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jared23
08-03-2010, 08:54 AM
RP-Gilas changes plan, will compete in Beirut
8/02/2010 | Smart Gilas, Stankovic Cup 2010 | 15 comments »

source: Waylon Galvez | mb.com.ph

Philippine basketball officials have decided to send the Smart Gilas-Team Pilipinas to compete in the FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup on August 7 to 15 in Beirut, reversing an early plan to skip the event.

A possible fallout with FIBA and a likely fine also helped make the decision to join the tournament despite the general consensus that the Gilas team will be smothered by the opposition consisting of national teams gearing up for the Asian Games.

Though Gilas is likewise preparing for the Games, the lineup for the Stankovic Cup has been severely depleted with some players asking to skip the event while others were not qualified to play because of tournament rules.

Two local players, 7-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-7 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, have begged off from the tournament to catch up with their studies.

At the same time, naturalization candidate Marcus Douthit and Fil-Am Chris Lutz were not allowed to play in the tournament limited to members of national teams. Douthit and Lutz were disallowed since both have yet to secure their Philippine passports.

Despite these woes, Smart-Gilas team manager Frankie Lim said Gilas has committed to play after meeting Sunday with the coaching staff led by Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

According to Lim, if the national team would pullout from the competition, the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) will be fined by FIBA-Asia because the Stankovic Cup is organized by the Asian basketball federation.

Lim said that the event will now serve as part of the national team’s preparation for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in November

“We would want to toughen the other players for the Asian Games,” said Lim.

Smart-Gilas will have 10 players with only one legitimate center in 6-foot-7 Jason Ballesteros.

The national team is again in the ‘Group of Death’ with host Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar and Syria, while in Group A are Asian champion Iran, Japan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Chinese Taipei.

jared23
08-03-2010, 08:55 AM
Toroman has eyes on tried-and-tested Taulava
8/02/2010 | Smart Gilas, Stankovic Cup 2010 |

source: Joel Orellana | businessmirror.com.ph

Smart Gilas is hoping an old guard would fill the gaping hole at its center.

With the Fiba-Asia Stankovic Cup barely a week away, the national pool has yet to assemble a competitive lineup because of the inavailability of its young slotmen, and officials are hoping veteran Asi Taulava would be allowed by the pro league to suit up for the country in the tournament slated from August 7 to 15 in Beirut.

Although a little long in the tooth, Taulava is still considered one of the country’s premier centers and has had valuable experiences in high-level international competition, which could prove vital for the young squad.

There were questions as to whether it would be reasonable for the country to send a team to the tough tournament with the absence of key big men. Naturalization candidate Marcus Douthit and Filipino-American Chris Lutz have yet to secure Filipino passports, while Greg Slaughter and Rabeh Al-Hussaini are skipping the event to complete school requirements.

That leaves six-foot-seven Jason Ballesteros as the legitimate big man for Smart Gilas, which also includes Mark Barroca, JV Casio, RJ Jazul, Chris Tiu, Marcio Lassiter, Rey Guevarra and Mark Baracael.

“I think we have enough players. We can form a 12-man roster,” team manager Frankie Lim told the BusinessMirror on Monday.

Toroman said he has still 10 players in his team, but he is hoping Coca-Cola would allow Taulava, who had been joining Gilas practice sessions recently, to join them in Lebanon. The Tigers failed to make it deep into the playoffs of the Fiesta Conference.

“I don’t see any conflict with the schedule,” said Toroman.

“I think if Tualava will be able to play for us, we can be a lot more competitive because the competition there is very high,” he added.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Sonny Barrios said the league has yet to receive a formal request from the national pool.

“We can’t tell right now. First, they have to formalize the request to the PBA. Second, Coca-Cola and the PBA board has to approve it. At my level as commissioner, it cannot be done,” Barrios said.

Lim said the Philippines can send a full team in the competition although Slaughter, the six-foot-11 project, is doubtful. The team will leave for Lebanon on Friday morning.

The Philippines is bracketed in Group B along with defending champion Jordan, host Lebanon, Qatar and Syria. Reigning Fiba-Asia champion Iran leads Group A that also includes Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei.

