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2006 Doha Asian Games Basketball event – Actual progress

The preliminary round is over and the quarterfinal cast has been declared. Below are the teams who made it with their standing after the preliminary round.

Group E
1.Qatar 4-1
2.Jordan 4-1
3.Iran 3-2
4.Korea 3-2

Group E review

Qatar ruled group E breezing through Jordan 71-64, Iran 78-61, Syria 99-59 and Bahrain 97-56. But the host team, in its last game in the preliminary round got a surprised from defending champion South Korea 81-87. Jordan landing at #2 got its solitary loss from Qatar while #3 Iran got its two losses from fellow Middle East teams Qatar and Jordan. Defending champion South Korea which incidentally parading an almost new faces in their line up suffered surprising loses from Jordan and Iran 62-68 and 75-89 respectively. Syria and Bahrain are the teams that failed to make it from this group.

Group F
1.China 5-0
2.Japan 3-2
3.Kazakhstan 3-2
4.Chinese-Taipei 3-2

Group F review

As expected, China finished the preliminary round with an unblemished card of 5-0. The mighty Chinese starring NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi and the said-to-be next Yao Ming named Yi Jianlian paced China with an average of 20-point victory margin over the opposition. The only team that made it closer against China is new archrival Lebanon who lost by just 2 points 75-73. Japan placed second despite its identical card with Kazakhstan and Chinese-Taipei due to its higher points-against quotient. This means Japan gave fewer points against its opponent than Kazakhstan and Chinese-Taipei. World qualifier Lebanon was a surprising disappointment. The Lebanese finished with s dismal 1-4 record winning only over Uzbekistan. However, Lebanese basketball regained some measure of respect, as they are the only team at the moment in the games that almost beat China. Lebanon played China minus their star player Fahdi El Khatib who got injured in their game against Chinese-Taipei. The China-Lebanon match was a thriller from the opening gun where neither team would give an inch. 6-6 forward Wang Shipeng who made 4 out of 9 from the 3-point arc especially in the crucial stretches of the game bailed out China from a possible Lebanon upset.

Here now are the crossover pairings in the quarterfinal round.

Jordan vs Kazakhstan
China vs Korea
Iran vs Japan
Qatar vs Chinese-Taipei

Immediate update of the quarterfinal round

Game#1 - Iran upset Japan! 68-64
Game#2 - Jordan beat Kazakhstan 99-91
Game#3 - China dethrones defending champ Korea 68-52
Game#4 - Qatar over Chinese-Taipei in double overtime! 103-96

Semi-final cast and pairings:

Jordan vs China
Iran vs Qatar

(Looks like it will be China vs Qatar for the Gold!)

In my next post are the results of the semi-final round and a review of the team profiles of the powerhouse basketball nations in this year’s Asian games namely Japan, South Korea, Chinese-Taipei, Qatar, Lebanon and China.


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Semi-final update!!!

China overpowered Jordan!


China as expected won over Joran by an easy 86-58 score. Jordan surprisingly went ahead by 5 points, 26-21 after the first quarter. But China took things seriously when the second quarter begun and never looked back. The mighty Chinese limited Jordan to 6 points and 10 points in the second and third quarter respectively and went on to win a 28-point margin. China was led by their three 7-footers starring NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi with 27, youthful Yi Jianlian 17 and Mo Ke 13. Jordan was haplesss in the middle having only 6-8 power forward Al Khas Zaid making 28 points matching the triple giants of China to no avail.

Qatar a repeat over Iran!

Qatar proved its mastery over Iran via a hard and tough victory score of 67-64. Previously in the preliminary round, Qatar made an easy 78-61 count but the semis proved far difficult this time around. It was a seesaw battle all throughout that saw Iran dominating the first quarter 16-9, Qatar bounced back and was just behind by a solitary point 25-24 at the end of the first half. As Qatar got a surprise from a much tougher Iran, Coach Joseph Stiebing ordered his Qataris to go on full assault and outscored Iran in the third canto 29-18 to end the quarter leading 54-42. But as the Qataris thought they were on their way to victory, Iran went on a rampage and fought for dear life winning the final quarter 21-14 only to fell short in a final count of 67-64.

China and Qatar will battle it out for the Gold on December 15 Friday.

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China is coming in the Doha games fresh from an 11th placed finished in this year’s FIBA World Basketball Championship held last September in Saitama, Japan. The 11th placed position of China was a more lofty standing than the other traditional powerhouses in world basketball like Brazil, Italy and Serbia-Montenegro.

Unlike in the recently concluded world championship, Yao Ming is not playing for China in the ongoing Doha games. The absence of Yao was part of the long-term agreement of the Chinese basketball Association with the NBA Houston Rockets. However, the absence of Yao was a welcome news to upcoming center Yi Jianlian who is regarded as the next Yao Ming. Yi is currently sharing the spotlight with star returnee Wang Zhizhi who was just waved recently in the NBA.

