Messi imitated Maradona’s goals and skills but not his lifestyle

Reuters 11/30/2020

BARCELONA – Lionel Messi is the only Argentine to truly live up to being described as the next Diego Maradona so it was little surprise the Barcelona captain should dedicate his goal in Sunday’s 4-0 Liga win…

World Cup Qualifying: PH holds higher-ranked China to goalless draw

Cedelf P. Tupas 10/16/2019

BACOLOD CITY -Disciplined in defense, the Philippines put together a performance to remember to hold China to a goalless draw for a precious point Tuesday night in Fifa World Cup Qualifying at Panaad Stadium here. Neil Etheridge…

Baldwin as program director, not coach; SBP confident Cone will take SEAG job

Philippine Daily Inquirer 09/22/2019

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin is expected to have a major role in the program reboot that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is putting in place—but it won’t be as Gilas Pilipinas head coach. “He has begged…

Gasol gets historic double, Spain dominates Argentina for Fiba World Cup gold

09/16/2019

BEIJING — Spain has captured its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina, 95-75, on Sunday, September 15, 2019, to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year. Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added…

Recriminations begin as Team USA’s long basketball run ends

09/12/2019

Coach Gregg Popovich deflected talk about his missing megastars after Team USA’s glorious run in major competition came to a juddering halt on Wednesday at the hands of France. The US lost to Greece in the World Cup semi-finals in…

France eliminates USA from Fiba World Cup in major upset

09/12/2019

DONGGUAN, China — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier…

Lack of prep time reason why Gilas fumbled—Guiao

Inquirer.net, Musong Castillo 09/09/2019

  With Gilas Pilipinas ending a horrific Fiba World Cup campaign Sunday night with a lopsided loss to Asian nemesis Iran, the same old problems are the reasons why the Filipinos underachieved in China.   “We need…

World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas goes winless in group stage, falls to Angola in OT

Mark Giongco‎ - INQUIRER.net 09/04/2019

Even against the lowest-ranked team in its group, Gilas Pilipinas still couldn’t salvage a victory in overtime and bowed to Angola, 84-81, to finish winless in the group stage of what has been a disastrous 2019 Fiba…

USA opens Fiba World Cup quest, undaunted by doubters

AP 09/01/2019

SHANGHAI — Kemba Walker sees an irony in the notion that USA Basketball is vulnerable going into the World Cup. It might be new for the U.S. program. It isn’t that new for these U.S. players. The…

Blatche says Cebuano Fajardo was ‘game changer’ in crucial victory over Kazakhstan

Inquirer.net, JONAS PANERIO 02/26/2019

  Cebu City, Philippines — Andray Blatche was undoubtedly the key player in the Gilas Pilipinas’ 93-75 demolition of Kazakhstan in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup last Sunday. The naturalized player completed an effort to…

Fiba World Cup Qualifiers: Gilas Pilipinas routs Qatar to snap two-game skid

Inquirer.net 02/22/2019

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines kept its flickering Fiba World Cup bid hopes alive after demolishing Qatar, 84-46 in the sixth window of Asian Qualifiers early Friday at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha. Gilas Pilpinas improved to…

Cebuano Pogoy is battle ready for Gilas   

JONAS PANERIO 02/14/2019

  Cebu City, Philippines – Cebuano wingman Roger Ray Pogoy is preparing as best as he can for the daunting mission that lies ahead for Team Philippines in the sixth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup…

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