The Filipino dribblers face the Lebanese in the opening day on August 7, then meet Syria the following day. Smart Gilas then battles Jordan on August 10 and squares off against Qatar on August 11.

clutchjedi
08-12-2010, 08:31 AM
Group A
Japan 3-1 (lost to IRI)
Iran B 2-2 (lost to KAZ, IRQ)
Taiwan 2-2 (lost to IRI, JPN)
Kazakhstan 2-2
Iraq 1-3

Group B
Lebanon 4-0
Qatar 3-1
Philippines 2-2
Jordan 1-3
Syria 0-4
(each team lost to the teams above it)

Quarterfinals - Aug 13 (Beirut time, GMT+3)
1400 Iran (B) vs Philippines (7PM Manila time)
1600 Qatar vs Chinese Taipei
1800 Lebanon vs Kazakhstan
2000 Japan vs Jordan

If I understand correctly, top 5 teams here qualify for the next FIBA Asia Championship in 2011, no need to go through subzone qualifying i.e. SEABA. Unfortunately it seems there's no Philippine TV coverage.

easter
08-13-2010, 09:41 PM
Smart Gilas enters the Semifinals ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

rabbaddal
08-14-2010, 07:50 AM
Is Asi there to stay?

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PHI/IRI - Feisty finish takes Philippines past Iran
http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=201


BEIRUT, Lebanon (3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup): Having played wait and watch for 30 minutes, Toroman Rajkov unleashed a brisk spree of Filipino offense and the South East Asian nation forced their way into the semifinals with a 79-67 win against a profligate Iran on Friday.

The encounter was even keeled for most the duration with Philippines taking a marginal 51-49 lead into the fourth quarter.

This was when Rajkov’s boys made their move.

Joe Casio scored 12 of his 14 points and Chris Tiu (blue jersey in picture above) nine of his 15 in the fourth quarter as Iran turned the ball over seven times in ten minutes.

Asghar Kardoust had a game-high 24 points – 12 of them in the fourth quarter – but Iran failed to put the men behind to support him.

Kardoust also pulled down 11 rebounds, as Safa Ali Kamalian, the assistant coach of Iran’s main team which is preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, nodded his head in appreciation of the center’s efforts.

“We did nothing special (in the fourth quarter),” said Rajkov.

“It was just that we started to click together better as a team. And our shot started going in,” added the Serbian who had steered Iran to the top of the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship – and resultantly into the 2008 Beijing Olympics – said.

“Playing against them (Iran) is always special for me,” said Rajkov.

“Winning against any team from Iran is more special.”

Marnel Baracel was Philippines’ highest scorer with 18 points, and Taulava 10.

“He’s yet to coming together,” Rajkov said of Taulava. “But he is picking up.”

“Given time, he’ll start playing better in our system,”

Going into the fourth quarter 51-49 marginally ahead, Philippines went on an 8-0 run in an all-round scoring show. And when Casio fired in a brand long-ranger they opened out a 10-point lead, their biggest till that point in time.

Kardoust closed in the gap with a powerful drive-in followed by a three-point play, but Philippines this time unleashed a 9-0 run to close down Iran’s chances.

Philippines await the winners of the Lebanon-Kazakhstan quarterfinal.

animo
08-14-2010, 11:44 AM
what is the current standing?

bydpogi
08-15-2010, 04:04 AM
Semis match Leb 81 - 80 Phils

Sayang! Phils almost beat Lebanon, naubusan lang ng Time out si Toroman kaya nung last 7 secs hindi nakakuha ng magandang attempt ang Gilas. Revelation for Gilas is Lassiter 25pts, El Khatib 25pts / Vroman 23pts for Lebanon.

Parang hindi nagfafasting mga Lebanese ang lalakas pa din, pero iba yung puso ng Gilas given na undermanned sila at sa Home ng Lebanon ang laban.

Next is battle for 3rd vs Qatar which was earlier beaten in OT by Japan. Qatar team is full of African players.

rabbaddal
08-15-2010, 06:25 AM
The experience should serve them well since the 2012 Olympics qualifier will be in Beirut. They know how to play against a homecourt advantage.