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pachador
06-10-2007, 12:20 AM
4 giants in the amateur training pool: samigue 6'10", Slaughter 6'11", Berame 6'7" , Devance 6'7"

48 cagers named to RP pool for SEA Games

By Joey Villar
Sunday, June 10, 2007

The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas yesterday announced the formation of an all-amateur national pool tasked to keep the country’s domination of the Southeast Asian Games basketball competition.

Forty-eight players, mostly from the Philippine Basketball League, were named to the pool, according to SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio.

Jason Castro, JC Intal and Chico Lanete of Harbour Centre, Fil-Am Ryan Reyes and Samigue Eman of Henkel-Sista, Larry Roriguez of Dazz, JR Quinahan and Ronjay Buenafe of Burger King, Joe Devance, Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, Jeff Chan of Magnolia and Ken Bono, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona of CL Pera Padala are among PBL players in the list of candidates for the RP team going to battle in the SEA Games slated Dec. 6-16 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The collegiate players in the pool are Jervy Cruz, Jojo Dunil and Dylan Ababou of Santo Tomas, Marcy Arellano, Kelvin Gregorio and Mark Borboran of University of the East, Rico Maeirhofer and JV Casio of La Salle, Yousif Aljamal of San Beda, Rino Berame of University of Visayas and 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter of Cebu.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero was named project director with Junel Baculi the head coach, Louie Alas assistant coach and Jorge Gallent consultant.

“It’s just the start, the best has yet to come,” said Gregorio in a press briefing attended by Romero, Baculi and PBL chairman Gil Angeles of Toyota.

Romero, who also bankrolled RP’s successful campaign in the Southeast Asian Champions Cup in Indonesia last April, pledged P10 million to fund the Nationals’ campaign in the biennial, 11-nation meet.

“It’s my personal goal to win the SEA Games gold so I’m putting P10 million to this project,” Romero said.

The PBL is also devoting one conference for the team. This means the league will not be having a regular season-closing tournament and instead will hold an invitational meet that would allow the RP squad to field in a squad.

“The league is sacrificing one conference to help our national team prepare for the SEA Games,” Angeles said.

Baculi said it’s important to form the team and start the preparation now instead of coming up with a squad late and cramming in the tournament proper.

Baculi, however, stressed that those who are not in the list can still make it since some “shoo-ins” might not make the team because they might apply for the PBA draft on June 30, the same date they will trim the list to 30.

From 30, Baculi will come up with the final 12-man roster in August.

“It’s better to prepare early than cram,” said Baculi.

gameface_one
06-10-2007, 09:08 AM
Baculi named head coach of SEAG national team


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:54am (Mla time) 06/10/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Junel Baculi, who handled the last squad the Philippine Basketball League sent to the international arena, has been officially named as the head coach for the national team that will shoot for the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Thailand this December.

Patrick Gregorio, Executive Director of BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, made this announcement in a press conference yesterday.

“The important thing for us right now is to launch the program, form the pool and start practicing,” Gregorio said. “Once the program is in place, I don’t see any problem anymore.”

“It has been four years since the Philippines last held a gold medal in the SEA Games,” said Mikee Romero, Harbour Centre owner and project manager. “Losing is not an option. Our battle cry is to bring back the gold medal to our country.”

Baculi invited 48 amateur players from the PBL and the collegiate leagues led by Harbour Centre’s Jason Castro, JC Intal and Jojo Duncil, Toyota Balintawak’s Marvin Cruz and Joe Devance, Cebuana Lhuillier’s Ken Bono, Burger King’s JR Quiñahan, Henkel Sista’s Ryan Reyes, University of the East’s Mark Borboran, La Salle’s Rico Maierhoffer, University of Santo Tomas’ Jervy Cruz and University of the Visayas’ 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter.

“We’re starting early to develop the players and the cohesion of the team,” said Baculi. “We need tall guys who can run and are willing to sacrifice.”

Also in the amateur pool were the other members of the Harbour Centre-RP team that bagged the championship in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia last April under Baculi.

Letran mentor Louie Alas will serve as assistant coach, while Habour Centre coach Jorge Gallent will act as consultant.

Baculi noted, however, that several players in his wish list will most likely join the PBA rookie draft. Thus, the coaching staff will trim the pool down to 30 players after June 30, the application deadline for the PBA draft. The final 12-man lineup will be released by August.

Romero, who pledged a budget of P10 to 15 million, said team officials will also look into tapping talents from the Visayas and Mindanao.

gameface_one
06-10-2007, 09:12 AM
Romero pledges P10 M for RP 5 SEAG training



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph


HARBOUR CENTER owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero yesterday committed R10 million for the training and participation of the national men’s team to the 24th SEA Games slated in Thailand this December.


"As I’ve said before, it is the commitment of the company to help the team," said Romero. "We hope to bring back the pride and glory of the country and part of it can only be achieved by winning the SEA Games gold again.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Patrick "Pato" Gregorio immediately welcomed the support of Romero but hopes that other will also extend their hand to attain the association’s motto which is "One Team, Our Dream."

At the same time, Gregorio officially named multi-titled Junel Baculi as head coach of the national men’s team.

Baculi, who steered Welcoat Paints and Hapee Toothpaste to several PBL championships, was jointly recommended by Romero and PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad to the SBP, believing the grizzled mentor has the experience and guile to make the country No. 1 again in the region.

"He is a champion coach, so I believe he’s up to the task" said Gregorio, who is also scheduled to announce the official coach of the national women’s team sometime next week.

PBL Chairman Gil Angeles also reiterated the commitment of the league for the national team, saying: "The league is going to sacrifice for the national team. Other teams will also help Harbour in their own way to achieve the one common goal and that is to win SEA Games gold again.

Earlier, Romero also bankrolled the training and participation of the RP Team to the SEABA Club Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia — the country’s first official tournament under SBP. The Nationals eventually ruled the tournament at the expense of Indonesia.

Baculi came fully prepared.

Aside from naming some 50 prospective members of the national pool, most of them from the PBL ranks, Baculi unveiled the organization’s ambitious five-month program.

For starter, Baculi will launch his "Try-out ng Bayan" next month where several rising stars from Mindanao and Visayas shall be invited.

"This is just the start, the best is yet to come," said Gregorio.

As part of the team’s preparation, PBL Executive Director Butch Maniego said the team would play in several tournaments abroad, including in Hong Kong, Korea and Brunei.

Baculi said he hopes to go Cebu late this month for the purpose of scouting players who can be possibly included the national training pool.

"We hope to trim down the number of players to at least 25 at the end of July," said Baculi. "We have to start training early to avoid cramming."

MVP-candidate Jason Castro, JC Intal and Beau Belga of Harbour, Marvin Cruz and Joe Devance of Toyota Balintawak, Jonas Villanueva, Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo of Magnolia, Ryan Reyes, Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio of Henkel-Sista, Mark Borboran and Larry Rodriguez lead a long list of probable candidates of the RP training pool.

Also included are Cebuana’s Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, Macky Escalona, La Salle’s JV Casio and Rico Maierhoffer, Rino Berame of University of Visayas, Pong Escobal and Yousif Al Jamal of San Beda, Jervy Cruz and Anthony Espiritu of University of Santo Tomas, Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro of National University.

Though there are a lot of talents, Baculi is worried that some of the league’s finest players would not be available. Most of them are turning pro this August.

"Ang hirap niyan, ang daming players natin pero halos lahat ng magagaling ay gusto na mag-pro," said Baculi.

"Since we can’t force them to play in the RP team, we have to select the best available players around. Pero kailangan yong committed sa team."

Bennie Bangag
06-10-2007, 09:48 AM
wag nang isama yang sina eman, berame, slaughter, at devance. babagal ang laro natin.

para sa akin, kung nandyan sina elmer espiritu, rico maierhoffer, doug kramer, ken bono, at anthony espiritu, ok na yan--malalaking player na kayang maglaro ng iba't ibang position at tumatakbo sa fastbreak, yes, even bono can do that now. for their part, elmer espiritu and rico maierhoffer will hold their own block party on defense.

MVBA
06-11-2007, 01:34 AM
CONGRATULATIONS
TO OUR ALUMNI FOR MAKING IT TO THE NATIONAL TRAINING POOL FOR THE 2007 THAILAND SEA GAMES

JOSEPH RONALD QUINAHAN
Cebu Landmaster, Arthro Kontra Arthritis

and

RINO BERAME
Mantawi Traders, Talisay Aquastars, Arthro Kontra Arthritis

Sam Miguel
06-11-2007, 09:25 AM
wag nang isama yang sina eman, berame, slaughter, at devance. babagal ang laro natin.

para sa akin, kung nandyan sina elmer espiritu, rico maierhoffer, doug kramer, ken bono, at anthony espiritu, ok na yan--malalaking player na kayang maglaro ng iba't ibang position at tumatakbo sa fastbreak, yes, even bono can do that now. for their part, elmer espiritu and rico maierhoffer will hold their own block party on defense.


Benny, Greg Slaughter may surprise you as far as being able to run up and down the court as well as footspeed working box to box.

pachador
06-11-2007, 01:17 PM
This would be a good news article:
how does Slaughter compare with Feihl , Samigue or Balingit or Aquino as far as speed, lateral movements and body coordination?





wag nang isama yang sina eman, berame, slaughter, at devance. babagal ang laro natin.

para sa akin, kung nandyan sina elmer espiritu, rico maierhoffer, doug kramer, ken bono, at anthony espiritu, ok na yan--malalaking player na kayang maglaro ng iba't ibang position at tumatakbo sa fastbreak, yes, even bono can do that now. for their part, elmer espiritu and rico maierhoffer will hold their own block party on defense.


Benny, Greg Slaughter may surprise you as far as being able to run up and down the court as well as footspeed working box to box.

Wang-Bu
06-11-2007, 04:34 PM
Kung gaya rin lang siya nung mga nabanggit bahala na sila. Agree ako kay Sir Bennie: babagal laro natin.

yungha
06-12-2007, 01:04 PM
there's nothing to be gained by sending our top amateurs to the SEA Games. out of the 48-man aspirants pool, we can form 4 teams and if all these 4 teams were sent to SEAG, they would garner 1st to 4th places. that's how low and uncompetitive the SEAG competition level is.

my stand has always been to send our 19-and-under team to the SEAG. a well-prepared and well-funded 19-and-under team may not be a sure bet to win the gold but they'll give us a fighting chance, and there are long-term benefits to exposing our top, promising youngsters to playing in hostile overseas arenas at an early age. if they win, well and good. if not, it's ok as long as they emerge from the tournament tougher and better. besides, it's the SEABA that counts as far as FIBA-Asia is concerned.

john_paul_manahan
06-12-2007, 02:08 PM
ok, if we are going to send a 19-under team, who would come to mind?

yungha
06-12-2007, 06:42 PM
among the manila-based players alone, we're looking at-

erwin duran
soc rivera
nonoy baclao
woody co
martin reyes
migs de asis
dave marcelo
eric salamat
bacon austria
simon atkins
escobal
mike gamboa
buenafe
bringas brothers
justin chua

bring in the usual slew of talent from visayas and mindanao, include maybe the 6'11 slaughter, bring in a real coach not a johnny tam-type coach, train the team for 3 months, and we got ourselves a fighting team.

john_paul_manahan
06-12-2007, 07:05 PM
i hope the SBP people have that in mind as well...

