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ROACH READY TO URGE PACQUIAO TO RETIRE


Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (left) and his longtime coach, Freddie Roach | Philstar.com File Photo/Abac Cordero Manny Pacquiao better impress in his comeback fight, or else he’ll be told by no less than his longtime trainer Freddie Roach to call it quits. In a report by boxingscene.com, Roach said he won’t hesitate to be blunt and tell Pacquiao himself if he no longer has what it takes to compete at the top level. The bespectacled trainer already saw signs of Pacquiao’s decline in the Filipino icon’s bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May, a fight he lost via unanimous decision. “I didn't like how Manny looked in his last fight. I know there was an injury and so forth, but I think he could have done better in that fight,” Roach explained. Top Rank chief Bob Arum recently said Pacquiao will return in February or March next year, as long as the fighting congressman is fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained while training for Mayweather. Pacquiao could end up facing Amir Khan, Kelly Brook or Lucas Matthysse, and with Roach’s stance, it should be a must-win fight for him. “If he doesn't look good in his next fight, I think I would [tell him to retire]. I've always told Manny that if I thought he was slowing down and the reflexes weren't there, I would tell him,” the trainer added. – Dino Maragay THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao is now fit for comeback fight


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Boxing is the least of Manny Pacquiao’s primary concerns these days. But it doesn’t mean the Filipino legend is not looking forward to his return to the ring next year. Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin during a break in his preaching in Mindanao that his right shoulder is completely healed and that he will be ready to stage his comeback fight as early as February 2016. “Pwede na,” said Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in his last fight last May in Las Vegas. In fact, Pacquiao revealed he has started playing basketball. He also took up scuba diving. “Wala na. Okay na ako,” said Pacquiao, who turns 37 on Dec. 17. Pacquiao reinjured his right rotator cuff during the defeat to Mayweather and doctors in Los Angeles operated on him four days after the super fight. Top Rank head Bob Arum is looking at a Pacquiao fight in the first quarter of 2016 but the Hall of Fame promoter will only get to dot the Is and cross the Ts is when he finally gets to sit down with the fighter. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao to receive 2015 Asia Game Changer award


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Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO Eight weight world division champion Manny Pacquiao has been chosen recipient of the 2015 Asia Game Changer award by the Asia Society for his humanitarian acts. “We are very excited and privileged to honor our very own Manny Pacquiao as Asia Society’s 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year, so we can showcase a Filipino to inspire the rest of the world through his achievements in philanthropy, sport and public service,” said Asia Society Philippines Executive Director Suyin Liu Lee.Jack Ma, the Chinese chief executive officer of Alibaba was the 2014 Asia Game Changer of the Year recipient.Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda said that the Filipino ring icon is very happy to receive the award.“Manny will arrive today [Saturday] and I’m pretty sure he already knew that award. He is happy of course,” said Pineda.Pacquiao and the other honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 13, 2015. Pacquiao will also address the gathering.Besides Pacquiao, the other 2015 awardees are: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura of Japan, Chanda Kochhar of India, Lei Jun of China, Li Cunxin of Australia/China, Aasif Mandvi of United States/India, Mariam al-Mansouri of United Arab Emirates and Kiran Bir Sethi of India.READ MORE...

ALSO ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER: Gilas Pilipinas fails tough Palestine test to drop FIBA Asia opener
[Gilas Pilipinas had the chance to recover but the Filipinos failed to hoist a shot as time expired. Blatche finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Filipinos. Romeo added 11 markers while Jayson Castro chipped in 10. Abu Shamala top-scored for Palestine with 26 points and 15 boards while Sakakini scored 22 points and 14 boards for an impressive showing for Palestine.]


