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migsameds
09-28-2009, 06:26 PM
Monday October 5 2009, 5pm to 9pm. Benefits of these games will go to the victims of Ondoy

1st game : UAAP/NCAA SELECTION VS LIGA/PBL SELECTION
2nd game : PBA POWERADE NATIONAL TEAM VS. SMART GILAS NATIONAL TEAM

Tickets prizes: Available on Wednesday at the ticketron ; Araneta center

RINGSIDE/ PATRON- P200; LOWER BOX –P100; UPPER A – P50 ; UPPER B & BLEACHER – FREE

Please encourage our basketbol fans , players, coaches, etc to donate rubber shoes and slippers

easter
09-28-2009, 08:03 PM
^ Maganda ito Powerade vs Smart Gilas sana may tv coverage. Donate nila ang portion ng advertising revenue.

digitalsuperman
09-28-2009, 09:11 PM
maganda toh... sana dito rin sa cebu mag organize nang ganito!

nardy
09-29-2009, 12:54 AM
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It is the greatest mistake not to do anything because you can do little .... DO WHAT YOU CAN. Every little bit helps. Pinoy para sa Pinoy --- that is the challenge of Ondoy.


this is for a good cause. :cool:

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Basketball leagues stage charity games for ‘Ondoy’ victims
Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Monday, 28 September 2009 19:39

THE basketball community is lending a helping hand to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy by staging two charity games involving the country’s major leagues, dubbed “Pinoy Basketball, Kakampi Ninyo,” on October 5 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala made the announcement on Monday after meeting with representatives of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Liga Pilipinas, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The first game will feature a selection of UAAP and NCAA players against a selection from the PBL and Liga Pilipinas.

The highlight match will be the duel between the PBA-backed Team Pilipinas and the Smart Gilas of the SBP under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“Araneta has agreed to give the venue for free. We will donate all the proceeds from the tickets,” said Eala.

“We are also asking all the leagues to donate rubber shoes or rubber slippers and we all decided to give the donation to ABS-CBN Foundation,” he added.

Details of the charity games, including ticket prices, are still being discussed.

The participation of players from Ateneo and University of the East, which are disputing the UAAP crown on Thursday, however, remains doubtful, as well as players from NCAA teams vying in the Final Four seedings.

The centerpiece match offers a major side event—Japeth Aguilar who up to now refuses to sign up with Burger King. The PBA banned Aguilar from the Philippine Cup, where Smart Gilas is a guest team.

The PBA-backed Team Pilipinas finished eighth in the Tianjin (China) Asian championship and failed to qualify for the world championship in Turkey in 2010. Smart Gilas, on the other hand, is a developmental team that will vie in the 2011 Asians for a possible slot in the 2012 London Olympics


“Pinoy Basketball, Kakampi Ninyo,”

Monday October 5 2009, 5pm to 9pm. Benefits of these games will go to the victims of Ondoy


1st game: UAAP/NCAA SELECTION VS LIGA/PBL SELECTION
2nd game: PBA POWERADE NATIONAL TEAM VS. SMART GILAS NATIONAL TEAM
Tickets prizes: Available on Wednesday at the ticketron; Araneta center


RINGSIDE/PATRON- P200; LOWER BOX– P100; UPPER A– P50 ; UPPER B & BLEACHER– FREE

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Call 911-5555

Please encourage our basketbol fans , players, coaches, etc to donate rubber shoes and slippers.


would Basketball TV-CS9 or Studio 23 broadcast the game?

Since the donation of the proceeds plus the collected rubber shoes or rubber slippers is to pass thru the ABS-CBN Foundation, the event would must likely be covered by Studio 23. But am not sure if it's going to be shown live or at a delayed basis.

But I am encouraging you plus the rest of the forumers here to show your support to this Charity Project by watching the games live at the Araneta Coliseum and please bring also your donation of rubber shoes and rubber slippers. The ticket price at the lower levels is at a small cost but please remember this is for a good cause. The upper levels entrance is for free but we appreciate that you at least give your old but still usable rubber shoes or rubber slippers. It is a way for you to support the SBP and at the same time give your share in helping out the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.