Howard the Duck
06-14-2007, 08:55 PM
Dapat nga siguro U-19 ang ma-send dito, plus 2 overaged players.

brian
06-15-2007, 12:25 AM
among the manila-based players alone, we're looking at-

erwin duran
soc rivera
nonoy baclao
woody co
martin reyes
migs de asis
dave marcelo
eric salamat
bacon austria
simon atkins
escobal
mike gamboa
buenafe
bringas brothers
justin chua

bring in the usual slew of talent from visayas and mindanao, include maybe the 6'11 slaughter, bring in a real coach not a johnny tam-type coach, train the team for 3 months, and we got ourselves a fighting team.


several players you've mentioned would be vital to their respective school's campaign in the coming collegiate wars, i wonder if up would be a competetive team sans their mainstays composed of de asis, reyes, co and prized rookie mike gamboa..unless of course their training starts at the end of the uaap..sabi ni baculi, they would be trimming to 25 players by the end of july meaning their training starts asap....alanganin ang schedule para makasali pa sila...

maski si pong escobal lang tanggalin sa san beda, disrupted na ang chemistry nila....oh well, i just hope they make it in the future one way or another.

gameface_one
06-20-2007, 07:37 AM
Harbour focuses on RP five


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:26am (Mla time) 06/20/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Just days after nailing its third straight Philippine Basketball League rown, Harbour Centre shifts its focus on the Philippine campaign in men’s basketball in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games.

“We have to work on getting the best players,” said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, project manager of the all-amateur team set to see action in the Games this December in Thailand.

A “Tryout ng Bayan” will be conducted in the first week of July, Romero said during the PSA Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s restaurant on UN Avenue in Manila.

National head coach Junel Baculi recently invited 48 crack amateurs to join the national pool led by two-time PBL Most Valuable Player Jason Castro and his Harbour Centre teammates JC Intal, Ryan Araña and Finals MVP Chico Lanete.

Romero said that Harbour Centre -- which swept Cebuana Lhuillier in the recent PBL title series -- is holding off plans to jump into the pro league to focus on the Philippine campaign.

“We have to work on the SEA Games first, we’re expecting to finalize the lineup by August,” said Romero, who graced the forum with Harbour Cente coach and national team consultant Jorge Gallent and team manager Erick Arejola.

But Romero added that Harbour Centre plans to extend its support to other sports aside from the three-time PBL champion team and the RP squad that bagged the title in the Seaba Champions Cup in Jakarta in April.

Currently, Harbour also supports the National University basketball team, the De La Salle University women’s volleyball squad and the Manila baseball team.

“We have many national teams who desperately need help,” said Romero. “I’m proposing a revival of a national sports program similar to Gintong Alay, parallel to the programs of the Philippine Sports Commission.”

Gintong Alay was a successful national sports development program headed by Ilocos Norte governor-elect Mike Keon until February 1986.

gameface_one
07-02-2007, 09:44 AM
Duncil urged to play for RP five
mb.com.ph





AMATEUR BASKETBALL godfather Mikee Romero yesterday called on Jojo Duncil, the prodigious star of University of Santo Tomas, to reconsider his plan to turn pro, saying he would be playing a vital role in the title campaign of the Philippine team in the SEA Games this December.


With his wondrous moves around the paint and deadly shooting touch from way beyond the arc, Duncil is almost a cinch to make it to the national team with the imminent departure of some of the big names in the amateur ranks.

"We need a crafty and explosive player in the RP team and Jojo fits to the role," said the youthful owner of Harbour Centre. "What I’m doing is for flag and country if we can convince Jojo to reconsider his decision then it’s good for all of us."

"This is our comeback stint in the SEA Games so we need to form a team capable of living up to our lofty status in the region," said Romero. "We have to regain our pride and honor."

Romero, who owns a successful ballclub in the PBL, has been tasked to help form and train the national team for the Thailand SEA Games. He had also made the same appeal to Jason Castro earlier.

The amiable businessman, who played for the La Salle Archers during his college days, also funded the national team that won the SEABA Club Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia two months ago that opened the door for country’s participation in other FIBA-santioned tournaments, including the Asian Men’s Championship in Japan late this month.

Duncil shocked the UAAP community three days ago when he announced that he’s foregoing his final year in the country’s premier collegiate league for the opportunity to play in the pro league. He made that decision after some quarters raised questions on his age eligibility.

Some claimed that Duncil is turning 25 this year, making him ineligible to play in the league. The age limit for college players is 24, which Duncil maintains is his age this year.

Eric Arejola, Romero’s trusted lieutenant, will meet with Duncil this week.

Joescoundrel
07-02-2007, 10:31 AM
If it were just up to me THIS would be my SEA Games lineup:

Post___

JR QUINAHAN
KEN BONO
DOUG KRAMER
JC INTAL
FLOYD DEDICATORIA
SAMIGUE EMAN

Perimeter__

JONAS VILLANUEVA
BON CUSTODIO
MARVIN CRUZ
JAYSON CASTRO
RYAN REYES
CHICO LANETE

Alternates__

LARRY RODRIGUEZ
MACKY ESCALONA

Headcoach: KOY BANAL
Assistants: JUNEL BACULI, BONI TAN

None of these guys would be worried about their college teams since they are done with college ball. This way we have size across the board plus skill across the board as well. Even the coaches would not have major college commitments to worry about.

clutchjedi
07-02-2007, 11:18 AM
Is it possible for the PBA to give some leeway to allow some of its rookies to reinforce the SEA/SEABA/Asian Games NTs? Especially those from previous NTs (for continuity).

Some anyway aren't key players yet for their PBA teams, but would still be a notch better than the best of the amateurs.

So potential draftees like Duncil, Marvin Cruz etc. wouldn't have to face an either-or decision whether to turn pro, or delay a year and risk injury.

You could even include lesser-played sophomores (by Dec) such as Joseph Yeo and Gabby Espinas... of course our amateurs should still be better than any SEA opponent, but as we've seen the gap is closing, and without homecourt advantage, weird things can happen.

*Ideally, I'd actually prefer the proposal to send the U-19 team...but until their school leagues can adjust their schedules to the NT calendar, I don't know how feasible that is.

gameface_one
08-06-2007, 10:10 AM
Indon says RP five team to beat in SEAG


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

TOKUSHIMA – Indonesian coach Fiktor Roring is looking forward to a much decent showing in the coming Southeast Asian Games but is conceding the crown to the RP team this early.

Roring, a protégé of Filipino coach Nat Canson, believes the Philippines is the team to beat even if it’s fielding an all-amateur squad in the SEAG in Thailand in December.

Reminded that pros will not be around in the SEA Games, Roring insisted: "I know. But Philippines is still strongest."

"The Philippines will be followed by Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. We’re all the same," said Roring, anticipating a tough fight for second place among the Indons, the Malaysians and the Thais.

The Indons placed second to the Filipinos in the recent SEABA championship in Ratchaburi, Thailand to gain a ticket in the 2007 FIBA-Asia championship here.

"We don’t have preparation going here because the Indon league is in the playoffs. We just meet and come here," said Roring.

Indonesia was bracketed with Qatar, Kazakhstan and India and lost all its preliminary round games.

"We learn many things here. We now prepare for the Southeast Asian Games this December," the Indon coach said.

Roring was named head coach only this year. But he had been a national player from 1991 to 2001, one of key players of Canson when he was still coaching in Indonesia.

Roring will be up against coach Junel Baculi who is putting up the Harbour Centre team for the biennial meet.

pachador
08-07-2007, 12:13 AM
We really need to get rid of our mindset of winning all the tournaments even the ones that are minor and non-qualifying because this is a short-term instant gratification mindset. We need to think long-term and let young players like Slaughter get experience because 2009 FIBA-Asia is approaching. I won't be surprised if one of the real reasons Air21 is doing this is to get free advertising with their company logo on the SEAG team shirts.

August 07, 2007


Air21 offers best players for RP SEAG team


AIR21 is willing to make a supreme sacrifice for national interest by offering its players for the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

Lito Alvarez, president of Airfreight 2100, will loan his players to the RP squad only if the Philippine Basketball Association gives its blessing.

“The officials of the Philippine team must first confer with Commissioner Noli Eala before we will allow our players to play for the RP team,” said Alvarez. “We are even willing to loan at least six our best players to the team.”

“Helping the national team has been our concern ever since, especially for Mr. Bert Lina. Playing for the country is one thing every player must experience.”

The Express, who reached the semifinals in the PBA Fiesta Cup, have big players Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo, Mark Telan, Homer Se and tough defenders in Garry David and Wynnie Arboleda.

Mikee Romero, whose team Harbour Centre will represent the country in the SEAG, welcomed the offer of Air21.

Romero, who has allotted P10 million for the training and participation of the national players in the biennial tournament, said tall but agile players are needed in the RP team.

“That is our main concern right now, we need to get those kind of players to insure our success in the SEA Games,” said Romero.

yungha
08-07-2007, 12:27 AM
geez, all that hoopla for a low-level tournament like the SEA Games. i've always advocated that we send our 19-and-under team for this tournament. franz can prepare a full 2 months for this tournament and in that time frame he can put together a fighting team.

Joescoundrel
08-07-2007, 08:50 AM
geez, all that hoopla for a low-level tournament like the SEA Games. i've always advocated that we send our 19-and-under team for this tournament. franz can prepare a full 2 months for this tournament and in that time frame he can put together a fighting team.


And he would not have to worry about the conditioning of the players since this is also the time frame for the college season and everyone should be in game shape.

Wang-Bu
08-07-2007, 02:00 PM
Kung Under-19 ang gusto ni Sir Yungha pwedeng-pwede naming ipahiram sina Barry Llagas, Elmer Espiritu, Mark Fampulme at Kelvin Gregorio, yaman rin lang parati nilang pinagmamalaking sila ay kae-18 pa lang... ;D

Mikhail
08-07-2007, 02:07 PM
^Ilagay mo ang UE dito sa SEA games, for sure tambak pa rin mga kalaban. :D

yungha
08-07-2007, 04:02 PM
^ exactly! it'll be tough, but any one of the top 4 ncaa or uaap teams can win the seag gold. a well-trained all-PBL selection will dominate. if our young guns can get the job done why bother sending in the pros.

GHRanger
08-07-2007, 05:11 PM
Let's give the young ones the right exposure here... realistically, the Pros don't need the exposure -- by the time the next Asian Olympic Qualifier games come in, the younger ones will be carrying the banner for our country.

Franz and Senor Badolato should be perfect for this.

Sam Miguel
08-07-2007, 06:14 PM
Kung Under-19 ang gusto ni Sir Yungha pwedeng-pwede naming ipahiram sina Barry Llagas, Elmer Espiritu, Mark Fampulme at Kelvin Gregorio, yaman rin lang parati nilang pinagmamalaking sila ay kae-18 pa lang... ;D


Toto Bandaying can even trash talk in Bahasa...

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:31 AM
Indon cage coach ‘spies’ on RP



By TITO TALAO
mb.com.ph

TOKUSHIMA — Fiktor Roring, the Indonesian head coach, enjoyed a ringside view of team practice of San Miguel-Pilipinas Friday morning, taking video footages and still shots from his digital camera.



He knew the RP players from the SEABA Championship in Ratchaburi, Thailand where the Philippines and Indonesia qualified for the 24th FIBA-Asia Championship, and the players knew him back.

They waved at him when practice ended as they made their way out of the ASTY Tokushima gym, and he proudly returned the gesture.

Even PBA commissioner Noli Eala, the head of the delegation, paused to greet him, referring to him as "coach."

But then walked in China, with the players’ red jersey, elongated size and grim looks. Roring was approached by a Japanese venue coordinator who politely told him and his assistant Johanis Winar to leave.

The Chinese won’t have anybody else watching their practice for Saturday’s return bout with the Philippines for 9th place.

Roring was named head coach only this year. But he had been a national player from 1991 to 2001, one of key players of veteran Filipino mentor Nat Canson when he was still coaching in Indonesia.

