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full battle gear
04-17-2008, 02:30 PM
This event will be held on May 1-5, 2008 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Paricipating countries are Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore.

full battle gear
04-17-2008, 02:35 PM
Schedule of Games

May 1
6.00pm Thailand vs Indonesia
8.00pm Opening Ceremony
8.30pm Malaysia vs Philippines

May 2
7.00pm Philippines vs Thailand
9.00pm Singapore vs Malaysia

May 3
7.00pm Indonesia vs Singapore
9.00pm Malaysia vs Thailand

May 4
7.00pm Thailand vs Singapore
9.00pm Philippines vs Indonesia

May 5
6.00pm Singapore vs Philippines
8.00pm Indonesia vs Malaysia
10.00pm Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation

amdgc82
04-18-2008, 03:03 AM
RP-Malaysia in youth opener (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/0418&192008/sports02.html)
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph

THE Philippine young men’s team begins its campaign in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship for Junior Men against host Malaysia at the start of the tournament on May 1.

Thailand and Indonesia open the five-nation tournament, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, as they collide in the opening game.

Next in line for the young Filipino dribblers are the Thais on May 2. The wards of coach Franz Pumaren then take a break on May 3. The 18-under RP squad faces Indonesia on May 4, before wrapping up its campaign against Singapore on May 5.

The top team after the single-round elimination will be declared champion.

Pumaren has yet to trim his 19-man pool as he awaits the arrival of two Filipino-Americans discovered during the team’s two-week training at the Joe Abunassar camp in California.

Expected to join the team are six-foot-seven Norbert Torres, who hails from Canada, and Kyle Pascual, a six-foot-six burly forward-center. Ian Sangalang from Pampanga was also the latest addition to the training pool.

Pumaren plans to bring a 15-man roster to Malaysia and will decide on the final 12 on the eve of the tournament.

The Philippine youth team is the heavy favorite in the tournament, although Pumaren is wary about the lack of intelligence reports on their opponents.

“We really have no time to scout them. We’ll just maximize what we have and see what adjustments we [can] do,” Pumaren said.

Pumaren said they got wind that Malaysia has a six-foot-seven naturalized player on its lineup.

Also in the training pool are Jed Manguera, Mark Lopez, Joseph Marata, Frank Golla, Philip Paredes, Joel Tolentino, Gabriel Banal, Jeric Teng, JP Mendoza, Jairold Flores, Joseph Terso, Jerome Ramos, Ryan Garcia and Joven Mendoza.

The team, if it wins in Malaysia, will advance to the Fiba-Asia Youth tournament in Iran in September, a qualifier for the 2010 World Youth Olympics.

thadzonline
04-18-2008, 08:32 AM
Do we have info on the other teams' rosters?

gameface_one
04-18-2008, 08:56 AM
Youth 5 opens SEABA campaign vs Malaysia

By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

The Nokia RP Youth team will be facing four challengers in the sixth SEABA junior men championship, starting its campaign versus host Malaysia on May 1 at the MABA gym in Kuala Lumpur.

The youth tournament will be a short one round-robin affair like in the recent SEABA men’s championship in Ratchaburi, Thailand, the SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima also in Thailand and the SEABA Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the team with the best record after the event automatically declared champion.

Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are the three other teams entered in the competition serving as qualifier for the FIBA-Asia youth championship in Tehran, Iran late this year.

The RP juniors of coach Franz Pumaren take on the Thais on May 2, the Indons on May 4 and the Singaporeans in the final day of competition on May 5.

Pumaren is hopeful they can dominate the tourney especially with the addition of two foreign-based Filipino young behemoths in Norbert Torres from Toronto, Canada and Kyle Pascual from California, USA.

Participation in the ongoing PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup, Pumaren said, could also hone up the team looking to regain the Asian youth crown the country last won in 1981 under the program of then basketball project director Danding Cojuangco.

Meanwhile, SBP nominations and elections committee chairman Ely Capacio said only about five additional organizations were able to submit complete documents for active membership in the national cage body which will have its general assembly and elections on May 31.

"A big number of organizations submitted papers but still failed to comply with the full requirements," said Capacio who presided the committee meeting Thursday.

stonecold316
04-18-2008, 06:07 PM
Youth 5 opens SEABA campaign vs Malaysia


Goodluck sa team, Hopefully they will win the tournament.

stonecold316

AnthonyServinio
04-19-2008, 12:40 AM
* * *THE tournament format calls for a single round among the five participating teams.* It is an ambush waiting to happen.* Should the Philippines lose any game, its championship hopes are more or less dashed and they have no chance of revenge in a championship game.

* * *Of course, the Filipino kids are entering the tournament with a bullseye painted on their backs.* All the teams will try to best to beat the Filipinos, legal or otherwise.

* * *I see the hand of Malaysian Dato Yeoh in this, a known crony of Chinese illegal alien Graham Lim, with the ultimate goal of embarassing the BAP-SBP leadership.

* * *The Philippines should go all out and blast their opponents away on the court thus leaving no doubt of their championship!

thadzonline
04-22-2008, 02:32 PM
sana ayos na lahat yang papers ni Torres and Pascual baka hanapan na naman ng butas

amdgc82
05-01-2008, 04:45 AM
Without a clue (http://businessmirror.com.ph/05012008/sports03.html)
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
THU MAY 1, 2008
www.businessmirror.com.ph

THE Philippine men’s under-18 team is staring at a blank wall when it plunges into action tonight in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship for Junior Men at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association Gym in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The RP Youth team of head coach Franz Pumaren faces host Malaysia in the main game of the five-nation tournament, with the multititled mentor admitting that he has no idea how their rivals play.

“We did not have time to scout them so we’ll just take care of ourselves and maximize what we have right now,” said Pumaren in a previous interview.

Assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said that their only information of the Malaysian team is it has a couple of tall players, led by half-American and six-foot-six center Edward Alexander.

“That’s the only information we have on them, but we’re more concerned with our team although in the past few weeks, we have seen improvements on them and hopefully it would continue,” said Arespacochaga.

The coaching staff actually made a decision already for its final roster, deciding to place Mark Lopez of University of the Philippines, Jovet Mendoza of National U (NU) and Philip Paredes of Sacred Heart Cagayan de Oro on the reserved list.

Frank Golla, a six-foot-six center from Ateneo, has been named the team captain, while Ryan Roose Garcia of Far Eastern U is cocaptain.

Making the team were Gabriel Banal of Xavier School, Joseph Terso of NU, Joel Tolentino and six-foot-two Samuel Joseph Marata of University of the Philippine Integrated School, six-foot-one Mark de Guzman of College of St. Benilde, six-foot-one Jed Manguera of De La Salle-Zobel, six-foot-four Ian Sangalang of Pampanga, six-foot-one JP Mendoza of Tarlac, six-foot-six Canadian-raised Filipino Norbert Torres and six-foot-six California-bred Kyle Pascual.

The team attended a two-week training at the Joe Abunassar basketball camp in California in March, and played as a guest squad in the Philippine Basketball League.

The last time the young Filipino dribblers won the crown was in 2004.

Pumaren said the addition of Pascual and Torres boosts the team’s frontline.

“That’s one area we are lacking before they came in. Now, we have the size to match up our opponents,” said Pumaren. “But my major concern for this team is how to play with consistency. Hopefully, we can correct this problem before the tournament.”

The top two teams in this tournament advance to the Fiba-Asia 18-under cagefest in Iran this September.

amdgc82
05-01-2008, 08:04 AM
RP Youth five debuts vs host Malaysians (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080501-133813/RP-Youth-five-debuts-vs-host-Malaysians)
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:50:00 05/01/2008

MALAYSIA—RP Youth coach Franz Pumaren had talked about his team’s mission countless times. And the multi-titled mentor can only hope that the country’s young and finest hoop talents have picked up his message.

“We’re going into the competition with only one thing in mind, and that is to try to win the gold,” said Pumaren. “I hope we can really perform up to par and deliver what we’re expected to do.”

The Nokia Philippine Youth Team hits the international floor for the first time Thursday night in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship for Junior Men here, with Pumaren believing his players have shaken off their pre-tournament jitters.

“I’d like to think the players are more confident now,” said Pumaren. “It’s one of the things we were looking for during our (tune-up) games the past months.”

Pumaren expects a tough debut for his boys against host and defending champion Malaysia in their 8:30 p.m. tussle at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

The match comes after the inaugural game between Thailand and Indonesia at 6 p.m. and the 30-minute opening ceremony. Singapore sits out the first day of the five-nation tourney.

The young nationals—spearheaded by team captain Frank Golla Jr. and tall Filipino-foreigners Norbert Torres and Kyle Pascual—haven’t seen their first opponents despite practicing in Kuala Lumpur since Monday.

Malaysia is reportedly led by naturalized 6-foot-7 player Alexander Edward, plus a couple of 6-6 cagers.

“We have some idea, but we’re not exactly sure how they play and what’s their strength,” said Pumaren.

Samuel Joseph Marata, Mark Joel de Guzman, Gabriel Banal, Jed Manguera, Ryan Roose Garcia, Ian Sanggalang, Joseph Terso, Jaypee Mendoza, Joseph Tolentino round up the 12-man roster. Reserves are Mark Lopez, Jovet Mendoza and Philip Paredes.

Although the 18-under lineup is a mix of UAAP and NCAA standouts, the squad is mainly pinning its hopes on the 6-7 Torres and 6-6 Pascual, two foreign high school stars with Filipino roots who have been with the team since last month.

“I’m confident of our chances,” said Torres, the 18-year-old recruit averaging five blocks a game for Mother Teresa High School in Toronto.

D_I_A
05-01-2008, 12:51 PM
GOOD LUCK BOYS!!! BEAT THEM ALL!!! :)

amdgc82
05-02-2008, 04:58 AM
RP-Nokia 5, Franz expecting worse (http://businessmirror.com.ph/0502&032008/sports02.html)
By Jun Lomibao
Editor
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines was to meet host Malaysia late Thursday and what kept head coach Franz Pumaren worried was that he would be going to a war zone aware of the possible scenarios, but not about how strong or weak the enemy would be.

“Just like in a war, we don’t still have the idea of how they [opposition] trained and prepared [especially for us],” said Pumaren two hours before his wards went to battle in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men’s Championship at the Maba Gym here.

“But we have prepared well enough for this tournament…but we would be expecting the worse,” added Pumaren, who draws inspiration from his memories of 1986, when he was with the Ron Jacobs-coached national team that last won for the Philippines the Asian Basketball Confederation men’s crown.

The RP Youth, backed by Nokia through the TAO Corp. headed by Julio Sy Jr., who joined the nationals at the Olympic Hotel Thursday, arrived here Monday and had two three-hour practice sessions, which Pumaren described as dealing more with the mental rather than the physical.

“It’s really the first game we are worried about, and after that, we would be getting the feel of the opposition,” said Pumaren.

Indonesia was to meet Thailand at 6 p.m. Thursday before a brief opening ceremony, after which the Filipino boys, culled from a nationwide and meticulous search by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, take on the Malaysians at 8 p.m.

All games in the short tournament that ends Tuesday are scheduled in the evenings. On Friday the Philippines meets Thailand at 7 p.m., takes a break on Saturday, battles Indonesia at 9 p.m. Sunday and, finally, Singapore at 8 p.m. Monday.

Save for having just good looks at the other teams’ players at the dining hall of the Olympic Hotel where all delegations are billeted, Pumaren and company have not seen their enemies play at all.

“We could only base our strategy so far [Thursday] on the body language of the players,” said Pumaren.

Malaysia, because of the home crowd, remained tops in the minds of the Philippine coaching staff. “They have players who are six-foot-seven, six-foot-eight, and we continue to suspect they indeed have one naturalized player,” said Pumaren.

Besides playing at home, Pumaren said the Malaysians have prepared well for the tournament, having formed its team since April last year.

Pumaren would be starting against the Malaysians and the rest of the field with Norberto Bryan Torres, Samuel Joseph Marata, Mark Joel de Guzman, Ryan Roose Garcia and Frank Golla Jr.

“Basically, we will be using this rotation for the rest of the tournament,” explained Pumaren.

The Philippines is back to regain the crown in the biennial tournament it last won in 2004 in Dumaguete City, with Jason Castro (Harbour Centre), Ogie Menor (San Beda) and James Martinez (University of the East) heading the successful campaign.

But with the International Basketball Association of Fiba suspending the Philippines after that for some two years because of ugly intramurals in the BAP, the Philippines could not defend in 2006 with Malaysia winning the crown also here in Kuala Lumpur.

amdgc82
05-02-2008, 05:15 AM
RP jr cagers face Malaysia in opener (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080502123408.html)
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
www.mb.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Nokia Philippine Youth squad faces its Malaysian counterpart late Thursday night hoping its recent extensive training will give the team enough muscle for a strong finish in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Junior Men.