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nardy
09-29-2009, 12:56 AM
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u2
09-29-2009, 09:15 AM
so saan si japeth?

Liga Pilipinas
09-29-2009, 11:14 AM
WE are encouraging all Liga Pilipinas fans to support this fund-raising effort!
Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Nyo!

chinito_guy
09-30-2009, 12:35 PM
“Pinoy Basketball, Kakampi Ninyo,”

Monday October 5 2009, 5pm to 9pm. Benefits of these games will go to the victims of Ondoy


1st game: UAAP/NCAA SELECTION VS LIGA/PBL SELECTION
2nd game: PBA POWERADE NATIONAL TEAM VS. SMART GILAS NATIONAL TEAM
Tickets prizes: Available on Wednesday at the ticketron; Araneta center


RINGSIDE/PATRON- P200; LOWER BOX– P100; UPPER A– P50 ; UPPER B & BLEACHER– FREE

http://www.ticketnet.com.ph/2006/images/tix_logo.gif
Call 911-5555

Please encourage our basketbol fans , players, coaches, etc to donate rubber shoes and slippers.


would Basketball TV-CS9 or Studio 23 broadcast the game?

Since the donation of the proceeds plus the collected rubber shoes or rubber slippers is to pass thru the ABS-CBN Foundation, the event would must likely be covered by Studio 23. But am not sure if it's going to be shown live or at a delayed basis.

But I am encouraging you plus the rest of the forumers here to show your support to this Charity Project by watching the games live at the Araneta Coliseum and please bring also your donation of rubber shoes and rubber slippers. The ticket price at the lower levels is at a small cost but please remember this is for a good cause. The upper levels entrance is for free but we appreciate that you at least give your old but still usable rubber shoes or rubber slippers. It is a way for you to support the SBP and at the same time give your share in helping out the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

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ANLABO naman, tumawag ako sa tiketnet hindi daw nila alam ang tungkol sa event na ito, and wednesday ang start ng selling ng tiks according sa taas. 911-5555 <-- dont know this event yet? how come? ???

richchard28
09-30-2009, 04:50 PM
let's all come out and support this fund raising event. ;)

m_14
09-30-2009, 08:58 PM
[quote=migsameds ]
Monday October 5 2009, 5pm to 9pm. Benefits of these games will go to the victims of Ondoy

1st game : UAAP/NCAA SELECTION VS LIGA/PBL SELECTION
2nd game : PBA POWERADE NATIONAL TEAM VS. SMART GILAS NATIONAL TEAM

Tickets prizes: Available on Wednesday at the ticketron ; Araneta center

RINGSIDE/ PATRON- P200; LOWER BOX –P100; UPPER A – P50 ; UPPER B & BLEACHER – FREE

Please encourage our basketbol fans , players, coaches, etc to donate rubber shoes and slippers






sino-sino line-ups ng ncaa/uaap at liga pilipinas/pbl selections???

AnthonyServinio
10-02-2009, 11:25 AM
NCAA-UAAP SELECTION

Players

Mac ABOLUCION (Saint Benilde)
Mark Anthony ACOSTA (Mapua Tech)
Reil CERVANTES (Far Eastern)
Woodward CO (UP-Diliman)
Jan Julius COLINA (Adamson)
Mark Joel DE GUZMAN (Saint Benilde)
Jeric FORTUNA (Santo Tomas)
Teree GUILLERMO (Mapua Tech)
Allan Edward MANGAHAS (Mapua Tech)
Anjelo MONTECASTRO (Saint Benilde)
Jewel PONFERADA (National)
Paul SANGA (Far Eastern)
Mark SARANGAY (Mapua Tech)
Jan TAN (Saint Benilde)
Joshua David WEBB (De La Salle-Manila)

Coaches

Glenn CAPACIO (Far Eastern)
Richard del ROSARIO (Saint Benilde)

cobaltinee
10-02-2009, 03:17 PM
Smart-Gilas and Powerade team will try the best in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy. Smart-Gilas need to improve their especially the international games. They need more exposure and recruit height ceiling at 7 footers or naturalization player. Powerade team needs a lot contribution to the Smat-Gilas. They need to prove that they are belong to the national team.

