Tim Cone talks Tamayo and Quiambao–the ‘future’ of Gilas

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Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao, former teammates in highschool, staff up once more this time for Gilas Pilipinas. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—In an alternate timeline, we may have gotten two extra years of basketball warfare between Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao on the collegiate stage.

Heck, in one other life, we may have gotten a Nationwide College dynasty with each of them underneath the helm of famed mentor Goldwin Monteverde.

Whereas Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone knew these to be true, the veteran tactician selected to take a look at what at the moment is.

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“You simply can’t cope with ‘what ifs. It’s a must to cope with what’s, not what if, as a result of every part would have modified. Would Topex (Robinson) nonetheless be the coach if that rivalry had gone on? What would UP be like, would they get different gamers?” contemplated Cone on Monday evening through the Inquirer Sports activities Awards Night time at Newport Metropolis.

“It’d be thrilling, aggressive and nicely, what number of years did Carl have left in UP? Two? He would’ve run in with KQ a few instances.”

All of the what ifs


Former highschool teammates and present Gilas standouts Kevin Quiambao goes up towards Carl Tamayo in a UAAP sport. -INQUIRER FILE

The final time we noticed Quiambao in a La Salle uniform go up towards Tamayo in a UP jersey was on November 20, 2022 in a match that put Filipino basketball followers in an absolute frenzy.

In beautiful vogue, the Inexperienced Archers dispatched the defending champions Combating Maroons, 82-80, in entrance of a rowdy Mall of Asia Area crowd.

Quiambao confirmed why he was deserving of the UAAP Season 85 Rookie of the Yr award with 18 factors, 9 rebounds, a steal and a block to tempo the Taft-based squad.

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And Tamayo, nicely, he confirmed why he was one of many cornerstones of UP’s championship run in Season 84 with 14 factors and 7 rebounds solely to return up quick.

La Salle would quickly be eradicated from Ultimate 4 rivalry and UP would bow to Ateneo in three video games on the event’s finalè.

Since then, although, followers waited for the longer term battles between Tamayo and Quiambao contained in the hardwood. That, in fact, didn’t turn into the case.

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Tamayo would pursue a contract with the Ryukyu Golden Kings within the Japanese B.League whereas Quiambao would dominate the collegiate hoops scene and win the Season 86 MVP plum nearly unanimously.

However what if Tamayo had stayed and performed two of his remaining years? Would Quiambao be the holder of Season 86’s finest participant {hardware}? Would La Salle be the champion in its best-of-three Finals sequence towards UP?

In line with Cone, there’s no approach of realizing. In spite of everything, it’s a fantasy that’s “simply robust to look again on.”

“It’s simply robust to look again on it however they’d have had some wars. We noticed the wars in apply, they each are alpha canines.”

However there’s a purpose why the tie that binds each the promising younger males spans even farther than the collegiate scene.

Going approach again

Tim Cone talks to the Inquirer Sports staff during an awards dinner in his honor.

Gilas coach Tim Cone talks to the Inquirer Sports activities employees throughout an awards dinner in his honor. —MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

Tamayo and Quiambao performed underneath one banner earlier than their wars within the males’s basketball tournaments and earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier than the pandemic, the younger weapons performed for the Child Bulldogs underneath now-UP mentor Monteverde they usually shone vivid like diamonds regardless of nonetheless being within the tough.

From 2018 to 2020, NUNS held down the fort and gained back-to-back UAAP titles within the boys’ division with Tamayo and Quiambao main the best way.

So when it got here recruitment time for Gilas Pilipinas’ four-year program, Cone made it some extent to name up each the perennial highschool stars.

Once they noticed one another in apply for the primary time, they performed like they hadn’t misplaced that fireside that they had a couple of years prior.

“That’s one of many causes we introduced them on. They know one another nicely, we all know the chemistry between them, there’s a rivalry between them additionally with La Salle and UP. I feel Carl was the massive gun when KQ was coming into school and now KQ is the massive gun as Carl’s out of faculty.”

“[In the] first apply, they went at one another a bit and we had been like, ‘whoa!’ They developed that chemistry over a time period then after going at one another they had been going with one another. They had been wanting, passing to one another.”

Throughout their time in NUNS, Quiambao posted norms of 12.6 factors and 10.4 rebounds whereas Quiambao logged 12.3 factors, 9.8 boards and 1.3 blocks per sport.

‘Representing the longer term’

Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Qualifiers

Gilas Pilipinas within the Fiba Asia Qualifiers. –FIBA PHOTO

What was shaping as much as be a dynasty within the males’s division turned out to be simply one other pipe dream because the pandemic modified the course of a clean transition with Monteverde resigning because the Bulldogs’ head coach earlier than even starting the job.

Tamayo would land in Diliman, Quiambao would take his abilities to Taft and the remaining was historical past—bitter historical past, in the event you ask an NU basketball fan—however historical past, nonetheless.

Since then, the dual towers wouldn’t don the identical jersey once more—till February of 2024.

As a substitute of Inexperienced and Maroon, Quiambao and Tamayo donned Blue, Purple and White to play underneath Cone.

Seeing the success each males is having with Gilas, the long-time Ginebra mentor selected to see issues ahead as an alternative of dwelling over the misplaced Bulldogs’ dynasty or the array of Quiambao-Tamayo matchups on the collegiate stage.

“They characterize the longer term,” Cone mentioned with a smile, seemingly portray the intense way forward for Philippine basketball in his head.

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“They’re simply going to succeed in their primes. They gained’t even be of their primes after 4 years. They’ll be barely reaching their physique potentials at 25 or so. If we’re enthusiastic about them now, think about what they’ll be like in 4 years.”

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