Sinag Pilipinas: Kampiyon sa 26th Southeast Asian Games
Muling pinatunayan ng Pilipinas ang pagiging hari sa larong basketbol sa Timog Silangang Asya (Southeast Asia) matapos na muling magkampiyon laban sa Thailand 85-57 sa pangunguna ni Coach Norman Black sa 26th Southeast Asian Games sa Jakarta-Palembang Indonesia. Pawang mga batang atleta na mula sa collegiate team ng bansa ang ipinadala ng Pilipinas pero tinambakan pa rin nito ang mga nakalaban. Ilan sa mga batang manlalarong ito ay sina UAAP Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena at UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Park Jr.
Ang Pilipinas ay kinikilala sa Asya na magaling sa larong basketbol kahanay ng China, South Korea, Japan at mga bansa sa Gitnang Silangang Asya gaya ng Iran, Jordan at Lebanon. Katunayan ay pumang-apat ang Pilipinas sa katatapos lang na Fiba-Asia Championship na ginanap sa China. Ang Under 16 team naman ng bansa ay pumang-apat din sa sinalihang laban nito kahit hindi pinayagan ng ibang eskwelahan ang mga manlalaro nito dahil sa nagkataong sabay na idinaos ang laban sa liga ng mga eskwelahan.
Like father before him, Kiefer Ravena out for SEA Games basketball gold
JAKARTA—Twenty years ago, future PBA star Bong Ravena suited up beside the likes of Johnny Abarrientos, Vergel Meneses, Jun Limpot and Marlou Aquino in reclaiming the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.
The Philippines had lost the previous championship to Malaysia in 1989. But playing as a hometown team in Manila, Ravena and the other Filipino stars would not allow a similar loss to happen when they took on Thailand in the title game.
Since then, the Philippines have claimed the gold medal in every SEA Games basketball event that they have entered. Save for a FIBA suspension in 2005 and the non-inclusion of the sport two years ago, the country has clinched every single championship in the biennial meet.
That trend might continue this Sunday when the Sinag Pilipinas national team go for the gold medal versus upset-minded Thailand, which had already pulled off an upset win over host Indonesia in the semifinal.
One of the players seeing action in the SEA Games is Ateneo Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena, the son of Bong Ravena. The younger Ravena is one of several second-generation players here.
Kiefer is no stranger to winning. He led the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets to three straight Juniors championships in the UAAP before joining the senior team and becoming an integral part of the Blue Eagles’ four-peat campaign in the recently-concluded season.
But winning a title for the national team is a different matter, and Ravena wants to take home SEA Games gold.
“I’ve already won a SEABA Youth crown, but this tournament is a prestigious one, so I’d like to receive it as well,” said Ravena.
The Sinag Pilipinas squad also has two other second-generation players on the team. Ray Parks, son of seven-time PBA best import Bobby Parks, and Jeric Teng, son of former PBA player Alvin Teng, play different roles for the Sinag squad.
Parks is one of the team’s top scorers alongside Ravena, while Teng is a reserve player.
“I’m just happy to be here just like everybody else and to me, this is a privilege,” said Parks.
Teng doesn’t mind cheering on his team in street clothes from beside the bench.
“Reserve lang ako dito, but you can still do positive things for the team, and one of them is to cheer for your squad,” said Teng, whose dad Alvin was part of the Philippine team that represented the country in the Hiroshima Asian Games coached by Sinag Pilipinas coach Norman Black.
Sinag Pilipinas blasts Cambodia in auspicious debut
MANILA, Philippines – Sinag Pilipinas brandished a sleek running game to steamroll over Cambodia, 127-68, today at the start of the 26th Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament at the Britama Arena in Indonesia.
Seven Sinag players scored in double figures led by UAAP Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena with 17 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field. The 17-year old phenom also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists in just 21 minutes, the most played by any player in the national team’s opening game.
After a sluggish start, Sinag Pilipinas pulled away from a 13-all standoff with a backbreaking 12-0 run.
RR Garcia, a former UAAP MVP from the FEU Tamaraws, added 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting while San Beda top gunner Garvo Lanete chipped in 15 points, missing only one of his six attempts.