Battled and bruised after the September world championship, the Chinese national team only had three exhibition games as part of their preparation for this year’s Asian games. American NBDL team Albuquerque Thunderbirds came to China only to be demolished twice by the host, 82-55 and 86-78. The Chinese then wrapped up their preparation with an 80-58 domination of the Australian national youth team.

As a background for us Filipinos, the Chinese national team roster for the Doha games is returning only four veterans from their 2002 Asian games line up that clobbered our RP national team 91-52. These are Liu Wei, Wanz Zhizhi, Li Nan and Zhang Jinsong. As from their roster in the just concluded world championship, six new faces are suiting up for the Doha games. The only veterans from the world championship are Liu Wei, Sun Yue, Zhu Fangyu, Yi Jianlian, Wang Shipeng and Mo Ke.

China Roster profile

Liu Wei (6-3, G, age-26) – is considered the best point guard in China right now. Liu was picked by the Sacramento Kings for the 2004-05 NBA season but was cut before the season begun. Liu currently leads the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in assist with a 5.8 average.

Hu Xuefeng ( 6-2, G, age-26 ) – led the CBA in assist in the 2005-06 season with an average of 5.8 a game. Hu is considered to be the quickest guard in China today.

Sun Yue – (6-9, G, age-21) China calls him as their own version of Magic Johnson. Sun is a 6-9 point guard playing for the Beijing Ducks in the CBA and is his team’s main man at the point. Sun is reported to have admirable dribbling skills for a 6-9 player.

Wang Shipeng (6-6, S/G, age-23) – Wang is the CBA’s defending champion Guangdong Tigers’ main man at the off guard position. Wang is a prominent fixture in making Guangdong the dominant team in the CBA for the past two years going into the 2006-07 season. Wang was chosen to play in the CBA all-star game last season.

Li Nan – (6-6, G/F, age-30) – Li was a member of the Chinese national team that beat the Philippines in the 2002 Busan Asian games. This 6-6 cager is considered to be China’s enforcer yet deadly from the 3-point arc. Li is a two-time 3-point shootout king in the CBA. A perennial all-star, he played his last CBA all-star in 2003-04 season after several appearances in the prestigious event. Recently, Li led the CBA in scoring with a 25.8 clip and helped the Bayi Rockets to a runner-up finish against eventual champion Guandong.

Zhu Fangyu ( 6-7, F, age-23) – another member of the 2-time and defending champion Guandong in the CBA. Zhu is the focal point of his team from the wings for perimeter offense. He was crowned 3-point king of the CBA in the 2004-05 season. Zhu also played in the CBA all-star game last season.

Zhang Jinsong (6-6, F, age-33) – Zhang is the team’s senior statesman. He was a member of the Chinese national team that beat the Philippines by 8 and 39 points in the 1998 and 2002 Asian games respectively. Zhang is a wily veteran for his Bayi rockets team that ended second to champion Guangdong in the CBA last season.

Li Ke – (6-9, PF, age-26) – Li is the Bayi Rocket’s starter at the power forward spot. This is his first stint as a national player for China.

Yi Jianlian (7-0, C/PF, age-19) – The Times Magazine 2004 August issue called Yi as the next Yao Ming. Yi has declared his eligibility for the NBA draft in 2007 and though NBA scouts seemed quite, watchful eyes are keeping a close look at the 7-0 beanpole. Without Yao Ming, Yi became the main rival of NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi at the slot in the CBA today. He currently leads the league in rebounds (12.9) and third in scoring (25.9). However, many believed that Yi is now the premier center in the CBA today as he made his team the Guangdong Tigers the dominating team in the CBA for three years now.

Mo Ke (6-9, C/PF, age-24) – Mo is the rival of Yi in Bayi’s championship game with Guangdong in last year’s CBA season. Mo was 5th in rebounding in last year’s CBA season and was selected to play in the all-star game the same year.

Tang Zhengdong (7-0, C, age-22) – Tang is a scoring machine in the CBA. From being second in most points made in the 2004-05 (24.1), he now currently leads the CBA by a 31-point average per game.

Wang Zhizhi (7-0, C, age-27) - No one would not know Wang being the second ever Asian that made it in the NBA (the first was Wat Misaka – New York 1947-48 season). With his rich experienced in the major league, Wang just shook up the CBA once again by placing second in scoring and third in rebounding in the league’s current season. Wang’s presence just made China’s team enough to win the Asian games this year without Yao.

Team Coach is Jonas Kazlauskas – Kazlauskas was the Lithuanian national team coach from 1997 to 2002. The highlight of Kazlauskas coaching career was when he piloted Lithuania to a third placed finished in the 2002 summer Olympic games. Lithuania’s line that year includes Sarunas Jasukevicius, who is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers squad.

In the ongoing Asian games, big men Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlain share scoring honors for China by scoring norm of 17.7 and 17.9 respectively.

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Yi Jianlian (left in red) and Wanz Zhizhi (right) are the main cogs for China in the Doha games.

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7-0 Tang Zhengdong currently leads the scoring average in the CBA by 31.0 clip.

