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Smart Gilas Pilipinas bows to South Korea to finish 4th in FIBA-Asia Championship 2011.

The Scores:

South Korea 70 - Cho 20, Kim 14, Oh 9, Moon 8, Kang 8, J.Kim 7, Lee 2, Y.Kim 1, Yang 1, Park 0.

Philippines 68 - Douthit 27 (22rebs), Alapag 17 (5/7 3pts), Williams 9, Lutz 5, de Ocampo 3, Tiu 2, Casio 2, Baracael 2, Lassiter 1, Taulava 0.

Quarters: 7-14, 17-24, 36-47, 70-68

South Korea - Philippines 70:68

South Korea snatched a tough win over Philippines in the consolation final battle at the Asian Championship. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Philippines gained a 14:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) gave the Filipino team an 18:7 lead midway through the second term. They maintained the lead and arrived at the interval up by as many as 7 points 24:17. Williams made it 30:19 for Philippines early in the third term. South Korea answered with a 9:1 run to cut the deficit. Philippines however picked up the slack and earned a 47:36 advantage at the final intermission. But it was Cho Sun…

Jordan NT nips Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT, 75-61. PHL NT play for bronze vs SoKor NT.

JOR/PHI – Jordan outsmart Philippines, close in on Olympic debut
WUHAN (FIBA Asia Championship) – Jordan have produced another mastermind performance to book a place in the FIBA Asia Championship Final and move within a win from their first-ever appearance at an Olympic Games.

Islam Abbaas led a strong team defensive performance that held Marcus Douthit, the tournament’s leading scorer, to just nine points in the second half, and closed down the Philippines running game.

At the other end, Rasheim Wright scored 14 points in the first half when his team was ice cold, before finishing with 24, then Sam Daghles stood up in the second half, delivering 14 points, four assists and a tempo perfectly to his team’s liking as they suffocated the Philippines to claim a 75-61 victory.

Zaid Abbas added 14 points for Jordan, while Joseph Casio (15 points) provided lone support for Douthit, who compiled 21 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.
Jordan coach Tab Baldwin was pleased his team hung tough…

Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT nips 5566(Taiwan NT), 95-78. Advances to semifinals.


Philippines 95:Douthit 37, De Ocampo 18, Lassiter 13, Casio 8, Alapag 8, Taulava 4, Tiu 4, Barroca 2, Williams 1, Lutz 0. 

Taiwan 78:Tseng 20, Chen 14, Lu 14, Lin 10, Wu 9, Mao 6, Chang 3, Chien 2, Li 2, Su 0. 

Quarter scores:19-23, 45-42, 70-57, 95-78. 

FIBA Asia 2011 Game Results (Quarterfinals) September 23
(QF 1st Game) Jordan def. Iran, 88-84
(QF 2nd Game) Korea def. Japan, 86-67
(QF 3rd Game) Philippines def. C.Taipei, 95-78
(QF 4th Game) China def. Lebanon, 68-48 

From FIBA-Asia:

23/09/2011PHI/TPE - Philippines end a 24-year semifinal drought WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): Philippines gave millions of fans back home a lot to cheer by making the semifinals of the FIBA Asia Championship for the first time in 24 years with a comeback 95-78 win against Chinese Taipei on Friday. In Saturday’s semifinal, Philippines will take on Jordan who stunned defending champions Iran in an earlier quarterfinal. For the record, Philippines had beaten Jordan 72-64 when the two met in a…

Indonesia: INPEX and Statoil among winners of nine Indonesian oil and gas blocks.

Japan's INPEX Corpwon the Babar Selaru oil and gas block in Indonesia's first bidding round this year, in which eight other blocks were awarded to investors who committed to spend a total of $106 million in the first three years of exploration. Results of the second auction are expected to be unveiled next month for at least nine other blocks, following the completion of the first round, in which 11 blocks were offered and nine awarded, Evita Legowo, a director at the energy ministry said on Wednesday. The offshore Babar Selaru block in the Arafuru Sea near Papua province, was awarded to Japan's top oil and gas developer INPEX in a consortium with Japan Oil, Gas and Metal National Corp. Italy's Eni in a consortium with France's GFD SUEZ, Norway's Statoil and Niko Resources also won an offshore oil and gas block in North Ganal, Makassar strait. Statoil secured another offshore block with Canadian oil and gas company Niko in Obi, Halmahera island, while Prabu Energ…

Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT dispatches Syria NT, 75-52. Enters Quarterfinals.

The Scores:

Philippines 75 - Douthit 20, de Ocampo 8, Tiu 8, Lutz 7, Casio 7, Alapag 6, Lassiter 5, Aguilar 4, Taulava 4, Williams 2, Baracael 2, Barroca 2.

Syria 52 - Al Hamwi 11, Gorges 9, Jilati 8, Nalbandian 6, Alsaman 5, Deeb 4, Osfira 4, Lubus 3, Daks 2, Al Katib 0.

