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amdgc82
04-02-2008, 06:13 AM
Romero vows to bring home the gold from Jakarta meet (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04022008/sports03.html)
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
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HARBOUR Centre team owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero guaranteed a gold-medal finish by the Philippine team in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Despite having only one import in Sam Ekwe, Romero and head coach Jorge Gallent expressed confidence the Nationals will go home next week with gold medals hanging from their necks.

“The Filipino fighting heart will be our best weapon in the Seaba tournament. When we come home next week, we’ll be bringing the gold medal for the Philippines,” said Romero Tuesday in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Shakey’s United Nations Avenue.

“The odds are against us because we have only one import, while other teams have two. But with Sam and Jason [Castro] leading the team, we will play with our heart just to defend the crown,” Romero added.

With Romero and Gallent in the forum were team manager Erick Arejola, Ekwe and Castro.

The Filipino dribblers will leave Wednesday morning for Jakarta and will meet Thailand, which is fielding its national squad, first on Friday, followed by Indonesia the next day, and the Boyzie Zamar-coached Malaysia on Sunday.

According to Gallent, Indonesia has two imports with National Basketball Association experience, while Malaysia has a Cameroon import and will hire an ex-Philippine Basketball Association center as its second reinforcement.

“I think we have a very good chance, because we have already played against them last year so, more or less, we already knew how they play,” said Gallent, who will call the shots in lieu of Junel Baculi.

Romero said the Seaba tournament will be a big test for the 24-year-old Ekwe, who is being groomed by the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) as a naturalized player for him to don the country’s colors in international tournaments.

“This would be the shining moment for Ekwe,” said Romero. “His rebounding and shot-blocking skills are his assets for this team.”

Ekwe, a native of Nigeria who has been in the country for the last three years suiting up for San Beda College in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said he was honored to be part of the team.

“This is my first step to be successful in basketball,” Ekwe said in broken English. “I’ll give my best to help the team.”

Meanwhile, Romero has agreed to bankroll the Philippine team to the William R. Jones Cup in Taiwan in July but dropped the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait in May. He said he could not probably prepare a competitive team for the Kuwait stint on short notice.

After a meeting with Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad and BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio, Romero said they could form a competitive team for the Jones Cup.

“We plan to regain the title in the Jones Cup,” said Romero. The Centennial Team of professionals and coached by Tim Cone of Alaska won the Jones Cup for the Philippines the last time in 1998.

The team will be composed of the best players in the PBL and will be reinforced by four PBA players whose teams will be eliminated early in the ongoing Fiesta Cup.

amdgc82
04-02-2008, 06:17 AM
Mikee kumpiyansang mapananatili ang SEABA crown (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-02&sec=7&aid=54549)
April 02, 2008 06:26 PM Wednesday*
By: Theodore P. Jurado*
www.journal.com.ph
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KUMPIYANSA ang Harbour Centre-Philippines team na mapananatili ang korona sa SEABA Champions Cup na magsisimula sa Biyernes sa Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Mapapalaban ang Nationals, na binubuo ng core ng four-time PBL champion Harbour Centre at ni San Beda College standout Sam Ekwe ng Nigeria, sa Malaysia, Thailand at host Indonesia.
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Maliban sa Thais, na ipaparada ang kanilang national team, ang Boysie Zamar-mentored Malays at Indons ay may imports na ibabandera sa three-day meet.
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Pinakamapanganib, ayon kay amateur basketball godfather at Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, ang Indonesia, kung saan ipap-rada nila ang mga reinforcements mula sa Canada at United States.
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“Ang battlecry nila is to beat Philippines. Babawian nila tayo, pero lalabanan natin sila ng may puso,” wika ni Romero sa kanyang pagbisita sa PSA Forum sa Shakey’s UN Avenue branch kahapon.
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“Iba kasi kapag may puso. Hindi naman tayo papayag na matalo lamang ng basta-basta, talagang laban kung laban,” aniya.
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Ang SEABA Club Championship ang unang international competition ng Nigerian native na si Ekwe, na nagbida sa dalawang kampeonato ng Red Lions sa NCAA.
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“Sam (Ekwe) will be an asset in rebounding and in blocking. Our shooters will take care of their business especially on our outside shooting,” wika ni Harbour-RP coach Jorge Gallent.
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Bukod sa Indons, mabigat na kalaban ng Nationals ang Malays dahil kabisado ni Zamar ang laro ng mga Pinoy.
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Unang makakasagupa ng Harbour-RP ang Thailand, na susundan ng Malaysia at Indonesia.
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Ngayong umaga nakatakdang tumulak ang Nationals patungong Jakarta.
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Samantala, pormal na ipinahayag ni Romero na hindi na sasali ang Pilipinas sa FIBA-Asia Champions Cup na gaganapin sa Kuwait sa susunod na buwan.
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Makaraang umayaw ang PBA sa pagparada ng koponan sa naturang torneo, sinabi ni Romero na gahol na sa oras ang Harbour Centre upang makapaghanda para sa Asian club tournament.
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Sa halip, sinabi ni Romero na sasali na lamang ang Pilipinas sa Jones Cup na idaraos sa July.
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Huling nagkampeon ang bansa sa Jones Cup noong 1998 sa pamamagitan ng PBA Centennial Team na ginabayan ni coach Tim Cone.
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Binigyang-diin din ni Romero na makabubuti sa local basketball kung isasa-isantabi ng BAP-SBP ang kanilang ‘di pagkakaunawaan.
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Kasabay nito ay iginiit niya ang kanyang all-out support sa lahat ng programang inilalatag ng nag-iisang governing body ng bansa para sa sport.
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“Panawagan ko lang, sana itabi na lang muna `yung mga hindi pagkakaunawaan. This is not needed anymore.
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Let’s just support one Philippine basketball,” ani Romero.*

amdgc82
04-02-2008, 06:24 AM
Gallent wary of Malaysia, Indonesia (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/apr/02/yehey/sports/20080402spo7.html)
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
www.manilatimes.net

HARBOUR Centre coach Jorge Gallent believes Malaysia is the team they should watch for in the 2008 Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Malaysians are handled by former University of the East coach Boyzie Zamar.

“Boyzie’s familiarity with out brand of play is something that we have to be extra careful. He is also a good coach,” said Gallent during yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN branch in Malate.

The Malaysians will also parade two former PBA imports.

Harbour will open its title-retention bid opposite Thailand on Friday.

Gallent thinks his boys could easily handle the Thais. “We beat them by a wide margin last year,” he said.

Also posing a threat to the Batang Pier are the Indonesians, who will be led by imports from Canada and the United States.

The Batang Pier will be reinforced by Sam Ekwe. The 6’8” Nigerian led the San Beda Red Lions to back-to-back titles in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

After meeting Thiland, the Philippines faces host Indonesia on Saturday and Malaysia on Sunday. The team, which has the most number of victories at the end of the three-day single round robin will bring home the crown. -- Frank Calapre

The_Big_Cat
04-02-2008, 10:18 AM
So, they're opting to play with one import only. Good luck.

I wonder how will they fair against the boys of Zamar?

amdgc82
04-02-2008, 12:16 PM
Satria Muda going for gold at SEABA Cup (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/04/01/satria-muda-going-gold-seaba-cup.html)
The Jakarta Post ,* Jakarta* *|* Tue, 04/01/2008 12:15 AM* |* Sports

Indonesian Basketball League champion Satria Muda Britama is looking for a redemption for last year's narrow defeat at the South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup 2008 that begins Friday in Jakarta.

"We will try hard to win this tournament this time. We were close to winning it last year," the club's head coach, Fictor Gideon Roring, said Monday.

The three-day event will be staged at Britama Arena in Sportsmall Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, and is featuring national champions from countries including The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Recalling last season's tournament, Fictor rued the missed chance when they surprisingly bowed out to the Philippine's contender in the final match, even though they had beaten the opponent in the qualifying round.

Shooting forward player Amin Prihantono said he would be alert of all participants in the tournament.

"We should not underestimate any squad. We thought we would win last year, but it turned out the Philippines were tougher," he said.

Satria Muda has gained a performance boost with the addition of Alexander G. Hartman of the United States and Jemino Kama Sobers of Canada to strengthen the squad.

"It's difficult to find tall and skillful basketball players nowadays (with a reasonable tag price) and Alex and Jemino, who are quickly adapting to our playing rhythm, meet our criteria," Fictor said.

SEABA President Erick Thohir said the winner of the round-robin tournament would be entitled to an inclusion to the 19th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait from May 8 to 16.

