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D_I_A
05-17-2009, 11:56 PM
FIBA Asia
5/18/2009


JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Smart Gilas continued to sparkle with their speed and spirit, but against the size of Gulf powerhouse Al Arabi the Filipinos’ spirit came short and thus suffered a 71-76 loss in the final quarterfinal game of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday.

Arabi, outscored 8-23 by Smart Gilas in the second quarter, began their resurrection towards the end of the third quarter. A 13-0 spree ensued that ran well past the midway mark of the fourth quarter, and Arabi held on for their maiden entry into the Champions Cup semifinals.

Arabi’s best finish yet in the Champions Cup is the seventh-place they achieved 25 years ago – at the 1984 edition at Kuala Lumpur.

Arabi began well and seemed headed to cruise when they closed the first ten minutes 21-12 ahead.

But Mark Barocca came into his own in the second quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points for the game after drawing a blank in the first quarter, to lead a Smart Gilas surge that saw the Filipinos go into the changing room 35-29 ahead.

After an equally sparred initial moments, Arabi seized control as Erfan Saeed and Ali and Ali beginning to combine well with their ‘imports’ Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow put the Qataris in sight of a semifinal place.

Saeed scored 13 of his game-high 20 points, Jones 10 of his 18 points, and Ali Ali 12 of his 17 in the second half.

Starting at 46-52 in the closing moments of the third quarter, Arabi went on to lead 59-52 with 5:40 left in the game, before CJ Giles’ twin free-throws ended the barren run for Smart Gilas.

“I think we came well together in the second half,” said Al Arabi coach David Ingham.

“We hung together when it mattered and kept them under 20 points in the two quarters in the second half. That to me was the key to our win,” the Australian added.

“I guess we chose the wrong moment to play our worst game in the tournament,” rued Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov.

“We hurried and made a rush without reason when under pressure. I guess that’s what is called inexperience,” the Serbian said.

Smart Gilas made a spirited reply even after Arabi had regained control, but fumbled when push came to shove.

“Only experience can teach anybody to handle pressure. That’s the greatest lesson my boys will take from this game,” he said.

Scores

Al Arabi 76 (Erfan Saeed 20, Joshua Jones 18, Ali Ali 17, Maurice Hargrow 16) bt Smart Gilas 71 (CJ Giles 20, Mark Barocca 16, Dylan Ababou 12).

Quarterwise Scores: 21-12, 29-35, 50-52

D_I_A
05-18-2009, 12:03 AM
Guts, pride and one huge step for Philippine basketball
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Bleachers’ Brew / Rick Olivares / bleachersbrew@gmail.com
Sunday, 17 May 2009 21:57

THE score at the end of three quarters of play was 65-all. The Smart Gilas RP Men’s Basketball Team had lost an impressive 16-point lead that it mounted early in the first half of their third match in the 20th Fiba Asia Champions Cup. It brought to mind their previous match that they lost to Mahram Iran, where they also posted a double-digit lead before the squad’s American reinforcement CJ Giles went out with foul trouble.

Giles had gone out once more, but this time because of a knee injury while contesting a lay-up by former San Miguel Beer import Nate Johnson (who led the ballclub to a title in the Philippine Basketball Association), who was now plying his trade with Al Riyadi Lebanon.

Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman temporarily put aside his fears and concerns for Giles to attend to the task at hand. Lebanon, although missing a bunch of players because of injuries, had the heart of a champion as they were coming off title runs in their home country and in Dubai. Al Riyadi, led by its American players Johnson and former Villanova center Chris Charles, outscored the Philippines 31-16 to notch the match to only its second deadlock at 65-all.

There was some drama building up to the game. Both the Philippines and Lebanon were coming off losses (both to Iran coincidentally).

After the loss of Smart Gilas to Mahram, the Filipinos’ American reinforcement CJ Giles wept. He even refused to eat afterwards as he blamed himself for letting the team down (Giles fouled out).

“At least he’s got character,” noted Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala of the American’s emotions.

Toroman, on the other hand, seethed over Lebanon’s loss to Iran as Al Riyadi mentor Fouad Abou Chakra benched his banged-up starters in favor of his bench. The Lebanese champs were subsequently blown away by more than 20 points.

The Serbian coach of Gilas thought it was a mockery as there was no attempt to win. Chakra thought it mere prudence to live and fight another day. Iran’s coach Mostafa Hashemi agreed with Toroman but was nevertheless glad to see his club remain undefeated to keep pace with old nemesis Zain Jordan, the leaders of Group B in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup.

Both teams needed to win in order to place well for the quarterfinals. A loss by the Philippines would give life to Sangmoo Korea that finally notched their first win against Kuwait Qadsia the day before.

A loss by Lebanon meant on the other hand that they could be on a collision course with either Al Arabi Qatar or Al Wasil UAE.

Having already gotten a taste of real competition, Smart Gilas showed no fear as they took the game to the West Asian country. Gilas point guard Andy Mark Barroca, averaging 16 points in the first two games, immediately put the cuffs on Al Riyadi guard Ali Mahmoud, who was stripped twice and whistled for three fouls in the first half.

Barroca and Giles combined for 16 points in the first ten minutes of play as Smart Gilas’ defense wreaked havoc on Al Riyadi’s guards who were unable to establish any sense of play. With their guards taken out, Chakra directed the ball to Johnson and let him create.

Johnson traded baskets and good-natured talk with his guard, forward Dylan Ababou, who didn’t back down. “Got it tough?” asked Johnson after swishing a trey. The Filipino swingman responded by tipping in an offensive rebound for a 49-34 halftime lead.

After a hot start, the clamps were on him and Charles, the former Wildcats backup center, picked up the slack to keep Lebanon in the game.

At 5:38 of the third quarter, with the Philippines holding a 56-44 lead, Gilas captain Chris Tiu and team trainer and conditioning coach Jim Saret carried out Giles. As the Filipinos momentarily lost their wits, Toroman thought that it was a magnificent opportunity to show their true character.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Toroman fielded Aldrech Ramos, Jason Ballesteros, Jayvee Casio, Dylan Ababou and Barroca. Al Riyadi had Mohammad Ibrahim, Omar El Turk, Ali Fakhreddine, Johnson and Charles, opting for more height now that Giles was not on the floor.

In Lebanon’s first possession, they recovered the offensive rebound five times before Ibrahim scored on a lay-up that had the bass drum of the team’s supporters beating louder.

Ramos is one of the more quiet players on the team as he prefers to laugh at his teammates’ jokes. He played center and at time power forward, averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 points in the first two matches.

On the next possession, Casio drove to the lane then handed off a pass to Ramos, who rolled in, pulled up with Charles’ hand in his face and buried a jumper. 67-all.

In the meantime, Giles was masterfully patched up by Saret (as the trainers of four countries looked on in amazement). “Just hold them off for two minutes, guys,” hollered the former Los Angeles Lakers draftee. “I’m coming back.”

The team’s operations manager, Butch Antonio, concerned that Giles might aggravate the injury, ventured that maybe Giles conserve himself for the next match.

“No, I’m not going to let the team down.”

The Filipino team on the floor returned Lebanon the favor by regaining ball possession four times before Ramos swished in another jumper. 69-67 RP.

Two free throws by Barroca and four points by Ramos sandwiched between a basket by El Turk gave the Philippines a 73-64 cushion when Giles pulled a Willis Reed and entered the court with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter.

The small Filipino crowd, lead by team patron and business magnate Manuel Pangilinan, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping, Philippine Ambassador to Asean Orly Mercado and Indofood commissioner Albert del Rosario, stood up and gave the team an ovation for remaining steadfast in the face of the mounting pressure.

A miss by Lebanon, and Giles pulled down the defensive board. On a gimpy knee, the American sprinted down, caught a pass from Barroca and whirled around with Johnson draped all over him for a magnificent lay-up that brought everyone, including the Indonesian and Jordanian crowd, to their feet.

At the 3:33 mark, Giles caught an alley-oop, once more from Barroca, for a two-handed slam that brought the house down. 82-72, RP.

He followed that up with a nasty fadeaway shot from 18-feet out with Charles coming out a second too late to challenge it.

Al Riyadi still had one last charge in them as Johnson, who finished with 43 points, and Brian Feghali fought back. But team Gilas’ free-throw shooting down the stretch held as Giles and Ababou added two apiece as they held on for a pulsating 91-86 win for a 2-1 record in Group A.

After the match, some of the Iranian players, visibly impressed with the hard-earned victory, went over to congratulate Toroman, their former national coach: “See you in the Finals!”

Toroman smiled, inquired about Giles (he was diagnosed with a knee strain), and went to the postmatch press conference.

Philippines 91—Barroca 28, Giles 20, Ababou 17, Ramos 8, Tiu 8, Casio 6, Baracael 2, Cawaling 2

Lebanon 86—Johnson 43, Charles 21, Fahed 8, Mahmoud 6, Ibrahim 5, Feghali 6

D_I_A
05-18-2009, 12:13 AM
We've reached the semifinal, let's go to finals - Toroman
By Joey Villar Updated May 18, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman flew to this city with a modest goal. Now the Serbian mentor wants to leave here by doing something extraordinary.

“We are a very young team, I was not expecting to go into the semifinals,” said Toroman, after steering the Nationals to the No. 2 seed in Group A with a 3-1 (win-loss) record they capped with a dramatic, come-from-behind 98-93 win over Qadsia of Kuwait Saturday night.

“But of course, everyday, I’m setting my goal a little bit higher. Now after the game against Lebanon, we are thinking why not accomplish something special for the Philippines.

“And that special is going to the finals,” he added.

Bucking the absence of American import CJ Giles and skipper Chris Tiu, the Filipinos showed heart and nerves of steel by trouncing the Kuwaitis in a game that gave the former some momentum going into their game against a dangerous Al Arabi of Qatar.

The Qatari looked headed to clinching either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in Group B after a pair of lopsided victories over Young Cagers of India and Al Wasil of United Arab Emirates.

But after Smart Gilas pulled the rug from under title contender Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Qatar curiously decided to play it soft in losses against Satria Muda of host Indonesia and Zain of Jordan to fall to No. 3 in Group B and arrange a duel with RP.

Qatar’s Australian coach David Ingham insisted though they were not intentionally avoiding Lebanon, the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship losing finalist, saying they’re just playing “percentage basketball.”

“It’s something we have no control of. We’re not trying to avoid anyone but we just have to make sure that once we knew we would be playing the Philippines, we have to be at our best,” said Ingham, the former Brisbane Bullets coach in the National Basketball League who has coached the Qatari for three years now.

“We wanted to keep the team fresh for the quarterfinal because we know when we play the Philippines, we’re going to need to do a lot of running. I need all my players in peak shape,” he added.

Giles and Tiu are ready to play although they would be heavily bandaged since they were both nursing nearly the same injury – strained left quadriceps.

The 6-11 Giles sustained the injury in a 91-86 win over Lebanon last Thusday while Tiu has been nursing his since his Ateneo days in the UAAP.

“CJ wants to play, he is 60-percent ready,” said RP strength and conditioning coach Jimbo Saret. “Chris would also be heavily bandaged but he will play.”

Toroman said they have a chance to upset Qatar since it relies heavily on a six-player rotation headed by American imports Maurice Hargrow and Joshua Jones.

“I hope we would win against Qatar, they’re a great opponent. I think our chance here is good. We have 12 players while they have only six,” said Toroman.

“But we have to play like tigers and warriors to beat them,” he added.

Toroman lauded his players for stepping up in the absence of Giles and Tiu against Kuwait.

“When Kuwait was ahead, I called a timeout and told my players if we die, we die like warriors, not chickens,” said Toroman. “I’m proud of my boys, they came out warriors.”

JV Casio and Filipino-American Greg Slaughter stepped up in the absence of Giles and Tiu. They finished with 21 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals and six points, seven boards and two blocks, respectively.

Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou chipped in 19 and 16 points while Rey Guevarra drained a pair of triples in one key stretch in the second half.

The other quarterfinal duels pit Group A No. 1 Mahram of Iran, the defending champion, against Group B No. 4 Young Cagers of India and Group B No. 1 Zain of Jordan against Group A No. 4 Sangmoo of Korea.

Surprise Group B No. 2 Satria Muda of Indonesia, which is seeking to surpass its best seventh place finish in this tournament, will have its hands full against Group A No. 3 Al Riyadi of Lebanon, which will have captain Fadi El Khatib back in its fold after missing two games due to back spasms.

The RP-Qatar duel also had some anxious moments.

After blowing an 18-point first quarter lead, the coaching staff rushed to the court early in the fourth quarter and threatened to walk out of the game.

The Kuwaitis were complaining about a no-call involving Shayee Saeed, who sprawled on the floor after banging into RP co-skipper Mark Barroca.

Cooler heads prevailed though but the incident left a bitter taste in the mouth.

D_I_A
05-18-2009, 12:13 AM
We've reached the semifinal, let's go to finals - Toroman
By Joey Villar Updated May 18, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman flew to this city with a modest goal. Now the Serbian mentor wants to leave here by doing something extraordinary.

“We are a very young team, I was not expecting to go into the semifinals,” said Toroman, after steering the Nationals to the No. 2 seed in Group A with a 3-1 (win-loss) record they capped with a dramatic, come-from-behind 98-93 win over Qadsia of Kuwait Saturday night.

“But of course, everyday, I’m setting my goal a little bit higher. Now after the game against Lebanon, we are thinking why not accomplish something special for the Philippines.

“And that special is going to the finals,” he added.

Bucking the absence of American import CJ Giles and skipper Chris Tiu, the Filipinos showed heart and nerves of steel by trouncing the Kuwaitis in a game that gave the former some momentum going into their game against a dangerous Al Arabi of Qatar.

The Qatari looked headed to clinching either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in Group B after a pair of lopsided victories over Young Cagers of India and Al Wasil of United Arab Emirates.

But after Smart Gilas pulled the rug from under title contender Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Qatar curiously decided to play it soft in losses against Satria Muda of host Indonesia and Zain of Jordan to fall to No. 3 in Group B and arrange a duel with RP.

Qatar’s Australian coach David Ingham insisted though they were not intentionally avoiding Lebanon, the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship losing finalist, saying they’re just playing “percentage basketball.”

“It’s something we have no control of. We’re not trying to avoid anyone but we just have to make sure that once we knew we would be playing the Philippines, we have to be at our best,” said Ingham, the former Brisbane Bullets coach in the National Basketball League who has coached the Qatari for three years now.

“We wanted to keep the team fresh for the quarterfinal because we know when we play the Philippines, we’re going to need to do a lot of running. I need all my players in peak shape,” he added.

Giles and Tiu are ready to play although they would be heavily bandaged since they were both nursing nearly the same injury – strained left quadriceps.

The 6-11 Giles sustained the injury in a 91-86 win over Lebanon last Thusday while Tiu has been nursing his since his Ateneo days in the UAAP.

“CJ wants to play, he is 60-percent ready,” said RP strength and conditioning coach Jimbo Saret. “Chris would also be heavily bandaged but he will play.”

Toroman said they have a chance to upset Qatar since it relies heavily on a six-player rotation headed by American imports Maurice Hargrow and Joshua Jones.

“I hope we would win against Qatar, they’re a great opponent. I think our chance here is good. We have 12 players while they have only six,” said Toroman.

“But we have to play like tigers and warriors to beat them,” he added.

Toroman lauded his players for stepping up in the absence of Giles and Tiu against Kuwait.

“When Kuwait was ahead, I called a timeout and told my players if we die, we die like warriors, not chickens,” said Toroman. “I’m proud of my boys, they came out warriors.”

JV Casio and Filipino-American Greg Slaughter stepped up in the absence of Giles and Tiu. They finished with 21 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals and six points, seven boards and two blocks, respectively.

Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou chipped in 19 and 16 points while Rey Guevarra drained a pair of triples in one key stretch in the second half.

The other quarterfinal duels pit Group A No. 1 Mahram of Iran, the defending champion, against Group B No. 4 Young Cagers of India and Group B No. 1 Zain of Jordan against Group A No. 4 Sangmoo of Korea.

Surprise Group B No. 2 Satria Muda of Indonesia, which is seeking to surpass its best seventh place finish in this tournament, will have its hands full against Group A No. 3 Al Riyadi of Lebanon, which will have captain Fadi El Khatib back in its fold after missing two games due to back spasms.

The RP-Qatar duel also had some anxious moments.

After blowing an 18-point first quarter lead, the coaching staff rushed to the court early in the fourth quarter and threatened to walk out of the game.

The Kuwaitis were complaining about a no-call involving Shayee Saeed, who sprawled on the floor after banging into RP co-skipper Mark Barroca.

Cooler heads prevailed though but the incident left a bitter taste in the mouth.

digitalsuperman
05-18-2009, 06:22 AM
Smart Gilas’ speed falters against Arabi’s size

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JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Smart Gilas continued to sparkle with their speed and spirit, but against the size of Gulf powerhouse Al Arabi the Filipinos’ spirit came short and thus suffered a 71-76 loss in the final quarterfinal game of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday.

Arabi, outscored 8-23 by Smart Gilas in the second quarter, began their resurrection towards the end of the third quarter. A 13-0 spree ensued that ran well past the midway mark of the fourth quarter, and Arabi held on for their maiden entry into the Champions Cup semifinals.

Arabi’s best finish yet in the Champions Cup is the seventh-place they achieved 25 years ago – at the 1984 edition at Kuala Lumpur.

Arabi began well and seemed headed to cruise when they closed the first ten minutes 21-12 ahead.

But Mark Barocca came into his own in the second quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points for the game after drawing a blank in the first quarter, to lead a Smart Gilas surge that saw the Filipinos go into the changing room 35-29 ahead.

After an equally sparred initial moments, Arabi seized control as Erfan Saeed and Ali and Ali beginning to combine well with their ‘imports’ Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow put the Qataris in sight of a semifinal place.

Saeed scored 13 of his game-high 20 points, Jones 10 of his 18 points, and Ali Ali 12 of his 17 in the second half.

Starting at 46-52 in the closing moments of the third quarter, Arabi went on to lead 59-52 with 5:40 left in the game, before CJ Giles’ twin free-throws ended the barren run for Smart Gilas.

“I think we came well together in the second half,” said Al Arabi coach David Ingham.

“We hung together when it mattered and kept them under 20 points in the two quarters in the second half. That to me was the key to our win,” the Australian added.

“I guess we chose the wrong moment to play our worst game in the tournament,” rued Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov.

“We hurried and made a rush without reason when under pressure. I guess that’s what is called inexperience,” the Serbian said.

Smart Gilas made a spirited reply even after Arabi had regained control, but fumbled when push came to shove.

“Only experience can teach anybody to handle pressure. That’s the greatest lesson my boys will take from this game,” he said.

Scores

Al Arabi 76 (Erfan Saeed 20, Joshua Jones 18, Ali Ali 17, Maurice Hargrow 16)
Smart Gilas 71 (CJ Giles 20, Mark Barocca 16, Dylan Ababou 12).

Quarterwise Scores: 21-12, 29-35, 50-52


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PilipinasFan
05-18-2009, 04:06 PM
the philippines lost its match against al arabi of qatar to end its hopes of stopping the reign of middle east countries in the fiba asia champion's cup held at indonesia. sad right? well the goal really is not to win the tournament but to gain experience and exposure especially that the team is very young., mganda pa rn ang ngng performance kc it was only 6 months ago that the team was formed., more than the outcomes of the games they played, gilas pilipinas had the respect of other countries., that i believe is more important.,

Gilas Pilipinas faces Korea today for the 5th to 8th places.,

digitalsuperman
05-18-2009, 05:08 PM
huh? nganong sad man? does a loss to qatar in this tournament means the end of our national team program? the gilas entered this tournament to gain experience. in fact we should be happy because we got what we wanted.. jeez.. don't see the glass half empty..

thadzonline
05-18-2009, 10:04 PM
those teams have 2 imports(could even be more for Qatar ;D) while we have one who hopes to be naturalized. This means those countries' national teams are much weaker than the teams we saw in Qatar

CrossOver
05-18-2009, 10:23 PM
Napaghulihan na ko natalo pala tayo sa Qatar sa Quarter Finals :o
Go for the 5th place RP Smart Gilas!!!!

CrossOver
05-19-2009, 07:52 AM
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Qatar Ends Gilas’ Magical Run
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Monday, 18 May 2009 21:43

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Mac Baracael tries to shake off Abdurrahman Al Kuwari

JAKARTA—There was no endgame magic on this night. Not even the collective wills, cheering, and exhortations of 3,000-plus people could lift the Smart Gilas RP Men’s National Team to another come-from-behind victory as Al Arabi Qatar ambushed the Filipinos’ semifinals dream, 76-71, in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup at the Britama Sports Arena in Jakarta on Sunday.

The Qatari club, decimated by injuries to its roster, fielded only six players, but they all stood an average of six-foot-six and were of the athletic type that could play multiple positions.

Al Arabi has been relatively unimpressive in the elimination round, but that was simply a part of the strategy, according to the club’s Australian coach David Ingham. “We needed to conserve the strength of our players. We said that when we make it to the quarterfinals, we would show our true character.” he said.

For the second consecutive day, the opposing team threw a different defense on the Filipinos as they played man-to-man—Kuwait defended with a shifting box-and-one and a triangle-and-two.

Ingham put six-foot-five Maurice Hargrow on Gilas’s Andy Mark Barroca and six-foot-six Joshua Jones on Chris Tiu, and it once more wreaked havoc on the RP team’s offense, necessitating the early entrance of sparkplug Jayvee Casio and RJ Jazul.

The Philippines’ bench steadied the ship and Gilas’s six-foot-10 American reinforcement CJ Giles, who showed no after-effects from the knee strain he suffered against Lebanon, turned the shaded area into his personal playground for a team-high 20 points, 18 rebounds and two block shots.

But the Qataris pushed the Filipinos into foul trouble, and as a result, Gilas couldn’t find the rhythm all game long. The Filipinos shot 46.9 percent from the two-point area and were horrendous at the arc, shooting at 17.1 percent.

Although both teams committed 13 turnovers each, it was more costly for the Philippines as it came in the closing minutes with the game on the line.

“We picked the wrong time to play a bad game,” lamented Gilas coach Rajko Toroman, and it showed as Al Arabi posted an 11-point lead as the coaches from six other countries watched and took notes.

The start of the second quarter saw the Philippines get untracked as Barroca finally found the degree of separation to blow by his defender, the taller Khalid Abdi.

The Filipino guard scored on some big-time drives while receiving a lot of help from Jazul and Giles. The two connected for a nifty lob pass that the American converted into a monstrous slam dunk that was the highlight of a 23-8 blast that propelled Gilas to a 35-29 halftime lead.

However, upon the resumption of the game, the Qataris tightened up their man-to-man defense and attacked the Filipinos’ interior. And they netted a big fish when Giles was whistled for his fourth foul barely a minute into the fourth quarter with the Philippines up, 52-50.

At that point, Ingham told his charges to renew their inside sorties. “Attack them now. They don’t have size inside,” he said.

Al Arabi seized the opportunity as it went up by nine, 61-52, prompting the return of Giles to action. With Giles back in harness, Barroca and Mac Baracael returned the favor by repeatedly driving to the basket.

When a Barroca incursion over six-foot-six Efran Saeed brought the Filipinos closer, 67-66, time down to the last two minutes, the arena erupted into a deafening cheer. But a series of offensive miscues dampened the Filipinos’ momentum.

With time down to 33.7 seconds, Ali Ali found himself some 27 feet out with his man CJ Giles inside protecting the basket from drop passes or drives. The Qatari swingman, who sometimes has to play center, had been shooting terribly from the arc in the previous four matches. But for this game, he found the range as he went four-for-nine. Giles took a quick look and saw no one double out, so by the time he rushed out—a second too late—Ali threw up his 21st shot of the game that was all net—and a 70-66 Qatar lead.

From there, they connected on their next six free throws to the five points by the Philippines—a putback by Giles and a late three by Dylan Ababou—to end the scoring.

Al Arabi, battered and all, outscored the Philippines, 47-36, in the second half to barge into the semifinals with powerful Zain Jordan.

The Philippines has two more matches to snatch fifth place in the 10-team tournament, but first Smart Gilas will once more square off with Sangmoo Korea on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to advance once more.

The scores:

Al Arabi Qatar 76—Saeed 20, Jones 18, Ali 17, Hargrow 16, Abdi 3, Salem 2.

Smart Gilas Philippines 71—Giles 20, Barroca 16, Ababou 12, Baracael 9, Casio 7, Jazul 7, Ramos 0, Tiu 0, Ballesteros 0, Guevarra 0, Cawaling 0.


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CrossOver
05-19-2009, 07:56 AM
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RP wavers at endgame, yields to Qatar
By Joey Villar
May 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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RP team’s Mark Barroca, right, drives past Hashim Zaidan of Qatar.

JAKARTA – Smart Gilas Pilipinas stumbled into a maze of errors in the face of Al Arabi of Qatar’s defensive pressure at crunchtime, absorbing a 71-76 loss in the quarterfinal round of the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here late Sunday.

The Nationals, formed less than six months ago, recovered from a slow start to seize control but failed to sustain their momentum as the Qataris toughened up on defense and pounced on the RP cagers’ erratic windup to fashion out the victory.

“Lack of experience,” said RP Serbian coach Rajko Toroman after the team’s bitter defeat.

The loss dropped the Filipinos to the relegation tie where they will meet Sangmoo of Korea today. A victory will line them up against the winner between Satra Muda of host Indonesia and Young Cagers of India tomorrow for fifth place.

“Qatar team played well, maybe one of their best games here, they played smart. I told the guys in one of our meetings that if we keep them below 80 points, we would have a chance.

“We had some easy, easy shots, but we couldn’t execute. We couldn’t make our three-point shots,” he said.

CJ Giles, who sustained a strained left quadriceps injury in a 91-86 upset of 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship runner-up Al Riyadi of Lebanon, last Friday finished with a double-double job of 20 points and 18 rebounds with three steals and two shot blocks.

But the American import took his fourth foul early in the fourth, forcing Toroman to pull him out and leaving a big void in the team’s center spot.

But the Filipinos, led by co-skipper Mark Barroca’s 16 points and Dylan Ababou’s 12, refused to give up only to reel back anew with a series of turnovers late in the contest.

Qatar operated brilliantly behind a six-man rotation composed of Americans Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow and Africans Erfan Saeed, Ali Ali, Khalid Abdi and Omar Salem.

Jones and Hargrow combined for 34 points while Saeed, Ali, Abdi and Salem accounted for the rest of the output to seal the win that set up Qatar in a re-match with elimination round conqueror Zain of Jordan in today’s semifinals.

Defending champion Mahram of Iran squares off with Al Riyadi of Lebanon in the other semis match.

Champions Cup notes: Aside from Bong Ramos, Boyzie Zamar and Nat Canson are also working here as coaches in the fledgling Indonesian Basketball League. Ramos, who coached the Indonesian national team in the 2003 Hanoi Southeast Asian Games, is with Surabaya; Zamar, a former RP team coach, and Canson are with two new ballclubs in the 10-team league...A big crowd came in full force to cheer for the Nationals but went home disappointed after the heartbreaking loss to the Qataris...Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials said the Smart Gilas team needs to get more experience abroad and tap bigger recruits.


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05-19-2009, 08:20 AM
RP-Gilas team falls; title hopes in tatters
By WILLIE B. CABALLES
May 18, 2009, 5:54pm

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Mark Barroca of Smart Gilas Pilipinas tries to get past his taller defender from Qatar during their quarterfinal game in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup last Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Filipinos lost, 71-76.

Games Tuesday
1 p.m. — Kuwait vs UAE
3 p.m. — Korea vs RP
5 p.m. — India vs Indonesia
7 p.m. — Iran vs Lebanon
9 p.m. — Jordan vs Qatar

JAKARTA, Indonesia – What started out as a dream ride turned into a nightmare Sunday as Smart Gilas Pilipinas played its worst game in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in a 76-71 quarterfinals loss to Al Arabi Qatar at the Britama Arena here.

The defeat ended the Filipinos’ title hopes and the team will now fight for a best-finish fifth as they fell into the relegation round pitting the four losing quarterfinalists.

It was shocking setback for the Filipinos who were in the thick of the contest until they disintegrated in the final quarter in the face of the Qataris’ switching man-zone defense.

“We chose the wrong moment to play our worst game,” said the Philippines’ Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“It is difficult to accept this loss. At first, we came here for the experience but after three big wins, a lot of expectations surfaced. But Qatar played very good, very smart. I told the boys earlier that if we will not score more than 80 points, we will lose,” said Toroman whose team lost for the second time in the series.

The Filipinos showed great promise when they beat Sangmoo Korea, 90-76, Al Riyadi Lebanon, 91-86 and Qadsia Kuwait, 98-93. But their lack of experience and height were awfully illustrated in the loss to Mahram Iran, 87-98, and the same factors contributed to their downfall against the Qataris.

Al Arabi threw its full might in the fray, fielding tall and aggressive players in their six-man rotation, the shortest of whom was six feet and five inches.

On the other hand, the Filipinos have an average height of 6-foot-3 with their guards standing below six feet and the tallest, CJ Giles and the seldom-used Greg Slaughter, at 6-foot-11.

“We failed to execute from easy breaks. We failed to handle five big men playing both inside and outside and switching to guard our small guys,” Toroman said in analyzing the loss.

“But it is not normal in the game when you lose by five points when the opponents have 27 foul throws and we had only nine,” Toroman said.

The Filipinos made only seven foul throws, the Qataris 18.

The Nationals led by as many as 10 points, 43-33, 7:17 into the third quarter, but a quick patch-up job by the Qataris pushed them to within 50-52 going into the final 10 minutes.

Then it all unraveled for the RP team.

The Qataris exploded for 11 straight points that put them ahead, 61-52, six minutes left.

Penetrations by Barroca, Giles and Baracael rallied the Filipinos to within a point, 66-67, going into the last two minutes. But a fastbreak error by Barroca derailed the fightback as the Qataris went on with a 9-5 windup for the win.

“We were rushing without any reason. That is inexperience, we didn’t handle the pressure in the end,” Toroman said.

Barroca, the Nationals’ take-charge guy, committed five of the 13 turnovers by the Filipinos.

QATAR 76 — Saeed 20, Jones 18, Ali 17, Hargrow 16, Abdi 3, Salem 2.

RP 71 — Giles 20, Barroca 16, Ababou 12, Baracael 9, Jazul 7, Casio 7, Ramos 0, Tiu 0, Ballesteros
0, Guevarra 0, Cawaling 0.

Quarters: 21-12, 29-35, 50-52, 76-71.


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05-19-2009, 08:23 AM
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Qataris end young Filipino cagers’ Champions Cup run
By Julius Manicad
05/19/2009

JAKARTA — Al-Arabi of Qatar demolished Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team in the quarterfinals, 76-71, putting a jarring end to the Filipinos’ Cinderella run in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup Sunday night at the Britama Arena here.

With CJ Giles hobbled by foul trouble and leading scorer Mark Barocca sustaining numerous violations, the Nationals made a monumental collapse down the stretch to kiss their bid for the crown goodbye.

Instead, they were relegated to the losers’ bracket along with Korean army outfit Sangmu of Korea, Young Cagers of India and Satria Muda of Indonesia. They will face the Koreans at 2 p.m. today for a shot at a possible fourth runner-up finish.

The Qataris, meanwhile, will face the unbeaten Zain Club of Jordan in the semifinals while reigning champion Mahram Tehran of Iran will battle Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon, which revived its title chances after beating the hosts, 86-69, with Fadi El-Khatib back on board.

Despite the loss, however, the Nationals regained the respect of their Asian neighbors, proving that they are on the right track towards the ambitious goal of playing in the 2012 London Games.

“They know what they’re doing, they don’t have anything much to improve on,” said Qatar coach David Ingham, a well-respected figure in Australian basketball. “They got small players that were very, very talented. I won’t be surprised to see them in the London Olympics in 2012.”

But against Ingham and the Qataris, the Filipino playmakers failed to do what they do best: Set up the plays with fluidity and efficiency.

Smothered by Qatar’s 6-foot-5 import, Maurice Hargrow, all gamelong, 5-foot-11 Barocca faltered down the stretch, squandering three golden chances that would have made the difference and reverse the fortune of the Filipinos.

With the Filipinos trailing by one, 66-67, Barocca was assessed with dribbling violations twice before making an errant pass to Dylan Ababou, prompting Qatar’s other import, 6-foot-5 Joshua Jones, to knock down an easy three-point basket on the other end for a 70-66 count, only 40.8 seconds left.

“We chose the worst time to have our worst game of the tournament,” Rajko Toroman said. “We had some easy, easy shots. But we couldn’t execute. We also couldn’t make our shots in the three-points.”

The Nationals, though shorter and younger, have gained the reputation of being pesky defenders. But against Qatar, their aggressive defense became a liability as the officials hammered a total of 26 personal fouls on the Filipinos.

Surprisingly, Qatar, bannered mostly by Americans and Africans, was given only nine fouls.

Their most consistent performer, Giles, was also slammed with four fouls in the opening minutes of the final canto, dooming whatever chances the Filipinos have in the rebounding department.

He finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds, two blocks — and five fouls. Barocca had 16 points while sweet-shooting Ababou piled only 12 points, no thanks to Qatar’s all-out perimeter defense.

Saeed Erfan led Qatar with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

“I was so surprised that they didn’t commit even a single foul in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter,” Toroman said. “That’s ridiculous. Yes, we were aggressive defensively, but committing 26 fouls in 40 minutes was very ridiculous.”

Groomed to be the future of Philippine basketball, Smart Gilas breezed past Korea, 90-76, before bowing to powerhouse Iran, 86-97. And it became the rallying point to beat Lebanon, 91-86, and Kuwait, 98-93, to finish the eliminations with a respectable 3-1 slate.


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05-19-2009, 08:33 AM
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RP 5 bows out of Fiba semis race
By June Navarro
First Posted 17:50:00 05/18/2009

JAKARTA - Just a little fine-tuning could have altered the outcome.

A grave miscue and an ill-advised shot in the closing seconds deprived the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team a chance to break into the semifinals and continue its magical run in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.

Al Arabi of Qatar exploited those costly errors for a 76-71 come-from-behind triumph that set them up to a semifinal matchup with Jordan's Zain and frustrated the Filipinos along with their horde of supporters at the Britama Arena here.

Mark Barocca's wayward outlet pass to Dylan Ababou and JVee Casio's hurried shot from about 15 feet inside two minutes prevented Smart Gilas from cashing in on a ferocious run that could have completely changed the result.

Mac Baracael's putback and Barocca's drive put Smart Gilas threateningly close, 66-67, within the two-minute mark before the Nationals fell into a maze of errors that compelled the Philippines to a hack-your-man situation and stop the clock.

``The biggest problem in the end was we fell into a maze of confusion,'' said RP coach Rajko Toroman, whose Smart Gilas faces Sangmu of Korea Monday for the right to qualify in the consolation battle for fifth place.

``It’s a little bit disappointing, we played great in this tournament. We chose the wrong time to play our worst game,'' he added after Qatar halted the Philippines' back-to-back victories before entering the quarterfinals.

Smart Gilas had beaten the towering Al Arabi frontline off the boards, 57-43, but committed more fouls, 26 to Qatar's 12. Barocca, who had three turnovers in the fourth, accounted for five of the Philippines' 13 miscues. The Philippines also went six of 35 from three-point range.

``Before this tournament, we just wanted to be in the quarterfinals. We made it, but we’re a little bit surprised because after three wins, we have raised our expectations and everybody is now disappointed,'' said Toroman.

``But what can we do, that’s part of our learning experience.''

Tentative and shaky, Smart Gilas looked headed for an early disaster as Al Arabi pummeled the Nationals with three-pointers and incursions for a 21-12 lead.

But Smart Gilas outscored Al Arabi, 23-8, through the heroics of RJ Jazul, Baracael and Giles to bring the Filipino crowd on its feet and seize control before the half ended.

Limited to a six-man rotation of two 6-foot-10s, two 6-foot-8s and a pair 6-foot-5 guards, Al Arabi leaned on prolific imports Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow but couldn't exploit their height advantage with the 6-foot-11 Giles patrolling the lanes for Smart Gilas.

When Giles got his fourth foul with just a few seconds spent in the fourth period, Toroman was forced to pull him out and rely on an all-local crew for four minutes.

Opportunities then opened up for Al Arabi with Giles sitting on the bench as Qatar finally overhauled a 10-point deficit and held Smart Gilas scoreless while Ali Ali, Khalid Abdi and Hargrow exploited the situation for a 61-52 spread.

Toroman saw the impending collapse and sent back Giles, who immediately stopped the bleeding by providing the first two points in the fourth for Smart Gilas with free throws off Omar Salem.

The unflinching backcourt duo of Barocca and Casio created wonders together with Baracael and Giles, pushing Smart Gilas closer, 66-67, inside two minutes before another spate of errors triggered the downfall.

Scores:
AL ARABI 76—Saeed 20, Jones 18, Ali 17, Hargrow 16, Abdi 3, Salem 2.

