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Gilas Pilipinas
Gilas Pilipinas logo
Leagues Asian Club Championships
William Jones Cup
Founded 2010–present
Arena Moro Lorenzo Sports Center
Location Philippines
Team colors Blue and white
President Manny V. Pangilinan
Head coach Vincent Reyes
Championships 2012 William Jones Cup
Website Smart Gilas Basketball
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Gilas Pilipinas (originally known as, Smart Gilas Pilipinas[1] from 2010 to 2012) is the current Philippines men's national basketball team since 2010. The team is sponsored by Smart Communications and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Gilas Pilipinas program was preceded by the Team Pilipinas program (2005-2009) which was sponsored by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), San Miguel Corporation (2005-2007, known as San Miguel-Team Pilipinas) and Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (2009, known as Powerade-Team Pilipinas).

Early history[edit]

The Smart Gilas Pilipinas program first trained in the European style of play under coach Rajko Toroman. During the 2009 preparation, the team played exhibition games against local PBA teams.[2] where game results were invariably close. After sampling local competition, the team flew to the United States and held a training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3] The young team also played scrimmage games and managed to pull off surprise wins against the more favored American Basketball Association’s Las Vegas Aces.

Smart Gilas finished 3rd[4] in the 21st Dubai International Basketball Tournament behind Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon (runner-up), and Mahram Tehran BC of Iran (champion). The tournament was held in Dubai, UAE on January 14–23, 2010. Smart Gilas co-captain J. V. Casio was named best guard of the tournament after impressing the organizers with his consistency.

Stunning the World Championship-bound Jordan national basketball team, the Smart Gilas team emerged the inaugural champions in the 2010 Smart Philippine Invitational Challenge, also known as MVP Cup[5] at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium from June 24–27, 2010.

The Philippines (represented by Smart Gilas Team) finished 4th overall in the 32nd edition of the 2010 R. William Jones Cup, with a 3–3 win-loss card.[6] The tournament took place in Taipei, Chinese Taipei from 14 to 20 July 2010.

Smart Gilas (the Philippines representative as a qualified team from the Southeast Asian region) finished 4th overall in the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010,[7] which made them qualified for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in 2011, which in turn will be the qualifying event for 2012 London Olympics. The 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup 2010 was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 7 to 15 August 2010, in Ghazir Club Court, participated by 10 Asian national teams.

The Smart Gilas team went home with a silver medal after losing to the KBL's (Korean Basketball League) import reinforced Seoul Samsung Thunders by a point, 83–82, in the 4th ABA (Asian Basketball Association) Club Championship 2010 in Haining, China from September 14–19, 2010.[8]


Smart Gilas Pilipinas logo (2009-2012)

Candidates for naturalization[edit]

The team had tapped the services of former National Basketball Association center-power forward Jamal Sampson to bring much-needed depth in the middle. After the team's stint in the Dubai Club Championship, however, the SBP decided to part ways with Sampson. The team had initially considered naturalizing former Los Angeles Lakers center C. J. Giles.[9] However, Giles was removed from the team due to disciplinary concerns.[10]

On February 5, 2010, Smart Gilas conducted a try-out for a new prospect for naturalization. A prospect, Dwayne Jones out of Saint Joseph's University and at the time playing for Austin Toros, was set to sign a contract with the team, but instead got signed by the Phoenix Suns. Suiting up for Smart Gilas in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2010 was Milan Vucicevic from Serbia, who was subsequently dropped from the national team. Other notable prospects were Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma and Courtney Sims who were all signed by NBA teams. Another prospect was Jared Homan who got naturalized by Bulgarian national team.

Marcus Douthit, who was also a former second- round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004, tried out in June 2010. Douthit impressed Toroman during the four-day MVP Manila Invitational Tournament in Ninoy Aquino Stadium where Gilas won three of their four games. Douthit scored 26 points during the first game against a CBA team, 18 points in their defeat against the Jordan national basketball team, and 10 points in a Smart Gilas win over Jordan. The Smart Gilas management have decided to offer a one-year contract to Douthit and work on his naturalization papers. Douthit officially became a naturalized Filipino citizen on March 16, 2011.