Countries participating in the SEABA Champions Cup, Thohir said, include Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. Vietnam and Singapore are not sending their representatives because they are still competing in local leagues while other South East Asian countries, like Brunei Darussalam and Cambodia, do not have eligible basketball teams. (ind)

amdgc82
04-03-2008, 04:06 AM
Harbour imports held at Indon immigration office (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-03&sec=7&aid=54728)
April 03, 2008 08:36 PM Thursday* *
www.journal.com.ph

JAKARTA, Indonesia—As if* they were suspected terrorists, two foreign members of the Harbour Centre-Philippine team were held for a long time by Indonesian immigration officials upon arrival here.
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American Michael Le Blanc, who is likely to be the team’s second import in the SEABA Club Championship which starts Friday, was held for 20 minutes at the immigration office after being found out that his passport is expiring in two months time which is violation under the Indonesian immigration law.
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He was allowed entry only after team manager Erick Arejola appealed his case to higher authorities.
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But that was nothing compared to the ordeal suffered by Nigerian Sam Ekwe, who put in custody for three hours that incensed the former NCAA MVP. It also caused discomfort to the rest of the delegation who were forced to roam around without direction. Some decided to play their PSP (portable Sony playstation) to while the time away.
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Ekwe was even escorted by an airport staff when he went to the comfort room to relieve himself.
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“They kept on asking the same question. I told them (immigration officials) that I will play for the Harbour-Philippine team and I don’t intend to stay here longer,” fumed the 6-foot-8 San Beda center.
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Last year, Harbour import Julius Nwosu, also a Nigerian, also went through the* same process before being allowed entry.
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“I don’t know what it is, but this is another sad experience on the part of the team,” said Arejola, who was left behind to accompany Ekwe.
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After two hours of waiting, Arejola* allowed the other members of the team to proceed to the hotel to take a much-needed rest after almost a five-hour flight from Manila .
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Team owner Mikee Romero decided to send the 6-foot-7 Le Blanc after a consultation with the coaching staff Tuesday evening. But coach Jorge Gallent is not yet certain whether he pick the former University of Connecticut player or Fil-Am Sol Mercado.
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“We will know it tomorrow after our practice,” said Gallent.
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But if they the opposition to be strong enough, the team is likely to go for Le Blank.
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The Nationals open their title-retention drive against Thailand on Friday before meeting the hosts on Saturday. They will face the David zamar-mentored Malaysian team on Sunday.
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Harbour-RP team is hard-pressed to retain its title since Indonesia is reportedly hiring two big* imports.

The_Big_Cat
04-03-2008, 11:00 AM
Hmm..Trying to get into the minds of our boys?

This will only further motivate the squad to perform well.

Howard the Duck
04-03-2008, 07:03 PM
so they will join the FIBA Asia CC when they win this?

AnthonyServinio
04-03-2008, 08:27 PM
so they will join the FIBA Asia CC when they win this?

* * *EVEN if Harbour Centre loses the SEABA Champions Cup, the Philippines is still seeded in the coming Kuwait FIBA-Asia Champions Cup owing to its Fourth Place finish last year in Iran courtesy of the PBA All-Stars.

Howard the Duck
04-03-2008, 10:00 PM
so they will join the FIBA Asia CC when they win this?

EVEN if Harbour Centre loses the SEABA Champions Cup, the Philippines is still seeded in the coming Kuwait FIBA-Asia Champions Cup owing to its Fourth Place finish last year in Iran courtesy of the PBA All-Stars.

So who'll go to the FIBA Asia CC if ever? SLR won't go.

I've heard HC will get PBA players + 2 foreign imports... but the elims. won't end until june so i dunno how they can do that (PBA players)

if they'll get imports, they might as well get really good imports so we can win the competition again.

amdgc82
04-04-2008, 05:53 AM
Harbour-RP faces importless Thais (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/0404&052008/sports02.html)
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
www.businessmirror.com.ph

JAKARTA—As far as the lineup matchup is concerned, the Harbour Centre-RP Team’s chances against Thailand look to be in the Filipinos’ favor.

And that’s what the RP head coach doesn’t like.

The Nationals open their title defense of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Club Championships Friday when they take on a Thai team without foreign reinforcement at the Britama Stadium.

The format automatically gives the team with the best record at the end of the single-round tournament the championship. That means all four participating countries are thinking of only one thing: win every game and sweep the competition to avoid any more complications.

Thus, the Nationals, who were staggered with hassles on the trip here, finally caught themselves a break knowing they’ll face importless Thailand at 4 p.m. local time.

But Jorge Gallent isn’t exactly giddy about the initial assignment.

“You cannot be complacent in this type of situation,” the RP head coach said. “What I want my team to think is we’re still playing a team that has imports.”

While there’s an apparent gap in talent in favor of the Philippines, Thailand will be highly motivated against its perennial Southeast Asian sports rival.

Not only do the Thais take a semblance of a grudge from other sports (like boxing and tennis), they were also beaten black and blue by the Filipinos in the title game of the Southeast Asian Games basketball last December.

So Gallent doesn’t want to belittle a talent-challenged but revved-up Thai team. “We’ll play hard against them,” he said.

Beating Thailand is a must. Last year the Philippines opened the Seaba Clubs with a loss to host Indonesia. The Nationals, who were also backed by Harbour Centre, got back on their feet, swept the tournament, then demolished Indonesia in the one-game finale. Without the benefit of a title match, the Philippines cannot afford to drop a game.

‘Tiny Twins’ combination

AGAINST the Thais, Gallent said he is going to resort to something Harbour Centre has been used to playing: small ball.

“We’re going to put a lot of emphasis on guard play. We’ll try to pressure [Thailand’s] point guards, try to force some errors and get to the open court,” Gallent said.

At the center of that strategy is the “Tiny Twin” combination of Jason Castro and TY Tang.

Castro and Tang have been responsible for the recent success of Harbour Centre in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

In the current Lipovitan Amino Energy Drink Cup, Harbour is unbeaten in eight games, thanks in large part to the heads-up play of the two.

Their highly touted skills will be put to test for a much bigger cause this weekend, however.

“Of course, there’s pressure because we are the defending champions. We must show everyone that we can play like one,” said Castro, who is no stranger to winning, having been part of titles with Philippine Christian U in college, Harbour Centre in the PBL and the Southeast Asian Games as a national player.

Castro is also a holdover from the Harbour Centre-RP Team that won the Seaba Clubs last year. Repeating as champion is in Castro’s head no doubt, as this may be his last national stint before going to the pro ranks in the coming Philippine Basketball Association season.

Castro said there’s only one way to beat Thailand, and he agrees with Gallent.

“We’re going to run down [Thailand],” Castro said. “We’ll grab every miss and play on the breaks until we tire them. That’s what’s Harbour’s been about, playing small but playing fast.”

Ekwe in international debut

BUT the question is: Can Harbour Centre run at 100mph every game for three straight games?

On Saturday the Nationals take on Malaysia, and then Indonesia next on Sunday. The two teams are expected to pound the rock down the blocks and maximize their imports’ height advantage.

Junel Baculi hopes the Filipinos’ reinforcement—collegiate standout Ekwe and late-addition Mark LeBlanc—will be up to the task not only against Thailand but throughout the tournament.

“Sam will anchor our defense in the middle. I’ve seen Mark and he can play, he can score. All they have to do is adjust to the team’s system, and I think we’ll be fine,” said Baculi, the team’s coaching consultant and last year’s head coach in the fruitful Seaba campaign.

“I feel honored to be a part of this team,” said Ekwe, who is being eyed for naturalization by the RP basketball federation. “There’s no doubt that the pressure is there, but this is also a chance for us to do something special and I’m not going to let it go to waste.”

With the inclusion of Ekwe and LeBlanc, the two players cut from the team were Solomon Mercado, who injured his groin in practice, and Boyet Bautista.

Joining the two imports, Castro and Tang are Dylan Ababou,* Chad Alonzo, Beau Belga, Jeff Chan, Jonathan Fernandez,* Jerwin Gaco, Gilbert Malabanan and Al Vergara.

Castro, Alonzo, Belga, Fernandez and Vergara are the holdovers from the 2007 Seaba Club champion team.

Thailand is fielding six holdovers from the SEA Games silver-medal squad.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero and PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad also wished the Nationals success. Harbour-backed RP teams are 2-0 in international play, counting the Seaba Clubs in March 2007 and the SEA Games in December.

The 2007 Seaba Clubs title was the Philippines’ first international championship since the Fiba lifted the country’s suspension that lasted 18 months.

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 05:45 AM
Harbour routs Hi-Tech in SEABA Cup (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/04/05/harbour-routs-hitech-seaba-cup.html)
The Jakarta Post ,* Jakarta* *|* Sat, 04/05/2008 12:44 PM* |* Sports
www.thejakartapost.com

Reigning champions Harbour Centre of the Philippines thrashed Thailand's Hi-Tech with a 99-63 win on the opening day of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup 2008 in North Jakarta on Friday.

Tang Tyrone scored 21 points, three assists and three rebounds for Harbour.

Head coach Jorge Gallent said his team did not perform its best as it got off to a slow first quarter. Luckily, they picked up their game in the second half.

"They were very tense in the first and second quarters because it was the first international event for most of them," he told The Jakarta Post.

Captain Piroon Piyapong shot nine points in the first quarter, pushing Hi-Tech in front with a 25-22 score. Their dominance was brief with their form quickly slipping, missing plenty of shooting opportunities.

"Because of their lead, I think we just gave up in the last two quarters," Piroon said, adding their strategy was to save energy for the game the next day.

Thailand's national player admitted Harbour Centre had attacked well and felt his team had played hard in each quarter.

"They were too good for our team," the 27-year-old said.

Harbour Centre has four Filipino players and two foreign players from the United States and Nigeria, while Hi-Tech, which won Thailand's King's Cup in 2005 and 2007, is made up of Thai players only.

