Jack Animam takes talents to Taiwan
July 1, 2020
MANILA, Philippines – After setting numerous milestones in Philippine women’s basketball, Jack Animam is set to grow her game in Taiwan.
The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs star signed up to be a foreign student-athlete in Shih Hsin University for one year as she’ll be taking up Master’s in Public Relations and Advertising.
“Masaya ako and super excited sa opportunity na ito,” Animam told Rappler.
(I’m happy and super excited for this opportunity.)
The Gilas Women star is already familiar with the team as she has faced them in the past training camps with the NU Lady Bulldogs. This also paved way for the opportunity for her to play with them.
Celtics to retire Kevin Garnett’s jersey
MANILA, Philippines — The Boston Celtics will be retiring Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 jersey, the team announced on Thursday (Friday Manila time).
Garnett spent six years with the Celtics from 2007 to 2013 after playing 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Report: Gilas vs Indonesia game in danger of postponement
MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifier match against Indonesia may be postponed due to the corona virus disease (COVID-19) threat.
According to a report from kompas.com, the Indonesia Ministry of Youth and Sports has given a directive to Perbasi, the Indonesian basketball federation, to postpone the games.
Indonesia is set to host two home games — one against the Philippines and another against South Korea.
Ray Parks turns down Gilas Pilipinas pool invite, says Guiao
MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao has to make do of the cards he’s dealt with for the upcoming Fiba World Cup.
According to reports, Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. declined Guiao’s invitation to join the team’s Thursday practice at Meralco gym.
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Gonzaga beats Duke
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Coming into its showdown with third-ranked Gonzaga, top-ranked Duke had played five games and trailed for a total of 35 seconds — all season. And that’s among the reasons the Blue Devils, after jumping Kansas in the Associated Press poll following the first week of the season, have remained No. 1 everywhere.
They’ve been overwhelming.
Which is why what happened here at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday was so surprising. Gonzaga jumped Duke the way Duke normally jumps teams — shot 64.5 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 60.0 percentage from 3-point range, took a 16-point lead early in the second half and survived a wild flurry late to record an 89-87 victory and secure the Maui Jim Maui Invitational title.
Folks had been wondering when Duke would first lose.
Things get physical between Gilas and Iran
Already backed by a hostile crowd inside the Azady Gym, Iran was able to impose its physical style of play on Gilas Pilipinas, Thursday evening.
And it resulted in two players from the Philippine side getting bloodied up.
The first casualty was Beau Belga.
The burly bruiser was hit by an inadvertent slap to the nose by Nik Khahbahrami with 1:02 left in the first half. Belga came out with a bloody nose.
In the ensuing quarter, it was Marcio Lassiter who was cut.
Entering this contest, this batch of Gilas Pilipinas was a mystery to Iran. However the Iranians were hiding something else as well.
Gilas falters late in highly-physical affair against Iran
In a highly physical game, the Philippines could not contain the shooters of Iran late, falling 73-81, Thursday evening at the Azady Gym in Tehran, Iran.
This is Gilas’ third loss in the tournament, falling to 5-3 in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Philippines 73 – Standhardinger 30, Cabagnot 9, Belga 7, Lee 6, Almazan 5, Thompson 5, Lassiter 4, Taulava 3, Sangalang 2, Norwood 2, Erram 0, Maliksi 0.
Iran 81– Khahbahrami 21, Mashayekhi 19, Kazemi 11, Arghavan 8, Yakhchali 7, Jamshidi 6, Mirza 5, Hassanzadeh 4, Haddadi 0, Davoudichegani 0, Mozafarivanani 0.
Quarterscores: 22-21, 38-40, 59-63, 73-81.
LIVE UPDATES: the Philippines vs Iran – FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Just as it’s about to resume its bid for a World Cup berth with a retooled lineup, Team Pilipinas’ mettle will already be tested when it squares off against Asian powerhouse Iran.
The Filipinos will be in hostile territory as it tries to pull off an upset against the Iranians in Group F of the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Azady Gym in Tehran on Thursday, September 13.
The Philippines, which ended the first round of the Qualifiers with a 4-2 record, looks to become the first team to defeat Iran, which boasts a 5-1 card, in its own turf.
