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07-31-2013, 12:18 PM
Reyes, PH team to embark on ‘biggest challenge’ yet in FIBA-Asia
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
11:09 pm | Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


Chot Reyes. PBA IMAGE/ Nuki Sabio
MANILA, Philippines—There’s no denying the immense pressure riding heavily on the shoulders of the country’s men’s basketball team aiming to reclaim its glory in the Asian basketball scene.
And Chot Reyes, the national team coach, knows it well.
“The way to handle the pressure is to acknowledge that it’s there. We cannot deny it. We have to acknowledge it so that we can embrace it,” Reyes said.
“I don’t think there is any bigger pressure than what we put on ourselves and I don’t think anybody is going to pressure us as much as these teams on the table,” Reyes added, referring to fellow FIBA-Asia Championship contenders Kazakhstan, China, Iran and Jordan during a press conference Tuesday.
The Nationals, who will bank on naturalized center Marcus Douthit, spy guards LA Tenorio and Jayson Castro and outside snipers Gary David and Jeff Chan, seek to secure one of the three slots for next year’s World Cup of basketball in Spain a feat the Philippines hasn’t accomplished since 1978.
And with Asian giants China and Iran, along with South Korea, the Philippines, which hosts the biggest cage meet in the region for the first time in 40 years, will definitely be pushed to its limits.
“It’s hard. There are a lot of expectations playing in our home court but I’d rather be playing at home than anywhere else so that’s just something we really need to embrace. The bigger pressure is really going to come from these teams,” said Reyes. ”This is the biggest challenge of our professional lives. Every man on the team. Because it’s being played here, this is a different kind of challenge.”
“Senator Jaworski when he visited practice last night, he gave us very good words of wisdom and he said ‘embrace the privilege of playing for the national team’ and it is a privilege and ‘go out and have fun. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.’”
“And I think that’s going to be the mindset that we have to bring in to this group. We know it’s going to be very very hard but we still have to find out a way to enjoy this experience because it’s a once in a lifetime event.”

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07-31-2013, 12:19 PM
‘Go for it with all your heart and soul’
From one skipper to another
By Francis T.J. Ochoa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:26 pm | Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


JIMMY Alapag (top photo, right) prepares to run a defensive drill with cadet pool member Kevin Alas (middle) and former New Zealand national coach Tab Baldwin during the Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday night at Moro Lorenzo gym. Alapag later had a memorable chat with basketball legend Robert Jaworski (right photo), who dropped by the national team’s practice and urged the team to give it their all in the Fiba Asia championship. FRANCIS T.J.OCHOA
Robert Jaworski was the captain of the last Philippine basketball team that played in the World Championship. That little piece of history wasn’t lost on Jimmy Alapag on a rainy Monday evening at Moro Lorenzo gym on the Ateneo campus.
That’s why when Jaworski chatted with Alapag during a visit to the Gilas Pilipinas practice, the current skipper of the national squad struggled to put the moment in words.
“You know what Jimmy? It’s going to take the heart and soul of everyone on this team to win this tournament,” Jaworski told Alapag. “But that’s what you’re known for. So lead these guys and get the job done.”
The job is to at least get into the top three of the Fiba Asia Championship that starts tomorrow at Mall of Asia Arena. That will book for the Philippines its first appearance in the World Championship since 1973, when Jaworski and his teammates accomplished the feat.
As Alapag and his teammates try for a repeat of that, they won’t be lacking in inspiration and motivation after Jaworski’s visit.
“To hear those words from him addressing [me] and the team, it’s all the motivation we need to go out there and get the job done,” said Alapag. “It’s one of those instances where you can’t really put to words how special [the moment] is.”
Jaworski spoke to the team when he arrived, and urged them to do their best.
“This is going to be a tough competition and we [need] the mindset that we’re going for it no matter what,” Jaworski, a former senator, told reporters later.
The meat of his message to Gilas Pilipinas, though, is to take pride in representing the Philippines.
“The highest point of being an athlete is to be given the privilege of representing the country in international competition,” Jaworski said.
For national coach Chot Reyes, parts of Jaworski’s speech helped ease the pressure on the Gilas Pilipinas players.
“Maganda ang sinabi ni Sen. Jaworski (Sen. Jaworski said it well),” Reyes said. “Enjoy the game. That’s going to take our minds off the pressure. Through all this, yun ang nakakalimutan, eh (that’s what we always forget): how much we love the game and how much it’s a privilege for us to be doing this.”
For Alapag, though, his brief chat with Jaworski provided a passing-of-the-torch moment that he’ll always cherish.
“Hopefully, one day when I’m done playing, I can look back in my career and say… Sen. Jaworski and I helped the Philippines win the Fiba Asia Championship,” said the Talk ’N Text veteran.
“I don’t think it gets any better than that.”
Malaysian player dies in training
Meanwhile, tragedy struck the Malaysian basketball team a few days before it was to plunge into action in the Fiba Asia Championship.
National player Jacky Ng Kiat Kee died due to a suspected heart attack Monday while representing Malaysia in an invitational tournament in China.
In a report by Malaysian news agency Bernama, Malaysian Basketball Association secretary general Chey Tat Woon said Ng was on the bench during a match in Jinjiang when he collapsed about 4.30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. while receiving treatment in a hospital.
“The death of Jacky Ng is a great loss to the team and country,” Chey said.
The 6-foot-5 Selangor-born player played a few minutes in Sunday’s game. Teammates said Ng looked pale after recent training sessions.
Chey said there was no indication that Ng had health problems. With a report from Cedelf P. Tupas

