LA Tenorio: From ‘The Cancer’ to ‘The Answer’

Lewis Alfred Tenorio was traded to Ginebra from Alaska before the start of the 2012-2013 Season of the PBA and a lot of the Ginebra fans are already hyped upon his arrival for they know that LA could be one of the answer of the Ginebra’s aging Backcourt and also for Ginebra’s halfcourt stability.

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LA did not disappoint the Ginebra faithfuls during his 1st season on Ginebra. He logged in a average of 13.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 6.3 APG and even won the Best Player award during the Commissioner’e Cup. Although Ginebra wasn’t able to enter the Semis during the Philippine Cup,Governor’s cup and unable to bag the championship on the Commissioner’s Cup. The fans still had high hopes because of the Acquisition of Japeth Aguilar and LA.

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Entering the 2013-2014 PBA season, People considered ginebra to be the team to watch out, for they’ve Selected Greg Slaughter in the Rookie Draft. People says that LA would have an easy time orchestrating the Ginebra offense due to the presence of the Ginebra’s “Twin Tower” consisting of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.

The Expectation was really met in the Elimination round of the Philippine Cup, Ginebra Finished at the top of the elimination and Japeth and Greg has been producing well. LA on the other hand is doing his job quite well feeding the ball to Greg or Japeth.

Everything was going well for Ginebra up until the Semis of the 2013 Philippine Cup on where they faced Tim Cone’s San Mig Coffee Mixers. The series was very close but Ginebra lost in the close Game 7. Fans were heartbroken, people were disappointed because they thought that this is the time Ginebra will bag their first championship in 7 years.

So, After the Philippine Cup, their has been a lot of coaching change. In the Commissioner’s Cup it was Juno Sauler who was calling the shot but eventually failed also and this was the start of the struggle of Lewis Alfred Tenorio.

In the Governor’s cup, Jeffrey Cariaso was elevated as head coach of the Barangay Ginebra hoping to fix the system. LA was named as team captain because Coach Jeffrey said that LA is familiar in the Triangle offense and was hoping he could share this to his teammates.

Fans became patient for they know Triangle offense is a complex system, again they weren’t able to pass the Quarterfinals in the Governor’s cup and LA is still losing his numbers.

the 2015 PBA season came and people are again hyped on Ginebra because they were given a lot of time to practice the Triangle offense hoping for a new result in this season.

Unfortunately Ginebra did not even pass the Quarterfinals in the Philippine Cup, Jeffrey Cariaso was sacked as head coach and Coach Ato returned to the helm of Ginebra and in this season LA had his lowest numbers donning the Ginebra jersey.

In the 2014-2015 season, LA Averaged 9.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 3.9 APG which was his lowest during his stint in Ginebra.

Before the Start of the Commissioner’s Cup, this was the beginning of the rumors on which it says LA will be traded for different players. At first it was only just a rumor, no one even cared and fans still wanted to give LA another shot to redeem himself.

But then Commissioner’s Cup has ended and Ginebra again wasn’t able to surpass the Quarterfinal Round. This sparked the rumors even more. Fans became disappointed to LA’s diminishing numbers and they wanted him out of the team. Some fans even called him Cancer of the team and even said that in order for Ginebra to go back to winning form is that they must get rid of LA and get another Point Guard on the likes of Stanley Pringle or Terrence Romeo.

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Come 2014 Governor’s Cup, Frankie Lim was hailed as the new Head coach of Ginebra and LA is still on the team. Some Fans are somewhat disappointed that LA is still on the team and wasn’t able to get either Terrence Romeo or Stanley Pringle because Frankie Lim’s system is run and gun and fans don’t see LA fit for that system.

Expectations are high again, People are still focused on LA if he’s going to produce again. Unfortunately Ginebra ended the season with another disappointment and again, fans wanted to replace Tenorio already.

Rumors are continiously swirling during the off season, but the SMC management made a move that really shocked not just the whole Fanbase of Ginebra but also to some basketball fans.

Tim Cone was moved as head coach of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel from Purefoods Star Hotshots, replacing Frankie Lim hoping to really bring back the glory of Ginebra. Before the season starts, Tim Cone traded a lot of players and acquired the players that he thinks will strive into his system.

I saw this move as a resurrection of not just Ginebra’s Campaign but also LA’s career also.

