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Old 04-14-2007, 11:46 AM   #16
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The battlecry is 8-8-8!on our way with 482 days to the Olympics...


SMB-RP STUNS LONG BEACH STATE
Caguioa, Seigle & Alapag star in Nationals’ final US tune-up game

Saturday, 14 April 2007
CARSON CITY, CA – Mark Caguioa scored 23 points and Danny Seigle added 21 Friday as RP-San Miguel wrapped up its two-week training in the States by shocking the Long Beach State 49ers, a US NCAA Division I school, 93-89, at the Home Depot Center.

Caguioa and Seigle carried the brunt of the Nationals' second half comeback from double-digit deficits against the bigger, faster 49ers, but it was dervish of a point guard Jimmy Alapag who brought the rally to a heart-stopping climax.
Alapag tied the game 89-all with a three-point shot and Seigle hit two free throws with 20 seconds remaining, following a Long Beach miss, to give RP-San Miguel a 91-89 lead.

Long Beach called time to diagram an offense designed, as it turned out, for a zone. But national coach Chot Reyes switched to a man-to-man and the 49ers' star Kevin Houston, a second team All-American, was unable to attack the defense on isolation.

A hurried shot and an ensuing baseline turnover gave possession to the Nationals and Alapag, fouled with four seconds left, sank two free throws to ice the game.

Asi Taulava contributed 15 points, Renren Ritualo 14, Alapag 9, Mick Pennisi 6, Kerby Raymundo 3, and Dondon Hontiveros 2 for the Nationals who missed the services of Ranidel de Ocampo who had flown back to Manila earlier to attend to his college graduation.

RP-San Miguel trailed 12-25 in the first quarter, 34-48 at the half and 64-70 after three quarters before turning hot.

"This game showed our resilience. We simply would not quit," said Reyes. "They constantly talked about pride in the huddles, especially when they were down."

The win, Reyes said, also justified Ritualo's inclusion in the team.

"He gets us back into games quickly. The key is his acceptance of his role. He may be the last person off the bench, but he doesn't allow this to bother him."

Reyes said the three basic objectives for the FIBA Asia-bound national team's going to Carson City – one, to get top-caliber conditioning and skills training; two, know each other more personally and connect and bond more cohesively; and three, play against high quality competition – were all met.

"We still have quite a ways to go before being in top shape for the FIBA qualifiers in July, but I am confident we are moving in the right direction," Reyes said.

Long Beach went up early, 15-4, using its size and speed to the hilt.

"They ran well, shot from deep, and rebounded relentlessly," Reyes reported. "But the most impressive thing was their defense – we could not break anyone down off the dribble, forcing us to shorten our rotation by shuffling guys in and out faster than normal."

Caguioa and Seigle then found their range to bring down a 48-34 Long Beach lead to six points going to the fourth quarter.

There Ritualo took over, gunning down three consecutive 3-pointers to set up the nerve-fraying finish.

The Nationals are expected to be back in the Manila Sunday.
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Mark Caguioa has the Scorers mentality he is now currently averaging 20 PPG. Godbless Mark and the RP NAtional Team Squad all for one and one for all.

AMERICA HERE COMES MARK CAGUIOA
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The cornerstone of Philippine
basketball’s future has been laid down here Saturday
night, buried beneath the rubbles of this Indonesian
capital, collectively dug up by a bunch of gritty
individuals led by an inspiring mentor and a spunky
point guard.

Harbour Centre-RP team restored back
basketball pride and glory to the country by walloping
SM Britama-Indonesia in the finals, 85-67, to top the
SEABA Champions Cup and claim its first international
title in two years.

