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PACQUIAO, FIL-AM ACTOR PHILLIPS LEAD FIBA WORLD CUP BID DELEGATION


AUGUST 4 --Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Hollywood Filipino-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips will headline the country's delegation in the FIBA World Cup bid presentation. AP/File Photos
No less than Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and veteran Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips will headline the delegation that will accompany Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan on Friday as the SBP makes its one, final push to host the Fiba World Cup in 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The presence of Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, along with the Fil-American Diamond Phillips, underscore the country’s seriousness in hosting the world championships for the first time since 1978. “In the Philippines, basketball is life. It is part of our cultural fabric and the number one sport, which people throughout our country follow devotedly every day,” said Pangilinan, in an official statement on Monday during the #PUSO2019 Fiba World Cup send off at the Lighthouse inside the Meralco compound in Ortigas, Pasig. “The opportunity to receive the honor of hosting the Fiba basketball World Cup would provoke extraordinary national pride,” he added. “And as the social media capital of the world, that’s something that would inevitably be felt and talked about worldwide.” The Philippines will be facing a formidable foe in China, which has hosted among others the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 Asian Games in Guanzhou, along with the Fiba-Asia men’s basketball championships three times in its last four stagings. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pangilinan, Pacquiao part of PH group making final FIBA push for 2019


AUGUST 4 --MVP AND PACQUIAO SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V. Pangilinan will lead a delegation to Tokyo this weekend to give a final presentation in support of the country’s bid to host the FIBA World Cup in 2019.
Aside from the Philippines, the only other country bidding to host the event is China. The FIBA Central Board, which started accepting bids in April last year, is expected to make an announcement this weekend. Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will join Pangilinan in the trip, along with former Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes. Pangilinan said the Philippines’ extraordinary passion for the sport is one of its strengths in the country’s efforts to host the event. “The FIBA World Cup is a unique opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of future generations of basketball fans in the Philippines and in every corner of the world, to ignite their passion and share it through a common language,” Pangilinan said. The SBP chief added that the country has existing world-class facilities that will be ready for the event such as the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, and the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao: Pinoys' passion, hospitality keys in securing FIBA World Cup rights


AUGUST 5 --Manny Pacquiao
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said the Philippines has a strong case in its attempt to gain the hosting rights for the FIBA World Cup in 2019. Pacquiao recently flew to Tokyo, Japan as part of the delegation accompanying the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in its pitch to become the host of the world basketball meet three years from now. In a report by Philboxing.com’s Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao singled out Filipinos’ passion for basketball as something that will make the Philippines the perfect host. And he’s confident that the FIBA Central Board will consider such trait in granting the hosting rights to the country. “I am here to support our country’s bid. You know, basketball is the most popular sport in our country. Halos bawat sulok ng kahit liblib na barangay ay mayroong basketball court. Ganun kalapit sa puso ng mga Pilipino ang larong basketball. Kaya sana tayo ang manalong host (Almost every corner of the country, even in remote areas, has a basketball court. That’s how close basketball is to the heart of Filipinos. That’s why I’m hoping that we will win the hosting rights,” Pacquiao said. “Palagay ko hindi lang naman ang infrastructure o venue and titingnan at ikokonsidera ng FIBA Central Board kundi ang pangkalahatang kakayahan ng isang host. Mas passionate ang mga Pinoy pagdating sa larong basketball (I think apart from having the proper infrastructure or venues, the FIBA Central Board will also consider a country’s overall capability to host such event. Filipinos are more passionate about basketball),” added the fighting congressman. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas bares ‘incomplete’ FIBA lineup


AUGUST 3 --Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will be formally announced anytime today, then they will gather at the Meralco Gym for their first official practice, starting a two-month training that hopefully is enough to achieve its goal of nailing down the lone Olympic berth to be disputed in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.
Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said they will name 16 to 20 players to the “working pool” led by naturalized player Andray Blatche who was to arrive from the United States last night. It’s called a working pool as it will be flexible, meaning the list may be expanded as other players become available. Junmar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marc Pingris and Marcio Lassiter are said to be either nursing an injury or attending to personal matters. “We’ve yet to finalize the list. PBA commissioner Chito Salud is helping out for us to come out with the best team possible,” said Antonio. Fajardo, the reigning back-to-back PBA MVP awardee, is doubtful due to a foot injury. “We’ll have to wait for whatever is his status. His team will have him checked,” said Antonio on the 6-foot-10 behemoth who could form a solid frontline tandem with Blatche. READ MORE...