D_I_A
10-02-2009, 03:25 PM
finally i'm back after being flooded for days..

fortunately i was able to save my pc or else, i'm M_I_A instead of D_I_A..

i hope the game's televised at Solar i've spent all my money rebuilding our place.

i'm sure it's gonna be a hell of a game.

Liga Pilipinas
10-03-2009, 09:30 PM
THE following are the delegates of Liga Pilipinas to Monday's "Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Nyo!" charity exhibition games:

Mark Jonas Ababon (G, 5'10", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Glenn Bolocon (SF, 6'2", Trace-Laguna Stallions)
Allan Husted (SG/SF, 6'1", Smart-Pampanga Buddies)
Rex Leynes (PG, 5'8", Forward Taguig)
Ariel Mepana (PF, 6'3", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Luis Palaganas (SF, 6'2", Quezon Red Oilers)
Angelus Raymundo (C, 6'5", Quezon Red Oilers)
Eder John Saldua (OG/SF, 6'2", Misamis Oriental Meteors)

Coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba (M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)

augustine
10-04-2009, 01:09 PM
What"s the word on TV coverage?

myktristan
10-04-2009, 06:07 PM
What"s the word on TV coverage?


it has been said that the games will be covered by BTV and C/S9.. I'm not sure if this is live telecast or delayed...

james_ty
10-05-2009, 12:14 PM
What"s the word on TV coverage?


it has been said that the games will be covered by BTV and C/S9.. I'm not sure if this is live telecast or delayed...


It's slightly delayed. The telecast of both games will start at 6 pm on both C/S and BTV.

D_I_A
10-05-2009, 12:51 PM
What"s the word on TV coverage?


it has been said that the games will be covered by BTV and C/S9.. I'm not sure if this is live telecast or delayed...


It's slightly delayed. The telecast of both games will start at 6 pm on both C/S and BTV.


is this confirmed sir?

james_ty
10-05-2009, 02:34 PM
What"s the word on TV coverage?


it has been said that the games will be covered by BTV and C/S9.. I'm not sure if this is live telecast or delayed...


It's slightly delayed. The telecast of both games will start at 6 pm on both C/S and BTV.


is this confirmed sir?


Yes. The Solar people told me about it last Wednesday during the press conference.

RockLobster
10-05-2009, 08:19 PM
Sir, if you happen to know kung may replays, pa-post naman ng schedule. Hindi ako makapanood kahit sa TV because of work. Salamat! :)

Jeep
10-05-2009, 09:39 PM
the pros had a good start with their powerade pilipinas squad. but entering the 5-minute mark of Q2 the greenhorns with smart-gilas are up by 14 pts.! :o a combination of blistering transition points, scoring off the pick-and-roll, and excellent perimeter shooting have helped the young'uns. too early to tell, but surely a couple years down the road this squad should put the philippines back in contention in world basketball. :)

korn666333
10-05-2009, 10:24 PM
hahah kawawang powerless walng maibubuga, may rason pa si yeng bago ang laro hahaha... lols

zytrexx
10-05-2009, 11:00 PM
Final Score: Smart Gilas 98, Powerade "Team Pilipinas" 69

Kakahiya ang mga PBA players pinaglaruan lang ng mga bagitong collegiate players! Parang obsolete na yata ang PBA, marami pang excuses sila!

zytrexx
10-05-2009, 11:04 PM
Nasa jersey nila "Team Pilipinas" tapos may flag sa Pinas at logo ng PBA, wala namang fighting spirit and pride ang mga players na to...nagpapatalo sa mga bata....nagdadahilan pa sila na wala daw si Jayjay...

It only comes to show that team play always win over individual one-on-one plays

D_I_A
10-05-2009, 11:53 PM
Nasa jersey nila "Team Pilipinas" tapos may flag sa Pinas at logo ng PBA, wala namang fighting spirit and pride ang mga players na to...nagpapatalo sa mga bata....nagdadahilan pa sila na wala daw si Jayjay...

