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AnthonyServinio
03-04-2006, 09:37 PM
UNLIKE the last conference, let's start this thread at the right time -- just before the conference begins on March 25, 2006!

For starters, the field remains at eight teams with Far Eastern Insurance taking a leave while welcoming Teletech into the fold to be coached by PBA legend Jerry Codinera. Rain Or Shine remains despite its acceptance into the PBA effective this October, turning the Unity Cup into a swan song of sorts for the storied franchise.

The rookie camp and subsequent rookie draft was held with Larry Rodriguez of the Philippine Maritime Institute emerging as the number one pick by Montana Pawnshop.

gameface_one
03-10-2006, 09:26 AM
PBL Unity Cup

Big expectations from Hapee-PCU
Manila Bulletin (Mar. 10, 2006)



EXPECT HAPEE-Philippine Christian University to be one of the title contenders in the coming 2006 PBL Unity Cup.


The Teethmasters have acquired two big men and an equally exciting offguard to beef up their squad for the season-ending tournament where they hope to recapture their once lofty standing in the country’s premier amateur league.

Team manager Bernard Yang said yesterday that the addition of Erick Canlas, Franklin Nailon and former NCAA hotshot Christian Guevarra will certainly add depth and versatility to the team.

But more than that, the presence of Canlas, Nailon and Guevarra will provide them enough ammunition to challenge the league’s giants like Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream and Rain or Shine. The Wizards and Elasto Painters have won the last two championships.

"The three are welcome addition to the team because we really have to add more ceiling to the team so that we can compete against teams like Magnolia and Rain or Shine," said Yang, who is still hoping to get some of the best players from the South.

The Cecilio Pedro-owned franchise won back-to-back championships in 2003 when the team was still backstopped by Rich Alvarez, Larry Fonacier, LA Tenorio, Peter June Simon and Allan Salansang. The team took a one-year leave in 2004 before deciding to participate again last year.

The presence of the 6-foot-9 Canlas and 6-foot-5 Nailon would also give coach Junel Baculi enough options and lessen the burden for top gunner Gabby Espinas in manning the shade lane.

Guevarra, on the other hand, is expected to provide the team the much-needed firepower and hustle which the team lacked in the previous conference where they finished fifth.

Canlas, 24, had a forgettable stint in the pro league despite being picked No. 8 overall by Shell in the annual drafting three years ago. He last played for San Miguel Beer where he was also used sparingly.

But under Baculi, Canlas is expected to get an extended playing time along with Nailon who is also adept playing at the post like Espinas. The team also boasts of a formidable backcourt combination in Jason Castro and Mark Moreno and pair of deadly snipers in Joefferson Gonzales and Robert Sanz.

"Matagal-tagal na rin kaming hindi nakalaro sa semis, I hope, this time, we can make it," said Yang. "But we have to double our effort if we want to play in the semis."

gameface_one
03-11-2006, 12:32 PM
TeleTech five eyes Sison as consultant

First posted 03:12am (Mla time) Mar 11, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A18 of the March 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


JUST LIKE that, former Montaña coach Robert Sison is headed back to the Philippine Basketball League.

TeleTech, the newest team in the country's premier amateur league, has asked Sison to be part of its coaching staff, just days after the mentor quit his post.

"There are talks between him and the management," TeleTech team manager Benjie Castillo said yesterday. "We're still forming the coaching staff and it's definitely an option (to hire Sison). But nothing has been formalized."

Sison confirmed that negotiations are ongoing, but clarified speculations that he's after the top coaching position.

"It will be for consultancy and not as head coach," said Sison. "I will be more comfortable as a consultant. As I've said, I want to take a back seat [when it comes to] coaching right now."

TeleTech already announced last week that Jerry Codiñera, the former star center of Purefoods in the PBA, will debut as its head coach in the Unity Cup starting March 25.

"Jerry and I have worked together before in FedEx (in the PBA)," noted Sison.

Castillo indicated that Sison could inject more knowledge to his rookie squad.

"Robert has the experience, you can't deny that," said Castillo. "He's been around in the MBA and the PBL, and he has a good reputation of winning."

Sison, however, still has a live contract with Montaña until 2007.

"I haven't heard from them but I don't see any problem [in settling any contract dispute]," said Sison, who steered the Jewels to their first ever title in the 2005 Open Championship. "I want to move on. Montaña has also moved on right now with coach Nel Parado."

Sison stepped down as head coach last Monday after a disagreement with the Montaña management regarding a young player's recruitment.

Monta¤a clarified the following day that management suspended Sison even before he decided to quit. Parado took over as interim coach.

