haydee Ong that seemed to reap the windfall.

Perhaps it is high time that Haydee Ong step away from women's basketball. She has been too often mentioned and too often speculated upon as some sort of overly ambitious type who seems to prioritize her own career advancement over and above the greater goals of putting together a strong and consistent overall women's basketball program in the country. Two coaches gone after successful campaigns and Haydee Ong seemingly in the middle of it all stinks to the high heavens.

gameface_one
03-03-2008, 06:44 AM
No longer the poor sisters
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Monday, March 3, 2008
Philstar.com


Women’s basketball in the Philippines is on the verge of a big breakthrough, just as US women’s basketball was back in 1995. The American women toured the world, playing men’s teams and any competition they could find to drum up attention, compiling a spotless 50-win record before hitting the Atlanta Olympics like a storm. Immediately after, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) was born, bringing the sport fully into the mainstream.

If you watch basketball in the Philippines, you’d think no women played it. Only men’s UAAP and NCAA games are televised, except for the women’s finals. In one instance, an exhibition game had top women’s teams using men’s size basketballs. (Men use a size 7, women a size 6.) Last year, the Philippine women’s team finally got some attention, but was it because they had talented Fil-Ams joining the team, had good-looking players, or because they were talented? Those questions are now being answered as the Philippine women’s hoops team prepares for the 2009 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) and Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) competitions.

After two years of suspension, the Philippines was given back full active membership by the FIBA (the international governing body for basketball). One of the goals of the new BAP-SBP was to win gold medals in the women’s SEABA and SEA Games. We had hardly ever beaten Thailand and Malaysia, unlike in the men’s competition, where we regularly trounced them. To make things worse, in our absence, they had gotten stronger by playing against tougher Asian competition.

“SEABA was really intense. The level was so different from college,” admits Cassy Tioseco, the six-foot forward-center from Ateneo’s champion UAAP team. “Everyone’s emotions were so high. But I think we did surprisingly well given the short time we trained.”

In that competition, they beat defending champion Thailand in their opening game, and were suddenly expected to sweep. But in the finals, Thailand got even, and relegated the RP women to second.

“Considering the team was formed barely six months before the SEA Games in my opinion we played good enough last year,” declares new head coach Haydee Ong, a former assistant who took over from Fritz Gaston after the SEA Games in Thailand in December. “Everybody was expecting to get the gold medal after the silver medal finish in SEABA but unfortunately we failed to deliver the gold.”

The team had gained a lot of attention with the arrival of 5’7” Fil-American guard Vicki Brick, a former US high school all-American. As a freshman for the University of Maryland, the do-it-all guard had 3.1 steals and 4.3 assists per contest in 26 games as a starter, the second and third best efforts, respectively, by a first-year player in NCAA history. Brick also suited up for Sydney in Australia’s WNBL, where she shot 40 percent from beyond the three-point line.

“At the SEABA, we were almost all new, and younger,” says AA Adriano, a swift forward from FEU. “Vicki hadn’t been with us long. At the SEA Games, the expectations were so high. Our defense fell apart, and our offense didn’t click.

The hosts tried everything in the book to unsettle the Filipinas. This writer arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima right before the opening ceremonies to witness a shouting match involving basketball officials, who were surprised when the organizers suddenly switched schedules without FIBA’s approval. Then-coach Fritz Gaston was informed on opening day that they would be playing the next morning, instead of two days later. And their first opponent would no longer be Thailand, but lightweight Singapore, giving the hosts a precious opportunity to scout them.

“They were surprised that we had three new players in our roster, including two more Fil-Ams. That’s why they arbitrarily changed the schedule,” Gaston said at the time. “They’re scared of losing to us.”

The changes in schedule threw off the team’s tight preparations, and deflated their morale, since the uncertainty in schedule kept them from joining the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony, which would have been a memorable first for almost all of them. They settled for playing pusoy at the athletes’ village and watching the opening on TV. Again, we fell short, losing to Thailand and eventual champion Malaysia. But to be fair, the referees consistently made bad calls against any team that was a threat. And the Philippines was the biggest threat out there.

“Usually, you have a set sked that you follow,” Tioseco says. “We were really excited. I’ve never been to an opening ceremony. We knew it would be a distraction. It may have affected some people. We expected to play two days later. You have to learn to adapt to those things.”

After the losses in Thailand, rumors surfaced, rumors that there was discontent and disagreement among the players, and jealousy over the supposed preferential treatment (and bigger allowances) the Fil-Am players were receiving.

“No there is no issues about the Fil-Am players and allowances,” Ong affirms. “Basically, the core of the team is still intact; only the Fil-Ams went back to the States. Basically the strength and weakness of the team will depend on how athletic and skilled the Fil-Am players will be, and to what the team needs in the future.There is nothing wrong in getting Fil-Am players.”

Because of the success of the V-League, which includes national players reinforcing school-based teams, and great TV coverage from ABS-CBN, women’s basketball now has a template to follow. And a commercial league will be born in April, the Filipina Basketball League.

The timing is now perfect, because many of SEA Games champion Malaysia’s players are retiring, and Thailand is also going to change its roster. At least two of our Fil-Ams are coming back, full-time, and many new, younger and taller players are trying out for the RP team.

Vengeance will be sweet in Laos.

Sam Miguel
03-18-2008, 10:50 AM
There is reportedly this 6-foot-4 teenager playing volleyball and basketball in some high school in the Visayas. She was mentioned to me by Pato Gregorio during a media presentation sometime last month. I wonder who she is and if the SBP has gotten her into the NBTC?

cameronCrazy
04-10-2008, 09:37 AM
In your opinion, if you're Pato, who will you put as head coach and staff of the RP Women's team and why so?

thadzonline
01-19-2009, 09:13 AM
ano ba latest news ng RP women's team

Joescoundrel
01-27-2009, 10:20 AM
EVER BILENA is now the new major sponsor of the RP Women's Team. We'll get other details as soon as they become available.

paul_theking
01-28-2009, 01:25 AM
I hope that the players would commit to the team. It would be great to see NT from both men and women ;D

D_I_A
01-28-2009, 02:34 AM
malamang may contract din yan