It only comes to show that team play always win over individual one-on-one plays


Euroball na ang in ngayon out na ang American brand of plays

james_ty
10-06-2009, 11:14 AM
I was at the game last night and the crowd was rooting more for Smart Gilas.

With the way Toroman's team played, they will surely beat some of the PBA teams.

I think this is the best national team we can have now. Let them represent the country.

I hope the PBA Board rethinks its policies on national teams. A pick-up pro team just wouldn't do.

myktristan
10-06-2009, 12:53 PM
let us also give yeng guiao a benefit of the doubt, partida rin kahit papaano sa Powerade na kulang-kulang ang line up nila tsaka wala masyadong practice..but still, it was nice seeing PBA-backed national team beaten to a pulp by Smart-Gilas..hehehe ^_^

easter
10-06-2009, 03:12 PM
Actually kulang din Smart Gilas kasi wala pa yung mga in contention pa sa UAAP at NCAA. The game was also under PBA rules so may lamang din ang PBA.

cobaltinee
10-06-2009, 03:16 PM
Smart Gilas won yesterday charity game against Powerade PBA Pilipinas. CJ GIles and Japeth Aguilar leads the team in Smart-Gilas. They won Tony Chua Trophy award. :)
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richchard28
10-07-2009, 11:06 AM
congrats, gilas! i love what i'm seing. keep up the good work. ;)

salsa caballero
10-07-2009, 12:09 PM
Walang sinabi ang style ni Yeng kay Toroman. Kitang-kita ang fluidity sa play, unlike the typical Yeng method of freestyling. Not necessarily a bad thing as Yeng has reaped success in the PBA.

In this match-up though, Guiao got Serb-ed.

jembengzon
10-07-2009, 12:37 PM
Walang sinabi ang style ni Yeng kay Toroman. Kitang-kita ang fluidity sa play, unlike the typical Yeng method of freestyling. Not necessarily a bad thing as Yeng has reaped success in the PBA.

In this match-up though, Guiao got Serb-ed.


salsa, on a personal note, i'm glad toroman's smart-guilas team trounced the guiao-led powerade pba team, and japeth had a great game. it'll show the old boys mentaility , pba muna bago lahat league what they're missing with a foolish stance on this issue. instead of helping develop the team for international play, it's the same crab mentaility they adhere to. way to go, smart-guilas :)

it's an international game, and let's face it, the smart apporach to getting us ready was with toroman and SBP's multi-layered grassroots development long-term program.

Wang-Bu
10-07-2009, 01:21 PM
Tanggalin na lang si Magi Sison sa Gilas, ipalit si Elmer Espiritu.

Wang-Bu
10-07-2009, 01:24 PM
THE following are the delegates of Liga Pilipinas to Monday's "Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Nyo!" charity exhibition games:

Mark Jonas Ababon (G, 5'10", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Glenn Bolocon (SF, 6'2", Trace-Laguna Stallions)
Allan Husted (SG/SF, 6'1", Smart-Pampanga Buddies)
Rex Leynes (PG, 5'8", Forward Taguig)
Ariel Mepana (PF, 6'3", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Luis Palaganas (SF, 6'2", Quezon Red Oilers)
Angelus Raymundo (C, 6'5", Quezon Red Oilers)
Eder John Saldua (OG/SF, 6'2", Misamis Oriental Meteors)

Coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba (M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)


Sir official ba mga nakalistang height and position? Sa pagkakaalam ko pointguard si Rex Leynes at hindi forward. Si Luis Palaganas naman ay napakalayo naman sa 6-2, malamang nasa 5-7 hanggang 5-8 lang, pointguard din at hindi forward.

myktristan
10-07-2009, 06:05 PM
THE following are the delegates of Liga Pilipinas to Monday's "Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Nyo!" charity exhibition games:

Mark Jonas Ababon (G, 5'10", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Glenn Bolocon (SF, 6'2", Trace-Laguna Stallions)
Allan Husted (SG/SF, 6'1", Smart-Pampanga Buddies)
Rex Leynes (PG, 5'8", Forward Taguig)
Ariel Mepana (PF, 6'3", M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)
Luis Palaganas (SF, 6'2", Quezon Red Oilers)
Angelus Raymundo (C, 6'5", Quezon Red Oilers)
Eder John Saldua (OG/SF, 6'2", Misamis Oriental Meteors)

Coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba (M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos)


Sir official ba mga nakalistang height and position? Sa pagkakaalam ko pointguard si Rex Leynes at hindi forward. Si Luis Palaganas naman ay napakalayo naman sa 6-2, malamang nasa 5-7 hanggang 5-8 lang, pointguard din at hindi forward.


