This is a repost of the well-written article by my fellow writer, Sir Jude Roque, fromYahoo! Philippines:
Inspired by the recent announcement of FIBA Asia that this years Asian Championship will be held in Manila, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national mens team got off to a rousing start here in the 24th Dubai International Basketball Championship by nipping Al Mouttahed Tripoli of Lebanon, 79-77, Friday at the Al-Ahli Club gym, to the delight of about two thousand Filipino fans.
The nationals shook off a slow start to thwart the No. 3 team in the tough Lebanese league that boasts of three American imports - Marc Salyers, Eric Chatfield and Larry Cox. Salyers is a 69 forward who has played all over Europe, while Chatfield is a hotshot from the University of New Mexico. Cox is a 610 behemoth who leads the Lebanese league in blocks with 3.9 per game.
The Lebanese started the game on fire, leading by as many as 15 points, at 18-3, on two triples by Salyers. Mouttahed was ahead, 22-10, after the first period, ut the gritty young Philippine squad unloaded five treys in the second quarter, two of which came from Meralco Bolts ace gunner Ronjay Buenafe, to take the half, 41-40. Naturalized import Marcus Douthit took control in the third canto as he scattered ten markers to keep Gilas still on top, 59-58, going into the payoff period.
In the fourth quarter, it was a Garvo Lanete and Kevin Alas show as the former NCAA rivals collaborated with a run-and-gun attack to counter the clear size advantage of Mouttahed. Alas, the former Letran standout, fed ex-San Beda star Lanete with a couple of excellent assists. Lanete connected on a triple and two floaters in a three-minute span.
Alas also fed Greg Slaughter with an alley hoop pass that the former completed with a slam, and delivered a crucial three-ball with just under four minutes left. But in the end, it was excellent team defense that sealed the victory for this Philippine squad that was formed in less than two months before the tournament, capped by a Lanete steal in the dying seconds of the game.
Douthit led Gilas with 20 points and 8 boards, while Lanete and Buenafe added 15 and 10 markers respectively. Alas also had a superb game with 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.
In the Jones Cup, all of our wins came from behind. Never, never give-up. But I thought the key in the endgame was our ability to make some stops, said head coach Chot Reyes.
Gilas and Mouttahed engaged in a shooting contest, but the Filipinos prevailed with 11 out of 25 triples as opposed to their opponents 8-of-31. The bigger Lebanese, however, won the battle of the boards, 35-29, including 17 offensive rebounds. Gilas had more assists, 15-9.
Gilas faces home team Al-Ahli Club, UAEs top professional team, later today.
Smart Gilas and Mouttahed are joined in Group B by Al-Ahli Club and Jordans Al Riyadi Sporting Aramex Club. In Group A are Sagesse and Al-Riyadi, both from Beirut, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates national team. A team from Kazakhstan was supposed to be part of Group A, but backed-out at the last minute.
Two years ago, the first batch of Gilas under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman placed second behind Egypts El Ettehad Club in this tournament. The only remaining member of that batch is Douthit. Slaughter was part of the 2010 Gilas squad that placed third behind Mahram of Iran and Al-Riyadi of Lebanon.
The Philippine team will easily become the most popular squad here as Dubai has over 800,000 Filipino overseas workers. Pinoys make up the biggest crowd in this annual tournament as they look forward to seeing the nationals in action.
The other members of the squad are KG Canaleta of Air 21, JayR Reyes of Meralco, RR Garcia, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, and Matthew Ganuelas of NLEX, and Fil-Am recruits Justin Melton and Isaac Holstein. Coach Chot is assisted by former national coach Jong Uichico.
Jones Cup: Mighty Sports quintet overwhelms India - 10 hours ago
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Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton(203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win... [read more]
Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win in the nine-team tournament. A 20-4 run gave the Manila team a 68-52 lead and a 11-4 salvo in the fourth period all but took the fight out of the Indians. That gave coach Bo Perasol the luxury of fielding his homegrown players. The victory pushed Mighty Sports within two wins of nailing the title trophy and match the feat of Gilas Pilipinas four years ago. Mighty Sports next clashes with defending champion Iran at 3 p.m. today. With a clean record, the squad can clinch the title with wins over Iran today and Egypt tomorrow. Iran, which fell to a 3-1 record following a shocking 67-50 loss to the Koreans (3-2) the other day, was playing Taiwan-A at press time. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Jame... [read more]
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
James White countered Reid's superb performance with 34 points and 11 rebounds, and he also defended the Beermen import's attempt on a game-winning triple which would have completed San Miguel's rally.
