MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is planning to bring in players from other Asian countries to add flavor and interest in the league.

The league is looking to implement the “Asian integration” in the season-ending Governors’ Cup wherein the PBA clubs are allowed to field one player each with a 6-foot-4 height ceiling.

“The board agreed to try it for one conference specifically and exclusively for marketing outside the country and within the Asian region,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio in the league’s official website.

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Following the epic turnaround of the National University sports program in recent years, it’s no surprise that businessman and chief NU backer Hans Sy is being wooed to test the waters on a bigger stage – the PBA.

A highly-placed source revealed that a meeting has been arranged between Sy and PBA commissioner Chito Salud, although the businessman himself declined to comment about it for now.

“Wala pa, I couldn’t comment yet. It’s very attractive but I cannot comment yet,” Sy told a small group of sportswriters after the Bulldogs booked a seat in the UAAP finals for the first time in 44 years.

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South Korea's Jong-Hyun Lee tries to squeeze past the double team of Japanese Takeuchi twins Joji (left) and Kosuke. FIBA Asia

INCHEON, Korea (2014 Asian Games): The men's and women's teams of Korea, the hosts of the 2014 Asian Games lined themselves up for a double by entering the Finals of both the sections in the basketball competition on Tuesday. In the men's section, Korea will take on reigning FIBA Asia Championship winners Iran while their women will battle it out with defending gold medallists China.

The women's medal games is slated for Thursday and men's medal games for Friday.

Korea defeated Japan in both the Semi-Finals – 71-63 among men's and 58-53 among women – for their second successive Finals appearance in both sections.

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Egypt and Uganda qualify for AfroBasket 2015 (October 02, 2014)
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International Basketball

KAMPALA (AfroBasket 2015) - Two weeks after a disappointing 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Egypt returned to action on the African continent to win a qualifier tournament, punching their ticket for AfroBasket 2015.

The Pharaohs went unbeaten in four games and will compete in FIBA Africa's flagship tournament for the fifth straight time dating back to 2007.

Egypt head coach Amr Aboul Kheir selected all but three of the players who competed in Spain 2014.

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Gilas' Japeth Paul Aguilar dunks the ball against Mongolia during the 2014 Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium in Incheon. Photo by Roslan Rahman, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas defeated Mongolia, 84-68, to finish seventh in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday.

The Mongolians were up 21-18 in the first quarter, but the nationals managed to overcome the deficit and put up a six-point lead by the end of the third frame.

Gilas started pulling away midway in the payoff period when Gary David connected a boomer that had the Filipinos leading 72-57.

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Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo. InterAksyon.com/Ver MarquezAfter suffering a painful exit, UAAP Most Valuable Player Kiefer Ravena vowed to come back next year still donning the Ateneo jersey.

Ravena announced his decision on Twitter shortly after the Blue Eagles’ 65-63 loss to National University on Wednesday which put them out of the title picture.

Ravena is about to enter his fifth and final year with Ateneo after guiding the Blue Eagles to two straight titles which are part of their five-peat run.

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Bobby Ray Parks during last year's UAAP Season76 action. InterAksyon.com file/Roy Afable

Two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks may no longer be on the National University roster but he’s still very much connected to the team.

That’s why when the Bulldogs defeated the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles to book their first UAAP finals appearance since 1970, the former NU star Parks was right out there celebrating with his old teammates.

Parks told a small group of sportswriters outside the NU locker room that he has rejoined the team’s practices, lending some encouragement and some pointers to his old squad.

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The JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers moved one step closer to clinching their playoffs berth after defeating Saigon Heat 79-65 at the OCBC Arena, Singapore.

“I don’t like to think so far. We will learn from this game and keep improving before the Playoffs,” said Slingers’ head coach Neo Beng Siang after the game. “We still have 3 tough road games left and I’m still hoping we can fight for the second spot for home-court advantage.”

Slingers received a big performance from Justin Howard who finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds. Dior Lowhorn contributed 20 points and Wong Wei Long added 14 points for the Slingers who improved to an 11-6 record and trailed Westports Malaysia Dragons by one game for the second spot in the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basktball League standings.

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 The Green Archers failed to defend their crown after falling to the Tamaraws. KC Cruz

 The championship round of the UAAP will feature neither Ateneo nor La Salle, the two schools involved in the league's biggest rivalry.

And that's a good thing, according to Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela, whose Tamaraws ended the Green Archers' reign with a thrilling win on Wednesday.

That set up a finals date between FEU and National University, which book the first seat in the title series earlier in the afternoon after toppling the top seed Blue Eagles.

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 UAAP officials had to confer on their next move after a power failure delayed the NU-Ateneo match. KC Cruz

 Management of SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday issued a statement over the power failure that happened during a critical juncture of the UAAP semifinals matchup between National University and Ateneo.

The game between the Bulldogs and the Blue Eagles suffered a long delay because of the incident, and it came at a crucial time. NU had just grabbed the lead on two free throws from Gelo Alolino with just 9.3 seconds remaining when the incident happened.

"The power fluctuation during the game was due to severe weather conditions outside. Circuits of the whole Cubao and Kamuning area were affected," said Big Dome officials in a statement.

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