At the start of the Philippine Cup, it was evident that Ginebra is still learning the system but it was also obvious that LA’s performance and confidence is slowly coming back. He’s back to his “Gineral” game on where he serves as a facilitator and only scores when needed. Again Ginebra weren’t able to enter the Quarterfinals of both Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup. But fans were again back up to their feet and felt that Ginebra is slowly improving under Tim Cone.

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Come Governor’s Cup, Greg Slaughter was injured, so Tim Cone did an adjustment to his offense. He veered away from the Structured Triangle offense and replaced it with a high octane offense. Most of the Ginebra’s Lineup benefited from this change of offense especially LA Tenorio. During this change, LA had a drastic change of his stats compared to the last 2 seasons he had with ginebra. Also LA has been quite effective on facilitating the offense of Ginebra, he registered a 11.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 4.2 APG. Not just he is registering some big numbers, Ginebra also entered the Semi finals and later on defeated the San Miguel beermen to battle the Meralco bolts in the ongoing Finals of the PBA Governor’s cup.

during the 2016 Governor’s Cup Playoffs, LA had his best games wearing the Ginebra uniform and averaging 18.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 5.4 APG.

It is really a wonder on how LA Tenorio stayed composed amidst all of the trade rumors and tongue lashing he got from the fans. It’s also funny to see that people who said that LA was a cancer for the team is now Appreciating him and considered him again as the important piece of Ginebra’s offense and defense.

I never gave up on LA, seriously, I know he still had that essence of a prime Point guard of the Philippine basketball. Yes there are times that I get frustrated on him but I really never wanted him out of Ginebra because I know for sure that when you give him a good coach who really knows his role and how to use him, he’s definitely going to produce for the team.

I really admired LA for the resiliency he showed, From Cancer of the team back then now he became the Answer.

Will LA finally be the Answer for Ginebra’s Championship Drought? Well I hope so.

Gilas Cadets: The Barometer of Philippine Basketball

Fiba Asia Challenge Cup will be held on September 9-18 and will be hosted by Iran.

Every Asian country gathered their national team to prepare for the Tournament. While Most countries stuck with their same Lineup, the Philippines opted to go different.

The Philippines won’t be fielding the same Lineup we had during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament due to the conflict of schedule on the ongoing PBA Governor’s Cup, Instead they formed a team which is merely composed of Cadets or players who haven’t played in the PBA.

But first here is your Gilas 5.0 lineup:

Head Coach: Josh Reyes

  1. Kevin Ferrer
  2. Ed Daquioag
  3. Alfonso Gotladera
  4. Almond Vosotros
  5. Jonathan Grey
  6. Von Pessumal
  7. Chris Javier
  8. Mike Tolomia
  9. Mac Belo
  10. Russel Escoto
  11. Roger Pogoy
  12. Carl Cruz
  13. Cjay Perez
  14. Arnold Van Opstal

Most of the names are quite familiar especially if you are watching college basketball here in the Philippines. Those are big names in their own respective schools but even though, a lot of fans still questions this move by the Gilas management.

Many are saying that this won’t reach high in the tournament because some countries are still sticking with their same lineup consisting of Professional players.

I won’t say I like the move of the Gilas Management, but it’s the most practical way because of our pros playing in the PBA and their mother teams won’t even allow them to play for Gilas.

Luckily this FIBA Challenge cup won’t be as critical as the FIBA Asia Championships like the one we had on China in 2015. Also this tournament would serve as a barometer not just for the capability of Gilas 5.0 but also for the future of Philippine Basketball.Why?

These players are Young and haven’t even stepped in the PBA yet, so it’s already a disadvantage for us compared to other countries who had professional players. Now, if they were able to put a good fight against the top tier Asian countries like: Korea, China and Iran, then it’s safe to say that the future of Philippine basketball is big with the players right now.

Also it shows that these colleges and universities are really good in producing and training the players, which also a good sign for Philippine basketball because it means that they are continuing creating some quality players that could one day be a key for the success of our National Team.

So despite of all of this criticism, let’s just hope and support that this Gilas 5.0 would give a good fight against other Asian countries, not only for our National Pride but also it would just show that our Basketball program is really developing and producing High quality basketball players.

Imagine, Gilas Cadets consisting of Non-Pro Players putting up a great fight with these professional players of other country? It’s a good thing to see right?

