Bring it on, Philippines (April 28, 2015)
Low Lin Fhoong [ Source: TodayOnline ]

International Basketball

SINGAPORE — The gold medal dream begins for the national men’s basketball team at the 28th South-east Asian Games in June, but first, the cagers will need to get past their first test against their regional rivals this week.

Singapore will host South-east Asian teams Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines at the 11th South-east Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Men held at the OCBC Arena from yesterday to Friday, and the defending champions Philippines will be aiming to clinch a second consecutive title.

National captain Desmond Oh and his 15-strong squad will be keeping a watchful eye on the Filipinos, the seven-time SEABA champions who will looking for a confidence boost ahead of their title defence at the SEA Games in less than two months’ time. Regarded as a basketball giant in South-east Asia, the Philippines national basketball team have been unstoppable in the biennial event, winning 16 gold medals — they have only relinquished the title once in 1989 when they were beaten by Malaysia — since the first SEA Games was hosted in Kuala Lumpur in 1977.

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‘Best shot’ in bid for World Cup (April 28, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines - SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and senior consultant Moying Martelino are scheduled to leave Manila for Geneva tomorrow to personally deliver the candidature files to FIBA in connection with the Philippine bid to host the World Cup in 2019.

The choice to host the next World Cup is down to either the Philippines or China. FIBA set a deadline of April 30 for the submission of the candidature files which will explain the vision and plan to organize the event. Then, the finalists will be required to send in the signed Host Nation Agreement and guarantees by May 31. Before the FIBA Central Board decides on which country to award the hosting rights in June, the Philippines and China will make a 20-minute audio-visual presentation as a last pitch.

Assisting the SBP in finalizing the candidature files is the giant entertainment/lifestyle/sports management company Octagon Group of Connecticut through its Sydney-based subsidiary Octagon Asia Pacific. Helios Partners vice president Barbara Poskanzer, who has worked in network TV projects involving five Olympics, was brought in from Florida to write the files. Poskanzer and Octagon Asia Pacific president Sean Nicholls were recently in town for five days to confer with SBP and DDB advertising executives on the files.

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Host Singapore annihilated Laos by a whopping 92 points, 113-21, for a rousing start in the 2015 SEABA Championship Monday at OCBC Arena in the city-state.

The two Southeast Asian countries aren’t really known for their prowess in basketball, but it was Singapore who took advantage of the matchup to steamroll their regional neighbor Laos. Six Singaporeans scored in double digits, with Wei Meng Leon Kwek the top scorer with 18 points.

The hosts limited the visitors by just two points in the first period.

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Kiefer Ravena of Gilas cadet. Sports5/Paul Mata

The Philippine national men’s basketbal team, comprised this time of the country’s top amateur players, started its campaign on a high note with a 92-36 demolition of Indonesia in the 2015 SEABA Championship Monday at OCBC Arena in Singapore.

Former UAAP MVP Ray Parks scored 15 points and six rebounds while La Salle standout Almond Vosotros added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas to lead a balanced attack ll players fielded in by coach Tab Baldwin scored at least three points except naturalized center Marcus Douthit who played only about 12 minutes, the least among his teammates.

Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena made 11 points, four rebounds and three assists and Arellano guard Jiovanie Jalalon chipped in 10 points and four boards.

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 Philadelphia 76ers shotblocking rookie Nerlens Noel believes Filipinos possess the passion to do the impossible including making it back to Olympics. AP/File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is eyeing to make it to the Olympics for the first time in the more than four decades. Both Gilas Pilipinas' Gabe Norwood and the Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel agree the Filipinos can achieve such feat.

"I think with the way things are going now, we'll have a chance to make it to the Olympics," said Norwood, who was part of the Gilas squad that made a historic return to the world stage by playing in the FIBA World Cup in Spain last year.

"I've heard of the Philippines' passion for basketball and I think if you have that kind of attitude and desire, anything is possible," said Noel, who is one of the candidates in this year's NBA Rookie of the Year race after a sterling season.

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The Philippine national women’s basketball team will heading to Taiwan from May 11 to 15 for training as part of their preparations for the Southeast Asian Games.

Wilbert Loa, team manager of the Perlas Pilipinas national team, told in an exclusive interview that the team will test itself against some top flight competition during the trip.

“We will have three tuneup games in Taiwan, then we will continue our training all the way to June,” Loa said.

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Demanding schedule for Tall Blacks (April 24, 2015)
[ Source: NZHerald ]

Tom Abercrombie in action for the Tall Blacks. Photo / George Novak

The Tall Blacks preparation for the FIBA Oceania Championship Series in August is taking shape, with games confirmed in Europe and Asia as the team embarks on a campaign that could take them to the Rio Olympic Games with victory over Australia in the home and away Oceania Series in August.

The Paul Henare coached Tall Blacks will assemble for trials in Auckland in early July before settling into a week-long camp ahead of games in Europe and then on to China for the Stankovic Cup.

The Tall Blacks will play Great Britain in London on July 25, travel to Croatia for a game on July 29 and then to Slovenia for a game on July 30.

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