MANILA -- Far Eastern University and De La Salle kick off a virtual best-of-three series when they battle in a play-off for the second seed in the UAAP Season 77 Final Four Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws and the defending champions Green Archers are tied in the league standings with identical 10-4 records, and the winner of this afternoon's showdown will need only one more win to advance to the Finals.
The two squads were in a similar situation last season, and it was the Green Archers who beat the Tams in two games on their way to the championship.
MANILA – Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga said boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao won’t be accorded any special treatment when their teams collide at the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Pacquiao, KIA Sorentos playing coach, was supposed to participate in a tune-up game against the Elasto Painters last Friday, but the match was postponed due to inclement weather.
“Sana matuloy next week. Kasi gusto ko rin makalaro si Manny ulit. Lalo na yun talagang full-fledged PBA player na siya. Nung nakalaban ko kasi siya, pick-up game lang,” the burly Rain or Shine center said in Snow Badua’s Spin.ph report.
Nobody seems all that worried about Derrick Rose, even after an abysmal (statistically speaking) FIBA World Cup tournament. Are you? Why or why not?
NBA writers from across the world weigh in:
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I’m based in Chicago, so yeah, I’m worried. Or rather, I’m surrounded by worry. Bulls fans legitimately wonder if Rose will be able to withstand a full schedule, if he’ll be his old self on the court (or 96 percent, anyway) and – gasp! – what the contingency plan is if he can’t or isn’t. They worry they’ll end up commiserating with Washington NFL fans over their own Robert Griffin III — a meteor-like star who flashes across their sky but falls to Earth too soon. Then again, there is a “rust” factor in play and Rose didn’t stick around long enough last season to entirely work through it. There, is my brow sufficiently unfurrowed?
Kuwait - Maldives 116:44
Kuwait recorded the opening victory at the Asian Games in Incheon. They fired past Maldives in Group A action. Abdullah AlShammari (201-F-89) scored 23 points to pace Kuwait. Kuwait piled up a 59:17 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable victory. Ahmad Albaloushi (90) produced 14 points for the winners. Ibrahim Rashwaan responded with 15 points for Maldives.
Free agent center Denzel Bowles is closing on an agreement with Jilin of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.
Bowles worked out for Detroit this week, and the 6-foot-10 big man received a training camp invitation from the Pistons.
Bowles played for Jilin last season and had a workout for the Charlotte Bobcats upon his return. He averaged five points and 4.2 rebounds in the NBA Summer League in July with the Denver Nuggets.
MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas went on with its workout even with a large part of the metropolis submerged in water Friday and held one final practice at the Meralco gym yesterday morning before finally departing for Incheon, Korea.
It is determined to nail a continental crown that has eluded the country for over half a decade now.
The Nationals skipped the opening ceremonies Friday night to purposely have two extra practices at home capping a weeklong training for the Asiad that comes on the heels of Team Phl’s stint in the 2014 FIBA World Cup over in Spain.
The Westports Malaysia continued to make their push to challenge for the number one seed after a 90-70 win over Laskar Dreya South Sumatra at the Hi-Test Arena, Batam.
With the win, the Dragons (10-4) only trail Hi-Tech Bangkok City (10-3) by half a game for the top seed in the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League standings. These two teams are set for a showdown next Saturday at the MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
Avery Scharer led the Dragons with 21 points, while their imports Justin Knox and Chris Eversley added 18 points each. Ooi Ban Sin added 10 points for the Dragons who scored 46 points inside the paint.
The D’Tigers, national men’s basketball team of Nigeria has dropped six places to 24th in the latest FIBA World rankings released this weekend after the FIBA World Cup ended in Spain.
Nigeria, despite dropping six places in the world ranking, maintained the 3rd position in Africa behind unmoved Tunisia in 23rd and African champions Angola, who dropped one place to 16th.
West African neighbours, Senegal, emerged the biggest movers in the world ranking moving up 11 places to 30th and fourth in Africa after an impressive World Cup in Spain
The National University Bulldogs had a tough road to the final four, losing grip of the early lead in the standings and needing to beat University of the East in a do-or-die match before booking the last trip to the playoffs.
To make things tougher, the Bulldogs set up a final four date with no less than the league’s best team during the elimination round — the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
But looking at their past matchups, NU, now facing a twice-to-win situation, seems to grab the upperhand in its battle against the Blue Eagles. The Bulldogs swept Ateneo in the first two rounds, a 64-60 victory last July 26 and a 76-66 triumph last August 24 to account for the top seed’s two of its only three losses the whole season.
The Xinjiang Flying Tigers are your new favorite Chinese Basketball Association team. They've signed free agent big man Andray Blatche, his agency announced on Saturday. This is the same team that signed shooting guard Jordan Crawford. Just think of all the crazy shots they'll take.
Blatche will make about $2.5 million in China, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. It's somewhat surprising that Blatche couldn't find an NBA home, given that he averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Brooklyn Nets last season with an 18.8 PER. He's a productive offensive player, though he is prone to strange decision-making and he's not much of a rim protector.
Blatche is coming off a fun FIBA World Cup performance for the Philippines. He became a naturalized citizen before the tournament, and he averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds in five games.