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amdgc82
06-27-2008, 06:34 AM
RP Youth five to compete in Stankovic Cup
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:42:00 06/27/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Nokia Philippine Youth team will test its mettle against men’s teams in the region when it competes in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Stankovic Cup from July 23 to 27 in Thailand.

“It’s a good exposure in preparation for the bigger tournaments,” said executive director Noli Eala after the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided to field the 18-under squad instead of the men’s national team.

Led by Fil-Canadian Norbert Torres, the Philippines earned the right to represent the region in the FIBA Asia youth championship in Tehran, Iran from Aug. 8 to Sept. 5 after topping the Junior Seaba Championship in Kuala Lumpur last May.

“You can see a certain aura of confidence among the players; but I’ve been stressing to them that the Asian youth is a different level of competition,” said national coach Franz Pumaren.

Mark Joel de Guzman, Jaypee Mendoza, Ryan Garcia, Joseph Tolentino and team captain Frank Golla will also suit up anew for the young nationals. Fil-American Kyle Pascual, though, opted to continue his studies in the United States.

amdgc82
06-27-2008, 06:36 AM
Youth 5 to play in Stankovic
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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THE RP-Nokia Youth team will represent the country in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) phase of the Stankovic Cup, its biggest, and probably the toughest, tournament so far since it was formed last year by the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).

BAP-SBP executive director Noli Eala said Thursday the federation will send the team of coach Franz Pumaren in the tournament, which will be held from July 23 to 27 in Ubonratchatani, Thailand.

The squad, which won the Seaba Junior Championship in Kuala Lumpur last month, will face the men’s teams of the top basketball countries in the SEA region.* * * * * * *

Eala said that it will be an acid test for the team, which is preparing for the Fiba-Asia Junior Championship in Iran in September.

“We feel that it will be a good tournament for the youth team. We will see how the team will fare,” said Eala. “Then, we will take it from there [on what will be the future of our national team].”

The SBP intends to form the core of the future men’s team that will try to qualify to the 2012 London Olympics from the RP-Nokia squad.

“The Stankovic Cup is a good opportunity for our team. It’s the international tournament we need and it’s a good exposure for us,” he added.

Besides the Stankovic Cup, Eala said that SBP and the Tao Corp. of Julio Ay Jr., which is the other main supporter of the RP-Nokia team, are planning to organize a four-nation Manila Youth Invitational from August 14 to 17 as added exposure for the boys.

Eala said that Lithuania has confirmed its participation while Australia has also shown interest. SBP is looking at China, Chinese Taipei or South Korea to be the fourth participant.

Pumaren, who is expected to miss two games with De La Salle in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines because of his commitment to the national squad, hopes to bring a competitive team to the Stankovic Cup.

Pumaren said that Matthew Wright, the six-foot-two shooting guard from Canada who has Filipino roots, has committed himself for the tournament in Thailand.

“He’s just finishing his summer classes in Toronto, but he’s committed to play for the team,” said Pumaren.

Wright was recommended by six-foot-seven Norberto Torres, the Most Valuable Player in the Seaba Kuala Lumpur tournament.

The 16-year-old Wright is planning to play for a US NCAA Division 1 school and reports in the Internet said he is choosing between Michigan and Michigan State as his possible destination.

Eala said that SBP will also talk to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee about the possible release of six-foot-six Arvin Bringas of the San Sebastian high-school squad.

Besides Torres, the youth team includes skipper Frank Golla, assistant skipper Gabriel Banal, Ryan Roose Garcia, Joel Tolentino, Mark Joel de Guzman, Ian Sangalang, Jed Manguera, Kyle Pascual, Joseph Terso, Samuel Joseph Marata, Jaypee de Guzman, Mark Anthony Lopez, Mark Joven Mendoza and Philip Paredes.

The top two finishers in the Seaba Stankovic qualifier, last held in Segamat, Malaysia, in 2006, will advance to the Fiba-Asia Stankovic Cup from October 9 to 17 in Kuwait.

Schortsanitis
06-27-2008, 08:47 AM
Superb. Its not everyday that the Phiilippines gets to host a good international basketball tournament, so this should be something to look forward to.

D_I_A
06-29-2008, 09:39 AM
Superb.* Its not everyday that the Phiilippines gets to host a good international basketball tournament, so this should be something to look forward to.


it's good to hear that our Youth Team is really preparing well even without foreign competitions..but how about the women's and men's team? i hope the PBA starts realizing it's blunder.