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  1. Blatche off the China

    It’s on to mainland China for naturalized Filipino basketball player and National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Andray Maurice Blatche after an impressive stint with Gilas Team Pilipinas in the recently-concluded 17th FIBA World Cup.
    Born in Syracuse, New York, the 6-11 power forward will suit up for the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers in the upcoming professional Chinese Basketball Association (from October to march) after inking a $2.5-million, one-year deal on September 20.
    The Flying Tigers reached the CBA finals last season
    The unexpected move came after Blatche was declared ineligible to see action in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea because of the three-year residency rule.
    The 28-year-old Blatche, who got his naturalization papers in a jiffy by way of an act of the Philippine Congress in June, played center for Gilas Team Pilipinas late last month.
    Our boys finished 21st in overall in the 24-nation World Cup with a single victory (in overtime) over Senegal in five assignments but Blatche was a dominant presence in the prestigious event.
    Blatche finished first in the two-week tournament in rebounding with 13.8 caroms an outing (hulking 7-2 Hamed Haddadi of the reigning FIBA Asia Championship titlist Islamic Republic of Iran was second with 11.4 rpg in five games). He placed second in scoring at a 21.2-point clip (behind only Puerto Rico’s Jose Juan Barea’s 22.0 ppg) and tied for 11th place in steals with two others at 1.60 spg.
    Blatche, who jumped into the NBA directly out of high school in 2005, was the Washington Wizards’ second-round draftee that year. Notwithstanding a string of personal and legal woes (shot in an attempted carjacking three months after being drafted, charged with sexual solicitation in 2007 and charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for the third time in 200 that earned him a bad reputation, he managed to play with the Wizards from 2005-12 and improved his scoring in each of his first six of seven seasons there, registered career highs in points (16.8 ppg – his third straight double-digit scoring campaign), rebounds (8.2 rpg) and assists (2.3) in 64 games in 2010-11.
    Blatche’s numbers dramatically slipped in 2011-12, dropping to 8.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 26 outings due to an assortment of injuries and attitude problems, and he was waived by the Wizards in July 2012.
    Less than two months later, Blatche hooked up with the Brooklyn Nets on a three-year contract with an opt-out clause. As a reserve, he managed to norm 10.3 scores and 5.1 boards in 82 games in 2012-13 as the Nets wound up with a respectable 49-33 record and made the playoffs despite a head coaching change in midseason (from Avery Johnson to P.J. Carlesimo).
    This past season (2013-14), Brooklyn turned to former playmaker Jason Kidd as its bench boss. The Nets reached the second round of the playoffs after a rocky start and Blatche again came off the bench with averages of 11.2 points and 5.3 boards in 73 outings and 22.2 minutes of service during the regular wars.
    However, Blatche missed four games in December due to what the Nets then claimed was for “personal” reasons. It was later learned that he was suspended due to “a lack of conditioning and preparedness.”
    Last June, Blatche opt out of his Nets contract but merrily latched on with Gilas Team Pilipinas on a reported $2 million agreement.
    Off to China, Blatche follows in the footsteps of naturalized Filipino player Marcus Douthit, who also saw action in the Chinese pro league in October 2011 after his stint with the Philippines national team in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.
    Douthit, after tours of duty with the Nationals in the 2011 and 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, is back with the team as Blatche’s replacement for the Incheon Asiad.
    Categories
    Philippine Basketball , ‎ Others
  2. Hope Christian’s Ken ‘SuperMark’ Miranda ready to take flight on cape of greatness

    His towering height and pretty boy looks can turn the head of any Louis Lane on his way, but this 6’ 2” Senior High School student from Hope Christian High School has more to offer in the hard court than just his boy-next-door image.

    HCHS’s so-called ‘Superman’, the shooting guard who dons jersey # 15 Ken Mark Miranda
    has played for several tournaments including FilOil Flying V, Metro Manila Basketball League
    (MMBL), Las Pinas Private Schools Athletic Association (LAPRISSA) where he was awarded as the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), and now in the Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League (PCABL).

    Born Ken Mark C. Miranda on April 1, 1996, in Cardona, Rizal, to Raffy Miranda and Marivic C. Miranda, the cager is on his way to pursue his dream in the world of hoops sports.


