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Jayson Castro of Gilas Pilipinas. InterAKTV/Roy Afable

Philippine national men’s basketball team point guard Jayson Castro remains day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury but an MRI on Wednesday night revealed that there was ‘no structural damage’ to his ankle.

Gilas Pilipinas assistant Josh Reyes posted an update about Castro’s status on his Twitter and Instagram accounts early Thursday morning, Manila time.

Castro hurt himself in a tune-up game against Euskadi, the Basque national team, in San Sebastian, Spain.

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Can Gilas Pilipinas really go to war? (August 21, 2014)
Recah Trinidad [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

They won’t go to Spain without a seven-footer, national basketball team coach Chot Reyes swore at the close of the Fiba Asia championship at Mall of Asia Arena last July.

Reyes has ended up with Andray Blatche, an inch short of seven-feet but, being an NBA veteran, packs enough credentials to pillar for the Gilas Pilipinas national squad in its stint in the Fiba World Cup starting at the end of this month.

Gilas Pilipinas figured miserably in a four-team pocket tournament in Antibes, France, over the weekend.

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Castro injured, FIBA stint in peril (August 21, 2014)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

International Basketball

With a week left before Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in the FIBA World Cup, the national team suffered a big blow after top guard Jayson Castro injured his right ankle in a tune-up game against Euskadi in San Sebastian, Spain.

The national team lost the match, 66-75, against Euskadi, a local professional squad in Spain. It was the Nationals’ fourth straight defeat after a winless stint last week in the Antibes Basketball Tournament in France.

Gilas Pilipinas Team Manager Aboy Castro said yesterday that Castro would undergo MRI Wednesday to know the extent of the ankle injury, which they suspect to be an the Achilles tendon injury.

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 Top prospect Stanley Pringle goes throuh the drills during the final day of the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Gym in Mandaluyong City. Photo courtesy of Gatorade

MANILA, Philippines – It’s no longer a secret that GlobalPort will make Fil-Am standout Stanley Pringle as the top overall pick in Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft.

The question that is begging for an answer, however, is can Pringle co-exist with the other Batang Pier premier guards Alex Cabagnot and Terrence Romeo?

GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio has a ready answer after seeing Pringle up close.

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Cone PBAPC coach of year awardee (August 21, 2014)
[ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

Tim Cone will be honored as the PBA Press Corps’ Coach of the Year in the group’s annual awards night after steering San Mig Coffee to a Philippine Basketball Association Grand Slam many thought was impossible at this day and age in the league.

The affable Cone completed a Triple Crown sweep for the second time in his career. The first came 18 years ago with Alaska that was actually the last one the league had seen.  Cone will get to keep the Baby Dalupan trophy for the coming season until another coach wins it.

Also to be honored at Richmonde Hotel in Libis, Quezon City, tonight is tycoon Ramon S. Ang as executive of the Year for his role in getting Cone and putting the Mixers together.

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Discipline key to Simon's success (August 21, 2014)
Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan [ Source: Sun Star ]

D-League

SEVEN-time PBA championship performer Peter June Simon of San Mig Super Coffee Mixers said too many basketball players from Davao City have the potentials to make it big in Metro Manila. But only few survive.

Looking back, he shared that God's grace was overflowing and that there were many people who helped him along the way to reach this point in his life.

"God's been gracious and I think Him for that. I also thank everyone who has helped me in every way," Simon said in the vernacular during an interview with Sun.Star Davao after he watched the game between The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor's Office (TRMH-CMO) in Monday night's opener of the 2014 Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte Kadayawan Commercial Basketball Tournament at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

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Seven people charged with trespassing at Ray Allen's home (August 21, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Seven people were charged Wednesday with trespassing at former Miami Heat player Ray Allen's home while his wife and four young children were asleep upstairs.

Police say 18- and 19-year-olds were attending a party next door when they entered throughout the front door of the unlocked Coral Gables home last week. Shannon Allen said she woke up and heard male voices with large flashlights loudly discussing their personal property. The terrified mother screamed, the intruders ran and she called police, according to a statement from the couple.

The group told police they thought the Allens had moved and wanted to see how a professional basketball player lives. Police initially released the teens because there was no forced entry, no intent and nothing was taken. At the time, the Allens' attorney said the couple was upset that charges weren't filed because a crime had been committed that left the family feeling scared and vulnerable.

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D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud promised to hold out-of-town games in the league’s 40th season to bring the games closer to the fans.

In the past season, the PBA concentrated on helping the Philippine national basketball team prepare for the FIBA Asia Championship, where Gilas Pilipinas finished second.

“Ang maibabalita ko lamang na maaasahan ng ating fans ay babalik at makikita na muli kami sa probinsya,” Salud said in Eddie Alinea’s Philboxing report.

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Pacquiao's cousin out to prove he's PBA worthy (August 21, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Rene Pacquiao is looking forward to play with his cousin Manny at Kia Kamao. Photo courtesy of Gatorade

MANILA, Philippines – Even without boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who is bidding to add playing-coach to his resume, Pacquiao still managed to stir media frenzy in the PBA Draft Combine as the spotlight turned to his cousin during the final day of the camp on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Gym.

A virtual unknown leading to the days of the two-day PBA Draft Combine, which showcased the league’s rookie hopefuls, Rene Pacquiao caught everybody’s attention not only with his surname but also with his lone basket during his 1-of-4 outing in almost 14 minutes of play.

He missed his first three shots including two attempts from beyond the arc but compensated for it on the defensive end with two rebounds and aggressiveness to play defense. He was having a terrible offensive game until late in the scrimmage.

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D-League

MANILA, Philippines - Jonathan Belorio, the former skipper of the Letran Knights, has joined a slew of local aces and top Fil-foreign players in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft where he hopes to be picked high when the event is held Sunday at Robinsons Ermita in Manila.

Measured at 6’3, the high-leaping Belorio was a member of the 2012 Letran squad, which battled San Beda in the finals alongside fellow draft applicant Kevin Alas and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan.

Alhtough the Knights fell short of their title bid, Belorio made good impression as a versatile big man who can score from inside and out and can easily play the No. 3 and 4 spots, a rare skill that would serve him well in the pro league.

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