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(basketball) Gilas to reinforce SEAG-bound PHL men’s cage team

Source: gmanews.tv

Smart Gilas players are expected to reinforce the Sinag Pilipinas men’s basketball team for the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.

Glenn Capacio, an assistant coach of the Sinag Pilipinas team mentored by multi-titled coach Norman Black, said that Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter and Aldrech Ramos were among the 16 players who attended the by-invitation-only tryouts for the SEA Games team last January 29.

Chris Tiu, who was included in the team during the 2007 SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand but was dropped at the last minute, has also expressed interest in joining the team.

“I think it’s just a formality for them to be included in the team,” said Capacio. “We know what Japeth, Greg and the other guys can bring to the team so I expect them to be shoo-ins.”

Among those who attended the tryouts were UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) RR Garcia of Far Eastern University, Ateneo’s Eric Salamat, San Sebastian College‘s Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang.

The tryouts started the process of the formation of the SEA Games cage team that will compete in Palembang province this November.

Capacio said that they are still expecting more players to join the tryouts. “From what I know, after three to five tryouts, we will know who will be included in the pool. We are looking at tapping 18 to 20 players for the training pool for the SEA Games,” Capacio.

Capacio said that they are inclined to put up a run-and-gun team for the SEA Games. “We know that Coach Norman’s teams want to run. Basing it on those who attended the first tryouts, we are okay with the big men and guards but we still need some wingmen and shooters who are big,” said Capacio.

Capacio also said that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is planning to use this year’s edition of the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship as a tune-up for the team.

Capacio said that Aguilar, who has practiced for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters recently, is in top form despite the knee injury that sidelined him for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

“He (Aguilar) is in good shape,” said Capacio. – JVP, KY, GMANews.TV



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


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


3-18 March 2012

PH Azkals
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

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

2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women
Urumqi, China

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