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jesronne
03-12-2009, 04:03 PM
ah... it will be good for him to join the trip to serbia... para naman may ma dagdag sa offensive and defensive skills nya...

thadz, bakit andyan na naman name ni junmar?? waiting in the wings daw sabi ni quinito sina junmar at paul lee... is UC willing to loan him for the developmental team.. or junmar willing to join??

thadzonline
03-13-2009, 09:49 AM
ang pagkakaalam ko UC does not even want to sit down and talk. I am not privy to firsthand info pero this is what Ive heard in Cebu

jesronne
03-16-2009, 01:20 PM
intayin na lang natin ang next article about sa kanila kasi sa pag kaka alam ko sa mga article ni quinito henson laging kasali ang pangalan ni fajardo...

pachador
03-19-2009, 07:04 AM
Cebu’s colossal superstar: June Mar Fajardo

Sun Star march 18, 2009

BASKETBALL I watched the other night. At the Old Cebu Coliseum, the Enervon/University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters against the Maria Sanctuary Park/Univeristy of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in Game 3 of the Cesafi- Partners Cup.

Ramon Fernandez, a four-time MVP at the PBA, sat to my left together with his wife, Karla Kintanar, while Chao Sy, the owner of Hotel Fortuna and the man financing Southwestern University (SWU) in this event, sat to my right.

Our four pairs of eyes enlarged. Fronting us stood a being so large; a gargantuan figure who towered like the Taipei 101.

Standing 6’9”, ask him to point his arms to the ceiling and he’ll nearly touch the 10-foot-tall ring. With just one little hop and an orange ball on hand, he’d slam-dunk.

June Mar Fajardo, all of 19 years young, is his name and, playing for UC, what an Incredible Hulk. No, he’s not brawny and
all-muscle—not yet—but the way he monopolizes the game is unlike anything I’ve seen.

Greg Slaughter, last year, I observed for a few games with his University of the Visayas (UV) squad. Standing 7’, Slaughter is taller and heftier but Fajardo is more agile, quick-witted and, in my view, more domineering.

Last Tuesday, the UC Webmasters beat the USJ-R Jaguars, 96-88, to reach the finals. The reason? One titan: JMF. When the game see-sawed in the fourth quarter, the Atty. Augusto Go-owned team had all but one play: Pass to June Mar. And how it worked. In those 10 minutes of the final quarter, he scored 15 points. In all, he topscored with 39 points. The 15 points June Mar scored in the fourth quarter? That’s more than the score of his team’s second-best scorer, Edward Pao, who made 14.

At the low post, where Fajardo would cement his feet, he’s unrelenting. Guarded by a USJ-R center nearly half a foot shorter, Fajardo would recline his back, dribble twice, turn around, then skyhook.

Swoosh!

An inbounds pass from his teammate? No problem. He’d catch it midair then effortlessly drop the ball for an easy two-pointer. On another play, he was double-teamed, lost the ball in a scuffle, retrieved it from the parquet floor, then turned around for an 8-footer.

Dunk? Of course! On one play, he had his back on the ring, jumped, then twisted to deliver a monstrous dunk.

Kabbooom!

In the middle of all this ruthless display of offense, I turned to Mon Fernandez and asked, “Fajardo in the PBA?”

Within a split-second and as if to say, “What a question, John!” Mon answered, “For sure!”

But if there’s one area that Fajardo, an HRM student who hails from Pinamungahan, Cebu, needs to improve it’s the free throw. From the several attempts that I observed, June Mar missed plenty. Which made me whisper to Chao Sy, “Why not foul him as soon as he gets the ball and do a Hack-a-Shaq?” (Hack-a-Shaq, if you recall, was the strategy of Shaquille O’Neal’s opponents to foul the 50-percent-foul-shooter so he can miss free-throws.)

To me, and if I were the USJ-R Jaguars’ coach, it was the one obvious strategy against a leviathan like Fajardo who, when within 10 feet away from the ring, was almost sure to score.

How about his defense? It was compelling. The Jaguars penetrated—then would retreat. He blocked more shots than I’ve ever seen in a ballgame. His mere presence at the center scared the enemies.

FINALS. With the other semifinals game between Prime Asia-UV and Hotel Fortuna-SWU, I only watched the first half. In the end, after UV led by as much as 14 points in the first quarter, the Green Lancers’ fortunes were beaten by Hotel Fortuna, 76-69.

Though I sat a foot away from Chao Sy, I secretly wished that UV would win. The reason: Imagine a 7-foot behemoth in Slaughter guarding a 6’ 9” giant Fajardo?

“TWIN TOWERS!” the headline will read.

It wasn’t to be. By night’s end, only one giant was left standing.

pachador
03-19-2009, 07:09 AM
UV ousted!

Sunstar, March 18, 2009

THE HOTEL Fortuna-Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras survived a huge game by Greg Slaughter to nab the second finals slot, 76-69, over the Prime Asia-University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in the deciding game of the best-of-three semifinal series of the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partners Cup held at the Cebu Coliseum last Tuesday .

Elvid Poligrates, who finished with 21 points, played the spoiler to the monster game of Slaughter as he sank the killer triple with only 54.9 seconds left of the game to put the Cobras ahead for good.

After allowing UV to dictate the tempo in the opening quarter, SWU-Hotel Fortuna rallied in the second to take the lead following another buzzer-beating trey from Poligrates for a 41-40 lead at the break.

SWU went to work quickly in the third with Poligrates scoring 10 during a 13-3 run that put the Cobras on top 54-43 with 4:52 left in the third.

However, UV’s halfcourt game and Slaughter’s commanding presence inside the shaded area allowed the Lancers to score a 9-0 counter run that put the multi-titled squad closer, 54-52, with 2:21 to go.

SWU, however, regained its composure and made two field goals for a 58-53 lead at the start of the final period.

Slaughter then scored 13 of his game-high 32 points, when UV took the lead 67-68 in the final 62 seconds of the game.

A defensive lapse left Poligrates wide open eight seconds later and the flashy guard responded with a booming triple that wiped away the resistance from the Lancers.

thadzonline
03-19-2009, 09:36 AM
an ominous preview of things to come in the 9th CeSAFI season. UC and SWU are 2 squads expected to perform well in the 9th CeSAFI edition.

SWU has an almost intact lineup and will be losing only Eric Zanoria from last year's squad. While SWU played with reinforcements that may not be playing in the 9th season(Richard Gianchand, Albarillo, Zanoria, Gianchand), one has to note, the Cobras also missed or saw limited Partners' Cup minutes for Cleford Maguate, Ardd Django, Joseph Escober. They will also welcome back suspended players Richard Kwong, Janno Nuñez, Eliud Poligrates and Ely Armecin. Big men Rene Pacquiao and Melvin Divinagracia are constantly improving and they might also add another 6'5 center in the form of Nuñez ex-teammate at Agro Davao, Joel Ambohot.

UC, while they lost big in the Marty Pearce sweepstakes, welcomed a big man diamond in the rough, 6'5 Pompeo Miranda. In place of Pearce, Fil-Canadian Keith Cayanong might just be what they need after the 5'11" combo guard has left the USC Warriors Camp.

The_Big_Cat
03-19-2009, 03:09 PM
Tiu banners Olympic-seeking RP 'Gilas' team
03/19/2009 | 12:56 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) formally announced the core of the RP men’s basketball team tasked to seek berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca lead the 14-man roster dubbed by the SBP as the "Smart Gilas Team." The two serve as team captain and co-captain, respectively.

Also in the lineup are Mac Baracael, Ryan Buenafe, Jayson Ballesteros, RJ Jasul, Rey Guevarra, JV Casio, Clifford Arao, Eldrich Ramos and Greg Slaughter.

Also to be included are UAAP Most Valuable Player Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Paul Lee.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will handle the team.

The players were presented Wednesday night at the Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills by no less than SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan.

“The quest begins for the 2012 London Olympics," Pangilinan announced. “It’s going to be a great sacrifice for these young men, but it’s worth it for flag and country."

All players were presented with their RP team suit. -GMANews.TV

Lemuel M.
03-19-2009, 05:54 PM
Tiu banners Olympic-seeking RP 'Gilas' team
03/19/2009 | 12:56 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) formally announced the core of the RP men’s basketball team tasked to seek berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca lead the 14-man roster dubbed by the SBP as the "Smart Gilas Team." The two serve as team captain and co-captain, respectively.

Also in the lineup are Mac Baracael, Ryan Buenafe, Jayson Ballesteros, RJ Jasul, Rey Guevarra, JV Casio, Clifford Arao, Eldrich Ramos and Greg Slaughter.

Also to be included are UAAP Most Valuable Player Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Paul Lee.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will handle the team.

The players were presented Wednesday night at the Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills by no less than SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan.

“The quest begins for the 2012 London Olympics," Pangilinan announced. “It’s going to be a great sacrifice for these young men, but it’s worth it for flag and country."

All players were presented with their RP team suit. -GMANews.TV


I don't think Philippines can go back to the Olympics w/ this poor lineup.Even they are coached by Toroman.No good Back-up Bigmen for Slaughter and Al-Hussaini.Very undersized and less talented.

pachador
03-19-2009, 10:40 PM
in an ideal world, it would be the PBA national team with 1 naturalized player coached by Toroman. why?

Toroman- coaching technology transfer
naturalized player - plug our weakness in the paint
PBA team- simply the strongest

current situation:
PBA team with no naturalized player coached by Guiao

if this PBA team andthe Developmental team still does poorly, the PBA has 1 more thng to try and that is to add 1 naturalized player and use Toroman as coach. Alternatively, the Developmental team can get reinforcements in the future from PBA players, a mix of* 6 or 8 PBA and 6 or 8 Developmental players from college.

its sad that Guaio's NT team which is actually stronger than Chot Reyes NT team is not getting the exposure it needs compared to what Chot's team got. its like its being 'programmed' to fail ( i hope not)

Similarly, Toroman, the miracle coach could theoretically get better results if he coached the PBA NT team instead of the young and smaller Developmental team.

In summary, we still do not have the best combination of factors for our NT team. Its still not the best that our basketball leadership can give us. Anyway , lets still hope for the best !

D_I_A
03-20-2009, 02:47 AM
in an ideal world, it would be the PBA national team with 1 naturalized player coached by Toroman. why?

Toroman- coaching technology transfer
naturalized player - plug our weakness in the paint
PBA team- simply the strongest

current situation:
PBA team with no naturalized player coached by Guiao

if this PBA team andthe Developmental team still does poorly, the PBA has 1 more thng to try and that is to add 1 naturalized player and use Toroman as coach. Alternatively, the Developmental team can get reinforcements in the future from PBA players, a mix of* 6 or 8 PBA and 6 or 8 Developmental players from college.

its sad that Guaio's NT team which is actually stronger than Chot Reyes NT team is not getting the exposure it needs compared to what Chot's team got. its like its being 'programmed' to fail ( i hope not)

Similarly, Toroman, the miracle coach could theoretically get better results if he coached the PBA NT team instead of the young and smaller Developmental team.

In summary, we still do not have the best combination of factors for our NT team. Its still not the best that our basketball leadership can give us. Anyway , lets still hope for the best !




i think it's long term development goals SBP is targeting with the formation of this team.

we won't be seeing the best results in a couple of years but let's still be positive on this young developmental team.

"the grandeur that was Rome wasn't built in day" isn't it?

i agree with you that PBA-NT is the best RP team we have, but only for now.. since they are really from the prime league, but let's give this young lads a couple of years and try them with the PBA-NT i'm pretty sure that these boys will give PBA-NT a run of their money.

D_I_A
03-20-2009, 02:48 AM
SBP forms nucleus of Olympic hopefuls around Tiu

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
03/20/2009

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has taken its first major step towards the long, expectedly thorny road to Olympic glory.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan formally presented the newly-assembled 14-man squad groomed to bring the country back to world’s biggest stage — the 2012 London Olympics.

In a simple gathering Wednesday night, Pangilinan lauded the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team for dedicating their lives and sacrificing their promising professional careers for the country’s chase of its elusive dream of playing in the Olympics after nearly four decades of absence.

“The quest for the Olympic berth begins tonight,” Pangilinan said. “Our goal is to be put back to the world basketball map because the last time we played in the Olympics was in 1972,” Pangilinan said.

“Truly, the quest begins tonight.”

Pangilinan, the Smart and PLDT chairman, in the presence of US Ambassador Kristie Kenney, boxing chief and SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas, SBP executive director Noli Eala, SBP director Nic Jorge, Philippine Sports Commission commissioners Eric Loretizo and Fr. Vic Uy and Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Steve Hontiveros and Mark Joseph.

The squad will be captained by Ateneo de Manila star Chris Tiu with Far Eastern University quarterback Mark Barroca as his chief deputy.

Also included in the squad that would be mentored by Serbian guru Rajko Toroman were Jason Ballesteros, Gregory Slaughter, JV Casio, Dylan Ababou, Mac Baracael, JR Cawaling, Magi King Sison, Aldrech Ramos, Ryan Buenafe, Ford Arao, Rey Guevarra and RJ Jazul.

“This is a momentous occasion for us,” Eala said. “The last time we were considered as Asian power was during the NCC days in 1985.”

Also expected to join the squad were Ateneo star Rabeh Al-Hussaini, University of the East gunner Paul Lee, US-based defensive aces Giancarlo Chiu and Japeth Aguilar and Cebu sensation Junimar Fajardo while American pivotman Chris Taft is a strong candidate for naturalization, Eala added.

“We’ll just need a big man, and maybe one or more wingmen and we’ll be fine. More or less, this will be the team you’ll see in the next five to 10 years.”

D_I_A
03-20-2009, 02:51 AM
Golden State draftee
agrees to play for RP

Christine Moncada

Malaya

3/20/2009

AMERICAN cager Chris Taft is expected to start practicing with the national youth team today.

The 23-year-old Taft, set to arrive this morning, is the first candidate for naturalization by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

"He will be a welcome addition to the team. I think we’ll be a force to reckon with him around," said SBP executive director Noli Eala when he announced the composition of the team last Wednesday in Greenhills.

"He got injured last year but he recovered last October. He’s fully recovered from his injury and Chris is very high on the NBA list. We are glad he agreed to come over. He was highly recommended," Eala added.

Taft, standing at 6-foot-11, has been drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA after his stint with the National Basketball Developmental League.

The team, which will be handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, is scheduled to leave for Serbia on March 27 for a series of exhibition games against European teams. A training camp in the United States is also calendared for the Nationals middle of next month.

The team will see action in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup on May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the qualifying event for the FIBA World Club Championship next year.

The other members of the squad are University of Visayas’ Greg Slaughter, Ford Arao, Chris Tiu, Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, Far Eastern U’s Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling, Aldrich Ramos and Marnel Baracael, La Salle’s JV Casio, Santo Tomas’ Dylan Ababou, Letran’s RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra, UP’s Magi Sison and San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros.

All the players have committed to stay with the team for three years.

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Ex-Warrior fits the bill for national 5?

Philstar
Updated March 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Joey Villar


MANILA, Philippines - Will former Golden State Warriors forward Chris Taft prove to be the right man for a naturalized player the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team would need in its mission for 2012 London Games?

The 6-10, 260-pound American, who the country hopes to tap as a naturalized player to beef up the RP team, will plane in today from Atlanta, hoping to showcase his wares in the Serbian Rajko Toroman-mentored team seeking a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

“We’re expecting Chris Taft to arrive Friday morning because he has agreed to come over. We’re trying him out,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala said during the presentation of the Smart-powered RP team in Teatrino at the Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan Wednesday night.

Taft, a shot block artist who played for University of Pittsburg before the Warriors drafted him four years ago, was originally scheduled to fly in early this month to reinforce the RP team in exhibition games against Puerto Rican league champion Capitanes de Arecibo. The series, however, was cancelled.

Eala said the 23-year-old Taft, who was recommended by Toronto Raptors director of player personnel Jim Kelly, should fit the Nationals system considering his age, height, athleticism and willingness to be part of the team.

“As a free agent, he (Taft) is high on the radar of NBA teams so we are competing against them,” said Eala. “Taft’s age is perfect for our requirements. He’s single, has no attachments and willing to relocate.”

If things work out, Eala said Taft could join the Nationals when they leave for Serbia on March 27 and then in the US on April 19.

The SBP also has plans of tapping Taft to backstop the RP squad in the import-laced FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Taft averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four shot blocks as Xaverian Prep senior – the same high school former NBA star Chris Mullin attended – in Brooklyn, New York in 2003.

At University of Pittsburgh, he was one of only eight players who had a career 100 shot blocks in school history despite only playing two seasons with the school where he started 53 of the 65 games and averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds.

The Warriors picked up Taft in the second round of the 2005 NBA rookie draft that was rich with stars including the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul, the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva and the New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson and David Lee.

D_I_A
03-20-2009, 03:11 AM
SBP unveils Olympic-bound basketball squad
Manila Times
3/20/2009

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) officially bared the line-up of the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team, composed of 14 collegiate superstars, faced with an indomitable task of earning a slot in the 2012 London Olympics through the FIBA-Asia Champion’s Cup in May.

Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Chris Tiu would lead the quest to reclaim basketball supremacy in Asia as captain of the Smart-Gilas RP team together with co-captain and Far Eastern University (FEU) spitfire Mark Barroca and the sweet-shooting JV Casio of La Salle.

Completing the cast of the Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman are University of Santo Tomas’ Dylan Ababou, Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe and Ford Arao, FEU’s JR Cawaling, Mac Baracael and Aldrech Ramos, University of the Philippine’s Magi Sison and collegiate standouts RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra of Letran and San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros. The 7-foot Greg Slaughter from the University of Visayas is another welcome addition to the young and promising squad.

“I think we should congratulate and thank these players because they sacrificed so much. Some of them are still studying while some also gave up a chance to play for the Philippine Basketball Association [PBA],” said SBP President Manny Pangilinan.

The Smart-Gilas RP team is under the three-year program set by the SBP.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala also revealed the team would tryout the 23-year-old Chris Taft, who played for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. The 6’11” Taft would arrive Friday morning from Atlanta to join the team’s practices.

According to Eala, a Fil-American camp would also be staged from May 2 to 3 in Las Vegas to find other possible reinforcements

Besides Taft, the SBP is also eyeing University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player Rabeh al-Hussaini of Ateneo and University of the East’s Paul Lee as members of the Gilas team. Eala said al-Hussaini begged off until the end of the October to focus on Ateneo’s title retention campaign in the UAAP season.

The Smart-Gilas team leaves for Serbia on May 27 where they would see action in a series of tune-up games. By April 19, the team is off to Las Vegas to prepare for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated on May 12.

As part of their preparation, the SBP is also discussing with the PBA the possibility of playing in the 2009 All-Filipino Conference.


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Ex-NBA player may join RP team
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
March 19, 2009, 12:00am
Manila Bulletin

The search for a big man to reinforce the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team could end this week following the arrival of Chris Taft, a six-foot-10 American who played for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Taft, who turned 24 last March 24, will plane in today from Los Angeles and join the team workout later in the day at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive-director Noli Eala said Taft will stay for a week in which he will undergo a battery of tests to determine his fitness.

A naturalized player is being eyed by the SBP to fill up the center spot, a practice allowed by FIBA.

Taft played 17 games during the 2005-2006 NBA season, averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.5 minutes a game. He had surgery to repair a herniated disc on March 28, 2006 and has not played a professional game since.

On Oct. 27, 2006, Taft was waived by the Warriors and became a free agent.

His arrival comes two days after the all-amateur national team was presented by SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan.

The squad, mentored by Serbian Rajko Toroman, is being eyed to take part in the 2012 London Olympics.

"Our goal is for the Philippines to be back in the world map," Pangilinan said during the event launch at the Teatrino of the Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan.

The Filipino cagers last saw action in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

"It is most important to achieve success not just in the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association) and the SEAG (Southeast Asian Games), to qualify in the Olympics. It is our main objective," Pangilinan said.

Former Ateneo standout Chris Tiu and Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Andy Mark Barroca have been named team captain and co-captain, respectively.

The other members of the team, according to SBP executive director Noli Eala, are 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Gregory Slaughter of University of the Visayas, Dylan Ababou of University of Santo Tomas, Ford Arao and Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, JV Casio of La Salle, JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos and Mac Baracael of FEU, Rey Guevarra and RJ Jazul of Letran College, Jason Ballesteros of San Sebastian College and Magic King Sison of University of the Philippines.

Ateneo’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini and University of the East’s Paul Lee will join the team after the UAAP Season 72, while former Ateneo standout and now US NCAA player Japeth Aguilar is also being considered along with Giancarlo Chiu and Junimar Fajardo.

Also in attendance were United States ambassador Kristie Kenny, SBP chairman Ricky Vargas, Smart Sports chief Patrick Gregorio, PSC Commissioners Eric Loretizo and Fr. Vic Uy, Philippine Olympic Committee officials Mark Joseph and Steve Hontiveros and Milo BEST’s Nic Jorge.

The RP team that played in the 1972 Munich Olympics was captained by Edgardo Ocampo and coached by Ignacio Ramos. The squad is composed of Bogs Adornado, Freddie Webb, Narciso Bernardo and Danilo Florencio, to name a few.

The Filipino dribblers then placed 13th overall where they won over Senegal, Egypt and Japan. Russia won the gold medal.

clutchjedi
03-20-2009, 11:38 AM
“We’ll just need a big man, and maybe one or more wingmen and we’ll be fine. More or less, this will be the team you’ll see in the next five to 10 years.”


Not sure I follow what he's saying - is Noli Eala expecting that these same players will remain in the NT beyond 2010? (If so would they forego PBA plans or have a special SBP-PBA arrangement?)

aircanda
03-20-2009, 11:52 PM
no offense meant. pero do you guys think that arao should be on this team?

D_I_A
03-21-2009, 02:07 AM
SBP puts up Las Vegas camp to recruit Fil-Ams
Daily Tribune
03/21/2009

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking westward in its search for players to beef up its national team.

SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday revealed plans to establish a training camp in Las Vegas on May 2 and 3 in hopes of finding a gem that would lead the country’s bid for a slot in the London Olympics in 2012.

Eala said 30 Filipino-American players from all over United States have made themselves available to compete for a slot in the 14-man Smart Gilas-RP men’s basketball team.

“We already have about 30 Fil-Americans that have confirmed their participation,” Eala said during the press launch for the 14-man squad that would don the national colors in the next four years. “We still do not know how many (players) we are getting, it depends on the availability of the slot.”

Headed by SBP president Manny Pangilinan, the squad would undergo rigid training in the US on April 19-30 before competing in the Fiba-Asia men’s championship on May 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

So far, Japeth Aguilar and Giancarlo Chiu are the only US-based talent in Eala’s preliminary lineup.

The 23-year-old Aguilar of the Western Kentucky University, however, is also high on the wish list of Yeng Guiao, who will mentor the PBA-backed RP Team in SEABA men’s championship in Medan, Indonesia.

But Eala doesn’t see any conflict with it.

“I heard they are also in need of a big man,” he said. “For us, that’s okay. If coach Yeng wants to use Japeth first, it’s perfectly okay with us.”

And with 6-foot-8 Aguilar still doubtful, Eala hopes to give the rebounding and defensive chores to 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter, 6-foot-5 Junimar Fajardo and 6-foot-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who will join the team after his stint with the Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP.

Also expected to shore up the National’s dreaded frontline is American defensive demon Chris Taft.

A former Golden State Warrior who was the first candidate for naturalization, Eala confirmed that the 6-foot-11 Taft arrived in the country early yesterday, giving the coaching staff enough time to size up his potentials. Julius Manicad

jesronne
03-21-2009, 10:02 AM
i am still wondering why the name of fajardo is still in the articles of the developmental team when UC is not willing to talk to the sbp... maybe our cebuano friend can help us with this mystery... ;D....

pachador
03-21-2009, 11:49 AM
if Toroman's can duplicate the sucess of the NCC team under Ron Jacobs in the 1960s using a young team too, then, we can conclude that the main issue with our national team's problems was simply poor coaching and the lack of a long term program for a national team. After all, we have already tried all the local coaches , and yet our pros still lose to young asian teams(not all the time). now, if Toroman cannot duplicate the 1980s success, it can mean we have to try the following below as plan B or we can even do the following right now since it appear logical to me:

1.) use the developmental team for the SEA games and Asian games - this will be for practice of the young players
2.) use the PBA team for the more prestigious FIBA-Asia and SEABA games.

The young players in the develpmental team when they are now polished with fundamental skills will move to the PBA, and will be the nucleus of the PBA team that play in the FIBA-Asia games and SEABA games.

for coaching technology transfer, Toroman will assist Guiao in coaching chores of the PBA team when he is not busy with the Developmental team. Toroman should also give regular coaching clinics to local coaches every year.

of course, I hope that the Developmental team will be successful so we do not have to get help from the PBA. Otherwise, we go to plan B which is to use PBA team for more prestigious tournaments and developmental team for less prestigious tournaments while continuing to use the services of a foreign coach for coaching technology transfer. Lastly, we might as well use the naturalized player since other countries use naturalized player. This naturalized player(e.g. Chris Taft) will be loaned to both the PBA national team and the Developmental national team.

Yes, i must emphasize to develop greater unity among* basketball stakeholders(PBA and SBP) that Chris Taft be loaned to Guiao's national team if there is no scheduling conflict with the developmental team. This will help Taulava immensely plug our hole in the painted area.






in an ideal world, it would be the PBA national team with 1 naturalized player coached by Toroman. why?

Toroman- coaching technology transfer
naturalized player - plug our weakness in the paint
PBA team- simply the strongest

current situation:
PBA team with no naturalized player coached by Guiao

if this PBA team andthe Developmental team still does poorly, the PBA has 1 more thng to try and that is to add 1 naturalized player and use Toroman as coach. Alternatively, the Developmental team can get reinforcements in the future from PBA players, a mix of* 6 or 8 PBA and 6 or 8 Developmental players from college.

its sad that Guaio's NT team which is actually stronger than Chot Reyes NT team is not getting the exposure it needs compared to what Chot's team got. its like its being 'programmed' to fail ( i hope not)

Similarly, Toroman, the miracle coach could theoretically get better results if he coached the PBA NT team instead of the young and smaller Developmental team.

In summary, we still do not have the best combination of factors for our NT team. Its still not the best that our basketball leadership can give us. Anyway , lets still hope for the best !




i think it's long term development goals SBP is targeting with the formation of this team.

we won't be seeing the best results in a couple of years but let's still be positive on this young developmental team.

"the grandeur that was Rome wasn't built in day" isn't it?

i agree with you that PBA-NT is the best RP team we have, but only for now.. since they are really from the prime league, but let's give this young lads a couple of years and try them with the PBA-NT i'm pretty sure that these boys will give PBA-NT a run of their money.

korn666333
03-21-2009, 06:23 PM
wala ba mga pictures ng team with taft?paki bigay url po. Maganda sana may mga pics eh

CrossOver
03-22-2009, 08:59 AM
By Joey Villar
Updated March 22, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ Serbian coach Rajko Toroman has lined up a number of foreign and local tuneup tournaments and training programs designed to toughen up the RP team for upcoming international tournament.

“RP needs actual experience,” said Toroman during the team’s recent official launch. “I don’t think we’ll have success without it.”

Toroman said he is applying the same formula he used in steering the Iran national team to the FIBA-Asia championship in Tokushima, Japan two years ago allowing the Iranians to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“The Philippines is ranked 63rd in the world, Iran is 23rd. I don’t think the Filipino players are that far behind because I believe they are better and more talented,” said Toroman.

SBP executive director Noli Eala agrees.

“I would not accept that we are far behind. We have a chance to prove that with this team,” said Eala.

The Nationals will leave Friday to train in Serbia then proceed to the United States on April 19 before returning to the country three weeks later.

During their US trip, the SBP will conduct a training camp on May 2 and 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada for Filipino-American and US-based Filipino players, hoping to find a cager or two that can be added to the team.

From there, the team proceeds to Jakarta, Indonesia to compete in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup where it hopes to bring in former Golden State Warrior Chris Taft as reinforcement.

The 6-foot-10 Taft, who is being eyed by the SBP for naturalization, arrived early Friday and joined the team in practice last night at the Far Eastern University Gym.

“Chris Taft is high on our list. He has all the qualities we need,” said Eala.

The recent RP pool announced by the SBP will be skippered by former Ateneo hotshot Chris Tiu and co-captained by collegiate standout Mark Barroca.

The other pool members are 6-foot-11 Fil-Am Greg Slaughter, Dylan Ababou, JV Casio, Ryan Buenafe, JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, Mac Baracael, Ford Arao, RJ Jazul, Rey Guevarra, Jason Ballesteros and Magi King Sison.

UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo and Paul Lee of University of the East are expected to join the team after the UAAP season while Cebu sensation Junimar Fajardo and US-based Japeth Aguilar, playing for NCAA Division I school Western Kentucky U, and Giancarlo Chiu are also being eyed.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=450812&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
03-22-2009, 09:53 AM
By Joel Orellana / Reporter* *
Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:54


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CHRIS Taft arrives on Friday and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) hopes that he’s tough as advertised.

The 23-year-old former draftee of the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA) planes in this morning after a stint with the National Basketball Developmental League in Atlanta.

Taft is SBP’s only candidate to become a naturalized player for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team that is hoping to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

“If his [Taft] workout turns okay, I think we’ll be a force to reckon with,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala during the formal launch of the squad on Wednesday at the Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan.

“He was highly recommended to us. He got injured last year but recovered last October. He has fully recovered from his injury and Chris is very high on NBA’s list. We are glad he agreed to come over,” Eala added.

Taft will immediately join the team during workout with head coach Rajko Toroman on Friday and Eala is hoping the six-foot-11 American cager could give the team a big lift as they look to compete against Asian’s powerhouse like Iran and China.

Team officials had earlier announced they are looking for a big man and now the squad is badly in need of a player to fill the center/forward spot with the uncertain status of Ateneo center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who was conspicuously absent when Eala announced the members of the national team.

“Rabeh still has personal issues to deal with. He begged off and he told us he will make his decision after the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) season in October,” said Eala. Paul Lee of the University of the East has also yet to decide whether to sign with the squad.

The team will leave for Serbia on March 27 for a series of exhibition games against European ball clubs and will return on April 1. The Nationals leave again on April 19 for the training camp in the United States.

“If Chris sticks out, we’ll probably include him in our trip in Serbia,” said Eala.

The SBP will put up a Filipino-American camp on May 2 and 3 with 30 players already confirmed.

“The team is still looking for a big man and one more wing man,” Eala added. “If we can get those players, I think we’ll be fine.”

Toroman’s first test will be the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Asia Champions Cup from May 12 to 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The tournament is the qualifier for the first Fiba World Club Championship next year.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan presented each member of the RP 5 a sportscoat for committing themselves in the three-year program.

University of Visayas’s Greg Slaughter is the tallest at 6’11”, while Ateneo’s Ford Arao, Far Eastern U’s (FEU) Aldreich Ramos, Jason Ballesteros of San Sebastian College are all standing six-foot-six.

The other members of the squad are team captain Chris Tiu and Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, cocaptain Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling and Marnel Baracael of FEU, La Salle’s JV Casio, Santo Tomas standout Dylan Ababou, Letran’s RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra and Magi Sison of the University of the Philippines.

Former Ateneo center Japeth Aguilar will also be invited to join the team after his commitment with the national team of coach Yeng Guiao, according to Eala.


Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/7750-warriors-draftee-set-to-join-rp-team.html)

CrossOver
03-22-2009, 10:12 AM
By Christine Moncada

AMERICAN cager Chris Taft is expected to start practicing with the national youth team today.

The 23-year-old Taft, set to arrive this morning, is the first candidate for naturalization by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

"He will be a welcome addition to the team. I think we’ll be a force to reckon with him around," said SBP executive director Noli Eala when he announced the composition of the team last Wednesday in Greenhills.

"He got injured last year but he recovered last October. He’s fully recovered from his injury and Chris is very high on the NBA list. We are glad he agreed to come over. He was highly recommended," Eala added.

Taft, standing at 6-foot-11, has been drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA after his stint with the National Basketball Developmental League.

The team, which will be handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, is scheduled to leave for Serbia on March 27 for a series of exhibition games against European teams. A training camp in the United States is also calendared for the Nationals middle of next month.

The team will see action in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup on May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the qualifying event for the FIBA World Club Championship next year.

The other members of the squad are University of Visayas’ Greg Slaughter, Ford Arao, Chris Tiu, Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, Far Eastern U’s Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling, Aldrich Ramos and Marnel Baracael, La Salle’s JV Casio, Santo Tomas’ Dylan Ababou, Letran’s RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra, UP’s Magi Sison and San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros.

All the players have committed to stay with the team for three years.


Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/mar20/spor2.htm)

jesronne
03-22-2009, 02:02 PM
can i borrow your signature?? ;D

CrossOver
03-22-2009, 02:23 PM
can i borrow your signature??* ;D


No problemo kalahi* ;D

jesronne
03-22-2009, 04:07 PM
tanx... ill use this in the interbasket... hehehe...

D_I_A
03-22-2009, 04:21 PM
lupit bro! keep it up!


Sulong Basketball ng Pilipinas!!!

digitalsuperman
03-23-2009, 06:20 AM
bakit accel yung outfitter nila? diba nagsponsor naman yung nike?

jesronne
03-23-2009, 07:39 AM
accel for smart gilas team and nike for the PBA BACKED NATIONAL TEAM

D_I_A
03-23-2009, 02:16 PM
RP team eyes PBA, PBL tournaments
Updated March 23, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

MANILA, Philippines - The Smart Gilas Pilipinas team is eyeing a stint in the PBA and the PBL as part of its buildup for a crack at a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

“We will ask them to allow us to play as a guest team because we feel playing there would toughen up the team,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala.

Eala said he is planning to talk to PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios about the plan while PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad seemed to be open to the idea.

“Any tournament that could help the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team, we’ll join,” said Eala.

The team is composed of 14 of the top young stars in the country today headed by team captain Chris Tiu and co-skipper Mark Barroca.

The other team members are Fil-Am Greg Slaughter, Dylan Ababou, JV Casio, Ryan Buenafe, JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, Mac Baracael, Ford Arao, RJ Jazul, Rey Guevarra, Jason Ballesteros and Magi King Sison.

UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo and Paul Lee of University of the East are expected to join the team after the UAAP season.

Cebu sensation Junimar Fajardo and US-based Japeth Aguilar, playing for NCAA Division I school Western Kentucky U, and Giancarlo Chiu are also being eyed to backstop the squad.

Rajko Toroman, who steered Iran to the FIBA-Asia Championship crown in Tokushima, Japan two years ago for a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said his wards will need experience to achieve success.

The Nationals are scheduled to fly to Serbia on Friday and the United States on April 19 for training.

While in the US, the SBP will hold a camp on May 2-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada where it hopes to draw some Filipino-foreign players who could beef up the team, including the 6-foot-10 Chris Taft.

A former Golden State Warrior, the 24-year-old Taft is expected to join the two trips.

He will also be RP team’s reinforcement in the import-laced FIBA-Asia Champions Cup set May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia. – Joey Villar

jesronne
03-25-2009, 08:29 AM
i hope we will get an update about chris taft practices...

nardy
03-25-2009, 04:35 PM
i hope we will get an update about chris taft practices...


reports say Coach Rajko sent Taft home. no details yet on the reason.

D_I_A
03-25-2009, 04:47 PM
i hope we will get an update about chris taft practices...


reports say Coach Rajko sent Taft home.* no details yet on the reason.


According to one basketball forum .. it's all about his work ethic another reason is that Toroman is trying to bring in a tall and young Serbian Player.

mabuti na rin nagkaalaman ng maaga

jesronne
03-25-2009, 06:07 PM
good news serbian boys are more discipline than blacks

D_I_A
03-26-2009, 12:54 AM
RP sends prospective reinforcement Chris Taft home
03/25/2009 | 08:02 PM
GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – The search for that much-needed big man to reinforce the Smart-Gilas RP men’s team continues after celebrated prospect Chris Taft failed to pass scrutiny from team officials. The former Golden State Warrior was sent home Tuesday.

The 24-year old, 6’11" Taft, who was earlier billed by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala as “highly recommended" by their US scouts, turned out to be a disappointment when he was subjected to a medical examination by the team.

Taft enplaned Friday morning but it was only last Monday when he did workout at a private gym under the supervision of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. According to Toroman, Taft showed little stamina and was clearly out of focus.

“We saw opportunity on him since he was an NBA player and we challenged him to undergo a medical test but he didn’t pass the test. We didn’t want to take the risk so we sent him home," said Toroman after the team’s workout Tuesday night at the San Juan Arena.

Taft appeared to be the man who fits the bill for the team's naturalized center: Young, tall and with NBA experience.

He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2005 but played in only 17 games and was waived in 2006 because of injuries.

Before trying out with the RP team, Taft had brief stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the National Basketball Developmental League. It was in this tournament where he caught the eyes of scouts who recommended him to the SBP as a candidate for naturalization to boost the interior of the national team composed mostly of collegiate players.

Despite this development, Toroman said the squad is not in a hurry to find a suitable replacement and will take its time to find the right guy. Toroman’s team is aiming to win the 2011 Fiba-Asia men’s championship and earn a slot to the 2012 London Olympics.

“We have time on our side and we want to find a player who is not only good but will make these young players better," Toroman explained.

After beating an import-less Talk N Text squad in a tuneup game, the team held its final practice game Wednesday and will take a day off before departing for Serbia on Friday to embark on a 10-day training/ competition.

“I see great potential in this team. We got a good win today (against Talk N Text) and even if it’s just an exhibition game, it’s a good morale booster for these players who have not played in professional league to beat a professional team," added Toroman.

The trip to Serbia will see the team compete against seven top Serbian squads but more than the competition, Toroman wants the players to feel what it is playing against seasoned teams and get familiar with international brand of play and officiating.

D_I_A
03-26-2009, 04:36 PM
RP Gilas out to challenge Serbia’s best squads
03/26/2009 | 02:17 PM
GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines – Despite failing to land the prospect it was eyeing to naturalize, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team departs for Belgrade, Serbia Friday for an intensive two-week training in preparation for a possible crack at the 2012 London Olympics.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman heads the 14-man squad leaving for Hong Kong at 8:00 a.m. Friday. From Hong Kong, the group will take a connecting flight to Frankfurt and finally to Belgrade.

Comprising the young, 14-man squad are Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou, JR Cawaling, Magi Sison, Mac Baracael, Ryan Buenafe, Jayson Ballesteros, RJ Jasul, Rey Guevarra, JV Casio, Clifford Arao, Eldrich Ramos and Greg Slaughter.

The RP quintet would be leaving without 6-foot-11 Chris Taft after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) decided to cut him from its roster after failing to meet the physical and medical requirements of the national team program.

Taft, drafted by NBA team Golden State Warriors, was the American player the SBP was hoping to naturalize for eventual inclusion in the national team’s lineup.

“The decision of the SBP is in keeping with our commitment not to trifle with the naturalization process while ensuring that only the most qualified candidate is selected to our Smart national team," said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

Notwithstanding the hindrance, Eala said the RP squad remains focus in its Olympic mission. “We are undaunted by this slight setback and remain confident that we will attain our short and long term objectives."

The nationals are set to play a total of seven games in the European country against top Division I and Division II teams.

Serbia is a known powerhouse in world basketball and is Toroman’s country of birth. The nationals under Toroman, the architect behind Iran’s Beijing Olympic stint last year, are the same core the SBP is rearing in a bid to end the country’s 37-year drought in the Olympics.

Head of delegation is National team management group chairman Bernie Atienza while Eala will follow the team on April 2. The RP squad returns on April 8.

D_I_A
03-26-2009, 11:49 PM
HUNT STILL ON FOR ‘NATURALIZED PLAYER’

SBP sends unfit, gasping Taft home

By Julius Manicad

Tribune
03/27/2009

Chris Taft, the former National Basketball Association (NBA) player who volunteered to play for the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino, left the same way he arrived — unexpected.

A day after flunking physical and medical exams, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) formally sent home the unimpressive Taft, leaving SBP executive director Noli Eala scrambling for a replacement who is willing to undergo the tedious naturalization process en route for the 2012 London Olympics.

Eala said the 6-foot-10 draftee of the Golden State Warriors attended practice supervised by Smart Gilas-Pilipinas national coach Rajko Toroman recently, but could not last at least 30 minutes due to severe migraine attack and had a terrible time adjusting to the local weather.

SBP, instead, decided to send him home Wednesday night, prompting Eala to communicate with international scouts Steve Olinick and Jim Kelly to search for a potential replacement. Toroman also vowed to help in the recruitment since SBP is also interested in tapping a European reinforcement.

“His medical condition shows that he is not yet ready to be part of the team,” Eala said. “The decision in keeping with our commitment not to trifle in the naturalization process while ensuring that only the most qualified candidate will be selected for our Smart-RP Team.”

Even without Taft, the Nationals will still push through with their international assignments starting with a trip to Hong Kong and Frankfurt, Germany before flying to Belgrade, Serbia for a series of tune-up games with top Serbian squads. They will also travel to the United States for a one-week training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.

The squad leaves for Hong Kong today.

Eala said if they will fail to find a potent replacement who would agree to a long-term commitment with SBP until next month, they will play in the import-laced Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia without a naturalized player.

“We’ll just tap whoever is available (to become an import),” Eala said. “We are undaunted by this slight setback and remain confident that we’ll attain our short-term and long-term goals.”

D_I_A
03-27-2009, 12:17 AM
RP five off to Belgrade; 'naturalized' bet dropped
By Joey Villar Updated March 27, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

MANILA, Philippines - American Chris Taft made good impression but failed to meet medical requirements and was subsequently cut from the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national squad even as the team leaves today for Belgrade.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala yesterday said they have dropped the 6-10 Taft from the list of candidates for naturalization.

“Upon due deliberation, the SBP has decided to cut Chris Taft from the lineup of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team program,” said Eala. “Mr. Taft did not meet the physical and medical requirements of the team program.”

There were reports that the former Golden State Warrior had a hard time adjusting to the country’s weather and bothered by constant migraine attacks.

Taft, who arrived here last week, had attended practice but played only not longer than 30 minutes in scrimmages supervised by Smart Gilas Pilipinas Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. He left Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Nationals leave today for Belgrade, Serbia for a series of tune-up games.

“The decision in keeping with our commitment not to trifle with the naturalization process while ensuring that only the most qualified candidate is selected for our Smart RP team,” Eala said.

“We are undaunted by this slight setback and remain confident that we will attain our short and long term objectives.

“Meantime, the team will depart for Belgrade (today) to train and play seven games versus the top division one and two Serbian teams,” he said.

Eala said they’ve now contacted their international scouts Steve Olinick and Jim Kelly to resume search for Taft’s replacement.

“We’re starting from scratch and we’ve now informed our scouts to start looking again. Coach Toroman has also called on his people in Serbia because we’re also entertaining tapping European imports,” Eala said.

Eala said if the SBP couldn’t find a foreign player who wants a long-term relationship with RP, they might settle for someone who can agree for a short-term stint specifically one who will reinforce the squad in the import-laced FIBA-Asia Champions Cup this May in Jakarta, Indonesia.

D_I_A
03-30-2009, 03:23 AM
PBA board to tackle Smart-RP’s participation
By WAYLON GALVEZ
March 29, 2009, 5:05pm
Manila Bulletin

Two important issues will be tackled when the PBA Board of Governors convenes in a two-day planning session starting today in Cebu City.

The board, chaired by Alaska’s Joaqui Trillo, will discuss the possible stint of the all-amateur Smart-Gilas Pilipinas in the Philippine Cup next season as well as the “lockout” issue
with TV partner Solar Sports Entertainment.

The idea of having the national developmental pool of Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman next season was broached by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The PBA stint would be part of the team’s preparation for various tournaments, including the 2010 Asian Games and the qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics, the FIBA-Asia Championship in 2011 in China.

PBA commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios already mentioned that he already had informal talks with the SBP.

“There’s no formal request yet from the SBP,” Barrios said.

“But since may planning session nga ang board, we’re going to look at the feasibility of having the national squad compete as a guest team by next season, in the same manner the PBA did with other past RP team participation,” Barrios added.

Several board members are open to the idea of including the RP team in the next season.

Aside from Trillo, Lito Alvarez (Burger King), Memerto Mondragon (Rain or Shine), Rene Pardo (Purefoods), Ely Capacio (San Miguel Beer) and Robert Non (Barangay Ginebra) are also inclined to give the Nationals a much-needed exposure in the league.

The last time an amateur team played in the PBA as guest team was in 1985 when Northern Consolidated Cement — starring then college stars Allan Caidic, Hector Calma and Samboy Lim — won the Reinforced Conference.

As for the “lockout” issue with Solar Sports, Barrios will brief the board on the latest development after
his initial talks with the TV outfit officials.

D_I_A
03-30-2009, 03:25 AM
RP team sasali sa PBA
Abante
3/30/2009

Magkakaroon ng two-day planning session ang Philippine Basketball Association Board of Governors sa Cebu City simula ngayon para planuhin ang susunod na season ng liga.

Nangunguna sa agenda ng Board ang posibleng pagsali ng Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team bilang guest squad sa season-opening Philippine Cup.

Ang nationals sa ilalim ni Serbian coach Rajko Toroman ay nakatuon din sa pagpasok sa Asia’s first play-for-pay league bilang bahagi ng paghahanda sa tangkang makahirit ng puwesto sa 2012 London Olympics.

“We’re going to look at the feasibility of having the national squad under coach Toroman compete as a guest team by next season, in the same manner the PBA did with other past RP team participation,” paliwanag ni league commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Pag-uusapan ng Board kung kasamang ibibilang ang win-loss record ng RP quintet sa 10 regular member teams ng PBA.

Ang two-day conference sa Queen City ng South ay pangungunahan ni Board chairman Joaqui Trillo ng Alaska kasama sina Robert Non (Barangay Ginebra), Ricky Vargas (Talk ‘N Text), Ely Capacio (San Miguel), Buddy Encarnado (Sta. Lucia), Rene Pardo (Purefoods), JB Baylon (Coca-Cola), Lito Alvarez (Burger King), Atty. Mamerto Mondragon Jr. (Rain or Shine) at Tony Chua (Barako Bull).

Nasa two-week break ang Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup, pero sa April 3 at 5 sa Araneta Coliseum ay makikipagsubukan ang Powerade Team Pilipinas ni coach Yeng Guiao sa dumadayong Motolite Australian Hoopdreamz.

Sa unang pagsabak sa kumpetisyon, haharapin ng national squad ang mas matatangkad na Aussies na babanderahan ni dating NBL MVP Bruce Bolden.

D_I_A
03-30-2009, 03:38 AM
Excerpt from

GMANews.TV

Cardona gets chance to show up RP team coach Guiao
03/29/2009 | 04:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Snubbed for a slot in the Powerade-Team Pilipinas, MacMac Cardona will have the coming PBA All-Star weekend to show he deserves to get a second look from national coach Yeng Guiao.

Cardona emerged the top choice to man the backcourt of the North team that is set to clash with the nationals in the April 22-26 annual spectacle.

Based on initial counting of fan ballots, Cardona appears to be a cinch for a starting role in the North squad of coach Chot Reyes after he paced all players in his position with 10,598 votes.

The former La Salle mainstay was left out in the national squad despite winning Best Player of the Conference twice in the past.

The top five picks voted by fans will comprise the starting units of both the South and North teams that play Guiao’s the national squad.

D_I_A
03-30-2009, 03:44 AM
PBA stint eyed for Olympic-seeking ‘Gilas Pilipinas’ team
03/29/2009 | 03:46 PM
–GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – Will fans get to see the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman in next season’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)?

This is all up to the PBA Board of Governors, which will sit down for a two-day planning session in Cebu City beginning Monday to discuss the matter and at the same time, chart the course of the league for its 2009-2010 calendar.

Toroman and his young national team are looking to see action in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league as part of their training and preparation for a crack at the 2012 London Olympics.

They are currently in Belgrade, Serbia for a two-week training and competition against Division 1 and Division II ball clubs.

“We’re going to look at the feasibility of having the national squad under coach Toroman compete as a guest team by next season, in the same manner the PBA did with other past RP team participation," said league commissioner Renauld `Sonny’ Barrios.

The commissioner added the Board is also expected to discuss whether to count the win-loss record of the RP quintet vis-à-vis the rest of the 10 regular member teams.

Barrios will be in the Queen City of the South for the two-day conference together with the entire Board headed by chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska.

Comprising the league board are Robert Non (Barangay Ginebra), Ricky Vargas (Talk `N Text), Ely Capacio (San Miguel), Buddy Encarnado (Sta. Lucia), Rene Pardo (Purefoods), JB Baylon (Coca-Cola), Lito Alvarez (Burger King), Atty. Mamerto Mondragon Jr (Rain or Shine) and Tony Chua (Barako Bull).

CrossOver
03-31-2009, 08:33 PM
Posted on 31 March 2009


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As a sign of its readiness to help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas RP Developmental Team the Philippine Basketball Association has approved a plan that would allow the RP Smart Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman to play exhibition games against the ten PBA ballclubs in the 2009-2010 Philippine Cup.

The RP Developmental Team is hoping to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The decision to help the Smary Gilas squad composed of youngsters from the collegiate ranks was reached during a two-day planning session of the PBA board of governors in Cebu City .

PBA chairman Joaqui Trillo said “since RP Smart Gilas is a developmental team, the Board decided we can maximize the PBA’s assistance by playing the team as much as we can. This way, they will not be limited by our format, and in fact, they can continue to play our teams even during the playoffs depending on their needs. They will also have more flexibility regarding their training abroad.”

However, the PBA board indicated it is not closing its doors on having the training pool under Toroman play as a guest team in the future with all games having a bearing on the conference and the team having a chance to contend for the championship.

PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios indicated that “maybe we can follow the NCC model where the team played exhibition games with the PBA* ballclubs at first, but eventually got to play as a guest team in a regular PBA conference after seeing action in a number of international competitions.”.

The Northern Consolidated (NCC) squad piloted by the brilliant American coach Ron Jacobs earned its spurs playing exhibition games against PBA teams in the early ‘80s. After winning the prestigious Jones Cup in July 1985 beating a star-studded US team in a classic overtime final, the squad won the ABC Championships in Kuala Lumpur in January 1986 whipping China in the finals. The Jacobs-coached team of Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco was accepted as a guest team in the PBA, eventually winning the 1985 Reinforced Conference crown.

Talk n Text Board representative Ricky Vargas, who is also Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice chairman, thanked the PBA Board for the valuable assistance. Vargas said “this help will surely go a long way in developing the team and getting the players ready for the tough international tournaments, and we in the SBP are truly grateful.”

On the technical side, a meeting between league officials, team officials and coaches will be set to get a clearer picture on the officiating philosophy and calls being made by the game officials this conference. The coaches met with league officials before the start of the conference and agreed in particular on the no hand-check rule but later on turned around and complained when the infraction was being called by the referees.


Inside Sports (http://insidesports.ph/basketball/rp-developmental-team-gets-chance-to-play-against-pba-squads/)

CrossOver
04-01-2009, 12:15 AM
By Nelson Beltran
Updated April 01, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Basketball Association is accommodating the RP Developmental Pool to play exhibition games against the pro league’s 10 member teams during the course of the PBA Philippine Cup.

In the future, the PBA is open to possible participation by the RP Smart Gilas team as guest squad with a chance to contend for a conference crown as the league board of governors, during a planning session in Cebu, agreed to extend assistance to the developmental pool hoping to earn a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

The Smart Gilas team, under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, is currently training in Serbia. Its next stop is the United States before returning home for the players to rejoin their school teams.

“Since RP Smart Gilas is a developmental team, the board decided we can maximize the PBA’s assistance by playing the team as much as we can,” PBA board chairman Joaqui Trillo said.

“This way, they will not be limited by our format, and in fact, they can continue to play our teams even during the playoffs depending on their needs. They will also have more flexibility regarding their training abroad,” Trillo added.

The Smart Gilas team has already got to play PBA teams during the recent Philippine Cup finals. The Nationals went up against Burger King and Rain or Shine in two exhibition games held as curtain-raisers to the Alaska-Talk n Text finale.

“Maybe we can follow the NCC model where the team played exhibition games with the PBA ballclubs at first, before eventually allowed to play as a guest team in a regular PBA conference after seeing action in a number of international competitions,” said PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios.

The Northern Consolidated (NCC) squad by coach Ron Jacobs played exhibition games against PBA teams in the early ’80s. After reaping success in Asian competitions, the team was accepted as a guest team in the PBA, eventually winning the 1985 Reinforced Conference crown.

Talk n Text board representative Ricky Vargas, who is also the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice chairman, expressed gratitude to his fellow PBA governors for the support.

The Smart Gilas team seeks a berth in the 2012 Olympics in the 2011 FIBA-Asia championship.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=454029&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
04-01-2009, 12:37 AM
THE PBA is throwing its doors wide open for the RP Developmental Team and help the squad in its ambitious bid to earn a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

The league’s Board has allowed the RP Smart Gilas squad coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman to play exhibition games with PBA teams in the next Philippine Cup and possibly even be a guest team in the future.

"Since RP Smart Gilas is a developmental team, the Board decided we can maximize the PBA’s assistance by playing the team as much as we can," Chairman Joaqui Trillo said after the governors’ planning session in Cebu City last Monday.

"This way, they will not be limited by our format, and in fact, they can continue to play our teams even during the playoffs, depending on their needs. They will also have more flexibility regarding their training abroad," the Alaska team manager added.

The Northern Consolidated Cement squad piloted by coach Ron Jacobs earned its spurs playing exhibition games against PBA teams in the early ‘80s. After reaping success in Asian competitions, the team was accepted as a guest team in the PBA, eventually winning the 1985 Reinforced Conference crown.

PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios said the RP squad can follow the NCC example as a guest team in the league, with all games having a bearing on the conference and the team eligible to contend for the championship.

"Maybe we can follow the NCC model where the team played exhibition games with the PBA ballclubs at first, but eventually got to play as a guest team in a regular PBA conference after seeing action in a number of international competitions," said Barrios.


Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/apr01/spor3.htm)

CrossOver
04-01-2009, 01:05 AM
By Dave Coros
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:44

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will allow the national developmental team—the RP Smart Gilas team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman that is aspiring for a spot in the 2012 London Olympics—to play exhibition matches against PBA teams in the league’s 2009-10 season.

“Since RP Smart Gilas is a developmental team, the board decided we can maximize the PBA’s assistance by playing the team as much as we can,” board chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska said.

“This way, they will not be limited by our format and, in fact, they can continue to play our teams even during the playoffs depending on their needs. They will also have more flexibility regarding their training abroad.”

The PBA said it is also not closing its doors on Toroman’s team to play as a guest squad in the future.

“Maybe we can follow the NCC model where the team played exhibition games with the PBA ball clubs at first, but eventually got to play as a guest team in a regular PBA conference after seeing action in a number of international competitions,” said Barrios.

The Northern Consolidated Cement (NCC) squad, piloted by American Ron Jacobs, played exhibition games against PBA teams in the early 1980s. After reaping success in Asian competitions, the team was accepted as a guest team in the PBA, eventually winning the 1985 Reinforced Conference crown.

Talk ’N Text board representative Ricky Vargas, who also sits as Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice chairman, thanked the PBA board for its generosity.

“This help will surely go a long way in developing the team and getting the players ready for the tough international tournaments, and we in the SBP are truly grateful,” Vargas said.

On the technical side, a meeting between league officials, team officials and coaches will be set to get a clearer picture on the officiating philosophy and calls being made by officials in the ongoing Fiesta Conference.

The board will have a more thorough and detailed planning session to tackle the direction and plans for the league’s 35th season and beyond.

SBP grateful on PBA’s gesture

SBP executive director Noli Eala said on Tuesday the decision of the PBA to grant a request for its development team to play in the coming season is definitely a big boost to the basketball group’s long-term goal to earn the country a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

“We welcome the decision of the PBA to allow the Smart Gilas National Team with excitement and gratitude,” Eala said.

“This is definitely a tremendous boost to our long-term program as it will provide competitive games and valuable exposure to the team. We thank the PBA for this opportunity and we look forward to showing the progress of the national team to its legions of fans,” he added.

Gilas team’s baptism of fire

THE Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team absorbed a 61-92 loss at the hands of Metallac Valjevo in the first of its seven-game exhibition games in Serbia. Metallac Valjevo is the fifth-seeded team in Serbia and with an average height of six-foot-seven.

According to Eala, the nationals were “tight and nervous” as almost all of the them played their first game against a top European professional team.

The team could not adjust quickly to the brand of play in Europe.

“It was a totally different level. The game was very physical as the Serbians pushed the team out of our plays,” said Eala. “But the spirit of the boys are still high, this is part of our learning and building process.”

Mark Barroca led the nationals with 19 points, while Marnel Baracael chipped in 15.