genom222
08-01-2013, 12:02 AM
Bukas na to, LABAN PILIPINAS!

yungha
08-01-2013, 12:15 PM
When I left it was something like Iran 91 Malaysia 15. Wow what a statement game for Iran.

bchoter
08-01-2013, 12:23 PM
115-25 is the final score. Parang SBC-LPU sa NC juniors lang ang peg. Sigaw ng pumusta sa Malaysia "Asan ang NABRO?"

genom222
08-01-2013, 08:09 PM
And it didnt take long but we saw the first upset today courtesy of S. Korea over China! So pano yan, may chance na makakalaban natin China sa quarters!

Dark Knight
08-02-2013, 10:59 AM
Go CHINA!!!!

bchoter
08-02-2013, 06:13 PM
S. Korea is giving Iran a run for their money

Jeep
08-02-2013, 10:16 PM
furious come-from-behind win by the philippines on jordan! combination of inside and outside scoring and superb D helped the philippines catch up and steady the pace even when jordan tried to stage a comeback.

kudos to gabe norwood, jason castro, and japeth aguilar for working both ends of the floor in spectacular fashion!

on to chinese-taipei tomorrow! make 'em pay for the crap they've been dealing our OFWs over there, boys!

yungha
08-03-2013, 12:04 AM
India will be a regional power soon. Bhamara is 7'1 and just 17 years old. He's holding his own against older, more mature big men in the current fiba asia. Then there are he Bhullar brothers playing for new mexico state. Sim bhullar, 7'5, is just 20 while tanveer bhullar, 7'3, is even younger at 18. In other words they're just boys. God knows how strong these boys will be in 5 years.

abcdef
08-05-2013, 07:15 AM
India will be a regional power soon. Bhamara is 7'1 and just 17 years old. He's holding his own against older, more mature big men in the current fiba asia. Then there are he Bhullar brothers playing for new mexico state. Sim bhullar, 7'5, is just 20 while tanveer bhullar, 7'3, is even younger at 18. In other words they're just boys. God knows how strong these boys will be in 5 years.

From what I read in some articles before, they are more inclined to stay with the Candaian National Team than India.

Dark Knight
08-05-2013, 12:05 PM
Go JAPAN!!!

blueandgold
08-06-2013, 09:44 AM
Great team win yesterday, everybody contributed and played their respective roles. Great aggressive defense on the pick and roll set the tone right from the start. Sana tuloy-tuloy na! Go Gilas Pilipinas!

Dark Knight
08-06-2013, 02:11 PM
Gilas will end up third. Hahahaha...

The_Big_Cat
08-06-2013, 02:24 PM
^Lintek. Mods paki ban nga si Dark Knight. Hahaha. Ok na ang 3rd basta maka qualify sa World Championships.

First time in 4 games, Gilas led after the 1st Qtr. The slow starts could be attributed to Gary David because of his ineffictivess to put points on the basket or create for his teammates. We all know Chot's run-and-gun is to put points on the board. In the 1st 3 games they were outscored. Jeff or Larry should start from now on and let Gary feel no pressure coming off the bench.

Dark Knight
08-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Most likely we will face Kazakhstan in the QF. That would probably be our last game.

We badly need Ranidel's elbow on this one. Hahahaha...

BigBlue
08-08-2013, 12:21 PM
What's with all the negativity DK?

bchoter
08-08-2013, 01:01 PM
What's with all the negativity DK?Yes, what gives?

yungha
08-08-2013, 01:52 PM
Does anyone understand the nuances of the quotient system? Gilas ended with a plus 5 while chinese taipei ended with a plus 2.

In the game against us, taipei didn't go for a wide open layup in the dying seconds in a great display of sportsmanship. Chot, on the other hand, despite having an insurmountable lead vs qatar, still called a timeout and designed an alleyoop play for japeth.

Did these 2 plays determine the final placing of gilas and taiwan?

The_Big_Cat
08-08-2013, 01:59 PM
Most likely we will face Kazakhstan in the QF. That would probably be our last game.

