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PANGILINAN ON 'GILAS' PHL NAT'L TEAM: THIS IS A SPECIAL TEAM


SEPTEMBER 29 Manny Pangilinan
-Businessman/Sportsman Manny Pangilinan, a huge supporter of sports anchored around basketball as president of the Samahang Bsketbol ng Pilipinas, has commended the Gilas Philippine national team that has entered the knockout phase of the FIBA Asia Championships with a clean sweep of the second round. Coach Tab Baldwin’s squad stunned defending champions Iran and then routed a dangerous Indian squad to set up a knockout game against Lebanon on Thursday. In a text message to this reporter from HongKong after he flew to China, Pangilinan said he took the team out to dinner and flew back to Hong Kong to attend to some business affairs. He said he would fly to China again on Thursday morning to provide moral support for the national team. Pangilinan thanked everyone for supporting Gilas Pilipinas. “This is a special team, comprising players who really want to be part of Gilas and who truly love this country by serving the best way they can,” said Pangilinan. The passionate supporter of the Gilas program added: “Now for the big dance starting this Thursday.” Pangilinan continued: “I think all of our PLDT PBA teams should wear a shirt quoting Heneral Luna, ‘Bayan muna hindi Sarili.’”  FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Amazing Gilas ends up No. 1


SEPTEMBER 30 -Terrence Romeo soars over India’s Siddhant Sanjay Shinde for a trey. Fiba.com
CHANGSHA – Gilas Pilipinas sustained the momentum of its four-game streak to demolish India, 99-65, and gain top seeding in the knockout stage of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship at the Changsha Social Work College Gymnasium here yesterday. The Nationals take a break today before launching the do-or-die campaign in the quarterfinals against Lebanon which beat Jordan, 80-76. “This is where we wanted to be. Now, games will be tough, all opponents will be tough. We’ll have to prepare and get ready to bring everything together and work as a team,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin. Working on a deeper rotation, the Filipinos wore down the Indians with a tremendous pressing defense in the second half and romped away with a fifth straight win following their Day One upset by Palestine. Sweeping second-round rivals Japan, Iran and India, Team Phl advanced to the quarterfinals as the top seed from Group E, against Lebanon in the knockout stage. That was also the case for Gilas in the 2013 Asian joust at home in Manila where Team Phl went all the way to the gold-medal game versus eventual champion Iran. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas makes Lebanon coach eat his words after big quarterfinal win


Calvin Abueva hollered "Easy, Easy" to Lebanon after Gilas' 82-70 quarterfinal win in obvious reference to their coach's pre-game remarks. FIBA.com
CHANGSHA – Gilas Pilipinas fought meticulously against dangerous rival Lebanon Thursday night, hacking out an all-important 82-70 win to make to the medal round of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship and assure the country of at least a spot in the Olympic wild card play next year. Jayson Castro struck hard from the long court and on transition play while Andray Blatche asserted himself around the paint, leading Team Phl to the victory that get the Filipinos to the Final Four with host China, titleholder Iran and surprise semifinalist Japan. The Nationals seek a second straight FIBA Asia final appearance versus the Japanese, 81-67 winners versus the Qataris in their Final Eight matchup. At the end of their 12-point conquest of the Lebanese, Blatche and Calvin Abueva were among Gilas players hollering “easy! easy! easy!” It’s obviously directed at Lebanon coach Veselin Matic who on the eve of the match told The STAR: “We can play the Philippines easy, easy.” In the team meeting Wednesday, coach Tab Baldwin wrote on the board what Matic had said. The Nationals took it to heart and made the Serbian coach regret his words. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas repeats over Japan, faces old rival China for Rio Olympics ticket