SMART GILAS 71—Giles 20, Barocca 16, Ababou 12, Baracael 9, Casio 7, Jazul 7, Ballesteros 0, Cawaling 0, Tiu 0, Guevarra 0, Ramos 0.
Quarters: 21-12, 29-35, 50-52, 76-71


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datu_pula
05-19-2009, 03:39 PM
See http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/KORPHI051920091400.asp for live updates

datu_pula
05-19-2009, 05:19 PM
See http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/KORPHI051920091400.asp for live updates

68-60 smart gilas. final

digitalsuperman
05-19-2009, 05:30 PM
waaaww...okay nay okay...

CrossOver
05-19-2009, 06:22 PM
Pagnanalo tayo tomorrow last game 5th place tayo ngayong 2009 FIBA Asia Clubs Championship Then the record is 5-2 ano nga pala record natin noong 2007 FIBA Asia Mens Basketball Championship, 5-2 din ba?

datu_pula
05-19-2009, 06:31 PM
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68-60 smart gilas. final

Indonesia Satria Muda 83 India Young Cagers 61. We fight Indonesia for 5th place.

CrossOver
05-19-2009, 06:38 PM
Then after na i-allowed ulit ng FIBA na maka-play ang RP from 2007 (Sr. Asia Championship) 9th place, 2008 (u18 Jr. Asia Championship) 6th, 2009 (Asia Clubs Championship) 6th* 5th (if manalo tomorrow ;D) parang lumalakad ang standings ah hmmm 4th or 3rd naman sa 2009 (Sr. Asia Championship??) :o ::) ;D

datu_pula
05-19-2009, 06:42 PM
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68-60 smart gilas. final 3rd quarter score

Sorry. 98-78 smart gilas final. From http://teampilipinas.info/2009/05/20th-fiba-asia-champions-cup-free-live.html

digitalsuperman
05-19-2009, 06:49 PM
kawawa naman yung mga koreano..tinambakan..dun ata nila linabas yung angas nila..hahaha..

CrossOver
05-19-2009, 06:52 PM
Magandang laban to maraming Indonesian fan ang RP Team tapos Indonesia pa makakalaban, maingay na crowd ang labanan bukas ;D

digitalsuperman
05-19-2009, 07:13 PM
magandang experience yan para sa gilas. dahil kelangan nilang matuto paano maging composed lalo na pag hindi home court or pag meron malaking fan base... atsaka panahon na ito para magpakitang-gilas ang gilas... toink..

digitalsuperman
05-19-2009, 07:20 PM
Smart Gilas face Satria Muda for 5th place

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JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Hosts Satria Muda will take on Smart Gilas Philippines in the fifth place
play-off in the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Satria defeated Young Cagers 83-61 after Smart Gilas rallied to down Sangmoo 98-78.

Americans Nakiea Miller and Rashad Powell led the hosts charge.

Miller scored a game-high 25 points, and collected 21 rebounds. Powell returned 23 points.

For Smart Gilas, CJ Giles was the leader in scoring with 16 points, and collected as many boards.

Young Cagers face Sangmoo to decide the seventh place.

Scores

Smart Gilas 98 (CJ Giles 16, Joseph Casio 14, Dylan Ababou 11)
Sangmoo 78 (Beom Chai Park 24, Jung Won Han 14, Kyung Suk No 12).

Quarterwise Scores: 17-21, 48-38, 71-59.


Satria Muda 83 (Naiea Miller 25, Rashad Powell 23, Chris Sitepu 15)
Young Cagers 61 (Jagdeep Singh 17, Talwinderjit Singh 11, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 11).


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05-20-2009, 12:24 AM
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Smart five repeats over Koreans
By Joey Villar
May 20, 2009 12:00 AM


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JAKARTA – Smart Gilas Pilipinas used a strong finishing kick to repeat over Sangmoo of Korea, 98-78, yesterday and stay on track for a possible fifth place finish in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

CJ Giles bucked injury and dished out a double-double job of 16 points and 16 rebounds, spiking his game-long brilliance with four shot blocks, two assists and a steal as the Nationals notched their fourth victory against two losses.

But it was an overall team effort with the 12 players put in by RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman scoring and contributing in nearly all departments. JV Casio, Dylan Ababou, Mac Baracael and RJ Jazul led the locals’ charge with 14, 12, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

“I think it was one of our best games here, the players were enthusiastic even though we’re coming off a loss to Qatar,” said Toroman.

The Nationals thus forged an interesting duel with Satria Muda of host Indonesia, which steamrolled Young Cagers of India, at 5 p.m. today (RP time) in a battle for fifth place.

“That’s our main concern right now, to win our last game,” said Toroman, who steered the Iran national team to the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship crown in Tokushima, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The win somehow made up for the team’s heartbreaking 71-76 defeat to Al Arabi of Qatar Sunday that dashed Team RP’s hopes for a semis stint.

“If we play Qatar in 10 games maybe we would win nine and lose one. Sadly, that one came in the quarterfinals where we played our worst,” said Toroman.

The Filipinos led by 10 points over the Qatari midway in the third quarter, but faltered in the absence of the foul-troubled Giles and blew the chance with crucial miscues at endgame.

Toroman, however, said the loss was part of the learning process.

“It’s part of the schooling of this young team, we’ve only formed this team in six months,” said Toroman.

The sweet-shooting Koreans, however, didn’t go out without a fight.

Korea, which lost, 76-98, to Smart Gilas in the opening game, raced to a 13-4 start and hung on to it until the early part of the second quarter.

The 6-11 Giles took his third foul in the second period, forcing Toroman to sit out the American.

But Rey Guevarra stepped up and sparked a 13-0 blitz with a seven-point barrage as Smart Gilas wrested control.

Another RP rally closing the third period virtually finished off the Koreans, who torched the Filipinos with 13 triples again as in their first game but absorbed the same result.

Park Beom Chai and Han Jung Won each hit four from behind the arc and finished with 24 and 14 points, respectively.


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05-20-2009, 12:28 AM
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RP salvages fight for 5th place
By Rick Olivares
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 21:38

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Smart Gilas Philippine Men’s Basketball Team shook off the sting of last Sunday’s debilitating loss to Qatar in the quarterfinals of the 20th Fiba Asia Champions Challenge Cup to beat Sangmoo Korea, 98-78, at the Britama Sports Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 76-71 loss to Al Arabi Qatar ended Smart Gilas’ dreams of barging into the semifinals that now features an all-West Asian cast of top-seeded Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar.

The win over Korea will send the Philippines to a battle for fifth place in the 10-team field and will take on tournament host Indonesia, which earlier beat India.

The match between the Philippines and Korea was their second in the tournament. In Gilas’ first match of the competition, the Filipinos turned to point guard Andy Mark Barroca and American reinforcement, center Chester Jarrel Giles, to turn back the basketball team of the Korean Army, 90-76.

Sangmoo head coach Chae Dae Keun’s players, all military personnel, undergo live fire training only once a year but on the court their sniping is very satisfactory. Korea unloaded three triples in the game’s early minutes as they led, 21-17, after 10 minutes of play.

With Gilas’ first five misfiring, the second squad, playing All-Filipino, rode the hot shooting Jayvee Casio, Rey Guevarra and Dylan Ababou, while forward-centers Jason Ballesteros and Aldrech Ramos held the fort inside to score 31 points in the second quarter to seize a 48-38 lead at the half.

With Barroca in foul trouble, Casio once more proved to be a superb quarterback for the team as he dished out five assists to only one turnover in 22 minutes of basketball.

At the start of the final period, JR Cawaling made his presence felt by issuing three consecutive assists—the first a nifty bounce pass to the left side that found a cutting Casio for a lay-up off the window; the second a wrap-around pass to Mac Baracael for another deuce, and a third to CJ Giles for a back rim-bending dunk to hike the lead to 78-65.

Cawaling punctuated his heroics with a triple from the left corner to keep the three-point mad Koreans at bay. Sangmoo, unable to carve space inside the lane due to the presence of the elongated Giles who swatted away four shots, turned to the court of last resort—the three-point range—for succor. Except that they shot a dismal 13-30.

With 1:23 left in the game, Rey Guevarra put an exclamation point to his wondrous game with a dunk after a misplay by his teammates to give the Philippines its biggest lead at 96-74.

All 12 Filipinos scored in the match, the first time the Smart Gilas accomplished the feat in the tournament.

“We played one of our best games today,” said Philippines head coach Rajko Toroman.

Philippines 98 – Giles 16, Casio 14, Ababou 11, Jazul 10, Baracael 10, Guevarra 9, Ramos 8, Barroca 7, Cawaling 5, Ballesteros 3, Tiu 3, Slaughter 2

Korea 78 – Beom 24, Jung W. 14, Kyong 12, Gu 7, Hee 5, Byung 5, Jae 4, Tae 4, Jung K 3, Se 0, Bong 0, Sang 0


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05-20-2009, 12:32 AM
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RP beats Korea in ‘consolation triumph’
By Julius Manicad
05/20/2009

JAKARTA - With nothing but pride at stake, Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team coasted to a smooth 98-78 victory over Sangmu of Korea in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup yesterday at the Britama Arena here.

Import CJ Giles saw limited minutes, but was still splendid on both ends, tallying 16 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks to help the Filipinos stay on the hunt for a consolation fifth place.

Young Cagers of India and Satria Muda of Indonesia are still playing at press time with the winner facing the Philippines in a battle for fifth place at 5 p.m. (Manila time) today.

Reigning champion Mahram Tehran of Iran, Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon, Zain Club of Jordan and Al-Arabi of Qatar, meanwhile, are still disputing for the right to play in the finals.

The Nationals could have easily clinched a semifinal berth if not for a heart-crushing 71-76 loss to Qatar in the quarterfinals Sunday, something which national coach Rajko Toroman claimed was due to their lack of experience in big-time basketball.

But against the sweet-shooting Koreans, the Nationals were very impressive.

“Everything’s behind us now, we already learned from our mistake,” Toroman said. “We still have a goal. We came here to reach the quarterfinals. But after winning three games in the eliminations, we targeted the semifinals. I guess winning fifth place is already a job well-done for us.”

“The way we were fighting for the country, the Philippine flag is really amazing. All I can say is — congratulations to the players,” he added.


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05-20-2009, 12:36 AM
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RP 5 bows out of Fiba semis race
By June Navarro
First Posted 17:50:00 05/18/2009

JAKARTA - Just a little fine-tuning could have altered the outcome.

A grave miscue and an ill-advised shot in the closing seconds deprived the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team a chance to break into the semifinals and continue its magical run in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.

Al Arabi of Qatar exploited those costly errors for a 76-71 come-from-behind triumph that set them up to a semifinal matchup with Jordan's Zain and frustrated the Filipinos along with their horde of supporters at the Britama Arena here.

Mark Barocca's wayward outlet pass to Dylan Ababou and JVee Casio's hurried shot from about 15 feet inside two minutes prevented Smart Gilas from cashing in on a ferocious run that could have completely changed the result.

Mac Baracael's putback and Barocca's drive put Smart Gilas threateningly close, 66-67, within the two-minute mark before the Nationals fell into a maze of errors that compelled the Philippines to a hack-your-man situation and stop the clock.

``The biggest problem in the end was we fell into a maze of confusion,'' said RP coach Rajko Toroman, whose Smart Gilas faces Sangmu of Korea Monday for the right to qualify in the consolation battle for fifth place.

``It’s a little bit disappointing, we played great in this tournament. We chose the wrong time to play our worst game,'' he added after Qatar halted the Philippines' back-to-back victories before entering the quarterfinals.

Smart Gilas had beaten the towering Al Arabi frontline off the boards, 57-43, but committed more fouls, 26 to Qatar's 12. Barocca, who had three turnovers in the fourth, accounted for five of the Philippines' 13 miscues. The Philippines also went six of 35 from three-point range.

``Before this tournament, we just wanted to be in the quarterfinals. We made it, but we’re a little bit surprised because after three wins, we have raised our expectations and everybody is now disappointed,'' said Toroman.

``But what can we do, that’s part of our learning experience.''

Tentative and shaky, Smart Gilas looked headed for an early disaster as Al Arabi pummeled the Nationals with three-pointers and incursions for a 21-12 lead.

But Smart Gilas outscored Al Arabi, 23-8, through the heroics of RJ Jazul, Baracael and Giles to bring the Filipino crowd on its feet and seize control before the half ended.

Limited to a six-man rotation of two 6-foot-10s, two 6-foot-8s and a pair 6-foot-5 guards, Al Arabi leaned on prolific imports Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow but couldn't exploit their height advantage with the 6-foot-11 Giles patrolling the lanes for Smart Gilas.

When Giles got his fourth foul with just a few seconds spent in the fourth period, Toroman was forced to pull him out and rely on an all-local crew for four minutes.

Opportunities then opened up for Al Arabi with Giles sitting on the bench as Qatar finally overhauled a 10-point deficit and held Smart Gilas scoreless while Ali Ali, Khalid Abdi and Hargrow exploited the situation for a 61-52 spread.

Toroman saw the impending collapse and sent back Giles, who immediately stopped the bleeding by providing the first two points in the fourth for Smart Gilas with free throws off Omar Salem.

The unflinching backcourt duo of Barocca and Casio created wonders together with Baracael and Giles, pushing Smart Gilas closer, 66-67, inside two minutes before another spate of errors triggered the downfall.

Scores:
AL ARABI 76—Saeed 20, Jones 18, Ali 17, Hargrow 16, Abdi 3, Salem 2.

SMART GILAS 71—Giles 20, Barocca 16, Ababou 12, Baracael 9, Casio 7, Jazul 7, Ballesteros 0, Cawaling 0, Tiu 0, Guevarra 0, Ramos 0.
Quarters: 21-12, 29-35, 50-52, 76-71


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05-20-2009, 12:44 AM
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Qatar coach sees promise in Smart Gilas 5
By June Navarro
First Posted 18:21:00 05/18/2009

JAKARTA - If it was any consolation, the coach of Qatar’s Al Arabi sees a very promising future ahead for the young players that make up the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national squad.

Al Arabi scored a come-from-behind 76-71 win against a youthful national squad to score a spot in the semifinal round. Smart Gilas plays Sangmu of South Korea Monday in the consolation battle for fifth place.

Qatar coach David Ingham had several scary moments watching his troops from Al Arabi counter the unexpected brilliancy of Smart Gilas, making him think that these bunch of school kids from the Philippines could someday make it big.

‘They have a three-year program. They have a bunch of young guys, one good American and a very, very good coach,'' said Ingham, referring to RP coach Rajko Toroman.

``They're moving in the right direction. They don't need to improve much. All they need to do is get more experience and continue the program, added the Australian coach, who once called the shots for the Brisbane Bullets in the National Basketball League.

Ingham's analysis wasn't without basis. On its two setbacks, Smart Gilas led by double-digits against Iran's Mahram Tehran and Qatar for long periods of time. On both instances, Iran and Qatar overhauled the deficit when CJ Giles was on the bench.

The 6-foot-11 Giles has been providing stability on the Philippine frontline, something 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-7s Jason Ballesteros and Aldrech Ramos have yet to achieve.

“That's something the Philippines has to deal with. They got small players that are very talented,'' said Ingham.

``This team is young and at the start of their three-year program. They're playing very good basketball. I won't be surprised to see them in the London Olympics,'' he added.

Toroman reiterated the need for two more big guys, most likely 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar and 6-foot-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and a naturalized player in CJ Giles or another import with the same talent and versatility.

``It was the same situation during our early years in Iran. We lost a lot of games,'' said Toroman, whose next stop with Smart Gilas is an invitational tournament in Japan next month. ``It's part of the schooling. The Filipinos are more talented than the Iranians.''


inquirer.net (http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090518-205726/Qatar-coach-sees-promise-in-Smart-Gilas-5)

digitalsuperman
05-20-2009, 09:28 AM
Rajkov: My role is to help Philippines return to respectability in international basketball

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JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Toroman Rajkov, arguably, is the most conspicuous coach in FIBA Asia for the last three years.

The soft-spoken genial Serbian steered the Iran National Team to the FIBA Asia Championship title two years ago – thus taking them West Asian nation to the Olympics – and at Beijing 2008 caught the imagination of the basketball world with his training.

He is at the helm of an ambitious project in Philippines these days. His Filipino wards – playing as Smart Gilas here – have been one of the most impressive teams, which Rajkov termed as “a sure sign that the boys are improving.”

He spoke to S Mageshwaran of FIBA Asia on the challenges and charms of the project in Philippines.

Excerpts

Q: What is the bigger challenge – Iran or Philippines?

A: It surely was a great challenge to work in Iran. But then we achieved some superb results.

In Philippines, the challenge is different and greater.

As you are aware Philippines is a basketball-crazy nation. Even a collegiate player is a super star. You can’t fake anybody and get away. It’s only honest hard work that earns you their respect.

It’s a wonderful basketball experience as a lifestyle. As a basketball-lover I feel the happiest when I live in such an atmosphere.

Q: Does so much attention add to the pressure?

A: No.

But again that’s because people understand basketball better. They are aware of the situation and want to correct whatever mistakes were made in the past.

Everybody in the federation is very focused on this project.

I am happy I can contribute to this project. My role is to make them realize the ways and methods to perform in international basketball. Philippines basketball, to a large extent, follows NBA and therefore has struggled to make that switch to international basketball.

My role is to help Philippines return to respectability in international basketball. I think with our performance we have taken the first step towards achieving that.

The dream is to play the Olympics.

Q: How do you plan going about it?

A: The team which is playing here is preparing for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Our goals are long-term and focused. There’s no wavering from that.

These players are all collegians. Apart from playing for their college, they will play only together. They won’t join any professional team, instead they will play together as a guest team in the PBA.

We also need size. We are looking at a couple of players who are playing in the colleges in the US for that.

Q: People say Rajkov as a coach has magical touch.

A: (Laughs). It’s nice to hear that.

You know, when we beat Serbia during our preparation to the Olympics, one Serbian reporter wrote ‘I’m glad I didn’t die yesterday; I would have died without knowing Iran can play good basketball.’ It felt really nice.

But I have no magical wand or touch or anything like that.

I only have my coaching philosophy.

Q: And what is that coaching philosophy?

A: I’ll try to put in three simple sentences.

a): As a coach don’t copy anybody, but try to learn from everybody.
b): System is more important than improvisation.
c): Team is more important that individual.


http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=400

datu_pula
05-20-2009, 05:22 PM
Magandang laban to maraming Indonesian fan ang RP Team tapos Indonesia pa makakalaban, maingay na crowd ang labanan bukas ;D


See http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/PHIINA052020091600.asp. Hope the feeds are constantly updated; website rather unstable.

Phil 26 Indo 23 end 1q.

datu_pula
05-20-2009, 05:44 PM
See http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/PHIINA052020091600.asp. Hope the feeds are constantly updated; website rather unstable.

Phil 26 Indo 23 end 1q.
[/quote]

Phil 47 Indo 44 half.
Phil: Barocca 13, Ababou 12, Giles 8.
Indo: Miller 19, Faisal 10

datu_pula
05-20-2009, 06:15 PM
See http://www.cybersportsusa.com/webgames/webgame.asp?File=../livegames/game/PHIINA052020091600.asp. Hope the feeds are constantly updated; website rather unstable.

Phil 26 Indo 23 end 1q.


Phil 47 Indo 44 half.
Phil: Barocca 13, Ababou 12, Giles 8.
Indo: Miller 19, Faisal 10
[/quote]

Phil 68 Indo 57, 3q

datu_pula
05-20-2009, 06:46 PM
Phil & Indo 94 all. End. Overtime.

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 07:05 PM
RP won against Indonesia in OT 112-107

Congrats RP for placing 5th, not bad :D

datu_pula
05-20-2009, 07:09 PM
Phil & Indo 94 all. End. Overtime.



Phil 112 Indo 107

Phil: Barocca 31, Giles 24, Ababou 20, Ramos 14, Tiu 14
Indo: Miller 41, Faisal 23, Amin 17

digitalsuperman
05-20-2009, 07:10 PM
naman naman...galing talaga.... barrocca had a monster game... congrats gilas!!!

sya nga pala, anong next tournament na sasalihan nang gilas?

mga guys, yung pba national team naman natin aabangan nati next month for jones cup..i hope makakasali yung gilas dun kung papayagan...

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 07:18 PM
Ang ganda ng 2009 para sa RP 5th place sa FIBA Asia Champions Cup soon FIBA Asia Sr. Championship & u16 Fiba Asia Jr. Championship sana gumanda pa placing natin kahit paunti-unti ;D

digitalsuperman
05-20-2009, 07:48 PM
oo nga... anong next tournament nang gilas?

digitalsuperman
05-20-2009, 08:13 PM
Giles a hot prospect for Middle East teams


JAKARTA – If they want CJ Giles, officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should act fast.

Jordan and Lebanon are hot on the Smart Gilas import's tracks, signifying their intention to acquire the 6-foot-11 Giles as a naturalized player to strengthen their national teams for this year's Fiba-Asia Championship and probably the 2011 edition of the same tournament.

Even Iran, the reigning Fiba-Asia champion, has inquired about the availability of Giles, pressing the panic button for the SBP to make a rewarding offer he cannot resist.

”We better act fast,'' said SBP executive director Noli Eala. ``We should sit down as soon as possible and decide if we really want CJ (Giles) or not.''

Eala said Jordan coach Mario Palma expressed interest on Giles as well as Lebanon's Fouad Abou Chakra.

Jordan and Lebanon are strong contenders for the Fiba-Asia Championship in September but both are handicapped with an ageing lineup compared to Iran.

Palma, who coached Angola in the 2006 World Championships in Saitama, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been asking around about the expiration of Giles' contract with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.

Monetary-wise, Middle East countries don't mind spending millions of dollars just to land a precious and valuable gem like Giles.

Iran, for example, has been paying its import Jackson Vromann, a former New Orleans Hornets stringer in the NBA, a whopping US$100,000 (P4.8 million) a month.

That's apart from the won-game bonuses and the $10,000 (P480,000) incentive for the top three scorers of the team every game.

Giles, by far, has been the most impressive import in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in terms of talent, skill, mind-set and attitude.

The double-figure average of 17.6 in scoring and 9.3 in rebounds after four games are also tangible pieces of evidence that the 23-year-old former Los Angeles Laker draftee is no fluke.

``If we get Japeth (Aguilar) and Rabeh (Al-Hussaini), he (Giles) will be the last piece of the puzzle for the team,'' said Smart Gilas Pilpinas National Team coach Rajko Toroman.

In the Fiba-Asia Championships, each country is allowed to hire one naturalized player. The SBP would have to seek a presidential decree for Giles to fit into the Smart Gilas RP Team.

Pundits also hatched the idea of processing the naturalization of Giles as soon as possible and include him in the PBA-backed RP Team coached by Yeng Guiao bound for the Fiba-Asia Championship in Tianjin, China slated September, the qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.

The 2011 Fiba-Asia Championships, the target of the Toroman-mentored Smart Gilas, is offering three Asian slots to the 2012 London Olympics.

According to Eala, China and Iran are the favorites to land the two seats in the 2011 Olympic qualifying while the last slot will be a battle royale among Lebanon, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Qatar and possibly the Philippines should Smart Gilas complete the necessary pieces of the puzzle.




http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090520-206175/Giles-a-hot-prospect-for-Middle-East-teams

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 08:35 PM
oo nga... anong next tournament nang gilas?


ito ang mga posibleng salihan ng RP Team Smart Gilas this year:

2009 Jones Cup (Taiwan)
2009 PBA All Filipino Cup (Philippines)
New* 2009 ASEAN Basketball League (South East Asia)
2009 South East Asian Games (Laos)
2009 Stankovic Cup (China)

Pagkatapos nila dito sa Champions Cup ilang days lang sila magpapahinga maglalaro naman sila ng mini tournament sa Japan

digitalsuperman
05-20-2009, 08:44 PM
so pinayagan naba nang jones cup organizers na dalawang national team entries for pinas?

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 08:58 PM
so pinayagan naba nang jones cup organizers na dalawang national team entries for pinas?


Ang Jones Cup Organizer mismo ang nag suggest na 2 entry ang ibigay sa RP dahil alam nila na mas madaming manonood sa tournament nila.

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 09:27 PM
Giles a hot prospect for Middle East teams


JAKARTA – If they want CJ Giles, officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should act fast.

Jordan and Lebanon are hot on the Smart Gilas import's tracks, signifying their intention to acquire the 6-foot-11 Giles as a naturalized player to strengthen their national teams for this year's Fiba-Asia Championship and probably the 2011 edition of the same tournament.

Even Iran, the reigning Fiba-Asia champion, has inquired about the availability of Giles, pressing the panic button for the SBP to make a rewarding offer he cannot resist.

”We better act fast,'' said SBP executive director Noli Eala. ``We should sit down as soon as possible and decide if we really want CJ (Giles) or not.''

Eala said Jordan coach Mario Palma expressed interest on Giles as well as Lebanon's Fouad Abou Chakra.

Jordan and Lebanon are strong contenders for the Fiba-Asia Championship in September but both are handicapped with an ageing lineup compared to Iran.

Palma, who coached Angola in the 2006 World Championships in Saitama, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been asking around about the expiration of Giles' contract with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.

Monetary-wise, Middle East countries don't mind spending millions of dollars just to land a precious and valuable gem like Giles.

Iran, for example, has been paying its import Jackson Vromann, a former New Orleans Hornets stringer in the NBA, a whopping US$100,000 (P4.8 million) a month.

That's apart from the won-game bonuses and the $10,000 (P480,000) incentive for the top three scorers of the team every game.

Giles, by far, has been the most impressive import in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in terms of talent, skill, mind-set and attitude.

The double-figure average of 17.6 in scoring and 9.3 in rebounds after four games are also tangible pieces of evidence that the 23-year-old former Los Angeles Laker draftee is no fluke.

``If we get Japeth (Aguilar) and Rabeh (Al-Hussaini), he (Giles) will be the last piece of the puzzle for the team,'' said Smart Gilas Pilpinas National Team coach Rajko Toroman.

In the Fiba-Asia Championships, each country is allowed to hire one naturalized player. The SBP would have to seek a presidential decree for Giles to fit into the Smart Gilas RP Team.

Pundits also hatched the idea of processing the naturalization of Giles as soon as possible and include him in the PBA-backed RP Team coached by Yeng Guiao bound for the Fiba-Asia Championship in Tianjin, China slated September, the qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.

The 2011 Fiba-Asia Championships, the target of the Toroman-mentored Smart Gilas, is offering three Asian slots to the 2012 London Olympics.

According to Eala, China and Iran are the favorites to land the two seats in the 2011 Olympic qualifying while the last slot will be a battle royale among Lebanon, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Qatar and possibly the Philippines should Smart Gilas complete the necessary pieces of the puzzle.




http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090520-206175/Giles-a-hot-prospect-for-Middle-East-teams



Malakas ang kutob ko, ito na ang konkretong pagtutulungan ng PBA & SBP ipahiram si Giles & Aguilar at pagnangyare ito malakas ang tyansa natin sa 2009 FIBA Asia Sr. Championship idagdag pa ang pagtulong ng SBP sa pagbibigay ng impormasyon sa mga makakalaban ng RP Powerade Team

Jeon_Addict
05-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Hope CJ would turn down their offer... and help our team!

CrossOver
05-20-2009, 11:02 PM
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PHI / KOR – Smart Gilas finish 5th, Sangmoo 7th
By Administrato
20 May 2009

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JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Smart Gilas Philippines held off hosts Satria Muda’s late surge and eked out a 112-107 win in Overtime to secure the fifth place in the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Wednesday.

Having trailed their fellow SEABA rivals close throughout, Satria made their move in the closing moments, when Faisal Julius followed up his three-pointer with the twin successes from the foul-line to level the score at 94.

American Nakiea Miller scored 17 of his game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter to lead the hosts’ rally.

Miller was 6/7 in field (including converting both his two three-pointer attempts) and 3/4 in free-throws in the fourth quarter.

But once he left the court committing his fifth personal foul with 3:53 left in Overtime, Satria’s fortunes suffered a setback.

Smart Gilas who let their rivals off the hook closed the game with some solid defense.

Mark Barocca led an all-round scoring show for Smart Gilas with 31 points.

Earlier, Korean Army outfit Sangmoo led throughout the game to down Young Cagers India 72-61 and finish seventh.

The Indian combination having conceded a substantial lead in the opening minutes made a fight of it towards the end of the game.

They even managed to level the score at 57 with about four minutes left in the game. But one too many nervous fumbles led to their downfall.

Scores

5th place play-off

Smart Gilas 112 (Mark Barocca 31, CJ Giles 24, Dylan Ababou 20, John Ramos 14, Chris Tiu 14) bt Satria 107 (Nakiea Miller 41, Faisal Julius 23, Amin Prihantono 17). Quarterwise Scores: 26-24, 47-44, 68-57, 94-94.

7th place play-off

Sangmoo 72 (Hee Jong Yang 22, Bong Su Kim 15, Byung Kook Chong 10) bt Young Cagers 61 (Jagdeep Singh 18, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Trideep Rai 10). Quarterwise Scores: 29-14, 38-32, 51-48.

FIBA Asia


Mahakasports.com (http://mahakasports.com/facc09/news/detailarticle/98)

pachador
05-21-2009, 01:34 AM
according to interbasket posters, the very next overseas joust for Gilas is in Japan by next week yata. They have a series of practice games in japan against the japanese national team. the Hapons are paying for the trip daw kasi na-intriga sila sa Gilas team.

digitalsuperman
05-21-2009, 06:03 AM
according to interbasket posters, the very next overseas joust for Gilas is in Japan by next week yata. They have a series of practice games in japan against the japanese national team. the Hapons are paying for the trip daw kasi na-intriga sila sa Gilas team.


hahaha.. wow intriga talaga ha?....masyado naman showbiz ang japan national team...hahaha...

CrossOver
05-21-2009, 06:19 AM
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Smart RP five outlasts Indonesians in OT
By Joey Villar
Updated May 21, 2009 12:00 AM


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Smart Gilas RP team’s Chris Tiu looks for an open man after driving past Christian Ronaldo Sitepu of Indonesia. The Nationals beat the Indonesians in overtime, 112-107.

JAKARTA – It took Smart Gilas Pilipinas an extra five minutes but the Nationals still did it, beating Satria Muda of host Indonesia, 112-107, to finish fifth in the 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

The Filipinos failed to cut loose in the first half despite the absence of the Indonesian’s second import Rashad Powell, who was ejected with 3.59 left in the first quarter after throwing an elbow to JR Cawaling.

Nakeia Miller, however, kept the Indonesians in the game by exploding for 41 points but fouled out in the extra period, enabling the Nationals to pound out the win.

Mark Barroca finished with a double-double job of 31 points and 10 assists he spiked with two steals while Giles had 24 points and 17 rebounds to anchor the victory for the Filipinos.

Dylan Ababou, Aldrech Ramos and team captain Chris Tiu also stepped up with 20, 14 and 14 points, respectively.

But more than the decent finish, the Filipinos got what they wanted – respect.

“Initially, we came here to reach the quarterfinals. But after winning three games (in the eliminations), we wanted to be in the semifinals. We think we deserve to be there, to be in the first four teams,” said RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“But you know, there are some things we have no control of. But the way this team is playing, the way we are fighting for the country and the flag is really amazing.

“All I can say is congratulations to the players, they showed the rest of the teams here that the Philippines can be competitive too,” he said.

The Nationals are returning home today to recharge and, a few days later, will proceed to Japan to play the Japanese national team in a four-game exhibition series.

After the Japan trip, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will start preparing the naturalization papers of American import CJ Giles.

“What do you think, it’s a perfect team to us?” SBP executive director Noli Eala asked the Filipino media.

The athletic, long-limbed 6-11 Giles more than lived up to expectations and had good chemistry with the Filipino players.

Giles normed 18 points, 15 rebounds and two shot blocks despite sustaining an injury in a shock win over 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship runner-up Al Riyadi of Lebanon.

“Some countries showed their interest in acquiring CJ Giles, but we will not give him away,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala.

Champions Cup notes: Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Zain of Jordan and Mahram of Iran were impressed by CJ Giles performance and have shown interest in enlisting the American import. “They were asking about the contract of CJ, I told them to ask our officials,” said Business Mirror’s Rick Olivares...One of the coaches interested in Giles was Jordan’s Mario Palma, a Portuguese who also has Angolan citizenship. Palma led the Angolans to the 2006 World Championship, 2008 Beijing Games and to the African championships six times. “If there’s a coach crazier than me, it’s probably him (Palma),” said Toroman, who steered Iran to the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan and 2008 Beijing Olympics...Mark Barroca also made a good impression after he wowed the crowd here with his gutsy and exciting plays throughout the nine-day tournament.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=469772&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
05-21-2009, 06:29 AM
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Jordan, Lebanon also want Giles
By Julius Manicad
05/21/2009

JAKARTA — CJ Giles could be Asia ’s next big thing.

A reliable source yesterday said Jordan and Lebanon are seriously considering the possible naturalization of the Smart Gilas’ impressive import to help their respective squads in future Asian competitions.

Jordan coach Mario Palma, in fact, even approached some members of the National Team to if the lanky 6-foot-11 American would be available should they ask him to attend their training camp after the ongoing 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.

Palma, former mentor of six-time Fiba-Africa champion Angola in the Olympics, also said Giles is fit to their high-octane offense and inquired if the Philippines is serious in naturalizing him.

Another team with an ageing nucleus, Lebanon, also expressed interest.

Lebanon coach Fouad Abou Chakra reportedly said since Joe Vogel remains injured and age has been catching up on Fadi El-Khatib. An explosive, 23-year-old player like Giles could be a big help, especially in the Fiba-Asia Championship in September.

But, of course, the Filipinos would not let him go.

“No way, we’re not gonna lose him,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said. “In fact, we’re just doing some evaluation, but his naturalization would be processed as soon as possible.”

“He’s a perfect fit to the team, everybody knows that.”

Meanwhile, the Nationals survived a late-game scare from Satria Muda of Indonesia to win, 112-107, in overtime and salvage fifth place in the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.

Mark Barroca knocked down 31 points, six rebounds and 10 assists, but the Nationals had to rely on a strong finishing kick from Chris Tiu and Dylan Ababou, who canned six consecutive free throws in the extra period to pocket the victory.

Giles finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks to overcome the 41-point explosion of Satria Muda import Nakiea Miller and the lousy officiating of game officials, especially at crunch time.


Tribune.net (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090521spo4.html)

digitalsuperman
05-21-2009, 06:33 AM
so pinayagan naba nang jones cup organizers na dalawang national team entries for pinas?


Ang Jones Cup Organizer mismo ang nag suggest na 2 entry ang ibigay sa RP dahil alam nila na mas madaming manonood sa tournament nila.


meron nabang official list sa schedule nang jones cup? i wanna know if PBA-RP Team and SBP-RP Team is going to meet..hehehe.

CrossOver
05-21-2009, 06:35 AM
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Giles a hot prospect for Middle East teams
By June Navarro
First Posted 19:43:00 05/20/2009

JAKARTA – If they want CJ Giles, officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should act fast.

Jordan and Lebanon are hot on the Smart Gilas import's tracks, signifying their intention to acquire the 6-foot-11 Giles as a naturalized player to strengthen their national teams for this year's Fiba-Asia Championship and probably the 2011 edition of the same tournament.

Even Iran, the reigning Fiba-Asia champion, has inquired about the availability of Giles, pressing the panic button for the SBP to make a rewarding offer he cannot resist.

”We better act fast,'' said SBP executive director Noli Eala. ``We should sit down as soon as possible and decide if we really want CJ (Giles) or not.''

Eala said Jordan coach Mario Palma expressed interest on Giles as well as Lebanon's Fouad Abou Chakra.

Jordan and Lebanon are strong contenders for the Fiba-Asia Championship in September but both are handicapped with an ageing lineup compared to Iran.

Palma, who coached Angola in the 2006 World Championships in Saitama, Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been asking around about the expiration of Giles' contract with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.

Monetary-wise, Middle East countries don't mind spending millions of dollars just to land a precious and valuable gem like Giles.

Iran, for example, has been paying its import Jackson Vromann, a former New Orleans Hornets stringer in the NBA, a whopping US$100,000 (P4.8 million) a month.

That's apart from the won-game bonuses and the $10,000 (P480,000) incentive for the top three scorers of the team every game.

Giles, by far, has been the most impressive import in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in terms of talent, skill, mind-set and attitude.

The double-figure average of 17.6 in scoring and 9.3 in rebounds after four games are also tangible pieces of evidence that the 23-year-old former Los Angeles Laker draftee is no fluke.

``If we get Japeth (Aguilar) and Rabeh (Al-Hussaini), he (Giles) will be the last piece of the puzzle for the team,'' said Smart Gilas Pilpinas National Team coach Rajko Toroman.

In the Fiba-Asia Championships, each country is allowed to hire one naturalized player. The SBP would have to seek a presidential decree for Giles to fit into the Smart Gilas RP Team.

Pundits also hatched the idea of processing the naturalization of Giles as soon as possible and include him in the PBA-backed RP Team coached by Yeng Guiao bound for the Fiba-Asia Championship in Tianjin, China slated September, the qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.

The 2011 Fiba-Asia Championships, the target of the Toroman-mentored Smart Gilas, is offering three Asian slots to the 2012 London Olympics.

