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Who will stay?

Countdown to the FIBA-Asia begins as SMC-RP’s Olympic Journey starts by bagging the gold in the 4-Nation Manila Invitational.

Team Pilipinas did not disappoint the big Filipino crowd as they strike Lebanon in the championship match. On the other game, the Syrian quintet stole the third place from the young and tall team of China.

With the 15 man team of the San Miguel Pilipinas, only 12 will go to the pre-Olympic qualifier in Tokushima – which will be revealed on the eve of the FIBA-ASIA.

The 15 cagers are: Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava , Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag, Dondon Hontiveros, Kerby Raymundo, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mick Pennisi, Kelly Williams, Gabe Norwood, Erik Menk, Renren Ritualo, James Yap, Tony dela Cruz and KG Canaleta. 

If I were to choose the three cagers who will be cut, my choices will revolve among dela Cruz, Reymundo or Canaleta. On the other hand, Seigle and Yap are still recovering from their injuries.

Team standings (as of 071407)

UAAP Seaon 70 

ADMU    2-0      NU        1-1

DLSU    2-0      ADU      0-2

UE         2-0      UP        0-2

FEU      1-1       UST      0-2

Defending champions UST Tigers bows to the FEU Tamaraws 66-81, while the DLSU Green Archers strikes the AdU Falcons 99-75.

The UE Red Warriors stabs the NU Bulldogs 82-75 as the Ateneo Blue Eagles outlast the UP Fighting Maroons 79-55 last Thursday.

4-nation Manila Invitational

Philippines  2-1   Lebanon      2-1

China          2-1   Syria           0-3

SMC-RP denied the Syria national team a win in the tournament 92-79 while team Lebanon outlasts China 77-71. Team Pilipinas will face Lebanon for the first place while China and Syria will battle for the third. 

Philippines end 29th Jones Cup with bronze, prepares for the pre-Olympic qualifier

After their consecutive big wins from Iran, Chinese Taipei and last from Qatar 88-80, lady luck slips team San Miguel Pilipinas from her hands as tailender Kazakhstan slammed a vicious 90-107 victory in the last day of the 29th William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament held in Taiwan.

Jordan, defeated by team Japan in the last day, got their first taste of the gold, meanwhile Lebanon received the silver and the Philippines with a 5-4 record tumbled in fifth for the bronze to tie with USA, Chinese taipei, Iran and Korea.

In their last match, James Yap injured his right ankles after a bad fall in the second half with 5 minutes left in the regulation. He was carried by Asi Taulava out the court.

Team Pilipinas started out strong but after Dondon Hontiveros and Jimmy Alapag both sank two triples in the third half, the game was tied 55-all for the last time. The “Filipinos” (or should I say Fil-Ams) then lost their sparks failing to catch up to Kazakhstan as they stab a shooting fest.

SMC-RP should have won the silver but team Kazakhstan denied it.

Though they failed to end the tournament in a winning streak, SMC-RP proved that they have learned from their mistakes in their games against silver holder Lebanon and the young team of Japan, both of which they should have won.

They have managed to take advantage of their speed thus creating effective combinations in the court, this shows a great foundation on July 28 for the FIBA-Asia which will determine Asia’s representative for the Olympics.

But before the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Tokushima, the Filipinos will get an appetizer of the said tournament as the Philippines will host a four-nation invitational with China, Syria and Lebanon from July 12-15.

Team Philippines will face China, Iran and Jordan in Tokushima, thus the road to the “Olympic Dream” begins.

** Danny Seigle was seen sitting at the benches along with team Philippines in their last two games at the 29th Jones Cup. It seems that he had recovered from his injury. If he will take part in the FIBA-Asia, we will have higher chances.