Sir Wang-Bu, the name of Leynes' team sa Liga Pilipinas is Forward Taguig..^_^

nardy
10-07-2009, 06:57 PM
Tanggalin na lang si Magi Sison sa Gilas, ipalit si Elmer Espiritu.


:( Elmer was invited in last year's tryouts held in Xavier but is said that his agent wants him to play in the PBA instead.

D_I_A
10-07-2009, 09:43 PM
Tanggalin na lang si Magi Sison sa Gilas, ipalit si Elmer Espiritu.


:( Elmer was invited in last year's tryouts held in Xavier but is said that his agent wants him to play in the PBA instead.


yan ang hirap pag commercialize ang basketball kahit sa collegiate level

D_I_A
10-07-2009, 09:56 PM
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Smart Gilas officially takes over from Team Pilipinas after an epic 98-69 rout
Written by Rick Olivares / Columnist
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 01:18

“KEEP your feet on the ground.”

Thus intoned Ricky Vargas, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice president and Philippine Basketball Association board member for Talk ’N Text, inside a happy but not overly exuberant Smart Gilas dugout.

The team broke out in applause. Reminders were made about a practice game against the Philippine Patriots of the Asean Basketball League the following day, not missing school, and other matters. And there was dinner at the gazebo of the Araneta Coliseum.

Smart Gilas was still plenty hungry even after their 98-69 demolition of the all-pro Team Pilipinas that effectively transferred the reigns of leading the country back to its lost basketball glory.

Only the team wasn’t gloating. They were more relieved and excited to begin the next part of their journey. And their hunger pangs needed to be satiated.

After the two-hour match that was interrupted with all sorts of ceremonies, the team went to center court and knelt down to pray. And when they stood up to thank the crowd, they were showered with even greater applause. “They are exciting to watch,” said one fan seated at the patron section. “I’m a believer.”

It must have been a bitter pill for former national coach Yeng Guiao to swallow to see his Team Pilipinas lose badly. But for all the acrimony and controversy, Guiao had the class at the end to shake Gilas coach Rajko Toroman’s hand after the game.

There were all sorts of subplots entering the main game of the “Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Ninyo” charity game that raised P1.6 million for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

There was Guaio and Toroman. The former, a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, has been against the hiring of foreign nationals to coach the national squad. And that included the Serb, in spite of his glowing international credentials.

Toroman offered to scout the opposition for Guiao during the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in August but the Burger King mentor rebuffed him and instead asked Ginebra San Miguel taskmaster Jong Uichico to join him in the sidelines in Tianjin, China.

There, too, was Japeth Aguilar, the Burger King’s draft pick who opted out of signing with the PBA ball club. Aguilar played for Guiao at Team Pilipinas and, almost immediately after Tianjin, did an about-face and bolted for Gilas citing a desire to continue to serve the country and help the squad achieve its Olympic dream.

And there was Chester Jarrell Giles, the former Los Angeles Laker draftee who joined the team for its campaign last summer in the Fiba-Asia Champions Challenge Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Giles, who is in the process of naturalization in order to play for the country, was mauled during a scrimmage with Talk ’N Text players a few days before the charity game.

Many Gilas players are of the mind that the assault was planned because the incident occurred barely two minutes into the third quarter of their scrimmage. “They quickly entered the court and cordoned us off from reaching Giles,” said one Gilas player who has changed his views on the pro players. “Mukhang nag-usap sila. Nakakawalang respeto.”

Toroman, however, downplayed any tension between the two teams. “It is for charity and I don’t think anyone will run that with the whole country watching. But it will be intense as both teams will want to win.”