Playmaker Marvin Cruz erased the stigma of
the two-year suspension on the country FIBA lifted
recently, as he delivered for a team-high 20 points,
most of them coming like daggers struck deep into the
throats of the highly-physical Indonesians.
Import Julius Nwosu also had a defining
game for the nationals, finishing with a double-double
of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Jonathan Fernandez
and John Christopher Intal bombed from the outside to
add 16 and 12, respectively.
Together, their efforts opened the
floodgates for the country to represent the region in
the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.
Now the RP five under coach Chot Reyes
takes over as the all-pro unit is the one bound to see
action in the tournament set next month.
Reyes is currently in the thick of
preparing the nationals in their ultimate bid of
earning a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the
FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, won by the country twice in
the past, included as part of the team’s calendar of
events.
Coach Junel Baculi, architect of RP’s
championship runs in the 1996 and 97 Champions Cup,
considered his latest conquest the sweetest of all his
international feats.
“Kahit na SEABA lang, ito pa rin ang
pinakamasarap sa lahat since this is the country’s
first international title following the FIBA
suspension. At the same time, we paved the way for
coach Chot’s team to compete in the FIBA-Asia
Champions Cup and there’s no more gratifying other
than that,” said the bemoustached veteran coach.
Basketball godfather Mikee Romero, whose
Harbour Centre bankrolled the team’s stint in the
five-day, four-nation tournament, was just as
ecstatic, putting the nationals’ accomplishment way
beyond the back-to-back titles his ballclub won in the
Philippine Basketball League (PBL).
“Wala itong kaparis. It personally made me
proud to be a Filipino. Ang sarap maging Filipino,”
said the youthful team owner, obviously overwhelmed by
the support extended by the Filipino community here,
which came in full force to cheer the nationals at the
Britama Arena.
Congratulatory messages were immediately sent
by PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Philippine
Basketball Association (PBA) counterpart Noli Eala,
BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V.
Pangilinan and Toyota Balintawak team owner Rey Oben
through team manager Eric Arejola and assistant
Bernard Yang the moment the nationals clinched the
title.
Going in the championship game, doubts were
raised against the inexperienced RP squad in the wake
of its disappointing 74-79 loss against the same
Indonesian five during the preliminary round.
But come the final, the nationals proved that
they are still the better team.

An offensive foul on Indonesian import Kueth
Duany off Ryan Arana on the game’s first possession
set the tone of the match.

Taking the cue, the nationals took command
from there, 16-4, as Cruz, the 5-foot-8 star point
guard of Toyota Balintawak adjudged as the best player
by the Filipino media covering here, rattled off eight
straight points.

Fernandez then pumped back-to-back
three-pointers to end the first quarter for a 22-8 RP
lead.

The Indonesians fought back behind Duany and
fellow import Ian Crosswhite, but they never came
close to breaking that double digit Harbour Centre
lead that stood at its biggest at 45-25 on a
three-pointer by Arana early in the third period.
Twice the host country razed the deficit to
13, only for the Nationals to have a ready answer.
The last time the Indonesians threatened,
51-65, Cruz came back with six points, sandwiched
between a Vidal Messiah basket, to restore back the
lead to 18 with under six minutes to go.
And just when victory was within reach, the
Nationals saved their best for last. Off an inbound
play, Massiah issued a perfect alley oop pass to Nwosu
for a two-handed slam that brought the crowd down.

The scores

Harbour Centre-RP (85) – Cruz 20, Nwosu 18, Fernandez
16, Intal 12, Arana 7, Massiah 6, Castro 4, F.
Rodriguez 2, Magpayo 0, Lanete 0, L. Rodriguez 0.]

SM Britana-Indonesia (67) – Duany 23, Crosswhite 17,
Achmad 11, Gunawan 6, Sumargo 5, Prihantono 3, Wijaya
2, Sitepu 0, Sondakh 0, Jati 0, Situmorang 0.
Quarterscores: 22-8; 40-25; 63-45; 85-67.


PHILIPPINES WIN THE GOLD AT SEABA 2007.
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Nationals bag 1st intl title for RP

The Harbour Centre-RP Team clinched the Southeast Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup by walloping SM Britama-Indonesia in the finals, 85-67, to mark the Philippines' comeback in the international basketball scene on Saturday night.

The win vindicated RP’s 74-79 loss against the same Indonesian five during the preliminary round.

The win brought the Philippines' first international title in two years since it was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) over the country’s internal squabble on basketball affairs.

Playmaker Marvin Cruz led the Nationals with a team-high 20 points while import Julius Nwosu provided additional firepower with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Jonathan Fernandez and JC Intal also helped from outside the arc to add 16 and 12, respectively.

Coach Junel Baculi said their SEABA win was considered the sweetest since it marked the resurrection of Philippine basketball.

Coach Chot Reyes, meanwhile, is preparing the all-pro unit in its ultimate bid of earning a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics through the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup.
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SEABA Champ - Harbour-RP

By Gerry Ramos

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The cornerstone of Philippine basketball-s future has been laid down here Saturday night, buried beneath the rubbles of this Indonesian capital, collectively dug up by a bunch of gritty individuals led by an inspiring mentor and a spunky point guard.

Harbour Centre-RP team restored back basketball pride and glory to the country by walloping SM Britama-Indonesia in the finals, 85-67, to top the SEABA Champions Cup and claim its first international title in two years.

Playmaker Marvin Cruz erased the stigma of the two-year suspension on the country FIBA lifted recently, as he delivered for a team-high 20 points, most of them coming like daggers struck deep into the throats of the highly-physical Indonesians.

Import Julius Nwosu also had a defining game for the nationals, finishing with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Jonathan Fernandez and John Christopher Intal bombed from the outside to add 16 and 12, respectively.