"Our one goal is to win the gold. Our players trained hard for this and we are ready to take the challenge," coach Franz Pumaren said prior to the team’s departure for this Malaysian Capital last Monday.

The team, mostly made up of collegiate dribblers from Manila, lost all its eight matches against more experienced players in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) back home but Pumaren is confident that the exposure gave his players the needed experience for the grind ahead.

Pumaren said his stalwarts have become more flexible and already know how to take advantage of their height.

Leading the Nationals in their campaign in this five-nation, single round competitions are Fil-Canadian Norbert Torres, Gabriel Banal and Samuel Marata.

The 6-foot-7 Torres has proven his worth by holding his ground against the experienced players from the PBL during the team’s eight-game stint in the league.

Torres, one of two Fil-foreign players inserted into the team following its stint in the US early last month, normed 14 points and 9 rebounds in the PBL.

The other Fil-foreign player in the team is Kyle Pascual. The 6-foot-6 Pascual is a Fil-Am.

"Their presence (Fil-foreigners) boosts the morale of the team. The team is is now mentally tough and can adjust to situations," Pumaren said.

Other members of the team are FEU’s Ryan Roose Garcia, National University’s Joseph Terso, University of the Philippines Integrated School’s Joel Tolentino, College of St. Benilde’s Mark de Guzman, De La Salle-Zobel’s Jed Manguera, Ian Sangalang of Pampanga and JP Mendoza of Tarlac.

The top two teams in the single-round champion will earn berths to the FIBA-Asia Youth Championship set in September in Tehran, Iran.

The Iran tournament will serve as a qualifying tournament for the World Youth Olympics slated two years from now.

After Malaysia, the Nationals meet last year’s runner-up, Thailand, on Friday before taking a break on Saturday. The squad resumes its campaign against Indonesia on Sunday and Singapore the following day.

The last time the Philippines won the title was in 2004 in Lucena City, where then junior players Jayson Castro and Ogie Menor bannered the Nationals.

amdgc82
05-02-2008, 05:22 AM
RP Youth all pumped up to regain SEABA crown (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008050152)
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, May 2, 2008
http://philstar.com

KUALA LUMPUR – Even without the benefit of scouting, coach Franz Pumaren expressed confidence the Nokia RP Youth team has a solid chance of reclaiming the SEABA junior men’s championship, saying he has prepared the team for the worst.

“We have no idea what kind of teams we’re playing. We just saw them (the other teams) on the reception during the fellowship night. But based on the body language of our players, they look confident enough to face whatever scenario,” said Pumaren, hours before the opening of the five-day tourney among Southeast Asian neighbors.

The RP boys were to play the host Malaysians late last night. Pumaren and his staff intended to scout the Singaporeans and the Thais who were to slug it out in the curtain-raiser.

“We’re facing a blank wall against the Malaysians. At least against the Thais, we’ve already seen them play when we tackle them tomorrow (today at 7 p.m.),” he said.

The Thais were runners-up to the Malaysians in the last SEABA men’s championship. They’re playing under American coach Felton Sealy, who is* very familiar with basketball in the region, having coached the Malaysian and the Thai men’s teams.

Singapore and Indonesia are the other two teams entered in the event serving as the regional qualifier for the Fiba-Asia youth joust in Tehran, Iran in September. The top two teams in the tourney gain seats in the Asian championship.

“All the teams are about even in built. The Malaysians are pretty tall, having a 6-foot-6 and a 6-foot-7 players. They also have a player with a foreign-sounding name in Edwards but he looks like a local,” said Pumaren.

“My worry is the first game because I don’t have the slightest idea about the Malaysian team. Perhaps, it’s a conscious effort on their part to schedule the RP-Malaysia game right on opening day. They were probably thinking they have the home-court advantage, the homecrowd and they may just surprise the team,” Pumaren added.

But Pumaren stressed his belief that he has prepared the team for any eventuality.

“We came here early and had two sessions of practice.

It was more of mental approach, no more running and everything,” said Pumaren.

Pumaren has in his disposal Fil-foreign players Kyle Nicolas Pascual and Norberto Bryan Torres and homegrown talents Ian Paul Sangalang, Ryan Roose Garcia, Jed Manguera, Jaypee Mendoza, Samuel Joseph Marata, Frank Golla Jr., Mark Joel de Guzman, Joseph Emmanuel Tolentino, Gabriel Banal and Joseph Terso.

The starters are Torres, Golla, Marata, De Guzman and Garcia.

Incidentally, Kuala Lumpur was the site of the last championship of the Philippines in the Asian level.

Pumaren was with Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma in the Ron Jacobs-mentored RP team that ruled the 1986 ABC men’s championship.

amdgc82
05-02-2008, 05:48 AM
Malaysians set modest target of top three finish
By AFTAR SINGH
Thursday May 1, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are aware that the field is stronger this time in the South-East Asia (Seaba) junior boys’ basketball championship and they have set a modest target of finishing among the top three in the five-team competition, beginning today at the Maba Stadium.

The other teams in the fray are the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

The last championship in Segamat involved only three teams and Malaysia emerged as the champions.

National coach Tan Kok Heng said: “For this tournament, all he teams will be at full strength and they are well-prepared for the challenges. The Philippines did not play in the 2006 tournament. But this time, they are the favourites with a team who had gone on a two-month training stint to the United States.”

Malaysia open their campaign tonight (8pm) against the Filipinos.

Kok Heng said that he hoped his players, who have been in training for almost a year, would be able to give the Philippines a good run.

“The national team did not go for any overseas stint. Prior to the tournament, we played one friendly match against Garuda of Indonesia here recently,'' he said.

Kok Heng added that the Thai team under the charge of Felton Seeley would also be a team to watch. American Seeley was the former coach of the Malaysian national team.

The top two teams in the tournament get to compete in the Asian qualifying tournament in Iran in September.

The national squad: Hii Hieng Yik, Ma Chee Kheun, Lim Kok Seng, Ooi Beng Seang, Tan Kok Lim, Gan Hong Hoong, Chong Juin Wip, Ong Chun Khee, Kuek Tian Yuan, Kwaan Yong Jing, Gan Han Sin, Heh Boon Pin.

Scout
05-02-2008, 07:21 AM
RP Youth blasts Malaysia 98-65 after being down 41-45 at the half.

:)

amdgc82
05-02-2008, 11:52 AM
Filipinos outplay title-holders Malaysia in SEABA opener
By AFTAR SINGH
Friday May 2, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Philippines sounded an early warning to their rivals when they outclassed defending champions Malaysia 98-67 in the SEABA boys’ junior basketball championship at the Maba Stadium here last night.

The Filipinos, who did not compete in the last meet in Segamat in 2006, trailed 43-47 in the first two quarters.

But the Philippines, who underwent a two-month training stint in the United States prior to the tournament, showed tremendous fighting spirit and maturity to hit back and take a comfortable 72-51 lead in the third quarter.

Cheered by the 100-odd crowd, the Philippines romped home in the fourth quarter for a 31-point win.

http://thestar.com.my/archives/2008/5/2/sports/s_57ong.jpg
No way out: Ong Chun Khee (centre) trying to get past three Filipino players during the SEABA junior championship yesterday. The Philippines won 98-67. – By AZMAN GHANI/The Star

Ong Chun Khee was the top scorer for Malaysia with 23 points while Gabriel Banal contributed 16 points for the Philippines.

Apart from the defeat, there was further bad news for Malaysia when Kuek Tian Yuan was carried out of the court with a hamstring injury midway through the third quarter.

National coach Tan Kok Heng blamed his boys’ lack of focus in the third quarter for the defeat.

“I don’t know why my boys lost focus in the third quarter ... it affected our game. They also looked exhausted. Two of my players also suffered muscle pulls during the match,” said Kok Heng.

Malaysia will face Singapore today.

In an earlier match at the same venue, Thailand hammered Indonesia 82-50.

Five teams, including Singapore, are competing in the tournament and the top two will qualify for the Asian qualifying tournament in Iran in September.

RESULTS

Thailand 82 Indonesia 50.

Malaysia 67 Philippines 98.

l TODAY’S FIXTURES

Philippines vs Thailand – 6.00pm.

Singapore vs Malaysia – 8.45pm.

geo
05-02-2008, 11:55 AM
I'm confident that our boys can handle the thais and indons as well as the singaporeans. With the training they got from the U.S. and the recent stint in the PBL, they are in a very good condition. The malaysain was in poor condition, it showed when our boys started to press them, they tire almost ammediatly and at the 4th quarter, two malaysian players suffered cramps.

gameface_one
05-02-2008, 08:39 PM
Breaking News: We won against Thailand; 92-76. Tolentino, JP Mendoza, and Torres played well. Details to follow. - from Pato Gregorio.

D_I_A
05-02-2008, 08:57 PM
Breaking News: We won against Thailand; 92-76. Tolentino, JP Mendoza, and Torres played well. Details to follow. - from Pato Gregorio.





That's great news! i just hope it'll be televised here in manila for all of us to see.

Schortsanitis
05-02-2008, 09:56 PM
A short clip of the Malaysia vs. RP match in the 2008 SEABA U18 tournament:

(Originally posted on the Interbasket forums by "Onizuka01")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MqdiwhSvz4

CM_Punk
05-03-2008, 08:17 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080503-134236/RP-boys-crush-Malaysia

SEABA YOUTH HOOPS
RP boys crush Malaysia

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:28:00 05/03/2008

KUALA LUMPUR--It took just one brilliant stretch for the Philippines to leave host and defending champion Malaysia shell-shocked.

Faced with a double-digit deficit early on, the Nokia Philippine Youth Team applied one of Philippine college basketball's most vaunted defensive weapons in the second half for a 98-67 walloping of Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship for Junior Men Thursday night at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

The 18-under squad snatched the game from Malaysian control with a smothering defense authored by its coach that ignited a 29-4 comeback for a 72-51 advantage in the third period.

Forward Gabriel Banal played a huge role in the rally, knocking in nine of his team-high 16 points there to help the Nokia RP squad dig its way out of an early 12-point hole, 15-27, and take a 69-51 spread with 1:41 remaining in the third canto.

Starting guard Mark Joel de Guzman also proved to be a steady presence, chipping in seven of his 11 markers in that crucial stretch where the RP defense held Malaysia scoreless for over six minutes.

The defensive ploy was the trademark press that helped national coach Franz Pumaren capture five UAAP championships with La Salle.

"I think we really showed what we're capable of," said Pumaren. "We gave them the nightmare La Salle press. They just scored four points in the third quarter."

Before the defensive gem that forced Malaysia to commit consecutive turnovers and fumble its inbounds, the young nationals missed eight of 17 free throws in the opening quarter and muffed too many close-range shots at the paint.

But apparently, the Filipinos sorted everything out in their halftime huddle.

"I told them that I thought Malaysia played its best already," said Pumaren. "That's the best that they can give, and in spite of us playing our worst game, we were only down by four (at the break). I think it's also a testament to the maturity of the players. When things were not going our way, we didn't panic. We still regrouped and we were able to trim down the lead.

"We were tight. These kids are under 18 and this is the first international exposure for them."

After trimming the margin to 47-49, the nationals unloaded a 20-0 outburst for a 67-49 edge behind the 17-year-old pair of De Guzman and Banal, whose father Alaska assistant coach Joel Banal cheered from the gallery.

Filipino-American Kyle Pascual, Frank Golla and Joseph Tolentino also rode on the momentum to maintain a 30-point gap, 95-65, in the final three minutes.

Another telling factor was the nationals' tip-top conditioning compared with the Malaysians, who lost at least four players due to cramps.

"That showed we lost to a better team," said Malaysia coach Tan Kok Heng. "We know what they were doing, but our boys were probably tired. That cost us the game. We lost our concentration in the third and fourth quarter."

"I've been telling them we're in better shape than those guys," noted Pumaren, who's assisted by his younger bother Dindo, Sandy Arespacochaga, Jack Santiago and American strength and conditioning trainer Dan Rose. "It's a good thing we really prepared the players."

Thailand also posted an 82-50 rout over Indonesia in the opener of the five-nation tournament that will send the top two finishers to the Fiba Asia youth championship in Iran this September.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 98--Banal 16, De Guzman 11, Pascual 10, Tolentino 9, Torres 9, Marata 9, Garcia 9, Sanggalang 7, Golla 7, Manguera 5, Mendoza 4, Terso 2.

MALAYSIA 67--Shun 23, Hong 11, Chee 6, Yong 6, S. Kok 5, Juin 5, Beng 4, L. Kok 3, Tian 2, Hieng 1, Han 1, Boon 0.

Quarters: 19-27, 43-47,72-51, 98-67

CM_Punk
05-03-2008, 08:18 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008050282

RP Youth crushes Malaysia
By Nelson Beltran
Saturday, May 3, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR – The Nokia RP Youth team came out full of fire from the halftime break, totally outclassing Malaysia in the final half for a 98-67 rout at the start of the seventh SEABA junior men’s championship at the MABA gym here Thursday night.