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Christian Standhardinger joins Gilas in Iran
The two teams face off at 7 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Manila) with Guiao and his troops looking to build on the 4-2 win-loss record coach Chot Reyes’ Gilas squad posted in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
MANILA, Philippines — Coach Yeng Guiao opted for the hard-working Christian Standhardinger over the spitfires Stanley Pringle and tapped five new faces to backstop the Jakarta Asiad veterans as Team Philippines resumes its quest for a berth in the 2019 FIBA World Cup against West Asian power Team Iran at the Azady Gym in Tehran tonight.
The two teams face off at 7 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Manila) with Guiao and his troops looking to build on the 4-2 win-loss record coach Chot Reyes’ Gilas squad posted in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
2018 Basketball PHL vs Iran in FIBA qualifiers match today
September 12, 2018 | 8:03 pm
A NEW-LOOK Team Pilipinas takes the cudgels for the country in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, taking on Iran today at the start of the second round of the competition.
With the majority of its previous roster serving their suspension following a brawl with the Australian team on the final playdate of the first round of the tournament on July 2, the Philippine national team looks to regroup and propel its push some more in their collision with the host team at 8:30 p.m. (Manila time) at the Azady Gym in Tehran.
Coaching the Philippine Basketball Association-backed Team Pilipinas now is Yeng Guiao, who is taking over from suspended coach Chot Reyes.
Team Pilipinas big men face a tall order
by Ernest Hernandez
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) officially release the Team Pilipinas 12-man roster against Iran for the FIBA World Qualifiers that did not include 7-footer Greg Slaughter due to injury.
Even prior to the announcement, the big men of Team Pilipinas took into consideration the possibility of dealing with Iran’s big men, particularly the 7-foot-2 Iranian center Hamed Haddadi.
With Slaughter out, head coach Yeng Guiao is expected to rotate the likes of Christian Standhardinger, Poy Erram, Asi Taulava, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan instead.
Iran’s Hamed Haddadi goes up for a layup against Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas during their game in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China. | FIBA.com
Team Philippines out to deal with Iran’s ceiling, bench depth
Rick Olivares (philstar.com) – September 12, 2018 – 1:20pm
MANILA, Philippines – Come Game Day 7 of the ongoing Asian Qualifiers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Thursday Iran will try to defend its home turf against its old foe from the Far East that has been nipping at their heels for the last 10 years — the Philippines.
Iran is in the midst of a youth movement, However, when they started the Asian Qualifiers on a dour note, they had to call in some old heroes.
With only Oshin Sahakian the veteran of Iran’s past dominance in the regional competition, it was enough as they fell rather embarrassingly to neighboring Iraq, 66-74, in a match played in Amman, Jordan, since the latter’s current state doesn’t allow the safe playing of matches there.
The Iraqis did well in the even-numbered quarters, outscoring Iran, 19-12, in the final frame.
Although Iran bounced back at home in Tehran with a 65-39 blowout of Qatar, in their second window, they brought back old reliables Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hamed Haddadi, who each scored 21 and 20 points in another laugher, 54-75, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
China survives Clarkson, Team Philippines with 82-80 squeaker
MANILA, Philippines — Powerhouse China turned back a pesky Philippine side, 82-80, in Group D play of the 2018 Asian Games men’s basketball tournament Tuesday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Chinese, who sat squarely on the driver seat for the first three quarters, leaned on Zhou Qi for a cushion against the hastily-assembled Filipino squad.
However, the Philippines, bolstered with National Basketball Association cager Jordan Clarkson, patiently chafed on the lead. The Filipino-American led a blistering outing in the second frame that saw the Nationals hold down perennial Asian Games hoops champions to just 16 points.
Japanese basketball players in prostitute ‘disgrace’
By Nolan Philips
Four Japanese basketball players have apologized for bringing “disgrace” to their nation after they were kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex.
The regional Olympics was hit by scandal after the players were spotted in a notorious red-light district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta wearing their national jerseys last week.
The expulsion of Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato, and Keita Imamura will come as a major embarrassment for Japan, who will host the Tokyo Olympics in two years’ time.
“I deeply apologize for our careless act that has brought disgrace on not only basketball fans However also all of the Japanese people,” Sato told a news conference.