According to Eala, China and Iran are the favorites to land the two seats in the 2011 Olympic qualifying while the last slot will be a battle royale among Lebanon, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Qatar and possibly the Philippines should Smart Gilas complete the necessary pieces of the puzzle.


Inquirer.net (http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090520-206175/Giles-a-hot-prospect-for-Middle-East-teams)

CrossOver
05-21-2009, 06:39 AM
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RP 5 survives Indonesia, settles for fifth
By June Navarro
First Posted 20:18:00 05/20/2009

JAKARTA - The Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team survived a late surge to beat Satria Muda of Indonesia, 112-107, in overtime and secure fifth place in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here.

From 11 points down, Indonesia fired five three-pointers in the closing minutes and capitalized on a couple of Smart Gilas errors to send the tournament to its first extension period on the final play date.

The Philippines had the opportunity to seal the game in regulation but CJ Giles' two-handed follow-up slam off a Chris Tiu miss didn't make it as time expired.

Breaks then went Smart Gilas way when Indon import Nakiea Miller fouled out with almost four minutes to play in overtime.

With the 6-foot-10 Miller out of the way, Giles imposed his 6-foot-11 built in the middle while Mark Barocca, Chris Tiu and Dylan Ababou converted their free throws as the Indonesians went on a fouling spree.

Barocca exploded for 31 points, Giles added 24 and Ababou had 20 in the nationals’ ugliest performance in the tournament, marred by several non-calls and spotty officiating.

Nonetheless, the nationals displayed decent shooting, making 30 of 66 attempts from the perimeter and seven of 13 from three-point range.

Satria Mudia drilled 15 treys out of 36 attempts. The Indons bounced back after import Rashad Powell was ejected in the opening quarter for throwing an elbow on JR Cawaling's neck in the opening quarter.

Aldrech Ramos, Barocca and Giles combined to push the Philippines to a 68-57 spread entering the fourth period.
But Indonesia suddenly came to life with three pointers by Amin Prihantono, Julius Faisal, Christian Sitepu and Miller inside two minutes that excited the hometown crowd.

SMART GILAS 112—Barocca 31, Giles 24, Ababou 20, Tiu 14, Ramos 14, Baracael 4, Cawaling 3, Casio 2, Slaughter 0, Ballesteros 0, Jazul 0, Guevarra 0.

SATRIA MUDA 107—Miller 41, Julius 23, Prihantono 17, Sitepu 13, Sunarko 5, Situmorang 3, Sondakh 2, Powell 2, Gunawan 0, Jati 0.

Quarters: 26-23, 47-44, 68-57, 94-all, 112-107


Inquirer.net (http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090520-206178/RP-5-survives-Indonesia-settles-for-fifth)

clutchjedi
05-21-2009, 11:53 AM
meron nabang official list sa schedule nang jones cup? i wanna know if PBA-RP Team and SBP-RP Team is going to meet..hehehe.


if i recall correctly, malabo makasali ang Gilas sa Jones Cup because SBP will allow their collegiate players to be available for their respective UAAP, NCAA, etc. teams. i guess that's the agreement with the schools/leagues.

unless Toroman wants use a partial or reinforced lineup (excluding the collegians), which may be good exposure for some players, but in the long run might be more harmful/confusing to team chemistry.

sayang lang nga, kasi maganda sana makita ang PBA-style vs Toroman-style basketball :D

digitalsuperman
05-21-2009, 05:12 PM
ay naku oo nga.... UUAP atsaka NCAA wars pala... pero okay na din... kelangan din naman nila maglaro sa respective schools nila...

digitalsuperman
05-21-2009, 08:41 PM
Giles wants to stay with Smart Gilas 5

JAKARTA - Moving without the ball, CJ Giles rolled to the basket, received a lob and stuffed it in for a rim-rattling slam that reverberated a thunderous applause throughout the coliseum.

It was a move Giles had done a hundred times in practice and scrimmages with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.

He could do it again a thousand times or more if the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decides to naturalize him.

The 6-foot-11 American import has expressed interest on donning the national colors that will add ceiling to a vertically challenged Smart Gilas squad dwarfed by Asia’s powerhouse teams.

``Why not? It’s a good team, we have a good coach and I feel at home with these guys,’’ said Giles, who is being eyed by Lebanon and Jordan as a naturalized player for the Fiba-Asia Championships in September.

The former Los Angeles Lakers draftee also has standing invitations from the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors in the NBA summer camp two months from now.

``But you know, I like it here (Smart Gilas),’’ said Giles. ``In the NBA, I will just be another guy sitting on the bench.’’

Giles helped Smart Gilas earn awe and respect in the just-concluded Fiba-Asia Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here won by Iran’s Mahram Tehran over Zain of Jordan.

With Giles patrolling the lanes, Smart Gilas won five of its seven games and wound up fifth. The Nationals lost to Iran in the elimination round and Qatar in the crucial quarterfinal phase.

Al Riyadi of Lebanon, which lost to Smart Gilas in the eliminations, finished third over Qatar’s Al Arabi.

Smart Gilas also earned the distinction as the only team, which provided three-time champion Iran a big scare after leading by double-digits during their Group A preliminaries.

Giles tallied an average of 18 points and 11 rebounds throughout the tournament. Among the locals, Mark Barocca was impressive with his 20-point average while Dylan Ababou, Mac Baracael and JVee Casio had double-figure outputs for seven games.

Scouts, coaches and players were amazed at how the 5-foot-9 Barocca could outmaneuver and shoot over taller and bigger guards with precision. They were also one in saying that Barocca could be considered the best point guard of the tournament.

Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman said Giles would be the final piece of the puzzle should Giles agree to naturalization.

Toroman is also hoping for the SBP to sign up the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar and the 6-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini to add more ceiling to the team.

``With these players, I will have the luxury to shift Giles from four to five (power forward to center) depending on who is inside (the court),’’ said Toroman.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the federation would discuss and decide on the status of Giles as soon as possible before Middle East countries interested on Giles could make a bid.



http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090521-206358/Giles-wants-to-stay-with-Smart-Gilas-5

D_I_A
05-22-2009, 03:48 AM
CJ Giles willing to be naturalized
Updated May 22, 2009 12:00 AM
Joey Villar
Philstar

JAKARTA – Despite invitations from various NBA training camps, American CJ Giles said he is willing to undergo the naturalization process to be eligible to represent the country in various international competitions.

“It’s a good team, we have a good coach and I feel at home with these guys,” said the 6-11 Giles, who powered Smart Gilas Pilipinas to a fifth place finish in the just-concluded 20th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup here.

Giles averaged 18.83 points, 13.17 rebounds, 2.33 shot blocks and 1.67 steals in six games although he was slowed down by an injury midway in the tournament.

He, however, said that he might accept invitations from the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks to attend their training camps beginning August.

Still, Giles said he has adjusted well with his Filipino teammates.

“I like it here (Smart Gilas) though. In the NBA, I will just be an ordinary guy sitting on the bench,” said the lanky, high-leaping Giles.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, however, must decide and move fast if it wants Giles to tap as its naturalized player since other Asian countries like Iran, Lebanon and Jordan have also shown interest in him.

“We need someone like CJ in our team,” said RP’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, adding he is eyeing two or three more big men, including 6-10 Japeth Aguilar, 6-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Fil-Am Chris Lutz to beef up the squad.

“If we can get Japeth, Rabeh and Chris in our team, we will have the luxury to shift Giles to four or five (power forward and center) position,” said Toroman. –

D_I_A
05-22-2009, 04:00 AM
They played like champions
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Thursday, 21 May 2009 19:51

“THE Philippines plays the most exciting basketball in this tournament.”

Whether that was a pronouncement or a question, one cannot be sure what the Indonesian journalist was trying to say in the postgame press conference. But for sure, the Smart Gilas Philippines and Satria Muda Indonesia played the best, no, the most scintillating match of the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup in Jakarta that the Filipinos took, 112-107, in the only overtime game of the competition.

The two Southeast Asian countries, eliminated from championship contention during quarterfinals play, nearly stole the thunder from the eventual coronation of tournament champion Mahram Iran, which beat Zain Jordan, 78-68, in the finals.

Satria Muda bucked the disqualification of one of its American imports in former University of Idaho Vandal Rashad Powell when Yemeni referee Mohammed Amer whistled him for throwing an elbow at the throat of Filipino JR Cawaling with barely four minutes gone by.

Powell’s ejection forced Indonesia coach Fictor Gideon Roring to urge his wards to give their best.

Roring is Satria Muda’s former star center, who learned his coaching chops from former Philippine Basketball Association coach Nat Canson, who also coached the club to an Indonesian championship. And the local champions responded in a way they have not have all tournament long as they threw everything—almost including the kitchen sink—at the Filipinos who lost a late 10-point lead because of questionable officiating.

Smart Gilas’s forward Dylan Ababou, who along with Jayvee Casio provided scoring sock off the bench, engaged Indonesian point guard Julius Achmed Faisal, who nailed five three balls (to the Filipinos’ four), in a torrid second half that saw the two squads combine for 97 points before the match went into overtime.

Indonesia’s remaining American, former Iona Gael center Nakeia Jovon Miller, the tournament’s leading rebounder, waged a personal battle with his Smart Gilas counterpart CJ Giles.

Miller notched a game-high 41 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks, while Giles mailed 24, 17, and three, respectively, including four highlight slams that worked up the Wednesday evening crowd at the Britama Sports Arena.

With 1:39 left in regulation and the Philippines up, 88-78, Indonesia got plenty of help from some suspect calls by the referee that they parlayed into 16 points with five treys. Ababou and Gilas captain Chris Tiu chipped in six of eight free throws to stave off an upset.

Come overtime, Gilas took over as the Filipinos tightened their defense and forced Miller into his fifth and final foul.

With Jayvee Casio hampered by foul trouble all game long, it was up to the slippery and dazzling Mark Barroca to take the team home. He played 36 out of the possible 45 minutes and that showed why he is easily one of the stars of the tournament, as he expertly quarterbacked his team during the gut-check overtime period.

On his way to a team-high 31 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and two steals, he broke the ankles of Faisal and his backup Agung Sonarko three times with his version of a killer crossover that led to a basket and a pair of alley-oop rim rattlers by Giles.

“Ayoko matalo,” he said after the match. “Tama na ’yung dalawa [to Iran and Qatar]. Ayoko na maka-experience ng ganon kasakit na talo kaya ginawa ko ang lahat para manalo.”

But he wasn’t alone for he had plenty of help including from the team’s head captain.

Tiu, who has been battling an assortment of injuries, overcame a bad shooting day by playing tough defense as he pulled down four boards and had four steals—two coming off inbounds passes by Indonesia. His four free throws in the waning seconds of overtime helped seal the win and fifth place in Smart Gilas’s inaugural foray into international competition.

Said Philippine head coach Rajko Toroman: “I am satisfied with what we showed. Maybe if we had a little more experience we might have placed higher. It is obvious that we need help upfront. We are three players away from being competitive with everyone. And if we can bring back CJ in some way then that would be great for our program.”

The Philippines placed second in Group 3-1 behind Mahram Iran which was undefeated at 4-0. But in the crossover quarterfinals, the Gilas team came up one rally short to lose to Al Arabi Qatar, 76-71.

Joshua Jones, the American import of Qatar, who watched the RP-Indonesia match with players from Lebanon, Iran and Jordan proclaimed afterward, “No matter who wins this tournament, I’ll tell you that the Philippines played like champions and is definitely the best team to watch here in Jakarta.”

The scores:

Philippines 112—Barroca 31, Giles 24, Ababou 20, Ramos 14, Tiu 14, Cawaling 3, Baracael 4, Cawaling 3, Casio 2.

Indonesia 107—Miller 41, Faisal 23, Prihantono 17, Sitepu 13, Sunarko 5, Situmorang 3, Powell 2, Sondakh 2, Wijaya 1.

Notes: Smart Gilas import CJ Giles has reportedly drawn the interest of several Middle Eastern teams, including Lebanon and Jordan. When Giles returns to the Philippines, officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will discuss his future with the team. The West Asian teams have also expressed great admiration for Andy Mark Barroca. SBP team officials are hoping that collegiate standouts Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Japeth Aguilar will suit up for the Gilas team along with Filipino-American Chris Lutz. The team will play a four-game exhibition series in Japan next week as guests of the Japanese Basketball Association, which was recommended by Fiba-Asia officials for their sterling performance in Jakarta. The team will break for the college season but graduates Jayvee Casio, Chris Tiu, Jason Ballesteros and Mac Baracael will continue their training. Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman and his coaching staff were upset after reviewing the tape of the Philippines’ game against Qatar where the Ukrainian referee made seven dubious calls against the Filipinos in the game’s waning moments.

D_I_A
05-22-2009, 04:37 AM
RP 5 a big man short to being contender
05/21/2009 | 11:14 PM
– GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines – The Smart-Gilas national team is one big man short to become a world class caliber team.

This is how Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan views the team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman after they finished a fighting fifth in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The team composed of collegiate stars and reinforced by 6-foot-10 CJ Giles was only beaten once in the weeklong tournament losing to Iran, 98-87, that spoiled a semifinals seat in the competition that featured two imports.

The Iranian team, represented by Mahram, later crowned themselves champion with a 78-68 win over Zain of Jordan.

The Philippines rebounded from that defeat with a 98-78 rout of Korea’s Sangmoo and then prevailed in overtime against host team Satria Muda, 112-107 for a fifth place finish.

It was an unexpected finish for the team who are competing in their first international outing with the end goal of making it to the London Olympics.

“They really did very well in Jakarta," said Pangilinan. “Giles is young and big and he was excellent while our wing men also did well."

The SBP president and owner of the Talk N' Text PBA ballclub, however, said that the team could have done better if there was another big man to support Giles.

“Lessons in Tokushima Japan and in Jakarta remain the same. That we need to have more big men. Greg Slaughter still needs to develop his skills and it will be better for our team if we add another big man in the likes of Japeth Aguilar. He can be of big help if he will play for the team," added Pangilinan.

The 6-foot-10 Aguilar, who played for Western Kentucky University in the US NCAA, will play for the Gilas team after serving his earlier commitments in the US and with the Powerade National team under coach Yeng Guiao.

Aguilar will reinforce the PBA-backed national team when they play at the Jones Cup and may also compete with the team in the FIBA Asia men's championship from August 6 to 16 in Tianjin, China.

The Gilas team returned Thursday from Jakarta and after a brief rest will then fly to Japan for a series of exhibition games with the Japanese national team.

Toroman praised the effort of his players as they proved that Philippines remain a force to reckon with in international caging.

digitalsuperman
05-22-2009, 06:12 AM
awesome indeed...im proud of the boys...they were very very competetive against all those pro basketball clubs at fiba asia cup.

D_I_A
05-22-2009, 06:21 AM
awesome indeed...im proud of the boys...they were very very competetive against all those pro basketball clubs at fiba asia cup.


you bet and to think that they'll be battling the well-disciplined Japanese national team next week will further give them added experience they need.

MonL
05-22-2009, 08:02 AM
RP 5 a big man short to being contender
05/21/2009 | 11:14 PM
– GMANews.TV


MANILA, Philippines – The Smart-Gilas national team is one big man short to become a world class caliber team.

This is how Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan views the team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman after they finished a fighting fifth in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The team composed of collegiate stars and reinforced by 6-foot-10 CJ Giles was only beaten once in the weeklong tournament losing to Iran, 98-87, that spoiled a semifinals seat in the competition that featured two imports.

The Iranian team, represented by Mahram, later crowned themselves champion with a 78-68 win over Zain of Jordan.

The Philippines rebounded from that defeat with a 98-78 rout of Korea’s Sangmoo and then prevailed in overtime against host team Satria Muda, 112-107 for a fifth place finish.

It was an unexpected finish for the team who are competing in their first international outing with the end goal of making it to the London Olympics.

“They really did very well in Jakarta," said Pangilinan. “Giles is young and big and he was excellent while our wing men also did well."

The SBP president and owner of the Talk N' Text PBA ballclub, however, said that the team could have done better if there was another big man to support Giles.

“Lessons in Tokushima Japan and in Jakarta remain the same. That we need to have more big men. Greg Slaughter still needs to develop his skills and it will be better for our team if we add another big man in the likes of Japeth Aguilar. He can be of big help if he will play for the team," added Pangilinan.

The 6-foot-10 Aguilar, who played for Western Kentucky University in the US NCAA, will play for the Gilas team after serving his earlier commitments in the US and with the Powerade National team under coach Yeng Guiao.

Aguilar will reinforce the PBA-backed national team when they play at the Jones Cup and may also compete with the team in the FIBA Asia men's championship from August 6 to 16 in Tianjin, China.

The Gilas team returned Thursday from Jakarta and after a brief rest will then fly to Japan for a series of exhibition games with the Japanese national team.

Toroman praised the effort of his players as they proved that Philippines remain a force to reckon with in international caging.


You know, I remember when the then World Champion Washington Bullets paid a visit to the Philippines in 1978 (or was it NC State Wolfpack in 1974, featuring David (Skywalker) Thompson?) and made short work of our national team in an exhibition game, the comment then on our national team was

"Put in a couple of 6'11"s and you could go far in international basketball."

Fast forward to 2009. One more 6'11" guy to go. ;D

(Edit to add: Memory recall: the above comment was made after the Wolfpack walloped the RP team in an exhibition match before the Filipinos went on to the World Basketball Championships in Puerto Rico. The team which faced the Bullets in 1978 were a selection of PBA all-Stars which was manned by some members of the Puerto Rico contingent.

But the results were still the same. :P)

digitalsuperman
05-22-2009, 09:07 AM
awesome indeed...im proud of the boys...they were very very competetive against all those pro basketball clubs at fiba asia cup.


you bet and to think that they'll be battling the well-disciplined Japanese national team next week will further give them added experience they need.

im sure our boys will give those japanese a run for their money. ;)

CrossOver
05-22-2009, 12:33 PM
kelangan din siguro iconsider ng SBP ang *H1N1* threat, baka madali ang mga bataan natin nyan laganap na pa naman sa Japan iyon :-\

Jeon_Addict
05-22-2009, 03:41 PM
Hope that CJ Giles will be true to his word that he wants to be naturalized... coz' we all know that money talks! SBP should give him the compensation he deserves!

CrossOver
05-22-2009, 05:14 PM
Kakapasok lang na balita Japeth Aguilar maglalaro sa 2 Natl. Team (Smart Gilas & Powerade RP Team)
Kakapanood ko lang sa NBN Sport

digitalsuperman
05-22-2009, 08:05 PM
naku..magandang balita yan... weeh! yung mga exhibition games sa japan against gilas, meron ba kayong info regarding the baketball national team nang japan?

D_I_A
05-23-2009, 03:37 PM
Kakapasok lang na balita Japeth Aguilar maglalaro sa 2 Natl. Team (Smart Gilas & Powerade RP Team)
Kakapanood ko lang sa NBN Sport


great news!!!


Sulong Basketball ng Pilipinas!!!

digitalsuperman
05-23-2009, 04:09 PM
kelan ba yung exhibition games nila against japan? sasali ba si japeth dun?

CrossOver
05-23-2009, 07:00 PM
Next week na malamang yun, about ke Japeth mga bago mag end of May siya makakarating dito sa pinas gagraduate pa kasi siya.

digitalsuperman
05-23-2009, 08:20 PM
yung makakasama sa japan eh pareho din nung pumunta sa FIBA Asia Champions Cup?

nardy
05-23-2009, 10:31 PM
kelan ba yung exhibition games nila against japan? sasali ba si japeth dun?


nope he has other priorities

Scout
05-24-2009, 07:12 AM
Said Philippine head coach Rajko Toroman: “I am satisfied with what we showed. Maybe if we had a little more experience we might have placed higher. It is obvious that we need help upfront. We are three players away from being competitive with everyone. And if we can bring back CJ in some way then that would be great for our program.”

Chip Engelland, Jeff Moore and Dennis Still ;)

Tell us something we don't know, Toroman! ::)

digitalsuperman
05-24-2009, 07:40 AM
Im pretty sure toroman meant, aguilar, al hussaini and lutz... not naturalizing more americans..

CrossOver
05-25-2009, 01:01 AM
Japeth to decide future after NBDL cage camp
By Joaquin Henson
Updated May 25, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Ateneo and Western Kentucky University center Japeth Aguilar will decide whether or not to join the PBA draft this year after playing in the NBDL camp starting June 19 but is making himself available for the Philippine team of either Yeng Guiao or Rajko Toroman.

Aguilar, 22, has committed to join Guiao’s national squad which will represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Championships in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 6-16 if he is enlisted. Guiao excluded Aguilar from the 12-man team that will try to book a ticket to Tianjin via the SEABA Championships in Medan, Indonesia, on June 6-10.

But SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday Toroman has also invited Aguilar to join the Smart Gilas developmental team that will wear the national colors at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Nov. 11-27 next year.

Eala said playing for both national squads will be a boost to Aguilar’s career and saw no impediment in suiting up for Smart Gilas under Toroman and Powerade under Guiao. However, if Aguilar inks a three-year contract with Smart Gilas, he will automatically forego applying for the PBA draft until after the 2012 London Olympics.

“It’s no problem with the SBP if Japeth plays for both Rajko and Yeng,” said Eala. “Japeth’s father Peter has confirmed a commitment to play for Yeng. And Japeth confided in Chris (Tiu) that he’d like to play for Rajko, too. My worry is if Japeth plays for Powerade, what happens if he gets injured? With Smart Gilas, we’re offering a three-year commitment with an option to leave if he is ever called up to play in the NBA or the Euroleague.”

Eala said Aguilar has been offered a firm contract by Smart Gilas but declined to provide details of the terms. Aguilar was also offered a contract by Powerade with a reported salary of P150,000 a month for three months.

“Japeth is very close with two Serbian players in Western Kentucky and they’ve spoken highly of Rajko whose reputation in Serbia is glowing,” continued Eala. “I think Japeth would really like to play with us.”

Eala said he is hoping Japeth will follow his father’s career path.

“Peter knows the Northern Cement program of the ’80s under Ambassador Cojuangco because he was part of it,” said Eala. “After maturing with the national team, he joined the pros and played five years. We’re applying the same formula that was so successful with Northern Cement. We’re hoping Japeth will do as his father did. He’ll be more than ready to dominate in the PBA after playing three years with Rajko.”

Eala said he’s convinced Aguilar is the real thing.

The 6-9, 225-pound Aguilar showed up at Smart Gilas’ Fil-Am camp in Las Vegas last month and impressed the coaching staff, particularly Toroman. He compiled 15 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in Smart Gilas’ 108-98 win over the Las Vegas Aces during the camp.

“Japeth’s come of age,” said Eala. “He’s amazing. He has quickness and agility. He’s strong and athletic. He’s aggressive and unstoppable close to the basket. In Las Vegas, he did a slam dunk exhibition where he threw the ball from back of the board, caught it in front of the rim and stuffed it in on the reverse. Rajko believes he’s ready for the Euroleague and he can be the first Filipino to play in Europe. Japeth has dreams of someday playing in the NBA. His girlfriend’s father used to work for an NBA team as a scout and he’d like to prove he can play in the majors. The problem is Japeth’s stats at Western Kentucky weren’t outstanding because he hardly got playing time. Rajko wants to expose him to international scouts. He’s confident once the scouts see how he plays, Japeth will be picked up.”

This past season, Aguilar averaged only 1.5 points and 5.1 minutes in 14 games for Western Kentucky with 20 DNPs (Did Not Play). The year before, he played in only three games.

Eala said Aguilar planned to fly to Manila this month for the chance to play for Powerade at the SEABA Championships then return to the US on June 13 to get ready for the NBDL camp. But without the benefit of practicing with the all-pro squad, Aguilar decided to stay in the US as Guiao stuck to a PBA selection for the Medan tournament.

Eala said another Filipino playing in the NCAA, 6-9 Gian Chiu, showed up at the Las Vegas camp.

“Gian joined the drills but didn’t play a game because of a knee injury,” said Eala. “He’s a very smart player. He lacks experience but he’s got a big upside. I’m just not sure if he’s really focused on playing as a career because he’s so intelligent that he might end up becoming a doctor or a lawyer.”

Two Fil-Ams who were impressive in camp were 6-3 Chris Lutz of Marshall University and 6-4 Sean Anthony of McGill University. Eala said Lutz and Anthony were invited to join Smart Gilas in a four-game exhibition tour in Japan this week.

“Sean might join us but Chris is still working on getting a passport,” said Eala. “The bulk of the team will leave for Japan with Rajko on Monday (today). Others will fly over a few days later. R. J. Jazul and Rey Guevara might miss the series because of commitments with Letran but we’ve spoken with coach Louie (Alas) about allowing them to go. Japan is preparing for the East Asian Championships starting June 10 and they’d like to warm up by playing with our national team.”

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CrossOver
05-25-2009, 01:57 PM
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Japan trip could seal Giles deal
By June Navarro
First Posted 01:37:00 05/25/2009

MANILA, Philippines - Gain more international experience and , more importantly, convince CJ Giles to become a part of an ambitious project to bring the Philippine quintet back to the Olympics.

They are the main goals of the action-hungry Smart Gilas-Pilipinas national team when it travels to Japan Monday for a four-game exhibition series just days after finishing fifth in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Indonesia

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala expressed optimism in its effort to persuade the 6-foot-11 import Giles to become a naturalized player for Smart Gilas in the 2011 Fiba-Asia Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

“He is open to the idea, which is a good start,” said Eala. “We will talk to CJ’s agent (JR Harris) and to him while in Tokyo.”

Giles has received invitations from the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors to join the NBA camp two months from now but he seemed reluctant to leave the RP squad.

“In the NBA, I will just be another guy sitting on the bench,” Giles had earlier said.

Smart Gilas, which subdued the Rashad Bell-reinforced Talk ‘N Text, 94-91, in a tuneup game Sunday, was invited to play a series of exhibition matches against the Japanese national team.

Scouts were impressed with the RP team composed of collegiate standouts and mentored by Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman during the Champions Cup and this became its ticket for the all-expense paid trip to Japan.

Eala said Filipino-Canadian Sean Anthony would join Smart Gilas in Japan while the SBP is hoping to bring Chris Lutz along if the Filipino-American dribbler could get his passport in time.

“We will bring Sean Anthony and possibly Chris Lutz if he can fix his passport,” said Eala.

Besides Japeth Aguilar, Anthony, a four-time all-star in the Quebec University Basketball League, and Lutz, a 6-4 guard who played for Purdue and Marshall U, are the new additions to the team seeking to bring the Philippines back to the Olympics.


Inquirer.net (http://sports.inquirer.net/amateur/amateur/view/20090525-206930/Japan-trip-could-seal-Giles-deal)

digitalsuperman
05-25-2009, 02:49 PM
so sasama si japeth? wow naman..galing naman..all expense paid pah...

CrossOver
05-25-2009, 04:34 PM
Magandang balita nanaman para RP D-Team pinag-aaralan na ng FIBA na mag add pa ng slot sa Asia para sa Olympics sa 2012, from 12 competing teams to 16 teams! w0w hindi ako sure if yung add na 4 is sa Asia lahat ibibigay ngayong August 2009 ilalabas ang resulta. Magandang balita din para sa PBA Backed RP Team pati ang World Basketball Championship next year pinag-aaralan na ding dagdagan ng slot dahil na din sa populridad ng Basketball dito sa Asia kaya sila nag-iisip magdagdag.

digitalsuperman
05-25-2009, 05:08 PM
oh yeah...things just got better....

D_I_A
05-26-2009, 02:03 AM
The Conditions on Giles Loan
Business Mirror Sports
Joel Orellana
Monday, 25 May 2009 20:53

IF coach Yeng Guiao wants to have CJ Giles in his roster, his national team has to finish in the top three of the International Basketball Association (Fiba)-Asia qualifier for the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala said the basketball body does not mind lending the former Los Angeles Lakers draftee to Guiao’s all-pro Philippine team—but it may not happen this year.

According to Eala, the naturalization process could take 10 months and Guiao’s most important tournament, the Fiba-Asia qualifier in Tianjin, China, will be this August.

“Unfortunately hindi siya aabot,” Eala told the BusinessMirror. “But if he qualifies, we will make him available if he is naturalized.”

Giles, a six-foot-11 natural forward, drew admiration from the coaching staff, led by Serbian Rajko Toroman, in the recent Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia, where the country placed a decent fifth.

Guiao, in a previous interview, said Giles’s possible addition to his squad would definitely be a big boost to the team’s chances for a spot in the World Championship.

“No doubt, Giles is a talented player at walang problema sa akin kung io-offer siya sa amin,” said Guaio, whose team is now in deep training for the Seaba Men’s Championship in Medan, Indonesia, from June 6 to 10.

“As I’ve said before, looking for a naturalized player is part of our long-term plan and if they [SBP] lend Giles to the team, we will not reject that offer,” Guiao added.

After his impressive stint with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team, Giles was reportedly being eyed by other Asian countries to be their naturalized player.

The list includes Jordan, Iran and Lebanon, countries that are expected to give the Philippine team a tough battle for one of the three available slots in the 2011 Fiba Asia qualifier for London Olympics.

But the SBP, according to Eala, would study carefully the case of Giles to not commit any mistake.

“He has shown dedication to the team and has been embraced by his teammates warmly as truly being one with them,” said Eala.

“But naturalization as I have always pointed out is a process the SBP will not trivialize or trifle with. The grant of our citizenship is a serious and even sacred act that we in the SBP are all aware of,” he added.

Eala also noted that Giles has expressed interest to be naturalized but they will still continue to evaluate his performance, both on and off the court, particularly in the final moments with him to make sure that whatever decision they will reach will be for the best interest of the Philippines, the SBP and all concerned.

D_I_A
05-26-2009, 02:11 AM
SBP satisfied with Gilas stint
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Monday, 25 May 2009 20:54

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) expressed satisfaction on the participation of the Smart Gilas men’s national team in the recent 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Smart Gilas team finished fifth in the 10-team field. It wound up second in its group during the elimination round.

During the eliminations, the Philippines booked a 3-1 record to finish behind undefeated Mahram Iran at 4-0.

A shocking loss to Al Arabi Qatar in the quarterfinals sent the team tumbling to the consolation round where it had to beat Sangmoo Korea and Satria Muda Indonesia to finish the tourney in fifth spot.

SBP executive director Noli Eala described the squad’s first international competition as “huge for the SBP and the long-term national team program.”

The national team’s Serbian head coach, Rajko Toroman, that the team could have gone farther had it not been for bad breaks because of the team’s inexperience and spotty officiating in the final minutes of their game against Qatar.

“Jakarta revealed that indeed our developmental program is on the right track and yet more work has to be done,” added Eala.

Team officials are looking to improve on defense, strength and size in the future to further boost the country’s chances in 2011 toward its goal of reaching the 2012 London Olympics.

The national team management group was pleased with the performance of its locals, as well as the performance of its American reinforcement Chester Jarrel “CJ” Giles.

“CJ has shown dedication to the team and has been embraced by his teammates warmly as truly being one with them,” said Eala, summing up the collective two thumbs-up sign given by team officials. “I don’t think you can look for more with what he has shown in Jakarta. Many other supposedly good foreign imports would not and could not have done what CJ did, continuing to play despite an injury for a team in which he had no guaranteed long-term contract, thus clearly risking his career and future.”

Giles was clearly one of the stars of the tournament and other teams expressed interest in acquiring his services.

In the meantime, the SBP is talking with Giles over his continued tenure with the Philippines, as well as possible naturalization.

“Naturalization, as I have always pointed out, is a process the SBP will not trivialize or trifle with,” Eala pointed out. “The grant of our citizenship is a serious and even sacred act that we in the SBP are all aware of. Thus, while CJ has already shown interest in going through the naturalization process, we will continue to evaluate CJ both on and off the court, particularly in our final moments with him to make sure that whatever decision we reach will be for the best interest of the Philippines, the SBP and all concerned.”

The Philippine team will be leaving this week for Japan for a four-game friendly series with the host country’s national team.

Sai
05-26-2009, 02:22 PM
in short, there will be no chance at all that giles will play for yeng's team?
hope they will speak with pres. gloria with this or with doj secretary or someone
since i think pres. gloria is a sport fanatic, i guess
there won't be a next yr for pba national team
they should do this fast

digitalsuperman
05-26-2009, 04:32 PM
yup pwedi ata yan thru presidential decree.. baka pwedi tumulong si ambassador kirstie kenney...basketbol fanatic yun..hehehe..baka makatulong siya sa pag lobby nang naturalization..

CrossOver
05-27-2009, 08:26 AM
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Anthony joins RP 5 in Japan
By Joaquin Henson
Updated May 27, 2009 12:00 AM



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Sean Anthony

MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Canadian cager Sean Anthony of McGill University is now in Tokyo with the Smart-Gilas developmental team for exhibition games with the Japanese national squad and SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the 6-4, 200-pound swingman could play a pivotal role in the campaign to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Anthony, 23, finished his varsity career as McGill’s fourth all-time leading scorer this past season where as a senior, he averaged 15.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 34.1 minutes. He wound up with 1,834 career points, 82 double-figure games and 21 double-doubles in 152 total outings. A highlight of the campaign was McGill’s upset over the University of Virginia, the Canadian school’s first win over an NCAA Division I varsity in 23 years.

A physical education major, Anthony was known as a defensive stopper and slasher at McGill. He was invited by Eala to join the Fil-Am camp in Las Vegas last April and coach Rajko Toroman was impressed with his overall skills and strong knowledge of the game.

Anthony’s mother is Filipina. “When I was a kid, I’d spend all my summers in the Philippines,” he said. “I also hang out with the Filipinos (in Vancouver) so adjusting to the (Filipino) culture won’t be difficult.” Anthony’s dream is to someday play in the PBA.

“Sean played in a scrimmage between Fil-Ams and Smart-Gilas in Las Vegas and he impressed with good shot selection, tough defense and overall court sense,” said Eala. “He’s still learning and adjusting to coach Rajko’s system. He also played in our games against Red Bull and lately, Talk ‘N’ Text where he played good quality minutes.”

Toroman and seven players left Manila for Tokyo last Monday. The players were Anthony, import CJ Giles, J. V. Casio, Dylan Ababou, Greg Slaughter, Jason Ballesteros and Mac Baracael. Two others, Magi Sison and J. R. Cawaling, joined the team yesterday. Two more, Mark Barroca and Aldrech Ramos, leave today with Eala.

Barroca and Ramos stayed behind to play for Oracle in Game 1 of the PBL Finals yesterday.

Missing the trip are Rey Guevara and R. J. Jazul of Letran. The team returns to Manila on Sunday.

“We agreed to allow Mark and Aldrech to stay behind upon the request of Mikee Romero so they can play in Game 1 of the PBL Finals,” said Eala. “This is a big sacrifice for us since Japan will field their complete national team lineup in the first game of our four friendlies while we will play with only seven players since Mark and Aldrech won’t reach the game on time. But the PBL is a supporter of the SBP and we are committed to help our stakeholders as much as we can.”

Baracael and Cawaling also play for Oracle so coach Glenn Capacio will miss two mainstays in Game 1 of the PBL Finals.

Eala said Guevara and Jazul were excused from the Japan trip because of commitments with the Knights.

“We also opted to leave Rey and R. J. behind upon the request of Letran,” continued Eala. “Again, this is in line with our commitment to schools that the SBP will always give precedence to school competitions unless urgently necessary.”

Eala said Fil-Am hotshot Chris Lutz of Marshall University couldn’t join the team because he’s still working on his passport. “Chris won’t make it in time but he’ll train with the team in Manila when we return.”

With basketball scratched out of the Southeast Asian Games calendar this year, Eala said there are more than enough tournaments to keep the Smart-Gilas team busy.

First is the PBA Philippine Cup where the developmental squad will be a guest entry. In November, the team may return to play an invitational tournament in Nanning, southwest China – Smart-Gilas ruled the eight-team event last year. In December, Toroman’s squad may see action in the prestigious Haarlem joust in Holland.

“Our big test will be in the Asian Games in Guangzhou late next year and we’ll probably join the Jones Cup in July before then as a warm-up,” said Eala. “We plan to train in Australia, China, Serbia and the US. We’re hoping to learn defense from the Australians and get more familiar with the Chinese game. Iran has been invited to play in the NBA summer league and we’d like to play there, too. There’s a tournament against Middle East teams in Dubai in January and that will be another familiarization process. We want our team to be exposed to as many national teams as possible.”


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CrossOver
05-27-2009, 08:37 AM
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RP 5 one man less in Medan tilt
By Aldrin Quinto
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 22:41

DESPITE very little time together and a recent injury problem, the all-pro Philippine team should be able to survive its first out-of-the-country stint.

The 12-man Powerade Team Pilipinas enters the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) meet on June 6 in Medan, Indonesia, with one man barely fit to see action, but with an immensely talented squad vying in probably the easiest international tournament in the region, the title chance is hardly affected.

Jayjay Helterbrand suffered a pulled hamstring in Ginebra’s 114-71 victory over Rain or Shine in the Philippine Basketball Association on Sunday and was advised to rest for 10 days. That means he will join the team without attending the three-day practice prior to departure, the only consecutive full practice sessions the team has ever scheduled.

The team leaves on June 4 with the tournament set to open two days later.