The RP juniors fired on all cylinders in the third quarter, clamping down on the Malaysians on defense and scoring heavily on transition plays in a big turnaround from their sluggish first half.

Gabriel Banal, Mark Joel de Guzman, Frank Golla, Norberto Torres and Joseph Emmanuel Tolentino starred for the Nokia RP squad as they put their act together in the third period, outscoring the badly stunned host team, 29-4.

“We’re tight in the first half maybe because it’s our first international game. But we were confident we can pull it off because we’re down by only four at the half even as the Malaysians have obviously put in their best effort,” said coach Franz Pumaren.

The Malaysians pressed from the start and that proved to be their biggest mistake as they could no longer keep up with the Nokia RP team when the Filipinos put up their own pressing defense in the second half.

Three Malaysians in Juin Wip, Tian Yuan and Han Sin weren’t able to finish the game due to severe cramps. Juin and Tian were still down on the sidelines long after the game was over.

Malaysian coach Tan Kok Hi admitted the gambit backfired. “My players got tired. But I can’t make that as an excuse, I have big respect for the Philippine team. They’re the better team.”

The RP Juniors had some anxious moments in the first half, trailing by as many as 12, 15-17, as they took sometime to get their game going.

They played catch-up from the start and finally pulled even only at 47-all on back-to-back baskets by the 6-foot-7 Torres and Jaypee Mendoza to start the second half.

Stepping up their press before cheering Filipino fans led by benefactor Jun Sy of Tao Corp., the RP juniors raced to a 67-49 lead and never looked back.

“There’s no reason to celebrate yet because the mission is not yet over,” said Pumaren whose boys were up next against Thailand last night.

The Thais, handled by American coach Felton Sealy, walloped the Indonesians, 82-50, in the other game Thursday.

Guard Chun Khee, his stocky built belying his eligibility in this 18-under tourney, proved to be a big problem for the Filipinos early on, coming through with baskets from all angles..

He scored a game-high 23 points but he himself struggled on the efficient defense put up by the Filipinos in the final half.

Gabriel Banal, son of long-time national player and now Alaska assistant coach Joel, fired 16 points leading the Nokia RP team in a well-balanced scoring.

The Xavier High product, an incoming freshman at La Salle-Taft, made nine points in the third period.

The RP juniors, despite having the smaller frontline, dominated the battle of the boards, 46-25 with Torres, Pascual and Sangalang each pulling down at least seven rebounds. The three went up against Malaysian behemoths Yong Jing, 6-foot-9, and Tian Juan, 6-foot-8.

amdgc82
05-03-2008, 08:41 AM
Malaysia back in the hunt with huge win over Singapore (http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2008/5/3/sports/21144134&sec=sports)
By AFTAR SINGH
Saturday May 3, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Malaysia bounced back from their opening day defeat to the Philippines to trounce a hapless Singapore 101-47 in the SEABA boys’ basketball championship at the Maba Stadium last night.

Malaysia are now back in the hunt for a top two finish in the tournament, which will enable them to qualify for the Asian qualifying tournament in Iran in September.

Malaysia, who lost to the Philippines 67-98 on Thursday, were aggressive against the Singaporeans and took a comfortable 30-4 lead in the first quarter before extending it to 58-13 in the second.

Malaysia continued to pile on the points for an 89-30 lead in the third quarter before slowing down the pace in the final quarter.

Ooi Beng Seang and Ong Chun Khee were the top scorers for Malaysia, contributing 17 points each.

National coach Tan Kok Heng said their real challenge would be against Thailand today.

“Our hopes of finishing in the top two hinges on the outcome of this tie. The Thais gave the Filipinos a good fight and they will definitely be going all out to get the better of us,” said Kok Heng.

The Philippines defeated Thailand 92-76 in the other match yesterday.

RESULTS

Philippines 92 Thailand 76,

Singapore 47 Malaysia 101.

TODAY'S FIXTURES

Indonesia vs Singapore (7pm)

Malaysia vs Thailand (9pm)

The_Big_Cat
05-03-2008, 11:36 AM
Sana makita natin itong mga bata in Television? They are really impressive.

wiljoe
05-03-2008, 11:54 AM
We are expected to win against our neighbors. The real test would be against the top teams in Asia (China, Korea, Lebanon, Iran...)

D_I_A
05-03-2008, 06:55 PM
Malaysia's defeat is our country's Sweet Revenge to what SEABA President DATO YEOH's sabotaging in our championship bid in the SEABA Champions Cup. He's been a known BAP and Graham Lim ally. >:(

amdgc82
05-04-2008, 07:26 AM
RP Youth cagers notch 2nd win (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-05-04&sec=7&aid=58402)
May 04, 2008 07:51 PM Sunday
www.journal.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR – The Nokia-RP Youth team scored a second straight win by whipping Thailand, 92-76, and stayed as the only unbeaten team in the 7th SEABA junior men’s championship Friday at the MABA gym here.

For the second straight game, the Filipinos got off to a slow start, only to pick up their tempo midway in the second quarter following an emotional prodding by coach Franz Pumaren during a break

That was all the team needed to assert its might over the Thais and notched its second win in a row in as many games.

Joseph Emmanuel Tolentino of UP Integrated School topscored for the team with 18 points and 5 assists while Norberto Torres, Ryan Roose Garcia and Jaypee Mendoza finished in double figures with 14 points each.

The 16-point victory came less than 24 hours after the young Filipinos whipped defending champion Malaysia, 98-67, in a game where the RP squad also struggled in the first two quarters.

The RP juniors take a respite in the 18-under cage tournament Saturday before resuming their campaign today with a game against Indonesia. Then they take on Singapore in the final day of the meet (May 5).

The Filipinos trailed the Thais at the end of the first period, 20-21, and appeared to be just coasting in the game when Pumaren called it enough and gave them a tonque lashing on the bench.

“You are the better team. You are better trained, better conditioned. You are more talented,” said Pumaren shouting at the top of his voice. “But your Thai opponents are playing with a bigger heart right now. They are playing like they want this more than you do.”

That was enough to prop up the Filipinos and outscored the Thais the rest of the quarter, 26-15, giving them a 46-36 lead at halftime.

Game over from there.

“These boys are now benefiting from the training and experience that they got from their exposure in the PBL,” admitted RP team assistant mentor Dindo Pumaren, referring to the 8-game exposure the RP juniors had when they played in the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup.

“Hindi sila bineybi doon. Now they are tougher and able to take a lot more pressure,” Dindo added.

The Thais suffered their first loss in the meet following an 82-50 rout of Indonesia in the opener.

The top team at the end of the single round robin automatically wins the title, although the champion and the runner up will represent the Southeast Asian Region in the FIBA-Asian Youth Championship in Iran this September.* * * * *

The scores

Nokia-RP (92) — Tolentino 18, Torres, 14, Mendoza 14, Garcia 14, De Guzman 9, Sangalang 8, Pascual 6, Marata 5, Golla 4, Manguera 0, Terso 0, Banal 0.

Thailand (76) — Sukhdave 18, Phanuwat 15, Nuttapol 13, Nattakarn 10, Kitiwat 6, Kongkrit 6, Danupop 3, Woraphat 3, Bandit 2, Monvit 0, Teerasak 0, Pongsagorn 0.

Quarterscores: 20-21, 46-36, 62-57, 92-76.

amdgc82
05-04-2008, 07:55 AM
RP Youth still unbeaten in SEABA tilt (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080503123)
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, May 4, 2008
http://philstar.com

KUALA LUMPUR – The Nokia RP Youth team is now halfway through to a return stint in the Asian championship.

The RP juniors overcame Thailand’s tough challenge on a strong finish, hacking out a 92-76 win in Day Two of the seventh SEABA men’s junior championship at the MABA gym here Friday night.

Joseph Emmanuel Tolentino, grandson of the late Senator Arturo, and Jaypee Mendoza took turns in starring for the team, sparking decisive assaults leading to their second straight victory following a 98-67 rout of the Malaysians on Thursday.

Tolentino scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth period while Mendoza made 12 of his 14 in a seven-minute stretch bridging the last two quarters.

Fil-Canadian center Norberto Torres and FEU guard Ryan Roose Garcia put in their share early on, both also finishing with 14 as the RP juniors remained the only unbeaten team heading into the halfway point of the five-day regional elimination.

The RP juniors, bankrolled by Nokia and Tao Corp. under president Jun Sy, were to take a break yesterday before returning to action versus Indonesia at 9 p.m. today. Malaysia and Thailand were to figure in a virtual fight for second place last night.

Handled by American coach Felton Sealy, the Thais waged a tough fight in the first three quarters but faded away as the Filipinos stepped up their game in the payoff period.

Coach Franz Pumaren was happy with the win but dissatisfied on the way his players played.

“We’re overconfident. Probably the thinking was that the Thais would just give it to us. We ran away from our system and we woke up only towards the end of the third quarter. We definitely can play better than that,” said Pumaren.

Sealy, a former Phoenix Suns draftee who’s long been coaching in the Southeast Asian region, said his boys played well but lost to a better team in the end.

The Thais, playing a physical game, took the first quarter at 21-20 and were still very much in the contest at 63-66 before Tolentino and Mendoza – both off-the-bench players – presided over an attack pushing the Nokia team way ahead at 92-70.

Mendoza, fresh high school graduate from Tarlac, took charge late in the third when everything was not going well for the team.

“He’s undersized as a forward but he’s a workhorse. He’s one tough kid who never backs down against anybody. He always provides us the spark that’s why I prefer to have him coming off the bench,” said Pumaren of the 6-foot-3 forward with the built of Marc Pingris.

Mendoza went 7-of-8 from the field and added six rebounds in only 11 minutes of action.

Tolentino, an incoming senior at UP Integrated School, also came through with five assists and two steals in a solid all-round job, following his nine-point game against the Malaysians.

Mark Joel De Guzman continued to be the team’s toughest backcourt defender, getting away with six steals that went with nine points. He was unable to finish the game, though, due to cramps.

amdgc82
05-04-2008, 08:20 AM
RP 5 turns back Thailand (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080503-134416/RP-5-turns-back-Thailand)
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:56:00 05/03/2008

KUALA LUMPUR -- THE PHILIPPINES seems to draw the best out of its opponents. Luckily, the challenge also squeezes out fine performances from its young nationals.

The Nokia Philippine Youth team, getting offensive spark from a 17-year-old guard in the closing minutes, turned back tough Thailand, 92-76, Friday night and stayed as the only unbeaten squad halfway through the 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship for Junior Men at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

Point guard Joseph Tolentino unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the final seven minutes to trigger a decisive spurt that finished off the Thais and secured the Filipinos’ second straight triumph.

The Thais threatened within three points twice in the final half only to be turned back by Tolentino and forward Jaypee Mendoza.

“We were surprised by the performance of Thailand,” national coach Franz Pumaren admitted. “I think they really played well. I think it’s their best game so far in this tournament.”

The 5-foot-9 Tolentino -- grandson of former Philippine vice president Arturo Tolentino and son of ex-pro bowler Vicar -- also dished out five assists and a couple of steals just a day after contributing nine points in the Filipinos’ come-from-behind 98-67 triumph over defending champion Malaysia.

“Before going into this game, the boys were kind of overconfident, if I may say,” said Pumaren.

“They think that Thailand was just going to give the ballgame to us and get intimidated. But they (the Thais) really played well. We just woke up in the latter part of the third quarter,” he added.

“What happened is we ran away from our system. Some of the guys, their egos got involved, so we struggled a bit. I think we’re a better team than what we showed. We can do much better than that.”

Mendoza, a 6-foot-2 Tarlac standout who’ll be suiting up for University of the East, finished with 14 points, including a string of six that boosted the 18-under squad’s lead to 62-55 after the Thais had closed in at 56-53.

When the Thais again trimmed the margin to 66-63 early in the fourth period, a Tolentino three-point play ignited a 12-2 run that lifted the Filipinos ahead for good, 77-65, with five minutes left.

“We did the best we could; I thought it came down to fitness,” said American coach Felton Sealey, who was tapped to form the Thai youth squad just a month ago. “[The RP Team] is in great shape and the players have a tremendous amount of confidence as they made the big shots when they had to. They took care of the ball and we didn’t.”

Guard Ryan Roose Garcia got off to a strong start, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the first half on top of five rebounds and three assists to lift the nationals to a 46-36 halftime advantage.

Filipino-Canadian Norbert Torres shone in the third period to finish with 14 points and six rebounds.

“The problem right now is every time we play, [our opponents] will be playing their best because we showed in the tournament that we’re now the barometer,” said Pumaren.

The Philippines only needs one more win to clinch a slot in the Fiba Asia youth championship in Iran this September.

