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My Smart Gilas Journey

smart-gilas-pilipinas

The first time I shot the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team was an Exhibition game against Powerade Team Pilipinas on October 2009. View pics here Smart Gilas vs Powerade Team Pilipinas. Smart Gilas trashed the Powerade Team Pilipinas composed of PBA players and from there I became a big fan of Smart Gilas and knew that the program will flourish but I also knew that it will not happen overnight.

Coach Rajko Toroman

Then from there since I was already shooting in the PBA, I also photographed some of the Smart Gilas games and here I saw that the Smart Gilas players who have no professional experience are already at par with the PBA players as they finished 3rd place in the PBA Commissioners Cup. View some of my Smart Gilas in the PBA pics here Smart Gilas vs Derby Ace Llamados and Smart Gilas vs San Miguel

Mac Baracael

After their PBA stint, Philippines hosted the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup where Smart Gilas played against teams from Asia with 2 Imports each. This tournament showed how far the Smart Gilas program has become against powerhouse teams from Asia. This is also my first time to shoot an International Tournament. View some pics here Smart Gilas vs Duhok Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos | Smart Gilas vs Syria Photos | Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos

JV Casio

Then my most memorable shoot with Smart Gilas was versus the NBA All-Stars during the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend, this was a dream come true, shooting NBA stars against our Philippine National Basketball Team. A once in a lifetime event that I was truly grateful to shoot. I have not posted all my pictures from the event since I shot so many photos but here’s the Smart Gilas vs NBA Photos Set 1

Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter

Then the last 2 games that I shot was the Smart Gilas Exhibition Games against Qatar and Jordan before they left for Wuhan, China. View the Smart Gilas Exhibition pics here Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos

Next time, I hope I am able to shoot Smart Gilas in an International Tournament in another Country.

Japeth Aguilar

Even though I was disappointed with the way the team ended the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, I think that this current team laid the foundation for our next Philippine National Basketball Team, I just hoped we learned a lot in those three years of the Smart Gilas program and apply everything that we have learned. My favorite coach, Rajko Toroman may or may not be extended but I will continue to Support the next Smart Gilas team!

Thank you to all the Players, Coaching Staff and all the people who contributed to the team in any way, specially to Smart and MVP.

Thank you to those who visited my sites about Smart Gilas
Smart Gilas Latest News and Updates
Smart Gilas Pilipinas Photos

Thank you Smart Gilas Pilipinas!

3rd place finish by Smart Gilas in the PBA

Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs Barangay Ginebra Kings
PBA Commissioners Cup Semifinals
April 24, 2011

Barangay Ginebra defeated Smart Gilas in Game 4 and won their best-of-5 series, 3-1 to advance to the PBA Commissioners Cup finals against Talk N Text Tropang Texters. Smart Gilas was only 6/22 from three-point range, they badly need another shooter and someone who can defend the post.

Even though Smart Gilas showed they can compete with PBA players, this tournament showed that they still need improvement in order to have a chance to qualify for the Olympics this September 2011.

From my point of view, it was good that Smart Gilas finished 3rd place only, if Smart Gilas won the PBA Championship, they may have overlooked their weaknesses. Their experience in the PBA will be a big help in their upcoming tournaments and more importantly, the millions of Filipino basketball fans had a peek of what Smart Gilas can do, and I hope that everyone will give their full support to our National Basketball Team.

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.