2012 FIBA Asia Championships will be held in Manila

11 01 2013

The Philippines gained the right to host the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship after the FIBA Asia Executive Committee decided to move the venue from Lebanon due to the tense situation in Syria and the Middle East.  The tournament will be held on August 1-11, 2013.

FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian explained that the on-going civil war in Syria created the doubts for a successful staging of the biennial basketball tournament in his home country Lebanon.  The FIBA Asia tournament is the main qualifying tournament for Asian countries for the 2014 FIBA World Cup that will be held in Spain. The top 3 finishers of the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship will represent the continent in the World Cup that is held once every 4 years.

The Philippines has been a very vocal in its interest to host the prestigious qualifying tournament as the event was last held in Manila in 1973 during the 7th staging of the event. The officials of the Samahan ng Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) were very disappointed when FIBA Asia initially awarded the event to Lebanon.

The Philippines has now has a chance to redeem its disappointing 4th place finish in the last staging of the event which cost a chance to play at the 2012 London Olympics.

caloycomment: We not got the hosting rights.  Will we be able to assemble our strongest team ever? Will politics in the PBA prevent as from creating a strong line-up that can reach the finals.  Hopefully Manny Pangilinan and the San Miguel will form an unlikely alliance that will at least give the country a fair chance to qualify for the World Cup.  I am drooling now just trying to imagine how Jason Castro guards Chris Paul or how Arwind Santos stop Lebron James. It could happen… 😉

22nd FIBA Asia Under 18 Championships Final Placings

27 08 2012
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200 px (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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.

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship Final Standings: China U16 stand and shoulders above the rest of Asia

28 10 2011

China easily ruled the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships in Nha Trang City, Vietnam. The team had another blowout win against runners-up Korea. The tournament was dominated by East Asia as the top 3 finishers come from their region. China and Korea will represent Asia in the FIBA U17 Championships. Here is the final standing of teams in the tournament:

1 China 9-0
2 Korea 7-2
3 Japan 7-2
4 Philippines 6-2
5 Iraq 5-4
6 Lebanon 4-5
7 Indonesia 4-4
8 K. Saudi Arabia 3-6
9 Ch. Taipei  4-4
10 India 3-5
11 Qatar 2-5
12 Vietnam 0-7
13 Malaysia 1-3
14 Uzbekistan 0-4

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship Battle for 3rd: Philippines too late as Japan pulls away in the 3rd, 81-94

28 10 2011

The Philippines and Japan are playing for the bronze medal after both teams lost their semifinal games. Japan lost China while the Philippines were beaten by Korea. Here is what transpired in the 3rd place game between the 2 teams:

1st Quarter

Janhubert Cani starts the game with a 3 point basket, 3-0 for PHL. Keita Shinkawa makes 2 shots in a row for Japan for a 4-3 lead. Rashleigh Paolo Rivero gives back the lead to the Philippines with a 3-point play 6-4. Yusei Sugiura is fouled under the basket, he split his freebies. 6-5. Rivero scores again 8-5. 4:41 left in the first period. Kyles Jefferson Lao scores for the Philippines 10-5. Lao again, assist by Rodolfo Alejandro III, 12-5. Renzar Henry Asilum and Tomas Gabriel Ramos enters the game for the Philippines. Yudai Baba breaks the 6-0 run of the Philippines 12-7. Ramos scores from another Alejandro pass, 14-7. Sugiura makes 4 straight points for Japan 14-11. Adven Jess Diputado scores off a steal, 16-11. First period ends with the Philippines leading by 5, 16-11.

2nd Quarter

Shinkawa opens the scoring for Japan 16-13. Daiki Kaneko ties the game with a long range bomb 16-all. Baba takes the lead for Japan 18-16. Japan started the 2nd quarter with 7 unanswered points. Diputado finally ends the dry spell, 18-all. Diputado scres again for another lead change. 20-18. Shinkawa for 2. 20-all. Yoshitomo Chikui makes a 2 point shot, 22-20 for JPN. Asilum passes to red hot Diputado who scored again, 22-22. Alejandro steals the ball. Alejandro scores 24-22 for the PHL. Kaneko makes another 3, 25-24 for JPN. Coach Olsen Racela calls a timeout. Good play after the timeout as Heading hits a trifecta, 27-25. Kaneko fouled but only makes 1 free throw. 7-2 blast by Japan, 32-27 now. Kaneko scores all 7 points via 2 three pointers and a free throw.  Heading makes a shot to cut the lead to 3, 29-32. 1:26 left in the half. Cani is persistent and he scores 31-32. Japan leads the Philippines by 1, 32-31 at the half. Sniper Kaneko has 13 points for Japan while Diputado leads the Philippines with 8. Japan has 4 3 pointers in the first 20 minutes of the game while the Philippines is just hitting 15% beyond the arc.