Host Malaysia, stunned in the opener by the nationals’ gritty defensive game, shared second place with Thailand at 1-1 after routing Singapore, 105-47, in the other game. Singapore and Indonesia now tote 0-1 slates.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 92—Tolentino 18, Mendoza 14, Torres 14, Garcia 14, De Guzman 9, Sangalang 8, Pascual 6, Marata 5, Golla 4, Manguera 0, Terso 0, Banal 0.

THAILAND 76—Ghogar 18, Jintanakwichai 15, Montananuchart 13, Muangboon 10, Boonmema 6, Panthai 6, Piboonvattanavong 3, Panklom 3, Lakhan 2, Phisitbutr 0, Susabay 0, Tipsout 0.

amdgc82
05-04-2008, 08:30 AM
Malaysia down Thailand to stay in hunt for second place
By AFTAR SINGH
Sunday May 4, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Malaysia put up a gutsy display to defeat Thailand 85-68 for their second consecutive win in the SEABA boys basketball championship at the Maba Stadium here last night.

With the win, Malaysia have a good chance of finishing second in the five-nation meet. The top two finishers in the meet will compete in the Asian qualifying tournament in Iran in September.

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It’s mine: Malaysia’s Ong Chun Khee (left) vying for the ball with Thailand’s Montananuchart Nuttapol and Muangboon Nattakarn during the SEABA boys championship last night. Malaysia won 85-68. – SIA HONG KIAU / The Star

Malaysia, who won the tournament in 2002 and 2006, however, had to stave off a strong challenge from Thailand, who are trained by former Malaysian coach American Felton Sealey, before prevailing.

The erratic Malaysians trailed 13-24 in the first quarter before storming back to level at 37-37 in the second quarter.

Thailand rested sharp-shooter Sukhdave Ghogar in the third quarter after he had committed four fouls in the second quarter. Another foul and he would have been out of the match.

In his absence, Malaysia took a 39-37 lead at the start of the third quarter and from then on dominated the match to win by 17 points with Ong Chun Khee the top scorer with 28 points.

The Philippines, who won the first two matches against Malaysia and Thailand, are tipped to win the tournament.

National coach Tan Kok Heng said that he was delighted with his charges for their fighting spirit.

“I was a bit upset in the first quarter as we made several errors and were trailing. But we managed to overcome Thailand, who are our biggest hurdle in the tournament.

“We are just one match away from finishing second in the tournament to qualify for the Asian qualifiers in Iran,” said Kok Heng.

Malaysia take on Indonesia tomorrow.

“I am confident that we will give our best to beat Indonesia,” said Kok Heng.

Indonesia are last in the standings after losing their second straight match. Indonesia, who lost to Thailand in the first match, were beaten 50-68 by Singapore yesterday.

Results:

Indonesia 50 Singapore 68;

Malaysia 85 Thailand 68.

Today:

Thailand vs Singapore (7.00pm);

Philippines vs Indonesia (9.00pm).

Schortsanitis
05-04-2008, 10:41 AM
There were some reports that cited that one or two of the Malaysian Youth players look a bit more "mature" for an 18-year old (ahem).

With this loss to the RP Youth team, though, I sort of get the feeling that we might end up seeing more "mature" 18-year olds from other teams come the next Youth tournament. After all, if 1-2 "mature" 18-year olds are not enough to help them win against us, then more of these "mature" 18-year olds might do the trick.

In the past, the Philippines was, admittedly, guilty of sending "mature" 18-year olds into these Youth tournaments. I wonder if that will return back to haunt us later.

korn666333
05-04-2008, 10:51 AM
MAGLAGAY NAMAN PO KAU NG CHANNEL KUNG SAN MAKIKITA...

SAYNG KUNG LARO NG LARO TAPOS DI MAKIKITA NG MGA TAO DITO SA PINAS...

JonarSabilano
05-04-2008, 11:35 AM
MAGLAGAY NAMAN PO KAU NG CHANNEL KUNG SAN MAKIKITA...

SAYNG KUNG LARO NG LARO TAPOS DI MAKIKITA NG MGA TAO DITO SA PINAS...


Reminder lang: Sa internet, hindi maganda tingnan kung all caps ang message. Pasigaw ang turing doon.

To answer your question, I don't think the SEABA Games will be shown on TV here. The thing is, pagdating sa mga international tournament, umaasa lang ang mga local network natin sa feeds coming from networks in the host country. Malaysian TV apparently doesn't see any reason why they would televise the games, so puwede lang tayo umasa sa mga report sa diyaryo.

The_Big_Cat
05-04-2008, 11:58 AM
MAGLAGAY NAMAN PO KAU NG CHANNEL KUNG SAN MAKIKITA...

SAYNG KUNG LARO NG LARO TAPOS DI MAKIKITA NG MGA TAO DITO SA PINAS...


Reminder lang: Sa internet, hindi maganda tingnan kung all caps ang message. Pasigaw ang turing doon.



Ikaw naman.
Have you ever thought that he might have a "special disability problem"? ;D

Guardian Angel
05-04-2008, 10:28 PM
Where is Paredes?

amdgc82
05-05-2008, 05:59 AM
WITH THE TOUGH OPPOSITION OUT OF ITS WAY, IS SEABA YOUTH TITLE…
Safe in RP-Nokia’s hands? (http://businessmirror.com.ph/05052008/sports01.html)
By Jun Lomibao
Editor
http://businessmirror.com.ph
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KUALA LUMPUR—At 2-0 in a five-team field and with the strength—and especially the weakness—of Indonesia and Singapore no longer a mystery, the RP-Nokia Youth team could very well be labeled as champions of the seventh Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men Championship.

But for head coach Franz Pumaren and his battery of staff who would not leave anything to chance, the job is not done yet. In fact, they intend to go all-out in their two remaining games against the Indons at 9 p.m. Sunday and the Singaporeans at 6 p.m. on the last day, Monday at the Maba Gym here.

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We’re still going to play hard,” said Pumaren Sunday noon, as the entire delegation celebrated the 45th birthday of team manager and TAO Corp. head Julio Sy Jr. at the Seri Angasa revolving restaurant atop the Kuala Lumpur Tower. “I believe the boys are going for a clean slate and we are going for the juggernaut.”

The Philippines was champion of the Seaba Junior Men in 2004, but was unable to defend in 2006 because of the International Basketball Association (Fiba) suspension on the country that lasted almost two years.

“We are considering our last two games as carryovers to the Asians,” explained Pumaren. “We don’t want to create bad habits here. We want to end the campaign on a winning note.”

In this championship for young men aged 18 or younger and where the top two would advance to the Fiba-Asia level in September in Tehran, the Filipinos have become not only the favorites but the barometers of sorts. And that’s what’s keeping the team on its toes for its last two outings.

“We have shown what we could do, and we have become the barometer here. That’s why every team here would like to play its best when it plays us,” said Pumaren. “And with that, we could not relax.”

Malaysia was a scare in the first two quarters on opening day Thursday, but then, the hosts went for the aggressive press early and could not last long enough and lost, 98-67. In that game where the Filipinos were calculating and furious from all over, three Malaysians suffered cramps one after the other—and so did their bid to top the event on home soil.

The Filipinos were no different Friday against the Thais, coached by a familiar American face in the region—Felton Sealy, a former Phoenix Suns draftee.

Against the Thais, though, the Filipinos were very much on their toes early and went on to book their second massacre, 92-76.

And all of a sudden, the competition was reduced to which team would join the RP-Nokia Youth five in the Iran continental championship—where the topnotcher would advance to the worlds.

Malaysia made sure—as what it looked forward to when the rules were changed in a manner that the top two, and not just the champion, would advance to the Fiba-Asia championship—that it would be representing the region with the Philippines.

Backed by a boisterous and flag-waving home crowd and already armed with the lesson of not pressing early to be in shape all four quarters, the Malaysians blasted away at the Thais, 85-68.

On the same Saturday night when the Filipinos spent the day off watching movies at the mall and savoring home-cooked adobo prepared by former broadcaster now Kuala Lumpur-based Teresa Guanzon, the Singaporeans, the youngest-looking among the five participants, sent the Indons reeling, 68-50.

With two playing days to go, the Philippines was alone on top unscathed and looked to sweeping the tournament; Malaysia was at second, secured of the trip to Iran; Singapore could go home with some pride with 1-2; and Indonesia would need to deeply evaluate its junior program with 0-2.

Skipper has sweep in mind

FRANK GOLLA, the team captain, was quick to thank the coaching staff—Pumaren, his brother Dindo, Raul Mario Lacson, Sandy Arespacochaga, Gerardo Santiago and Dan Rose—for his inclusion on the team.

But halfway through the job, Golla, nephew of ex-pro and multititled coach Joel Banal and cousin to Banal’s son Gabriel, who is also with the team, would want that sweep.

“We’ll even play harder,” said Golla. “It would be sweet if we sweep.”

Inspiring poem from manager’s son

AFTER that sumptuous buffer lunch at the KL Tower, Sy opened a short talk by reading a poem his 13-year-old son Jay wrote only on Saturday.

Everyone on the entire delegation was moved by the poem, and eventually were delighted by Sy’s surprise—everyone on the team would receive an extra month’s allowance for May, when they get back to the Philippines and to their respective families, and would be joining TAO Corp.’s annual vacation in Bangkok in June.

Besides his wife Pia and his other kids Sage and Annika, Sy was also joined here by TAO Corp.’s Ito Lopa, the hard-working assistant team manager, Val Victa and Joey Lopa.

On hand to assist the team is Pato Gregorio, executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, and Art Aro, also of the BAP-SBP, as well as Vicar Tolentino, son of the late vice president Arturo Valentino, whose son Joseph Emmanuel has been lethally manning the point for the team.

amdgc82
05-05-2008, 06:22 AM
Big sweep looms for RP Youth (http://www.malaya.com.ph/may05/spor6.htm)
www.malaya.com.ph

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KUALA LUMPUR. — Armed with a 2-0 record in a five-team field, with just Indonesia and Singapore standing on its path, the title is considered in the bag for the RP-Nokia Youth team competing in the seventh Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men Championship here.

Head coach Franz Pumaren and his staff, however, is not leaving anything to chance. They intend to go all out in their game against the Indons at 9 p.m. Sunday and the Singaporeans at 6 p.m. on the last day of tournament Monday at the MABA gym here.

"We’re still going to play hard," Pumaren stressed at noon of Sunday as the delegation celebrated the 45th birthday of team manager and TAO Corp. head Julio Sy Jr. at the Seri Angasa revolving restaurant atop the Kuala Lumpur Tower. "I believe the boys are going for a clean slate and we are going for the juggernaut."

The Philippines bagged the title in the 18-under tournament in 2004 but failed to defend the crown in 2006 because of the International Basketball Association suspension on the country that lasted almost two years.

"We have shown what we could do and we have become the barometer here. That’s why every team here would like to play its best when it plays us," said Puramen. "And we can’t relax."

Malaysia gave the team a big scare in the first two quarters last Thursday but failed to respond when the Filipinos battled en route to a 98-67 win. In their next game against the Thais on Friday, the Filipinos booked a 92-76 win.

A sweep looms, with the RP team assured of playing in the Iran continental championship, to be joined by the second-place team here.

Backed by a boisterous and flag-waving home crowd, the Malaysians blasted the Thais 85-68 last Saturday. In the other game, the Singaporeans sent the Indons reeling 68-50.

amdgc82
05-05-2008, 06:27 AM
RP Youth not giving an inch in title quest (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080504114)
By Nelson Beltran
Monday, May 5, 2008
http://philstar.com

KUALA LUMPUR – Though up against lowly rivals, the Nokia RP Youth team intended to work harder in its last two games in the seventh SEABA junior men’s championship with one eye fixated already on the Asian championship.

The RP juniors were to seek the title-clincher against Indonesia last night and go for a four-game sweep against Singapore at the close of the regional elimination at the MABA gym here today.

“We’re considering our last two games as carryover to the Asian championship. We don’t want to create bad habits. We want to end our campaign here on a winning note,” said coach Franz Pumaren.

After getting past Malaysia and Thailand, the RP juniors took a break Saturday, held a light practice Sunday morning then attended a Mass hours before the game against the Indons where they could clinch the crown and a seat in the Asian championship in Tehran, Iran in September.

Host Malaysia could well end up the other Southeast Asian team to play in the Asian championship as it walloped Thailand by 20 points Saturday.

Indonesia, winless in two games, should be easy picking for Nokia-RP but the Filipinos, nonetheless, promised not to take the Indons for granted.

In fact, the players had an agreement to exert extra effort to try to limit the Indons below 45 points as a gift to chief benefactor Jun Sy of Tao Corp. on his 45th birthday.

“We’ll not think that we’re 2-0 and they’re 0-2. We’ll play even harder as our birthday present to Mr. Sy,” said team captain Frank Golla of Ateneo.