Still, the team is expected to clinch the title in the event, which coach Yeng Guiao is using to test the system he will be employing as the country looks to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Nagti-tiyaga kami sa kaunting oras, pero wala kaming magawa talaga because the objective really from the start is not to disrupt the players and their mother teams in the ongoing PBA conference,” said Guiao during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s United Nations Avenue on Tuesday.

“But I think for the Seaba we can survive.”

“Okay lang [without Helterbrand], nandyan pa naman si Willie [Miller] at Ryan [Reyes].”

The team has been able to practice only once a week and rarely does Guiao get a full lineup.

The team will have practice sessions from June 1 to 3, just a day before leaving for Indonesia, which Guiao said would “practically be the whole preparation for Seaba.”

“Of course we had tune-up games before, we had the [PBA] All-Stars but that’s that,” Guiao added during the session, sponsored by Shakey’s, Accel, the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp. and Outlast Battery.
“I’m pretty confident with the team that we have right now, we have talent, we have the size.

“Alam naman natin na hindi ganoon kataas ’yung level of play sa Seaba so it’s not yet a big concern right now.”

“It’s a different thing when we talk about the Jones Cup and the Fiba Asia,” said Guiao, referring to the lack of practice and scheduling problems that could mean an even tougher battle against the toughest teams in the W. Jones Cup in Taiwan and the Fiba-Asia tournament in Tianjin, China.

In the Seaba, the Philippines will be battling with only Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia for the two slots available for the Fiba-Asia after the withdrawal of Laos and Thailand.

Guiao also recognizes how tough it is for players—both mentally and physically—as they play in different systems while the millionaire stars will have to keep their egos in check.

“In the midst of the PBA playoffs, we’re trying to gather the players,” Guaio said.

“It’s a hard job. Their minds are really focused on two things—their mother teams of course and the national squad.”

“They’re going to shift from their mother team’s system, to our system in the national team, and back again.”


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Jeon_Addict
05-27-2009, 08:11 PM
Japan won over Smart Gilas Pilipinas 84-77 :-[

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CrossOver
05-28-2009, 12:44 AM
Magandang balita nanaman para RP D-Team pinag-aaralan na ng FIBA na mag add pa ng slot sa Asia para sa Olympics sa 2012, from 12 competing teams to 16 teams! w0w hindi ako sure if yung add na 4 is sa Asia lahat ibibigay ngayong August 2009 ilalabas ang resulta. Magandang balita din para sa PBA Backed RP Team pati ang World Basketball Championship next year pinag-aaralan na ding dagdagan ng slot dahil na din sa populridad ng Basketball dito sa Asia kaya sila nag-iisip magdagdag.


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Fiba, SBP want more teams in 2012 Olympics
First Posted 00:34:00 05/24/2009

GENEVA—Basketball’s global governing body has asked the International Olympic Committee to include four more teams at the 2012 London Games.

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) said Friday that having 16 instead of 12 countries would deliver bigger audiences and a more efficient tournament.

“The game has exploded and it’s time to recognize that,” Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann told The Associated Press. “The ratings will just skyrocket and it’s going to be good for the IOC, good for us.”

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the Philippines’ national federation for the sport, agrees with the latest Fiba plea.

“This is a welcome move by Fiba,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala. “The expansion of the Olympic basketball competition is something we have been batting for, particularly with respect to Asia.”

The men’s tournament has had 12 teams since the 1976 Montreal Games but has grown in stature since NBA players were first allowed to play, at Barcelona in 1992.

Asia, Fiba’s biggest basketball zone, only gets two slots in the Olympics.

Baumann said basketball was now second only to athletics in popularity with Olympic viewers.

“We have delivered our part of the bargain to the IOC and the Olympic Games,” he said. “I think we can deliver even more if we had four more teams.”

Baumann said basketball—which will campaign on the slogan “Not Bigger But Stronger”—had the depth to justify an increased lineup.

Last year’s successful Beijing tournament was won by a US team including LeBron James, while nations such as Brazil, France, Italy and Serbia—and players such as San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker—watched at home.

“There is a mismatch between the real value of the game around the globe, its universality, and the fact (these countries) can’t come to the games,” Baumann said. “Our world championship is for 24 countries and we could easily play with 32.”

A 16-team tournament would also deliver cost savings to the IOC and future organizing committees, Baumann said.

Playing to a natural bracket, rather than in six-team groups, would cut two days from the current schedule, allowing matches to be completed in 13 days.

Though Baumann is a member of the IOC, he will play no part in the decision. The IOC program commission will deliver a report to the 15-member Executive Board, which is scheduled to decide at its meeting in Berlin in August.


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D_I_A
05-28-2009, 12:47 AM
Japan trips Gilas
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivares
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 23:48

Japan overcame Smart Gilas Pilipinas, 84-77, in an exhibition series in Japan.

The game was tied at 77-all with 2:08 remaining, but the Philippines struggled to make baskets down the stretch.

Jayvee Casio missed a lay-up and CJ Giles missed the putback. He was called for his fifth and last foul and Japan scored in the ensuing play to make it 79-77 with 1:40 left.

Smart Gilas was whistled for 35 fouls that the Japanese team converted for 22 points.

Mac Baracael led the way for Smart Gilas with 21 points, while Giles had 19. Dylan Ababou chipped in eight points, while Casio and Mark Barroca had seven apiece. Japan was led by Takehiko Orimo, who had 15 points.

Yuta Tabuse had 14 and Ken Takeda finished with 10.

The Japanese also outrebounded Smart Gilas, 52-41.

D_I_A
05-28-2009, 12:49 AM
Soul Train: CJ Giles and the Road to Redemption
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 23:49

Chester Jarrel “CJ” Giles has that National Basketball Association (NBA) pedigree even if it’s only by six degrees of separation.

Slam-dunking New York Knick Nate Robinson is a former teammate and current chat buddy.

If only for the mad hops and boatloads of potential, he was predicted to be the next Shawn Kemp. Giles though, does reveal a sense of humor when he deadpans: “I ain’t anyone’s daddy,” a veiled pun at Kemp’s family values.
CJ GILES, shown here battling two Iranians, is proud about the “Pilipinas” on his jersey.

When his energy level ebbs and he settles down, Giles knows his redemption begins, of all places, in the Philippines and Indonesia.

When Giles went down with a knee injury early in the game between the Philippines and Lebanon, many thought he was done for the game and maybe even the remainder of the 20th Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup.

But the six-foot-10 former Oregon State Beaver, in a stunning display of courage, came back to help the Smart Gilas Philippine National Team squeak past the Al Riyadi squad.

“At least he’s got character,” smiled Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala in the giddy aftermath of the win.

On the way to the Britama Sports Arena in downtown Jakarta where the tournament was held, Giles would normally sit in the back row along with teammate Greg Slaughter. Like his teammates before a game, he would sit quietly with his headphones on as he preferred the solitude of his music. But he would always look out of the window as he studies the strange new world around him.

Previously, every time Giles moved around, first from Kansas then to Oregon State, there was a swirl of controversy that followed in his wake. After being signed by the Los Angeles Lakers for the summer leagues, he was let go after four preseason matches (he averaged 2.0 points and 2.5 boards in all his appearances).

Determined to turn around his basketball career, the Seattle, Washington, native looked to the shores beyond the United States for redemption.

When his agent sent Eala and Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman a tape of his skills, the SBP officials did their homework and checked out his background thoroughly by talking to former coaches and people who knew him. He was even scouted by Talk ‘N Text head coach Chot Reyes just to give a second opinion on the American player who would be suiting up for Gilas’s campaign in Jakarta.

“He had the skills for sure, but the character…” explained Eala, who added that the SBP felt they had found the right reinforcement for the team after sifting through lots of tapes from agents. “That was something we had to find out as we went on. And we’re happy to say that he’s been a very good addition to the team.”

The first time Giles met the Smart Gilas squad was in Las Vegas, Nevada, was when they were working out at the Joe Abunassar Impact Basketball Camp.

“I wasn’t nervous,” said Giles, who had the nickname “Big Bird” hung on him by his Filipino teammate Mac Baracael. “I was more concerned about how the team would view me and how I would fit in.”

In the six weeks he’s been with the team, he feels that he’s found a home where he discovered something in himself.

“Back in college, I always kept to myself and didn’t say much to others,” he recounted. “Here my coaches and teammates expect me to be a leader, to be vocal. That’s something that crosses over when making the next step. If I get a chance to go to the NBA, do I sit on the bench and do nothing or do I stay abroad where I have a chance to be a part of bigger things?”

Apparently, his coaches didn’t expect him to display his huge fighting heart. The day of the Philippines’ second game versus Sangmoo Army Club of Korea, Giles’s injured knee was bothering him. Eala and the others didn’t expect him to play anymore because the team was in the consolation round. Except that Giles gave it a go and scored 16 points while hauling down 16 boards and rejecting four errant shots.

His athleticism and willingness to battle inside the alligator wrestling pond—as former Chicago Bulls coach John Bach used to describe the shaded area—has given the Philippines a post presence and has helped ignite a running and up-tempo game that has made the team such a crowd favorite in Indonesia. His high-flying dunks competed for the crowds’ oohs and ahhs meter with another NBA vet Jackson Vroman who strutted his wares for Mahram Iran.

His positive attitude has rubbed off on his teammates and he has good words for his experience in the Philippines: “It’s all good and I’m happy that this is a good first step for me. The goal is always to make it to the NBA—who doesn’t dream about that? What this experience has done is open my eyes. You can say it is expanding my horizons. Definitely. Definitely. Imagine in this time, I’ve been to the Philippines, Indonesia and now Japan! My career is just getting started but I can say that I’m blessed.”

And those horizons include a ritual that Filipinos can really relate to—praying. Although born a Protestant, Giles carries with him 24 rosaries that were given to him by his grandmother, who is a practicing Catholic. He even wears one around his neck when off the court.

While on the team bus in Indonesia, the team’s operations manager Butch Antonio asked him about the rosaries, “Yeah, man. I’ve learned to pray.” He flashed an easy grin, “I guess everyone needs it.”

It isn’t only seeking divine intervention for Giles, but it’s also a change in attitude.

While In Jakarta one night during the Fiba competition, Giles was at the hotel’s coffee shop chatting with family and friends when he was informed by Gilas assistant coach Jude Roque that the team curfew of 11 p.m. was in effect.

Because of the time difference, it was the only time for the American to chat with familiar faces back home. Giles’s face contorted into a frown as he packed his laptop and headed upstairs.

Toroman, who was also in the coffee shop, noted Giles’s unhappiness. “Why is he bothered? Those are the rules. He knows that.”

The following day, a contrite Giles sought the Serbian and asked permission to stay a little longer than the deadline so he could communicate with his kin back home. Toroman allowed him and when he was done chatting that night, he didn’t need anyone to tell him it was time to hit the sack. Earlier that day, Giles returned to action after hurting his knee to lead the Philippines to an incredible win against Lebanon. Giles had scored 20 points and displayed rare courage for a player who soldiered on even at the cost of aggravating the injury.

“I told you, man. This is the real me.”

Giles is amazed by the good fortune he’s had since being released by the Lakers. His strong performance in Indonesia had several of the rich Middle Eastern teams inquiring about his services.

“Right now, it’s about helping the team and seeing what works best for our futures. Naturalization? We’ll get down to discuss that. But let’s keep it simple, there’s ‘Pilipinas’ on my chest jersey for now, right?”

It’s all a part of his awakening.

digitalsuperman
05-28-2009, 06:24 AM
awesome indeed...

chorizo
05-28-2009, 08:41 AM
Just to add a little more info about CJ Giles. Interesting and funny blog . . . .

http://firequinito.com/archives/68-Meet-Smart-Gilas-import-CJ-Giles.html

digitalsuperman
05-28-2009, 12:18 PM
may game ba sila ngayon against japan?

Kid Cubao
05-28-2009, 01:40 PM
Japan was led by Takehiko Orimo, who had 15 points.

Yuta Tabuse had 14 and Ken Takeda finished with 10.

The Japanese also outrebounded Smart Gilas, 52-41.

wow, naglalaro pa pala si takehiko orimo. probably one of the best shooting guards i've ever seen. once described as japan's answer to kenneth duremdes, but trust me, he's much better and has a wider arsenal.

salsa caballero
05-28-2009, 08:35 PM
Si Orimo yata yung malupit ang pukol sa labas. Pero meron din silang isang dos o tres na hindi ko maalala ang pangalan, magaling din, kaso nag-aahit ng kilay, "shaping" kung baga. A'la Christiano Ronaldo. Not that I'm labelling whoever it is, but it doesn't seem very masculine. Sorry OT ;D

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05-29-2009, 12:23 AM
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Smart-Gilas gets taste of home cooking
By Joaquin Henson
Updated May 29, 2009 12:00 AM

The Smart-Gilas developmental basketball team took it on the chin twice from a fully-stocked Japanese national squad to start their four-game exhibition series on a rough note in Tokyo recently.

Coach Rajko Toroman’s troops lost, 83-64, last Tuesday and 84-77 the next day but SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the team learned a lot from the experience of playing on hostile territory.

Only seven players suited up for Smart-Gilas in the series opener as Toroman went with J. V. Casio, Dylan Ababou, Greg Slaughter, Sean Anthony, CJ Giles, Jason Ballesteros and Mac Baracael.

Magi Sison and J. R. Cawaling took a later flight to Tokyo and failed to suit up. Two more players Mark Barroca and Aldrech Ramos arrived last Wednesday in time for the second game.

Eala said officiating was atrocious in both games. Smart-Gilas got a huge bite of home cooking and the sushi left a bitter taste in the mouth.

“In the first game, we trimmed the lead to nine points with five minutes to go but the Japanese referees just wouldn’t allow a full national team to win with a slim margin over our Magnificent Seven,” said Eala.

“The Japanese coaching staff agreed that officiating has been a big problem in the development of basketball and their national team. Even in their leagues, officiating is supposedly way below par.”

In the second game, the score was tied at 77-all with 2:08 to go but the Filipinos were blanked the rest of the way. Japan led, 79-77, time down to 1:40 when Casio missed a layup and Giles flubbed a put-back before fouling out.

Smart-Gilas was whistled for 28 fouls leading to 35 free throws for Japan. Giles and Ababou were disqualified with five personals. Japan dominated the boards, 52-41, but Smart-Gilas posted a higher clip from three-point range, 29.4 percent to 15.4 percent.

Baracael led Smart-Gilas with 21 points. Giles chipped in 19, Ababou 8, Casio 7 and Barroca 7. Veteran guard Takehiko Orimo paced Japan with 15 points, former Phoenix Suns guard Yuta Tabuse contributed 14 and Ken Takeda 10.

Both games were played at the National Training Center in Tokyo. The complex features an indoor facility for 10 sports from gymnastics, judo, table tennis, wrestling, basketball to badminton, a 400-meter track, an athletes village, indoor tennis courts and modern video equipment for use to review performance. The center is for the exclusive use of Japan’s elite athletes and managed by the National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health, the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) and the involved National Sports Associations.

“The facility is still very new, having been opened only two years ago,” said Eala. “It is where all training courts, facilities and equipment are housed for practically all sports of the JOC. The center has a 7-storey infrastructure and the basketball gym exclusively for the national team is on the second floor. There is also a building for the Japan Institute of Sports Science where research and sports studies are made. They don’t allow guests to enter that building.”

Eala said across the street from the 7-storey building is the athletes village. “One can just imagine the kind of training and conditioning the Japanese athletes get at this state-of-the-art center,” said Eala.

The Smart-Gilas team returns home on Sunday.

Japan is hosting the East Asian qualifiers for the FIBA-Asia Championships and will dispute two available tickets with South Korea, Chinese-Taipei, Mongolia and Hong Kong on June 10-14. China is assured of a slot as host of the FIBA-Asia tournament on Aug. 6-16.

The Philippines, represented by the Powerade PBA selection of coach Yeng Guiao, will shoot for its own ticket to Tianjin at the SEABA qualifiers in Medan, Indonesia, on June 6-9. The top two finishers will advance to Tainjin. Aside from the Philippines, the only other entries are Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Eala reported that FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock has confirmed that the draw for the FIBA-Asia Championships will be held in Tianjin, China, on June 17.


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D_I_A
05-29-2009, 12:47 AM
Chris Tiu and the First Step Towards the Philippines’ Olympic Basketball Dream

by Rick Olivares
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The color of his jersey had that familiar blue and white on it. Even when his name was announced there were the usual cheers from the crowd. Except that this wasn’t college anymore but in the international arena.

It was no longer for Ateneo de Manila but for the Philippines or “Pilipinas” as it was emblazoned in front of his game jersey.

Yet incredibly, just like the champion Blue Eagles team he just left, he has willfully subjected his talent and scoring prowess for the better of the team. Tiu was far from the leading scorer for the Smart Gilas Men’s National Basketball Team. There were others like Andy Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou, and Chester Jarrel Giles, the team’s American reinforcement, to provide scoring punch, but his effect on the team is felt in so many other areas.

“The National Team is different from the Blue Eagles because here you’re playing with the best of the other college teams so in terms of talent and leadership, they are all “the man” on their teams,” described Tiu, the Smart Gilas’ Team Captain of his role. “They already know what to do. Here I plug in holes that I need to fill whether on or off the court.”

Tiu was a part of the 12-man squad that donned the Philippines’ colors in the recently-concluded 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia from May 12-20, 2009 and is the lone Atenean on the squad (although Ford Arao and Ryan Buenafe are in the National Pool). The Philippines was one of the 10 countries that participating in the tournament that features club champions from all over Asia.

After having been suspended from international play by FIBA, the Philippines is back and out to regain lost glory in a sport it once dominated in Asia. The goal of the Smart Gilas program is to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Dreams do come true and it is very much doable (the Olympic dream),” said Tiu who admitted to fulfilling a boyhood dream of not only representing the country in international competition but also making the quadrennial event which is arguably the world’s biggest sports extravaganza. “We have a very good coach and we have players who can help who are coming in.”

“The pressure – well, I don’t feel it very much yet maybe because it’s not a qualifying tournament for the Olympics” said Tiu of the FIBA Champions Cup in the middle of the tournament. “But it’s still a tournament I hope that we can win. Although it’s going to be very difficult with the level of competition.”

“The pressure is different from playing for an elite university with a few thousand alumni following the team to leading a squad that you have 80-plus million who will be following it. You know there’s gong to be pressure.”

But when needed to step up, the Atenean is ready and willing such as the battle for fifth place with host Satria Muda Indonesia.

The match wasn’t without its share of drama as Indonesia bucked the loss of one of its two American imports to a disqualification foul. Rather than fold, the home team found a wellspring of points and hope in its locals who combined with its remaining American to forge overtime after being down by 10 points with a little over a minute to play.

Tiu, who was having a bad shooting day as he was not fully 100% owing to a nagging quadriceps injury, found a way to get to the free throw line where he could add points from the stripe.

The Pilipinas captain hit four free throws to keep even with the Indonesians as they sent the game into extra time and another four free throws with two crucial steals in the overtime period to seal a hard-fought 112-107 win that gave the Philippines fifth place.

“I fill in wherever the team needs me whether it’s a short pep talk or to guide my teammates or even serve as voice to our head coach (Serbian Rajko Toroman).”

In one team practice at the Blue Eagle Gym a week before the team’s departure for Jakarta, Indonesia where the Smart Gilas team was to participate in its maiden international tourney the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Challenge Cup, teammate Rey Guevarra was having difficulty with the play that Toroman designed for the team.

Tiu who was on the sidelines taking a break offered a simple sentence of advice for the Letran Knights’ slam-dunking star. “Rey, pag-cut mo tignan mo yung gwardiya kasi baka pasahan ka niya ng bola.”

Guevarra nodded and the next time the play was run, he caught the pass, faked a move inside before kicking it out to an open teammate. He gave Tiu a low-five to signify his appreciation.

After the gut-wrenching win versus Indonesia, it was Tiu’s turn to show his appreciation. As the Smart Gilas squad clasped hands center court and turned to wave to the crowd, the captain smiled and waved at the supporters at the Britama Sports Arena where the FIBA tournament. “This is the first step,” he beamed as he gave a thumbs up.

pachador
05-29-2009, 01:02 AM
The sprouting or emergence of tall mobile filipinos(japeth, Slaughter, Rabeh, Chiu, Rabeh), etc might be one of those once in a generation or once every 5 or 10 years phenomenon. The last two times this happened was in the early1990s with Feihl, Aquino (tall but slow) then in the late 1990s with those tall fil-ams(taulava, pennisi, etc).

Its very fortuitous and good that the appearance of the current crop of tall giants coincided with the start of the SBP program. if things turn out right, we might raise our standings in FIBA-asia tournaments between now and 2012 . After 2012, these young giants(slaughter, etc) will now be in the PBA, and unless new young giants replace them, we might have to wait another 5 to 10 years before a bunch of new mobile giants show up. Because we are not a country of tall people where we have an abundant supply of tall young players every year, opportunities like this must be exploited to the fullest.

....unless, PBA lends their players to the SBP for a modified version of the long-term national pool wherein national team players will come from both the PBA and college leagues.

CrossOver
06-01-2009, 07:03 AM
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Smart-Gilas back from Tokyo, breaks camp
By Joaquin Henson
Updated June 01, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the Smart-Gilas developmental basketball team will take a break and reopen training camp in September after a gruelling six-month grind that ended with a four-game exhibition series with the Japanese national team in Tokyo.

Smart-Gilas lost all four games to Japan at the National Training Center. Japan won, 83-64, last Tuesday, 84-77 last Wednesday, 80-59 last Friday and 87-56 last Saturday. The team returned home yesterday morning.

Injuries took a toll on Smart-Gilas in the 80-59 loss. Import C. J. Giles suffered a pulled hamstring and played only 12 minutes, scoring seven points. J. V. Casio sprained an ankle, Mark Barroca played with a swollen face due to a hit and Mac Baracael sat out the action because of illness.

“We played poorly,” admitted Eala. “No outside shooting, no transition defense. The referees contributed by allowing Japan to get away with so much holding, hand-checking and bumping while being so tight with us. Given all the circumstances, we really shouldn’t have lost this much.”

Aldrech Ramos paced Smart-Gilas with 18 points and Barroca chipped in eight. J. R. Cawaling, enduring back spasms, shot seven points. Greg Slaughter contributed seven points and nine rebounds. For Japan, sweet-shooting veteran Takehiko Orimo and 6-5 forward Tomoo Amino netted 13 apiece. Kosueke Takeuchi, a 6-10 behemoth, tallied 12.

The Philippines knocked down only 1-of-11 triples, compared to Japan’s 11-of-25. Japan also had more rebounds, 41-30 and assists, 16-11.

Despite Japan’s dominance, Smart-Gilas was down by only eight, 37-29, at the half. The Philippines, however, collapsed under a 25-10 barrage by Japan as Giles and Casio trooped back to the bench with injuries. Casio was scoreless.

Eala revealed that because of injured players and the shoddy officiating, Smart-Gilas almost cancelled the fourth and last exhibition last Saturday.

“We decided to play the game because the boys wanted to redeem themselves with a better effort,” continued Eala. “But Japan played their best game, hitting almost 60 percent of their three-point shots and playing tough defense to beat us, 87-56.”

Japan opened a 12-point lead at the half, 36-24, as Giles, Casio and Baracael sat on the bench. Giles played only in the second half but it hardly mattered.

Barroca led Smart-Gilas with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Dylan Ababou, nursing a slight knee pain, had 13. Giles, slowed down by a painful hamstring, begged to play and wound up with nine points and 11 rebounds. Ramos compiled eight points and six rebounds.

Japanese point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi scored 18 points. Youthful shooting guard Yusuke Okada was perfect from the floor, hitting 17 points on 6-of-6 field goals, including 5-of-5 treys. Takeuchi shot 15. Japan had more rebounds, 44-41, assists, 21-10 and three-point conversions, 10-of-17 to Smart-Gilas’ 4-of-16.

“Bumigay na lang talaga in the end,” said Eala. “In triumph or defeat, the team is learning and growing up. We also realized with this trip our weaknesses and mistakes as a team.”

Japan is set to host the East Asian qualifiers on June 10-14. Expected to crowd Japan in the race for two FIBA-Asia tournament tickets are Chinese-Taipei and South Korea. China, also in the East Asia zone, is seeded in the FIBA-Asia Championships as host with the Aug. 6-16 meet to be held in Taijin.

“Japan is a very good team,” said Eala. “New coach David Hobbs of Alabama University is training them well. They have very similar screening patterns as us and are very aggressive on defense.”


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=473383&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
06-01-2009, 07:13 AM
Kita na lang ang RP D-Team & Japan sa 2011 FIBA Asia Olympic Qualifier, madudugas kayo lampasuhin ng husto iyan ;D

digitalsuperman
06-01-2009, 10:14 AM
whoa!! masyado naman tambak...

korn666333
06-01-2009, 12:30 PM
Kita na lang ang RP D-Team & Japan sa 2011 FIBA Asia Olympic Qualifier, madudugas kayo lampasuhin ng husto iyan ;D


asus, japan? hmp! wala yan sa pinas.

bchoter
06-02-2009, 12:18 AM
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Anthony joins RP 5 in Japan
By Joaquin Henson
Updated May 27, 2009 12:00 AM



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Sean Anthony

MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Canadian cager Sean Anthony of McGill University is now in Tokyo with the Smart-Gilas developmental team for exhibition games with the Japanese national squad and SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the 6-4, 200-pound swingman could play a pivotal role in the campaign to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.



PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=471747&publicationSubCategoryId=69)
Unless can;t miss propsect siya... kung di din lang malaking malaki... sana homegrown nalang.

CrossOver
06-03-2009, 01:09 AM
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Naturalization a long process
By Joaquin Henson
Updated June 03, 2009 12:00 AM

SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday the process of naturalizing a player to become eligible for the national team will likely take a legislative route of 10 months to a year but expressed optimism that with candidate C. J. Giles in the waiting line, no hitches will stall the process.

Eala explained that naturalization may be done through judicial, administrative or legislative means.

“We’ve studied the options and we’ll probably take the legislative route, if at all,” said Eala. “That means a law will be enacted to legalize the naturalization. We hope in the Lower House, Rep. Robbie Puno will sponsor the bill and in the Upper House, either Sen. Chiz Escudero or Sen. Kiko Pangilinan or both.”

Recruiting naturalized players for a national team is a widely-accepted practice in FIBA tournaments. FIBA previously allowed two naturalized players a team but has now set a limit of one. No less than the US team has enlisted naturalized players, including Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon who played on the 1996 Olympic gold medal squad. Spain, Australia, Japan, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Russia and Germany are among other countries with a history of naturalized players in their national basketball teams.

Giles, 23, is a 6-10, 220-pound former University of Kansas and Oregon State forward-center who played four pre-season games with the Los Angeles Lakers last October. He was invited by Smart-Gilas coach Rajko Toroman to attend the developmental squad’s training camp in Las Vegas last April and impressed the staff with his skills. With an 88-inch wingspan, Giles has the length to dominate under the boards.


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Giles saw action for Smart-Gilas at the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta two weeks ago. He averaged 18.8 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in six games as the Philippine team took fifth place. Giles also played in Smart-Gilas’ four exhibition games with the Japanese national team in Tokyo last week.

Smart-Gilas returned home from Tokyo last Sunday. Players are reporting back to their mother teams until Toroman reopens training camp in September. Giles was scheduled to leave for Seattle, his hometown, yesterday.

Eala said Giles is “all sold about becoming Filipino” and has the heart of a Pinoy.

“During the Champions Cup, C. J. suffered a hyperextended right knee but he chose to play even if he didn’t have to,” said Eala. “No doubt, he’s talented. He averaged big numbers for us with one good knee in Jakarta. He’s quick, he can jump. Maybe, he’ll need to work more on his post moves. What we like about him is his fighting heart. Off the court, he’s coachable. He gets along with the guys. When he’s not on the floor, C. J. is our No. 1 cheerleader.”


* * *

Eala said Giles himself said he has found a new home.

“C. J. wants to bring over his brother who’s 6-7 and 21 years old,” said Eala. “He has a two-year-old son living with the boy’s mother in Kansas. He told me he’s never felt more welcome anywhere in the world and he’d like to stay on. He’s found out a lot of things about himself in his short stint with us, his social qualities in particular.”

Eala said Giles has shown patience in learning Toroman’s system.

“In the US, C. J. was just one of the players on the bench but with us, he’s the go-to guy with a bigger role to play,” said Eala. “We want a three-year commitment from him and he thinks after three years, it’ll be just right for him to try out again for the NBA.”

Eala said Giles has been invited to play at the Toronto, Orlando and the Lakers summer camps. He was also courted by several Middle East teams during the recent Champions Cup but stayed loyal to Smart-Gilas.

During the Tokyo exhibitions, Giles played sparingly in the last two games because of a pulled hamstring.

“Despite the pain, C. J. asked to be fielded in which really shows his desire to help,” said Eala. “Coach Rajko thinks he is still a little out of the system but definitely he boosts the team’s performance when he’s on the floor.”

Eala said Smart-Gilas learned a lot in the last six months. “Focus, concentration, conditioning and toughness still need to be improved,” he added. “But overall, our first six months has been a flying start for the program. The team has grown up so fast in the last six months.”


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=474023&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
06-04-2009, 08:57 AM
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SBP wants CJ Giles naturalized
By Joel Orellana
Thursday, 04 June 2009 00:14


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SMART Gilas’s Ryan Buenafe and Jason Ballesteros in action against Jireh Ibañez of Burger King during the national developmental team’s exhibition stint in the Philippine Basketball Association.

CJ GILES left the country on Tuesday after weeks of touring with the Philippine national developmental team.

But if the offer is good, he should be back soon and may stay for long.

The former Los Angeles Laker, a key player in the Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad that placed fifth in the recent Fiba-Asia Champions Cup, left for the US to prepare for the summer camps of National Basketball Association teams.

But the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is confident the 23-year-old American will be back after being given a long-term offer to be the national team’s naturalized player for future international tournaments.

“Giles and the SBP have advanced discussion on the possibility of naturalization,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala.

“We have moved from theoretical to making it happen. No concrete terms have been discussed but the offer has been made to him to be with us for the long term and his response has been very positive and promising,” he added.

The process of naturalization would take at least 10 months, which will make Giles eligible for the 2010 Asian Games and the 2011 International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia qualifier for the London Olympics the following year.

Giles was high on the list of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and became an integral part of the team’s campaign in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup where the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team finished a decent fifth against the teams that fielded in two imports in the tournament.

According to Eala, the six-foot-10 Giles has displayed favorable behavior on and off the court, one of the reasons the SBP wants to enlist him.

“Coach Rajko [Toroman] likes his attitude and he’s a very coachable player,” said Eala. “When he got hurt in our trip in Japan, he was our cheerleader on the bench,” he added, referring to the team’s four-game exhibition series against the Japanese national team which the Nationals all lost.

Giles is also being wooed by the national teams of Iran, Lebanon and Syria after his impressive showing in Jakarta.

The squad is now on a break and will resume training in September. The team could be playing in the Stankovic Cup in China later this year.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/11262-sbp-wants-cj-giles-naturalized.html)

korn666333
06-04-2009, 01:21 PM
ahm smart gilas po ba indi lalaro sa jones cup? sayang naman :(

D_I_A
06-12-2009, 02:46 AM
PBA, Smart-Gilas combining forces?
By Joaquin Henson Updated June 12, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar

MANILA, Philippines - The possibility of Smart-Gilas and selected PBA players joining forces to play at the Stankovic Cup in Kunshan, near Shanghai, on Aug. 28-31 was raised during a recent meeting between PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios and SBP executive director Noli Eala but before anything is finalized, the issue will be discussed by the PBA Board of Governors during a planning meeting next week.

Eala communicated the SBP’s intention to play in the Stankovic Cup a month ago but no reply has been received from organizers. He will leave for China on Tuesday to attend the FIBA-Asia Championships draw in Tianjin the next day and also check on the likelihood of playing in the Stankovic Cup.

China, Turkey, Australia and Angola are expected to play in this year’s Stankovic Cup. The Philippines may be a fifth entry – in which case, a day may be added to the schedule – or could replace any of the four countries unable to participate.

Barrios said the matter of PBA cagers playing with Smart-Gilas will be resolved at the Board level.

“The door is always open for us to talk about possibilities particularly as the PBA is a part of SBP,” said Barrios. “But if this proposal is given to the PBA in black and white, I’m sure the Board will want to know the rationale. It is the Board’s understanding that the PBA is slowly being weaned away from the responsibility of representing our country in international competitions. Aside from the philosophical issue, we’d also like to check the timing because our players may already be involved in the pre-season camp of their mother clubs.”

Even before it reaches the PBA Board, Eala said he will make sure there is a slot open for the Philippines in the Stankovic Cup. The discussion will be academic if no slot is available.

“When I go to Tianjin, I will follow up with the Chinese Basketball Association,” said Eala.

Smart-Gilas coach Rajko Toroman will take a home leave on June 21 and return on July 12 to resume training the developmental team on July 15. With several Smart-Gilas players seeing action in the UAAP and NCAA, Toroman will be able to tap only Chris Tiu, J. V. Casio, Mac Baracael, Greg Slaughter and Jason Ballesteros for the Stankovic Cup.

Eala said naturalized player candidate C. J. Giles, Japeth Aguilar, Fil-Canadian Sean Anthony of McGill University and Fil-Americans Chris Lutz of Marshall University and Stanley Pringle of Penn State will also be invited to join the Smart-Gilas camp. Another invitee may be Cebu’s 6-9, 210-pound Junmar Fajardo.

Smart Sports director Patrick Gregorio and Toroman were in Cebu to scout the 19-year-old Fajardo and were impressed by his performance against Ateneo in a mini-tournament last Monday. Fajardo led the CESAFI selection to a two-point win over the Blue Eagles as he finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds. In the last minute, he blocked Ryan Buenafe and Nonoy Baclao, grabbed a crucial rebound and converted crucial free throws. Ateneo led, 54-45, at the half

Eala said if the PBA Board agrees, Smart-Gilas will tap PBA players not in coach Yeng Guiao’s Powerade national team. He mentioned seven in the SBP wish list – Rain Or Shine’s Jay-R Reyes, Talk ‘N’ Text’s Jason Castro and MacMac Cardona, Barangay Ginebra’s J. C. Intal, Alaska’s Larry Fonacier, Burger King’s Carlo Sharma and San Miguel Beer’s Samigue Eman.

SBP vice chairman and PBA governor Ricky Vargas said the other day he hopes to forge a closer relationship in the programs of the SBP and the PBA. Vargas said Toroman’s availability to serve Guiao as one of his scouts for the FIBA-Asia Championships is a sign that could be the beginning of a sincere cooperation between the two entities.

PBA governor and incoming chairman Lito Alvarez of Burger King said a mixed Smart-Gilas and PBA selection is “definitely a good idea (because) the Stankovic Cup is a tournament participated in by strong basketball teams and this will have my personal support.”

Alvarez said the PBA’s possible participation will be taken up at next week’s planning meeting next where he expects the Board to make an official stand.

When the NCAA and UAAP seasons end, Toroman will regroup the Smart-Gilas squad to play in the prestigious Haarlem tournament in Amsterdam this December. The Smart-Gilas cagers in UAAP and NCAA rosters are Dylan Ababou, Aldrech Ramos, Buenafe, Rabah Al-Husseini, Rey Guevara, R. J. Jazul, Mark Barroca and J. R. Cawaling.

digitalsuperman
06-12-2009, 06:49 PM
i hope their plans to get fajardo will push through..he'll definitely be a big boots to the gilas squad...

coreytaylor
06-12-2009, 06:56 PM
OT: kahit di na bata, pwede bang kunin ng Smart-Gilas team si Samigue Eman? Nabubulok lang yan sa PBA, sayang matangkad pa naman. How old is Samigue anyway?

CrossOver
06-12-2009, 09:11 PM
^Mga round 25-27 yrs. old.

digitalsuperman
06-12-2009, 09:25 PM
oo nga...sayang na sayang talaga si emman... ang ganda siguro pag merong , emman, fajardo, aguilar, giles, gian chiu at al hussaini sa gilas...meron pang slaughter..

D_I_A
06-12-2009, 10:11 PM
Let's really hope makasama sila sa RP-SBP Smart Gilas Team

digitalsuperman
06-12-2009, 10:32 PM
si emman kasi parang project palang nang SMB.. siguro naman kung gusto talaga nila nag mag improve si emman mas maganda na si toroman ang magtrain sa kanya.. siguro naman ipapahiram nang SanMig si emman...baka pwedi yun...

salsa caballero
06-12-2009, 11:24 PM
had a chat with larry f. at my favorite bikeshop this afternoon. He seemed pretty receptive to the idea of training with gilas. I guess the long wait til october for the next conference worries him. The kid really loves to play. I just warned him to make sure he's insured if he joins gilas- (as well as wear a helmet for his nascent mountainbiking hobby.)

amdgc82
06-13-2009, 07:45 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/toroman-wants-uc%E2%80%99s-fajardo-rp-team
Toroman wants UC’s Fajardo for RP team
Marian C. Baring
Saturday, June 13, 2009

SMART Gilas RP team head coach Rajko Toroman knows talent when he sees it and he knows University of Cebu’s (UC) June Mar Fajardo is oozing with it.