    No Kryptonite hindered SuperMark from draining shots in his basketball games. In his MMBL game against Ateneo de Manila University, he scored 40 points and 8 rebounds with 6 assists while he poured in 20 points against the Adamson University also in the same tourney. In their FilOil tournament against the Mapua Institute of Technology, he scored 16 points, 9 boards and 2 steals. In his last games, Ken Mark averages 29.25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. This guy’s stats speak volumes of his talent as a future playmaker and star player in the big basketball leagues of this country.


    On February 7 of this year, the Las Pinas Private Schools Association (LAPRISSA) handed out its Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their high school basketball tournament to Ken Mark Miranda. He is currently playing in the PCABL for Hope Christian High School where he pitched in 13 points, 20 rebounds and 1 block in his last game against UPHSD. “I’d like to thank God and my family for this achievement. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Thank you also for all those who supported me and my teammates.” quipped the beaming cager of Hope Christian who hails from Pangasinan province.

    In the PBA, he looks up to the reigning Governor’s Cup and All-Filipino Cup champion team San Mig Coffee Mixers, and one of its star players, Peter Jun “The Scoring Apostle” Simon. “Sobrang galing niya, magaling yung skills at matalino siya maglaro” said Ken Mark. In the
    NBA, he likes the 4-time Regular Season MVP Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the young squad of Golden State Warriors. “I like Lebron James as a player because he doesn’t only work for his points but also for his team. He assists, he blocks, he scores, and he steals. He is an all-around player.” said Kenmark. His ambition in life is to make it big someday in basketball leagues like the PBA so he can help his family.


    With his persistent training and love for the game, Ken Mark’s vision is not far-fetched to become a reality in the future. He is currently in the roster of the Junior team that will play for this year’s PCABL for multi-titled Hope Christian High School. Playing for his respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make his team at the top of their game is also another achievement that he always likes to share with the rest of his teammates. May SuperMark be a true hero inside and outside of the basketball court and be a good role model for the young to emulate.

    Email the author at paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com
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  3. Hope Christian’s Ken Mark ‘SuperMan’ Miranda ready to take flight on cape of greatnes

    His towering height and pretty boy looks can turn the head of any Louis Lane on his way, but this 6’ 2” Senior High School student from Hope Christian High School has more to offer in the hard court than just his boy-next-door image.

    HCHS’s so-called ‘Superman’, the shooting guard who dons jersey # 15 Ken Mark Miranda
    has played for several tournaments including FilOil Flying V, Metro Manila Basketball League
    (MMBL), Las Pinas Private Schools Athletic Association (LAPRISSA) where he was awarded as the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), and now in the Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League (PCABL).

    Born Ken Mark C. Miranda on April 1, 1996, in Cardona, Rizal, to Raffy Miranda and Marivic C. Miranda, the cager is on his way to pursue his dream in the world of hoops sports.


    No Kryptonite hindered SuperMark from draining shots in his basketball games. In his MMBL game against Ateneo de Manila University, he scored 40 points and 8 rebounds with 6 assists while he poured in 20 points against the Adamson University also in the same tourney. In their FilOil tournament against the Mapua Institute of Technology, he scored 16 points, 9 boards and 2 steals. In his last games, Ken Mark averages 29.25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. This guy’s stats speak volumes of his talent as a future playmaker and star player in the big basketball leagues of this country.


    On February 7 of this year, the Las Pinas Private Schools Association (LAPRISSA) handed out its Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their high school basketball tournament to Ken Mark Miranda. He is currently playing in the PCABL for Hope Christian High School where he pitched in 13 points, 20 rebounds and 1 block in his last game against UPHSD. “I’d like to thank God and my family for this achievement. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Thank you also for all those who supported me and my teammates.” quipped the beaming cager of Hope Christian who hails from Pangasinan province.

    In the PBA, he looks up to the reigning Governor’s Cup and All-Filipino Cup champion team San Mig Coffee Mixers, and one of its star players, Peter Jun “The Scoring Apostle” Simon. “Sobrang galing niya, magaling yung skills at matalino siya maglaro” said Ken Mark. In the
    NBA, he likes the 4-time Regular Season MVP Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the young squad of Golden State Warriors. “I like Lebron James as a player because he doesn’t only work for his points but also for his team. He assists, he blocks, he scores, and he steals. He is an all-around player.” said Kenmark. His ambition in life is to make it big someday in basketball leagues like the PBA so he can help his family.


    With his persistent training and love for the game, Ken Mark’s vision is not far-fetched to become a reality in the future. He is currently in the roster of the Junior team that will play for this year’s PCABL for multi-titled Hope Christian High School. Playing for his respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make his team at the top of their game is also another achievement that he always likes to share with the rest of his teammates. May SuperMark be a true hero inside and outside of the basketball court and be a good role model for the young to emulate.

