This kind of news makes headlines: SMC-RP beats USA, 72-67

[Manila Times] It may be a mere preparation tournament but San Miguel-Team Pilipinas but the desire to win was very much evident for the Filipinos who sent a clear message to the field by stinging defending champion Athletes in Action, 72-67 in the opening match of the 29th William Jones cup basketball tournament last night at the Sinjhuang Gym.

Trailing by five, 52-57 going into the last 5:14 of the contest, Team Pilipinas got the lift it needed from Jimmy Alapag who keyed an initial 8-0 run by banging in a triple Mick Pennisi followed suit with another howitzer and Kerby Raymundo scored on a curling lay-up to push the Filipinos ahead, 60-57.

After Reed Rawling responded for the Americans, Alapag rifled in his fourth triple of the match and then Mark Caguioa finally get going by scoring the last nine points for San Miguel-Pilipinas which definitely sent hock waves not only to AIA but the eight other teams entered in the ten-day meet.

The victory over the Americans not only lifted Pinoy pride but also showed that the current Philippine National Team has the potential to become the National Consolidated team of the Samboy Lim-era.

But it’s worthwhile noting some foreign-sounding names in the Philippines Team in the scorebox: San Miguel-Team Pilipinas 72 – Alapag 19, Caguoa 14, Pennisi 11, Hontiveros 11, Norwood 7, Taulava 5, Raymundo 5, de Ocampo 0, Helterbrand 0, Williams 0, Canaleta 0.