Smart Gilas had an impressive debut on its return stint in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) by beating the reigning Philippine Cup Champions Philippine Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters on their own up-tempo game, 103-98 moments ago. The Philippine national team started strong in the first quarter going 17-3 in the first few minutes and [...]

32nd Jones Cup tidbits – Part I

It’s Day 4 of the 32nd William Jones Cup in Taipei and so far we have witnessed how some of the elite teams in Asia play against each other. As of the moment of this posting, Middle Eastern powerhouse teams Iran and Lebanon are still playing. Smart Gilas-Pilipinas are taking a day off after a [...]

Smart Gilas ruled Manila invitationals

Smart Gilas took a galant stand last Sunday to claim the championship over the World Championship-bound Jordan national team, 91-80 in the Manila friendly tournament officially known as the 2010 Smart Philippine Invitational Challenge. The four-day competition was part of the build-up of the Philippine national basketball team that will see action in this November’s [...]

Can Toroman duplicate his feat?

Rajko Toroman is a prized catch seasoned coach for the Philippine national team. A Serbian national, Toroman ‘eats and sleeps’ basketball. He has been into this game practically all his life.
Coach Rajko gained international attention when he piloted Iran back to the Olympics after 60 years thru the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan. A [...]

Here comes another Chris

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After Chris Tiu and Chris Lutz, another Chris has been on the radar of the Smart Gilas national team. Chris Banchero, a Fil-Italian guard who had been making waves in the US NCAA Division II the past season is the latest prospect of the national team. He was invited by coach Rajko Toroman [...]

Jason Ballesteros: The bull-strong ‘little’ big man

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One of the most underrated players in the Smart Gilas roster is Jason Ballesteros. I call him a little big man because he is undersized for his position on the court. He either plays the 4 or the 5 position. Given his height at 6-foot-7, he’s short to play in the team’s frontline. [...]

Let him go

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Unconfirmed reports reveal that former Ateneo Blue Eagle Rabeh Al–hussaini is contemplating of exercising the exit clause in his contract with the Smart Gilas to join 2010 PBA draft. If this rumor is true, I would rather see him out of the national pool as early as now. Right from the very start, [...]

Supporting Manny V. Pangilinan

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‘When you’re right, no one remembers. When you’re wrong, no one forgets.’
I used to hear this line from my teacher back in high school. It’s an ageless saying that somehow related to the ugly news spreading these days involving Manny Pangilinan’s controversial commencement address in Ateneo de Manila recently. That some parts of [...]

Going Down Under

I understand that almost every Filipino by this time is too preoccupied with tomorrow’s ‘The Event’. We sometimes tend to overlook some other major sports events. Take the Aussie trip of the Smart Gilas, for instance. I was aware that they’re scheduled to leave Manila by March 12 as they embarked their second ‘road’ trip [...]

Gilas on the right track

It has been a while since I did my last post. That was January 12 when I wrote about Marcio Lassiter. I became preoccupied with lots of concerns the last couple of weeks that I even missed to follow every game of the Gilas stint in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nevertheless, I’m glad [...]

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