One of the noteworthy sidelights when Gilas Pilipinas conquered Saudi Arabia on Monday in the fourth window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers was how generations of Ateneo Blue Eagles stars were able to share the hardcourt together for the national team.
With the spotlight in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers belonging largely to Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto, another Gilas Pilipinas stalwart has gotten the attention of former national team player Marc Pingris.
After going head-to-head against upcoming PBA guest team Bay Area Dragons, Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin has also recommended playing other UAAP teams for the club’s continuing buildup for the import-laden PBA conference.
Incoming PBA guest team Bay Area fended off a gritty Ateneo de Manila University side, pulling away with a 102-93 victory in a closed-door tuneup game held at Moro Lorenzo Gym on Saturday.
Earlier this week, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced that veteran Philippine basketball tactician Chot Reyes will take over the coaching duties of the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team, replacing Tab Baldwin.
It is not only Filipino players that are drawing attention from Japan B.League clubs as two established PBA coaches are reportedly also being sought.
The Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Invitational tournament being held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City became the first professional sports league in the country to re-open its doors to the general public after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will launch the Governors’ Cup on December 8, about six weeks after the conclusion of the all-Filipino championship won by TNT Tropang Giga.