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Reyes hopes Gilas could prevent repeat of Hongkong performance

Gilas coach Chot Reyes hopes that Gilas could raise their bar of performance, higher than their performance against Hongkong, tomorrow against Kazakhstan in the knockout stage of the FIBA Asia championships.

For Reyes, their worst game was against Hongkong, which many believe was a run in the park for the Filipinos.

Because of their bad game, Reyes opted to stick with Marcus Douthit and Ranidel De Ocampo, who are both nursing injuries.

The youthful national coach stressed that there are no sure wins in FIBA although the national team have beaten Kazakhstan in an exhibition game, the nationals should play their hearts out to advance to the final four of the tournament and eventually one of the three tickets for the FIBA World Championships in Spain next year.

LA Tenorio voted himself to guard and stick to Kazakhstan’s naturalized player Jerry Johnson so Jimmy Alapag and Jason Castro can focus on the offense.

Should Gilas gets the win tomorrow, they would face either Qatar or South Korea. (Chris Capulso)

 

Ginebra is where my heart is, Taulava says

Reigning Asean Basketball League Most Valuable Player Asi Taulava wants to return to the PBA. But with one condition, he wants to play for Ginebra.

“I’ve always been a Ginebra fan. Even though I’m playing for opposing teams but, you know, I’ve been a villain my whole career and I think it’s a perfect fit for my career playing for Ginebra,” says Taulava before Stephon Marbury’s press conference for his charity game ‘A game of love: Stephon Marbury gives back’.

Meralco holds the rights of Taulava and still there are no responses yet from the Manny Pangilinan-owned team on whether Taulava will be released or he’ll be staying as a San Miguel Beerman in the ABL.

And if Meralco is still defiant not to release the big man, Taulava said that it’s okay with him to stay in the ABL.

“I’ll just stay in the ABL. I’m happy there, you know, it’s always been my dream to go back to the PBA and play for Ginebra but it doesn’t happen I still have my responsibility to play in the ABL and to represent San Miguel and hopefully go back-to-back next season,” he said.

But still, it’s a gratifying feeling for Taulava to play for Ginebra.

“I want to play in front of their legions of fans. Nothing better than showing up in the arena and play in front of fifteen thousand, twenty five thousand people. You get that motivation, that inspiration to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” he added. (Jonno Bales)

 

Gilas turns back Japan to cloud Taipei loss

Team Gilas Pilipinas made no excuses in their Taiwan loss as the nationals immediately atoned for their loss on Saturday as the Philippine team wasted no time in bouncing back for a 90-71 blowout of Japan in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship at the MOA Arena.

With the win, Gilas now improved to 3-1 and still has the chance to win one of three slots for next year’s World Basketball Championship in Spain.

Marcus Douthit led the charge for Gilas by scoring 13 of 19 points in the first period to start the game right as the torrid scoring rubbed off to his teammates, Jeff Chan, LA Tenorio and Ranidel De Ocampo.

The Japanese team, in the first quarter, battled with Gilas, 17-14, but the nationals made sure that there would be no more let down as they started the second canto with guns blazing and never looked back.

Gilas will now face unbeaten Qatar, 3-0 at 8:30 p.m. today. (Rommel Fuertes)

The scores:

Philippines (90) - Douthit 19, Chan 16, Tenorio 9, De Ocampo 9, William 7, Norwood 7, Aguilar 7, David 5, Alapag 6, Fonacier 3, Pingris 2, Fajardo 0.

Japan (71) - Sakuragi 19, Takiuchi 17, Hiejima 9, Tsuji 8, Matsui 6, Kanamaru 4, Ota 2, Watanabe 2, Kurihara 2, Sakirai 2, Ichioka 0, Tanaka 0.

Quarterscores: 17-14; 46-36; 74-61; 90-71.

   

Gilas tries to bounce back from shocking Taiwan loss

Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas will try to avenge its end-game collapse and eventually the game to Taiwan on Saturday at the last game of the first round eliminations at the MOA Arena.

Gilas, though, will not play Taiwan, but instead former powerhouse Japan today at 8:30 p.m. in the same venue.

Japan crushed Hongkong, 76-59, however, lost to Qatar by a slim margin, 75-74.

Aside from this, the Philippine team must not look at the record of the Japanese because twice did they win the FIBA-Asia Cup. (Rommel Fuertes)

 

Parks could be number 1, or maybe not

National University’s Bobby Ray Parks is most likely to be the number one draft prospect should he participate in the PBA’s annual draft to be held on November 3 at the Robinson’s Place Erminta in Manila.

The reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player said that he’s yet to decide in joining the draft because he’s still pondering in fulfilling his dreams to be drafted in the NBA.

According to Rain or Shine co-owner Raymund Yu, Parks’ contribution to any team in the PBA would be big.

But if Parks is not available for draft day, the number one pick would be either 7-footer Greg Slaugter of the Ateneo Blue Eagles or Ian Sangalang of the San Sebastian Stags.

Just like Yu, San Mig Coffee Mixers head coach Tim Cone wants the team of draft a big man.

The Mixers will have the chance to pick at number one followed by the Elasto Painters.

Nico Salva, Alex Nuyles and Justine Chua are also draft prospects. (Chris Capulso)

   

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