We badly need Ranidel's elbow on this one. Hahahaha...

Mas exciting kung makalaban ng Gilas ang Korea sa semis. Didn't Ranidel put one of the Sandrin brothers (Korean-American) to the hospital after that horrible sahod by Ranidel in an exhibition game 3 years ago. Ayan ang bakbakan. hehe.

bchoter
08-08-2013, 02:43 PM
Does anyone understand the nuances of the quotient system? Gilas ended with a plus 5 while chinese taipei ended with a plus 2.

In the game against us, taipei didn't go for a wide open layup in the dying seconds in a great display of sportsmanship. Chot, on the other hand, despite having an insurmountable lead vs qatar, still called a timeout and designed an alleyoop play for japeth.

Did these 2 plays determine the final placing of gilas and taiwan?Inbteresting question but even if coach Chot decided to follow the Taiwanese coach's lead and just ran the clock down, the teams would have ended with the same ranking: Phlippines (3), Taiwan (2), Qatar (-5).

It would have been different if 1) Taiwan forced the extra 2 points and 2) the Philippines chose to run the clock down. The quotient will end up as: Taiwan (4), Qatar (3), Philippines (1)

yungha
08-08-2013, 04:34 PM
thanks bchoter. that's why it doesn't pay to be polite in tournaments like this where every point counts.

in other news, i think hamed haddadi will soon match yao ming's record of 3 fiba asia mvp awards. and he's still young enough to win 1 or more after this.

red_engr1987
08-09-2013, 08:10 PM
Taiwan (CT) defeated China (PROC) in the QF of Manila FIBA ASIA 2013. Huge upset by CT making all the sports writer in the major dailies looks st_pid. Moral lessons bilog ang bola, tanking and faking injury for positioning backfire to China. This time basketball God is on the side of CT.

JonarSabilano
08-12-2013, 08:17 AM
From what I read in some articles before, they are more inclined to stay with the Candaian National Team than India.

That, and the Indian federation is not inclined toward allowing foreigners of Indian descent to compete for the country. Yes, including the Bhullars.

Joescoundrel
08-12-2013, 11:34 AM
It would have been good if ABL star Stanley Pringle had gotten a roster spot ahead of either LA Tenorio or Jimmy Alapag. As good as the two PBA veterans played, Pringle would have been a taller version of Jayson Castro, meaning even with Castro sitting down we would still have an aggressive speed demon breaking down defenses with his dribble-penetration and quick-spring pull-up game. Tenorio and Alapag just weren't as quick as Castro is and could thus not keep putting pressure on opposing defenses. Pringle would have been perfect. Ang tanong lang naman diya eh kung totoong Fil-Am ba si Pringle. Sa tuwi na lang kasi pinag-uusapan siya parang parating papeles ang kulang sa kanya.

Joescoundrel
08-12-2013, 11:36 AM
By the way, interesting discussion among the press: Is this Gilas team better man-for-man than Danding's old NCC national team with Still, Moore, Engeland, Caidic, Calma, Lim et al...?

JonarSabilano
08-12-2013, 04:05 PM
It would have been good if ABL star Stanley Pringle had gotten a roster spot ahead of either LA Tenorio or Jimmy Alapag. As good as the two PBA veterans played, Pringle would have been a taller version of Jayson Castro, meaning even with Castro sitting down we would still have an aggressive speed demon breaking down defenses with his dribble-penetration and quick-spring pull-up game. Tenorio and Alapag just weren't as quick as Castro is and could thus not keep putting pressure on opposing defenses. Pringle would have been perfect. Ang tanong lang naman diya eh kung totoong Fil-Am ba si Pringle. Sa tuwi na lang kasi pinag-uusapan siya parang parating papeles ang kulang sa kanya.

Manong Joe, I don't think it's a matter of whether he has papers; it's more of when he got those. If Pringle could show proof that he acquired Filipino citizenship before turning 16, he's good to go. Ito yung sabit na na-encounter nina Lutz at Lassiter noong 2011. Napakiusapan lang sa FIBA head office kaya napayagan sila.

This also means that if colleges are recruiting Fil-Ams with the ulterior motive of training them for the national team, better give them Philippine passports as soon as yesterday.

eightyfiver
08-12-2013, 09:15 PM
Congratulations Gilas Pilipinas! Laban Pilipinas!

yungha
08-13-2013, 12:53 AM
i wonder how deep the other countries are in terms of talent. for example let's play a 16-team tournament featuring the 2nd teams of each of the fiba asia countries. then another tournament featuring 3rd stringers. and so on.

baka puro pilipinas na ang manalo sa mga tournament na yan.

pio_valenz
08-13-2013, 01:48 PM
Palagay ko in the bubble for 2014 sina Gary David at June Mar Fajardo. David struggled against taller defenders to get off his shot while Fajardo just isn't ready yet.

