WITH the furor over the surprise exclusion of Calvin Abueva from the Gilas Pilipinas roster yet to die down, Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu Thursday said his organization is not about to turn its back on the national cause.
While the national team is staring at the prospect of not having PBA stars in the future because of the new Fiba schedule for big tournaments, Uytengsu said they will continue to help the Gilas program.
“Things may not always turn out the way we want them,” Uytengsu, who is in the United States, told the Inquirer in a text message. “But our support (to the national team) is not for political gain but for love of country.”
Uytengsu was asked if the exclusion of Abueva—along with LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra—from the Gilas five would prevent Alaska from lending players again in the future should Gilas need PBA reinforcements....
Based on deputy coach Louie Alas’ observations during their training sessions, the Aces are highly motivated going into the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.
“Kung gagawing basis ang practice, feeling ko hindi napapagod at hindi nagsasawa ang mga players. Yung motivation nilang manalo, nandoon pa rin at hindi nawawala,” he said in the PBA website....
And deputy coach Louie Alas could see it from his wards, as the morale in the team’s offseason practices is definitely on a high.
“Kung gagawing basis ang practice, feeling ko hindi napapagod at hindi nagsasawa ang mga players. Yung motivation nilang manalo, nandoon pa rin at hindi nawawala,” he said....
MANILA, Philippines – The initial meeting between likely SBP incoming president Al Panlilio and PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa to brainstorm how to approach the new FIBA schedule of international competition was set to take place last Thursday but it was postponed for tonight with both parties agreeing to move forward in finding a win-win solution.
The problem is the new FIBA qualifying process for the World Cup and Olympics cuts through the PBA schedule and if PBA players continue to be tapped for Gilas, there will be disruptive repercussions.
Even without the new FIBA schedule in effect, the PBA has made major adjustments in its calendar. This year, the PBA has postponed the start of the Governors Cup to July and if Gilas makes it to Rio, it will be delayed further. Another adjustment was moving the annual draft from August to Oct. 31. Once the new FIBA schedule kicks in, the PBA will make more adjustments unless the decision is to stock the national team only with non-PBA players....
ALASKA team owner Wilfred Uytengsu wants the top amateurs in the land to join the coming PBA Draft even if they ink long-term contracts with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to be part of the Gilas Cadet pool.
Uytengsu bared his “win-win” solution on the eve of today’s meeting between SBP officials and PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa amid fears the league might be faced with a talent-starved pool in the coming Draft.
Basketball godfather Manny V. Pangilinan, the outgoing chair of the SBP, earlier said they would reactivate the Cadet program by signing up the country’s blue-chip amateurs to exclusive contracts that would make them available anytime for international competitions....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||14||11||0.560||Runner-up|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||16||7||0.696||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|