    Email the author at paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com
  4. Incheon Asiad Men's Basketball: Team Pilipinas Aims to End 52-year Gold Drought

    Just two weeks after feasting on tapas and serranito in Seville, Spain during the 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup, it’s time for Gilas Team Pilipinas to taste kimchi during its two-week sojourn to Incheon, South Korea for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

    Our injury-filled men’s basketball squad aims to improve on its sixth-place finish in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China four years ago when the Nationals did not employ a naturalized player.

    A total of 16 countries are taking part in the Asiad men’s basketball event from September 20-October 3. It includes eight lower-ranked (or unseeded) teams – divided into two groups (A and B) of four teams each – that have to go through the round-robin qualifying phase.

    The best eight teams from the last Asiad, on the other hand, have been seeded automatically into the preliminary round that features four groups (C, D, E and F) with three teams each.

    Making up Group A are Mongolia, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Maldives. Group B consists of Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Palestine and India. The Group A and B round-robin games were played from September 20-22. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the preliminary round (actually the second round).
    The preliminary round will have the following groupings:

    C – seeded teams People’s Republic of China (the reigning gold medalist) and Chinese-Taipei (the ninth-placer during the 2010 conclave which earned a seeded spot because North Korea, the No.8 placer from the Guangzhou Games, declined to participate this year despite on familiar but hostile territory) and Group B second-placer;

    D – seeded teams South Korea (the host and reigning silver medalist) and Jordan (2010 seventh-placer) and Group A second-placer;

    E – seeded teams Islamic Republic of Iran (2010 bronze medalist) and the Philippines (2010 No. 6 placer) and Group B topnotcher; and

    F – seeded teams Japan (2010 fourth-placer) and Qatar (2010- fifth-placer) and Group A topnotcher.

    The prelims will be held from September 23-25 (with a one-day rest for all teams) with the top two teams from each of the four groups qualifying for the quarterfinals.

    The Round of Eight will again be divided into two groups of four teams each – C1, D2, E1 and F2 will comprise Group G, and C2, D1, E2 and F1 will make up Group H – with a round-robin format.

    The third- and fourth-placers in Groups G and H will play in the classification round for fifth to eighth places with a knockout format that features pairings of G3 vs. H4 and H3 vs. G4. The winners will clash in the fifth-place game while the losers will tangle in the seventh-place game.

    The first- and second-placers in Groups G and H will play in the Final Four (or semifinals) to be held at the 7,406-seat Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on October 1. The knockout-style semifinals will pit G1 vs. H2 and H1 vs. G2. The losers will play for the bronze medal and the winners will duke it out for the gold medal on October 3 also at the same Incheon venue.

    Ph head coach Vincent (Chot) Reyes has tweaked his 12-man Asiad lineup from that of the FIBA World Cup’s.

    Gone are ineligible naturalized player Andray Blatche (contrary to popular notion, Blatche was not singled out for disqualification due to non-compliance of the three-year residency rule as Chinese-Taipei’s naturalized player Quincy Davis, who has worn the country’s national colors in the past, also was declared ineligible because of the same rule) and 2013 FIBA Asia Championship All-Tournament selection Jayson Castro William (out with multiple injuries) from the World Cup squad that won just one game (vs. Senegal in overtime) in five assignments and officially ranked 21st in the 24-nation competitions.
    Replacing them are oldhand naturalized player Marcus Douthit, who saw action for Team Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia games in Wuhan, China in 2011 (where the Philippines placed fourth) and in Manila in 2013 (where a silver-medal finish rewarded the Filipinos with one of the three continental tickets to the 2014 World Cup), and James Harden disciple Jared Dillinger.

    Team skipper Jimmy Alapag, whose impeccable three-point shooting during the World Cup caught the fancy of many international hoops fans, has decided to postpone his retirement and will suit up in the Incheon Asiad.

    Injury-plagued long-ball artist Larry Fonacier, a member of the 2013 FIBA Asia unit, opted not to play in both the World Cup and Asian Games.

    In the quadrennial showcase in Incheon, the Philippines will play the Group B winner (either Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Palestine or India) on September 25.

