Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Japan trips Smart Gilas Pilipinas

Japan won over Smart Gilas Pilipinas 84-77 in the first of their four friendly matches that was played at the National Training Centre in Tokyo that was sponsored by the Japan Basketball Association.

With 2:08 remaining, the two teams were tied at 77-all. Jayvee Casio missed a lay-up but CJ Giles collared the miss but missed the putback. His subsequent foul was his fifth and last. Japan scored to make it 79-77 with 1:40 left.

The Philippines was whistled for 35 fouls that Japan converted for 22 points. Giles and Dylan Ababou fouled out.

Mac Baracael led the Philippines' charge with 21 points. CJ Giles added 19 while Ababou chipped in 8 and Casio and Mark Barroca had 7 each.

Japan was led by Takehiko Orimo who had 15 points. Yuta Tabuse had 14 and Ken Takeda finished with 10.

The Philippines shot 29.4% from three-point range while Japan shot 15.4. Once more we were killed on the boards 52-41.

Japan's National Training Centre was opened in January 2008 and it has facilities and equipment for all the sports under the Japan Olympic Committee. It is a seven-story structure with the basketball court located on the 2nd floor for exclusive use of the national team. There is an adjacent building for the Japan Institute of Sports Science and an Athlete's Village where all national players are housed.

Thanks to Noli Eala!

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