Quarters: 14-11, 23-32, 49-45, 75-52

Round 2 Game Schedule & Results / September 21 (DAY7)
09:00am - Lebanon def. Uzbekistan, 101-53
11:00am - Ch. Taipei def. Malaysia, 109-62
1:30pm - Jordan def. United Arab Emirates, 94-80
3:30pm - I.R.Iran def. Korea, 79-62
6:00pm - Philippines def. Syria, 75-52
8:00pm - China def. Japan, 84-58

Quarterfinals (Sept 23, 2011 - Friday)
QF1: (1:30pm) Jordan vs. Iran
QF2: (3:30pm) Korea vs. Japan
QF3: (6:00pm) Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei
QF4: (8:00pm) Lebanon vs. China

Semi-Finals (Sept 24, 2011 - Saturday)
SF1: QF1W vs. QF3W
SF2: QF2W vs. QF4W

Finals (Sept 25, 2011 - Sunday)
Battle for 3rd: SF1L vs. SF2L
Finals: SF1W vs. SF2W


WUHAN, China – The Smart-Gilas Pi…

Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT nips Japan NT, 83-76. They've turned them into Sushi and Sashimi! Lol.

source: Waylon Galvez |

WUHAN, China — The Smart-Gilas Pilipinas continued its steady improvement as it dealt Japan its first setback with a come-from-behind 83-76 victory to clinch an outright quarterfinal berth in the FIBA-Asia Championship Tuesday at the Wuhan Gymnasium here.

Playing aggressive inside the shaded lane, the Nationals relied anew on the 6-foot-11 center Marcus Douthit and the outside shooting of Marcio Lassiter and Jimmy Alapag in the payoff period to beat the Japanese.

In a fitting sequel to his brilliant game against Jordan the other day, Douthit collected 25 points aside from grabbing 18 rebounds, six of which on the offensive board. He also had three blocks to highlight his all-around game.

Lassiter, in his second game together with Chris Lutz after being banned in the first round, and Alapag added 15 points apiece while forward Kelly Williams had 12 points for the Nationals.

The win hiked the win-loss record of Smart-Gilas to 3-1, giving the team …

Smart Gilas Pilipinas escapes with 72-64 victory against Jordan NT.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas escapes with 72-64 victory against Jordan NT.Source:GMA News

Showing mental toughness amid difficult circumstances, Smart Gilas Pilipinas pulled off a 72-64 come-from-behind win over Jordan Monday to open its second round campaign in the 26th FIBA-Asia Championships For Men.

The Nationals played without Marcio Lassiter and Chriz Lutz for the first seven minutes of the game, and then survived a huge, 18-point deficit early in the second quarter in pulling off what coach Rajko Toroman described as the biggest win in his coaching career.

“It was big win for us, maybe the biggest win in my life," admitted Toroman. “I’ve won for Iran, but this is something special. Under this kind of circumstances, only the tough players with the big heart can win this kind of game.

It seemed everything was stacked against the Nationals as the match was already marred by controversy even before the opening tip off.

Despite being given the green light by the International Basketba…

Floyd Money-faced Gayweather KO’s Victor Ortiz in 4th Round. With a controversial ending. WTF!


Rugby World Cup 2011:South Africa dismantles Fiji, 49-3.

WELLINGTON, 17 Sept. - The 49-3 scoreline pointed to irresistible attacking, but victorious South African captain John Smit was equally satisfied by the way his side's defending shut out Fiji.
The world champions ran in six tries to overwhelm their Pool D rivals at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday, but they also kept the free-running Fijians to a solitary penalty.
"We had some work to do and we put in a quality first 40 (minutes)," Smit said. "It was what we needed and I'm happy to keep a team like Fiji off our try-line."
Morné Steyn weighed in with 21 points, including a try just after the hour mark to bring up a bonus point for the Springboks as the Fijians were overwhelmed by an impressive display of pace and power.
Fiji captain Deacon Manu admitted: "It was a difficult game today and South Africa showed why they are world champions. They played with intensity for 80 minutes and it was a difficult old time for us."
Intense pre…

Rugby World Cup 2011:Ireland edged Australia, 15-6.

AUCKLAND, 17 Sept. - Ireland put the boot into Australia's Rugby World Cup hopes with a 15-6 victory in their Pool C game at Eden Park on Saturday night.
Boasting one of the slickest backlines in the tournament, the Wallabies struggled to live up to their billing and the Irish got home on the back of four penalties and a drop goal before a crowd of 58,678.
As much as full back Kurtley Beale tried to weave his magic, Ireland stood firm with a defence that refused to buckle.
"It was the performance we knew we had in us," said Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll.
"You could swear you were in Dublin with this crowd and it was our job to give them something to cheer about."
Wallabies skipper James Horwill said: "Ireland did well and we played some dumb rugby. We were not good enough."
Having won 20 of their 29 clashes with Ireland, with another match being drawn, Australia were favourites on paper, though these two countries have produced some epic …

Rugby World Cup 2011:Argentina thrashed Romania, 43-8.