ALSO Blatche on China: 'They’re strong and so are we'


AUGUST 4 --Andray Blatche Andray Blatche is convinced Gilas Pilipinas has a realistic chance of making the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as they will be a strong title contender in the coming FIBA Asia Championship.
Blatche based his prognosis on his actual knowledge of the Chinese and the other Asian stars in the Chinese Basketball Association where he’s a big star with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. “I know a lot of players there. As long as we put the work in, (we’ll be okay against them),” Blatche said. With the Chinese being mentioned as the top favorites in the Asian joust, Blatche said: “They’re strong and so are we.” The nine-year NBA veteran is expected to be a dominant force in the FIBA Asia as he was in his first season in the CBA where he averaged 31.1 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Blatche looked overweight in appearing at the Meralco Gym Monday night, but no one doubted he would be in shape in time for the Changsha, China meet in September. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas embarks on packed international schedule


AUGUST 5 --The Gilas pool during Monday's practice
Gilas Pilipinas pitches a weeklong boot camp in Turkey then play a minimum of 13 international games in the short two-month training period that they have in preparation for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated September 23-October 3 in Changsha, China. Coach Tab Baldwin, his staff and the Gilas pool leave the country on August 13, first undergoing an intensive and rigorous training in Ankara before vying in a pocket tourney in Estonia versus the national teams of Estonia, Iceland and the Netherlands. They’ll be back in Manila by August 25 and, after a brief breather, will swing by Taipei for the Jones Cup from August 29 to September 6. Their final warm-up games for the Asian joust are against Jordan, Chinese Taipei and the Wellington Saints of New Zealand in the MVP Cup at home turf on September 11-13. “We’re pressed for time and we’re packing everything on the training period that we have,” said Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico. Andray Blatche, Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros, Aldrech Ramos, Gabe Norwood, Matt Rosser, Jayson Castro, Gary David, JC Intal, Terrence Romeo, Jimmy Alapag and Troy Rosario had their initial workouts Monday night and twice Tuesday, then took a break Wednesday. READ MORE...

ALSO NCAA: Racal big factor in Knights' rise


AUGUST 3 --No one really saw it coming - a small Letran team surprising everyone to seize the solo lead ahead of fancied teams. And in the heart of it was its team captain, Kevin Racal, a wingman playing big because of the Knights' lack of height. "We're so small, I'm using K-Racs (Racal) as a four when he usually plays two or three," said Letran coach Aldin Ayo. Truly, Racal has stepped up his game playing the power forward position as evidenced by his 24-point effort in a 77-68 victory over last year's runner-up Arellano University in a marquee 91st NCAA basketball game Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. It was enough for Racal to be named the ACCEL Quantum-3XVI/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week. What's more impressive about it was Racal is coming off a season-ending injury a season ago. READ MORE....ALSO SENIOR DIVISION CURRENT STANDINGS...


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Pacquiao, Phillips lead FIBA World Cup bid delegation


Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Hollywood Filipino-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips will headline the country's delegation in the FIBA World Cup bid presentation. AP/File Photos

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Richard Dy, contributor - No less than Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and veteran Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips will headline the delegation that will accompany Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan on Friday as the SBP makes its one, final push to host the Fiba World Cup in 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

The presence of Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, along with the Fil-American Diamond Phillips, underscore the country’s seriousness in hosting the world championships for the first time since 1978.

“In the Philippines, basketball is life. It is part of our cultural fabric and the number one sport, which people throughout our country follow devotedly every day,” said Pangilinan, in an official statement on Monday during the #PUSO2019 Fiba World Cup send off at the Lighthouse inside the Meralco compound in Ortigas, Pasig.

“The opportunity to receive the honor of hosting the Fiba basketball World Cup would provoke extraordinary national pride,” he added.

“And as the social media capital of the world, that’s something that would inevitably be felt and talked about worldwide.”

The Philippines will be facing a formidable foe in China, which has hosted among others the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 Asian Games in Guanzhou, along with the Fiba-Asia men’s basketball championships three times in its last four stagings.

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China, in fact, will again serve as host of the Fiba-Asia cage joust next month in Changsa, Hunan.


CHOT REYES

Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, who will also be part of the Filipino delegation set to leave for Tokyo on Wednesday, defined the word PUSO (Filipino word for heart) as “Pride and passion, Unity, Social savvy and Our time”.

“We all know the country’s pride and passion which is our sport. Lahat tayo dito naiintindihan natin ano ang ibig sabihin at gaano kalalim and pride and passion for the sport,” explained Reyes, who handled the Gilas side last year, which registered the country’s first victory at the Fiba World Cup in Spain.

Reyes, now the heads of Sports5, also said that based on the latest survey, 80 percent of the Filipinos polled are die-hard basketball fans.

“And of those 80 percent, 96 percent are supportive of the bid for the Fiba World Cup. Ninety-six percent of the 80 million Filipinos want to see the World Cup hosted here in the Philippines,” he added.

Various sectors of the government, led by the Department of Tourism has pledged its full support in the SBP’s bid to bring the Fiba World Cup hosting back to the Philippines.

“Our organization and together with many other government agencies in the country are in full support of the initiative of the SBP to host the World Cup in 2019,” said Tourism undersecretary Domingo “Chikoy” Enerio.

“We’re very excited with the prospect of bringing home this major championship in the country.”


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MVP AND PACQUIAO

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V. Pangilinan will lead a delegation to Tokyo this weekend to give a final presentation in support of the country’s bid to host the FIBA World Cup in 2019.

Aside from the Philippines, the only other country bidding to host the event is China.

The FIBA Central Board, which started accepting bids in April last year, is expected to make an announcement this weekend.

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will join Pangilinan in the trip, along with former Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes.

Pangilinan said the Philippines’ extraordinary passion for the sport is one of its strengths in the country’s efforts to host the event.

“The FIBA World Cup is a unique opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of future generations of basketball fans in the Philippines and in every corner of the world, to ignite their passion and share it through a common language,” Pangilinan said.

The SBP chief added that the country has existing world-class facilities that will be ready for the event such as the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, and the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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Pangilinan said the Philippine Arena, for one, has the world’s largest indoor arena, and because of key infrastructure initiatives and good venue development, the SBP is confident that it can deliver an international sporting development that is both memorable and shareable.

Reyes, on the other hand, said a four-year plan is already in place to help create “an incredible FIBA World Cup Basketball in 2019.”

“Our hosting is all about puso. It’s all about pride and passion in basketball, which is our sport. And we all know that the country’s pride and passion is in basketball,” said Reyes during a presentation Monday at the Meralco headquarters in Ortigas, Pasig City.

The Philippines first hosted the FIBA World Cup in 1978, and has since built a formidable reputation as a nation capable of planning and managing the complexity of such an event, according to Reyes. He added that in 2013, some 150,000 fans came and watched the FIBA Asia World Cup for 11 days.

Pangilinan, meanwhile, said Pacquiao’s passion for the sport is something he shares with every Filipino, and they welcome his contribution to the SBP’s efforts in Tokyo. – Peter Atencio, Manila Standard Today


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao: Pinoys' passion, hospitality keys in securing FIBA World Cup rights (philstar.com) | Updated August 5, 2015 - 2:56pm 2 13 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said the Philippines has a strong case in its attempt to gain the hosting rights for the FIBA World Cup in 2019.

Pacquiao recently flew to Tokyo, Japan as part of the delegation accompanying the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in its pitch to become the host of the world basketball meet three years from now.

In a report by Philboxing.com’s Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao singled out Filipinos’ passion for basketball as something that will make the Philippines the perfect host.

And he’s confident that the FIBA Central Board will consider such trait in granting the hosting rights to the country.

“I am here to support our country’s bid. You know, basketball is the most popular sport in our country. Halos bawat sulok ng kahit liblib na barangay ay mayroong basketball court. Ganun kalapit sa puso ng mga Pilipino ang larong basketball. Kaya sana tayo ang manalong host (Almost every corner of the country, even in remote areas, has a basketball court. That’s how close basketball is to the heart of Filipinos. That’s why I’m hoping that we will win the hosting rights,” Pacquiao said.

“Palagay ko hindi lang naman ang infrastructure o venue and titingnan at ikokonsidera ng FIBA Central Board kundi ang pangkalahatang kakayahan ng isang host. Mas passionate ang mga Pinoy pagdating sa larong basketball (I think apart from having the proper infrastructure or venues, the FIBA Central Board will also consider a country’s overall capability to host such event. Filipinos are more passionate about basketball),” added the fighting congressman.

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The Philippines, however, faces a tall order as it will be going up against China, which is also trying to bag the hosting rights. The Asian powerhouse is obviously the favorite, having hosted some high-profile sporting events such as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 Asian Games in Guanzhou, and the FIBA Asia men’s basketball championships.