Team officials did not disclose the reason for the suspension. Sources said, however, that the rift simmered when management wanted to acquire tall rookie Samigue Eman from Rain or Shine in exchange for veteran Alex Compton, a trade that Sison reportedly did not want.

As of yesterday, however, sources said that Rain or Shine wasn't keen on releasing the young, 6-foot-9 standout from Davao.

gameface_one
03-11-2006, 12:34 PM
TeleTech tapping Sison as team consultant

The Philippine Star 03/11/2006

Sacked by Montaña, coach Robert Sison may find himself back on the bench when the PBL kicks off its opening conference on March 25 with the staging of the PBL Unity Cup.

Sources said the league’s newest member — TeleTech — has offered Sison a consultancy job to assist coach Jerry Codiñera on the American-owned call center company’s bench.

Sison, who cited irreconcilable differences with Montaña owners as one of the reasons why he quit his job, neither confirmed nor denied the report but admitted that he’s been getting offers from other ballclubs.

"There are offers from other teams but nothing is final yet," Sison said.

Sison, who steered Montaña to the 2004 title and the Negros Slashers to a pair of runner-up finishes in the defunct MBA, will be a big help to Codiñera, who teamed up with now Purefoods manager Alvin Patrimonio in leading the Hotdogs to numerous titles during their PBA days.

Codiñera was also named into the elite 25 Greatest Players by the league before retiring last year when FedEx traded him to the disbanded Shell.

The league board, chaired by Chito Loyzaga of 2006 Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream, last week accepted Teletech as a guest team this conference as a replacement to Far Eastern Insurance, which took a leave of absence.

The other teams seeing action are Magnolia, last conference’s runner-up Rain or Shine, Montaña, Granny Goose, Harbour Centre, Hapee Toothpaste and Toyota Otis.

gameface_one
03-12-2006, 07:20 PM
Controversial Compton-Eman trade fizzles out

First posted 02:24am (Mla time) Mar 12, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the March 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THERE was, apparently, much ado about nothing.

The Samigue Eman-Alex Compton trade that sent coach Robert Sison packing from the Montana camp has fizzled out, according to team officials yesterday.

Rain or Shine did not release Eman, the 6-foot-9 rookie the Montana management wanted to acquire in exchange for the veteran Compton, who now stays with the Jewels along with mainstays Al Magpayo, Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara and Eric dela Cuesta.

"There was no trade, the team has a 12-man lineup," said Montana's interim coach Nel Parado, who took over after Sison surprisingly stepped down as head coach last Monday.

The proposed swap caused a rift between Montanja officials and Sison, who questioned the management's decision to trade Compton just weeks before the start of the Philippine Basketball League's Unity Cup.

Montana later clarified that management had suspended Sison even before he decided to quit. The reason for the suspension was not revealed, however said Sison already had a "strained relationship" with the management after he steered the Jewels to their first title in 2005.

Eman, a prized young center from Davao, played for the University of Mindanao and the disbanded RP-Cebuana Lhuillier Team.

Although Rain or Shine turned down the chance to include Compton on its amateur roster, the team definitely wants him on board when it joins the Philippine Basketball Association in October.

Welcoat Paints, the name the franchise will carry in the PBA, had requested permission two weeks ago to allow the American cager to be part of its pro lineup.

gameface_one
03-12-2006, 07:23 PM
Chia, Gelig, Canlas join PBL teams
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/12/2006

Ex-pros Gec Chia, Nino Gelig and Eric Canlas are heading back to the Philippine Basketball League.

Released by their respective PBA teams, Chia, Gelig and Canlas refused to hang up their sneakers yet, finding separate takers in the PBL which opens another season on March 25 at the San Andres Gym.

Chia has joined Harbour Centre, Gelig signed up with Teletech while Canlas inked with Hapee Toothpaste.

Chia, who played for Coca-Cola in the pros, will rejoin former Ateneo teammate LA Tenorio along with ex-rival Joseph Yeo at the Port Masters’ fold three years after leaving the PBL.

The former Blue Eagle was part of the Ateneo-Nenaco squad under coach Joel Banal that bested Blu Detergents, 3-1, for the 2002 PBL crown.

Chia’s best moments, however, came when he scored two crucial baskets in Ateneo’s dramatic come-from-behind Final Four victory over University of the East on their way to the 2002 UAAP cage crown.

Gelig, released by Talk n Text, was part of the Hapee team that won a title in 2003 while the 6-foot-10 Canlas, a former San Miguel Beer player, figured in several title conquests of Welcoat Paints.

"We’re very fortunate to have (Gec) Chia. I’m sure he’ll be of big help this conference because of his experience and defense," said Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent.

Aside from Chia, Gallent said they also picked up another former PBA player in Allan Gamboa from the dispersal draft.