Dondon Hontiveros timely triples bailed Gilas Pilipinas out of trouble against Japan to march to the finals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship. Fiba.com MANILA, Philippines -- Barely 24 hours after an emotional win against Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas looked spent in the first three quarters before getting a second wind in the final canto enough to overtake Japan and punched a ticket to the gold medal game with an 81-70 win late Friday night at Changsha Social Work College Gymnasium in Hunan, China.
MVP candidate Jayson Castro delivered once again while Andray Blatche pumped in another double-double effort but it was veteran gunner Dondon Hontiveros who made the biggest difference. The 38-year old Hontiveros, probably playing his last FIBA Asia tournament, hit six triples en route to 18 big points. His last triple at the 1:23 mark gave Gilas a nine-point buffer, 77-68, that killed whatever hopes of a Japan comeback. Hontiveros bailed Gilas out everytime Japan closed the gap hitting three timely triples in the payoff period. He went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in his best showing in this tournament. Entering the semifinal game, the Cebuano Hotshot was struggling with his outside shots burying only three of 14 in Gilas' previous four games. Ranidel de Ocampo also played a key role while Gabe Norwood more than made up for his offensive woes with crucial defensive stops. Japan took the fight to Gilas with its top gunner Makoto Hiejima waxing firing 28 points in the first three quarters. But Hiejima faded in the stretch as Norwood and the other Gilas defensive stoppers alternately shut him down in the fourth quarter. READ MORE...

ALSO GILA SETTLES FOR SILVER: China Olympics-bound after outmuscling Gilas for Fiba Asia title


Yi Jianlian against Andray Blatche. Photo from Fiba.com CHANGSHA CITY, China –Giving up a tremendous amount of size in literally every position, Gilas Pilipinas on Saturday night found out in a painful way that even the biggest of hearts sometimes falls short. The Filipinos fought with all they’ve got and couldn’t stop big and relentless China, bowing, 78-67, in the gold medal match of the Fiba Asia Olympic Qualifier before a very hostile gallery that applauded their every failure at Changsha Social Work College gym here. READ: ‘Mapapaaway kami dito': Gilas bus delayed for final against China “This group deserves the respect of the country. They may not have won the gold medal, but they are winners as people,” Baldwin told the Inquirer. “We just never got into an offensive flow, but we played good defense in the second half,” Baldwin added.”We just didn’t shoot well.” No time in the game did the Filipinos enjoy an advantage in size against any Chinese five on the floor, as Gilas succumbed to sheer might and athleticism to see its seven-game winning streak come to a screeching halt and settle for the silver medal for the second straight edition. China, which went undefeated in nine total games and was hardly pushed in the tournament, will thus be representing Asia in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil, the bigger prize compared to the gold medal the huge Chinese crowd cheered wildly for. The Philippines, meanwhile, will have to take a stab at an Olympic ticket in a qualifying tournament, which will happen a month before the Games but will involve countries from other continents. Team Philippines started out strong, even taking a five-point lead early. READ: Baldwin downplays China’s homecourt edge, calls foe’s fans ‘fake’ READ MORE...


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MVP ON GILAS TEAM: This is a special team


BUSINESSMAN-SPORTSMAN Manny Pangilinan

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015, (MANILA STANDARD) By Ronnie Nathanielsz | Oct. 01, 2015 at 12:01am - BUSINESSMAN-SPORTSMAN Manny Pangilinan, a huge supporter of sports anchored around basketball as president of the Samahang Bsketbol ng Pilipinas, has commended the Gilas Philippine national team that has entered the knockout phase of the FIBA Asia Championships with a clean sweep of the second round.

Coach Tab Baldwin’s squad stunned defending champions Iran and then routed a dangerous Indian squad to set up a knockout game against Lebanon on Thursday.

In a text message to this reporter from HongKong after he flew to China, Pangilinan said he took the team out to dinner and flew back to Hong Kong to attend to some business affairs.

He said he would fly to China again on Thursday morning to provide moral support for the national team.

Pangilinan thanked everyone for supporting Gilas Pilipinas.

“This is a special team, comprising players who really want to be part of Gilas and who truly love this country by serving the best way they can,” said Pangilinan.

The passionate supporter of the Gilas program added: “Now for the big dance starting this Thursday.”

Pangilinan continued: “I think all of our PLDT PBA teams should wear a shirt quoting Heneral Luna, ‘Bayan muna hindi Sarili.’”


PHILSTAR

Amazing Gilas ends up No. 1 By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 30, 2015 - 12:00am 1 634 googleplus0 0


Terrence Romeo soars over India’s Siddhant Sanjay Shinde for a trey. Fiba.com

CHANGSHA – Gilas Pilipinas sustained the momentum of its four-game streak to demolish India, 99-65, and gain top seeding in the knockout stage of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship at the Changsha Social Work College Gymnasium here yesterday.

The Nationals take a break today before launching the do-or-die campaign in the quarterfinals against Lebanon which beat Jordan, 80-76.

