Support our very own Gilas Pilipinas as they battle to make history and play in the Olympics again after 44 years. Only the champion in this Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament will get a ticket for the Rio Olympic Games in August 2016.
2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Manila Schedule:
6:30pm – Turkey vs Canada
9:00pm – France vs Philippines
6:30pm – Canada vs Senegal
9:00pm – Philippines vs New Zealand
6:30pm – Senegal vs Turkey
9:00pm – France vs New Zealand
2016 FIBA OQT Manila will be help at Mall of Asia Arena. All games can be watch live also at TV5.
|Gilas Pilipinas Squad
|Turkish National Team
Gilas Pilipinas lost to Turkey, but this time the two nationals only separated by 8pts (84-76) unlike on their first tune-up game held in Istanbul where the Gilas was beaten by 35pts (103-68).
This will be the last tune-up game for the Gilas before the proper tournament starts. Gilas first game for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be on July 5 against France at Mall of Asia Arena.
Philippines 76 – Blatche 20, Romeo 16, Castro 13, Norwood 10, Parks 6, Rosario 4, Aguilar 3, Fajardo 2, Reyes 2.
|Omer Asik of New Orleans Pelicans battling rebound against Andrae Blatche
|“The Kraken” Jun Mar Fajardo vs former NBA Erden Semih
|Japeth Aguilar trying to block big man Omer Asik
|Coach Tab upset on the Gilas defense
|“Pinoy Sakuragi” Marc Pingris towered by Omer Asik of New Orleans Pelicans
Photos by: Aldrin Alejo
Team France will be bannering 4 NBA Players that set to play for the Manila OQT. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw of San Antonio Spurs, Joffrey Lauvergne of Denver Nuggets and Nicolas Batum of Charlotte Hornets.
France Final 12 Roster for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016
Nicolas Batum – 6’7
Nando De Colo – 6’5
Boris Diaw – 6’9
Antoine Diot – 6’3
Mickael Gelabale – 6’7
Thomas Heurtel – 6’2
Charles Kahudi – 6’6
Joffrey Lauvergne – 6’10
Adrien Moerman – 6’8
Yakuba Ouattara – 6’3
Tony Parker – 6’2
Kim Tillie – 6’11
Game schedule of France:
July 5, 9pm – vs Gilas Pilipinas
July 7, 9pm – vs New Zealand
|Photo courtesy of Turkish Basketball Federation
Dismal performance of Gilas Pilipinas against Turkey nationals drew ire of coach Tab Baldwin.
“Don’t fall for that mentality that we’re the underdog and that there’s nothing to lose,” he said. “There is always something to lose. You have self-respect to lose and you have the respect of the fans and of each other, that you’ve rightfully earned, to lose.
“Let’s not fall back on that underdog thing and accept that everyone’s just better than us. Maybe they are, but they aren’t that much better. And we are not as bad as how we looked earlier.”
The heavy defeat to Turkey serve as a reality check for the team who are getting ready for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournamnent (OQT). The way the game turns out should also serve as a wake-up call to every players to raise their pursuance in aiming to win the OQT and to be in Rio de Janeiro Games.
“The key to this (OQT) tournament is we have to start strong. We have to be the aggressors because we are the underdogs so we have to fight right away.” – LA Tenorio
“We have to start focusing not only when we are here in the locker room,” LA Tenorio said who played against higher-ranked opposition at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. “We need to start the night before the game. This is not the Asian level anymore.”
“We cannot give up on possessions no matter what the score is,” Gilas forward Gabe Norwwod said. “We need to keep fighting. We’re all guilty. I’m guilty. I’m not going to lie to myself. We need to keep fighting no matter what the score is.”
Gilas Pilipinas and Turkey will up against each other again on their last tune-up game, this time here in Manila on July 1 at Mall of Asia Arena before the real battle for the OQT takes on July 5-10.