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Nolie Eala now losing patience

PBA to stakeholders: Stick to Tokyo accord
Malaya Online EditionDecember 13, 2006


In its regular board meeting yesterday, the PBA lamented the continued impasse in the crisis hounding Philippine basketball and warned of dire consequences to the sport if basketball leaders continue to refuse to find a proper solution to the problem.

While expressing the league's continued support in the formation of the national team, the PBA Board has given itself until Jan. 15 next year to assess its moves regarding its participation in future international competitions, particularly the FIBA Asia Qualifier in July 2007.

"We are not waning in our support to regain the country's lost glory in basketball particularly in this region and our chance to play in the Olympics. But the PBA cannot continue to wait for the BAP to adhere to the agreement forged in Tokyo among all the stakeholders of which I was a personal witness," PBA Commissioner Noli Eala said.

"We also have a responsibility to the PBA teams and fans to ensure the PBA's programs are not unduly disrupted specifically by the uncertainty of the situation," Eala added.

Eala said the league needs to know at the soonest possible time whether there is a chance a new organization governing the sport would be created, which would result in the lifting of the suspension on the Philippines and enable the country's participation in several Olympic-qualifying tournaments next year.

"The PBA, as much as possible, would like to remain as a catalyst for the unification efforts. Our only agenda here is that we want to be fully prepared should the suspension be lifted. Otherwise, it might be useless and damaging for the PBA to change our entire schedule and even our format for nothing." Eala stated.

"The PBA is urging all stakeholders, particularly the BAP, to remain faithful to their commitment to the Tokyo accord to expedite the immediate reinstatement of the Philippines in the FIBA roster. Otherwise, not only do we imperil our possibly last and best chance to make the Olympics again, but also irreparably damage the sport of basketball." Eala said.


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With PBA setting its deadline, Pangilinan making move to meet Jingoy before Christmas. Rep. Puentevella offered to help.

Fate of basketball at stake in meeting
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard Today
December 15, 2006


Businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan plans to meet with Basketball Association of the Philippines president Senator Jinggoy Estrada sometime before Christmas in an effort to move forward with the election of officers of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, in order that the Fiba ban on the Philippines could be lifted.

Philippine Basketball Association Chairman Ricky Vargas told Viva Sports/Standard Today that Pangilinan will do the right thing in pursuing the Fiba-approved plan for the establishment of a unified basketball body that would bring together all the stakeholders in the sport.

There was an initial plan for Pangilinan to serve as both chairman and president, but this was modified to allow the BAP president who, at that time was former Senator Joey Lina, to assume the chairmanship with Pangilinan retaining the position of president.

But a few officials within the BAP were apparently not in agreement with the plan, resulting in an impasse and unnecessary delays in getting the organization off the ground in order to hasten the lifting of the ban imposed by the International Basketball Federation last year.

The ban was imposed in the face of internal bickering, which included the Philippine Olympic Committee's expulsion of the BAP.

Unless the issue is resolved quickly, time will run out on the Philippines' efforts to train a national team for the Fiba Asia Championships in July, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympics--the goal set by the stakeholders.

Vargas said POC vice president Monico Puentevella had met with Pangilinan on Wednesday and said the presence of the Philippine national basketball team in the Doha Asian Games was sorely missed, especially by the Filipinos working in Qatar.

In fact, Puentevella, who was one of those, who participated in the discussions in Tokyo last August, which resulted in a joint communiqué creating a three-man panel to resolve the differences among the different factions, offered to help in moving the discussions forward.

Vargas made it clear that while Pangilinan loves basketball, he would shun involvement as president of the SBP "if it's highly politicalized."

Pangalinan and Estrada met at a recent wedding, where they were both sponsors with the former promsing to call Estrada and set up a meeting, which he intends to hold before Christmas.


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China takes Gold over Qatar - 59-44


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Wow!!!! What a development! sana tuloy-tuloy na!!!!!! Merry Christmas basketball fans!!!

Jinggoy, Pangilinan reach SBP accord
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 12/24/2006


Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan reached a breakthrough agreement in their efforts to unify Philippine basketball Friday night, a welcome development that could well lead to the country’s return to international competitions.

Estrada, the Basketball Association of the Philippines president, said yesterday that he came to terms with Pangilinan in a meeting in Hong Kong.

The two will team up to lead the Samahang Basketbol Pilipinas (SBP) with Estrada serving as chairman and Pangilinan the president.

Estrada, who earlier batted for the presidency, is giving way to Pangilinan "for the greater good of Philippine basketball."

"If I insist to become the president, Manny (Pangilinan) will not agree and we’ll not be able to move on. I’m looking forward for the country’s return to international play," said Estrada.

The formation of SBP would later lead to the dissolution of BAP and Pilipinas Basketball as agreed upon by basketball leaders in a Tokyo meeting early this year.

"I have to abide by the Tokyo accord reached by Pilipinas Basketball leaders and my predecessor (Joey Lina) at BAP," said Estrada.

