Win over Qatar 'Unacceptable'. RP now 5-3.

TeamPilipinas’ win over the taller and more athletic Qatar would have been sweet if it were not for the fact that at one point in the second quarter, Team RP had a 21 point lead, only to blow it all and lead by just 8 in the end, 88-80.

Coach Chot Reyes was so infuriated over his team’s early celebration and consequent lapses that he was slapped two technical fouls and ejected from the game with 30 seconds left, 62-49. Calling the loss of focus ‘unacceptable’, he lambasted his players ‘to wake them up’. “It was more of wanting to wake up my players“, Reyes said. “Nakita ko na sa body movements nila while warming up at the break na nawala na ang focus, to allow Qatar to outscore us 14-2 at the start of the third is unforgivable.

Qatar however, although coming close several times failed to complete their comebacks due to bad execution and over – complaining to the referees. Here’s the last minutes of the 4th:

Scores and Quarterscores after the jump:

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Win Against Chinese Taipei makes it 4-3

Yet another terrific win came TeamPilipinas’ way last night, this time by a more comfortable margin, ending the contest at 82-64. The RP team led by 20 points twice over the host team, with an evidently large Filipino local contingent helping every step of the way by providing much needed noise to counter Taiwan’s home advantage.

Unfortunately, local viewing of the game was cut off to make way for F1 coverage. Here are the last few minutes of the 4th quarter (again from the excellent xeonfire07), just after Taiwan’s Lin CC’s 3 successive 3 point shots chomped down the lead to just 11 points.

Individual and by quarter scores after the jump:

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Win vs. Iran makes it 3 – 3

Yup, our RP team won again last night against a favored Iranian team, an important victory that helps gauge our readiness for *gasp* the Olympics. And I put *gasp* because, sure it might make me seem like a traitor or something, but it still shakes me a little when I put the words RP Team and Olympics in one sentence. But here’s the scoring by quarters from last night, serving as proof positive (to the dwindling doubters like myself) that it can happen:

Phi 19 32 17 21 Final: 89
Irn 24 22 16 17 Final: 79

and here’s the vid from the last few minutes of the 4th:

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ABC-5 will air Jones Cup

Good news to all Philippine basketball followers! ABC-5 confirmed that they will be airing all of the SMC-RP Team’s games in the 2007 Jones Cup to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from July 2-10. The Philippines will pit wits against other top nine teams, which includes a USA selection, and the national teams of Japan, Korea and Lebanon, among others. It would be interesting how the RP team fares against Asian rivals Jordan and Iran. Both teams together with China and the Philippines belong to the same bracket in the FIBA Asia Championships, dubbed as “the Group of Death” because each team is given an equal chance to advance. The Philippines will face both teams on July 6 and July 7.

The Philippines will kick-off the tournament with a game against a US selection made up of collegiate standouts. The game will be aired live at 5 p.m. The succeeding games will be shown on the same day but on a slightly delayed basis.

Schedules are here:

July 2 – 5:00 pm against USA
July 3 – 7:00 pm against Lebanon
July 4 – 10:00 pm against Japan
July 5 – 7:00 pm against Korea
July 6 – 5:00 pm against Jordan
July 7 – 4:30 pm against Iran
July 8 – 10:00 pm against Chinese-Taipei
July 9 – 4:30 pm against Qatar
July 10 – 4:30 pm against Kazakhstan

After the Jones Cup stint, the RP team will fly back home to compete in a 4-nation Manila Invitationals which will help spice up the PBA Fiesta Cup Finals. The national teams of Syria, China (probably Team B), and Lebanon will take part in the said tournament.

The members of the RP team are: Danny Seigle (who is skipping the Jones Cup due to an injury), Asi Taulava, Mick Pennisi, Kerby Raymundo, Ranidel De Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Tony Dela Cruz, Dondon Hontiveros, Renren Ritualo, Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag and Jay-Jay Helterbrand. Latest recruits are Eric Menk, James Yap, Kelly Williams and Niño Canaleta.