Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV recently sponsored a Senate resolution commending the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas for clinching the 34th William Jones Cup after 14 long years in Taiwan.
In Senate Resolution No. 855, Trillanes said, “the valiant effort shown by the Philippine team in securing the victory is seen as a meaningful and redeeming win as it marks the resurgence of Philippine basketball and reclaims the country’s stature as a dominant force in Asian basketball.” Said Resolution was approved by the Senate during its plenary session on September 4, 2012.
The Smart-Gilas defeated the powerhouse and crowd favorite United States , 76-75, in the William Jones Cup finals last August 26 in Taipei, Taiwan. The victory marks the fourth time that the Philippines clinched the title in the tournament after the triumph of the Northern Consolidated Cement team in 1981, San Miguel team in 1985 and the Philippine Centennial team in 1998.
Trillanes said Smart-Gilas’ coaching staff, officials and the members of the basketball team deserve the nation’s congratulation and Senate’s commendation for winning the championship.
The 2012 Philippine team is headed by coach Chot Reyes and composed mostly of professional players, namely Enrico Villanueva (Barangay Ginebra), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Gary David (Powerade), Jeff Chan (Rain or Shine), LA Tenorio (then with Alaska and now with Ginebra)Larry fonacier (Talk N’ Text), Mac Baracael (Alaska), Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk N’ Text), Sol Mercado (Meralco) and Sonny Thoss (Alaska), Marcus Douthit, Matt Rosser and San Beda’s Garvo Lanete. #
Trillanes, pinuri ang Smart-Gilas
Pinuri ni Senador Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV ang pagkapanalo ng Smart-Gilas Pilipinas sa katatapos na 34th William Jones Cup sa Taiwan.
Sa inihain nitong Senate Resolution 8555 na inaprubahan ng Senado noong ika-4 ng Setyembre, tinawag ni Trillanes na "makabuluhan at makasaysayan" ang nangyari dahil ito ang unang kampeonato ng koponan ng Pilipinas matapos ang 14 na taon.
"Ang husay na ipinakita ng ating Philippine team upang makuha ang tagumpay ay isang makabuluhan at makasaysayang pagkapanalo dahil ibinalik nito ang Philippine basketball sa dati nitong estado – isang dominanteng pwersa sa Asian basketball,” ani Trillanes.
Natalo ng Smart-Gilas ang koponan ng Estados Unidos sa iskor na 76-75 sa William Jones Cup finals na idinaos noong Agosto 26 sa Tapei, Taiwan. Ito ay ika-apat na panalo ng bansa sa nasabing torneo matapos ang Northern Consolidated Cement team noong 1981, San Miguel team noong 1985 at Philippine Centennial team noong 1998.
Binati ni Trillanes ang coaching staff, opisyal at miyembro ng basketball team ng Smart-Gilas.
Ang 2012 Philippine team ay pinamunuan ni coach Chot Reyes at binubuo ng mga propesyunal na manlalarong sina Enrico Villanueva (Barangay Ginebra), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Gary David (Powerade), Jeff Chan (Rain or Shine), LA Tenorio (dating taga-Alaska na ngayon ay Ginebra na) Larry Fonacier (Talk N’ Text), Mac Baracael (Alaska), Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk N’ Text), Sol Mercado (Meralco), Sonny Thoss (Alaska), Marcus Douthit, Matt Rosser at Garvo Lanete ng San Beda. #