The second game saw Indonesian champions Satria Muda Britama narrowly beat the National Basketball League team of Malaysia with a score of 88-86.

"We are proud of our team because we gave it our best up to the very last seconds. At least we were close to winning it," said Malaysia's head coach David Zamar.

Malaysia will play Hi-Tech on Saturday and Satria Muda Britama will meet with Harbour Centre. (ind)

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 05:55 AM
Nationals scout foes (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-05&sec=7&aid=54976)
April 05, 2008 07:24 PM Saturday*
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JAKARTA—The opening night of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Club Championships Friday served two purposes for the Harbour Centre-Philippine Team.
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As they sought to start the four-team tournament on a positive note, the RP Nationals would also take the opportunity to scout two clubs that are favored to take away the Philippines’ crown.
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After the RP-Thailand game, Malaysia and Indonesia—two teams that are expected to give the Filipinos some anxious moments here—will be playing. And head coach Jorge Gallent and his Harbour coaching staff, still looking to gain significant knowledge about the opposition, will make sure they’ll be at the sidelines with observant eyes.
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“Getting to scout [Indonesia and Malaysia] is going to be very important because we haven’t really seen [how their imports] play,” Gallent said Friday noon just after a team scrimmage. “So the schedule not only gives us a chance to jell as a team, but to also be able to set the right strategy for the rest of the tournament.”
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Gallent said he and his coaching staff already have key information about Indonesia, the team the Nationals are playing at 6 p.m. (7 p.m., Manila time) today at the Britama Arena.
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“At least we have tapes of Indonesia’s local players,” he said. “We expect most of the plays they will run to be the same because they don’t have a new coach. So those are the things we will review.”
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According to Gallent, Harbour team consultant Junel Baculi is familiar with Indonesia’s plays, the ones set up by the home team’s head coach Fictor Roring.
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Roring gave Harbour-RP some fits in this tournament last year when the Indonesians defeated the Filipinos in the elims. Baculi, who was the country’s head coach in this event last year, is familiar with how Team Indonesia plays and knows “their individual players’ tendencies”.
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The challenge for Gallent and Co., though, is finding out how strong Indonesia’s foreign reinforcements are.
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The home team is fielding Alexander Hartman, a 22-year-old six-feet-four American, and Jemino Kamal Sobers, a 23-year-old six-foot-eight Canadian.

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 06:10 AM
RP coach wary of Indon imports (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080405121081.html)
By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Having little knowledge as to how the imports of Malaysia and host country play, Harbour Centre-Philippines team coach Jorge Gallent hopes to rely much on the team’s time-tested never-say-die attitude and defense to keep their dominance in the SEABA Champions Cup here.

Right now, Gallent admits he’s facing a blank wall because he has limited information about the strengths and weaknesses of their rivals’ imports especially the ones hired by Indonesia.

"Honestly, I have limited information about the imports of the other teams, especially Indonesia. But just like in the PBL, we have to bank on the team’s never-say-die attitude and our pressure defense," Gallent, who steered the Mikee Romero-owned team to a record four straight championships, said.

On the bright side, Gallent is optimistic his local players can hold their ground against the homegrown talents of their rivals as shown during last year’s SEA Games where they posted a winning average of 40-point plus against Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

"At least we have tapes of Indonesia’s local players," he said. "We expect most of the plays they will run to be the same because they don’t have a new coach. So those are the things we will review."

But for the Nationals to retain their title in the four-team tournament using a single-round format to determine the champion, Gallent has to squeeze the best from their reinforcements — Nigerian Sam Ekwe and American Michael Le Blanc — to win the tournament for the second straight year.

All the two players have to do, according to Gallent, is to play solid defense and grab the rebounds with authority.

The rest will be taken care of by the locals led by Jason Castro, TY Tang, Chad Alonzo, Jonathan Fernandez, Jeff Chan and Beau Belga all members of the Philippine team that won the gold medal in the SEA Games.

The Nationals, also supported by the Philippine Basketball League, are playing against the importless Thai squad at press time but Gallent is already looking forward to meeting the Indons Saturday at the Britama Arena.

The home team is fielding Alexander Hartman, a 22-year-old six-foot-four American, and Jemino Kamal Sobers, a 23-year-old six-foot-eight Canadian.

According to an article published online by Suara Karya Daily Thursday, the two flew here only as recent as two weeks ago.

"They’ve seen the venue. They’ve seen the local league. I hope we can win with these guys," Roring said earlier this week.

But when asked whether he was worried about Indonesia’s imports, Gallent said: "Just a little."

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 06:23 AM
RP-Harbour faces acid test vs Indons (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080404129)
By Nelson Beltran
Saturday, April 5, 2008
http://philstar.com

JAKARTA – All Sam Ekwe and Michael James LeBlanc have to do is to grab the rebounds and play defense, and there’s no way the Harbour Centre-RP team can be beaten in the 2008 SEABA Champions Cup here.

That was coach Jorge Gallent’s prognosis hours before the start of the three-day event where Harbour Centre is hoping to add to its treasure chest following its conquest of the same tourney last year, the 2007 SEAG in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and four straight championships at home in the PBL.

On an eight-game roll in the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup, the Batang Pier of sports patron Mikee Romero hope to sustain their rampage here and keep the country’s domination of its neighbors this part of world.

Fancied to wallop an import-less Thai side last night, the challenge for the Batang Pier starts today as they take on the host Satria Muda Britama team reinforced by 6-7 American Alexander Hartman and 6-8 Canadian Jemino Kamal Sobers.

The Philippines and Indonesia clash at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in Manila) at the Britama Arena here.

SM Britama is practically the same team that finished runner-up to the Philippines in last year’s Champions Cup and SEA Games, under long-time Indon national player Fictor Gideon Roring who had been handled by Filipino coaches Nat Canson and Bong Ramos. Gallent admits they’re not familiar with Hartman and Sobers.

“Good thing is that they’re our second game. By the time we play them, we’ve already scouted them,” said Gallent. “I don’t think anybody here can match up with our locals. If Ekwe and LeBlanc can defend the imports of the other teams, then things will be under control.”

Against Malaysia, Ekwe and LeBlanc will be up against 6-foot-8 Ben Knight and 6-foot-4 Cris Cuete.

Knight has been a mainstay in the Australian pro league, now playing for the Singapore Slingers. Cuete, on the other hand, is a Cameroon native studying information technology in Kuala Lumpur.

“I don’t need my imports to score. All I need from them is to get the rebounds and defend,” said Gallent.

Gallent’s concern is their perimeter defense, saying LeBlanc isn’t in top shape.

amdgc82
04-05-2008, 06:51 AM
Harbour-Philippine team relying more on locals (http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080405-128517/Harbour-Philippine-team-relying-more-on-locals)
By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:30:00 04/05/2008

JAKARTA—The Harbour Centre-Philippine team will rely mostly on its local crew when it tries to put away for the second straight year the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Club Championship at the BritAma Arena here.

Not that the Filipinos don’t need imports Sam Ekwe and Michael James Le Blanc, but the two reinforcements have failed to impress coach Jorge Gallent after two days of practice here.

“We can make use of them but I don’t see them playing more minutes than my local players,” said Gallent.

Harbour-Philippine was playing import-less Thailand late Friday.

The Harbour squad boasts of at least six players, who were part of the Philippine team that crushed the same Thailand five in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games last December.

Gallent said that what the 6-foot-8 Nigerian Ekwe can do, big men Chad Alonzo, Beau Belga and Jerwin Gaco can do better. He added that the conditioning of the 29-year-old American Le Blanc is suspect.

The coach said Solomon Mercado would have been a big help but he got injured in practice on Thursday.

“We’ve seen how Ekwe plays, he’s powerful,” said Gallent. “But against Thailand, which has no import, I think the locals can handle the job. Maybe against Malaysia and Indonesia also.

“Sam is good but my locals have been playing together for a long time and perfectly know their roles in the team.”

Le Blanc, also standing nearly 6-foot-8, spent the last month in the Philippines trying out for Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams. He was a last-minute addition after the team’s failure to recruit a back-up for Ekwe.

“At the most, I can use Le Blanc for 20 to 25 minutes,” said Gallent.

Gallent said Le Blanc possesses fairly good perimeter shooting.

Against the Boysie Zamar-mentored Malaysia, which Harbour-Philippine tackles Saturday at 6 p.m., the Filipinos will be up against Chris Cuete, a 6-4 forward from Cameroon, and Australian Ben Knight, formerly of club team Singapore Slingers.

The Philippines-Indonesia game is set for Sunday, also at 6 p.m.

cub
04-05-2008, 07:35 PM
got this from b.com

Harbour routs Hi-Tech in SEABA Cup
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sat, 04/05/2008 12:44 PM | Sports

Reigning champions Harbour Centre of the Philippines thrashed Thailand's Hi-Tech with a 99-63 win on the opening day of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup 2008 in North Jakarta on Friday.

t@ng Tyrone scored 21 points, three assists and three rebounds for Harbour.

Head coach Jorge Gallent said his team did not perform its best as it got off to a slow first quarter. Luckily, they picked up their game in the second half.

"They were very tense in the first and second quarters because it was the first international event for most of them," he told The Jakarta Post.

