Undefeated Algieri tests mettle of Pacquiao

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao puts his title and his legacy on the line as he takes on the undefeated Chris Algieri in the morning of November 23 at The Venetian Macao.

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The 35-year old Pacquiao sports a record of 56 wins, 38 of them by knockout, five losses, and two draws. On the other hand, the 30-year old American challenger has won all of his 20 bouts, eight of them finishing inside the distance.

Algieri is currently the WBO light welterweight champ, snatching the belt from Ruslan Provodnikov via split decision on June 14 this year. Pacquiao, meanwhile, was recently drafted by the Kia Sorentos and will be the team’s playing coach in the coming PBA season.

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Can Gilas win gold at the 2014 Asian Games?

Philippines Men`s Basketball Team  (Photo taken from Smart Gilas FB Page)

Philippine Men`s Basketball Team (Photo taken from Smart Gilas FB Page)

After an inspiring run at the recent 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Philippine men’s basketball team returns to action once more as the Gilas Pilipinas compete at the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.

The Philippines is grouped with Asian champion Iran and Group B top qualifier India. A win here propels the Gilas to the next round.

Taking the place of Andray Blatche and Jayson William from the World Cup lineup are Marcus Douthit and Jared Dillinger. The indefatigable Jimmy Alapag heeds the call of duty one more time despite announcing his retirement from international competition twice before.

The entry of Dillinger means the lineup got taller, but is Douthit enough to compensate for the loss of Blatche, who was deemed ineligible by the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee?

Barring any hitches, the Filipino ballers won’t face Iran for the second time in the tournament at least until the semifinals. Meanwhile, some of the other contending teams in the other groups include China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Jordan, Japan, and Qatar, and there is a big chance that the Philippines will meet at most three of them in the quarterfinals.

The question still is, can the Gilas win it all the way to claim the country’s first basketball gold in this competition since 1962? Considering the squad’s performance at the FIBA World Cup, anything is possible.

Here is the Gilas roster for the 2014 Asian Games:

• Marcus Douthit – 6’11
• Jimmy Alapag – 5’10
• LA Tenorio – 5’7
• Gary David – 6’1
• Jeff Chan – 6’2
• Gabe Norwood – 6’6
• Ranidel de Ocampo – 6’6
• Marc Pingris – 6’6
• Japeth Aguilar – 6’9
• June Mar Fajardo – 6’10
• Jared Dillinger – 6’5
• Paul Dalistan – 6’0

Head Coach – Chot Reyes

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Takeaways from the Gilas Pilipinas’ performance at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

  • The lineup is designed to dribble-drive and kick as well as to push the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Kamikaze small ball is what I call it. Nevertheless, forcing it inside in a halfcourt situation is a death sentence because of our obvious height mismatch, and that is why slashers like Paul Dalistan and Jayson William are forced to jack up threes.
  • Our style of play and philosophy, which is something that is unique to Filipinos, was apparent throughout the tournament. There are instances when players dribble without any purpose, which causes the offense to stagnate. When we ran out of options, we dump the ball to the best player.

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We came to the FIBA World Cup expecting every game to be like South Korea when it became Chinese Taipei except for one. We went to the tournament with only one play and we ran that play to the ground. It is not even NBA-style one-on-one basketball, rather, it is something that, as I have written in the previous paragraph, only Filipinos can execute.

  • This brings me to my next point. Our style of play is entertaining, and we surprised everybody because of it. We threw our opponents off and we frustrated them. They didn’t know how to guard us. Is our style of play wrong? No. It is something that we are already accustomed to doing, I will not take it against us. But is it a winning style of play? Apparently not.

Photo taken from FIBA.com

If only we reached the Round of 16, maybe our style of play would have changed the landscape of how international basketball will be played. There’s no need to break down the defense through swift ball movement, which is what Argentina did in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Rather, we will discombobulate the opposition with our speed.

The rest of the world would have taken notice, see that what we do provides highlight reels, and it could have changed the way they play because it brings butts to the seats. We could have screamed, “We are Filipinos, we play basketball this way, we showed you how it’s done, and we won doing things our way. Live with it.”

If only.

