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FIBA: GILAS 'FINAL 12' KNOWN; JORDAN CLARKSON NOT INCLUDED


SEPTEMBER 11 -CLARKSON DISAPPOINTED
Five holdovers from the 2014 World Cup team, three rookies and four national team returnees make up the Gilas Pilipinas team vying for an Olympic berth in the coming FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha China. World Cup veterans Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Marc Pingris and Gabe Norwood lead the new Gilas cast that also features newcomers Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva and JC Intal, and returning nationals Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Taulava, Thoss and Hontiveros have been to previous FIBA Asia Championships while Ganuelas-Rosser has donned the national jersey in the FIBA Asia Cup. Jimmy Alapag, Gary David, Aldrech Ramos, Troy Rosario and Moala Tautuaa were members of the silver medal-winning Team Phl in the just-concluded Jones Cup who failed to make the Gilas Final 12 for the Changsha Asian joust slated Sept. 23-Oct. 4. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas failed to include Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson in the lineup due to the conflict of the FIBA Asia schedule to important activities of the Los Angeles Lakers. “The Los Angeles Lakers management has allowed Jordan Clarkson to play for the Gilas Pilipinas team as long as it will not conflict with the schedule of the NBA,” said an SBP statement. “Unfortunately, under this limitation, Jordan Clarkson can only participate in the elimination phase of the tournament,” the SBP added. “This scheduling issue is distinct only to the FIBA Asia zone. And it does not occur in the other FIBA zones. By this token, we will ask FIBA Asia to consider holding the tournament in the same manner as FIBA Americas, Europe, Oceania and Africa do, that is avoiding conflict with the NBA calendar.” READ MORE...

ALSO: SBP invites Laker executives to Manila


SEPTEMBER 11 -Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is flanked by SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas (right) and former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio at the Toyota Sports Center.
- SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas and former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio said yesterday they hope their recent visit to the Los Angeles Lakers executive offices will cement an enduring relationship with the NBA franchise in relation to sharing the basketball skills of 6-4 Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson. Vargas and Gregorio met with Lakers president Jeanie Buss once and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak twice during their brief trip last week. The meetings were held at the corporate headquarters in the Toyota Sports Center which is also where the Lakers, the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders and hockey team Los Angeles Kings work out. “We discussed with Mitch the possibility of Jordan playing for Gilas at the FIBA Asia Championships in Changsha on Sept. 23-Oct. 3,” said Gregorio. “Mitch told us that Jordan is still a young man and we should all protect his future. If he grows to be the star he could be, he’ll be more stable and focused. His rise to the top is just starting. The Lakers allowed Jordan to play in Changsha on condition it will not conflict with his schedule with the team.” The limitations are Clarkson must attend Media Day in Los Angeles on Sept. 28 and the Lakers training camp in Hawaii on Sept. 29-Oct. 7. The camp calendar includes preseason games against the Utah Jazz at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Oct. 4 and 8. In Changsha, the Philippines is scheduled to play Palestine on Sept. 23, Hong Kong on Sept. 24 and Kuwait on Sept. 25. There will be a rest day on Sept. 26 then the second round begins on Sept. 27 and ends Sept. 29. After another rest day on Sept. 30, the quarterfinals will be played on Oct. 1, semifinals on Oct. 2 and final on Oct. 3. With the Lakers constraints, Clarkson will be cleared to play only in the three preliminary games by the Lakers. That would assume Clarkson’s eligibility to play as a Filipino is approved by FIBA. READ MORE...

