Senate fetes Smart Gilas II for winning Jones Cup

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MANILA -- Senators on Tuesday adopted a resolution congratulating the members, coaching staff and management of the Philippine men's basketball team, Smart Gilas II, for winning the 34th William Jones Cup in Taiwan last month.

Introduced by Senators Pia Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes, Lito Lapid and Aquilino Pimentel III, Senate Resolution 127 commended the players for bringing out the Filipino spirit in sports while the country is slowly trying to regain its prominence in Asian basketball.

Despite the pressure placed on them by their bigger and taller counterparts, Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile said the Philippines refused to be cowed as it escaped a 76-75 win over fancied United States in the finals.

It was the country's fourth Jones Cup title after the Northern Consolidated Cement in 1981, San Miguel Beer in 1985 and the Philippine Centennial team, which was made up mostly of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stars in 1998.

Cited in the resolution are Coach Chot Reyes and members of the team namely Enrico Villanueva (Barangay Ginebra), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Gary David (Powerade), Jeff Chan (Rain or Shine), LA Tenorio (Barangay Ginebra), Larry Fonacier (Talk N Text), Mac Baracael (Alaska), Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk N Text), Sol Mercado (Meralco) and Sonny Thoss (Alaska); naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Matt Rosser and ex-San Beda player Garvo Lanete.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president and businessman Manuel Pangilinan as well as Victorio Vargas, head of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, were also mentioned in the resolution. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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