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Calvin Abueva of Gilas Pilipinas. @Sports5PH twitter account photo

The Philippine national men’s basketball team seeks to duplicate a rousing performance in its last outing as it takes on USA-Select Overtake in the 37th William Jones Cup Saturday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Gilas Pilipinas and the Americans tussle at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

The Filipinos are coming off an impressive come-from-behind 92-88 overtime win over New Zealand club Wellington Saints on Friday. Gilas Pilipinas’ ageless veterans Dondon Hontiveros and Asi Taulava carried the cudgels for the Filipinos who rallied from 16 points down.

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Tardy Blatche misses final Jones Cup 2015 playdate (September 05, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

THE PHILIPPINES’ Andray Blatche leads the Gilas charge. AFP

TAIPEI – Andray Blatche has delayed his arrival here for another day and will not be playing a game in the Jones Cup anymore.

Originally scheduled to fly back here on Saturday, Blatche will rejoin Gilas Pilipinas only on the following night and might not even be able to see the closing ceremonies of the nine-day, eight-nation tournament at Xinzhuang gymnasium here.

Blatche asked to stay for another day in the United States so he could drive his mother back home to the West Coast. They attended the funeral of Blatche’s uncle, his mother’s brother whom the former Brooklyn Net was very close to.

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Curry set to wow fans at MOA Arena (September 05, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. AP

Curry—who led the Golden State Warriors this season to their first NBA championship in 40 years—hopes to interact with Filipino fans in a basketball showcase presented by Under Armour at Mall of Asia Arena.

The tour, dubbed as “The UA Roadshow featuring Stephen Curry,” will also have the superstar guard conduct drills and shootouts with selected varsity players in the 2 p.m. fan event.

Along with Curry, Under Armour founder and chief executive officer Kevin Plank aims to bring across the brand’s message “to persevere in turning their dreams into reality.”

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June Mar Fajardo: I would play for Gilas if I were healthy (September 05, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

San Miguel therapists working on June Mar Fajardo’s injury during Beermen practice on Friday. Photo by Randolph Leongson

Truth be told, June Mar Fajardo really wants to play for Gilas Pilipinas.

“Gusto ko talaga sumali. Ang sarap kaya maglaro sa Gilas. Gusto ko talagang sumali kasi opportunity yun eh,” the two-time PBA MVP said.

But a nagging injury has hampered Fajardo in the off-season and robbed him of a chance to once again suit up for the national team.

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Referee blunder gets Castro going in Gilas win over New Zealand (September 05, 2015)
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Jayson Castro. @Sports5PH twitter account photo

TAIPEI – Referees are often times blamed for stopping a player’s momentum with a lousy call.

But in a very, very rare instance on Friday afternoon, a lousy judgment by a referee got Jason Castro going for Gilas Pilipinas against the Wellington Saints of New Zealand in the Jones Cup at Xinzhuang gymnasium here.

Calvin Abueva had just snared a big rebound and was dashing downcourt when the burly Jordan Mills gave him a body check for a foul. Nothing wrong there, a contact was truly made.

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The Philippine national women’s basketball team completed its ascension to Level I of the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship after defeating India, 82-76, in the second promotion/relegation game on Friday in Wuhan, China.

Perlas Pilipinas, which will duke it out with the likes of China, Japan, South Korea and Chinese Taipei in the 2017 edition of the tournament, closed out their campaign with five consecutive wins, including this crucial one that secured their place among Asia’s finest.

Afril Bernardino, who entered the game averaging only 8.6 points per game but was Perlas’ top rebounder, came up huge on the offensive end in the Philippines’ biggest game, scoring 32 big points on an impressive 14-for-18 clip against India.

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 Asi Taulava | EC Toledo/

TAIPEI – A fixture in the Philippine national team for over a decade now, Asi Taulava is bucking father time to fill a gaping hole in the Gilas Pilipinas roster.

“It’s all about the three stars and the sun. When called to serve, I will serve with all my heart,” said Taulava, 42, on Twitter moments after absorbing another punishment from 7-foot-2 behemoth Hamed Haddadi in their 65-74 loss to Iran Thursday.

Terrence Romeo was just 10 years old when Taulava first donned the national jersey in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, Korea.

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 Gilas Pilipinas' Moala Tautuaa | Toledo

MANILA, Philippines – Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa had his breakthrough game in the William Jones Cup during Gilas Pilipinas’ 75-60 win over Japan on Wednesday.

Tautuaa finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds, no doubt, his best performance in a Gilas uniform after running into foul trouble during his first three games in the annual cage tournament held in Taipei.

But this year’s top PBA rookie pick was the first to admit that his explosive performance in the second half against the Japanese didn’t come easy, owing to the adjustments he had to undergo while representing the Philippines in international competitions for the first time.

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 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Luis Scola and Nicolas Laprovittola scored 11 points to lead Argentina to a 96-64 rout of Cuba on Thursday in the Olympic qualifier.

Argentina will be joined in the second by Canada, which also won easily with an 82-62 rout of Venezuela. Argentina (3-0) leads Group B with six points followed by Canada (2-1) and Venezuela (2-1) with five. Puerto Rico (1-2) has four with one game remaining and Cuba (0-4) finished with four.

Cuba held the lead several times in a sluggish first-half for Argentina, which used a 26-4 run in the third quarter to take control of the game.

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Asi Taulava. @Sports5PH twitter account photo

As Gilas Pilipinas pulled off a come-from-behind overtime victory against New Zealand in the Jones Cup, two tried and tested veterans led the charge - Asi Taulava, 42, and Dondon Hontiveros, 38.

The Cebuano Hotshot, who finished with 21 points for his best game in the tournament, exploded for three treys and two charities to collect 11 markers in the overtime alone.

Taulava, meanwhile, showed why he owned the nickname "ageless" as he came off the bench for the Philippines in the third quarter to spark the squad's comeback with 12 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.

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