The team’s next assignment is the BC Beogard at the Pionir Hallin in Belgrade.


Business Mirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports.html)

pachador
04-01-2009, 01:36 AM
i wonder if san miguel can release eman samigue to smart gilas?? or is he too old already?
san miguel coach himself said that eman is a project. if thats the case then Toroman can make eman a project too and might develop eman into a better player. Eman is just sitting on san miguel's bench. what a waste. same with Japeth, another bench player whom SBP is apparently still trying to convince according to the news today.

D_I_A
04-01-2009, 11:58 PM
Serbian team beats RP-Gilas anew
Tribune
04/02/2009

Smart Gilas-RP Team swallowed a second consecutive setback, 87-90, at the hands of a more polished Serbian BCC Beograd Tuesday at the Pionir Hall in Belgrade.

Rajko Toroman, however, was impressed with his boys’ remarkable improvement.

Toroman, the noted Serbian mentor tapped by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to engineer the country’s Olympic dream, yesterday reported that the Nationals played with renewed confidence, crisp passing and fluid shooting to give the taller, heftier Serbians a tougher time on both ends of the floor.

Jason Ballesteros, an underrated 6-foot-7 defensive machine, patrolled the paint with authority, registering three blocks while the snipers of the Nationals torched the net, going 12-for-15 from beyond the arc.

“We lost Game Two, but we played very good,” Toroman said. “We were a better team this time. This is a loss which you could do only once in 50 years.”

Dylan Ababou nailed 16 points while gunners JV Casio and Chris Tiu delivered 15 and 14 points respectively for the Filipinos, who opened their seven-game European road trip on a sour note following a 61-92 loss to Metallac Valvejo last Monday.

D_I_A
04-02-2009, 02:56 AM
RP 5 to draft imports for Champions Cup
By Joaquin Henson Updated April 02, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar



MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine developmental team will be reinforced by two imports in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12-20 and SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday one of them could be former Red Bull import Adam Parada.

The tournament allows teams to play two imports of unlimited height each. Eala said he has the go-signal from SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan to recruit a pair that will make the team more competitive.

“We’re in touch with Parada’s agent,” said Eala. “He’s got an offer to play in the Middle East but he’d rather play for us. He knows the international game. If we come to terms, we’ll bring him to Las Vegas for our training camp.”

The 7-foot, 265-pound Parada, 27, played for the Mexican national team in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championships in Las Vegas, averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. In Mexico’s 127-100 loss to the US, Parada was matched up against Dwight Howard and collected 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes. Parada scored 21 points and shot .727 from the floor in Mexico’s 100-89 win over Venezuela.

In the PBA Fiesta Conference last year, Parada netted 33 points as Red Bull downed Magnolia, 102-90, to take third place. He averaged 21.2 points, 14.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots in 23 games.

Eala said Parada’s import partner could be coach Rajko Toroman’s son-in-law Mladen Sekulavac, a 6-8 forward who was the Dallas Mavericks’ second round pick in the 2002 NBA draft. Sekulavac, 28, has played for the Yugoslavian national junior team and is a fixture in the Serbian league.

“Mladen came to Manila for a visit recently and practiced with our team,” said Eala. “He’s a deadshot from any angle. He reminds you of Peja Stojakovic. When he releases, it’s almost always a sure hit. Coach Chot (Reyes) saw him play and he thinks a Parada-Mladen combination will work. But we’re not rushing a decision. We’ve got players showing up for tryouts in Las Vegas so we’ll evaluate the talent that’s available before making up our minds.”

The developmental team is now in Serbia for a seven-game exhibition series. Last Sunday, Serbian Division I club Vujiv Metalac Valjevo trounced the visitors, 92-61. Mark Barroca led the Philippines with 19 points. Mac Baracael chipped in 15, Dylan Ababou 7 and J. V. Casio 6.

“We missed our outside shots and our big guys (Greg) Slaughter and (Jason) Ballesteros didn’t score,” said Eala. “The game was very physical. The Serbians were pushing us out. Our guys realized it’s a totally different game from what they’re used to.”

Eala said the team’s second game was a cliffhanger. Another Serbian Division I club OKK Beograd edged the Philippines, 90-87, at the Pionir Sports Center in downtown Belgrade last Tuesday.

“We played against taller and heftier Serbian pros but we did much better than our first game and lost because of breaks in the end game,” said Eala. “We showed marked improvement with more precise passing, use of effective screens, a higher field goal percentage, better defense, less turnovers and more patience in our execution.”

Eala said the Philippines hit 12-of-15 triples and almost scored an upset. Ababou shot 16 points, Casio 15, Chris Tiu 14, Slaughter 11 and Baracael 9.

Neither Parada nor Sekulavac is eligible for naturalization because they had previously suited up for other national teams. Under FIBA rules, a player may see action for only one country in his international career.

jesronne
04-02-2009, 08:53 PM
“Mladen came to Manila for a visit recently and practiced with our team,” said Eala. “He’s a deadshot from any angle. He reminds you of Peja Stojakovic. When he releases, it’s almost always a sure hit. Coach Chot (Reyes) saw him play and he thinks a Parada-Mladen combination will work. But we’re not rushing a decision. We’ve got players showing up for tryouts in Las Vegas so we’ll evaluate the talent that’s available before making up our minds.”


this will also served as a try out for some players who applied for naturalization... actually some international agents will attend to this try out... i hope eala will be able to pick the right one... ;D

pachador
04-03-2009, 12:40 AM
Since the smart gilas team is still looking for tall strong guys, and since it can give salaries to players they selected, is it feasible for SBP to take a look at tall PBA players whose contracts are expiring like Raffy Reavis, billy mamaril, Eman Samigue, Marc Pingris and Jay Washington. see below:

Caguioa, 14 other PBA contracts to expire soon
By WAYLON GALVEZ
April 2, 2009, 8:48pm

Expect a lot of negotiations in the off-season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starting July as 74 players' contracts expire by the end of the season.

Defending Fiesta Cup champion Barangay Ginebra has the most number of expiring players with 15, including the dynamic duo of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, as well as former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Eric Menk.

Their contracts with the Kings will end July 15, same with Sunday Salvacion, Rafi Reavis, Junthy Valenzuela, Paul Artadi, Chris Pacana, Willie Wilson, Junjun Cabatu, Macky Escalona and JR Aquino.

Billy Mamaril’s contract with Ginebra will expire on July 30, while those of Ronald Tubid and Chico Lanete will be on July 31.

PBA rule states the 10 ball clubs can negotiate and renew their respective players, but teams wishing to acquire players with expiring contract from other teams can only start talking as soon as the contract expires.

Caguioa, who helped Ginebra win the reinforced-conference title last season, has missed the previous Philippine Cup due to injuries to both knees. He is currently recuperating in the US but is expected to return this month.

Ginebra’s sister-team San Miguel Beer has the second most number with 13, including Olsen Racela, Dondon Hontiveros and Danny Seigle.

Also with expiring contracts are Marc Pingris, Jay Washington, Dorian Pena, Lordy Tugade, Mike Cortez, Jonas Villanueva, Samigue Eman, Chris Calaguio, Wesley Gonzales and Froilan Baguion.

The Beermen are currently leading the pack in the season-ending Fiesta Cup with a clean 6-0, win-loss record.

Purefoods TJ Hotdogs and Sta. Lucia Realty each have eight players with expiring contracts.

For the Giants: Rich Alvarez, Al Vergara (July 15), Richard Yee, PJ Simon, Roger Yap, Romel Adducul, Rico Villanueva (July 31) and Topex Robinson (August 31), while the Realtors will have to deal with Bitoy Omolon (June 30), Joseph Yeo (July 31), reigning MVP Kelly Williams, Norman Gonzales, Christian Coronel, Philip Butel, Melvin Mamaclay and Dennis Daa (Aug. 31).

Alaska, Rain or Shine, Cola-Cola and Barako Bull have six each.

pachador
04-03-2009, 01:25 AM
if no PBA team will get some of these tall PBA players with expiring contracts and if Toroman thinks this discarded tall player has great potential and is trainable then maybe something can be worked out . otherwise the discarded PBA player's other choice is to toil in the Liga Pilipinas or take a chance and wait to be called by a PBA team. The other thing too is that if none of the naturalized players work out then might as well give part of the salary of the naturalized player to 1 or 2 tall PBA players who have great potential, e.g. Samigue Eman, and this way, SBP will save money. in other words, if the 1 or 2 tall PBA players are way higher in skills than, say, Slaughter then its ok giving him a higher salary. If I were Eman I would take it rather than sit on San Miguels' bench all the time. With Toroman, Eman can develop his fundamentals more.at this point, I wonder if Eman is way above Slaughter ? he can be a good mentor or big brother. He might make a good trio with Slaughter and Rabeh and also just in case Rabeh backs out totally.

I mention Eman because among the tall players with expiring contracts, he is the tallest, with good weight( last time i asked him he was 250 lbs) relatively still young, might have something to prove since he is always benched wtih San Miguel and from knowing him , he seems to have a good attitude.

San Miguels' coach himself said that Eman is a project so if thats the case, San Miguel can lend Eman to the Smart Gilas team for 3 years while Toroman develops his fundamentals then give Eman back to san Miguel, 3 years from now Eman will be a polished project and be able to help San Miguel better. There has to be high level talks between cojuangco and Pangilinan so there is no misunderstanding on this issue kung sakali interested ang SBP kay Eman...

CrossOver
04-03-2009, 01:29 AM
Interesting, pwede sina Samigue Eman & Marc Pingris ang problema lang kaya bang tapatan ang recent contract nila.

pachador
04-03-2009, 01:34 AM
ang naisip ko kung walang mahanap na naturalized player , then yung salary ng naturalized player ibigay nalang kay eman and ,say 2 or 3 PBA hugots na bata pa tulad ni pingris. bata pa ba si Raffy Reavis ? example lang ito.



Interesting, pwede sina Samigue Eman & Marc Pingris ang problema lang kaya bang tapatan ang recent contract nila.

CrossOver
04-03-2009, 01:38 AM
Magandang idea ito kailangan ma i-email ito kay sir Noli Eala.

nardy
04-03-2009, 02:06 AM
ang naisip ko kung walang mahanap na naturalized player , then yung salary ng naturalized player ibigay nalang kay eman and ,say 2 or 3 PBA hugots na bata pa tulad ni pingris. bata pa ba si Raffy Reavis ? example lang ito.



Interesting, pwede sina Samigue Eman & Marc Pingris ang problema lang kaya bang tapatan ang recent contract nila.



I do not know if you are updated with the business news lately. San Miguel has already bought Extelcom and is now a direct competitor of SMART. In business sense, why should I lend a player that would benefit competition. If you do not know yet, there is a problem between MVP and the PBA as the PBA allowed a direct competitor of SMART and Talk N Text to become a major sponsor in a TV spot ...... TM Tres. Unknown to many this created a dent in the harmony of the PBA and this has divided 3 groups, the San Miguel Group, the MVP Group, and the fence sitting group.

pachador
04-03-2009, 05:36 AM
well, maybe this is an opportunity for both cojuangco and pangilinan to reach out and hold hands together for a common good, and clear up past misunderstandings as well. who knows? nothing is impossible when both sides keep an open flexible mind and not dig their heels in the sand like BAP.

salsa caballero
04-03-2009, 11:21 AM
^ That would be nice. Btw, did you hear that because of the recent shareholder movements, Meralco is changing its name? San Mig Light na daw.

pachador
04-03-2009, 11:54 AM
at parang walang gulo, eala, SBP or whoever will talk publicly to the concerned PBA team and PBA management about the possibility of recruiting PBA players with expired contracts for the smart gilas team. this way, walang conspiracy, paranoia and suspicions and there will be no misunderstandings. kailangan above board and public ang negotiations and discussions para walang gulo

D_I_A
04-04-2009, 06:44 AM
SBP calls tryouts for Fil-Am cagers
By Joaquin Henson Updated April 04, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

MANILA, Philippines - Slots will be available for at least three Fil-Ams in the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team and SBP executive director Noli Eala said the other day tryouts are set May 2-3 in Las Vegas with Marshall University hotshot guard Chris Lutz invited to join.

Lutz, 24, averaged 10.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 27.6 minutes as a Marshall junior this past NCAA season. He hit a career-high 37 points, including 7-of-12 triples, in the Thundering Herd varsity’s 89-86 overtime win over Tulane and 23, including 4-of-5 treys, in a 72-59 decision over Rio Grande. Against University of Texas at El Paso, Lutz tallied 24 points, including 7-of-18 triples.

Lutz’ mother Luzviminda is Filipina and father Wayne is American. He played two seasons for Purdue, a Division I school like Marshall, before transferring. In 2006-07, the 6-3, 190-pound guard hit .472 from three-point range to lead the Big 10 Conference with 58-of-123 triples.

Eala, who is now in Serbia with coach Rajko Toroman’s developmental squad, said he has invited Lutz to attend the tryouts. Another Fil-Am Division I player, Jonathan Brick, will also be invited. Brick, 23, played four years at Noy Castillo’s alma mater Citadel. His sister Vicki suited up for the Philippine women’s team that took the bronze medal at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. The six-foot guard’s mother Lynne is Filipina and father Victor is American.

The Smart Gilas team returns from Belgrade this Wednesday then leaves for Las Vegas on April 19 for another series of exhibition games.

“We’re looking to play five to seven games against Division I teams and pro clubs in Las Vegas,” said Eala. “Joe Abunassar (founder of Impact Basketball, the premier NBA training camp) is helping us arrange the games.”

Former UP cager Caloy Allado, who has a line on Fil-Am cagers, said there are at least two more Division I players, aside from Lutz and Brick, in his list of over 30 prospects. Allado brought Castillo and Tony de la Cruz to the PBA.

Coordinating the Las Vegas trip is Smart Gilas operations head Butch Antonio. Eala said before the Fil-Am tryouts are held, Toroman will check out foreign players who could reinforce the Smart Gilas team in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta in May. He will also evaluate players interested to apply for naturalization.

Among the foreign players willing to suit up for Smart Gilas are 6-10 Shaun Pruitt of the University of Illinois, 6-8 Carlos Monroe of Florida Atlantic, 6-10 Ezenwa Samuel of Western Illinois, 6-11 Kleon Penn of McNeese State, 6-10 Pierre Darden of Cumberland College of Kentucky and 6-11 Adebayo Adeniyi of the Lagos Islanders in the Nigerian league.

Eala said former Golden State Warrior Chris Taft has been struck out from the list of candidates for naturalization. Taft flew in for a tryout recently and stayed here less than a week.

“Taft wasn’t ready to play,” said Eala. “He hasn’t played in two years because of an injury and probably thought we didn’t have a serious program. I think he was overwhelmed by what we expected from him. We put him on a treadmill and he didn’t last three minutes. We put him on the court and he quit, too. I don’t know if his problem is mental or physical. We gave him all the chances to adjust and acclimatize but he just couldn’t cope. Finally, he gave up.”

Eala said Samuel, 24, was recruited by Qatar for naturalization but opted out because he refused to agree to a name change. As Samuel saw action for the Nigerian junior national team in 1999-2000, a FIBA ruling is necessary to determine if he is eligible to play for another country in the senior level.

The Smart Gilas team now training in Serbia is made up of skipper Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael, Dylan Ababou, J. V. Casio, Greg Slaughter, Jason Ballesteros, Aldrich Ramos, J. R. Cawaling, R. J. Jazul, Magi Sison, Ford Arao and Rey Guevara. Ryan Buenafe skipped the trip because of school priorities while Rabeh Al-Husseini will rejoin the team in August.

Eala singled out Baracael as the team’s most improved player.

“Mac gives us the energy we lost when Ogie Menor left,” said Eala. “Our most consistent player is Dylan whom coach Rajko says hardly has a bad game. Mark is our scorer. Greg is quicker and fitter now because of our weight-conditioning program. Our last addition Aldrich has also been a big contributor. Jason is now our top big man in Rabeh’s absence. He provides rebounds, points and about three to four blocked shots a game. Ford is also filling in well. J. V. is our most intelligent player and Rey, our most athletic. J. R. and R. J. are struggling but they’re slowly finding their way to fit in.”

salsa caballero
04-04-2009, 12:36 PM
We won the next two games after that three-point loss. We beat a junior team by about 40 and another men's team by ten or so. We just played the 4th-ranked team in Serbia but there is no word yet on that. Reportedly that team has an import and a couple national players. Looks like they're learning well...

D_I_A
04-04-2009, 09:21 PM
We won the next two games after that three-point loss. We beat a junior team by about 40 and another men's team by ten or so. We just played the 4th-ranked team in Serbia but there is no word yet on that. Reportedly that team has an import and a couple national players. Looks like they're learning well...


any links?

dark_blue
04-05-2009, 04:03 PM
any links?



http://chris-tiu.blogspot.com/2009/04/after-playing-4-games-here-in-serbia-we.html

D_I_A
04-05-2009, 09:22 PM
any links?



http://chris-tiu.blogspot.com/2009/04/after-playing-4-games-here-in-serbia-we.html



many thanks! ;)

easter
04-06-2009, 10:36 PM
:o They have a 2-2 record in Serbia? Playing away from the home country at that!

I really don't care if they get tossed around there at this time by 50 points on average. I think the exposure alone is enough but to win 2 games wow that is something.

pio_valenz
04-07-2009, 07:55 PM
I wonder how Magi is doing. I'm hoping the exposure he gets under Toroman will translate into something positive for UP this season. Even though it looks like he's the third-string center on this team (behind guys like Ballesteros, Arao, and Slaughter), simply being part of this team should help his confidence.

Btw, I think it's great that someone like Chris Tiu is blogging about the Serbia trip.

yungha
04-08-2009, 12:12 AM
Btw, I think it's great that someone like Chris Tiu is blogging about the Serbia trip.

yup. i wanted a deeper, in depth analysis of the gypsy attack though.

D_I_A
04-08-2009, 03:38 AM
Here's one update from the www.pba.com.ph courtesy of eraseyourhead

Smart-Gilas routs Serbian Div. II team


Former De La Salle University stalwart JV Cassio fired 24 points to power Smart-Gilas Pilipinas to its second straight win with a masterful 112-76 won over KK Vizura in a series of tune-up games Friday night at the Vrsac City in Serbia.

The 5-foot-11 Casio went 6-of-8 from the three-point territory as the national improved to 2-2, with three more games left in this seven-game series, which is part of the team’s preparation for various international tournaments.

The RP Team, set to compete in tournaments like the Asian Games next year and the FIBA-Asia Championship in 2011, the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, went 16-of-28 or 57 percent from beyond the arc.

Leading by six points, 27-21, after one quarter, the RP Team connected three consecutive triples that gave them a 36-21 advantage.

The nationals, mentored by Serbian Rajko Toroman, also held KK Vizura, a former Division I team but was relegated to Division II in the Adriatic League, to only 16 points in the second period to take a 53-37 advantage at halftime.

University of Santo Tomas standout Dylan Ababou contributed 16 points with a perfect 3-of-3 from the three-point spot, while Letran’s RJ Jazul and Far Eastern University’s Mac Baracael had 12 points apiece. San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros, the NCAA MVP, had eight rebounds and four shot blocks.

It was the Filipino’s second straight win after beating BC Mega. They lost their first two games to Mettalac Valjevo (61-92) and BC Beograd OKK (87-90).

The nationals’ are playing BC Vojvodina, a tough Division I team, at presstime at the Spens Hall in Novi Sad. They will face BC Torlak today at the Velefram Hall in Belgrade, and BC Zeleznicar in Indjija City..

After the RP team’s trip in Serbia, they will be training in the United States in mid-April.

from eraseyourhead:

"I can't provide the link dahil copy-paste ko lang to sa post ni manu_bol sa interbasket.net. thanks to manu_bol :)"

salsa caballero
04-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Just heard yesterday that we lost a tough 5th game. No details as yet. Sorry.

easter
04-08-2009, 05:18 PM
^By tough I think you mean dumilkit tayo? Tama ba?

D_I_A
04-08-2009, 05:39 PM
^By tough I think you mean dumilkit tayo? Tama ba?


whoa!

ok lang yan ang importante ay natututo ang mga bata..

D_I_A
04-08-2009, 06:23 PM
from www.pba.com.ph



post to ni sam99 sa pex. 8)



I Just saw this over the net. Although it was 2 years back, but this could somehow indicate where this Smart Gilas team is heading, whether it's on the right direction or not.

Again, this was 2 years ago. And the make-up of the Serbian team could be different now.

http://teampilipinas.info/2007/06/kk...ipinas-77.html

KK USCE VIZURA(82) - TEAM PILIPINAS(77)
6/17/2007 | Belgrade Trip, Tune-up Games | 0 comments »

The scores:

KK USCE VIZURA 82—Buric N. 19, Buric D. 13, Kecman 9, Karic 7, Dalovic 7, Tomovic 5, Radic 5, Obrenovic 4, Teodesic 4, Spalevic 4, Pistolevic 3, Mazibrada 2.


SMC-TEAM PILIPINAS 77—Seigle 15, Raymundo 12, Caguioa 11, Taulava 10, Norwood 6, Pennisi 6, Helterbrand 6, De Ocampo 5, Hontiveros 4, Alapag 2, Ritualo 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 25-23, 54-44, 71-67, 82-77

smart gilas - 112

KK USCE VIZURA - 76

"yung team tumalo pala sa smc-rp team dati tinambakan lang ng smart gilas ngayon. di lang natin alam kung ganun pa rin yung composition ng players ngayon ng serbian team na tumalo sa SMC-RP team." - eraseyourhead


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any updates?

salsa caballero
04-08-2009, 07:28 PM
^By tough I think you mean dumilkit tayo? Tama ba?


Sorry pare, no details aside from what I heard. No personal knowledge unfortunately- just chismax from one miron to another. Happy Easter, Easter.

easter
04-08-2009, 08:40 PM
^ Happy Resurrection Day Salsa!

Actually panalo man o talo, tambak man, ok pa rin sa akin eh. But kung dumiikit tayo sa 4th placer (sabi ni Tiu sa blog niya na ito ang next opponent) ng Serbian club league, ang tindi nito.

D_I_A
04-13-2009, 03:17 AM
SBP holds Fil-foreign camp in US
By Joey Villar Updated April 13, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar


MANILA, Philippines - The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is opening a training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada to scout Filipino-foreign players as part of its thrust of expanding the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national pool.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said 15 players have confirmed participation in the camp slated April 24-26. These include US NCAA Division I starters Stanley Pringle of Penn State U and Chris Lutz of Marshall U.

Pringle is a 6-1 point guard who boasts of a whopping 42” vertical leap, a 44-percent three-point shooting accuracy and a reputation as one of the quickest guards in the tough Big 10 Conference. Lutz is a 6-3 guard who is reportedly a prolific scorer.

“The SBP is excited and delighted to see the great enthusiasm shown by our young players to join our national team program,” said Eala, who recently came from a successful trip from Belgrade, Serbia where the Rajko Toroman-mentored team played local teams.

“This is a testimony to the vision and leadership of MVP. We are confident that the Philippines is now on the right track to regaining respectability in the Asian cage scene,” he added.

Ray Parks, son of former many-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, 6-9 Japeth Aguilar of Western Kentucky U and 6-8 Gian Chiu of Oberlin College are also being invited to attend.

Also confirming their participation are John Brick of Citadel U, Ryan Arceo of Chaminad U, Sean Anthony of McGill U, Marco Lassiter of Cal State Fullerton, Kameron Steinhoff of Hawaii Pacific U, Nic Hailey of Arsenal Tech, Ryan Wetherel and John Lasa of Sait Trojans.

Former Nokia RP Youth standout 6-6 Kyle Pascual will join the camp as well as Fil-German Christian Stanhardinger, who played for the Under-19 team of Germany, and Fil-Canadian 6-2 Matthew Wright of Toronto.

Eala said this is just the initial list and they are expecting more to join when the camp opens.

“This is just our initial list, maybe we’ll attract more to join us,” said Eala.

The Smart Gilas Pilipinas team has an initial roster composed of the country’s top collegiate players headed by skippers Chris Tiu of Ateneo and Mark Barroca of Far Eastern U.

The Nationals, who are seeking a berth in the 2012 London Olympics, are also in search of a tall foreign player that the country is planning to naturalize to help them in the post.

“That’s our next step,” said Eala.

D_I_A
04-13-2009, 04:10 AM
Noted US college stars to join Smart Gilas training Camp in Las Vegas

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
04/13/2009

Some of the big names in US college basketball are expected to join the Smart Gilas RP training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 24 to 26, making it quite interesting, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ (SBP) executive director Noli Eala.

Eala said more than 15 standouts, led by Japeth Aguilar, from the premier US NCAA Division I schools are expected to take part in the three-day boot camp that also aims to discover foreign-based talents who could help the country win the 2011 Fiba-Asia Championship that will also give it a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

Joining the wiry former Ateneo de Manila slotman are Stanley Pringle of Penn State University and Chris Ryan Lutz of Marshall University.

While the cat-quick Pringle is said to be one of the most prolific scorers in the Big 10 conference, the 6-foot-3, 24-year-old Lutz was a McDonalds All-American game nominee in high school and led the Big 10 conference in three-point field goal percentage while playing for Purdue in his freshman season.

Also invited were Jon Bricks of Citadel University, Gian Chiu of Oberlin College, Niko Monanchini of Trinity Western University and Sean Anthony of McGill University.

“The SBP is excited and delighted to see the great enthusiasm shown by our young players to join our national team program,” Eala said. “We are confident that the Philippines is now on the right track in regaining the respectability in the Asian caging scene.”

“This is just a testimony to the vision and leadership of our president, Manny Pangilinan,” Eala stressed, adding that the Rajko Toroman-mentored developmental pool has just completed a successful seven-game road trip in Belgrade, Serbia.

D_I_A
04-13-2009, 04:14 AM
SBP Vegas camp lures NCAA starters
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana
Sunday, 12 April 2009 19:29



TOP Filipino-American collegiate players in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) head participants in the training camp set by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) later this month.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said 15 Filipino-foreigners will attend the three-day camp organized by the SBP, from April 24 to 26, in Las Vegas.

Leading the aspirants are Stanley Pringle and Chris Lutz, both starters in their teams in the US NCAA.

According to Eala, Pringle is a six-foot-one point guard from Penn State University, considered as one of the quickest guards in the Big Ten Conference with a 42-inch vertical leap and an impressive 44 percent clip from the three-point zone.

Lutz is a six-foot-three shooting guard from Marshall University and is known to be a prolific scorer.

“The SBP is excited and delighted to see the great enthusiasm shown by our young players to join our national team program,” said Noli Eala.

“We are confident that the Philippines is now on the right track back to regaining the respectability in the Asian cage scene.”

Pringle and Lutz are just two of the Fil-foreign players who were invited by the SBP to the three-day workout that aims to find a couple more players to beef up the RP 5 squad, which is seeking to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Other invitees include Jon Brick, a guard from Citadel University that also produced former Fil-Am hotshot Noy Castillo and brother of former Philippine women’s team Vicky, six-foot-eight 19-year-old center Gian Chiu of Oberlin College and Niko Monachini, a six-foot-six forward from Trinity Western University.

Monachini, who averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks per game at Hugh Boyd High School, was one previously considered by Franz Pumaren for the 18-under men’s team.

The other Fil-Ams are Ryan Arceo from Charminade University; Sean Anthony, a six-foot-four guard from McGill University; Marco Lassiter from Cal State Fullerton; Kameron Steinhoff, an 18-year-old six-foot-five forward from Hawaii Pacific University; and Nic Hailey from Arsenal Tech.

Western Kentucky University campaigner and former Ateneo center Japeth Aguilar was also on the list but Eala said they won’t stop him from attending the tryout of the other RP team being handled by coach Yeng Guiao.

Ryann Wetherrell, former juniors player Kyle Pascual, Christian Stanhardinger, a Filipino-German who suited up for Germany’s Under-19 team, former RP juniors campaigner Matthew Wright, Ray Parks, son of former PBA import Bobby, and John Lasa of SAIT Trojans will also attend the camp.

The aspirants will join those in the developmental pool that will leave for the US next Sunday.

D_I_A
04-13-2009, 04:23 AM
Fil-Ams to try out for Smart-Gilas RP five

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:41:00 04/12/2009


MANILA, Philippines - A pool of promising US- and Canada-based dribblers with Filipino roots said to be good enough to form a team has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the Smart Gilas RP Training Camp in Las Vegas.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said more than 15 of the foreign-based players were called to show up in the April 24 to 26 tryouts at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Eala said most of these aspirants are currently seeing action overseas, with some of them playing for US NCAA teams.

