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Friday, October 24, 2014

Will Asi Taulava Reconsider His Retirement from the National Team?

At 41 years old, 6'9" man-mountain 6'9" Pauliasi Taulava is having a resurgence in his PBA basketball career. To everyone's surprise last season, he made the PBA Mythical First Team and finishing a strong second behind up-and-coming big man Junemar Fajardo in the Most Valuable Player race.

The man they call "The Rock" averaged 14.75 points, 12.38 rebounds, and 2.02 assists per game for Air 21 in the 2013-2014 Philippine Basketball Association season while logging 37.73 minutes in 40 games. He shot 46.9 % from the field.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Point Filipino Scorers

In an effort to pay tribute to the greatest Filipino basketball scorers, let us get to know the few Filipinos who scored 100 points in a game of basketball.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6 Reasons Why Bashers Are Being Unfair to Gilas Pilipinas

Criticisms hurled towards Gilas are unfair. These men made the sacrifice for their country, leaving families behind for a long period of time, risking their careers even playing through injuries. They took the fight for flag and country where many who were called to serve declined. It is so easy for armchair analysts and wannabe coaches to hurl criticism because they do not understand the sacrifices made.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Asian Games Basketball: Gilas Opens Versus Qatar

5:30 p.m. Manila Time
Hwaseong Sports Complex

The Philippine men's national basketball team will open it's 17th Asian Games quarterfinals schedule as they face-off against a familiar opponent in Qatar 5:30 p.m. Manila time today at the Hwaseong Sports Complex, the top team in Group F after the preliminary round. The Philippines finished second in Group E behind Asian powerhouse Iran.

Overview of Group H in 17th Asiad Basketball Tournament

Gilas Pilipinas has hit a speed bump as they lost a Group E match to reigning Asian champions Islamic Republic of Iran. The quest for the elusive basketball gold medal is still in full steam as the Philippine quintet will start their quarterfinals schedule tomorrow against Qatar in the ongoing 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. They will face hosts South Korea on Saturday and close out their quarterfinal assignments against Kazakhstan on Sunday. At least 2 wins will catapult Gilas to the semifinals.

Here are the details of Gilas Pilipinas' schedule in the quarterfinals:
26 September 2014
Hwaseong Sports Complex, Hwaseong
5:30 p.m. PST
27 September 2014
South Korea(KOR)
Samsan World Gymnasium, Incheon
1:00 p.m. PST
28 September 2014
Hwaseong Sports Complex, Hwaseong
2:15 p.m. PST

Team Melli Beats Gilas Once More

For the 4th straight time, Team Melli has beaten Gilas Pilipinas in international basketball competitions with a thrilling 68-63 victory in Group E of men's basketball competitions at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The game was non-bearing and the results will have indications only in what way the teams will be grouped in the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, both teams played like it was a do-or-die affair.

My Wishlist for the Next Gilas Cadet Pool

A key part of the Gilas Pilipinas program is it's cadet pool whose latest edition included Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, and Garvo Lanete. The latest Gilas cadet batch has already turned professional as they got tabbed in the 2014 PBA Draft.

It is my personal view that the Gilas cadet program has to continue in order to provide the right environment for player development, communicating the vision of the Gilas program to future national team members and let them assimilate it, and provide much needed international exposure for the younger generation of basketball talents. Ideally the cadet pool should be a collection of the best amateur basketball players in the land.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tall Pinoy Trio Set to Play for Gilas in 2015 FIBA Asia Championships

Gilas Pilpinas head coach Chot Reyes believes that three young players will play a huge role in the future of Philippine basketball. Reyes was referring to 7'0" Gregory William Slaughter, 6'10" Junemar Fajardo, and 6'9" Japeth Aguilar. Fajardo of Cebu is only 24 years old. Slaughter who also traces his roots to Cebu is only 25, and Pampanga's Aguilar is the oldest of the trio at 27.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Match Overview: Philippines versus Iran

The Philippines will face Iran in a Group E match in the 17th Asian Games men's basketball competition in Incheon, South Korea on September 25, 2014. Here is an overview of that match between Team Melli and Gilas Pilipinas.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Glimpses: Young Big Men in Philippine Basketball

The current rise of Philippine basketball at the world level cannot be achieved without worthy contributions from big men. Naturalized players Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche has provided the Philippine quintet a different dimension to move up from 45th to 31st in the FIBA World Rankings in the past 2 years. Aside from these two fine gentlemen, the development of homegrown big men are as important to the national team. After all, national coach Chot Reyes hinted that Junemar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar are an important piece in the future of Philippine basketball. All three stand 6'9" or taller.

In this article let us take a look at the young big men in Philippine basketball who has yet to crack a roster spot in the NCAA or UAAP.

Best Chance to Reclaim Asian Games Basketball Gold in Incheon

The Philippines last won a basketball gold medal in the Asian Games in 1962 at Jakarta, Indonesia. That team included Narciso Bernardo, Geronimo Cruz, Engracio Arazas, Manuel Jocson, Alfonso Marquez, Roel Nadurata, Eduardo Pacheco, Cristobal Ramas, Alberto Reynoso, and Edgardo Roque. It also listed The Big Difference Caloy Loyzaga,arguably the best Filipino basketball player, and Kurt Bachmann, the king of hook shot in Philippine basketball. The Philippines bulldozed the competition in the 1962 games en route to winning 7 games with an average margin of victory of a whopping 25 points. In the preliminary round, the Philippines walloped Cambodia, 81-52 and beat Thailand, 72-61. In the championship round, the Philippines beat South Korea, 84-68; Indonesia, 107-74; Thailand, 108-73; Hong Kong, 100-68; and Japan 101-67.