The Indons were to play the Syrians for 11th place the following morning and Roring had stayed a while after his own practice with the hopes of catching the Philippine team and the Chinese walking through their plays.

One turned out to be less accommodating of uninvited sit-in coaches.

The FIBA-Asia tournament provided his team, Roring said before he left, with invaluable lessons for the forthcoming 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand at year’s end.

"It is good experience for us," he said in halting English. "To make us confident."

The Philippines, Roring said, is the team to beat in December.

"Followed by Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, we’re all the same," he added.

Reminded that pros will not be around in the SEA Games, Roring insisted: "I know. But Philippines is still strongest."

Except for one or two players, unless injuries force him to make more changes in the lineup, Indonesia will be sending its Tokushima team to Thailand.

"We don’t have preparation going here because league is in playoff. We just meet and come here," Roring bared.

But the Indonesians have had the chance to play Qatar and Kazakhstan, Asian powers both, in the preliminary round of the Olympic qualifier, and defending champion China in the classification round, leaving them heavy with experience.

"We learn many things here," Roring said. "We now prepare for Southeast Asian Games this December."

Take note, coach Junel Baculi and RP-Harbour Centre. The SEAG crown now sits heavily on your brow.

erichubert
08-19-2007, 09:32 PM
So how is the preparation of our SEAG bound National team? After the draft, a lot of good players were left undrafted, maybe they can join the tryouts for the team. Specifically Reed Juntilla and Dom Javier can give the team outside shooting, Khiel Misa and Alex Angeles can help at the point and Joel Solis can be the mobile big man the team needs.
As of now the team might be:
Jason Castro
Gabe Norwood
Erick Rodriguez
Josh Urbiztondo
Beau Belga
Chad Alonzo
Gerwin Gaco
Ato Morano
Rob Sanz
Allan Salangsang
Dennis Daa
Christian Coronel
Jeffery Chan
Erick dela Cuesta

It is a decent team but its a little small and lacking in height.

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:38 AM
Norwood, Fil-foreign cagers join nat’l pool
By Nelson Beltran
Thursday, September 6, 2007
www.philstar.com


Gabe Norwood and two other Fil-foreign players are set to arrive in the next few days to join the Harbour Centre-RP pool but basketball godfather Mikee Romero said they’re still in search of big players to beef up the frontcourt of the team bound for the SEA Games in December.

Fil-Iranian 6-foot-1 guard Amir Javier Mazarei, a US NCAA Division III product featured by The STAR a few days back, will plane in Saturday to try it out with the team which has just returned from Brunei.

The national hopefuls, taking a two-day rest following a creditable showing in the seventh Brunei Cup, return to practice today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“Norwood assured us he’s coming this month. We have two other Fil-foreign guards coming in. The problem is we lack big men,” said Romero.

“If only Ranidel de Ocampo and Homer Se are released to us by the PBA during the SEA Games then we get Jervy Cruz (of UST) after the UAAP season, our problem is solved,” added Romero.

Air21 governor and team manager Lito Alvarez has offered his players to reinforce the Harbour Centre-RP quintet. But the release of the Express to the team needs PBA board approval.

“Our team is so small, we only have one player (Beau Belga) standing 6-foot-5 above. The rest are 6-foot-3 or below,” said Romero. “Surprisingly, they had a tough showing in the Brunei Cup against teams with imports. All our defeats were close ones.”

After the Brunei Cup, Romero intends to send the team to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and possibly Korea for the needed international exposure. “The boys need to get used to playing international competitions,” he said.

But in the current pool, it seems only Belga, Jason Castro, Chad Alonzo, Dennis Daa, Christian Coronel and Allan Salangsang have the solid chance of making it all the way to the SEA Games.

Romero said they would take a look at Cruz, Jonathan Fernandez of NU, Pong Escobal of San Beda and Rico Maierhoper of La Salle at the end of the collegiate season.

“It would be great if somebody can ask Japeth Aguilar to take a break (in the US) and join us in the RP team in December. We really need to improve our ceiling,” said Romero.

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:44 AM
IN HUDDLE
Mikee’s SEAG wish list

By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 05:44am (Mla time) 09/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Two teams from the Philippines are currently in Brunei participating in the Brunei Cup, previously known as the Sultan’s Cup.

Using the tournament as a tune-up for the 2007-2008 PBA season, the Sta. Lucia Realtors have swept all their games so far, beating the Australians, the New Zealanders of Singapore, LG of Korea, which has two American imports and Harbour Centre-RP .

The Jordanians remained winless after the Realtors drubbed them in overtime Friday night, earning a ticket to the knockout semifinal round.

A few hours before the game against Jordan, I asked SLR governor and team manager Buddy Encarnado, who joined his team in Brunei, if we should be ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome them with a ticker tape parade upon their return.

“Malayo pa. Although we’ve won all our games so far and we’re the only team that has defeated the Koreans, I’m worried about the Australians, who are very tall. They have a 6-11 and a 6-10 player. Takot ako sa match-up sa ilalim, wala pa naman si Kelly (Williams),” Buddy said, hours before the game against Jordan.

* * *

For Harbour Centre-RP, the Brunei stint will serve as a tryout to determine which players deserve to be in the national team.

“We could have included imports in the team but that will defeat the purpose,” said RP team manager Mikee Romero, who hopes to be able to send the nationals to at least three more overseas tournaments for tune-up before the SEA Games.

Mikee said he has his own wish list for the national team and it is a long one.

Here it is in no particular order: Beau Belga, Jason Castro, Jonathan Fernandez, Chad Alonzo, Alan Salangsang, Ato Morano, Christian Coronel, Dennis Daa, Erick Rodriguez, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Jervy Cruz, Rico Maierhofer, Pong Escobal,” hopefully we can borrow PBA players like Ranidel de Ocampo, Arwind Santos, Wynne Arboleda, and Marvin Cruz.”

“We need a strong 12-man team that’s fast, can shoot and is physical on defense,” said Mikee.

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I’m not sure if the PBA board will be ready with a choice after the meeting in Macau, China this September, but PBA chairman Tony Chua said the selection of a commissioner will be topmost in the agenda when the governors convene for the very first time under his term.

The board will most likely also study the merits of turning the league into a corporation, as recommended by past chair Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text.

If this happens, the PBA will hire a president or CEO, as well as a commissioner which, to me is a good idea, since there will be check and balance and no single entity will have absolute power over the league.

I tried to call Ricky to inquire about the pros and cons of turning the league into a corporation, but as of presstime, he still has not returned my call. The Talk ‘N Text governor has just returned from a two-week business trip to the United States.

The candidates’ list for the post of PBA commissioner has apparently been pruned down to three. Lately, I’ve been hearing only three names being mentioned and seriously considered for the position.

Howard the Duck
09-06-2007, 09:20 PM
can't our scouts find fil-am big men?

gameface_one
10-08-2007, 07:50 AM
Norwood not joining RP team?

Monday, October 8, 2007
Philstar.com

Up to this date, the Philippine basketball team preparing for the Southeast Asian Games has not received word if Fil-Am guard Gabe Norwood will be playing for the country or not.

RP-Harbour Centre head coach Junel Baculi told The STAR that the latest word he received regarding the 6’5” sixth man from George Mason University was an e-mail forwarded by Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio.

“It was forwarded to me Friday, and it was from Norwood’s father, Brian,” Baculi elaborated. “He said that they were happy he was picked by Hapee in the draft, and that they were going to visit the Philippines.”

Baculi added that the message did not confirm if Norwood was playing or not.

Norwood, who helped George Mason to the NCAA Final Four in 2005 before visiting the Philippines with the Athletes in Action last year, played with the Philippine team in the FIBA-Asia tournament in Tokushima, Japan, three months ago. He had previously expressed willingness to play both in the PBL and SEA Games in Thailand in December, but has since been vague about the latter commitment for some unexplained reason.

Nevertheless, Baculi said he would be glad to have Norwood on the team.

“We would be more than happy to accommodate him, but I wish he would get here sooner than later,” Baculi emphasized.

The RP-Harbour Centre team leaves for Korea on Wednesday for a series of scrimmages against top commercial teams there. – Bill Velasco

gameface_one
10-10-2007, 07:19 AM
San Beda pulls out Menor, Escobal from SEAG five


By JOEY VILLAR

The Philippine Star

Reigning NCAA back-to-back champion San Beda on Tuesday pulled out Rogemar Menor and Pong Escobal from the national team competing in the Southeast Asian Games slated Dec. 6-16 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Albert Almendralejo, San Beda’s NCAA board representative, announced that Menor and Escobal would no longer be joining the RP team, citing their studies as the reason for the school’s decision to recall the two talented cagers.

"It is part of the basketball program of San Beda that academics should go hand in hand with basketball, in cases there is a conflict it is readily resolved in favor of the academic standing of the player," said Almendralejo in a statement.

Almendralejo explained that the Lions, who will be leaving late this month for a weeklong vacation in San Francisco, California as part of their bonus for topping Season 83, are also committed to play in the Champions League, a tournament where the best of the country’s school teams are competing.

"Participating in the RP team mean they will be out four days a week and that will imperil their academics. We want all our players to graduate and be productive members of the society," Almendralejo added.

Patrick Gregorio, executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said they are doing their best to tap players with one goal in mind – win the SEA Games gold medal.

"We are analyzing all factors affecting these players like health, education and personal concerns to make sure we get the best focused 12 national players," Gregorio told The STAR.

The withdrawal of Menor, the 2007 NCAA Finals MVP, and Escobal would leave a big hole for Team RP with Fil-Am Gabe Norwood uncertain of playing for the squad.

RP team coach Junel Baculi had refused to comment on the two cagers’ pullout although there were reports that the coaching staff are saddened by San Beda’s decision to recall its players.

gameface_one
12-04-2007, 08:09 AM
Cagers told to expect the worst
By Joey Villar
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Philstar.com

Back to defend the region’s cage crown, the national basketball team is told to brace for the worst when it opens its bid in the SEA Games on Dec. 7 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

In yesterday’s send-off for the Harbour Centre-backed RP squad, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. told the team to expect host Thailand to do everything to win the most coveted gold medal for the Filipinos.

“Expect some poor officiating but let’s not lose our heads. Whatever happens, take it in stride and don’t let it bother you,” Cojuangco said.

The Nationals, who ruled the 2003 SEAG in Vietnam but failed to defend it at home in 2005 following the FIBA suspension, heard Mass with Fr. Noni Dolor at the Outback in Libis, Quezon City during the farewell celebration graced by cage patron Mikee Romero and PBL chair Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste and PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

“I’ve been fighting for the PBL to represent the country in the SEA Games from the start, don’t humilate me,” said Cojuangco.

“We will not disappoint you, we will win the gold medal,” said Romero.

“This is a step in the right direction, we’re together in this,” said Pedro, who donated P100,000 each to both men’s and women’s teams.

PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios also urged the Nationals to give it their best shot for the country.

“Always remember that you are playing for the country so when you’re out there take no prisoners. Go for the kill from minute one to the end,” Barrios said.

Other cage officials present were Christian Tan, chair of the competition committee of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, UAAP representative Jose Capistrano, Jr. of Ateneo, former PBL chairs Gil Angeles of Toyota Balintawak and Chito Loyzaga of Magnolia.

amdgc82
12-04-2007, 10:30 AM
Indonesia and Thailand - forces to recon with in SEA Games
by Hector Santos - Nov 16, 2007
www.asia-basket.com/tha/tha.asp

Philippine national team assistant coaches Louie Alas said upon returning from Johor Baru, Malaysia where they scouted Malaysian national team was told by the Malaysian national team coach Sim Sin Heng that the 2007 FIBA-Asia 12th placer Indonesian national team are now training in Chinese Taipei.