On top of the list are US NCAA Division I starters Stanley Pringle of Penn State University and Marshall University’s Chris Lutz.

The 6-foot-1 Pringle has a vertical leap of 42 inches, shoots 44 percent of his three-point attempts and earned the reputation of being the quickest guard in the Big 10 conference while Lutz is a 6-3 guard with excellent shooting skills.

“The SBP is excited and delighted to see the great enthusiasm shown by our young players to join the national team program,” said Eala.

“This is a testimony to the vision and leadership of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan,” he said.

With the arrival of promising Filipino-American players in the national team, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team skippered by Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca will have to prove themselves and fight to keep their slots in the team formed by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

Besides Pringle and Lutz, Niko Monachini of Trinity Western University and Filipino-German Christian Stanhardinger also look good on paper.

A 6-foot-6 forward, Monachini averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks per game with Hugh Boyd High School while Stanhardinger is a prolific scorer who played for the Under-19 squad of Germany.

Other players invited are playmaker Jon Bricks of Citadel University, 6-foot-8 Gian Chiu of Oberlin College, 5-11 guard Ryan Arceo of Chaminade U, 6-9 Japeth Aguilar of Western Kentucky U, 6-4 forward Sean Anthony of McGill U; Cal State Fullerton’s 6-2 guard Marco Lassiter, Hawaii Pacific U’s 6-5 forward Kameron Steinhoff, 5-11 guard Nic Hailey of Arsenal Tech, Ryann Wetherel, 6-6 Kyle Pascual, 6-2 guard Matthew Wright from Toronto, Canada, Rayray Parks and John Lasa.

“We are confident that the country is now on the right track to regaining respectability in the Asian cage scene,” said Eala.

D_I_A
04-16-2009, 02:12 AM
Former Lakers draftee beefs up Smart RP 5
Updated April 16, 2009 12:00 AM
– Joey Villar
Philstar



MANILA, Philippines - The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has acquired former Los Angeles Lakers draftee CJ Giles to reinforce the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team competing in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the 23-year-old Giles, an agile 6-11 center who can score, rebound and block shots, fits perfectly into the team, which needs a talented, athletic big man to become a virtual contender.

“He fits the bill,” said Eala.

Drafted by the Lakers in last year’s rookie draft, Giles saw action for five games and averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds.

After his brief stint with the Lakers, Giles went to Toronto and played in last year’s NBA Summer League although he failed to make it to the Raptors roster.

Giles, however, got to see action with the Sioux Falls in the D-League, the NBA’s developmental league, early this year before SBP’s United States scouts spotted him.

The scouts have described Giles, who normed 6.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and two shot blocks with Kansas University and Oregon State from 2004-2007, as having great size, strength, an excellent rebounder and shotblocker.

“We are excited to have Giles in the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team as he will fill in our young guys as fast as possible,” said Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach and SBP project director Serbian Rajko Toroman.

The Nationals are coming off a stint in Belgrade, Serbia where they played a number of exhibition games with the local squads.

Eala said Giles will join the RP team in the PLDT Global training camp for North America starting April 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada where they hope to pick up two or three more Filipino-foreign players for the pool.

Eala, however, refused to say that Giles would eventually be tapped as naturalized player to help the country’s bid for a berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The country’s top collegiate stars banner the Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad, including co-skippers Chris Tiu of Ateneo and Mark Barroca of Far Eastern U.

D_I_A
04-16-2009, 02:31 AM
SBP names Giles as Gilas ‘import’
Daily Tribune
04/16/2009

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) tapped the services of former Los Angeles Lakers draftee CJ Giles to reinforce the Smart Gilas national team in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia next month.

SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday said Giles, a 6-foot-11, 23-year-old wiry slotman, fits perfectly in the system of national coach Rajko Toroman for being mobile, athletic and talented.

He was drafted by the Lakers last year and saw action in five games where he averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. After playing under the system of noted mentor Phil Jackson, Giles suited up for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Summer League, but failed to crack the opening-day roster.

Giles, the former Kansas University and Oregon State defensive monster, also saw action for Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League early this year where United States-based SBP scouts spotted him.

D_I_A
04-16-2009, 02:42 AM
Former LA Laker eyed as naturalized player for RP 5
04/15/2009 | 08:08 PM
–GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – National basketball team coach Rajko Toroman has a new prospect for his young, Olympic-seeking crew: former Los Angeles Laker CJ Giles.

The 23-year-old, 6’11 center, who played five games as a Laker, is said to be seriously being considered to be hired as a naturalized player for the all-amateur Smart Gilas Pilipinas basketball team.

Giles averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds as backup of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol last year. He also played for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Summer League in 2008 before bringing in his stuff in the NBA Developmental League playing for Sioux Falls.

But Giles first has to meet certain criteria required by Toroman, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala.

“We understand that Giles could be open to the idea but we have not discussed this formally with him," said Eala.

Toroman, who steered Iran to last year’s FIBA Asia Men’s Basketball crown, welcomed the possibility of having Giles in the line up.

“We are excited to have Giles in the Smart Gilas RP Team as he will fill in our urgent need for a strong presence in the middle. We hope that he can adjust to our system and our young guys as fast as possible," said Toroman.

The Smart Gilas squad has previously considered tapping the services of another NBA veteran in Chris Taft, who was sent home as he was visibly out of shape.

Scouts described Giles as “having a great size and strength, an excellent rebounder and a phenomenal shotblocker with a 7’4 wingspan."

His first test – initially as an import - will be the Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta starting on May 12 where the country is hoping to qualify for the first Fiba World Champions Cup next year in Europe.

D_I_A
04-16-2009, 02:47 AM
SBP tries luck with former Laker
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 20:43


AFTER a failed attempt with Christ Taft, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is now eyeing another National Basketball Association (NBA) draftee in CJ Giles to be the team’s naturalized player.
SBP executive director Noli Eala told the BusinessMirror that they may pick Giles, but the former Los Angeles Lakers draft pick still has to meet the requirements set by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.
The 23-year-old Giles will be the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team’s reinforcement in the forthcoming International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“We understand that Giles could be open to the idea but we have not discussed this formally with him,” said Eala.
“The coaching staff and the SBP will evaluate his performance after Jakarta and let’s see if he could be a good fit to the program of the national team,” Eala added.
Giles is a six-foot-11 center who played college ball at University of Kansas and Oregon State from 2004 to 2007, averaging 6.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and two blocks per game.
He was drafted by the Lakers in 2008 and played only five games, averaging 2.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Giles also played with Toronto in NBA Summer League in 2008 and Sioux Falls in the Developmental League in 2009.
“We are excited to have Giles in the Smart Gilas RP Team, as he will fill in our urgent need for a strong presence in the middle. We hope that he can adjust to our system and our young guys as fast as possible,” said Toroman.
According to Eala, Giles will join the national developmental team in the PLDT Training Camp for North America, slated in Las Vegas on April 21 where 15 Filipino-foreigners are participating.
Scouts described Giles as “having a great size and strength, an excellent rebounder and a phenomenal shotblocker with a 7’4’ wingspan.”
His first test will be the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta starting on May 12 where the country is hoping to qualify for the first Fiba World Champions Cup next year in Europe.
SBP brought Taft, a former draft pick of the Golden State Warriors, in the country last month and was highly considered for the naturalization program but the six-foot-11 center did not pass the physical and mental tests and sent him back to the United States.

D_I_A
04-20-2009, 01:21 PM
RP has back to the wall in FIBA-Asia Champions Cup
Updated April 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

MANILA, Philippines - With several big, talented imports headed by a former NBA first round draft pick beefing up the teams’ rosters in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, the event, slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia, is tipped to be one of the toughest in years.

Priest Launderdale, a 36-year-old 7-4 1996 draft pick by the Alanta Hawks, will reinforce Mahram Iran, the defending champion considered as the team to beat in the nine-day event.

“It will be very, very difficult,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala.

Iran, the same country Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ Serbian coach Rajko Toroman steered to the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will also parade flashy point guard Amir Amini and a still unidentified Spanish reinforcement.

But focus will be on Lauderdale, who hooked it up with Mahram Tehran BC last year and whose height and heft as well as experience will be his main weapon against a field teeming with talent.

Eala said Lebanon is another team to watch as it will be represented by 19-time Lebanon Basketball Championship titlist Al Riyadi Beirut, all members of the national squad led by the prolific duo of Fadi Al-Khatib and naturalized Joe Vogel plus a tall Serbian import.

Korea, represented by Division II club team Sangmoo, is also expected to contend for the crown on a team built around four sweet shooting national team members while Kuwait is also expected to bring in a tall roster.

“A lot of the teams are bringing in imports who are capable of giving them the crown. They also have the core of their national team and a lot of foreign-bred players,” said Eala.

The Filipinos are grouped with the Iranians, Koreans, Lebanese and the Kuwaitis.

The other bracket is composed of Al Arabi of Qatar, AL Wasil of United Arab Emirates, Zain of Jordan, Young Cagers of India and Satria Muda of Indonesia.

RP did not see action in this prestigious club event last year, a year before an all-pro San Miguel Pilipinas finished fourth after failing to make it to the finale, no thanks to a 77-109 beating at the hands of eventual runner-up Al Jalaa of Syria.

This year, the SBP is fielding in an all-amateur squad composed of the country’s top collegiate players with former Los Angeles Laker CJ Giles as reinforcement.

D_I_A
04-20-2009, 09:30 PM
RP-Gilas expect tough grind in Jakarta
Daily Tribune
04/21/2009

Featuring a killer format and a strong 10-team field, the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12 to 20 is being viewed as a “tournament of death” for the Smart Gilas RP National Team.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala yesterday said advancing to the semifinals is already a big achievement after organizers devised a format favorable for powerhouse countries like Iran, Lebanon and Jordan.

In a communique from Fiba-Asia technical director Col. Lee Kak Kuan last week, all 10 teams will be divided into two groups and will have to play a total of nine games before winning the crown.

D_I_A
04-21-2009, 03:12 AM
Semis good enough for Gilas 5
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Monday, 20 April 2009 21:30

WITH a killer format and tough 10-team field, the 20th International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup could be the biggest test yet for the developmental team of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

And SBP executive director Noli Eala admits reaching the semifinal round would already be like winning the title.

“Making the semis already seems like winning the title, that’s how tough this tournament is,” Eala said. “We’ll just take it one game at a time. Once we’ve already reached the semis, we’ll take it from there and see what happens next.”

The 10 teams will be divided into two groups. It will be a single round-robin elimination with the top four teams per group advancing to the quarterfinals. The eight quarterfinalists will again be split into two groups for another round of battle and the top four teams will engage in a crossover semifinals, paving the way for a one-game finals featuring the two semis survivors.

The Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team is bracketed in Group A, along with Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and Korea, while Group B is composed of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, India and the host country.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for the first World Club Championship in Europe next year.

Beefing up the Philippine team is former Los Angeles Lakers draftee CJ Giles but the 23-year-old center will be tested by the veteran imports of the other clubs, including Iran’s seven-foot-four import Priest Lauderdale.

Lebanon remains a top contender in the competition with Joe Vogel and Fadi El-Khatib leading the team.

“This is the toughest [Fiba-Asia] tournament I’ve ever seen so far,” said Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who led Iran to its first-ever Olympic stint in Beijing, China, last year.

Eala said the Smart Gilas could be the youngest team entered in the tournament but it was part of the SBP’s plan to give the young players the right exposure for the 2011 in the Fiba-Asia qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics.

“That’s why we’re sending these kids to a high-level tournament like this,” Eala said. “The main idea is to give them exposure and prepare them for [the] 2011 [Fiba-Asia Championship]. If they compete in this kind of level for two solid years, the future looks bright for us.”

The team also has collegiate standouts Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou, JV Casio, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael and Aldrech Ramos.

D_I_A
04-23-2009, 02:05 AM
Eala claims impressed with Gilas import Giles

04/23/2009
Daily Tribune
CJ Giles deserves a perfect 10.

This is what Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said after personally meeting the 6-foot-11 American who would reinforce the Smart Gilas RP Team in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 12.

Reporting all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada where the SBP is holding a training camp for foreign-bred Filipinos, Eala reiterated his admiration of his prized recruit, saying his versatility and imposing inside presence perfectly compliment the speed and aggressiveness of the locals.

Even Rajko Toroman, the Nationals’ noted Serbian mentor, was surprised to see how the 23-year-old former Kansas University and Oregon State University star improved from being a skinny kid in previous scouting reports to a muscular, powerful slotman that he is now.

He now also has a decent perimeter game, something which he previously lacked that prompted the Los Angeles Lakers to cut him after posting 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in five forgettable games in the NBA.

Giles will be arriving with the entire team on May 1, nine days before flying to Indonesia for his first major test.

D_I_A
04-23-2009, 02:09 AM
Teams banking on imports in Fiba-Asia Cup
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Thursday, 23 April 2009 01:21

HOST Indonesia is looking to make it to the later part of the 20th International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup next month and, like other teams such as the Philippines, it is hoping to get a big lift from its imports.

Satria Muda, representing the host country, is tapping Brandon Cole of the Xavier Musketeers and Rashad Powell of the University of Idaho for the event set from May 12 to 20 in Jakarta.

The six-foot-eight Cole averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in his four-year stint with Xavier before seeing action in different minor leagues overseas, including a stint with Satria Muda, which he led to a title in a domestic league.

Powell is a six-foot-seven forward and, like Cole, has become a journeyman and even played for ex-National Basketball Association star Shawn Kemp’s team 3BA Seattle squad last year.

Powerhouse Qatar squad Al Arabi is leaning on Maurice Hargrow and Josh Jones and will be handled by Australian coach David Ingham.

The six-foot-five Hargrow, 25, played college ball at University of Minnesota and was the school’s 30th all-time leading scorer and played for Qatar’s SC Al Mared club last year. He will be paired with Jones, a shooting guard from Dillard.

Al Arabi and Satria Muda are bracketed in Group B together with Al Wasil of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan’s Zain and the Young Cagers of India.

The Philippines’ representative to the tournament is the Smart Gilas National Team, which is in Las Vegas for a Filipino-American camp. The team, coached by Serbia’s Rajko Toroman, will be bannered by former Los Angeles Laker CJ Giles.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala said in a previous interview the goal in the tournament is to provide exposure to the developmental team that is aiming for a slot in the 2012 London Olympics.

Gilas is in the so-called Group of Death in Group A with perennial powerhouse teams Mahram of Iran and Al Riyadi of Lebanon. Korea’s Sangmoo and Qadsia of Kuwait are also in the group.

Mahram is taking the spot of Saba Battery, the defending champion of the tournament, and is being considered as one of the teams to beat in the Asian qualifier for the first World Club Championship next year.

Al Riyadi is also being tipped to win the tournament with the veteran duo of Joseph Vogel and Fadi El Khatib in the lineup. The team is eyeing former San Miguel Beer import Nate Johnson as reinforcement.

Joel Box of Quincy will lead Kuwait’s Al Qadsia. Box is a six-foot-nine center and played only a total of 25 games for Quincy.

D_I_A
04-24-2009, 01:25 AM
Giles turns into a gem for Gilas
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Friday, 24 April 2009 00:40

CJ GILES appears he’s as good as advertised.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said on Thursday Giles showed a lot of promise in the Filipino-American camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, thus making things look brighter for their upcoming campaign in the International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup from May 12 to 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Eala, in a text message to, said the former Los Angeles Lakers draftee displayed versatility and a strong inside game that would complement the system that Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is trying to implement in the Smart Gilas national team.

“He’s truly a gem. He has improved by leaps and bounds,” said Eala. “He perfectly fits the bill. Even coach Rajko was surprised to see how he [Giles] developed his upper body strength and improved his perimeter shooting since we spotted him in the NBA D-League.”

The SBP first saw the 23-year-old Giles in the National Basketball Association’s Developmental League last year. Eala said the six-foot-11 center was then skinny and was hardly a factor in the shaded lane.

But Giles, on the first day of SBP’s three-day camp, has transformed himself into a complete player and has added weight and muscles that make him a real threat in the shade.

“Let’s see how he will perform against the imports of other teams in the Fiba -Asia Champions Cup,” Eala added.

Giles, who played five games for the Lakers, will be arriving with the entire team on May 1, nine days before flying to Indonesia for the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup, which is the region’s qualifier for the first Fiba World Club Championship next year.

According to Eala, if Giles meets the needs of the team, he will be considered for the naturalization program of the SBP.

The Fiba-Asia Champions Cup will be Giles’s first test for the SBP Smart Gilas developmental team that is eyeing a slot in the 2012 London Olympics. Giles will be surrounded by collegiate standouts like JV Casio, Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou.

pachador
04-24-2009, 07:01 AM
with Giles on the SBP team , siguro panalo na sila as guest team sa next PBA conference. ano comments ninyo ?

salsa caballero
04-24-2009, 11:01 AM
Huwag naman sanang maging "Smart-Giles" team yan. Take note, it's "Smart-Gilas". When one player becomes utterly dominant, the offensive flow tends to start and end with that one player. As of now, from what I'm hearing, the gelling period is already in effect. I hope, hope that Giles does not disrupt the team chemistry we are now enjoying, coming as he does, with a less-than-angelic reputation with respect to practice.

korn666333
04-24-2009, 12:59 PM
meron ba coverage para sa champions cup? what channel? sayang if wala di natin makikita, useless.

D_I_A
04-24-2009, 01:29 PM
A certain Jesronne from interbasket posted this, just got it from www.pba.com.ph



smart gilas update:

they played against a team of campers from impact basketball camp of joe abunassar and it included antoine walker plus another NBA player who is 7'0 my source forgot his name... he also said that many of the campers were future nba draftees... and they lost only by 13pts... 92-105... toroman is really doing magic to this young team...

-- Wow, I really don't know what magic did Toroman do to this team. I mean, losing by 13 points to a team with NBA veteran and lots of future NBA draftees? Keep it up SBP.

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i wonder how the RP-PBA team would fair against this team which beat the RP-SBP Smart Gilas Developmental Team

Kid Cubao
04-24-2009, 01:42 PM
magaling syang magturo. wala namang bago sa basketball kundi yung pamamaraan ng pagturo.

D_I_A
04-24-2009, 10:02 PM
Mga Kapatid sa Paniniwala! Wag Po kayong mabibigla hetong bago:


RP-Gilas edges Impact All-Stars in Vegas game
Daily Tribune
04/25/2009

The Smart Gilas National Team seems ready to step up now after pulling a stunning 128-122 victory over an Antoine Walker-powered Impact All-Stars Thursday as part of the three-day PLDT Global Training Camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala also reported that CJ Giles has been very impressive in his games lately, holding his ground against a solid group of talents led by Walker, a three-time NBA All-Star for the Boston Celtics, seven-foot Nigerian slotman Mamadou N’Jaye and 2009 NBA draft prospects Alonzo Gee and Robert Vaden.

The 23-year-old, 6-foot-11 Giles, who will reinforce the Nationals in the forthcoming Fiba Asia Champions Cup, posted 19 points and six rebounds despite seeing limited minutes due to a sore thumb which he sustained in practice.

With Giles riding the bench, Chris Tiu carried the scoring cudgel, exploding with 25 points as the Nationals crawled back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to post their most impressive victory since being assembled early this year.

Shooter JV Casio finished with 16 points while Dylan Ababou and heady playmaker Mark Barocca registered 15 and 11 points, respectively for the Nationals who will go to the Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 12 beaming with confidence.

“It may be too early to judge, but based from what I’ve seen in the last three days, CJ will be a big help to fill in the gaps in our offense and defense,” Nationals’ Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman said, referring to Giles, the 2007 draftee of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He is an amazing talent. His quickness, leaping ability and jump shot is exceptional for a big man. His length gives us the man in the middle that we need in order to cover a lot of space on the floor.”

The come-from-behind victory, however, appears to be a fitting revenge to the Nationals’ 95-108 loss to the powerhouse Impact squad in their first encounter. Though Giles contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, he was obviously still trying to figure out his role in his new team and adjusting to Toroman’s basketball philosophy.

D_I_A
04-25-2009, 12:34 AM
Smart Gilas ties series vs Vegas stars
Updated April 25, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar
Joey Villar

MANILA, Philippines – Smart Gilas Pilipinas erased an 18-point third quarter deficit and shocked IMPACT All Stars, 128-122, yesterday to tie their exhibition series, 1-1, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Skipper Chris Tiu exploded with 25 points with the bulk coming in the third quarter when the Nationals clawed back from that huge deficit to steal the win.

JV Casio fired 16 points while fellow collegiate standouts Dylan Ababou and Mark Barroca chipped in 16, 15 and 11 points, respectively, to beat a team composed of former three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker and prospective top 10 draft picks Alonzo Gee and Robert Vaden.

CJ Giles, who will be tapped as RP’s reinforcement in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated Dec. 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia, had another superb effort with 19 points.

The 6’11” Giles had 15 points and nine rebounds in a 92-105 defeat in their first game.

“The win was a confidence booster,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala. “We needed to prove to ourselves that we are competitive against tall, experienced and tough opponents.”

The team, mentored by SBP Olympic project director Serbian Rajko Toroman, is using the games as part of its buildup for the import-laced FIBA-Asia Champions Cup.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas is also using that stint to see if Giles could fit in with the team.

“It also gave us a breakthrough with CJ Giles as we have seen how naturally talented he is. I can’t say we are 100 percent ready but we are well on our way,” said Eala.

Giles will return with the team on May 1 before leaving on May 10 for the nine-day event, which will feature 10 tough squads headed by defending champion Marham Iran.

D_I_A
04-25-2009, 07:34 PM
here's some insights from SBP Smart Gilas Developmental Team Captain Chris Tiu




Playing against Antoine Walker

Hello again from Las Vegas, Sin city as they would call it. But not to worry, cause all we do here is eat and sleep in the hotel, take a shuttle van to the training site which is about 5 minutes away, then back again to the hotel to rest, then to the training site again. Pretty much the same schedule everyday, except for unusually lucky days were we get to walk to the strip and appreciate the incredibly attractive.... hotel structures with their glimmering lights Not quite what you thought!

Most of my teammates are first timers here and so i'd have to be the guide. Believe me, it's not easy to lead a big group nowadays because after a few meters of walking, we stop to take a picture. Then, walk a few meters then stop and take another picture again towards another direction, and again... and again. Plus, everybody practically has their own camera, which means each stop requires 7 to 10 cameras of the same view. It's fun being with these guys anyways

Going back to our training, we train twice a day, plus weights. We have games here too. Our first two games were against the same team, the IMPACT All-stars composed of ex-NBA players Antoine Walker (he's so huge and strong, felt like a rock) and Mamadou N'diaye plus young NBA prospects that will be joining the draft this year, Alonzo Gee and Robert Vaden, who are predicted to be picked within the top 12. In our first encounter, we lost by 13 points. We thought it wasn't too bad considering they were all so athletic and talented individually. We felt like little kids being tossed around with alley hoops and slamdunks coming from all over the place. But in our second encounter, we were amused by the results ourselves. We actually beat them by 6 points 128 - 122 after coming back from an 18-point deficit. Our outside shots started to click and that got us going. Plus we got a big lift from our import CJ Giles (6'11) who scored 19 points. CJ played with the Lakers in the summer league. 23 years old from Kansas University.

That games just proves that teamwork is definitely more effective than individual talent because there was no way we could match up with them individually. This makes me respect the system of Coach Rajko Toroman even more, despite criticisms from our own fellow Filipinos. I want to save that topic for another entry. For now, we're just thankful for that rare experience to play against such big name players.

Chris


http://chris-tiu.blogspot.com/

CrossOver
04-26-2009, 12:05 AM
By Joey Villar
Updated April 26, 2009 12:00 AM


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Japeth Aguilar

MANILA, Philippines – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan said US-based Japeth Aguilar has joined the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“Japeth (Aguilar) has arrived so he’s joining the practice game of Smart Gilas Pilipinas,” said Pangilinan during his surprise visit to Philippine Sports Commission chair Harry Angping Friday.

But Pangilinan, who also chairs the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, stressed the 6-foot-10 Aguilar will be allowed to play for the all-pro RP team under coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao.

“I think the situation is he (Aguilar) will join Smart Gilas but we’ll lend him to the PBA Nationals for the mean time. That’s the arrangement,” said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said Aguilar, who played for US NCAA Division I school West Kentucky University, has improved a lot since he last played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP years back.

Import CJ Giles has also joined the RP developmental team in Las Vegas, apparently making a good impression with sterling performances against the IMPACT team composed of prospective NBA top draft picks and former All-Star Antoine Walker.

Giles will be tapped as import when Smart Gilas competes in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“With Japeth and CJ Giles, we should be okay,” said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan also said it would be up to Eala and Toroman to decide whether or not Giles would be their choice for naturalization.

It can be recalled that the SBP has invited Chris Taft to join team practice here but decided in the end that the 6-foot-11 player did not fit the bill.

Giles could be the one Smart Gilas is looking for.

“We’ll leave it to Noli and Rajko if he (Giles) is really the right one,” said Pangilinan.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=461405&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
04-26-2009, 12:16 AM
Japeth likely to see action in Fiba-Asia
Daily Tribune
04/26/2009

Japeth Aguilar may see action in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup, too.

This was bared by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny Pangilinan the other day, saying negotiations between his group and the lanky former Ateneo de Manila University slotman is already in full swing despite his earlier commitment with the PBA-backed RP Team.

The United States-based Aguilar, who donned the colors of the Western Kentucky University in the Division I of the US NCAA, has already been informed to join the scrimmage of the Smart Gilas national team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman in Las Vegas, Nevada along with other foreign-bred Filipino cagers as part of the PLDT Global Training Camp for North America.

Pangilinan said with the 6-foot-9 Aguilar patrolling the lanes together with 6-foot-11 reinforcement CJ Giles, Smart Gilas will be a force to reckon with in the Champions Cup on May 12 in Jakarta, Indonesia where it will be pitted against powerhouse squads Lebanon, Qatar and Iran in the elimination round.

And after helping the young Gilas squad, Aguilar will join the all-professional National Team under Yeng Guiao in its campaign in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Medan, Indonesia in June.

“I think the arrangement is that he will play for us but we'll lend him to the PBA national team,” Pangilinan said during his brief visit to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). “He looks bigger and better. And according to (SBP executive director) Noli (Eala), he's already 6-foot-10 and looks good with our new import, CJ Giles.”

Pangilinan also expressed his satisfaction with the performance of Giles where he registered 19 points in a 128-122 victory over the Antoine Walker-powered Impact All-Stars the other day despite nursing a sore thumb.

Despite his open admiration to the 23-year-old American, however, the telecommunications mogul is leaving the final decision to Toroman and Eala.

“He looks good,” he said. “But we'll leave it up to Noli and Rajko kung siya na nga ang nararapat sa amin.”

D_I_A
04-27-2009, 03:10 AM
Aguilar earns wings, powers RP team's win
Updated April 27, 2009 12:00 AM
– Joey Villar


MANILA, Philippines - Japeth Aguilar made a good account of himself in his first game with Smart Gilas Pilipinas as he powered the Nationals to a 108-98 upset win over the Las Vegas Aczes in the SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas)-PLDT Global Camp at the Impact Facilities in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The 6-10 Aguilar, who played for US NCAA Division I Western Kentucky University, came away with 15 points, five rebounds and two shot blocks to make up for the absence of 6-11 American import CJ Giles, who hyper-extended his right thumb in practice the day before.

It was the Nationals’ second win in three starts in their six-game, 10-day training camp made possible by PLDT Global.

Smart Gilas, with Giles on the firing end, earlier stunned an IMPACT All-Stars squad, headed by former NBA All-Star Anoine Walker and a number of prospective top NBA draft picks, 128-122.

Team RP dropped a 92-105 setback to IMPACT All-Stars in its first game.

“The team is still learning, we played a team with strong individual skills and we can’t afford to start slow,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

“It’s a young team and there is a tendency to sometimes be awed and intimidated by bigger opponents. Japeth was impressive considering he hasn’t practiced with Smart Gilas, he will be a great addition to the national team,” he said.

Dylan Ababou, a University of Santo Tomas mainstay, paced the Rajko Toroman-mentored squad with 20 points, taking over for the Nationals in the early going where they clawed back from a 3-18 deficit.

The Nationals sustained their momentum and seized control in the fourth, enabling Toroman to field in all 14 of his players.

