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.

PBA 37 Oct. 14: Carey, Ababou tow respective teams

14 10 2011
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Harvey Carey and Dylan Ababou top scored in the PBA Philippine Cup games held at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night. The first game was won by the defending champions Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. The Texters (2-0) beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2-1), 107-98, behind the 28 points of veteran Harvey Carey. In the main game, rookie Dylan Ababou sizzled for 20 points to lead Baraka Bull Energy (1-1) to a 88-75 win over crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra Kings (1-2)

With a team loaded with offensive superstars, Harvey Carey somehow turned back the clock as he fell two points shy of his career high which he set years ago. He finished with 28 points and he even manage to hit a 3-point shot. He has missed 29 straight 3-point attempts prior to making one in this game.  Carey also finished with 14 rebounds with 8 coming from the offensive end.

The game was close from the get go. The Texters only pulled away midway into the final period. The run made a 79-76 lead into a 99-85 rout going to the last 2 minutes of the game. Four other Texters scored in double figures; Ryan Reyes had 19, Jason Castro added 18, Larry Fonacier finsihed with 13, and Jared Dillinger scoring 11.

Rookie Paul Lee once again led the Elasto Painters with 17 points but he somehow clamped by the different looks that Coach Chot Reyes gave him. 6 other Painter reached double digits. It was a high scoring ball game, Rain or Shine just run out of fire power. Talk ‘N Text was still missing Alapag, De Ocampo, and Williams who are still on vacation after reinforcing the Smart-Gilas in the FIBA-Asia tournament.

The rookies of Barako Bull Energy took turns in giving Lina franchise its first win of the season. Dylan Ababou started his PBA debut by hitting his first seven shots. He hit 3 triples in the first half to help the Barako Bull take 42-38 lead. Ababou had 15 points already in the first 24 minutes of play. Ababou, the 10th pick in this year’s draft passed the baton to the 9th pick Allein Maliksi, who helped widen the gap in the 3rd period. Barako Bull coasted to victory after leading by 16 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Ababou finished with 20 points. He was supported well by Maliksi’s 13 and the twin digit production of Leo Najorda, Paul Artadi, and Mick Pennisi. Ginebra were lead by substitutes Mark Caguioa (22) and Robert Labagala (12).

Talk ‘N Text 107—
Carey 28, Reyes 19, Castro 18, Fonacier 13, Dillinger 11, Aguilar 7, Peek 7, Aban 4, Raymundo 0, Lao 0.

Rain or Shine 98—Lee 17, Belga 16, Norwood 12, Cruz 11, Arana 11, Chan 10, Quinahan 10, Buenafe 7, Matias 4, Rodriguez 0.

Quarter scores: 22-21, 47-48, 74-69, 107-98.


Barako Bull 88—
Ababou 20, Maliksi 13, Najorda 12, Artadi 12, Pennisi 12, Arboleda 5, Miller 4, Allado 4, Pena 4, Salvador 2, Avenido 0.

Ginebra 75—Caguioa 22, Labagala 12, Canaleta 7, Tubid 7, Mamaril 6, Cortez 6, Helterbrand 5, Intal 3, Villanueva 3, Wilson W. 2, Wilson J. 2, De Ocampo 0.


Fiba Asia Championships 3rd place game Smart Gilas vs. South Korea: Blow by Blow Scoring

25 09 2011
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First Quarter end 14-7 for Smart-Gilas.

Second Quarter starts.

Steal by Marcio Lassiter.

Douthit is fouled under the basket. 2 Free throws. Splits. 15-7.

Offensive Foul on Douthit after a Korea miss.

Steal by Alapag.Korea counter steal

Moon hits a basket. 15-9.

Alapag for 3. 18-9 for Gilas.

Chris Tiu foul.

Timeout Korea.

Block by Lassiter.

4:41 left

Kim scores 18-11.

Ranidel de Ocampo for 3. 21-11.

Asi is blocked.

Korea travel again.

Marcus Douthit spin move. Fouled. Splits 22-11.

Korea misses at point blank range again.

Douthit fouled again while driving hard to the basket. He makes both free throws. 24-11.

1:30 left

Kim is fouled by Douthit while attempting a basket. He misses the first and makes the 2nd. 24-12.

Lutz hard foul. Unsportsmanlike foul!

Technical free throw made. 24-15.

Douthit hit by an errant elbow.

Korea slams 24-17.

Timeout Philippines.

Halftime after a De Ocampo miss.

