Aquino could boost Gilas’ Fiba Asia bid


JONES CUP CHAMPIONS President Aquino receives a special jersey from Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes during a courtesy call of the basketball team in Malacañang on Thursday. At right is Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea with assistant coach Jong Uichico behind him. LA Tenorio (second from left) scored the winning basket to beat the United States 76-75 to win the 34th William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Tenorio was also named MVP of the tournament. LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines—The success of the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas five in the recent Jones Cup in Taipei has inspired no less than President Aquino who now wants to help boost the team’s campaign in a bigger international event.

Members of the national squad, led by coach Chot Reyes and tournament MVP LA Tenorio, paid the President a courtesy call in Malacañang yesterday and the Chief Executive offered a solution to problems hampering the country’s next outing in the Fiba Asia Cup next month in Tokyo.

Reyes said that a member of the team staff briefed the President that not all talents from the PBA have been made available to the team. After learning of this,  Mr. Aquino instructed Reyes to write a formal letter so he could do something about it.

“It’s a pity that a national program might go to waste. Perhaps, I can be of help,” a player quoted the President as saying in Filipino.

“It’s an order coming from the President himself. So yes, I will write him,” Reyes told the Inquirer over the phone.

The Philippines nipped powerhouse United States, 76-75, last Sunday, to win one of Asia’s most popular events for the fourth time, the first since 1998, with a squad that got together just two weeks before opening day.

Tenorio was the fourth quarter hero for the Philippines in its last two games, including a 76-72 triumph over the host Taiwanese that allowed the Filipinos to make the match with the Americans the championship game.

Reyes had come up with a list of pool members a few months back, with all the names coming from practically all the teams in the PBA.

After releasing the names and informing the league, Reyes asked the  players  in the pool to sign letters of commitment to the national program.

Of those named, Reyes didn’t get replies from B-Meg’s Marc Pingris and two-time PBA MVP James Yap, and Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot of Petron Blaze.

This Jones Cup was the first tournament in the program by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to get the Philippines back in the World Championship scheduled next year in Spain.

The Filipinos will leave on Sept. 12 to play in the fourth Fiba Asia Cup (formerly Stankovic Cup) in Tokyo, Japan, where the top three finishers will earn slots directly into the Fiba Asia World Qualifying.

The Philippines, through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, is actually bidding to host the Fiba-Asia World Qualifying to be able to gain some sort of home court edge. Other countries wanting to host the event include Japan and Lebanon.

Incidentally, Lebanon belongs to the same group as the Philippines in Tokyo together with China-Macau, Uzbekistan and regional power China.

Meanwhile, Tenorio is still on the trading block, with rumors of a transfer to Barangay Ginebra brewing.

Under the complicated deal, PBA newcomer Global Port will be involved in the deal by giving up JV Casio and other Gin Kings future draft rights.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • turkak

    Wala na umepal na ang salot na si Noynoy abnoy, talo na ito sa FIBA Asia. Sigurado yan.

    • slique OoO

       @Turkak low tide ba ngayon? utak alimango ka eh

      • Yxon

         mataas at blue ang buwan…kaya pasyensa…hindi yan makahinga ng mabuti kung matas ang tubig.

  • ice15


    Villanueva was traded by Ginebra – only SMC player on Gilas

    Tenorio was traded by Alaska – it was reported that Alaska did not allow its players to join Gilas

  • Karlo Carillo

    SMC disallowed Santos, Cabagnot and Pingris from joining the national team

  • Bert

    While Aquino is trying to boost Gilas’ Fiba Asia bid, can he also now SACK his UNCLE PEPING of the POC who delivered a SHAMEFULL ZEERROOO MEDAL in the last Olympics?

    Tama na ang PAPOGI Mr Pres…..