Canlas is one of the three new players acquired by the Teeth Sparklers with the other two being Christian Guevarra, formerly of Welcoat, and rookie Frank Nailon.

Canlas’ entry beefed up Hapee’s frontcourt composed of Philippine Christian U standouts Gabby Espinas, Beau Belga, Ian Garrido and Joel Solis.

"He’s a welcome addition," said Hapee coach Junel Baculi, referring to the former St. Francis of Assisi standout.

jovi_13
03-12-2006, 11:38 PM
Do you have any infos about the new players that will be playing this season? ??? Thanks!!

gameface_one
03-13-2006, 07:53 AM
Casio bolsters Toyota Otis in PBL Unity Cup

First posted 05:54am (Mla time) Mar 13, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the Mar. 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


DE LA SALLE University standout JV Casio will bring his clutch shooting to the Philippine Basketball League after signing up with a Toyota Otis squad laden with point guards and fellow Archers for the upcoming Unity Cup tournament.

Casio, known for his ability to hit the big shots, becomes the fourth playmaker in the Knights' roster and the third Archer in the team that now teems with talent.

He will play for a coach who is optimistic about his capabilities on the court.

"He's a thinking player," said coach Louie Alas. "He's tailor-made for us."

Two weeks ago, Harbour Centre also enlisted La Salle mainstays Rico Maierhofer and Ryan Araña.

Several Archers did not see action in the last two PBL conferences after ICTSI-La Salle took a leave of absence from the premier amateur league last year.

Casio averaged 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in the last UAAP season. He joins a roster that already boasts of top amateur point guards Boyet Bautista and JP Alcaraz of Letran College and the seasoned Christian Coronel.

Aside from Casio, the Knights also recently acquired Patrick Cabahug of Adamson University, Chris Baluyot of San Sebastian College and Marco Fajardo of Jose Rizal University.

Alas hopes the late additions would spark a turnaround for the struggling Knights, who finished dead last in the previous two conferences despite fielding the core of Letran's 2005 NCAA champion squad led by stalwarts Aaron Aban, Jonathan Aldave, Mark Andaya and Erick Rodriguez.

The inclusion of 6-foot-7 Filipino-American Joe Devance also failed to resuscitate the Knights' campaign in the recent Heroes Cup tournament.

"There's no way but up for us," said Alas. "And I think this is the best time for my veteran players to shine, since most of them also want to play in the pro league.

"But I told them they have to prioritize the team first before their personal agenda."

The Knights surprised the league by finishing a best-ever third in their debut campaign in 2003.

gameface_one
03-14-2006, 08:38 AM
JV Casio beefs up Toyota 5
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 14, 2006


With an array of explosive backcourt men, Toyota Otis is ready to roar off once again. To make sure it would not suffer the same fate that felled the team the past two conferences, coach Louie Alas has acquired former De La Salle University star JV Casio to ease his woes at the back when the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup starts March 25.

Besides Casio, who rose to prominence with his clutch baskets and creative plays during La Salle’s finals series with the FEU Tamaraws two years back, the Rey Oben-owned squad also took Adamson’s hotshot Patrick Cabahug, Jose Rizal University’s Marco Fajardo and San Sebastian’s Chris Baluyot.

Casio, according to Alas, earned the respect of his new teammates right after his first practice session with the team.

The addition of Casio boosted the team’s backcourt crew that also includes Boyet Bautista, JP Alcaraz and comebacking Christian Coronel.

"He’s a thinking player. He’s tailor-made for us," said Alas, who also had glowing words for Cabahug and Fajardo for their wide array of moves, especially their outside shooting.

Team manager Ramon Oben is also hoping their veteran players like Aaron Aban, Jonathan Aldave, Mark Andaya, Erick Rodriguez and Ardy Larong and prized rookie Joe Calvin Devance would step up to make up for their disappointing showing last time.

Toyota Otis actually finished last in the past two conferences, but with a retooled squad, Alas is convinced they will perform much better this time.

"There’s no way but up for us. And I think this is the best time for my veteran players to shine since most of them also want also to play in the pro league," said Alas. "But I told them that they have to prioritize the team first before their personal agenda."

Gil Angeles, the team’s representative to the Board, readily agreed, saying: "There’s no question about the skills of our players, they are all talented but they have to put their hearts into the game so that we can have positive results. Their success is also our success."

Alas is also looking forward to duplicating their 2003 feat, the year they first played in the country’s premier amateur league.

Fresh from steering Letran to the NCAA championship, Alas earned the raves of even the self-styled experts when they finished a surprise third in their maiden campaign. But the brilliance of their impressive debut waned as fast as they earned it following a series of setbacks.