But Pacquiao, again, stressed that the Philippines has a unique basketball fanbase.

“Very hospitable tayong mga Pinoy. Masarap at inspired maglaro ang mga players lalo na pag very hospitable ang host (Filipinos are very hospitable. The players will be inspired to play in front of a very hospitable host),” Pacquiao said.

Aside from Pacquiao, reportedly joining the PHL delegation in its pitch is Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who has Filipino roots.

According to same Philboxing.com report, the General Santos City-based southpaw and his entourage will fly back to Manila on Saturday evening. – Dino Maragay


PHILSTAR

Gilas bares ‘incomplete’ FIBA lineup By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 3, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will be formally announced anytime today, then they will gather at the Meralco Gym for their first official practice, starting a two-month training that hopefully is enough to achieve its goal of nailing down the lone Olympic berth to be disputed in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said they will name 16 to 20 players to the “working pool” led by naturalized player Andray Blatche who was to arrive from the United States last night.

It’s called a working pool as it will be flexible, meaning the list may be expanded as other players become available. Junmar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marc Pingris and Marcio Lassiter are said to be either nursing an injury or attending to personal matters.

“We’ve yet to finalize the list. PBA commissioner Chito Salud is helping out for us to come out with the best team possible,” said Antonio.

Fajardo, the reigning back-to-back PBA MVP awardee, is doubtful due to a foot injury.

“We’ll have to wait for whatever is his status. His team will have him checked,” said Antonio on the 6-foot-10 behemoth who could form a solid frontline tandem with Blatche.

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Players who made themselves available in the informal Gilas practices that started Wednesday included Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Gary David, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros, Terrence Romeo, Asi Taulava, Aldrech Ramos, JC Intal, Matt Ganuelas, Gabe Norwood and pro-bound Troy Rosario.

LA Tenorio has begged off from joining the pool, citing fatigue and poor form as reasons. Fajardo and Aguilar have hinted they may not be ready to join the pool due to health woes while Pingris and Lassiter have left the country to attend to personal matters.

There’s also doubt on the status of Greg Slaughter, Paul Lee and Jeff Chan.

Meanwhile, Filipino basketball fans have voiced out their opinion, flooding the social media with their disgust over the lack of interest by a big number of players to render service to the national team.

Also being hit are the PBA and some PBA ball clubs.

Scathing remarks were thrown at them in a Facebook post shared by Pilipinas Basketball to the public.

“The Filipino basketball fan deserves the best. Let PBA players play for country not just for money,” says the Facebook post that has gone viral.

But hopes are high Team Phl will be competitive with Blatche leading the campaign in the Chinese joust slated Sept. 23 to Oct. 3.

The nine-year NBA veteran is expected to be a dominant force in the Asian meet as he was in his first season in the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 31.1 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

He was among the best performers in the last World Cup where he normed 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds a game. He collected 18 markers and 14 boards to help the Philippines to its first “WC” win in 40 years, edging Senegal, 81-79, in overtime.

He played so well in his first season in the CBA that he merited a three-year contract-extension deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers worth $7.5 million.

The question is who will be the PBA players to be put around Blatche.

“PBA chairman Pato Gregorio and commissioner Chito Salud want the best possible team that we can form. But if players are injured or must attend to personal priorities, we’ve just got to learn to cope. We’ll try our best to work things out. We’re not closing doors on anyone,” said Gregorio.


PHILSTAR

Blatche on China: 'They’re strong and so are we' By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated August 4, 2015 - 7:18pm 0 1 googleplus0 0


Andray Blatche

MANILA, Philippines – Andray Blatche is convinced Gilas Pilipinas has a realistic chance of making the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as they will be a strong title contender in the coming FIBA Asia Championship.

Blatche based his prognosis on his actual knowledge of the Chinese and the other Asian stars in the Chinese Basketball Association where he’s a big star with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

“I know a lot of players there. As long as we put the work in, (we’ll be okay against them),” Blatche said.

With the Chinese being mentioned as the top favorites in the Asian joust, Blatche said: “They’re strong and so are we.”

The nine-year NBA veteran is expected to be a dominant force in the FIBA Asia as he was in his first season in the CBA where he averaged 31.1 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Blatche looked overweight in appearing at the Meralco Gym Monday night, but no one doubted he would be in shape in time for the Changsha, China meet in September.

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“He’s been a whole lot off coming from a long off-season (in the CBA) and that’s natural to happen especially as he’s been caring for his mother and hasn’t have time to get the necessary work done,” said Gilas coach Tab Baldwin.

