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Anthony Semerad eyes the pros

One half of San Beda’s Semerad twins showed what he can do on both ends of the floor at the 2014 PBA Draft Combine scrimmage, which featured the country’s top rookie prospects.

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Chris Banchero is PBA ready

Fil-Italian guard Chris Banchero could have just showed up at the Gatorade Hoops Center, did 20 jumping jacks, and left—and he still would’ve landed among the top five picks of the 2014 PBA Draft.

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PBA-bound

The dream of playing in the big leagues. That’s what around 80 of the country’s top raw talents were hanging on to as they sprinted up and down the court, jumped as high as they could, and battled with the best at the 2014 PBA Draft Combine.

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Blood and sweat: The Playground Manila 2014

For two days in May, basketball-hungry fans trooped to the Metrowalk Grounds in Pasig City for The Playground Manila 2014.

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Day 5: BuhayOFW

Modern day heroes, these Gilas players are, spending their days and nights away from their families to bring honor to everyone rooting for them back home.

In day five of training camp, they take a break from all the hard work to be reminded of what all that “PUSO” talk is all about.

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Day 4: Japeth destroys Jeff

Japeth Aguilar is part of the national team because of his length and athleticism, and in the fourth day of the Gilas Pilipinas training camp, he showed exactly that—crossing over Andray Blatche and posterizing Jeff Chan.

After a grueling day of scrimmage, the team visited the family of Gary David for some sinigang, pancit, and lumpia. Kain Pilipinas!

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Day 3: Basketball and pizza

Day three of the Gilas Pilipinas training camp in Miami was all about offensive sets, with Andray Blatche showing a glimpse of what he can bring to the Gilas offense.

Blatche also shared to his teammates the secret to a productive practice: pizza.

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Day 2: Every practice counts

The players of Gilas Pilipinas do not take long to warm up. After a “light” first practice session, Gilas went to work on their defense on Day 2 of their two-week training camp in Miami.

The Philippine team has tapped the services of Tab Baldwin, a former Lebanon and Jordan coach, to help them adapt to the more fluid and fast-paced style of international basketball and “unlearn what they’ve learned in the PBA.”

No jokes and fancy moves in this training sesh, but as Gilas coach Chot Reyes aptly put it, “every practice counts.” Just don’t tell that to this guy.

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Day 1: Gilas Pilipinas take their talents to South Beach

The long and arduous journey of Gilas Pilipinas begins in Miami, where they will train with naturalized Filipino and free agent center Andray Blatche. Gilas coach Chot Reyes said the first day of training camp “is really just to break a sweat,” which explains the light workout, RDO goofing off, and Marc Pingris—sans intensity—coming in late.

“The guys just arrived last night from a long trip so we basically want them to rest, but we wanted it to be an active rest,” said Reyes.

The FIBA World Cup begins on August 30. Watch this video from interAKTV:

Focus Training Days EP04

Too lazy to go to the gym? Is it too far? Heavy traffic? Floods? Running out of excuses?

In this episode of Training Days, Focus Athletics’ Paolo Cabalfin shows us how to train like a pro in four simple exercises that can be done even at home.

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