PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, ROS owner Raymond Yu, coach Yeng Guiao consider members of PH Five Heroes

  • Page Views 558
  • A day after getting the imprimatur to represent the country in the coming Asian Games, coach Yeng Guiao and members of the Philippine basketball team met for the first time on Monday to start their short but extenive preparations at the Meralco gym in Pasig City.

    Only light skirmishes were scheduled, mostly for purposes of designing plays that will be, Guiao hoped, able to master comes competition time as his boys responded spiritedly.

    “Maganda ang simula,” Guiao, who is in his second stint as a national mentor following the 2009 FIBA-Asia, assessed. “Feeling ko, inspired ang mga bata. Alam naman natin na biglaan ito at ilan sa kanila ay hindi man mang makakaisip na makalalaro sila sa Asiad representing our flag had it not for the circumstances presently prevailing in th local basketball community.”

    PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, one of the people responsible for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ change of heart from not sending a team to eventually allowing the country’s participation owing to a strong public clamor, agreed.

    “Alam mo, dapat nga nating hangaan at purihin and mga manlalarong ito who defied criticism that they don’t really deserve being in the national team,” Marcial emphasized.

    “To me, these guys are already winners in the sense that they save Philippine basketball from being in the doldrums had earlier decision to not play in the Asiad pushed through,” Marcial added.

    “That’ right,” Raymond Yu, who co-owned the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters franchise with Terry Que, butted in. “These boys saved, too, our relations with all Olympic Council of Asia member countries for agreeing to play in he midst of kantyaw ibibabato sa kanila ng ilang kababayan natin.”

    “And for that, I consider them our modern day dheroes, ngayon pa lamang na hindi pa nagsisimua ang Asa Games,” Yu declared.

    “Most importantly, we must thank our basketball-crazy kababayans who didn’t stop clamoring that we send a team in a sport closest to gheir hearts, Marcial said. “Our thanks also go to the PBA, the SBP and the Philippine Olympic Committee for heeding the insistent demand from our basketball-loving people.”

    Given the limited time to prepare and the equally limited talents available, Guiao said his team has sufficient manpower to perform creditably and decently and win as many games possible that will make the Filipinos happy.

    “Out of this pool of players, we hope to build a team composed of 12 men who might come short of coming to the medal podium, but, win the admiration and respect of our people and those of our rivals,” Guiao vowed.

    “Sisiguruhin namin sa coaching staff at sa mga mamumuno ng ating  koponan na ang mga batang ipadadala sa Indonesia ay makapagbibigay karangalan sa aking bansa at sa pangalang Pilipino kung hindi  man medalya, “ Guiao vowed.

    “Of course, we’ll try our best to bring home that coveted basketball edal our countrymen have been craving  for for quite sometime,” he added. “

    All but one members of the team – Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, Chris Tiu and Maverick Ahanmisi, all of Rain or Shine Paul Lee of Magnolia Hotshots, Stanley Pringle of Global Port, Don Trollano of  Talk ‘N Text,  Asi Taulava of NLEX,  Poy Erram of Blackwater and Gilas Cadets Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero – were in attendance.

    Only San Miguel Beer’ contribution to Guiao’s selection, Christian Stanhardinger, wasn’t around, attending the Beermen’s preparation for their on-going best-of-seven series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, now in Game 5.

    Another Cadet member, Abu Tratter, filled the void in Stanhardinger’s absence by joining the light, but, inspired workout scheduled for the day that satisfied Guiao, assistant coach Coy Garcia, ROS owner Yu PBA Board of Governors member, Atty, Mamerto Mondragon, and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, among others.

    Before practice began, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio, Yu and Guiao spoke to the team in a closed-door meeting.

    The squad will leave for Jakarta on August 14 before plunging to action on August 16.

    By EDDIE G. ALINEA

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 19 January 2019
      4 hours ago No comment

      “I want to prove something,” says Pacquiao on eve of Broner fight

      LAS VEGAS – It’s often said that life begins at 40. For Manny Pacquiao, being 40 years old could be a new beginning. On the eve of his January 19 fight with American boxer Adrien Broner, Pacquiao said that he is intent on doing something. “I have something to ...

    • 19 January 2019
      8 hours ago No comment

      Overweight Filipino boxer Jhack Tepora fails to make Pacquiao-Broner undercard

      LAS VEGAS – Tinimbang pero sobra. Jhack Tepora came to the weigh-in with extra pounds, and the pride of Cebu paid for it dearly. Tepora was stripped of his interim WBA featherweight belt after failing to make 126-pound weight limit on Friday (January 18). Tepora was also disqualified from ...

    • 18 January 2019
      1 day ago No comment

      4 Pinoy boxers fight in undercard matches in Pacquiao-Broner brawl

      LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao isn’t the only fighter who will carry the Philippine colours on Saturday (January 19). Four Filipino sluggers will also enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in their own quests for boxing glory. One of them is WBA interim-featherweight champion Jhack Tepora. ...

    • 17 January 2019
      3 days ago No comment

      AWARD-WINNING FILIPINA POP SINGER FROM JAPAN, ANALYN ALMERINO, TO PERFORM IN RICHMOND ON FEB 9:YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE TICKETS

      Analyn Almerino is just 19, but she has already taken first place in two nationally televised singing competitions in Japan. On Feb 9, she will be giving a solo concert in her North American debut, at the Cultural Centre in Richmond, BC. Born in the Philippines, Analyn’s family moved ...

    • 17 January 2019
      3 days ago No comment

      Brillante Mendoza’s acclaimed ‘Alpha’ arrives in cinemas

      The “Alpha” team, led by Mendoza and actors Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, and Baron Geisler, came in full force to support the film that had brought honor to our country in international film festivals. FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino, Solar Entertainment General Manager Butch Ibanez, SM Cinema VP for Corporate ...

    %d bloggers like this: