Thursday, August 28, 2014

Samahan ng Basketbol ng Pilipinas statement on the eligibility of Gilas Pilipinas players

RE: IAGOC query on eligibility of 3 Gilas Pilipinas players

In light of clarifications sought by the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee on the eligibility of Gilas Pilipinas players Gabe Norwood, Jared Dillinger and Andray Blatche, the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas has forwarded to the Philippine Olympic Committee pertinent documents providing irrefutable proof as to the qualifications of the three.

In a letter to POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., to whom the IAGOC letter dated Aug. 26 from Mr. Jo Youngha of the Director General of Sports Headquarters was coursed, SBP executive director Renauld Barrios explains:

“Briefly, we say that the Articles 49 and 50 of the OCA do not operate to render our three mentioned players ineligible to play in the 2014 Asian Games.

“Assuming, without conceding, that the three (3) years residency rule in Articles 49 and 50 is applicable to Mr. Norwood and Dillinger, these two are likewise eligible to play in the 2014 Asian Games considering that they have resided in the Philippines for more than three (3) years prior to the 2014 Asian Games. Their old passports are hereunto attached to show that Mr. Norwood and Mr. Dillinger have resided in the Philippines more than three (3) years prior to the 2014 Asian Games."

Mr. Norwood’s old Philippine passport showed it was issued on July 23, 2007 with expiration on July 23, 2012, while Mr. Dillinger’s previous Philippine passport was issued on April 30, 2009 with expiration on April 29, 2014.

PBA operations director Ricardo Santos also issued two certifications dated Aug. 27, the first attesting that “Mr. Gabriel Norwood was drafted by the Rain or Shine Elast Painters in the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft and has been playing with the said team up to the present,” and the second confirming that “Mr. Jared Dillinger was drafted by the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft, playing from 2008 to June 13, and was then “trade to the Meralco Bolts on June 10, 2013 and continues to play for the same team up to the present.”

The SBP also submit that the 3 year residency rule of Article 49 and 50 of the OCA Constitution does not apply to Andray Blatche for the following reasons:


OCA Constitution and Rules (attached Articles 49 and 50 – Annex “B”)

We look at Article 49 Eligibility Code as the “mother” provision of the rules on player eligibility – and we quote the FIRST item listed in said Code as follows:

To be eligible for participation in the OCA GAMES, a competitor must:

1. Observe and abide by the Rules of the IOC/ OCA as per Olympic Charter.

• We take note of the specific mention of “... Rules of the IOC/ OCA as per Olympic Charter.”, which means it is of supreme importance that IOC and OCA rules should be consistent with the Olympic Charter.

• We submit that for a basketball player to be eligible to play in the Olympic Games in keeping with the Olympic Charter, a player must necessarily comply with FIBA eligibility rules since these are the basketball player eligibility rules applied for the Olympic Games.

• FIBA player eligibility rules covering “naturalized” players dictate that a “naturalized” player can only play for one (1) country and can NEVER play for any other country forever. There is no “residency” requirement under FIBA eligibility rules.


OLYMPIC CHARTER (attached Bye-Law to Article 40 Par 1, Article 41 and Bye-Law to Article 41 Par 1 and 2 – Annex “C”)

a) Bye- law to Rule 40 Eligibility Code

1. Each IF establishes its sport’s own eligibility criteria in accordance with the Olympic Charter. Such criteria must be submitted to the IOC Executive Board for approval. xx

a) Article 41 Nationality of Competitors

1. Any competitor in the Olympic Games must be a national of the country of the NOC which is entering such competitor.

2. All matters relating to the determination of the country which a competitor may represent in the Olympic Games shall be resolved by the IOC Executive Board. xx

b) Bye- Law to Rule 41

1. A competitor who is a national of two or more countries at the same time may represent either one of them, as he may elect. However, after having represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognised by the relevant IF, he may not represent another country unless he meets the conditions set forth in paragraph 2 below that apply to persons who have changed their nationality or acquired a new nationality.

2. A competitor who has represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognised relevant IF, and who has changed his nationality or acquired a new nationality, may participate in the Olympic Games to represent his new country provided that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented his former country. This period may be reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the NOCs and IF concerned, by the IOC Executive Board, which takes into account the circumstances of each case.

• OCA Rules on three (3) years residence requirement, again, in order to adhere to and make them consistent with the Olympic Charter (see attached Annex “C”), must apply only to those who have played for a FIRST (1st) country and who want to play for a SECOND (2nd) or additional country.
In other words, even if the three (3) year residency rule of the Olympic Charter, for the sake of argument, is applicable to basketball, it shall apply only to the player who opts to play for a 2nd or additional country.

MINOR PREMISE – Re Mr. Andray Blatche

• FIBA has qualified him to be eligible to play for the Philippines as its “naturalized” player for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup and effectively
in all FIBA sanctioned international tournaments, including the Olympic Games (if Philippines qualifies) and Asian Games.

• He has not played for the national team of any other country and is therefore not covered by the 3-year residency requirement under the IOC and/ or OCA eligibility rules, vis –a-vis the Olympic Charter

• Blatche is a current holder of a valid Philippine passport.

• In the Technical Handbook for the Incheon Asian Games for Basketball (Article III Techical Information Section 6 Competition Rules) it states that “general issues” will be covered by OCA rules and that “technical issues” will be covered by IF(FIBA) rules. We further respectfully submit that PLAYER
ELIGIBILITY is a “technical issue” and should therefore follow FIBA PLAYER ELIBILITY rules since IFs have different PLAYER ELIGIBILTY rules from sport to sport – there are no ONE (1) singular PLAYER ELIGIBILITY rules for ALL sports. This is the case for the Olympic Games, in keeping with the Olympic Charter and we trust that OCA rules subscribe to the same policy and position to be consistent with the Olympic Charter, which OCA holds sacred.

Based on the following reasons, the SBP believes Mr. Andray Blatche is eligible to play in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. This is submitted to IAGOC for illumination and understanding.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Gatorade PBA Draft results

Here are results from the just-concluded PBA Draft.


1. GlobalPort - Stanley Pringle
2. Rain or Shine - Kevin Alas
3. San Miguel Beer - Ronald Pascual
4. NLEX - Matthew Ganuelas
5. Alaska - Chris Banchero
6. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel - Rodney Brondial
7. GlobalPort - Anthony Semerad
8. Barako Bull - Jake Pascual
9. Rain or Shine - Jericho Cruz
10. Barako Bull - David Semerad
11. KIA Motors - Manny Pacquiao
12. Blackwater - Juami Tiongson


13. Alaska Aces - Rome Dela Rosa
14. Rain or Shine - Kevin Espinosa
15. Barako Bull - Philip Paredes
16. Alaska Aces - Junjun Alas
17. GlobalPort - Prince Caperal
18. Barako Bull - Philip Morrison
19. GlobalPort - John Pinto
20. Talk ‘N Text - Harold Arboleda
21. Rain or Shine - Michael Gamboa
22. Barako Bull - Gab Banal
23. Blackwater - Frank Golla
24. Kia Motors - Kyle Pascual

DRAFTING ORDER (3rd Round onwards)

25. KIA Motors - Rene Pacquiao
26. Blackwater - Brian Heruela   
27. Blackwater - Maclean Sabellina   
28. KIA Motors - Kenneth Ighalo   
29. KIA Motors - Paolo Taha   
30. Blackwater - Juneric Baloria   
31. Blackwater - Raul Soyud           
32. KIA Motors - Jeremy Bartolo         

33. KIA Motors - Anthony Gavieres           
34. Blackwater - Clark Bautista           
35. Blackwater - Reneford Ruaya           
36. KIA Motors - Richard Cole           
37. KIA Motors - Victor Giorgio Umali           
38. KIA Motors - Jonathan Banal            39. KIA Motors - Michael Acuna           
40. KIA Motors - Mark Romero41.  KIA Motors - Francis Bercede

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Latest on Jayson Castro

The long-awaited update from Vitoria made it to Manila, via Instagram. Assistant coach Josh Reyes provided the update.

The caption reads:
For all those who are asking. MRI revealed no structural damage. Whew! Still swelling in his Achilles, though. Jayson's status is day-to-day. Paul lee is the same status. #parasabayan #gilaspilipinas #prayforgoodhealth
Less than ten days left before the FIBA World Cup begins for the Philippines in Seville.

Friday, August 15, 2014

1st NCAA All-Star Game

The NCAA will hold its first-ever All-Star Game this season, with the conference divided into two regions, the East and the West:

The East will be composed of top players from San Beda, Perpetual Help, Arellano University, San Sebastian and JRU.

Baser Amer – G, San Beda
Art dela Cruz – F, San Beda
Kyle Pascual – C, San Beda
Juneric Baloria – G, Perpetual
Earl Thompson – G/F, Perpetual
Harold Arboleda – F, Perpetual
John Pinto – G, Arellano
Prince Caperal – C, Arellano
Isiah Ciriacruz – F, Arellano
CJay Perez – F, San Sebastian
Brad Guinto, -C, San Sebastian
Jovit dela Cruz – G/F, San Sebastian
Phillip Panimogan – G, Jose Rizal
Michael Mabulac – F/C, Jose Rizal
Tey Teodoro – G, Jose Rizal

The West players will come from College of St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), Letran, Mapua and Lyceum.

Mark Romero – F, St. Benilde
Paolo Taha – G/F, St. Benilde
Robert Bartolo – C, St. Benilde
John Tayongtong – G, EAC
Jack Arquero – F, EAC
Jan Jamon – G/F, EAC
Mark Cruz – G, Letran
Kevin Racal – F, Letran
Rey Nambatac – G, Letran
Jeson Cantos – F/C, Mapua
Jesse Saitanan – C, Mapua
Andrew Estrella – G, Mapua
Joseph Gabayni – C, Lyceum
Shane Ko – G, Lyceum
Dexter Zamora – G, Lyceum

There are also side-events in the All-Star Game

The festivities will take place on August 16 at the Arena in San Juan.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UAAP standings and second round schedule

The second round of collegiate basketball will commence this weekend, with the final games of the first round having been played last Sunday (for the ladies) and this past Wednesday (for the gentlemen).

The men's standings after one round of play are as follows:

Ateneo 6-1
FEU, La Salle, and NU 5-2
UE & UST 3-4
UP 1-6
Adamson 0-7

Do note that FEU has the best quotient amongst the three teams toting a 5-2 record with a 1.1, followed by La Salle with .978 and NU with .914

Also, since UE beat UST, they have the tiebreaker in this case between the two 3-4 teams at fifth and sixth place.

The women's standings after one round of play are as follows:

NU   7-0
La Salle 6-1
UST  4-3
Adamson, FEU, and Ateneo 3-4
UE   2-5
UP   0-7

In this case, Adamson has the best quotient amongst the three teams tied at 3-4 with 1.138. FEU is second with .962, while Ateneo totes a .921.

Here are the combined schedules for the UAAP collegiate basketball games for the second round: (women's games are italicized)

August 16 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am La Salle vs Adamson / 10am NU vs UST / 2pm La Salle vs UP / 4pm UST vs Ateneo

August 17 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am Ateneo vs UP / 10am FEU vs UE / 2pm NU vs Adamson / 4pm UE vs FEU

August 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena:

8am Adamson vs NU / 10am UST vs La Salle / 2pm Ateneo vs NU / 4pm FEU vs La Salle

August 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena:

8am UST vs UE / 10am Adamson vs UP / 11am UST vs UP / 4pm La Salle vs Ateneo

August 24 at the Blue Eagle Gym (for women) and SMART-Araneta Coliseum (for men):

9am NU vs FEU / 11am La Salle vs Ateneo / 2pm NU vs FEU / 4pm UE vs Adamson

August 27 at the Mall of Asia Arena:

8am UP vs FEU / 10am Ateneo vs UE / 2pm Adamson vs UST / 4pm UP vs UE

August 30 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am NU vs Ateneo / 10am UE vs La Salle / 2pm Adamson vs La Salle / 4pm NU vs UST

August 31 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am UP vs UST / 10am FEU vs Adamson / 2pm UP vs FEU / 4pm UE vs Ateneo

September 3 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am La Salle vs UP / 10am UE vs NU / 2pm NU vs UP / 4pm La Salle vs UE

September 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena:

8am FEU vs UST / 10am Adamson vs Ateneo / 2pm UE vs NU / 4pm UST vs La Salle

September 7 at the Blue Eagle Gym (for women) and the SMART-Araneta Coliseum (for men):

9am NU vs UP / 11am FEU vs La Salle / 2pm Ateneo vs UP / 4pm FEU vs Adamson

September 10 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum:

8am UE vs Adamson / 10am Ateneo vs UST / 2pm Adamson vs Ateneo / 4pm FEU vs UST

September 13 at the UST Gym (for women) and the SMART-Araneta Coliseum (for men):

9am UP vs UE / 11am Ateneo vs FEU / 1pm UST vs Adamson / 2pm La Salle vs NU / 3pm La Salle vs NU / 4pm Ateneo vs FEU

September 14 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum = UAAP Cheerdance Competition

September 17 at the San Juan Arena (could be subject to change)

2pm UP vs Adamson / 4pm UST vs UE

*Thanks as always to the people behind Imperium for their statistical expertise.