Asked if BAP officials were aware of his agreement with Pangilinan, Estrada said: "I had no choice but to abide (by the Tokyo agreement). Even if they (BAP people) don’t want to, as president, I had to make the move for the greater good of Philippine basketball."

Estrada will meet with BAP members in the next few days while Pangilinan will soon work for SBP’s recognition as the National association for basketball by the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Estrada said BAP officials would not be left out as they would be well-represented in various committees of the SBP.

For one, BAP deputy secretary general Lito Alvarez has been recommended to be SBP’s treasurer.

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas will be tapped to be the SBP vice chair while PLDT official Al Panlilio would be considered for the executive director’s post.

Estrada said they intend to immediately write the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), informing them of this development.

"I hope the POC recognizes SBP so the FIBA could lift its suspension of the Philippines in international play," said Estrada.

Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Noli Eala lauded the agreement made by the two officials. "We’re grateful for the statesmanship shown by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Mr. Manny Pangilinan. I’m confident with everybody pulling in one direction, the Philippine basketball could regain its old glory," said Eala .

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said the cage leaders should immediately start rebuilding the structure of Philippine basketball now that they have finally joined hands.

"Now that they have an agreement, they should now discuss how to defend our last crown which is the Southeast Asian Games. It’s a welcome development though late in coming, the country having missed the Asian Games," said Trinidad.

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Jawo's note:

Fellow Paclanders, one of the members told me to allow posters in this thread so that all voices can be heard by those who want to share their minds on Pinoy basketball...we will still continue this thread as a day to day diary for our national team... but then again please understand that your replies in this thread will last only maybe about a week then I have to delete it again. This way we can still preserve the objective of this thread..the diary for our basketball national team...sana huwag nyong masamain and please just understand the sincere objective for this thread.

Merry Christmas guys! Salamat!


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Other version of the unification in Hong Kong

IN HUDDLE
Jinggoy makes basketball unification possible
By Beth Celis - Inquirer
12/24/2006


BAP PRESIDENT Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was inside a taxicab in Hong Kong when he made the official announcement yesterday afternoon.

The BAP and the SBP have just reached an accord, he said, at long last unifying Philippine basketball.

It happened right there at the Crown Colony, chilly at this time of the year, last Friday, after Jinggoy was given the go-signal by the Sandiganbayan to travel “on an urgent matter.”

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Jinggoy arrived in Hong Kong Friday morning, had lunch with former Ateneo batchmate Al Panlilio of PLDT one-on-one at noon, then had dinner later in the day with PLDT/SBP chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, PBA chairman Ricky Vargas and Al at the Peking Kitchen.

Al was a schoolmate of the senator in elementary and high school. They are close friends, with Jinggoy often sleeping overnight at the Panlilios. They also played basketball together.

Who is the better cager?

“Al’s definitely taller, but I’m the better dribbler,” Jinggoy joked.

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After the sumptuous Chinese lauriat and the serious talks that went with it, everybody stood and shook hands to seal the fate of Philippine basketball. For the better.

“We’ve agreed for MVP to be president, with me as chairman and Ricky Vargas as my vice,” said Jinggoy.

Air 21’s Lito Alvarez has been offered the post of treasurer and Al Panlilio, the most coveted executive directorship.

“Sana huwag namang magalit yung mga kasama ko sa BAP sa ginawa kong desisyon. I had no choice but to abide by the Tokyo communiqué.”

Jinggoy said he had to make a sacrifice to unite basketball, so we can move forward, have the Fiba ban lifted, and compete internationally.

“Hindi naman para sa akin ito kundi para sa bayan at ang libu-libong mga taong nagmasmahal sa basketball. I have nothing to gain from it personally.”

Jinggoy was scheduled to fly out of Hong Kong, 6 p.m. yesterday, headed for Manila.

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With this development, two basketball personalities, among my long list of respondents, immediately got their Christmas wish.

One of them is Harbour Centre’s Mikee Romero who asked Santa for the unification of Philippine basketball, “and for the country to have a strong representation in international competitions, perhaps even winning several titles.”

The second is Ricky Vargas who also wished for unity in basketball, a successful PBA season and “a long family vacation to bond and recharge with my wife, kids and my grand daughter Julia.”

Mikee’s second wish is for his PBL team “to have the heart and the willingness to win a back-to-back PBL championship.”

Perhaps Ricky’s fourth but silent wish is also for his PBA team to win a second title, only he was a bit shy to say it.

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Jawo's note:

Fellow Paclanders, one of the members told me to allow posters in this thread so that all voices can be heard by those who want to share their minds on Pinoy basketball...we will still continue this thread as a day to day diary for our national team... but then again please understand that your replies in this thread will last only maybe about a week then I have to delete it again. This way we can still preserve the objective of this thread..the diary for our basketball national team...sana huwag nyong masamain and please just understand the sincere objective for this thread.

Merry Christmas guys! Salamat!


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But coach Chot Reyes remains skeptical

Reyes skeptical of unity forged by MVP, Jinggoy
By June Navarro - The Inquirer
12/25/2006


DON’T blame Chot Reyes if he doubts the certainty of the agreement reached by the country’s basketball leaders.