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The Philippine national men’s basketball team failed to have a good start to its campaign, suffering a huge upset against Palestine, 75-73, in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Wednesday at CSWDC Dayun in Changsha, China. Gilas Pilipinas led by as much as 16 points but faltered in the second half to hand Palestine, a first-timer in FIBA Asia, a shocking win. With Andray Blatche leading the charge, Gilas Pilipinas established a 16-point lead, 28-12, as the Filipinos got their rhythm after Palestine put up a tough fight early. But Palestine didn’t let Gilas Pilipinas pull away far. The Filipinos saw their lead trimmed from time to time with Sani Sakakini and Jamal Abu Shamala providing all-around presence for Palestine. After a JC Intal triple that gave Gilas Pilipinas a 45-33 lead, Palestine went on a furious closing run in the second period. Sakakini led a 7-0 run that closed Palestine’s gap to just five, 45-40, at halftime. Palestine continued giving the Filipinos a hard time in the second half, with Sakakini doing the damage. Palestine broke the five-point barrier after coming within four, 59-55, following an and-one play at the end of the third frame. Sakakini buried a jumper to open the fourth period as Palestine finally came within a basket, 59-57. READ MORE...

ALSO from LA via Tweet post: Lakers' Clarkson rallies behind Gilas after shocking loss to first timer Palestine


Gilas Brother's: the day is coming soon... when WE will win when the world is watching! Follow Jordan Clarkson http://txt.lettrs.com/m/BnZK5W1E6m Los Angeles Lakers' Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson took it upon himself to lift the morale of Gilas Pilipinas after a shocking 73-75 upset loss to FIBA Asia first timer Palestine on Wednesday. The Lakers' rising star posted a heartwarming message addressed to the Philippine national team on his Twitter account few hours following the debacle in the 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship opening day. "It was heartbreaking to watch," Clarkson wrote. "But we only lost the skirmish; not the war!" Heartbreaking was an understatement as Gilas, which was tipped to dominate Group B squandered several double digit leads to a Palestine team, which only rotated seven players in the game. Gilas was still leading 71-62 midway through the fourth quarter when the WABA third placers dropped a telling 10-0 run to grab the lead for the first time since the early moments of the opening canto. Clarkson, who joined Gilas for a week in Manila and in Taiwan during the Jones Cup, asked the team to show how resilient Filipinos are. "The real test of our team's heart will come against Hong Kong, Kuwait and others in the next rounds," Clarkson said. "Let's show our fellow Filipinos and the world our resiliency and the pride it takes to win. Laban. Puso! Stay together, win together," he added. The Fil-Am NBA player could have been in China with the team had his eligibility documents made it on time. But nonetheless, he is looking forward to play with the Philippine national team in the future. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Gilas brotherhood deepens after Kuwait scuffle in Fiba Asia


A near-brawl towards the end of the Philippines vs Kuwait match. Photo from Fiba.com
CHANGSHA CITY, China – Andray Blatche, Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized center, is an American as he could be.But after that ugly incident that marred Team Philippines’ 110-64 rout of Kuwait in the Fiba Asia Championship on Friday night, Blatche is leading his band of Filipino brothers in watching each other’s backs. “In our huddle at midcourt after the game, Dray said we should all be together for breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially if (the) Kuwait (players) are there,” Ranidel De Ocampo said in Filipino in quoting Blatche after tensions between the two teams rose.
Kuwaiti guard Abdulaziz Alhamadi ended up with a busted kisser courtesy of a De Ocampo elbow with 48 seconds left, and Blatche knows just how to look after his teammates.READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas survives big scare, outlasts Japan


Gilas survives Japan's big scare to improve to 2-1 win-loss record. FIBA.com
Gilas Pilipinas bucked a poor start and an ankle injury to Andray Blatche to survive a pesky Japan side, 73-66, Sunday at the start of the second round in 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Changsha Social Work College gym in Hunan China.
With the game hanging in the balance, Ranidel de Ocampo hit the go-ahead three-pointer to break a 64-deadlock. Gilas then leaned on Calvin Abueva and Blatche clutch plays to survive the big scare from Japan. Gilas improved to 2-1 win-loss card. Blatche finished with 18 points helping Gilas recover from an early 10-point deficit. Japan appeared headed for an upset when they took the game's first double-digit lead, 29-19. Gilas though recovered and sat on a 35-33 halftime lead. Gilas controllled the tempo in the second half but Japan made a push in the closing minutes to tie the game for the last time at 64-all. That's when De Ocampo hit the game's biggest basket. Gilas will play Iran next at 11:45 a.m. Monday.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Roach ready to urge Pacquiao to retire


Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (left) and his longtime coach, Freddie Roach | Philstar.com File Photo/Abac Cordero

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015, (PHILSTAR) Manny Pacquiao better impress in his comeback fight, or else he’ll be told by no less than his longtime trainer Freddie Roach to call it quits.

