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PBA Governor’s Cup kicks off today

Eleven members of the Gilas Pilipinas—after a three day layoff—will return to their mother ball clubs as the season-ending PBA Governor’s Cup resumes.

Global Port Batang Pier and Air21 Express will grace the first game of the Governor’s Cup with their 5:15 p.m. curtain raiser while San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine will test each other at 7:30 p.m.

San Mig Coffee forward and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Marc Pingris will not play for the Mixer’s today as he was given days off after their FIBA Asia championship where Gilas placed second after yielding to Iran.

Also, Pingris’ teammates Jeff Chan and Gabe Norword were put on standby by head coach Yeng Guiao just in case the need arises. (Rommel Fuertes)

 

Congress ready to help Gilas

The Congress is ready to help Gilas Pilipinas on its cause in carving the rest of the Philippines in the basketball map—that is the basketball world.

Just like what others believe, Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno wonders if Marcus Douthit was able to play in the gold match against Iran, the outcome would have been different.

Puno wants to file a bill asking for additional naturalized players to add size on the small lineup of Filipinos.

The Antipolo Representative made powerhouse teams Lebanon and Qatar examples, which has three naturalized players.

Qatar has Jarvis Hayes, Trey Johnson and Boney Watson while Lebanon has Loren Woods, Joe Vogel and Jackson Vroman.

If Gilas has two naturalized players, there’s a chance for the Filipinos to reclaim the lost glory and Asia and perhaps, to be recognized as one of the top teams in the world. (Chris Capulso)

 

GM So intensifies Fide World Cup campaign

Filipino GM Wesly So continues to storm the Fide World Cup in Tromso Norway after beating his Ukrain counterpart to strengthen his campaign in the second round of the tournament.

So have to spend 45 movies before Alexander Ipatov yielded to the Filipino sensation.

With the win, So only needs a draw in his next game to assure himself of a slot in the second round of the world cup. (Rommel Fuertes)

   

Undermanned Gilas fails to capture gold against taller Iranians

After an ecstatic win over Korea on Saturday, the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas still tried to battle Iran for gold in the most prestigious league in Asia, the FIBA Asia Championship but still came up short, 85-71, against the Iranians.

However, Iran did not easily fend off the Philippines as many expected as the Filipinos engaged Iran in a dog fight for three quarters.

Although NBA veteran Hamed Haddadi made life miserable for the shorter Filipinos, Gilas kept up with Iran through sharp three-point shooting and their fast break game to close the half at 35-34 with Iran leading.

In the ensuing quarters, the host team felt the loss of big man Marcus Douthit as Haddadi wreck havoc inside by scoring 29 markers. Haddadi then claimed the Most Valuable Player award.

For Gilas, there’s still something to celebrate for as the nationals claim one of three tickets in the FIBA World Champions ships in Spain next year.

The feat is the Philippines’ first after decades long of basketball frustration.

Aside from Iran and the Philippines, Korea also punched in the last ticket for the FIBA championships after downing Chinese-Taipei, 75-57, good for third place. (Rommel Fuertes)

 

‘Black Mamba’ back in Manila

Even with typhoon ‘Labuyo’ wrecking havoc in different parts of the country, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant arrived in Manila for a promotion of Lenovo Philippines, which he advertises.

Bryant arrived in Manila at 3:40 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via a plane from China.

After the promotion of the mobile phone, Bryant will head to the SM Mall of Asia Atrium for a meet and greet activity for the Filipino fans. (Sherwin Alfaro)

   

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