Sy hosted lunch at the Kuala Lumpur Tower Sunday and thanked the coaching staff and the players for making him part of this endeavor.

Anticipating a sweep by Monday, the soft-spoken sports patron announced an incentive of an extra one-month allowance plus a trip to Bangkok, Thailand next month.

During lunch, Sy also shared to the team a touching poem about bonding written by his son Jay. It was Jay’s birthday gift to his father, thanking Jun Sy for exposing him and developing their bonding through sports.

By Jun Sy’s side were his wife Pia and two other kids Sage and Annika.

Also present were Tao Corp. people Val Victa, Ito Lopa and Joel Lopa and the Banal, Golla, De Guzman, Tolentino and Manguera families.

Everyone agreed, though, that the team’s job is not yet over, and that the last two games present opportunity for the team to improve further.

“As you’ll notice, we’re still practicing. We really don’t want to create bad habits which these boys could carry on. Instead, we’ll try to build our character even more in the last two games,” said Pumaren.

amdgc82
05-05-2008, 06:39 AM
RP Youth 5 'still lacks killer's instinct' (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080505-134601/RP-Youth-5-still-lacks-killers-instinct)
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:24:00 05/05/2008

KUALA LUMPUR – There's no pleasing national coach Franz Pumaren just yet, even if his 18-under squad looked poised to capture the crown in the 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship for Junior Men here.

"The team made an agreement that even if we win, we would still [keep our] focus," said Pumaren. "We're still going to play hard. It's only in the bag if we play against four guys. We're all five guys playing on court, anything can happen. What if [our last two opponents] nail all their attempts."

Yet the Nokia Philippine Youth Team showed it can rise from adversity.

Twice it subdued a tough challenge in the first half by employing Pumaren's trademark defensive press and orchestrating huge comebacks in the closing period.

By finishing strong, the Filipinos scored back-to-back routs over host and defending champion Malaysia and Thailand. The Malaysians went down, 98-67, in the Thursday opener and the Thais succumbed, 92-76, on Friday.

The young nationals will shoot for the crown against Singapore Monday night.

Going into its match against Indonesia Sunday, the Philippines led the way at 2-0, while Malaysia stood second at 2-1 after repulsing Thailand, 85-68, Saturday night.

Thailand fell to 1-2, while Singapore scored its first win in two games via a 68-50 drubbing of winless Indonesia.

The top two teams in the single-round tournament will qualify for the FIBA Asia Youth championship slated in Iran this September.

"I've been telling the boys that if we're boxers, we're just doing some jabs," said Pumaren. "We're not doing a 1-2-3 combination to knock out the opponent right away.

"That shouldn't be the case. We're not that good a team to be doing that. And it's a bad habit for the team and for the players if we continue doing it."

Among Pumaren's wards, guards Mark Joel de Guzman and Joel Tolentino and 6-foot-7 Fil-Canadian Norbert Torres are proving to be the most consistent.

A 17-year-old recruit from the College of St. Benilde, the 6-foot De Guzman averaged 10 points and four steals in his first two outings.

Tolentino of University of the Philippines Integrated System normed 13.5 markers, but played an even more sensational game against Thailand. The grandson of former Vice President Arturo Tolentino and son of ex-pro bowler Vicar collected a team-high 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Despite being a late acquisition from Toronto, Torres made a quick impact by dominating the paint with 13 points, 6.5 boards and 2.5 blocks per game.

"I'm fortunate we all have nice kids in the team," said Pumaren. "Walang matigas ang ulo (No one's hard-headed). Even our Fil-Am and Fil-Canadian, they're very nice and coachable."

amdgc82
05-05-2008, 09:21 AM
Malaysia going all out for a good win over Indonesia
By LIM TEIK HUAT
Monday May 5, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can afford to lose the final match against Indonesia in the SEABA boys' basketball championship at the Maba Stadium here tonight and still earn qualification to the Asian Junior Championships in Iran in September.

But coach Tan Kok Heng does not want his boys to have such thoughts when they take to the court tonight.

He wants his charges to play with pride and go all out to secure a good win against Indonesia.

“Although this is only the first time they were playing together as a team, I am proud that they have put up good performances,” he said.

“Our defence made all the difference with their controlled approach against the Thais and I want them to keep playing this way.

“We are virtually assured of finishing in the top two but I hope they will not let their guard down against Indonesia.

“We are stronger than them but we will treat each team with respect and Indonesia are no exception.”

Forward Ong Chun Kee played a sterling role in contributing 28 points in Malaysia's win over Thailand on Saturday.

He is expected to play a big role to help Malaysia confirm the runners-up spot in the championship tonight.

After losing their opening match 67-98 to the Philippines, Malaysia bounced back with victories against Singapore (101-47) and Thailand (85-68) in the five-nation championship.

Thailand completed their campaign last night by beating Singapore 73-54. The Thais have two wins and two defeats. They also beat Indonesia 82-50 but lost to the Philippines 76-92.

The Filipinos cruised to a comfortable win over Indonesia last night to stay unbeaten. They are expected to beat Singapore today to claim the title.

Malaysia, who won the tournament in 2002 and 2006, were not in action in the fixtures yesterday.

Results:

Thailand bt Singapore 73-54,

Philippines bt Indonesia 123-43.

Today's matches:

Singapore vs Philippines (6pm),

Indonesia vs Malaysia (8pm).

stonecold316
05-05-2008, 05:26 PM
Not yet in the bag – Pumaren
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

KUALA LUMPUR – Franz Pumaren, head coach of the Nokia Philippine Youth team, allowed his boys to watch a movie yesterday, but cautioned against falling into a false sense of security with still two matches remaining in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Juniors Championship.

"The crown is not yet in the bag," Pumaren warned. "Anything can still happen. We just cannot afford to be overconfident. We’re still going to play hard."

After disposing of defending champion Malaysia and Thailand, the Filipinos are virtually assured of the championship with only lightweight Singapore and Indonesia standing in their way.

But Pumaren is not taking chances, pointing to some areas where the team still needs to polish.

"There is a need to improve in the execution of our plays," said Pumaren. "Sometimes being young, these kids tend to make some sideshows. There’s always time for that."

Pumaren is being assisted by his brother Dindo, and mentors Sandy Arespacochaga, Jack Santiago and American Dan Rose, said.

The multi-titled collegiate coach, however, acknowledged the Nationals’ two victories and let his boys enjoy the day off.

"They deserve it. I think the boys had worked hard enough since January," Pumaren said.

The Filipinos lead the five-nation tournament with a 2-0 card, followed by Malaysia with 2-1. Thailand and Singapore each has a 1-2 record.

Formed several months ago, the team trained for two weeks in the United States and played eight games in the Philippine Basketball League.

GHRanger
05-05-2008, 10:41 PM
From AP.com
RP YOUTH SINK SINGAPORE 96-55! SWEEPS SEABA YOUTH TOURNAMENT!!!

Congratulations to the Team, Coaches and Staf! Next stop Asian Championships for Junior Men!

Sai
05-05-2008, 11:15 PM
yahoooo!! nice one rpyt!!
rock on!!
next lvl and the main event: fiba aisa youth championship on sept. i think
i think we have enough time to train and scout for cooler guys
ok let's pray that they will have a good performance in that tournament!

GO RP TEAM!!

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 06:36 AM
RP-Nokia 5 runs rings around Indonesia, wins by 80 (http://businessmirror.com.ph/05062008/sports01.html)
By Jun Lomibao
Editor
http://businessmirror.com.ph
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KUALA LUMPUR—The RP-Nokia Youth team plainly and simply manhandled Indonesia late Sunday night, 123-43, for that punctuation mark the Filipinos were expected to stamp in the seventh Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men Championship.

Indonesia, represented by its national junior club champion Sumatra Utanu from Medan, hardly put up a decent fight against the Filipino youngsters, six of whom scored in double figures, with the rest finishing with six points or more to the delight of the dozens of Filipino residents here who trooped to the Maba Gym.

Head coach Franz Pumaren hardly was that good a copy after the game, but stressed the convincing win—80 points was the biggest margin thus far in the five-nation, five-day tournament—dominantly floated the team’s morale for the bigger stage and that is the Fiba-Asia championship in Tehran in September.

“Like I said, we want to complete the tournament on a winning note because we would be bringing this confidence to Iran,” said Pumaren, who, in some instances in the game against the Indons, left the head-coaching chores to brother Dindo.

The RP-Nokia Youth team is 3-0 and only needs to beat Singapore starting at 6 p.m. Monday to wrap it all up. Malaysia is 2-1, but could no longer overtake the Filipinos even if it beats Indonesia, also on Sunday, because of the quotient. Thailand has completed its assignments for 2-2, Singapore is 1-2 and Indonesia is 0-3.

Also on Sunday night, Thailand ripped Singapore, 73-54, for the Thais’ second win in four games. The Singaporeans dropped to their second loss in three games.

The top two teams here will advance to the Fiba-Asia Junior Men Championship. The winner there will play in the worlds. And the way it stands entering the final day, Malaysia is guaranteed that second slot to Iran, even if it loses to Singapore Monday, because of the winner-over-the-other rule.

Jaypee Mendoza went seven-of-seven with his field goals, scoring at least a basket a minute in the 14 minutes that he was on the floor for 14 points to lead the Nokia- and TAO Corp.-backed RP five. He also had eight rebounds and two steals in the lopsided contest that reared the Filipino boys’ dedication not only for the game, but more intently for flag and country when Filipino-American Kyle Nicholas Pascual, the prized find from California, played with one shoe on in one offensive exchange.

The six-foot-six Pascual, who had 13 points and the most rebounds on the team with 12, lost his right shoe after a mad scramble under the Philippine basket in the seven-minute, 36-second mark of the third quarter, and the Filipinos were unreachable at 73-30.

The Indonesians controlled the ball after an RP miss and none of the referees saw Pascual streak toward the other end of the court with one shoe on. It was only when the Indons missed and the offense was headed the RP side when the referees stopped the contest.

“I was thinking that I should keep on playing,” said Pascual, who intends to return to the US on May 8 to finish high school and return to Manila as soon as he can to be with the team for the Iran Asians.

Gabriel Banal made 13 and Filipino-Canadian Norberto Brian Torres had 12 points and seven rebounds in the match the Filipinos dominated with impunity in all departments—59-33 (28-6 offensive) in rebounds, 21-4 in assists and 22-7 in steals.

Ryan Roose Garcia jump-started the RP-Nokia Youth’s onslaught with six straight points in the first minute of the contest and went on to finish with 11 points—with five rebounds—along with Ian Paul Sanggalang and Samuel Joseph Marata.

Jed Bryan Manguera contributed 10 markers, Joseph Laslee Terso and Joseph Emmanuel Tolentino each had eight points, while skipper Frank Golla and Mark Jovet Mendoza had six apiece.

Promising from the ‘3s’

FRANZ PUMAREN felt even more confident about their upcoming Tehran stint after his big men showed they could also shoot the three.

Norberto Brian Torres made two from the three-point zone and the lanky six-foot-six Ian Paul Sanggalang, whom Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio said plays very much like Danny Francisco, had one to give that potent hope for Pumaren.

“At least, we saw that our big men could shoot from the three-point zone, and that’s what we need for Iran,” he said, adding he would need two or three more talents—perhaps one more big and powerful rebounder and defender and two shooters for the Asians.

Pumaren reiterated that to make it past the Fiba-Asia tournament, his big boys should be able to hit from the outside, a characteristic the Iranians, the Middle Eastern players and the Chinese and Koreans have.

Pinoy therapist to the rescue

THE Indonesians were in the thick of the fight in the first half behind only two boys—Rocky Chentra, who had 19 points all in the first two quarters; and Felix Gozali, who had 11 in the match.

But Chentra, only five-foot-nine but lethal, wily and slippery with his wide array of shots, was never used in the second half after he hurt his right arm late in the first quarter when he accidentally bumped into six-foot-six Kyle Nocholas Pascual.

The Indonesian bench first dismissed it was a simple arm injury until it realized after the game Chentra had a dislocation in his right shoulder.

The Indonesians sought the help of RP-Nokia Youth team therapist Gimbo John Corre, who immediately attended to Chentra. Corre, explaining it’s been two hours since the Indon’s right arm dislocated from the shoulder socket, asked that Chentra be brought to the hospital for treatment. Chentra stayed about two hours at a local hospital and returned to the Olympic Hotel with a sling.

Beat that

THE RP-Nokia Youth team members and the entire delegation surprised team manager and TAO Corp. head Julio Sy Jr. with an impromptu miniparty right after the game against Indonesia at the Maba Gym.

Complete with balloons and pop-up confetti, the RP delegation sang happy birthday for Sy, who turned 45 Sunday.

“This is one of my happiest birthdays,” said Sy. “It feels great celebrating your birthday when you get to serve for your country.”

