Smart Gilas wins 1st game in the PBA

Smart Gilas Pilipinas defeats Talk N Text Tropang Texters, 103-98

Some notes from the game:
Marcus Douthit showed why he was chosen as our naturalization candidate scoring 16 points and grabbing 26 rebounds.
Toroman System: 7 players in double figures (Lassiter 16, Douthit 16, Tiu 15, Ramos 15, Casio 14, Barroca 13, Barracael 12) and 27 assists.
– A close game but Smart Gilas showed their character in beating the All-Filipino Champions

Smart Gilas in the PBA

I am excited that Smart Gilas will participate in the PBA Commissioners Cup as a guest team. It is time that the millions of basketball fans will get to see our Philippine National Basketball Team live (or on TV) against our favorite PBA teams/players.

We can also validate if the system of Coach Rajko Toroman will work against taller and more experienced players.

Smart Gilas Lineup for PBA Commissioners Cup

Smart Gilas PBA Commissioners Cup Schedule

Good luck to Smart Gilas in the PBA.

Team Pilipinas 2007

The first time I shot the Philippine National Basketball Team was in 2007, they were called Team Pilipinas and was coached by Chot Reyes. A 4-Nation Manila Invitational Basketball Tournament was held in Arena in San Juan on July 2007. The teams that participated were Philippines, China, Syria and Lebanon.

Some shots from the Philippines vs Syria Game

View all photos at my flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmtan/sets/72157600838246580/

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