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Gilas Pilipinas
Gilas Pilipinas logo
Leagues FIBA World
FIBA Asia
SEABA
Asian Games
William Jones Cup
Founded 2010
Arena Moro Lorenzo Sports Center
Location Philippines
Team colors Blue and white
         
President Manny V. Pangilinan
Head coach Rajko Toroman (2010-2012)
Vincent Reyes (2012-2014)
Championships 2011 SEABA
2012 SEABA
2012 William Jones Cup
Website Smart Gilas Basketball
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Gilas Pilipinas (originally known as, Smart Gilas Pilipinas[1] from 2010 to 2012) is the team consisting mostly of PBA players that serves as the Philippines men's national basketball team for elite level tournaments since 2010. The team is under the aegis of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and sponsored by Smart Communications. Gilas is the Tagalog word for "prowess". The all-amateur men's team is named Sinag Pilipinas (sinag, Tagalog for "ray" (sunlight)), while the women's team is named Perlas Pilipinas (perlas, Tagalog for "pearl").

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

Gilas 1.0 (Toroman era, 2010-2012)[edit]

Smart Gilas Pilipinas logo (2009-2012)

Following the Northern Cement model of the 1980s, the SBP created the Smart Gilas Pilipinas program which aimed to qualify the Philippine men's basketball team in the 2012 Olympics. The Smart Gilas Pilipinas program first trained in the European style of play under coach Rajko Toroman. Smart Gilas began with a group of rising young players, led by collegiate standouts Chris Tiu and JVee Casio, who held off on joining the PBA draft until their three-year commitments to the program ran its course.[2]

During the 2009 preparation, the team played exhibition games against PBA teams.[3] 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.[4] 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 third[5] 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 JVee Casio was named best guard of the tournament after impressing the organizers with his consistency.

Stunning the World Championship-bound Jordan national basketball team, Smart Gilas emerged as the inaugural champions in the 2010 Smart Philippine Invitational Challenge (also known as the MVP Cup)[6] at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium from June 24–27, 2010.

Smart Gilas finished fourth overall in the 32nd edition of the 2010 William Jones Cup, with a 3–3 win-loss card.[7] The tournament took place in Taipei, Chinese Taipei from 14 to 20 July 2010.

Smart Gilas finished fourth overall in the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010,[8] 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.

Smart Gilas lost 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 City, China from September 14–19, 2010.[9] In the 2010 Asian Games, Smart Gilas met the Korean team anew in the quarterfinals and was eliminated.

In 2011, the SBP successfully petitioned the naturalization of Marcus Douthit. In the 2011 championship held in Wuhan, China, the team progressed up to the semifinals for the first time since 1987. In the bronze medal game against Korea, with a berth to an Olympic qualifying tournament at stake, the team raced to an early lead, but the Koreans cut the lead and eventually won the game after the Filipinos missed free-throws at the end game. Despite missing an Olympic berth, this was the best finish of the Philippines in the tournament since 1987 and its best finish in any major Asian competition since 2002.

Gilas 2.0 (Reyes era, 2012-2014)[edit]

On February 2012, Vincent "Chot" Reyes was appointed as the new head coach of Smart Gilas. His goal was to gain one of the top three slots in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship which will qualify the team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[10]

In 2013, the team was renamed Gilas Pilipinas. Smart Communications continued to be the program's main sponsor.

With Reyes as head coach, the Philippines finished silver in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 21st in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and seventh in the 2014 Asian Games.

Prior to the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Andray Blatche was granted Philippine citizenship on June 2014 in order to play for the team.[11][12][13] Blatche competed in the 2014 FIBA World Cup but was disqualified to play in the 2014 Asian Games due to eligibility issues cited by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). He lacked the required three-year residency in the Philippines.[14][15][16]

On October 30, 2014, the SBP announced the formation of two selection committees to search and appoint the coach and players of future Philippine teams - Gilas Pilipinas (elite) and Sinag Pilipinas (collegiate/amateur).[17][18][19][20]

Reinforcements[edit]

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.[21] However, Giles was removed from the team due to disciplinary concerns.[22]

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.[23]

Gilas 2.0 coach Chot Reyes and team manager Butch Antonio revealed the composition of the team for the 2012 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan 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 SEABA Championship Thailand Chiang Mai 1st 4-0
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
2014 Asian Games* South Korea Incheon 7th 3-4

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

Coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/despite-pba-help-smart-gilas-still-committed-to-building-up-younger-players
  3. ^ "BURGER KING, SMART GILAS-RP TEAM IN 95-ALL STANDOFF". Philippine Basketball Assn. Portal. 4 February 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "RP Smart Gilas team shines in Las Vegas". abs-cbnNEWS.com. April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Smart Gilas salvages 3rd in Dubai tilt". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Smart Gilas halts Jordan". abs-cbnnews.com. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "2010 Jones Cup: Iran wins back-to-back men's title". asia-basketball.com. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Smart Gilas Pilipinas bows to Qatar, RP finishes 4th in Stankovic Cup". teampilipinas.info. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Seoul Beats Smart Gilas By One To Win The Title". 2010 ABA Championship. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.smartgilasbasketball.com/news/new-smart-gilas-coach-chot-reyes/
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  22. ^ "Giles out of Smart Gilas". November 17, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes part of blockbuster trade involving three teams". May 14, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  24. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/toroman-out-as-smart-gilas-coach-in-talks-with-san-miguel
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