In a report by boxingscene.com, Roach said he won’t hesitate to be blunt and tell Pacquiao himself if he no longer has what it takes to compete at the top level.

The bespectacled trainer already saw signs of Pacquiao’s decline in the Filipino icon’s bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May, a fight he lost via unanimous decision.

“I didn't like how Manny looked in his last fight. I know there was an injury and so forth, but I think he could have done better in that fight,” Roach explained.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum recently said Pacquiao will return in February or March next year, as long as the fighting congressman is fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained while training for Mayweather.

Pacquiao could end up facing Amir Khan, Kelly Brook or Lucas Matthysse, and with Roach’s stance, it should be a must-win fight for him.

“If he doesn't look good in his next fight, I think I would [tell him to retire]. I've always told Manny that if I thought he was slowing down and the reflexes weren't there, I would tell him,” the trainer added. – Dino Maragay


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Pacquiao is now fit for comeback fight by Nick Giongco September 3, 2015 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13


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Boxing is the least of Manny Pacquiao’s primary concerns these days.

But it doesn’t mean the Filipino legend is not looking forward to his return to the ring next year.

Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin during a break in his preaching in Mindanao that his right shoulder is completely healed and that he will be ready to stage his comeback fight as early as February 2016.

“Pwede na,” said Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in his last fight last May in Las Vegas.

In fact, Pacquiao revealed he has started playing basketball. He also took up scuba diving.

“Wala na. Okay na ako,” said Pacquiao, who turns 37 on Dec. 17.

Pacquiao reinjured his right rotator cuff during the defeat to Mayweather and doctors in Los Angeles operated on him four days after the super fight.

Top Rank head Bob Arum is looking at a Pacquiao fight in the first quarter of 2016 but the Hall of Fame promoter will only get to dot the Is and cross the Ts is when he finally gets to sit down with the fighter.

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Amir Khan of England and Terence Crawford have been mentioned by Arum as probable foes, while trainer Freddie Roach wants another guy—Puerto Rican banger Danny Garcia—to fight Pacquiao.

But it seems Pacquiao, the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many divisions, is not spending

“Wala munang boxing for the meantime,” said Pacquiao, who is also being rumored to run for senator in next year’s national elections.

Pacquiao has a contract with Top Rank that runs until the end of 2016 and Arum believes that if Pacquiao wins a Senate seat, his fight early next year could very well be his last.

Even though Mayweather has made it clear that he will retire after his fight with Andre Berto on Sept. 12, it remains a possibility that he might reconsider and face Pacquiao in a rematch, just in time for the opening of a 20,000-capacity arena in Las Vegas.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao megamatch drew 4.4 million buys on PPV and it shattered all existing records in gate receipts and sponsorships.

But in boxing, retirement is one of the most abused words.

Those who have announced their retirement and had a change of heart in the not-so-distant past include Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.


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Pacquiao to receive 2015 Asia Game Changer award
September 26, 2015 9:01 pm by JOSEF T. RAMOS


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Eight weight world division champion Manny Pacquiao has been chosen recipient of the 2015 Asia Game Changer award by the Asia Society for his humanitarian acts.

“We are very excited and privileged to honor our very own Manny Pacquiao as Asia Society’s 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year, so we can showcase a Filipino to inspire the rest of the world through his achievements in philanthropy, sport and public service,” said Asia Society Philippines Executive Director Suyin Liu Lee.
Jack Ma, the Chinese chief executive officer of Alibaba was the 2014 Asia Game Changer of the Year recipient.

Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda said that the Filipino ring icon is very happy to receive the award.

“Manny will arrive today [Saturday] and I’m pretty sure he already knew that award. He is happy of course,” said Pineda.

Pacquiao and the other honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 13, 2015. Pacquiao will also address the gathering.

