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The Philippines’ men’s national basketball team ‘Gilas Pilipinas’, together with the coaching staff led by Coach Tab Baldwin, recently went to Greece, Turkey and Italy for their 17-day training camp in preparation for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will start tomorrow, July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The national team includes the ‘Dota Boys’ Marc Pingris and June Mar Fajardo, named after the computer game Dota which the two love to play. Pingris and Fajardo were roommates again in this out of town trip.
The Gilas fans also drew attention to the formation of a new tandem in the name of Terrence Romeo and Bobby Ray Parks, who refer to themselves as the ‘Ming Ming Brothers’.
The lighter side of Gilas Pilipinas players currently in Greece for Training Camp.
Watch: Kulitang Gilas in Greece
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Gilas Pilipinas players: Andray Blatche, Ryan Reyes, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, LA Tenorio talk about the reason they are playing for the country #ParaSaBayan
Watch: Para Sa Bayan
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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.
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.
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.
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.