“He thinks Fajardo has a huge potential. He can run, shoot and has a good free throw,” said Smart RP Gilas team official Patrick Gregorio, who came to Cebu with Toroman to observe the 6’9” player in the Cesafi Friendship Cup.

“He was very impressed and Rajko is someone who knows talent. He is a coach with great credentials,” said Gregorio.

“He (Toroman) coached the Iran team for two years and brought them to the Olympics after 60 years and was responsible for bringing the first Iranian to the NBA,” said Gregorio.

Gregorio will be reporting to RP team patron Manny Pangilinan and should they decide to pick Fajardo, he said they will go through the proper channels in dealing with the University of Cebu (UC).

“I will talk to the UC officials, especially UC president Augusto Go, to explain to him our goals and how Fajardo could help us in this endeavor,” said Gregorio.

Last February, the RP team expressed their intent to get Fajardo, which sent UC to a panic mode that they even hired a bodyguard for Fajardo so that no one from the RP team can reach him.

Gregorio said that this time, he did not want to alarm UC with his and Toroman’s presence. They just wanted to see for themselves how good Fajardo was.

“We are looking at the national goal for the team and that is to win the Asian Games and ultimately to go back to the Olympics in 2012. And that is very clear in our minds. I hope UC, Fajardo’s family and Fajardo will realize this,” said Gegorio.

UC shares the concern of University of the Visayas when the RP team was strongly pursuing UV’s prized center Greg Slaughter—losing their prized players to Manila schools.

“The ‘Greg Slaughter’ principle worked fine for UV. We will do this as well for Fajardo. He will still be able to balance school, playing for UC and the RP team,” said Gregorio.

Gregorio said being in the RP team is exactly the assurance that a player will not be pirated by another university.

“His best protection from scouts is an agreement with the RP team. Anyway, a stint with the RP team will also benefit the school,” said Gregorio.

CrossOver
06-13-2009, 08:46 AM
Natawa naman ako dito *body guard* grabe ganon ba talaga sila ka paranoid. Mas mainam nga na isali nila sa D-Team itong si June Mar Fajardo bukod sa mabibigyan ng tamang training ang bata maiiwasan pang masungkit "kuno" ng ibang team, if matutuloy man mabibigyan siya ng kontrata ng SBP at maiiwasang masulot "kuno" ng ibang team *UAAP & NCAA* Makita sana nila ang magandang halimbawa ke Greg Slaughter magtiwala lang sila sa SBP

Schortsanitis
06-13-2009, 01:22 PM
UC is allied with the BAP group, so no wonder Junmar is being used as a political pawn by those Chinese 14k mafia, who is intent on undermining Philippine basketball.

So I think it will be very hard for the SBP to get the kid. 'Makakapal pa naman ang apog ng mga taga UC na iyan, so malamang deadma ang matatanggap ng SBP pagdating dyan. Sayang talaga yang si Junmar,' but if that's the way things fall, well .....

digitalsuperman
06-13-2009, 02:42 PM
@thadzonline:

anong year naba sa college si junmar? atsaka ano course nya sa UC?

amdgc82
06-14-2009, 08:27 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/uc-insists-fajardo-can%E2%80%99t-play-rp
UC insists: Fajardo can’t play for RP
Sunday, June 14, 2009
By Marian C. Baring

THE University of Cebu (UC) won’t change their decision not to allow their prized center June Mar Fajardo to train with the RP Gilas team.

“I will make a decision if Atty. (Agusto) Go asks me to. But for now Fajardo’s studies is our priority,” said UC basketball director Baldomero Estenzo.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and Smart Sports official Patrick Gregorio came to Cebu to see the 6’9" giant’s moves and are interested in tapping him for the team.

However, just like their earlier stand, UC will not let Fajardo go unless he trains in Cebu.

“They could just send their training module and coaches Roel Gomez and basketball legend Mon Fernandez can train him here. How can he attend classes if his training is in Manila?” said Estenzo.

Gregorio said he credits Fajardo’s coaches for molding him into the player that he is now and is hoping that Fernandez could lend his expertise for the RP team.

Estenzo said that they might allow Fajardo to play for the national team provided it will not impede his studies.

“If it is not in conflict with his classes and that the training will be here in Cebu, maybe (we will let him join). But they already have a lot of Filipino-Americans in their team,” said Estenzo.

Estenzo added that it will be unfair for the Cebu coaches who honed him if Fajardo will be trained by Toroman.

“Fajardo learned his basketball from UC coaches. There is no reason why he should go to Manila for training at the expense of his studies. He can be trained here by our coaches,” said Estenzo.

Despite this, Gregorio remains upbeat.

“Anything is still possible for the good of Philippine basketball and the future of Fajardo. We just have to meet soon and study the best options,” he said.

amdgc82
06-14-2009, 08:42 AM
@thadzonline:

anong year naba sa college si junmar? atsaka ano course nya sa UC?


He is an incoming 4th year HRM student.

digitalsuperman
06-14-2009, 12:04 PM
ah ok..so by next year graduate na sya..so okay na din yun.... ang gusto lang naman talaga nang UC is to make his studies a priority... akala ko kung anong course nya bakit ang strict nila..HRM lang pala..di naman siguro gaan kahirap yun, magluluto ka lang ata nu'n ah... pero sige nalang...pagbigyan nalang.. bakit di nalang gawin nang gilas na training center sa cebu para din yung mga ibang taga probinsya eh may acccess naman sa facility.

fujitsu
06-14-2009, 12:41 PM
mahirap pala na kurso ang HRM. buti na lang hindi yan ang pinili kung maging pondasyon ng aking kinabukasan. :)

D_I_A
06-14-2009, 01:53 PM
trying to cloak UC vested interests with studies and expert local coaches alibi huh?

style nyo bulok!!!


hayaan nyong mabulok si Fajardo sa sistema ng UC!!!

>:(

CrossOver
06-14-2009, 03:02 PM
mahirap pala na kurso ang HRM. buti na lang hindi yan ang pinili kung maging pondasyon ng aking kinabukasan. :)


Grabe mukang mahirap nga ang HRM ahhh hmmm pede naman atang pag aralan iyan Online ;D

thadzonline
06-14-2009, 04:52 PM
Natawa naman ako dito *body guard* grabe ganon ba talaga sila ka paranoid. Mas mainam nga na isali nila sa D-Team itong si June Mar Fajardo bukod sa mabibigyan ng tamang training ang bata maiiwasan pang masungkit "kuno" ng ibang team, if matutuloy man mabibigyan siya ng kontrata ng SBP at maiiwasang masulot "kuno" ng ibang team *UAAP & NCAA* Makita sana nila ang magandang halimbawa ke Greg Slaughter magtiwala lang sila sa SBP


part of the clause offered by Smart Gilas to Fajardo is a no-piracy clause that will not allow UAAP and NCAA schools to sign up Fajardo. I'm not sure though if the same clause is with Greg's contract

thadzonline
06-14-2009, 04:56 PM
I think this is a situation where the former CeSAFI rule that disallows active national pool players from playing in the CeSAFI can be seen as necessary. It would have made things much easier(or maybe more difficult since it will mean UC will have to miss JF for the time he is in active NT training). BUt one can definitely see the rationale of such a rule as it gives the player more time and focus on the NT while also eliminating dilemmas similar to what happened to Franz Pumaren's stint with the RPYT

digitalsuperman
06-14-2009, 05:37 PM
oo nga ... yung ginawa ni franz with youth team.. ni-recruit nya yung mga bata for la salle.. ang kapal talaga nang mukha ni franz... siguro yan yung ikinababahala nang UC. pero pag nag-agreement sila sa SBP dahil NCAA atsaka UAAP ata is under SBP. kung magkakaroon nang agreement na ipinagbabawal ang pag sign up kay fajardo.. baka may chance pa.

franz_inwurdz
06-14-2009, 07:21 PM
eto ang sinabi ko na dati na baranggay mentality. Ang mundo nila ay umiikot sa kanilang baranggay.

Kawawa ang bata, INARI na. Ginawang bagay, parang auto.

Sila ang nag set-up, kaya di kayo pwedeng sumakay. 8) Boom, boom, boom. 8)

Saan kaya si Pacman ngayon kung di pumayag si Buboy na ma-train kay Freddie Roach.

Pano kaya kung INARI rin si Manny. Siya siguro ang pound-for pound champion sa Cebu. Wapak! ;D

D_I_A
06-15-2009, 01:15 AM
eto ang sinabi ko na dati na baranggay mentality. Ang mundo nila ay umiikot sa kanilang baranggay.

Kawawa ang bata, INARI na. Ginawang bagay, parang auto.

Sila ang nag set-up, kaya di kayo pwedeng sumakay. 8) Boom, boom, boom. 8)

Saan kaya si Pacman ngayon kung di pumayag si Buboy na ma-train kay Freddie Roach.

Pano kaya kung INARI rin si Manny. Siya siguro ang pound-for pound champion sa Cebu. Wapak! ;D


finders keepers ba?

;D

CrossOver
06-15-2009, 01:22 AM
part of the clause offered by Smart Gilas to Fajardo is a no-piracy clause that will not allow UAAP and NCAA schools to sign up Fajardo. I'm not sure though if the same clause is with Greg's contract


So naiiba ba sir ang mga nakasulat sa kontrata depende sa gusto ng player & mother team niya?

CrossOver
06-15-2009, 01:23 AM
eto ang sinabi ko na dati na baranggay mentality. Ang mundo nila ay umiikot sa kanilang baranggay.

Kawawa ang bata, INARI na. Ginawang bagay, parang auto.

Sila ang nag set-up, kaya di kayo pwedeng sumakay. 8) Boom, boom, boom. 8)

Saan kaya si Pacman ngayon kung di pumayag si Buboy na ma-train kay Freddie Roach.

Pano kaya kung INARI rin si Manny. Siya siguro ang pound-for pound champion sa Cebu. Wapak! ;D


Me punto ka dito hahaha.

D_I_A
06-15-2009, 02:20 AM
kaya pano magkakaisa kung ayaw makisa at gusto lang eh makaisa di ba?

tsk! tsk! tsk!

Schortsanitis
06-15-2009, 12:08 PM
Oooo .... see? What'd I tell say before? 'Hay, naku.'

Out of all schools in Cebu, just too bad that Junmar Fajardo ended up in UC.

To Junmar: Take care not to injure yourself playing for that school. Its not worth ending up with a career-ending injury while playing for UC, so I think he shouldn't exert himself too much. LOL.

thadzonline
06-15-2009, 03:09 PM
part of the clause offered by Smart Gilas to Fajardo is a no-piracy clause that will not allow UAAP and NCAA schools to sign up Fajardo. I'm not sure though if the same clause is with Greg's contract


So naiiba ba sir ang mga nakasulat sa kontrata depende sa gusto ng player & mother team niya?


AFAIK may negotiations yan bago pumirma so I think yung mga hindi pumirma siguro hindi nagkasundo sa pipirmahang kontrata.

thadzonline
06-15-2009, 03:14 PM
oo nga ... yung ginawa ni franz with youth team.. ni-recruit nya yung mga bata for la salle.. ang kapal talaga nang mukha ni franz... siguro yan yung ikinababahala nang UC. pero pag nag-agreement sila sa SBP dahil NCAA atsaka UAAP ata is under SBP. kung magkakaroon nang agreement na ipinagbabawal ang pag sign up kay fajardo.. baka may chance pa.


I was actually referring to leaving the team before the tournament was over. Just think about this scenario:

Junmar playing for the national team while also being allowed to play in the CeSAFI at the same time. Kunyari UC makes the CeSAFI finals and needs Junmar badly, ipu-pull out ba nila si Junmar sa NT kung sakaling in the middle of a tournament ang NT because they have an "important" game?

Sayang talaga ang opportunity for Junmar as well as for the Philippine team. This could b the only chance Junmar gets to play for flag and country(or training with a good Serbian coach in Rajko Toroman). The NT needs someone with his talent and potential. I am hoping, a compromise can be made somehow that will allow Junmar to join Gilas while not also being unfair to UC.

ichikiller
06-15-2009, 10:19 PM
well....wala e....mas matimbang ang UC kesa sa Philippines!

yun lang yun!

debaleng walang Philippines! basta may UC!

bulok!

D_I_A
06-16-2009, 12:42 AM
oo nga ... yung ginawa ni franz with youth team.. ni-recruit nya yung mga bata for la salle.. ang kapal talaga nang mukha ni franz... siguro yan yung ikinababahala nang UC. pero pag nag-agreement sila sa SBP dahil NCAA atsaka UAAP ata is under SBP. kung magkakaroon nang agreement na ipinagbabawal ang pag sign up kay fajardo.. baka may chance pa.


I was actually referring to leaving the team before the tournament was over. Just think about this scenario:

Junmar playing for the national team while also being allowed to play in the CeSAFI at the same time. Kunyari UC makes the CeSAFI finals and needs Junmar badly, ipu-pull out ba nila si Junmar sa NT kung sakaling in the middle of a tournament ang NT because they have an "important" game?

Sayang talaga ang opportunity for Junmar as well as for the Philippine team. This could b the only chance Junmar gets to play for flag and country(or training with a good Serbian coach in Rajko Toroman). The NT needs someone with his talent and potential. I am hoping, a compromise can be made somehow that will allow Junmar to join Gilas while not also being unfair to UC.


sayang talaga Sir Thadz,

baka pwede kang mag-mediate between SBP and UC/Cesafi sir. sayang mga talento natin sa Cebu

CrossOver
06-16-2009, 01:25 AM
sayang talaga Sir Thadz,

baka pwede kang mag-mediate between SBP and UC/Cesafi sir. sayang mga talento natin sa Cebu


Pareho tayo nakakapanghinayang talaga. Pero me punto si sir Nardy pwedeng mabago ang isisp nila if makikita nila na may malaking improvement kay Greg Slaughter this year CESAFI season

CrossOver
06-19-2009, 12:30 AM
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China stole the show
By Joaquin Henson
Updated June 19, 2009 12:00 AM

It was China’s privilege as host country to choose which bracket to join in the FIBA-Asia draw in Tianjin the other day.

China’s privilege extended to when to make its decision, which came after the four groups were filled with three teams each, leaving four entries, including China, unattached.

As it turned out, China chose to join Group C with Kazakhstan, Qatar and India. The last three teams to be drawn were Sri Lanka in Group A, Uzbekistan in Group B and United Arab Emirates in Group D.

The Philippines landed in Group A with Korea, Japan and Sri Lanka. Defending champion Iran was with Chinese-Taipei, Kuwait and Uzbekistan in Group B. Group D was made up of Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia and the Emirates.

Bahrain backed out to allow Chinese-Taipei to move in. Chinese-Taipei failed to qualify out of the East Asia zone and would’ve missed its first FIBA-Asia tournament in 24 years if not for Bahrain’s withdrawal.

Curiously, the all-powerful FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock was quoted last week as saying he guaranteed Chinese-Taipei’s participation despite failing to qualify. He mentioned either increasing the cast to 17 teams, from the traditional 16, or bumping off a qualifier. Sure enough, Dato Yeoh got the job done.

Chinese-Taipei finished sixth in the last FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima two years ago. The lofty placing was a factor in bringing Chinese-Taipei to the Tianjin fold with Bahrain out of the picture.

China’s decision to join Group C drew a candid reaction from Serbian coach Rajko Toroman who piloted Iran to the FIBA-Asia title in Tokushima.

“I’m not surprised,” said Toroman, now coaching the Smart-Gilas national developmental squad. “China chose the weakest group. Kazakhstan may give some teams trouble but not China. Qatar is struggling with a new coach (American Kent Davison resigned last week and was replaced by Ali Fakhro) and India couldn’t even beat Kuwait in the last Stankovic Cup.”

Toroman said China’s style in international competitions is to slowly work to peak form.

“They use the early part of the tournament to get in shape for the playoffs,” he said. “That’s why they chose an easy group so they won’t be too pressured. Then, they’ll give it their all when the quarterfinals begin.”

But it’s also possible China chose Group C because in the tournament format, assuming it qualifies for the quarterfinals, it will play a relatively weak team from Groups A and B. If China picked either Group A or B, it would face a tougher qualifier from Groups C and D, where the teams are stronger, in the quarterfinals.

It’s in the one-game knockout quarterfinals where favorites, like China, could get sideswiped and lose “by accident.” That’s why this format is like beautiful music to underdogs and darkhorses – like the Philippines.


* * *

The format guarantees 12 teams at least six games. Here’s how it works:

The four teams in each group play a round-robin starting Aug. 6. After three games, the lowest-ranked team is eliminated. The three survivors of Group A play the three survivors of Group B once each while the three survivors of Group C play the three survivors of Group D once each. The win-loss records of the 12 survivors will be carried over, except the result with the eliminated teams.

At the end of the second round, the top four finishers of Groups A-B and Groups C-D will advance to the eight-team quarterfinals. The teams will be ranked according to their win-loss carryover records. It will be No. 1 A-B vs No. 4 C-D, No. 2 A-B vs No. 3 C-D, No. 1 C-D vs No. 4 A-B and No. 2 C-D vs No. 3 A-B. Each quarterfinal pairing is a knockout affair. The winners move on to play in the one-game crossover knockout semifinals with the survivors disputing the championship.

The first three finishers will represent Asia in the World Championships in Turkey on Aug. 28-Sept. 12 next year. Four cities in Turkey will host the games involving 24 countries – Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Izmir.

Of the 16 countries that played in Tokushima, only Syria and Hong Kong won’t be back for Tianjin. Their spots were taken over by Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.

SBP executive director Noli Eala, Powerade team manager J. B. Baylon of Coca-Cola and interpreter Andrew Teh represented the Philippines at the draw.

“We’ve got a great chance to make it to the quarterfinals,” said Eala. “From being in the Group of Death in Tokushima, we’re now in the Group of Hope. Our goal should be to finish either first or second entering the quarterfinals so we avoid playing either China or Lebanon in the knockout quarterfinals.”


* * *

If Bahrain hadn’t backed out, Eala said the Philippines would’ve been drawn in the second round, avoiding Japan, Qatar and Jordan in the same bracket. But when Bahrain withdrew, Chinese-Taipei sneaked in and joined Japan, Qatar and Jordan in the second round of the draw. The Philippines fell to the third round but it was still a lucky draw.

The Filipino traveling party left Manila on a PAL flight to Beijing last Tuesday morning. The group motored four hours under heavy rain to Tianjin.

The draw was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel where the Filipinos stayed two nights before leaving for home yesterday.

“The hotel is in the airport industrial park of Tianjin,” said Eala. “It’s like an EPZA. The hotel itself is new and very nice but there’s nothing around it except construction and empty land. Tianjin is a big city about 120 kilometers south of Beijing. When we arrived, it was so dark and cloudy and some streets were already flooded.”

A wave of optimism was evident in the reactions of SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas, PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios and Powerade team coach Yeng Guiao upon learning of the results of the draw.

Vargas called it “a lucky break.” Barrios said he hopes the Powerade team will continue to be blessed with good luck in Tianjin. And Guiao said this could signal a change in the Philippines’ fortunes in the FIBA-Asia Championships. Two years ago, the Philippines finished ninth despite sweeping its last four assignments, including a rematch with China.

Anyway you look at it, China was the big winner of the draw in Tianjin. But the Philippines can’t complain - the Powerade team was also a winner in the lottery.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=479026&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

bchoter
06-21-2009, 02:51 PM
What's the deal ba between Ryan Buenafe and Rabeh Al Hussaini and the SBP? Based on what I've heard and read they will, eventually, join Toroman's team. They just had to prioritize their studies daw. Hindi ba ganyan din ang gustong mangyari ng UC with Junmar?

digitalsuperman
06-21-2009, 03:09 PM
What's the deal ba between Ryan Buenafe and Rabeh Al Hussaini and the SBP? Based on what I've heard and read they will, eventually, join Toroman's team. They just had to prioritize their studies daw. Hindi ba ganyan din ang gustong mangyari ng UC with Junmar?
yeah.but the problem is that junmar will have to go to manila for the training. and he's studies is in cebu. UC demanded he spend more time on his studies than gilas because the course he's taken is quite difficult..

bchoter
06-21-2009, 04:26 PM
Then he goes to manila between breaks. They already allowed the 2 valuable candidates to sit it out during the summer to take care of their academics. When will these 2 join Toroman's team? After the 1st semester is what I heard. That's a significant period considering that they could have joined the team as early as before the summer. Wala namang tumira sa mga players na ito when they did that. Why can't they allow Junmar to go the same route? At least they are offering to teach Toroman's "modules" while he's not with the team. Instead of insisting on "all or nothing" why can't the SBP just make a compromise? They can fly him in during the semestral break to integrate him with the team. They can do it again during the holyday break. And he's gonna finish school after this school year. After that Junmar can pretty much go where he chooses.

And please, don't play up the "Course thing". HRM might be easy for you guys but not everybody has the same intellectual capacity. Eh pano kung si Junmar is not like the geniuses that you all are?

zytrexx
06-21-2009, 05:10 PM
if they cant take fajardo, its not the end of the world...there are still many talents yet to be discovered...nakakahinayang talaga pero ganyan talaga ang buhay, maraming kontrabida....

digitalsuperman
06-21-2009, 10:09 PM
Then he goes to manila between breaks. They already allowed the 2 valuable candidates to sit it out during the summer to take care of their academics. When will these 2 join Toroman's team? After the 1st semester is what I heard. That's a significant period considering that they could have joined the team as early as before the summer. Wala namang tumira sa mga players na ito when they did that. Why can't they allow Junmar to go the same route? At least they are offering to teach Toroman's "modules" while he's not with the team. Instead of insisting on "all or nothing" why can't the SBP just make a compromise? They can fly him in during the semestral break to integrate him with the team. They can do it again during the holyday break. And he's gonna finish school after this school year. After that Junmar can pretty much go where he chooses.

And please, don't play up the "Course thing". HRM might be easy for you guys but not everybody has the same intellectual capacity. Eh pano kung si Junmar is not like the geniuses that you all are?
im not playing with the course thing. i didn't say HRM is easy and i didn't say everybody has the same intellectual capacity. just put it this way. i don't think you need to be a genius to pass HRM.

franz_inwurdz
06-22-2009, 08:10 AM
let's put it this way kuya bchoter ;D.
Maraming paraan pag gusto
Maraming dahilan pag ayaw.

Jeon_Addict
06-22-2009, 09:00 AM
let's put it this way kuya bchoter ;D.
Maraming paraan pag gusto
Maraming dahilan pag ayaw.




Precisely....

bchoter
06-22-2009, 10:52 PM
That goes both ways

CrossOver
06-23-2009, 12:32 AM
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Toroman's crystal ball
By Joaquin M. Henson
Updated June 23, 2009 12:00 AM

In his fearless forecast, Smart-Gilas national developmental basketball team coach Rajko Toroman recently predicted Iran, Korea, the Philippines and Japan to make it to the quarterfinals from Groups A and B and China, Lebanon, Jordan and Qatar or Kazakhstan from Groups C and D at the FIBA-Asia Championships in Tianjin on Aug. 6-16.

Toroman said Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar are now training overseas to prepare for Tianjin.

Jordan, with Portuguese coach Mario Palma and naturalized player Rashiem Wright, is playing in Italy.

Palma’s latest recruit is 6-5 Jamal Abu Shamala of the University of Minnesota.

Lebanon is training in Serbia while Qatar is in France. Jordan, Iran and Lebanon are playing in a pair of pocket tournaments in Doha early next month before proceeding to Taipei for the Jones Cup.

Lebanon will hole up in Manila after the Jones Cup then flies to Tianjin.

Another FIBA-Asia entry Kuwait will also train here.

Toroman, the Serbian who took Iran to the FIBA-Asia title two years ago, left Manila with wife Tanya for a brief home leave in Belgrade last Sunday.

He returns July 12 and will recall the Smart-Gilas squad for practice on July 15.

While in Belgrade, Toroman will attend a coaching clinic in Zeleznik on June 27-28.

Speaking at the clinic are Serbian national coach Dusan Ivkovic, former Spanish national coach Pepu Hernandez, University of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, Marko Stojanovic of the University of Novi Sad and conditioning coach Vladimir Koprivica of the Faculty of Sport in the University of Belgrade.

The clinic will also expose the participating coaches to a pre-Universiade tournament involving Russia, Canada, USA and host Serbia.


* * *

Before departing, Toroman said he’s looking forward to the future with Smart-Gilas recently signing up 6-10 Junmar Fajardo of the University of Cebu.

Smart-Gilas is building up a solid frontline to support naturalization candidate C. J. Giles and aside from Fajardo, Toroman said he’s hoping to enlist Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Japeth Aguilar.

At the moment, the team’s bigs are 6-7 Jason Ballesteros, 6-7 Aldrech Ramos and 6-9 Greg Slaughter.

Smart-Gilas will play as a guest entry in the PBA Philippine Cup next season.

The results of its games will be reflected in the standings of the PBA teams to make sure there is strong motivation to win.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said the condition to count the games is Smart-Gilas’ commitment to play the 10 PBA teams the same number of games.

Aguilar is the object of a tug-of-war between Smart-Gilas and the PBA.

While it is certain that the 6-10 Aguilar will play for Powerade Team Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, nothing is sure about his plans after the Taipei tournament.

Smart-Gilas wants to sign him up for three years while several PBA teams are wooing him to turn pro this August.

A so-called “principled compromise” could be worked out for Aguilar to apply for the coming PBA draft but will be allowed to play for Smart-Gilas in certain international tournaments, like the Asian Games in Guangzhou next year.

Aguilar’s age was noted to be 24 in wikipedia and CBS Sports (his birthdate is listed Jan. 25, 1985) but sources said he’s really only 22 (his birth year is supposedly 1987).

The age factor is crucial in determining whether or not Aguilar is ripe to turn pro because as Powerade coach Yeng Guiao said it may be a little too late for the former Ateneo and Western Kentucky center to join the PBA as a rookie at 27 or 28.

The FIBA-Asia draw was described as “lucky” for Powerade by the panel that represented the country in Tianjin.

The panel was composed of Powerade team manager J. B. Baylon, SBP executive director Noli Eala and “lucky charm” interpreter Andrew Teh.


* * *

However, dark clouds hovered over the Crowne Plaza Hotel where the draw was held and the signs were ominous that the Philippines would be in for rough sailing.

The day before the draw, the Philippine panel experienced heavy turbulence about 15 minutes before landing in Beijing.

Passengers, including Rep. Joe de Venecia’s wife Gina, were praying hard for a safe landing as thunder and lighting rocked the skies.

After some harrowing moments during the morning flight, the PAL plane touched down with no problem.

Then, the panel took a two-hour bus ride to Tianjin.


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digitalsuperman
06-23-2009, 06:31 AM
wow this is great news... i hope and pray its true that junmar signed up...

CrossOver
06-27-2009, 01:55 AM
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RP to bid for 2011 FIBA-Asia tourney
By Joaquin Henson
Updated June 27, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Manila will bid to host the 26th FIBA-Asia Championships in 2011 and SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday he intends to formalize the tender after the Tianjin tournament, regardless of how the Philippines fares.

This was disclosed by Eala even as SBP has raised serious concerns about the propriety of FIBA creating a special commission to investigate reports of disunity, circulated by the BAP.

“We are in good faith,” said Eala. “The SBP wants to find out why the special commission was created and why FIBA is paying attention to black propaganda. We are awaiting FIBA’s response but until then, the SBP is proceeding with its mandate. There is so much to be done for basketball in the Philippines and we are racing against time. We don’t need distractions. We’re moving forward.”

Eala said FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia told him during the recent draw ceremonies in Tianjin that a decision on the 2011 host will be made before the year ends.

The 2011 FIBA-Asia joust will be the zonal qualifier for the London Olympics the year after. Unless there is a change in the qualifying format, only the 2011 FIBA-Asia champion will automatically advance to represent Asia in the 12-team Olympic basketball competition.

A lobby has reportedly begun for the Olympic organizers to expand the basketball tournament to 16 teams, in which case two Asian teams may be accommodated. But at the moment, only one slot is reserved for Asia.

Next year’s world champion and England as host will be seeded in the 2012 London Games. England will be bannered by NBA players Ben Gordon and Luol Deng. Also qualifying are the Asian, African and Oceania champions and the top two finishers in Europe and the Americas. Additionally, the top three placers in a special pre-Olympic qualifying tournament will join the event.

Eala said he has received verbal support from basketball officials of Qatar, Korea and Jordan for Manila to host the 2011 conclave.

The Philippines has hosted the FIBA-Asia Championships only twice – the inaugurals in 1960 and 1973. The last Southeast Asian city to host was Jakarta in 1993. The last four hosts were Shanghai, Harbin, Doha and Tokushima. In August, Tianjin will be the FIBA-Asia tournament site.

Since China joined FIBA-Asia in 1975, it has captured 14 of 17 titles with the Philippines (1985), Korea (1997) and Iran (2007) breaking the streak. The Philippines has won five championships in all in 1960, 1963, 1967, 1973 and 1985. The last tournament where the Philippines went to the semifinals was in 1987, finishing fourth after losing 89-75 to Japan in a playoff for third.

It’s been nearly 40 years since Manila hosted the tournament and Eala said the SBP is prepared to make a “serious” bid.

Eala said Jordan was initially tipped to host this year’s competition.

“We were informed that FIBA had already inspected and approved Jordan’s facilities,” said Eala. “The Jordanian monarchy even gave its all-out support. But geo-politics stepped in as in the end, FIBA-Asia decided to award the hosting rights to Tianjin.”

The possibility of China hosting the 2011 tournament isn’t to be discounted as it’s important, in FIBA’s global economics, for China to represent Asia at the London Olympics. No country in Asia is a match for China when it comes to economic clout in basketball.

Eala said in Tianjin, he also spoke with Dato Yeoh about the Philippines playing in the coming Stankovic Cup in Kunshan on Aug. 28-31. So far, the China Basketball Association has confirmed the participation of the host country, Turkey, Australia and Angola.

Dato Yeoh said former FIBA president Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching of Hong Kong decides which teams will participate in the Asian edition of the Stankovic Cup. Eala was advised to ask Ching if the Philippines could play as a fifth entry.

While in Tianjin, Eala got a glimpse of the 10,000-seat flying saucer-like facility where this year’s FIBA-Asia games are scheduled. The Tianjin Arena is strictly for indoor sports like basketball and is different from the 60,000-seat Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium which hosted the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and some preliminary soccer matches of the Beijing Olympics.

The FIBA-Asia draw turned out to be lucky for the Philippines which joined Korea, Japan and Sri Lanka in Group A. In the first round, the Philippines will play each groupmate once. The top three then advance to the next round where the survivors play the three survivors from Group B once. The win-loss records will be carried over from the first round, excluding the result of the eliminated team, meaning if Sri Lanka is fourth in Group A, the outcomes of its games will not be included in the reckoning for the next round.

“There’s an explanation for that,” said Eala. “By taking out the result of the eliminated teams, you erase the possibility of fixing margins of victory because in the event of ties, quotients will be applied. It’s usually the eliminated teams that are vulnerable to fixing margins because they’ve got nothing more to lose.”

Eala said the FIBA-Asia format is similar to the World Cup of Soccer’s version. Starting the quarterfinals, every game is a knockout affair – all the way to the finals.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=481460&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

weward
06-27-2009, 09:37 AM
may nakakapansin ba? kamukha ni greg slaughter si tyler hansbrough ng north UNC...na indiana na ata ngaun.. ;D ;D

korn666333
07-31-2009, 11:41 AM
SBP seeks House help to fast-track naturalization of CJ Giles
7/31/2009 | FIBA Asia, National Team Program, Smart Gilas | 8 comments »
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The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is seeking the help of the House of Representatives to fast-track the naturalization of 6-foot-10 American center CJ Giles, a key inside force for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said Giles has already agreed in principle to become a naturalized player and be able to carry the Philippine colors in international competitions, especially the Olympic-qualifying 2011 FIBA-Asia championship.

A former LA Laker, Giles previously suited up for Smart Gilas Pilipinas at the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup last May, as an import.

“We have forwarded him (Giles) our contract and there’s no problem regarding the terms and stipends," Eala said.

“We are giving him (Giles) a three-year contract with a clause that he can be tapped by any NBA team, provided he will play for us in international competitions. Being our naturalized player, he will give prestige to the country if he will suit up with NBA teams," he added.

Giles is currently in the US attending training camps and NBA summer leagues but is expected to be back in the country middle of August.

The FIBA allows countries to field in a naturalized player, as how other Asian countries already doing, like Lebanon, which has NBA player Jackson Vroman. And the SBP eyes the 23-year-old center for this slot.

Under Philippine laws, a foreigner may be naturalized either by complying with both the substantive and procedural requirements of general naturalization law or by a special act of the legislature.

“We are looking for support of our congressmen to have him naturalized. We hope to do it as soon as possible but the length of time will depend on how our lawmakers will act on it. I just hope we get that needed support," Eala appealed.

The presence of Giles in Gilas Pilipinas gave the team the much-needed dominant big man in the Champions Cup, averaging 18.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.67 steals in six games in the Jakarta, meet where the team settled for fifth place.

The team’s outside firepower, according to Eala, will greatly improve with the addition of Fil-Am Chris Lutz, who played for Marshall University.

“He (Lutz) is a 6-foot-4 sleek player who is a shooter. We hope he will be a bigger version of Chip Engelland," Eala said, referring to the sweet-shooting star of the successful Northern Consolidated team in the 1980s.

Lutz is expected to arrive in the country next week in time for the resumption of Gilas’ practice sessions.

The Rajko Toroman-mentored Gilas Pilipinas team is tasked to win a seat in the 2012 London Olympics, its players bound to stay with the pool for three years.


Smart Gilas update:
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yungha
07-31-2009, 03:42 PM
am excited to see what chris lutz can do. he might turn out to be the best among the fil-ams who've returned to play for the homeland so far. we're so impressed with the likes of norwood, kelly williams, danny seigle, japeth, etc but these guys played in minor division 1 conferences. lutz actually played in the Big 10 with purdue! and as a freshman he was on the Big 10 All-Freshman team, averaging 9.1 pts and 35% from 3-point land. his average dipped to 6.1 his sophomore year then redshirted last year after transferring to marshall. he'll play his senior year with the marshall thundering herd this coming ncaa season.

CrossOver
07-31-2009, 04:14 PM
Training for higher stakes
By Eric Altamirano
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 22:17

IN the past few days, there was mild euphoria over Japeth Aguilar, a former Ateneo Blue Eagle who has tested the basketball waters in the US through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) school Western Kentucky.

Although he was not fully utilized by his school in the NCAA, there is no doubt in the minds of local coaches that Aguilar has the makings of a dominant center, bringing forth memories of Benjie Paras.

So in the same coin, Aguilar is expected to make an immediate impact in any Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team he plays for in the same manner that Paras did when he won Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in 1989.

It was a good decision for his father Peter to bring his son from the US to play there. Experience as an Ateneo Blue Eagle would have sufficed, but the former national player perhaps thought that playing at the next level is better.

Look at the lineups today in the PBA, as some of the marquee players have played in the US NCAA schools or community colleges in the US. But it really doesn’t matter where, what matters most is the experience they gained in playing against more talented and athletic players.

As a result of his US collegiate experience, the six-foot-nine Aguilar is much more mobile than any homegrown center. He reportedly also has a shooting touch that he can improve on as he grows older. A team of players at six-foot-nine with the same talent as PBA players have today? A stint in the World Championships or the Olympics would not be a far-fetched idea.

What I’m driving at here is that parents, if they can very well afford it, should also consider taking their children to the US for greater basketball training. It’s true that Philippine basketball has already taken great strides in developing players, but I have to admit that the experience of playing against taller, faster and stronger players every day will aid in the development of a player such as Aguilar.

Sending your kid to the US is not only solely for basketball instruction, a parent should also keep in mind that education is also of paramount concern. So while developing one’s basketball skills, a player should also accept that basketball is not forever, so he will also need to work on his college degree.

I think that a Filipino player with adequate height (six-foot-three or taller) who works hard on his game in the US collegiate leagues has a better chance of being drafted in the PBA. This is true if he has a complete game, including tenacious rebounding and a fair shooting touch from the outside, as he is sure to create match-up headaches for any coach. (This is true in the case of San Miguel Beer’s Jay Washington in the recent PBA finals.)

And I also think that a Filipino player with adequate height (six-foot-three or taller) who works hard on his game in the US collegiate leagues will be of better service to the Philippine team. It’s been said over and over again that we are talented but regrettably lack height or strength, so I believe these US-raised players would be a perfect complement to our homegrown talents.

As in any trade, if you want to be the best, then you should always look for opportunities to raise your skills even higher.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/13826-training-for-higher-stakes.html)

Sayang talaga itong si Japeth malaki sana maitutulong niya sa RP Gilas Team "he is the missing piece" ika nga ni Toroman if mas mataas ang pangarap niya, hindi muna siya sumugal sa RP D-Team na kung saan mas malaki ang chance na ma scout siya ng NBA or European Team

bortman
08-13-2009, 02:43 PM
Question po for those in the know?

Will Sean Anthony be part of the team?

Any news on other prospects? Stan Pringle? Gian Chu?

