Filsama Basketball League 7th Conference opens
Filsama Basketball League 7th Conference opens
Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah was chief guest during the opening ceremony. Garibay delivered a speech while Filsama president and league commissioner Teng Laguialam welcomed the participants and on behalf of his group extended his appreciation of NAI Juffali management through Roger Dones for allowing the use of the tournament venue.
Mohamed Bayoumi, a Sudanese with the heart of a Filipino, also spoke and laced his speech with Tagalog words much to the delight of the crowd. Also present were representative of sponsor Orbit Showtime Network and Filsama founding adviser Wilson Maata.
The first trophies for the Best Team in Uniform went to Airnet in Non Rated Division and Danube Himalaya in Inter-Company Bona Fide Division and Best Muse to Shane Fernandez Delfino and Ms. Lidasan.
Drawing first blood in Inter-Company Division was Makati Foods El Khereiji which beat Danube Himalaya 73-69.
It was a well balanced and exciting matchup from start to finish. The trio of Fuentes, Cilot and Destreza manged to cut the lead of Makati Foods to 2 points with under 2 minutes to play.
But aggressive moves by the Disquitado cousins kept their team afloat. With the score at 71-69 Danube had a chance to equalize with Deztresa bringing the ball down court but the tight defense of Makati Foods forced a Danube turnover with 2 seconds left.
But still Makati Foods was able to score on a fastbreak to set the final count 73-69. Richard Disquitado was named Best Player while cousin JR Disquitado scored 14 points as did Dela Cruz. The main men for Danube were Fuentes with 23 points and Cilot with 14 points.
In the second game, the rookie Non Rated Division team of Compass Ocean Logistics led by Alex Bedia went down in against Bang Bang Gensan All Stars. Compass Ocean Logistics had led by as much as 12 points.
In the final quarter, Bang Bang went to a man-to-man trapping defense forcing Compass Ocean Logistics offense to crumble. Bang Bang then converted 14 straight points, grabbing the driver’s seat up to the end.
Top scorers at Bang Bang were Piaco Radiamoda 19 points, Teddy Jamahali 13, and Aliadin 13 points, while at Compass Ocean Logistics Manzano had 15 points and Adriano 13.
In a close game in the nightcap, Friendster P.M.E edged Airnet Maarej 74-72.
First quarter ended with a 15 points all, 2nd & 3rd quarter is led by Airnet Maarej 30-29 and 51-51..
With Friendster in the lead, 75-72, Airnet had a chance to tie or win with 8 seconds to play.
Millar Daham opted to pass to Alturas instead of going for a quick layup. But Alturas fumbled what could have been a perfect assist and Friendster preserved the win.
Friendster’s Dangao was the Best Player with 16 points. Barry Nader added 13 points and Cruz 12. Ismael led Airnet with 18 points and Alturas finished with 17.
With Laguialama in organizing committee are Vice commissioner Bhoy Raras, Technical Director Manny Manalo, Secretary General Ogie Nucum, Treasurer Rene Valle and table officials Jhun Montebon and Ali Tuhami. Willy Cartagena is the game play-by-play announcer
Juan Antonio Pizzi is still the right man to lead Saudi Arabia, says former Green Falcons boss
- Saudi Arabia's 1996 Asian Cup-winning coach Nelo Vingada backs Pizzi to lead side into next year's Asian Cup.
- Green Falcons face Egypt on Monday with both looking to land their first point in Russia.
MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s 1996 Asian Cup-winning boss Nelo Vingada has called on the country’s football authorities to keep faith with head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi despite a disappointing showing in Russia.
The Green Falcons still have to face Egypt in the final match of Group A, but have already been eliminated following a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Russia in the opening game on June 14 in Moscow and a 1-0 loss to Uruguay five days later in Rostov.
“I was expecting a little more from Saudi Arabia to be honest,” Vingada told Arab News.
“In the first game they were disappointing but a first game of the World Cup is always hard and especially when it is the first game and everyone is watching. Plenty of teams at the World Cup did not play well in the first game.
“But playing Russia in Russia and to lose is what you would normally expect from Saudi Arabia and while it was far from positive, people should not get carried away.
“The game with Uruguay was much improved in terms of organization and defense and it showed more of the character of the Saudi Arabia team.”
In the past, coaches have been axed following disappointing World Cup campaigns but with the 2019 Asian Cup just seven months away, the Portuguese tactician would prefer to see some stability rather than yet another new man in the dugout.
“The Asian Cup is in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will be one of the contenders,” Vingada said. “It is better to stay with the same coach. He has a vision of how he wants the team to play and he now knows the players and the players know him.”
Constant changing has not helped Saudi Arabia in the past and Pizzi himself has been in the job just seven months.
“The problem is not the coach. He should not be changed, that has happened before but results did not improve, but the mentality has to change.”
Despite that Vingada, who has coached Egyptian club giants Zamalek and the country’s Under-23 team, believes that the Pharaohs, also eliminated, will prevail when the two regional rivals meet on Monday in Volgograd.
“This is an important game for pride, the players and the countries. It is still the World Cup. Egypt have a little more quality I think and have Mohamed Salah too.”
The Liverpool striker has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in late May and missed the opening game 1-0 loss to Uruguay. He played in the second game, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Russia, scoring from the spot late in the match to earn a consolation.
“Any coach would take Salah because he can win you games but overall Egypt have been a little disappointing and a little unlucky.”
The bad luck came when conceding a last-minute goal to Uruguay and a fluke own goal to get Russia off the mark. “Uruguay are a tough team and it is no shame to lose 3-1 to a Russia team at home who are playing to qualify for the next round. It showed that European and South American teams still have a little more quality.”
“Egypt just made some mistakes at the wrong time but this is football and without mistakes there are no goals.”
Ahead of the clash against Egypt Pizzi confirmed his intention to stay as Saudi Arabia boss, looking to build on the seven months he has had to imprint his ideas on the team ahead of the Asian Cup.