Captain Piroon Piyapong shot nine points in the first quarter, pushing Hi-Tech in front with a 25-22 score. Their dominance was brief with their form quickly slipping, missing plenty of shooting opportunities.

"Because of their lead, I think we just gave up in the last two quarters," Piroon said, adding their strategy was to save energy for the game the next day.

Thailand's national player admitted Harbour Centre had attacked well and felt his team had played hard in each quarter.

"They were too good for our team," the 27-year-old said.

Harbour Centre has four Filipino players and two foreign players from the United States and Nigeria, while Hi-Tech, which won Thailand's King's Cup in 2005 and 2007, is made up of Thai players only.

The second game saw Indonesian champions Satria Muda Britama narrowly beat the National Basketball League team of Malaysia with a score of 88-86.

"We are proud of our team because we gave it our best up to the very last seconds. At least we were close to winning it," said Malaysia's head coach David Zamar.

Malaysia will play Hi-Tech on Saturday and Satria Muda Britama will meet with Harbour Centre

amdgc82
04-06-2008, 05:43 AM
Harbour-RP 5 pinulbos ang Thais (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-06&sec=7&aid=55028)
April 06, 2008 06:17 PM Sunday
www.journal.com.ph

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tumindi ang up-and-down stint ng* Harbour Centre-RP Team sa Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions’ Cup noong Biyernes sa Sports Mall Britama Arena.

Pinulbos ng Nationals ang Hi Tech-Thailand, 99-63, sa mainit na simula subalit naging maingat sa pagdiriwang makaraang matuklasan na ang isa sa kanilang key personnel ay walang official clearance documents upang maglaro sa torneo.

Si Sam Ekwe ay nagpakita na nakasuot ng street clothes sa RP-Thailand game at nanood mula sa sidelines habang dinudurog ng kanyang Harbour teammates ang Thais para sa unang panalo ng koponan.* * *

Pinunan ni Mike LeBlanc ang pagkawala ni Ekwe sa pagkamada ng 18 points at 11 rebounds sa isang turnover-less game, habang pinangunahan ni TY Tang ang mga locals na may 21 points, kabilang ang pagmintis ng isang beses lamang sa limang three-point attempts na nagpakita sa determinasyon ng defending champions na mapanatili ang korona.* * * * *

“You want to make a statement early and I think as defending champions, we did a beautiful job with
that,” wika ni Harbour head coach Jorge Gallent.

Subalit kung mabibigo si Ekwe na maglaro sa kabuuan ng torneo – isang posibilidad na lumutang kung isasaalang-alang ang time factor upang iproseso ang mga papeles – ang puso ng koponan, higit sa lahat, ang magiging malaking salik sa back-to-back ambitions ng Harbour.

“Again, it was a nice way to win but that will go to waste if we can’t ride on its momentum. Especially now that we might miss Sam, we need everybody on the team to exert maximum effort,” dagdag ni Gallent.

Bago maglaro sa ibang bansa, ang mga imported players ay kinakailangang kumuha ng players’ clearance certificates mula mismo sa Fiba o sa bansang pinagmulan ng player, isang matandang regulas-yon na nakasaad sa isang liham sa BAP-SBP ni SEABA secretary-general Dato’ Yeo Choo Hock.

Sinabi ni Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola noong Biyernes ng gabi na nakatanggap siya ng kumpirmasyon mula kay BAP-SBP executive-director Patrick Gregorio na ang bagay ay inaasikaso na nila.

Sa kabila ng pagkawala ni Ekwe, magaan na dinispatsa ng Harbour Centre ang Thailand.

Naghahabol sa 22-25 sa pagtatapos ng first quarter, ang Nationals ay nag-init sa opensa at naghigpit sa depensa sa second, kung saan na-outscore nila ang Thais, 28-13, upang mai-tarak ang 50-38 bentahe sa halftime.

Samantala, dumating si Harbour Centre team ow-ner Mikee Romero noong Sabado ng hapon, tama lamang upang mapanood ang RP-Indonesia game. Agad na binati nina Romero at PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad ang koponan sa pagwawagi sa kanilang unang asignatura.

Iskor:*

RP (99) – Tang 21, LeBlanc 18, Castro 16, Belga 10, Fernandez 10, Vergara 7, Gaco 6, Ababou 4, Chan 3, Alonzo 2, Malabanan 2.

Thailand (63) – Lertmalaiporn 17, Piroon 14, Kanokamornisjn 10, Lertlaokul 5, Jantharaniyom 4, Silapapipat 4, Vivattanapongpetch 3, Jantuma 2, Rittiphanyawong 2, Sasison 2, Pinitpatcharalert 0, Pongsiri 0.

QS: 22-25, 50-38, 74-49, 99-63

amdgc82
04-06-2008, 06:12 AM
RP dribblers humble Thais (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080406121177.html)
By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Jinx continued to hound Sam Ekwe but Harbour Centre-Philippine team still hammered out a 99-63 win over an import-less HiTech of Thailand, 99-63, in the SEABA Champions Cup Friday at the Sports Mall Britama Arena here.

Ekwe, who was held for almost five hours at the airport before being cleared by immigration officials upon the team’s arrival Wednesday, was not able to play for failing to present an official clearance from the FIBA to play in the tight three-day tournament.

One of the regulations of the tournament state that a player hired as import is required to submit a clearance certificate from either the FIBA itself or the player’s country of origin to be able to compete.

Officials of the Samahang Baskeball ng Pilipinas are apparently not aware of the ruling although it was clearly emphasized by SEABA secretary-general Dato Yeo Choo Hock in a letter addressed to all participating federations.

Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola said Thursday night he received communication from BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio that the matter is being taken cared of. Gregorio is expected to arrive Saturday to clear the issue.

Without the Nigerian center who made a mark in the NCAA two years ago after winning the MVP award on his rookie year at San Beda, American Mike Le Blanc gamely picked up the slack.

Le Blanc, who like Ekwe stands at 6-foot-7, finished with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 boards as the Nationals dominated the rebounding department, 60-40.

But it was tiny but wily TY Tang who made the major impact.

The former La Salle star finished with a game-high 21 points on a brilliant 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point area. He also had three rebounds and three assists that more than made up for his three turnovers.

Spitfire Jason Castro also made his presence felt, knocking in 16 points, seven of them in the third period that enabled the Nationals to rip the game wide-open. Beau Belga, the 6-foot-6 center from Philippine Christian University, also made major contribution as he went perfect from the field, making all his five attempts aside from plucking down 10 rebounds.

amdgc82
04-06-2008, 06:18 AM
RP-H Centre routs Thais sans Ekwe (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080405193)
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, April 6, 2008
http://philstar.com

JAKARTA – Though its problem with Sam Ekwe just won’t end, Harbour Centre-Philippines had an auspicious start in the seventh SEABA Champions Cup, blasting Hi-Tech Thailand, 99-63, at the Britama Arena here Friday.

The Batang Pier of sports patron Mikee Romero sized up the Thais in the early going before unleashing their usual run-and-gun game in carving out the big win sans Ekwe, barred from playing minus the needed clearance from the Nigerian basketball federation or from the FIBA.

Just like imports playing in the PBA or in foreign leagues, Ekwe needs FIBA clearance here as he’s entered as a reinforcement. The 6-foot-8 Nigerian doesn’t have one since he’s just a collegiate player back in the Philippines and not a real import used to play overseas.

Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola said he’s been promised by BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio that Ekwe would be cleared to play before the Philippines-Indonesia game set last night.

SEABA and FIBA officials here said this particular rule for imports have long been in place anywhere in the world, safeguards for ball clubs from unscrupulous players.

Rookie international campaigner Tyrone Tang and last-minute import recruit Michael James LeBlanc produced huge numbers as the Batang Pier geared up for an expected grudge match with SM Britama-Indonesia team in Day Two of the brief four-nation tourney.

SM-Britama watched Koh Way Tek miss a potential game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer as the Indons escaped with an 88-86 win over the National Basketball League selection of Malaysia in the other game.

Both the Indons and the Malaysians showed up with a good pair of imports, who could put tremendous challenge to the Filipinos.

“If we commit mistake, we’re in trouble against both Indonesia and Malaysia,” said Harbour Centre consultant Junel Baculi.

The scores:* *

Harbour Centre-RP 99 – Tang 21, LeBlanc 18, Castro 16, Fernandez 10, Belga 10, Vergara 7, Gaco 6, Ababou 4, Chan 3, Alonzo 2, Malabanan 2.

Hi-Tech Thailand 63 – Lertmalaiporn 17, Piroon 14, Kanokamornisjn 10, Lertlaokul 5, Jantharaniyom 4, Silapapipat 4, Vivattanapoongtech 3, Rittiphanyawong 2, Jantuma 2, Sasison 2.* * * *

Quarterscores: 22-25, 50-38, 74-49, 99-63

The_Big_Cat
04-06-2008, 02:25 PM
I do hope that Sam Ekwe would get the clearance. Harbour and SBP officials should have prepared that already.

amdgc82
04-06-2008, 06:36 PM
Satria close to SEABA crown (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/04/06/satria-close-seaba-crown.html)
The Jakarta Post ,* Jakarta* *|* Sun, 04/06/2008 10:45 AM* |* Sports
www.thejakartapost.com

Satria Muda Britama edged closer to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) championship after booking a 93-85 win over Harbour Centre of the Philippines at the Kelapa Gading Sportsmall, Jakarta, on Saturday.