3rd Quarter starts with the Pilipinas Smart-Gilas leading by 24-17.

Gilas gets first possession.

Jayvee Casio is fouled.

Chris Tiu connects. 26-17.

Casio 14 foot jumper. 28-17.

Good drop pass from Korea. 28-19.

Alley-oop for Kelly Williams from Casio. 30-19.

Hur Jae hurriedly calls a timeout.

Block by Douthit.

Foul Tiu. Korea gets continuation. Misses the bonus. 30-21.

Lassiter misses.

Kelly and Douthit good passing inside. Williams is fouled. Misses the first. Makes the 2nd. 31-21.

Korea makes a 3. 31-24.

Steal by Korea and a basket. 31-26.

Timeout Smart-Gilas!

Casio misses in the corner.

Tiu fouls.

Alapag is fouled.

5:35 left in the quarter.

Lutz blocked.

Korea scores off a fastbreak. 31-28.

Douthit is fouled.

Douthit misses.

Jimmy Alapag for 3. 34-28.

Alapag tries again. misses.

Lutz fastbreak 36-28.

Williams fouls off a fake.

Byong splits. 36-29.

Lutz for 3. 39-29.

Douthit and 1 on a fastbreak. 41-29. Misses the bonus. Great reverse by Marcus.

Korea lay up. 41-31.

Douthit fouled before making a move to the basket.

2 Fts.  He makes 1. 42-31.

Korea for 3. 42-34.

Korea reverse move. 42-36.

Alapag for 3. 45-36.

Jimmy lays it in. 47-36.

Korea misses final attempt.

Alapag sizzles in the 3rd period.

4th Quarter starts.

Korea scores. 47-38.

Douthit fouled under the basket. He makes 2 FTs. 49-38.

Offensive foul Korea.

Tae steals. Fouled. Makes 1. 49-39.

Tae again. 49-41.

Baracael makes a 2. 51-41.

Korea scores. 51-43.

Alapag for 3. and Korea answers. 54-46.

Korea fast break 54-48.

Timeout Philippines.

Offensive foul Williams.

Korea long jumper 54-50.

Douthit going strong. And 1. 56-50. Bonus made. 57-50.

Douthit fouled while dribbling at the backcourt. Kim fouls out.

Free throws for Douthit. He makes 2. 59-50.

Korea scores. 59-52.

Douthit turns it over.

Korea and 1. 59-54. Bonus made. 59-55.

Williams strong drive. 61-55.

Chris Tiu fouls out.

Korea scores inside again. 61-57.

Douthit is fouled again. He hits 2. 63-57.

Korea 3 pointer plus a foul from Lutz. Lutz graduates. 63-60. Bonus made. 63-61.

Casio turnover.

Douthit scores. 65-61.

Timeout Korea! Less than 2 minutes left. Kaput mga Kaibagan!!!

Alapag back in the game.

1:40 left.

Korea for 3. 65-64.

Korea for 3. 67-65 for Korea

Is this gonna be another heartbreak???

Douthit is fouled. Makes 1. 67-66.

Jumpball with 29 secs left.

Gilas ball.

Williams fouled. 2 FTs. 26.5 left

He misses the first. He misses the 2nd.

Philippines is forced to foul!

69-66 for Korea.

Douthit is fouled. He makes 1. Lassiter is fouled making an offensive rebound.


He makes the first.  Misses the second.

Rebound by Douthit. Ball Stolen.


Korea miss the first and makes the 2nd.

JV misses. Game over. 70-68! Korea wins 3rd!!!

That game hurts! Korea has once again tormented the Philippines.

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FIBA Asia and UAAP: 2 Important games end in similar fashion.

24 09 2011
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It’s September 24, 2011 and two important games with big importance in Philippine basketball were played today. The 2 games were the Game 1 of UAAP Season 74 Finals between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the FEU Tamaraws, and the FIBA Asia semifinal game between Jordan and our very own Pilipinas Smart Gilas.

Both games were close but in the second half the stronger team emerged to win the important ball game. Smart-Gilas lost to Jordan 75-61 in the semifinal encounter. The Philippines actually led at the end of the first half 29-28, only to falter and allow Jordan to dominate and win. The loss sends the team to the bronze medal game with the winner getting a slot at the final Olympic qualifier.

In the UAAP, the FEU Tamaraws were actually leading after the first 10 minutes of the game, 19-14. They even had a ten point lead at 26-16. Ateneo rallied behind the combined effort of its starters to level the game at the half, 33-all. The game was still tied at 45 when Ateneo  made a 15-4 run behind Nico Salva and JP Erram to take the lead for good at 60-49.