ALSO: MVP Cup gives Gilas buildup a boost


SEPTEMBER 11 -Officials of SBP and Gilas Pilipinas, with some of the members of the national team and foreign squads, field questions from the media during the launch of the MVP Cup. They are, from left (seated) Talk ’N Text assistant coach Nash Racela, New Zealand coach Kevin Braswell, Gilas head coachTab Baldwin, TV-5 vice-president Vito Lazatin, Bernie Atienza of SBP, Gilas team manager Butch Antonio and Virgil Villavicencio of the MVP Group of Companies (second row) Nick Mills and Eric Devendorf of New Zealand, Harvey Carey and Larry Fonacier of Talk ’N Text, Marc Pingris of Gilas Pilipinas and Damien Ekenasio of New Zealand. Jun Mendoza Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
Gilas Pilipinas competes in a four-team, three-day Master Game Face MVP Cup in the homestretch of its buildup for the FIBA Asia Championship, taking on Talk n Text tonight to start its campaign in the pocket tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Nationals tackle the Wellington Saints tomorrow then Chinese Taipei Sunday in the tourney where they hope to polish their game heading into the final week of their preparation for the Asian Olympic qualifier in Changsha, China. In the MVP Cup opening day, the Kiwis and the Taiwanese square off at 4:15 p.m. then the Nationals and the Tropang Texters face off at 7 p.m. “(The MVP Cup) is one hell of a tournament. It’s a great preparation. This is going to be a challenge,” said Gilas coach Tab Baldwin during the press conference at One Bar in Holiday Inn Galeria in Ortigas Center. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas Pilipinas wins gold in 2015 MVP Cup; downs Chinese -Taipei in closer


SEPTEMBER 13 -GILAS PILIPINAS. PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO /INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO
That’s a wrap. A golden wrap.
Gilas Pilipinas dismantled Chinese-Taipei, 90-77, to close out the inaugural Master Game Face MVP Cup on a 3-0 record Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Filipinos took the gold medal in front of the home crowd, while Chinese-Taipei bowed out with a 0-3 record. Gilas had a comfortable 20-point lead, 81-61, at the 7:33 mark of the fourth quarter, but Chinese-Taipei went on a 14-2 run to cut the lead to eight, 83-75, when Cheng-Ju Lu nailed a three-pointer with 2:55 remaining.Philippine head coach Tab Baldwin knew his team did not dominate a depleted Chinese-Taipei lineup who did not play Chih-Chieh Lin and Wen-Ting Tseng.“We didn’t play great tonight; we played against a Chinese-Taipei team who played without, arguably, their best wing player in Lin and Tseng,” Baldwin said.“We controlled the game, but we didn’t dominate.” Andray Blatche led Gilas with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Asi Taulava added 13 points and six rebounds.
Terrence Romeo put up an all-around game for the Filipinos with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Calvin Abueva had 11 points and six rebounds for Gilas.Lu led Chinese-Taipei with 23 points. JE .THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Gilas moves up to No. 3 in FIBA Asia power ranking


SEPTEMBER 11 -File photo/KRIZ JOHN ROSALES
– Gilas Pilipinas, with its strong second-place finish in the recent Jones Cup, improved a notch up to third place behind Iran and China in FIBA Asia’s power ranking two weeks before the start of the Asian championship in Changsha, China.
“The Filipinos move up one spot owing to their inspired play in the Jones Cup, where they won six of eight games and finished second overall. And they did that without Andray Blatche,” said the FIBA Asia in its power ranking report. “Coach Tab Baldwin has proven before that he can bring the best out of any player under his wing, and that is slowly shaping up to be the case in Manila,” the report added. Chinese Taipei, also with its strong showing in the Jones Cup, moved up to fourth from fifth while South Korea slid from third to fifth. According to FIBA Asia, Korean swingman Yoon Ho-young is doubtful for the Changsha tourney while star guard Kim Sun-hyung is out for suspected involvement in game-fixing issues back home. Completing the Top Eight are Jordan, Japan and Kazakhstan. READ MORE...


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Gilas 'Final 12' known; Clarkson not included


CLARKSON DISAPPOINTED

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015, (PHILSTAR) By Nelson Beltran  September 11, 2015 - 12:00am - Five holdovers from the 2014 World Cup team, three rookies and four national team returnees make up the Gilas Pilipinas team vying for an Olympic berth in the coming FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha China.

