Young Gilas Team dominated Thailand in Bahrain with a 93-61 win

By: Bong Paredes /@hoopslocale   Filipino basketball fans all over the world were keen to see how this young (Rey Suerte being the oldest at 26) team will fare without having a single PBA or Naturalized player on the roster. Thailand also had challenges of their own, having only 10 players at their disposal. They were also without their best player, Tyler Lamb and head … Continue reading Young Gilas Team dominated Thailand in Bahrain with a 93-61 win

Who wins the Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa trade?

Photo from:  PBA Images as seen on Foxsports.ph By: Bong Paredes Known for some of the most ludicrous and lopsided trades in the history of basketball, the PBA for once gave its fans as fair a trade as you’ll ever see. Ironically, the two players that were traded for each other were both part of the most ridiculous trades in recent years. In 2015, Moala … Continue reading Who wins the Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa trade?

Alab Reloaded (Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray Scouting Report):

By: Bong Paredes Feature Photo by: ASEAN Sports   Entering the 2018-19 season, then defending champions Alab Pilipinas seemed poised to jumpstart their dynasty in the ABL for a couple of reasons. First, the team’s core was intact even though Justin Brownlee won’t be joining them. After all, PJ Ramos will be Renaldo Balkman’s partner and the last time Mr. Ramos played in the PBA, … Continue reading Alab Reloaded (Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray Scouting Report):

FIBA World Cup and Terrific 12 Takeaways

by: Bong Paredes It’s been a couple of weeks since Gilas’ FIBA World Cup debacle and a few days after three PBA teams underperformed in a field of 12 that included teams from the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and China in the recently concluded Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. The fact that we are part of the aforementioned basketball tournaments at the moment means that … Continue reading FIBA World Cup and Terrific 12 Takeaways

Batang Gilas vs Argentina (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Photo from FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes   Yesterday, I tweeted that Kai Sotto would run circles around Argentine big man Francisco Caffaro. While Kai statistically had better numbers across the board, Caffaro set the tone of the game from the very beginning. Caffaro was very aggressive and took the action to Kai. He used his heft and strength to get the jump on Sotto as … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Argentina (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Batang Gilas vs Greece (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Photo from: FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes For the first time perhaps in history, The Philippines’ U19 basketball squad is playing the top teams in the world. Having a pair of much-heralded big men like Kai Sotto and AJ Edu certainly aided in creating awareness and excitement in the local basketball community. It’s also a testament that we are on our way to true relevance in … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Greece (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)

by: Bong Paredes After reading about members of the Gilas pool withdrawing from the team one after another, from Castro to Parks and now Scottie Thompson, I can’t help but be worried about the makeup and eventual performance of this team. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is just around the corner and while teams like Iran and Australia are getting most if not all of … Continue reading Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)