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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gilas Pilipinas 3.0: The Road to Rio (2016 Olympic Games)

This is basically following the progress of the third generation of Gilas Pilipinas National Team Program (just like the original Road to London and Road to Spain articles). 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. The new coach is the American-New Zealander Tab Baldwin who previously coached multiple national teams including the New Zealand Tall Blacks who finished 4th in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Anyway, some idiots in the Philippine media and public forums insist in calling the new batch that will play in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament as Gilas 4.0 but that is just bullshit and lack of common sense. We Filipinos just love to label everything. No wonder the country is... nevermind. Both 2015 and 2016 teams composed of the same core of players and national pool, under the same coach, and most importantly, got the same goal (that is to qualify to the 2016 Olympic Games). Gilas 1.0 was basically the Toroman era aiming for the 2012 London Olympic Games and likewise, the Gilas 2.0 was basically the Reyes era aiming for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This time around is the Balwin era aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games... simple as that.

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: Tab Baldwin (USA/New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Josh Reyes, Patrick Gregorio, Jimmy Alapag
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA) (unofficial), Chot Reyes (unofficial)
Team Captain: Dondon Hontiveros (2015), Jayson Castro (2016)
National Pool: Andray Blatche, Jordan Clarkson (withdrawn), Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Bill Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Jean Marc Pingris, Jeffrei Chan, Paul Lee, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Troy Rosario, Greg Slaughter (injured), Ryan Jay Reyes, Matthew Allen Ganuelas (injured), Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ian Sangalang, Moala Tautuaa, JC Intal, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros (retired), Pauliasi Taulava (retired), Jimmy Alapag (retired), Aldrech Ramos, Gary David, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Kelly Williams.

The Road to Rio (Schedule):
2015 South East Asia Basketball Association [SEABA] (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Southeast Asian Games (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), 4th place
2015 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 2nd place (silver)
2015 MVP Invitational Cup* (Manila, Philippines), 1st place (gold)
2015 FIBA Asia Championship (Changsha, China), 2nd place (silver)
2016 SEABA Cup (Bangkok, Thailand), 1st place (gold) [Gilas cadets]
2016 Tune-Up (June 7): Philippines 81 - 70 Iran (Quezon City, Philippines) 
2016 European Tour Tune-Up (June 21): Turkey 103 - 68 Philippines (Istanbul, Turkey)
2016 Four Nations Imperial Basketball City Tournament (Bologna, Italy), third place
2016 Tune Up (July 1): Philippines 76 - 84 Turkey (Pasay City, Philippines)

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Manila, Philippines), TBD
2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (Iran), TBD
2016 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), TBD
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), TBD
[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

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

Individual Honors:
  • Jayson Castro: 2015 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Matthew Ganuelas: Eighth in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Andray Blatche: Tenth in the Top 10 Assists of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships

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

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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.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
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.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
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.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf

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