World Cup veterans Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Marc Pingris and Gabe Norwood lead the new Gilas cast that also features newcomers Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva and JC Intal, and returning nationals Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.

Taulava, Thoss and Hontiveros have been to previous FIBA Asia Championships while Ganuelas-Rosser has donned the national jersey in the FIBA Asia Cup.

Jimmy Alapag, Gary David, Aldrech Ramos, Troy Rosario and Moala Tautuaa were members of the silver medal-winning Team Phl in the just-concluded Jones Cup who failed to make the Gilas Final 12 for the Changsha Asian joust slated Sept. 23-Oct. 4.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas failed to include Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson in the lineup due to the conflict of the FIBA Asia schedule to important activities of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“The Los Angeles Lakers management has allowed Jordan Clarkson to play for the Gilas Pilipinas team as long as it will not conflict with the schedule of the NBA,” said an SBP statement.

“Unfortunately, under this limitation, Jordan Clarkson can only participate in the elimination phase of the tournament,” the SBP added. “This scheduling issue is distinct only to the FIBA Asia zone. And it does not occur in the other FIBA zones. By this token, we will ask FIBA Asia to consider holding the tournament in the same manner as FIBA Americas, Europe, Oceania and Africa do, that is avoiding conflict with the NBA calendar.”

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Coach Tab Baldwin and his staff took a while to decide on the list, releasing it to the media way past office hours on Tuesday. But it’s inside the 5 p.m. deadline in the FIBA Asia office in Beirut, Lebanon.

Gilas Pilipinas or any team can still make a lineup change on account of injuries during the team managers’ meeting on the eve of the competition, but it requires a hefty penalty.

Blatche and company go to war in China, looking to bring the Philippines back to Olympic competition for the first time in 43 long years.

Bogs Adornado, Ciso Bernardo, Joy Cleofas, Danny Florencio, Jimmy Mariano, Yoyong Martirez, Tembong Melencio, Ed Ocampo, Manny Paner, Jun Papa, Marte Samson and Freddie Webb composed the Phl squad that last played in the quadrennial games in Munich in 1972. Ning Ramos called the shots for this team.

From the new Gilas list, four – Castro, De Ocampo, Pingris and Norwood -- are returnees from Team Phl that finished second in the 2013 Asian meet and in the process grabbed a berth in the World Cup in Spain last year.

Hopes are high the Nationals will figure in the fight for the championship in Changsha with the addition of Blatche, a nine-year NBA veteran who’s a dominant force averaging 31.1 points and 14.6 rebounds in the most recent Chinese Basketball Association season.

The SBP is saddened by the non-availability of Clarkson for the coming FIBA Asia but is hopeful of involvement by the Fil-Am NBA star in future national programs.

“Though the doors on the 2015 FIBA Asia meet have been closed, the future of the national team program is encouraging with Clarkson’s desire to represent flag and country,” said the SBP.

“Finalizing the lineup for FIBA Asia was a challenge for coach Baldwin with the question on the availability of Clarkson looming. But now, the team shall move forward and put together a squad that will go into battle for national pride,” the SBP added. “Clarkson himself realized that his inclusion to the Philippine team at this late hour may possibly distract the focus of the team.”


MVP Cup gives Gilas buildup a boost


Officials of SBP and Gilas Pilipinas, with some of the members of the national team and foreign squads, field questions from the media during the launch of the MVP Cup. They are, from left (seated) Talk ’N Text assistant coach Nash Racela, New Zealand coach Kevin Braswell, Gilas head coachTab Baldwin, TV-5 vice-president Vito Lazatin, Bernie Atienza of SBP, Gilas team manager Butch Antonio and Virgil Villavicencio of the MVP Group of Companies (second row) Nick Mills and Eric Devendorf of New Zealand, Harvey Carey and Larry Fonacier of Talk ’N Text, Marc Pingris of Gilas Pilipinas and Damien Ekenasio of New Zealand. Jun Mendoza Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

Gilas Pilipinas competes in a four-team, three-day Master Game Face MVP Cup in the homestretch of its buildup for the FIBA Asia Championship, taking on Talk n Text tonight to start its campaign in the pocket tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Nationals tackle the Wellington Saints tomorrow then Chinese Taipei Sunday in the tourney where they hope to polish their game heading into the final week of their preparation for the Asian Olympic qualifier in Changsha, China.