How about Cebu big man Fajardo?

Are we tapping PBA free agent Samigue Eman?


...we need bigs...we need bigs...lots of them...and shooters too!

Roseblade38
08-15-2009, 03:57 AM
Magandang araw po

May possibility po ba na may mga PBA players na masama

sa Smart Gilas like sina Norwood, Dillinger (ok naman po sila sa FIBA ASIA) at JR. Reyes

Sayang po talaga si Japeth

I mean atleast yung mga taas po di pa masyadong matagal sa PBA at bata pa puede pa sila maturuan
at syempre to provide challenge na din to the young players and international experience?

Idea lang po why not? what if Smart buys out na lang yung mga contrata nung mga above players or yung iba pa like Castro or Cardona where in they could
have much more international exposure in countries like Europe and Asia sayang naman po yung potentials nila kesa sa PBA stuck na lang sila dun until they retire
parang walan nang growth

CrossOver
08-15-2009, 08:55 AM
Lets hope na pagkatapos ng 09 FIBA Asia magkaron ng discussion about sa merging ng SBP & PBA Players para sa National Team
Hindi pa din tayo nalalayo sa mga kapitbahay natin pagdating sa tournament kelangan lang ng koordinasyon at tuloy-tuloy na programa. May laban tayo.

franz_inwurdz
08-15-2009, 09:51 AM
Lets hope na pagkatapos ng 09 FIBA Asia magkaron ng discussion about sa merging ng SBP & PBA Players para sa National Team
Hindi pa din tayo nalalayo sa mga kapitbahay natin pagdating sa tournament kelangan lang ng koordinasyon at tuloy-tuloy na programa. May laban tayo.


Hindi talaga tayo nalalay.Ang malaking kulang lang talaga ay sistema. A fluid offense is what we need. Not an offense that purely relies on athleticism, will, and a lot of luck. ;)

korn666333
08-15-2009, 12:50 PM
any news about this fil ams pringles and lamb? magagaling mga batang to ah..

digitalsuperman
08-18-2009, 08:40 PM
does anybody know yung schedule of activities nang Gilas this year? yung nalalaman ko kasi yan lang yung All Filipino Cup stint nila...

korn666333
08-19-2009, 10:51 AM
does anybody know yung schedule of activities nang Gilas this year? yung nalalaman ko kasi yan lang yung All Filipino Cup stint nila...


mukhang lalaro sila sa stankovic cup tol, pag na approve ng officials ng china.. last week of august ata.

CrossOver
08-20-2009, 06:51 PM
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Caidic, Uichico believe RP Gilas cage program on right track
08/20/2009 | 04:27 PM

Allan Caidic and Jong Uichico, both products of the fabled Northern Consolidated-backed Philippine men’s basketball team, are two success stories in the sport.

Ron Jacobs helped mold Caidic as a player and Uichico as a coach in the 80s where the Philippines has been dominating the Asian region.

When it comes to outside shooting, Caidic was incomparable. He was a part of the last all-amateur squad that won the FIBA-Asia Championship (formerly Asian Basketball Confederation) in 1986. He was also a key figure in the Nationals’ 1985 title conquest in the William Jones Cup against United States.

Known as “The Triggerman" in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), he retired holding the record for most number of three-point shots in a single game with 17 and most number of points scored with 79.

But aside from his individual success, the former University of the East standout knows the value of representing the RP team.

He believes The Smart Gilas-RP squad composed of amateur standouts and backed by sportsman/businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, will succeed given the proper time and training.

The team is also handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, who gave Iran the FIBA-Asia title in 2007.

The Smart Gilas team is composed of Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Husseini, Mark Barroca, Ryan Buenafe, JR Cawaling, Ogie Menor, Rico Maierhofer, Dylan Ababou, JV Casio, RJ Jazul, Aldrech Ramos, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.

The team is also hoping to get a naturalized player in order to beef up its inside presence.

Caidic said the way the team was formed reminded him on how the NCC-backed squad was created.

Jacobs helped put up the National team that is composed of amateur standouts Caidic, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma, along with naturalized players Chip Engelland, Jeff Moore and Dennis Still.

“The Smart Gilas team has similarities to our former team in the NCC. We had Ron Jacobs as our foreign coach and they have Toroman as mentor. They have a good backer in Mr. Manny Pangilinan, the same thing that we had Boss Danding as our godfather before. The players were also handpicked as the same to us during our amateur days," said Caidic, one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players and regarded as the deadliest shooter who played for the RP five.

For Uichico, preparation is an important ingredient in competing internationally. The multi-titled PBA mentor believes the best talents are in the PBA, but they cannot prepare long enough in forming up a solid and cohesive unit.

The Smart-Gilas team, on the other hand, has lots of time to prepare.

“How can we come up with a solid team if we can only practice once or twice a week? I mean the United States men’s basketball team has to prepare for three years and still lost some games tayo pa kaya," said Uichico in jest.

“But we also have to look at the factor whether our players can compete against teams from the Middle East, which have become the new powerhouse squads in Asia. So it would be a combination of talent and preparation for us to become successful in international competitions," he added.


GMANews.TV (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/170287/Caidic-Uichico-believe-RP-Gilas-cage-program-on-right-track)

korn666333
08-21-2009, 08:42 AM
PBA looks open to SBP ‘wish list’
source: Joel Orellana | businessmirror.com.ph

Burger King team manager Lito Alvarez told the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to formalize its request to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) its intention to tap three pros for the Smart-Gilas squad.

The SBP, upon the recommendation of its Serbian consultant and coach Rajko Toroman, wants Jared Dillinger, Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood for the national team.

“We are always supportive of SBP’s programs as regards to the national team. And for the board to respond to their request, they have to formalize it. Write a letter so that the board can act on it,” he said.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said on Wednesday Toroman hopes to boost the national team’s chances in the 2011 International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Men’s Championship with the three professionals.

“Yes, we will,” Eala said when asked if the federation will heed Alvarez’s suggestion. “The PBA, being one of the major stakeholders of the SBP, has always been supportive of our program for the national team.”

Alvarez said the Bert Lina franchise Burger King is willing to release the six-foot-10 Aguilar, the team’s No. 1 overall pick in the recent Rookie Draft, to the Smart-Gilas team. But a PBA board approval is needed for the request to be granted.

“Ako kasi one vote lang ako sa board. I can’t answer for the rest of the members of the board but I’m confident that they will support this request because this is for national interest,” he said.

“And I think Talk ’N Text also does not mind loaning Dillinger and knowing the people in the Rain or Shine ball club, they will also do it with Norwood. I think magiging positive naman ang response ng board,” Alvarez added.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan owns the Tropang Texters team, thus Dillinger being loaned to Smart-Gilas is not far-fetched. The same thing applies with Aguilar and Burger King, where Pangilinan is part owner.

Alvarez said the PBA will continue supporting the SBP programs and Smart Gilas’s participation in the coming Philippine Cup this October is proof that the league is not turning back on its commitment to the national team.

“Very clear naman sa board that coach Yeng Guiao’s team will be the last full participation of the PBA in the national team,” he said.

“But with PBA as one of the stakeholders of the SBP, we can still be involved in the national team in whatever capacity,” said Alvarez.

digitalsuperman
08-21-2009, 12:30 PM
i also hope that PBA would remove the rookie salary cap for the members of the gilas team... thats the least they can do to help SBP..

BigBlue
08-21-2009, 03:51 PM
whatever happened to talks of naturalizing Sam Ekwe? where is he anyway?

korn666333
08-21-2009, 08:56 PM
whatever happened to talks of naturalizing Sam Ekwe? where is he anyway?


matalino si toroman tol, di magaling si ekwe tol, mataas lang siya and parang dominante siya sa league nya kasi siya lang mataas, but in international competetion di siya makakagalaw, mas mabuti pa mag naturalized na yung deserving na player, mas marunong pa nga sina rafi reavis sa kanya eh,di na tayo aasa pa. sa kanya.

korn666333
08-22-2009, 09:03 PM
Giles signs with Gilas Pilipinas; SBP seeks quick naturalization

source: gmanews.tv

Proof that it is leaving no stones unturned in its ambitious quest to qualify in the 2012 London Olympics, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has officially signed up former Los Angeles Laker CJ Giles for a one-year contract.

Eala refused to disclose the amount involved in the contract, but hinted it is close to the salary being received by a PBA import.

Reinforcements in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league approximately get $15,000 a month, an amount that could net the 23-year-old Giles $180,000 or roughly P7.27 million a month.



Eala has been vocal about SBP’s plans to naturalize Giles as part of its ambitious project to qualify in the 2012 London Olympics. “We’re really excited to have CJ in the lineup. It’s one of the ingredients that will give (the Nationals) a better shot at an Olympic slot in London."

The 6-foot-10 American is still in the U.S. after attending the NBA Summer League recently playing for the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. But he is expected to return here on September 1 and start practicing with Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and the RP-Smart Gilas team.



The SBP is now in the process of seeking the help of Antipolo City Rep. Robbie Puno to speed up the naturalization of Giles, who played with the Kansas Jayhawks and the Oregon State Beavers during his college years.



Puno heads the Committee on Youth and Sports development in the House of Representatives and once worked with Eala during his stint as PBA commissioner.

The SBP, according to Eala, has the option to extend Giles’ contract depending on how he performs with the Smart-Gilas team.

Aside from the monthly stipend, part of the multi-million contract also includes a house and a car service. Eala added: he can also bring with him his brother and three-year old son."

Giles, who was never selected during the 2008 NBA Draft, first made an impression when he reinforced the Smart Gilas team in the recent FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, where the Nationals made the quarterfinals and eventually finished fifth overall.


Several teams, according to Eala, had been recruiting Giles as possible naturalized player, including regional powerhouse Lebanon.

Unable to sign up Giles, the Lebanese eventually settled with Mahram-Iran’s import Jackson Vroman, who already suited up for Lebanon in the 25th FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship in Tianjin, China.

As part of its training for next year’s Asian Games, the RP-Smart Gilas team will be playing as a guest ballclub in the coming 35th season of the PBA, with Giles expected to suit up for the Nationals.

digitalsuperman
08-22-2009, 09:48 PM
guys...matananong ko lang if makakalaro ba yung mga members nang gilas na nasa UAAP atsaka NCAA pagdating nang PBA All Filipino Cup? kelan ba matatapos ang UAAP atsaka NCAA?

korn666333
08-22-2009, 11:41 PM
makakalaro sila ata tol, or maybe mukhang pinayagan na sila makalaro sa smart gilas, ang iba wala na sa colegiate. and siguro naman matatapos mga tourney nila sa d pa start ang pba,

duphaR007
08-23-2009, 03:07 AM
ang active lang sa gilas team na may collegiate career pa eh sila barroca and company from feu, buenafe of admu and ababou of ust. sila guevara and jazul of letran are both graduating. same with rabeh. not sure with greg slaughter of cebu. the rest are casio, baracael, tiu

e_z123
08-24-2009, 04:56 PM
new guy here!

matanong ko lang po:

ano po ung latest roster update ng smat team gilas?

hindi po ba medyo maliit ung team na ito compared sa asian counterparts natin?

???

korn666333
08-24-2009, 07:50 PM
new guy here!

matanong ko lang po:

ano po ung latest roster update ng smat team gilas?

hindi po ba medyo maliit ung team na ito compared sa asian counterparts natin?

???




matatangkad tol, mabibilis ang guard natin, watch ka nalang sa laro nila sa pba this october 11

digitalsuperman
08-24-2009, 09:18 PM
may chance bang mag champion ang Gilas sa PBA All Filipino Cup? I mean pwedi ba yun?

CrossOver
08-24-2009, 09:26 PM
Sa ngayon gaganahan na ko manuod ng PBA dahil sa pag-sali nila bilang guess team, maganda din ito para ma-promote sila sa masa at malaman nila kung bakit mayroon Smart Gilas lalo na sa mga kabataan. Mangarap sila na sana balang araw mapabilang sila sa "SBP RP Smart Gilas Team"

CrossOver
08-24-2009, 09:34 PM
may chance bang mag champion ang Gilas sa PBA All Filipino Cup? I mean pwedi ba yun?


Sa pagkakaalam ko count lahat sa ranking ang magiging laban sa Smart Gilas dahil kung hindi, hindi magiging seryoso ang PBA team sa kanila w/c is kailangan ng matinding exposure & matchup.

Joescoundrel
08-25-2009, 11:25 AM
SBP Executive Director Noli Eala was recently interviewed about the formation of a sort of "Smart Gilas Team B" to be composed of players 17 to 19 years of age. "This is where we have a gap in terms of the age brackets in FIBA tournaments," he explained. Although no official word is out yet, and it is not yet known if there are already moves being made to recruit players for this so-called Gilas B Team, it seems this is another step in the right direction for the SBP developmental program.

Which of the better players fall into this age bracket?

I would think the likes of Jarelan Tampus and Glenn Khobuntin of Letran, Alfonso Gotladera, Jay Javier and Basher Amer of San Beda, Louie Vigil and Joshua Saret of JRU, Arnold Van Opstal and Luigi Dela Paz of Lasalle Zobel, and one-off talents like Ael Banal of Ateneo and Jun Romeo of FEU FERN would fall in this age group.

I'm not absolutely certain if Papot Paredes and Norbert Torres of Lasalle, Kyle Pascual and Rome Dela Rosa of San Beda, and Norman Penola of Ateneo, would fall into this age group beyond this year.






Gameface is Philippine Basketball

Joescoundrel
08-25-2009, 11:30 AM
^ Or for that matter MIA guys like Roy Sumang and Keith Agovida...






Gameface is Philippine Basketball

salsa caballero
08-25-2009, 11:51 AM
Jeron Teng of Xavier too, Joe. The kid's got game just like his brother.

korn666333
08-25-2009, 03:37 PM
Sa ngayon gaganahan na ko manuod ng PBA dahil sa pag-sali nila bilang guess team, maganda din ito para ma-promote sila sa masa at malaman nila kung bakit mayroon Smart Gilas lalo na sa mga kabataan. Mangarap sila na sana balang araw mapabilang sila sa "SBP RP Smart Gilas Team"


same here tol. hehehe

erichubert
08-25-2009, 04:59 PM
I think for the proposed Smart Gilas team B, the core of the RP Under 18 youth team can be tapped. On the top of the list are the likes of Marata, Norbert Torres, Kyle Pascual, Tolentino, Ryan Garcia and Mark Lopez. They can also tap players who didn't make the cut because of age or other reasons like Arvie Bringas, Russel Escoto, Juruena, plus Fil-Ams like Rome Dela Rosa, Norman Penola, Van Opstal, and maybe add Sudan Daniel as their naturalized player.

For this team, I don't think the age bracket of 17-19 should be strictly implemented, maybe players up to 20 years old can be accommodated after all they are not participating in any tournament with age limits.

maverick
08-25-2009, 09:22 PM
I think Bobby Park's son will qualify for Smart Gilas Team B

CrossOver
08-26-2009, 06:37 AM
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SBP remains undaunted by tough Olympic task
Updated August 26, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Despite the overwhelming odds, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) remains confident of its chances for the lone Olympic berth staked in the Asian zone.

Speaking at the PSA Forum, SBP executive director Noli Eala cited the cage body’s long-term program through the RP-Smart Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman as one of the reasons why Team RP has a shot for the Olympic slot.

“One thing that gives me a lot of hope is the fact that we have a program. We have an honest-to-goodness program to back up our desire to win in 2011,” he said.

“The program consists of an international coach who knows what it takes to win in the international arena and has got the experience and credentials to show for it,” Eala said.

Toroman, the architect of Iran’s rise to power in Asian basketball prior to becoming coach of the Smart Gilas team, on the other hand, stressed that achieving the unthinkable should begin within the players and the team themselves.

“It’s not going to be easy, but we have to believe that we can do that. In the beginning it may be painful, we will lose some games, we will be sacrificing, we will be going on some difficult situations. But in the end, our goal is 2011 and we will do everything to put things together.”

The 54-year-old Serbian noted how Iran also went through the same phase when he first handled the team in 2007.

But playing together all year round and acquiring experiences in the international level toughened them up and made the team what it is right now – a two-time FIBA-Asia champion.

“We played many international games. Do you think that it was nice to lose 25 out of 35 games? It was very tough for me, for the players. But we just believed we were sacrificing together. We just believed that these games will give us something new and something better in the future,” he said.

Bannered by 7-foot-3 Hamed Hedadi of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Iranians earned a berth in the Beijing Olympics last year under Toroman then. They also beat China, 70-52, in the finals of the recent 25th FIBA-Asia Championship in front of a partisan crowd.

“I think the biggest thing that gave me hope was when Iran beat China in their home court. If you look at Iran, it’s no bigger than us, except maybe for Hamed, who’s really the focal point. But everyone else I guess, is comparable to us.

But Eala reiterated it won’t be easy.

“It’s going to be very tough. Let’s be realistic and let’s manage everybody’s expectations. It’s not a shoo-in. It’s not a matter of showing up in 2011 and winning that slot,” said Eala of the 2011 FIBA-Asia tournament that serves as the qualifier for the London Games.


PhilStar (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=499464&publicationSubCategoryId=69)

CrossOver
08-26-2009, 07:52 AM
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‘We have to sacrifice’

MAKING it to the 2012 London Olympics is like going through the eye of the needle, but the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is confident its developmental team has a shot at the lone precious berth up for grab in the Asian zone.

According to SBP executive director Noli Eala, the long-term program the SBP is implementing with the help of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is the biggest factor contributing to their optimism.

"One thing that gives me a lot of hope is the fact that we have a program. We have an honest-to-goodness program to back up our desire to win in 2011," Eala said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave. Branch.

"We have an international coach who knows what it takes to win in the international arena and has got the experience and credentials to show for it," Eala added, referring to Toroman, who joined him in the weekly forum sponsored by Outlast Battery, Pagcor and Shakey’s.

Toroman, the architect of Iran’s rise to power in Asian basketball before becoming the coach of the Smart Gilas team, stressed that achieving the unthinkable should begin within the players and the team.

"It’s not going to be easy but we have to believe that we can do that. In the beginning it may be painful, we will lose some games, we will be sacrificing, we will be going through some difficult situations. But in the end, our goal is 2011 and we will do everything to put things together," said Toroman.

The 54-year-old Serbian noted that Iran also went through the same phase when he first handled the team in 2007. Playing together all year round and acquiring experiences in the international level toughened them up and turned the team into a two-time FIBA-Asia champion.

"We played many international games. Do you think it was nice to lose 25 of 35 games? It was very tough for me, for the players. But we just believed we were sacrificing together. We just believed the games will give us something new and something better in the future," he said.

Bannered by 7-foot-3 Hamed Hedadi of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Iranians earned a berth in the Beijing Olympics last year under Toroman. In the recent FIBA-Asia battle in China, the Iranians handed China a masterful 70-52 beating in the finals in front of a partisan crowd.

"I think the biggest thing that gave me hope was when Iran beat China in their home court. If you look at Iran, it’s no bigger than us, except maybe for Hamed, who’s really the focal point. But everyone else, I guess, is comparable to us."

"But it’s not so much the look, the height and the size of Iran that impresses me, but it’s their look of confidence and the look they are having fun as a team. When you look at them, it’s like they’ve been living together the past 20 years. They just seem to know each other very well," said Eala, who scouted the Asian opposition along with Toroman during the FIBA-Asia meet in Tianjin.


Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/aug26/spor1.htm)

CrossOver
08-26-2009, 07:52 AM
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‘We have to sacrifice’

MAKING it to the 2012 London Olympics is like going through the eye of the needle, but the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is confident its developmental team has a shot at the lone precious berth up for grab in the Asian zone.

According to SBP executive director Noli Eala, the long-term program the SBP is implementing with the help of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is the biggest factor contributing to their optimism.

"One thing that gives me a lot of hope is the fact that we have a program. We have an honest-to-goodness program to back up our desire to win in 2011," Eala said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave. Branch.

"We have an international coach who knows what it takes to win in the international arena and has got the experience and credentials to show for it," Eala added, referring to Toroman, who joined him in the weekly forum sponsored by Outlast Battery, Pagcor and Shakey’s.

Toroman, the architect of Iran’s rise to power in Asian basketball before becoming the coach of the Smart Gilas team, stressed that achieving the unthinkable should begin within the players and the team.

"It’s not going to be easy but we have to believe that we can do that. In the beginning it may be painful, we will lose some games, we will be sacrificing, we will be going through some difficult situations. But in the end, our goal is 2011 and we will do everything to put things together," said Toroman.

The 54-year-old Serbian noted that Iran also went through the same phase when he first handled the team in 2007. Playing together all year round and acquiring experiences in the international level toughened them up and turned the team into a two-time FIBA-Asia champion.

"We played many international games. Do you think it was nice to lose 25 of 35 games? It was very tough for me, for the players. But we just believed we were sacrificing together. We just believed the games will give us something new and something better in the future," he said.

Bannered by 7-foot-3 Hamed Hedadi of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Iranians earned a berth in the Beijing Olympics last year under Toroman. In the recent FIBA-Asia battle in China, the Iranians handed China a masterful 70-52 beating in the finals in front of a partisan crowd.

"I think the biggest thing that gave me hope was when Iran beat China in their home court. If you look at Iran, it’s no bigger than us, except maybe for Hamed, who’s really the focal point. But everyone else, I guess, is comparable to us."

"But it’s not so much the look, the height and the size of Iran that impresses me, but it’s their look of confidence and the look they are having fun as a team. When you look at them, it’s like they’ve been living together the past 20 years. They just seem to know each other very well," said Eala, who scouted the Asian opposition along with Toroman during the FIBA-Asia meet in Tianjin.


Malaya (http://www.malaya.com.ph/aug26/spor1.htm)

CrossOver
08-26-2009, 08:37 AM
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Giles stint in PBA Philippine Cup in question
Written by Joel Orellana
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 19:42

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) opens its 35th season with the Philippine Cup in October but questions have been raised as to whether guest team Smart-Gilas could field its American reinforcement CJ Giles.

According to incoming board chairman Lito Alvarez of Burger King, the board agreed during a meeting in Tagaytay City recently that Smart-Gilas’s games in the Philippine Cup will count just the same as the regular squads, meaning the Rajko Toroman-coached team could bring home the trophy.

Alvarez hopes to clarify the issue when the executive committee convenes on Wednesday.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is hoping to include Giles, who once played for the Los Angeles Lakers, in the national squad as a naturalized player. For now, he remains an American and thus, ineligible for the Philippine Cup.

“If Giles is really part of the program because they will be joining a tournament this year, I think walang problema sa akin. And we want to clarify that to the board if they will allow Giles to play kasi nga All-Filipino tayo,” Alvarez told the BusinessMirror.

Originally, the plan was for Smart-Gilas to only play tune-up games against the PBA teams and the results of its games will have no bearing in the team standings.

“It’s like playing against a team with an American import. Hopefully, we can validate this matter to the board. Kasi for sure, hindi aabot ang naturalization niya kasi October na ang All-Filipino,” he said.

“We want to know from the SBP of its plans like kung may tournament ba silang sasalihan this year because [as]I understand, one-year contract ang pipirmahan niya sa SBP.”

According to SBP executive director Noli Eala, the federation is close to signing the 22-year-old Giles to a one-year contract but his stint with the Philippine team for the 2011 Asian qualifier for the Olympics still depends on his performance and on-and-off the court behavior.

Giles, who will arrive on September 1, is a former first-round selection of the Lakers in the National Basketball Association and played for the Smart-Gilas team in the International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta in June where the team finished a decent fifth.

Talk ’N Text is the defending champion in the All-Filipino tournament. Curiously, the team is owned by Manny V. Pangilinan, also the president of SBP.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/15085-giles-stint-in-pba-philippine-cup-in-question.html)

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IT’S GILAS THIS TIME

SBP still hopeful of 2012 Games stint
08/26/2009


Making it to the 2012 London Olympics is like going through the eye of a needle, but the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) remains confident it has a shot of earning the lone precious berth up for grab in the Asian zone.

SBP executive director Noli Eala mentioned several factors for such optimism at yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Avenue branch, foremost of which is the long-term program the basketball association has implemented through the formation of the RP-Smart Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

"One thing that gives me a lot of hope is the fact that we have a program. We have an honest to goodness program to back up our desire to win in 2011," he said.

"The program consists of an international coach who knows what it takes to win in the international arena and has got the experience and credentials to show for it," Eala added, referring to Toroman, who joined him at the weekly forum sponsored by Outlast Battery, the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), Accel and Shakey’s.

Toroman, the architect of Iran’s rise to power in Asian basketball prior to becoming coach of the Smart Gilas team, stressed that achieving the unthinkable should begin within the players and the team themselves.

"It’s not going to be easy, but we have to believe that we can do that. In the beginning it may be painful, we will lose some games, we will be sacrificing, we will be going on some difficult situations. But in the end, our goal is 2011 and we will do everything to put things together."

The 54-year-old Serbian noted how Iran also went through the same phase when he first handled the team in 2007.

But playing together all year round and acquiring experiences in the international level toughened them up and made the team what it is right now — a two-time Fiba-Asia champion.

"We played many international games. Do you think that it was nice to lose 25 out of those 35 games? It was very tough for me, for the players. But we just believed we were sacrificing together. We just believed that these games will give us something new and something better in the future," he said.

Bannered by 7-foot-3 Hamed Hedadi of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Iranians earned a berth in the Beijing Olympics last year under Toroman and then, administered long-time powerhouse China a severe 70-52 beating in the finals of the recent 25th Fiba-Asia Championship in front of a partisan crowd.

"I think the biggest thing that gave me hope was when Iran beat China in their homecourt. If you look at Iran, it’s no bigger than us, except maybe for Hamed, who’s really the focal point. But everyone else I guess, is comparable to us.

"But it’s not so much the look, the height and the size of Iran that impresses me, but it’s their look of confidence and the look that they are having fun as a team…. when you look at them, it’s like they’ve been living together the past 20 years. They just seem like they know each other very well," said Eala, who scouted the Asian opposition along with Toroman during the Fiba-Asia meet in Tianjin.

Then again, the SBP executive reiterated that it won’t going to be easy for the Smart Gilas squad.


The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090826spo1.html)

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08-26-2009, 08:47 AM
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Olympics? Hard but possible – Toroman
By WAYLON GALVEZ
August 25, 2009, 6:18pm



Making it to the 2012 London Olympics is a tall order, but with a solid program, hard work, and sheer determination, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) believes it can be done.

SBP executive director Noli Eala and Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman, project director for Smart-Gilas national developmental pool yesterday expressed confidence they can achieve their goal.

“I’ll take my experience watching a lot of (international) games. It’s going be tough. To be realistic, it’s not a shoo-in or a matter of just showing up and we’ll win the slot,” Eala said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s U.N. Ave. branch.

“The competition is strong. It’s very difficult for us to tell our chance. But I think in one and a half year, we’ll be competitive,” added Toroman.

The Smart-Gilas is composed of collegiate stalwarts tabbed by the amateur basketball federation to form the developmental pool from where Toroman will select the composition of the RP Team that will compete in the Asian Games next year in Guangzhou, China.

That team will also compete in the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship, the 2012 London Olympics qualifying tournament which the SBP is hoping to host.

Eala said the case of Iran – now a basketball superpower in Asia – has boosted his hopes of making it to the Olympics once again.

From a “whipping boy”, Iran has been transformed into a championship caliber by Toroman. It cemented its status as Asia’s No. 1 team by ruling the FIBA-Asia Championship in Tianjin, China to earn a slot in next year’s World Championship in Turkey together with China and Jordan.

In that same FIBA-Asia Championship, the all-pro Powerade-Team Pilipinas coached by Yeng Guiao placed eight overall, somehow an improvement from the ninth place finish during the 2007 FIBA-Asia handled by coach Chot Reyes.

It was Toroman who started the program for Iran two years ago, leading the squad to the FIBA-Asia title to enter the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Now, the SBP is hoping that Toroman can do the same for the Philippines.


MB (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/217635/olympics-hard-possible-toroman)

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08-27-2009, 06:50 AM
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Some coaches threatened, some unfazed
By Joel Orellana
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 21:34

COACHES are divided in their opinion on American CJ Giles playing for Smart Gilas in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup in October.

Sta. Lucia’s Boyet Fernandez and Rain or Shine’s Caloy Garcia said Smart Gilas would have undue advantage with Giles around. Giles remains an American until after he is naturalized for him to be able to suit up for the national team.

“Helping the national team is fine with me,” Fernandez told the BusinessMirror on Wednesday. “But having an import, huwag na siguro. May bearing kasi, mahirap talaga kapag may import ang kalaban.”

Smart Gilas would be considered a regular team in the Philippine Cup, an all-Filipino conference. That means the national developmental team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) could bring home the trophy if they top the tournament.

“Puwede sigurong sumali si Giles kapag may import na sa second conference,” added Fernandez, referring to the Fiesta Cup.

Garcia echoed Fernandez’s opinion and stressed Giles should only suit up in the Fiesta Cup.

But Siot Tanquingcen of San Miguel Beer and Jong Uichico of Barangay Ginebra see it otherwise.

“For me, okay lang. The more you increase the level of competition, the better it is for the teams, the league and the fans,” said Tanquingcen.

“I guess, it’s okay to help the country,” Uichico said.

Incoming board chairman Lito Alvarez of Burger King has earlier raised the issue about Giles’s citizenship and said he would ask his fellow governors to decide on it.

Giles, a six-foot-11 forward, is arriving on September 1. SBP has offered him a one-year contract to play for Smart Gilas in the 2011 International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia qualifier.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/15164-some-coaches-threatened-some-unfazed.html)

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08-27-2009, 07:15 AM
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No. 1 pick Japeth to Burger King off?
By Rick Olivares
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 22:16


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JAPETH AGUILAR, the No. 1 draft pick, reportedly would not be donning a Burger King (BK) jersey after all in the coming 35th season of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The BusinessMirror learned that Aguilar’s negotiations with BK management on Wednesday bogged down. Aguilar reportedly does not chart his basketball career. Ex-pro Peter, his father, and Ronnie Nathanielsz, a newspaper columnist and sports broadcaster who is said to be his manager, do the negotiating.

The six-foot-10, 22-year-old Aguilar, the BusinessMirror learned further, would instead play for Smart Gilas, a developmental team being honed for the 2011 continental championship that would determine Asia’s representative to the 2012 London Olympics.

Interestingly, telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, who funds the Smart Gilas team, is a part-owner of Burger King. He is also president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which has the Smart Gilas in its long-term programs.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/15181-no-1-pick-japeth-to-burger-king-off.html)

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08-27-2009, 07:19 AM
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Aguilar still welcome to suit up for Smart Gilas
By Josef T. Ramos
Thursday, August 27, 2009

TOP rookie pick Japeth Aguilar is still welcome to suit up for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas basketball team for any of its upcoming overseas tournaments.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala told reporters on Wednesday that the door is always open for Aguilar and for anybody who wants to help the Philippine team.

“The door is always open to anybody who likes to help the team in any means,” Eala said, who is very confident that the Philippine squad could qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Although Aguilar would suit up for Burger King in the coming 35th season of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Eala said he sees no hindrance in tapping the 6’10” ace rookie.

“We are going to discuss this with Japeth, his team and the PBA. We’re going to make special arrangement for this,” Eala said. “We’re optimistic that we will get him for the RP team.”

The son of former Northern Consolidated center Peter Aguilar is not new to playing for the Philippine flag, having been part of the PBA-backed Powerade Team Pilipinas team that finished eighth in the last FIBA-Asia Championships in Tianjin , China .

Eala believes Aguilar would strengthen the inside game of the Smart Gilas team which has Jason Ballesteros, Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter as front liners.

Other members of the squad are JV Casio, Chris Tiu, Mac Ba*racael, Andy Mark Barroca, Aldrech Ramos, JR Cawaling, Dylan A*babou, Magi Sison, Chester Taylor and 6’11” naturalized player CJ Giles.

The Smart Gilas team under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is tasked to win the 2011 FIBA-Asia men’s championship and earn the lone slot allotted for Asia in the 2012 London Olympics.

Eala said as part of the team’s preparations for the 2011 FIBA-Asia meet, which the Philippines is also bidding to host, Smart Gilas would play as a guest team in the PBA Philippine Cup that would open on October 11.


The Manila Times (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/aug/27/yehey/sports/20090827spo2.html)

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08-27-2009, 07:25 AM
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CJ Giles, SBP reach accord
US player to be naturalized

By WAYLON GALVEZ
August 26, 2009, 6:22pm


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CJ Giles has signed a one-year contract to play for the Smart Gilas Philippine team that will give him a salary of about P720,000 a month to be provided by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

After coaching CJ Giles in an international tournament few months back, Serbian Rajko Toroman knew then that the one-time player of the Los Angeles Lakers is tailor-made for the Smart-Gilas national team developmental team.

“He’s coachable, he understands the game, he’s willing to sacrifice, and he’s a hard working player,” Toroman said.

According to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala, though there were several candidates for naturalization to be part of the Gilas squad, the 23-year-old Giles was Toroman’s priority.

In his initial stint with Gilas, he reinforced the team during the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Last week, the SBP and Giles finalized a one-year deal for the former Oregon State University stalwart to play for the country as naturalized player. His naturalization paper, according to Eala, is now being processed at the House of Representatives with the help of Rep. Robbie Puno.

Giles’ contract with Smart-Gilas, which was also signed by SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, has an option to extend for another year depending on his performance in next year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

His salary is similar to PBA imports approximately $15,000 a month (roughly P720,00). Eala said that the 6-foot-10 Giles had already received an initial payment. He’s expected to arrive September 1.

Eala said that in the FIBA constitution and by-laws, a foreign player must be naturalized two months before the competition sanctioned by the world-governing body for basketball, including the Asian Games.

The 16th edition of the Asian Games is set November 11 to 27, 2010.

FIBA allows just one naturalized player per nation. So far, other countries have exercised that privilege, including Jordan with American guard Rasheim Wright. The SBP is planning to have another naturalized player in case Giles gets injured.

“But we’re hoping that he’ll be healthy because he’s the player we want. Coach Toroman likes his attitude,” Eala said.

Giles is expected to suit up anew for Smart-Gilas in the 35th PBA Season beginning October 11 where the national team will play as guest team as part of their preparation for the Asian Games, as well as the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship, the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics.

“We’re very thankful to the PBA for this opportunity,” Eala, a former PBA commissioner said. “It’s a great chance for Gilas to show how they are improving.

It’s a good exposure for the players and we’ll definitely make the most for this competition.”


MB (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/217789/cj-giles-sbp-reach-accord)

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08-27-2009, 08:43 AM
Some coaches threatened, some unfazed
By Joel Orellana
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 21:34

COACHES are divided in their opinion on American CJ Giles playing for Smart Gilas in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup in October.

Sta. Lucia’s Boyet Fernandez and Rain or Shine’s Caloy Garcia said Smart Gilas would have undue advantage with Giles around. Giles remains an American until after he is naturalized for him to be able to suit up for the national team.

“Helping the national team is fine with me,” Fernandez told the BusinessMirror on Wednesday. “But having an import, huwag na siguro. May bearing kasi, mahirap talaga kapag may import ang kalaban.”

Smart Gilas would be considered a regular team in the Philippine Cup, an all-Filipino conference. That means the national developmental team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) could bring home the trophy if they top the tournament.

“Puwede sigurong sumali si Giles kapag may import na sa second conference,” added Fernandez, referring to the Fiesta Cup.

Garcia echoed Fernandez’s opinion and stressed Giles should only suit up in the Fiesta Cup.

But Siot Tanquingcen of San Miguel Beer and Jong Uichico of Barangay Ginebra see it otherwise.

“For me, okay lang. The more you increase the level of competition, the better it is for the teams, the league and the fans,” said Tanquingcen.

“I guess, it’s okay to help the country,” Uichico said.

Incoming board chairman Lito Alvarez of Burger King has earlier raised the issue about Giles’s citizenship and said he would ask his fellow governors to decide on it.

Giles, a six-foot-11 forward, is arriving on September 1. SBP has offered him a one-year contract to play for Smart Gilas in the 2011 International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia qualifier.


BusinessMirror (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/15164-some-coaches-threatened-some-unfazed.html)

Posible kaya na makasali ulit ang RP Smart Gilas sa Fiesta Cup? if pagbabasehan ang rules ng PBA sa All Filipino Cup mga Filipino dapat "in legal papers" ang mga players. If aabot sana si Giles para ma naturalize pwede siya makasali para lang maging fair ang labanan at magkaron din ng chance iyung ibang player na makapag laro. If maglalaro padin sila sa Fiesta Cup sigurado na naturalize na si Giles & fair na sa ibang team dahil may "import" pagkakataon nadin na humanap ng 2nd naturalize player ang SBP (for injured purpose) if ang rules ay 6'6" - 7' ang magiging import.

bongkers
08-27-2009, 02:35 PM
If the PBA is so secure in their image that they have the best basketball talent in the country, then I don't see the reason for them to be afraid of the national team and one-soon-to-be-nationalized CJ Giles. They keep claiming they have the best players in the country...

my take is that they should just man-up and accept the participation of the National Team without any concessions as to who can and can't play...