Nagayoshi, wearing a black suit and tie, said he “can’t imagine” playing basketball again.
Japan Basketball Association chief Yuko Mitsuya said it will wait for a report from a special committee of lawyers before formally punishing the four.
“I just feel a sense of shame,” said Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese delegation to the Asian Games, the world’s second-largest multi-sport event.
“We deeply apologize and intend to give the athletes thorough guidance from now on,” he told reporters in Jakarta.
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Jordan Clarkson can’t wait to learn Gilas’ ‘fun style of play’
JAKARTA — With around three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Philippines’ 96-59 win over Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games, cheers erupted from the Philippine bench. Nobody had made a spectacular play on the court; it was a player of it that was causing the commotion.
Jordan Clarkson was finally here.
After days of uncertainty surrounding his stint, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard arrived in Jakarta from Los Angeles and was brought straight to the basketball arena in the sprawling Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex on Thursday.
Since his plane touched down at around the same time the Philippines-Kazakhstan game tipped off, there was no way he could make it in time. However, it could be argued that his mere presence inspired his teammates and raised their level of play. From the moment he took a seat behind the team bench, the Philippines outscored their opponents 38-19.
Clarkson’s arrival was the culmination of a complicated series of events that drew in the NBA, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Asian Games organizers as the NBA initially refused to give the go-signal to his participation. However in the end, the league relented, and here we are.
Underprepared Team Philippines still impresses vs Kazakhs
JAKARTA – Though short in preparation and in manpower, the Philippine quintet made quite an impression in its initial showing in the 18th Asian Games men’s basketball competition, fashioning out a dominant wire-to-wire 96-59 victory over a hapless Kazakhstan side at the GBK Basketball Hall here Thursday.
Stanley Pringle came out with a sterling performance in his debut as a national player while Christian Standhardinger, James Yap, Paul Lee, and Chris Tiu had their solid showings in their return to the national squad, leading the Philippine 5 to a smashing first outing in the Jakarta meeting.
Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Poy Erram, Beau Belga, Maverick Ahanmisi, and even 45-year-old reserve center Asi Taulava put in their share as the Nationals carved out the important victory that all However assured them of a spot in the knockout round (Final Eight).
And on that note how awesome was Guiao. He should replace Chot Reyes has a national coach permanently cause she showed even with depleted numbers he still pulled off a win against highly favored Kazakhstan. And not just a win a pummelling. I bet nobody thought we would win by that much over Kazakhstan. Purely awesome the Philippines very own Chiang Kai Shek and master of strategy. I bet a copy of the Art of War by Sun Tsu was in his bag.
Asian Games: Win over Kazakhstan an ‘answered prayer,’ says Guiao
JAKARTA—Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao was expecting a “really close” game against Kazakhstan in his team’s debut in the 2018 Asian Games. Instead, his players put on an explosive performance in an impressive rout.
With Stanley Pringle firing 18 points, James Yap turning back the clock for a 12-point performance, and Paul Lee catching fire late to finish with 10 markers, the Philippines overpowered Kazakhstan, 96-59, to open their campaign at the Basket Hall at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex.
The wire-to-wire triumph was a truly sensational performance from the hastily assembled squad, which is now virtually assured of a spot in the quarterfinals of the basketball competition.
“It’s answered prayers ‘yan ano. Millions of Filipinos were praying for us, and the Lord just blessed us with a really nice win,” Guiao told reporters after their huge victory.
“We expected a really close game, and a rugged, physical game,” said the coach of their match-up against the fourth-placers in the 2014 edition of the Asian Games.
Asian Games: Guiao downplays physicality of Kazakhstan game
Guiao, staff commended for a great job in Asiad opener
JAKARTA – National coach Yeng Guiao and his able staff elicited praises for getting Team Philippines to play as a cohesive unit from a mere 10-day preparation.
Team Philippines cruised to a 96-59 victory over Kazakhstan to kick off their Asian Games bid on a high note.
“Gilas showed great chemistry in such a short time. Offensive system was in rhythm and defensive coverage was solid. They played with so much cohesion that you have a feeling that they’ve been playing for a long time,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio.
“Credit to coach Yeng Guiao for preparing the team to be mentally strong and focused,” Panlilio also said.