“But we have time. By September, he’ll be in pretty good shape,” added Baldwin of the Filipino naturalized player who’s been off since February.

Blatche is neither concerned with his current form.

Despite extra poundage, the former Brooklyn Net showed his good moves and sweet shooting touch in Gilas’ first official practice Monday night.

His promise? “I’ll do the same thing (as I did with Gilas in the World Cup), I live on the floor,” he said.

He was among the best performers in the last World Cup where he normed 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds a game. He collected 18 markers and 14 boards to help the Philippines to their first “WC” win in 40 years, edging Senegal, 81-79, in overtime.

He played so well in his first season in the CBA that he merited a three-year contract-extension deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers worth $7.5 million.


PHILSTAR

Gilas embarks on packed international schedule By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated August 5, 2015 - 5:43pm 33 234 googleplus0 0


The Gilas pool during Monday's practice

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas pitches a weeklong boot camp in Turkey then play a minimum of 13 international games in the short two-month training period that they have in preparation for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated September 23-October 3 in Changsha, China.

Coach Tab Baldwin, his staff and the Gilas pool leave the country on August 13, first undergoing an intensive and rigorous training in Ankara before vying in a pocket tourney in Estonia versus the national teams of Estonia, Iceland and the Netherlands.

They’ll be back in Manila by August 25 and, after a brief breather, will swing by Taipei for the Jones Cup from August 29 to September 6.

Their final warm-up games for the Asian joust are against Jordan, Chinese Taipei and the Wellington Saints of New Zealand in the MVP Cup at home turf on September 11-13.

“We’re pressed for time and we’re packing everything on the training period that we have,” said Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico.

Andray Blatche, Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros, Aldrech Ramos, Gabe Norwood, Matt Rosser, Jayson Castro, Gary David, JC Intal, Terrence Romeo, Jimmy Alapag and Troy Rosario had their initial workouts Monday night and twice Tuesday, then took a break Wednesday.

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Ranidel de Ocampo stayed on the sideline due to a hamstring injury while Kelly Williams went down with a knee injury barely at the start of practice Monday. The latter has been diagnosed with a torn MCL on Wednesday and will be out of the pool.

No-shows were Junemar Fajardo, Marc Pingris, LA Tenorio and Paul Lee.

“Great to be out on the floor with these guys. That’s the big thing. We didn’t expect to accomplish a whole lot, but we got through what we needed to get through,” said Baldwin of their initial sessions.

“There’s a little bit of moving them around to get their feet back in shape and little bit of running to get their wind back. We’re trying to work on their knowledge. The intensity will pick up as we go along,” Baldwin also said.

It surely will in their training camp in Turkey where Baldwin and the team get some help from top international tacticians.

“Patayan na training ‘yon,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.

Turkey hosted the FIBA World Cup in 2010 where the host team finished second to the United States. The Turkish team ruled the 2013 Mediterranean Games and placed eighth in the most recent world championship in Spain last year.

The Gilas pool undergoes another two sessions of training today and one tomorrow and on Saturday before taking another break.


PHILSTAR

Racal big factor in Knights' rise Joey Villar | Updated Monday August 03, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 Google +0 0

MANILA, Philippines - No one really saw it coming - a small Letran team surprising everyone to seize the solo lead ahead of fancied teams.

And in the heart of it was its team captain, Kevin Racal, a wingman playing big because of the Knights' lack of height. "We're so small, I'm using K-Racs (Racal) as a four when he usually plays two or three," said Letran coach Aldin Ayo.

Truly, Racal has stepped up his game playing the power forward position as evidenced by his 24-point effort in a 77-68 victory over last year's runner-up Arellano University in a marquee 91st NCAA basketball game Friday at The Arena in San Juan City.

It was enough for Racal to be named the ACCEL Quantum-3XVI/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week. What's more impressive about it was Racal is coming off a season-ending injury a season ago.

"I'm not yet fully recovered but I'm slowly but surely getting into form that I want," said Racal, who could be applying for this year's PBA rookie draft. Ayo was just all-praises for Racal. "I'm blessed that he just accepts what role is given him and never complained nor whined about it," he said.

Racal edged teammate Rey Nambatac, San Beda's Art dela Cruz, Mapua's Allwell Oraeme and Emilio Aguinaldo College's Francis Munsayac for the weekly plum presented by ACCEL Quantum 3XVI.

STANDINGS AUGUST 5, 2015


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