Together, their efforts opened the floodgates for the country to represent the region in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.

Now the RP five under coach Chot Reyes takes over as the all-pro unit is the one bound to see action in the tournament set next month.

Reyes is currently in the thick of preparing the nationals in their ultimate bid of earning a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, won by the country twice in the past, included as part of the team-s calendar of events.

Coach Junel Baculi, architect of RP-s championship runs in the 1996 and 97 Champions Cup, considered his latest conquest the sweetest of all his international feats.

-Kahit na SEABA lang, ito pa rin ang pinakamasarap sa lahat since this is the country-s first international title following the FIBA suspension. At the same time, we paved the way for coach Chot-s team to compete in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup and there-s no more gratifying other than that,- said the bemoustached veteran coach. Basketball godfather Mikee Romero, whose Harbour Centre bankrolled the team-s stint in the five-day, four-nation tournament, was just as ecstatic, putting the nationals- accomplishment way beyond the back-to-back titles his ballclub won in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

"Wala itong kaparis. It personally made me proud to be a Filipino. Ang sarap maging Filipino," said the youthful team owner, obviously overwhelmed by the support extended by the Filipino community here, which came in full force to cheer the nationals at the Britama Arena.

Congratulatory messages were immediately sent by PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) counterpart Noli Eala, BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan and Toyota Balintawak team owner Rey Oben through team manager Eric Arejola and assistant Bernard Yang the moment the nationals clinched the title.

Going in the championship game, doubts were raised against the inexperienced RP squad in the wake of its disappointing 74-79 loss against the same Indonesian five during the preliminary round. But come the final, the nationals proved that they are still the better team.

An offensive foul on Indonesian import Kueth Duany off Ryan Arana on the game-s first possession set the tone of the match.

Taking the cue, the nationals took command from there, 16-4, as Cruz, the 5-foot-8 star point guard of Toyota Balintawak adjudged as the best player by the Filipino media covering here, rattled off eight straight points.

Fernandez then pumped back-to-back three-pointers to end the first quarter for a 22-8 RP lead.

The Indonesians fought back behind Duany and fellow import Ian Crosswhite, but they never came close to breaking that double digit Harbour Centre lead that stood at its biggest at 45-25 on a three-pointer by Arana early in the third period.

Twice the host country razed the deficit to 13, only for the Nationals to have a ready answer. The last time the Indonesians threatened, 51-65, Cruz came back with six points, sandwiched between a Vidal Messiah basket, to restore back the lead to 18 with under six minutes to go.

And just when victory was within reach, the Nationals saved their best for last. Off an inbound play, Massiah issued a perfect alley oop pass to Nwosu for a two-handed slam that brought the crowd down.

The scores

Harbour Centre-RP (85) - Cruz 20, Nwosu 18, Fernandez 16, Intal 12, Arana 7, Massiah 6, Castro 4, F. Rodriguez 2, Magpayo 0, Lanete 0, L. Rodriguez 0.

SM Britana-Indonesia (67) - Duany 23, Crosswhite 17, Achmad 11, Gunawan 6, Sumargo 5, Prihantono 3, Wijaya 2, Sitepu 0, Sondakh 0, Jati 0, Situmorang 0.

Quarterscores: 22-8; 40-25; 63-45; 85-67.
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CONGRATULATIONS Team PILIPINAS for being the champs and at the SEABA. ALL FOR ONE!!!! ONE FOR ALL!!!!!
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2007 Jones Cup Tournament
There will be 10 men's teams and 8 women's teams in the 2007 William Jones Cup International Tournament, which will be held from July 2 - 17 in Sinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County, (Capacity 7,000) Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) announced in a press release Tuesday.

Participating teams in men's competition:

Taiwan
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Lebanon
Iran
Japan
Korea
Kazakhstan
Philippines
USA

Nine of 10 men's teams are expected to use the Jones Cup as a warmup series for the upcoming Asian Championship for Men, which will take place in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 - August 5, CTBA said.

While most of the participating teams are expected to be national teams, the association did not specify which clubs/teams will be playing in the annual tournament -- for example, the teams that will represent the United States
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Will the team of Coach Chot Reyes (all pro unit) compete in the upcoming Jones Cup? Oh and another thing, will the games be televised unlike the SEABA Cup?
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Will the team of Coach Chot Reyes (all pro unit) compete in the upcoming Jones Cup? Oh and another thing, will the games be televised unlike the SEABA Cup?


I think it will be televise in channel 5
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I really hope the game will be televised. I was disappointed because I didn't get to watch the SEABA Cup. I really want to watch all the games of Team Pilipinas. Go Pilipinas!!!
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]Mark "The Spark" Caguioa Hoping to Lead RP to Olympics[/size]

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LOS ANGELES - The days when Rick Caguioa would win a game of one-on-one basketball against his son, Mark, are long gone.