The Enforcer are now the solo leaders at 3-0, their best start in their young franchise.
KG Canaleta added 17 points for Mahindra, which also got 12 markers from Paulo Taha.
It was also fitting that the Enforcer nailed the big win in front of its listed head coach Manny Pacquiao, who attended his team's game live for the first time since the Philippine Cup.
Alex Cabagnot finished with 15 points, while June Mar Fajardo chipped in 13 points and 10 boards for San Miguel, which fell to 2-1.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 34pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 15/25 FGs. AZ Reid (SMB) - 43pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 5 triples, 17/33 FGs.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 85-72 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel returned to the winning track, needing a fourth quarter rally to trounce the NLEX Road Warriors, 85-72, in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee scored 24 points and 14 rebounds to help Ginebra recover from its last loss and improve to 2-1.
Japeth Aguilar finished with 14 points and also contributed huge baskets down the stretch that ignited Ginebra's late rally.
Joe Devance and LA Tenorio also contributed 10 points apiece. Scottie Thompson, the only rookie to be named a PBA All-Star starter this year, collected eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Henry Walker paced the Road Warriors with 18 points and 13 boards. Sean Anthony was the only other NLEX player in double digits with 14 markers.
NLEX, which missed the services of the suspended Asi Taulava, who got into a fight last outing, suffered its second straight loss to settle for a 1-2 slate.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 24pts, 15rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Henry Walker (NLX) - 18pts, 13rebs, 1blk, 1ast, 2 triples.
Big 2nd quarter leads Philippines to win over Sacramento State - 2 days ago
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The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chin... [read more]
The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chinese Taipei A. The Philippines is the only team the Hornets will play during the tournament that is not a national squad. The team plays in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and has won championships in the Republica Cup three times in the last four years (2013, 2014, 2016). Sacramento State, which was playing its fourth game in four days, dropped to 1-3. After the Hornets defeated India in the tournament opener on Saturday, the Hornets have lost to South Korea, Iran and the Philippines, respectively. Iran and the Philippines are the lone undefeated teams remaining in the tournament and both have 3-0 records. Sacramento State will play its fifth game in as many days tomorrow when the Hornets take on Chinese Taipei B at 4 a.m. PDT. For the second straight game, the Hornets could not overcome a huge foul and free throw disparity. The Hornets were whistled for 22 more fouls than the Philippines (33-11) and went to the free throw line just six times. Conversely, the Philippines made a robust 48 trips to the charity stripe. Sacramento State actually converted on five more field goals in the game, but the Hornets went just 5-for-6 from the free throw line while the Philippines went 31-of-48 from the stripe. The Hornets' James Herrick (208-C), Joshua Patton (203-F), Justin Strings (201-F), Nick Hornsby (201-F) and Eric Stuteville (211-C) all had at least four fouls while Herrick fouled out in 11 minutes. Stuteville had three fouls during the game's first five minutes. Both teams played even in the first, third and fourth quarters, but the Philippines had a big second quarter. Sacramento State held its largest lead of the game at 19-12 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, and took its last lead of the contest at 29-28 on a turnaround jumper from Grant Dressler with 6:40 left in the second. However, the Philippines would close the final 6:31 of the second quarter on a 26-6 run to go into halftime with a 54-35 lead. Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter. Sacramento State outrebounded the Philippines, 46-40, while shooting .361 (30-83) from the field and .211 (4-19) from the 3-point line. Both teams combined for just 22 turnovers, and the Philippines shot .385 (25-65) from the field and .304 (7-23) from the 3-point line. For the Hornets, Dressler scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field while also pulling seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by guard Jeff Wu (188-G), who had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Strings, who had scored in double figures in each of the first three games of the tournament, was held scoreless but did have seven rebounds. Patton, who is a redshirt freshman, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while also notching a team-best two blocked shots. Stuteville and guards Jiday Ugbaja (180-PG) and Matt Battaglia (183-PG) each scored eight points. Battaglia, a true freshman from El Dorado Hills, was a proficient 3-for-4 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ugbaja was 4-for-6 from the floor. Guard Marcus Graves (183-PG) added six points, five rebounds and a team-high tying three assists while Trevis Jackson (180-PG) had three rebounds and three assists. Hornsby had four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Sacramento State plays tomorrow against a Chinese Taipei B squad that is 1-2, but all three of its games have been decided by eight points or less. That includes an 81-80 victory today over the Chinese Taipei A team. Courtesy of: hornetsports.com
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