Sharapova’s hitting partner is Fil-am Cecil Mamiit

10 06 2012

A Filipino is part of team Sharapova who helped the Russian complete her career grand slam. Cecil Mamiit, a many time Philippine representative in competitions like SouthEast Asian Games, Davis Cup, and Asian Games, is the hitting partner of the once again Women’s World No.1 tennis player Maria Sharapova.

It is great achievement for one of the Philippine’s best national player in recent years. Mamiit has done his part for the country by winning four gold, six silver and five bronze medals in his several stints at the SEA Games.  He also won two bronze medals at the Asian Games and he lead the Philippines to Davis Group I after languishing in lower divisions before he came. Another big impact on Cecil’s arrival is that not he improved the games of the locals but he has opened doors for Fil-Americans to represent the country.  He has done his part and he will surely be a big asset for the country in the coming years as a coach or a consultant. Good job, Cecil!

Mamiit with Sharapova from Zimbio

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

Homeless World Cup: Philippines beat Croatia 8-5

25 08 2011

Paris, France – The Philippine Homeless World Cup Team has qualified in the second round after finishing second to Netherlands in Group H with 3 wins and 2 losses. In the second stage, the Filipino boys are grouped with Brazil, Scotland, Poland, Croatia, and Portugal. By looking at the group, it will be rough sailing ahead for the country’s representatives as Brazil and European teams have a very good football tradition.

The Philippines faced Croatia and they stunned the Croatian side 8-5. Janrick Soriano scored 2 minutes into the match. He doubled the lead after making a penalty shot.  Tzvetan Naydenov scored Croatia’s first goal to cut the 2-1 then Soriano answered another goal to complete a hat trick. Naydenov answered again to make it 3-2. There was another exchange of goals before the halftime whistle. The Philippines led 4-3 at the half.

The Filipino representatives were on fire entering the second half and scored 3 succesive goals to take out the fight from the European side. The match 8-5 for the first victory of the Philippines in the second stage of the 2011 Homeless World Cup. They now have the group lead along with Brazil and Scotland.

The Philippines will next face Poland who lost a squeaker, 8-9 against the Scots.

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.

Reality Check: Azkals blanked by Kuwait 0-3

24 07 2011
Australia and Kuwait are still top of the tabl...

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Kuwait – The Philippine Men’s National Football Team lost to a higher-ranked Kuwait team 3-0 in the opening leg of their 2nd round pairing of the 2014 World Cup Qualifying tournament.

The Al-Azraq scored in the 16th minute via a Yousef Nasser header. Musaed Neda and Fahed Al-Ibrahim added goals in the 66th and 84th minutes to clinch the victory for the hosts. The first half was close with good scoring chances by Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado.

In the second half, Kuwait was slow asserting its dominance and helped by the absence of Aly Borromeo and Stephan Shrock, Neil Etheridge was helpless in preventing the host country to score. The game would have been a lopsided rout though if not for goalkeeper Etheridge who made many point blank stops during the course of the game.

The next leg will be played in the  Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on July 28. The Philippines would need to win 4-0 or 5-1 to move on to the next stage.

caloycomment: Well, the game is a learning experience for the Azkals. It is really tough to play against Asia’s best teams in their stadium.  It is time for the Philippines to give them the same treatment when they come here. The popularity of football rests on the shoulders of these brave men. I really hope they will overachieve in their next match. Go Azkals!!!

Azkals mangle Brave Reds 4-0

3 07 2011

The Azkals dominated the 2nd leg of its World Cup qualifier match against Sri Lanka 4-0 to clinch a 2nd  Round match-up with Kuwait.  The aggregate score is 5-1 in favor of the Philippine National Football Team that made history for making its first appearance in the 2nd Round of any World Cup qualifiers.

The World Cup dream was kept alive by the goals of Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong (19min), Phil Younghusband (43, 57 pen), and Angel Guirado(50). It was a dominating display for Azkals who played for the first time a match with significance in the country’s capital. The match was very entertaining and watching a rout by the Philippines can make a regular Sunday of a Filipino sports fan extra special.  The match was telecast by Studio 23 and there will be a replay on July 5 at 4 pm.

Azkals battles Sri Lanka Today

3 07 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

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The second leg of the World Cup Qualifier match between the national football teams of the Philippines and Sri Lanka will be held to day at the Rizal Stadium.  The first leg ended in a lucky 1-1 draw.  The winner of this match is set to face Kuwait in the next round.

Hundereds of tickets will be sold today via Ticketworld and spectators are advised to follow the guidelines on what items can they bring to watch match.  The security will be tight.

Here are some of the prohibited items:

  • Cigarettes and Lighters (Strictly No Smoking)
  • Video and Still Cameras (Only accredited media are allowed )
  • Laser Pen and Pointers (You know what can these do)
  • Weapons and sharp objects
  • Candles, Fireworks, or any Pyrotechnic
  • Glass Bottles, PET Bottles, Cans, and any hard plastic containers ( There is an area where you can buy food and drinks)

Complete guideline are in the Ticketworld Site.

Both teams are in high spirits and fans can expect a very competitive match.  The Azkals will finally show their stuff in the country’s capital.  Much is expected in them.  Good luck Azkals!!!!