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

Jones Cup: Gilas beats Japan, enters semis

13 08 2011

Japan sent its Team B in this year’s competition but their has been been able to keep up with most of Asia’s best. They even led by 3 after 3 quarters against the vaunted Pilipinas Smart-Gilas.  PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros led a 16-2 run to help the Philippines take the lead for good and drained the fighting spirit of the pesky Japanese team.

Marcus Douhit dominated the inside to finish with 32 points and 18 rebounds. He was backed up by Hontiveros, Chris Tiu, and Marico Lassiter who all finished in double figures. Keijuro Matsui was stellar in leading Japan with 27 points from a perfect 8 out of 8 in the 3-point area.

The Philippines will battle Iran in the semifinals of the 33rd William Jones Cup without star shooter JV Casio. The other semifinal pairing will be between Korea and the hosts, Taiwan.


Smart-Gilas Pilipinas 94 — Douthit 32, Hontiveros 14, Tiu 11, Lassiter 11, Lutz 9, Barroca 8, Aguilar 7, Taulava 2, Casio 0, Baracael 0, Ballesteros 0, Ababou 0.

Japan 78 — Matsui 27, Nishimura 11, Okada 9, Hinkley 8, Ota 7, Shonaka 5, Togashi 5, Ito 4, Arao 2, Kamata 0, Noguchi 0, Sakai 0.

Quarter scores: 24-20; 49-44; 65-68; 94-78.

Jones Cup: Gilas smothers UAE

12 08 2011

After losing to Korea, Smart-Gilas vented their frustrations to the winless UAE team. they routed their opponents yesterday 90-65 to set-up an important match-up against a fighting Japanese team.  Team Japan is represented mostly by developmental players but has giving other teams very competitive games. A win by the Philippines over Japan will vault them into the semis.

Four players led by Marcus Douhit scored in double figures yesterday for the Gilas. They now have a record of 4-2 and trails Korea by just one game. Tied for second are the Philippines, Jordan, Iran, and host Taiwan.


Smart-Gilas Pilipinas 95 — Douthit 23, Lutz 13, Lassiter 10, Taulava 10, Aguilar 8, Hontiveros 7, Casio 7, Tiu 6, Barroca 4, Ababou 4, Baracael 3, Ballesteros 0.

UAE 60 — Salem 15, Braiki 13, Mubarak 8, Omar 6, Alameri 5, Zaabi 5, Ahmed 4, Abdalla 4, Ahmad 0, Alhattawi 0, Alali 0, Almehairi 0.

Quarter scores: 19-10; 38-31; 65-49; 95-60.

2011 World 9 Ball Champion is YUKIO AKAGARIYAMA!!!

2 07 2011

Congratulations to Yukio Akagariyama the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion!!!

The 36 year old Japanese cue master captured his first major billiards championship by defeating ex-double world champion Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines. The match ended 13-11 in his favor.  He hurdled a very skillful opponent as well as a pro-Filipino crown to win the Championship and its $36,000 prize.

caloycomment: Even if a Filipino did not win the championship, the 2011 World 9 Ball Championship was dominated by Filipinos from Day 1. Just imagine that 1 of every 4 who qualified in the K.O. stages were Filipinos. There was a Filipino vs. Filipino in every round. Billiards has been a source of pride to us but the country is not prioritizing this game. Our champions did not receive any formal training to become world beaters.  They did it on their own.  A lot of the top coaches in the middle east were just pool sharks back in our country.  Billiards will always have a hard time competing with the Gilas, now the Azkals.  I wonder if it’s possible that our collegiate leagues like UAAP, NCAA , and CESAFI would include billiards in their calendars. 😉

World 9 Ball Championship: The Final 4. 2 Pinoys left!

1 07 2011
Filipino Pool Champions Jose Amang Parica and ...

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Doha, Qatar – After five days of intense competition among the best pool stars in the world, the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships is down its final 4 participants.  Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines and Yukio Akakariyama of Japan both survived 11-10 thrillers to grab slots in the semifinals. They are joined by Mark Gray of Great Britain who outlasted USA’s Shane Van Boening and World No. 1 Dennis Orcullo who strolled to an 11-2 victory.

The Philippines is once again assured of one finalist as Orcullo and former World Champion Alcano will battle in the race to 11 semifinals. Here are the complete results of the last 8 matches:

Dennis Orcullo(PHL) 11 – 2 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Ronnie Alcano(PHL) 11 -10 Toru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Yukio Akakariyama(JPN) 11 – 10. Vicenc io Tanio(PHL)
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 9 Shane Van Boening(USA)

Semifinal Pairings:

Orcullo vs. Alcano

Akakariyama vs. Gray

Asian Games: Philippine quintet loses to Japan; Tsomlee Go bags taekwondo bronze

20 11 2010
Olympic schedule (Competitions) Taekwondo

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The Smart-Gilas Philippine Basketball Team fell to Japan in its Group F match 58-60 in the 2010 Asian Games Basketball competition.  The Philippine team has to beat India and Chinese-Taipei to further advance in the tournament. It was a tough loss for Filipino cagers since they started the game with a 14-9 lead and had a chance to win or tie in the final seconds.

Meanwhile, 2-time Filipino Olympian Tsomlee Go settle for a bronze medal in the men’s under 63 kg division of the taekwondo competitions. Go was defeated in a very close match to eventual Gold medallist Lee Dae Hoon of Korea.  Go won 2 matches before bowing to the Korean representative in the extension period of their match. His bronze the Philippine’s medal tally to 2-1-5 (gold-silver-bronze)