 

 

Coach Leo Isaac: The Maker or Breaker for Blackwater?

The Blackwater elite is on the bottom of the standings again with the Star hotshots and also on the verge of elimination again if they won’t pull a miracle right now in the PBA Governor’s Cup.

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Most of the people would say “hey that’s normal, they are a expansion team so that’s what expected of them”. Yeah, I know it’s normal for blackwater to have this kind of standing since they have a lot of young players and they’re a expansion team.

But after seeing the Mahindra Enforcers (Formerly Kia) slowly climbing up the standings, I’m starting to forget that “They are only an expansion team” mindset. In the past few conferences there are times that Mahindra is being a ‘giant killer’, beating some of the big teams. Right now, under Coach Chris Gavina, They are now on the 3rd of the standing compared to Blackwater’s  12 (which is the last).

Right now I can’t help but wonder, is Coach Leo Isaac the right coach for this young team? I am not questioning the skills of Coach Leo, well he brought the franchise to a D-league championship which makes it a reason for them to go up in the big league.

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But the PBA is very different compared to the D-league, I really can’t point out what excatly is wrong, but his style on coaching is not effective. You see Paper wise, Blackwater is better than Mahindra and yet Mahindra is slowly improving and they are always in the bottom of the standings.

All I can say is that, Blackwater has two choices, it’s either replace Coach Leo Isaac with coaches who really had an experience coaching in the PBA or find players that will really be effective in Coach Leo’s system.

Maybe I am wrong, Maybe it’s just because they are having a lot of injured players right now and his players and the coaching staffs are adjusting. But I really do hope that coach Leo (if Blackwater will still give him a chance the next season) would prove me wrong and transform Blackwater into a contender team, like what Mahindra is right now.

 

Guo Ai Lun-Terrence Romeo: A exciting matchup we might never see again

While I was watching the replay of the Philippines vs China in the last year Fiba Asia Championship, I can’t help but notice this young guard of China named Guo Ai Lun.

I was like “Damn, He’s really good”. But on the other hand, I also see Terrence romeo doing his thing against China which is not quite surprising because I have seen him play in the PBA and I know what he can do.

So after watching them play, I can’t help but notice and compare the both of them, knowing that romeo is one of the Future of Philippine Basketball and Guo is also the future of Chinese basketball.

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Guo Ai Lun is a 6’4, 22 year old Guard of China  he is currently playing in the Liaoning Flying Leopards in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). In the latest season of the CBA, Guo averages 13.7 PPG, 5.1 APG and 2.9 RPG and is showing brilliance in the whole league.

Guo is a Cat quick guard which can shoot three ball, can slash into the basket using his speed and has a good court vision which makes him as their starter for the Chinese National Team also he could play both Shooting and Point Guard position

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on the other hand, We have Terrence Romeo who is a 5’11, 24 year old guard of the Philippines, Currently he is playing for the Global Port batang pier in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Romeo averages 24.8 PPG, 3.7 APG and 4.3 RPG and making a huge buzz in the Philippine basketball lately.

Romeo is an electric point guard who has a pretty good handle, he even was tagged as “Kyrie Irving of the Philippines” because of his handles. But unlike Guo, Terrence is more of a Score-first guard but also can play the Point guard position which makes him a huge asset for the Gilas Lineup.

In their first ever match-up Guo got the better of Terrence by beating the Philippines to clinch the spot for the Olympics. But it’s the first stint of Romeo in the National team while Guo already had a couple of stints in the Chinese national team, if Romeo still improved in the International scene, I am sure these two will be fun to watch

but it makes me wonder, will we see another match-up between these two electric guards?

As we all know, after the FIBA World Cup, The format will be changed and it’s going to hit the Philippines hard (http://basketball.ca/en/news-article/fiba-announces-new-format-and-calendar-of-competition-p152611).

The possible solution that Manny V. Pangilinan (Owner of Gilas Pilipinas) has presented is that we go back to the Gilas Cadet program in which we are going to select people who are not yet drafted to enter the program and commit themselves to Gilas thus resulting for them not to enter the PBA draft.

Once this pushes thru, it will hard to see any PBA players compete and play for Gilas because of the schedule of FIBA and their mother team might not allow it.

