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           -

Note that for Seniors bracket, there had been three major competitions in the last four years and the Filipinos are on the uptrend. For the Under-18 squad, the last two tournaments saw the Filipino youth came up short of entering the semi-finals. But the good thing is, it performed better than the previous tournament while the youngsters in the Under-16 category finished 4th in this age group’s maiden competition in 2009.

From all indications, it appears that Philippine basketball is on the right track. Kudos to the SBP!

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