In relation to my previous post ‘Reality Check 102’, I mentioned that slowly but surely, the Philippines is knocking at the door of Asia’s basketball supremacy once again. Furthermore, I showed a table showing the performances of the different age brackets of the Philippine teams which clearly shows its continuing rise in ranking in Asia.
It can be recalled that middle of this month, the Philippine team a.k.a as Sinag Pilipinas bagged the gold medal of this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).
Sinag Pilipinas was primarily composed of collegiate stars blended with talented Fil-foreigners and steered by a multi-titled American coach. We all know that the competition in the Southeast Asian level is not as tough as the continental level. However, the performance of Sinag Pilipinas was a proof that even with their youth and the limited time of practice, the team managed to capture the crown with relative at ease. The closest winning margin was more than 20 that simply suggests Filipinos’ dominance in this region.
In my previous post, Reality check 101 dated April 26, 2011, I summarized the performances of the Philippine teams in three age brackets, namely U16, U18 and Seniors in the men’s category from the time the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) was instituted in 2007 until 2010. I also mentioned that Philippine basketball is on the right track considering its upswing performances at the Asian level in four years. With FIBA-Asia 2011 calendar comes to a close, it is also about time to do another reality check. Again, I’m considering FIBA-Asia Championship tournaments only for U16 and U18, while I include Asian Games for the Seniors.
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Seniors Men 9th - 8th 6th 4th
Under-18 Men - 7th - 5th -
Under-16 Men - - 4th - 4th
There are two things that are worthy to point out for 2011. First, the continuing rise of the performance in the Seniors category and secondly, the final four appearances in both divisions. Slowly but surely, we are knocking at the door of Asia’s basketball supremacy. This is another year to celebrate for the Filipino basketball aficionados. Again, kudos to the SBP!
2011 FIBA – Asia Championship final rankings
Date: September 15 – 25, 2011
Host nation: China
3 South Korea
8 Chinese – Taipei
10 United Arab Emirates
33rd Jones Cup final rankings
Date: August 6 – 13, 2011
1 I.R. Iran
2 South Korea
4 Chinese – Taipei
8 United Arab Emirates
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2011 FIBA – Asia Champions Cup final rankings
Date: May 28 – June 5, 2011
Host nation: Philippines
1 Lebanon – Al Riyadi
2 I.R. Iran – Mahram Tehran
3 Qatar – Al Rayyan
4 Philippines – Smart Gilas
5 Jordan – Applied Science University
6 Syria – Al Jalaa
7 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Al Ittihad
8 Iraq – Duhok
9 United Arab Emirates – Al Shabab
10 Malaysia – KL Dragons
The ongoing 2011 Fiba-Asia (FA) Champions Cup in Manila has been giving the basketball fans a birds eye view of the upcoming FA Championship slated this September in Wuhan, China. Ten ballclubs are in contention for the most prestigious club tournament in this side of the world. Among the countries represented by these ballclubs are, from Middle East, Lebanon, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Syria. The Philippines, represented by Smart Gilas joins KL Dragons of Malaysia to complete the cast of the ten team, nine-day tournament. Continue Reading »
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In my previous post, ‘Road to redemption’ dated January 29, 2011, I mentioned the recent performances of the men’s national basketball teams in the three age brackets – U16, U18 and the Seniors’ squad at the Asian level. With the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) at the helm beginning 2007, let’s take a look at how the Philippines has been on the surge. Basketball aficionados are aching to reclaim our long lost glory in Asian basketball. I consider the Asian Games and the FIBA-Asia Championship in each category only as the yardsticks.
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010
Seniors Men 9th - 8th 6th
Under-18 Men - 7th - 5th
Under-16 Men - - 4th -
Photo Courtesy: PBA.ph and Nuki Sabio
The Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team is in its crucial stages of preparation for the FIBA-Asia Championship slated this September in Wuhan, China. As of this writing, it is leading the pack among ten teams in the ongoing Commisioner’s Cup of the Philippine Basketball Associaiton (PBA). It has been agreed earlier that the current roster of the team is to be beefed up with some players from the PBA. In most cases, the final composition of the squad will be known on the eve of the final day of submission of rosters which would most likely fall on September 3 since the actual competition starts on the fifth. But this early, enthusiasts are spending hours arguing on who should make the final cut. The rest of the team will come from the PBA. On Toroman’s wish list of PBA players are Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, Ranidel de Ocampo and Kelly Williams of TnT, Sol Mercado and Asi Taulava of Meralco, James Yap of B-Meg, Jay Washington of San Miguel Beer and Sonny Thoss and Joe Devance of Alaska. In short, twenty two players will be seeking to make it to the final twelve. Continue Reading »