“That was when he was in Junior high school after that… no more,” said Rick Caguioa smiling.

His uncle Rudy Caguioa, fared better against Mark.

“Ask him who won. He’ll tell you,” said Rudy with a laugh.

Filipino-American Mark “The Spark” Caguioa, their son and nephew, is a 6’0” 180-pound all-star basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and a member of the Philippine National Basketball team. The RP National team kicked-off the beginning of their training and quest to qualify for the Olympics at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Every game it’s not hard to miss the two brothers, Rick and Rudy, in the sidelines. They watch every minute, every play, and every foul, of their son’s games. They often glance over to the basketball sidelines and wait for coach “Chet” Reyes bring Mark in (if he’s not already on the court). They shout words of encouragement to Mark, direct his actions, talk smack to opposing players and even get on the referees on bad calls. It is a habit they can’t let go.

“We’ve coached Mark since he was very little,” said Rudy.

When Mark came back home to Eagle Rock from the Philippines as a member of the RP national team, he came home as a hero to his family.

“We feel so proud. We are so glad that the team is training here so we have another time and another week to get together,” said the elder Rick. “Being on the national team is also a great opportunity for him to see the other side of the world and compete against the best. He’ll only get better from this experience.”

The Caguioa’s knew that this was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is not often that one sees your son or nephew as a member of the historic RP National team trying to be the first RP team in 36 years to qualify for the Olympics. Their only regret is not being able to watch and follow Mark for the upcoming qualifying tournament games in Asia.

“Because of the schedule we have, it’s good that he’s here and visits us. He comes over every night, drives home after every practice,” said Rick. “He’s happy once he gets home. He makes a lot of noise and his little brother is so happy.”

Since Mark spends most of his time in the Philippines away from his family preparing for the for the PBA season, he relishes the opportunity to stay with his family any chance he gets. He comes back home during the PBA off-season and if time permits, flies his parents to the Philippines to watch him play.

The former Eagle Rock High School standout basketball star and Glendale Community College First-Team All-Western State Conference player, Mark never imagined that he would be back to his old stomping grounds as a member of a historic RP national team. Mark is glad that the RP Nationals decided to train here for the first few weeks before continuing their preparation in the Philippines.

“I’m glad we trained over here because I lived 30 minutes away so after the game or practice I went home and spent some time with my family,” said Mark Caguioa.

Friends were astonished and proud when they heard he made the team.

Ritchie Arce, who went to Eagle Rock High with Mark and has known him since 7th grade, said he remembered Mark playing basketball any chance he had and during every break in school.

“He was sweaty and dirty all day long,” said Arce. “Man, you couldn’t miss him. He always had a black backpack on and running to the next class. The good thing about him is that he grew. He was short back then. I think only 5 foot in 8th grade.”

“I'm really glad he made the team because he deserves it. His skills didn't come natural. I saw him working hard and really improving his game,” said Arce. “The only thing that separates Mark from the rest of the Fil-Am players is that he has that killer instinct in his game and the will to score by all means.”

It was that killer instinct that Mark possessed that enabled the Barangay Ginebra Kings choose him as the third overall pick in 2001 PBA draft. He quickly asserted himself as one of the premiere players in the PBA.

He won the PBA Rookie of the Year in 2001 and earned the moniker “The Spark” after his standout play, which also rhymed with his first name Mark. He along with fellow RP National teammate Jayjay Helterbrand were the backcourt tandem that helped the Ginebra Kings win back-to-back PBA championships in the 2004 and 2005 season. And, a third championship this past 2007 season. He is also a seven-time PBA All-Star being most recently, named as the 2007 PBA Best Player of the Conference.

In February, he heard the news that he would be part of the “historic” team that would compete in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship and FIBA Asia Championship to qualify for an Olympic berth in the 2008 Beijing, China Olympics

“Of course, who wouldn’t want to play for your country,” said Caguioa. “It meant a lot to me.”

However, it hasn’t been all fun and games playing in the PBA. Mark has had a hard time dealing with members of the media in the Philippines who criticized him.

“What they write about me, it doesn’t faze me,” said Mark. “I just continue to play basketball.”

His defiant persona with the media is similar to his style of play. He has an aggressive style of play. He drives to the basket with utter disregard believing he’s going to make that shot. His favorite move is driving in towards the baseline, steps one way, shakes the defender loose before going for an open jumper or continue driving in for a running tear drop shot.

With the RP National team wrapping up their training at the Home Depot Center in Carson, his dad gives Mark words of advice for the upcoming qualifying tournaments.

