22nd FIBA Asia Under 18 Championships Final Placings

27 08 2012
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Here are the final standings of the recently concluded FIBA Asia Under 18 Championships for men:

Gold – China

Silver- Korea

Bronze- Iran

4th – Japan

5th – Taiwan

6th – Philippines

7th – Lebanon

8th – Saudi Arabia

9th – Syria

10th – India

11th – Indonesia

12th – Bahrain

Mythical Five:

C Lee Jonghyun (Korea)

PF Wang Zhelin (China)

SF Vahid Dalirzahan (Iran)

SG Choi Junyong (Korea)

PG Luo Hanchen (China)

2012 William Jones Cup: Smart Gilas now 4-0 after rallying past Japan

22 08 2012

A 13-point lead by Japan at the end of the 3rd quarter was not enough to prevent the Smart Gilas from bagging its fourth consecutive win in the 34th William Jones Cup in Taiwan.  The Philippine Team outscored their Japanese counterparts 30-13 in the final period to overturn a 58-71 deficit and win 88-84 to remain undefeated in the tournament.

Marcus Douthit conspired with LA Tenorio and Gabe Norwood to open with an 8-2 rally in the fourth period to cut the lead to seven at 66-73.  Triples by Gary David and Jeff Chan sandwiched a pair of free throws by Tenorio moved the Gilas within one at 78-79.  Japan was able to score on the next possession then the Philippines responded with one free throw by Douthit and a triple by Norwood to finally take the lead at 82-81.  After a miss by Japan, Douthit scored off a nice dish by Chan to extend the lead to 84-81.  After a turnover, Japan was forced to foul Douthit who obliged by hitting two pressure-packed free throws for an 86-81 lead. Takatoshi Furukawa hit a triple with 20.6 seconds left to make it a one possession ball game to 86-84.  Chan was cool as ice hitting 2 free throws for the final margin as Japan failed to convert in their last possession.

Naturalized center Douthit led the Gilas with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. LA Tenorio and Gabe Norwood contributed 13 and 11 points respectively. The Philippines drew even with Iran at 4-0 and on top of the standings.

2012 William Jones Cup: Gary David introduces himself to Koreans and the rest of Asia

21 08 2012

TAIPEI- PBA leading scorer Gary David had a some sort of coming out party in Smart-Gilas‘ 82-79 triumph over South Korea in the 2012 William Jones Cup.  For many years, the Philippines always seem to find a to lose when battling a team from Korea. From the juniors to the senior national, the Philippines suffered heartbreaks in the basketball court cause by Korean long-range bombers. This year’s Jones Cup is different as Gary David made clutch shots that could be make National U-18 coach Olsen Racela proud.  In today’s game, Gary David made 2 clutch mid-range jumpers to deny the Koreans in their Jones Cup encounter.  He broke a 77-all tie with a nifty short jumper with 1:25 left in the game. After the Koreans tied it at 79, David responded with another jump shot to give the lead for good to the Smart-Gilas. With the win, the Philippines moved to 3-0 to tie the USA and Iran on top of the standings.

UAAP Season 75: League Leaders after 7 games

21 08 2012

We are at the halfway point of the Men’s basketball tournament of the Season 75 of the UAAP.  Here some of the players who dominated the important statistical categories:


  1. Bobby Ray Parks (NU Bulldogs) 20.71 ppg
  2. Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers) 17.57
  3. Terence Romeo (FEU Tamaraws) / Jeron Teng (DLSU) 16.71


  1. Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers) 13.57 rpg
  2. Emmanuel Mbe (NU) 10.57
  3. Norberto Torres (DLSU) 9.86


  1. Bobby Ray Parks (NU)/ Jeric Fortuna (UST) 5.0 apg
  2. Terence Romeo (FEU) 4,.29
  3. RR Garcia (FEU) 3.86

Steals: Bobby Ray Parks (NU) 1.86 spg

Blocks: Greg Slaughter (ADMU) 2.86 bpg



22nd FIBA-Asia U18 Championships Group Stage: Philippines zooms past Kazakhstan, 83-69

19 08 2012

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The Energen Pilipinas Under 18 Youth team won its second straight assignment after beating Kazakhstan, 83-69 in the 22nd FIBA-Asia U18 Championships.  The win assured the Philippine squad a spot in the next round.  The Philippine youth squad will battle Iran tomorrow for Group D supremacy.

The game between the Philippines and Kazakhstan was even in the fist period as both teams ended up with 18 points a piece. Kazakhstan started the second period with a 8-1 run to take the lead at 26-19.  The Philippines responded with 19-4 run to take a 38-30 lead at half-time.  Kazakhstan once again had a hot start in the 3rd period to grab the lead at 49-46 but they once again allowed the SEABA Champions to take back the lead at the end of the quarter. The Philippines made an early 11-4 run in the first 5 minutes of the final period to up their lead to ten at 66-56.  The Filipinos then coasted to victory behind the steady free throw shooting of captain J-Jay Alejandro who displayed his knack of getting to the line.

