TAIPEI – Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson has ended his Jones Cup journey with Team Phl, heading back to the US with so much goodwill forged with the SBP leaders and the Gilas Pilipinas players.
In being with the Gilas pool for a week, Clarkson built a good bonding with the Nationals and provided them inspiration with his mere presence behind the Gilas bench.
Clarkson had joined two Gilas practices in Manila and was on hand here to cheer the team in games against Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Spartak-Primorye of Russia.
MEXICO CITY—It’s all well and good to have depth and abundant talent but when basketball games get close down the line, the need is dire for someone to step up and take control.
And for all the good things about the Canadian senior men’s team — and there is no reason for anyone to panic at this point — that lack of a take-charge leader helped bury them against Argentina here Tuesday in Canada’s first game at the FIBA Americas championship.
Despite a rather dull performance and a far too hesitant and uncharacteristically lacking consistent work ethic, an eventual 94-87 loss to Argentina might have been there for the taking in the final five minutes.
MANILA, Philippines – A De La Salle University team featuring several fresh faces aims to put the heartbreak of Season 77 behind it.
Season 77 record: 10-4 (3rd)
Season 77 summary: La Salle was favored to retain the UAAP men's basketball crown in Season 77 thanks to a powerful, intact line-up, but its campaign was derailed by injuries to key players. Starting point guard Thomas Torres, in particular, went down with an injury early in the season, forcing Almond Vosotros and Jeron Teng to take on ball-handling duties. The Green Archers still made the Final Four as the third seed, but lost to the FEU Tamaraws in a virtual best-of-three series.
The Philippine national men’s basketball team aims to finally build a winning streak as it takes on Japan in the 37th William Jones Cup Wednesday at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Gilas Pilipinas and Japan face off at 3 p.m. live on TV5.
The Filipinos (2-1) are still fresh from their 85-71 trouncing of Russian club Spartak Primorye in a highly physical game that saw Sonny Thoss and Terrence Romeo on the receiving end of the opponents’ rugged play.
With Danny Ildefonso no longer set to play in the PBA in the upcoming season after being released by the Meralco Bolts, a development the PBA club confirmed, the two-time MVP and member of the league’s 40 Greatest Players will be mulling his future – though he’s not about ready to leave the sport of basketball just yet.
The 6-foot-5 veteran slotman told Fraulein Olavario of News5 that he has offers from both National University and the Ateneo de Manila juniors team – the defending champions of their respective divisions in the UAAP – to become part of their coaching staffs as a skills coach.
Both NU and Ateneo are schools that are close to Ildefonso’s heart.
TAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas stood its ground in a rugged, physical battle with Spartak-Primorye, putting up a solid effort together to pull the rug from under the Russians, 85-71, Tuesday in the 2015 Jones Cup at the Xinchuang Gymnasium here.
The Filipinos fought on while staying calm and composed, slowly pulling away in the second half en route to the crucial win that sent Gilas Pilipinas back in contention in the nine-team, eight-nation tourney.
Gilas Pilipinas bounced back from a 70-82 loss to South Korea the previous day, handing Spartak a first loss in four matches.
The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 on Nov. 24, when the team will be hosting the Boston Celtics.
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin made the announcement Tuesday, also declaring Sept. 1, 2015, as Dikembe Mutombo Day.
Mutombo, who was surprised by Koonin's announcement, teared up when he heard the news.
Before joining Gilas Pilipinas, Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo got their first taste of international action playing for the country in the FIBA 3x3 tournaments.
The duo have gained the admiration of a lot of Filipino fans for their performance in the ongoing William Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taipei - something that coach Eric Altamirano saw up close in last month's FIBA 3X3 Manila Masters.
"I think etong dalawang 'to, si Calvin and Terrence, they've proven that they belong in the national team," Altamirano told GMA News Online at the opening press conference of UAAP Season 78 on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR — Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is not passing up on the chance to show his basketball chops in the Southeast Asian stage.
Pacquiao, the team owner of the newest addition to the ASEAN Basketball League the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas, is planning to suit up for a few games in the regional tournament.
“According to him, we will play in some games. He will definitely play,” Aguilas team manager Bien Orilla told INQUIRER.net after the press launch of the new ABL season on Tuesday at the Berjaya Hotel here.
Philippine national men’s basketball team veteran Asi Taulava thanked Filipino fans in Taiwan for keeping Gilas Pilipinas ‘motivated’ during its heated battle against Russia’s Spartak Primorye in the 37th William Jones Cup on Tuesday.
Taulava was one of the Gilas Pilipinas players who confronted Spartak player Alimdzhan Fediushin after the Russian threw the ball at Terrence Romeo early in the game.
“Maraming Salamat to all our fans out here in Taiwan for all der support today. You guys were great and kept all of us motivated to take down the BULLIES! Ingat and hope to see all again bukas!” the 42-year-old Taulava wrote on his Instagram account.