It was sweet revenge for Satria Muda, which was denied last year's title after falling to Harbour Centre in the final.

On Saturday, it was Satria's turn to beam victorious. Alexander Gordon Hartman shone scoring 27 points, four assists and nine rebounds for Satria Muda, while fellow foreign player Jemino Kamal Sobers contributed 26 points and 11 rebounds.

"Our plan to defend their three-pointers worked out and we really utilized the role of our foreign players," Coach Fictor Gideon Roring said.

The former national player said he was confident about winning the title with his team seeded first.

Satria Muda will still play Hi-Tech of Thailand while Harbour Centre will face Malaysia in the final games of the round-robin competition Sunday.

Even if Satria Muda loses to Thailand's Hi-Tech, they will still win the title on condition Harbour Centre beats Malaysia, said basketball observer Toto Sudarsono.

"We use a head-to-head system to determine the winner if a draw in points occurs," he told The Jakarta Post.

In the first game yesterday, Cameroon forward Chris Kuete scored 31, four assists and 14 rebounds to help Malaysia win with a 101-78 victory over Hi-Tech.

"We learnt from the mistakes we made yesterday. Tomorrow, we have to go all out like today to face the Philippines," Malaysia's coach David Zamar said.

He said he realized his team would be the underdog against Harbour Centre on Sunday, as it was Friday against Satria Muda.

"Its OK for me. We will bounce back and prove ourselves," he said.

Hi-Tech's forward Jantharaniyom Pramoch said his squad lacked teamwork and was not strong in the last two quarters. He said losing their captain Piroon Piyapong, who scored 18 points, two assists and five rebounds for the team before he was fouled out, weakened the team's performance.

"I don't know what will happen tomorrow but we will use the whole morning to prepare for facing Indonesia ," he said. (ind)

bydpogi
04-06-2008, 09:34 PM
I do hope that Sam Ekwe would get the clearance. Harbour and SBP officials should have prepared that already.

Hindi po ulit nakalaro si Sam Ekwe kaya talo po tayo sa Indonesia :-[]

bydpogi
04-06-2008, 09:38 PM
Harbour Centre-Philippines suffered a 93-85 beating from host SM-Britama Indonesia on Saturday night at the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup at the Britama Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It was the second straight win for Indonesia and the first defeat for the Philippines, defending champion in the four-nation tournament.

According to a statement from the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) on Sunday, the biggest factor for the defeat was the failure of Sam Ekwe, a Nigerian import, to play for the Batang Pier.

Not even the presence of Basketball Association of the Philippines - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio could could change the minds of the organizers in letting the six-foot-eight Ekwe play.

Gregorio arrived last Saturday in Indonesia before the match, showing that he asked the Nigerian basketball association's go signal for Ekwe to play in the tournament.

Tournament officials, however, maintained their earlier decision of barring Ekwe into the court.

The PBL statement added that without a player to defend the shaded area, the Philippines struggled against Indonesian imports Jemino Sobers, a six-foot-eight Canadian center, and Alex Hartman, a six-foot-seven American forward.

Unmolested, Sobers finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Hartman contributed 27 points.

"We just didn't have the intimidating presence that Sam would've given us if he had played," Harbour coach Jorge Gallent said.

"Sam was a vital part of our offense and our defense," Harbour Centree owner Mikee Romero said. "He spent a lot of time practicing with us, so it's disappointing that we lost our championship this way."

The other Batang Pier import Mike LeBlanc was just helpless against the Indonesian counterparts.

LeBlanc finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Scores

Indonesia (93): Hartman 27, Sober 26, Achmad 10, Prihantono 8, Sondakh 7, Situmorang 6, Wijaya 4, Widayat 3, Gunawan 2, Sunarko 0, Ronaldo 0, Kurniawan 0

Philippines (85): Castro 23, Tang 22, LeBlanc 14, Belga 13, Chan 5, Vergara 4, Gaco 2, Fernandez 2, Ababou 0, Malabanan 0, Alonzo 0

Quarters: 29-21; 54-40; 71-63; 93-85

amdgc82
04-07-2008, 06:44 AM
Harbour Centre-RP ‘handicapped’ (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04072008/sports04.html)
Without the tall presence of Sam Ekwe, Harbour-R.P. loses the Seaba Champions Cup to Indonesia
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
www.businessmirror.com.ph
*
JAKARTA—The outcome was plain and simple. But explaining how it got to that point, not quite so.

A handicapped Harbour Centre-Philippine team fought mightily on one foot, but the blows it absorbed from the foreign players of SM Britama-Indonesia were too much to handle in a 93-85 loss in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions’ Cup Saturday at the SM Britana Arena.

Playing with only one import, an RP loss seemed a foregone conclusion. But why the Nationals couldn’t play in the tournament with the six-foot-eight Sam Ekwe was far from case closed.* * * * * * * * * * *

Seaba officials had barred Ekwe from playing since Friday because, playing as an import, he didn’t have a player’s clearance certificate from his home country Nigeria.

Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol (BAP-SBP) ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio flew in Saturday to appeal Ekwe’s case to Fiba-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeo Choo Hok.

“[Dato Yeo] and I were supposed to talk because he was the one who was going to decide on the matter, but for some reason we couldn’t get an audience with him,” Gregorio said.

Optimistic of a decision in their favor, Harbour Centre officials dressed up Ekwe and even had him do pre-game round-robins with the team. When Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent approached the table officials to confirm his lineup, he was told Ekwe couldn’t be fielded.

Gregorio spoke to reporters after the RP-Indonesia game and said he had been in correspondence with Nigeria’s basketball federation. But in two letters of request dated March 26 and April 3 he showed to the media, the BAP-SBP did not receive replies.

So Harbour Centre bore the brunt of the consequences and trailed by as many 17 points a couple of times in the first half. The Nationals attempted to threaten in the third, but they never came closer than five points. A TY Tang three-pointer put Harbour Centre within 62-57, 3:50 left in the third, but the Indonesians raised the lead back to double digits, 67-57, a minute later.

Ekwe’s absence had its handprints all over the stat sheet.

Harbour Centre was outrebounded, 47-37, and registered zero blocks. Indonesia’s six-foot-eight Centre Jemino Sobers, Ekwe’s supposed matchup, imposed his will down low, scoring 26 points, with a handful of them on dunks. He also had 11 rebounds.

Alex Hartman, Indonesia’s high-flying six-foot-seven forward, on the other hand, got away with 27 points and a lot of open lanes to the basket that would’ve been shut with shot-blocking machine Ekwe on hand.

The imports thus combined for 53 points, or more than half the total of the whole Indonesian team, a scoring binge that enabled the hosts to virtually secure the Seaba Clubs championship.

“We found ourselves in a hole early because the morale of the team got affected when they found out that Sam wasn’t going to be able to play,” said Harbour Centre head coach Jorge Gallent, whose team was down, 29-21, after the first.

“But more than the emotional side, I think what’s as important is the fact that we had set plays both offensively and defensively for Sam. When he couldn’t play, we had to make very abrupt adjustments that basically shook up the team,” Gallent added.

Mike LeBlanc, Harbour Centre’s lone import, couldn’t keep pace. He only had 14 points and seven rebounds and was a sitting duck against Sobers on their matchup.

"We just didn’t have the intimidating presence that somebody like Sam would’ve brought,” Gallent said.

“I don’t feel good about the decision to disqualify me from the tournament,” Ekwe lamented, stressing it would’ve been a different ball game had he played. “[Indonesia] felt it won, but only because I wasn’t there.”

Asked whether the experience here—his first international tournament—left him traumatized or not, Ekwe took it in stride.

“It’s always an honor to serve a national team, and I will play if ever I’m called. But I think every detail, every necessary requirement should be in place first, so this won’t happen again,” he said.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who arrived here Saturday, was clearly distraught.

“Nakakapanghinayang,” Romero said. “We really wanted Sam in there for obvious reasons. He could’ve changed the complexion of the game in our favor if he was in there.”
*
The loss was the first by a Harbour Centre-backed Philippine team in three trips abroad. Counting a 10-game winning streak in the ongoing Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Harbour hasn’t lost a game in three months.

Diminutive duo provides delight

THE lone bright spot in the Nationals’ loss was the inspired effort of guards TY Tang and Jason Castro.

Castro had 23 points and topped the team with seven rebounds, while Tang, who had 21 in the Thailand victory Friday, finished with 22.

The diminutive duo took their game right through the heart of the Indonesian defense. Instead of relying on perimeter shots (they only had four three-point attempts), Castro and Tang drove to the lane with reckless abandon, netting them 20 free-throw attempts.

Ekwe, a San Bedan who once played a collegiate series game against Castro’s Philippine Christian U, was all praises for the guard’s skills.

“For me, Jason is the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever met,” Ekwe said. “He can do everything.”

Solomon Mercado, who played alongside Tang in Harbour Centre’s last title drive, thought highly of Tang’s work ethic.

“He’s all about heart,” Mercado said. “That guy plays with a lot of intensity whether we’re down in a game or not, and that’s something his teammates like myself like about him.”

