Quantcast
Latest Stories

In Huddle

Bogs vouches for Slaughter, Fajardo

By

AFTER a long period of silence following the Philippine Olympic Committee elections in November last year, Go Teng Kok’s mobile phone came to life again.

“Who will be my successor in Patafa (Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association)?” Mr. Go texted us more than a week ago. “Can you endorse to me the name of one honest person?”

* * *

I momentarily considered if he was really serious in stepping down as Patafa president, a post he has held for more than 20 years.

Should I take him seriously after his mysterious last-minute withdrawal from the last POC election? I decided not to waste my time.

Besides, it will be extremely difficult to find an honest person to endorse for the position, don’t you think?

* * *

If he had a say on the selection of Philippine team members, PBA legend Bogs Adornado would recommend Greg Slaughter and Jun Mar Fajardo for inclusion in the squad that will compete in the 27th Fiba Asia Championship here in August.

Slaughter and Fajardo are perhaps the tallest Filipino cagers today.

A product of Norman Black’s “five-peat” champion Ateneo team, the 7-foot Slaughter now wears the NLEX jersey in the PBA D-League, while the 6-10 Fajardo plays his rookie season for Petron Blaze.

“If only on the basis of their extraordinary height (for a Filipino), I believe these two should be considered,” said Bogs, a member of the 1973 champion ABC (now Fiba Asia) team. “They may lack international experience, but they have the skills that can be further developed.”

Bogs recalled that before Abet Guidaben’s very first international stint, the national coach was hesitant to take him in because he was untested.

“But since Abet, at 6-5, was the tallest cager we had at that time, the coach was prompted to include him in the lineup,” said Bogs. “Abet turned out to be outstanding, worthy of his place in the national team.”

* * *

Bogs believes that the key to the country’s victory in 1973, apart from the homecourt edge, was the team’s meticulous preparation and strong lineup.

“The Philippine team has never been as prepared as the one in 1973,” Bogs said. “I guess that was the magic formula. The team had the best players and the best preparation. We can do it again.”

Fiba Asia secretary general Hagop Khajirian, who is visiting Manila to inspect the venue, fully agrees with Bogs.

* * *

“Do you think we can do it again?” I asked Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas consultant Moying Martelino after the news conference with Hagop on Monday at MOA Arena.

Moying, the former ABC secretary general in the 1970s, echoed Bogs and Khajirian.

“Yes, we can do it if we field in our best players, and have ample time to prepare,” said Moying. “We have the homecourt advantage.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More from this Column:

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: Philippine Olympic Committee , Sports

  • http://www.facebook.com/jahz.zulueta EL Johns

    YES I AGREE. SANA MAPASAMA SILANG DALAWA. KASI DI RIN NAMAN MAGAGALING YUNG MALALAKI NUNG MGA KALABAN NATIN, WALANG PERIMETER SHOT, MALAKAS LANG TALAGA SA REBOUND KAYA KAILANGAN NATIN SILA SA ILALIM PARA MATAKOT NAMAN YUNG MGA KALABAN.



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

  • 22 houses destroyed, 3 hurt as violent wind storm hits village
  • 242 out of 438 pass board tests for chemical engineers
  • Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  • 5 OFWs from Negros quarantined for MERS-CoV tests
  • Release of village chief’s truck caught carrying illegal logs slammed
  • Sports

  • Jackson finds second wind to push Meralco past Rain or Shine
  • NLEX fights off Derulo Accelero to remain unbeaten
  • Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  • Power Pinays rip Singapore to enter quarters in Asian volley tilt
  • PBA D-League: Waves edge skidding Superchargers
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention
  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Oil prices to go up on supply concerns, optimism on US rebound
  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • QC woman who flew in from Middle East tests negative for MERS-CoV
  • DFA, DOH urge OFWs not to panic over MERS-Cov
  • Balikatan could spoil peace talks, says militant group
  • DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims
  • Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes
  • Marketplace