Gilas Pilipinas tops Group E after defeating Hong Kong

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After winning today’s game against the Hong Kong team, Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas has finally clinched the top stop of FIBA Asia Group E.

It was not an easy win though thus a sweet victory. Gilas won from behind as Hong Kong led the game in almost 3 quarters. Hong Kong dominated the 1st quarter ending it with 6 points lead against Gilas at 19-13. The 2nd quarter is no difference as PH team struggled to out-score Hong Kong and they ended it up again on top at 33-28. 3rd quarter came the different story, thanks to Jeff Chan who scored at the 5:48 mark of 3rd Quarter that gave the Gilas its 1st lead of the Game 35-34. Although there are several chances that Hong Kong took back the lead, Gilas ended the 3rd with 3 points lead at 43-46. And in the 4th, it was all-out show for Gilas as they managed to pull away not giving a single chance for Hong Kong to come back. The game ended at 55-67 giving Gilas the top spot on the Group E.

Gilas’ win was fueled by Marcus Douthit’s 13 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist. Jeff Chan who started the momentum in the 3rd quarter meanwhile contributed 12 points (including 3 3-pointers) and 1 rebound. With this win, the Philippines now stands at 4 wins, 1 loss record followed by Chinese Taipei and Qatar in Group E.

Gilas Pilipinas will have their next game on Friday (Aug 9, 2013) 8:30PM this time against Kazakhstan. Let’s hope that they will get that one again and continue to pray for their win. #LabanPilipinas.

Team Gilas gets 1st win vs Saudi

fiba-asia-logoIn an effort to regain its former position in Asian basketball, Philippine Basketball Team, Gilas Pilipinas proved we can climb again to the top after beating Saudi Arabia in today’s game at the Mall of Asia Arena for the 27th FIBA Asia Men’s Championship.

The Philippine squad led by its team captain Jimmy Alapag fought hard to get the win as the Saudi team seemed determine to score an upset in Gilas’ 1st game. It was a close game marked by several lead changes for both teams. Saudi ended the 1st quarter up by 2 points at 16-14. But from the start of the 2nd quarter Gilas up their tempo and delivered more goals to take back the leads. Philippines ended the 2nd quarter with a 7-point advantage over Saudi at 35-28. Third quarter was also taken by Team Gilas, although there are efforts from the Saudi team to catch-up and take down the lead. Third quarter ended at 57-46 Philippines us by 11.

And in the 4th, Gilas made all efforts to protect the lead and it paved of as they win the game 78-66. L.A Tenorio and Larry Fonacier led the Gilas in scoring with 12 points each. In an interview, Gilas Head Coach Chot Reyes said they were happy with the victory but he is expecting the real battle in their next game tomorrow.

Team Gilas will be battling with the Jordan team tomorrow (Aug 2, 2013) 8:30PM again in MOA Arena.

*Photo from FIBA Asia website.

Miami Heat beats San Antonio Spurs, wins back to back NBA Title

NBA2013FinalsChampionMiamiHeatAnd they did it again for the 2nd straight year.

After a heart pumping, heart-beat stopping Game 7 of the NBA Finals today at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Florida, the home-court team win it. Yes, Coach Erik Spoelstra, together with LeBron James and the rest of Miami Heat team got their 2nd NBA title for the 2nd straight year.

Fans all over the world can get off their seats as the game played was so close with each other. Per quarter scoring showed the very close scoring by the 2 teams. Heat led Spurs in 1st quarter just by 2 points. In the 2nd it was a tie for both teams and 1 point lead for the Spurs in the 3rd. It was the 4th that decided it when Miami outscored San Antonio 23-17.

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Miami Heat forces a Game 7, equalizes the series 3-3

nbafinals2013game6And it’s now back to clean slate.

After winning 103-100 in an overtime game today, Miami Heat forces a do or die Game 7 in this year’s NBA finals. It’s the heroic 3-pointer by Ray Allen in the last 0.05 seconds of the 4th quarter that tied the game and pushed them for an overtime.

This for me is the best game of their Best of 7 Finals Series having great plays from both teams. Although the Spurs managed to pull away in the 3rd quarter with 12 point lead, Heat came back in the fourth to close the gap and force the game into an overtime. It was a series of momentum exchanges for the 2 teams that left the viewers and spectators hanging on their seats.

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San Antonio Spurs recaptured the lead, 3-2 (NBA Finals)

manuginobilinbafinalsgame5One more win and they will be crowned again as NBA world champions.

Coming from a lost in their last game, the San Antonio Spurs came in determined to win today’s game being their last in their home court at AT&T Center in San Antonio Texas. Spurs’ coach Greg Popovich made a good decision in putting one of his big stars Manu Ginobili in the starting 5. Ginobili put a valiant effort in winning this game contributing 24 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists. Danny Green who also scored 24 points is also a key factor for their win having 6 out of 10 3-pointers to capture the finals record for the most 3-pointers.

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Heat tied the series 2-2 (NBA Finals 2013)

2013nbafinalsgame4It’s another show by Miami’s Big 3.

After not being in their zone in Game 3, Miami’s Big 3, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade again proved their dominance and superstar capabilities. With their combined 85 points, the 3 have propelled the Heat their win at 109-93 to tie the series 2-2.

Yes, we can call it a revenge of the Texas massacre in Game 3 (after loosing big in Game 3) and it’s a sweet revenge as the Heat’s lead players really put their best efforts today to get the win.

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Spurs extinguished the Heat to take the lead 2-1

greenandnealgame3nbafinalsThere are no big stars to a team who is ready and determined to win.

This is what San Antonio Spurs proved after winning big in their NBA Finals Game 3 against the Miami Heat. After losing in Game 2 (also with a big margin), Spurs bounced back and trashed whatever Heat did in their last game. Winning in their home court with 36 points lead at 113-77, Spur again ascertain their track record of not loosing back to back.

San Antonio took control of the whole game leading every quarters of it.

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It’s 1-0 for the Spurs in 2013 NBA Finals

tonyparkergame1aGame 1 went to the San Antonio Spurs, thanks to that miracle jumper (after a slide) from Tony Parker that nailed the game in-front of disappointed Heat fans on their own home court. That crucial point which Parker did at the last 5.2 seconds of Game 1 gave the Spurs the edge in their best of 7 finals series.

It was not an easy game though, as the LeBron James’ led Heat led the Spurs at the end of every quarter from 1st to 3rd. It was in the 4th quarter that Gregg Popovich’s team started to pull off even leading the Heat by 7 points at the 2:13 mark in the 4th quarter. But that 7-point lead was again brought down to 2 after James made a layup shot and after Ray Allen’s 3 points from the free-throws. With Bosh fouling Tim Duncan, the lead was again up to 4 points at 1:08 of the 4th. Heat still didn’t want to gave up and managed to add another 2 points courtesy of Lebron James’ free-throws via a personal foul from Ginobili.

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