“I told him to discipline himself,” said Rick. “Just come to practice, go home and don’t go out. Discipline yourself and continue doing what you’re doing and you’ll reach another level.”

Those days of playing one-on-one in the backyard basketball court of Uncle Rudy’s home or the various parks and recreation centers around Eagle Rock has paid off. The long hours has honed the type of player that Mark has become.

“He works hard,” said Rudy. “When he was on the varsity team in Eagle Rock, he used to call me Friday nights before their games and say ‘Uncle Rudy can I stay with you this evening and we’ll play basketball.’ And we’d play basketball. Tomorrow, winter, spring, summer, and fall it doesn’t matter what season it is. He’ll come to my house, he’ll get up early and we’ll go to the basketball court. It’s all about heart. He has a lot of heart.”

So who won in the game between Mark and his uncle Rudy?

“He did,” said Mark.

“But he cheated. I was up by five points and my Aunt called him over just as I was about to beat him.”

“Hey what can I say,” said Rudy. “My wife called me over. I quickly retired after that. And he never beat me.” (www.asianjournal.com)
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This one seems to be a better version of the news when RP team played and won its last game in Carson vs Long Beach State...

RP National Team Caps Off Training with Win Against Long Beach
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CARSON - The RP National Basketball team finished their sixth and last tune-up game on April 11 with a stellar comeback win against NCAA Div. 1 California State University, Long Beach. The win caps off two-weeks of training and simulated games at the Home Depot Center.

“Wow, fantastic,” said RP Coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes after the game. “We were down by 18 points but our theme before the game was ‘one and done.’ We’ve been here training for two weeks, we’ve worked really hard, and it boiled down to one game. I told the guys ‘One game left, let’s get it done’ and they did.”

Team Pilipinas had been training in Los Angeles for the upcoming Olympic qualifier tournaments in the summer. The RP team is hoping to be the first Philippine basketball team to make it to the Olympics in 36 years.

The last time an RP team made it into the Olympics, was in 1972.

The Home Depot Center served as the battleground for the team to better prepare themselves against stiffer and more meaningful competition in the FIBA 2007 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament and The FIBA Asia Championship for Men, the Olympic qualifying tournament.

In front of an estimated crowd of 80 Filipino basketball supporters on a Tuesday, the RP team wanted to come out strong against Long Beach State especially after suffering a narrow three point lost to Long Beach’s division rival Cal. State Fullerton the day before.

Long Beach posed a tougher challenge. They were the Big West division champions and an NCAA tournament team losing to Tennessee in the first round, which made it into the Sweet 16.

Mark “The Spark” Caguioa provided the main scoring threat leading the team with 23 points. Danny Seigle scored 21 points. In addition, Ren-Ren Ritualo added 14 points.

The RP team continued their sluggish start, displayed in most of the exhibition games, falling behind 25 to 12 to Long Beach at the end of the first quarter and 48 to 34 by the end of the half. The RP team trailed Long Beach by as many as 18 points.

During the half, an irate Coach Chot Reyes made it clear that the team’s performance was unacceptable. He gathered the team together and gave them a loud verbal tongue-lashing that could be heard from the other side of the basketball court.

Coach Reyes halftime speech woke the RP team up.

In the third quarter, Caguioa sparked the rally scoring the first seven points in the quarter and Danny Seigle contributed to cut the Long Beach lead down to six. The score at the end of the quarter was Long Beach 70 to RP 64.

Heading into the fourth quarter, frustrated members of the Long Beach squad were heard in their huddle, “we’ve been beating this team all game long, now we beat them with our minds.”

Unfortunately, the Long Beach pep talk served futile.

Ritualo started the fourth quarter hot making three straight 3 pointers in the perimeter to tie against Long Beach. After giving up a foul to Long Beach that resulted in free throws, Caguioa responded nailing a three pointer on the top of the key finally giving the RP team a one-point lead with four minutes remaining.

In the last three minutes, the scores went back and forth before Tualava put the RP team up for good with a lay up in the final 30 seconds. Long Beach had a chance to tie the game but after they missed their shot, they fouled Alapag, who clinched the game on the free throw line going 2 for 2 with four seconds remaining. The final score Long Beach 89 to RP 93.

“Well it was our last day,” said Caguioa. “I wanted to leave on a good note and get this ‘W’ before going to back to Manila. All that training is paying off.”

The big man, Tualava reflected on his two-week training with the team.

“It was something new and something different. This was a good test for us,” said Tualava. “We know when we get back to playing in FIBA Asia; we know all the teams aren’t going to be as athletic as [Long Beach] and the other teams we faced.”

