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    Fiba-Asia Men's Championship

    RP’s group rivals in FIBA cagefest known tomorrow

    NEWLY-APPOINTED Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Patrick Gregorio leaves for Tokushima, Japan today to attend the drawing of lots of the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship slated July 28 to Aug. 5.

    The SMC-Team Pilipinas has qualified to the said event which is the qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics after winning the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) title last week in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

    The all-PBA team completed a four-game sweep of the tournament, but are expected to face stiff competition against the best Asian teams like China, Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Qatar and host Japan in the Japan joust.

    The top 16 teams in Asia will be grouped in to four, with the top two teams per group advancing to the crossover quarterfinal round.

    Only the champion team will earn an Olympic slot.

    Assuming that China will win the tournament, the second place team will play in the Olympics as China has already qualified being the host country.

    After a six-day rest, the nationals resumed practice yesterday at the Moro Lorenzo Gym in Ateneo.

    After their stint in Thailand, the RP Team will compete in Belgrade as well as in the Jones Cup in Taiwan before going to Tokushima.

    They PBA-backed team finished fourth in the tough FIBA-Asia Club Championship Tehran, Iran last month.

    The last time the country played in the Olympics was during the Munich Games in 1972. —Waylon GALVEZ Changing The Face of The Game!

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    bukas na ang draw

    sana televised sa NHK, BS1 o BS2

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    Gregorio attending cage draw

    Last updated 06:07am (Mla time) 06/06/2007

    MANILA, Philippines -- Newly installed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio left for Japan Tuesday to attend the drawing of lots in the FIBA-Asia Men’s championship slated in Tokushima next month.

    There will be a total of 16 teams that will be divided into four groups in the tournament. Defending champion China leads all the entries that will be shooting for one available slot in the Beijing 2008 Olympics next year.

    Asia’s top four teams have been spread evenly in the four groups, with the Chinese in Group A, Lebanon in Group B, Qatar in Group C and Korea in Group D.

    The draw would be very important, as only two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

    And RP basketball team coach Chot Reyes said the draw will play a big role in the Philippines’ bid to tab an Olympic berth, but he is aware of the fact that the improvement of Asian teams doesn’t make it as crucial a factor as before.

    “We’re praying for the best,” Reyes said. “But realistically speaking, with the kind of teams playing, wala ka na ring pipiliin (you have no choice).” Musong R. Castillo Changing The Face of The Game!

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    RP 5 bracket known in FIBA draw


    The Philippine Star

    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio will represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Championships draw at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokushima Wednesday night.

    Gregorio left Manila Tuesday afternoon for Osaka then took a three-hour bus ride to Tokushima.

    "Commissioner (Noli) Eala told me it’s okay if I’m not in Tokushima for the games but it’s a must that I’m there for the draw," said Gregorio.

    Gregorio will be back Thursday in time for the SMC-RP team’s dinner hosted by PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan at the Fort in the Global City. The team will also be treated to dinner by San Miguel Corp. the next day.

    There are 16 entries in the FIBA-Asia joust scheduled on July 28-Aug. 5. The draw will determine which four teams are to comprise each of the four brackets. Teams play each other once in the same bracket after which the top two in each bracket advance to the knockout crossover quarterfinals. The four survivors move on to the crossover semifinals then the top two square off for the title.

    The tournament will serve as the Olympic qualifier for Asia. China, as host of next year’s Beijing Olympics, is guaranteed a slot in the 12-team basketball competition. If China wins in Tokushima, the runner-up gains a ticket to Beijing as Asia’s other representative. If China fails to win, it will still play in Beijing as host nation and the FIBA-Asia champion qualifies for the Olympics.

    The top four finishers in the last FIBA-Asia Championships are seeded to head each of the four brackets, meaning No. 1 China, No. 2 Lebanon, No. 3 Qatar and No. 4 South Korea.

    The draw will begin by picking three teams, except Japan, for three brackets. Japan, as the host country, will be given the privilege of choosing which bracket to join. After the first eight teams are settled in their brackets, the draw will continue to place the remaining eight entries.

    Gregorio said FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann is planing in from the governing body’s headquarters in Geneva to witness the draw which will be supervised by FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia and his deputy Hagop Khajirian of Lebanon.