  • As mentioned above, another tendency that was apparent is that we tend to rely on our main players sometimes to the point of excess. If it is not Andray Blatche, it is Jimmy Alapag. More so Blatche. Our tendency to “asa sa import”, something that we grew accustomed to seeing at the PBA, reared its head.
    Is it wrong? If you ask Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, the answer will be no. Big time players demand the ball in big time situations. The caveat though is that the offense becomes predictable.
Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

  • There is no one to blame for our losses, not even Blatche, who led the tournament in turnovers. We rode on him from beginning to end. Fatigue had to set in eventually, what do you expect?
    Give the guy some slack. He played his heart out. He personified the idea of “puso” just like the rest of the team.
  • Where do we go from here? We have many options. We can continue to be stubborn and play our trademark Pinoy-style basketball and hope that one day we reach far by playing the sport we only know how. Or we can finally try to instill some semblance of discipline only seen when watching European teams.
    Better yet, we can try to develop a hybrid system that takes the best of our bravado and intensity, and couple it with the discipline and precision of Euroball.

After everything has been said and done, I do hope we bring more to the table by the time the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup comes. Especially if we do end up as hosts.

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The Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Kobe Bryant

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kobe bryant smilingOne of the greatest players in NBA history (wiki) is also an athlete who the public doesn’t know much about.

Who are we talking about?

Quite possibly the second best shooting-guard of all-time after Michael Jordan, the Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who is on a quest to win his sixth championship ring and tie his idol Michael Jordan, is currently being pursued by an Italian basketball team to play for them if the NBA season is locked out.

But Bryant’s focus remains on making sure that those who say he’s lost a step, regret it.

Below is a list of the top 10 facts from Kobe Bryant’s wiki that we never knew:

1. Kobe “Beef”

Right before his birth, Kobe Bryant’s parents were at a Philadelphia restaurant named after the high quality beef steak, Kobe, and they decided that would be the name of their son.

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Stanley Pringle lands as first pick of 2014 PBA draft

Photo by Jerome Ascano | Spin.ph

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Save for some draft day trades, the 2014 PBA rookie draft did not elicit much drama as Stanley Pringle was expectedly taken off the board by GlobalPort as this year’s first overall pick. The Batang Pier followed this up by trading for San Mig Coffee’s first round pick to nab Anthony Semerad.

Pringle was followed by Gilas Cadet players Kevin Alas (Rain or Shine), Ronald Pascual (San Miguel Beer from Barako Bull), and Matthew Rosser (NLEX). ABL campaigner Chris Banchero went fifth after being selected by Alaska.

L-R: Chris Banchero, Matt Rosser, Stanley Pringle, Kevin Alas and Ronald Pascual (Photo by Josh Albelda )

L-R: Chris Banchero, Matt Rosser, Stanley Pringle, Kevin Alas and Ronald Pascual (Photo by Josh Albelda )

Expansion teams Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports made hay as they were given the chance to pick as many players as they can after the second round. The Sorentos tabbed coach Manny Pacquiao and Kyle Pascual in the first two rounds before hauling Manny’s cousin Rene, Kenneth Ighalo, Paolo Taha, Jeremy Bartolo, Anthony Gavieres, Richard Cole, Giorgio Umali, Jonathan Banal, Michael Acuña, Mark Romero, and Francis Bercede.

Blackwater, on the other hand, shored up its roster with Juami Tiongson (first round), Frank Golla (second round), Bryan Heruela, Maclean Sabellina, Juneric Baloria, Raul Soyud, Clark Bautista, and Ford Ruaya (third round).

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Shaquille O’Neal Once Made a 3-Pointer in the NBA

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Shaquille O’Neal has made 11,196 career baskets. Not surprisingly, 11,195 of which have been 2-pointers.

On Feb. 26, 1996, in a game against Milwaukee Bucks, Shaq received the ball well beyond the arc and hurled it towards the hoop. The ball somehow went in off the glass — not that he called it.

O’Neal has taken just 22 3-point attempts over the course of his career — averaging about one per year. His total 3-point percentage is .045, which is even less than one tenth of his .527 career free-throw percentage.


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Keisuke Honda takes one of the worst corners of all time in AC Milan friendly against Valencia

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We never thought we’d see the day, but Wayne Rooney’s corner at the World Cup may have just been eclipsed by AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda.

The Japan playmaker skied his effort so high it even went out of shot for the camera following the action of Milan’s friendly against Valencia.

It seemed to be an embarrassing day all round for the Italians, who saw debutant goalkeeper Diego Lopez spectacularly lobbed from 40 yards by Paco Alcacer.

Still, better to get all this out of the system before the real action begins, eh?

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