The head coach of the national basketball team is treating the understanding between telecommunications magnate Manny V. Pangilinan and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada with a paranoid attitude after similar unification talks got shelved in the past.

“Of course, I’m happy,’’ Reyes told the Inquirer. “But it remains to be seen if the BAP will abide by the agreement.’’

Estrada, president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, forged a gentleman’s agreement with Pangilinan Friday night in Hong Kong, opening the door for the Philippines to regain its membership in the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) and see action in international tournaments.

Both parties agreed to install Pangilinan as president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the organization formed after the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball signed a communique in Tokyo to iron out the lifting of the Fiba suspension on the country.

Estrada will be the chair of the fledgling organization while appointing PBA chair Ricky Vargas as vice chair, PLDT Global’s Al Panlilio as executive director and Air21 president Lito Alvarez as treasurer.

“Right now, there’s nothing sure about it (Pangilinan-Estrada agreement),’’ said Reyes, who cited a past incident that snagged the unification talks between the BAP and the PB.

He was referring to the three-man panel, composed of former BAP president Joey Lina, PB president Bernie Atienza and Pangilinan, which was on the verge of striking a deal to end the crisis but later had a falling out after it couldn’t agree on the lineup of SBP officials.

The talks were further delayed when Lina stepped down as BAP head and was replaced by Estrada almost two months back.

“They were moving toward accomplishing the accord in Tokyo then suddenly the talks were called off,’’ said Reyes.

For now, Reyes pointed out that he would concentrate on his San Miguel Beer coaching chores in the Philippine Basketball Association before taking any concrete action for the national team.

“Whether the programs of the national team will push through depends on the lifting of the Fiba suspension,’’ said Reyes.

“Let’s just wait for the suspension to be lifted because that’s the only time we could really work for the national team.’’

Reyes was named head coach of the PBA-backed national team in January 2005.

The national squad composed of PBA stars, however, failed to compete in Fiba-sanctioned tournaments after the world governing body on the sport suspended the Philippines last year.

Reyes and the Nationals played in the Jones Cup in Taipei twice, participated in a tune-up tournament in Qatar some months back and successfully defended the crown in the Brunei Sultan’s Cup last September.

In between international exposures, the national dribblers played a series of goodwill games in the country against teams from Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and Lebanon to keep them at pace with international action.

Since their Sultan’s Cup title victory, the national team was temporarily disbanded pending the lifting of the Fiba suspension and the SBP’s recognition from the Philippine Olympic Committee.


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Cage unity within reach – Alvarez
The Philippine Star 12/26/06

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A cage official with vital roles in the two factions of the Philippine basketball is confident that the controversy involving the newly formed cage body would be resolved soon with Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan reaching an agreement.

Lina Group of Companies top executive Lito Alvarez said Philippine basketball is now heading for unity and reconciliation as Estrada and Pangilinan sealed a breakthrough agreement in Hong Kong.

However, Alvarez, deputy secretary general of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and an official of the pro league which has seats in Pilipinas Basketball board, is undecided on whether to accept the offer to be the treasurer of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

"It’s just a ministerial position. What’s more important is that Sen. Jinggoy (Estrada) and Mr. MVP (Pangilinan) have reached an agreement," said Alvarez. "Knowing the passion of both gentlemen for basketball, I’m sure everything will now be settled."

He also allayed fears that the new agreement would not sit well with the officials of the BAP, saying it has been the objective of the association to unify all sectors but couldn’t pursue it with Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco opposing the position of former BAP chief Joey Lina in the three-man panel.

A part of the agreement made by cage leaders in a Tokyo meeting early this year is the collapse of both the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball after the formation of SBP.

However, there were some quarters in the BAP which have been allegedly working against a provision in the agreement that would dissolve the cage body.

Estrada has said he’s no other option but to abide by the Tokyo accord. "Even if they (BAP people) don’t want to, as president, I had to make the move for the greater good of Philippine basketball. Otherwise, we would get stuck in this problem," said Estrada, keen on seeing the Philippines again competing in international plays.

The Fiba suspension of the Philippines might be lifted soon as a result the major breakthrough in the Estrada-Pangilinan talk.

The two agreed to lead the formation of the SBP with Estrada serving as chairman and Pangilinan the president.

After completing legal requirements, Pangilinan will send pertinent documents to the POC for its recognition as the national sports association for basketball and then seek the lifting of the Fiba sanction.

Also recommended to be part of the SBP leadership are PLDT top executives Ricky Vargas and Al Panlilio as vice chair and executive director, respectively.

Panlilio, however, is likely to decline the offer since he is currently based in Hong Kong. Panlilio and Estrada were classmates at Ateneo from grade school to secondary studies.

Estrada said BAP would be well represented in various SBP committees.

