Dubai – The semis bid of Mighty Sports-Philippines ended in disappointment as it bowed to Homenetmen of Lebanon, 100-93 in the 28th Dubai International Basketball Championship late Tuesday at the Al Ahli Indoor Stadium here.
Former Gilas Pilipinas member Garry David and two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller produced vintage performances but their head-turning ways were not enough as the Charles Tiu-mentored Mighty Sports suffered its fourth defeat in as many games in the premier Gulf basketball tournament.
Perhaps more painful than the loss was the injury suffered by Kiefer Ravena, who hurt his shooting hand during a mad scramble early in the fourth quarter and will miss the squad’s last two games.
Cyberjaya (FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2017) - Thirty-two teams from 17 different countries will take part in the third edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup, in the Malaysian city of Cyberjaya on 26-28 May.
Sixteen men's teams and sixteen women's teams will compete at the tournament - as well as the mixed shoot-out contest - hosted by FIBA in cooperation with the Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) and organised by NBL Asia. It will be staged in the Gem-In shopping mall. Every game will be played on the same court.
The first edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 and saw Philippines' men and Chinese Taipei's women win gold.
TAIPEI (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) renewed the contract of naturalized player Quincy Davis for at least one more year, which means the 2.08m veteran center will play for the national team in their various competitions this year, including the William Jones Cup 2017, the FIBA Asia Cup 2017, and the qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Quincy's new contract is actually a "1+1" contract where he, pending performance this year, is also expected to reinforce Chinese Taipei up until the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2013, Davis made history as the country's first naturalized national basketball team player, and he immediately made his presence felt, helping lead the squad to a top four finish in the FIBA Asia Championship 2013. He was also a vital cog as Taipei bagged the gold medal in the East Asia Games 2013 that was held in Tianjin, China.
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury failed to lead his Beijing Ducks side to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoffs on Sunday after a loss to Sichuan Whales left them ninth in the league table.
The Ducks trailed for most of the game but almost turned it around late on thanks to six three-pointers in the final two minutes. However, a late foul and two subsequent free throws gave Sichuan the 114-113 win.
They ended the season with a distinctly average record of 21 wins and 17 losses, finishing behind the Shandong Golden Stars (22W, 16L) who claimed the final playoff spot with a 112-111 win against Qingdao Eagles.
SEOUL (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - When Kim JongKyu debuted for the senior Korea team in the FIBA Asia Championship 2011, he was a green 20-year-old who was content playing third fiddle behind Ha SeungJin and Kim JooSung. A few years down the line, and he's now the team's top tier center, but he has had to look over his shoulder, too, with other young talents coming up the ranks.
"I’m still young, but we are facing numerous talents from the younger generation," JongKyu said. "Players like Lee Jonghyun, Lee Seounghyun, the Heo brothers and Song Kyochang just to name a few."
This year alone, JongKyu's prospects of returning to the national team's starting role are a little shaky, given his recent knee injury. The 2.07m slotman is flying to Japan for rehab surgery on his knee, and recovery could take months — months that coach Hur Jae may not able to afford. Still, JongKyu knows that even if he won't be able to suit up this year, Korea's future is in good hands.
Like many of the NBA’s best players, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry did not travel to Rio de Janeiro to represent his country in the 2016 Summer Olympics. After a grueling season in which he set virtually every three-point record imaginable and injured himself during the playoffs, the back-to-back MVP and two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist opted not to participate in Brazil. That decision only put Curry on the same level as such terrific players as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul, but it was certainly notable nonetheless. Fans certainly missed him, even if Team USA didn’t need him to capture gold.
Thankfully, Curry has good news for anyone hoping to see him in red, white, and blue while he’s still in his prime. In a new interview at FIBA.com, the sport’s preeminent perimeter threat says he intends to play at both the 2019 World Cup in China and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo:
“The way it went down this past year with the injury, it was the right decision,” Curry said to FIBA.com in his hometown of Charlotte, where he recently played for the Golden State Warriors against the Hornets.
Amateur hotshots Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng will test their mettle against foreign opposition when Mighty Sports-Philippines tackles host Al Ahli on Friday at the start of the Dubai International Basketball Tournament at Dubai’s premier sports club.
Ravena, a two-time UAAP MVP with Ateneo, and Teng, a two-time UAAP Finals MVP with De La Salle, are expected to provide Mighty Sports the firepower alongside PBA veterans JC Intal, Ryan Araña and Chris Tiu, and import Justin Brownlee.
“This is my first big tournament since the UAAP finals, so I will try to take this opportunity to show what can I do,” said Teng.