(unless they're scared to lose face... but isn't it consuelo de bobo to win against a not-at-full-strength RP team? of course, it's even more embarrassing to lose to a CJ Giles-less national team. A case of damned if you do and damned if you don't)

clutchjedi
08-27-2009, 04:17 PM
my take is that they should just man-up and accept the participation of the National Team without any concessions as to who can and can't play...


i agree...guest team naman ang smart gilas e, they're an exception to begin with, so hindi dapat isyu na hindi eligible si giles.

it was the pba board naman who decided smart gilas could contend for the championship. kung ayaw nila, e di sana iniba nila yung format.

anyway, i actually believe that in the end, they'll allow him to play...because excluding cj giles defeats the purpose of the team's guesting, which is to train the team to play together.

D_I_A
08-29-2009, 04:52 AM
Japeth faces lifetime ban
By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated August 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Japeth Aguilar, the PBA top draftee, has decided to join the Smart Gilas team, foregoing his stint with Burger King despite threat of a lifetime ban from the pro league.

“He’s made a decision. He’ll not sign up with Burger King. He’ll play for the country,” said veteran newsman Ronnie Nathanielsz, representing the 6-foot-9 cager as agent.

“They (Burger King officials) said they would move for Japeth to be banned from the league but Japeth and his father said bahala na sila (let them be),’” Nathanielsz added.

Nathanielsz told The STAR that the Tianjin FIBA-Asia experience was an eye-opener for the prized rookie on his role on the future RP team which prompted him to offer his services to Smart Gilas.

Nathanielsz also said Aguilar has nothing against coach Yeng Guiao or the limited minutes he played in the Tianjin joust.

“He saw in Tianjin that he’ll be needed by Smart Gilas. He just wants to help the country,” said Nathanielsz.

The veteran newsman, a PBA long-timer, believes there’s no provision in the PBA by-laws that would close the door on Aguilar when he decides to rejoin the league.

Burger King top official Lito Alvarez, however, said the PBA board will impose severe sanction on the player.

“They’re making a mockery of a 35-year-old organization. I will not take this sitting down and I don’t think the PBA board will let it pass,” said Alvarez, the current PBA chair.

“He shouldn’t have joined the draft in the first place if he wants to play for Smart Gilas. Now that he joined the draft, he’s bound to comply with the rules,” Alvarez said. “I have offered Japeth a three-year maximum contract for a PBA rookie.”

Nathanielsz informed Alvarez of their plan as early as Wednesday. Alvarez, in turn, advised Nathanielsz to first consult with the parents of the player and with the league commissioner..

The BK top honcho thinks the player was ill advised on his decision not to turn pro.

“They’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds in my offer since I’m giving him the maximum contract for three years and I’m allowing him to play for Smart Gilas on the side,” said Alvarez.

insulares
08-31-2009, 01:51 AM
SBP bares Smart-Gilas plan up to Asiad

By Joaquin Henson
August 31, 2009


MANILA, Philippines - It’s a long, hard road to Guangzhou but SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday there’s no short cut to success in disclosing the tough Smart-Gilas program that will culminate in coach Rajko Toroman’s Asian Games debut with the national team next year.

Eala said the ultimate goal is for the Philippines to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and that will mean topping the FIBA-Asia Championships the year before. Manila is bidding to host the FIBA-Asia conclave but faces stiff opposition from Jordan and Lebanon. Jordan was supposed to host the FIBA-Asia tournament this year but was bumped off by China in a late decision. Jordan’s consolation was finishing third in Tianjin and earning an outright ticket to the World Championships in Turkey next year.

Eala said he is now preparing a power-point summary on the hosting details to be presented to the FIBA-Asia Executive Board before the year ends. Aside from the opposition from Jordan and Lebanon, Eala said Manila has to convince FIBA-Asia that there will be no repeat of the disastrous hosting of the 2005 Champions Cup here by the defunct Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Toroman, who earned for Iran a ticket to the Beijing Olympics, has kept busy conducting practices for the Smart-Gilas players not involved in any collegiate league at the moment. They are Chris Tiu, Jason Ballesteros, Jayvee Casio and Mac Baracael. The practices are held jointly with the PBA club Talk ‘N’ Text.

C. J. Giles, a candidate for naturalization, will arrive in Manila either today or tomorrow to join Toroman’s workouts.

The first stop in the long, hard road is a game against the Singapore Slingers, who play in Australia’s National Basketball League, in the Lion City on Sept. 23. Giles, Tiu, Ballesteros, Casio and Baracael will play in the exhibition contest with Talk ‘N’ Text practice cagers Gec Chia, Gilbert Lao, Emerson Oreta and Jonathan Aldave. Japeth Aguilar will be invited to play for Smart-Gilas in Singapore.

Eala said he is also arranging a game against the Singapore national team for Smart-Gilas during the trip.

In October, Smart-Gilas will play as a guest entry in the PBA Philippine Cup. By then, Eala said Toroman’s lineup will be reinforced by collegiate recruits. Eala said the varsity players expected to suit up for Smart-Gilas include Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Junmar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou, J. R. Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, R. J. Jazul and Rey Guevara.

In December, Eala said Smart-Gilas will compete in the prestigious international invitational Haarlem tournament in Amsterdam. A high-qualtiy US team usually participates in the meet along with pro clubs from Europe. Then, there is another international competition featuring West Asia and Gulf nations in Dubai early next year.

In March, Smart-Gilas will set up training camp in Australia where Toroman hopes to arrange scrimmages with NBL teams. Melbourne-based FIBA president Bob Elphinston and former Australian national coach Brian Goorjian, now an assistant with China, have assured Eala of their cooperation in arranging the camp. That will also be the month when Fil-Ams are expected to enlist. Marshall University senior Chris Lutz, who was here for several weeks recently to join Toroman’s practices, is definitely playing for Smart-Gilas. Other Fil-Ams in the radar are Sean Anthony of McGill University, Stanley Pringle of Penn State and Nico Monachini of Trinity Western.

“We were planning a trip to Australia in April but Mr. Elphinston suggested to advance our trip to March so we can catch the NBL teams still fresh out of their season,” said Eala. “Coach Rajko is interested in learning more about Australia’s defense which is probably the best in international competition today.”

From Australia, the team will relocate to Serbia where Toroman plans to work on offense with crack local squads. Then, it will move to the US for strength and conditioning at Joe Abunassar’s gym. In October, Eala said he hopes to put together a US college Midwest tour similar to what coach Tim Cone arranged for the Centennial national team in 1998.

“Our target is to expose the team to 40 to 50 international games before Guangzhou,” said Eala. “It’s a tall order but that’s what it takes to get ready for the big guns in Asia.”

Eala revealed that if the Powerade team finished at least fourth in Tianjin, he would’ve recommended to the SBP Board to continue with the PBA route for international representation, provided Toroman is the national coach.

“But that would have also meant the PBA agreeing to a season from September to March so April to August could be freed up for international exposure,” explained Eala. “We would’ve been ready to talk to the PBA on a long-term basis except it would’ve meant a radical change in its schedule.”

Eala said six years ago, the idea was broached of the PBA representing the country in international tournaments on a continuing basis if it could alter the season calendar and operate a one-conference format.

“We admire the PBA’s talent level which is the best in Asia but we also realize there are inherent constraints in the PBA representing our country in international competitions,” said Eala. “Of course, now that Smart-Gilas is in the hotseat, there’s a lot of pressure for the team to deliver.”

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D_I_A
08-31-2009, 10:40 AM
SBP bares Smart-Gilas plan up to Asiad

By Joaquin Henson
August 31, 2009


MANILA, Philippines - It’s a long, hard road to Guangzhou but SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday there’s no short cut to success in disclosing the tough Smart-Gilas program that will culminate in coach Rajko Toroman’s Asian Games debut with the national team next year.

Eala said the ultimate goal is for the Philippines to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and that will mean topping the FIBA-Asia Championships the year before. Manila is bidding to host the FIBA-Asia conclave but faces stiff opposition from Jordan and Lebanon. Jordan was supposed to host the FIBA-Asia tournament this year but was bumped off by China in a late decision. Jordan’s consolation was finishing third in Tianjin and earning an outright ticket to the World Championships in Turkey next year.

Eala said he is now preparing a power-point summary on the hosting details to be presented to the FIBA-Asia Executive Board before the year ends. Aside from the opposition from Jordan and Lebanon, Eala said Manila has to convince FIBA-Asia that there will be no repeat of the disastrous hosting of the 2005 Champions Cup here by the defunct Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Toroman, who earned for Iran a ticket to the Beijing Olympics, has kept busy conducting practices for the Smart-Gilas players not involved in any collegiate league at the moment. They are Chris Tiu, Jason Ballesteros, Jayvee Casio and Mac Baracael. The practices are held jointly with the PBA club Talk ‘N’ Text.

C. J. Giles, a candidate for naturalization, will arrive in Manila either today or tomorrow to join Toroman’s workouts.

The first stop in the long, hard road is a game against the Singapore Slingers, who play in Australia’s National Basketball League, in the Lion City on Sept. 23. Giles, Tiu, Ballesteros, Casio and Baracael will play in the exhibition contest with Talk ‘N’ Text practice cagers Gec Chia, Gilbert Lao, Emerson Oreta and Jonathan Aldave. Japeth Aguilar will be invited to play for Smart-Gilas in Singapore.

Eala said he is also arranging a game against the Singapore national team for Smart-Gilas during the trip.

In October, Smart-Gilas will play as a guest entry in the PBA Philippine Cup. By then, Eala said Toroman’s lineup will be reinforced by collegiate recruits. Eala said the varsity players expected to suit up for Smart-Gilas include Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Junmar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Dylan Ababou, J. R. Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, R. J. Jazul and Rey Guevara.

In December, Eala said Smart-Gilas will compete in the prestigious international invitational Haarlem tournament in Amsterdam. A high-qualtiy US team usually participates in the meet along with pro clubs from Europe. Then, there is another international competition featuring West Asia and Gulf nations in Dubai early next year.

In March, Smart-Gilas will set up training camp in Australia where Toroman hopes to arrange scrimmages with NBL teams. Melbourne-based FIBA president Bob Elphinston and former Australian national coach Brian Goorjian, now an assistant with China, have assured Eala of their cooperation in arranging the camp. That will also be the month when Fil-Ams are expected to enlist. Marshall University senior Chris Lutz, who was here for several weeks recently to join Toroman’s practices, is definitely playing for Smart-Gilas. Other Fil-Ams in the radar are Sean Anthony of McGill University, Stanley Pringle of Penn State and Nico Monachini of Trinity Western.

“We were planning a trip to Australia in April but Mr. Elphinston suggested to advance our trip to March so we can catch the NBL teams still fresh out of their season,” said Eala. “Coach Rajko is interested in learning more about Australia’s defense which is probably the best in international competition today.”

From Australia, the team will relocate to Serbia where Toroman plans to work on offense with crack local squads. Then, it will move to the US for strength and conditioning at Joe Abunassar’s gym. In October, Eala said he hopes to put together a US college Midwest tour similar to what coach Tim Cone arranged for the Centennial national team in 1998.

“Our target is to expose the team to 40 to 50 international games before Guangzhou,” said Eala. “It’s a tall order but that’s what it takes to get ready for the big guns in Asia.”

Eala revealed that if the Powerade team finished at least fourth in Tianjin, he would’ve recommended to the SBP Board to continue with the PBA route for international representation, provided Toroman is the national coach.

“But that would have also meant the PBA agreeing to a season from September to March so April to August could be freed up for international exposure,” explained Eala. “We would’ve been ready to talk to the PBA on a long-term basis except it would’ve meant a radical change in its schedule.”

Eala said six years ago, the idea was broached of the PBA representing the country in international tournaments on a continuing basis if it could alter the season calendar and operate a one-conference format.

“We admire the PBA’s talent level which is the best in Asia but we also realize there are inherent constraints in the PBA representing our country in international competitions,” said Eala. “Of course, now that Smart-Gilas is in the hotseat, there’s a lot of pressure for the team to deliver.”

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impressive and promising!!!

sana mas tagalan nila sa Europe.. sana labanan nila Spanish, Lithuanian, Greek and Croatian teams wag lang Serbian para at least mahawa sila sa Euro style.

nash_bedista
08-31-2009, 11:06 AM
ok lang sakin kung tambakan ang Gilas, as long as nattrain sila
ng international competitiveness, ok na sakin yun. Importante
yung exposure nila outside Philippines

machine101
08-31-2009, 11:15 AM
di na ba kasali si ryan buenafe sa smart gilas ???

digitalsuperman
08-31-2009, 08:47 PM
impressive and promising!!!

sana mas tagalan nila sa Europe.. sana labanan nila Spanish, Lithuanian, Greek and Croatian teams wag lang Serbian para at least mahawa sila sa Euro style.


oo nga... kahit mga professional teams man lang sa euroleague..exhibition game lang okay nah... pero pag wala talaga okay na yung mga serbian teams..mgagaling din naman mga yun....

CrossOver
09-02-2009, 11:39 AM
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Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Johnson: Our kids will do S'pore proud
Singapore Slingers GM Michael Johnson reckons his local players will one day be neck-and-neck with players from the Philippines.
By Vincent Lai

Johnson hosted the media in an interview session immediately after the launch of the ASEAN Basketball League and was confident that his local boys have the potential to match the regional basketball powerhouses in the near future.

"Yes, I think we will be," said the Slingers general manager. "One of the things we've done over the three years we've been in Singapore is we started to build a foundation for the young and up and coming players."

"Our head coach in these three years has worked with the Singapore national team coach, Neo Beng Seng, who happens to also be our assistant coach."

"And with the Challenge Series last year, once we pulled out of the NBL, when we replaced out international players, we didn't replace them like-for-like; we replaced them with local players," added Johnson. "So they got their first taste of professional basketball, and I've seen them grow and develop in the last three to four months."

"Are we going to be as good as the Filipino team straight away? No, probably not. Their history in basketball is a strong one. They have a lot of talent and are very deep. But these kids will do Singapore proud, they work hard and they learn quickly, they are very intelligent kids."

"So I think they will do Singapore proud."

Johnson was ecstatic with the launch of the ABL, which signaled a beginning for the Lion City side, and a marked departure from the Australian National Basketball League.

"I think that this is a world apart," said Johnson about the difference between the ABL and the NBL. "We're so much more excited about it, the relevance of Singaporeans involved in an ASEAN competition rather than playing in an Australian league where we didn't know most of the places we were playing."

"I think the standard will be good. And I think it's just a bonus for the Singapore Slingers, that something we're aiming for when we first came to Singapore."

"We looked at a five-year time frame, but as our chairman Tony Fernandes said, we didn't have anywhere else to play, so the Australian NBL gave us a very good professional platform to launch the brand in Singapore."

"And now we have the ASEAN League that allows us to spread into the region, where we should be."

However, the former NBL pro did concede that the League's teams will rely heavily on their imports for production in the first few seasons of the ABL.

"That will happen with every team," stressed Johnson. "When you have a competition where you are allowed two international imports, a lot of the teams' positions depend on how good their imports are."

"So they will have the bulk of the responsibility initially, but I think we now have in place a few of the local guys that can step in straight away and play valuable minutes."

Nonetheless, ‘MJ', as he is affectionately called by his players, is brimming with excitement that the league is about to start, and hopes that Singaporeans will turn up to support their fellow compatriots.

"It is, it's something that if you said three years ago that this is the outcome after three years, everybody would have said you're crazy, it can't happen, but fortunately Tony Fernandes is in base, and thing tend to move along quicker with him," commented Johnson in regards to the Slingers paradigm shift.

"This is an opportunity for Singaporeans to come support Singaporeans," added the Slingers GM. "We go from an international team with a few Singaporeans to a Singaporean team with some international players."

"There will be seven local-based players on our roster at all times, and they will play."


Sa nakikita ko itong ABL ang official tournament sa SEA na kung alin man sa mga bansa ang mag champion sila ang mag representa sa ating region para sa FIBA Champions Cup if sa 2010 pa ang qualifying round pwede siguro sumali ang RP Smart Gilas hindi ko lang sure if allowed ang naturalized player (2 imports ang allowed) if allowed pwede nilang add iyung plano nila na 1 pang naturalized player (for injured purpose) sa 1st 5 line up.

CrossOver
09-05-2009, 07:30 AM
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Giles set to train
By Waylon Galvez
September 4, 2009, 4:45pm

American CJ Giles, a candidate for naturalization, will arrive on Saturday from the United States to start training with the Smart-Gilas developmental team for various international competitions, including next year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

The 6-foot-10 Giles, who signed a one-year deal approximately worth P8.64 million with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), will reinforce the Nationals when they take on the Singapore Slingers in a tune-up game on September 23 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 24-year-old Giles recently played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.

He had his first stint with the RP Team in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he got the nod of Gilas Project Director and Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman for the team’s regular reinforcement.


MB (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/219112/giles-set-train)

korn666333
09-14-2009, 12:43 PM
any news about smart gilas? wala ng mga bagong post a for 1 week na ata... iniintay lang namin ang mga updates ng gilas, kaka excite kasi pag bout smart gilas na pag usapan...

amdgc82
09-14-2009, 01:24 PM
any news about smart gilas? wala ng mga bagong post a for 1 week na ata... iniintay lang namin ang mga updates ng gilas, kaka excite kasi pag bout smart gilas na pag usapan...

^ They will play against Singapore Slingers on Sept. 23, 2009 in Singapore.

korn666333
09-14-2009, 08:18 PM
uu tol, lam ko pero yung mga balita about sa kanilang trainings or sino mga bagong players...hehehe... alam mo ba kung sino sino lalaro sa smart gilas sa pba?

korn666333
09-19-2009, 11:27 AM
Two Filipino-Aussies to beef up Gilas


source: Joel Orellana | businessmirror.com.ph

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) added two Filipino-Australians to its developmental pool as it continues to work on its goal to form the strongest team possible for the 2011 International Basketball Federation (Fiba)-Asia tournament.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said on Thursday Sep Salinas and Matt Scheptig will arrive on Sunday to try out for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team.

“This is SBP’s continuing effort to form the most competitive team for future international tournaments,” Eala said in a statement.

Salinas and Shceptig will join Japeth Aguilar and American CJ Giles and the country’s top amateur standouts in an exhibition game against the Singapore Slingers on September 23 in Singapore. There were no other details that were immediately made available, except that they are based in Melbourne.

Aguilar had his first practice with Smart Gilas on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena, almost 20 days since announcing his decision to play for the national team instead of honoring his commitment with Burger King, the team that drafted him No. 1 in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in August.

In his Twitter account, Smart Gilas aspirant Chris Tiu said: “Had a fun and productive training session today with Smart Gilas team! So fun to have Japeth and CJ Giles together as your big men!”

Eala refused to comment on whether the 22-year-old Aguilar has finally decided to play for the Smart Gilas team and sign a contract with them.

But according to Burger King head coach Yeng Guiao, team manager Lito Alvarez just allowed Aguilar to do scrimmages with the SBP’s national team while they are still trying to find a solution to the issue.

Aguilar, who played for Guiao in the Fiba-Asia tournament in Tianjin, China, turned down Burger King’s three-year, P8.7-million offer.

The PBA is still discussing possible sanctions on Aguilar.

D_I_A
09-21-2009, 12:50 AM
Barroca breaks silence, denies charges
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated September 21, 2009 12:00 AM



MANILA, Philippines - Mark Barroca, dropped from the FEU roster in the face of game-fixing allegations, finally came out in the open to clear his name.

“Nais ko pong malaman ng lahat na malinis po ang konsensya ko, at wala po akong alam na maling ginawa (I want everyone to know that my conscience is clean and I did nothing wrong),” said Barroca in a text message from agent Ed Ponceja.

The 23-year-old Barroca, also a mainstay of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team seeking a berth in the 2012 London Olympics, was recently removed from the Tams lineup for the rest of the 72nd UAAP basketball season. The school said the move is a disciplinary action for his alleged involvement in point-shaving or game-fixing activities.

Without him, FEU dropped a 74-84 setback to University of the East, enabling the Warriors to force a do-or-die match for the second finals berth on Thursday.

Defending champion Ateneo made a return trip to the finals with an 81-64 rout of UST in the other Final Four match yesterday.

Barroca, who averaged a team-high 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals a game, also apologized to the team even as he thanked everyone who supported him during his playing years with the Tamaraws.

“Sa aking mahal na coach at minamahal na teammates, kung di ko na-abot ang inaasahan nyo sa akin (To my beloved coach and teammates, for my failure to meet what you expect me to do),” said Barroca.

“Wala pong Mark Barroca kung walang pagkakataon na ibinigay sa akin ang FEU na makapaglaro sa UAAP (There would be no Mark Barroca if FEU didn’t give me the chance to play in the UAAP).

“Good luck at prayers po sa FEU sa Final Four (Good luck and my prayers are for FEU in the Final Four),” he added.

Barroca said he would concentrate on his stint in the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team, which is coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman.

“Sa SBP, bigyan nyo po ako ng pagkakataon na maglaro sa Smart Gilas Pilipinas para makapagsilbi sa bayan. Ito lang po ang aking ninanais ngayon at sana wag naman ako pigilan nino man (To SBP, please give me an opportunity to play for Smart Gilas Pilipinas so that I can serve the country, this is what I want and I hope no one would stop me),” he said.

Barroca also said he respects FEU’s decision to sack him.

“Ako po ay lubos na nalulungkot sapagkat hindi na ako makakapaglaro sa FEU at sa UAAP. Pero nirerespeto ko po ang desisiyon ng FEU para sa sabi po nilang kapakanan ng team at ng unibersidad (I’m deeply saddened knowing I would no longer play for FEU and in the UAAP. Nevertheless, I respect the decision of FEU for what it said was for the sake of the team and the university),” he said.

Barroca also asked FEU to allow him to finish his studies using his athletic scholarship, which was already granted the day before.

“Kay sir Anton (Montinola) at sa FEU, bigyan nyo po ako ng pagkakataon tapusin ang aking pag-aaral sa FEU bilang skolar dahil ito po ang aking banal na pangako sa aking ina nung ako po ay umalis sa Zamboanga para makipagsapalaran sa Maynila (To sir Anton and FEU, please give me a chance to finish my studies as a scholar because this was my promise to my mother when I left Zamboanga to go to Manila),” he said.

“Matatag naman ang aking kalooban ngayon, at naniniwala ako sa pagsubok na ito ay magiging mas mabuti akong player. Hindi po ako aayaw, hindo po ako titigil magsumikap (I know I’m strong inside and I believe that this obstacle will make me a better player. I will not back down, I will not stop working hard),” said Barroca.

digitalsuperman
09-21-2009, 07:28 PM
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MANILA, Philippines - Unlike his predecessors, Serbian coach Rajko Toroman is more concerned about the chemistry of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team than the team’s need for size.

"It’s a team game,’’ said Toroman, Gilas RP coach and project director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

"So it’s really not a matter of size but the composition of your team.’’

Toroman’s philosophy runs in conflict with the coaches who handled the national team in the past.

The RP team was on the lookout for seven-footers during the country’s preparations for the 2007 and 2009 Fiba-Asia Championship, which both ended in disaster.

After bringing in 6-foot-11 American CJ Giles as a possible naturalized player, Toroman said the Gilas frontline would be complete as soon as the squad acquires the 6-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo and, if possible, 6-9 Junmar Fajardo from Cebu.

These players, along with 6-11 Greg Slaughter, 6-7 Aldrech Ramos and 6-7 Jason Ballesteros, would be enough for Gilas to mix it up in the paint with the other countries in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, added Toroman.

"We should compete as a team. Travel, eat and do everything in a Spartan-like atmosphere together,’’ said Toroman.

"Discipline is very important to me on and off the court,’’ he added.

Toroman is inclined to replicate the training program of Iran, the country he steered to the 2007 Fiba-Asia Championship crown and a breakthrough stint in the Olympics held in Beijing last year after a 60-year absence.

Toroman said Iran goes to practice twice a day straight for four months before a major tournament and has been together for two years.

"They (Iranians) play 35 international games a year against NBA teams and the best European teams,’’ said Toroman.

"In the beginning, it will be painful. The team will lose several (international) games. But in the end, the results will speak for itself,’’ he added.

digitalsuperman
09-21-2009, 07:35 PM
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FINDING HIMSELF OPEN AFTER A SERIES of screens and with his teammates goading him to shoot, Japeth Aguilar knocked in a triple from the top of the key.

On the next play, Aguilar ran the floor and dunked the ball with two hands.

Slowly but surely and even without a playing contract, the 6-foot-10 Aguilar, who spurned PBA club Burger King for the Smart Gilas developmental team, is feeling right at home with the national squad.

“I’m comfortable with the system,” Aguilar, the No. 1 pick in the PBA Draft last month, told the Inquirer yesterday after playing in Smart Gilas’ tuneup game against PBA team Barako Bull at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Aguilar has practiced with the team three times since arriving from the United States last week and will join the squad when it leaves for Singapore tomorrow for an exhibition game against the Singapore Slingers on Wednesday.

But Aguilar clarified that he was only invited to work out with the team and has not signed any contract yet.

The PBA is mulling sanctions on Aguilar for nixing Burger King, which took him as the top pick of the recent PBA Draft.

We invited him to join us until he finishes his situation with Burger King,” Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman said. “It’s good for everybody that he’s practicing and playing this kind of game.”

Aguilar said his camp has begun negotiations with Smart Gilas.

“I just want to serve the country first,” said Aguilar. “Hopefully, everything turns out well.”

Although Aguilar has topscored in two tuneup games for Smart Gilas, Toroman said there’s still a lot of room for improvement for the former Western Kentucky standout.

"He needs time to make adjustments to the system,” said Toroman. “Some of the players have been playing the system for 10 months. We cannot play all the system because we only had two practices with him.”

PBA chair and Burger King team manager Lito Alvarez said he’s still hoping to find a win-win situation with Aguilar, who also had a stint with the PBA squad that finished eighth in the Fiba-Asia qualifiers recently.

D_I_A
09-21-2009, 11:49 PM
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Smart Gilas gets ready for new challenges
Business Sports
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Monday, 21 September 2009 19:42

Rajko Toroman has coached in the World and European Championships, the Fiba-Asia Championships and the Summer Olympics—the crème de la crème of basketball tournaments—yet he looks forward to coaching the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team in the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Filipino Conference.

“It’s nice. I look forward to it. Especially since you’ll find the best basketball in the country there and it is a crucial part in our mission to qualify for the Olympics,” he said after team practice at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

The Gilas Team in recent days has become a haven for refugees from other leagues. Chester Jarrel Giles, the former Los Angeles Laker draftee who is undergoing a naturalization process for the Philippines, arrived 15 days ago after his prospects of making the Denver Nuggets lineup didn’t look to good.

Japeth Aguilar, the PBA’s No. 1 pick during the recent rookie draft, has attended a few of the national team’s practices after arriving from a quick vacation in the United States. Aguilar has spurned pro club Burger King in favor of suiting up for the national squad, citing a desire to represent his country. His decision has sparked a firestorm of controversy that is still unresolved to this day and with the league set to start its 35th season that is only three weeks away.

And most recently, Andy Mark Barroca, the former Far Eastern University Tamaraw who was removed from the squad following game-throwing allegations after a loss to Ateneo that decided the seeding for the ongoing Final Four series in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), has joined the squad. Although heartbroken about the accusation, Barroca has found a refuge with the national team; an enjoyment he has made no bones about since he hooked up with Gilas last year.

In the last two days, Gilas scrimmaged with a Liga Pilipinas team and PBA club Red Bull where he scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. “Masakit,” he described of the incident that still haunts him from the moment he wakes up. “Pero tuloy pa rin ang buhay. Buti na lang may Smart Gilas.”

The national team is leaving on Tuesday morning for a tune-up game against the Singapore Slingers on Wednesday and will be back in the Philippines the following day.

The nationals, still missing its collegiate stars still seeing action in the UAAP, National Collegiate Athletic Association and Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. will have in its tune-up roster skippers Chris Tiu and Barroca, Jayvee Casio, Mac Baracael, Jason Ballesteros, Magi Sison, Aguilar, Giles and a pair of 24-year-old Fil-Australians, Sebastian Salinas and Matthew Schmechtig.

“Dylan Ababou was supposed to join the team,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio. “But he still has classes that he cannot afford to miss.”

The players missing from the lineup include Letran’s Rey Guevarra and RJ Jazul, FEU’s Aldrech Ramos and Ric Cawaling, and University of the Visayas’ Greg Slaughter. The national squad is also hoping that after the college wars are over this October, the University of the East’s Paul Lee, Ateneo’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini and the University of Cebu’s Junmar Fajardo will rejoin the team. “We will talk to them after the college season is done,” disclosed Toroman, who believes that the three will complete the lineup and give them the flexibility to compete in international competitions.

The Serbian mentor was happy for Ababou, named the Most Valuable Player for the 72nd Season of the UAAP. “He is one of our main weapons and is a special player.” As much as Toroman likes Al-Hussaini, he believes that the best player on the title-hungry Blue Eagles is power forward Nonoy Baclao. “He does so many things on the floor that do not show in the stat sheet. He is a complete player.”

Despite the wave of controversy that surrounds some of its players, the mood and atmosphere in the team is one of excitement. “S’yempre excited ako,” beamed Casio, who has added a wicked crossover to his arsenal of moves.

Barroca for one can’t wait to see action. He watched FEU’s Final Four game in tears and wishes he could help his former team. But the point guard who intends to graduate from his Recreational Management course at FEU next year, is looking at the PBA stint and national duty with much anticipation. “Tapos na yung para sa school. Para sa bayan naman ’to.”

D_I_A
09-22-2009, 12:10 AM
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Barroca joins Smart Gilas in Singapore
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated September 22, 2009 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Mark Barroca leaves with the Smart Gilas squad today for a one-game exhibition with the Singapore Slingers of the National Basketball League in Singapore, hoping to resume a promising cage career stymied by his ouster from the FEU squad in the UAAP.

Saddened by FEU’s complete neglect of his efforts for the team, Barroca vowed to focus instead on Smart Gilas, a developmental team groomed for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Maybe it’s a blessing there is a Smart Gilas Pilipinas, if not for the team I don’t know where to go,” said Barroca in Filipino.

“Maybe it’s here that I would get my second chance. I have nowhere to play except here. I told myself I’ll dedicate my playing basketball for the Philippines,” he said.

The 23-year-old Barroca, who normed a team-high 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals for FEU, was recently removed from the Tams roster for the rest of the 72nd UAAP basketball season following allegations of point-shaving or game-fixing.

Barroca said he had already talked with his family about his ouster from the FEU team, particularly his mother Leonida, who is back home in Zamboanga.

“She told me to just pray,” he said.

Barroca impressed Serbian coach Rajko Toroman after a couple of stints in the international arena.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas official Noli Eala said Barroca’s case with FEU is beyond SBP’s control.

But he said Barroca deserves the benefit of the doubt.

“It may be unfair or premature for Smart Gilas to pass judgment on Barroca at this time as we are not privy to the circumstances surrounding his disciplinary action,” Eala said.

“The SBP leadership believes Barroca is entitled to a second chance and this is precisely what we are giving Mark in Smart Gilas. He has a contract with us and we will honor the same.”

Members of Smart Gilas were offered three-year contracts as lucrative as some of those playing in the PBA.

Pato Gregorio, head of Smart Sports, which is the main sponsor of the Smart Gilas team, is hoping that the issue is cleared as soon as possible so Barroca can focus on playing.

“The immediate resolution of this issue is important to us as lead sponsor of the Gilas national basketball team. We will counsel Mark Barroca so that he can overcome his trials as a young, budding basketball star,” he said.

“Mark will be able to come out of this with a lot more focus and determination. We will encourage Mark to continue to dream big,” Gregorio said.

salsa caballero
09-22-2009, 12:04 PM
As it turns out, both Fil-Aussies Seb Salinas and Matt Schmechtig are guards. Schmechtig went to a juco for his first two years in the States before matriculating somewhere in Missouri to close out his college career. Both dudes are scorers and effective rebounding guards by reputation. Salinas is 6-3, while Schmechtig is 6-0. Both are pretty well built.

In the final analysis, I see Salinas playing more as a 2, a spot Chris Lutz can also play. I just don't know if Lutz's rebounding is as good, or if Seb's 3-point shooting is as accurate as Chris'.

And so, the search for the next Fil-foreign big continues. Hope y'all aren't too disappointed.

Jeon_Addict
09-22-2009, 10:21 PM
Do anyone know here who won between smart gilas and barako bulls? Thanks! ???

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 12:40 AM
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Japeth barred from PBA stint
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star Updated September 23, 2009 12:00 AM



MANILA, Philippines - The PBA board of governors has passed a resolution, barring Japeth Aguilar from playing for Smart Gilas in its guest stint in the coming PBA Philippine Cup.

Board chairman Lito Alvarez raised the motion although he remained optimistic Aguilar would be prevailed upon to honor his commitment with Burger King which made him No. 1 overall in the recent PBA Rookie Draft.

“Our next board meeting will be after Philippine Cup has opened, so I raised it in our meeting last week. It was approved unanimously. He can’t play for Smart Gilas in our tournament,” said Alvarez.

Aguilar left yesterday with the Smart Gilas team for Singapore to play the Singapore Slingers in a series of exhibition games.

“I know he’s working out with Smart Gilas to stay in shape. There’s no problem there because we haven’t come to terms. But I think he’s taking a risk playing without a contract,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez also said he hoped the Aguilar controversy would be resolved soon, banking on the assurance of Smart/PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, adding he’s meeting the Smart Gilas officials in the next few days.

“MVP has said they will help and that they will not sign Aguilar until he has resolved his problem with Burger King. I have high respect for these people. I know them to be very transparent,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, Pangilinan and another top Smart/PLDT official Ricky Vargas are partners at Burger King. They also sit in the SBP board.

Should Aguilar opt to abandon BK for good, the 6-foot-9 player may face severe sanction in the PBA.

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 12:53 AM
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No Japeth in Philippine Cup
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 00:36

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will be a gracious host to a guest squad but is blocking the path of a runaway draftee.

The league has made a firm stand that Japeth Aguilar won’t be allowed to join guest team Smart Gilas in the coming Philippine Cup as the lanky forward continues to shun the team that made him the No. 1 pick.

Alaska’s Joaqui Trillo, last season’s league chairman, said on Tuesday the board has agreed to support the decision to protect the league in general.

“What is involved here is not just Burger King but also the PBA as a whole. If he won’t come to terms with Burger King, it means he won’t be playing in the PBA as well,” said Trillo.

“There was an agreement in the board that if ever Aguilar won’t come to terms with Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for the guest team Smart Gilas,” he added.

Burger King selected the 22-year-old Aguilar as the No. 1 overall pick in August but up to this time refuses to sign the team’s thee-year, P8.7-million offer.

Instead, the former Western Kentucky University reserve opted to join the Smart Gilas squad, which plays the Singapore Slingers in an exhibition game on Wednesday in Singapore.

Burger King team manager and incoming board chairman Lito Alvarez told the BusinessMirror in a previous interview that denying Aguilar a stint with the Gilas team in the Philippine Cup could be one of several sanctions the player could face.

“I’m acting here not as team manager of Burger King but as chairman of the PBA and I’m looking on it on a bigger picture because we in the PBA don’t want to tolerate such action,” the Burger King official said.

Alvarez also expressed his concern regarding Aguilar’s Gilas stint in Singapore since the player apparently has yet to sign a contract with the national team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“What if something happens to him?” said Alvarez. “Hindi naman siya under contract ng SBP. Maybe, Japeth would just bank on Mr. [Manny] Pangilinan’s generosity na hindi siya pababayaan nito.”

According to Alvarez, talks are still ongoing with Pangilinan, the president of the SBP, on how to resolve the issue.

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 12:57 AM
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NO CONTRACT WITH SBP, YET

‘Only food, practice allowance for Japeth’

By Julius Manicad

09/23/2009



On the surface, basketball player Japeth Aguilar, who stirred a controversy when he turned his back on a possible lucrative professional contract for a slot in the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team, receives no more than food and practice allowance from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

In fact, the 6-foot-10 beanpole who is subject of a heated tug-of-war between the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and SBP, has joined Smart without a contract with the organization.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said they are still waiting for Aguilar to settle his dispute with Burger King, the team that drafted him in the PBA, before will discuss his possible contract with SBP.

"We have yet to offer him anything," Eala said, shortly before leaving for Singapore where they will face the Singapore Slingers. "He has to settle his obligation with Burger King first before we discuss his possible contract with SBP."

Also with Aguilar and the young Gilas squad was Mark Barocca, the controversial playmaker who was dropped by the Far Eastern University days before the start of the Final Four of the 72nd UAAP men’s basketball wars due to allegations of his involvement in illegal gambling.

With Aguilar’s age, athleticism, height — and some rave reviews from Serbian coach Rajko Toroman — speculations are ripe that Aguilar will be given a lucrative, long-term contract compared to other marquee players like JV Casio, Chris Tiu and Dylan Ababou.

But Eala brushed it off, saying Aguilar will be treated just like any other Gilas players.

"We treat them equally," he said. "Should Japeth join us, we will treat him like any other player. But so far, no negotiation has been made. We have to wait for what will happen in his discussion with Burger King."

SBP will finalize its lineup for the upcoming PBA season shortly after returning from Singapore.