Sy admitted he and his sons Jay and Sage were extremely disappointed when they watched the Philippine team of professionals perform miserably in the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship last August in Tokushima, Japan.

“That [Tokushima] was disappointing, but here, the feeling is different,” said Sy.

Besides the rout, the RP-Nokia Youth team also vowed to limit the Indonesians to 45 points—45 for Sy’s age. And they did—by two.

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 06:43 AM
RP Youth team binomba ang Indons (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-05-06&sec=7&aid=58570)*
May 06, 2008 08:36 PM Tuesday
www.journal.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR-- Nakopo ng RP Youth team ang isang berth sa Asian Youth Championship makaraang maitala ang ikatlong sunod na panalo sa 7th SEABA Junior tournament sa pamamagitan ng 123-43 paglampaso sa Indonesia noong Linggo sa MABA gym dito.
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Maaga pa lamang ay nakita na ang mga palatandaan ng one-sided fight nang maiposte ng mga Pinoy ang unang 10 points ng laro, bago naitarak ang commanding 39-point lead sa halftime.
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Ang kanilang ikatlong sunod na panalo sa parehong dami ng laro ay tumiyak sa mga young Filipinos ng titulo sa* week-long, 5-nation meet at ng pagbiyahe sa Tehran, Iran sa September upang makipagbakbakan sa best youth teams sa rehiyon.
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Ang champion at runner up teams dito ang kakatawan sa rehiyon sa Asian Youth tourney.
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“We’ll try to finish the tourney on a high note,” wika ni coach Franz Pumaren, bi-nigyang-diin na ang kanyang koponan ay deteminadong talunin ang Singapore sa kanilang* non-bearing match sa Lunes ng gabi para sa po-sibleng four-game sweep.
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Inangkin ng deposed champion Malaysia (2-1) ang runner-up honor at ang isa pang Asian Youth slot makaraang gapiin ng Thailand (2-2) ang Singapore (1-2) sa iba pang laro. Makakasagupa ng Malaysians ang wala pang panalong* Indons (0-3) sa kanilang final outing.
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Ang mga Pinoy, na ang kampanya rito ay suportado ng Nokia at Tao Corp., ay kinasihan ng suwerte nang ma-dislocate ang balikat ni Indonesia’s top gun Rocky Chentra sa first half.
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Ang lahat ng 12 players ay ginamit ni Pumaren, sa pangunguna ni Jaypee Mendoza na may 14 points.
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Nalimitahan ng RP juniors ang Indons sa below 45 points, ang kanilang paraan ng pagdiriwang ng ika-45 kaarawan ni chief benefactor Jun Sy ng Tao Corp.*
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Iskor:
Nokia RP (123)-Mendoza 14, Banal 13, Pascual 13, Torres 12, Garcia 11, Marata 11, Manguera 10, Sangalang 10, Terso 8, Tolentino 8, Golla 6, De Guzman 6.
Indonesia (43)-Chentra 19, Gozali 11, Ang 5, Sofian 2, Teddy 2, Fahni 2, Suwandy 2.
QS: 34-21, 65-26, 95-32, 123-43

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 06:58 AM
RP wins SEABA jr crown (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080506123789.html)
By kristel satumbaga
www.mb.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR – The Nokia Philippine Youth team trounced Indonesia, 123-43, late Sunday night to wrap up the title in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Junior Men crown with still one game left at the Malaysian Amateur Basketball Association gym here.

The Filipinos came out smoking and never let up to remain undefeated in three games in this five-nation, single round tournament.

The Filipinos try to formalize the championship late Monday when they meet Singapore for their last assignment.

Although it’s a remote possibility, a loss to the Singaporeans will still give the Philippines the crown.

The hosts carry a 2-1 record while Thailand has 2-2. Indonesia, made up of players from national juniors club champion Medan Sumatera Utanu Basketball Club, remained winless in three outings behind Singapore’s 1-2 slate.

The win also served as a sweet gift to the team’s benefactor, Jun Sy, who celebrated his 45th birthday Sunday.

It was a balanced performance for the Nationals with virtually anyone sent in to play scoring double figures. In fact, of 12 sent in, only four scored in single digits.

Jaypee Mendoza, an 18-year-old from Tarlac, led the Filipinos with 14 points from a perfect 7-of-7 field goal shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and making two steals.

"I think everybody contributed to this. We can’t just single out one player," RP Youth coach Franz Pumaren said. "It’s a collective effort because when you put somebody from the bench, they still contribute one way or another."

The Filipinos raced to a 10-0 start before slowly but surely increasing the pressure with shots from behind the arc.

By the end of the first period, the RP Youth had already nailed four booming treys from Joseph Tolentino, Ryan Garcia and Gabriel Banal.

The closest Indonesia could get was at 24-34 at the start of the second frame courtesy of its star player Rocky Chentra’s three-pointer. Chentra, however, was pulled out midway the period after dislocating his right shoulder from a bad fall.

The 17-year-old, 5-foot-8 shooting guard finished with 19 points in 20 minutes of action.

So confident was the RP squad that the players remained on the court during the halftime break as Pumaren abstained from the usual halftime huddle in the locker room with .

The Filipinos led, 65-26, at the turn.

"We still have high respect for the Indonesian team. They played with a big heart," Pumaren said.

"Consistency is our main thrust whether we play a strong or weak team in this tournament and in future competitions. We tried to play hard because there’s a tendency for us to relax and that should not be the case," he added.

The Filipinos converted 50 of their 103 attempts from the field for a 49 percent average. They put in 11 of their 33 triesd from downtown area. They also controlled the boards with 59 rebounds compared to Indonesia’s 33, and have 22 assists compared to their rivals’ four.

Indonesia’s 35 turnovers also contributed to their downfall.

Indonesian coach Agus Salim Lim praised the Filipinos’ talent and firepower.

"The Philippine team is very strong," Lim, whose team only trained for three weeks, said.

The scores:

NOKIA RP YOUTH 143 — Mendoza 14, Pascual 13, Banal 13, Torres 12, Garcia 11, Sangalang 11, Marata 11, Manguera 10, Terso 8, Tolentino 8, Golla 6, De Guzman 6.

INDONESIA 43 — Chentra 19, Gozali 11, Ang 5, Sofian 2, Teddy 2, Suwandy 2, Fahmi 2, Herbert 0, Tanadi 0, Utama 0, Wirhendy 0, Wijaya 0.

Quarters: 34-21, 65-26, 95-32, 123-43.

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 07:04 AM
VIRTUAL SEABA CHAMP
RP Youth five routs Indonesia by 80 pts (http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080506-134808/RP-Youth-five-routs-Indonesia-by-80-pts)
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:20:00 05/06/2008

KUALA LUMPUR—There were no timeouts, not even a halftime huddle.

Instead, the Nokia Philippine Youth Team let its game do all the talking by crushing Indonesia, 123-43, to virtually clinch the 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship for Junior Men Sunday night at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

In an impressive balanced effort, all the Filipino players scored as the 18-under squad surpassed the century mark in its third straight triumph and rendered Monday’s match with Singapore inconsequential.

“Overall, we were able to show the things we were trying to teach them in the last couple of months,” said RP coach Franz Pumaren.

“I’m quite pleased with our performance. I think everybody contributed to this tournament. You cannot even single out one player. I really think it’s a collective effort. Every time someone gets off the bench, he contributes one way or the other.”

The young nationals, who officially clinched a slot in the Fiba Asia youth championship in Iran in September, are assured of the title even if they lose to Singapore due to a superior quotient.

Host and defending champion Malaysia remained in second at 2-1, while Thailand wrapped up its campaign at 2-2 by trampling on Singapore, 73-54, in the other game Sunday. Singapore stood fourth at 1-2 with Indonesia dead-last at 0-3.

The Philippines raced to a 10-0 lead in less than three minutes and kept a double-digit cushion throughout.

Jaypee Mendoza, a 6-foot-3 Tarlac standout, paced the young nationals by burying all seven attempts off the bench for 14 points on top of eight rebounds and two steals in only 14 minutes of action.

Fil-American Kyle Pascual came up with his best performance of the tournament with a double-double game of 13 markers and 12 boards on top of three steals.

The Filipinos closed out the first half with a 27-0 tear for a 39-point spread, 65-26, after the Indonesians scored all five of their second-quarter points in the first three minutes.

Pumaren called no timeouts and his wards emerged from the dugout just a minute after the halftime buzzer sounded.

The celebration came early as the players gave away shirts to the predominantly Filipino crowd in the gallery during the break.

And the party mood resumed after the game with balloons and confetti raining on the squad in celebration of the 45th birthday of Tao Corp. president and team benefactor Jun Sy.

“[The RP Team] is very strong,” said coach Agus Salim Lim of Indonesia’s national junior champion North Sumatra Medan.

“They’re good in shooting three points and very strong in getting rebounds.”

An Ian Sangalang triple gave the Philippines its biggest lead at 82 points, 123-41.

Indonesia missed the services of top guard Rocky Chentra, who shot 19 of his team’s 26 points in the first half before dislocating his right shoulder following a bad fall in the second quarter.

Indonesia earlier absorbed a 32-point blowout loss to Thailand, 82-50, in the opener, followed by an 18-point setback, 68-50, against Singapore.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 123—Mendoza 14, Pascual 13, Banal 13 Torres 12, Garcia 11, Sangalang 11, Marata 11, Manguera 10, Terso 8, Tolentino 8, De Guzman 6, Golla 6.
INDONESIA 43—Chentra 19, Gozali 11, Ang 5, Sofian 2, Teddy 2, Suwandy 2, Fahmi 2, Wijaya 0, Wirhendy 0, Utama 0, Tanadi 0, Herbert 0.
Quarters: 34-21, 65-26, 95-32, 123-43

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 07:08 AM
RP Youth assured of SEABA crown (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30)
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
http://philstar.com

KUALA LUMPUR – The Nokia-RP Youth team assured itself of the crown and the ticket to the Asian championship with a day left in the seventh SEABA junior men championship on a 123-43 massacre of Indonesia at the MABA gym here Sunday.

It was a virtual no-contest with the RP juniors scoring the game’s first 10 points, taking the half at 65-26 and coasting through in the final half of what became the most lopsided match in the tourney thus far.

With Indon top gun Rocky Chentra dislocating his shoulder towards the end of the first half, the game became a shootout among the Filipino players with each one finishing with at least six points.

For the RP juniors, the biggest satisfaction was limiting the Indons below 45 points – a goal they set out to do on the 45th birthday of their chief benefactor Jun Sy of Tao Corp.

“It’s satisfying to achieve your goal. And somehow, we’ve also proven that we’re improving on defense,” said team captain Frank Golla.

After the final buzzer, the players gave Sy a surprised on-court birthday celebration, belting out a Happy Birthday song then popping out confetti.

“It was a great birthday experience,” said Sy.

Malaysia virtually pocketed second place and also a slot in the Asian championship in Tehran, Iran in September as Thailand clobbered Singapore, 73-54, in the day’s other match.

The anti-climactic final-day schedule pits Nokia-RP versus Singapore and Malaysia against Indonesia.

“We’ll try to finish the tourney on a high note,” said coach Franz Pumaren, vowing that they will continue to play hard in their non-bearing match with the Singaporeans.

Even in case the RP juniors lose the match and end up tied with the Malaysians at 3-1, the Filipinos win the title on the winner-over-the-other rule.

The Indons look bound to end up dead-last in the tourney as they opted to just bring here their national juniors champion team Medan-Sumatra.

The RP juniors imposed their will on the Indons, dominating practically on all fronts of the game. Tarlac native Jaypee Mendoza was 7-of-7 from the field as he led the team in a well-balanced scoring.

Gabriel Banal, Norbert Torres, Joel Tolentino and Joseph Terso fired two triples each as the team finally showcased their touch from the long range.

Kyle Pascual, a 6-foot-6 Fil-Am center-forward, grabbed 12 rebounds but failed on at least three attempts for a two-handed jam from an alley-oop pass for what could have been the game’s highlight play.

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 08:52 AM
Our boys thump Indonesia to qualify for Asian junior tourney
Tuesday May 6, 2008
http://thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia earned one of the two qualifying spots for the Asian Junior Basketball Championship with a 120-48 rout of Indonesia in the SEABA boy's tournament at the Maba Stadium here last night.

It was Malaysia's third win in the five-team championship and second spot behind the Philippines gave them the ticket to Iran in September.

The Malaysian cagers heeded coach Tan Kok Heng's instructions not to take the Indonesians lightly in their final fixture.

They were aggressive against Indonesia from the start and took a 29-16 lead in the first quarter before extending it to 52-22.

Malaysia continued to pile on the points for an 82-37 lead in the third quarter and added 38 points to complete the misery for Indonesia.

After losing their opening match to the Philippines (67-98), Malaysia bounced back with victories over Singapore (101-47) and Thailand (85-68).

“We are in the process of building a team for the future and this is a good start,” said Kok Heng.