Besides Pacquiao, the other 2015 awardees are: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura of Japan, Chanda Kochhar of India, Lei Jun of China, Li Cunxin of Australia/China, Aasif Mandvi of United States/India, Mariam al-Mansouri of United Arab Emirates and Kiran Bir Sethi of India.

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While all honorees received widespread support, “one individual rose to the top of our list,” said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. “Manny Pacquiao achieved his remarkable success after a childhood of extreme hunger and poverty.

Today, Manny is a major humanitarian force, directing his philanthropy toward numerous causes, including education and the fight against human trafficking. He is a remarkable inspiration and demonstrates the power of giving back to transform people’s lives.”

Honorees are selected through a global survey of more than 1,000 thought leaders.

Asia Society Philippines aims to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the United States.

It develops cross-sector programs that bring together peoples, leaders and institutions to promote understanding of Asia, across the fields of policy, business leadership, education and arts and culture.


INTERAKSYON.COM

Gilas Pilipinas fails tough Palestine test to drop FIBA Asia opener InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, September 23, 2015 · 1:22 pm


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The Philippine national men’s basketball team failed to have a good start to its campaign, suffering a huge upset against Palestine, 75-73, in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Wednesday at CSWDC Dayun in Changsha, China.

Gilas Pilipinas led by as much as 16 points but faltered in the second half to hand Palestine, a first-timer in FIBA Asia, a shocking win.

With Andray Blatche leading the charge, Gilas Pilipinas established a 16-point lead, 28-12, as the Filipinos got their rhythm after Palestine put up a tough fight early.

But Palestine didn’t let Gilas Pilipinas pull away far. The Filipinos saw their lead trimmed from time to time with Sani Sakakini and Jamal Abu Shamala providing all-around presence for Palestine.

After a JC Intal triple that gave Gilas Pilipinas a 45-33 lead, Palestine went on a furious closing run in the second period. Sakakini led a 7-0 run that closed Palestine’s gap to just five, 45-40, at halftime.

Palestine continued giving the Filipinos a hard time in the second half, with Sakakini doing the damage. Palestine broke the five-point barrier after coming within four, 59-55, following an and-one play at the end of the third frame.

Sakakini buried a jumper to open the fourth period as Palestine finally came within a basket, 59-57.

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But timely triples by Terrence Romeo and JC Intal, as well as an and-one by Blatche, gave Gilas Pilipinas a breathing room, 71-62, with over three minutes left.

However, Palestine had one run left in its bag. A 10-0 run fueled by two triples from Abu Shamala gave Palestine the lead, 72-71, with 1:34 remaining.

Blatche scored a putback to give Gilas Pilipinas back the lead, but Sakakini completed an and-one play to put Palestine ahead, 75-73, with 15 seconds left.

Gilas Pilipinas had the chance to recover but the Filipinos failed to hoist a shot as time expired.

Blatche finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Filipinos. Romeo added 11 markers while Jayson Castro chipped in 10.

Abu Shamala top-scored for Palestine with 26 points and 15 boards while Sakakini scored 22 points and 14 boards for an impressive showing for Palestine.

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Will Hong Kong scare Gilas again? SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 24, 2015 - 12:00am 2 0 googleplus0 0


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CHANGSHA – The Philippines plays Hong Kong on the second day of hostilities at the 28th FIBA Asia Championships here this morning and Gilas is expected to come out with guns blazing from the onset, aware of the scare the Filipinos got in their encounter in Manila two years ago.

In the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament, Hong Kong surprised the Philippines by leading, 19-13, at the end of the first quarter and 33-28 at the half. Gilas, however, came back strong in the second half to win, 67-55. But Hong Kong led most of the way, holding on to the driver’s seat for 26:08 minutes compared to the Philippines’ 13:13.

What brought Hong Kong to the brink of scoring a huge upset was the strong performance of 6-9 center Duncan Reid who is half-Chinese and half-Canadian. He was born in Hong Kong and is listed as a local. Reid, who turns 26 next week, played sparingly in two seasons with the University of Guelph varsity in Ontario, Canada, and has been Hong Kong’s main man the last two years.

Against the Philippines in 2013, Reid had 12 points and 19 rebounds, seven offensive. He was helped out by Chan Su Wing who had 16 points, including 4-of-9 triples. Hong Kong outrebounded Gilas, 52-39, and had more second chance points, 25-8. The Philippines clamped down on defense and held Hong Kong to 12 points in the fourth period to end the fright.