NVERCARGILL, 17 Sept. - Argentina bounced back from their narrow defeat to England by running in four first-half tries before sealing a 43-8 bonus-point win in their Pool B clash with Romania on Saturday.
Although the match was billed as a battle between the two powerful packs, the Pumas were having none of it and chose to run at every opportunity on a bright but breezy afternoon at Rugby Park Stadium.
Despite their progress being slowed by injuries and rugged Romanian resistance after the interval, they still managed to cross the whitewash twice again and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts.
After the match, captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe expressed his satisfaction with the crucial victory.
"We were desperate to get a win, that was our only option today," he said. "We were looking for a win today that gave us confidence and that game gave us confidence."
A week after their attritional battle with England the Pumas opened their a…

Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT breezes past Bahrain NT, 113-71. Advances to 2nd round of 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships.

Smart Gilas-Pilipinas breezed past Bahrain, 113-71, to book a seat in the second round of the 26th FIBA-Asia Championship For Men Saturday at the Wuhan gymnasium in Wuhan, China.

Gilas jumped the gun on their opponents but didn't really put the Baihrainis away until they came through with a huge run opening the second half. Halftime ended at 51-40.

Big man Japeth Aguilar came off the bench and sparked a 20-0 Gilas run at the start of the third quarter to pull away for good. They enjoyed a 70-40 advantage midway in the third.

Aguilar scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds—all in the second half—to lead the way for the Nationals, who won two of their three games to finish as the No. 2 team in Group D.

"I just want to help the team and help it in anyway," said Aguilar, the former Western Kentucky University stalwart, who scored 14 points in Gilas’ third-quarter break away.

They now advance to the second round and will be joined by China, United Arab Emirates, Gr…

Chicom NT defeats Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT, 75-60.

Chicom NT defeats Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT, 75-60.The Scores:

China 75 - Yi Jianlian 20, Whang ZhiZhi 16, Sun 15, Zhu 13, Zhang 3, B.Zhang 2, Liu 2, Yi Li 2, Ding 1, Yu 1.

Philippines 60 - Douthit 17, Tiu 12, Williams 6, Alapag 5, Casio 5, Aguilar 4, Baracael 4, de Ocampo 3, Taulava 2, Barroca 2.

Quarters: 22-13, 43-21, 55-40, 75-60

Day#2 Game Results (September 16)
09:00am - Syria def. Indonesia, 74-61
11:00am - Ch. Taipei def. Uzbekistan, 81-71
1:30pm - Japan def. Jordan, 92-87
3:30pm - Korea def. Lebanon, 80-62
6:00pm - I.R.Iran def. Qatar, 40-4 (by default)
6:00pm - Malaysia def. India, 71-67
8:00pm - China def. Philippines, 75-60
8:00pm - UAE def. Bahrain, 91-53

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Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT massacred UAE NT, 92-52 in the opening match of 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT massacred UAE NT, 92-52 in their opening match of FIBA Asia Championships

Despite missing the services of Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter, Smart-Gilas Pilipinas trounced the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 92-52, on Day 1 of the FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.

Mac Baracael led the Nationals with 15 points on 7-of-8 field goal shooting.

Naturalized citizen Marcus Douthit and Asi Taulava each scored 13 for Gilas, while JV Casio came off the bench to add 11.

UAE managed to stay within 5 points in the first quarter, 17-12.

But Taulava and Casio sparked a 24-10 exchange in the second quarter to break away from UAE, 41-22.

Gilas never looked back after that. The Nationals even led by as much as 41 points in the second half.

Hussain Ahmed finished with 12 points for UAE.

Ali Alhattawi and Ibrahim Ahmad were the other double-digit scorers for UAE.

Alhattawi made 11 while Ahmad tallied 10.

Gilas will next play host China on Friday.


Mongolia: Ivanhoe Energy drilling team mobilised on second planned test well in Mongolia.

Mongolia: Ivanhoe Energy drilling team mobilised on second planned test well in Mongolia.
David Dyck, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ivanhoe Energy, and Gerald Moench, President of Ivanhoe's wholly-owned subsidiary Sunwing Energy, announced that Ivanhoe's drilling team has begun moving the drilling rig to the site of the second exploration well in east-central Mongolia. 'Our drilling program was designed to advance our knowledge of Mongolia's Nyalga Basin, a highly prospective area with numerous potential structures that could be tested by drilling,' Mr. Dyck said. 'These initial wells are testing two different structures with diverse seismic characteristics.' Mr. Dyck said testing has been completed at the first exploration well,N16-1E-1A, which was drilled to a depth of 2,003 metres. The first well has been plugged and abandoned and the rig disassembled for mobilization. 'While the testing of our first well did not encounter oil shows in the re…