“What the team need is more international exposure and we hope to arrange for some friendly competitions before going to Iran. We are likely to go to Singapore to play in an invitational meet next month.”

The Philippines, as expected, completed their fixture with an unbeaten record – chalking up a comfortable 95-55 win over Singapore yesterday.

Philippines bt Singapore 96-55;

Malaysia bt Indonesia 120-48.

Final standings:
1. Philippines 4-4-0-8,
2. Malaysia 4-3-1-7,
3. Thailand 4-2-2-6,
4. Singapore 4-1-3-5,
5. Indonesia 4-0-4-4.

bigfreeze_bibby
05-06-2008, 10:36 AM
The RP Youth team was officially crowned as champions of the SEABA youth tournament by beating Singapore last night, 96-55. The boxscores are as follows courtesy of david64 of AP.com.

Garcia-16, de Guzman-14, Pascual-12, Marata-10, Torres-9, Golla-8, Tolentino-7, Sangalang-6, Banal-6, Manguera-4, Mendoza-4, Terso-0 = 96

Congratulations to all the coaches, team management, and the players. One down, two more to go for the team. Their next assignment is in Tehran, Iran for the FIBA-Asia youth championships.

The_Big_Cat
05-06-2008, 11:01 AM
I saw a highlight from one of our boy's game last night from NBN Sport. Malaki pala yung Torres at yung katawan pang banggaan. No wonder Paredes was relegated to the reserves.

I am sure when they come home, they will be honored. Bravo to these kids.

yungha
05-06-2008, 03:03 PM
I saw a highlight from one of our boy's game last night from NBN Sport. Malaki pala yung Torres at yung katawan pang banggaan. No wonder Paredes was relegated to the reserves.

I am sure when they come home, they will be honored. Bravo to these kids.


yes, no doubt these kids will be honored when they arrive home. they'll be feted, there'll be a huge presscon, there'll be banner sports stories, they'll appear on talk shows and noontime shows, etc. sports officials will trumpet this as a huge achievement. it's a measure of how far we've fallen as a basketball power. we used to take victories over japan, taiwan and korea as a matter of course. we used to laugh at the arab nations, at how clumsy they were, and post 40- to 50-pt winning margins. now we celebrate victories over singapore, thailand, indonesia and malaysia.

erichubert
05-06-2008, 03:37 PM
Times have changed. Although we have indeed fallen from grace in basketball, I think we must also respect that Malaysia and Thailand have improved also. With the boom of basketball worldwide, this is to be expected.

D_I_A
05-06-2008, 07:25 PM
Times have changed. Although we have indeed fallen from grace in basketball, I think we must also respect that Malaysia and Thailand have improved also. With the boom of basketball worldwide, this is to be expected.


Congrats to RP Youth Team!!! Job well done!!! ;)

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 09:20 PM
Pinoy Youth Team bags SEABA Junior Men's title (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/93615/Pinoy-Youth-Team-bags-SEABA-Junior-Mens-title)
05/06/2008 | 05:48 PM
www.gmanews.tv

MANILA, Philippines – The RP Youth Team grabbed the title at 7th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Junior Men on Monday evening, beating Singapore 96-55 in sweeping the five-nation tournament.

The Filipinos won their matches with a winning average of 42 points at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym in Kuala Lumpur.

"Hopefully this achievement will be the start of regaining the Philippine's glory days of basketball," coach Franz Pumaren said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The team also earned a ticket to the FIBA Asia Youth Championship that runs from August 28 to September 5 in Tehran, Iran, where the squad will opponents those from China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran.

Malaysia finished at second spot followed by Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.

The Philippine defeated Malaysia, 98-67, on their first assignment, which they followed up with a 92-76 win against Thailand.

Then they burned Indonesia with a 123-43 triumph on the third day to virtually bag the title. On their final assignment, the Filipinos sacked Singapore with a 96-55 win.

Scores

Philippines (96): Garcia 16, De Guzman 14, Pascual 12, Marata 10, Torres 9, Golla 8, Tolentino 7, Sangalang 6, Banal 6, Manguera 4, Mendoza 4, Terso 0

Singapore (55): S. Lim 16, Poon 10, Chia 6, Pek 6, B. Lim 4, Ang 4, S. Chua 4, Koh 2, Pung 2, Leong 1, D. Chua 0, Low 0.

Quarters: 35-10, 52-31, 77-36, 96-55

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:07 AM
Strong Signal
THE MESSAGE SENT WAS CLEAR: NOKIA-RP YOUTH TEAM NO. 1 IN SOUTHEAST ASIA BY A MILE (http://businessmirror.com.ph/05072008/sports01.html)
By Jun Lomibao
Editor
WED MAY 7, 2008
http://businessmirror.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR—The RP-Nokia Youth team expectedly overpowered Singapore, 96-55, Monday night to complete a four-game sweep of the seventh Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men Championship.

Filipino-Canadian Norberto Brian Torres was named Most Valuable Player; Mark Joel de Guzman was picked Best Defender; and Franz Pumaren was voted Best Coach by members of the covering media—interestingly only by the Malaysian press, because the four Filipino journalists who accompanied the team here were not asked to cast their votes. Those, by the way, were half of the individual awards given away by the organizers.

The Filipino youngsters, formed only in January but ably backed by Nokia and Julio Sy Jr.’s TAO Corp., were never actually threatened in all their matches (except last Thursday against the hosts, who managed to lead at the most by 11 in the first half, only to yield by a mile in the end).

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RP-Nokia Youth player Norberto Torres receives the Most Valuable Player trophy after the Franz Pumaren coached team annihilated the five-team tournament.

The Filipinos routed the Malaysians by 31 points (98-67), the Thais by 16 (92-76, although they managed some baskets at garbage time) and the Indonesians by 80 (123-43), the biggest in the tournament, and wrapped it all up with a 41-point win against the Singaporeans.

That’s an average winning margin of 42 points. And that’s not counting how dominant the Filipinos were in rebounds, assists, steals and in all other departments, not to mention their savvy and artistry and fluidity on both ends of the court.

But here’s the picture.

“I think we just achieved a small step to bring back the glory days of the Philippines [in basketball in the Southeast Asian region] and earn the respect of our neighbors,” said Pumaren.

Well said, for the bigger task lies ahead, from August 28 to September 5, to be precise, in the Fiba-Asia Junior Men’s qualifiers for the world junior championship in Tehran, Iran. The RP-Nokia Youth team and runner-up Malaysia advanced to the Tehran qualifiers, where also the top two would advance to the worlds.

“We cemented that we are No.1 in Southeast Asia,” said Pumaren, although stressing, “the bigger test is ahead of us.”

The RP-Nokia Youth team would be facing powerhouse Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, China, Korea and Japan in Tehran, teams that dashed the country’s men’s team’s hopes of making the Beijing Olympics in Tokushima, Japan in August last year.

And Pumaren knows drastic changes would have to be implemented in the team.

“It’s no longer about the condition of the boys, it’s more about putting up a new system. We will be facing different teams in a higher level of competition in Tehran,” he said.

But Pumaren is unfazed about how gargantuan the task in Iran would be: “It’s hard but it’s not impossible.”

For the meantime, though, the team would be savoring the sweet victory. A two- to three-week break awaits the boys when the delegation returns to Manila Tuesday.

Final standings: RP-Nokia 4-0, Malaysia 3-1, Thailand 2-2, Singapore 1-3, Indonesia 0-4

Another easy prey

SINGAPORE was there for another easy picking by the Filipino youngsters.

Ryan Roose Garcia had 16 points with three steals; Mark Joel de Guzman made 14 with four rebounds and three assists; Kyle Nicholas Pascual 12 points with seven rebounds; and Samuel Joseph Marata 10 points with three steals for the RP-Nokia Youth team, which was unrelenting as expected with Franz Pumaren’s press, a trademark of his at the De La Salle bench.

The Singaporeans, however, showed some semblance of resistance in the second quarter.

Down, 35-10, at the end of the first quarter, the Singaporeans scored 10 unanswered points to pour in a total 21 markers in the second, one of the rare instances that the RP-Nokia Youth team’s defense got toppled.

They, however, could not keep up and still fell way behind at the half at 31-52, and found the Filipinos’ defense up and strong in the third and settled for five markers against the RP-Nokia Youth’s 25.

The Filipinos merely coasted in the final period, at most times responding to the wild cheers of the close to a hundred Filipinos who trooped to the Maba Gym.

Jun Sy: Boys deserve an ‘A’

JULIO “JUN” SY JR. was as extremely satisfied as everyone on the team. He turned 45 Sunday, and had said this was one of his happiest birthdays.

“I’m very proud of the boys. They sacrificed a lot. And they believed that we’re going to do this program right,” said the soft-spoken president of TAO Corp.

He stressed the boys deserve to get an “A.”

“We got the boys with the right attitude. And that vindicated us,” he said, adding, “these kids came from different places and different backgrounds. And although there were some criticisms that we didn’t pick the right boys for this team, this title obviously showed we are on the right track.”

But Sy knows how onerous the task in Iran could be. “Now we focus on the Asian [qualifier]. We will go there not to win a game or two or more, but to exceed expectations,” he said.

For red, white, blue and yellow

THE RP-Nokia Youth team’s coaching staff consists of Franz Pumaren, Jack Santiago and Dan Rose, all from the De La Salle’s Green Archers. Dindo Pumaren, although he coaches the Red Warriors of the University of the East, is from De La Salle, too. Fernando Felisilda, the support staff, is Dindo’s support at the UE bench.

Only Sandy Arespacochaga was the Atenean on the bench. But that does not bother the Blue Eagles’ assistant coach.

“It’s not about where we belong in the UAAP [University Athletic Association of the Philippines]. It’s not about Blue or Green or Red, but it’s all for red, white, blue and yellow [RP colors],” said Arespacochaga.

Arespacochaga said they often swapped jokes, but never delved on their rivalry in the UAAP.

“We have set aside the rivalry for the team, and the team is Team Nokia Philippines,” he said.

But Arespacochaga does not seem to mind that he’s outnumbered in the coaching staff.

Manny Pangilinan, the president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, and Julio Sy Jr., the team manager and benefactor, are Ateneans, he proudly quipped.

Long-awaited McDo meal

BECAUSE the RP-Nokia Youth team faced Singapore in the first game Monday night (Malaysia played and beat Indonesia, 120-48, in the second game that started at 8, the team members only had a minicelebration on the court. Franz Pumaren and Sy got the traditional victory rides during the gap between games. The team members also sprayed themselves with water, rendering the playing court wet and slippery.

And who did the wiping? The players themselves.

But never mind. Right after cleaning up the mess, the boys chanted “McDo! McDo! McDo!” Dan Rose, the assistant coach for conditioning and nutrition, meticulously watched the boys’ diet during the entire tournament, drill sergeant-style.

Junk was a no no, especially soft drink. But this time around, he agreed to the boys’ request.

So the entire entourage walked its way to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown for that long-awaited McDonald’s meal. And what did the boys have? At least two Mega Macs apiece.

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:23 AM
Bigger task ahead awaits RP Youth (http://www.malaya.com.ph/may07/spor1.htm)
WEDNESDAY MAY 7, 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR. — Living up to its high billing, the RP-Nokia Youth team overpowered Singapore 96-55 Monday night to complete a four-game sweep of the seventh Southeast Asia Basketball Association Junior Men Championship here.

The win formalized the squad’s entry to the FIBA-Asia Junior men’s qualifying event on Aug. 28-Sept. 5 in Tehran, Iran, a qualifying tournament for the world junior championship. Malaysia, which finished runner-up with a 3-1 mark, also advanced to the Iran meet, where the top two teams clinch slots to the world event.

"We cemented the fact that we are No. 1 in Southeast Asia," said coach Franz Pumaren, but stressed "the bigger test is ahead of us."

In Iran, the team will face Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, China, Korea and Japan, teams that dashed the all pro squad’s hopes of making it to the Beijing Olympics in the FIBA-Asia tourney in Japan last August.

Pumaren, voted the tournament’s best coach, admitted drastic changes would have to be implemented in the team.

"It’s no longer about the condition of the boys; it’s more about putting up a new system. We will be facing different teams in a higher level of competition in Tehran," he said.

Pumaren, however, is unfazed by the gargantuan the task in Iran. "It’s hard but it’s not impossible," he said.

"I think we just achieved a small step to bring back the glory days of the Philippines (in basketball) and earn the respect of our neighbors," said Pumaren.

Filipino-Canadian Norberto Brian Torres was named the Most Valuable Player while Mark Joel de Guzman was picked as Best Defender by members of the covering media.

The Filipino youngsters, formed only in January and backed by Nokia and Julio Sy Jr.’s TAO Corp., were never actually threatened in all their matches, except Thursday when the Malaysians managed to lead by 11 in the first half only to yield by a mile in the end.