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 01:09 AM
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PBA board to prevent Aguilar in playing with guest team RP Gilas
09/22/2009 | 11:08 PM

Newly-installed Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Lito Alvarez said the league would not allow Japeth Aguilar to play this season when Smart Gilas sees action as a guest team.
Lito Alvarez

Alvarez explained that the PBA board has already come up with a stand concerning the former Western Kentucky University player, who suited up both for the all-pro Powerade-Pilipinas men’s basketball team in the FIBA Asia Championship and the William Jones Cup basketball tournament.

“We in the board have an agreement that once Japeth won’t come to terms with us in Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for Smart Gilas, which will play as guest team in the Philippine Cup," Alvarez told GMANews.TV

Former PBA board chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska, which was also present during the previous board meeting, also shared his thoughts on the matter.

“What is involved here is not just Burger King, but the PBA as a whole," said Trillo. “If he won’t come to terms with Burger King, it means he won’t be playing with the PBA as well. Yes, there was an agreement in the board that if ever Aguilar won’t come to terms with Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for the guest team Smart Gilas."

Asked about his thoughts regarding the board’s decision, Talk N Text board member and SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas said he wasn’t present in the meeting when the board decided on the matter last week. He was represented by former SBP executive director Pato Gregorio, who is currently in Singapore right now.
Japeth’s case is different because he already applied for the Draft and expressed intentions to turn pro then turned his back all of a sudden. I’m acting here not as team manager of Burger King but as chairman of the PBA and I’m looking on it on a bigger picture because we in the PBA don’t want to tolerate such action.


Alvarez, however, said he remains hopeful that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will honor its word that it won’t offer a contract to the controversial top overall rookie pick.

“I’m still hoping that Mr. Pangilinan and I will continue our talks regarding the best possible way in settling amicably regarding the Japeth Aguilar issue," Alvarez said. “I think Japeth playing for Smart Gilas in Singapore doesn’t mean that he has already signed a contract with the squad."

“But what if something happens to him? Hindi naman siya under contract? Maybe, Japeth would just bank on Mr. Manny Pangilinan’s generosity na hindi siya pababayaan nito," added Alvarez.

Since Alvarez and Pangilinan are expected to settle the matter, the issue was not officially brought to PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios for deliberation. Barrios said he hopes that Alvarez and Pangilinan would settle the issue.

Aguilar, who also played for the SBP-backed Smart Gilas team in the FIBA Asia Club Championship, along with another controversial player, Andy Barroca of Far Eastern University, played for Smart Gilas in a tune up game against the Laguna Stallions last week which the developmental team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman won handily.

Alvarez sees no problem with Barroca playing for Smart Gilas as the alleged game-fixing issue with his college team, FEU, was an internal matter.
Japeth Aguilar

“Wala tayong problema kay Barroca dahil hindi naman proven na involved siya sa game fixing eh and it was an internal matter. Japeth’s case is different because he already applied for the Draft and expressed intentions to turn pro then turned his back all of a sudden," said Alvarez. “I’m acting here not as team manager of Burger King but as chairman of the PBA and I’m looking on it on a bigger picture because we in the PBA don’t want to tolerate such action."

Toroman’s Smart Gilas team is currently in Singapore and will play against the Singapore Slingers on Wednesday.

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 01:13 AM
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PBA: Smart-Gilas
welcome; Japeth not


THE PBA is welcoming Smart Gilas as a guest team, but the restraining bar is up on Japeth Aguilar.

Joaqui Trillo of Alaska, last year’s chairman, yesterday said PBA governors have unanimously agreed to prevent Aguilar from playing for Smart Gilas in the coming Philippine Cup to protect the league in general.

"What is involved here is not just Burger King but also the PBA as a whole," said Trillo." If he won’t come to terms with Burger King, it means he won’t be playing in the PBA as well."

Aguilar was made the top pick overall in the draft by Burger King but the 6-foot-9 forward shunned the three-year P8.7 million contract offered him, opting instead to try his luck with the Gilas team gearing up for future international tournaments.

Gilas’ guest stint has previously been approved by the PBA board and formalized through a resolution. But that came before the Aguilar controversy.

The national pool formed by the SBP and coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman left yesterday to play the Singapore Slingers in an exhibition game on Wednesday, with Aguilar in tow.

"There was an agreement in the board that if ever Aguilar won’t come to terms with Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for the guest team Smart Gilas," Trillo pointed out.

Burger King team manager and current chairman Lito Alvarez is still hoping the Aguilar issue would still be amicably settled. He is also hoping to formally sit down with SBP head Manny Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, who owns Talk N Text, also has shares at Burger King.

However, Alvarez also expressed concern regarding Aguilar’s Gilas stint in Singapore since the player apparently has yet to sign a contract with Gilas.

"What if something happens to him?" said Alvarez. "Hindi naman siya under contract ng SBP. Maybe he is just banking on Mr. Pangilinan’s generosity, na hindi siya pababayaan nito."

In a separate interview, SBP executive director Noli Eala confirmed Aguilar has yet to sign a contract with the SBP and the only stipend given the player is a "little" food and practice allowance.

"We have yet to offer him anything," Eala said. "He has to settle his obligations with Burger King first before we discuss his possible contract with SBP."

Eala also brushed aside speculations Aguilar will be given a more lucrative, three-year contract than those signed by Gilas’ other marquee players like JV Casio, Chris Tiu and Dylan Ababou.

"Should Japeth join us, we will treat him like any other player. But so far, no negotiation has been made. We have to wait for what will happen in his discussion with Burger King."

SBP will finalize its lineup for the upcoming PBA season shortly after returning from Singapore.

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 01:23 AM
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Aguilar joins Smart vs. Slingers


9/23/2009


PHILIPPINE Basketball Association chairman Lito Alvarez is hopeful that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will honor its word that it won’t offer a contract to controversial top overall rookie pick Japeth Aguilar, even if the 22-year-old, 6’9” cager is joining the Smart-Gilas team in its exhibition game against the Singapore Slingers today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

“Siguro naman it doesn’t mean anything even if Japeth joins Smart-Gilas against the Slingers,” Alvarez told Standard Today. “But what if something happens to him? Hindi naman siya under contract? Maybe, Japeth would just bank on Mr. Manny Pangilinan’s generosity na hindi siya pababayaan nito.”

Alvarez expressed confidence that he and Pangilinan would be able to settle things amicably.

“We in the board have an agreement that once Japeth won’t come to terms with us in Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for Smart-Gilas, which will play as guest team in the Philippine Cup,” said Alvarez.

Joaqui Trillo of Alaska also shared his thoughts on the matter.

SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas said he wasn’t in the meeting when the board decided on the matter and was represented in the board meeting last week by former SBP executive director Pato Gregorio, who is currently in Singapore right now. Gregorio hasn’t replied to Standard Today as of press time.

“What is involved here is not just Burger King, but the PBA as a whole,” said Trillo. “There was an agreement in the board that if ever Aguilar won’t come to terms with Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for the guest team Smart-Gilas.” Rey Joble

digitalsuperman
09-23-2009, 06:21 AM
nakakahiya na talaga itong PBA.... desperado nah... bat di nalang kaya nila i-ban si japeth sa PBA? puro pannaakot lang ginagawa nila.. puro dada wala namang ginagawa.. nagsalita naman ata si japeth na ayaw nya talaga maglaro sa BK... tapos na yun...pwedi na nilang iban si japeth.. wala rin naman kwenta yung ban eh... pwedi naman si japeth maglaro sa ABL..nyehehehe... boycott PBA...

easter
09-23-2009, 06:44 AM
The reason why they cannot ban Japeth is because they already have rules in placed in case a player doesn't sign with up with the team he just doesn't play with any PBA team and will have to sit out.

animo
09-23-2009, 06:07 PM
why not just trade Japeth to TNT instead. atleast, BK gets something out of this. Then, Japeth sits out for 2 yrs. while playing for the national team. Everybody happy.

digitalsuperman
09-23-2009, 07:35 PM
I wonder if Gilas won against the Slingers... I hope Noli Eala tweets soooooon....

paul0220
09-23-2009, 09:51 PM
Mr. Lito Alvarez is a shame on Philippine Basketball.. may pa worry worry pa on what if something happens to Japeth na wala pa siyang contract with Smart Gilas..He is the very reason why Japeth cannot sign a contract with Smart Gilas..If he is really concerned about his welfare, let him go and let him sign a contract with Smart Gilas so that you won't worry about his welfare..

Sabi na ni Japeth he does not want to play for BK.. Is that hard for a so called accomplished manager of the Lina Group to understand.. Ayaw sa inyo so hayaan niya mapunta sa Smart Gilas.. Kayo naman ang may rights for the next 2 years kung gusto na niya maglaro sa PBA..

Maybe Mr. Alvarez wants Japeth to play somewhere else other than the Philippines or is he just trying to embarass the SBP because he is pro BAP..

D_I_A
09-23-2009, 10:40 PM
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SBP wants clarification on Japeth Aguilar ban
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 21:07

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilippinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala will clarify with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) about its board’s decision to ban Japeth Aguilar from playing for Smart Gilas in the coming Philippine Cup.

Eala, however, hardly commented further because the PBA has yet to formally inform the federation about its verdict on Aguilar.

“We will study and clarify the decision first,” Eala told the BusinessMirror on Wednesday. “We have to read the decision first and [see] the basis of disallowing Japeth to play for Smart Gilas.”

The BusinessMirror reported on Wednesday the PBA board’s decision of banning Aguilar from the All-Filipino conference. The board is now chaired by Lito Alvarez of Burger King, the team that picked Aguilar No. 1 in the draft.

Aguilar, who played on Wednesday for Smart Gilas in a tune-up game against Singapore Slingers in Singapore, refused to sign the three-year, P8.7-million maximum offer of Burger King.

While Alvarez remained hopeful the matter will be resolved, the board made its official stand of imposing the sanction on the 22-year-old Aguilar. Smart Gilas is entered as a guest team in the Philippine Cup.

Eala, a former PBA commissioner, stressed the need to determine the basis of the PBA board’s decision. “It’s difficult to comment without seeing the basis of the board,” he said.

Alaska team manager Joaqui Trillo, Alvarez’s predecessor, said Aguilar broke PBA rules. He, however, did not specify which rules.

“Burger King was shortchanged and that is not fair. The PBA has to stand for its rights and we will not allow anyone to make a mockery of its rules. Japeth will have to find a win-win situation. Otherwise, the PBA can do without him,” Trillo said.

Aguilar is expected to face stiffer sanctions from the PBA, including a lifetime ban. His handlers, however, claimed he could not be banned for life from the league and all he needs to do is to sit out the next two years and reapply for the draft in 2011. The Philippine Cup kicks off on October 11 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Rajko Toroman-coached Smart Gilas also has American CJ Giles and college standouts Chris Tiu, JV Casio, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou in its roster.

CrossOver
09-24-2009, 12:09 AM
Sige Japeth wag ka na lang muna lumaro sa PBA All Filipino Cup sali ka na lang sa praktis nila para lalo mo sila makabanding. Wag mong papatulan iyang pananakot ng BK hayaan mo na lang sila magdada hanggang doon lang naman sila ;D

D_I_A
09-24-2009, 06:02 AM
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Vargas: Pro league, SBP must talk

by Rey Joble

9/24/2009

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas vice chairman and Talk N Text’s Philippine Basketball Association board member Ricky Vargas said that their guest team Smart-Gilas should be given the principle of choosing its players who will be fielded in the coming Philippine Cup slated Oct. 11.

Vargas’ assessment was based upon the PBA board’s decision not to allow controversial top overall rookie pick Japeth Aguilar to suit up for Smart-Gilas, which will be a guest team in the league, if the cager won’t come to terms with Burger King.

“The principle here is that SBP should decide whether it still wants to play if the PBA dictates to them who should play or not play,” Vargas told Standard Today. “It is not between Japeth and the PBA. Besides, Japeth is not yet a member of Smart-Gilas. The best way here is that the PBA should talk to SBP privately.”

Vargas said that as guest team, Smart-Gilas should be given the authority in choosing the players who will compose its squad in its participation in the PBA.

The PBA board, headed by new chairman Lito Alvarez of Burger King, has agreed recently to bar the former Western Kentucky University cager from playing with Smart-Gilas in the pro league if he won’t sign the three-year, maximum offer of the Whopper.

The Whopper made the 6’9” Aguilar as their top overall rookie pick in this year’s PBA Draft, but the 22-year-old son of the former Ginebra San Miguel and Northern Consolidated stalwart Peter Aguilar turned his back from the pro league and pursued a career playing for the Smart-Gilas developmental team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

Although Aguilar, who saw action for the all-pro Powerade-Pilipinas men’s basketball team in the Fiba Asia Championship and William Jones Cup this year, as well as the Smart-Gilas team in the Fiba Asia Club Championship, several members of the PBA board believe the cager has committed a violation.

Coca-Cola board governor JB Baylon and Joaqui Trillo of Alaska shared their views.

“There’s what you called a verbal contract and a contract that bears mutual understanding by just simply shaking hands,” said Baylon. “Besides, Draft Day is a time where teams build around the future of its squad. Eventually, Burger King, which owns the no. 1 pick, didn’t get that luxury of enjoying its top overall pick, who decided to turn his back on the team which picked him as well as the league as a whole.”

“Burger King was shortchanged and that is not fair. The PBA has to stand for its rights and we will not allow anyone to make a mockery of its rules. Japeth will have to find a win-win situation. Otherwise, the PBA can do without him,” said Trillo.

Aguilar, who played Wednesday with the Smart-Gilas in a tune-up game against the Singapore Slingers in Singapore, refused to sign the three-year P8.7-million maximum offer of Burger King.

Being barred from playing for Smart-Gilas in the Philippine Cup could be one of the sanctions Aguilar might face as a penalty.

The PBA, as its way of helping the national team program of the SBP, agreed to accommodate the Smart-Gilas as a guest team. The squad, to be mentored by Toroman, is composed of American CJ Giles and college standouts Chris Tiu, JV Casio, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou.

amdgc82
09-24-2009, 07:27 AM
I wonder if Gilas won against the Slingers... I hope Noli Eala tweets soooooon....


Smart Gilas won over Singapore Slingers. 70-67

Jeon_Addict
09-24-2009, 07:29 AM
Smart Gilas beat Singapore Slingers, 70-67

source: singaporeslingers.com

The Singapore Slingers fought valiantly as they lost to the Smart Gilas Pilipinas 70-67 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Kyle Jeffers top-scored for the home team with 20 points, adding 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Local boy Hong Wei Jian added 12 points, most of them coming in a third-quarter explosion.

CJ Giles raided the Slingers’ basket for 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Japeth Aguilar scored 14 points in the narrow win.

The Slingers struggled in the first quarter as bigmen CJ Giles and Japeth Aguilar dominated the paint with a block each and many, many deflections.

Singapore’s Hong Wei Jian was made a passenger of the game in the first quarter as the Pilipinas’ zone effectively shackled the athletic swingman.

Slingers' starting point guard Al Vegara kept the Slingers in the game, as did Kyle Jeffers and Marcus Ng, who did their very best to keep up with the length of the Gilas with four points apiece in the first period.

Giles, Aguilar and Marnel Baracel ruled the paint for Smart in the first quarter, with the trio scoring 12 of the Pilipinas’ 14 points.
Aguilar energized his team late in the first, when he fed off a turnover by Hong and took the ball coast-to-coast for a reverse jam.

Singapore trailed 17-14 when referee Richard Sim blew for the end of the first period.

In what is becoming a common trend in Slingers games, Singapore roared back to life at the start of the second quarter, as Frank Arsego got his team to up a gear.

With CJ Giles taking a break on the bench, the Slingers took control of the boards, which fuelled their running game. One foray into the Gilas’ trapezium on the break led to Wei Jian evading two defenders in the air with a double clutch layup, with the guard scoring with the grace of Sasha Cohen.

Singapore led 31-25 as a result with 2:18 left, when coach Rajko Toroman was forced to call for a timeout.

Giles was re-inserted into the game and Smart’s ‘twin-tower’ game returned. Aguilar, who had been keeping the Gilas’ in the game with his twelve points in the half, fired up the crowd with an emphatic block on a Jeffers’ dunk attempt. Joseph Casio then sank a three as the Filipino visitor ended the half trailing 35-31.

Toroman’s half-time talked must have worked, as Smart Gilas came out in the third quarter firing. Casio came into the spotlight once again, as the burly guard rained in a three from downtown to take a 36-35 lead for the Gilas with nine minutes left.

The Slingers failed to respond as their offence stagnated, and Smart took control of the floor with Baracael scoring on consecutive trips down the floor. Arsego called a time-out with Singapore trailing 42-37.

The Slingers head coach put Hong back into the game and the guard provided a scoring outlet for the home team, sinking a mid-range jumper and a go-ahead three, gesturing to the crowd as the Gilas called time with 3:35 left in the third, Singapore leading 45-43. Hong would score ten points in a third quarter explosion.

The moment of the night then came as CJ Giles brought the Singapore Indoor Stadium to its feet as he rose to dunk in the alley-oop from Mark Barroca, then unleash his fury as the 6-11 center slammed the ball through off a miss.

Giles would add another fadeaway jumper as Smart Gilas Pilipinas took 56-52 lead heading into the final quarter.

Controversy crept into the game as the referee Leong Cheun Wing assessed the Pilipinas for a technical foul on a substitution halfway through the fourth quarter, leading Toroman into a verbal spar with the men in grey and a holdup in the game. Vegara sank one of the two technical free throws that followed.

The game picked up the pace even more with both teams trading baskets and Slingers import center Kyle Jeffers return the favor on CJ Giles with a monster dunk which brought the local crowd to life, during this period Pilipinas coach continuing his dialogue with the refs at every opportunity.

Toroman was further infuriated when the ball was seemingly tipped out of the basket, the coach running the length of the court to protest the no-call. The crowd, with a good portion supporting the Pilipinas, jeered the three-man referee crew as well as every following Slingers free throw.

The score remained close, but the momentum had swung in the Pilipinas way as Arsego called time with 50 seconds left to regroup.

The Pilipinas were forced into a shot-clock violation with five seconds left on the clock, but the Slingers failed to get a shot off as they registered their first loss to a Filipino team in seven games, losing 70-67.

Toto Battung
09-25-2009, 02:57 AM
Smart Gilas Pilipinas beats Singapore Slingers 70-67.
I see a lot of positive things about Toroman's national team. A team on a mission to bring back glory to our international prestige. Hope everybody works together for the good of this team.

digitalsuperman
09-25-2009, 06:47 AM
Please read the latest entry of Chris Tiu in his blog. The dedication and focus of this (GILAS) team is something we can really be proud of..


http://chris-tiu.blogspot.com/2009/09/smart-choice.html

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 09:58 AM
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Pro league, SBP discussing Aguilar?s fate
9/25/2009
by Rey Joble

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association chairman Lito Alvarez said that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas won’t offer Japeth Aguilar a contract if he doesn’t settle his case first with Burger King, the team that made him the league’s overall top pick.

“We had an agreement with SBP that they won’t give a contract offer to Japeth unless he has settled his issue with us,” said Alvarez, who is also team manager of Burger King. “Actually, maski nga walang sanction na ibigay ang PBA kay Japeth, hindi pa rin siya makakapaglaro sa Smart-Gilas based on our agreement with SBP. If ever he won’t come to terms with us, wala siyang malalaruan.”

Alvarez and SBP head Manuel V. Pangilinan, who also supports the Smart-Gilas developmental team and the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in the PBA, are still in the middle of discussions to fix the problem on Aguilar.

The PBA board has come up with a decision recently barring the former Western Kentucky University from playing with Smart-Gilas in the PBA if he fails to reach an agreement with the Whopper.

But Ricky Vargas, Talk N Text’s board representative to the PBA and vice chairman of the SBP, didn’t agree with the decision. He believes that as guest squad in the pro league, the Smart team should be given the authority to choose the players they want.

“The SBP should decide whether it still wants to play or not if the PBA continues to dictate who should play. Japeth is not the issue here. In fact, he is not yet a member of the team,” said Vargas in a text message.

Vargas urged the PBA to talk to the SBP privately to finally settle the issue.

But a highly-placed source from the league told Standard Today that Smart-Gilas is now contemplating the possibility of not playing as guest squad in the PBA.

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 10:03 AM
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Gilas overcomes Slingers in friendly
Joel Orellana
Friday, 25 September 2009 02:38


THE Smart Gilas national team scored a 70-67 win over the Singapore Slingers in an exhibition match on Wednesday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Former Los Angeles Lakers draft pick CJ Giles and Japeth Aguilar led Gilas to the victory, the first by any Philippine team over the Slingers, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala.

“This is a very good resumption of our Gilas campaign. We got everyone back in the system after a long layoff,” said Eala. “Every game is a learning experience and we are making all necessary adjustments.”

The six-foot-11 Giles, who is being eyed by SBP as the team’s naturalized player, had 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Aguilar came up with 14 points, four boards and four swats.

JV Casio and Mac Baracael chipped in nine points each, while Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca added eight and six, respectively, for Gilas.

According to Eala, coach Rajko Toroman was satisfied with the performance of the team but the Serbian felt they have “lots of room for improvement.”

“Nag-aamuyan ulit muna, but we are happy that the team’s chemistry and bond are still very strong,” said Eala.

Kyle Jeffers led the home team with 20 points, while Wei Jian Hong added 12 and Filipino guard Al Vergara chipped in seven markers.

The Slingers beat Coca-Cola, 93-85, in a tune-up game last week and downed Harbour Centre, 97-72, early this year.

Toroman said Aguilar has a lot to show while Giles needs to work on his inside game.

“Coach Rajko thinks Japeth is playing 50 percent of his potential while CJ Giles still needs to work on his post moves,” said Eala.

New additions Sep Salinas and Matt Scheptig did not contribute significantly on offense but Eala said the two Filipino-Australians showed a lot of promise.

“The Fil-Aussies are good discoveries and really surprised us with how well they have adjusted to the system and to the team,” he said.

Besides beating the home team, Eala said Gilas did not only win the respect of the Filipino fans who watched the game but also the management of the Singapore Slingers.

“The GM [general manager Michael Johnson] of Singapore Slingers was saying there was a lot of interest in our game because they’ve heard the fire and purpose of the team,” said Eala.

“He told us, ‘Now I understand why you created this program and I totally agree and admire your federation.’”

Gilas played minus some of its players. Dylan Ababou and Greg Slaughter are focused on studies while Aldrech Ramos and JR Cawaling are still playing for Far Eastern University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

The team will compete in the Philippine Cup of the Philippine Basketball Association as a guest squad minus Japeth Aguilar, the No. 1 rookie pick who refused to sign Burger King’s P8.7-million, three-year offer.

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 10:07 AM
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Top pick Aguilar may end up with no team
09/24/2009 | 11:15 PM
GMANews.TV


Controversial Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie pick Japeth Aguilar may end up empty handed if ever he won’t come to terms with Burger King, the team which tabbed him as the top pick in last month’s draft.

PBA chairman and Burger King team manager Lito Alvarez explained why.

“We had an agreement with (the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) that they won’t give a contract offer to Japeth unless he has settled his issue with us," said Alvarez in a recent interview by GMANews.TV.

“Actually, maski nga walang sanction na ibigay ang PBA kay Japeth hindi pa rin siya makakapaglaro sa Smart Gilas based on our agreement with SBP. If ever he won’t come to terms with us, wala siyang malalaruan."

The PBA board has come up with a decision recently of barring the former Western Kentucky University player from suiting up with Smart Gilas in the PBA if he failed to reach an agreement with the Whopper.

But Ricky Vargas, Talk N Text’s board representative to the PBA and SBP vice chairman, didn’t agree with the decision. He believes that as guest squad in the pro league, they should be given authority on choosing the players they want to field in.

“The SBP should decide whether it still wants to play or not if the PBA continues to dictates to them who should play. Japeth is not the issue here. In fact, he is not yet a member of the team," said Vargas in a text message.

Vargas urged the PBA to talk to the SBP privately to finally settle the issue.

But a highly-placed source from the league told GMANews.TV that Smart Gilas is now contemplating whether to join the PBA as guest team in the Philippine Cup or concentrate on its series of lined up foreign tournaments.

“Reading between the lines, malamang hindi na sila sumali if ever hindi palaruin si Japeth sa Smart Gilas," said the source who requested anonymity.

Vargas also clarified that the 6-foot-9 Aguilar, who also saw action for the Powerade-Pilipinas men’s basketball team in the FIBA Asia Championship and the William Jones Cup, is not yet an official member of the Smart Gilas team.

Alvarez and SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan, who also supports the Smart Gilas developmental team and the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in the PBA, are still in the middle of discussions to settle the Aguilar issue.

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 10:11 AM
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Gilas rap Slingers, but fail to impress SBP

09/25/2009

After seven tries, a local team — the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team — emerged unscathed from the hostile territory of the Singapore Slingers.

But Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) wasn’t impressed, stressing the team still needs to work on some aspects to brace it for the treacherous path to the 2012 London Olympics.

"I think we were a 6 at best," SBP executive director Noli Eala yesterday said, barely giving the young squad a passing mark after a heart-stopping 70-67 victory over the Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Wednesday night, marking the first win of a local team since Harbour Centre-RP Team frustrated the Slingers in their home court in 2007.

"I think we can still shoot well and dominate the board more than what we did against the Slingers. I think we will be ready for the PBA, although it is not really the barometer of our preparation."

With naturalization prospect CJ Giles and Japeth Aguilar imposing their will on both ends of the floor, the Nationals raced to a 17-14 start before Slingers’ Filipino import Al Vergara took over to put the Singaporeans on top by the half, 35-31.

Then, Giles and Aguilar re-asserted their mastery, sparking a flurry of booming swats and spectacular dunks to rip the game wide open.

And with 40 seconds left with the Filipinos up by three 70-67, Gilas committed a 24-second shot clock violation, giving the Slingers a ray of hope.

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 10:14 AM
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Giles powers Smart-Gilas past Singapore
By WAYLON GALVEZ
September 24, 2009, 8:36pm

Smart-Gilas RP developmental team, getting huge numbers from American CJ Giles, downed the Singapore Slingers, 70-67, in an exhibition match Wednesday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 6-foot-10 Giles imposed his will inside the paint to finish in double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while controversial player Japeth Aguilar added 14 points with four boards. The two also posted two blocks.

The Slingers, composed of locals and two imports, are fine-tuning for the coming ASEAN Basketball League – a home-and-away tournament which starts on October 10.

Former La Salle stalwart JV Casio contributed 10 points, while ex-Far Eastern University teammates Mac Baracael and Mark Barroca, and one-time Ateneo skipper Chris Tiu combined for 23 points for Gilas.

Even with the win, Gilas’ Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman was not so happy, saying his players, particularly Giles, need to improve.

The 6-foot-10 Giles, a former draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, signed a one-year contract with Gilas after he agreed to go through the naturalization process to play for the Nationals in various international events.

Fil-Aussies Sebastian Salinas and Matthew Schmechtig also played well despite being new to the team.

Slingers’ import Kyle Jeffers led Singapore with 20 points, while Filipino guard Al Vergara had seven points for the host team.

D_I_A
09-25-2009, 10:29 AM
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SBP wants PBA to go easy on Japeth
By: Zean Macamay
9/25/2009

THE PBA may have already arrived at a decision on Japeth Aguilar, but the SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) is still hoping that the PBA Board will still have a change of heart.

SBP executive-director Noli Eala yesterday said that the PBA Board should re-think whether its decision to bar Aguilar from playing as a member of the Smart-Gilas developmental in the Philippine Cup is the right one.

“For me personally, I think the PBA should take the case of Japeth very carefully,” said Eala.

Eala said that the SBP has yet to receive a formal copy of the PBA decision. The Board of Governors, in a meeting last Tuesday, finally decided to bar Aguilar from seeing action in the season-opening tournament if he stands firm on not signing up with Burger King, the team that drafted him No. 1.

The former commissioner of Asia’s first play-for-pay loop also pointed out that the landmark decision by the Board may have ill ramifications.

“Baka in the long run masira ang partnership (between the PBA and the SBP),’’ he said.

At the same time, Eala predicted that if ever the Smart-Gilas developmental team does play without Aguilar, the system of the squad under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will not necessarily be affected.

“Without Japeth I don’t think the system of the Smart-Gilas team will be affected,” said Eala. “Our stint in the PBA is limited, and our target, as we all know, is not the PBA.”

Aguilar has been picked No. 1 by the Whoppers in the August Draft, bringing hope to a team that has yet to win a title. It turned out to be false, though, after the former Kentucky University player decided not to sign the maximum P8.7 million, three-year pact Burger King offered him.

“We in the board have an agreement that once Japeth won’t come to terms with us in Burger King, he won’t be allowed to play for Smart Gilas, which will play as guest team in the Philippine Cup,” said Lito Alvarez, the Burger team manager.

Alvarez even went as far as offering Aguilar the freedom to play with Smart-Gilas and with the Whoppers simultaneously. The offer still failed to persuade Aguilar to ink a deal with the Whoppers.

Although still without a contract, Aguilar is already practicing with the Smart-Gilas team. They played a one-game exhibition match with the Singapore Slingers Tuesday which the Filipinos won 70-67.

According to Toroman, Aguilar has only been invited to work out with the team until his problem with Burger King has been resolved.

oca
09-25-2009, 10:36 AM
If the PBA dictates that Japeth cannot play for Gilas at the PBA, imo, the SBP should just forego playing.

1. It would be wrong for a "stakeholder" to tell an NSA that the latter can't field a player because of certain issues.

2. Yung interest ba ng BK in particular, PBA in general, ay higit pa sa interest ng NT at ipipilit nilang huwag makapaglaro si Japeth para sa Gilas sa PBA?

3. Dos por dos por santo, BK has a 2-year hold on their rights over Japeth. If they are sensible enough, that's more than enough time to negotiate and come to terms with the player.

4. Let's admit it, kahit magandang papawis ang laro kontra sa PBA teams, there's isn't much this National Team can learn from the PBA that will be of great use in international play.

razor
09-25-2009, 12:30 PM
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Giles powers Smart-Gilas past Singapore
By WAYLON GALVEZ
September 24, 2009, 8:36pm

Xxx

Fil-Aussies Sebastian Salinas and Matthew Schmechtig also played well despite being new to the team.
Xxx.



Any backgrouder on the 2 Fil-Aussies?

digitalsuperman
09-25-2009, 12:30 PM
sapul na sapul pareng oca...

salsa caballero
09-25-2009, 02:29 PM
^^ both guards. One is 6-3, the other 6 flat.

augustine
09-26-2009, 12:28 PM
May I respectfully add two points?

1) The PBA is showing again its "PBA muna bago ang bayan" side. Not letting Japeth play, and if it so happens, not letting the Smart Gilas team play because of this issue denies the country a chance to develop its national team. Now the PBA is saying they want to provide the national team. WTF? For the past decade getting them to form a team has been like pulling teeth. They only agree when it doesn't disrupt their tournaments. True, they've made adjustments, but minor ones.

2) The PBA is ignoring what fans want. I think fans want good basketball, not the old men of the PBA throwing tantrums. What we need is a good old fan revolt.

Am i the only one feeling this way? Or are my sentiments mainstream?

oca
09-26-2009, 02:10 PM
Di ka nag-iisa. Marami ang dismayado na sa PBA. But the act of protesting or taking concrete action against the PBA is not a trait among Pinoy sports fans. Besides with college ball readily available for viewing, they'll not waste time and energy to make known their sentiments to the PBA.

Etong maghayag nga tayo ng saloobin natin dito kontra PBA ay napakahirap...

GUSTO MO NANG MURAHIN... nakakahiya naman sa mga moderator...

T a n g n a t a l a g a i t o n g PBA. Baka ma kick out ako... erase, erase, erase.

augustine
09-26-2009, 07:04 PM
Actually, I have an idea. And it might be the best way to show our collective disgust. Let's start and publicize a boycott of Burger King. I mean the burger joint, not the team. Let's make sure Burger King in the US knows about it.

FREE Japeth Aguilar!
FREE the SBP team to play who it wants!
FREE Fries with every Whopper!

jembengzon
09-26-2009, 07:46 PM
Actually, I have an idea. And it might be the best way to show our collective disgust. Let's start and publicize a boycott of Burger King. I mean the burger joint, not the team. Let's make sure Burger King in the US knows about it.

FREE Japeth Aguilar!
FREE the SBP team to play who it wants!
FREE Fries with every Whopper!


eto yung gusto ko !!! ;D

Schortsanitis
09-27-2009, 10:47 PM
I think that Japeth being barred from playing with Smart-Gilas in the PBA is just about right. It wouldn't be right for the PBA to allow a player to play in the league if he has an existing issue with one of the teams.

Besides, I thought Japeth said he was ready for whatever sanctions the PBA was going to give him? He can always play in other leagues if he wants, not just in the PBA.

machine101
09-27-2009, 11:37 PM
wala na ba si buenafe sa smart gilas?

oca
09-28-2009, 03:15 AM
Fact--- Smart-Gilas said they will not offer Japeth a contract until he resolves this matter with BK.

With that, magandang gesture of goodwill from BK if they just let Japeth suit up for the NT at the PBA. That will allow Japeth to interact and mingle with more people from the PBA and who knows these socialization may just make him change his mind.

Pero kung kokontrahin ng tuluyan, baka tumigas pa lalo ang damdamin niya kontra BK.

Sabagay, nagbitaw na nga pala ng salita ang BK na nag-aalala sila na baka ma-injure si Japeth.... ::)

richchard28
09-30-2009, 05:09 PM
If the PBA dictates that Japeth cannot play for Gilas at the PBA, imo, the SBP should just forego playing.

1. It would be wrong for a "stakeholder" to tell an NSA that the latter can't field a player because of certain issues.

2. Yung interest ba ng BK in particular, PBA in general, ay higit pa sa interest ng NT at ipipilit nilang huwag makapaglaro si Japeth para sa Gilas sa PBA?

3. Dos por dos por santo, BK has a 2-year hold on their rights over Japeth. If they are sensible enough, that's more than enough time to negotiate and come to terms with the player.

4. Let's admit it, kahit magandang papawis ang laro kontra sa PBA teams, there's isn't much this National Team can learn from the PBA that will be of great use in international play.


i agree. sbp should not be intimidated. they're the nsa here not the pba.

nardy
09-30-2009, 08:11 PM
I think that Japeth being barred from playing with Smart-Gilas in the PBA is just about right. It wouldn't be right for the PBA to allow a player to play in the league if he has an existing issue with one of the teams.

Besides, I thought Japeth said he was ready for whatever sanctions the PBA was going to give him? He can always play in other leagues if he wants, not just in the PBA.



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Pacman donates P1 million; leagues also help
By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated September 30, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has donated P1 million in cash to typhoon victims even as he enjoined his fellow Filipinos to continue praying for Divine help while he was in training in Baguio City yesterday.

“I will take a rest from training on Sunday and I hope Team Pacquiao will be able to go to Manila to give relief goods to victims,” said Pacquiao in a phone patch interview.

Officials of SBP, the PBA, PBL, Liga Pilipinas, NCAA and UAAP wil also join hands this morning in a press conference at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City to announce their charity event for typhoon victims Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.

They will hold two exhibition matches pitting the UAAP-NCAA selection versus PBL-Liga selection and Smart Gilas versus Powerade Pilipinas.

Proceeds from gate receipts will be donated to victims of storm Ondoy.

Coach Yeng Guiao is reuniting with his Tianjin Fiba Asia RP team going up against coach Rajko Toroman and his Smart Gilas developmental team.

The cream of the UAAP and the NCAA, meanwhile, join forces in this endeavor before returning to their respective teams for the closing stage of the collegiate season.

Meanwhile, PBA board chairman Lito Alvarez said there will be no tug-o-war for the services of Japeth Aguilar during the Powerade Pilipinas-Smart Gilas dream exhibition match as he’ll allow the controversial player to play for the RP developmental team.

After that, Alvarez, however, is hopeful SBP executive director Noli Eala will keep his word that they will not touch Aguilar until he has come to terms with Burger King.

“Admittedly, Japeth has no contract with the PBA. This is a noble project, so how can we say no,” said Alvarez.

“But this will be Japeth’s last game with Smart Gilas. After this project, I’ll request to SBP not to allow Japeth play with them anymore, even in scrimmages,” Alvarez added.

“He (Aguilar) must come to terms with us already. We will show how supportive we are to SBP, and I expect them to return the gesture.”

if indeed Japeth has made a violation, then give Japeth the appropriate sanction even if it means banning him from life in playing in the PBA. I also have no problem if they say that Japeth should be barred from joining SMART GILAS in its PBA participation because it is the prerogative of the PBA being the hosts. They could even declare Japeth persona non grata in all live PBA games if they want. But for Alvarez to say that Japeth should not be allowed even in scrimmages is going to far and making pasaring to the SBP about the PBA's support is something that's already overboard as if utang na loob ng SBP that the PBA is joining this charity event.

I do agree Burger King has been shortchanged with Japeth's decision not to sign-up with the team. But why up to this time Burger King has not filed a formal complaint to the PBA, that is what is keeping Commissioner Sonny Barrios and the PBA Board from making an official decision and announcement regarding this controversy.