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


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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