Mark Barroca, team captain Chris Tiu and Filipino-American Greg Slaughter tossed in 18, 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Aguilar, Giles and the rest of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad are expected to return to the country on May 1 in time for the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

D_I_A
04-27-2009, 03:13 AM
Gilas-RP cage team wins anew in Vegas
Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
04/27/2009

Smart Gilas National Team brushed off a sluggish start before coasting to a 108-98 victory over the Las Vegas Aczes in the PLDT Global Training Camp last Saturday at the Impact training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aguilar, the highly-publicized 6-foot-10 Western Kentucky University standout, filed up the hole left by the injured CJ Giles, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks to help the Nationals post their second victory in this 10-day, six-game road trip.

The defense-minded, 6-foot-11 Giles was still recovering from an injured right thumb he sustained in practice prior to their 128-122 victory over the Impact All-Stars led by three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker.

In that game, the 23-year-old former Los Angeles Laker hit 15 points and nine rebounds, prompting Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala to seriously consider him as prime candidate for naturalization.

D_I_A
04-27-2009, 03:34 AM
Japeth lives up to billing as Gilas rips Vegas five
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Sunday, 26 April 2009 20:22

JAPETH AGUILAR gave Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team a big lift against the Las Vegas Aces as the national developmental team scored a 108-98 win, its second-straight in its 10-day, six-game Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas PLDT Training Camp at the Impact Facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The former Ateneo center finished with 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks in his debut for the team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who was impressed with the performance of the ex-Western Kentucky University campaigner.

“Japeth was impressive considering he has not practiced with the team. He will be a great addition to the national team,” said Toroman through SBP executive director Noli Eala.

The six-foot-10 Aguilar, who is reportedly being eyed by coach Yeng Guiao for the Philippine Basketball Association-backed national squad, provided the inside strength for the team as import CJ Giles sat out the game to rest a hyperextended right thumb he incurred in practice.

It was the team’s second-straight victory after losing, 105-92, its first outing against the Antoine Walker-led Impact All-Stars in its first exhibition match in the camp. Giles had 15 points and nine rebounds in his first game for Smart Gilas.

But the Filipino dribblers, behind the 25 points of Chris Tiu and 19 points of Giles, bounced back in their rematch and pulled off a surprising 128-122 victory.

Toroman’s boys started slow against the Nevada All-Stars team, trailing early by 15, 18-3. But they got their rhythm back in the second period and used a 10-0 run to trim their deficit to 51-49 entering the second half.

They continued their strong showing in the third quarter and erected their biggest lead at 94-78 with a little over four minutes left in the game.

Five players scored in double figures as Toroman used all his 14 players. Dylan Ababou led the Nationals with 20 points, while Barroca and Tiu chipped in 18 and 16 markers, respectively. Greg Slaughter contributed 12 points.

“The team is definitely still learning. We played a team with strong individual skills and we can’t afford to start slow,” said Toroman. “It’s a young team and there is a tendency to sometimes be awed and intimidated by bigger opponents.”

tawkytawny
04-27-2009, 04:43 PM
Kasama ba si Rabeh sa RP Team? Kung kasama sya bakit di sya sumama sa abroad? ???

D_I_A
04-27-2009, 05:04 PM
Kasama ba si Rabeh sa RP Team? Kung kasama sya bakit di sya sumama sa abroad? ???


no he didn't join, the kid is trying to comply with his academic requirements at Ateneo.

it is assumed that he will be joining the RP-SBP Smart Gilas Developmental Team after the 2009 UAAP season.

Guardian Angel
04-27-2009, 07:53 PM
How about Buenafe? Is he with the team in LV? Don't see his name in box scores.

salsa caballero
04-27-2009, 08:20 PM
^ Yes, Ryan is with the nationals in Vegas.

Guardian Angel
04-27-2009, 08:42 PM
Thanks for the info. How is he doing? Is he given a chance to play?

korn666333
04-28-2009, 10:54 AM
what channel ba makikita yong laro nila ngayong may sa champions cup? is there any news about standhinger yong german? dapat lang kunin nila yun.

D_I_A
04-28-2009, 03:37 PM
what channel ba makikita yong laro nila ngayong may sa champions cup? is there any news about standhinger yong german? dapat lang kunin nila yun.


wala pang TV carrier na-aanounce eh. no news updates about standhinger, sir nardy has to mention his attendance at the Las Vegas camp.

jesronne
04-28-2009, 04:24 PM
christians parents already said that christian is not yet ready to join the team... kaya di naka punta si christian... sayang siya...

CrossOver
04-29-2009, 05:48 AM
By Nelson Beltran
Updated April 29, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Smart Gilas Team of the Philippines will have to contend with highly formidable teams from Iran and Lebanon in the elimination round of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup set May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Smart Gilas found itself bracketed with Mahram of Iran, Al Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon, Sangmoo of Korea and Al Qadsia of Kuwait in Group A after the recent draw.

Drawn in Group B are Al Arabi of Qatar, Wal Wasl of United Arab Emirates, Zain of Jordan, Young Cagers of India and the host’s Satria Muda.

Mahram, the top team in the West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) qualifiers, seeks a third straight title for Iran in the annual Asian inter-club tourney.

The Iranians are reinforced by Spanish small forward Oscar Yebra and American center Priest Lauderdale.

Al Riyadi Beirut is also said to be a powerhouse team, considered a WABA giant like Mahram.

Smart Gilas, the RP developmental pool being trained by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, needs to finish first or second in the group to make it to the cross-over semifinal round.

Toroman’s team is currently training in Las Vegas.

Iran won the last two Asian Champions Cup editions, playing under the banner of Saba Battery.

The Iranians themselves were the winners of last FIBA Asia men’s championship, gaining a ticket to the 2008 Olympics under the tutelage of Toroman.

“Our preparation for the Champions Cup began long back, as soon as we won the Iranian Super League Championship for 2007-08,” Mahram manager Hamid Reza Samadzade was quoted as saying in an internet report.

“The (FIBA Asia) Champions Cup is one of the toughest tournaments in our region. We hope to continue where Saba has left,” Samdzade said.

“Our confidence comes from the fact that the Iranian Super League is one of the most competitive leagues in Asia,” he added.

The team has been playing well in the last two years to emerge as the champions. We hope we can carry forward the momentum.”


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=462290&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

D_I_A
04-30-2009, 12:35 AM
Three Fil-Ams for RP-Gilas

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
04/30/2009

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yesterday announced the inclusion of three foreign-bred players to the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said Chris Lutz, Sean Anthony and former Ateneo de Manila University star Japeth Aguilar were chosen for the national training development program under noted Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

Eala, however, failed to specify whether the three stalwarts will suit up in the import-flavored 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 12 to 20.

Born to a Filipino mother and an American father, the 24-year-old Lutz is a 6-foot-3 sharp shooter from Marshall University who hit .472 from beyond the arc in the 2006-07 NCAA season to lead the Big 10 Conference with 58-of-123 rainbow connections.

D_I_A
04-30-2009, 01:40 AM
From interbasket.net/forums:

Sir Nardy's reply to Jesronne's comment:

Edited Version: "...For various reasons the 3 would not be able to play. Japeth would be finishing his classes and other school requirements plus would be attending his graduation rites in WKU. Chris has on-going summer classes in Marshall University and since he has a year of playing eligibility left there's a question if it's really ok for him to join SMART GILAS for the FIBA-Asia Club Championship, even if in US NCAA rules they allow their players to join their country's National Team, the players are not allowed to join "commercial" teams. I think Sean is free this summer but since he is not yet a Philippine Passport Holder, he cannot play using a Foreign Passport as doing so would make the FIBA consider him as an Import in Jakarta and that might hamper his chances in playing as a "Filipino" in future FIBA tournaments.

It's unfortunate Marcio turned out as a headcase, I was told the coaching staff was quite impressed with his outside shooting and perimeter defense. But not having distractions to the team is prioritized over individual talent. The lights and all the action in Las Vegas was just too tempting for the kid."

D_I_A
04-30-2009, 02:02 AM
From interbasket.net/forums:

Phevergy posted:

Japeth Aguilar, the former Ateneo Center who played for US NCAA Division I Western Kentucky University has been invited to join the NBA Development League pre-draft camp on June 19-21.

Japeth, son of former PBA player Peter Aguillar had earlier committed to play for the Yeng G uiao coached Philippine National Team that will see action in the SEABA Championships in Medan , Indonesia on June 6 and the FIBA Asia qualifying tournament for a spot in the World Basketball Championships next year in China this August.

Former Presto coaching staff member Jim Kelly who is the Senior Director of the Toronto Raptors NBA team invited Japeth after he watched in play with the Smart Gilas training pool team under coach Toroman in Las Vegas .

Japeth’s father told www insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that his son had a good game and finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and four slam dunks.

According to former PBA superstar Abe King, the chairman of the PBA Legends USA Foundation he was informed by Peter Aguilar that Japeth wants to give the NBA Development League pre-draft camp a try.

Japeth is expected to fly to Manila after the Western Kentucky University graduation party on May 24 to work out with the nationals under coach Guiao.

D_I_A
05-05-2009, 05:11 AM
RP teams tug o’ war l

Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Monday, 04 May 2009 23:19
Business Mirror

THERE’S a looming tug o’ war for the services of Japeth Aguilar.

The national basketball teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) are claiming they have the six-foot-10 center in their roster for upcoming important international meets.

Yeng Guiao, coach of the national squad composed of PBA players, said during the recent All-Star Weekend that his team will be beefed up by the former Western Kentucky University reserve in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Men’s Championship in Medan, Indonesia, this June.

Just a few days later, SBP executive director Noli Eala issued a statement saying Aguilar has been included in the developmental pool of the SBP being handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

Aguilar attended the tryouts during the three-day Filipino-American basketball camp organized by the SBP. He was picked by Toroman together with Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony to join the developmental pool.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan also said Aguilar will be a full-time member of the Smart Gilas side that is looking to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics but they are willing to loan him to the all-pro team.

There are also reports Aguilar is inclined to join the PBA draft in August but members of the SBP developmental pool are being offered contracts that will earn them handsome allowances that will keep them from joining the pro league.

Aguilar has yet to sign a contract with the SBP and Guiao hopes the son of former PBA player Peter, like him a Capampangan, takes everything into consideration before making any decision.

“I hope Japeth would explore all the options before committing himself to anything,” said Guiao.

Aguilar will be graduating from Western Kentucky mid-May and is expected to join Guiao’s scrimmages in the latter part of this month just in time for the Seaba tournament from June 6 to 10 in Medan.

But Aguilar is also being eyed by the SBP to bolster the lineup of its Philippine team in the coming International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the first World Club Championship next year

The question now is whether Aguilar will be allowed to play for Guiao’s RP 5 in the Fiba-Asia tournament in Tianjin, China, this August, a qualifier for the 2010 Fiba World Championship.

Aguilar played in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for Ateneo, a school Pangilinan is known to support, before getting an invitation from the Hilltoppers in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 03:55 AM
Giles ready to carrry load for Smart Gilas
By Joey Villar Updated May 06, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

RP team coach Rajko Toroman answers questions together with American CJ Giles during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue branch. Jun Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Gilas Pilipinas will have to rely heavily on American CJ Giles after its three other reinforcements begged off from seeing action in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Serbian Rajko Toroman, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas project director and Smart Gilas coach, yesterday disclosed that US based Japeth Aguilar and Fil-Ams Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony will not be able to join the team in the Fiba Asia qualifier due to previous commitments.

“Because of their commitments, they would not be joining us in Jakarta,” said Toroman during yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave.

Aguilar, Lutz and Anthony joined the team in the training camp and a series of exhibition games against taller, tougher teams in Las Vegas, Nevada last week where they won three of six tune-up matches.

But Aguilar will still have to clear his stint with the RP squad with his US NCAA Division I West Kentucky University team as well as Lutz with Marshall U and Anthony with McGill U.

“We will still have to wait a little more for them,” said Toroman.

The 6-10 Giles, who joined the Nationals on their way back to RP, however said he is more than willing to be ready to play for the team.

“I’m not the leader type of guy, I’m more of a team player. But I’m having a great time, and we (the team) are very eager to learn,” said Giles, who saw action in the Toronto Summer League and with the Los Angeles Lakers in the pre-season.

“But if coach wants me to grab 20 rebounds and score no points, I’ll be glad to do it,” he said.

“He’s an energetic player, a team player,” said Toroman, who hopes to steer RP to the 2012 London Olympics like he did to Iran in the 2008 Beijing Games.

Smart Gilas, headed by skipper Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou and JV Casio, is scheduled to leave Sunday night for Jakarta.

“We have a future. They are a young, energetic team and we still have a long way to go,” said Butch Antonio, head of operations for the Smart Gilas Team.

Other members of the team are JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, Marnel Baracael, Magi Sison, Ford Arao, Greg Slaughter, RJ Jazul, Rey Guevarra, Ryan Buenafe and Jason Ballesteros.

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 04:01 AM
RP Smart Gilas facing tall order

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
05/06/2009

The 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup will be an uphill climb for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team, especially now that previously probable recruits from the US may not anymore be available for the team.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas project director Rajko Toroman raised this concern as he confirmed that Japeth Aguilar, Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony won’t be suiting up when the Nationals see action in the prestigious club tournament that unwraps on May 12 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Toroman said the celebrated troika still has to settle some important matters before their respective universities could give them the green light.

Aguilar, a former Ateneo de Manila University slotman, won’t finish his school commitment at the Western Kentucky University until the end of this month. Same goes for Filipino-American Lutz of Marshall University and Anthony of McGill University, who were spotted by SBP scouts in the PLDT Global training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada recently.

“We still have to wait a little more,” Toroman said in the weekly PSA forum at the Shakeys’ UN Avenue branch. “We just have to be patient.”

Without Aguilar, Lutz and Anthony, the Serbian mentor has no choice but to tap American reinforcement CJ Giles when the nationals go up against taller, heftier and more seasoned Asian opponents, especially those from Middle East countries like Iran and Lebanon.

Reigning champion Iran, which Toroman guided to its Olympic debut last year, is set to parade 7-foot-4, former NBA first round draftee Priest Lauderdale while Lebanon will bank on the proven tandem of naturalized Joe Vogel and Fadi El-Khatib and probably, along with former PBA import Nate Johnson.

“I’m not the leader type of guy, I’m more of a team player,” said Giles, the 23-year-old, 6-foot-11 forward who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the pre-season of the NBA and suited up in the Toronto Summer League. “But if coach wants me to grab 20 rebounds without a point, I’ll gladly do it.”

In an exhibition match that was part of the PLDT Global training camp in Las Vegas, the former Oregon State University star hit 15 points and nine rebounds despite nursing an injured thumb, prompting Toroman and the SBP leadership to seriously consider him for naturalization.

“He’s an energetic player, a team player” Toroman said.

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 04:03 AM
Gilas RP team eyes
modest goal in Jakarta
Malaya
5/6/2009

THE Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team eyes a modest goal–the semifinals–when it competes in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12 to 20.

"Don’t expect a miracle in Jakarta," said national team coach Rajko Toroman. "But we have a very strong and enthusiastic team. We’re very competitive. We hope we’ll go in the semifinals."

The team, reinforced by former Los Angeles Lakers player CJ Giles, has been bracketed in the so-called Group of Death with defending champion Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and South Korea in Group A.

Group B is made up of Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, India and Indonesia.

"This is a very, very tough competition for our young team," Toroman said during the PSA Forum yesterday at Shakey’s UN Ave. "This is the reason why we invited CJ in that competition because our team is so young and without national experience. And we’re playing strong competition."

Giles, a 23-year-old center who played five games for the Lakers as a rookie last season, recently arrived with the team bannered by Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou and Mark Barroca from a training camp in Las Vegas.

"I think one thing I can bring is energy," said the 6-foot-10 Giles, who also played with the Sioux Falls in the D-League, the NBA’s developmental league. "I’m not so much of a leader. But I like to do the little things and contribute to the team."

Japeth Aguilar, the former Ateneo standout who played for US NCAA Division I school West Kentucky University, joined the RP developmental team in Las Vegas but won’t suit up in the Jakarta joust.

"He wants to come but he has obligations," Toroman said during the weekly session sponsored by Pagcor, Accel and Outlast Battery.

"This is a long term program and we are taking the right steps," said Smart Gilas operations head Butch Antonio. "The past few months had been very productive. Compared to the team in January, we’re getting better. We are a spunky team."

Team officials tabbed Iran, which played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics under Toroman, as the team to beat along with Lebanon, Jordan and Qatar.

"Most teams are playing with two imports. The Iranian national team is coming with five players who played in the Olympics. They also have two ex-NBA players as imports," said Toroman. "But the most important thing is character. I told them never to quit. If they’re better than us, show your character and fight to the end."

"This team is hungry and willing to learn new things," noted Giles.

"We are very competitive," added Toroman. "We have a future with this team

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 04:08 AM
Ex-Laker draftee eyed for RP team
By JONAS TERRADO
Manila Bulletin
May 5, 2009, 7:20pm

American CJ Giles isn't tagging himself as a player who could bring the offensive firepower to the Smart-Gilas RP national team.

In fact, the 23-year old, 6-foot-10 big man out of Seattle, Washington prefers to do the dirty work just as Charles Oakley and Dennis Rodman did.

"I'm not much of a leader but more of an example," Giles said during the weekly PSA Forum at Shakey's UN Avenue yesterday. "I like to do the little things and also an energy guy. If coach wants me to go out with 20 rebounds with no points and I'm happy with that."

Giles, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers during last year's NBA draft, will have his first stint playing overseas as an import for the RP squad in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup set for May 12-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

With the rugged play expected against Iranian champion Mahram Tehran, Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon, Sangmu Phoenix of South Korea, and Al-Qadsia of Kuwait, both Giles and head coach Rajko Toroman have interesting observations regarding the possibilities.

"It will be very difficult to predict especially CJ because he doesn't know the competition in the Middle East but we hope we can be competitive against them," said Toroman.

"It's going to be interesting like coach said of how hard it is going to be. And I'm kind of excited for the challenge because I'm a young player and I love the competition so I'm expecting it to be hard," said Giles, who is making his first stint overseas.

Giles is now on his second week with the team since joining the developmental team in Las Vegas, where the squad played against teams that composed of ex-NBA stars and current standouts in the D-League.

While the former University of Kansas and Oregon State University standout is a strong candidate to be naturalized, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will assess his performance after the Champions Cup tournament whether he’s the right guy for the role or not.

He went undrafted during the 2008 NBA draft before he was picked by the Lakers. However, he was waived by the team prior to the start of the season before resurfacing with the NBA Developmental League's Los Angeles Defenders, an affiliate of the Lakers.

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 04:11 AM
‘Gilas Pilipinas’ sets modest goal for Champions Cup
05/05/2009 | 04:46 PM
- GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – The Smart Gilas Pilipinas basketball team has set a modest goal – at least a semifinal appearance - when it sees action in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12 to 20.

Coach Rajko Toroman cautioned Filipino cage fans against expecting the team composed mostly of collegiate stalwarts to blossom overnight and run over the opposition in the tournament.

"Don't expect a miracle in Jakarta," Toroman said during Tuesday’s PSA Forum. "But we have a very strong and enthusiastic team. We're very competitive. We hope we'll go in the semifinals."

The Smart Gilas team, reinforced by former Los Angeles Lakers player CJ Giles, has been bracketed in the so-called Group of Death with defending champion Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and South Korea in Group A.

Group B is made up of Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, India and Indonesia.

"This is a very, very tough competition for our young team," said Toroman. "This is the reason why we invited CJ in that competition because our team is so young and without international experience. And we're playing strong competition."

Giles, a 23-year-old center who played five games for the Lakers as a rookie last season, recently arrived with the team bannered by Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou and Mark Barroca from a training camp in Las Vegas.

"I think one thing I can bring is energy," said the 6-foot-10 Giles, who also played with the Sioux Falls in the D-League, the NBA’s developmental league. "I'm not so much of a leader. But I like to do the little things and contribute to the team."

Japeth Aguilar, the former Ateneo standout who played for US NCAA Division I school West Kentucky University, joined the RP developmental team in Las Vegas but won't suit up in the Jakarta joust.

"He wants to come but he has obligations," Toroman said.

The team is given the task to try to qualify to the 2012 London Olympics.

"This is a long term program and we are taking the right steps," said Smart Gilas operations head Butch Antonio. "The past few months had been very productive. Compared to the team in January, we're getting better. We are a spunky team."

Team officials tabbed Iran, which played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics under Toroman, as the team to beat along with Lebanon, Jordan and Qatar.

"Most teams are playing with two imports. The Iranian national team is coming with five players who played in the Olympics. They also have two ex-NBA players as imports," said Toroman. "But the most important thing is character. I told them never to quit. If they're better than us, show your character and fight to the end."

Giles said he likes what he sees with his young teammates. "This team is hungry and willing to learn new things."

Like him, Toroman is positive that the RP boys will eventually reach their full potential. "We are very competitive. We have a future in this team."

D_I_A
05-06-2009, 04:15 AM
No miracle in Jakarta, says Toroman
People's Journal
5/6/2009


THE SMART GILAS PILIPINAS national team sees the semifinal as its modest goal when it sees action in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12 to 20.

“Don’t expect a miracle in Jakarta,” said national team coach Rajko Toroman. “But we have a very strong and enthusiastic team. We’re very competitive. We hope we’ll go in the semifinals.”

The Smart Gilas team, reinforced by former Los Angeles Lakers player CJ Giles, has been bracketed in the so-called Group of Death with defending champion Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and South Korea in Group A.

Group B is made up of Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, India and Indonesia.

“This is a very, very tough competition for our young team,” said Toroman during the PSA Forum yesterday at Shakey’s UN Avenue. “This is the reason why we invited CJ in that competition because our team is so young and without national experience. And we’re playing strong competition.”

Giles, a 23-year-old center who played five games for the Lakers as a rookie last season, recently arrived with the team bannered by Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou and Mark Barroca from a training camp in Las Vegas.

“I think one thing I can bring is energy,” said the 6-foot-10 Giles, who also played with the Sioux Falls in the D-League, the NBA’s developmental league. “I’m not so much of a leader. But I like to do the little things and contribute to the team.”

Japeth Aguilar, the former Ateneo standout who played for US NCAA Division I school West Kentucky University, joined the RP developmental team in Las Vegas but won’t suit up in the Jakarta joust.

“He wants to come but he has has obligations,” Toroman said during the weekly session sponsored by Pagcor, Accel and Outlast Battery.

“This is a long term program and we are taking the right steps, said Smart Gilas operations head Butch Antonio.

“The past few months had been very productive.

Compared to the team in January, we’re getting better.

“We are a spunky team.”

pachador
05-06-2009, 12:43 PM
the entry of those tall fil-am giants: seigle brothers, pennissi, Reavis taulava, Pena, etc in the late 1990s is almost like a once in a blue moon phenomenon. Thats is why that 2002 RP national team to Busan which had these fil-am giants mentioned above when they were still younger nearly made it losing to south korea by a whisker. south korea went on to upset China !!!

We are sometime a little harsh on that 2002 RP team, but remember, we lost to eventual champion south korea by a whisker.

These legendary but ageing filam giants have been difficult to replace. Till recently, the young fil-ams coming in have not really been as tall as the tall batch mentioned above. Its only now with the arrival of Slaughter, Fajardo, Japeth, Rabeh, etc that there are young and good replacement giants. Coincidentally, these young giants are now part of the SBP Gilas team which is really like a second coming of the Ron Jacobs team of the 1980s. Both teams have have foreign coaches and both teams follow a long-term program. Will the Gilas team replicate the success of the Ron Jacobs team of the 1980s ?

This are very interesting times for our national team.

Outlander
05-06-2009, 05:50 PM
Giles ready to carrry load for Smart Gilas
By Joey Villar Updated May 06, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

RP team coach Rajko Toroman answers questions together with American CJ Giles during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue branch. Jun Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Gilas Pilipinas will have to rely heavily on American CJ Giles after its three other reinforcements begged off from seeing action in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup slated May 12-20 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Serbian Rajko Toroman, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas project director and Smart Gilas coach, yesterday disclosed that US based Japeth Aguilar and Fil-Ams Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony will not be able to join the team in the Fiba Asia qualifier due to previous commitments.

“Because of their commitments, they would not be joining us in Jakarta,” said Toroman during yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave.

Aguilar, Lutz and Anthony joined the team in the training camp and a series of exhibition games against taller, tougher teams in Las Vegas, Nevada last week where they won three of six tune-up matches.

But Aguilar will still have to clear his stint with the RP squad with his US NCAA Division I West Kentucky University team as well as Lutz with Marshall U and Anthony with McGill U.

“We will still have to wait a little more for them,” said Toroman.


If Sean Anthony makes the team, then here's more info about this prospect:

http://media.www.mcgilltribune.com/media/storage/paper234/news/2009/02/10/Sports/Profile.Sean.Anthony.Anthony.Matures.Into.Supersta r.At.Mcgill-3621042.shtml

PROFILE - SEAN ANTHONY: Anthony matures into superstar at McGill
Vancouver native eyes future with Philippine Basketball Association

By: Kailan Leung
Posted: 2/10/09
Eleven years ago, Sean Anthony was crouched on a starting block of a well-worn track in Vancouver, waiting for the crack of the starting gun.

"I had tons of energy [as a kid]," Anthony recalled. "My mom had to do something about that, so she made me run."

Fast forward to 2009, and the same energetic kid sits beneath the nameplate of his locker in the McGill Redmen basketball team's changing room, discussing the game-tape compilations he must send to officials from the Philippine Basketball Association in less than a month. Seventh-grade track is a distant memory.

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound forward out of St. George's High School in Vancouver, Anthony has been the face of McGill basketball for about as long as most current McGill students can remember. However, it would have been difficult to predict this type of future success for the lanky adolescent running with a small track club a decade ago.

"Before eighth grade I didn't go to a school that had any sort of sports [program]," said Anthony. "In eighth grade I moved to St. George's-a top athletic school-tried out for the basketball team, made it, and just started playing."

Success came quickly for Anthony who, by his senior year, was being pursued by a wide range of Canadian universities. Matt Davies, an assistant under former Redmen Head Coach Nevio Marzinotto, noticed Anthony at the annual HSBC Basketball Classic and offered him a recruitment package. When Anthony expressed interest, McGill acted quickly to make sure he wouldn't get away.

"Coach Marzinotto flew in from Montreal to do workouts with me and watch me play," said Anthony. "He took my mom out for lunch and dinner because he knew that to get her approval."

... If any McGill player can speak with authority on how to dominate games, it's Anthony. The Vancouver native has showcased his ability as an elite defensive stopper from his first game with the Red 'n' White, but has also made major strides in his offensive game each season. Anthony is currently fifth in the Quebec league in scoring with an average of 15.1 points per game, and his 7.8 rebounds per game is second-best in the conference, and 19th in the nation. He will likely move into sixth place on McGill's all-time scoring list by the end of this year-an amazing feat considering the five points per game Anthony averaged during his first year with the Redmen in 2003-2004.

"Sean has [given] an all-star performance this season," said MacArthur. "He's a captain. He leads [by example] on the court. He's a hell of an athlete."

[i]Breaking through

This year, with marquee wins over then second-ranked Ottawa University, Concordia, and the University of Virginia-McGill's first win against an NCAA Division I opponent in 23 years-Anthony and the Redmen have clearly taken steps in the right direction.

But Anthony knows that the Redmen can't rest on their laurels. He needs to play the best basketball of his career in the coming weeks as the Redmen look to finish the season strong and hone in on a playoff berth. However, his own basketball career won't end with McGill's season. Anthony will pursue a professional career in the Philippines Basketball Association soon after graduation. Luckily for Anthony, whose mother hails from the Philippines, culture shock will not be an issue.

"When I was a kid, I'd spend all my summers in the Philippines," said Anthony. "I also hang out with the Filipinos here, so [adapting to] the culture won't be difficult."

While the culture may be familiar, Anthony understands that playing professionally will take some getting used to. In a league full of high-level local players and NCAA imports, Anthony will have to use everything he's learned in Vancouver and Montreal to succeed.

"It's another step. If I've learned anything, it's that you can never settle," remarked Anthony. "Once you think you're at the top of your game, there's always another level to get to. A lot of it [comes down to] hard work."

Once again, the kid from B.C. finds himself poised at the starting blocks, ready to sprint towards the realization of a dream. This time, though, the finish line isn't even in sight. And that's just fine with him.

D_I_A
05-08-2009, 12:23 AM
Accidental Coach
Business World Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Thursday, 07 May 2009 22:39

Rajko Toroman stands six-feet tall but tall white men are your garden variety. If you were to look at him in a black golf shirt, shorts that are just above the knee and white Air Jordans, with his thin frame, he might be headed for the links rather than the basketball court.