No doubt, Gilas coach Tab Baldwin will keep that scare in mind when the Philippines faces Hong Kong today. The Philippines is bracketed in Group B with Palestine, Kuwait and Hong Kong. After playing three straight games, there will be a rest day on Saturday then second round action begins Sunday where the top three finishers from Groups A and B face off and the top three finishers from Groups C and D slug it out. The Group A teams are Iran, Japan, Malaysia and India.

In Group C are South Korea, Jordan, Singapore and China while comprising Group D are Chinese-Taipei, Lebanon, Qatar and Kazakhstan. At the end of the second round, the top four finishers from Groups A and B and the top four finishers from Groups C and D will play off in crossover pairings in the knockout quarterfinals.

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Only four players from Hong Kong are back from the 2013 roster. They are Reid, Chan, Lee Ki and Wong Chun Wai. It’s a similar situation with the Philippines in terms of the personnel revamp. Even the coach has changed from Kwong Wai Cheung to Hing King On. Hong Kong finished 10th in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament with its only win an 87-79 decision over Bahrain.

Several teams are handicapped by missing key players here. The Philippines is without PBA back-to-back MVP JuneMar Fajardo who is recovering from plantar fasciitis in both feet. Japan is down to 11 players with the loss of Kosuke Kanamaru, a 6-4 deadshot who averaged 15.1 points at the Asian Games in Incheon last year. Kanamaru, 26, hit at a 12.1 clip during the 2013 Championships in Manila. He was on the Aishin Sea Horses team that captured the Japanese title this past season, averaging 19.7 points and shooting 46 percent from three-point distance.

Korea is without 7-3 former NBA center Ha Seung Jin, Donggeun Yang, Kim Mingoo, Seung Jun Lee (Eric Sandrin), Kim Joo Sung, Kim Sun Hyung, Yang Hee Jong, Oh Se Keun, Tae Moon Jong and Yoon Ho Young. Those 10 players could make up a second national team.

Ha saw action at the recent Jones Cup and appeared too slow to keep pace with Korean coach Kim Dong Kwang’s up-and-down game. Ha was delisted because of hip and knee issues. Yoon and Donggeun Yang are injured, too. Yang Hee Jong is recovering from a knee injury and wasn’t released by his club team Anyang. Kim Joo Sung, a veteran center, has retired from international play. Sandrin and Tae Moon Jong gave way to Tae Moon Young to take over the spot for a naturalized player even as all three are half-Koreans. Tae Moon Young, 37, is the younger brother of Tae Moon Jong, 39. Tae Moon Young is Greg Stevenson while Tae Moon Jong is Cameron Stevenson. Kim Mingoo made it to the Mythical FIBA Asia five at the two-guard spot in 2013 but since suffering a car accident, has never been the same. Some players were axed from the national squad because of suspicion of game-fixing.

Superstar Fadi El Khatib is another absentee. He’s out of the Lebanese cast because the national federation allegedly wouldn’t pick up the cost of his insurance. El Khatib was recently signed to a contract in the Chinese league and will reportedly receive at least $45,000 a month. His absence will put pressure on naturalized player Jay Youngblood to fill in the scoring vacuum. Another missing piece is Canada-born guard Ali Mahmoud who was No. 2 in steals when Lebanon played at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey under Baldwin.

Two Lebanese players with US collegiate credentials are 6-8 Mohamad Ali Haidar and 6-8 Charles Tabet. Ali Haidar, 25, averaged 24.8 points for Michigan Tech, an NCAA Division II school, as a senior in 2012-13 while Tabet, 27, played four forgettable seasons with the South Alabama varsity, hitting less than two points a game. Along with 6-4 veteran Jean Abdel Nour, they’re expected to step up in the absence of El Khatib and Mahmoud.

With so many missing key players, the battle for the championship is wide open. Iran and China are favored but nobody is discounting a surprise from contenders like the Philippines and Jordan.