The Cambodians, who played with a heavy heart after losing their top player Pal Sorphor to a motorcycle accident last week, were in the game only in the opening minutes.
The 19-year old Sorphor, described by the team as its tallest and strongest player, was about to visit his parents to give some money he earned from playing basketball before departing for Indonesia when his motorbike ran into a truck in his province in Cambodia.
The Cambodians played inspired ball in the opening minutes tying the game twice. But once the Filipinos found their groove midway through the opening quarter, the Cambodians could not stop them in the open lane as Sinag Pilipinas scored 21 points off their 19 turnovers.
Mith Pek and Oeun Sophoeun made 24 point apiece to lead the Cambodians, who finished fifth in the 2007 edition of the biennial games. Basketball was shelved in the 2009 SEA Games.
Sinag Pilipinas wallops Cambodia to open SEAG basketball campaign
JAKARTA — Despite scoring 35 points in the first quarter against Cambodia, Norman Black was unhappy with the Sinag Pilipinas national team’s performance.
Tightening up the screws in the second half, the Philippine team breezed past Cambodia, 127-68, to start its 26th Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball campaign on a winning note on Monday at the BritAma Arena.
The Filipinos shot 71% from the field while holding Cambodia to 35% shooting in the rout. Sinag Pilipinas topped the opening day performance of the 2007 SEA Games edition of the national team, which also defeated Cambodia in its opener, 136-82.
Having been together for only two weeks, chemistry hasn’t been established fully by the Pinoy cagers.
“They only get the feel of the game and play through their instincts,” said team manager Butch Antonio. “But once we get the rebounds and they allow us to run, they’re dead.”
And run the Philippines did.
The Philippines’ fastbreak game was anchored on second-generation players Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks, who both had a field day scoring off transition. Together as a team, the Filipinos got 12 fastbreak points and 21 points off the Cambodians’ 19 turnovers.
UAAP Rookie of the Year Ravena led seven players in double figures for Sinag Pilipinas with 17 points. RR Garcia (16 points), Garvo Lanete (15), Nico Salva (14), Chris Ellis (12), Dave Marcelo (12), and Parks (10) also contributed to the furious Philippine assault.
“We’re focused on our execution, but we’re hoping we can play moré aggressive defensively in our game against Vietnam,” said Ravena, who played for the Philippine youth team coached by Eric Altamirano that won the SEABA Under-18 tournament.
Ravena had a breakaway dunk and a transition basket off a feed from Garcia, giving the Filipinos a sizeable 77-46 advantage, 5:03 left in the third period.
The Cambodians didn’t recover from that Philippine run.
Naturalized players Oeun Sophoeun and Mith Pek finished with 24 points apiece while another foreign-born cager, Thach Boroth, contributed 15. The Cambodians were playing with a heavy heart after the death of their starting center due to a vehicular accident a week before the start of the games.
“We didn’t have someone who can contain the Filipino players inside the paint because we lost our center one week prior to the tournament,” said Cambodia coach Koledaye Abay Omi. “Without a big man, we concentrated on playing from the perimeter, but we have a tough time containing them inside.”
Black said that his team had no idea about Cambodian team until they stepped on the court.
“Basically, we didn’t know much about Cambodia until today, but they have three good players on the squad, I don’t know what their names are, but numbers 5, 6 and 9 are definitely good,” said Black during the press conference.
“We turned to our defense in the second half. I’m pretty satisfied with the way we played considering the fact that we were only playing together for only two weeks prior to the tournament. This is only our sixth game together as a team.”
Sinag Pilipinas, the Philippine national basketball team which represents the country in the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, stunned Cambodia, 127-68, in a lopsided match that took place at the Kelapa Gading Sports Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday, November 14, 2011.
UAAP 74 rookie of the year Kiefer Ravena led the charts with 17 points for the Philippine team pocketing its first win in the 2011 SEAG.
Sinag Pilipinas is comprised of collegiate and amateur standouts with some members from Smart Gilas Pilipinas. Norman Black, the multi-titled mentor, is the team’s coach.