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 Quarterfinal Results: Top seeds pull through; CHN, PHL, KOR, and JAP in the semis

26 10 2011

PHL complete semis cast

The semifinals of the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships will feature 3 East Asian teams and a lone representative from the South East Asia. Traditional powerhouses China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines make up the Final 4. The final 4 teams are the teams that dominated Asian basketball before the emergence of the Middle East basketball powers. Iran was supposed to figure well in the competition but they were absent this year. Here is how the quarterfinal matches went:

Japan 71 – 52 Lebanon

Japan used a 25-8 first quarter to vault them to the semifinals. Reliable big man Yusei Sugiura led the scoring for the boys from the Land of the Rising Sun with 24 points. The physical Sugiura will now have a chance to bang bodies with China’s Zhou Qi. Japan’s tempo was too much for the Lebanese as the taller squad from the Middle East was left panting and trailing big early. Daiki Kaneko played 40 minutes and score 16 behind a 4/7 shooting from the 3-point land. Jimmy Salem was the lone bright star for Lebanon as he finished with 24 points.

China 100 – 19 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

China gave Saudi Arabia a sound beating with a 100-19 domination of their quarterfinal match. 5 Chinese players scored in double figures led by Heng Yifeng. Star player Zhou Qi played just 10 minutes and finished with 8 points. The Group E top seeds held the Saudis to 2 points in the 2nd quarter. The halftime score was 53-7. China will battle Japan for a spot in the finals and a slot to the 2011 FIBA U17 Championships.

Korea 107 – 48 Indonesia

Indonesia was toe to toe with Korea and the first 5 minutes of the game as they just trail by 2 at 4-6. Korea found its bearing at the later part of the first period as they capped the quarter with 13-0 run to lead 19-4. From there, the South Koreans just coasted for an easy 107-48 victory. The blowout gave coach Kim Dongsoo a chance to rest their starters and gave the second stringers a chance to build their confidence going to the more important and challenging games in the tournament. Substitute Shin Mincheol led the scoring 22 points along with 2 three-point baskets. Starter Kim Gookchan had 17. Taufik Ramadhan’s 13 points led the Indons.

Philippines 82 – 69 Iraq

Just like the previous games, the SEABA U16 champions Philippines just needed a strong first period to win against its opponent. This game however tested their resolve as the WABA U16 champions Iraq threatened to steal the game midway in the final period. The Philippines opened the game with a 13-2 lead before settling for a 30-9 lead after the first quarter. Iran slowly ate up the lead as it was down to 17 at halftime and to 10 at the end of the 3rd period. Iran made a run early in the 4th canto to cut the lead to just six, 60-66. The Philippines, however, held on with the help of clutch hits from Henry Asilum. Iraq ran out of time as they were forced to foul to stop clock and Philippines made enough free throw despite shooting a horrendous 15 for 32 from the charity stripe. Michael Jay Javelosa led 3 other Filipinos in double figures. Ahmed Razzaq led the Iraqis with a game high 20 points propelled big 6 long range bombs. Razzaq made 6 of the 9 3-point shots by Iraq. The other 3 were made by Karrar Hamzah who finished with 19. The Philippines’ victory set them up to a mouth-watering match against long-time rivals Korea. Quarter by Quarter details

Games tomorrow:

0900 13/14 PLC Vietnam Qatar
1100 9/10 PLC India Chinese Taipei
1300 5/8 PLC Lebanon K. Saudi Arabia
1500 5/8 PLC Indonesia Iraq
1700 SF Japan China
1900 SF Korea Philippines

26th FIBA Asia Championships: Final 4 cast complete; Gilas battles Jordan for a final slot

24 09 2011

Wuhan, China – Only four teams are left to contend for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship for Men after the 4 quarterfinal games earlier today. Here are the results of the quarterfinal games:

Jordan 88 – 84 Iran

Top Performers:

Hamed Hadadi (Iran) 27 points 14 rebounds 7 assists 3 blocks

Osama Daghles (Jordan) 23 points 4 rebounds 5 assists 3 steals

Key Stats:

Free Throw Shooting- Jordan (16/20 80%) Iran (20/33 61%)

Points of Turnover- Jordan 23 Iran 15

Surprising Players:

Zaid Naem Alkhas 14 points (4/7 in 3 point attempts)

Wesam Al-Sous 12 point (4/5 in 3 point range)

Jordan sent two-time defending champion Iran home as they rallied in the final minutes of the game from a 77-78 deficit to am emphatic 88-84 win. 2009 Bronze medallist will have another shot to earn medals in this year’s tournament.