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Chot says RP 5 running out of time
By Ronnie Nathanielsz - Manila Standard Today 12/26/06


NATIONAL basketball coach Chot Reyes said time is running out and the sooner the unified basketball organization Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Fiba ban is lifted, the better for the country’s bid to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Reyes said the Southeast Asia Basketball Association tournament in May, which serves as a qualifier for the Fiba Asia Championships from July 19 to 29 in Japan was obviously going to be very easy for Filipino players, but that the first order of business was to “re-acquaint ourselves with the schedule for the year and then agree on a selection process for the national team.”

Reyes noted that in his original schedule, the country should have had a team for the Fiba Asia qualifiers by this time. Since there is no team at present, Reyes said he would have to sit down with the coaching staff and “re-assess that and figure out the selection process.”

He said he will run all this by Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala.

The national team head coach said he would start with the team he had, explaining that “all those guys, who put in the time and the effort, will have the inside track.”

Reyes added that with the current PBA schedule, there is not enough time. But he said, to compensate, the team will have to be practicing way before the July 3 close of the (PBA import-reinforced) conference and also use the time between conferences to play again internationally.

In fact, the president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Manny Pangilinan earlier suggested that the team train and compete abroad, perhaps in the United States.

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Nathanielsz talked about two hogwash in the BAP group...impressing that since POC chair Cojuangco is happy with the development, it may seem the recent Estrada-Pangilinan unity would get the POC nod on our way to see action in international meet.....Louds Estrada for his statesmanship.

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Manila Standard Today 12/26/06

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco was perfectly right when he said the agreement reached by the eminent businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan and Senator Jinggoy Estrada in Hong Kong was a great Christmas gift for the millions of basketball fans in the country.

Too long since the signing of the Tokyo accord to dismantle the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball have a couple of individuals within the BAP sought to scuttle whatever agreements were reached during the presidency of former Senator Joey Lina for their own selfish ends no matter how much Philippine basketball suffered. These misguided elements didn’t have the courage to move forward, merely because they would lose their own vice-like grip on the sport.

But Estrada showed he is made not merely of sterner stuff but that he is a statesman of the highest order and was prepared to make the hard decisions and perhaps even the sacrifices to ensure that Philippine basketball will once again take its rightful place in the international arena. He gave full meaning to the phrase “Para sa Bayan.”

Estrada could very well have pandered to the whims of the couple of individuals in the BAP, who continue to live out the myth that they control basketball and it is theirs to lead by right. Frankly speaking, we are fed up with such individuals and their maneuverings and those who support them, merely to create divisions and problems hoping that in such situations, they could still cling to their positions. But Estrada was bigger than that. He realized that the joint communiqué signed by his predecessor, Lina, was an agreement that bound not just individuals and organizations but gentlemen. The Tokyo accords had to be respected and as a senator, Estrada knows the value of abiding by covenants. And, to the eternal credit of the man, he did.

Of course, all this would never have happened if he was probably dealing with someone else other than Manny Pangilinan, because he knows the qualities of the man and his passion for basketball and indeed for sports because it is a great unifier. One has only to see the incredible unifying force a Manny Pacquiao fight is, to realize the value of sports, much more a unified basketball organization that represents the cream of the crop.

Our youthful friend Al Panlilio, who heads PLDT Global and is based in Hong Kong, played a critical role in getting Estrada to appreciate the binding nature of the Tokyo accords and the clear path set forth by the agreement. The rest was comparatively easy because the senator, properly briefed and quick to understand and appreciate its implications, agreed to assume the post of chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas with Pangilinan sitting as president and another fine gentleman and a truly efficient top corporate executive, Ricky Vargas, serving as vice chairman. Vargas, the current PBA chairman, is obviously an excellent backup to Estrada, who needs to spend precious time in his demanding role as a senator of the realm.

The fact that Panlilio and Estrada were classmates and close friends during their elementary and high school days at that fine institute of learning, Ateneo, that not just educates young men, but instills in them the qualities of integrity and decency, helped a great deal. Because there is something about deep friendships and a fine education that enable people to set aside individual agenda and petty differences for the greater good. That’s exactly what Estrada and Pangilinan have done and anyone who stands in the way of moving Philippine basketball forward should be condemned and banished to wherever.


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Pangilinan makes his move
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Manila Standard Today 12/27/06

BUSINESSMAN-SPORTSMAN Manny Pangilinan is moving quickly to solidify the gains made in the agreement reached with Basketball Association of the Philippines president Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

This would finally pave the way for Philippine Olympic Committee recognition of the unified Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the lifting of the ban on the Philippines by the International Basketball Federation.

The first step, according to the SBP president, is to have the National Collegiate Athletic Association nominate a replacement for Bernie Atienza in the NCAA and then elect a president of Pilipinas Basketball in place of him.

The possibility loomed that either Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala, who has impressed Fiba secretary-general Patrick Baumann, or PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, could head PB.

Pangilinan and Estrada are likely to call a joint news conference to announce their agreement on the nominees for other key positions in the SBP after which elections would be held to confirm the nominations prior to a formal request to POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco for recognition as the national sports association for basketball.

