Thursday, February 4, 2010

Butiki Bullets: Smart Gilas invited back to Dubai

chris tiu of smart gilas

  • Smart Gilas, fresh off their impressive performance in Dubai, has just been invited back by the organizers for a four-team invitational. Joel Orellana of the Business Mirror reports that Smart Gilas has been asked to participate in the Al Ahli Cup from March 23-28. There may be a conflict in schedule because Gilas is expected to be in Australia for some tuneup games this March, but I think it's worth a visit just to get another crack at CJ Giles and his Al Riyadi team.
  • Purefoods sat out vets Kerby Raymundo, Peter June Simon and rookie Rico Maierhofer in their 95-93 loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. Think Ryan Gregorio would like to take that one back? Look, I know they're hurting, but you usually rest players after winning a series, not one game. Yes, they were up 2-0 and could afford to lose one or two games. But now, it's 2-1, and one bad game could send you to a virtual Game 7 (do-or-die Game 5 doesn't quite have the ring of a Game 7) where every basketball fan knows, anything can happen. In game 3, Sol Mercado had a bad game, and if you play Kerby and Rico in stretches, maybe you pull through with a win. They could be resting now while Ginebra and Talk N Text dispute their series. Instead, they play a more confident Rain or Shine team that knows they can beat Purefoods.

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