Gilas Pilipinas Set To Defend Championship In SEABA

All eyes are on Gilas Pilipinas, defending champions at this year’s South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA). SEABA will be held from May 12 to 18, 2017 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Only the champion will advance to the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, which will be held in Lebanon this August.

Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes returns to coach the Gilas team with a brand-new powerhouse roster composed of Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Andray Blatche, Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, and Allein Maliksi. With a lineup like this, the home crowd cannot wait to watch Gilas play.

The roster, a mix of veterans and young blood, has been described as deadly. Perhaps even overkill, but such caution is necessary. “We’ve sent college players in the past with barely any time to prepare and we almost suffered losses. That’s not gonna happen anymore. We need to make sure that the Southeast Asian region is well aware of just how strong the Philippines is in basketball. We cannot allow them to think that they have a shot at beating us because that’s the best way to stay ahead of them,” said Carlo Pamintuan of Sports5.

The formidable Gilas team will be going up against Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The team is expected to beat its first opponent, the Myanmar team, but will be going up against stronger teams from Singapore and Malaysia next. Though Gilas has killer players, it may lack in preparation, especially with Andray Blatche’s lack of familiarity with the new players. Coach Chot has said the team would not be at 100 percent preparation for May 12. “But having said that, we’re not going to use it as an excuse. We’re still going to find ways to win because there’s a job put on our shoulders,” said the head coach, who is the only 5-time PBA Coach of the Year, and led the Philippines to its first FIBA World Cup win in 40 years.

Batang Gilas, composed of the Philippine’s top young players, will defend their title in the SEABA Under-16 Championship. The country’s best junior ballers will be going up against Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. As with the senior counterparts, Batang Gilas is expected to come out on top, and fans are looking forward to seeing young giants Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu debut on the big stage.

Photo Courtesy: Gilas Pilipinas

Catch the action live and exclusive on TV5. All Gilas games will be shown at 7pm, with full live stream coverage on www.sports5.ph. SEABA will also feature the first multi-cam with 360-degree coverage locally, in partnership with Team V, powered by Sports5. View it on http://360.smart.com.ph/seaba.

Tickets for the 12th SEABA Championship are available on TicketNet. <http://www.ticketnet.com.ph/index.php/component/k2/2017-seaba-championship>

Under Armour Test Of Will Winners Who Would Complete In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia On May 6 Announced

The Philippine leg of Under Armour’s ‘Test of Will’, took place last weekend at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.

The winners of the event, for the Men’s Division, on 3rd place was Gian Carlo Mercado with a total score of 136.  On  second place was Merwin Torres, with a score of 140 and for 1st place, winner was Raje Fama, with a total score of 150.

PBA Player Jervy Cruz awarding 3rd place winner Rachel Ann Martin

For the Women’s Division, on 3rd place was Rachel Ann Martin, with a total score of 93.   On 2nd place, it was Lynette Suler, with a score of 98.  While, Joyce Reboton won for first place, with a score of 126.

Joyce Reboton and Raje Fama will be sent to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 6 for the Finals, to compete with other representatives from other countries.

There were a total of 260 participants who competed in the said event, with 114 participants competing on the first day and 146 participants on the second day.

(L-R): second place winners Lynette Suler and Merwin Torres, 1st place winner Joyce Reboton and 3rd place winners Gian Carlo Mercado and Rachel Ann Martin at the Awarding Ceremonies

UA ‘Test of Will’ Philippine leg, offered athletes the chance to compete in a simple 4-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.  The side-events also included arm wrestling challenge and a fitness session with Elle Adda.

Each competitor was scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national Heats from each respective country will be sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6, 2017, to face-off with other representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei.

Actor JC De Vera with the first place and second place winners

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00, winners will also get free head-to-toe gear and special discounts.

For more information regarding ‘Test of Will’ and other events, you may visit www.tripleready.com/events.  Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.