“This is where we wanted to be. Now, games will be tough, all opponents will be tough. We’ll have to prepare and get ready to bring everything together and work as a team,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin.

Working on a deeper rotation, the Filipinos wore down the Indians with a tremendous pressing defense in the second half and romped away with a fifth straight win following their Day One upset by Palestine.

Sweeping second-round rivals Japan, Iran and India, Team Phl advanced to the quarterfinals as the top seed from Group E, against Lebanon in the knockout stage.

That was also the case for Gilas in the 2013 Asian joust at home in Manila where Team Phl went all the way to the gold-medal game versus eventual champion Iran.

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Cheering for Gilas in its decisive victory against India was a Philippine gallery including the PBA delegation that flew in here a few hours before the game. PBA president Chito Salud, commissioner Chito Narvasa and board chairman Robert Non led the group that included Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann and Sean Uytengsu, and Blackwater’s Wilbert Loa.

Iran and Japan finished second and third behind Gilas in Group E as the former walloped Palestine, 94-48, and the latter whipped Hong Kong, 89-62.

The Indians beat the Palestinians for the last playoff berth in their bracket via the winner-over-the-other rule. The two teams wound up with identical 2-3 win-loss marks.

Behind the wondrous shooting of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amritpat Singh, the Indians kept the game close in the first two quarters but sagged and collapsed in the face of the Gilas press in the final half.

Terrence Romeo put in a team-high 20 points while Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Ranidel de Ocampo and Marc Pingris all contributed double-digit outputs for the Gilas squad that refused to relax from its conquest of titleholder Iran the previous day.

“Kudos to our boys for really putting India under pressure,” said Baldwin.

Their pressing defense netted 15 steals, 26-6 advantage on points from turnovers and the coveted playoff top spot from their elims bracket.

He stressed they have to get better as they progress in the tournament that stakes a berth in next year’s Rio Olympics to the winner.

“We’re not as ready as we’d like to be, but the guys are responding, the ball movement is better, the condition is better,” said the Gilas bench chieftain.

Against India, the Nationals got all the things they could get, pushing themselves all the way to the closing seconds of the match.

As a result, the Filipinos held the Indians scoreless in one long stretch in the fourth quarter and broke the game wide open at 95-60.

Through the last seven minutes of the game, Gilas limited India to only five points.

Towards the end, Matt Ganuelas soared high and jammed in an alley-oop pass by Romeo in a highlight play that sent the crowd up on their feet.

On top of his 20 points, Romeo also collected four assists, three steals and three rebounds against one error in one of his best performance in a Gilas jersey.

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Cavs coach Blatt lauds Gilas for FIBA Asia win over Iran By Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com) | Updated September 29, 2015 - 3:24pm 64 16.6K googleplus0 5


Gilas Pilipinas shortly after winning over Iran (left) and NBA Cleveland  Cavaliers head coach David Blatt | Composite Image/FIBA.com, AP Photos

MANILA, Philippines – Message sent.

Gilas Pilipinas surely sent ripples to the other side of the world after handing Iran its first loss in the FIBA Asia tournament and its first defeat at the hands of Filipinos since the 2007 Jones Cup.

During the National Basketball Association's Media Day, NBA.com Philippines contributor Rex Alba got pleasantries from Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, who lauded the national team's triumphant outing against the tournament defending champions.


PHILSTAR

Gilas makes Lebanon coach eat his words after big quarterfinal win By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 2, 2015 - 12:10am 27 1947 googleplus2 3


Calvin Abueva hollered "Easy, Easy" to Lebanon after Gilas' 82-70 quarterfinal win in obvious reference to their coach's pre-game remarks. FIBA.com

CHANGSHA – Gilas Pilipinas fought meticulously against dangerous rival Lebanon Thursday night, hacking out an all-important 82-70 win to make to the medal round of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship and assure the country of at least a spot in the Olympic wild card play next year.

Jayson Castro struck hard from the long court and on transition play while Andray Blatche asserted himself around the paint, leading Team Phl to the victory that get the Filipinos to the Final Four with host China, titleholder Iran and surprise semifinalist Japan.

The Nationals seek a second straight FIBA Asia final appearance versus the Japanese, 81-67 winners versus the Qataris in their Final Eight matchup.

At the end of their 12-point conquest of the Lebanese, Blatche and Calvin Abueva were among Gilas players hollering “easy! easy! easy!”

It’s obviously directed at Lebanon coach Veselin Matic who on the eve of the match told The STAR: “We can play the Philippines easy, easy.”

In the team meeting Wednesday, coach Tab Baldwin wrote on the board what Matic had said.

The Nationals took it to heart and made the Serbian coach regret his words.

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Terrence Romeo, Marc Pingris, Calvin Abueva and Gabe Norwood also dished out solid games as the Philippines got past the Final Eight of the biennial Asian meet for the third straight time.

Team Phl finished fourth in Wuhan in 2011 and landed second in Manila in 2013.

Castro and Blatche came out firing as the Nationals seized the early initiative and held sway through the end of the duel between the Southeast Asian kingpin and the West Asian power.

Lebanon naturalized player Jay Youngblood broke the ice with a quick basket. As Castro answered with a three-pointer and a drive-in basket, the Filipinos led all the way to the finish.

Castro led all scorers with 25 points, including five treys while Blatche came up with a double-double game with 24 markers and 17 rebounds.

The Chinese overpowered the Indians, 104-58, while the Iranians clobbered the Koreans, 75-62, to arrange their own semis duel.

They were projected to clash for the championship, but will instead square off in the semis because of Iran’s defeat at the hands of Gilas Pilipinas Monday.

All semifinalists are assured of at least a berth in the Olympic wild card competition. The last team that will remain standing tomorrow secures automatic ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

FIBA Asia newcomer Palestine outfought Kazakhstan, 83-81, in overtime while the Rajko Toroman-mentored Jordan squad massacred Hong Kong, 82-62, to set up a fight for ninth place.

The losers, meanwhile, were relegated in a battle for 11th place.

On Monday, Chinese Taipei topped Kuwait, 99-69, for 13th place while Singapore beat Malaysia, 92-59, for 15th place.

This Friday, the FIBA Asia board sits down in a meeting, discussing the merger of the Asia-Oceania zones and the new World Cup qualifying format that will take effect starting 2017.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan, who flew in here yesterday, will personally attend the conference.

China stamped its class on India, thus, avenging a shocker of a loss the Chinese suffered at the hands of the Indians in their FIBA Asia Cup duel in Wuhan last year.

And in hurdling the Indians, the Chinese are back in the FIBA Asia Championship semis after being stunned by Chinese Taipei in the quarters in Manila in 2013.

The Scores:

GILAS PILIPINAS 82 – Castro 25, Blatche 24, Romeo 10, Pingris 8, Abueva 7, Norwood 5, De Ocampo 3, Ganuelas 0, Thoss 0, Hontiveros 0.

LEBANON 70 – Haidar 18, Bawji 17, Youngblood 12, Abd 8, Arakji 8, Saoud 7, Akl 0.

Quarters: 20-16, 37-32, 57-49, 82-70.


PHILSTAR

Gilas repeats over Japan, faces old rival China for Rio ticket By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated October 3, 2015 - 12:00am 4 22 googleplus0 1


Dondon Hontiveros timely triples bailed Gilas Pilipinas out of trouble against Japan to march to the finals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship. Fiba.com

MANILA, Philippines -- Barely 24 hours after an emotional win against Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas looked spent in the first three quarters before getting a second wind in the final canto enough to overtake Japan and punched a ticket to the gold medal game with an 81-70 win late Friday night at Changsha Social Work College Gymnasium in Hunan, China.

MVP candidate Jayson Castro delivered once again while Andray Blatche pumped in another double-double effort but it was veteran gunner Dondon Hontiveros who made the biggest difference.

The 38-year old Hontiveros, probably playing his last FIBA Asia tournament, hit six triples en route to 18 big points. His last triple at the 1:23 mark gave Gilas a nine-point buffer, 77-68, that killed whatever hopes of a Japan comeback.

Hontiveros bailed Gilas out everytime Japan closed the gap hitting three timely triples in the payoff period. He went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in his best showing in this tournament. Entering the semifinal game, the Cebuano Hotshot was struggling with his outside shots burying only three of 14 in Gilas' previous four games.

Ranidel de Ocampo also played a key role while Gabe Norwood more than made up for his offensive woes with crucial defensive stops.

Japan took the fight to Gilas with its top gunner Makoto Hiejima waxing firing 28 points in the first three quarters. But Hiejima faded in the stretch as Norwood and the other Gilas defensive stoppers alternately shut him down in the fourth quarter.