The last subplot belonged to Andy Mark Barroca, the former Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraw who was removed from the team for allegedly throwing a game. His ouster and subsequent return to full-time duty with Gilas has strained his relationship with his former teammates, including Aldrech Ramos and Ric Cawaling who are also on the national squad.

Barroca ignored them in the dugout but said once they step on the court, it was all business. And true enough, during introductions, he tapped hands with his former Tamaraw teammates. On several occasions, he found them for a pass and a deuce.

Next to cocaptain Chris Tiu, Barroca drew the biggest applause from the Monday evening crowd that filled the patron to the Upper A seats of the venue. When the FEU Pep Squad chanted his name several times during the course of the game, the point guard’s eyes watered.

“Malaking bagay ’yun. Lalo na galing sa FEU ’yan.”

And suddenly it was like old times when the team was in the United States, Serbia and Indonesia. Barroca was balling and lobbing alley-oops to Giles and Aguilar.

That was what Guiao feared—highlight reel slams to get the crowd rocking in their favor. “Siguraduhin niyo na wala silang mga dunk,” he reminded his players before the game.

At first, Team Pilipinas was executing behind the snipings of James Yap and Sonny Thoss. But substituting Jayvee Casio in favor of Barroca in running the offense, Gilas got their act together and pounded the pro players mercilessly.

Gilas ruled the boards, 60-36, with 16 offensive caroms to the 13 of their pro foes. They protected the interior as they swatted eight shots to the lone rejection by Gabe Norwood (I counted at least 10 blocked shots total by Gilas).

Their defense fueled their up-tempo game. They ran when they could and set up their half-court offense that Powerade seemed helpless to stop.

It seemed ridiculous even to the point of unthinkable how Gilas thoroughly dominated the stat sheet (Team Pilipinas only had more steals but that, too, is disputable) even when the PBA referees swallowed their whistles.

In one sequence, Willie Miller, the Alaska Aces’ dynamo of a guard, drilled a shot even with Mac Baracael all over him. “Nice challenge,” said the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) by way of trash talking the former Tamaraw.

In truth, there was no challenge, no contest, and no doubt that Gilas is better equipped to battle in the international arena for that elusive Olympic berth. They ruled the airwaves and the ground game.

And the end result spoke volumes.

But that’s for the analysts and hoop junkies to decide.

The young guns…well, they just want to have fun.

“Just like Jakarta,” mused Dylan Ababou, the MVP for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 72. “Na-miss ko ’yung team na ’to.”

If Team Pilipinas was missing the services of Jayjay Helterbrand, Mick Pennisi and Arwind Santos who are all with their mother clubs abroad, so, too, was Smart Gilas which was without Letran’s RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra and the University of Visayas’ Greg Slaughter. The three are still competing in their respective school’s collegiate campaigns.

Ababou, Ramos and Cawaling just rejoined Gilas and had only one practice with the team. And the only time they played with Aguilar was in April when the team was at the Joe Abunassar Impact Basketball Camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Magi Sison, the fourth string center for Gilas who was scratched out of the lineup for Jakarta, was excited to be back with the squad. “Pamilya ko sa Lingayen nanonood. Second family ko [Gilas] nandito. Masaya ’to.”

Team Pilipinas’ Jay-R Reyes was quick to offer his insights on the game and Gilas: “Magaling. Mahusay talaga. Good luck sa kanila. Sana abutin nila.”

“It is one moment,” cautioned Toroman inside the dugout after the match. “We have to enjoy this moment but tomorrow we continue our hard work because our task is very very difficult.”

The journey continues.

The scores:

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 98—Aguilar 24, Giles 22, Baracael 10, Ababou 9, Barroca 8, Casio 8, Tiu 7, Ramos 6, Ballesteros 4, Cawaling 3, Sison 0

Team Pilipinas 69—Yap 17, Dillinger 12, Thoss 9, Miller 9, Raymundo 5, Taulava 5, Arboleda 5, Norwood 3, De Ocampo 2, Baguio 2, Reyes 0

Quarters: 23-19, 49-36, 72-58, 98-69.

richchard28
10-09-2009, 03:00 PM
a brighter future ahead. ;)