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YAP, CAGUIOA AND CO. SIZE UP GILAS PILIPINAS

DAVAO CITY – The 2013 PBA All-Star Week reaches its climax with the staging of the All-Star Game – the initial showcase of Gilas Pilipinas and a match featuring stars James Yap and Mark Caguioa in one team together for the first time ever.

Calvin Abueva, Arwind Santos, Chris Ellis, KG Canaleta, Alex Cabagnot, Jay Washington, Cyrus Baguio, Jayvee Casio, Marcio Lassiter and Beau Belga will be with Yap and Caguioa forming the PBA select team that challenges the Nationals in the centerpiece event of the All-Star festivities Sunday at the Davao del Sur Coliseum in Digos City.

Flag and country is the theme of this year’s PBA All-Star Game, but don’t expect it to be just the show of the national team.

If the objective is to provide Gilas Pilipinas some competition, members of the PBA select team promise to step up and do the job.

“Basketball game pa rin yan, and as a basketball player, we’ll fight for pride. Di kami basta-basta lang magpapatalo dyan,” said Santos.

“Pasensyahan na lang, gagawin namin ang trabaho namin,” said Beau Belga, a Rain or Shine enforcer hinting at going hard against the Nationals.

“We’ll try to win this and it’s going to be a good game,” said Baguio.

“It’s just an exhibition game but the competition will be there. This is to help the national team in its training and, at the same time, a good game for the fans to enjoy,” said Casio.

National coach Chot Reyes welcomes the pronouncements of the PBA stars.

“Nabasa ko yong mga sinabi nila na gusto nila kaming tulungan in our training. I’m appreciative of that,” said Reyes, really looking for a competitive match that can jumpstart their training for the FIBA Asia Championship in August.

The Nationals play their very first game three months after its formation and three months before going to war in the Asian meet that the country hosts at the Mall of Asia Arena and at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The question is how the PBA stars match up with Gilas Pilipinas size wise, in particular with 6-foot-11 naturalized player Marcus Douthit.

Jason Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier, Ranidel De Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Japeth Aguilar, Gary David, June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Marc Pingris and Sonny Thoss are the others making the Gilas team here.

Ryan Reyes and Greg Slaughter are absent due to an injury and studies, respectively.

Without the benefit of a single practice, the PBA stars are likely to engage the Nationals in a freewheeling, run-and-gun battle.

The bottom line is it’s still a fight for pride and bragging rights.

During the pre-All Stars press conference, Santos and company stressed they will come out strong, play hard and provide Smart Gilas the toughest challenge that they can give.

In their first out-of-town sortie, members of Gilas Pilipinas are also trying to improve their bonding.

The PBA has twice accommodated the participation of the national training team in the annual All-Star event. First was in 1998 when the Nationals were under coach Tim Cone, then in 2009 with the Phl team under coach Yeng Guiao. (SB)

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  • darkangel12

    anong oras ito?

    • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

      MAMAYANG ALAS DOS NG UMAGA PHILIPPINE TIME…

  • danilo balayo

    go GILAS PILIPINAS

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.tesorero Shaila Tesorero

    go

  • Jejoprey@yahoo.com

    Fonacier, reyes, chan and thoss should be oust of the NT. Jason Castro Is a good player but I don’t think his going to be fit in international style of play. Fonacier at chan kabado pag clutch time. Cabagnot jwash James yap Caguioa Baguio deserves to gilas ..

    • Observant

      I agree on Fonacier and Chan they are not in their game anymore. Reyes on the other hand is a good defensive player and can shoot on the outside and very versatile player. Thoss will be a reliever for the big men(no choice, there are no other big men in the league). Jason Castro skills will be a plus on the game. Imagine if no one can stop the Blur, Gilas will be hard to stop. I would say Caguioa and Baguio should be in Gilas because how they play right now on the league. I will also want to add PJ Simon, fast, athletic and a shooter. I would also remove Japeth Aguilar, he can only shoot(dunk) when no one is near him. And Gary David, he’s not exploding anymore.

  • Jejoprey@yahoo.com

    Caneleta dpat kunin din ng gilas

  • Observant

    if Gilas really wants to be trained and be challenged, put 2 of the best import in the league right now in the exhibition match later. Because in the FIBA championship all of the players are import sizes. The superstars lack height and would be a walk in the park for the big men of Gilas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

    DAPAT BRGY GINEBRA NA LANG ANG INILABAN SA NATIONAL TEAM PARA NASUBUKAN ANG ANGAS NG NATIONAL TEAM NA YAN LALO NA ANG COACH NILA SI REYES…

    • lee del prado

      cge ikaw na ikaw na magcoach !

      • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

        AKO MAG COACH DYAN IBABAD KO SI GARY DAVID MAGALING SYANG POINT GUARD LALO NA SA ASSIST, DI TULAD NI CAGUIOA LAGI NA LANG SINASABIHANG MAHINANG POINT GUARD NG MGA HATERS SI GARY DAVID NAMAN PASIKATIN NYO MGA HATERS…

        • http://twitter.com/hanzrockz214 Hanzel

          kelan p nging point guard c Gary David at kelan p siya natutong pumasa tumira ng tumira lng alam nun,bka Bal David pwede p..

    • ian jesus dumol

      dapat ikaw nlng at ang mga bisaya mong tropa ang lumaban sa national team ng matigil na yang kayabangan mo sa walang qwenta mong ginebra katulad mo….shabu pahhhhhhhh….hahahahahaha….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhay.mejias.96 Jay Mejias

    para malaman ang galing ng mga team gilas… dapat lahat ng import ay kalalabanin nila
    tapos lagyan ng 2 na point gaurd at 3 shooter tapos ung import na ang kalahati

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