Indonesia national team, which is forefronted by the best point guard in Southeast Asia (excluding the Philippines) and former US NCAA standout Mario Wuysang, played a very decent performance in the last Asian Championship in Japan placing even higher than strong Middle East and East Asian basketball countries like Kuwait, UAE, Hong Kong and even India. That should make them a force to reckon with.

Aside from the Philippines vs Indonesia tussle, a classic match up will also going to occur in the coming Southeast Asian Games for sure as the Indonesian top point guard Wuysang, who averaged a very decent 15 points per game in the last Asian Championship, will be pitted against Philippine Basketball League back-to-MVP Jason Castro, who is also being eyed by Australian National Basketball League's Singapore Slingers.

The Thais, for their part, are reportedly tapping three Thai-Americans to backstop their SEA Games campaign.

The Thailand national team can also be remembered as the team that gave FIBA-Asia bound Team Pilipinas a scare in the last SEABA Championship. Thailand national team on that said game even led the Team Pilipinas in the first quarter 24-23 before collapsing to a 76-96 final score. Thai star Piyapong Piroon led the Thais during that game.

The Thailand five also managed to beat the Philippine's NBC-Selection Team, which was consisted of former PBA players and amateurs, 82-73 in the recently concluded Chief Minister International Basketball Tournament in Malaysia.

amdgc82
12-04-2007, 08:50 PM
RP cagers arrive in Thailand for 24th SEAG
Look to end medal drought
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:34pm (Mla time) 12/04/2007

NAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand -- The fancied Philippine cage team touched down in Bangkok Tuesday afternoon and took the long bus ride to this bustling province, leading the batch of athletes that will try to end a long gold medal drought for the Filipinos in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which open Thursday.

Heartbreak and what-would-have-been stories were aplenty for Filipino shooters after Week 1 of the biennial event as the Philippines, the defending overall champion, will come into the tournament proper with only three silvers and one bronze medal to show.

Considered shoo-ins for the cage gold, the Filipinos have two days of practice before plunging into action against Cambodia on Friday at the 5,000-seat Suranaree University of Technology gym here.

Another 115 athletes in swimming, billiards and snooker, boxing, gymnastics, lawn tennis, beach volleyball, weightlifting, futsal and squash arrived and will be housed at the Athletes’ Village that will be opened formally today.

The rest of the RP men’s basketball team’s schedule will be Indonesia on Sunday, Malaysia on Tuesday, and then chief threat and host Thailand on Thursday.

Cage delegation head Mikee Romero had guaranteed victory for the Philippines in the sport that matters most, saying that the only thing that the team needs to avoid in the tournament is lopsided officiating.

“Modesty aside, I think this is ours already,” Romero had told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net) in an interview last week. “The boys are ready to play. They have worked very hard to get to peak form.”

Foreign stints and the addition of highly-touted former George Mason star Gabe Norwood of Hapee in the PBL and several collegiate standouts at the last minute has boosted the stock of this batch of nationals.

A rich Philippine history in the SEA Games has seen the Filipinos lose just two games -- once in the finals against Thailand in 1989, and another in an elimination round game against Indonesia.

And even if Alex Crisano, the controversial Fil-American center who once played for Barangay Ginebra in the professional PBA, failed to get accredited because of insufficient documents, the Filipinos are still heavily favored to romp away with the gold medal.

Also in the squad are former Ateneo hotshot Chris Tiu, two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro and Santo Tomas center and UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz.

The women’s team, beefed up by a 6-foot-3 Fil-American center and a 5-foot-10 guard born in Pangasinan but raised in the United States, will arrive Wednesday.

The opening ceremonies, ballyhooed to be the best the Games have ever seen since it will come a day after the King of Thailand celebrates his 80th birthday, will be held at the 20,000-seat stadium center with the theme “Spirit, Friendship and Celebrations.”

It was the same story in table tennis, with the men’s team of Henberd Ortalla, Richard Gonzales and Rodel Valle winning just one set in being swept away by formidable Singapore at the Klang Shopping Complex.

Ortalla won just 15 points in going down, 11-2, 11-4, 11-9 opposite Gao Ning; Valle was worse, losing to Xiaoli Cai, 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 after Gonzales almost took Zi Yang to the limit, 8-11, 2-11, 11-8, 7-11, in the elimination round.

The men’s downhill mountain biking run’s seeding lap will be staged Wednesday at faraway Khao Yai Thieng with a team bannered by Joey Barba and Tour Pilipinas stars Eusebio Quinones and Erik Feliciano.

Filipina booters return to the Tumbon Mueangpug Stadium at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, needing to win a crucial match against rock-solid defending champion Vietnam to stay in the hunt for a final-four seat that would justify their inclusion in the delegation.

The Philippines was held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Laos on Monday, a dire development considering that the Vietnamese ripped them silly 0-9 in an AFC tournament in Myanmar earlier this year.

The cagebelles will be arriving together with Philippine Sports Commission chair William “Butch” Ramirez.

Athletics, which has 51 total athletes and which promised to win 10 gold medals, will also be in the same flight together with the archers, wrestlers, judokas and the petanque and baseball players.

The Philippine contingent, close to 800-strong, will be completed by December 10.

amdgc82
12-06-2007, 06:07 AM
Golden Balls for Christmas?
Part of the Game
Tessa Jazmines
Business Mirror
THU DECEMBER 6, 2007
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The last time I talked to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sec-gen Gregorio Gregorio, he was just on the verge of becoming the country’s basketball czar. That was last April. His formal appointment came in May.

Six or seven months later, basketball is abuzz. Out-of-the-box approaches have been applied, and dreams are flying high that we will win gold again in the men’s category in the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

“Huwag lang mawalan ng focus, and if we play as a team, gold ’yan ulit. We’ve faced our opponents before, we know what to expect, and we’ve prepared so well,” Gregorio said of the men’s team.

“We have been blessed,” he continued. “People have stepped up, were willing to sacrifice and provide the much-needed support.” He singled out Harbour Centre honcho Mikee Romero for doing everything possible to hone the men’s team into championship caliber. “He brought them to South Korea, to Singapore to train and get the necessary exposure. They had team-building sessions; they got the best training possible. It is really an effort for the country.”

Gregorio said Gabe Norwood’s presence in the team is a big boost. “Malaking bagay ’yon. And for that we have to thank Philippine Basketball League chairman Cecilio Pedro for allowing Norwood to play for the team. May peace of mind tuloy tayo dahil doon. I am confident we can keep that crown.”

As for the women’s team, it has never won a gold in the SEA Games ever. Its best finish was a silver in the Chiang Mai SEA Games in ’95. But its confidence has been boosted by its recent stint in the Thailand Southeast Asian Basketball Association where it played taller, heftier opponents. “It’s the experience that matters,” said RP women’s team coach Fritz Gaston in an earlier interview. Now the RP cagebelles are eyeing no less than the gold, alongside their male counterparts.

The women’s team has good cause to dream big. Like the men’s team, they have received unparalleled support from both government and private sectors this time around. Sec-gen Gregorio, for one, applied his magnificent marketing talents on the team to win them support in various forms.

“We gave them branding, and a different kind of exposure. We had send-off parties for them. We even sent them off to the beauty parlor to get dolled up for a photo shoot that sent across the message: ‘This is women’s basketball.’”

“We did our homework,” Gregorio says. “We have three very good Fil-Ams that are outstanding athletes and remarkable individuals.”

Vicki Brick, the RP team leader who played for US NCAA Division One University of Maryland, is one of them. The other two are six-foot-two center Amira Issa, from Meredith College, and five-foot-nine guard Melissa Jacob, a former University of California-Irvine standout. Together with UAAP MVP Cassy Tioseco, and other homegrown talents Emilia Vega, Matsiko Matzuno, Christine Chua, Pipay Villanueva, Minerva Narcisa, Aurora Adriano, Pixie Valencia, Diana Jose, Ewon Arayi, Joanne Grajales and Fatima Tolentino. The women’s squad is off to prove something in Nakhon Ratchasima—a strong frontcourt and backcourt that will withstand the toughest assaults.

Nakakatuwa itong mga Fil-Am na ito,” Gregorio rhapsodizes about the cagebelles. “It’s not true what they say about Fil-Ams being spoiled or demanding. These girls are so unselfish, and so intent on giving honor to the country that they’ve sacrificed their lives of comfort abroad just to help along our team.”

“Imagine, one of them just graduated from university and is already working in the US. She went on leave just to play here. Walang sweldo dito, ha. No nothing. Sila pa nga ang nag-abono ng air tickets nila. May utang pa nga tayo sa kanila, e. [Laughs.] And what for? The measly allowance that amounts to less than $1,000? In the States, if you work for McDo, you can easily earn $2,000 a month. But these girls chose to fly out here to play for love of country. One even put the security of a good paying job on hold, for the pride of playing for the national team. That’s commitment for you.”

“The desire to win is there,” continues Gregorio. “The girls are also physically and mentally prepared. They’re working to get the first-ever SEA Games gold medal for the RP women’s team. There’s a very good chance that we will get it. But really, if you ask me, kahit silver lang, malaki na ang pasasalamat ko.”

“The point is we really prepared this time,” he adds. “We in basketball are united and working together. Wala nang mas sasarap pa dun.”

True. In the last SEA Games, the Philippines experienced what could have been the nadir of its international career. A SEA Games competition in Manila? Without a basketball event? Because the host country was suspended by Fiba for internal bickering and counterproductive sports politicking? Unthinkable, right?

Well, that was the wringer we all went through more than two years ago. A bitter pill to swallow, but necessary for us to overcome our ills. As we all know, after the basketball officials and stakeholders got their act together, Fiba lifted the suspension and gave us license to compete in international basketball once again. Now we’re back, better than ever it seems, eager to flex our muscles and show what domination is all about in the sport of basketball.

So, will we really score a Double Gold for our men’s and women’s teams in the 24th SEA Games? Watch the men’s team on December 7 and the women’s team on December 8. Feel the rush.

amdgc82
12-06-2007, 08:24 PM
RP ‘ready to win gold’ in basketball --Romero
‘We have the team we need,’ says coach
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:26pm (Mla time) 12/06/2007

Games Friday
(Keelapirom Gym)
1 p.m. – Philippines vs Singapore (W)
5 p.m. – Philippines vs Cambodia (M)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand – The Philippine men’s basketball team still looks lean and mean despite letting go of three gunslingers.

Chris Tiu, Eric dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug were the final cuts made on the squad late Wednesday night as the Filipinos start their quest for the gold that glitters the most in the 24th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) that got underway Thursday.

Gabe Norwood, the highly-touted Fil-American guard out of George Mason University, will lead the Filipinos, who debut opposite Cambodia at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. Manila time) on Friday at the 5,000-seat Keelapirom gym here.

Two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro and reigning UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz are also vital components of the squad, which seeks to make the Philippines cage king again after the event was scrapped in Manila because of a leadership crisis in the sport.

“We have the team that we need,” said head coach Junnel Baculi. “I take my hat off to the three [Tiu, Dela Cuesta and Cabahug] who have been real troopers. They are still parts of this team.”

The Philippines has lost only two basketball games in its entire SEAG participation, winning all but one title -- in 1989. The only other loss came at the hands of Indonesia in the eliminations in 1997.

“We’re ready to win the gold medal for the Filipino people,” cage mission head Mikee Romero had said. “This is for all of our countrymen back home who are praying hard and have stayed with this team.

“Modesty aside, this [gold medal] is already ours.”

Also left in the team are Chad Alonzo, Boyet Bautista, Beau Belga, Jeff Chan, Jonathan Fernandez, Erik Rodriguez, Allan Salangsang, Al Vergara and the veteran Eugene Tan.