Once the head coach of the Smart Gilas national developmental team was done playing competitive basketball, he figured part of his life was over. He confessed to not being a standout player and that is why he complemented his playing by taking a job with a marketing company back home in Serbia.

In a country like the former Yugoslavia where basketball is a religion, Toroman was an anomaly. Most Yugoslavians would seek a professional career after high school but Toroman went on to college.

While finishing out his playing days with Industrija Motora i Traktora (IMT) he found himself kicked upstairs from team captain to head coach. “What did I get myself into?” he recalled asking himself.

That stint with IMT got him named as an assistant for the last united Yugoslavian men’s national team that featured many future National Basketball Association players, including Vlade Divac (Los Angeles Lakers), Toni Kukoc (Chicago Bulls), Predrag Danilovic (Miami Heat), Stojko Vrankovic (Boston Celtics), Zarko Paspalj (San Antonio Spurs) and Dino Radja (Boston Celtics), before the country and the squad was split apart.

Toroman shakes his head when talk ventures to the civil wars that engulfed and separated the former Baltic country. “We are friends,” he referred to the Croats like Kukoc and Radja. “Sports is a bond that will not break us. We can talk just like we do now wherever we meet. Sports cross borders where politics cannot. Like Iran, which was invited to play in America. Politics is something I do not play.”

Toroman’s career took him across the borders of Europe all the way to Iran where he steered the team to an unlikely Fiba-Asia Championship. Even as he departed for the Far East, his success with the Eurasian country opened the doors for more Serbs to teach and coach basketball in the land of the Ayatollahs.

The Iranians were a disciplined bunch that would literally run to the wall and bang their heads and ask their coach how many times they would do it if so asked. “They were all in the military,” quipped Toroman. “That is why they follow orders well.”

“One of the things that I believe makes him a very good coach is his attention to detail,” pointed out Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala. “It’s those little things—those nuances such as setting a pick, finding the open man and the proper positioning for rebounds among others—that will spell the difference between victory and defeat.”

Practices are meticulously timed and organized right down to the last minute.

In the team’s motion offense, everyone has a chance to score. “There are no stars. Everyone should be capable of hitting open shots or being called upon to deliver when asked to,” underscored Perry Martinez, technical committee head of the SBP. “As good as Mac Baracael was with Far Eastern University in the UAAP [University Athletic Association of the Philippines], here he is even more lethal.”

He believes that every function that can be done as a team should be so. When staying at the hotel, everyone meets at the lobby before going to a restaurant or a coffee shop for meals. The team even has scheduled prayer time together before games.

And when the Gilas squad breaks their huddle to team captain Chris Tiu’s call of “Pilipinas!” that is answered in return by a chorus of “Awoo!” as taken from the Spartan cheer in the film 300.

The coaching staff feels it is rather apt because Toroman’s homeland of Serbia was once part of the ancient Greek Empire.

But any conquering this team will have to do is on the basketball court.

On a balmy Wednesday afternoon the Gilas RP Team has one last scrimmage with the Philippine Basketball Association’s Alaska Aces at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong City before they leave for the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The match between the young nationals and the seasoned pro team couldn’t have been scripted more perfectly.

The Aces are the masters of execution of professional basketball. Although they don’t exclusively run the famed Triangle Offense for a full game anymore, the wards of Tim Cone pick their spots well as when to spring it on their opponents. And though it is a scrimmage, there’s a subplot to the game with Cone, Alaska’s head coach, versus Toroman, the Serbian whose country has become the heir to masters of the game.

In previous exhibition matches with PBA teams, the Gilas squad gave a good account of themselves by sticking close and never allowing their professional counterparts to break the game wide open. For some part, they imposed their will on the game and forced the pros to play their style.

But against a Rosell Ellis-powered Aces lineup, they ran their sets to perfection and nearly blew the young ballers off the court with a 22-point halftime lead.

Toroman called for several time-outs and thundered and cajoled the Gilas players for their lack of intensity and failure to execute their sets.

At the break, the Serbian sat down and lowered his voice. The first half showed him at his near worst, as his team couldn’t do anything right. Now was the time to massage their feelings and encourage them. “I don’t care if we lose this game by one point or 20 points. Show some pride. Show your true character that I have seen. Play our game.”

The talk seemed to have work.

Baracael and six-foot-10 American reinforcement CJ Giles started the second half with a 13-4 run, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers by the former FEU Tamaraw and a highlight reel jam by the former Los Angeles Lakers draftee on Alaska center Sonny Thoss.

At the half, the Alaska team was whooping it up in their dugout below the gym. Midway through the third with the score at 72-66 in favor of Alaska, it was Cone burning time-outs and yelling at Willie Miller and Thoss to stick to their man.

But that was the closest the Gilas Team would come as they once more lapsed into a series of execution errors. Alaska won by 11.

Giles topscored with 20 points, while Baracael added 18 and playmaker and co-captain Andy Mark Barroca chipped in 12 markers.

After the game, Toroman spent a few minutes with his wards dissecting very quickly what transpired. “I know what you’re capable of. You showed them what you can do when you execute. We have five days before we play our first game. It’s up to you how you want it.”

The team in its current lineup has only been together for five months. With Giles, it was just a few weeks. If anything, the Fiba tournament in Indonesia will be a steppingstone for the team as they try to tow the Philippines back to respectability and, hopefully, a berth in the London Olympics.

“It’s a learning experience for us all,” said Toroman while in discussion with his assistants. “But we have to put our best foot forward.”

And that first foot forward is in Jakarta.

digitalsuperman
05-08-2009, 06:38 AM
toroman is a good motivator indeed..

pachador
05-09-2009, 03:57 AM
The Fiba-asia cup is only 4 days away !!! Exciting !!! someone post pics and videos please !

anyone knows the schedule of the fiba-asia tourney in jakarta ? will Gilas play right away on tuesday, may 12 ? or do we draw a bye ?

will Gilas leave sunday or monday ? how many practice games will gilas play in manila before they fly to jakarta ? which PBA teams they are practicing against ??

looks like jetlag is not an issue since there is only 1 hour difference or no time difference at all ? flight from manila to jakarta by cebu pacific is only about 4 hours or less it seems.

digitalsuperman
05-09-2009, 09:43 AM
i hope we can call on our kababayans in indonesia to give us updates for the fiba asia cup...

panggilan orang piripin di indonesia!!! kami mau tolong kamu semua!! keren!!

korn666333
05-09-2009, 10:48 AM
fibaasia.net hanap nyo lang jan nagbibigay ng updates ng laban. sana naman may cover every game nila. hay may team na nga di naman makakita mga tao sa pinas

digitalsuperman
05-10-2009, 12:23 AM
SERBIAN coach Rajko Toroman set a modest goal for his youthful but promising Smart-Gilas Pilipinas National team when they see action in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 12 to 20.

The young team, a collection of the best and fittest collegiate basketball stars in the country, with the reinforcement of former Los Angeles Lakers center CJ Giles, call themselves the “Group of Death.”

No miracle

The Nationals are bracketed in Group A along with defending champion Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and South Korea. Group B includes Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, India and host Indonesia.

“Don’t expect a miracle in Jakarta. But we have a very strong and enthusiastic team. We’re very competitive. We hope we’ll go in the semifinals,” said Toroman in an e-mailed press release.

“This is a very, very tough competition for our young team. This is the reason we invited CJ in that competition because our team is so young and without national experience. And we’re playing strong competition,” he added.

The 23-year-old Giles played for five games under the tutelage of celebrated mentor Phil Jackson last season. He will get a lot of help from Cebu’s Gregg Slaughter, Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou and Mark Barroca, who were fresh from the training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada in the US.

Signed up

Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Japeth Aguilar, who is currently playing for the US NCAA Division 1 school West Kentucky University, has signed up for the RP developmental squad in Las Vegas, but will not be seeing action in Jakarta.

Team officials picked Iran as the team to beat together with Lebanon, Jordan and Qatar, who will be reinforced by two former NBA players in this competition.


Link:

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/%E2%80%98group-death%E2%80%99-sets-goal

D_I_A
05-11-2009, 12:31 AM
Gilas’ needs strong start in Jakarta – Toroman

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
05/11/2009

Because Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team is bracketed with tough contenders in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup, it is important that the Nationals win their first assignment, so Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman believes.

Shortly before boarding his flight to Jakarta, Indonesia, Toroman said winning the first game had worked wonder and that somehow it had become secret formula to his international success.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said Toroman has been persistently pointing out the importance of winning their opening-day battle to the Nationals, especially now that they are in a tight group composed mainly of West Asian heavyweights like Iran and Lebanon.

It wouldn’t be that easy though, Eala admitted.

The Nationals are pitted against Korea in the opening-game before facing Iran on May 13, Lebanon on May 15 and Kuwait on May 16. Should the Nationals lose to the Koreans, they will surely have a terrible time reviving their chances of making it to the quarterfinal stage.

The Koreans, however, are reportedly prepared as they parade the nucleus of their national team that reigned supreme in previous international competitions. Though they will play without an import, Eala said their fresh legs, razor-sharp shooting and precise motion offense are enough to pull off surprise.

Coach (Toroman) is confident and said that we need to beat Korea in our first game before thinking of what lies ahead,” Eala said. “Coach wants a strong start. He believes that winning the first game will be the key to the entire tournament.”

Although it acquired 6-foot-11 American CJ Giles to patrol the lanes, Smart Gilas is still considered as underrated, and youngest at that, with Dylan Ababou the only one with a solid international experience.

Ababou, a University of Santo Tomas standout, saw action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup last year where Harbour Centre-Philippine Team failed to win the crown after its import, Nigerian Sam Ekwe, was not allowed to suit up.

But even if the odds are stacked against them, Eala vowed to give a good fight.

“Iran, Jordan and Lebanon should be favored. They have the core of their national team together with two imports,” Eala said. “But on out part, everyone is healthy — that’s the most important thing.”

pachador
05-11-2009, 07:59 AM
20TH FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP
12-20 MAY 2009 JAKARTA INDONESIA

Competition Schedule

12 May 09
Tuesday

1400 PR- A Lebanon vs Kuwait
1600 PR- A Philippines vs Korea
1800 PR- B UAE vs Indonesia
2000 PR- B India vs Jordan

13 May 09
Wednesday
1400 PR- A I.R. Iran vs Philippines
1600 PR- A Korea vs Lebanon
1800 PR- B Qatar vs India
2000 PR- B Jordan vs UAE

14 May 09
Thursday
1400 PR- A Kuwait vs Korea
1600 PR- A Lebanon vs I.R. Iran
1800 PR- B Indonesia vs Jordan
2000 PR- B UAE vs Qatar

15 May 09
Friday
1400 PR- A Philippines vs Lebanon
1600 PR- A I.R. Iran vs Kuwait
1800 PR- B Qatar vs Indonesia
2000 PR- B India vs UAE

16 May 09
Saturday
1400 PR- B Indonesia vs India
1600 PR- B Jordan vs Qatar
1800 PR- A Kuwait vs Philippines
2000 PR- A Korea vs I.R. Iran

The schedule above and the schedule for the remaining days next week depending on who won or lost can be found in the link below

http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/pdf/2009/20thFAC/schedule.pdf

easter
05-11-2009, 08:42 AM
^ May TV Coverage ba ito para sa Pinas?

D_I_A
05-11-2009, 12:13 PM
From Interbasket.net

Part 3: The Philippine Redeem Team
by rick olivares

There was a look of utter helplessness as the young Philippine team searched for answers during a blowout loss to KK Metalac Valjevo 92-61 in a game at the Hala Pionir in Palilula, Belgrade.

“Kahit anong dikit sa mga binabantayan namin, eh nalilibre pa rin sila at puro shoot,” recalled Mark Barroca of the match that fellow team captain Chris Tiu described as “humiliating.”

Smart Gilas RP Men’s National Team Assistant Coach Jude Roque knew it was a lost cause and instead chose to study what one of the top professional basketball teams in Serbia was doing right.

“There was non-stop cutting, screening, movement, passing, you name it,” marveled the former San Beda assistant who first came on board the new Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas program as a volunteer before being officially named as a lieutenant to head coach Rajko Toroman. "Even the team’s star players were doing the little things; the dirty work. No one was exempt from doing the basic things. The Serbians worked as a team. We might have more talented players but total team basketball is a concept we have to grasp. And basketball… is not an individual sport.”

Toroman, who has much success coaching in almost virtually every part of the world, wanted to bring the Gilas team to his home country to see for themselves what he has been preaching to them all along. “To see and to play then to be beaten like that, is to believe,” he said to make sure his point got across. “Now they believe.”

The Gilas Team has been under intense scrutiny from the moment of its inception whether because of the SBP officials behind it, to the team’s composition and right down to choice of head coach.

“Clearly, what is needed is a total paradigm shift,” presented Roque. “The old ways did not work and it’s time for a new one. Hopefully, people can throw their support behind this program. Hindi ba we have everything to gain from this?”

For years the Philippines has fielded pro teams culled only after the regular season to partake in international duty. As good as the they have been more so with the influx of Fil-foreigners, the results still leave much to be desired. And the Philippines is still a long ways off from regaining any standing in the world basketball community with its best finish the 1990 Asian Games when the country placed second to China.

Maybe even worse, the other countries have improved their game tremendously.

The talent and skill level is there without a doubt. But with the Filipinos’ general lack of ceiling, inter-agency rivalries and bickering, and the absence of a long-term commitment to the national team whose fortunes determine the FIBA rankings, have dropped the country off the radar. And for all the Filipino’s talent in the game, there has yet to be an acknowledged superstar to even warrant a call up to the National Basketball Association.

But those are lofty dreams for now. The most important thing is recovering that lost glory.

As a youngster, Jayvee Casio loved the sport so much. He even mapped it out in his mind – to play for a good high school and college team, play in the PBL, and then the PBA. But somewhere in all that, he wanted to represent his country. “Who doesn’t dream of that?” he wondered. “Para magsuot ng jersey na may ‘Pilipinas’ sa harap ay malaking bagay, malaking karangalan.”

It is a sentiment echoed by Assistant Coach Allan Gregorio who is likewise happy for the opportunity to be a part of it. “Not every player on this team may articulate their desire that well but I assure you the feeling is strong. Even among us coaches it’s the same.”

But the three-year commitment is something all the players of the team and its pool thought long and hard because it meant delaying their pro dreams.

Casio admitted to consulting a lot of people about it and most agreed it was a good idea. “We have an opportunity to do something big for our country.”

Andy Mark Barroca is from Zamboanga where life was pretty much simple. He never even thought he’d set foot beyond its shores. Manila was only an ephemeral dream but now he is playing for Far Eastern University, is a part of the National Team, and has set foot in countries he only knew from the map and on television. The Manila part of his dream has materialized; now it has morphed into something bigger. And it shows when with this huge grin on his face when he’s on the court. It is evident and most palpable. “Olympics,’ he says and his mind wanders. “Sana. Sana. Malaking bagay ‘yan para sa bayan. Pero dito tayo magsisimula.”

That is something his FEU teammate Marnel Baracael can appreciate. On his second life after a near fatal slay try last year for still unexplained circumstances, he is making the most out of every opportunity. The team’s resident jokester and is always talking, gabbing, and exulting after every play. “C’mon, boys!” he often exhorts.

Gregorio cracks a funny, “Iba yung libido para sa laro ng batang ‘to.”

The road to redemption begins in Jakarta, Indonesia where the Gilas team will participate in the FIBA Asia Champion’s Cup. And as a fitting send-off, they walloped pro club Red Bull Barako by 22 points.

In the final team briefing at the SBP office at the Philsports Complex, a giddy Baracael still cannot stop talking. “Ilan tulog na lang,” he says. Not even a slight fever could put a damper on him as he still joined a team practice a few nights earlier.

SBP Executive Director Jose Emmanuel Eala keeps the spirits buoyed but tempers expectations. “This is just the first step. We’ve been soaking in experience by playing everywhere but tournament itself is the best teacher. We may do well and we may not do so well, but the important thing is to not give up and keep at it.”

Eala admits to seeing the Philippines defeat China and make it to the London Olympics. Anything and everything is possible.

The final message is of two “R’s” – responsibility and respect.

They are the Philippine National Team and they should conduct themselves as such reminded Eala. He paused for a few seconds to let the message sink in.

When asked to say a few words, Team Captain Chris Tiu who has been splitting time with Gilas, his commitments to GMA-7, and a modeling career, capped up the team’s feelings: “We appreciate the unbelievable support for this endeavor. Everyone has made sacrifices. Now it’s up to us to show it on the court.”

And on the shoulders of the 12 players competing in Jakarta they will take to the court, play hard, never give up, and earn everyone’s respect.

korn666333
05-11-2009, 02:51 PM
tv coverage po please what channel?

D_I_A
05-12-2009, 12:48 AM
Smart RP five debuts vs Koreans
By Joey Villar Updated May 12, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

JAKARTA – Team Smart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup against South Korea’s Sangmoo today, hoping to come out strong and make good impression on a field teeming with talent.

RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who steered Iran to the 2007 FIBA-Asia crown in Tokushima, Japan for a stint in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said the RP cagers are upbeat of their chances for at least a semifinal finish in a tournament he considers as one of the strongest in years.

“It’s definitely one of the toughest, but our goal is to make it to the semifinals,” said Toroman.

The team arrived early Monday and had its practice at 9 a.m. after organizers made a last-minute change in their schedule, originally set at 11 a.m.

But this failed to dampen the spirit of the team, which is using the nine-day import-laced tournament as part of its buildup for a crack at a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

American 6-11 CJ Giles is reinforcing the team skippered by former Ateneo star Chris Tiu along with collegiate standouts Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou, JV Casio, Mac Baracael, Aldrech Ramos, JR Cawaling, RJ Jazul, Rey Guevarra, Jason Ballesteros and Fil-Am center Greg Slaughter.

US-based Japeth Aguilar and the Fil-Am duo Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony were recently picked up in a training camp late last month in Las Vegas, Nevada but will not be with the team this week because of school commitments.

After the single round elims, the top four teams in two groups will advance to the quarterfinal round with the top team in a group taking on the worst team on the other.

After Korea, Smart Gilas will take on defending champion Mahram of Iran at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Kelapa Gading Sports Mall.

The Nationals will take a one-day break on Thursday before returning to action against Al Riyadi of Lebanon at 2 p.m. on Friday and Qadsia of Kuwait at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 02:49 PM
Dito muna tayu mag-abang ng update nag google na ko kaso wala talagang website ang FIBA Asia Champions Cup na nagaganap sa Indonesia.

http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/media/5/20090416-logo%203.jpg

JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Lebanese giants Al Riyadi Beirut, riding high on their triumph at the 22 Arab Club Championship on Wedneday, will match up against Al Qadsia of Kuwait in the opening fixture of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup which starts here on Tuesday.

Filipino representatives Smart Gilas take on Korean outfit Sangmoo to follow suit, but the feature game of the day will be the one that follows.

Hosts Satria Muda face an unenviable task of starting their campaign against the might of last edition’s bronze medalists Al Wasl of UAE.

Young Cagers of India, making a comeback after a gap of one year, play WABA powerhouse Zain of Jordan to complete the opening day’s fare at the Britama Arena.

Every day will feature four games starting at 1400 Hrs Indonesia time (GMT+7) till Saturday, when the preliminary round will be completed.

Saturday’s games will be preceded by the official Opening Ceremony, which is likely to be attended by Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president of Republic of Indonesia.


FibaAsia.net (http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=327)

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 05:00 PM
Manood kayo live na simula ng labang Philippines v.s. S. Korea!!!

http://www.altelfaza.com/aljazeera-sport-tv-live-online.html

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 05:21 PM
End of 1st Qtr. RP 22, SK 19

elvis
05-12-2009, 05:22 PM
Manood kayo live na simula ng labang Philippines v.s. S. Korea!!!

http://www.altelfaza.com/aljazeera-sport-tv-live-online.html


Unfortunately, this only works with internet explorer and not with firefox, safari or chrome.

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 05:46 PM
End of 2nd Qtr. RP 40, SK 35

thadzonline
05-12-2009, 05:50 PM
thanks sa updates cross

digitalsuperman
05-12-2009, 05:52 PM
Manood kayo live na simula ng labang Philippines v.s. S. Korea!!!

http://www.altelfaza.com/aljazeera-sport-tv-live-online.html


Unfortunately, this only works with internet explorer and not with firefox, safari or chrome.


it worked on my firefox.

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 05:52 PM
Unfortunately, this only works with internet explorer and not with firefox, safari or chrome.


I'm using Firefox V.3.0.10 & work fine to me.

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 06:14 PM
End of 3rd Qtr. RP 69, SK 58

digitalsuperman
05-12-2009, 06:33 PM
gilas win!!! 90-76....

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 06:33 PM
Final Score RP 90, SK 75

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 06:34 PM
*edited* Double Post

CrossOver
05-12-2009, 06:35 PM
Final Score RP 90, SK 76

D_I_A
05-12-2009, 06:52 PM
congratulations to RP-Smart Gilas Developmental Team

Koreans really displayed the usual impeccable 3 point shooting but for our team Free throws has been the most shameful.

Kid Cubao
05-12-2009, 07:00 PM
if that's the case, how come we won by a comfortable margin?

Jeon_Addict
05-12-2009, 07:41 PM
Hope this news will overshadow the rift that's happening between SBP's leaders! Best news since the pacquiao victory!

korn666333
05-12-2009, 07:42 PM
ano oras sa pinas laro ng rp bukas?

digitalsuperman
05-12-2009, 08:13 PM
2pm ang laro bukas..

tsaka di naman talaga ganun ka pangit yung freethrow. its just that during the dying seconds medyo minamalas talaga yung free throws nila.palaging 1/2.

ang magandang tingnan eh yung poise nang mga batang manglalaro natin..talagang ang tindi nang lakas nang loob.
yun patapos na, nagbabadyang mag rally yung koreans at shoot nang shoot nang 3 points.nakita galing nila sa 3 points. pero mga manlalaro natin di nag panic.naglaro nang defense. nag step up yung perimeter defense nila nung dying minutes kaya di nakatira yung koreans nag slash nalang sila pero unfortunately maganda rin yung interior defense natin. di talaga sila nagpanic. on the offense side, nagsi-set sila talaga nang play hindi panay tira na pamatay-sunog.maganda talaga disiplina nang mga bata nating manlalaro..yung import natin maganda din ang laro.strong siya on the inside kasi wala naman talagang malaki sa gitna yung korea.

pero mantakin nyo ha, professional team yung tinalo nang team natin na amateur. yung team natin college pa so school pa ang priority yung sa kanila pro team na yun, meaning walang ginawa sa buhay nila kundi maglaro nang basketbol.hehe..

go team gilas pilipinas!

Sai
05-12-2009, 08:14 PM
JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Smart Gilas Philippines began with much gusto, grew in confidence as the game progressed before tightening noose with a final blitz to outplay Sangmoo, Korea 90-76 in Group A of the 20th FIBA Asia Champion Cup on Tuesday.

Home-grown guard Andy Mark led the Filipino barrage with a game-high 20 points, with support coming from American import Chester Giles, with 19 points.

Mark had an impressive 83.3% return from his field attempts, finding success on 10 ten occasions, out of 12 tries.

Giles chipped in defensively too, collecting a game-high12 rebounds, as Smart Gilas took a decisive step towards a place in the quarterfinals from Group A.

“This game was more or less a knock-out for us as far as entering the quarterfinals is concerned,” said Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov.

But Rajkov, who gained iconic status after steering Iran to the Beijing Olympics by winning the FIBA Asia championship title two years ago, didn’t read too much about the considerable difference in victory margin.

“I think we got our rhythm going rather well. I was rather happy the way we forced turn overs, especially in the second half,” the Serbian said.

“A lot of teams will struggle getting used to the ball and the floor. I am glad we didn’t have to struggle for long, on that account,” Rajkov said.

Twenty-four-year old Christopher Tiu, who returned a double-digit 11 points on his international debut was rather excited.

“We are aware we have a long way to go. But then it’s thrilling to contribute to the team’s win on your debut,” Tiu said.

“This is the first time the team is playing together. We’ll learn from every game,” said Sangmoo coach Lee Hun Jae.

Smart Gilas 90 (Andy Mark 20, Chester Giles 19, Marnel Baracel 14, Joseph Casio 11, Christopher Tiu 11) bt Sangmoo 76 (Tae Soo Joo 18, Byung Kook Chung 16). Quarterwise Scores: 22-19, 40-35, 69-58.

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia

fujitsu
05-12-2009, 09:15 PM
yeahhhhh. awooooo. import din ba c andy mark? ::) sino naman c rajko ???

digitalsuperman
05-12-2009, 09:31 PM
naku patay..... :'(

thadzonline
05-12-2009, 09:39 PM
yeahhhhh. awooooo. import din ba c andy mark? ::) sino naman c rajko ???


Andy Mark Barroca is from FEU/Zamboanga and Rajko Toroman is the Serbian head coach of RP Smart Gilas...naconfuse ako kay Chester Giles, nung una akala ko either si Chester Taylor or Mel Gile, hahaha si CJ Giles pala yung import natin ahahaha

D_I_A
05-13-2009, 12:18 AM
Import Giles keys Nationals’ triumph over Koreans in Jakarta ball
Daily Tribune
By Julius Manicad
05/13/2009

JAKARTA — Smart Gilas-Pilipinas played a splendid, near-flawless debut as it knocked down an emphatic 90-76 thumping of Sangmu Phoenix of Korea at the start of the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup Tuesday at the Britama Arena here.

With reinforcement CJ Giles scorching the lanes, the Nationals were unstoppable in the second half, brandishing an airtight defense that gave them a comfortable 20-point lead, 84-64, midway in the final period.

Giles, an athletic 6-foot-11 former NBA draftee, was spectacular, pouring in 19 points, plucking 12 rebounds and had two blocks and countless thunderous slams in a 29-minute display of brute power.

Vastly-improved playmaker Mark Barocca, meanwhile, led the scoring parade with 20 points while Marnel Baracael turned out as the Nationals’ pillar of defense as he held his ground against the sweet-shooting Koreans apart from his 14 points off an immaculate five-for-five shooting from the field.

But save for all the accolades and glittery statistics, the victory meant nothing for Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Toroman said in his first major assignment as the country’s national mentor and project director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“This tournament is just a small step, this is not our goal. Our goal is 2011, and we’re still far from it,” he added. “Yes, we have a very talented team, but we still need to work on certain aspects of our game.”

Smart Gilas will face Iran at 3 p.m. (Manila time) today in what Toroman perceives to be a sentimental battle between his new team and his former squad, which he had led to its first Olympic stint since 1948.

“The real battle starts tomorrow (today),” he said. “ Iran will be a perfect yardstick to measure where we are right now.”

“But if you ask me, we’re still a five — five out of 10.”

The Koreans, however, were no pushovers.

D_I_A
05-13-2009, 12:23 AM
Gilas overcomes Sangmoo in Champions Cup opener
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivarez / Columnist
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:16

JAKARTA, Indonesia—The Smart Gilas RP Men’s National Basketball Team got off to a rousing start in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday night when it thrashed Sangmoo Korea, 90-76.

Bucking early foul trouble to American import CJ Giles and terrific three-point shooting from guard Park Se Wong and center Joo Tae Soo, the Gilas team rallied behind Andy Mark Barroca, Marnel Baracael and Giles to grab a 40-35 halftime lead.

In the dugout, Philippine team head coach Rajko Toroman exhorted his team to keep up the pressure defense and to run at every opportunity. But it wasn’t easy as the Koreans kept the Filipinos from breaking the game wide open as they hit four more treys. A free throw by Joo closed the gap to 55-53 before Gilas went on a 20-3 tear to finally take control of the match.

In the dugout before the match, team cocaptain Barroca exhorted his team: “Lumaban tayo. ’Wag nating ipapakita na takot tayo. Hindi nila alam na dati pa akong takot.”

But if the Far Eastern University standout was nervous, it didn’t show for he scored a team-high 20 points. Giles added 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in a monster performance in the slot.

The Smart Gilas Team will play Mahram Iran tomorrow. The Iranian team features several players from the country’s National Team that Toroman coached to the 2007 Fiba-Asia title in Tokushima, Japan.

Baracael finished with 14 points while Chris Tiu and Jayvee Casio had 11 apiece for the Philippine squad.

korn666333
05-13-2009, 12:54 PM
http://www.altelfaza.com/aljazeera-sport-tv-live-online.html dito pa rin ba makikita ang laro ng pinas?

korn666333
05-13-2009, 02:06 PM
umpisa na ba ang laban? any links para sa game nila? kanina pa ako hanap lang nakikita eh T T

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 02:56 PM
Kaasar wala akong makitang link sa laban ng RP vs. Iran!!!

korn666333
05-13-2009, 03:06 PM
http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

dito ko try tol pero iwan ko if gagana to kasi dito nanuod mga tao kahapon.