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Castro, meanwhile, delivered 20 points and seven assists that kept Gilas afloat in the first three quarters.

Blatche finished with 22 and 13 boards as he primed up for the home team, whose players he's already familiar with after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) last season.

China dethroned Iran earlier with an emphatic 70-57 victory over an ecstatic home crowd which is expected to jeer Blatche and Gilas in the gold medal match. The Chinese will be looking for redemption after not reaching the medal round in the Manila edition two years ago.

At stake in the championship match is the lone automatic spot in the Rio Olympics next year.

The PHL-China gold medal match will be played at 8:30 p.m. after the battle for third between Japan and Iran.


INQUIRER

China Olympics-bound after outmuscling Gilas for Fiba Asia title By: Musong R. Castillo @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:22 PM October 3rd, 2015


Yi Jianlian against Andray Blatche. Photo from Fiba.com

CHANGSHA CITY, China –Giving up a tremendous amount of size in literally every position, Gilas Pilipinas on Saturday night found out in a painful way that even the biggest of hearts sometimes falls short.

The Filipinos fought with all they’ve got and couldn’t stop big and relentless China, bowing, 78-67, in the gold medal match of the Fiba Asia Olympic Qualifier before a very hostile gallery that applauded their every failure at Changsha Social Work College gym here.

READ: ‘Mapapaaway kami dito': Gilas bus delayed for final against China

“This group deserves the respect of the country. They may not have won the gold medal, but they are winners as people,” Baldwin told the Inquirer.

“We just never got into an offensive flow, but we played good defense in the second half,” Baldwin added.”We just didn’t shoot well.”

No time in the game did the Filipinos enjoy an advantage in size against any Chinese five on the floor, as Gilas succumbed to sheer might and athleticism to see its seven-game winning streak come to a screeching halt and settle for the silver medal for the second straight edition.

China, which went undefeated in nine total games and was hardly pushed in the tournament, will thus be representing Asia in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil, the bigger prize compared to the gold medal the huge Chinese crowd cheered wildly for.

The Philippines, meanwhile, will have to take a stab at an Olympic ticket in a qualifying tournament, which will happen a month before the Games but will involve countries from other continents.

Team Philippines started out strong, even taking a five-point lead early.

READ: Baldwin downplays China’s homecourt edge, calls foe’s fans ‘fake’

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But once the Chinese got their rhythm and imposed their size inside, it was basically all over but the shouting as they kept the Filipinos within arm’s length from the second quarter on.

Two straight triples by burly forward Li Gen opened up a 60-44 lead with 3:36 left in the third period, and the best that the Filipinos could do after that was come within 60-50 entering the fourth.

The Philippines, though, would not survive China’s salvo to open up the final frame.

Five straight points practically knocked the wind out of the Philippines’ sails and the Filipinos would score only after three minutes had gone. By this time, the Chinese were fully in sync, with Ding Yenyuhang connecting on another triple that made it 70-54 going into the last 5:31.

And for the first time in the tournament, Gilas coach Tab Baldwin declined to be interviewed immediately after the game, frustrated like those in the rest of the team for seeing their valiant efforts fall short.

China has now won this tournament for the second time in the last three editions, its last championship coming in 2011, also at the expense of Baldwin and his gritty Jordan crew, in Wuhan.

Andray Blatche was the only Filipino in twin digits with 17, as the Chinese defense shut down Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo by holding the prolific Filipinos to a combined 15 points.

Ailun Guo was the first point guard that outplayed the 6-foot Castro in the tournament, pacing all Chinese shooters with 19 points, with Yi Jianlian, the former Milwaukee Buck in the NBA, shooting 11 points that went with 15 rebounds.

Zhuo Qi, a 19-year-old who is 7-foot-2 and the next best big man for China after Yi, scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

There were also several questionable calls throughout the game, but looking deeper into the outcome, the domination wouldn’t have changed drastically even if the referees called it fair.

The Scores:
CHINA 78 – Guo 19, Zhou 16, Yi 11, Li 9, Ding 9, Zhuo Peng 7, Zhao 3, Wang 2.
GILAS PILIPINAS 67 – Blatche 17, Abueva 9, Romeo 9, Castro 8, Norwood 7, De Ocampo 7, Hontiveros 6, Thoss 4, Ganuelas 0, Intal 0.
Quarters: 23-19, 46-35, 60-50, 78-67.


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