In the MVP Cup opening day, the Kiwis and the Taiwanese square off at 4:15 p.m. then the Nationals and the Tropang Texters face off at 7 p.m.

“(The MVP Cup) is one hell of a tournament. It’s a great preparation. This is going to be a challenge,” said Gilas coach Tab Baldwin during the press conference at One Bar in Holiday Inn Galeria in Ortigas Center.

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“(The MVP Cup) will be a huge step. Now our concentration level has to go up. There are lots of works now based on situational plays. The next 10 to 12 days, this will be the difference if this will ultimately work or not (in the FIBA Asia),” Baldwin also said.

“We should start sharpening the pencil now. In the Jones Cup we divided playing minutes of players. Now we need to know who are the best offensive five we have, the best defensive five, the best rebounding five,” Baldwin added.

After the MVP Cup, Gilas Pilipinas goes to Cebu for a closed-door team-building session before eventually proceeding to Changsha for the FIBA Asia meet slated Sept. 23-Oct 3.

“We better not be peaking yet. The disruption during the build up, the situation of Andray Blatche, we’re nowhere near our peak. The important thing is how we peak during the tournament (in China),” Baldwin said.

The MVP Cup is a special event featuring Gilas Pilipinas with the very lineup Baldwin will bring to battle in FIBA Asia.

Baldwin rotated a 17-man pool against Estonia, Iceland and the Netherlands in the Toyota Four Nations Tourney in Tallinn, Estonia then shuffled 16 men minus Andray Blatche in the Jones Cup in Taipei.

In the MVP Cup, the Nationals tangle with the Taiwanese and the Kiwis once again with Blatche in the Gilas lineup. Team Phl repulsed both teams on the way to a second-place finish behind Iran in the Jones Cup.

Gilas Pilipinas and Chinese Taipei have split their last two games with the Taiwanese pulling the rug from under the Filipinos before a stunned home crowd at the MOA Arena during the FIBA Asia preliminary round in 2013.

Featuring naturalized player Quincy Davis and an array of shooters, the Chinese Taipei quintet was fourth placer in the last FIBA Asia and wound up third behind Iran and Team Phl in the recent Jones Cup.

The Wellington Saints can’t be taken lightly either. Gilas banked on the heroics of Jayson Castro and Dondon Hontiveros in the clutch to survive a tough overtime grind against the Saints, 92-88.

Talk n Text is fresh from a stint in an invitational tourney in South Korea and will now be playing with PBA Rookie Draft acquisitions Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario.

The MVP Cup is the lone event where the Filipino fans will be able to watch Gilas in action. Tickets to the games are now available in all Ticketnet outlets and www.ticketnet.com.ph. Games will also be aired live on TV5.


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SBP invites Laker executives to Manila By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 11, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is flanked by SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas (right) and former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio at the Toyota Sports Center.

MANILA, Philippines - SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas and former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio said yesterday they hope their recent visit to the Los Angeles Lakers executive offices will cement an enduring relationship with the NBA franchise in relation to sharing the basketball skills of 6-4 Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson.

Vargas and Gregorio met with Lakers president Jeanie Buss once and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak twice during their brief trip last week. The meetings were held at the corporate headquarters in the Toyota Sports Center which is also where the Lakers, the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders and hockey team Los Angeles Kings work out.

“We discussed with Mitch the possibility of Jordan playing for Gilas at the FIBA Asia Championships in Changsha on Sept. 23-Oct. 3,” said Gregorio. “Mitch told us that Jordan is still a young man and we should all protect his future. If he grows to be the star he could be, he’ll be more stable and focused. His rise to the top is just starting. The Lakers allowed Jordan to play in Changsha on condition it will not conflict with his schedule with the team.”