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 03:13 PM
http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

dito ko try tol pero iwan ko if gagana to kasi dito nanuod mga tao kahapon.


Thanks sa link kaso iba palabas sa altelfaza.com naman soccer palabas :'(

lekiboy
05-13-2009, 03:19 PM
http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

dito ko try tol pero iwan ko if gagana to kasi dito nanuod mga tao kahapon.

may score update
iran 4, rp 2

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 03:24 PM
may score update
iran 4, rp 2


Saan nagmula ang info?

korn666333
05-13-2009, 03:25 PM
san mo nakuha yan bro?

nash_bedista
05-13-2009, 03:43 PM
20 iran, 18 phil end of 1st q

korn666333
05-13-2009, 03:52 PM
20 iran, 18 phil end of 1st q


link bro

korn666333
05-13-2009, 04:44 PM
score bro?

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 04:58 PM
Talo tayo wala pang list ng final result...
Sana hindi tambak ::)

The_Big_Cat
05-13-2009, 05:12 PM
98-87.

SMART GILAS lost.

Lemuel M.
05-13-2009, 05:14 PM
Iran won.98-87.

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 05:56 PM
wew not bad makabawi sana tayo sa Lebanon ;D

D_I_A
05-13-2009, 06:15 PM
still they fought a great game.

move on ..let's win the next game!

Sulong Basketball ng Pilipinas!

korn666333
05-13-2009, 06:21 PM
ang bulok kasi eh walang coverage wala pang live streaming sa internet!

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 06:26 PM
Baka magkaron din yan malamang replay na sa BTV pagkatapos ng tournament. If magkakaganon mas mapapanood natin ng malinaw ang mga laban, hirap kasi sa live stream pixelated & putol-putol ang mavi-view, honestly yun score lang halos tinitingnan ko sa laban natin kahapon ;D

D_I_A
05-13-2009, 06:34 PM
dapat magkaron ng isang tv network ang SBP mukhang maganda yung MAKISIG Channel kaysa sa BTV/Solar, kasi mukhang pera pera talaga ang labanan nung sa SOLAR eh.

korn666333
05-13-2009, 06:47 PM
dapat magkaron ng isang tv network ang SBP mukhang maganda yung MAKISIG Channel kaysa sa BTV/Solar, kasi mukhang pera pera talaga ang labanan nung sa SOLAR eh.


tama...

pansin ko din ha puro foreign lang pinapalabas ng ibang network jan. may basket nga kaso europe? ano ba tau europian. hmp!

sana naman gagawa ng paraan SBP, kasi may gusto manuod kaso di alam kung san, kanina nga may nag ask sakin para san daw ang developmental, kasi nga raw kahit sang laro nila walang napapalabas. puro nalang ba tayo boxing habang may iba naman nagsasakripisyo para din sa bansa? yung BTV puro naman NBA or mga vintage games sayang naman wala tayong nakikitang laro ng team pinas.

D_I_A
05-13-2009, 06:51 PM
dapat magkaron ng isang tv network ang SBP mukhang maganda yung MAKISIG Channel kaysa sa BTV/Solar, kasi mukhang pera pera talaga ang labanan nung sa SOLAR eh.


tama...

pansin ko din ha puro foreign lang pinapalabas ng ibang network jan. may basket nga kaso europe? ano ba tau europian. hmp!

sana naman gagawa ng paraan SBP, kasi may gusto manuod kaso di alam kung san, kanina nga may nag ask sakin para san daw ang developmental, kasi nga raw kahit sang laro nila walang napapalabas. puro nalang ba tayo boxing habang may iba naman nagsasakripisyo para din sa bansa? yung BTV puro naman NBA or mga vintage games sayang naman wala tayong nakikitang laro ng team pinas.


kapatid na korn

paki check na lang sa interbasket.net may mga kasama tayo dun na nagbibigay ng updates at links pag may laro.

kaso "pixelated" lang ang video, streaming lang kasi..

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 07:10 PM
IRI / PHI – Mahram wake up slow, but steady and strong

http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/media/5/20090513-IMG_0226_150.JPG

JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): WABA champions Mahram started off slow, but steadily grew in strength and busted the enthusiastic bubble of Smart Gilas for a 98-87 to open their campaign in the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on a winning note on Wednedsay.

Smart Gilas, who defeated Sangmoo on the opening day, thus suffered their first defeat.

American forward Jackson Vroman, MVP at WABA qualifiers when he donned the Saba Mehr colors, played all the 40 minutes of the game, and deservingly led the game in scoring as well as rebounds.

The 27-year-old former New Orleans Hornets player returned 42 points, with a 69% (16/23) success rate in field attempts, and collected 13 rebounds

Priest Lauderdale, the other NBA alumnus in Mahram ranks, played only the first half of the game, but during his presence proved tall enough for his 16 points and 11 boards.

Samad Nikkah, the captain of the Iran National Team at the Beijing Olympics last year, celebrated his return to the FIBA Asia mould with 19 points – all of them in the second half – and eight assists.

Smart Gilas, on the other hand, had an all-round attack.

Mark Barocca was the leader in scoring with 18 points and American import Chester Giles contributed 14 points as the Filipino developmental team kept their more fancied opponents on their toes for almost the entire first half.

Smart Gilas led the first quarter 24-16 and the first half 46-44, but against the more experienced Mahram the Filipino youngsters fell short in terms of the figures on the scoreboard.

“I’m very proud of the way my boys played,” said Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov, under whose training Iran won the 2007 FIBA Asia championship and subsequently the 2008 Olympics.

“I’m in no way disappointed with our performance. They showed we have the attitude to play big opposition without any fear,” the Serbian said.

“In my opinion, Mahram is the team to beat for championship here. Therefore, keeping them under pressure for almost the entire game is an achievement for us.”

Rajkov’s received compliments from his Mahram counterpart, Mostafa Hashemi.

“They really scared us. Full marks to Toroman,” Hashemi said.

“We were caught completely off guard by their speed. We had to make a couple of changes in our thinking,” Hashemi said about resting Lauderdale for the second half.

“We are yet getting used to the condition. And their speed unsettled us. I hope we can learn from this and improve as the tournament progresses,” Hashemi said.

Scores

Mahram 98 (Jackson Vroman 42, Samad Nikkah 19, Priest Lauderdale 16) bt Smart Gilas 87 (Mark Barocca 18, Chester Giles 14, Dylan Ababou 11, Marnel Baracel 11). Quarterwise Scores: 16-24, 44-46, 72-63.

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


FIBAAsia.net (http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=342&catid=1)

CrossOver
05-13-2009, 07:19 PM
dapat magkaron ng isang tv network ang SBP mukhang maganda yung MAKISIG Channel kaysa sa BTV/Solar, kasi mukhang pera pera talaga ang labanan nung sa SOLAR eh.


Sana mangyari ito mas sabik ako manood ng int. competition w/ RP kesa sa local league natin.

clutchjedi
05-13-2009, 08:05 PM
“We were caught completely off guard by their speed. We had to make a couple of changes in our thinking,” Hashemi said about resting Lauderdale for the second half.


'Ika ka nila tungkol kay Pacquiao, "speed is power." Maybe Coach Toroman can be Smart Gilas's "Freddie Roach", train them the right way, offsetting their height/size disadvantage. :)

Good effort by the team against a more formidable opponent...Sangmoo-Korea was a Division 2 team in their county, not a pro league (KBL) team (I couldn't find anything on Google on what league they're in).

But Mahram-Iran was their country's Super League champion, with 2 imports - a legitimate pro opponent.

Jeon_Addict
05-13-2009, 09:00 PM
Vroman is a monster... hope they'll meet in the finals! :D

CrossOver
05-14-2009, 12:11 AM
http://www.philstar.com/images/logo_PStar.gif

Smart RP succumbs to tall Iranian squad
By Joey Villar
Updated May 14, 2009 12:00 AM


http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/1250/spo1.jpg
Iran’s American recruit Jackson Vroman towers over Smart Gilas RP’s Rafael Jazul in a undergoal play during their showdown in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta.

JAKARTA – Smart Gilas Pilipinas played it smart in the first half but bowed to a taller, more experienced Mahram of Iran, 87-98, yesterday in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Iranians leaned on the pair of American behemoths to dominate the Filipinos in the lane in the third quarter before coasting to their first victory in the tournament they are expected to dominate.

The 6-10 Jackson Vroman, the Chicago Bulls’ 31st overall pick in 2004 but was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then later went to the New Orleans Hornets, overpowered the Filipinos underneath, finishing with 42 points, 13 rebounds and two shot blocks.

The 7-4 Priest Lauderdale, a former Atlanta Hawk, backed him up with 16 points, 11 boards and three blocks all in the first half.

RP’s lone American reinforcement CJ Giles proved no match to the towering and power-playing duo, committing his fourth foul early in the third while trying to defend Smart Gilas’ side.

“They deserve to win, they played better in the second half, they used their experience,” said RP team Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. “But I was proud of my players, we showed character, we showed we can be competitive.”

The Filipinos used their quickness, aggressiveness and outside shooting and even led by 11 points, 24-13, late in the first quarter with skipper Chris Tiu completing a rare four-point play off a foul from veteran guard Madhi Kamrany.

But Vroman, whose 2004 batch included the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao, and Lauderdale started to dominate inside, scoring almost at will while sending Giles, Aldrech Ramos, Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros and Mac Baracael into early foul troubles.

Giles then took his fourth foul early in the third while trying to stop Vroman, whom he had an altercation in the first half.

“I think CJ’s fourth foul in the third quarter was the big difference in the game,” said Toroman.

Kamrany, Samad Nikkah Bahrami, Hamed Afagh Eslameih and Hamed Sohrabnejad, members of the Toroman-mentored Iran national team that ruled the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan, got the job done by combining for 34 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists.

Despite the setback, the Filipino cagers impressed Iran coach Mostafa Hashemi.

“They’re very good, we’re surprised. It was a hard game,” said Hashemi. “I congratulate him (Toroman), he’s done very good to this team (Smart Gilas).”

The Nationals’ stint here is backed by main partner Smart, official outfitter Accel, official ball Molten, Cebu Pacific, official socks Burlington and official casual wear Collezione by Rhett Eala.

Late Tuesday, Al Wasil of United Arab Emirates survived Satria Muda of Indonesia, 83-79, and Zain of Jordan overpowered Young Cagers of India, 90-59.

The Iran-RP encounter also had some tense moments, involving the temperamental Vroman.

The Filipinos, who beat Sangmoo of Korea, 90-76, Tuesday, will take a break today and will resume their campaign against Al Riyadi of Lebanon Friday.

Co-skipper Mark Barroca led RP, which finished with 13 triples that tied Korea’s output the other day, for the second straight game with 18 points while Giles, Baracael and Ababou had 14, 11 and 11 points, respectively.


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pachador
05-14-2009, 12:25 AM
Let's see if Toroman's team will do better that Chot's PBA team.
FIBA-Asia Club champions cup 2007
2007 Game Results of Chot Reyes PBA team with Seigle, Taulava, Ritualo, Caguioa, etc etc

Saba Battery(Iran) beat Philippines 101-88
Kazakhstan beat Philippines 75-66
Syria Al Jalaa defeats Philippines 80-114
Philippines defeat Bahrain Al Muharraq 99-80
Philippines defeat Lebanon Blue Star 94-83
Syria Al Jalaa defeat Philippines again 109-77
Qatar Al Rayyan defeat Philippines 95-75
Iran Saba Battery defeat Syria Al Jalaa 83-75

If my memory is right, in 2007, Iran Saba Battery only had 1 import (?) while the current Iran club Mahram has 2 imports..., secondly, Chot's team had fil-ams and are all Pros while Toroman's team are young amateurs with one import.

D_I_A
05-14-2009, 01:22 AM
Iran muscles way past Smart Gilas
Business World Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 20:07

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Mahram Iran, the 2009 West Asian Basketball Association champions, dealt the Smart Gilas RP Men’s Basketball Team its first loss in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup, 98-87, on Wednesday at the Britama Arena here.

The spunky Philippine team held a slim 46-44 lead at the half. They even racked up a 10-point lead at one point, 24-14, but Iran’s American reinforcements—seven-foot-two Priest Lauderdale and 6’10” Jackson Vroman—who scored 75 percent of their team’s 44 points, kept Mahram Iran unbeaten in Group A play.

The two Americans who have an NBA pedigree—Lauderdale was the 28th overall draft by the Atlanta Hawks in 1996 and Vroman was picked 31st overall in 2004 by the Chicago Bulls but who suited up for the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Hornets—were too much for the smaller Philippine frontline.

Smart Gilas’s 6’10” American import, Chester Jarrel “CJ” Giles, was whistled for three fouls, Aldrech Ramos also for three and Marnel Baracael for two, all in the first half. That forced Gilas coach Rajko Toroman to go small but their trapping and double-teaming defense held the Iranians at bay.

Mahram’s national players, led by the 6’9” Hamed Sohrabnejad and 6’3” Samad Nikkah Bahrami, grabbed the spotlight in the second half and helped the squad take the lead for good at 49-48 after a trey by the latter.

Smart Gilas’s Andy Barroca, who again led the Philippines in scoring with 18 points, scored on a lay-up to make it 56-58, but Mahram uncorked a 17-7 blitz to close out the third canto, 75-63.

The Iranians didn’t even need Lauderdale anymore for the second half. Vroman led a more spirited Mahram team as he compiled a game and tournament-high 42 points behind some devastating dunks and drives.

Giles picked up his fourth foul on a drive by Jackson at the 8:57 mark. The former draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers finished with 14 points.

Despite giving up a lot in size, Smart Gilas, which went all-Filipino after Giles’s fourth foul, gamely battled on behind the shooting of Dylan Ababou and Baracael, who both added 11 points each.

Mahram has five players who played for Toroman when he was head coach of the Iranian national team that won the 2007 Fiba-Asia title and competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics—Mahdi Karmany, Hamed Afagh, Hamed Sohrabnejad, Hooman Rezaee and Samad Nikkah Bahrami.

The Philippines takes a rest on Thursday games before playing a powerful Lebanon Al Riyadi Beirut on Friday at 2 p.m.

The scores: Mahram Iran 98—Vroman 42, Bahrami 19, Lauderdale 16, Kamrany 8, Sohrabnejad 5, Veishi 3, Kabir 3, Eslameih 2

Smart Gilas Philippines 87—Barroca 18, Giles 14, Baracael 11, Ababou 11, Casio 9, Tiu 8, Jazul 8, Ramos 3, Cawaling 3, Ballesteros 2.

D_I_A
05-14-2009, 01:36 AM
Smart RP succumbs to tall Iranian squad
By Joey Villar Updated May 14, 2009 12:00 AM
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Iran’s American recruit Jackson Vroman towers over Smart Gilas RP’s Rafael Jazul in a undergoal play during their showdown in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta. Jun Mendoza

JAKARTA – Smart Gilas Pilipinas played it smart in the first half but bowed to a taller, more experienced Mahram of Iran, 87-98, yesterday in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Iranians leaned on the pair of American behemoths to dominate the Filipinos in the lane in the third quarter before coasting to their first victory in the tournament they are expected to dominate.

The 6-10 Jackson Vroman, the Chicago Bulls’ 31st overall pick in 2004 but was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then later went to the New Orleans Hornets, overpowered the Filipinos underneath, finishing with 42 points, 13 rebounds and two shot blocks.

The 7-4 Priest Lauderdale, a former Atlanta Hawk, backed him up with 16 points, 11 boards and three blocks all in the first half.

RP’s lone American reinforcement CJ Giles proved no match to the towering and power-playing duo, committing his fourth foul early in the third while trying to defend Smart Gilas’ side.

“They deserve to win, they played better in the second half, they used their experience,” said RP team Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. “But I was proud of my players, we showed character, we showed we can be competitive.”

The Filipinos used their quickness, aggressiveness and outside shooting and even led by 11 points, 24-13, late in the first quarter with skipper Chris Tiu completing a rare four-point play off a foul from veteran guard Madhi Kamrany.

But Vroman, whose 2004 batch included the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao, and Lauderdale started to dominate inside, scoring almost at will while sending Giles, Aldrech Ramos, Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros and Mac Baracael into early foul troubles.

Giles then took his fourth foul early in the third while trying to stop Vroman, whom he had an altercation in the first half.

“I think CJ’s fourth foul in the third quarter was the big difference in the game,” said Toroman.

Kamrany, Samad Nikkah Bahrami, Hamed Afagh Eslameih and Hamed Sohrabnejad, members of the Toroman-mentored Iran national team that ruled the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan, got the job done by combining for 34 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists.

Despite the setback, the Filipino cagers impressed Iran coach Mostafa Hashemi.

“They’re very good, we’re surprised. It was a hard game,” said Hashemi. “I congratulate him (Toroman), he’s done very good to this team (Smart Gilas).”

The Nationals’ stint here is backed by main partner Smart, official outfitter Accel, official ball Molten, Cebu Pacific, official socks Burlington and official casual wear Collezione by Rhett Eala.

Late Tuesday, Al Wasil of United Arab Emirates survived Satria Muda of Indonesia, 83-79, and Zain of Jordan overpowered Young Cagers of India, 90-59.

The Iran-RP encounter also had some tense moments, involving the temperamental Vroman.

The Filipinos, who beat Sangmoo of Korea, 90-76, Tuesday, will take a break today and will resume their campaign against Al Riyadi of Lebanon Friday.

Co-skipper Mark Barroca led RP, which finished with 13 triples that tied Korea’s output the other day, for the second straight game with 18 points while Giles, Baracael and Ababou had 14, 11 and 11 points, respectively.

digitalsuperman
05-14-2009, 05:47 AM
grabe naman iran..dalawa talaga imports..hehehe...

also, guys i was really wondering if why only Japeth, Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony where the only ones picked at the US camp with toroman.. what about gian chiu? he's a legit big guy right?

pachador
05-14-2009, 08:47 AM
i hear gian is still recovering from an injury so he is out of form




grabe naman iran..dalawa talaga imports..hehehe...

also, guys i was really wondering if why only Japeth, Chris Lutz and Sean Anthony where the only ones picked at the US camp with toroman.. what about gian chiu? he's a legit big guy right?

digitalsuperman
05-14-2009, 09:32 AM
sayang naman.... :'(

korn666333
05-14-2009, 02:18 PM
2 teams ba each group sa semifinal? dapat pala manalo ang gilas sa lebanon at kuwait

clutchjedi
05-14-2009, 07:03 PM
^ Ang intindi ko, may quarterfinals, so top 4 per group advance? ...

Group A & Group B (5 teams each), round robin within the group. Last placer per group gets eliminated

Then top 4 per group (8 teams total) advance to the QFs, form 2 groups uli for round robin - I'm guessing one group would have A1 B2 A3 B4 and the other B1 A2 B3 A4.

Top 2 per group would advance to the (crossover?) semis, tapos finals.

Anyway yun ang intindi ko, just correct me if I'm wrong :)

http://www.philstar.com/ArticlePrinterFriendly.aspx?articleId=459060

digitalsuperman
05-14-2009, 07:06 PM
i hope and pray na makakapasok tayo sa finals...weeeeh!

Jeon_Addict
05-14-2009, 08:45 PM
I dream and I believe... they will survive! ;D

CrossOver
05-15-2009, 12:18 AM
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Iranians say Pinoys on right track
By Joey Villar
Updated May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

JAKARTA – If its first two games in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup were to be used as a gauge, Smart Gilas Pilipinas is on the right track.

No less than Mahram of Iran coach Mostafa Hashemi and team captain Samad Nikkah Bahrami made the assessment after the Filipinos nearly pulled off an upset over the defending champions, who eventually prevailed, 98-87, Wednesday.

“They surprised us, they played very good,” said Hashemi, who took over from RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman after the latter steered the Iran national team to the 2007 FIBA-Asia title in Tokushima, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, through an interpreter.

Bahrami, one of the four mainstays of Toroman’s Olympic team, said he saw some similarities with Smart Gilas when the Iranians were still starting out three years ago.

“They know what they’re doing on the court,” said Bahrami.

“Next year, we will have problems with this team (Smart Gilas), they are very young now but give them two to three more years and they will be hard to beat,” he added.


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CrossOver
05-15-2009, 12:20 AM
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Smart Gilas five faces tough Lebanon today
By Joey Villar
Updated May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

JAKARTA – Smart Gilas Pilipinas hopes to come out fresh and strong from a setback and a one-day break as it squares off with unbeaten Al Riyadi of Lebanon today in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Nationals blew an 11-point first half lead due to foul trouble and ended up dropping an 87-98 loss to the taller, more experienced Iranian side Wednesday to even their card to 1-1.

Despite the setback, RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman said he was proud of the RP cagers as they showed they could compete with the best despite their lack in ceiling and size.

Smart Gilas repulsed Sangmoo of Korea, 90-76, in the opener of the nine-day, import-laced tournament Tuesday.

“We put them in a lot of problems, that’s the biggest result. I’m proud of my players, they gave their best against this team that is better than its national team because they have two NBA players with lots of experience,” said Toroman.

“If we can keep this momentum, we’ll have a great chance to reach the semifinals,” he said.

Against the Lebanese, however, the Filipinos will be facing a team which dominated Qadsia of Kuwait, 87-78, and Sangmoo of Korea, 97-86, to remain on top of Group A.

But Al Riyadi’s skipper Fadi El-Khatib remains a doubtful starter after the 30-year-old playmaker suffered back spasms in the first quarter of their game against the Koreans.

Still, Lebanon remains as formidable as ever with import Nate Johnson, who helped San Miguel win a PBA title five years ago, and seven-footer Christien Jermaine Charles backstopping the squad.

Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan and Philippine Sports Commission chair Harry Angping arrived here yesterday to cheer for the Nationals, who will play the Kuwaitis tomorrow.

Pangilinan and Angping were accompanied by SBP vice chair Ricky Vargas, Smart Sports chief Patrick Gregorio and Talk n Text and former RP team coach Chot Reyes.

The Nationals had a light practice in their rest day because of the poor conditions in the training venue.

“We had light practice because the conditions of the gym are terrible,” rued Toroman.

CJ Giles is again expected to lead Smart Gilas bid along with Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca.


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CrossOver
05-15-2009, 01:09 AM
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RP five draws rave reviews in Fiba-Asia
By Rick Olivares / Reporter
Friday, 15 May 2009 00:53

Suriani Mappong is a journalist with Antara Indonesia. She normally writes about local politics, lifestyle and the latest happenings in her country. But she was surprised when she was asked to write on the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup that features 10 teams from the region.

On the second day of the competition, she spent a couple of hours penning a piece on the Smart Gilas RP Men’s Basketball Team that she missed the next match between Sangmoo Korea and Al Riyadi Lebanon.

When asked why she took her time with the Philippine team, she smiled, thought for a moment to measure her words, then said: “They are exciting and fun to watch.”

Her article’s headline—“Philippine Smart Gilas: the Team of the Future.”

Yang Hee Jong, one of Sangmoo Korea’s sweet-shooting forwards, was watching the Philippines continue to attack in the face of a conquest by Iran when he said: “Philippines is good. I want to play them again. They know basketball.”

Fouad Abou Chakra is the coach of Al Riyadi Lebanon, the current Pan Arab champions. He was relieved that his team beat Korea for its second win in as many days. “It’s a good thing we won because we have two very tough games ahead of us—Iran and the Philippines.”

Iran, represented by Mahram, the current West Asian Basketball champions (they beat Zain Jordan, which is also competing in the Champions Cup), has five players on its national squad and is backstopped by two very powerful American imports—former Denver Nugget Priest Lauderdale, who stands at an imposing 7’2,” and the high-leaping former Phoenix Sun Jackson Vroman. And the Tehran ball club has enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Al Riyadi, as well.

In Lebanon’s first match, a convincing 87-78 win versus Kuwait Qadsia, import Chris Charles hurt his knee in a collision with a Kuwaiti. Early in their 97-86 win against Korea, team captain Fadi El Khatib went down with a back injury, knocking him out of their immediate game versus Iran.

“We just got back from a hard-won championship in Lebanon and had a long 22-hour flight to Indonesia so our players are tired,” offered Chakra. “But I make no excuses. We will not give any gifts to Iran or the Philippines. Johnson might play against the Iranians but they have a size advantage, so we hope to run. Against the Philippines, we will go tall.”

“The Philippines...very good and very talented. I like them because they are exciting and they never give up. They play the full 40 minutes.”

“You know, there are maybe four countries in the world where basketball is the most popular sport. Lithuania, and believe it or not, the Cayman Islands! And there’s the Philippines and Lebanon. So we are in good company.”

Mostafa Hashemi’s team, Mahram, was a last-minute replacement for Saba Mehr, which won back-to-back titles in this Fiba-Asia Champions Cup competition in 2007-08. Their unavailability prompted Mahram to take their place. But they are no slouches themselves as the West Asian Basketball Association champions hope to extend Iranian dominance in the region.

In their first outing of the tournament, they pounded the hard-fighting Philippine team into submission with dozens of forays inside that saw a cluster of dunks and putbacks in a show of offensive might. Nevertheless, the winning coach, Hashemi, had high praise for Philippine head coach Rajko Toroman and his wards.

Said the coach, “I think it’s [Smart Gilas] raw and young with lots of good shooters. And they are very fast. I think it only doesn’t have the experience but it is a very good team.”

As Mappong looked up at her work that was being posted on Antara’s web site, she had one last thing to add about the Philippine team: “Smart is a very good name for the team because they play smart.”

She once more paused; no doubt to get my attention as she left a dangling thought in the manner of her statement.

“Do you know what ‘gilas’ means in Indonesian?”

“It means fight. That is perfect for that team. They fight until the very end.”


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D_I_A
05-15-2009, 03:51 AM
Smart Gilas RP plays tough Lebanese side
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Friday, 15 May 2009 00:51

JAKARTA, Indonesia—The Smart Gilas RP men’s national basketball team hopes to rebound from a tough loss to Iran when it takes on Al Riyadi Lebanon on Friday in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Philippines, with an even card after winning its opening match to Sangmoo of Korea, 90-76, and bowing 87-98 to Mahram Iran, is bracketed in the virtual “Group of Death” which also includes Qadsia Kuwait and Lebanon.

Mahram is the current West Asian Basketball Association champion having beaten Zain Jordan, which is in Group B of the tournament, in March in Ammam, Jordan.

The banged up Al Riyadi Lebanon is coming off winning the 2009 Lebanese championship but two key players are doubtful for their 2 p.m. match with Gilas.

American import Chris Charles has an inflamed knee as a result of a collision with a Kuwaiti player in their first match of the tournament and team captain Fadi El Khatib suffered a back injury in their Wednesday match against Korea.

Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman pointed to poor free-throw shooting (13-22 for 59.1 percent) and rebounding as the culprits for their performance. Iran had a 48-29 advantage off the boards. Foul trouble to Giles, Aldrech Ramos and Marnel Baracael also depleted the Philippines’ frontline.

Smart Gilas led by 10 points in the first quarter, 24-10, before Iran closed the gap, 44-46, at the half. Giles’s fourth foul in the early minutes of the third did the Filipinos in as Mahram detonated a mighty 17-7 wind-up in the third quarter to take control. Iran’s American import tandem of the seven-foot-two Priest Lauderdale and 6’10” Jackson Vroman, both NBA veterans, led Iran with the latter, a former Phoenix Sun and New Orleans Hornet, scoring a tournament-high 42 points.

Al Riyadi will be led by it slippery point guard Ali Mahmoud, the 6’5” Yehya Sabra and the team’s second American reinforcement Nate Johnson, an active player with a game much like current Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom.

Smart Gilas RP’s starting five is team captains Chris Tiu and Andy Mark Barroca, forwards JR Cawaling and Baracael, and CJ Giles at center.

On Saturday the Philippines will play Kuwait at 6 p.m. The crossover quarterfinals featuring the top four squads of each bracket will be a knockout affair. Eliminated teams play for tournament placing.

D_I_A
05-15-2009, 04:08 AM
RP hoopsters face another tall team
By WILLIE B. CABALLES
May 14, 2009, 9:55pm
Manila Bulletin

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad faces another tough test Friday when it tangles with another tall team – the Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon — in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Filipinos, still smarting from a 98-87 drubbing from Mahram Iran on Wednesday, meet the Lebanese at 3 p.m. (Manila time) eyeing to regain the big plays they used in hacking out a 90-76 of Sangmoo Korea last Tuesday.

