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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.