Just like the first game, 11 of the 12 boys fielded by Coach Olsen Racela made a basket.  La Salle Greenhill’s Mario Bonleon topped the scoring for the Philippines with 20 buoyed by 3 booming triples. Alejandro had 18 points with 11 scored from the free throw line. Kyle Suarez and Janhubert Angelo Cani combined for 24 points. Kazakhstan were led by the 22 point efforts of Alexey Kurochka and Alymzhan Maxutov.  The Philippines controlled the boards, 47-35.

The scores:

Philippines (83) – Bonleon 20, Alejandro 18, Suarez 14, Cani 10, Pingoy 4, Porter 4, Rivero 4, Babilonia 3, Lao 2, Nambatac 2, Olayon 2, Javelosa 0.

Kazakhstan (69) – Kurochka 22, Maxutov 22, Marchuk 14, Zhumabek 5, Nalogov 3, Kadtsin 2, Nurkhanov 1, Korotkiy 0, Kryachko 0, Toktarov 0, Tulepbergenov 0.

Quarterscores: 18-18, 38-30, 55-52, 83-69.

2012 PBA Draft Combine: June Mar Fajardo is tallest and heaviest

17 08 2012
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Before this weekend’s PBA Draft, the potential draftees were measured and tested by the Philippine Basketball Association.  The PBA measured the actual heights, weights, and wingspans of the candidates.  During the activity, the potential rookie draftees were also asked to some tests like push-ups, pull-ups, and sprint.  Here are some of the standouts of the pre-draft measurements:


  1. June Mar Fajardo – 6’10”
  2. Gian Chu – 6’8 1/8″


  1. Robby Zablan – 5’6″
  2. Emman Monfort – 5’6 1/16″


  1. June Mar Fajardo – 268.4 lbs
  2. Christopher Pestano – 259.6 lbs

Lightest: Emman Monfort – 132 lbs

Widest Wingspan:

  1. June Mar Fajardo – 85″
  2. Eric Suguitan – 82.5″

Least Wingspan: Emman Monfort – 66″

Most Sit-ups: Ramon Mabayo – 350

Least Sit-ups: John Aldrech Ramos – 40

Most Push-ups: Emman Monfort – 100

Least Push-ups: Calvin Abueva – 13

Most Pull-ups: Thomas Elliot Tan- 24

Best 50m Sprint time: Christopher Ellis – 5.86 seconds

Worst 50m Sprint time: June Mar Fajardo – 7.16 seconds

Best Leapers:

– 11′ 4″ Cliff Hodge – 11’4″ Christopher Ellis – 11’4″



UAAP 75 Game Day Recap: UST ties for the lead; UP solo at the bottom of the team standings

16 08 2012

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers needed an 11-4 wind-up to shake off the pesky University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons to tie idle FEU Tamaraws and defending champions ADMU Blue Eagles at the top of the standings of the men’s basketball tournament in the 75th season of the UAAP. UP suffered its 6th straight defeat and is now alone at the cellar after the University of the East Red Warriors survived a furious 4th quarter rally by the Adamson Soaring Falcons for their first win of the season.

The scores:

First Game

UE (71) – Sumang 18, Sumido 12, Belleza 11, Santos 10, Flores 5, Javier 4, Duran 4, Valdez 3, Hernandez 2, Galanza 2, Alberto 0, Mena 0

ADU (66) – Cabrera 16, Brondial 15, Cruz 14, Camson 14, Etrone 4, Monteclaro 2, Julkipli 1, Trollano 0, Rios 0, Petilos 0, Olalia 0, Cabigas 0, Abrigo 0

Quarters: 9-9, 30-21, 52-38, 71-66

Second Game:

UST (68) – Abdul 20, Bautista 12, Lo 11, Fortuna 10, Vigil 7, Mariano 4, Ferrer 3, Afuang 1, Pe 0, Daquioag 0

UP (58) – Silungan 10, Lopez 10, Asilum 9, Ball 7, Mbah 5, Soyud 4, Manuel 4, Padilla 4, Romero 2, Montecastro 2, Hipolito 2, Wong 0

Quarters: 16-15, 33-33, 50-45, 68-58


Team Standings as of August 15, 2012
Team Wins Losses
Far Eastern University Tamaraws 5 1
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles 5 1
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 5 1
National University Bulldogs 4 2
De la Salle University Green Archers 3 3
Adamson University Soaring Falcons 1 5
University of the East Red Warriors 1 5
University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons 0 6