Alapag to Chot bashers: It's unfair criticism (October 01, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Jimmy Alapag and Chot Reyes. PHILIPPINE STAR PHOTO

INCHEON, South Korea – Gilas Pilipinas team captain Jimmy Alapag finally broke his silence following the turn of events that led to their disappointing finish in the 17th Asian Games here.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes took full responsibility of all the decisions made in the tournament and as expected, drew the biggest flak. With the call to resign mounting from outraged fans and critics online, Alapag came to his coach's defense.

"It's unfair criticism. Obviously, the result here in Korea wasn't what we had planned. We were hopeful to compete for the gold medal. But again a lot of unexpected things happened, from Andray's eligibility issue, to having Marcus back after pretty much two to three months layoff, and on top of that the injuries,” Alapag told on Tuesday.

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INCHEON – Philippine national men’s basketball team naturalized player Marcus Douthit has seen some highs and lows in the 2014 Asian Games basketball tournament in Incheon, Korea but he confirmed that he is more than willing to move forward as part of the Gilas Pilipinas program.

Douthit just enjoyed his best offensive game of the tournament in scoring 24 points on a taller and younger China side in the 5th to 8th place classification round, but it wasn’t enough to salvage a win for the beleaguered Gilas squad.

In an exclusive post-game interview with News5, Douthit shared his thoughts on Gilas’ Asian Games campaign and the much-ballyhooed drama that surrounded it.

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De Ocampo defends embattled Chot (October 01, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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INCHEON, South Korea – Gilas forward Ranidel de Ocampo came to national team coach Chot Reyes' defense amid criticisms back home as they headed to the country's worst finish in the Asian Games basketball.

Despite the setback they suffered here, De Ocampo still believes that there's no other coach better than Reyes to handle the national team.

"Para sa akin, si coach Chot lang ang makakapag-coach sa national team. Siya lang yung may kakayanan na kung papaano magfi-fit ang mga Pinoy sa sistema na lalaban sa ibang bansa na mas malalaki," De Ocampo told

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Gilas guns for 7th place against lowly Mongolia (October 01, 2014)
Francis T.J. Ochoa [ Source: Inquirer ]

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INCHEON, South Korea—Having sunk to depths never before plumbed, Gilas Pilipinas tries to stay away from going even deeper.

Driven to its knees at the 17th Asian Games here, Gilas Pilipinas tries to exit with at least a victory Wednesday when it faces Mongolia in a classification-round game for seventh place.

“You obviously want to get a win,” said swingman Gabe Norwood of the game that kicks off 3:15 p.m (2:15 p.m. in Manila) at faraway Hwaseong Sports Complex gymnasium.

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Gilas player Jimmy Alapag competes with Mashayekhi Sajjad (L) -- Photo by Bay Ismoyo, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas will have to refocus its goals in future international campaigns, according to Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

Guiao, who has coached the national team back in 2009, said Gilas must strive to become the best team in Asia first before getting excited about conquering the world.

“Na-distract tayo sa purpose natin nung natikman natin 'yung sarap nung maglaro sa world stage eh. Pero we have already proven ourselves that we can compete there,” the Elasto Painters tactician told Snow Badua for a report.

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Everything came apart for Gilas in loss to Qatar, says Chot Reyes (October 01, 2014)
Francis T.J. Ochoa [ Source: Inquirer ]

ASIAN GAMES / SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 Gilas Pilipinas Head Coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes gives instruction during the Philippines and Kazakhstan basketball game held at Hwaseoung Sports Complex, during the 17th Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea on Sunday. INQUIREaaR PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

INCHEON, South Korea—It took just one game for Gilas Pilipinas’ plans to come unhinged in the 17the Asian Games here.

And it wasn’t even the loss to Korea or the failure to widen a 67-65 victory over Kazakhstan to an 11-point margin that would have kept the Philippines above the quotient line and in the semifinals of the men’s basketball competition.

“The real problem was the game against Qatar,” said national coach Chot Reyes. “The story of our tournament was our loss to Qatar.”

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Joy, sorrow in our national pastime (October 01, 2014)
Sev Sarmenta [ Source: Inquirer ]

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Arguably, national teams arousing passion are found today in basketball and football. Occasionally, an individual athlete like boxers Manny Pacquiao and the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, sprinter Lydia de Vega-Mercado, billiards aces Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante or bowler Paeng Nepomuceno, to name a few, could gather Filipinos together to watch and cheer.

But in this country, it’s hard to top basketball in stirring nationalism, interest and emotions. It’s perhaps because many played the game in street courts or in intramurals or cheered in the bleachers when school teams represented them.

Basketball is the one game we understand deeply. It doesn’t matter much whether one is male or female.

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