Saturday, October 3, 2009

Smart Gilas vs Powerade Team Pilipinas / Japeth's Last Hurrah!

Smart Gilas (Basketball) vs Powerade Team Pilipinas - the dream match finally materialized, but in the most unfortunate situation. Typhoon Ondoy recently wrecked havoc in the Philippines, affecting the lives of almost two million people and killing about 200 people according to news reports. In a bid to be relevant and to help the victims, the SBP organized this charity game. Mikee Romero and Manny Pangilinan, sports patrons, have already donated huge sums of money for the victims through the event.

Most people reckon that Smart Gilas has the advantage as the team is always prepared and has good teamwork. But this concern is only secondary as helping the victims is the top priority anyway.

Okay, I'll dive in. The inside presence of CJ Giles and Japeth Aguilar will give Powerade fits. The teamwork of Smart Gilas is also spectacular. Unless Powerade can consistently disrupt Gilas' set plays, the young guns will school them about execution. I have a feeling the Powerade players will try to bully their way in - physically manhandle some of the Gilas' cagers in the hope that they will be intimidated or in the case of CJ Giles, get pissed and thrown out of the game. Smart Gilas is too experienced to fold up. They don't back down on anyone. Besides, they have faced the likes of Jackson Vroman before (Fiba Asia Club Championship) but our players took him on. In the end, Vroman was the one who ended up fuming.

I do hope the PBA players give their best - as this is just an exhibition game and they have the habit of not taking it seriously.

Here are the matches:
1st game : UAAP/NCAA SELECTION VS LIGA/Philippine Basketball League SELECTION

2nd game : Philippine Basketball Association POWERADE NATIONAL TEAM VS. SMART GILAS NATIONAL TEAM

Venue: Araneta Coliseum

Monday October 5 2009, 5pm to 9pm. Proceeds go to Typhoon Ondoy's victims

If you have inquiries, please call the venue. Many people are pissed because they couldn't get tickets to the event.

The controversial player, Japeth Aguilar, will play for Smart Gilas in the exhibition match. Although Lito Alvarez told Philstar it will be his last. “But this will be Japeth’s last game with Smart Gilas. After this project, I’ll request to SBP not to allow Japeth play with them anymore, even in scrimmages. He (Aguilar) must come to terms with us already. We will show how supportive we are to SBP, and I expect them to return the gesture.

UAAP / NCAA lineup

Mac ABOLUCION (Saint Benilde)
Mark Anthony ACOSTA (Mapua Tech)
Reil CERVANTES (Far Eastern)
Woodward CO (UP-Diliman)
Jan Julius COLINA (Adamson)
Mark Joel DE GUZMAN (Saint Benilde)
Jeric FORTUNA (Santo Tomas)
Teree GUILLERMO (Mapua Tech)
Allan Edward MANGAHAS (Mapua Tech)
Anjelo MONTECASTRO (Saint Benilde)
Jewel PONFERADA (National)
Paul SANGA (Far Eastern)
Mark SARANGAY (Mapua Tech)
Jan TAN (Saint Benilde)
Joshua David WEBB (De La Salle-Manila)


Glenn CAPACIO (Far Eastern)
Richard del ROSARIO (Saint Benilde)

Anthony Servinio

Update 10 - 6 - 09: Smart Gilas vs Powerade

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