FIBA Asia Cup 2017, Will Australia Start Dominating the Region, Philippines is just at Number 7

Australia could start a new dynasty in the newly reformat FIBA Asia Tournament

A few days ago, Australia captured their first FIBA Asia Cup trophy.
Formerly separated from the Asian region, the Oceania contenders like Australia and New Zealand is now a part of the FIBA Asia Cup. The new format was created to increase the level of games in Asia and with this movement, it will definitely make it harder for Asian teams to beat teams like Asutralia who usually are Olympic-caliber type.
Iran who usually lords over the region had some difficulties and had to give way for the new teams on the block as they fell short in their finals meeting for the 2017 FIBA Championship last August 20th in Lebanon. If Asian countries are unable to adapt, we might see a start of dominance from Australia.
The Philippine team who once was also a top contender in Asia and the world will now have a much tougher time reclaiming the title as more and better competition has been added.
Here is the current ranking of the 8 top teams in Asia.


FIBA Asia Cup 2017 Top 8:

1. Australia
2. I.R. Iran
3. Korea
4. New Zealand
5. China
6. Lebanon
7. Philippines
8. Jordan

Video: Gilas Pilipinas Shows Who’s Tougher After Crushing Malaysia with the Score of 98-66

Gilas Pilipinas Fired Up as they buried Malaysia for the Win

The Malaysian showed some fight in the first quarter but quickly subdued by the young Gilas Pilipinas in the second quarter.
The rest of the game was all Philippines as the host tried to fight back but the Philippines was just stronger and better. Malaysia could not stop the offensive onslaught of the Philippines as Gilas makes highlights after highlights.
In the 3rd quarter, Malaysia tried to get rough against the Gilas Pilipinas as Kevin Ferrer and a Malaysian tangled up on a play for the ball that turned physical.
It was the wrong move as Gilas did not let up in the fourth and put the pedal to the metal to bury the Malaysian deeper which ended the game with just two points behind the century mark for the Philippines.
The Philippines and Malaysians are going to advance to the knockout round which they will face Singapore and Indonesia who tops their respective group.


The Scores:

Gilas Pilipinas 98 – Standhardinger 18, Paras 16, Ravena 12, Rosario 12, Amer 10, Ferrer 6, Vosotros 6, Tolomia 5, Jose 4, Pessumal 4, Cruz 3, Parks 2.

Malaysia 66 – Kuek 14, Ting 10, Teo 9, Wong 8, Chee 7, Yeo 7, Loh 5, Lim 4, Ma 2, Soo 0, Wong 0.

Quarterscores: 18-20, 47-35, 73-46, 98-66.

Watch the Heated Scuffle Between Malaysia and Gilas Pilipinas at the Sea Games

Gilas Pilipinas vs Malaysia Almost a Brawl at SEA Games

The most intense part of the game wasn’t when the two teams were playing basketball but it was when Malaysian player and Kevin Ferrer tangled up in the third quarter as Malaysian tries to play rough against the young Gilas cadet.
Kevin Ferrer wasn’t about to give up on his defense as he tried to get the ball from the Malaysian player and the Malaysian wasn’t  having any of the pesky defense which ended up with both players trying to muscle up against each other as their team mates come to break the struggle and all hell almost break loose as Baser Amer and Kiefer Ravena came to the rescue.
Watch the intense Malaysia vs Philippines Basketball tense moment.

Kraken Not Fully Unleashed Due to Injury, Should Chot Have Replaced Him in the First Place?

JunMar Fajardo never really had a chance to unleash his full potential due to injury

Many questions why JunMar Fajardo is still part of the National roster even though he is injured?
The simple answer is hope. We are all hoping that he would still be able to play and frankly, we never really had any choice because JunMar is the best big man that we have in the country right now.
Although Junmar has been with the team for awhile, he never had a chance to mesh in real time with the Gilas Pilipinas in Lebanon after missing three games and only playing 6 minutes in his sole game so far, which unfortunately also became the first loss of Gilas Pilipinas.
On his first minute playing against Korea, he immediately turned the ball over and was obvious that he again, is still getting acclimated to game speed.  The big man went on to score 2 points while grabbing 4 rebounds and 3 personal fouls.
Injury is a part of the game. The only question that we have is, do you think we could have replaced him instead?

Watch Raymond Almazan with the Rim Rocker Courtesy of Jayson Castro

Castro feeds Almazan for a one handed slam dunk!

At 15 minutes of play, Raymond Almazan delivered a perfect game scoring 9 points on 3/3 shooting. Almazan was playing back up minutes for Japeth Aguilar but man, he was able to give Gilas a much needed a boost off the bench, including this rim rattling dunk courtesy of the best point guard in Asia Jayson Castro.

Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

We know that you are as excited as we are, here is the schedule of the Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017! 
Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

Group Phase (Group B)
August 9, 6:30 pm vs China
August 11, 9:00 pm vs Iraq
August 13, 9:00 pm vs Qatar
The Top Team from each Group will automatically advance to the quarterfinals while No. 2 and No. 3 will play in the Qualification to Quarterfinals
Qualification to Quarterfinals – Aug 14/15
Quarterfinals – Aug 16/17
Semifinals – Aug 19
Finals – Aug 20

Smaller but Faster: Gilas Pilipinas 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Without Blatche, A Few Surprises

Not a lot of surprises on the final 12 man team who will be heading to Lebanon to compete for the upcoming  2017 FIBA Asia Cup on August 8 to 20, 2017.  This is one of the sought after events for the Gilas Pilipinas as a win in this tourney would qualify them for the FIBA World Cup in 2019.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The final 12 was announced by head coach Chot Reyes on twitter and had a lot of familiar names except Alien Maliksi and Troy Rosario who were not included as part of the locals. Carl Cruz, however, made it to the line up together with Giovanni Jallon, Roger Pogoy, and Matthew Wright, all of them had a great game during the Jones Cup.
The biggest change however in the line up is that we are missing our big man in the middle. Andray Blatche was not part of the lineup citing security concerns in Lebanon as the reason. Hustleman Christian Standhardinger will replace him as the naturalized player.

Gilas Pilipinas 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

Jayson Castro
Calvin Abueva
Terrence Romeo
Jiovani Jalalon
Roger Pogoy
Matthew Wright
Gabe Norwood
Carl Cruz
June Mar Fajardo
Japeth Aguilar
Raymond Almazan
Christian Standhardinger

Reserve:
Ed Daquioag

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Tell us What do you think of the 2017 Gilas Pilipinas line up for the FIBA Asia Cup?

The Best, We will be the champion
It’s Awesome, We will have a podium finish
Its Good, It will be exciting
Fair, They have potentials but it will be tough
Not too good, I hope we got better players
Disappointing, Without Blatche we are nothing
It’s Bad, No way we are going to win with this lineup

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