If he's healthy, Jared Dillinger would be a good replacement for David. For Fajardo, it gets a little trickier. Slaughter has the height but is even more raw than Fajardo. Sonny Thoss is too lean.

I also think Jay Washington would be a good option at the 3 spot. I remember he was on Rajko Toroman's wishlist in 2011. Hindi lang pinayagan ng SMC.

yungha
08-13-2013, 04:54 PM
Cabagnot, sol mercado and ryan reyes could be considered for tenorio and alapag. it's not that i don't like tenorio, but cabagnot, reyes and mercado and are simply taller and bigger. we have a slew of good, tall forwards to choose from like washington as you said, canaleta, kelly williams if he's healthy, maybe abueva kung gusto natin magkalat ng lagim sa spain.

yup dillinger is a good candidate. but if you look at the other teams, they have youngsters, some of them teenagers, playing alongside the vets so that the young ones can get experience. so i'm thinking why not rayray parks.

junmar and greg are raw but these 2 will be our national team centers for the next 10 years so we might as well send them out and toughen them up now.

pio_valenz
08-13-2013, 05:25 PM
OO nga pala I forgot about Canaleta. May tira pa sa labas.

Ako din, tingin ko Tenorio might be too small. Si Alapag, much as I love his heart and his refusal to let us lose against Korea, it was clear he's lost a step. Pero ang alam ko Mercado cannot suit up for the Philippines for the same reasons as Pringle and Banchero. Ryan Reyes and Cabagnot, pwede. Actually why not make Parks a point guard? yun naman talaga ang laro niya eh.

I think we also need to start looking for a replacement for Douthit. A younger and taller player, mga seven feet and maybe late 20s at the most.

MrM
08-13-2013, 05:41 PM
Would it be too much of a stretch to convert Chris Lutz into a 1? I'd give him another crack at Gilas over Cabagnot or Ryan Reyes, primarily because of his quickness and ability to score.

genom222
08-13-2013, 08:49 PM
For me, I would not even change the roster of this team. Yes even Junmar gets to stay. I just think that the chemistry and camaraderie that this groups has developed is far more important than any addition of a great player. I am good with this roster for the World Cup next year because this group earned it and it will be unfair and wrong if someone else gets to play in Spain. Just my two cents.

Sam Miguel
01-06-2014, 08:33 AM
Gilas Pilipinas five bags top PSA award

2013 athletes of the year

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:58 pm | Sunday, January 5th, 2014

TWELVE gallant men in an incredible 11-day journey put Philippine basketball back in the world stage.

In an amazing run that stirred this hoop-crazy nation, Gilas Pilipinas claimed a slot in the 2014 Fiba World Cup for the first time in over three decades after securing a silver in the Fiba Asia Championship last August.

The feat shone brightest in local sports in 2013 as Gilas Pilipinas, bannered by Philippine Basketball Association stars, defied the odds against the powerhouses of Asian caging and electrified nearly 20,000 Filipino fans who trooped to Mall of Asia Arena.

It’s for this historic and remarkable ride that the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) chose Gilas Pilipinas as the 2013 Athletes of the Year when it stages its Annual Awards Night on Jan. 25 at Solaire Resort and Casino.

Mentored by Chot Reyes, Gilas Pilipinas will lead the finest athletes and sports personalities who will be honored by the oldest media organization in the country.

Gilas Pilipinas will only be the fourth team to be awarded with the highest recognition after Team Philippines emerged overall champion in the Southeast Asian Games (2005), the fifth straight UAAP titlist Ateneo Blue Eagles (2012) and Team Manila in the world softball championship (2012).

Brightest among the cage heroes was phenomenal guard Jason Castro, who earned a slot in Asian basketball’s Mythical Five, in those two weeks to remember where the Philippines also ended a string of international heartbreaks against South Korea.

Although Gilas bowed to Iran in the finals, the silver finish propelled the country back to the world basketball championship for the first time in 35 years since Manila hosted the meet in 1978.

It was also the highest achievement for the national men’s basketball team since the country ruled the 1985 Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Other citations to be given are the Presidential Achievement Award, Executive of the Year, Major Awards, National Sports Association of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Sixth Man Award, Mr. Football, Miss Volleyball, Posthumous Awards, Milo Junior Athlete and the Tony Siddayao Award.

The gold medalists in the recent Southeast Asian Games in Burma (Myanmar) will also be recognized in the the event backed by Smart Sports, Milo, Philippine Sports Commission, Air21, Globalport, Rain or Shine, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Philippine Basketball Association, Accel, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who staged an impressive comeback last year with a clinical win over Brandon Rios, will be the special guest and speaker during the gala night.