Andray Blatche, who currently play as Center-Forward of the Brooklyn Nets, might be Gilas Pilinas' reinforcement for the upcoming 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. If his naturalization be approved before July 15, he will suit up on August 30 vs Croatia and Bojan Bogdanović

Filipino players abroad[edit]

In the summer of 2009, other U.S. and Canada-based players also scrimmaged with the team in Las Vegas. They included 6'11" center Gian Chiu of Oberlin, 6'3" guard Chris Lutz of Marshall, 6'3" guard Marcio Lassiter of Cal State-Fullerton and 6'6" forward Sean Anthony of McGill. Penn State point guard Stanley Pringle was supposed to join the scrimmages, but signed a contract to play in Belgium instead.

To date, only Lassiter, who used up his eligibility in 2009, and Lutz, who graduated from Marshall in 2010, are seeing active duty with the team. After going back to McGill to pursue his studies, Anthony was drafted by the Powerade Tigers as their 6th pick. Chiu was removed from Oberlin's regular-season lineup after incurring a foot injury early last year. He is currently going through rehabilitation.

Later in 2010, guard Chris Banchero of Seattle Pacific University was added to the pool after the team's training in Las Vegas, but is still unsure of securing a spot in the team for the Asian Games and the 2010 FIBA Asia Champions Cup due to NCAA eligibility issues. Small forward Christian Standhardinger of Nebraska, who formerly played for the Germany under-18 men's national basketball team is under consideration.

Philippine Basketball Association players[edit]

The team has tapped the services of Philippine Basketball Association's Fil-Tongan Center Asi Taulava of the Coca-Cola Tigers for their 3rd FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010 stint.

The Sta. Lucia Realtors traded the rights of Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes to the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. Williams and Reyes are both to be assigned to Smart Gilas on loan for the Asian Games on November 2010.[11]

Smart Gilas 2.0 PBA pool of players[edit]

Reyes and SMART-Gilas team manager Butch Antonio revealed the original composition of the team for the 2012 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan, which would include PBA stars Ranidel De Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Sonny Thoss, LA Tenorio, Mac Baracael, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Enrico Villanueva, Gary David, Sol Mercado, Jay-r Reyes alongside naturalized center Marcus Douthit and former San Beda sharpshooter Garvo Lanete.

Tournament results[edit]

  • Tournaments marked with an asterisk (*) denotes that the team competed as the Philippine national team.

FIBA tournaments[edit]

Tournament Venue Finish Record
2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Indonesia Jakarta 5th 5-2
2010 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Qatar Doha 7th 2–5
2010 FIBA Asia Stanković Cup* Lebanon Beirut 4th 3–4
2010 Asian Games* China Guangzhou 6th 6–5
2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Philippines Pasig 4th 5–2
2011 SEABA Championship Indonesia Jakarta 1st 3–0
2011 FIBA Asia Championship* China Wuhan 4th 6–3
2012 FIBA Asia Cup Japan Tokyo 4th 4–3
2013 FIBA Asia Championship* Philippines Manila 2nd 7–2
2014 FIBA Asia Cup China Wuhan 3rd 5–1
2014 FIBA World Cup Spain Sevilla 21st 1-4

Other tournaments[edit]

Tournament Venue Finish Record
2009–10 PBA Philippine Cup Philippines Philippines NA 3–6
2010 MVP Cup Philippines Philippines 1st 3-0
2010 Asian Basketball Association Club Championship Philippines Philippines 2nd NA
21st Dubai Invitational Tournament 2010 United Arab Emirates Dubai 3rd NA
2010 William Jones Cup Taiwan New Taipei 4th 3–3
22nd Dubai Invitational Tournament United Arab Emirates Dubai 2nd NA
2011 William Jones Cup Taiwan New Taipei 3rd 6–3
2012 William Jones Cup Taiwan New Taipei 1st 7-1
2013 Super Keung Sheung Cup Hong Kong Hong Kong 1st 5-0

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "RP launches Olympic quest". Philippine Star. March 8, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "BURGER KING, SMART GILAS-RP TEAM IN 95-ALL STANDOFF". Philippine Basketball Assn. Portal. 4 February 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "RP Smart Gilas team shines in Las Vegas". April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Smart Gilas salvages 3rd in Dubai tilt". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Smart Gilas halts Jordan". 28 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "2010 Jones Cup: Iran wins back-to-back men's title". 20 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Smart Gilas Pilipinas bows to Qatar, RP finishes 4th in Stankovic Cup". 15 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Seoul Beats Smart Gilas By One To Win The Title". 2010 ABA Championship. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Former L.A. Laker eyed as naturalized player for RP 5". GMA News. April 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Giles out of Smart Gilas". November 17, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes part of blockbuster trade involving three teams". May 14, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.