    • Joel

      Ogag. Di mo ba alam na hindi government agency ang POC at kung makikialam ang gobyerno sa pagpapatakbo ng POC siguradong suspensido ang Pilipinas sa lahat nf international athletic events. Kung gusto mo tanggalin si Peping sabihin mo sa lahat ng NSA heads na bumoto sa kanya. Nakakahiya ka, lumalabas ang pagka engot mo dahil sa galit mo sa presidente.

      • Bert

        Engot. Do you really believe that the president is that LAMEDUCK and POWERLESS to replace UNCLE PEPING kung gugustuhin nya? Or di lang nya kayang gawin dahil KKK? Lahat naman pinakialaman ni Pnoy, so why can’t he do the same to the POC? So you want another shameful ZEEERRRROOO medal in the next olympics, huh?

      • turkak

        Bert  bobo yan si Joel. Tulad ni Noynoy isa rin gunggong yan. Ang tagal ng walang silbi sa POC ni peping Cojuangco ewan ko bakit di mahiya yan at mag-resign na lang.

      • dgboy

         Palitan mo kaya Turkak baka may mapala  Pinas sayo, pabilisan ng talangka. Haha!

      • Bert

        ano pa bang pwede hilahin o “italangka” sa ZEEERRROOO olympic medal?

      • Joel

        Gunggong? U lol, ilaw utak talangka ikaw gunggong. Wala rin nagawa idol mong pandak. Ilang medalya meron ang Pinas ng 2004 at 2008 olympics nang nakaupo pa yung great pretender na bansot? 8 taon na nakaupo jan si Baba sa POC bakit di tinanggal ni pandak? Bopol ka talaga, pareho kayo ni perBert.

      • Joel

        Baba talaga ng iq ng talangka

  • ice15

    It was never mentioned if SMC did not allow its players to join Gilas II… Villanueva is from SMC and he joined Gilas.

    It would be better if someone can confirm this…

    As per previous reports, it was Alaska who did not allow its players to join Gilas II

    • honorable_guest


      tsk tsk tsk.

  • Jj Dela Cruz

    wag na sana pilitin na kunin ang mga players na isali sa smart gilas 2 kung ayaw nila.talagang ganyan STAR DAW KUNU SILA. PERO MAY BALIK DIN KARMA SA MGA IYAN. may puso ang mga sumali sa smart gilas 2 kaya may patutunguhan ang national team natin kahit wala yan mga STAR PLAYERS DAW KUNO. sa mga members ng pilipinas gilas 2 MABUHAY at SALUDO kami sa inyo.

  • watot

    no need to overahul the line-up deeply. strengthen position 4 and 5 and thats all. 2-3 similar skill but taller men will be good enough.

    • odi g

       yes, maybe slaughter, junmar fajardo but not aguilar please, he’s useless on the team, does not suit the team composition

      • Karlo Carillo

        We need Pingris and Maybe Fajardo as well

  • GaryFil

    Marlon, a win is a win.  The team fought this one like there is no other.  Their mind set is they are not playing to be “peke”, but they play to win.

    Sayang nga lang wala dun yung mga malalakas na players ng ibang bansa.  Pero nonetheless we won it.  You should be happy with this one, unless hindi ka pinoy or stereo type na pinoy ka ang utak “””?

    Pero may tama ka… Masusubukan ang Pinas sa FIBA Asia.  Pero the team should be ready. 

    Natuto na kasi sila ng larong basketball, plus malalaki pa, kaya hindi na natin matalo.  Sino ba ang mga unang mga coach sa mid-east countries?  PBA players din noon.

    Hindi “pekeng achievement”  kundi small gain.  Hindi ba?

  • Bright

    SMC mag pahiram naman kayo! 

  • SoulEdge

    daming walang sense na “haters” dito. Nag rereklamo pa kayo e nag champion na nga sa Jones Cup. Para medyo matauhan kayo, try nyong i compare yung personal achievement nyo sa mga players ng Smart Gilas 2…pero gawin nyo lang yon kung if kaya ng health nyo at baka ma depressed lang kayo.

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

editors' picks