Video Highlights: Ravena and Austin Took Charge, Delivers Chooks To Go Pilipinas First Win Against Kazakhstan

Ravena and Austin Combo Proved Lethal for the Kazakhs

Led by highly touted import Isaiah Austin and the phenom Kiefer Ravena, Chooks To Go tallies their first win against Kazakhstan in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou Sports Center, Chenzhou CIty, China with the score of 73-65.
The newly formed National squad of the Philippines answered a lot of questions today as they put down their first assignment. Kiefer Ravena led all locals in minutes played at 28 mins and scoring 22 points on 53% shooting. The phenom was on target tonight.
On the other hand, BC Astana of Kazakhstan was having a bad day shooting with a team field goal of 33% compared with 40% of the Philippines.  BC Astana actually started the game well and was leading the first half with the score of 43-35, until the Philippine defense suddenly tightened and limited Astana to 22 points in the entire second half.
The 7’1 import Isiah Austin lived up to his billing scoring 17 and grabbing 18 rebounds with 6 blocks in 31 minutes of play. Jet Manuel also contributed for the Philippines with 10 points that included 2 three-pointers.  The Teng brothers were off tonight scoring combined points of 8 on 2 of 9 shooting.
The Philippines will take on Palestine Sareyyet Ramallah next (16:45).  Palestine suffered a close defeat against Thailand in the opening game.

Chooks To Go Pilipinas Final 12 Man Roster Full of Potential and Uncertainties

Chooks To Go Pilipinas is Ready for FIBA Champions Cup

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Chooks to Go Pilipinas coaches and staff probably did not enjoy the stiff timeline that they had in forming a team that would compete for FIBA Asia Champions Cup this Friday in China.

Yesterday, they just announced the final roster and while it was declared as final, it’s not at all set in stone as two of the imports still got VISA issues that still need to be resolved before they leave for China. That alone is stressful and it makes the player and the team lose focus on what they should just be doing.
Nonetheless, the 12-man roster which was presented yesterday during the press con was full of potential yet it is not the best our country has to offer. Bannered by a few PBA players like LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, and  Carl Bryan Cruz the PBA is not represented well on the roster.
None PBA players like Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena could potentially lead the scoring parade among this group for the locals.  Chooks to Go have to settle with what they have and this is why they acquired two big imports in Rod Ebondo and Isaiah Austin but with the impending issues with their VISA is still unresolved they may have to settle in with Gab Banal and Andre Paras.
Locals: Jeron Teng, Jeric Teng, Kiefer Ravena, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose,  Almond Vosotros, Jett Manuel, and Alfrancis Tamsi.
Import: Rod Ebondo and Isaiah Austin
Backup: Gab Banal and Andre Paras

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

Fired Up Kobe Paras vs Malaysia Highlights: Slam Dunk and the Emphatic Block

Kobe Paras was just too much for the Malaysians as he was over powering everyone both in offense and in defense. The 19 year old Kobe Paras scored 16 points, behind only the leading scorer Standhardinger  with 18 points but Kobe was certainly not behind the attention as he created a number of highlights in the game including an emphatic block and a exclamation slam dunk.
Special thanks to TV 5 for the awesome YouTube video.

Kobe Paras rejects the layup and spiked it down hard the floor

Fired up Kobe Paras slams it hard on the ring to put an exclamation mark on the game.

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?

The Absence of the Beast: Did Calvin Abueva Carry His Personal Issues to FIBA Asia?

Calvin Abueva Struggles at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

One of the players who we were expecting a lot from was Calvin Abueva. The main gunner of the Alaska Aces was a veteran Gilas Player. He has helped the team in all of its previous outings and has been known for his offensive and defensive tenacity.

What happened to Calvin Abueva?

Against South Korea, Calvin scored only 2 points in 1/ 4 shooting which is not beastly at all. It was the same scene every game for Calvin as he never found the right rhythm to at least contribute as expected. It was a very disappointing stint for him to say the least.
Calvin showed signs of things to come since the start of FIBA Asia Cup when he lost his cool and head butted a Chinese player in his very first game which led to his rejection in the first quarter.
Calvin Abueva, who was trying really hard on all of the games of Gilas, didn’t look good at all and often seemed worried and frustrated. If you’d remember, Calvin had been a no-show in Gilas practices and had to be given a warning if he continues to be missing. He said that he has personal issues and he had to settle them first before re-joining the team.

A chance to still salvage his game

Gilas Pilipinas still has games to play and although the team has lost its chance to win the tournament, Calvin still got some opportunity to bounce back from a horrific tournament performance so far.
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Watch: Terrence Romeo Scorched the 2nd Quarter, But Was Shut Down the Rest of the Game

Terrence Romeo was red hot in the second quarter 

Shooting 6/9 from beyond the arc, Terrence Romeo showed offensive brilliance as Gilas Pilipinas tried to match the total team offensive onslaught of the Korean squad who as a team has been shooting really well.
Terrence, who played 24 minutes against Korea, was heating up big time and taking over the game until his coach sat him down. Koreans also did their part as they put down Terrence and he never produced a single point again.
Anyway, let’s watch Terrence Romeo’s intensity below. 

