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(basketball) James Yap, Alapag head Gilas wish list

By Nelson Beltran | philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – Smart Gilas Team Pilipinas would pick Derby Ace main man James Yap and four Talk n Text stalwarts if it were to choose now the five PBA players reinforcing the Nationals for the Fiba Asia Olympic qualifier in September.

Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes, who is assistant of Rajko Toroman with Smart Gilas, said he’ll pick James Yap, Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, Ranidel de Ocampo and Kelly Williams over Asi Taulava, Arwind Santos and Jay Washington.

Reyes believes it would also be Toroman’s choices if they were to get the PBA players joining Smart Gilas now.

Yap, Alapag, Reyes, De Ocampo, Williams, Taulava, Santos and Washington were the names listed by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as candidates for inclusion in Smart Gilas team competing in the Asian joust in Wuhan, China in September.

From that list, Toroman and his staff will pick at least five who will take a leave from their mother clubs for a full-time stint with Smart Gilas from June to September.

“We need a big guard and Ryan Reyes could well fill that spot. There’s also the need for a steady point guard at crunch time and Jimmy Alapag could be that guy,” said Reyes.

“Our Asian rivals are intimidated by Jimmy. Wherever the team goes, the question being asked is whether Jimmy is there,” Reyes also said.

Meanwhile, Smart Gilas may opt to stretch its participation in the PBA up to the third conference instead of training abroad.

“We may just stay here so as not to be scouted by the opposition. We’re so much scouted, prompting coach Rajko to keep on adjusting our plays,” said Smart Gilas operations chief Butch Antonio.

Members and coaches of the team will be briefed on PBA rules as they visit the PBA office today.

Smart Gilas takes the slot of Barako Bull, vying for the crown in the Commissioners Cup which fires off with a road game between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco Bolts on Feb. 18 in Laoag City.

Meralco may be forced to look for a new import with Anthony Dandridge suffering a suspected hamstring injury in a tune-up game with Rain or Shine Tuesday.

“He scored 16 points with three monster slams in the first half, then he strained his hamstring,” rued Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.

“His status now is day to day. We will evaluate things after three days,” Gregorio added.

At Ginebra, Nate Brumfield was impressive with 35 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Kings to a 99-94 win over the Powerade Tigers in their own tune-up at the Xavier Gym in San Juan yesterday.

Meanwhile ABS-CBN Sports and Studio 23, welcome the decision of the PBA board to approve Solar’s proposal to transfer the telecast of the PBA games to Studio 23. “Coming as it does from the PBA and Solar Entertainment – both respected sports institutions in the country – we consider this move as a vote of confidence on Studio 23, its branding, reach and overall sports development initiatives,” said ABS-CBN in a statement.

 

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26TH FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN 15-25 SEPTEMBER 2011 WUHAN CHINA

Smart Gilas Schedules (Preliminary Round)
Sept 16-PHL vs UAE
Sept 17-PHL vs China
Sept 18-PHL vs Bahrain

TAIYEN WILLIAMS JONES CUP 2011

Final Team Standings
Champion - Iran
2nd - South Korea
3rd - Smart Gilas Pilipinas
4th - Taiwan
5th - Japan
6th - Jordan
7th - Malaysia
8th - UAE

Smart Gilas Game Results
Aug.6-PHL 73-59 Iran
Aug.7-PHL 90-78 Taiwan
Aug.8-PHL 72-76 Jordan
Aug.9-PHL 86-68 Malaysia
Aug.10-PHL 70-78 Korea
Aug.11-PHL 95-60 UAE
Aug.12-PHL 94-78 Japan
Aug.13-PHL 59-78 Iran
Aug.14-PHL 82-72 Taiwan

2012 AFC CHALLENGE CUP

3-18 March 2012

Palestine
PH Azkals
India
Turkministan
Maldives
Tajikistan
Qualifier from Group D
Qualifier from Group D

FIBA Asia 2011 Calendar

28 May–5 June
22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Manila, Philippines

21-28 Aug
24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women
Omura-Nagasaki, Japan

15-25 Sept
26th FIBA Asia Championship
Wuhan, China
TBC

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
TBC

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women
Urumqi, China

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