    With a victory over the Group B winner and a loss to the Iranians, the Filipinos will be bracketed to Group H along with C2 ...
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  5. A Barrel of (D) Draft

    Let's take a look at how the various PBA D League teams did in the first-ever D League Draft over the weekend:

    Round 1 ___

    1. Cagayan - Moala Tautuaa, 6-7, 230 pounds, Forward-center

    Tautuaa is an ASEAN Basketball League veteran who brings a lot of size and athleticism to a Cagayan squad sorely lacking both. However, he isn't exactly a classic low post big man, and likes to play from the outside going in. Fans will see shades of Kelly Williams and Jay Washington in him, but only shades. Still, he was far and away the consensus Number 1 choice as the top pick in this draft.

    2. Tanduay - Chris Newsome, 6-2, 185 pounds, Swingman

    Newsome is arguably the best all-around player in this draft, bringing a complete package of athletic ability and skill. He will probably play forward for Tanduay, the same position he plays for the Ateneo. "Siya talaga gusto kong kunin," declared Coach Lawrence Chongson. "Mas gusto ko 'yung speed and skill kesa sa size."

    3. Cafe France-CEU - Arnold Van Opstal, 6-8, 235 pounds, Center

    Van Opstal probably has the best combination of athleticism and size after Tautuaa, and Cafe France can certainly use a lot of that. He isn't exactly a high-skill player though, and will need the ball in the right spots to produce, but he does hit the boards hard and distracts opposing players with his height and length. "Management decision to get him," Coach Egay Macaraya simply said.

    4. Cebuana Lhuillier - Norbert Torres, 6-6, 235 pounds, Center

    Torres plays behind Van Opstal in Lasalle but is actually the more skilled and productive player between the two. Like Van Opstal though, Torres needs to get the ball in the right spots to produce, although he does have a bit more in terms of spot-up shooting from up to 15 feet, and has some nifty post moves inside. He'll be most valuable off both boards and helping on defense with his ability to block shots on the weak side.

    5. Jumbo Plastic - Kris Rosales, 6-0, 175 pounds, Pointguard

    Rosales made the news about a year ago when he was being seriously considered for the NBA's D League. He brings a complete package to the pointguard position for Jumbo but will probably find himself attacking and scoring more than setting the table for his team. Think of him right now as a poor man's Mike Cortez, or a bigger Roi Sumang.

    6. M Builders-FEU - Anthony Hargrove, 6-6, 215 pounds, Forward-center

    As a school tie-in, M Builders went for the FEU center to bolster their inside game. Hargrove is an athletic, hard worker type who hits the boards and gets some opportunistic baskets inside. He will be among familiar faces and that should make things a little easier for him in the D League.

    7. Wangs - Rob Hainga, 6-5, 200 pounds, Forward-center

    Hainga barely stirred on the UST roster over the last couple of years and is strictly a backup big man. He probably won't bring much for Wangs other than his 6-foot-5 frame and five fouls.

    8. Racal/St Clare - Fabien Redoh, 6-3, 190 pounds, Forward

    Redoh is a Cameroonian import and a mainstay for the St Clare Saints in the NAASCU. He will have to find a way to produce against much more talented and taller timber in the D League. Perhpas he can put his snappy mid-range jumper to good use here to open up the lanes.

    9. Hapee/San Beda - Maverick Ahanmisi, 6-1, 190 pounds, Guard

    Ahanmisi is a legit US NCAA Division 1 player who attended the University of Minnesota. Although he was an end-bench player for the Golden Gophers, he still put in time for a legit Division 1 program, the same program that produced NBA legend Kevin McHale. Ahanmisi might become a Sol Mercado-lite.

    10. AMA - Zaldy Angeles, 5-11, 170 pounds, Swingman

    Zaldy Angeles is another one of those high skill players strutting his stuff in a small league. He will be sorely tested in the D League environment.

    11. MP Hotel - Wowie Escosio, 6-1, 180 pounds, Forward

    Escosio helped the UV Green Lancers win the 2013 CESAFI title but was let go prior to this season due reportedly to a questionable attitude. There is no doubt as to his talent, with his ability to score and also help off the defensive boards. He will get a chance to show if he indeed has the big city game to back up his supreme self confidence.

    12. Bread Story/Lyceum - John Azores, 5-9, 160 pounds, Guard

    Yet another school-based pick, Azores was a mainstay of the Lyceum Pirates in the NCAA. He is a high skill player who does not really have an elite-level game to hang his hat upon. Look for him to help advance the ball against pressure and maybe provide some outside shooting.
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