Pilipinas Basketball:

FIBA issues suspensions on Philippines and Australia

July 19, 2018 – 3PM Manila Time

Pilipinas Basketball 2018 News: FIBA officially issued punishments and suspensions to the Philippines and Australia  basketball organizations, officials, coaches, players and participating referees this Thursday 3 PM Manila time July 19. No lifetime bans were meted out but mostly five game suspensions and monetary penalties were handed out.

Notes:

➤ 3 players from Australia and 10 from Gilas Pilipinas were punished.

➤ Australian players included Aaron Kickert (5 games suspended), Thon Maker (3 games suspended) and Chris Goulding (1 game suspended)

➤ Gilas players included Calvin Abueva (6 games suspended, including one past offense), Roger Pogoy (5 games suspended),  Carl Bryan Cruz (5 games suspended), Jio Jalalon (5 games suspended), Terrence Romeo ( 3 games suspended), Jayson Castro William (3 games suspended), Andray Blatche (3 games suspended), Troy Rosario (3 games suspended), Japeth Aguilar (1 game suspended) and Matthew Wright (1 game suspended),

➤ Both Basketball organizations from Australia and Philippines were given sanctions. Basketball Australia was fined with $134,887.20, while SBP or Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was fined $337,208.19 dollars.

➤ Coaches from the Philippines were also disciplined. Coach Jong Uichico was suspended 3 games for participation in the brawl, while Coach Chot Reyes was suspended one game and fined $13,521.88 dollars for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior. Reyes later denied the accusation of inciting (in a Twitter post), but accepts the punishment nonetheless.

➤ Participating referees were also axed as they failed to control the situation during the Australia – Philippines qualifiers match last July 2 at Philippine Arena in Bulacan. The referees from Korea, China and Malaysia were suspended one year from officiating FIBA international tournaments.

➤ The Philippines basketball will also be under three years probation. All three home games of Pilipinas Basketball will be strictly played privately outside of the viewing public.

➤ All suspensions only applies to international games. Games played in the NBA, Australian NBL or the Philippine’s PBA will not be affected.

➤ No suspensions or punishments were mentioned regarding acts committed by Aussie players including racial slurs.

July 19, 2018 - 3PM Manila Time

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

San Miguel smites Talk ‘N Text, 121-110

July 9, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: San Miguel Beermen smote the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 121-110, to steal Game 1 of their best-of-three showdown  in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals this Monday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Renaldo Balkman roared with 36 monstrous points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while June Mar Fajardo added 27 buckets and 13 boards.

Notes:

➤ San Miguel now leads 1-0 over TNT in the quarterfinals.

➤ Roger Pogoy consoled the losing KaTropa with 17 points. Reinforcement Joshua Smith meanwhile chipped-in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Veteran Fil-Am Kelly Williams also added 16 buckets – all on three point bombs.

➤ Reliable long-range sniper Marcio Lassiter also gave the Beermen 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

➤ The Beermen overcame a 23 point Talk ‘N Text lead, 23-46 in the second quarter.

➤ The quarterfinals game was controversial as Talk ‘N Text opted to protest the game which San Miguel won. Team Manager Virgil Villavicencio of TNT placed Game 1 under protest. No reasons were given yet as of press time.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 21-40, 48-62, 86-88, 121-110.

san miguel: 121

Balkman 36, Fajardo 27, Lassiter 26, Santos 10, Ross 9, Cabagnot 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Nabong 3, Heruela 0, Vigil 0.

talk 'n text: 110

Pogoy 17, Smith 17, Williams 16, Romeo 13, Semerad 11, Castro 10, Trollano 10, Rosario 9, Cruz 5, Taha 2, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0, Carey 0, Reyes 0 Tamsi 0.

July 9, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Rumble at the Arena – Australia romps over Gilas, 89-53

July 2, 2018 – Bulacan Arena

FIBA Asian Qualifiers 2018 News: Australia romped over Gilas Pilipinas, 89-53, but the highlight of the World Cup 2019 qualifier this Monday at the Bulacan Philippine Arena was the all-out bench-clearing brawl between the Aussies and Filipinos. Roger Pogoy was at the center of the melee after an offensive play altercation with Christopher James Goulding. Consequently, Daniel Kickert retaliated with a sucker elbow and decked Pogoy that resulted to the chaotic court rumble. 

Notes:
James Goulding carried the Boomers with 23 points on 4 of 5 Three Point shooting (80% clip).

Andray Blatche led the losing Gilas with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

➤ The Filipinos later lost the game by default as it lost the majority of players due to ejection, and later the remaining players being disqualified due to fouls.

➤ The game was halted by the brawl in the third quarter with 04:01 remaining and Australia ahead big, 79-48. In all, nine Filipino players and four Aussies were ejected from the game. It was later continued with Pilipinas Basketball team being limited to only three players: June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood.

Fajardo was saddled with early foul trouble and was limited to only 10 points.

➤ It was revealed by Coach Chot Reyes that Daniel Kickert was taunting and physically hitting Filipino players even during the shootaround warm-up period.

➤ Australia is now up with a 5-1 win-loss slate in the first round of the Qualifiers to top Group B while the Philippine basketball team settles for second with a 4-2 record. Both teams automatically advance to the second round together with third placer Japan beginning this September.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-18, 57-32, 89-53.

australia: 89

Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Maker 8, Brandt 8, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Kay 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, McCarron 0, Cadee 0.

gilas pilipinas: 53

Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Romeo 6, Aguilar 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Wright 0, Rosario 0 .

July 3, 2018 - The Arena, Bulacan

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team