Guiao, meanwhile, deflected the praises to his staff, including Caloy Garcia, Ryan Gregorio, and Ford Arao.
Team Philippines outplays Kazakhstan for rousing Asian Games opener
Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com) – August 16, 2018 – 12:50pm
MANILA, Philippines — Success in the first order of business.
Team Philippines mounted a blistering 12-2 run in the first three minutes of the game against Kazakhstan, looking to dictate the tempo.
Three quarters later, they were still enjoying that and more. The Filipinos went on to put themselves squarely on the driver’s seat through their defense and hustle as they enjoyed an erratic shooting by their foes en route to a 96-59 victory in Group D action of the Asian Games men’s basketball tournament at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday afternoon.
Stanley Pringle, a first-time member of the national quintet, scattered 18 points to lead the Filipinos in scoring.
James Yap, who last logged a national team tour of duty nine years ago, chimed in 12 more to help in the scoring effort.
How the first all-pro 1990 Dream Team brought back Asian Games glory
When FIBA formally allowed professional basketball players in international competitions in 1989 with its “open basketball” ruling, the exciting prospect was really witnessing the best cagers to play for their country came true.
And this became such welcome news for the Philippines given the dearth in competitiveness in world basketball. Case in point was the 1989 Southeast Asian Games, wherein the Philippines lost the gold for the very first time in the history of the biennial cage meet to hosts Malaysia after an embarrassing 99-107 loss.
Something had to be done, and the FIBA ruling could not have come at a better time.
The country’s basketball governing body, the Basketball Association of the Philippines, immediately forged a deal with the PBA to send only the best Philippine team for the next major international tilt, the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.
Thus, the Philippine “Dream Team” was formed, consisting of an all-star dream selection of PBA players, half of which became part of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players list several years later.
The team consisted of active players who were making waves in the PBA at that time, including Mon Fernandez, Hector Calma, Samboy Lim, and Yves Dignadice of the Grand Slam-winning San Miguel Beermen, Chito Loyzaga, Dante Gonzalgo, and the late Rey Cuenco of the most popular Anejo Rhum squad, Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc of Formula Shell, Allan Caidic and Zaldy Realubit of Presto Tivoli, and Alvin Patrimonio of Purefoods Hotdogs.
Jerry Codinera was originally part of the final lineup However had to beg off due to a bout with hepatitis and was replaced by Realubit. Nelson Asaytono and Paul Alvarez were named as alternates However we’re unable to join the team in Beijing.
And the coaches? No less than living legend Robert Jaworski of Anejo Rhum was named head coach, with Norman Black of San Miguel as his assistant.
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Kobe Paras to lead Philippines’ Olympic 3×3 quest
MANILA, Philippines — Kobe Paras is set to embrace a bigger role in basketball.
Donning the country’s tricolor in many iterations of the FIBA 3×3 in the past, the second-generation cager will be helming the specialized format’s national basketball program as it targets the Olympiad two years from now.
“Kobe will be the face of 3×3 basketball. So the campaign will be headed by Kobe. Tapos hahanap tayo ng mga makakasama ni Kobe,” Ronald Macariñas, the backer of the program, said.
Guiao puts a premium on the opener
A rematch with the Kazakhs to settle an old score for the Nats
This could change the whole picture.
With unconfirmed reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson getting the green light at the last minute from the National Basketball Association to play for his mother’s birth country in the Indonesia Asian Games, national coach Yeng Guiao is buckling down to work on their opening game against Kazakhstan.
Clarkson withdraws from Batang Gilas
by Ernest Hernandez
The final push to include Jordan Clarkson in the Gilas Pilipinas Asian Games roster suffered a big blow after the NBA did not clear him to join the competition, according to sources.
No reason has been cited by the NBA However the Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard has been in trade rumors and could be one of the reasons why he didn’t get the nod while Houston Rockets’ Zhou Qi was allowed to play for China.
TNT Katropa’s Don Trollano will instead replace Clarkson for the final roster spot. The team will head out to Indonesia on August 12.
Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for World Cup violence
July 4, 2018
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia assistant coach and former NBA star Luc Longley has accused Philippines coach Chot Reyes of inciting the violence that marred a World Cup qualifying match between the teams on Monday.