The Filipinos routed the Malaysians by 31 points (98-67), the Thais by 16 (92-76), and the Indonesians by 80 (123-43), the biggest in the tournament, and wrapped it all up by 41 points against the Singaporeans for an average winning margin of 42 points.

Ryan Roose Garcia had 16 points with three steals, Mark Joel de Guzman made 14 with four rebounds and three assists, Kyle Nicholas Pascual 12 points with seven rebounds and Samuel Joseph Marata 10 points with three steals.

The Singaporeans showed some semblance of resistance in the second quarter. Down 35-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Singaporeans scored 10 unanswered points to pour in a total of 21 markers in the second, one of the rare instances the RP-Nokia Youth team’s defense was pierced.

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:26 AM
RP sweeps jr SEABA meet (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080507123888.html)
By Kristel Satumbaga
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
www.mb.com.ph

KUALA LUMPUR — The Nokia-Philippine Youth team came through with yet another sterling performance and dumped Singapore, 96-55, Monday to formalize its claim of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Junior Men crown at the Malaysian Amateur Basketball Association gym here.

The Filipinos were already assured of the title after streaking to their third win via a 123-43 thrashing of Indonesia on Sunday, but it did not stop them from finishing the tournament with a flourish as they manhandled the Singaporeans to sweep the five-nation, single-round tournament.

Defending champion and host Malaysia, which closed out the five-day affair with a 120-48 win over the Indons in the second game, finished second with a 3-1 win-loss record followed by Thailand (2-2) and Singapore (1-3).

Indonesia failed to win a single game.

For ruling the event, the country’s first since winning the crown in Lucena City four years ago, the Filipinos earned a ticket to compete in the FIBA Asia Youth Championships set on Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 in Tehran, Iran.

Malaysia also joined the RP Youth in the Asian tournament with its runner-up feat.

Four Filipinos scored in double figures with Ryan Garcia scoring a team-high 16 points. He also had three steals.

College of St. Benilde’s Joel De Guzman, who was later named the best defender in the competition, scattered 13 of his 14 points in the first quarter to break the game wide open. He highlighted his performance with three assists and three steals.

Despite their blowout wins in the tournament, coach Franz Pumaren said they achieved only little.

"I think we have just achieved a small step trying to regain the glory days in RP basketball while having that chance to also earn some respect in the Asian region once again," RP Youth team coach Franz Pumaren, who was later named the tournament’s best coach, said.

"Trying to make these kids blend together – coming from different schools and coaches with different philosophies — is a tough task. But the boys showed they can get together to fulfill our goal of getting this crown," Pumaren, who is assisted by his brother, Dindo, Sandy Arespacochaga, Jack Santiago and conditioning coach Dan Rose, added.

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:51 AM
RP Youth five bags SEABA title (http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080507-135024/RP-Youth-five-bags-SEABA-title)
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:57:00 05/07/2008

KUALA LUMPUR—Today, Southeast Asia. Tomorrow, perhaps the continent again.

The Nokia Philippine Youth Team overwhelmed hapless Singapore, 96-55, Monday night to cap a stirring four-game sweep and rule the 7th (6th) Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Junior Men here.

The title victory, in the bag as early as Sunday when the Filipinos routed the Indonesians by 80 points, 123-43, could serve as the start of Philippines’ bid to reclaim Asian dominance, according to its coach.

The 18-under squad swept the tournament they last won in 2004 by an average winning margin of 42 points at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

“We just achieved a small step in trying to regain the glory days of [RP youth] basketball and to earn some respect in the Asian region again,” said national coach Franz Pumaren.

The Philippines thus earned a slot in the FIBA Asia youth championship that will gather all the region’s top national junior squads on Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 in Tehran, Iran.

Dethroned champion Malaysia secured the second and last berth in the Asian tournament with a second-best 3-1 record.

Thailand clinched third place at 2-2, Singapore stood at 1-3, followed by winless Indonesia.

“It’s going to be a tough task for us,” added Pumaren. “But at least with this victory, we proved that we’re still number one among Southeast Asian countries.”

Filipino-Canadian Norbert Torres, who joined the team just a month ago, clinched the Most Valuable Player plum, Mark Joel De Guzman bagged the Top Defender Award, and Pumaren the Best Coach title as the Nokia-RP Youth squad dominated the statistical races.

The 6-foot-7 Torres, playing out of Mother Teresa High School in Toronto, averaged 11 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.25 blocks in four games.

Mark Joel De Guzman went perfect from the field for 13 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the rout, before Ryan Roose Garcia took charge in the next two periods and towed the young nationals to a 42-point advantage, 75-33, late in the third period.

The Singaporeans simply wilted from the heat of the Filipinos’ solid all-around form.

De Guzman, an unheralded 17-year-old guard from the College of St. Benilde, wound up with an average of 10 points, 1.75 assists and a tournament-best 3.75 steals per game.

“My guards really played well, particularly RR (Garcia) and Joel (De Guzman),” said Pumaren. “Of course, my big guys really contributed a lot.”

The young nationals, though, are set for a tougher grind ahead with powerhouses China, Japan, Korea and Iran looming large on the Asian championship horizon.

Torres, who has opted to study at De La Salle University this year after he finishes high school in Toronto this June, and Fil-American 6-6 Kyle Pascual have both committed to don the national colors anew in Tehran.

“They expected me to do good, so it just made me work harder,” said Torres.

Pascual said he needs to go back to the States for his high school graduation but, like Torres, is “looking forward to training with the rest of the squad and competing in Fiba Asia.”

Reclaiming the SEABA junior title, however, proved much harder than what the final scores suggest.

The Filipinos rallied from a double-digit deficit with a remarkable second-half run to best host and 2006 titlist Malaysia, 98-67, in the Thursday opener.

On Day 2, the Filipinos banked on a late scoring splurge to turn back Thailand, 92-76.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 96—Garcia 16, De Guzman 14, Pascual 12, Marata 10, Torres 9, Golla 8, Tolentino 7, Sangalang 6, Banal 6, Manguera 4, Mendoza 4, Terso 0.
SINGAPORE 55—S. Lim 16, Poon 10, Chia 6, Pek 6, B. Lim 4, Ang 4, S. Chua 4, Koh 2, Pung 2, Leong 1, D. Chua 0.
Quarters: 35-10, 52-31, 77-36, 96-55

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:56 AM
RP Youth crowned SEABA champs (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008050684)
By Nelson Beltran
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
http://philstar.com

KUALA LUMPUR – The real challenge now beckons for the Nokia RP Youth team after expectedly dominating the regional championship here.

Powerhouse teams from all over Asia now await the Philippines after its triumphant return to the SEABA junior men championship, capping a four-game sweep with a 96-55 demolition of Singapore at the MABA gym here Monday.

The RP juniors topped the five-nation tourney in fiery fashion, clobbering the opposition by a whopping average margin of 42.2 points.

With their domination of the field, the RP juniors gained the lion’s share of individual honors during the awards rites. Norberto Torres was named Most Valuable Player, Mark Joel de Guzman Best Defensive Player and Franz Pumaren the Best Coach.

But as the RP squad savored the victory, the real test looms in four months when the Nationals face teams like China, South Korea, Iran and Qatar.

The RP juniors take a trip to Tehran, Iran in September in search of the crown the country has never won in almost three decades now.

It has all been a frustrating run for the Philippines in this biennial tourney for boys 18 years old and under since the Hector Calma-led 1981 RP team triumphed at home turf.

“It’s going to be hard but I don’t think it’s impossible,” said coach Franz Pumaren, hopeful they can pull off the feat in the Iran joust where the top two teams gain the right to represent the region in the 2009 World Youth Championship in New Zealand.

“In terms of the level of competition, I think we can compete. I just hope they’re (the opposition) not too big,” Pumaren said.

“We’re now going to the Asian level. Our goal is not to win just one game but to represent the country well and play above expectation,” said Tao Corp. president Jun Sy, the chief benefactor of the team.

Pumaren said the team is taking a rest in the next two to three weeks before going back to work most possibly with the addition of two to three new players in the pool.

“The boys are now in pretty good shape but we’ve seen in this tourney that we have players who can’t compete with taller rivals,” said Pumaren, now looking to beef up his team with one more big guy and one or two solid wingmen.

Torres had recommended a pal in Toronto, Canada. Pumaren said the player is a tremendous shooter but he’s more interested to play in the US NCAA Division I school.

The players under the Nokia RP Youth pool have all made full commitment to the program, agreeing to skip the coming varsity season which runs smack with the Asian championship.

“I’m proud of the boys because they’re sacrificing a lot for this. The team is starting to get together because they believe we’re going to do the program right. Remember they come from different places, from different backgrounds, but Franz has molded them into one team that trust each other,” said Sy.

Zamboanga native and FEU pointguard Ryan Roose Garcia went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and totaled 16 points to pace the RP juniors who also drew double-digit outputs from De Guzman, Kyle Pascual and Tata Marata.

NOTES: American coach Felton Sealy, who has called the shots for several teams in the region, cautioned the Philippine team to be ready to play against much older players in the Asian championship. “It came from him that there are many ineligible players playing in the FIBA-Asia youth championship,” said coach Franz Pumaren, who had a brief chat with Sealy during the closing ceremony…A day after team leader Jun Sy announced a Bangkok holiday for the team, SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio had his own announcement in behalf of federation president Manny Pangilinan, promising to give the players extra pocket money in their Bangkok trip.

The scores:

Nokia RP 96 – Garcia 16, De Guzman 14, Pascual 12,Marata 10, Torres 9, Golla 8, Tolentino 7, Banal 6, Sangalang 6, Manguera 4, Mendoza 4, Terso 0.

Singapore 55 – Sheng 16, Chong 10, Calvin 6, Jia R. 6, Wei 4, Boon 4, Soon 4, Siang 2, Jia W. 2, Clarence 1.

Quarterscores: 35-10, 52-31, 77-36, 96-55

amdgc82
05-07-2008, 06:59 AM
LAYKDATAN: Nag-ensayo lang sa KL (http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/may0708/sports_laykdatan.htm)
ni Zaldy Perez
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Alright, alright, na*dale natin ang titulo ng 7th (6th) Southeast Asian Basketball Assoication (Seaba) Championship Junior Men, pero dapat nga ba tayong magbunyi?

Siyempre kailangan nating ipagbunyi ang nasa*bing panalo, pero sana’y huwag tayong magkasya sa ganon lamang.

Tandaan natin na simula pa lamang ang nasabing kampeonato para sa youth team dahil meron pa silang mas mahirap na torneong susuungin at ito ay ang Fiba Asia Youth championship sa Iran sa darating na Setyembre.

Hindi ba kayo nakakahalata, para lamang nag-ensayo ang mga batang players natin sa nasabing KL tournament.

Lahat nang nakalaban nila eh du’n pawang tambak.
Against Indonesia nga lamang noong nakaraang Linggo, halos tatlong buwan ang nilamang natin sa kanila 123-43.

Hindi ko nga lamang nakwenta ang average winning margin natin sa limang bansang torneo, pero sa tingin ko mas nahirapan pa sila sa mga teams na nakalaban nila sa PBL.

Well, siguro nga malaki ang naitulong ng ilang linggo ring paglalaro sa PBL at biyahe sa Carson California ng team ni coach Franz Pumaren kaya lutang na lutang ang galing nila kontra sa mga kalapit na bansa natin sa Southeast Asia .

Pero puwede ba huwag nating masyadong bigyan ng credit ang katatapos na torneo sa KL bilang sukatan ng galing ng mga batang Pinoy.

Paparating pa lamang ang sinasabing acid test sa kanila kung talagang may ibubuga ang mga bata pagdating ng Fiba Asia Championship.

Doon masusukat natin ang tunay na kalidad ng ating youth team dahil hindi na Southeast Asian level ang labanan kundi Asian na.

Makikita rin natin kung ang ating basketball youth program ay hindi nga nahuhuli sa mga kalapit na bansa sa Asia tulad ng Japan at Korea .

Sa Asian level kapag nag-excell sila, eh wala na akong masasabi pa.

thadzonline
05-07-2008, 08:56 AM
whatever happened to Bradwyn Guinto? boss, hindi pa nagpadala ng video?

The_Big_Cat
05-07-2008, 10:14 AM
Next up for the NOKIA RP Youth Team will be a guest participation in LIGA PILIPINAS.

They might be invited later this afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum for the PBA games.

Congratulations to the young guns!

richchard28
05-07-2008, 11:32 AM
congrats, boys! enjoy your rest and focus again on the mission at hand--bring back the old glory of Philippine basketball to asian level. gudluck! ;)

pachador
05-07-2008, 12:57 PM
sure na yan that the RP youth team will be a guest team in liga pilipinas ??? thanks





Next up for the NOKIA RP Youth Team will be a guest participation in LIGA PILIPINAS.

They might be invited later this afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum for the PBA games.

Congratulations to the young guns!