But I hope our basketball governing bodies would find a way to fix the scheduling problems and let Gilas have it’s full potential, and that is why I am not losing hope for another Romeo-Guo Ai Lun match-up in the future.

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The Filipinos are Tired

It’s now 3 days before the Philippines will select their next leaders to lead our country into greater heights.

But among the Presidential Candidates there is one man who is making a lot of noise in the media, whether Positive or Negative. I guess you guys know who I’m referring to..

Yes, it’s Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte

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Currently he is leading in the Survey with a 33% behind Poe’s 22% (According to the Social weather Stations). It’s a big margin if you are going to see and it looks like that Duterte has the biggest chance on winning the Presidential election (Well it depends if you’re one firm believer of the surveys) and not to mention he already got the backing of the Iglesia ni Cristo or the INC which is a huge factor in this presidential race.

Anyway, There are really some people asking: Why is Duterte garnering such many supporters?

I really don’t have the exact answer on why but I guess this might be one of the reason why a Mayor from Davao who is not popular back then garners so many supporters.

“The Filipinos are tired”

 The Filipinos are tired on having the same Elitist president who is really having a hard time on reaching out on the people below him.

The Filipinos now want change in the look of the government, they now want a president who could relate on the middle class and even the lower class. There has been so many administrations on which Elite Presidents took place and same results are just happening, there is progress but mostly people from the Class A’s are the one who benefits in such progress.

And Duterte is not an Elitist, he is just living a simple life on a simple house in Davao which really admired by a lot of people. Now the Supporters thinks that if Duterte would won the presidency, he could reach out to the people of the Middle classes and even those who are below.

 

The Filipinos are tired with the promises but lacks in action and political will.

There are many presidential candidates who promises us this and that but eventually after they became president, those promises are just kept hanging. Why? Because there are times that the plans of the president is “napopolitika” and the president can’t enforce his political will to continue the said projects because he is being held by a lot people thus he/she can’t make a strong and firm decision and let the hands do the job.

Duterte is known for his strong political will, people from davao said that Mayor Rodrigo really uses his power just to continue a said plan for the benefit of his people in davao. Yes as we all witnessed in the recent debates, Mayor Duterte said that he won’t have a lot of platforms and he just might copy the platforms of the other candidates but he added that what he can bring into this country is political will and his leadership.

I think it’s what the Philippines need right now, because many candidates promises to do such things but only few of them are done due to lack of political will. The Philippines doesn’t need more programs and platforms because there are a lot of good platforms which are not done in the past administration, what it needs is a leader who is ready to continue those projects for the betterment of not just few people but the majority of the Filipinos.

 

The Filipinos are tired on the Politicians who are very neat and tidy on the outside but dirty on the inside.

There are so many administrations on which the presidents are decent, good in english, doesn’t use foul language in their campaign rallies but then they are involved into many anomalities.

Filipinos are already tired of them, now they want something new, a candidate who never hold his tongue on his campaign rallies, being true to himself, doesn’t care even he loses supporters because he said what he really said and most of all a president who is simple.

Duterte has been in the news for so many times because of what he’s saying during his campaign rallies (The Pope Issue, The rape joke which actually isn’t a “joke” because he is only narrating what had happened in the past, his use of foul language, and of course some dirty jokes) but it doesn’t seem to faze his supporters, well maybe there are some who jumped ship because of those, but it’s only few and it didn’t affect his rating at all.

Anyway what I’m trying to say is that Duterte is very true to himself and he is not afraid in exposing his weaknesses. Many Supporters Loved him for that because they knew that this guy speaks the truth. So I guess Filipinos are tired on the clean looking but so many secrets type of politician and wants a candidate who is true to himself at all times.

 

Lastly I think Filipinos are tired on the crime and corruption inside and outside of the government.

Majority of the Filipinos think that Duterte is the right man for the job if we want to fix the Government from the inside and as a man of Discipline, we all think that he can enforce the law strongly compared to other candidates. Once the corruption inside the government stops and people have become disciplined and afraid to disobey the law, then I think we can now fully continue building the Philippines into a great nation.

 

 

 

 

Pierre Henderson-Niles: The Late comer but the great fit

In the 2016 Commissioners cup The Rain or shine Elasto Painters selected Wayne Chism as their import but there is a little problem, Wayne Chism lost a lot of weight compared to his last stint here in the last year’s Commissioners cup. Coach yeng guiao said that it is not a problem for him, because his team is running the run and gun offense.

