Latest Stories

Nat’l pool’s PBA aces excite Chot Reyes


DIGOS, Davao del Sur—Chot Reyes, the Gilas-Pilipinas coach, got to handle all the Philippine team prospects in the national pool for the first time on Friday and was so impressed by the attitude of his PBA superstars.

“They are all relishing this (PBA All-Star Week) because this is the first time that they will be playing together,” Reyes told scribes over breakfast yesterday. “As a matter of fact, I had to hold them back in practice because they were all playing all out.

“That’s what happens when elite athletes get together, they play their hearts out.”

Jimmy Alapag, the former PBA MVP, suffered a strained right ankle during practice, forcing Reyes to sit him out in last night’s All-Star Game at Davao del Sur Coliseum here.

“These players are playing with a sense of urgency,” Reyes said. “They know that Iran and the other Middle Eastern teams are already in deep preparations. As for us, we’re not late. We’re very late. We can only start on June 1, two months (before the tournament). Hopefully, that’s enough.”

The Fiba Asia joust will be held from Aug. 1 to 11 at Mall of Asia Arena where the top three placers will represent Asia in the World Basketball Championship in Madrid next year.

Reyes had initially named 17 men to the pool but lost two—Kelly Williams and Jared Dillinger—to injuries.

The firebrand mentor said he will go with the 15 that he has, together with naturalized center Marcus Douthit.

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: Basketball , Chot Reyes , PBA

  • 14nono29

    This early, Chot Reyes is looking for excuse. If last night’s exhibition match is an indication, the Gilas team may be in for an early exit in the FIBA Asia tournament.

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


  • ‘Dry spell’ delayed, thanks to busted valve
  • At 77, Erap has Easter treat for Manila cops but keeps City Hall folk in agony
  • Joy Belmonte defends council, waste-to-energy tech
  • House bill seeks special body to manage, protect Manila Bay
  • No Lenten break for QC thieves
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace