Monthly Archives: December 2012

Smart Gilas 2012 Recap

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2012 has been a great year for Smart Gilas Pilipinas! 2012 started with Jong Uichico joining the Smart Gilas Coaching Staff as an Assistant Coach then in February, Coach Chot Reyes was named head coach to replace Coach Rajko Toroman.

In July 2012, Smart Gilas 2.0 had their first tournament and was coached by Jong Uichico, they played in the 2012 SEABA Tournament and was crowned champions led by Marcus Douthit, Alaska players LA Tenorio, Mac Baracael and Sonny Thoss and Chris Tiu who played his last tournament for Smart Gilas.

August 2012 was a great month for Smart Gilas as they were crowned Jones Cup 2012 Champions, the last time Philippines won the Jones Cup was in 1998. LA Tenorio was named Jones Cup Tournament MVP.

The 2012 FIBA Asia Cup was held in September, Smart Gilas came up short as we lost to Qatar in the battle for 3rd place and placed 4th.

In November, plans to make Javale McGee the next naturalized player for the country did not push through and the Smart Gilas Cadet pool was formed composed of amateur basketball players including Greg Slaughter, Kevin Alas and Fil-Am recruit Matt Ganuelas Rosser

Then in December 2012, Smart Gilas added another Fil-Am recruit, Justin Melton to beef up the Smart Gilas line-up, which only has 3 PBA players plus Marcus Douthit which will participate in 2 Invitational Tournaments in January 2013 in Hong Kong and Dubai!

Happy New Year and Keep on Supporting our Philippine National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas Pilipinas!

Smart Gilas vs KL Dragons Tune-up Games

Smart Gilas had 2 tune-up games against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons last December 29 and 30, 2012.

1st Game: Smart Gilas defeats KL Dragons, 86-80
-Ronjay Buenafe with 16 points
-Justin Melton with 12 points
-Greg Slaughter with 12 points
-Ronald Pascual with 8 points
-Nino Canaleta with 8 points
-Marcus Douthit did not play

2nd Game: KL Dragons defeats Smart Gilas , 89-82
-Marcus Douthit with 15 points
-Justin Melton with 15 points
-Nino Canaleta with 12 points
-Ronjay Buenafe with 10 points

New Fil-Am recruit Justin Melton already showing his talents in his first stint with Smart Gilas!


Current Smart Gilas Roster January 2013

The Smart Gilas Roster for the Invitational Tournaments this January 2013 was already announced by Coach Chot Reyes. There are many notable players missing from the lineup which composed of mostly Smart Gilas cadets.

While these are just practice games for the FIBA Asia Championship in August 2013, Smart Gilas needs to add more depth to their roster.

Marcus Douthit
JayR Reyes
Greg Slaughter
Isaac Holstein

Nino Canaleta
Ronald Pascual
Jake Pascual
Ronjay Buenafe

Matt Rosser
Justin Melton
Kevin Alas
RR Garcia
Garvo Lanete

Let us support our Philippine National Basketball Team!

Justin Melton


Full Name: Justin Melton
Birth Date: 1986 (Born in Philippines)
Height: 5’11
Position: Point Guard
College: Mount Olive College (Visual Communication Degree)
High School: Tabb High School, Yorktown, VA
Professional: Played in Brazil in 2009
Notable Awards:
Led Brazil Team (Artur Nogueira) to its first championship
Mount Olive Defensive Player of the Year in 2009

With Father, Donnie Melton and Mother, Cecilia Fortes

Listed only as 5’10 but can dunk the ball, watch this Justin Melton Video:


Updated Smart Gilas Roster for Invitational Tournaments

From PBA:
Jay R Reyes (Meralco Bolts)
Ronjay Buenafe (Meralco Bolts)
Nino “KG” Canaleta (Air 21 Express)

Naturalized Player:
Marcus Douthit

From Smart Gilas Cadet Pool:
Kevin Alas
RR Garcia
Garvo Lanete
Ronald Pascual
Jake Pascual
Matt Ganuelas Rosser
Greg Slaughter

New Fil-Am Recruits:
Justin Melton
Isaac Holstein

This current team will play in the invitational tournaments in Dubai and Hong Kong on January 2013.

Only players from eliminated teams in the current PBA Philippine Cup were invited that is why no players from Alaska, Talk N Text, San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine. Included in the pool but injured: LA Tenorio (Ginebra) and Gary David (Globalport). Other players were invited to join the pool but did not attend practice: Arwind Santos, Junmar Fajardo, Jay Washington, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Lutz of Petron Blaze Boosters.

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