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Current Gilas Pilipinas better than 2013 squad, says Taipei-A (August 31, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Wen-Ting Tseng of Chinese Taipei.

TAIPEI – Despite several holdouts by PBA superstars back home, Chinese Taipei-A believes that this Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 37th Jones Cup is a “better team” than the one it beat in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship in Manila.

Tseng Wen-Ting, the 7-foot, pony-tailed veteran who muffed three straight free throws in the stretch that helped doom the Taiwanese in a 69-77 loss on Sunday night, and coach Chou Chun-San both made the pronouncement.

And surprisingly enough, even with June Mar Fajardo electing to forego national team duties because of plantar fasciitis, Quincy Davis III, Taipei’s naturalized center, found the going “frustrating” in the battle inside the paint.

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Nigeria (NGR) - AfroBasket 2015 champions. Angola v Nigeria, Afrobasket 2015, Radès (Tunisia), Final, 30 August 2015

RADES (AfroBasket 2015) - Nigeria beat Angola 74-65 in the Final of AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia on Sunday to claim their first-ever continental championship.

In being crowned African champions, the Nigerians also qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Meanwhile, second-place Angola joined third- and fourth-place Tunisia and Senegal in booking their places for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs).

Angola went into the Final looking to win a 12th African title and led early on, before Nigeria's rotation made the difference as they turned the score around in the second quarter and once they took the lead, they held on to it, going up by as many as 19 points.

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 Canada's coach Jay Triano, left, and GM Steve Nash have put together the most talented men's basketball team this country has yet seen. They open the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday with a spot in the Rio Olympics on the line.  Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS

MEXICO CITY—The so-called ‘Golden Age of Canadian Basketball’ truly starts this week.

From the day in May 2012 when Steve Nash returned as the senior team’s general manager to attempt to restore some lustre and legitimacy to the game in his country — while all those Canadians were going in the first round of the NBA draft — eyes have been focused on the next two weeks and a chance to gain some global legitimacy.

Armed with the most talent ever assembled on one Canadian senior team and the heaviest contingent of NBA talent on any of the rosters at the FIBA Americas championships, the Canadians are seen in some corners as heavy favourites to grab one of two Rio Olympic berths.

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Gilas Pilipinas will face South Korea at 5pm today, August 31. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Philippine national men’s basketball team tries to get its second straight win in its campaign as it battles Asian rival South Korea in the 37th William Jones Cup Monday at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Gilas Pilipinas face the Koreans at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

The Filipinos are coming off a rousing 77-69 win over hosts Chinese Taipei on Sunday where Gilas Pilipinas showed its poise.

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Dela Cruz NCAA player of the week (August 31, 2015)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines - PBA-bound Arthur dela Cruz hopes to close out his amateur stint on a championship note, vowing to help San Beda in its crack at a record sixth straight crown in the NCAA.

“I want to help San Beda win another championship before entering the PBA,” said dela Cruz, who was picked seventh overall by Blackwater in the recent rookie draft.

“If I can win the MVP award, it’ll be a bonus,” he added.

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Pingris blending well with Gilas 5 (August 31, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Marc Pingris. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

TAIPEI – Less than a week practicing with the Gilas Pilipinas pool after announcing his dramatic u-turn, Marc Pingris has gotten comfortable with the squad and the system of coach Tab Baldwin.

“I wouldn’t say that I have got it all down 100%, but I’m close to it,” Pingris said in Filipino on Sunday after the morning drills and shootaround to prepare for the Filipinos debut in the 37th Jones Cup against bitter rival Chinese Taipei-A at Xinchuang gym here.

Dondon Hontiveros, to which Pingris shares a room with here, plays a critical part in getting Pingris up to speed, short of tutoring the 6-foot-4 power forward before going to bed and after waking up each morning.

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Andray Blatche. FIBA

The Philippine national men’s basketball team’s current situation that has them missing out on the services of naturalized player Andray Blatche in the 37th William Jones Cup in Taipei means another step backwards for a Gilas Pilipinas team that is already behind schedule in its preparations for the upcoming 2015 FIBA Asia Championship to be held in three weeks’ time.

Blatche, the former NBA veteran who is still trying to get his conditioning back after being idle for six months, will be forced to skip a couple of games for Gilas Pilipinas after returning to the United States to attend to family matters.

Blatche rejoined the Philippine team a few weeks back packing some extra weight but has struggled to get back into game shape due to various physical conditions, including a fever and an inflamed prostate that forced him to sit out several practices.

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BARCELONA -28 november- SPAIN: Mario Hezonja in the match between FC Barcelona and Emporio Armani, for the week 7 of the Euroleague basketball match, played at the Palau Blaugrana, on November 28, 2014. Photo: Joan Valls / Urbanandsport / Cordon Press, Image: 211952107, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: Not available for license to or for use in France. For multi-territory license please contact your Corbis Account Representative. Not available for use in Corbis Merchandise., Model Release: no, Credit line: Profimedia, Corbis

Mario Hezonja is letting the world know he is ready for the NBA . . . or at least for Eurobasket.

Hezonja posted 24 points in 20 minutes as Croatia defeated Bosnia in a friendly ahead of next week’s Eurobasket tournament. He scored 11 in three minutes.

In the process, Hezonja showed off his shooting ability, scoring and playmaking and movement in transition. These highlights are the exact reason the Magic made him the fifth overall selection in last year’s Draft.

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Gilas’ Abueva relishing first ever national team stint (August 31, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

FIBA Asia Championships

TAIPEI – Calvin Abueva, despite a glittering collegiate career, is a first-time national player.

And the undersized power forward whose tenacity and ferociousness in fighting for rebounds has earned the nickname “The Beast,” was the first to admit that he let too many opportunities to play for the country slip by.

“It (playing for the national team) was not in my career path that time,” Abueva told reporters here in Filipino on Sunday morning, moments after Gilas Pilipinas prepared for its debut in the 37th Jones Cup against Chinese Taipei A at Xinchuang gym here.

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Sumang looks forward to rookie campaign (August 31, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Globalport selects Roi Sumang as its 26th overall draft pick. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort's rookie guard Roi Sumang has forgotten about his troublesome day at the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft last week and is now looking forward to his first year in the PBA.

Sumang, projected to go in the first round of the draft, dropped all the way to the third round before he was eventually scooped up by the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

"Tapos na 'yun," Sumang said Sunday during an appearance at the 2015 NBA 3X Philippines at the Mall of Asia Music Hall. "Wala na namang mangyayari."

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