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Unfortunately, Wayne Chism Suffered a Hamstring injury in just the first 2 games of the Elasto Painters. So then they picked Antoine Wright as their replacement import to Wayne Chism, but picking Wright was actually a wrong choice for the Elasto painters for they lost 3 out of 4 games with him. So they released Antoine wright and replaced him with Mo Charlo who then meets the expectation of Coach yeng. The Rain or shine won their 4 of 5 games with him averaging at 21.6 ppg, 9.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

When everyone thought that Rain or shine already found a stable import for them to parade in the whole Commissioners Cup, Coach yeng suddenly let Mo Charlo go and Brought in the Hulking Pierre Henderson-Niles.

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Many were surprised on why Coach yeng changed their import in the late part of the elimination rounds. Coach yeng said that Pierre Henderson-Niles is the safest bet if they want to go far in the playoffs for he has the Size, post move and decent outside shooting that the Rain or shine needs.

Well I guess Coach yeng made a great move on getting Pierre Henderson-Niles because a big man who could push Junemar and Greg away from the paint is really what they need. Yes they do have Beau Belga who is as large as Henderson-Niles, but we’ve seen how Belga plays. He doesn’t post up that often, He’s more of a face up type of player and lastly even though with the big size, he is having a hard time warding off Junemar fajardo and Greg slaughter without getting a Foul.

“What about JR Quinahan?” Yes JR Quinahan is a part of that Extra rice Inc. but have you noticed his extreme weight loss? With the height like that and a slimmed body, you won’t have a chance on defending the opposing team’s big guys but I have to credit JR’s improved game due to his weight loss, infairness to him he is becoming one of the RoS’ main gunners.

Now we go back to Henderson-Niles, if you watched the quarterfinals game against Ginebra, you can say that he really has that post up move and can easily push Greg Slaughter away which causes the Ginebra to double team him and let his team mates be open. Also Niles provides a heavy screen which is crucial on the Offense they are running because their guards could easily break away from the defender because of the Screen given to them by the Wide body Henderson-Niles. As the result, Rain or shine defeated Ginebra San Miguel 2-0 in their Quarterfinals Match-up.

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In the Semis matchup against San Miguel, It’s a different story already because right now Niles is being defended by Junemar Fajardo or the san miguel’s import Tyler Wilkerson, but as we all see he can hold his ground against Fajardo and Wilkerson still doing the old post up moves but it really works well with Rain Or Shine. Now the Rain or shine is sitting on a 2-1 lead on a best-of-5 series, and a win away they can book their ticket again to the Finals.

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I remember the last championship of Rain or shine which was in the 2012 Governor’s cup, on where they picked Jamelle Cornley as their import. Cornley has that same game, Henderson-Niles have but of course Cornley is smaller and lighter. Then they have won the Championship defeating the Bmeg into a do-or-die game.

What I’m trying to say here is that it doesn’t matter if Henderson-Niles came late for the Rain or shine as long as he can be give Rain or shine the things that they are lacking Offensively and Defensively. With the Inside Presence of Niles, resurgence of JR Quinahan, The improvement of the rookie Ahanmisi, the Bench Contribution of Jericho Cruz and the Sharpshooting of Jeff Chan. I’m quite confident that they could bring another championship for the franchise.

What Gilas needs

We are mid-way Jones Cup and Gilas Pilipinas is showing some flashes of what they can do in the FIBA Asia Championships. But this is a new group there are many flaws also being shown on their past few games in the Jones Cup.

I am no coach, I am just a avid viewer of the game and now here are the things that I think this Gilas team needs to fix/improve for them to bolster their campaign for gold in this Fiba Asia Championship.

Be consistent on their outside shooting.

This is a problem for the team since the beginning of the League. They have been shooting a lot of three ball but they can’t connect. like their game against Taipei, they only made 8 shots on the 36 attempts they made. Against Korea they only made 8 shots out of 22 attempts.

Yes we like to play physical inside, but let’s be practical. We must improve on that because we Filipinos aren’t that big and facing against big enemies would give us a hard time getting inside the rim. For them to have a huge chance against towering rivals they must hit the three ball smart and consistently. Perfect example for that is the Koreans, They are not as tall like China, Iran nor other countries neighboring countries but with their lack of height, they make it up to their outside shooting.