There was no let up for Ateneo in the 4th period as they got hot from the outside and pulled away from the Tams. The final quarter was an Ateneo exhibition as the Ateneo faithful were treated with 3-pointers and dunks. The game ended 82-64. Ateneo is one game away from a four-peat.

In other games at the UAAP, the FEU Baby Tams beats the NU Bullpups 71-67 in overtime. Cebuano Jerie Pingoy finished with 22 points 8 caroms 4 assists and 5 thefts.

In the ladies finals, Adamson took game 1 behind Anna Buendia’s 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Snow Penaranda’s 17 points and 12 boards.

1st game (women’s)

AdU 60 – Buendia 18, Penaranda, Bernardo 13, Ortega 9, Balasta 3, Taroja 0, de Leon, 0, Avila 0, Versoza 0, Taller 0.

FEU 56 – Lim 17, Palmera 15, Columna 10, Borja 6, Sambile 4, Yazon 2, Soriano 2, Valenzoa 0, Supnet 0.

Quarters: 15-7, 29-28, 41-42, 60-56.

2nd game (jrs)

FEU-FERN 71 – Pingoy 22, Domingo 9, Estacio 9, Luz 8, Aguilon 8, You 4, A. Hassan 4, Delfinado 3, J. Hassan 2, Palacio 2, San Jose 0.

NU 67 – Tendenilla 16, Baliton 12, Busa 12, Rivero 9, Atangan 8, Tansingco 7, Subrabas 2, Lopena 1, Villagracia 0, Battad 0, Napa 0.

Quarters: 14-10, 33-19, 52-46, 63-63, 71-67.

Jordan 75 – Wright 24, Daghles 16, Abbas 14, Abuqoura 9, Jamal 5, Abbaas 5, Al-Sous 2, Alkhas 0, Hussein 0, Soobzokov 0.

Philippines 61 – Douthit 21, Casio 15, De Ocampo 8, Williams 6, Lutz 4, Barroca 4, Lassiter 2, Alapag 1, Taulava 0, Tiu 0.

Quarterscores: 12-18, 27-28, 49-41, 75-61

AdMU 82 – Salva 24, Ravena 17, Slaughter 12, Monfort 11, Long 8, Erram 4, Tiongson 4, Chua 2, Gonzaga 0, Golla 0, Austria 0.

FEU 64 – Romeo 23, Escoto 12, Ramos 9, Garcia 6, Tolomia 5, Pogoy 2, Cruz 1, Sentcheu 0, Bringas 0

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


26th FIBA Asia Championships: Gilas sweeps 2nd round games

21 09 2011
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Wuhan, China– After suffering defeat in the first round group matches, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas went undefeated in the second round group matches. They defeated Jordan, Japan, and Syria in succession. In the match against Syria, the Filipino cagers were not their usual selves as they trailed 23-32 at half-time. What coach Rajko Toroman said at the break must have worked as the Philippine team dominated the last two quarters to end up winning 75-52 and enter the quarterfinal round brimming with confidence.

After trailing by 9 in the first half, the Philippines outscored the Syrians 26-13 in the 3rd period. Entering the final canto, the Gilas were only leading by 4 at 49-45. A back-breaking 15-0 blast to start the quarter ended all hopes of the Goran Milijevic-mentored squad to upset Team Pilipinas. The 4 point lead ballooned to a 64-45 rout. It was cruise control for the Gilas from that point.

Marcus Douthit was the only Gilas player in double figures with 20 points but all his teammates scored in this game with the whole Chinese-Taipei team watching in the gallery. Syria was lead by  Al Hamowi’s 11 markers.

Next up for the Gilas will be Chinese-Taipei who finished 3rd in their group behind Iran and Korea. The other quarterfinal pairing will be China vs. Lebanon, Korea vs. Japan, and Iran vs. Jordan.


The scores:

Smart Gilas Phl 75 – Douthit 20, Tiu 8, De Ocampo 8, Lutz 7, Casio 7, Alapag 6, Lassiter 5, Taulava 4, Aguilar 4, Barroca 2, Williams 2, Baracael 2.

Syria 52 – Al Hamowi 11, Georges 9, Jililati 8, Nalbadian 6, Al Saman 5, Deeb 4, Lubus 3, Daks 2, Osfira 0, Al Katib 0.

Quarterscores: 14-11, 23-32, 49-45, 75-52