The limitations are Clarkson must attend Media Day in Los Angeles on Sept. 28 and the Lakers training camp in Hawaii on Sept. 29-Oct. 7. The camp calendar includes preseason games against the Utah Jazz at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Oct. 4 and 8. In Changsha, the Philippines is scheduled to play Palestine on Sept. 23, Hong Kong on Sept. 24 and Kuwait on Sept. 25. There will be a rest day on Sept. 26 then the second round begins on Sept. 27 and ends Sept. 29. After another rest day on Sept. 30, the quarterfinals will be played on Oct. 1, semifinals on Oct. 2 and final on Oct. 3. With the Lakers constraints, Clarkson will be cleared to play only in the three preliminary games by the Lakers. That would assume Clarkson’s eligibility to play as a Filipino is approved by FIBA.

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Kupchak was asked if Clarkson could be excused for three days from camp so he could join Gilas in the playoffs. Kupchak said he would take it up with Lakers head coach Byron Scott. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, meanwhile, flew to Geneva to confer with Ivanka Toteva, manager of the Sport and Eligibility Department, on the possibility of enlisting Clarkson as a Filipino for the national team. Barrios brought along the documents that FIBA required to prove his eligibility.

With no confirmation from the Lakers and FIBA, the SBP decided to exclude Clarkson from the Gilas 12-man lineup that had to be submitted on or before Sept. 8. “It would be unfair to everybody, to Jordan, the Lakers, FIBA and the Gilas players to include him,” said Gregorio. “We understand eligibility clearance entails a process and FIBA can’t rush it. We also understand how difficult it is for the Lakers to make Jordan an exception to the house rules. With FIBA clearance, Jordan could play only the first three games where we don’t really need him. And when we need him, he wouldn’t be able to come. If we list him up for the preliminaries, we’ll be down to 11 men starting the second round. Under the circumstances, we didn’t want to prolong the agony of waiting. Time was the ultimate judge.”

The SBP’s decision to exclude Clarkson was a bitter pill to swallow, said Gregorio. “We gave it a try,” he added. “We addressed all possible concerns. We are sad that it had to come to this. Before the deadline of Sept. 8, we had neither a yes nor a no from the Lakers and FIBA.”

Gregorio said the meeting with the 53-year-old Buss was encouraging. SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan spoke to Buss on the phone from Manila while Vargas and Gregorio were in her office. “It was 3 a.m., Manila time, and Boss MVP was awake to speak with Ms. Buss,” said Gregorio. Buss cut short a vacation to receive the visitors in Los Angeles. Vargas and Gregorio were accompanied by Cincinnati wealth management firm East West Private chief operating officer Chao Chuatico Espaldon at the meeting.

“The first thing we did was to take a photo with Ms. Buss,” said Gregorio. “Both Mr. Vargas and I were swept off our feet by her charm and engaging personality. We told her there are millions of Laker fans in the Philippines and with Jordan announcing he’s ready to play for Gilas, we expect even more. We invited her to Manila. We didn’t discuss Jordan’s details with Ms. Buss. We thanked her for the opportunity to meet. She found cute our story that when we entered Los Angeles, the immigration officer asked what brought us over. When we replied Jeanie Buss, our papers were stamped right away. It’s proof of her popularity and I think she blushed.”

Kupchak advised the SBP executives of the clear conflict in Clarkson’s schedule. He toured the visitors around the $24 Million facility that was inaugurated in 2000. He said the Lakers would move to a brand-new, 122,000-square foot, $80 Million practice facility and corporate headquarters, also in El Segundo, in late spring 2017. Kupchak, 61, played for Washington in the NBA from 1978 to 1982 but missed the team’s visit to Manila in 1979 when the Bullets, now known as the Wizards, came with eight players to beat the PBA All-Stars, 133-123, before over 30,000 fans at the Araneta Coliseum. Kupchak played on three NBA title squads before retiring with the Lakers in 1986. He, too, was invited to visit Manila.