Once this Gilas Squad accomplished this, We would be deadly because we are not just a threat when we play inside the paint or the perimeter but also when we play the trey ball.

True Point guard

I am not saying that Terrence romeo or Jayson Castro sucks at being point guard (He’s the Best Point guard in Asia after all). Both of them have their own style of play, but the problem I’ve observed in this squad is that there is no guy who is willing to stabilize the court when the defense and offense is in disarray.

I noticed that during their first game, when Taipei threatened them with a run and Gilas started to panic. They suddenly committed turnovers and forced some shots. Luckily The Chinese Taipei went out of Gas and Gilas started to roll, winning the game.

Well if you’re going to ask me, the only person that could fill that gap is none other than: LA Tenorio. Not because I’m a Ginebra fan or anything but if you could study LA during his stint in Gilas you know what he can bring.

I remember the 2013 FIBA asia Championship here in Manila, especially the unforgettable Korean game. The Koreans gave Gilas a scary run in the early 4th quarter and Gilas can’t regroup. What coach Chot reyes did, he placed Castro or Jimmy in the 2nd spot while he used Tenorio at the 1st. While Tenorio is manning the court, Gilas was able to regain composure and you know the rest. Gilas won via the heroic shot of Jimmy Alapag which sparked the final run for Gilas.

After watching these past games of Gilas, I really miss having a Tenorio in the team to stabilize their backcourt.

Limit Turnovers

Yes I Understand this is a whole new Gilas squad and Turnovers will be a part of the learning and jelling process of the team but if they really want to aim for the gold in the Fiba Asia Championship they should limit Turnovers.

In their Korean game they’ve committed 14 Turnovers.  Most of them was during the 4th quarter, and the Koreans was able to capitalize on most of those turnovers resulting for Gilas to have a hard time on getting the lead.

Also we are a small squad, we must make our lack of height on the fluidity of our offense. Yes Height is might but it is very important to have a smooth flow of offense and defense to win the game.

Young Center

Yes we do have Sonny Thoss and Asi but they aren’t young anymore, Yes I know they can still hold their ground against their foreign counterpart but the stamina and quickness will be a factor here. We all know that both of them are already pass their prime, they can’t run quick anymore and they are easily to get tired.

Gilas needs some Young Center who could run, Have a low post offense and defense, Perimeter game is on point and also who is tall.

“Meron naman tayo niyan ahh Si Junemar Fajardo”

Yes we have Junemar Fajardo but according to reports he is injured and won’t be able to play for Gilas. Sadly I still haven’t seen any Center that can have a caliber like Junemar. (Sorry Greg you gotta improve that low post defense and offense first before I consider you up to par with JMF)

“How About Blatche He can play Center”

Yes Blatche can play center but most of the time he plays the Power Forward position, but yes he is definitely loaded.

The question now, who is going to sub Blatche?

With the thin Lineup at the PF-C (Asi and Thoss) Gilas would have a hard time on how they manage the rotation for the 4-5 spot that’s why we needed another center who is young.

Look at China, they have a lot of players in the PF-C that is also complete in package. So whenever they sub the other one, they won’t have to worry a lot.

But I am not Coach Tab, and I’m sure he can address what Gilas lacks.

But aside from all of the things I’ve mentioned, the important thing that Gilas needs is our SUPPORT. Yes we don’t have any Marcio Lassiter, Junemar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio or a Paul Lee in this lineup but what we have here right now is players who would really Die for the country, players who are itching to represent our country to the world. Isn’t that what matters?

Yes we may have a strong lineup but what if most of them don’t feel to represent our country like the guys right now? Nothing, we won’t reach the achievement we reached the last time.

But if every single guy on the team is willing to sacrifice anything for the country, even though they are composed of 2nd stringers or 3rd. We will have a high chance on reaching our goal because every one of them is determined to bring home the glory for our country.

That is what PUSO is. PUSO is not just what they say in the pre-game or post-game huddle. PUSO is sacrificing everything for the love of country. PUSO is the support we will give to the men fighting for our country, WIN or LOSE we will stick with them no matter what.

That is why before you say PUSO, ask yourself first: Are you just saying PUSO only when they win? or even they lose? because just like they say, when you really love something, you will accept him/her no matter what the flaw is

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