After the game, the RP team stayed a little longer than usual. They took their official team photos, posed for photos with fans, signed autographs, and thanked all those that came out to support.

Nellie De La Cruz, the mother of RP team member Forward Anthony De La Cruz, each gave the players a newly minted gold coin for good luck.

“Sometimes brides put a coin in their shoe for good luck but I thought a gold coin would be more appropriate,” said Nellie De La Cruz.

About their overall experience, Coach Reyes said he learned that his team has great resilience even in the two games they lost. The RP team finished with a record of four wins and two losses in their exhibition games.

He said that before the training camp he had only three objectives: 1. to get good conditioning workout and skills training; 2. To increase the bonding and chemistry of the guys getting to know each other; and 3. for this team to play against quality competition.

“And I would say that we got all of those. If we had a to-do list there would be check marks all the way,” said Coach Reyes.

With the RP team leaving April 13, Team Pilipinas will rest shortly before they resume training for their upcoming tentative tournament schedule.

On May 1, the RP team will play against the all-import team of the PBA. After that, they will prepare for the FIBA Asia Champions cup in Iran and The SEABA Champions tournament.

In June, the team will travel to Europe to participate in European tournaments, and in July, an Invitational in Manila will serve as the final preparation for the Olympic qualifying tournament - The FIBA Asia Championship for Men, hosted this year in Japan.

Only the top two teams in The FIBA Asia Championship for Men will make it to the Olympics in China in 2008. Since China is assured of an automatic berth at the 2008 Olympics as the host nation, only one other team can qualify for the Olympics in Asia; Either the overall champion or the finalists of a China title match up.

Coach Reyes wanted to apologize for those Fil-Ams who were not able to make it to any of their games at the Home Depot Center.

“I’m sorry we didn’t have a really good schedule because of the times of the games but we would have loved to have them come,” said Coach Reyes. “If we do qualify for the Olympics next year, who knows, maybe we’ll be back next year.”

“This is a team that you could be proud of,” he added. “These [players] are good people, they don’t play dirty or throw their elbows around, they played straight up basketball, and they are truly a good team to watch even for the average basketball fan.” (www.asianjournal.com)
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This one seems to be a better version of the news when RP team played and won its last game in Carson vs Long Beach State...

RP National Team Caps Off Training with Win Against Long Beach
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CARSON - The RP National Basketball team finished their sixth and last tune-up game on April 11 with a stellar comeback win against NCAA Div. 1 California State University, Long Beach. The win caps off two-weeks of training and simulated games at the Home Depot Center.

“Wow, fantastic,” said RP Coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes after the game. “We were down by 18 points but our theme before the game was ‘one and done.’ We’ve been here training for two weeks, we’ve worked really hard, and it boiled down to one game. I told the guys ‘One game left, let’s get it done’ and they did.”

Team Pilipinas had been training in Los Angeles for the upcoming Olympic qualifier tournaments in the summer. The RP team is hoping to be the first Philippine basketball team to make it to the Olympics in 36 years.

The last time an RP team made it into the Olympics, was in 1972.

The Home Depot Center served as the battleground for the team to better prepare themselves against stiffer and more meaningful competition in the FIBA 2007 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament and The FIBA Asia Championship for Men, the Olympic qualifying tournament.

In front of an estimated crowd of 80 Filipino basketball supporters on a Tuesday, the RP team wanted to come out strong against Long Beach State especially after suffering a narrow three point lost to Long Beach’s division rival Cal. State Fullerton the day before.

Long Beach posed a tougher challenge. They were the Big West division champions and an NCAA tournament team losing to Tennessee in the first round, which made it into the Sweet 16.

Mark “The Spark” Caguioa provided the main scoring threat leading the team with 23 points. Danny Seigle scored 21 points. In addition, Ren-Ren Ritualo added 14 points.

The RP team continued their sluggish start, displayed in most of the exhibition games, falling behind 25 to 12 to Long Beach at the end of the first quarter and 48 to 34 by the end of the half. The RP team trailed Long Beach by as many as 18 points.

During the half, an irate Coach Chot Reyes made it clear that the team’s performance was unacceptable. He gathered the team together and gave them a loud verbal tongue-lashing that could be heard from the other side of the basketball court.

Coach Reyes halftime speech woke the RP team up.

In the third quarter, Caguioa sparked the rally scoring the first seven points in the quarter and Danny Seigle contributed to cut the Long Beach lead down to six. The score at the end of the quarter was Long Beach 70 to RP 64.

Heading into the fourth quarter, frustrated members of the Long Beach squad were heard in their huddle, “we’ve been beating this team all game long, now we beat them with our minds.”

Unfortunately, the Long Beach pep talk served futile.

