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SBP admits need for pro players in future tourneys

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00 Published in Sports

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) may go for a mixture of veterans and young bloods when the country bids for a berth in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said the basketball federation is not totally closing the door on pro players suiting up for the national team again despite earlier pronouncements it will concentrate on having cadets comprising the next batch of Gilas set to compete in a series of qualifiers leading up to the world championship meet set in China two years from now.
The PBA has not yet made any official statement about making its players available once more to Gilas Pilipinas following the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, although under the new home-and-away format to be implemented by Fiba starting next week, the pro league’s playing calendar will definitely be affected should pros continue reinforcing the national team.
“Hopefully we can have some sort of a hybrid (pros and Cadet) so to speak, if we can do that for some of the tournament windows. In other words p’wedeng mag-mix,” said Barrios.
The SBP official stressed, however, said it’s actually a little bit complex.
Six qualifiers will be held starting Nov. of 2017 until Feb. of 2019 to determine the 32 teams from four continents which will make up the Fiba World Cup in China.
Antonio, who was a special guest along with Barrios in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate, agreed with the former PBA commissioner.
But he added what could smooth things out is the sound relationship between the SBP and the PBA.
“The partnership with the PBA has been very good. It’s something that we’d like to keep and foster for the World Cup,” he said in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
Talks between the two bodies, represented by commissioner Chito Narvasa on the PBA side and vice president Al Panlilio for the SBP, had already been underway and is expected to resume once Panlilio and other SBP officials return from their business trip abroad.

Top seeds dominate Shell Cebu chess

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00 Published in Sports

Top seed Chris Aldritz Pondoyo outduelled fellow University of Cebu stalwart Adrian Basilgo in the sixth round then closed out with three more wins to capture the juniors crown in the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship’s Visayas leg at SM City Cebu, Cebu City last Sunday.
Pondoyo, half-a-point behind Basilgo halfway through the nine-round Swiss  system tournament, foiled the erstwhile solo  leader with the black pieces in the sixth round then toppled Remigio Galenzoga III, Philgymn Villajuan and Marc Villarojo to wind up with 8.5 points and capture the crown in the 13-16 age bracket.
Jerish Velarde of Marie Ernestine School also emerged solo champion in kiddies play with 8.5 points while University of San Jose-Recoletos’ Jethro Esplanada finished with eight points and nipped fellow USJ-R ace Allan Pason in the tiebreak to snare the seniors title as the top seeded bets lived up to their respective billings to dominate the third leg of the five-stage circuit sponsored by Pilipinas Shell for the 24th year.
Basilgo rebounded with victories over Jeremy Tanudra, Aaron Sinining and Galenzoga to place second with eight points. Meanwhile, Natori Biazza Diaz of Sagay National High School scored 3.5 points in the last four rounds to finish with seven points.

RP-PSL All-Star team in tough World Championship grouping

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00 Published in Sports

Tough competition awaits the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star squad when it marches to the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship from Oct. 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The home team landed on a very tough group in Pool A together with European champion Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, South American powerhouse Rexona Ades of Brazil and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul of Turkey following the drawing of lots last week.
The PSL stars will kick off their bid on Oct. 18 against the Brazilians before taking a one-day break to face the Italians and the Turkish for a chance to move past the group stages that will be played the following day.
Pool B, on the other hand, features Asian powerhouse teams in Bangkok Glass of Italy and Hisamitsu Springs of Japan as well as VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey and Volero Zurich.
“Nothing will be easy. We have to work hard to give these giants a very good fight,” said PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, who also presides the local organizing committee of this historic tournament.
The PSL All-Star team already introduced its six local players; Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga of RC Cola-Army, Jaja Santiago of Foton, Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics and Ces Molina and Jen Reyes of Petron. Another local player will be named on Thursday when the league rolls to De La Salle Lipa Sentrum in Lipa City.
PSL chairman Phil Ella Juico said the team will be powered by seven foreign players and, probably, a foreign mentor to make it even more competitive.
No names have been mentioned, but negotiations with the foreigners are already in full swing.

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