Korea 86 – 67 Japan

Top Performers:

Moon Taejong 17 points 6 rebounds 4 assists 1 block

Kosuke Takeuchi 16 points 13 rebounds 2 assists 2 blocks

Key Stats:

Rebounds- Korea 47 Japan 35

Assists – Korea 24 Japan 13

Disappointing Players:

Joji Takeuchi (Japan) 4 points 1 rebound

Takuya Kawamura (Japan) 1/8 FG shooting

After missing out on a semi-final spot in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championships in 2009, the Hur Jae-coached Korean squad made sure that pounce on Japan early and earn a shot for a finals berth. The Koreans controlled the first quarter and held 23-11 first quarter lead. They pulled away in the 2nd period and coasted to a lopsided win over Japan.


Philippines 95 – 78 Taiwan

Top Players:

Marcus Douthit (PHL) 37 points 10 rebounds 1 steal 1 blocked shot

Tseng Wen-Ting (TPE) 20 pointd 5 rebounds 2 assists

Key Stats:

Points in the Paint: PHL 50 TPE 30

Points of turnovers PHL 20 TPE 11

Surprising Player:

Ranidel De Ocamppo 18 points 5 caroms 3 dishes 1 steal and 1 block

The Philippines pounded a gritty Taipei team in the inside and ended up breaking a 24 year streak of missing the semifinals of the FIBA Asia Championships. The last time they made the semifinals was in Bangkok 1987. Ranidel de Ocampo The Smart Gilas will have a rematch against second round victim Jordan who eliminated the dreaded Iranian national team.


China 68 – 48 Lebanon

Top Players:

Lie Wei (CHI)  13 points (only 1 miss in 7 attempts)

Samuel Hoskin (LEB) 2o points 10 rebounds 1 assist and 1 steal

Key Stats:

3 point shooting – China (4/12) Leb (2/21)

Points of turnover – China 21 Lebanon 14

Disappointing Player:

Jean Abdel El Nour 4 points (2 of 9 shooting) 30:58 of game time.

The hosts China made a date with Korea in tomorrow’s semi-final pairings after beating Lebanon. The game was close in the first 2 periods. China pulled away in the 3rd period as they outscored Jordan 30-10. Their lead was 19 already at the start of the 4th period.

Games Tomorrow:

Philippines vs. Jordan

China vs. Korea


2010 Asian Games: Dancesport gives the Philippines its first medals

15 11 2010
2010 Asian Games

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The 2010 Asian Games has started and the Philippines is not having a very good start.  Many of the athletes finished in the middle of the pack and out of the medal races.  After a few days of wait, the dancesport team has finally delivered. Ronnie Vergara and Charlea Lagaras bagged 2 bronze medals in the latin cha-cha and pasa doble events in the dancesport competition. Dancesport was once again dominated by the host China that swept all the 10 medals at stake in one of the newest sports in the Asian Games.

Lagaras-Vergara Tandem of the PH Dancesport team

Other results for the PH delegation:

Basketball: Philippines 76- Kuwait 69

Tennis (Men’s Team): Chinese Taipei 2 – Philippines 0

Billiards (8-Ball): Roberto Gomez and Efren Reyes are eliminated

Shooting(Air pistol): Mark Manosca 45th Place, Alyanna Chuatoco 44th Place

Judo: Jonh Baylon (0-1) Eliminated, Karen Ann Solomon (1-2) Eliminated in the repechage.

Men’s Triathlon: Nikko Huelgas (11th), Neil Catiil (14th)



World Cup of Pool: Philippines eliminates Finland

12 09 2010
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Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez showed Finland’s Mika Immonen and Markus Juva the exit door in the World Cup of Pool held at the Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila. The Filipino tandem is one of the 4 teams left in the tournament. They will be facing the dangerous Taiwanese team in the race-to-10 semifinal match up.

Quarterfinal Results:

Philippines (Orcollo-Gomez) 9 – 1 Finland (Immonen-Juva)

Taiwan (Ko-Chang) 9 – 5 Poland (Babica-Skoneckzy)

Germany (Souquet-Ortmann) 9 – 7 France (Cohen-Cottance)

China (Fu-Li) 9 – 3 Indonesia (Zulfikri-Yang)

caloycomment: The semifinals will be fun to watch. I expect both match-ups to be close affairs.