Cojuangco earlier expressed his elation over the breakthrough agreement reached in Hong Kong last week while both Estrada and Pangilinan drew widespread support for their efforts to return the Philippines to the international basketball arena and for their statesmanship.

Once this is done, the SBP president will formally ask Baumann to lift the suspension slapped on the Philippines last year since the terms and conditions of the joint communiqué issued in Tokyo had been complied with.

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Fiba Asia welcomes Manny-Estrada pact
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Manila Standard Today 12/27/06

THE influential secretary-general of Fiba Asia, Dato Yeo Cho Hock of Malaysia, has welcomed the agreement reached in Hong Kong between the businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan and Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

The Fiba official reiterated that the solution of the problems in basketball in the Philippines was “in their hands and we won’t move anything until they follow the agreement reached in Japan.” This is what Estrada said he was bound to do and did.

The Malaysian official indicated the sooner the problems were resolved, the better for the Philippines, as well as basketball.

Dato Yeoh expressed the hope that the Philippines could move forward, following the recent agreement and added: “We have done everything we can and I look forward to their acceptance.”

At the same time, Dato Yeoh said China’s basketball team did not look so strong in the Doha Asian Games and that the last eight teams in the tournament were almost evenly matched, which was “good for basketball.”

There were many observers in Doha, who felt that the Philippine Basketball Association national team, coached by Chot Reyes, would certainly have reached the finals and had a good chance of beating China to win the gold.


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Pangilinan convening a panel meeting before year ends and eyes unity congress soon....Eala looks ahead on national team preparation.

Lifting of RP suspension a matter of time
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 12/29/2006

The way is clear for the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) to lift the country’s suspension with Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s recent announcement that he will abide by the Tokyo accord to support the recognition of the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) as a National Sports Association (NSA) by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

But before the suspension is lifted, the three-man panel constituted to lay the groundwork for the SBP’s emergence will reconvene and call for a unity congress to formalize the election of officers.

Only Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan remains from the original three-man panel formed last September. Former Sen. Joey Lina resigned as BAP president and lost his right to represent the organization in the panel. Bernie Atienza also resigned as St. Benilde athletic director and NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) president and lost his authority as Pilipinas Basketball (PB) president to represent the organization in the panel.

Sen. Estrada will assume Lina’s slot in the panel while PB vice president Jun-Jun Capistrano, representing the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) will likely take over from Atienza.

"It’s the organization, not the person, that is represented in the panel," explained Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala, a lawyer. "With Bernie’s resignation from St. Benilde and the NCAA, the next in line to represent PB in the panel is Jun-Jun who is the vice president."

Pangilinan is convening a panel meeting before the year ends and will wait for Capistrano to arrive from a Bangkok trip this Saturday.

"We have to move quickly if we expect FIBA to lift our suspension and allow us to play in the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association) championships in May so we can qualify for the FIBA-Asia tournament in Saitama in July, the eliminations for the Beijing Olympics," said Eala.

The PBA commissioner suggested to invite FIBA president Bob Elphinston and secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA-Asia secretary general Datu Yeoh Choo Hock to Manila for them to observe the proceedings of the SBP unity congress.

Eala lauded Sen. Estrada’s statesmanship and Pangilinan’s leadership in arriving at an agreement to endorse the SBP as an NSA member of the POC general assembly and the country affiliate to FIBA. Sen. Estrada and Pangilinan met in Hong Kong last Friday to forge the agreement.

Eala said he will meet national coach Chot Reyes in the next few days to map out plans to prepare for the SEABA and FIBA-Asia tournaments. He convened the PBA Management Committee the other day to make adjustments in the Second Conference schedule, anticipating the coming international competitions.

"My personal opinion is to play a PBL (Philippine Basketball League) selection with stars from the UAAP and NCAA in the SEABA tournament," said Eala. "I’ve talked with PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad and the UAAP about it and they’re making their players available. If the coaching staff will want reinforcements from the PBA, we will consider that. My mandate from the PBA Board is to work out a system for the least disruption in our schedule. After the coaching staff makes its recommendation, we will make a decision on the composition of the national team for the SEABA and FIBA-Asia tournaments together."

Eala said with the imminent lifting of the suspension, the program to prepare a national team must be jump-started.

Eala declined to comment on rumors that he has been offered the chairmanship of SBP nominations and membership committee. The three other SBP standing committees are executive, finance and audit and ethics.

Sen. Estrada said he will nominate BAP officials to play a key role in the standing committees. However, he stressed that based on the Tokyo accord, he will not dispute the dissolution of both the BAP and PB to make way for the SBP.


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But BAP was caught unaware!

Lim to counter Jinggoy’s SBP deal
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By Julius Manicad 12/29/2006

Basketball Association of the Philippines deputy secretary general Lito Alvarez yesterday admitted BAP hardliners, led by controversial secretary general Graham Lim, were unaware of BAP president Jinggoy Estrada’s acceptance of the chairmanship of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Alvarez said Estrada’s decision alarmed the group as it is batting for the presidency of the merger between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball.