After Cambodia, the Nationals slug it out with Indonesia on Sunday, with Malaysia on Wednesday before closing against the Thais on Thursday.

There will be no championship matches in the basketball competitions, with the elimination round topnotchers automatically declared the gold medal winners.

In women’s action, the revamped and vastly-supported RP team also gets going by clashing with Singapore at 1 p.m. in the same venue.

The Filipinas have the Thais as foes on Sunday and Malaysia on Wednesday and coach Fritz Gaston immediately noticed the change from the original schedule for the hosts to gain some advantage.

No RP Women’s team has ever won the gold in the Games, and Gaston believes that he has the one that could do it with the arrival of several Fil-Americans led by 6-foot-3 center Amira Issa and 5-foot-10 point guard Melissa Jacob.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 05:49 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/1207&082007/sports02.html

Jeff, Jonathan complete RP men’s roster
By Jun Lomibao
Editor
Business Mirror

NAKHON RATCHASIMA—The men: Gabe Norwood, Jervy Cruz, Allan Salangsang, Richard Alonzo, Boyet Bautista, Beau Belga, Eric Rodriguez, Eugene Tan, Al Vergara, Jason Castro, Jonathan Fernandez and Jeff Chan.

The women: Vicky Brick, Emelia Vega, Aurora Adriano, Joan Grajales, Minerva Narcisa, Cassandra Tioseco, Fatima Tolentino, Sylvia Marie Valencia, Diana Jose, Matchiko Matsuno, Melisa Jacob and Amira Issa.

These are the final lineups for the RP men’s and women’s basketball team tasked with winning the gold medal—the men, not only to retain the crown but the country’s lost pride; and the women, finally the recognition that the Philippines is indeed a basketball power in the region, not only in one gender.

The rosters were finalized by head coaches Junel Baculi (men) and Fritz Gaston (women) during Thursday’s team managers’ meeting for the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

Fernandez, a dead shot from the outside out of National U, and Jeff Chan, who is as mean from the “threes” from Far Eastern U, got the last two slots in favor of an injured Chris Tiu, Eric dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug.

Filipino-Americans Jacob and Issa, on the other hand, got the slots of homegrown Tintin Chua and Pipay Villanueva.

The men take on Cambodia at 3 p.m. Friday at the Keelapirom Stadium inside the Suranaree University of Technology.

“It’s a golf game. Our worst enemy is ourselves,” said Chino Trinidad, the Philippine Basketball League commissioner and men’s team manager.

The Philippines has been the Games champion for seven straight Games. The country lost twice in the biennial regional Games, both to Malaysia in 1983 and 1989.

The men take two days off before playing Indonesia Sunday, Malaysia Wednesday and Thailand Thursday.

The women, now stronger with the addition of six-foot-three center Issa and all-around player Jacob, take on Singapore Saturday, Thailand Sunday and Malaysia Wednesday.

The Thais revised the schedule for both genders, obviously to favor their teams.

“We expected the worst. We knew they would do everything possible to give their teams the chance to beat us. Pero matitinag pa ba naman tayo diyan?” said Trinidad.

“They’re exercising to the max their rights as host. But we’re prepared for this,” said Gaston, whose team is plunging to action here coming off a weeklong training trip in Shanghai, China.

“Originally, we’re playing every other day. But they changed it, hoping we’re worn out when they play us on the 13th,” Trinidad noted.

“Supposedly, we’re playing right in the first game. They moved it to the next day when they saw that we have two new players. Surely, they want to scout our new players first,” said Gaston.

The Thais defeated the Filipinas in the championship of the recent Seaba championship in Phuket.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 05:53 AM
Fritz cries foul!*
People's Journal
December 07, 2007 Friday

Over last-minute change in RP cagebelles’ sked

Games Today
(Manila time)
2 p.m. – Singapore vs. RP (women)
6 p.m. Cambodia vs. RP (men)

NAKHON RATCHASHIMA – “Nagkakadayaan na!”
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Those were the exact words of an irate national women’s basketball coach Fritz Gaston as he entered the athletes’ quarters of Team Philippines shortly after the team managers’ meeting of the 24th Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament Thursday.
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And Gaston had every reason to be angry: Instead of getting a rest on the opening day as was originally scheduled, Gaston’s charges now get to play tough Singapore at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Manila time), kicking off a triple bill at the Keelapirom University Stadium here.
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In the first schedule given to them, the Filipina cagers were not supposed to see action until Sunday against arch rival and host* Thailand, the title favorite, and Singapore on Monday.
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“But there was a complaint about the schedule coming from the Malaysian camp, and eventually we wound up playing Singapore tomorrow,” Gaston said. “We protested, but there was nothing more we could do.”
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“Nagkasigawan pa nga si Dato (Yeoh Choo Hock, FIBA-Asia secretary general) of Malaysia and the Thai basketball tournament director Sutep. Pero wala na talagang magawa,” he added.
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The obvious beneficiaries of the schedule change were the Thais, who get the chance to see the two latest and tall* Filipina-American reinforcements, Amira Abou Issa and Melissa Jacobs, before both squads collide on Sunday.
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The situation even got more confusing when a Thai female basketball liaison officer went to the RP team quarters to inform Gaston that the Thai organizers decided to revert to the old sked.
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But he was skeptical about the development. “What if we don’t appear tomorrow only to find out later that we get defaulted?” Gaston asked.
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As of press time, Gaston was still trying to confirm if the old schedule was being followed once more.
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But just to play it safe, Gaston said the team would be there at the start of the tournament.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 05:59 AM
1st win a sure thing for RP five*
By: Gerry Ramos*
People's Journal
December 07, 2007 Friday*

Games Today: (Suranaree University of Technology Gym)
1:00 p.m. —* Singapore vs Philippines (Women’s)
3:00 p.m. —* Malaysia vs Indonesia (Men’s)
5:00 p.m. —* Cambodia vs Philippines (Men’s)

NAKHON, RATCHASIMA, Thailand – The Philippine men’s basketball team* makes its first appearance in the Southeast Asian Games today after missing it right in its own hometurf in 2005,* taking on lightweight Cambodia in a match head coach Junel Baculi described as a mere ‘warmup’ at the Suranaree University of Technology Gym here.
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“The team is ready to rumble,” said Baculi moments after the Nationals had their final practice session Thursday as they aim to retain the title that matters most to fans back home.
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Baculi finally ended anxious moments of waiting on who among the five aspirants will make it to the final line-up, naming clutch player Jonathan Fernandez and former UAAP Mythical Team member Jeff Chan to the roster.
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The rest of the team members are Jason Castro, Fil-Am Gabe Norwood, Boyet Bautista, Eugene Tan, Al Vergara, Beau Belga, Erick Rodriguez, ex-pro Allan Salangsang and UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz.
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While the Nationals may have a respite of sort in their opening game, Baculi was still in a cautious mode despite facing a team that’s relative short and lacking in international experience.
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“They’re small but we cannot take them for granted,” said Baculi.
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The multi-titled mentor in the PBL said that the game against Cambodia will be used as a vital tool and preparation for tough games ahead, particularly the host national the Philippines will meet on Thursday next week.
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“The game is a warmup for the crucial games ahead against Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand,” added Baculi. “It’s time to apply what we learned.”
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The Philippines has had a brilliant history in this biennial sports gathering, winning the title 13 times in 14 stints. The only time the Nationals lost the cage crown was in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when it bowed to Thailand. This time, though, everyone is focused on one thing: gold.
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Basketball delegation head Mikee Romero of Harbour-Centre said that the gold medal is practically in the bag for the Philippines, and the only thing that could deny it from winning is by way of biased officiating.
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“Modesty aside, I think it is ours already,” said Romero.* * * *

The Nationals has had a string of tough international exposures just to make sure they’re on the right mental and physical moods for this short but prestigious tournament. The Philippines competed in Brunei, Korea and lastly in Singapore.
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At the same time, Baculi said that a light opponent as the team’s opening game would surely come as a plus since he and the rest of his coaching staff will have ample time to scout the opposition.* *

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 06:11 AM
Fernandez, Chan complete RP 5
By Nelson Beltran
Philippine Star
Friday, December 7, 2007

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Jonathan Fernandez and Jeff Chan beat out Chris Tiu, Eric dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug for the last two slots in the men’s basketball team while Fil-Am players Melisa Jacob and Amira Issa bumped off homegrown talents Tintin Chua and Pipay Villanueva in the women’s squad.

Coaches Junel Baculi and Fritz Gaston announced their final 12 on the eve of the opening of the 24th SEA Games basketball competition which the Philippines is looking to dominate to cushion the impact of an expected defeat by the country in the fight for the overall championship.

In the sports discipline closest to Filipino fans, the men’s team is the first to see action, taking on Cambodia at 3 p.m. today at the Keelapirom Stadium inside Suranaree University of Technology.

“It’s a golf game. Our worst enemy is ourselves,” said team manager Chino Trinidad, confident Baculi and his boys will successfully defend the crown the country won for the seventh straight time in Ho Chi Minh in 2003.

The Nationals, led by FIBA Asia championship veteran Gabe Norwood and UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz, next play Indonesia Sunday, Malaysia Wednesday and Thailand Thursday.

The RP belles, with their frontcourt firmed up by the addition of 6-foot-3 center Issa and their backcourt strengthened by the entry of all-around talent Jacob, play Singapore tomorrow, Thailand Sunday and Malaysia Wednesday.

The organizing Thai basketball federation revised the original schedule for both the men’s and women’s games, obviously to favor the home teams.

“We expected the worst. We knew they would do everything possible to give their team a chance to beat us. But we’ll be ready, “ said Trinidad.

“They’re exercising to the max their rights as host. But we’re prepared for this,” said Gaston, whose team is plunging to action here coming off a weeklong training trip in Shanghai, China.

The men’s team, for one, has been scheduled to play two games inside 24 hours from 5 p.m. on the 12th with the Thais their last assignment on the 13th at 3 p.m.

“Originally, we’re playing every other game. But they changed it, hoping we’ll be worn out when they play us on the 13th,” Trinidad noted.

The ladies schedule was also altered with the RP-Thai game moved from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9.

“Supposedly, we’re playing right in the first game. They moved it to the next day when they saw that we have two new players. Surely, they want to scout our new players first,” said Gaston.

The Thais beat the Filipinas in their championship fight in the recent SEABA championship in Phuket although RP stunned the host in their elims tiff.

Joining Issa and Jacob in the team are fellow Fil-Am Vicky Brick, team captain Emelia Vega, Aurora Adriano, Joan Grajales, Minerva Narcisa, Cassandra Tioseco, Fatima Tolentino, Diana Jose, Machico Matsuno and Sylvia Marie Valencia.

The men’s team also includes team captain Allan Salangsang, Richard Alonzo, Boyet Bautista, Beau Belga, Eric Rodriguez, Eugene Tan, Al Vergara and Jason Castro.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 06:14 AM
Fernandez, Chan join RP cagers vs Cambodia on Friday
12/07/2007 | 12:18 AM
www.gmanews.tv

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Jonathan Fernandez of the National University and Jeff Chan of the Far Eastern University made it to the Philippine men's basketball lineup of coach Junel Baculi, according to a statement released by the team on Thursday.

The RP cagers, who are backed by Harbour Centre, will start their campaign at the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand on Friday, with a match against Cambodia at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. in the Philippines).

The match takes place at the Keelapirom Stadium of the Suranare University in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand.

Baculi chose Fernandez and Chane because of their consistency during training. They were selected from shooters included Erick dela Cuesta, Patrick Cabahug of Adamson University, and Chris Tiu of Ateneo de Manila University.

The roster includes Fil-Am Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro, Al Vergara, Boyet Bautista, Eugene Tan, Allan Salangsang, Erick Rodriguez, Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo, and Jervy Cruz.