Like Castro, Tang, once a vital piece in the recent De La Salle dynasty until he graduated last year, is also set to apply for the pro draft. That makes his stint here Tang’s first and last as an amateur RP player and it has been, in a way, bittersweet.

“All losses are frustrating. There are no two sides to that,” Tang said. “But we gave ourselves a chance to win even if we didn’t have Sam around, so you could call that a silver lining of some sort.”

The Nationals would’ve been able to pull off a miracle if their shooting hands didn’t abandon them. They were only four-of-18 from three-point area (22.2 percent). They were also atrocious from the free-throw line, missing 13 attempts (21-of-34, 61.8 percent), with Tang and Castro responsible for 10 of those flubs.

Solomon torn apart

AS he watched his team get manhandled by Indonesia, the best Solomon Mercado could do to show his support to the team was to throw invectives at the opposing team.

Mercado, a US-raised Filipino who has been a vital cog in Harbour’s recent dominance in the PBL, was sidelined for the Seaba Champions Cup because of a groin injury.

“It was tearing me apart seeing my teammates go to battle without me,” Mercado said, “knowing I could’ve done something to help them.”

Mercado, a six-foot-one guard with bulk, could’ve brought his defensive prowess against Indonesia’s showman import Hartman and would’ve been able to give Castro and Tang some quality rest time on the bench.

Mercado, who is also joining the pro draft, lauded his teammates’ efforts.

“They had two imports and we were playing with one import who we didn’t practice with much. So really, we were playing with our Harbour Centre team so to be against an Indonesian team, that’s the national team with two imports and for us to fight the way we did, it showed a lot about our character and attitude that we could play with the best of them,” Mercado said.

Mercado and the Harbour Centre team are flying back to Manila Monday. They will resume their PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup campaign, where they are unbeaten in eight games.

With the international exposure here and the quality performance to go with it, will any team really be able to stop the Batang Pier?

“It’s going to be tough,” Mercado admitted. “We ran through the first round pretty well. I think we’re just now coming together, bringing all the tools together, so I think we’re only going to get better. We’ll be pretty tough to beat.”

And will the recent frustration going to be thrown at some hapless PBL team? “Yeah, definitely,” Mercado smiled.

amdgc82
04-07-2008, 06:56 AM
Ekwe-less RP 5 bows to Indonesia (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-07&sec=7&aid=55189)
April 07, 2008 08:47 PM Monday*
www.journal.com.ph
*
JAKARTA�"Not even Harbour Centre-RP Team’s collective spirit could make up for the absence of one import as the Nationals succumbed to SM-Britama Indonesia, 93-85, to surrender the throne of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup Saturday at the Britama Arena.
* *
Minutes before the game, Harbour officials were hoping Ekwe could still get a go-signal to play from tournament organizers. But Seaba top brass insisted Ekwe remained ineligible because he didn’t have a player’s clearance certificate.
* *
Ekwe was actually barred from playing by Seaba officials as early as the Friday game against Thailand. BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio arrived here Saturday to serve as a conduit for an appeal but in the end, the Seaba maintained status quo.
* *
The Philippines struggled visibly against the hosts, who fielded two imports and took well advantage of the Filipinos’ handicap.
* *
Jemino Sobers, a six-foot-eight Canadian center, registered 26 points and 11 rebounds and dominated the paint, while Alex Hartman, a fleet-footed six-foot-seven American forward, tallied 27 points for Indonesia, which led by as many as 17 points.
* *
“We just didn’t have the intimidating presence that Sam would’ve given us if he had played,” Harbour coach Jorge Gallent said.
* *
Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who watched the Indonesia game from the sideline, was visibly distraught.
* *
“Sam was a vital part of our offense and our defense. He spent a lot of time practicing with us, so it’s disappointing that we lost our championship this way. Nakakapanghinayang,” Romero said.
* *
Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad said in a text message he was proud of the team. “The team did their best so there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
* *
Jayson Castro led Harbour with 23 points and seven rebounds, while backcourt mate TY Tang chipped in 22 points to lead the Nationals’ cause.
* *
Mike LeBlanc, Harbour’s lone import, was a non-factor at both ends of the floor. He finished with only 14 points and seven rebounds, and was helpless defending Sobers.
* *
Indonesia was up 54-40 at halftime, before Tang hit a three-pointer to force Harbour within five, 62-57, less than four minutes in the third. The Filipinos would not come any closer than that after.
* *
Indonesia upped its record to 2-0, while the Philippines fell to 1-1.

The scores
Indonesia (93) �" Hartman 27, Sober 26, Achmad 10, Prihantono 8, Sondakh 7, Situmorang 6, Wijaya 4, Widayat 3, Gunawan 2, Sunarko 0, Ronaldo 0, Kurniawan 0.
RP (85) �" Castro 23, Tang 22, Le Blanc 14, Belga 13, Chan 5, Vergara 4, Gaco 2, Fernandez 2, Ababou 0, Malabanan 0, Alonzo 0.

Quarterscores: 29-21; 54-40; 71-63; 93-85.

amdgc82
04-07-2008, 06:59 AM
Indonesia trips Harbour-RP (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080407-128826/Indonesia-trips-Harbour-RP)
By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:38:00 04/07/2008

JAKARTA—It had all the elements of a disaster: bad free throw shooting, an even worse three-point performance and an import who could only watch from the sidelines.

Hounded by those woes, Harbour Centre-Philippine Team virtually surrendered the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup crown to SM Britama-Indonesia after losing to the host team, 93-85, on Saturday night at the BritAma Arena here.

The Filipinos and National Basketball League-Malaysia, both with 1-1 slates, were playing at presstime while Indonesia was going for a sweep and the championship against winless Hi-Tech-Thailand in the second game.

Malaysia, which narrowly lost to Indonesia, 88-86, Friday, clobbered Thailand, 101-78, in Saturday’s other game.

The Philippines beat Indonesia for the title last year in a playoff after losing to the host squad in the eliminations. Organizers changed the format this time to a straight single round affair.

With Nigerian Sam Ekwe again barred from playing, Harbour-RP had little chance against the Indonesians, who struck hardest through their imports, 6-foot-8 Jemino Sobers and 6-foot-7 Alexander Hartman.

But the 6-8 Ekwe, who plays for San Beda College in the NCAA back home, was not even allowed to sit on the bench after the Filipinos failed to secure a clearance from the Nigerian Basketball Federation in accordance with a FIBA requirement.

“Our game plan was for Sam to take on either of the imports, with help coming from my other big men,” said coach Jorge Gallent.

“How can you beat that team, with more than half of its output scored by the imports? Sam’s presence alone would be a big factor. It has been my strategy right from the start to let Sam concentrate on defense and for the locals to take care of the scoring.”

“Mike (Le Blanc) was of not much help,” added Gallent, pointing out that the 29-year-old American was just a last-minute replacement. “He’s just too slow.”

Hartman and Sobers scored 19 of Indonesia’s 29 first-quarter points while Beau Belga, Richard Alonzo and import Le Blanc tried in vain to contain them.

Indonesia took a 31-21 lead early in the second quarter, increased this to 54-40 at halftime and stayed in front for good from there.

Harbour-RP went on to make only 21 of 34 charity tries and just 4 of 18 three-pointers. Indonesia dominated the boards as expected, 47-37, and had more assists, 17-9.

“We refused to lose because this tournament is for the Philippines,” said Tang, who is joining the PBA draft late this year.

The scores:

SM BRITAMA-INDONESIA 93—Hartman 27, Sobers 26, Achmad 10, Prihantono 8, Sondakh 7, Situmorang 6, Wijaya 4, Jati 3, Gunawan 2, Sitepu 0, Kurniawan 0, Sunarko 0.
HARBOUR CENTRE-RP 85—Castro 23, Tang 22, Le Blanc 14, Belga 13, Chan 5, Vergara 4, Fernandez 2, Gaco 2, Ababou 0, Alonzo 0, Malabanan 0.
Quarters: 29-21; 54-40; 71-62; 93-85

The_Big_Cat
04-07-2008, 10:41 AM
The SBP should have done a better job in preparing the required documents or certification for the imports especially Sam Ekwe.

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 05:21 AM
Harbour-RP settles for No. 2 (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04082008/sports01.html)
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
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JAKARTA—At one point, the Harbour Centre-Philippine team faced the specter of finishing the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup below its expectations.

In the end, however, the Nationals—lineup decimated and all—were able to dig themselves out of a hellhole. And even if somebody else was already sitting on their throne, they proved in their own way they were still the team to be reckoned with in the tournament.

Jason Castro led a balanced Harbour Centre attack with 21 points, and the Philippines bounced back from a spirit-deflating loss the previous day to beat National Basketball League-Malaysia, 89-79, Sunday at the Satria Mudra-Britama Arena.

Indonesia took away Harbour Centre’s championship Saturday, fully exploiting its import advantage over the Filipinos in a 93-85 score. It appeared Malaysia was going to deal the Philippines a déjŕ vu Sunday after it took a thin, but nonetheless tense, two-point lead at halftime.

Then Castro worked his magic yet again and his teammates finally found their perimeter game cooperating with them this time, as the Nationals raced to a 29-19 scoring binge in the third quarter to take over the driver’s seat for good.