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South Korea Rained Down Threes and Soaked Up Gilas Pilipinas’ Campaign to Drain

After 3 Straight Wins, Gilas Pilipinas Bow Down from the Tournament 

South Korea is a better team than Gilas Pilipinas

Sure, we were expecting a lot more work from our national team especially for a knockout game against South Korea who has tormented the Philippines for a long time.
All hopes were high after a great showing from the Gilas Pilipinas in their first three games as an undermanned Gilas displayed resilience under pressure but Korea showed no mercy as they pounded the Philippines inside and out.
66% FG shooting including 16/21 three pointers. No teams including the Philippines would make it out winning under these circumstances.  From the get go, the Koreans led and never trailed a single second as quarter after quarter they led the game.

Romeo the bright spot that turned dimmed

The second half was the only bright spot that we had as we were able to produce 31 big points to at least match the production of south Korea. Terrence Romeo took over the game and scored a total of 22 points in the quarter.

Defense, Defense where is the defense?

Offensively, I think we were okay although it can still be improved especially in the first and the third quarter where we slacked off and scored 18 and 13 points respectively while allowing the Koreans 26 and 29. Our biggest weakness last night was defense. We allowed the Koreans to score not only outside but also on the inside. The Koreans showed brilliance in offensive executions.
The game ended with the score of 118 – 86 in favor of the hot shooting Koreans who now will face Iran in the Semis of the FIBA Asia Cup.

Gilas Pilipinas Meet and Greet, Kuwentong Gilas Day 8 Video

Gilas Pilipinas Meet and Greet at Lebanon. 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. Kuwentong Gilas Day 8.

Gilas is on a roll and we are praying that the luck continues even with injuries plaguing the team as they enter a tougher stage in the tournament. Recently sweeping Group B by defeating China, Iraq, and Qatar, Gilas Pilipinas will move on to the knockout quarter finals against another arch rival in Korea. 
Just like China, Korea has tormented our basketball team and has been one of the few teams in Asia that is able to challenge us and in some cases derail our hopes. 
Gilas Pilipinas who is playing without JunMar Fajardo has shown resilience and had been successful so far but it may be time for him to lace it up and enter the hard court. 

Watch Gilas Pilipinas day 8 in Lebanon as they celebrate victory with Filipinos in Lebanon. 

Highlights: Matthew Was Wright on Target as Gilas Defeats Qatar to Sweep Group B

Gilas Passed First Phase of the FIBA Asia, Moving on to QF 

Matthew Wright Layup gilas piliinas

Matthew Wright had 7 triples and a total of 25 points to lead all scorers in the game. 

Gilas Pilipinas found the right formula early as they controlled the entire game to sweep the Group B of the FIBA Asia tournament. Gilas Pilipinas defeated Qatar with the score of 80 -74 and the team will qualify right away to the quarter finals to which they will face the winner of the Korea vs Japan game which will be held next. 
The already undermanned Gilas played without another big man in Christian Standhardinger as he was suffering a neck injury. Gilas Pilipinas, however, did not feel the big guy’s absence as Carl Bryan Cruz, one of the unheralded heroes of the game stepped up and delivered the much-needed points that helped Gilas keep the distance throughout the game. 
Qatar tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter but the lead was already too big and they could not do anything to shut down the resilient offense of the Gilas Pilipinas. 
Gilas spread the floor well and shared the ball tallying a total of 23 assists against 16 of Iraq. Surprisingly, Gilas also controlled the board against a much bigger Qatar with 42 rebounds against 34. The Philippine team also registered 4 blocks in the game.

Simple Stand: The Tale of Christian Standhardinger 16 Points Game Against Iraq

Not Flashy but Effective, Standhardinger Delivers the Goods

Christian Standhardinger 16 Points Game Against Iraq

A flashy layup or dunk has the equivalent points as a simple jump shot. Standhardinger doesn’t have the prettiest basketball stance, his shot looks awkward but don’t be deceived as this 28-year Filipino German is as effective as German Engineering.
The Philippine team was having a hard time scoring some points against Iraq especially in the first half but there is one man that kept us at bay and was able to grind it in shot after shot. Standhardinger was a workhorse against Iraq contributing a total of 16 points while grabbing 7 rebounds as he helped Gilas Pilipinas captured its second win with the score of  84-68.
Here is the sample highlights on how Simple Stan scores a basket:

Highlights: The Persistent Scorer, No One is Stopping Terrence Romeo from Taking the Shots

From 1/7 FG  to Team Leading Scorer, Terrence Romeo scored 17 points

Photo by: FIBA.com

Terrence Romeo has a scoring mentality 

Gilas Pilipinas and Iraq was having a bad start as both teams had miserable shooting night in the first half of their match-up. Terrence Romeo was one the players responsible for the shooting slump as he ended up the first half with just 1/7 FG. 
Most players would shy away from shooting in the second half and would accept a bad night but not Terrence. He ended throwing 8 more shots in the second half and taking them during the critical points in the ball game. 
It was a good gamble as he was able to convert them to points and surprisingly ended up as the team leading scorer with 17 points.  Romeo was defiant in accepting defeat and was very confident that he could turn his game around, his scoring mentality paid off as he was able to help his team get past Iraq with the score of  84- 68.

