Boomers’ deep talent reservoir is Gilas’ brick wall

First time national player Nathan Sobey slams it home in the Aussies' win over Chinese-Taipei last November to open its 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign. (photo from

Feb 22 match sees two contrasting hoop cultures chase long-term dreams in world stage


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA [The Filipino Connection]—Talent inequality is Asian basketball’s new normal. World no. 10 Australia subtly gives that message through modesty, backed up by efficient play.

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Diaz hauls silver, bronze medals at 2017 Worlds

Reigning Olympic champion Hsu-Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei botched her final lift in the snatch. This lift also led her to a shoulder injury and she did not finish the competition (screengrab from


Editor’s note: The competitions were watched via the free livestreaming service of USA Weightlifting (


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (The Filipino Connection)—Hidilyn Diaz struggled in the snatch but came back quite strong in the clean and jerk to snatch silver and bronze medals in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.

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[Weightlifting] Old, new contenders for Diaz in 2017 World Championships

This year’s Bowling World Cup champions are Jakob Butturff of the United States and Krizziah Tabora of the Philippines (photo from Qubica AMF’s 2017 Bowling aworld Cup Facebook page)


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz faces familiar foes in a World Weightlifting Championships edition that is marked by the absence of traditional powerhouse China.

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[FIBA World Cup qualifiers] Home-and-away FIBA qualifiers tucker out national players

Center Daniel Kickert topscored for the Boomers with 22 pts. in its win over Japan, 82-58. (photo from FIBA)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—The modesty still continued for Australian Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis after his squad’s gruelling win over Japan yesterday in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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[FIBA World Cup qualifiers] Next Gilas foe Australia also 2-0

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis and center Daniel Kickert during the post-game press conference in Findon, Australia. (photo by Jeremaiah Opiniano/The Filipino Connection)



FINDON, Australia — The reigning FIBA Asia Cup champions Australia Boomers continue to make the Asia-Oceania zone their house after posting a 82-58 thrashing of the Japan Akatsuki five at the FIBA 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

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[FIBA] AUS Boomers modest on favorites’ tag at 2019 World Cup’s Asian qualifiers

Adelaide 36er Mitch Creek led the Australians in their romp of Chinese-Taipei to start off the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. The Boomers, led by Creek, are expected to easily make it to the 32-squad FIBA World Cup in China. (photo by



FINDON, AUSTRALIA—There’s modesty and politeness from the Australian Boomers in their expected dominance of the months-long FIBA World Cup Qualifiers that continue here at the Titanium Security Arena.

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Tabora’s ‘17 World Cup win to boost PHL bowling program

This year’s Bowling World Cup champions are Jakob Butturff of the United States and Krizziah Tabora of the Philippines (photo from Qubica AMF’s 2017 Bowling aworld Cup Facebook page)



PHILIPPINE bowling is near to being unnoticed on the global stage after the Paeng Nepomuceno era until Krizziah Lyn Tabora rose from her own struggles in international play to win this year’s Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup.

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Eric Cray wins 400m hurdles gold at Asian championships

Twenty nine-year-old Filipino-American hurdler Eric Shauwn Cray won the country's first Asian Athletics Championships gold medal in eight years following his 400m hurdles golden conquest in Bhubaneswar, India (phto from the Asian Athletics Association).


MANILA–Eric Shauwn Cray revived Philippine athletics’ glory years in Asia by winning the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India. [Read more…]

Three made mayhem in DLSU’s 2016 cage title run

Jeron Teng (right, in the air) and Ben Mbala steered the DLSU Green Archers to this year's UAAP title by sweeping the best-of-three series against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles (photo by RJ Quiroz of



QUEZON CITY–Three made mayhem.

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[2016 UAAP Finals] Heroics of a collegiate hoops generation’s last remnant

Jeron Teng of La Salle saved his Archers from a loss with a clutch shot and a defensive stop in De La Salle University's Game 1 win over the Ateneo de Manila University  (photo by Joaqui Flores of Tiebreaker Times, via Facebook)


PASAY CITY–Philippine collegiate hoops’ version of a jampacked Ginebra San Miguel basketball crowd, that which Ateneo de Manila and Del La Salle universities brought, entered a fourth generation.

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