PHILSTAR

Lakers' Clarkson rallies behind Gilas after shocking loss By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated September 24, 2015 - 12:25am 49 536 googleplus0 0


JORDAN CLARKSON'S TWEET TO GILAS FROM LA

MANILA, Philippines -- Los Angeles Lakers' Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson took it upon himself to lift the morale of Gilas Pilipinas after a shocking 73-75 upset loss to FIBA Asia first timer Palestine on Wednesday.

The Lakers' rising star posted a heartwarming message addressed to the Philippine national team on his Twitter account few hours following the debacle in the 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship opening day.

"It was heartbreaking to watch," Clarkson wrote. "But we only lost the skirmish; not the war!"

Heartbreaking was an understatement as Gilas, which was tipped to dominate Group B squandered several double digit leads to a Palestine team, which only rotated seven players in the game.

Gilas was still leading 71-62 midway through the fourth quarter when the WABA third placers dropped a telling 10-0 run to grab the lead for the first time since the early moments of the opening canto.

Clarkson, who joined Gilas for a week in Manila and in Taiwan during the Jones Cup, asked the team to show how resilient Filipinos are.

"The real test of our team's heart will come against Hong Kong, Kuwait and others in the next rounds," Clarkson said.

"Let's show our fellow Filipinos and the world our resiliency and the pride it takes to win. Laban. Puso! Stay together, win together," he added.

The Fil-Am NBA player could have been in China with the team had his eligibility documents made it on time.

But nonetheless, he is looking forward to play with the Philippine national team in the future.


PHILSTAR

Gilas brotherhood deepens after Kuwait scuffle in Fiba Asia SHARES: 511 VIEW COMMENTS By: Musong R. Castillo @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:08 PM September 26th, 2015


A near-brawl towards the end of the Philippines vs Kuwait match. Photo from Fiba.com

CHANGSHA CITY, China – Andray Blatche, Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized center, is an American as he could be.

But after that ugly incident that marred Team Philippines’ 110-64 rout of Kuwait in the Fiba Asia Championship on Friday night, Blatche is leading his band of Filipino brothers in watching each other’s backs.

READ: Gilas shreds Kuwait to finish 2-1 in Fiba Asia Group B

“In our huddle at midcourt after the game, Dray said we should all be together for breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially if (the) Kuwait (players) are there,” Ranidel De Ocampo said in Filipino in quoting Blatche after tensions between the two teams rose.

Kuwaiti guard Abdulaziz Alhamadi ended up with a busted kisser courtesy of a De Ocampo elbow with 48 seconds left, and Blatche knows just how to look after his teammates.

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Alhamadi never got the chance to retaliate at De Ocampo, but tried to bully skipper Dondon Hontiveros at the players’ mess hall later that night.

“He (Alhamadi) told Dondon in a stern voice that his teammate (De Ocampo) better watch out,” Sonny Barrios, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director, narrated.

“But Dondon simply said: ‘Don’t worry, he (De Ocampo) can take care of himself.’”

Filipinos have never been one to be bullied around, as evidenced in that bloody victory over Russia in the Jones Cup.


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Gilas survives big scare, outlasts Japan By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated September 28, 2015 - 6:00pm 0 421 googleplus1 0


Gilas survives Japan's big scare to improve to 2-1 win-loss record. FIBA.com

MANILA, Philippines -- Gilas Pilipinas bucked a poor start and an ankle injury to Andray Blatche to survive a pesky Japan side, 73-66, Sunday at the start of the second round in 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Changsha Social Work College gym in Hunan China.

With the game hanging in the balance, Ranidel de Ocampo hit the go-ahead three-pointer to break a 64-deadlock. Gilas then leaned on Calvin Abueva and Blatche clutch plays to survive the big scare from Japan.

Gilas improved to 2-1 win-loss card.

Blatche finished with 18 points helping Gilas recover from an early 10-point deficit.

Japan appeared headed for an upset when they took the game's first double-digit lead, 29-19. Gilas though recovered and sat on a 35-33 halftime lead.

Gilas controllled the tempo in the second half but Japan made a push in the closing minutes to tie the game for the last time at 64-all. That's when De Ocampo hit the game's biggest basket.

Gilas will play Iran next at 11:45 a.m. Monday.


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