As usual, the shorter Filipinos, whose average height is 191 centimeters, will be their biggest handicap against the Lebanese, who will have an average height of 197 centimeters.

But going for the Filipinos will be the expected absence of Lebanon’s top player, El Cheikh Fadi El Khatib, who hurt his back in their game against the Koreans last Wednesday, as well as the doubtful start of one of their American imports, Nathaniel Johnson, who hurt his knee in the same game.

RP coach Rajko Toroman said that still, the Filipinos’ height disadvantage will play a big factor in the game against the unbeaten Lebanese.

This was echoed by Al Riyadi Beirut head coach Fouad Abou Chakra, who said that they will go big against the Philippines.

"We watched the Philippines play Iran and I will also go big against them," Chakra, who lamented the impending absence of his top player, El Khatib, said.

A win by the Nationals, who will again be led by import Chester Jarell Giles and Andy Mark Barocca, will give the Filipinos headway for a berth in the next phase of this 10-team, two-group tournament which will have the top three teams from each group advancing to the next round.

Prior to Thursday’s games, Group A has Lebanon currently at the top with two wins and no loss followed by the Iranians at 1-0. The Filipinos are 1-1, while Qadsia Kuwait is 0-1 and Sangmoo Korea is 0-2.

Last Wednesday, the Filipinos’ height disadvantage came to the fore when they lost to the Iranians, who used a 7-footer, American Priest Lauderdale, to bait their big men into fouls and 6-foot-10 Jackson Vroman to bully his way around the shaded lane.

corkyromano
05-15-2009, 10:45 AM
Game po today 3 pm against Lebanon

http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

korn666333
05-15-2009, 01:36 PM
Game po today 3 pm against Lebanon

http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html


baka ala nanaman po papalabas sa link na yan, kagaya nong laro sa iran. may ibang site pa ba? pakibigay po

korn666333
05-15-2009, 03:02 PM
http://teampilipinas.info/search/label/Free%20Live%20Stream

simula na laban nuod na kau! try new mozilla if ayaw gagana sa IE

korn666333
05-15-2009, 03:17 PM
end of first quarter score: phi 26; lib 15

Kid Cubao
05-15-2009, 03:35 PM
ang galing ni ababou!

korn666333
05-15-2009, 03:40 PM
kawawang lebanon pagod na pagod sa kahahabol kay barroca idol! ;D

residentshooter
05-15-2009, 03:52 PM
54-43 3Q, Smar Jilas ;D

5 straight points by Tiu but we're really being outrebounded

korn666333
05-15-2009, 04:04 PM
amf naabotan na. gumiginaw na ako dito hehehe

korn666333
05-15-2009, 04:37 PM
wew panalo smart gilas 91-86. good work gilas!

CrossOver
05-15-2009, 04:38 PM
RP 91 Lebanon 86

w00t pinagpawisan ako ng malagkit don ah!!!
Congrats RP Team!!!

Kid Cubao
05-15-2009, 04:39 PM
great game by barroca (despite his horrible free throw shooting), dylan ababou, CJ giles, and chris tiu. kulang pa tayo sa rebounding, pero mas steady talaga ang shooting natin. butas na butas ang perimeter defense ng lebanon.

CrossOver
05-15-2009, 04:45 PM
yeah smooth na flow ng play natin hindi na masakit sa mata hindi tulad ng dati ;D

Mark Barako este Barroca lupet mo talaga!!!
Big men pa need natin para sa rebound sana ma improve ang free throw sayang kasi mga points natin don if 100% ;D
Tambak pa sana kalaban.

digitalsuperman
05-15-2009, 04:56 PM
whoaa! watta tempura!! di ko naabutan.. ang tulin pa naman nang drive ko para lang maabutan...waaah! lumilipad na yung sasakyan ko di parin naabutan..waaah! pero okay parin dahil panalo ang gilas...wala bang replay?:D

thadzonline
05-15-2009, 05:12 PM
haha, di ko rin naabutan...kainis pero ok lang we won

digitalsuperman
05-15-2009, 05:28 PM
hmmm... i really think that with the current level the gilas is in now and if aguilar, al hussaini and lutz is with the team. they can beat the pba national team...

digitalsuperman
05-15-2009, 07:05 PM
Spunky Smart Gilas down Riyadi

JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Smart Gilas Philippines were speedy and skillful at the start and showed a lot of spunk later on to defeat Lebanese giants Al Riyadi Beirut 91-86 in a Group A game at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Friday.

Riyadi, thus wound up their preliminary round with a 2-2 record. Smart Gilas, now 2-1, have a game on hand against Kuwaiti league champions Al Qadsia on Saturday.

Smart Gilas seized the initiative with a 9-0 run early in the game – for a 17-6 lead – and kept growing in confidence and scoring as the game progressed.

The Toroman Rajkov-trained team led by as many as 17 points at one stage in the second quarter before heading into the change rooms with a 39-24 advantage.

Midway through the third quarter, Smart Gilas suffered a scare when their American import CJ Giles was forced out with a painful knee. The Filipinos were 56-44 ahead then.

With the tallest player in the opposition absent, Riyadi seemed to find their feet and managed their first lead in the game when Nate Johnson sank a three-pointer to put the Lebanese 63-62 ahead. The two teams were tied 65-all going into the final ten minutes

But Giles returned to the court -- Rajkov terming it “he showed a lot of character and commitment in doing so” – Smart Gilas were back on track and cantered through to their second win in the competition.

Giles scored eight of his 20 points in the final quarter. Giles also collected 11 boards for the game.

“Not bad at all for a team that came to gain experience,” chuckled Rajkov.

“It’s indeed a great result for us. Yesterday (against Mahram), we showed we had the toughness to play big teams and today we translated that into a winning result. It certainly is very positive step ahead for us,” said Rajkov.

“They (Riyadi) have a lot of National Team players. I know what a great and tough team they are. All the more reason for me to feel satisfied with our progress.”

Mark Barocca led the scoring for Smart Gilas with a staggering 84.6% rate on the field for his 28 points.

Christian Charles returned to the Riyadi starting five with a double-double (21 points and 12 boards).

Fellow American Nate Johnson, who was not fielded on Thursday top scored the game with 43 points. But there was hardly any support from the rest.

“I think this was their win more than our loss,” said Riyadi coach Fouad Abouchakra.

“They came hard at us and dictated the pace right from the beginning and we fell into their trap,” he added.

“Against a team of this speed and skill, we need to be super healthy. And we were half-healthy,” Abouchakra said.

“We are lucky to get a rest day before the quarterfinals. Hopefully our key players will recover.”
Scores

Smart Gilas 91 (Mark Barocca 28, CJ Giles 20, Dylan Ababou 17) bt Al Riyadi Beirut 86 (Nate Johnson 43, Christian Charles 21). Quarterwise scores: 26-15, 49-34, 65-65.



http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=366

digitalsuperman
05-15-2009, 07:10 PM
what i'm really amazed at is how Mark Barocca has improved during the short duration of the training.. I really hope and pray that he remains healthy throughout the program perhaps even more... plus he has an excellent shooting percentage...all i can say is WOW!

clutchjedi
05-15-2009, 08:03 PM
^ kung ang Rockets may Aaron Brooks, ang Smart Gilas naman may Andy Barrocs' :D

Raging Blue
05-15-2009, 08:30 PM
Mabuhay sa Smart Gilas national basketball team! You did our country proud :)

Jeon_Addict
05-15-2009, 09:06 PM
Smart Jelas... is simply amazing, Go go Mark Andy, the whirlwind devil! ;D

nash_bedista
05-15-2009, 09:31 PM
kung baga, sya yung Lebron ng Gilas eh,

unstoppable si papa barrocs.. hahah

Tigercub
05-15-2009, 11:47 PM
makakakuha ba tayo ng points dito for the FIBA World rankings?

D_I_A
05-16-2009, 01:24 AM
Hurting Giles leads Gilas to 91-86 win over Lebanon

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
05/16/2009

JAKARTA — CJ Giles did a Willis Reed and Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team escaped with an incredible victory.

Giles sustained an injured left knee in the third period, but stormed back down the stretch, helping the Filipinos stun Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon, 91-86, to secure a quarterfinals berth in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup yesterday at the Britama Arena here.

After a blazing start, Giles crashed into Lebanese import Nate Johnson in a loose ball scramble and had to be carried by several teammates back to the locker room for immediate treatment, 5:38 left in the third canto.

But the 24-year-old American reinforcement made a surprising comeback midway through the fourth quarter, fashioning a heavily-bandaged knee and limping his way back to the court like Reed did in Game Seven of the 1970 NBA Finals when he led the New York Knicks to a 113-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Giles scored eight of his 20 points in the final period, dousing cold water in the scorching run waged by Johnson and the gutsy Lebanese, who played without their injured superstar, Fadi El-Khatib.

He was taken to the Sieta Mitra Hospital after the game and will not be suiting up in their 7 p.m. (Manila time) game against Kuwait today.

“He showed a lot of character,” National mentor Rajko Toroman said. “We don’t know yet what kind of injury he has, but we’ll not put him in tomorrow’s game. He still has two days to rest before the quarterfinals and we’re hoping he could lead us to victory once more.”

“Even if he insists, we’ll not put him on the court tomorrow — that’s for sure.”

Mark Barocca led the Nationals with 28 points, seven rebounds and five steals while providing a lot of hustle on both ends of the floor despite the blazing rally of the Lebanese in the final canto where a 13-3 run melted the Filipinos’ 62-50 advantage in the third period.

Dylan Ababou came off the bench and chipped in 17 points while Aldrech Ramos had eight markers for the squad bankrolled by Smart, Cebu Pacific, Burlington, Accel, Molten and Collezione.

The Nationals had an oozing start, erecting a huge 17-point lead in the latter part of the second quarter, 44-29. Giles, however, sustained an injury, giving the Lebanese an opportunity to shut the third period at 65 apiece.

And when Giles stepped back, the Nationals slowly pulled away, mounting a 12-point lead in the final 2:14. But Johnson caught fire, trimming the gap to within two, 82-84, before Barocca made a beautiful pull-up jumper with only 37.6 seconds left to bail the Filipinos out of danger, 86-82.

“You cannot question the character and the heart of these guys,” Toroman said. “They (Lebanese) have seven to eight players of their national team and two Americans, this victory should really make us proud.”

Johnson, a former PBA Best Import awardee, torched the net with 43 points while his partner, Chris Charles had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Lebanon fell to 2-2 behind unbeaten Iran (3-0) and Philippines (2-1) in Group A.

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what a game, it's a deserving win.

congratulations and i hope you continue giving your all for the country!!!

we're proud of you!!!

D_I_A
05-16-2009, 02:04 AM
Team RP slams Lebanon
By Joey Villar Updated May 16, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar


Smart Gilas RP’s Mark Barroca slashes through the defense of Lebanon’s Omar El Turk, left, and Nathaniel Johnson. Jun Mendoza

JAKARTA – A hurting American import CJ Giles provided the heart and Mark Barroca the firepower for Smart Gilas Pilipinas as it overcame Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 91-86, yesterday and barged into the quarterfinal round in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The 6-11 Giles endured a knee injury in the third quarter and fired eight of his 20 points in the final six minutes to power the Filipinos to their second win in three starts and into the quarterfinals.

Barroca continued to be the most consistent performer in the team built just six months ago as he exploded for 28 points he spiked with seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.

The Far Eastern U standout took over for Smart Gilas in one stretch in the final quarter when he made the key plays and hit the crucial baskets in Giles’ absence.

The Nationals thus assured themselves of at least the No. 2 spot in Group A regardless of the result of their final elimination round game with Qadsia of Kuwait tonight.

“We played a great game, with heart, with passion and with a lot of positive things,” said RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman. “We surprised Lebanon, they have international and national players.

“It’s a big win for us because we’re only six months together, we had some friendly games but that’s not official competition. We showed character, I think that’s the most important thing,” he said.

Giles capped his game-long heroics with a monster two-handed jam off an alley-oop pass from Barroca that all but quashed the rally of runners-up in the 2007 Fiba-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan.

It sent the small Filipino crowd, headed by SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, in frenzied celebration as the RP cagers pulled off the dramatic victory.

“It hurts but I know the guys need me out there,” said Giles, who was bandaged with a knee guard and rushed straight to the nearby Mitra Hospital for tests after the match.

The RP cagers performance impressed no less than Lebanon coach Fouad Abou Chakra.

“I’ve said it before, this Philippine team is a very good team, they would never give up for 40 minutes and this is what they did against us,” said Chakra.

It was the second loss in four starts for Al Riyadi, which missed the services of skipper Fadhi El-Khatib due to a sore back.

“We really missed Fadhi, it’s different out there without him, that’s another scoring threat. Hopefully he’ll be back the next game,” said Lebanese-Canadian Ali Mahmoud.

Nate Johnson, who was rested along with the rest of the starters in a lopsided 61-87 loss to defending champion Mahram of Iran Thursday, came away with a tournament-high 43 points but got sidelined in a stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters, enabling the Filipinos to hang tough.

In Group B action, Zain of Jordan overpowered Satria Muda of host Indonesia, 84-71, and Al Arabi of Qatar smashed fellow Gulf rival Al Wasl of United Arab Emirates 97-78 to remain unscathed.

The Nationals’ stint here is supported by main partner Smart, official outfitter ACCEL, official ball Molten, Cebu Pacific, official socks Burlington and official casual wear Collezione by Rhett Eala.

On Thursday, Korean Army outfit Sangmoo unleashed an 18-8 blast in the final five minutes and eked out a 69-66 win over Kuwaiti league champions Al Qadsia in an equally pivotal Group A game.

With the lanky Giles manning the middle and Barroca directing the team’s plays, Smart Gilas seized control in the early going and even led by as many as 17 points, 32-15, in the second period.

The Filipinos kept the momentum until midway in the third quarter when Giles collided with a driving Johnson and took a hard fall. He was carried by his teammates to the dugout.

Lebanon took advantage of Giles absence and unleashed a blistering run which Johnson, who played for a San Miguel team that won a PBA title five years ago, capped with a triple on top of the key to seize the lead, 63-61, late in the third.

But the Filipinos, starring Barroca, flashed their resiliency and a big fighting heart, refusing to give up and bucking the odds to wrest a 73-67 lead early in the last quarter.

Giles then came in to finish the job.

Champions Cup Notes: Toroman’s assistants were also tasked as his night eyes to watch over players violating the 11 p.m. curfew. On Thursday night, conditioning coach Jimbo Saret and physical therapist Albert Rolle were the ones tasked to guard over potential violators, who would be fined if caught...Smart Gilas skipper Chris Tiu had a bum stomach all week. The culprit is the hotel’s spicy food served three times a day...Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan cut short his meeting with Indofood, a leading food company here where he is president, to lead a small but loud group of Filipinos cheering for the Nationals...Among the crowd were SBP vice chair Ricky Vargas, Philippine Sports Commission chair Harry Angping, Smart Sports chief Patrick Gregorio, ambassador Orly Mercado and Philippine Olympic Committee chair Monico Puentevella...Former RP team coach Chot Reyes, now with Talk N’ Text, quietly watched the game. On his left facing him were the teams that spoiled his bid in the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan-Jordan and Iran.

D_I_A
05-16-2009, 02:10 AM
RP Youth squad still lacking in tall men

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
05/16/2009

JAKARTA — Smart Gilas’ lack of able tall men has become a serious concern for Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

SBP president Manny Pangilinan yesterday floated the idea of boosting the squad with at least three big men to make the team more competitive in controlling the boards against its taller, heftier Asian neighbors.

In their recent 87-98 loss to Mahram Tehran of Iran, for instance, the Nationals were heavily battered underneath, 29-48, giving the Iranians’ import, Jackson Vroman, larger room to operate.

The 6-foot-10 Vroman, who erupted for 42 points and 13 rebounds, was paired with another towering import, 7-foot-4 Priest Lauderdale, who tallied 16 points, 11 rebounds and tons of intimidation underneath.

Iran, the back-to-back champion in the ongoing 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup and the continent’s representative in the previous Olympics along with China, has an average height of 6-foot-8 while the Filipinos’ average ceiling is 6-foot-3 with 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter standing as the tallest and JV Casio and Mark Barocca the shortest at 5-foot-10.

Pangilinan mentioned 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, 6-foot-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini and a couple of towering Filipino-foreigners, saying their inclusion would be a big lift to the squad.

Aguilar and Al-Hussaini were both part of SBP’s national developmental pool, headed by Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman. They, however, failed to make the trip here due to some pressing school commitments.

“We should look for these big men,” Pangilinan said. “I hope Japeth should be one of them and, hopefully, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and maybe one more naturalized foreigner.”

SBP executive director Noli Eala also said the addition of Aguilar, Al-Hussaini, possibly 6-foot-7 Chris Lutz, and 6-foot-11 American CJ Giles as naturalized player would make them competitive before the 2011 Fiba-Asia Championship, the gateway to the 2012 London Olympics.

“Just two or three big men and we’ll be fine,” Eala said. “Of course, Lutz, (Sean) Anthony and Giles as our naturalized (player) should be there along with the core of this young, talented team.”

joelex
05-16-2009, 03:31 AM
Theres no way in hell this Gilas team will lose here. Harbour Centre has dominated this tournament the past couple years so this should be easy picking.

easter
05-16-2009, 07:20 AM
^ Correct me if I'm wrong but based on this data from Wikipedia, the last time we won the championship here was 1996.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIBA_Asia_Champions_Cup

Besides winning here is not the most important thing but exposure in international competitions which Filipinos are sorely lacking.

amdgc82
05-16-2009, 07:31 AM
Theres no way in hell this Gilas team will lose here. Harbour Centre has dominated this tournament the past couple years so this should be easy picking.


Harbour Centre has not represented the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
HC were the champions in SEABA Champions Cup in 2007 and runner up in 2008, both held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 07:38 AM
Theres no way in hell this Gilas team will lose here. Harbour Centre has dominated this tournament the past couple years so this should be easy picking.


hahah..that was the SEABA...

CrossOver
05-16-2009, 08:13 AM
^^sasabihin ko na sana eh ;D

joelex
05-16-2009, 03:25 PM
i stand corrected, since the teams competing here are commercial rather than national teams wc explains the mix up. Nevertheless, lets not misrepresent this Gilas team as winning over countries but rather as winning against mere commercial teams. In fact, a 2nd rate Korean squad.

easter
05-16-2009, 03:38 PM
Well I think everyone knows that this is a club tournament because if were not, I am sure the PBA backed National Team will be the one fighting here.

The real thing to watch here isn't really the winning or the losing. its the development of the team and how it will perform against other Asian teams whether club teams or even the national teams.

CrossOver
05-16-2009, 04:05 PM
Masaya ko sa pinapakita ng RP Gilas Team nakikita na natin na nagbubunga na ang mga ginagawa ng SBP kahit na sabihing me mga import itong tournament na ito, hindi natin maaalis na ang tournament ay sadyang madugo dagdagan pa ng mga members ng National Team ng mga bansang kalahok na matagal ng magkakasama.

D_I_A
05-16-2009, 04:23 PM
Masaya ko sa pinapakita ng RP Gilas Team nakikita na natin na nagbubunga na ang mga ginagawa ng SBP kahit na sabihing me mga import itong tournament na ito, hindi natin maaalis na ang tournament ay sadyang madugo dagdagan pa ng mga members ng National Team ng mga bansang kalahok na matagal ng magkakasama.



Keep up the good work!!!

Sulong Basketball ng Pilipinas!!! ;D

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 05:00 PM
i stand corrected, since the teams competing here are commercial rather than national teams wc explains the mix up. Nevertheless, lets not misrepresent this Gilas team as winning over countries but rather as winning against mere commercial teams. In fact, a 2nd rate Korean squad.


the purpose of the gilas there is to gain experience and in no way the mission was about winning or beating nationa teams of other countries. but look, these teams represent the best basketball clubs in their counties and each of this commercial team has about 2 to 5 or even half of its line up are in their national team and plus with their two imports these commercial teams are even better than their national team. so come to think of it we can gauge the development level of our national team with they way they perform here in this tournament and look our national team isn't even complete yet. and whats with the 2nd rate korean squad? they performed well with that squad considering our team is composed of amateurs who prioritize school over basketball than that of the "2nd" rate korean squad you said who are professional clubs who did nothing but play basketball. and why do you emphasize about that 2nd rate korean squad? do you think you can do better? jeez...

korn666333
05-16-2009, 07:05 PM
wala ba sila laro?

thadzonline
05-16-2009, 07:11 PM
may live score update sa http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

CrossOver
05-16-2009, 07:16 PM
Oo nga sayang hindi ako makapanood ng Live Stream!!!

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 07:59 PM
play by play:


http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/KUWPHI051620091800.asp

korn666333
05-16-2009, 08:10 PM
http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/KUWPHI051620091800.asp

dito lang muna ha live updates

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 08:44 PM
gilas win!!!! 93 - 98

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 08:46 PM
ang galing talaga.... ang dikit nang laban...aatakihin ata ako.hahahha...
galing talaga nang gilas.. dalawa pa import nung kalaban tapos wala pa tayong import...

galing talaga!!! go gilas pilipinas!!!!

Kid Cubao
05-16-2009, 08:51 PM
and to think we trailed by as much as 12 points in the 3rd quarter. great win for smart gilas :)

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 08:52 PM
and to think wala si giles because of a knee injury atsaka si chris tiu fro a bum stomach..

CrossOver
05-16-2009, 09:09 PM
w0w salamat sa update wooohooooo!!!
sinong gumawa??
bagal kasi ng net ko now trafic sa net
c0ngrants sa RP Gilas Team we proud of you!!!

digitalsuperman
05-16-2009, 10:01 PM
Smart Gilas rally to down Qadsia

JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): With only pride to play for Kuwaiti league champions Al Qadsia showed a lot of guts and gumption in their final Group A game against Smart Gilas.

But as has been their wont in the tournament so far, Smart Gilas, despite playing without of two of their key players rallied in the fourth quarter from a “confused” position to record a “confident boosting” 98-93 win.

Smart Gilas, thus finished second in Group A.

“Their defense surprised us in the first two quarters,” said Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov.

“And it took us to rework our tactics, especially in the absence of Chris Tiu and CJ Giles,” he added.

“Even when I took the final time-out my message to the players was ‘we can either die like warriors or die like chickens.’ I’m proud my boys came out warriors,” Rajkov said.

Joseph Casio and Marnel Baracel led the Filipino charge. Baracel was 9/10 in field attempts in his 19 points and Casio had 21 points.

“We knew were out of the quarterfinals. But we wanted to go out with our heads held high,” said Qadsia coach Jordancho Davitkov.

Qadsia now take on Al Wasl of UAE on Tuesday in a play-off for the ninth place.

Scores

Smart Gilas 98 (Joseph Casio 21, Marnel Baracel 19, Dylan Ababou 16)
Al Qadsia 93 (Mike Harris 32, Joel Box 21).

Quarterwise Scores: 16-31, 46-49, 69-76.


http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=381

D_I_A
05-17-2009, 02:28 AM
Giles hurt but may suit up for Gilas
By Joey Villar Updated May 17, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

CJ Giles gets a lift from teammate Chris Tiu (left) after suffering an injury in the third quarter against Lebanon. Physical therapist Albert Rolle tripped and fell to the floor while attending to Giles. JUN MENDOZA

JAKARTA – American import CJ Giles escaped serious injuries from a bad fall during Smart Gilas’ match against Lebanon and could suit up for the national team’s quarterfinal match against tall Qatar today in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Philippines brought down Kuwait, 98-93, last night and closed the elimination round with a second-best 3-1 win-loss card behind Iran (4-0).

It will fight Al Arabi of Qatar, which lost to unbeaten Jordan, 94-62, and finished third in Group B with a 2-2 card.

RP team doctors said the 6-11 reinforcement Giles had no bone fractures and torn ligaments following a scary fall in the third quarter of the Nationals’ 91-86 win over the Lebanese’ Al Riyadi team Friday.

“CJ was diagnosed with only a strained quadriceps, all he needs is to rest,” said RP strength and conditioning coach Jimbo Saret, who was joined here by physical therapist Albert Rolle.

But RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman decided to rest the high-leaping Giles when Smart Gilas took on Qadsia of Kuwait late last night in the final elimination round playdate of the import-laced tournament.

“We’ll try to let him recover from that injury and not put him in the game against Kuwait so that he’ll have time to rest,” said Toroman. “I hope he can play in the quarterfinals and maybe in the semis.”

The win over Lebanon, which finished second in the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship topped by the Toroman-mentored Iran in Tokushima, Japan, assured the Filipinos of a spot in the quarterfinals.

Giles’ absence should give the other big guys in the squad – Fil-Am Greg Slaughter, Jason Ballesteros and Aldrech Ramos – a chance to showcase their skills and talent and at the same time gain international experience.

“If he (Giles) doesn’t play, our big guys will get a lot of minutes and try to get some experience. Our goal is to fight and gain experience, those are really our goals,” said Toroman.

“If CJ can’t play, it will be (Jason) Ballesteros and (Greg) Slaughter. Maybe we will win, maybe not but for sure they will get some experience because our goal is 2011 (FIBA-Asia Championship or the Asian Olympic qualifier),” he added.

Satria Muda of Indonesia, which shocked Al Arabi of Qatar, 84-77, Friday night, won over the Young Cagers of India, 79-56, and finished tied with Qatar with a 2-2 card in Group B.

Indonesia took the second spot by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

“I haven’t seen Qatar play,” Toroman said.

Meanwhile, co-skipper Mark Barroca currently leads the team in terms of production with an average of 22 points, 4.67 steals, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds in their first three outings.

Giles comes next with norms of 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds while Ababou and team captain Chris Tiu at second and third with averages of 11.6 points and five caroms and nine points and four rebounds, respectively.

The Nationals were outrebounded in all three games, 31.6-45.3, that underscored the team’s lack in ceiling

korn666333
05-17-2009, 02:52 PM
yan ang totoong preparation ng isang team congrats gilas!

digitalsuperman
05-17-2009, 03:42 PM
meron bang live streaming ngayong gabi? kahit gilas lang okay nah...

korn666333
05-17-2009, 09:02 PM
http://www.altelfaza.com/aljazeera-sport-tv-live-online.html

dito lang nuod. If d magwowork sa mozilla try IE

korn666333
05-17-2009, 10:30 PM
talo pinas...what now? dapat pala nagpatalo tayo kahapon no! hays

D_I_A
05-17-2009, 11:50 PM
Gilas looking good in Jakarta

By Julius Manicad
Daily Tribune
05/18/2009

JAKARTA — CJ Giles and Chris Tiu were given a clean bill of health and Smart Pilipinas National Team now has handsome chances in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup here.

After missing the game against Kuwait Saturday, Giles and Tiu received the green light to play yesterday, just in time for the Nationals’ crucial quarterfinal meeting with Al-Arabi of Qatar.

“CJ is just 60 percent, but he’s ready to play — even with a heavy bandage,” strength and conditioning mentor Jimbo Saret said. “Chris is also ready. We just rested his left quadriceps yesterday to prepare him for today’s big game.”

Giles, the 6-foot-11 American reinforcement, suffered a strained quadriceps after crashing into Nate Johnson in their morale-boosting 91-86 victory over Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon Friday.

Although he stormed back into the game with a heavily-bandaged leg to score eight of his 20 points, Serbian coach Rajko Toroman opted to rest his reinforcement along with his top gunner in the Nationals’ 98-93 come-from-behind victory over Kuwait.

But even without Giles and Tiu, the Nationals were still deadly.

With Greg Slaughter and Jason Ballesteros taking turns in defending the lane, the Nationals crawled back from a 18 points down in the first period to complete one of the most stunning come backs in this prestigious inter-club tournament.

JV Casio scored 21 points while Dylan Ababou added 16 markers to fill the void left by Tiu. Leading scorer Mark Borocca had only nine points, but made a daredevil drive in the last 1:14 to bail the Nationals out of trouble, 94-92.

“I knew it would be a very difficult game because the team that has nothing to lose can be dangerous, very dangerous,” Toroman said, referring to the gutsy Kuwaitis, who finished the tournament without a single victory to show.

Against Qatar, a squad that prides itself with a fluid ball movement, hot outside shooting and a scary six-man rotation, the shorter and younger Smart Gilas appears to be the underdog.

Toroman, however, admitted he’s cooking something “special” for the Filipinos. And winning today’s ballgame is one of the main ingredients.

“Of course, I’m setting my goal higher each passing game,” Toroman said. “Now that we are already here in the quarterfinals, we are thinking of doing ‘something special’ for the Filipinos. And that ‘something special’ is going to the finals.”