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Former NBA player Jimmer Fredette broke the hearts of Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Merlion Cup as he engineered a 78-77 victory for the Shanghai Sharks in the gold medal game of the tournament Sunday night at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.

Fredette torched Mighty Sports-Philippines with 43 points, and hit three free throws with no time left to lift the Sharks to a come-from-behind victory.

Mighty Sports, led by Al Thornton and Kiefer Ravena, led by as much as 14 points, 69-55, in the fourth quarter before Fredette anchored Shanghai's comeback.

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Perlas Pilipinas celebrates the SEABA title with Pinoy fans. ABS CBN News photo

MANILA, Philippines – Perlas Pilipinas completed a sweep of the 2016 SEABA Championship for Women by routing Thailand, 72-52, in Malacca, Malaysia on Sunday night.

The Filipinas already secured the gold medal on Saturday night, following a 77-73 victory over host team Malaysia.

They completed a 6-0 sweep of the competition with the dominant victory over Thailand. National University standout Afril Bernardino again led the way, tallying a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

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Gilas pool of 24 looms as option (September 25, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines – SBP president Al Panlilio said yesterday a proposal to name a Gilas pool of 24 players to include a candidate from each PBA team is under review and if it is approved, a split draft will likely take place when the pro league conducts the annual rookie selection on Oct. 30.

Panlilio met with the PBA ad hoc committee of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio of TNT KaTropa, PBA governor Alfrancis Chua of Barangay Ginebra and PBA governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon of Rain Or Shine last Thursday to discuss a joint plan of action involving the SBP and PBA with regard to forming the national team in anticipation of the new FIBA competition format to kick in next year.

Panlilio said nothing is final at the moment but he plans to submit a firm proposal to the PBA Board of Governors at a meeting next Thursday. Another point of discussion is who will be the next Gilas head coach. Panlilio said while the SBP will decide the composition of the pool of 24 and the next head coach, it’s critical to get inputs from the PBA.

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The Singapore Slingers went down the wire against Mighty Sports (Philippines) but missed out by a hair and lost to the team from the Philippines 72-70.

Dewarick Spencer had a huge second half en route to 31 points and 11 rebounds for Mighty Sports. Justin Howard made a valiant effort and got himself a huge 24-point, 20-rebound game but was still short of shouldering his team to the 2016 Merlion Cup Finals.

It was not the start that the Singapore Slingers had desired in this game. An electric alleyoop dunk by Hamady Ndiaye would give Mighty Sports a commanding 7 point lead while also keeping the Slingers scoreless with three minutes gone by in the first quarter. Justin Howard would later score 6 points in the quarter for the Slingers and Mighty Sports would lead by only 21-15.

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7 Arnold Van Opstal (PHI) - China v Philippines, 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (IRI), Tehran(Islamic Republic of Iran), Second Round, 12 September 2016

MANILA - The Philippines have raised their status on the world stage these past few years after impressive showings in continental and world level tournaments. The team known as Gilas Pilipinas finished in second place back-to-back in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Asia Championships, qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, finished on the podium in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup, and were highly competitive in the 2016 FIBA OQT.

It’s no secret that the Philippines have been regarded as not only a hotbed of basketball energy but also a potential contender on a global scale. Their most recent exploits at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, however, have given some folks at home reason to to be anxious.

Gilas Pilipinas lost all but one of their games in that tournament, defeating Kazakhstan on Day 5 after successive losses to India, Chinese Taipei and China. The Filipinos ended their campaign on the wrong end of a blowout at the hands of Jordan on Day 6.

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MALACCA, MALAYSIA – A defining moment for Philippine women’s basketball: Perlas Pilipinas is the SEABA champion.

The Philippine national women’s basketball team led by as many as 20 points but needed to survive a late uprising by host Malaysia before preserving a gold medal-clinching 77-73 win in the 2016 SEABA Women’s Championship on Saturday night at the Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium here.

Regardless of the result of Perlas’ final game against Thailand on Sunday, the Filipinas are already assured of the gold after racking up a 5-0 record. Malaysia, now at 3-1, is the only team that can tie them, mathematically, but the Philippines hold the tiebreak by virtue of the winner over the other rule.

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MANILA, Philippines - Mighty Sports further beefed up for its Merlion Cup campaign as it tapped Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu who is expected to see action in the semifinal round of the revival of the event in Singapore.

Getting the green light from ROS owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que after the Painters missed playoffs of the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup, Tiu hopes to help younger brother Charles win his first international trophy as a coach.

The Merlion Cup also serves as a reunion of sorts for the former deadly troika of Xavier School – Tiu, TY Tang and Joseph Yeo – who played together since their high school years.

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