Daghlas wants more urgency for Jordan (January 10, 2017)
[ Source: FIBA ]

Osama Mohammad Fathi Daghlas (JOR) - China v Jordan, 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (IRI), Tehran(Islamic Republic of Iran), Preliminary Round, 9 September 2016

AMMAN (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Sam Daghlas is a man driven by results. Results have defined his career on the court both for Jordan and for his various other teams over the years.

With Daghlas as Al Nashama's lead playmaker, the team reached unprecedented heights in the past decade, climaxing in the FIBA Asia Championship 2011 in Wuhan, China, where Jordan finished just shy of the title.

In 2009, Daghlas was also a huge part of the squad that gave Jordan their first podium finish in FIBA Asia Championship history. Additionally, that result qualified them for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2010 in Turkey, where the West Asian side finished 23rd overall.

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SBP hoping FIBA will settle sked (January 10, 2017)
Nick Giongco [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

International Basketball

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is keeping its fingers crossed that FIBA Asia will adjust the staging of the Asian championships so the Philippines’ woes over scheduling doesn’t affect its participation in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

The FIBA Asia Cup (formerly FIBA Asia and Asian Basketball Confederation championships) is scheduled to take place from Aug. 15-27 in a venue yet to be determined although newcomers Australia and New Zealand are keen on serving as co-hosts.

The SEAG in Kuala Lumpur is slated on Aug. 19-31 and the SBP, through Executive Director Sonny Barrios, said the association has formally informed the FIBA Asia hierarchy about its concerns.

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Gilas faces sked row (January 09, 2017)
Nick Giongco [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

International Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas, which will be re-launched late this month, has a scheduling problem pertaining to its participation in this year’s biggest tournaments.

As the SBP lays the groundwork for Gilas’ resurrection with the appointment of Chot Reyes as head coach, basketball chief Al Panlilio is deeply concerned with the holding of the FIBA Asia Cup (Asian championships) and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

The FIBA Asia Cup is set Aug. 15-27 in a venue yet to be determined, while the SEAG in Kuala Lumpur is penciled for Aug. 19-31.

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SBP open to host SEABA joust (January 08, 2017)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said the other day no schedule has been set for the SEABA Championships that will decide the Southeast Asian qualifier for the FIBA Asia Cup on Aug. 15-27 but mentioned the possibility of Manila hosting the event.

“There’s no official bid process to host the SEABA Championships,” said Reyes. “We understand the FIBA Asia Board will meet at the end of the month in Lebanon and could take up the schedule of the different sub-zone qualifying tournaments. We actually don’t know when or where the SEABA Championships will be held at this point.”

The Philippines is not represented in the FIBA Asia Board which is made up of president Sheikh Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani of Qatar, secretary-general Hagop Khajirian of Lebanon, treasurer Hiang Chiang Quek of Singapore and members Mohammed Hobesh Al Marri of Qatar, Abay Alpamyssov of Kazakhstan, Talal Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia, Mudar Majdoub of Jordan, Mahmoud Mashhoun of Iran, Maruo Mitsuru of Japan, Noviantika Nasution of Indonesia, Yul Pang of South Korea, Abhijith Sarker of Bangladesh, Erick Thohir of Indonesia and Lancheng Xin of China.

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Gilas comeback for Castro looks to be set (January 05, 2017)
Paul Lintag [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Jayson Castro returning to Gilas Pilipinas looks like a sure thing. Photo from ABS-CBN News.com

Oh what do you know, the Blur might actually be back for Gilas Pilipinas.

According to columnist Quinito Henson, Jayson Castro will rejoin the national team if he gets named to the 24-man pool the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is set to announce this month.

Henson wrote in his New Year column that Castro will play for Gilas if he's invited as confirmed by the Blur's own agent Danny Espiritu.

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Kobe Paras in action | Image via GoCreighton.com

MANILA, Philippines – Just what is the deal with Kobe Paras' NCAA team in the United States?

For starters, it's a Division I-team that gives the homegrown Filipino cager an avenue to showcase his talents for, hopefully, NBA scouts.

But while the Creighton Bluejays are a relatively unknown team for those who aren't die-hard US NCAA fans, the collegiate crew is on its way to hoisting historic numbers.

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Japan v Philippines, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Changsha - CSWC Dayun (People's Republic of China), Semi-Finals, 2 October 2015

MANILA (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Asian basketball fans may not have seen the last of Jayson Castro just yet. The man Filipinos call "The Blur" retired from international basketball right after the FIBA OQT 2016 in Manila, but recent developments have pushed him back into the Gilas Pilipinas limelight.

Current reports indicate that Castro, regarded by many as Asia’s best point guard, is willing to come out of retirement if he is called up by returning national team coach Chot Reyes, who recently replaced Tab Baldwin.

The 24-man Gilas pool for 2017 was supposed to be announced in mid-December, but the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been mum so far. Filipino fans expect 12 spots of the pool reserved for the 12 "Gilas Cadets" who just got drafted into the PBA this season. Most of these players saw action for the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, where Gilas missed the Quarter-Finals for the first time in history.

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