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Sinag Pilipinas: A testament to Philippine basketball’s bright future

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.

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Reality Check 102

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

Category

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!

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2011 FIBA – Asia Championship final rankings

2011 FIBA – Asia Championship  final rankings

Date: September 15 – 25, 2011

Host nation: China

Rank           Team

1         China

2         Jordan

3         South Korea

4         Philippines

5          Iran

6          Lebanon

7          Japan

8          Chinese – Taipei

9          Syria

10        United Arab Emirates

11        Malaysia

12        Uzbekistan

13        Indonesia

14        India

15        Bahrain

16        Qatar

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33rd Jones Cup final rankings

33rd Jones Cup final rankings

Date: August 6 – 13, 2011

Host: Chinese-Taipei

Rank          Team

1                I.R. Iran

2                South Korea

3                Philippines

4                Chinese – Taipei

5                Japan

6                Jordan

7                Malaysia

8                United Arab Emirates

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2011 FIBA – Asia Championship Draw results

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Group A

Lebanon

India

Malaysia

South Korea

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2011 FIBA – Asia Champions Cup final rankings

2011 FIBA – Asia Champions Cup final rankings

Date: May 28 – June 5, 2011

Host nation: Philippines

Rank           Team

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

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‘11 FA Champions Cup: A sneak peek at the London qualifiers

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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Reality check 101

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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

Category

Seniors Men         9th          -             8th          6th

Under-18 Men        -           7th           -             5th

Under-16 Men        -            -             4th           -

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Who’s in? Who’s out?

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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 »

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