Category Archives: Players

Give Gabe His Due

When coach Chot Reyes reassumed coaching duties for Gilas, he bared his plan to tap into Philippine basketball’s young talent, with an eye on the 2019 World Cup and beyond. This meant that one Gabriel Daniel V. Norwood would likely be out of the national team pool.

‘Happy and excited’ Almazan treasuring Gilas experience

Raymond Almazan SEABA 2017

Raymond Almazan is treasuring the experiencing of playing for Gilas Pilipinas.

The Rain or Shine forward will be making his maiden stint for the national basketball team when the Philippines takes on Myanmar in the opener of the 2017 SEABA Championships here in Manila, and Almazan said he is “happy and excited” to be part of the roster.

“One of my dreams makapaglaro sa bayan natin, i-represent yung country natin. Ang mahalaga dito yung nasa harap ng jersey mo eh,” Almazan said.

Matthew Wright Profile and Videos

One of the new players we believe that would make a big impact in the upcoming PBA season and also in future Gilas Pilipinas teams is Matthew Wright. Matthew Andrew Christopher Wright was drafted by Phoenix Fuel Masters in the recent PBA Rookie Draft where he will be reunited with his Malaysia Dragons coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Watch: Matthew Wright Interview

Matthew Wright Profile
Birth Date: February 7, 1991
Birth Place: Canada

The Passion of Pingris

Marc Pingris

The backlash was immediate and predictably unpleasant, vile even.

The hero had turned heel; the patriot, now a traitor.

The criticisms were harsh, and largely uncalled for, really. Yet Marc Pingris took them all in—the spiteful comments that he had sold his basketball soul for money, the unflattering insinuations that he now loves the hand that feeds him more than his country, and the foul accusations that he has turned his back on flag and country—like the upstanding man he has become.

Through all the bashing, Marc Pingris stayed silent.

Hontiveros is back into action for Gilas

Dondon Hontiveros vs New Zealand

A pained look crossed the face of Kevin Braswell, the playing coach of the New Zealand team when Dondon Hontiveros, hot as fire swished in three triples in an overtime game in the 37th William Jones Cup held in Taipei a few weeks ago.

Hontiveros is now a four-time National team member as he makes it into the the 12-man Gilas line-up of coach Tab Baldwin, who’ll represent the country in the upcoming 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.


Terrence Romeo vs New Zealand

In basketball they say that height is might. But not in the case of Terrence Romeo. In the recently concluded MVP Cup and Jones Cup, Romeo proved that in basketball, height does not matter. In spite of his size, he stood tallest among the others because of his quickness, talent, and of course, his big heart. He was the team’s go-to-guy especially when the game was on the line. He showed everyone that he can put matters into his own hands. Everytime he would be fielded in, the crowd would be on their feet, waiting something spectacular from this diminutive point guard.

The Beast’s Road to FIBA Asia

Calvin Abueva, the 6’2 forward who is a product of Angeles, Pampanga, has been making a name for himself in Philippine basketball, which earned him the nickname “The Beast”. In his college days with the San Sebastian Stags, Abueva posted mind-boggling numbers with averages of 20.4 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in his collegiate career. Because of this, he earned the reputation of being the “Triple King Crown” as he led the NCAA in all three of these categories. With this, he also bagged the NCAA MVP in its 87th season. Another milestone he achieved was being part of the NCAA Mythical Five three times, specifically in the 85th, 86th and 87th seasons.


Still Rock Solid

Down big against the long, talented, and athletic Wellington Saints in the 2015 Jones Cup, Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin called upon his unique mix of young blood and old hounds. The young guns—Calvin Abueva and Jayson Castro—provided an intoxicating blend of end-to-end hustle, catch-me-if-you-can speed, and coast-to-coast drives. One of the old hounds, veteran Dondon Hontiveros, caught fire from beyond the arc.

Asi Taulava

But it was the other old hound, the oldest of them all, who started the comeback. Asi Taulava, the six-foot-ten, forty-two-year-old, blond-haired mastodon dug deep and turned back the hands of time as he held his own against the tall, athletic, and much younger frontline of the Saints. “Kuya Asi,” as he is affectionately called now by members of the Gilas squad, provided a jolt of energy and a steadying calm. He then connected on timely undergoal stabs, grabbed important rebounds, kept loose balls alive, set hard screens, and just plain sacrificed his already worn-out body on both ends.

All that from a man who had every reason to say “No” to flag and country.