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My Smart Gilas Journey

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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.

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Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos

Smart Gilas vs Jordan Exhibition Game
Smart Gilas beats Jordan, 80-71
September 10, 2011
Arena, San Juan

Kelly Williams
Slam Dunk by Kelly Williams

Marcus Douthit
Marcus Douthit led Smart Gilas with 17 points but fouled out with more than 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter

Marcio Lassiter
Marcio Lassiter contributed 16 points with a combination of inside and outside scoring

Ranidel de Ocampo
Ranidel de Ocampo wrestles with a Jordanian player

Mark Barroca
Mark Barroca with Coach Rajko Toroman at the back

Jimmy Alapag and Marcus Douthit
Point Guard Jimmy Alapag and Center Marcus Douthit

More pictures below
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Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos

Smart Gilas vs Qatar Exhibition Game
Smart Gilas beats Qatar, 69-52
September 8, 2011
Arena, San Juan

This is the first game of Smart Gilas Pilipinas with the lineup that will compete in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. This exhibition game was a test on how the new reinforcements fit in Coach Rakjo Toromans system.

Kelly Williams
Hang-time by Kelly Williams. Williams contributed 5 points but he is needed more in the rebounding and defense department specially with the size of our other Asian counterparts.

Jimmy Alapag
Jimmy Alapag led Smart Gilas in scoring with 11 points on 3/5 from three-point range. Alapag had more playing time since JV Casio sat out of this game, he maybe just the 3rd point guard in the rotation but the team badly needs outside shooters since the resignation of Dondon Hontiveros.

Ranidel de Ocampo
Even with a mask, Ranidel de Ocampo scored 9 points on a combination of inside and outside shooting.

Chris Tiu
Help from Chris Tiu

Japeth Aguilar
A Smart Gilas game is not complete without a slam dunk from Japeth Aguilar

More pictures below
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Smart Gilas vs NBA Photos Set 1

Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend
Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs NBA All-Stars
July 24, 2011
Smart Araneta Coliseum

This is my first set from the Smart Gilas vs NBA Game during the Ultimate All-Star Weekend, “Versus”, our favorite Smart Gilas players vs our favorite NBA players.

Kobe Bryant vs Chris Tiu
Chris Tiu is smothered by Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant vs Chris Lutz
Kevin Durant vs Chris Lutz

Javale McGee vs Mark Barroca
Javale McGee vs Mark Barroca

Derrick Williams vs Kelly Williams
Derrick Williams vs Kelly Williams

Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter
Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter

Photos of the PBA vs NBA Game at photographer.gmtan.com
More photos of the Smart Gilas vs NBA Game below

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Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos

Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs Al Rayyan of Qatar
22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup Battle for 3rd Place
Qatar defeats Philippines, 71-64
Philsports Arena
June 5, 2011

Big loss by Smart Gilas as they end up only 4th place in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2011

Marcus Douthit
Marcus Douthit led Smart Gilas in scoring and rebounds with 28 points and 17 rebounds

JV Casio
JV Casio was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, he also contributed 7 assists

Al Rayyan of Qatar
Al Rayyan of Qatar settles for 3rd place

Coach Rajko Toroman
Coach Rajko Toroman obviously disappointed with the team in this game

Chris Lutz
Chris Lutz guarding a much taller Al Rayyad player

Smart Gilas vs Syria Photos

Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs Al Jala’a of Syria
22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup Quarterfinals
Philippines beats Syria, 85-80
Philsports Arena
June 3, 2011

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