Proving the Filipino basketball talent was still superior against its Southeast Asian neighbors, Harbour Centre won the game playing with only one foreign reinforcement who wasn’t even on the floor much while it faced credentialed imports from Malaysia.

“I think the team adjusted well with the roster handicap,” Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said, referring to the Sam Ekwe hullabaloo. “When we were playing Indonesia, the team was still feeling the emotional effects of Sam’s absence. But we were able to adapt better against Malaysia.”

And the Nationals were able to shoot better as well. For the first time in three games, somebody else taller than six feet was hot on his outside stroke.

Jonathan Fernandez ably backed up the diminutive duo of Castro and TY Tang with his long-range bombs as he buried four three-pointers that pushed Harbour Centre back in front in the third. Fernandez led a bench production that had a 29-5 scoring advantage versus Malysia.

But it was Castro’s kamikaze forays, spiced with a little flamboyance, that took the lights out of the Malaysians.

In one play, Castro was dribbling a few times between the legs, with import Chris Kuete right in front of him. Kuete took a step back anticipating a drive but Castro hoisted a three-pointer. Kuete was still able to jump and get a hand on Castro’s face, but the triple had already gone in hitting nothing but net.

Castro was also without a turnover in 29 minutes, second most on the team. Fernandez finished with 19 points, while import Mike LeBlanc had 10. LeBlanc, who had been outplayed by his counterparts in Indonesia and Malaysia, only played 20 minutes Sunday.

The Nationals witnessed another strong showing by opposing imports as Kuete, a Cameroonian, and Ben Knight, an Australian, combined for 52 points and 28 rebounds.

The Philippines finished with a 2-1 record and second behind Indonesia. Third-place Malaysia (1-2) and cellar-dweller Thailand (0-3) completed the standings.

While he lauded his team’s efforts, Romero chastised the organizers in the Ekwe crisis.

“This is the way they want to beat the Philippines? Well, they’ve succeeded,” Romero said, alluding to the organizers’ decision to bar Ekwe from playing. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the only way they’re going to beat us.”

Romero reiterated his commitment to the RP national cause. He said preparations for the Jones Cup in July will be underway soon. Junel Baculi, the team consultant here, will assume the post of head coach.

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 05:33 AM
Harbour-RP 2nd sa SEABA Champions Cup (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-08&sec=7&aid=55260)
April 08, 2008 06:00 PM Tuesday*
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JAKARTA--Umiskor si Jason Castro ng 21 points at ang outside shooting na nawala sa Harbour Centre-Philippine team sa naunang laro ay nagbalik upang ibasura ng Nationals ang Malaysia, 89-79, sa Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup noong Linggo sa Satria Mudra-Britama Arena.
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Ang tagumpay ay pormal na nagbigay ng second place finish sa mga Pinoy na dinaramdam pa rin ang madamdaming pagkatalo sa Indonesia noong Sabado. Kontra sa Malaysia, ang pinakamataas na makukuha ng Nationals ay runner-up, isang pagtatapos na hindi sumagi sa isipan ng Harbour Centre nang su-mabak sa torneo.* * *
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Subalit ayaw rin nilang matalo noong Linggo.
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Maganda pa rin ang nilaro ni Castro, kung saan pinangunahan niya ang koponan sa scoring sa ikalawang pagkakataon sa tatlong laro, subalit ang pagkakaiba, ang isang local player na nasa labas ng Castro-TY Tang loop ay nagkaroon ng malaking kontribusyon sa opensa.* * * * *

Nagbuhos si Jonathan Fernandez ng 19 points at nagsalpak ng apat na three-pointers at na-outscore ng* Nationals ang Malaysia, 29-19, sa third quarter tungo sa panalo.
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“I commend the boys for what they’ve shown,” wika ni Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero. “All of them played their hearts out and although we were short-handed, we were still able to finish the tournament on a positive note with the win.”
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Nagtapos si Chris Kuete, isang Cameroon student na naglaro bilang import para sa Malaysia, ng may game-high 33 points. Pumangatlo ang Malaysians at kulelat ang Thailand.
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Tampok sa matikas na performance ni Castro ang 2-of-3 mula sa three-point zone. Humugot din siya ng apat na rebounds at nagbigay ng dalawang assists sa 29 minutong paglalaro.
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Hindi pinaglaro ng organizing committee si dating NCAA MVP Sam Ekwe makaraang mabigo ang San Beda star na makakuha ng player clearance certificate mula sa kanyang home country–Nigeria.
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Tinangka nina Harbour team manager Erick Arejola at Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Patrick Gregorio na kuwestiyunin ang ruling ng organizing committee kung saan binigyang-diin nila na si Ekwe ay isa lamang exchange student at hindi isang professional athlete.
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Ang kanilang apela, gayunman, ay hindi pinakinggan.
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Ang nakapagtataka, si SEABA Secretary-General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock ay nagpakita sa laro ng Philippines at Malaysia makaraang hindi sumipot sa all-important showdown ng Nationals laban sa Indons noong Sabado.
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“We were supposed to appeal Ekwe’s case to him but he did not come. Now, he’s here,” ani Gregorio.
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* * Iskor:
* * *Harbour Centre (89)- Castro 21, Fernandez 19, Tang 11, Belga 10, LeBlanc 10, Chan 8, Gaco 4, Vergara 4, Alonzo 2, Ababou 0, Malabanan 0
* * * NBL-Malaysia (79)- Kuete 33, Knight 19, Soo 16, Tan 6, Ooi 3, Chow 2.
* * *QS: 14-21, 36-40, 65-59, 89-79

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 05:58 AM
RP-Harbour trips Malaysia, finishes 2nd (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008040790)
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
http://philstar.com

JAKARTA – Harbour Centre-Philippines yielded the seventh SEABA Champions Cup to host Indonesia but salvaged some measure of pride with a runner-up finish following an 89-79 whipping of Malaysia at the Britama Arena here Sunday.

The Batang Pier overcame the splendid games of Malaysian imports Chris Kuete and Benjamin Knight as they recovered from a shaky first-half stint to seize control in the third quarter en route to the victory.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, the coaching staff and the players were to return home yesterday, convinced they lost the championship only by technicality.

“This is the only way they can beat us. We should know better next time. We should be aware that these things happen,” said Romero, disappointed over Sam Ekwe’s failure to play in the three-day, four-nation competition.

The Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) leadership didn’t bother to discuss the Philippines’ appeal on Ekwe’s case since secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock only showed up when the Philippines-Malaysia game was already in progress.

Technical chief Lee Kwak Wan, a Malaysian like Dato Yeoh, maintained that the Nigerian player won’t be allowed to play minus a clearance from the Nigerian basketball federation.

But in what had become a fierce battle for runner-up honors, the Filipinos still proved to be better over the Malaysians as they played with an all-local crew most of the way.

Jason Castro, easily the best local player in the tourney, displayed another superb game with 21 points, four rebounds and one assist. Jonathan Fernandez had a breakout game, firing two triples and totaling 19 points, while Tyrone Tang, Beau Belga and Michael LeBlanc each added at least 10.

LeBlanc, a former mainstay of UConn and Vanderbilt, struggled from Day One.

“No question, Filipino players are still the best in the region,” said former RP team coach Boyzie Zamar, who called the shots for the National Basketball League selection of Malaysia in the tournament.

“The boys have already adjusted playing minus Ekwe. Against Indonesia, they were shocked with something they didn’t expect to happen. They were well prepared to battle the Indons with Ekwe to play a vital role,” said Romero.

Kuete came through with 33 points and 18 rebounds while Knight added 19 points and eight rebounds for Malaysia. But Batang Pier countered with a more balanced offensive game.

Harbour Centre-RP outscored Malaysia in the second half, leading by as many as 14 in one stretch before cruising to victory for second place behind the Satria Muda-Britama Indonesia team of SEABA president Eric Toehir.

The Indons dethroned the Filipinos, 93-85, Saturday. The host team, reinforced by explosive imports Alex Hartman and Jemino Kamal Sobers, completed a sweep of the tournament with an 89-69 rout of Hi-Tech Thailand, also Sunday.

This early, the Harbour Centre owner* has vowed to get back at the Indons in the SEABA Champions Cup, the SEABA men’s championship and the SEA Games next year.

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 06:01 AM
Satria to play FIBA championship (http://www.thejakartapost.com/node/165616)
,* ,* * |* Mon, 04/07/2008 11:17 AM* |* Sports
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Satria Muda Britama of Indonesia earned a ticket to the FIBA Asian Champions Cup, on defeating Hi-Tech of Thailand 89-69 in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) championship Sunday at Kelapa Gading Sportsmall, North Jakarta.

Satria, winner of the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) last year, topped the tournament standings after defeating defending champions Harbor Centre of the Philippines and Malaysia in earlier matches.

"This achievement is beyond our expectations as we initially aimed at a quarterfinal finish in the tournament," Satria Muda coach Fictor Gideon Roring said.

Satria, along with Harbor Centre, will represent the Southeast Asian region at the FIBA Asian Champions slated for May 8-16 in Kuwait.

Fictor, however, warned that the Asian event would clash with the scheduled IBL semifinals and finals.

