Friday, October 22, 2010

The Philippines in the 2010 Asian Games (basketball)

Smart Gilas Pilipinas
[UPDATED as of 26 of November 2010]

This month, November 2010, the Philippine national basketball team (commercially known as Smart Gilas Pilipinas) will compete for the first time in the Asian Games since the infamous semi-final heartbreak against South Korea and the uninspiring bronze medal game against Kazakhstan in 2002. The year 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the 1990 Beijing Asian Games (the last time China host the multi-sports event) and its the 20th anniversary of the last time the Philippine national team played in the finals of the Asiad basketball event.

Anyway, the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games basketball championship does not affect the FIBA-ranking nor does it guaranty qualification to world tournaments. However, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas will still have something to fight for in the tournament. Aside from the goal of finishing inside the Top 3, the team will have to make sure that they will finish the tournament inside the Top 6 because the Philippines has never finished below 6th place in the Asian Games basketball history.

The 2010 national squad will have the opportunity to win a basketball medal for the country since the 1998 Asian Games, to play in the finals (since the 1990 Asiad), and the chance to win the elusive gold medal for the first time since 1962.

Here's the national team squad for 2010 Asian Games:
(surnames in alphabetical order)
  • Japeth Aguilar*
  • Jason Ballesteros
  • Marc Baracael
  • Andy Mark Barroca
  • JV Casio
  • Marcio Lassiter
  • Chris Lutz
  • Solomon Mercado*
  • Greg Slaughter
  • Paulasi Taulava*
  • Chris Tiu
  • Kelly Williams*
Head Coach: Rajko Toroman (2008-present)
Assistant Coach: Chot Reyes 

Cut from the Asian Games line-up: Dylan Ababou, Aldrech Ramos**
Missed Out: Marcus Douthit (not naturalized in time)

[*] Released by their respective PBA teams to reinforced the national squad in the Asian Games. Taulava, Williams and Mercado will only play for the national team in the preparatory games and the Asian Games. Japeth Aguilar, on the other hand, will play for the national squad until the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.
[**] Cut from national squad for the Asian Games since only 12 players allowed to participate per national team in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments

Warm-up Games:
  • vs. Guangdong Tigers, 75-87 (November 10)
  • vs. Dongguan Century Leopards, 79-65 (November 11)

Team Results in the 2010 Asian Games:

Preliminary Round 1 - Group B*
  • vs. Kuwait, 76-69 (November 13)
[Saudi Arabia was originally drawn to play the Philippines in the first round but decided to withdrew from the tournament.]

Preliminary Round 2 - Group F**
  • vs. Iran, 50-65 (November 16)
  • vs. Qatar, 90-68 (November 17)
  • vs. Japan, 58-60 (November 19)
  • vs. India, 78-57 (November 21)
  • vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-73 (November 22)

Quarter-Finals (1st-8th place)
  • vs. South Korea, 66-74 (November 24)

Classification Finals (5th-8th place)
  • vs. North Korea, 96-69 (November 25)
  • vs. Qatar, 71-81 (November 26)

Win-Loss Record: 5 wins, 4 losses
Final Placing: 6th place [the 2010 national squad equalled the country's worst finished ever in the Asian Games basketball history]
    [*] Since the Philippines was suspended by FIBA in 2005-2007, the national team was not able to compete in the 2006 event and was required to play and win in the first preliminary round to qualify for the second preliminary round of the 2010 event.
    [**] The Top 8 finishers of the 2006 Asian Games automatically qualified to the second preliminary round of the 2010 event

    Philippines Basketball Record in the Asian Games:
    • 1951: 1st place (gold)
    • 1954: 1st place (gold)
    • 1958: 1st place (gold)
    • 1962: 1st place (gold)
    • 1966: 6th place
    • 1970: 5th place
    • 1974: 4th place
    • 1978: 5th place
    • 1982: 4th place
    • 1986: 3rd place (bronze)
    • 1990: 2nd place (silver)
    • 1994: 4th place
    • 1998: 3rd place (bronze)
    • 2002: 4th place
    • 2006: Did Not Participate (Suspended by FIBA)
    • 2010: 6th place

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