Ritualo started the fourth quarter hot making three straight 3 pointers in the perimeter to tie against Long Beach. After giving up a foul to Long Beach that resulted in free throws, Caguioa responded nailing a three pointer on the top of the key finally giving the RP team a one-point lead with four minutes remaining.

In the last three minutes, the scores went back and forth before Tualava put the RP team up for good with a lay up in the final 30 seconds. Long Beach had a chance to tie the game but after they missed their shot, they fouled Alapag, who clinched the game on the free throw line going 2 for 2 with four seconds remaining. The final score Long Beach 89 to RP 93.

“Well it was our last day,” said Caguioa. “I wanted to leave on a good note and get this ‘W’ before going to back to Manila. All that training is paying off.”

The big man, Tualava reflected on his two-week training with the team.

“It was something new and something different. This was a good test for us,” said Tualava. “We know when we get back to playing in FIBA Asia; we know all the teams aren’t going to be as athletic as [Long Beach] and the other teams we faced.”

After the game, the RP team stayed a little longer than usual. They took their official team photos, posed for photos with fans, signed autographs, and thanked all those that came out to support.

Nellie De La Cruz, the mother of RP team member Forward Anthony De La Cruz, each gave the players a newly minted gold coin for good luck.

“Sometimes brides put a coin in their shoe for good luck but I thought a gold coin would be more appropriate,” said Nellie De La Cruz.

About their overall experience, Coach Reyes said he learned that his team has great resilience even in the two games they lost. The RP team finished with a record of four wins and two losses in their exhibition games.

He said that before the training camp he had only three objectives: 1. to get good conditioning workout and skills training; 2. To increase the bonding and chemistry of the guys getting to know each other; and 3. for this team to play against quality competition.

“And I would say that we got all of those. If we had a to-do list there would be check marks all the way,” said Coach Reyes.

With the RP team leaving April 13, Team Pilipinas will rest shortly before they resume training for their upcoming tentative tournament schedule.

On May 1, the RP team will play against the all-import team of the PBA. After that, they will prepare for the FIBA Asia Champions cup in Iran and The SEABA Champions tournament.

In June, the team will travel to Europe to participate in European tournaments, and in July, an Invitational in Manila will serve as the final preparation for the Olympic qualifying tournament - The FIBA Asia Championship for Men, hosted this year in Japan.

Only the top two teams in The FIBA Asia Championship for Men will make it to the Olympics in China in 2008. Since China is assured of an automatic berth at the 2008 Olympics as the host nation, only one other team can qualify for the Olympics in Asia; Either the overall champion or the finalists of a China title match up.

Coach Reyes wanted to apologize for those Fil-Ams who were not able to make it to any of their games at the Home Depot Center.

“I’m sorry we didn’t have a really good schedule because of the times of the games but we would have loved to have them come,” said Coach Reyes. “If we do qualify for the Olympics next year, who knows, maybe we’ll be back next year.”

“This is a team that you could be proud of,” he added. “These [players] are good people, they don’t play dirty or throw their elbows around, they played straight up basketball, and they are truly a good team to watch even for the average basketball fan.” (www.asianjournal.com)
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hey guys, my name is Joseph Pimentel. I'm the reporter with the Asian Journal that had the fortunate opportunity to cover "Team Pilipinas" while they were here in Los Angeles.

I'm glad I've seen my work about the team already posted here. i'll also add the first article I wrote about the team when they first arrived:

i also have pictures (to be posted) and recorded interviews (sorry no video) with members of the team including Mick Pennissi, Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa, Asi, and a few others.


RP Basketball Hopes to Qualify for 2008 Olympics: RP Team Arrive in LA to Train
Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com
LOS ANGELES - The last time the Philippine National basketball team reached the Olympics in 1972, most of the players on the current roster were not born yet.

Inside the Home Depot Center in Carson, excitement fills the air. Predominantly white jerseys with a shield-crest of the Philippine flag adorn a new generation of Filipino national basketball players.

The RP team arrived in Los Angeles during the last week of March and started training at the Home Depot ADT Event Center on Monday, April 2.

The group is hoping to be the first Philippine team in 36 years and eighth RP National basketball team to qualify for the Olympics. Next year, Beijing, China is hosting the 2008 summer Olympics.

“We want to create history by being the first Philippine team in 36 years to reach the Olympics,” said RP National Coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes.

After the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) lifted its suspension against the Philippines in February, Coach Chot Reyes quickly assembled the “best of the best” 12 players from the Philippine Basketball Association.

“We have a group of players that could play a lot of different positions. The guards are quick and the team as a whole could shoot the ball pretty well,” said Coach Reyes. “More importantly is the excitement. These guys want to be here. They are a group of the highest paid professionals in the Philippines who are giving up their family time, vacation and rest time to come and represent the country.”

