Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gilas taps NZ coach to boost PH bench

By

A tactical whiz with a semifinal coaching stint in the world championship will be on the Philippine side  in the 27th Fiba Asia Championship set Aug. 1 to 11 at MOA Arena and Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Thomas “Tab” Baldwin, the American coach of the New Zealand national quintet,  arrived on Saturday on the invitation of national coach Chot Reyes to infuse valuable insight that will help the Gilas Pilipinas campaign to clinch a seat in next year’s Fiba World Cup in Spain.

The invitation came after Gilas played six tuneup games in New Zealand early this month capped by a friendly against the Tall Blacks, the NZ national five handled by  Baldwin.

Baldwin is  the most victorious coach in the New Zealand National Basketball League after steering the Auckland Stars to five championship titles.

“Yes, we invited him to help the team in its preparation for the Fiba Asia,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.

With Baldwin calling the shots, the Tall Blacks reached the semifinals of the 2002 Fiba World Championship in Indiana, the best performance by an Oceania team in the history of the world championships.

Baldwin, who also coached Jordan to a runner-up finish in the 2011 Asian championship in Wuhan, China, will stay with Gilas bench for the duration of the tournament. The American also had a hand in Lebanon’s stint in the 2010 Fiba worlds in Istanbul, Turkey.

Aside from Baldwin, Reyes also gained precious inputs from seasoned coaches Tim Cone and Rajko Toroman, who steered Gilas to a fourth-place finish in Wuhan, the best performance by the Filipino dribblers in the Asian-level meet since 1987.

The coaching staff of Reyes is composed of Nash Racela, Josh Reyes and multititled PBA coaches Norman Black and Jong Uichico.

These coaches, along with Baldwin, Toroman and Cone, will try to solve the puzzle of Asian heavyweights China and Iran, and other Fiba Asia semifinal contenders like South Korea, Jordan, Qatar, Japan and Kazakhstan.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: 27th Fiba Asia Championship , Basketball , Gilas Pilipinas

  • makabayan2012

    i hope this would be helpful and beneficial to philippine team.

    i hope this is not a story about too many cooks spoil the food.

    if they are there just only for inputs and for tactical support then fine.

    go philippines go.

    i’m behind with you either you fall or much better when you win.

  • pusongpinoy

    Laban Pilipinas! I’ll pray for you!

  • noelv

    Gilas team lack height

  • wawa2172

    Masyado na yatang maraming bench tacticians di kaya mag kagulo sa kaiisip. Two heads is better than one, but many heads will a chaos in the end.

  • Celsa Joson

    I thought it is in the height department that we are lacking. Now even Filipino brains in basketball is deficient? Is this another Toroman?

  • alexen2009

    Slaughter for injured de Ocampo. de Ocampo admitted difficulty in
    walking and can be useless inside the hardcourt. May he recover in time,
    but if not, team definitely needs height underneath.

  • Aligato_hai

    Nice move coach Chot. Though a little bit late in getting the services, They will surely boost the moral of the Gilas players and help you in preparing the game plan. At the half they can also help analyze and suggest adjustments when needed.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • 4 Etihad passengers not yet located
  • DAR to complete installation of Luisita land reform beneficiaries in May
  • Ex-COA chief and co-accused in Arroyo plunder case nabbed
  • Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  • The ‘link diagram’ that killed ex-Bataan police officer
  • Sports

  • More concessions, but still no direct hires for PBA expansion teams
  • Power Pinays lose to Vietnam, try to salvage 7th place
  • NLEX holds off Jumbo Plastic for a playoff berth
  • Pacquiao can dodge tax issues
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
  • Lifestyle

  • Summer Mayhem: The ultimate beach experience
  • A haven for steak lovers
  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Metro Pacific acquires stake in Victorias
  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • DOLE sees more Filipinos hired by South Koreans
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Marketplace