SEVILLE – It’s been suggested to tap an artist, perhaps Ogie Alcasid, to compose a cheer for the Filipino crowd to use whenever Gilas plays in an international competition like the FIBA World Cup here.
SEVILLE – Someone called it the “Thrilla in Sevilla,” that nerve-wracker of a game between the Philippines and Croatia to open Group B hostilities at the FIBA World Cup in this Spanish city last Saturday. Oddsmakers took a smack on the mouth as Croatia barely won, 81-78, in overtime when before the contest, the point spread was forecast to be at least 24 points.
The world’s biggest basketball secret is out: the Philippines is for real, and belongs on the world stage. After forcing powerhouse Croatia into overtime before losing by merely three in their first-ever match-up, Gilas Pilipinas also exposed how the pendulum swings both ways in international competition.
Army made short work of Cagayan Valley to sweep its way to the Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference title at The Arena in San Juan City just recently. It was the Lady Troopers' first championship since they went all the way three seasons ago. It was another dominating performance by Army, which also topped the Philippine Super Liga a couple of months back and should lord it over the AFP Olympics that is now ongoing.