Long buildup for Gilas-PH 5 all but done


FILE – Smart Gilas Pilipinas through to the finals of Super Kung Sheung Cup Saturday. Photo from Josh Reyes’ Instagram account

The plan to give the Gilas-Pilipinas squad the time it needs to prepare hard and long for the Fiba-Asia championship in August continued to gather steam  with several members of the PBA’s board of governors amenable to a drastic change in the Governors’ Cup.

The board members concluded their three-day, working tour of Singapore late Friday night after discussing a plan for a virtual overhaul of the season-ending tournament to give national coach Chot Reyes at least three months to whip the team into competitive form.

Commissioner Chito Salud also expressed optimism that the entire league will throw its full support in the plan to move the opening of the Governors’ Cup until after the Fiba-Asia World Basketball Championship qualifying in August 11.

“There are many scenarios being studied and considered,” Salud said. “I am confident that the final arrangement to be arrived at will be designed primarily to permit our national team to train and jell sufficiently.

“Obviously, national interest will be the main consideration in this case.”

Several team representatives, like Richard Bachmann of Alaska, Lito Alvarez of Air21, Manny Alvarez of Barako Bull, and Mamerto Mondragon of Rain or Shine have said that they are in favor of that scheme.

Obviously, the camp of Manny V. Pangilinan, which owns Talk ‘N Text and Meralco, won’t have a problem with that setup.

Robert Non of Barangay Ginebra, who is also the current chair of the board, said that he is confident that a consensus will be arrived at in a few days.

Reyes has yet to name the members of his team, which will battle the best of Asia in Manila starting in Aug. 1 with the aim of finishing at least in third spot to make the World Championship slated in Madrid next year.

The Fiba-Asia event, which will play most of its games at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, will mark the first time in 40 years that the Philippines will host a tournament of such magnitude.

In 1973, a Philippine team built around legendary personalities as Bogs Adornado and Robert Jaworski ruled the Asian Basketball Confederation championship in Manila.

The ABC is the forerunner of the Fiba-Asia.

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  • Lando

    champion na ang gilas ! wala ng dahilan para hindi mag kampeon

  • SolidBasketball

    Go Gilas !!!! from PBA employees

  • 26ponks

    kung gusto talaga ng RP na makapwesto sa first 3 at kung may sponsor talaga and willing na gumastos, then mag naturalize na  lang kasama ni doughtit…i maximize na kung ilan ang pwede,  basta yung malakas din the time of still, engeland n co. na nagchampion sa ABC…pero kung si doughtit lang plus coming fm all basketball body ng RP (PBA,NCAA, UAAP,PBA NDL)HINDI makakapwesto ang pinas sa first 3…ganyan naman ginawa ng middleeast countries kaya sila lumakas…

    • Randy Magora

       isa nga lang pde… hehe

  • pinoytrader

    Even if we prepare long and hard, we will not be champions as before.  We were Asians great then because the chinese and koreans have not yet developed their basketball.  The fact remains:  we do not have the pool of tall players.  The money spent by those sponsors can be channeled to sports where Filipinos have the probability of winning as world champions – boxing, chess or maybe football.  Wake up!!!

    • Rigor Gerundio

      World champions might be for boxing in lighter weight class,  but I  in doubt in Chess & foot ball…..To reign supreme in Asean basketball again is not far fetch … Koreans not as tall as Chinese but once in while they upset them……if they can, why we can’t? Hard work, determination, sacrifices & Luck, will give us back, the glory yester years of Philippine Basketball!

  • RubenC

    If the time, effort and money spent on forming a basketball team which will never become even Asian champions again, and using it to develop athletes in sports which we have better chances, a day will soon come that we will win Olympic gold medals.

  • Frances Deniel

    Let’s all be realistic. Gone are the glory days of Philippine basketball in international competition.

    No matter how long the preparation will be. noelpdavid said it right.

  • noelpdavid

    It is a good news to hear that all of the governors of PBA are in one for the success of our national team. but for me pinpointing players to be part of the team is not a good approach in forming a competitive team.there must be a consensus amongst the players themselves who are willing and able to don the national jersey.Dapat yong may puso lamang na willing to give all their bests in playing for the country.Hindi yong napilitan lamang at mas hindi yong takot at sobrang ingat para sa sariling kapakanan lamang.

    • Jose

      Huwag ng manood ng laro sa PBA ng mga tuping player para bumaba bargaining power nila at malaos tutal larong laos naman pag nasa national team.  That way mapilitan sila to give it all.

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