“We went to Los Angeles not just to explore the possibility of playing Jordan in Changsha but also to establish a relationship with the Lakers,” said Gregorio. “Jordan is committed to play for Gilas in the future but only with the Lakers blessings. I wouldn’t describe it as a business meeting. It was more of a getting-to-know-you visit.”


INQUIRER

Gilas Pilipinas wins gold in 2015 MVP Cup, downs Chinese -Taipei in closer By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ
INQUIRER.net 07:56 PM September 13th, 2015


GILAS PILIPINAS. PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

That’s a wrap. A golden wrap.
Gilas Pilipinas dismantled Chinese-Taipei, 90-77, to close out the inaugural Master Game Face MVP Cup on a 3-0 record Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Filipinos took the gold medal in front of the home crowd, while Chinese-Taipei bowed out with a 0-3 record.

Gilas had a comfortable 20-point lead, 81-61, at the 7:33 mark of the fourth quarter, but Chinese-Taipei went on a 14-2 run to cut the lead to eight, 83-75, when Cheng-Ju Lu nailed a three-pointer with 2:55 remaining.

Philippine head coach Tab Baldwin knew his team did not dominate a depleted Chinese-Taipei lineup who did not play Chih-Chieh Lin and Wen-Ting Tseng.

“We didn’t play great tonight; we played against a Chinese-Taipei team who played without, arguably, their best wing player in Lin and Tseng,” Baldwin said.
“We controlled the game, but we didn’t dominate.”

Andray Blatche led Gilas with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Asi Taulava added 13 points and six rebounds.

Terrence Romeo put up an all-around game for the Filipinos with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Calvin Abueva had 11 points and six rebounds for Gilas.

Lu led Chinese-Taipei with 23 points. JE


PHILSTAR

GIlas moves up to No. 3 in FIBA Asia power ranking By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated September 11, 2015 - 3:50pm 10 701 googleplus0 0


File photo/KRIZ JOHN ROSALES

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas, with its strong second-place finish in the recent Jones Cup, improved a notch up to third place behind Iran and China in FIBA Asia’s power ranking two weeks before the start of the Asian championship in Changsha, China.

“The Filipinos move up one spot owing to their inspired play in the Jones Cup, where they won six of eight games and finished second overall. And they did that without Andray Blatche,” said the FIBA Asia in its power ranking report.

“Coach Tab Baldwin has proven before that he can bring the best out of any player under his wing, and that is slowly shaping up to be the case in Manila,” the report added.

Chinese Taipei, also with its strong showing in the Jones Cup, moved up to fourth from fifth while South Korea slid from third to fifth.

According to FIBA Asia, Korean swingman Yoon Ho-young is doubtful for the Changsha tourney while star guard Kim Sun-hyung is out for suspected involvement in game-fixing issues back home.

Completing the Top Eight are Jordan, Japan and Kazakhstan.

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Barely out are Qatar and Lebanon followed by Palestine, Kuwait, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Lebanon, a perennial contender in the recent FIBA Asia tourneys, isn’t getting good ranking with all the troubles in its training and the problem with the availability of do-it-all star Fadi El-Khatib.

El-Khatib hasn’t got his release from his CBA ball club yet.

Lebanon backed out of pocket tournaments in Manila (the MVP Cup) and in China.

Iran is the consensus top pick among FIBA Asia experts.

“Iran just buried the competition in the Jones Cup, winning all but one of their games en route to the championship. Hamed Haddadi and Mahdi Kamrani were named to the Mythical Five. This bodes well for the defending champions, who are expected to dominate the proceedings once again in Changsha,” the power ranking report said.

“China has been quiet of late, choosing to hold training camp at home after a series of tune-up games abroad. Yi Jianlian’s tired body is recovering nicely. With Yi playing longside Wang Zhelin, Zhou Qi and Li Muhao, coach Gong Luming easily has the biggest team in the competition,” the same report stated.


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