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My Smart Gilas Journey


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!

Extend Coach Rajko Toroman

Coach Rajko Toroman

Smart Gilas Pilipinas ends the FIBA Asia Championship with a big 2 point loss to Korea. Even though we only placed 4th in the 2011 FIBA Asia, the team had a good run in this tournament. And we give credit to Coach Rajko Toroman who placed the system and challenged our players to adopt to a different style of basketball. Now that his contract is ending, I think we should retain Toroman for at least 2-3 more years.

Who wants Coach Rajko Toroman to still coach the Smart Gilas team?

Recipe in order to beat China


We are down to the Top 8 teams. All games starting the quarterfinals will be knockout games. I am an optimist and I give my all out support for our National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas. Watching the games of China, I know they are beatable but Smart Gilas should have an almost perfect game in order to beat China if they reach the finals.

Recipe in order to beat China:
– Less than 10 turnovers
– Around 7-10 three pointers
– 80% Free Throw shooting
– 50% 2-point Field Goal
– Yi Jianlian must be in foul trouble
– More than 20 assists for Smart Gilas
– More than 8 steals
– More than 12 fast break points

My FIBA Asia Championship Predictions
Quarterfinals – Fri, September 23, 2011
Iran vs Jordan – 1:30pm (Winner Iran)
Japan vs Korea – 3:30pm (Winner Korea)
Chinese-Taipei vs Philippines – 6pm (Winner Philippines)
China vs Lebanon – 8pm (Winner China)

Semifinals – Sat, September 24, 2011
Iran vs Philippines (Winner Philippines)
Korea vs China (Winner China)

Finals – Sun, September 25, 2011
China vs Philippines (Winner Philippines)

2011 FIBA Asia Championship

The Road to 2012 London Olympics starts here at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. Even though we hit a snag even before the start of the tournament when Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter were declared ineligible to play, the Philippine National Basketball Team is in good shape by beating UAE and Bahrain convincingly and even if we lost to China, we never backed down and had a good game specially in the 2nd half against the home team and against the tallest team in the FIBA Asia Tournament.

In the second round starting Monday, September 19, we go up against Jordan, Japan and Syria. I know we can beat these three teams (Only Japan team is playing strong) and if Smart Gilas wins all games in the 2nd round, we have a bigger chance of advancing to the semifinals by facing an opponent in the lower bracket in the quarterfinals then from there all games will be win or go home.

Read more about FIBA Asia Championship
Smart Gilas FIBA Asia Championship Roster
FIBA Asia Championship Smart Gilas 2nd Round Schedule

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

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