3rd Quarter

Shinkawa scores 34-31 for Japan. Lao answers with a field goal, 34-33. Sugiura makes 2 FTs, 36-33. Shinkawa scores to extend the lead to 5 38-33. Sugiura splits hit latest trip to the line, 39-33. 7-2 run by JPN U16. Baba hits a shot by Lao answers 41-35. Sugiura again! 43-35. Rivero scores after a Philippine Timeout. And 1, 43-38. Baba makes 2 free throws 45-38. Asilum scores to bring dwon the lead to 5, 45-40.  4:21 left in the third. Shinkawa takes it back with 2 Fts, 47-40 for JPN. Kaneko for 3!!! 50-40. The Philippine U16 is crumbling. Ramos 0 for 2 in the free throw line. Kaneko is having a ridiculous day at the 3 point area. He makes another three to force the Philippines to call a timeout, 53-40. Rivero makes a basket to end the 8-0 blitz. 53-42. Taisei Shirato joins the 3 point party! 56-42. Japan holding 3-point shooting clinic and the Philippines do not know how to deal with it. Alejandro turns it over and Baba converts 58-42 plus a foul by Alejandro and 1, 59-42. Baba another 3 point play! 62-42. Japan turned a 1 point lead to a 20 point spread. Can the Philippines recover? 3rd period ends with the Philippines trailing by 20. Japan outscored the SEABA U16 Champs by 19 in the third period. 30-11.

4ht quarter

Shirato for three and the rout is on, 65-42. Alejandro breaks the ice for the PHl with a FT split, 65-43. Asilum makes a basket 65-45. Asilum connects with Alejandro, 65-47. Lead down to 18 with 7:54 left. Shinkawa breaks the mini-run with a tweener, 67-47. Lao scores 67-49. Alejandro makes another basket, 67-51. Philippines finally enters the 50 point barrier but still trails by 16. Diputado scores but Kaneko answered with a 3, 70-53. Alejandro again! 70-55.  2 more freebies by Alejandro cuts the lead to 13, 70-57. 5:36 left. Kaneko makes a three! 73-57. What a performance! Cani splits his free throws 73-58. 4:32 left. Kaneko with 25 points. Sugiura hits 2 gift shots 75-58. Lead is back to 17. Cani continues to fight and scores 75-60. Never-say-die Cani makes 2 more freebies, 75-62. Sugiura is fouled again and he makes 2 from the 15-foot line, 77-62. Lao makes 2 free throws. 77-64. Sugiura is on the line again. The PHL is fouling early. Sugiura though is quite good on the line, 79-64. Cani strings 4 straight points 79-68. Yasunori Aoki on the line and makes both 81-68. Heading scores off an offensive rebound, 81-70. 2:16 left, with Aoki on the line. Another perfect stint, 83-70. Japan is very steady on the line. Alejandro for three!!! 83-73!! Sugiura and Cani exchange baskets 85-75. Lao and Aoki too, 87-77. Sugiura puts more distance, 89-77. Sugiura on the line again. Yusei is so dependable in the line, 91-77! Asilum scores on 2 free throws, 91-79. Japan is 47 seconds away from victory. Lao scores to close the gap to ten again, 91-81. 3o seconds left in regulation and Japan calls a timeout. Cani fouls Baba. The Philippines has scored 39 so far in the 4th while Japan 29. Baba hits some insurance free throws 93-81. Dalafu forced to foul Aoki. Splits 94-81 with 6 seconds left. GAME OVER!!! Japan wins!

Another bad quarter cost the Philippines the game. Japan gets the bronze medal in the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship. Congratulations!!!!