“The team was put together three weeks ago [March 12] but as a group they have been playing with or against each other in the PBA for the past two years. It’s going to be really exciting to see how they continue to gel,” added Aboy Castro, Assistant Coach and Scout of the RP team.

The task to qualify will not be easy. The Chinese National Basketball team led by 7’6” center Yao Ming of the NBA Houston Rockets has dominated the FIBA Asia Championship for Men the past three tournaments. The tallest player on the RP team is 6’9” Asi Taulava of the PBA Talk N Text team.

“Our biggest weakness is going to be [going against] the size of China, Qatar, and Lebanon - the bigger teams in Asia. That’s our biggest concern,” said Coach Reyes.

Despite the odds, the coaches and players are set out to regain the dominance over Asia that once was Philippines basketball of the 1950’s and 60’s. But first, they have to compete against other players in tune-up games.

The RP team on Monday April 2 and Tuesday April 3 scrimmaged at the Home Depot Center against a compilation of American players who play international basketball professionally, ABA Hollywood Fame players, and Bryon Russell, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers.

After being down by as much as 18 points on Monday, the RP National team came back and defeated the group of rogue players much to the dismay of Russell on the final score of 98-81.

“It was fun everybody had a good time. Both teams competed,” said Russell. “And [on Monday] we lost to the Filipino National team. They started off slow but their very competitive and they stepped their level of play up.”

Coach Hernando Planells, also of Filipino-American descent, coach of the ABA Hollywood Fame and the scrimmage, said the RP team doesn’t appear to have a lot of size but they have a lot of speed that could carry them to an Olympic berth.

“From a talent perspective, and I’ve seen a lot of other national teams, I think they are very talented,” said Coach Planells. “I truly believe they do have a great shot in qualifying for the Olympics.”

Planell’s rogue team with Russell blew out the RP National team by more than 20 points in the second game on Tuesday.

Jayjay Helterbrand of the PBA Barangay Ginebra Kings and member of the RP National team said after the lost that this is a learning opportunity but no reason to worry.

“We can’t get down on this lost. We have to make sure we learn from it. Hopefully, we can improve and get ready for the upcoming tournament. We’re playing guys that are bigger and stronger than us and just as quick so it’s definitely going to help us get ready in our upcoming games versus China, and the best of Asia.”

Helterbrand right now doesn’t care about winning or losing games. He knows it’s still early in the training process and the chemistry of the team is not there yet.

“This is only our second game we played together as a group,” said Helterbrand. “Chemistry is built on playing together repeatedly. It’s going to come with a lot of playing time and training together. We are the best in the Philippines but if we don’t work together, we’re not going to beat anybody.”

Coach Reyes after the defeat said, “We’re not in game shape right now.”

To prepare for the rigorous training and conditioning regiment that the upcoming tournaments will require, Coach Reyes asked the assistance of the Abunassar Impact Basketball camp, which has trained NBA players Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups and other prominent professional players.

Joe Abunassar, President of the Abunassar camp, said the training regiment for the RP National players start their day at 8 a.m. where they do “performance training,” a series of exercises including two hours of weights training, balance and body control, and nutritional information before hitting the basketball court for another two hours to work on individual skills. After they grab lunch, the players end their day playing an intra-squad or exhibition match.

“What the games are great for is it allows you to see strengths and weaknesses. Not winning or losing but seeing where the team is at right now,” said Abunassar. “These are a group of guys that really play well with each other.”

The Philippine National team will continue to work out at the Home Depot Center until they depart back to the Philippines on April 13 to prepare for competition tournaments in Iraq, Thailand, Qatar, and Europe. Most importantly, the team has the date circled for the FIBA 2007 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament and The FIBA Asia Championship for Men, the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Coach Reyes is hoping to see more Filipinos in the stands cheer them on for their next few exhibition games scheduled on Saturday April 7, Tuesday April 10 and Wednesday April 11. All games start at 2 p.m.

“We need all the support we can get,” said Coach Reyes.

The members of the RP National team are: Jimmy Alapag, Ren-Ren Ritualo, and Asi Taulava of Talk 'N Text Phone Pals; Dondon Hontiveros and Danny Seigle of San Miguel Beermen; Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa of Barangay Ginebra Kings; Tony dela Cruz of Alaska Aces; Kerby Raymundo of Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants; Ranidel de Ocampo of Air21 Express; Mick Pennisi of Red Bull Barako. Other alternates and reserves include Enrico Villanueva of Red Bull Barako; Rommel Adducul of San Miguel Beermen; Rafi Reavis and Rudy Hatfield of Barangay Ginebra Kings. (www.asianjournal.com)
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