It’s been a month, but finally, Court Vision is back to bring you the latest in Philippine Basketball! With the collegiate basketball season fast approaching, the PBA Governors’ Cup nearing its playoff round and the FIBA Asia Championships 3 months away, the basketball action is definitely hot right now here in the country. So what has been going on in the Philippine Basketball scene these past few weeks?

Let’s get it started!

Gilas Coach Baldwin: Meetings with PBA owners ‘very positive’

Naveen Ganglani, Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – With the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championship set to take place in 3 months, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin has already started talking to team owners in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) about borrowing players he could include in his initial 26-man pool.

The meetings have gone well, Baldwin told Rappler on Friday, June 19. “I’ve spoken to most of the team owners and generally it’s very positive,” he said. “I can’t get into the specifics of it. It’s up to the PBA to get to the specifics. From my standpoint, [they’ve been] very positive.”

Baldwin did say that the pool composition will have many holdovers from the Gilas teams that have competed internationally over the past two years. Read more! 

 The Perlas Pilipinas Initiative

Levi Verora Jr. Tiebreaker Times

The members were visibly stunned by the reality that the win had no bearing.

They knew the hopes of securing a medal in the campaign was long gone even before the match started, and that a win would have no weight in their pursuit of the ultimate goal: at least a podium finish.

Even when the game was all but reduced to salvaging pride and ending the tournament on a high note, Perlas was still pushed to the limit and struggled to put away a team that is not even in the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship.

The Philippines needed a Herculean effort from its veterans to surpass a gutsy Singapore crew, which led by 12 in the first half. The crew finished with a dismal 3-2 card, with losses to Indonesia and Thailand spelling the difference between having a podium finish and winning nothing at all.

Back at home, fans, whose expectations WERE tampered with all the hype and attention, were left disappointed.

How did the team arrive at such disaster? Read more! 

Hapee draws first blood in D – League Finals

Naveen Ganglani, Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Hapee Fresh Fighters are a win away from winning their second consecutive PBA D-League championship after taking down Cafe France, 83-72, in Game 1 of the Foundation Cup finals on Thursday, June 18, at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Chris Newsome was superb for the Fresh Fighters with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while San Beda big man Ola Adeogun scored 12 points and grabbed 5 boards.

Hapee, who won the last PBA D-League conference title – the Aspirants Cup – can clinch this conference’s championship with a win in Game 2 on Monday, June 22. Read More! 

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. shooting for NBA Dream in Utah

TFCBalitangAmerica, Youtube

Mark Dyke returns to National University

Matthew Li, Tiebreaker Times

The King Bullpup returns home!

Last April, NU Bullpup Mark Dyke confirmed that he has already made a commitment to play for the De La Salle Green Archers. In a report by Rappler Sports’ Naveen Ganglani, Dyke told Ganglani that “I will be staying in La Salle, so definitely po I’m committed na po sa La Salle.”

Dyke, though not lined-up in the FilOil Flying V Premier Cup roster of DLSU, can be seen during the games of the Green Archers and supporting the team. However, during the last few games of the Green Archers in the tournament, the Bullpup was no longer present in the DLSU dugout.

According to DLSU assistant coach Jun Limpot, the 6’2″ forward has not been practicing with the Green and White squad. “Matagal na siyang hindi nag practice sa amin. Matagal ko na siyang hindi nakikita,” Limpot told Tiebreaker Times. Read more!

An Open Letter to Filipinos after the game of the Gilas Cadets against Thailand

Karlo Lovenia, Thoughts Along The Sidewalk

Dear Filipinos,

Our country has been dominating the competition in the SEA Games and the SEABA for quite some time now. Us Filipinos and our Southeast Asian neighbors pretty much know that whenever we have these competitions, it’s practically a given that the Philippines will end up with nothing less than a gold medal.

A silver medal is considered a disappointment.

Heck, a win not more than 15 points can be considered a disappointment.

Pinoys expect nothing but excellence and dominance from our national team every time we face our Southeast Asian neighbors.

It’s pretty much the standard already, and Pinoys expect that the standard doesn’t change. DOMINANCE. DOMINANCE IS A MUST.

But, as the popular saying goes, the only constant thing in life is change.

Filipinos learned that the hard way on June 14, 2015. Read more!