    "Only defending champion China and Japan, as the host nation, are automatically qualified to play in Tokushima," said Gregorio. "The other 14 countries had to go through sub-zone qualifications to make it."

    The Philippines and Indonesia qualified to play in Tokushima after finishing 1-2 in the SEABA Championships in Ratchaburi last month. The five Asian sub-zones are West Asia (including Lebanon and Syria), the Gulf States (including Oman, Jordan and Qatar), Middle Asia (including India and Sri Lanka), East Asia (including China, Japan and Korea) and Southeast Asia. FIBA-Asia has 44 member countries.

    "To avoid China until the finals, assuming they top the first bracket, we should finish No. 1 in the second or fourth bracket or place No. 2 in the third bracket," explained Gregorio. "Then we should top the quarterfinals so that we face the second placer in the crossover semis before moving into the finals against China." Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Philippines is part of the Group A alongside China.

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    Philippines in 'Group of Death' along with China, Iran and Jordan
    by Hector Santos - Jun 6, 2007

    Team Pilipinas found itself in the toughest bracket of the coming FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan after being bracketed in Group A or the so-called “Group of Death” with defending champion and Asian Games gold medalist China, Asian Games bronze medalist Iran and fast rising Asian basketball powerhouse and Asian Games semi-finalist Jordan.

    Bracket B, C and D can be considered to be the easier bracket due to few Asian powerhouse that was included.

    Bracket B consists of Lebanon, host Japan, Saudi Arabia and UAE. 2005 FIBA runner up Lebanon and Japan are expected to dominate this group.

    Meanwhile, group C includes Asian Games silver medalist Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Qatar and Kazakhstan are likely to be the team to beat in this bracket.

    Group D on the other hand comprises of South Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese Taipei. S. Korea, Syria and Chinese Taipei will surely battling for their spot in the quarters.

    RP Coach Reyes would have chosen Group B or D, although he expressed optimism on the RP Team mission, specially since his coaching staff have plans on how to deal with Iran and Jordan, two teams they had already scouted in a tournament recently.

    According to Reyes, the Nationals are very familiar with Iran and Jordan's games.He also mentioned Jordan as having a naturalized player in Raheim White, a touring pro who used to play as import in the Jordanian team.

    The Philippine team also had a good account on how to play the Iranians, having played the squad in a three-quarter tune-up game during a rest day of the recent Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.

    The Nationals absorbed a 47-63 defeat after three quarters, as they easily fell prey to the Iranians backstopped by four players who stand 6-foot-11. And this should have given the Nationals, especially the coaching staff, a good idea on what to expect in the tournament.

    “This team has come too far to be denied. It is not our style to dwell on the negatives. So our focus is to beat Iran and Jordan. China will take care of itself. And we will go to Beijing or we will die trying,” Reyes said.

    The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals with A1-B2-C1-D2 comprising one group and A2-B1-C2-D1 making up the other.
    The top two squads from each bracket square off in the crossover semifinals.

    If China, which is seeded to the Olympics as host country, makes it to the Tokushima final, the runner-up automatically qualifies to the Games as well. If the Chinese fails to advance, then only the champion will go to Beijing .

    Only if the Philippines tops its quarterfinals group can it avoid meeting China anew in the crossover semifinals.

    The Philippines has never made the Final Four of this Asian championship since ruling the tourney in 1985 in Kuala Lumpur behind a team bannered by naturalized players Dennis Still and Jeff Moore.

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    We’ll go to Beijing or die trying – Chot

    The Philippine Star

    It will be as difficult as scaling the Great Wall.

    The Philippine team found its awesome task of getting into the Olympics again further compounded by drawing the toughest group in the 24th FIBA-Asian championship in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 to Aug. 5.

    The Nationals have found themselves in a formidable company in the 16-team Asian Olympic qualifier with defending champion China and powerhouse challengers Iran and Jordan in the group.

    “Unfortunately, we’re in the Group of Death,” said RP team coach Chot Reyes upon learning of the draw held in Tokushima Wednesday.

    “(The result) couldn’t have been worst. China and Iran are the biggest teams in terms of height and they’re tough. Jordan won’t be easy,” Reyes added of the RP team’s Group A.

    Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Japan make up Group B; Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia Group C and South Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese Taipei Group D.

    Reyes said it could be a lot easier making the quarterfinals had they been bracketed in Group B or Group C.

    “You work so hard to prepare only to leave your fate to the luck of the draw. However, this team and this country have come too far to be denied. It is not our style to dwell on negatives,” said Reyes.

    “Our focus now is how to beat Iran and Jordan. China will take care of itself. We will go to Beijing or we will die trying,” Reyes added.

    One thing going for RP is the fact that Reyes and his staff have scouted Iran and Jordan, third and fourth placers, respectively, in the Doha Asian Games.

    “We’re familiar with those teams. We know that Jordan has a naturalized players in Raheim White, a touring pro who used to play as import in the Jordanian league,” said Reyes.

    Incidentally, the Philippines suffered a 47-63 defeat in a three-quarter tune-up game with Iran during the rest day in the recent FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran. The Iran team features three centers standing at least 6-foot-11.

    “Another good thing with this draw is the possibility of lighter assignments in the quarterfinals. The problem is how to get out of the group games,” said Reyes.

    But Reyes stressed they will do their best to achieve their goal of making it to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio attended the draw supervised by FIBA Asia first deputy secretary general Khajirian Hagop of Lebanon.

    “The Philippines was drawn second to last. The draw was fair with media coverage,” said Gregorio in a text message. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    FIBA-Asia draw pits RP five vs heavyweights

    Chot Reyes: ‘We’re in the group of death’

    By Musong R. Castillo
    Last updated 02:12am (Mla time) 06/07/2007

    MANILA, Philippines -- Morbid though it may sound, but Chot Reyes picked the perfect words to describe the latest turn of events in Philippine basketball.

    “We’re in the group of death,” Reyes told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone, a few minutes after learning where Team Philippines landed after the FIBA-Asia championship draw Wednesday in Japan.

    “We’re in the worst position we could be in,” continued Reyes. “We drew the biggest and best teams in the (Asian) region.”

    There was no luck in the draw for the Filipinos after they found themselves in the bracket of no less than mighty China and rock-solid Jordan and Iran in Group A, making survival of the eliminations a tough feat in itself.

    “The good thing about it is that if we survive the eliminations, the quarterfinals will be relatively easy,” Reyes said.

    “You work so hard only to leave your fate to the luck of the draw,” he continued. “This (RP) team and this country have come too far to be denied. We will go to Beijing or we will die trying.”

    Tournament format will call for the top two finishers in each of the four groups to march on to the quarterfinals, where another set of knockout matches will be held to determine the Final Four.

    Technically, the tournament will only stake one slot to the Beijing Games, the hosts Chinese already seeded. That means that if China wins the Tokushima joust, only the second placer will go to Beijing.

    Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan are in Group B, Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia are in Group C and Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese-Taipei making up the final bracket.

    Jordan was a solid force in the last Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, while Iran manhandled the Philippines three times in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup recently in Tehran, Iran.

    One of those games against Iran was an exhibition during a break in the Champions Cup against the real Iranian national side that played without its Champions Cup imports.

    Jordan, on the other hand, reached the final four of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

    Reyes said that it his not his style to dwell on the negatives. He emphasized that at this point, he will focus his sights on beating Jordan and the Iranians and let China “take care of itself.”

    Team Philippines, which was assembled last March after a two-year suspension by the international basketball federation (FIBA) was lifted, finished fourth in the Champions Cup but went undefeated in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament in Thailand a couple of weeks back.

    Reyes still has two international tournaments to play in before flying to Japan for the FIBA-Asia next month. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Coaches see lighter load after Group of Death


    The Philippine Star

    Coaches who have handled the RP team before could only commiserate with coach Chot Reyes and his troops for getting into the toughest group in the preliminary round of the Asian championship in Tokushima, Japan in July.

    They agree the Nationals have no room for error right in the eliminations where they are bracketed with perennial champion China and emerging Asian powers Iran and Jordan.

    "Tough luck, they can’t afford to make a mistake," said Tim Cone, who steered the RP team to a bronze-medal finish in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

    But he agreed with Reyes that the Nationals will get relatively lighter assignments in the next round if they’re able to make it past the preliminary round of Olympic qualifier among 16 teams.