Lim, who is still in Hong Kong despite his Philippine passport revoked by the Department of Foreign Affairs after he was declared an illegal alien by the Bureau of Immigration, immediately called for a general assembly meeting after learning of Estrada’s action.

Lim was said to be unhappy over Estrada’s decision to yield the SBP presidency to business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, the elected president of SBP.

“Honestly, all of us were surprised,” Alvarez, who also holds a vital position in the Lina Group of Companies and PBA governor of Air21, said. “Everything is still hazy because his (Estrada) decision was very sudden. We were really caught flat-footed, honestly.”

Alvarez said he is personally pinning his trust to Estrada and said he believes he is “just doing what is good for the country’s basketball program.”

“We chose him to be our leader, so I guess we just have to follow where he would lead us. I hope everything will be threshed out very soon.”

Over the holiday, it was reported that Estrada and Pangilinan already reached an agreement in Hong Kong wherein the SMART and PLDT big boss will keep the SBP presidency while Estrada will assume the ministerial job of being the chairman. Although the arrangement is expected to raise a howl on the part of BAP, Estrada said what he did “is for the good of basketball.”

Also included in the shortlist of officers are Al Panlilio, a Hong Kong-based common friend of both Estrada and Pangilinan, who was endorsed to be the organization’s executive director and Talk ‘N Text governor Ricky Vargas as the executive vice president. Alvarez, for his part, is being asked to become the treasurer, something which he considers as a form of “flattery.”

“If MVP asks you to be his treasurer, who am I to refuse? It’s really very flattering to be associated with somebody as celebrated as MVP,” Alvarez said.

A reliable BAP insider said Lim and his horde of supporters are likely to boycott the agreement since it will put an end to the 70-year-old, but trouble-marred, cage group. The source also speculated that the general assembly would be crucial to Lim, whom he described as “somebody who gets what he wants, no matter what it takes.”


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BAP hardliners - " We support Estrada-Pangilinan tandem but not under SBP but under BAP"


Jinggoy braces for BAP showdown vs Lim

By Julius Manicad
The Tribune 12/30/2006

Hardliners within the Basketball Association of Philippines (BAP) yesterday braced themselves for a battle for control of the beleaguered organization with Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, their president, who recently coalesced with the legitimate Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

But Estrada, who recently arrived from Hong Kong where he forged a highly-crucial agreement with telecommunications mogul and SBP president Manny Pangilinan to put the country’s basketball programs back on track, yesterday challenged other BAP officials to fire him instead as their president as there is no way he will turn his back from seeking lasting peace in the beleaguered sport.

Estrada’s challenge was directed at Graham Lim, the controversial Chinese secretary general of the BAP who was declared an illegal alien by the Bureau of Immigration but cannot seem to deport despite what the BI called as “strong evidence” he had faked his claims to Filipino citizenship. Lim’s Philippine passport was also withdrawn by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after some documents related to his citizenship claims were found to have been faked.

Estrada was recently elected BAP president after the resignation of former Laguna Gov. Joey Lina.

Lim was said to have forced Lina to resign after the former BAP president failed to clinch the SBP presidency.

The SBP was formed as a coalition between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball, the legitimate association recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). The BAP was booted out of the POC roster two years ago for its failures in international campaigns in recent years.

The Fiba (International Basketball Federation), which continues to recognize the BAP, has also ordered the two groups to merge into the SBP but the SBP is still hedging until it succeeds in getting its top leadership despite protests from most of the country’s leading leagues.

Estrada, however, said he is standing pat on his decision to accept the chairmanship of the SBP and let Pangilinan take charge in guiding the direction of the SBP programs.

He added his decision is already final — nothing more, nothing less, even if it costs his position in the trouble-marred cage group.

“My decision stays, not unless they remove me as BAP president,” Estrada said in a brief but very meaningful text message to Tribune. “That is already my decision and I will stand by it no matter what. It is already final.”

As expected, Estrada’s firm stand raised a howl among Lim and other ranking BAP officers as they yesterday emerged from a two-hour meeting with a unified stand to counter the agreement between Estrada and Pangilinan.

Bonifacio Alentajan, legal counsel of the BAP, however, stressed in a one-page statement that they will continue to endorse Estrada as the president and Pangilinan as the chairman, not under the name Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), but under the old BAP.

“The BAP is adhering to the Fiba communiqué in Tokyo signed last August 2006 to include all stakeholders of basketball in the Philippines in the proposed unified body. In that communiqué, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann agreed that ‘BAP shall continue to represent the Philippines as the Fiba member,’” Alentajan said.

Estrada’s agreement with Pangilinan makes the business tycoon SBP president while Estrada will sit as the chairman. Al Panlilio, a Hong Kong-based common friend of both Estrada and Pangilinan, will be the executive director while Talk ‘N Text governor Ricky Vargas will sit as executive vice president.

BAP deputy secretary general Lito Alvarez, meanwhile, will be the treasurer, which is perceived as a clear testament that BAP officials will not be left out in the agreement.

“I already gave my word to them,” Estrada said referring the solidity of their agreement.


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