Here are some of Romeo’s highlights during the game against Iraq.
Terrence high off the glass layup against defender.

Terrence Romeo Steals and Reversed the shot

Video: FIBA Asia Cup: Gilas Pilipinas 3rd Quarter Burst Crushed Iraq for the Win

Gilas Outplayed Iraq to get 2nd Win

Gilas Pilipinas 3rd Quarter Burst Crushed Iraq for the Win
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Gilas Pilipinas showed character in another epic showdown in Lebanon. Gilas Pilipinas and Iraq went hard against each other and played hard defense with no teams scoring more than 20 points in each quarter of the first half. Defense was the name of the game as both participants struggled to put on a scoring parade against each other.
Gilas Pilipinas had an ugly 2-point FG shooting in the first half with 21.05 FG percentage against 45% of Iraq. Iraq who loves to shoot threes also had a bad shooting night with 12%(2/16) shooting from outside the arc. Gollaway tops Iraq with 15 points in the half while Matthew Wright carried the scoring load in the first half for the Philippines with 8 hard earned points.

3rd Quarter Good Offense and Better Defense for Gilas Pilipinas

3rd quarter was a different story for the Philippine team as they finally found the mark scoring 28 points in the 3rd quarter. But it wasn’t the real story of the quarter as Qatar was held down to just 9 points that spelled defeat for the Iraqis.
Qatar equaled the scoring output of Gilas in the fourth with 28 but the Philippine team could not be stopped on the other end as they continued to hit the mark ending the last quarter with the score of 84-68.
Standhardinger provided consistent scoring with 16 points. Romeo came to life in the fourth and punched in a total of 17.
Gilas Pilipinas shooting percentage was at 37%, a far cry from their first game.
Gilas Pilipinas scoring leaders:
Romeo = 17
Standhardinger= 16
Cruz = 11
Pogoy = 9
Norwood = 8
Wright = 8

Gilas Pilipinas vs Iraq Highlights

After Defeat from Philippines, China Crushed Qatar to Get 1st Win

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Beirut, Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex, Lebanon – After losing to the Philippines, China had no room for another defeat as they easily dismantled Qatar with the score of 92-67 showing that they are a strong team in the competition.
China led all the way and never gave Qatar any opportunity as they led the scoring in every quarter of the game including the fourth quarter were China scored their quarter high with 33 points against 17 points of Qatar.
China Ailun Guo scored a game high of 30 points and carried his team to a much-needed victory. China had a good shooting night with 48.9%.

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Terrence Romeo Channels his Inner Stephen Curry with this Shot!

Oh my Gosh! The reaction of the commentator after Terrence Romeo hits the critical long bomb that gave the Gilas Pilipinas a much-needed score late in the fourth quarter.
Gilas Pilipinas was riding on the hot shooting of Terrence Romeo who was at 5/7 from behind the arc.


Take a look at Terrence Romeo as he channels his inner Stephen Curry.

Watch the Disqualifying Foul of Calvin Abueva That Resulted to his Ejection

Calvin Abueva’s first game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup was short-lived after he lost his cool and headbutted a Chinese player. 

Exactly 1:31, that’s how long Calvin Abueva played in the very first game of Gilas Pilipinas after an ugly incident that threw him out of the game for good.
Calvin plays with emotion and a lot of bravado and tonight it did not work out in his favor.  It was a good thing that his teammates were having a great night of shooting. There is also no reason he should act the way he did moving forward as it may result, not only to his ejection but can also cause them the game. He is a critical part of the Gilas Pilipinas roster and losing him will take a big hit against an already undermanned Gilas Pilipinas.
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Gilas Pilipinas FIBA Asia Cup 2017 Competition Schedule is Here

And the time to unite all Pinoy basketball fans is just around the corner as Gilas Pilipinas takes their talent to the FIBA Asia Cup 2017.  The Philippines is in the same bracket with China, Iraq and Qatar a tough division to be included in the first round.
  
BEIRUT, Lebanon (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) – The finalized competition schedule for the Group Phase and the Final Phase of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 has been announced.
Asia’s premier basketball event will tip off in the Lebanese capital at 13:30 local time on August 8 with Kazakhstan taking on debutants New Zealand in Group C action in Nouhad Nawfal Arena. The day will also see Group D action take place, before teams in Groups A and B take center stage the following day.
The Group Phase concludes on August 13, with the top team from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. Teams that finish 2nd and 3rd in each Group will face off in the “Qualification to the Quarter-Finals” playoff games. The competition concludes with the Final taking place at 21:00 local time on Sunday August 20.
Click here for the full competition schedule of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017