    "I really haven’t thought about it but I always assume that we will make it to the semis and would like to avoid China in the crossover," said Jong Uichico.

    The tournament format calls for each group to play one round in the preliminaries with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

    Group A’s and C’s top finishers are grouped with Group B’s and D’s runners-up (Group I) while Group A’s and C’s runners-up are grouped with Group B’s and D’s top-notchers (Group II) for another round-robin play in the quarters.

    The top team of Group I meets the runner-up of Group II while the No.1 team in Group II meets the runner-up of Group I in the sudden-death semifinals. The winners in the semifinals dispute the championship while the losers dispute the third-place trophy.

    Assuming China would top Group A, the Philippines needs to beat Iran and Jordan to advance to the quarterfinals with Japan, Qatar and Chinese Taipei in Group II if all the teams play according to their FIBA ranking.

    China is ranked highest at 11th and the Philippines second to last at 65th. The Philippines is only ranked ahead of Indonesia in this tourney.

    Lebanon is No. 24 in the world, Korea 25, Qatar 26, Japan 28, Iran 37, Chinese Taipei 40, Saudi Arabia 41, Syria 43, India 46, Hong Kong 50, Kazakhstan and UAE tied at 56 and Jordan 61. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    The chance we bargained for

    By Ed Picson

    Alright, so the die is cast. The Philippine national basketball team goes up against the biggies right away in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima, Japan next month.

    The tournament will determine the two countries that will represent the region in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    At the outset China, Jordan and Iran will stand in the way of our getting into the next round of the tournament and they indeed make for very big, intimidating shadows. China is, of course the perennial Asian champions, while Iran won the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup held in Tehran just a few weeks back, where we could only manage fourth. Jordan is also no pushover.

    China as the host country is already assured of an Olympic slot. But whatever happens in the tournament, they will be one of the Asian teams. In other words, only one other Asian country can qualify from the Tokushima tournament.

    Immediately after the news broke about our being in Group A, there was collective foot-thumping as people rued the luck of the draw which has made our comeback in international competitions a veritable tightrope act.

    To compound matters, we are expected to walk the rope blind-folded with no safety nets beneath.

    Well, the truth is, it was never supposed to be easy. The controversy that caused our protracted banishment from FIBA-sanctioned tournaments was triggered by the inexplicable propensity of the BAP in fielding mediocre teams that were slaughtered in many tournaments. The hue and cry was, we don’t mind losing, but at the time, the teams that represented the country had no chance at even performing decently.

    An ice cube in hell could have had better chances of surviving.

    After endless wrangling and wheeling and dealing, some sort of Modus Vivendi has been reached, and finally we are sending our best players to represent us in international competitions. As we have written here before, that was all the Filipino basketball fan asked for.

    It would be the height of naiveté to think that we could slay all the Asian basketball dragons in one fell swoop just because our national team happens to be composed of our superstars in the PBA.

    Joining the tournament in Tokushima included submitting ourselves to the luck of the draw. So did everyone else. But as in any activity dependent on luck, one can only hope for the best.

    Coach Chot Reyes has been quoted as saying "We will go to Beijing or we will die trying." A tad melodramatic that, but we all know where he is coming from. And we expect no less from a group that has been given the necessary tools available to extract the best from our best players.

    But allowances must also be made for the abbreviated timetable that the team has had to work under owing to the extended brouhaha that lasted for well over a year. But this is no time for recriminations or excuses. The order of the day is to roll up sleeves and get cracking.

    Obviously there is no time to waste. The travel plans for Belgrade and the Jones Cup have been laid out and the work that awaits the players and the coaching staff has been cut out for them. So let’s get it on!

    With all due respect, I think talk about being in the "group of death" in Tokushima is not going to do the team’s morale a lot of good. That draw is all behind us now and we have been given the opportunity we have been bargaining for-to be given a chance to compete with our best players.

    I say let’s prep us this team for a vicious encounter that we intend to come out of either as victors or proud warriors worthy of the Filipino reputation as sturdy, steadfast and un-cowed, but never the vanquished.

    Let’s give ‘em hell! Changing The Face of The Game!

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