Former Indonesian national team member Fictor said his team would likely miss the Asian event as it needed to defend its title at home.

FIBA Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock said he would discuss the issue with SEABA president Erick Thohir of Indonesia to seek a solution to the problem.

In the Sunday game, Satria's key player, Amin Prihantono, posted seven three-pointers out of 17 attempts and two assists.

Hi-Tech guard Padhipat Kanokamornisjn excused his team loss due to poor preparation.

He said his team only had two weeks practice before playing in the tournament.

Later that day, defending champions Harbor Centre beat Malaysia 89-79 to finish second.

Malaysia took a 40-36 lead in the first two quarters of the game, thanks to its aggressive forward Chris Kuete of Cameroon who scored 33 points, two assists and 18 rebounds.

Malaysia, however, could not maintain its momentum as Harbor Centre players led by William Jayson bounced back to grab the last two quarters and win the game. (JP/ind)

Sam Miguel
04-08-2008, 09:00 AM
I can't believe we were unable to defend the SEABA Crown. We sent the PBL champion Harbour Centre Batang Pier with a talented and athletic lineup. We went up against Southeast Asian rivals. How hard could it possibly be to beat these guys? So now we've missed the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. What exactly does that mean for us now, we can't even make the next Asian Games or the next FIBA Asia Men's Seniors?

gameface_one
04-08-2008, 09:08 AM
Harbour-RP settles for 2nd in Seaba tilt

Filipinos finish behind Indonesia

By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:02:00 04/08/2008


JAKARTA—The Harbour Centre-Philippine team arrived here as the overwhelming favorite but went home with the silver medal after beating National Basketball League-Malaysia, 89-79, Sunday night at the close of the 7th Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup at the BritAma Arena.

The Filipinos, unable to field Nigerian Sam Ekwe due to lack of a FIBA clearance, also beat Hi-Tech-Thailand on Friday, 99-63, but lost to eventual champion SM Britama-Indonesia the following day, 93-85.

As expected, Indonesia routed Thailand, 89-69, in Sunday’s second game to complete a three-game sweep and clinch its first title in the tournament.

Last year, the Indonesians prevented the Filipinos from sweeping the elimination, 79-74, but eventually lost in the title match, 85-67.

Minus Ekwe, Harbour-RP relied on so-so second import Michael James Le Blanc, who was unable to stop his Indonesian counterparts.

“It’s not the result that we wanted but there are circumstances beyond our control,” said Harbour-RP coach Jorge Gallent, referring to Ekwe’s failure to play.

“The players played their most relaxed game today (Sunday), they were no longer tentative.”

Against the Malaysians, the Filipinos trailed by as many as 10 points, 28-18, early in the second quarter but quickly wrested the upperhand, 29-28, on an 11-0 run anchored by Jonathan Fernandez, Le Blanc, Jeff Chan and Al Vergara.

Malaysia’s import Chris Kuete and Wendha Wijaya joined hands in the last four minutes of the period to give the lead back to their squad, 40-36, at the half.

Malaysia, coached by former national mentor Boyzie Zamar, held on to the driver’s seat until Harbour-RP, thanks to the hot shooting of Tyrone Tang, Jayson Castro and Beau Belga, wrested the lead for good, 52-45.

Team owner Mikee Romero lamented the fact that the Philippines lost the title off the court.

Romero could not hide his disappointment last Saturday that Seaba organizers didn’t consider the fact that efforts to reach the national basketball association of Nigeria to get Ekwe’s clearance went for naught.

He said Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock was nowhere to be found during their match against Indonesia but showed up Sunday during the second quarter of the RP game.

“It was the only way they can beat us. They succeeded,” Romero said.

When Malaysia reduced RP’s lead to 58-54, Castro immediately stopped the rally with a triple and a lay-up to widen the gap to 63-54.

After a free throw by Malaysia, Jerwin Gaco converted his own charities for RP’s first double-digit spread, 65-55, 36.1 seconds to go before the final quarter.

Another Castro three-pointer pegged RP’s biggest lead at 14 points, 83-69, with two and a half minutes remaining.

Romero also noted that if Harbour-RP were to represent the Philippines anew in international competitions, they should be ready to adjust quickly to unforeseen events.

“As the Philippine team, we should know better,” said Romero. “We should be able to adjust on the spot. Against Indonesia, it took us two quarters to adjust to a game plan without Ekwe. By then, it was too late.”

Against the import-less Thais, Indonesia’s coach Fictor Gideon Roring didn't find the need for imports.

Roring said they didn't expect to win the championship.

Bronze medalist Malaysia lost to Indonesia on opening day, 88-86, before beating Thailand on Saturday, 101-78.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE-RP 89—Castro 21, Fernandez 19, Tang 11, Le Blanc 10, Belga 10, Chan 8, Vergara 4, Gaco 4, Alonzo 2, Ababou 0, Malabanan 0.
NBL-MALAYSIA 79—Kuete 33, Knight 19, Soo 16, Tan 6, Ooi 3, Chow 2, Lau 0, Wee 0, Ng 0, Yiek 0, Loh 0, Koh 0.
Quarters: 21-14; 36-40; 65-59; 89-79

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 12:23 PM
RP rips Malaysia; Indons win crown (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports4_april8_2008)
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HARBOUR Centre-RP 5 overcame the absence of collegiate star center Samuel Ekwe to beat Malaysia, 89-79, and finish second behind undefeated Indonesia in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association championships in Jakarta.

Ekwe was not allowed to play due to an apparent snafu by the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which failed to secure the required clearance for the San Beda Center mainstay from the Nigerian basketball association.

With its win over Malaysia, the RP Team clinched a place in the Fiba Champions Cup in Kuwait from May 8 to 16 and helped redeem some lost prestige caused by their defeat at the hands of host Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama, the current Indonesian Basketball League champions.

The Jakarta Post reported that defending champion Harbour Centre was down, 36-40, against Malaysia at the half due largely to the efforts of Malaysia’s Cameroon import, 6’4” Chris Kuete. The aggressive forward finished with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists.

But the Jakarta Post reported that the Malaysians, who were coached by Boysie Zamar, the former amateur national team coach, failed to maintain their momentum and the Philippine amateur league champions bounced back with a vengeance behind the excellent effort of William Jayson to eventually prevail by 10 points, 89-79.

Ekwe was not allowed to even sit on the Philippine team bench since he had failed to obtain the required clearance from his home country Nigeria’s basketball association, which is a requirement of Fiba.

It was also pointed out that BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio had written to both the Nigerian Basketball Association and Fiba Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, but reportedly received no response.

Gregorio’s apparent mistake was in not directly informing Fiba about his letter seeking clearance for Ekwe to play and enclosing a copy of his letter so that if the Nigerian Basketball Association failed to respond, Fiba could have allowed Ekwe to see action. His absence in the lineup created problems for Harbour Centre, which had to battle teams like Indonesia and Malaysia with two imports each. Ronnie Nathanielsz

mr_reteche
04-08-2008, 12:29 PM
Come on guys this loss is no big deal. all teams has to loose sometimes and ei this is what's wrong with Filipinos, we have these thougth that we are still gods of basketball (in SEA) which is kinda mesianic and illogical because we tend to think our inffaliability in the sport. to warm our hearts, SM (not indonesia because it does not represent indoneisan bball as a whole) won due to two amazing imports which ( if you count ther scores) made more than half of the points of th eteam. (hellur). in fact i like that indonesai won because it brings us back to reality like that of the US team. (many americans still cannot accept defeat, they even said that in FIBA games rims are lower compared to the NBA, stupid Americans). Filipinos are still the best in HOOPS and indonesia is jsut second fiddle without their imports. i am porud of the HC team. good luck mikee. and may the BAP perish forever. (graham lim please get out of the country)

The_Big_Cat
04-08-2008, 12:30 PM
Second place finish is not bad. We'll get them next time. Learning lesson for Pato Gregorio.

abcdef
04-08-2008, 01:54 PM
I have this feeling that BAP will use it against tha BAP-SBP

Schortsanitis
04-08-2008, 02:07 PM
I think Yeoh, that Malaysian official at FIBA, set up a "trap" to embarass Pato Gregorio politically.

It makes me think that Yeoh is in cahoots w/ the likes of Graham Lim & Prospero Pichay. Anybody know if those people really are in good terms w/ each other?

salsa caballero
04-08-2008, 03:47 PM
Sounds like a really plausibel conspiracy theory. After all, it will serve these foreign neighbors' purposes if we continue to play ball with patsies. I agree, I hope the BAP and its last minions shrivel and disappear...

The_Big_Cat
04-08-2008, 06:51 PM
I have this feeling that BAP will use it against tha BAP-SBP


The "disgruntled Villafuerte" could use this to attack the "good guys" of Philippine Basketball.

amdgc82
04-08-2008, 09:11 PM
I think Yeoh, that Malaysian official at FIBA, set up a "trap" to embarass Pato Gregorio politically.*

It makes me think that Yeoh is in cahoots w/ the likes of Graham Lim & Prospero Pichay.* Anybody know if those people really are in good terms w/ each other?


Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia and Graham Lim are both members of FIBA-Asia Central Board (2006-2010). Yeo is the secretary-general while Mr. Lim is the zone representative representing South East Asia.