26th FIBA Asia Championship: Smart Gilas easily defeats Bahrain

17 09 2011
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Wuhan, China – After suffering a tough loss against China, the Pilipinas Smart Gilas plunged into action against Bahrain for their third game in the  FIBA Asia Championship for Men. The Gilas has only ten men dressed for this match as Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter has not been cleared to play due to eligibility issues. It did not matter as the Gilas cruised to a 113-71 victory.

The Gilas started the game with a 25-9 run and eventually settling with 30-18 lead by the end of the first quarter. They held a comfortable 51-41 lead at the half. In the third quarter, the Philippine team stepped on the gas as Japeth Aguilar scored 14 of his game-leading 21 points in scorching 19-0 run that took out the fight from their opponents. The 3rd canto ended with a 39 point spread for the Philippines.

The Philippines cruised in the 4th quarter to win by 42 points. The 113 point performance is so far the highest sore achieved by a team in this tournament. Seven of the ten Filipinos scored more than 10 points in the game. Japeth Aguilar added 12 rebounds to his 21 points. Bigman Marcus Douthit had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Bahrain was lead by former DLSU Green Archer Bader Malabes with 15 markers and 7 assists.

The Smart-Gilas advances to the 2nd round with a 2-1 record. They are  grouped against Japan, Jordan, and Syria.

Philippines 113 – Aguilar 21, Douthit 18, Casio 15, Taulava 13, de Ocampo 13, Baracael 11, Tiu 10, Barroca 8, Alapag 2, Williams 2.

Bahrain 71 – Malabes 15, Sarhan 13, Mahri 11, Ali 8, Isa 7, Khamis 7, Akber 6, Mubarak 2, Ashoor 0.

Quarters: 30-18, 51-41, 86-47, 113-71

caloycomment: It is quite sad that eligibility issues … continue

Jones Cup: Iran wins 3rd straight title; Gilas settles for 3rd place

14 08 2011
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Sinjhuang Stadium, TaipeiAsian basketball powerhouse Iran has proven once again that they are probably the team to beat in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. They beat Korea,  66-59 in the finals of the 33rd William Jones Cup.  It was a tough defeat for the Koreans as they were undefeated until the final match yesterday.

In the battle for 3rd place honors, Smart-Gilas once again defeated host Chinese Taipei, 82-72 to cap a podium finish. Fifth place was secure by Japan who defeated Jordan 77-73.

Box Score of the Gilas match against Taipei

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 82—Douthit 28, Lassiter 16, Hontiveros 13, Barroca 10, Baracael 5, Taulava 5, Aguilar 4, Ababou 0
TAIPEI 72—Chien C. 26, Chen S. 13, Su 9, Lee 6, Chen H. 4, Lu 4, Creighton 3, Chang 2, Ho 2
Quarters: 22-16; 43-34; 62-49; 82-72


Basketball tonight: Gilas, Petron Lose

10 08 2011
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Two major basketball games were played tonight, one is played in Taipei and the other one in Lanao. The Smart Gilas lost its match against Korea 78-70 in the Jones Cup in Taipei while the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters evened up their series against Petron Blazers after a 103-85 rout in Game 2 of the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals held Lanao.

The scores:

KOREA 78 – Oh 19, D.G. Yang 17, Ha 16, Moon 11, J.S. Kim 6, J.S. Lee
5, Kang 2, J.K. Kim 2, Park 0, Y,H. Kim 0, Cho 0, H.J. Yang 0.
PHILIPPINES 70 – Casio 27, Douthit 16, Baracael 13, Tiu 6, Lutz 4,
Taulava 2, Aguilar 2, Barroca 0, Hontiveros 0, Ballesteros 0, Lassiter
0, Ababou 0.
Quarters: 14-16; 37-28; 56-56; 78-70.