The former Chicago Bulls star described the bench-clearing brawl which saw 13 players, including four Australians, ejected from the match as the worst thing he had seen on a basketball court.
Longley, who has been praised for his efforts to protect Australian player Chris Goulding from a large group of Philippines players, said Reyes had called on his players during a timeout to “hit somebody, put somebody on their arse.”
The Dark Knight
“Everyone knows that if you’ve got a brother, you’re going to fight.” —Liam Gallagher. It was a forgettable Monday night.
You could call it one of the darkest nights in the history of Philippine basketball. Our beloved Gilas Pilipinas getting into an ugly brawl with the visiting Aussies. We lost the game that is already lost even before the fight happened. The game eventually ended up with Australia winning by default against the Philippines, our country.
NBA DRAFT 2018
1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton — C
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III — PF
3. Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic (traded to Dallas Mavericks) — PG
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr. — PF
5. Dallas Mavericks – Trae Young (traded to Atlanta Hawks) — PG
6. Orlando Magic – Mo Bamba — C
7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr. — C
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Collin Sexton — PG
9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox — SF
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges (traded to Phoenix Suns) — SF
11. Charlotte Hornets – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (traded to LA Clippers) — PG
12. LA Clippers – Miles Bridges (traded to Charlotte Hornets) — SF
13. LA Clippers – Jerome Robinson — SG
14. Denver Nuggets – Michael Porter Jr. — SF
15. Washington Wizards – Troy Brown Jr. — SF
16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith (traded to Philadelphia 76ers) — SF
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Donte DiVincenzo — SG
18. San Antonio Spurs – Lonnie Walker — SG
19. Atlanta Hawks – Kevin Huerter — SG
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Josh Okogie — SG
21. Utah Jazz – Grayson Allen — SG
22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchinson — SG
23. Indiana Pacers – Aaron Holiday — G
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Anfernee Simons — SG
25. Los Angeles Lakers – Moritz Wagner — PF
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Landry Shamet — PG
27. Boston Celtics – Robert Williams — PF/C
28. Golden State Warriors – Jacob Evans — SG/SF
29. Brooklyn Nets – Dzanan Musa — SF
30. Atlanta Hawks – Omari Spellman — PF
31. Phoenix Suns – Elie Okobo – PG
32. Memphis Grizzlies – Jevon Carter – PG
33. Dallas Mavericks – Jalen Brunson – PG
34. Atlanta Hawks – Devonte Graham – PG (traded to Charlotte Hornets)
35. Orlando Magic – Melvin Frazier – SF
36. New York Knicks – Mitchell Robinson – C
37. Sacramento Kings – Gary Trent Jr. – SF (traded to Portland Trail Blazers)
38. Philadelphia 76ers – Khyri Thomas – SG (traded to Detroit Pistons)
39. Philadelphia 76ers – Isaac Bonga – SF
40. Brooklyn Nets – Rodions Kurucs – SF
41. Orlando Magic – Jarred Vanderbilt – PF (traded to Denver Nuggets)
42. Detroit Pistons – Bruce Brown – SG
43. Denver Nuggets – Justin Jackson – SF (traded to Orlando Magic)
44. Washington Wizards – Issuf Sanon – PG
45. Brooklyn Nets – Hamidou Diallo – SG
46. Houston Rockets – De’Anthony Melton – SG
47. Los Angeles Lakers – Sviat Mykhailiuk – SG
48. Minnesota Timberwolves – Keita Bates-Diop – SF
49. San Antonio Spurs – Chimezie Metu – C
50. Indiana Pacers – Alize Johnson – PF
51. New Orleans Pelicans – Tony Carr – PG
52. Vincent Edwards – SF (traded to Houston Rockets)
53. Oklahoma City Thunder – Devon Hall – PG
54. Dallas Mavericks – Shake Milton – PG (traded to Philadelphia 76ers)
55. Charlotte Hornets – Arnoldas Kulboka – SF
56. Philadelphia 76ers – Ray Spalding – PF (traded to Dallas Mavericks)
57. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Hervey – SF
58. Denver Nuggets – Thomas Welsh – C
59. Phoenix Suns – George King – SF
60. Philadelphia 76ers – Kostas Antetokounmpo – SF (traded to Dallas Mavericks)