The list was forwarded to officials of host nation Thailand during Thursday's managers' meeting.

Five nations are competing in the single round-robin tournament with the leading team after the round bagging the championship.

On Sunday, the Nationals will face Indonesia, followed by Malaysia on Tuesday and Thailand on Thursday.

"Maganda ngayon dahil we even have the opportunity to scout other teams," said Baculi, referring to Friday's meeting between Malaysia and Indonesia. - GMANews.TV

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 06:18 AM
Cage heartthrob Tiu cut: ‘Coach knows best’
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:18am (Mla time) 12/07/2007

NAKHON RATCHASIMA -- The country’s newest basketball heartthrob will not be in the Philippine team heavily favored to win the Southeast Asian Games gold medal.

“I’m OK,” Chris Tiu told the Philippine Daily Inquirer inside the Athletes Village on Thursday, a few hours before the opening ceremonies took the lid off of these Games here. “It’s the coach’s decision and he knows that it’s the best for the country.”

Tiu was one of the final cuts in the men’s team together with Eric dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug. But he still joined the team’s hard workout in the morning.

“I am here to continue supporting the team whichever way I can,” said the 22-year-old Tiu, who earned a Management Engineering degree recently at Ateneo de Manila University.

Tiu still has a year left in his UAAP eligibility and he might opt to play for the Blue Eagles again next year as he tries to earn a second degree, in Math and Finance.

Arguably the most glamorous star in the last UAAP tournament, Tiu was one of the RP team’s last-minute additions. But an injury that took away the best weapon of his game -- the jumpshot -- obviously made the decision easier for the coaching staff.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 06:20 AM
RP five battles Cambodia; Cagebelles test Singapore
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:11am (Mla time) 12/07/2007

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND -- The Philippine men’s basketball team still looks lean and mean despite letting go of three gunslingers.

Chris Tiu, Eric dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug were dropped by the squad late Wednesday night as the Filipinos start their quest for the gold that glitters the most in the 24th Southeast Asian Games which got underway here Thursday night.

Gabe Norwood, the highly touted Fil-American guard out of George Mason University, will lead the RP team which debuts opposite Cambodia at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. Manila time) on Friday at the 5,000-seat Keelapirom gym here.

Two-time PBL MVP Jason Castro and reigning UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz are also vital components of the squad that is seeking to make the Philippines SEAG’s basketball king again after the event was scrapped in Manila because of the suspension imposed by the international federation, FIBA, on the country.

“We have the team that we need,” said head coach Junnel Baculi. “I take my hat off to the three (Tiu, Dela Cuesta and Cabahug) who have been real troopers.”

The Philippines has lost only two basketball games in its entire SEAG participation, winning all but one title -- in 1989. The only other loss came at the hands of Indonesia in the eliminations in 1997.

With Norwood, Castro and Cruz in the team are Chad Alonzo, Boyet Bautista, Beau Belga, Jeff Chan, Jonathan Fernandez, Erik Rodriguez, Allan Salangsang, Al Vergara and the veteran Eugene Tan.

After Cambodia, the Nationals slug it out with Indonesia on Sunday and with Malaysia on Wednesday before closing their schedule against the Thais on Thursday.

In women’s action, the revamped RP team also gets going against Singapore at 1 p.m..

The Filipinas have the Thais as foes on Sunday and Malaysia on Wednesday.

Coach Fritz Gaston noticed changes in the original schedule which he claimed was done to give the hosts some edge.

No RP women’s team has ever won the gold in the Games, and Gaston believes that he has the one that could do it with the arrival of several Fil-Americans led by 6-foot-3 center Amira Issa and 5-foot-10 point guard Melissa Jacob.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 06:23 AM
Cagers begin title drive vs Cambodia today
By REY BANCOD
Manila Bulletin
Friday, December 7, 2007

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — The dilemma of completing its lineup done and away with, the national basketball team begins its title-retention drive against lowly Cambodia in the 24th Southeast Asian Games at the Keelapirom Stadium.

Cambodia should pose no problem for the Filipinos when they clash at 3 p.m.

In fact, they can field their entire coaching staff — add team benefactor Mikee Romero for good measure, and give the Cambodians a run for their money.

Head coach Junel Baculi said filling the last two slots of the 12-man squad was one of the toughest decisions he made.

After consulting with fellow coaches Louie Alas and Joe Lipa, they arrived at a decision to name Jeff Chan and Jonathan Fernandez to finalize the lineup.

"We picked Chan and Fernandez to complement the team," Baculi said.

Baculi broke the news to Chris Tiu, Erick dela Cuesta and Patrick Cabahug during his birthday Wednesday.

The three, however, will remain part of the team, according to Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad and assistant team manager Eric Arejola.

"Masama ang loob ng tatlo at first at hindi matanggap ang decision, but eventually, they understood," said Trinidad, who also acts as team manager.

Chan and Fernandez thus join a star-studded team also made up of Fil-American Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro, Beau Bega, Al Vergara, Boyet Bautista, Chad Alonzo, Eric Rodriguez, Allan Salangsang, Jervy Cruz and Eugene Tan.

The game will serve as a warm-up for the Filipinos who will be closely watched at home.

"The team is ready to rumble. This is a really good team. I hope to apply all the lessons learned from our training in Brunei, Korea and Singapore," Baculi said.

The event is a single-round robin tournament with the team with the best win-loss record declared winner.

After Laos, the Filipinos take on Indonesia on Dec. 9, Malaysia on Dec. 12 and Thailand on Dec. 13.

Pitted in the second game at 5 p.m. are Malaysia and Indonesia.

amdgc82
12-07-2007, 08:30 PM
RP tears Cambodians to shreds in SEAG debut
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:38pm (Mla time) 12/07/2007

Game Saturday
(Keelapirom Stadium)
3 p.m. – Philippines vs Singapore (W)
Game Saturday
3 p.m. – Philippines vs Indonesia (M)

NAKHON Ratchasima -- Overpowering.

This was the way the fancied Philippine cage team debuted Friday afternoon as the Filipinos broke away late in the first period and ripped Cambodia to shreds, 136-82, at the start of basketball action in the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

With as many foreign coaches scouting the team as there were Filipinos that cheered the team on, the Philippines put on a clinical display while still being able to hide the its true strengths.

“We held our plays back,” coach Junnel Baculi told scribes at the Keelapiron Stadium here. “All of our plays were basically designed just for this game. We did not want to give anything away to the coaches who were scouting us.”

Gabe Norwood scored 11 points in the most electrifying ways and eight others scored in twin digits for Baculi as the Filipinos led by as many as 55 several times, the last on a short jumper by the 6-foot-5 point guard for 126-71 with 4:06 left.

The victory only served notice of how well-prepared this squad is to returning as king of the region after the event was scraped all together in Manila two years ago because of a squabble between the Philippine Olympic Committee and the then-governing Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Center Beau Belga led the Filipinos with 17 points and gunslinger Jonathan Hernandez added 16 as all 12 players who stepped on the floor scored at least three points.

The game was tight for a while, with the Cambodians managing to hold the score to 14-17.

But the Filipinos, who used varied defensive ploys not only to confuse the Cambodians but the coaches who were there to scout as well, came up with runs one after the other to take a 70-26 lead at the break.

And the Philippines, which has lost only two cage games in a rich history in this event, refused to slow down as Norwood came up with some showtime slam dunks as a sidelight that eventually shoved the Filipinos to a 106-54 lead after three periods.

Meanwhile, confusion marred the start of the women’s side after the schedule was revised for the nth time on Thursday night.

The Filipinas, aiming to win the gold for the first time, were supposed to slug it out with Singapore earlier only to learn that their game had been moved for Saturday at 3 p.m.

“It’s all part of the homecourt edge that they (Thais) have,” women’s coach Fritz Gaston told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net). “It’s their prerogative, actually. That’s part of playing hosts. They are just wary of us because they have seen so many new faces in the lineup.”

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES 136 -- Belga 17, Fernandez 16, Bautista 15, Salangsang 15, Vergara 13, Chan 12, Norwood 11, Alonzo 11, Castro 10, Cruz 8, Rodriguez 5, Tan 3.

CAMBODIA 82 -- Sopeen 32, Mohn 25, Taing 8, Ung 7, So 4, Kim 4, Pheng 2, Lim 0, Kim 0, Eng 0.

Quarters: 33-16, 70-26, 106-54, 136-82.

gameface_one
12-08-2007, 11:12 AM
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand--Overpowering.

That was the way the fancied Philippine team debuted Friday afternoon as the Filipinos broke away late in the first period and ripped Cambodia to shreds, 136-82, at the start of basketball action in the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

With as many foreign coaches scouting the team as there were Filipinos that cheered the team on, the Philippines still put on a clinical display despite hiding its true strengths.

"We held our plays back," coach Junel Baculi told scribes at the Keelapirom Stadium here. "All of our plays were basically designed just for this game. We did not want to give anything away to the coaches who were scouting us."

Gabe Norwood scored 11 points in the most electrifying ways and eight others scored in twin digits for Baculi as the Filipinos led by as many as 55 several times, the last on a short jumper by the 6-foot-5 point guard for 126-71 with 4:06 left.

The victory served notice of how well-prepared this squad is to returning as king of the region after the event was scrapped in Manila two years ago because of a squabble between the Philippine Olympic Committee and the then-governing Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Center Beau Belga led the Filipinos with 17 points and gunslinger Jonathan Fernandez added 16 as all 12 players who stepped on the floor scored at least three points.

The game was tight for a while, with the Cambodians managing to hold the score to 14-17.

But the Filipinos, who used varied defensive ploys to confuse the Cambodians and the coaches who were scouting them , came up with runs one after the other to take a 70-26 lead at the break.

And the Philippines, which has lost only two games in a rich history in this event, refused to slow down as Norwood came up with some showtime slam dunks that eventually shoved the Filipinos to a 106-54 lead after three periods.

Meanwhile, confusion marred the start of the women's side after the schedule was revised for the nth time on Thursday night.

The Filipinos, aiming to win the gold for the first time, were supposed to slug it out with Singapore earlier only to learn that their game had been moved for Saturday at 3 p.m.

"It's all part of the homecourt edge that they (Thais) have," women's coach Fritz Gaston said. "It's their prerogative. They are wary of us because they have seen so many new faces in the lineup."

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 136--Belga 17, Fernandez 16, Bautista 15, Salangsang 15, Vergara 13, Chan 12, Norwood 11, Alonzo 11, Castro 10, Cruz 8, Rodriguez 5, Tan 3.

CAMBODIA 82--Sopeen 32, Mohn 25, Taing 8, Ung 7, So 4, Kim 4, Pheng 2, Lim 0, Kim 0, Eng 0.

Quarters: 33-16, 70-26, 106-54, 136-82

gameface_one
12-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Cagers hurdle biggest threat to title hopes


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — Handily hurdling what’s supposedly their biggest challenge here, coach Junel Baculi and his troops vowed no letup until the SEAG basketball medal has been won.

"We expected it to be the championship game but Indonesia appeared content to get the silver. As far as we’re concerned, we’re here to get the most precious gold," said Baculi moments after the Nationals completed their masterful 75-49 victory over Indonesia at the Keelapirom Stadium here last night.

In women’s basketball, Thailand dimmed the Philippines’ hopes with a 70-54 win later in the night.

The Thais made a decisive move with Melissa Jacob getting into foul trouble early in the second half, taking the 16-point win which could be a big buffer for the team even in case of a tie.

For RP to salvage the gold, the Filipinas need to win big against Malaysia and hope the Thais lose by a big margin to either the Malaysians or the Singaporeans.