TALK ‘N TEXT 103—Castro 24, Reynolds 18, Fonacier 13, Williams 12, Alapag 12, Carey 8, De Ocampo 7, Reyes 3, Dillinger 2, Peek 2, Aban 2, Lao 0.
PETRON 85—Santos 29, Grundy 23, Miranda 8, Pennisi 7, Hubalde 6, Cabagnot 5, Ildefonso 5, Guevarra 1, Salvacion 1, Baclao 0, Duncil 0.
Quarters: 19-27, 41-48, 71-65, 103-85

UAAP Season 74: ADMU vs. AdU Instant Analysis

11 07 2011
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ADMU 55- 51 AdU

Instant Analysis:

In Basketball, height is might.  No wonder we suddenly see an influx of tall African “imports” in our collegiate leagues. Centers are very important in the college game. Have a very dominating Center, then you can rule your league. Rabeh, Sudan, Ekwe, Fajardo and it can go back to as far as Limpot, Paras, Villanueva, Cantonjos, etc. Yesterdays game showed the impact of having a center like Greg Slaugher in the game. Adamson has nobody that can match up against him.  He was simply too tall. The only hope for smaller teams in the future is that he gets into foul trouble.

Height was also the factor why the much-ballyhooed freshman Keifer Ravena was rendered ineffective. Coach Norman Black put him in the SG position and he had a hard time matching up with the taller guards of Adamson. Janus Lozada forced Ateneo to throw a double team at him every time he posts up against the smaller Ravena. With the mismatch, Adamson was able to rotate ball and find  the open man. The young Ravena finished with 0 points and he missed his only field goal attempt.  He is still a growing boy and height might not be an issue for him in the future. But for now, the UAAP rivals might see a way of silencing last year’s UAAP Junior’s MVP. With the glut of guards, coach Norman can actually opt to play him at PG when Ateneo is leading by 20 (which is a big possibility with Slaugher around).

In the coming games, we slowly see how the big men this season will change the game. Is Season 74 perhaps the season of the Centers? Will the prolific guards and wing men show us that a team can be champs without a center over 6-5? We will have 3 more of exciting basketball ahead and see if indeed, height is might.

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Smart-Gilas strolls to SEABA crown

27 06 2011

BritAma Arena Sports Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia– The Pilipinas-Smart Gilas juggernaut was simply stoppable as they beat hosts Indonesia 89-50 to rule the 9th SEABA men’s championship.  They will lead the Southeast Asian contingent for the 26th FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.

Mark Barroca topscored with 17 points.  The Philippines average 96.5 points per game while limiting its opponents to 56.5 ppg. The 4 game sweep proved that the Philippines still the best in basketball in the region.

SEABA: Gilas sweeps elimination round

26 06 2011
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BritAma Arena Sports Mall,Jakarta, Indonesia– The Pilipinas-Smart Gilas routed Singapore 106-51 to sweep its elimination round games in the 9th SEABA men’s championship. The Gilas limited Singapore to 23 points in the first half en route to 37-point halftime lead.  From then on the team just cruised victory while still outscoring their opponents 46-28 in the second half.

It was the third straight win for the vaunted Gilas after beating Malaysia 97-71 then embarrassing host Indonesia 94-54. This tournament serves as the qualifiers for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships in Wuhan, China.

In this game, six players scored in double figures led by Japeth Aguilar and Mark Barroca who both scored 18 points. Wei Long Wong led Singapore with 20 markers.

Up next, the Smart-Gilas will face Indonesia for the crown.

caloycomment: It was expected that they will have an easy time in this tournament even with only nine men in uniform.  The big challenge will be in China when they will face the middle-eastern and east Asian powers.

9th SEABA Men’s Championship: Pilipinas beats Malaysia

23 06 2011
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BritAma Arena Sports Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia–  The Pilipinas-Smart Gilas survived a slow start to beat the Malaysian Men’s Basketball Team 97-71 in its opening game at the 9th outheast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) men’s championship.

Trailing by 5 at the end of the first half, JV Casio of the Smart Gilas waxed hot and scored 15 points in the third canto to turn the 36-41 deficit into a 63-57 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.  The onslaught did not stop as Japeth Aguilar dominated the final period by scoring 8 points in the crucial 16-2 blast by the Gilas to pad its lead to 20 points.  Smart Gilas then cruised to end the game with a margin of 26 points.

This tournament serves as the qualifier for the FIBA Asia Championship on Sept. 15 to 25 in Wuhan, China. The top 3 SEABA finishers will play in the FIBA Asia Championship where a slot in the 2012 Olympic Games is at stake.

caloycomment: It is a good start for a shorthanded national team that only brought 10 players in the tournament. The SouthEast Asian level tournament has been our playground for years and the Philippines are expected to win the tournament without so much of a challenge.  The 5 point halftime deficit is no cause for concern because this is just their first game.  My only hope is that no major injuries will happen to any player among the participating teams. Congrats Gilas!