Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gilas Pilipinas 2.0: The Road to Spain (2014 FIBA World Cup)

This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

National Head Coach: Vincent “Chot” Reyes
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Ryan Gregorio, Nash Racela
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA), Rajko Toroman (Serbia) (unofficial), Erik Spoelstra (unofficial), Tab Baldwin (USA/NZ)
Team Captain: Jimmy Alapag
National Pool: Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jeffrei Chan, Jayson Castro, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Marcus Douthit, Larry Fonacier, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marc Pingris, Andray Blatche, Paul Lee, Jared Dillinger, Garvo Lanete, Sonny Thoss, Mac Baracael, Enrico Villanueva, Sol Mercado, Jay-R Reyes, Greg Slaughter, Jay Washington, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Kevin Alas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, Beau Belga

Road to Spain (Schedule):
2012 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Cup (Chiang Mai, Thailand), champions
2012 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), champions
2012 FIBA Asia Cup (Tokyo, Japan), 4th place
2013 Super Keung Seung Cup (Hong Kong, China), champion
2013 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2013 Philippines-Shanghai Sharks (China) Friendship Game*
2013 Philippine Tour of Lithuania* (also played the Lithuania Under-20 national team)
2013 Philippine Tour of New Zealand* (also played the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a one-off test match)
2013 Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2013 Philippines vs. Kazakhstan
2013 FIBA Asia Championship (Manila, Philippines), 2nd place (silver)

More games and tourneys to come.....
2014 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2014 FIBA Asia Cup (Wuhan, China), 3rd place
2014 Antibes International Tournament (Antibes, France), 4th place
2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (Seville,Spain), 21st place
2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea), 7th place

[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

Individual Honors:
  • Lewis Alfred Tenorio: 2012 William Jones Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
  • Marcus Douthit: 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
  • Jayson Castro William: 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Japeth Aguilar: First in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2013 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Gabe Norwood: Second in the Top 10 Dunks of the 2014 FIBA World Cup

For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

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