The Nationals outscored the hapless Indons, 23-6, in the second quarter and were hardly threatened in the second half. Indonesia, the favorite to get the silver versus Malaysia and Thailand, was in the game only in the first quarter which ended at 23-18 for the Filipinos.

The starting five of Boyet Bautista, Jason Castro, Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo and Jeff Chan applied the pressure right away then Jervy Cruz, Gabe Norwood, Jonathan Serrano, Al Vergara and Allan Salangsang went for the kill in the second period.

"They seemed to relax with the thought of having won the silver following a win over Malaysia the other day. But we don’t care. We have our own mission here," said Baculi.

The Harbour Centre-RP team takes a two-day rest before playing two games inside 24 hours starting with the Malaysia match at 5 p.m. Wednesday. They play the hosts the following day at 3 p.m.

The Nationals finished off the Indons in 20 minutes as they took the half at 46-24, going on a 27-6 romp bridging the first two quarters.

Norwood, the former George Mason U mainstay, took his turn to lead the Nationals in scoring, coming off the bench to scatter 19 points aside from piling up eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

gameface_one
12-11-2007, 09:11 AM
Dribblers shoot for clincher vs Malaysians
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Philstar.com


NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Harbour Centre owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero is a successful young businessman who knows his math.

But he’s the last man who would indulge in numbers, computing quotients in possible tie in SEA Games men’s basketball here.

For Harbour Centre-Team Philippines, Romero insisted “losing is not an option here.”

Going by the quotient, the Nationals, who have routed the Cambodians and the Indonesians, will have the gold medal automatically as soon as they beat the Malaysians tomorrow.

“We’ll not look at quotients because we’re not going to lose a game. We’ll sweep our games on the way to winning the gold for our country,” said Romero after the team ripped the Indons to shreds Sunday.

The Nationals go for the clincher versus the Malaysians at 5 p.m. tomorrow. At 3 p.m. the following day, the team has a chance to avenge the RP ladies team’s crucial loss to the Thais also Sunday.

“We’ll definitely avenge the loss we suffered to Thailand in ladies basketball,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, the men’s team manager here.

The Nationals held a two-hour practice yesterday morning, scouted the Thailand-Indonesia game in the afternoon then viewed a tape of a Malaysian game in the evening.

They have practically the same schedule today before playing their last two games inside 24 hours.

Head coach Junel Baculi said they’re not taking any chances, vowing no letup until the gold medal has won. “We’ll not let up until the job is done,” he said.

Coach Fritz Gaston and the RP women’s team, meanwhile, can now only hope of a disastrous finish for the Thais to salvage the gold.

The RP cagebelles could guarantee themselves of the silver with a win over the Malaysians Thursday.

For the Filipinas to get a shot at the gold, they have to beat the Malaysians by a big margin and hope the Malaysians also win big against the Thais at the close of the tourney Friday.

But practically everybody here have conceded the crown to Thailand, which is competitive even in the Asian level.

gameface_one
12-12-2007, 11:04 AM
Confident RP cagers clash with Malaysians


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:24am (Mla time) 12/12/2007


GAMES WEDNESDAY
1 p.m.--Philippines vs Malaysia (W)
5 p.m.--Philippines vs Malaysia (M)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA--With its biggest stumbling block out of the way, the fancied Philippine men's basketball team starts going through the motions of reaffirming its status as king of the sport in the Southeast Asian Games.

The Filipinos slug it out with Malaysia at 5 p.m. Wednesday (6 p.m. Manila time) at the Keelapirom Stadium here, and they are expected to waltz to their third straight blowout win and move within a victory of a title sweep.

But don't tell that to the coaching staff of the well-prepared squad.

"Our frame of mind remains the same," Junnel Baculi said during a break in practice on Tuesday. "We will treat all our opponents with respect. We don't want to be complacent."

Malaysia will come into the game the winner of two of its first three games, the last a 103-72 bombardment of Cambodia on Tuesday.

Baculi said that the virtual championship game in the round-robin tournament among five countries was between the RP five and Indonesia, which the Filipinos overwhelmed, 75-49, despite taking it easy from late in the third quarter on.

Before that, the Filipinos, bankrolled by the PBL's Harbour Centre squad, tore Cambodia to shreds, 136-82.

The Philippines is looking to win an eighth straight gold medal in the event since 1991.

"We have been reminding the players that they should always go for the kill," cage delegation head and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said. "There will be no letup on our part until those gold medals are around our necks."

Meanwhile, the RP women's team tries to cling to its wafer-thin chances of bagging a first-ever gold in the Games when it clashes also with Malaysia in the 1 p.m. aperitif.

gameface_one
12-13-2007, 09:37 AM
RP five back on SEAG throne, trips Malaysia


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

NAKHON RATCHABURI – All the Harbour Centre-Team Philippines has to do is show up for its match against Thailand Thursday and its SEAG golden quest is done.

The celebrated Filipino cagers all but wrapped up the 24th SEA Games men’s basketball championship with a 108-60 demolition of Malaysia before flag-waving and cheering supporters last night at the Keelapirom Stadium.

The RP men avenged a sorry 56-74 defeat the RP women suffered at the hands of their Malaysian counterparts earlier in the day.

Thinking the silver medal was already in the bag, the RP cagebelles got a big surprise from the Malaysians and instead settled for the bronze.

Despite their Fil-Am recruits and training abroad, the team failed to duplicate its best SEAG finish of first runner-up in Chiang Mai in 1995.

The men’s team quickly made it even with Malaysia, coming out smoking and torching the Malaysians all the way to the finish.

While the Nationals jacked up their win-loss record to 3-0, the Malaysians closed out their stint here with an even 2-2 slate for a sure bronze. To Indonesians, with a 3-1 closing card, belonged the silver.

The Nationals will have their virtual victory ride versus the Thais at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Even in case of a disaster with RP ending up tied with Indonesia, the Nationals get the gold medal by virtue of the win-over-the-other rule.

It’s the RP team’s eighth straight SEAG championship in the sport closest to the heart of the Filipinos.

Curiously, the Nationals took the clincher against the Malaysians, the only team which have won over the Philippines in the entire SEAG history. The Malaysians stole the crown from the Filipinos when they hosted the biennial meet in Kuala Lumpur in 1989.

"It’s all over but the non-bearing game against Thailand. But expect the boys to still work hard (against the Thais) for pride and joy of all of us Filipinos," said Harbour Centre owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero.

"Mission accomplished but we still have a game to be played, we might as well go out there, play our game and hopefully provide morale boost and inspiration to other RP teams still competing in the games," said coach Junel Baculi.

Like the Cambodians and the Indons, the Malaysians were simply no match to the young, talented PBL selection.

The Nationals figured in a scoring showdown among themselves with nine of them each scoring at least eight.

They rained down 17 triples on the Malaysians with Jeff Chan and skipper Allan Salangsang making four each, Boyet Bautista, Al Vergara and Jonathan Fernandez two apiece and Richard Alonzo, Jason Castro and Eugene Tan one each.

Chan, Salangsang, Alonzo, Vergara, Fernandez, Beau Belga and Jervy Cruz all finished in double figures. Gabe Norwood had only two points but he issued six assists, hauled down five rebounds and made two steals.

They raced to a 33-14 lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 55-32 at halftime and never let up in the final half to the delight of the Filipino crowd.

gameface_one
12-13-2007, 09:43 AM
Women cagers earn a bronze



Rey C. Lachica
mb.com.ph

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — Forget a historic gold medal for the Philippine women’s basketball team.


Despite being reinforced by Fil-foreign players, the RP women’s team still absorbed a 56-74 beating at the hands of the Malaysians yesterday in the 24th SEA Games here.

With the loss, their second straight after a 70-54 loss to defending champion Thailand last Sunday, the RP cagebelles settled for a bronze medal.

It was a big disappointment.

The RP women’s team arrived in this laid back province in high spirits but after its setback yesterday, the members of the team felt as if the world crashed on them.

Coach Fritz Gaston offered no excuses.

"Nagulat kami but I think mas appropriate yung natameme kami," Gaston said after the one-sided match.

Using their quickness and aggressiveness, the Malaysians took a 38-23 lead at halftime. The RP cagebelles, however, managed to cut the lead down to 10 early in the fourth through the effort of Joan Grajales and Vicky Brick.

But it proved to be their last hurrah as the Malaysians poured on the heat even more to finally settle the outcome of the game.

"I thought malakas kami but they (Malaysians) are more prepared than us and some of my players are not in shape," a dejected Gaston said.

The only team the beat was Singapore in the four-team tournament.


The scores:

Malaysia 74 — Chow Siao Foong 16, Goh Beng Fong 14, Kew Sulk May 13, Teo Won Yuen 8, Beh Siew Lian 7, Yong Shin Min 6, Low Bee Chuan 4, Pee Yann Yann 3, Hee Shook Ying 3, Chan Ying Chee 0, Thoh Chai Ling 0, Lee Siew Fun 0

Philipiines 56 — Grajales 13, Brick 10, Tioseco 7, Tolentino 7, Jacob 6, Vega 6, Issa 6, Velancia 1, Jose 0, Narsiza 0, Adriano 0, Matsuno 0.

gameface_one
12-14-2007, 02:13 PM
Basketball gold sealed and delivered


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – The Philippine team gave Thailand a royal beating, 94-53, before the Thai princess to underscore its return to the regional basketball throne after a two-year absence in the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

The victory formally completed a sweep of the event by the Filipinos who had virtually clinched the title and the gold a day ago with a 108-60 thrashing of Malaysia.

"We know this moment is eagerly awaited by the Filipino nation. This is for all of us," said Harbour Centre owner and RP amateur basketball patron Mikee Romero.

"The gold medal is worth all the hard work we put up for this endeavor. This is our share to the RP cause in this SEA Games," said coach Junel Baculi.

Though they could afford to relax with the gold medal in the bag before the game, the Nationals were all business notwithstanding the royal presence provided by Thai crown princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, a badminton competitor in the games.

If ever they relaxed, it was in the first half where they opted not to press, unlike in their games against the Indonesians and the Malaysians.

The Nationals stepped on the gas in the final half, outscoring the hosts by 13 in the third quarter and 16 in the final canto for the 41-point triumph coming off earlier murderous wins over Cambodia, 136-82, Indonesia, 75-49, and Malaysia.

While the RP team swept its way to the gold-medal feat, Indonesia took the silver on a 3-1 win-loss record and Malaysia the bronze on an even 2-2 slate.

This RP squad is easily the most merciless Nationals that played in the games in years.

Coach Baculi credited their mean game on their preparation that saw them play in Jakarta, Brunei, Korea, and Singapore the last six months.

"After all the hard work, mission accomplished," said Baculi, ably backstopped by chief deputy Louie Alas.

A team putting premium on running, passing and shooting from the outside, the Nationals rifled in eight triples against the Thais.

Center Beau Belga and two-guard Jason Castro made 14 points apiece while pointguard Al Vergara and forward-center Jervy Cruz scored 12 each to lead the Nationals in scoring.

The victorious team, which worked on P25 million fund in its SEAG buildup and actual participation by Harbour Centre, is flying home this morning.

Except for Cruz, who’s a UST mainstay, the members of the team rejoin their mother ball clubs for the resumption of PBL action Tuesday.

amdgc82
12-15-2007, 06:17 AM
No basketball in Laos? Oh no! *
By: Gerry Ramos*
People's Journal
December 15, 2007 Saturday

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Twenty-four hours after* winning the gold medal, the Philippine men’s basketball team faces the prospect of not being able to defend its title in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos.
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An initial list provided by the meet’s next host had the most popular sport back home not included in the calendar of events to be played two years from now.
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At least half of the 25 events to be disputed in Laos are Olympic sports, although the bad news is that basketball was not even considered.
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“We don’t play the sport (basketball),” admitted Dr. Phouthong Seng Akhom, president of the Laos National Olympic Committee, when asked about the decision to exclude basketball competitions in the 2009 biennial meet.
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On Thursday, the Harbour Centre-backed RP men’s team retained the basketball gold for the eight straight time with a 94-53 rout of Thailand for a four-game sweep of the single-round robin tournament.
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It was the eighth straight time the Filipino dribblers won the gold since 1991. They failed to defend the title in 2005 after basketball was scrapped in the Manila SEA Games following the suspension meted by FIBA (Federation International de Basketbol) on the country.
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During a brief press conference at the Main Press Center here, Akhom gave a list of events comprising the calendar of schedule for the next SEA Games including the compulsory sports of athletics and swimming.
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At least 250 gold medals will be staked in the competitions of aquatics (which includes diving), archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, football, futsal, golf, handball, judo, karatedo, muay, petanque, pencak silat, sepak takraw, shooting, shuttle cock, snooker and billiards, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, volleyball, beach volleyball, wrestling and wushu.

JonarSabilano
12-15-2007, 06:34 AM
No basketball in Laos? Oh no!
By: Gerry Ramos
People's Journal
December 15, 2007 Saturday


At least 250 gold medals will be staked in the competitions of aquatics (which includes diving), archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, football, futsal, golf, handball, judo, karatedo, muay, petanque, pencak silat, sepak takraw, shooting, shuttle cock, snooker and billiards, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, volleyball, beach volleyball, wrestling and wushu.


;D

gameface_one
12-15-2007, 01:47 PM
It’s official: Basketball scrapped in Laos SEAG



Rey Bancod
mb.com.ph

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Laos officially announced yesterday that only 25 sports will be played in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games which it will be hosting for the first time.


Laos had earlier announced that one sport it was scrapping was basketball.

Also axed were chess, softball, dance sport, gymnastics, bodybuilding, cycling, equestrian, fencing, softball and all water sports.

The sports to be played are aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, bowling, boxing, football/futsal, golf, handball, judo, karate-do, muay, petanque, pencak silat, sepak takraw, shooting, shuttle cock, snooker and billiards, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, volleyball/beach volleyball, wrestling and wushu.

25th SEA Games are tentatively set Dec. 13 to 21, 2009 in Vientiane, Dr. Phauthong Seng-Akhon, president of the Laos Olympic Committee, announced Friday.

Seng-Akhon announced that China will build a $ 46-million main stadium while Vietnam will construct a $ 6 million training facility for the athletes.

Laos will also build a hotel near the proposed main stadium to house some of the 2,500 athletes it expects.

This will mark the first time that Laos will host the biennial Games.

Vientiane will be the main hub with some events scattered in Luangprabang and Champasak.

Thailand has already appealed to Laos officials that if they can’t hold some of the events, it was willing to host them and play the sports near the Thai-Laotian border.

gameface_one
12-22-2007, 12:23 PM
COMMENTARY
‘Why mope, we won the basketball gold, didn’t we?


By Percy D. Della
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:05am (Mla time) 12/22/2007


SACRAMENTO, California -- you don’t have to read through all the names of our medal winners in the Southeast Asian Games to know where the most precious metal really glitters.

Just zip to the entry on men’s basketball.

Hey, we took the gold in our favorite sport, didn’t we?

So what’s all the moping about our sixth place finish in the 24th SEA Games?

To the legions among us with a discombobulated view of sports, the basketball medal was all that mattered in King Bhumibol’s realm, anyway.

Swimmer Miguel Molina’s three-gold individual feat?

It is not worth a splash.

World No. 12 Amaya Paz’s two gold medals in archery?

Forget it.

Cecil Mamiit’s comeback singles triumph in men’s tennis?

No big deal.

The 21-medal haul by the tracksters, the swimmers’ 18, the fencers’ 15 and cyclists’ 10?

Uninspiring.

So what’s all the moping about our sixth place finish?

We won in basketball remember?

Let’s see how the Harbour Centre-RP players achieved that triumph with aplomb.

They waltzed past Cambodia, 136-82.

Boogied over Indonesia, 75-49.

Ran circles around Malaysia, 108-60.

Toyed with host Thailand, 94-53 for the crown.

Yehey!

So arduous was the road to the gold our players had to go the extra mile.

They actually played without tying one hand behind the back.

They actually waited after the laugher against the hosts to unfurl and wave the Philippine standard.

Our pedaling, kicking, chopping, heaving, running, stroking near misses for the gold signified by 91 silver medals -- the most in Nakhon Ratchasima?

These pale to the pulse-pounding excitement of the clinching cage game.

Hey, didn’t Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco say it was A-okay to lose in the other games, but not on the hard court?

So why are we smarting from our sixth place finish?

We won in basketball didn’t we?

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Frankie Miñoza on the NBC, CBS or ABC television networks?

It is gladdening to know that the 48-year-old Miñoza is extending his gaze beyond the Asian circuit.

The country’s most successful golfer is setting his sights on the lucrative American golf scene.

The PGA Seniors Tour to be exact -- when he becomes eligible two years from now.

Frankie will have to bring his game to the next level to qualify.

But with the Filipinos’ natural flair on the fairways, I am sure he’d be able to hack it when the time comes.

His entry into the American scene will add to the fervor of Filipino couch potatoes.

Why these Joe Sixpacks, et al have been waiting for another “kababayan” [compatriot] to emerge on national TV during the lazy summer weekends.

The women on tour -- Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin-- sad to say, have faded from the game.

At a time when foreign players, mostly South Koreans, dominate the LPGA circuit.

Not that they have become paupers for playing lousy in 2007. Jenny and Dorothy have won at least 120 million pesos each since their rookie year on Tour in 2000.

But the mere fact that they were not around, so to speak the past season has saddened the couch potatoes.

Not even the Philippine Sportswriters Association is so inclined to invite them for its annual awards night this year.

Sports note: The generosity of town-mates abroad has helped four deserving kids in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, graduate from college. Many more will attain that goal if the Cuyapo USA Association’s scholarship coffers are replenished. People wishing to contribute are urged to contact president Romeo Nido at omet@cuyapousa.com.

yungha
12-23-2007, 07:15 PM
you know we have knowledgeable posters here at gameface when we didn't get overly exuberant about our SEAG gold medal win. yes our boys worked hard and deserve all the congratulations. but we all know that this didn't do anything at all to advance philippine basketball. la salle or ue or san beda, maybe even my own ateneo on a good shooting day, could have won the SEAG gold.

meanwhile singapore, a tiny nation with nary a sixth of our population, placed ahead of us in the medal standings.

canmaker
12-23-2007, 10:21 PM
Singapore has actually been recruiting talented athletes from other countries and offering Singaporean citizenship. Chinese athletes and some Indonesians have immigrated to Singapore ...

yungha
12-23-2007, 10:30 PM
if that's how their program works, good for them. at least they have a program. tayo, wala.

my point is about priorities. mikee romero generously gave around php30M in this gold medal campaign, kudos to him. thing is, we could have spent half a million on basketball and we still would have been untouchable in basketball. we could have used the remaining php29.5M to fund a couple more tracksters, rowers or cyclists, maybe given them better training, better equipment, and maybe that would have given us a handful more gold medals, maybe vault us to at least third behind thailand and emerging powerhouse vietnam.

joelex
12-24-2007, 02:27 AM
i totally agree that the basketball crown we won in the SEA games means absolutely nothing and proves absolutely nothing. we just over and over again beat up non basketball playing nations. nothing to be proud of. im especially dumbfounded with the alleged expense of mr romero, p25M? sounds too much for a tournament that hardly gave the team a scare. whats more important is the FIBA ASIA and there even with a bunch of fil-(sh)ams we struggle to beat CHINA-B!

GHRanger
12-24-2007, 10:50 AM
Singapore has actually been recruiting talented athletes from other countries and offering Singaporean citizenship.* Chinese athletes and some Indonesians have immigrated to Singapore ...* *


That's correct, I have relatives that are trying to apply for this benefit because the scholarship opportunity and educational facilities are good. (which i have tried to convince them not to..)

Here in Singapore, they have this 0812 Roadmap for sports, which simply means Olympics in 2008 and 2012. And they are doing what's necessary, like having a sports institute (taking in GS/HS studes putting them in one school which focuses on academics and sports -- sports especially) If you've noticed, they didn't field in a Basketball team this SeaGames. They capitalized on inidividual sports and their strengths (football, etc.)

I don't want to downplay our win... I believe that the Filipinos did a good job in Basketball, but that's just it, basketball -- 1 medal (at most 2 with the women's title.) Unlike Wushu, Taekwondo, Judo -- these sports have medals for each category. Boxing didn't help as well by walking out.

Back to basketball -- everyone believes that to be the best, you have to beat the best. That would mean raising the level of basketball in our immediate area. I can only think of a few things that the Philippines can do to raise that (i know there are more)

1. Lending coaches and players to ASEAN countries. (indonesia and thailand has some Filipino help)
2. Taking in foreign players and coaches as interns, and vice versa.
3. Taking in a purely foreign team to play here on a seasonal basis, or vice versa.

The SBP has done the right thing by looking for talent here and abroad, their next step is making the training consistent. After that, they need to make the level of competition consistent all throughout the leagues. Taking in a 2-3 game tune up with another country's team isn't enough nowadays. European basketball is good because they play on a regular basis with good teams, which only makes them better.


BTW: Merry Christmas All!!

jayverns
12-24-2007, 12:15 PM
could this be an indication na wala na naman tayong maiuuwing medal kahit bronze man lang sa 2008 Beijing Olympics? wag naman sana. mabuti na rin yun na hindi tayo nag-qualify sa basketball, dahil mag-aaksaya lang tayo ng pera. unahin muna nilang gawan ng paraan kung paano tayo mananalo ng ating first ever Olympic "gold"medal. I believe they've already made an announcement that they will be sending 15 athletes to the Beijing Olympics, most of them coming from boxing, taekwando,track and field(what?), weightlifting, and swimming.

pio_valenz
12-26-2007, 07:07 PM
if that's how their program works, good for them. at least they have a program. tayo, wala.

my point is about priorities. mikee romero generously gave around php30M in this gold medal campaign, kudos to him. thing is, we could have spent half a million on basketball and we still would have been untouchable in basketball. we could have used the remaining php29.5M to fund a couple more tracksters, rowers or cyclists, maybe given them better training, better equipment, and maybe that would have given us a handful more gold medals, maybe vault us to at least third behind thailand and emerging powerhouse vietnam.


Totally agree. Overkill ang ginawa sa basketball campaign. Congrats to them for winning the gold, but Mikee Romero, Chino Trinidad, and Junel Baculi all acted as if they were gonna be seriously challenged. Kung basahin mo ang mga press releases nila, akala mo sasabak na tayo sa Olympics. May nalalaman pa silang overhaul ng roster at baka masilat. Oh, please. Kinuha pa nila si Lipa na consultant. Not that I don't think he's qualified, but was he really needed? Si Lipa na mismo ang nagsabi dati, kailangan bulag at pipi ang coach ng RP para matalo sa SEA Games. P30 million spent, and at the end of the day it only brought back one gold.

That P30M would have been put to better use for other sports. For example, the sepak takraw national team doesn't even have its own playing venue. They have make do with Philsports, and only when no one else is using it.

popo1188
01-02-2008, 05:09 PM
I'm impressed in Philippines basketball team both technical strategy and individual skill. And the lasted SEAGAME 2007 in Thailand . I have a chance to watch the Philippines team so it make me more impressed (my fevorite player is No13. Gabe Norwood) And If I have achance to cheer the team once again. I absolutely won't miss it.