Gilas Pilipinas joins a 4-team pocket tournament in Italy

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Gilas Pilipinas joined a pocket tournament in Italy in preparation for upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Team / Opponent PHI CAN CHN ITA
Philippines (PHI) n/a X  W 72-69 L 106-70
Canada (CAN)  X n/a W 95-69 W 74-71
China (CHN)  L 72-69 L 95-69 n/a X
Italy (ITA) W 106-70 L 74-71  X n/a

X  = did not meet

Day 1, June 25 (Manila time)

The host team gave a rude welcome to Philippines on their opening game at Imperial Basket City Tournament in Italy, 106-70.

Italy, bannered by NBA players Andrea Bargnani, Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari and former NBA player Luigi Datome, dropped a 22-0 start before June Mar Fajardo scored the first basket for the Philippines. Italy led by 33 at the end of first quarter, 40-7.

Gilas continued to struggle in the second canto, as the lead grew to 41 at halftime, 64-23.

Troy Rosario sparked the run, as Philippines managed to win in the second half, but a 41-point lead was hard to overcome. Naturalized bigman Andray Blatche scored 21, with 6 rebounds, 4 assists but also a game-high 6 turnovers. Rosario and Terrence Romeo both scored 10, and Jayson Castro chipped 9. Gallinari and Belinelli, both streaky shooters in NBA, scored 20 and 11 respectively.

Canada trashed the FIBA Asia champion China, 95-69.

The Decision: #Gilas12

Coach Tab Baldwin officially released the 12-man roster of the Philippines’ Men’s Basketball Team on June 25.

  • Naturalized bigman Andray Blatche, F/C
  • June Mar Fajardo, C
  • Japeth Aguilar, F
  • Marc Pingris, F
  • Ranidel de Ocampo, F
  • Troy Rosario, F
  • Gabe Norwood, F/G
  • Bobby Ray Parks Jr., G/F
  • Jayson Castro William, G
  • Terrence Romeo, G
  • Jeff Chan, G
  • Ryan Reyes, G

Calvin Abueva and L.A. Tenorio were cut to the line-up for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

L.A. is the only true point guard from the 14-man pool. Gilas will miss his basketball IQ inside the court, and the composure during crunch times. Meanwhile, the Beast was cut probably because of emergence of young forwards in the pool — Rosario and Parks. Calvin is undoubtedly can defend all positions inside the playing court. He is also known for his hustle, tremendous rebounding ability, and doing everything not included on stats sheet. But with Norwood, one of the best defenders in Asia, Calvin was categorized with Troy and Bobby Ray. Abueva is undersized forward, forcing him to be a backcourt player. The Alaska Aces player is not a good shooter and cannot create his own shots, meanwhile the two young guns have the height and the range.

Day 2, June 26 (Manila time)

Gilas escaped the FIBA Asia Champion China in Italy, 72-69.

Terrence Romeo caught fire, as he was the responsible in first 15 points of Gilas in the final quarter. He scored 13 and gave an assist to Andray Blatche’s jumper during the stretch.

China led 23-22 in first, before Gilas tied the score at 34-all before the half time.

Romeo led the Gilas with 18 points, 3-of-4 treys. Blatche recorded a double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds, but had a bad shooting night (4-of-19) on the field. Jeff Chan and Jayson Castro added 10 and 9 respectively.

P. Zhou and X. Zhai scored 18 and 15 respectively for the FIBA Asia’s ranked 1 team.

Calvin Abueva and LA Tenorio both did not play in Gilas’ final game abroad before the FIBA OQT in Manila, while Ranidel de Ocampo was ejected in the second canto. NBA Draft 2016 pick Zhou Qi did not see action on court.

Canada became undefeated at Imperial Basket City Tournament after beating the host team Italy, 74-71 in overtime. Philippines finished third, while China will go home winless.