But the key to the team’s success largely depends on how Casio, Bautista, Alcaraz and Coronel fare against their seasoned counterparts.

It’s hard to tell but Alas is confident his little generals will play big this time around.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 09:17 AM
Sison hooks up with Granny Goose

First posted 03:10am (Mla time) Mar 15, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the March 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT SEEMS there is no shortage of job offers for former Montaña coach Robert Sison.

And of all the offers that landed on his lap, Sison picked the one tendered by Granny Goose, making him an assistant coach for the Tortillos in the PBL Unity Cup, which fires off on March 25.

"With his experience, Robert will be a big help to the team," said team manager Pat Aquino of Sison, who steered Montaña to its first ever title in 2005. "He has long been in the business, so his intensity and passion will surely help us accomplish our goal this time."

Sison's hiring was just one of the moves the Cebu-based squad has undertaken to prop up its championship bid this coming conference.

Granny Goose earlier tapped its former coach, Jun Tan, to take over the reins from Joe Lipa, who reportedly quit so he can focus on the University of the Philippines' UAAP campaign.

The Tortillos also beefed up their roster with young recruits led by 2005 NCAA Rookie of the Year Kelvin dela Peña, Mark Ababon, Paul Chua and Lloyd Ortigueza.

Lipa called the shots for the Tortillos last November after Tan decided to quit to attend to his businesses in Cebu.

Under Tan, Granny Goose was a perennial semifinalist since its league debut in 2004. Lipa led the Tortillos to a third-place finish in the recent Heroes Cup.

Sison resigned from Montaña last week after a disagreement with team management regarding a trade involving veteran Alex Compton.

Montaña later clarified that it suspended Sison even before he decided to quit.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 10:08 AM
Granny Goose eyes finals appearance
Manila Bulletin Online
Mar. 15, 2006




CEBUANO COACH Jun Tan was re-hired by Granny Goose Tortillos to handle its squad in the coming 2006 PBL Unity Cup where it hopes to finally fulfill its goal: Reach the finals.


Tan, one of the deadliest shooters to emerge from the South during the 80s, was largely credited for transforming Granny Goose Tortillos as one of the most successful squads – particularly in Cebu – in so short a time.

He will take the place of Joe Lipa, who was recently recalled by the University of the Philippines to coach the Maroons for the coming UAAP wars where the UP community is banking on Lipa’s experience to end the team’s long title drought.

Lipa, who inherited the coaching job from Tan late last year, steered the Maroons to one of the greatest wins in the colorful history of the UAAP when they gunned down a giant in the University of the East Warriors in 1986.

During their maiden campaign in 1994, Tan guided the team to a fourth place finish before finishing third in last year’s Unity Cup. Under Lipa, the Snackmasters also finished third in the Heroes Cup last February.

Tan will have former Montaña Pawnshop coach Robert Sison as his assistant this time. Albert Tan remains as the head of the team’s basketball operations while Pat Aquino keeps his post as team manager.

Sison had already submitted his resignation to the Montana management last week. The former San Beda star highlighted his stint with Montaña by guiding the Jewels to one championship and one runner-up finish.

"With his experience, Robert will be a big help to the team. He has long been in the business so his intensity and passion will surely help us accomplish our goal this time," said Aquino.

Aquino also announced that the team has acquired another prized player from Cebu in 5-foot-10 guard Mark Ababon to beef up their backcourt rotation.

Other new faces in the team are Paul Chua, son of Red Bull owner George Chua, Lloyd Ortigueza from Tacloban and former NCAA rookie of the year Kelvin dela Pena, who was taken from Harbour Centre in exchange for Chico Lanete.

JR Quiñahan will remain the focal point of the team’s run and gun game along with Abby Santos, Jireh Ibanez, Jam Alfad, Dennis Concha, Nestor David, Alfie Grijaldo and Jino Ferrer.

AnthonyServinio
03-15-2006, 10:46 PM
TeleTech Call Boys -- please no! ??? :D

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:50 AM
Magnolia will try to beat PBL ‘jinx’
mb.com.ph
Mar. 17, 2006




NO TEAM in the past three years has scored back-to-back championships in the PBL. The Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners hope to achieve the rare feat this time.


Winners of the Heroes Cup a month ago, the Spinners launch their bid for a second straight championship when they clash with Granny Goose Tortillos in the opening of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup on March 25 at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Parading an almost intact line-up, led by Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams, the Spiners are again the sentimental favorites to rule the season-ending tournament and cap their glorious year in the league. The last team to win back-to-back titles was Fash Liquid Detergent, now Hapee-Philippine Christian University, in 2003.

Meantime, newcomer TeleTech, mentored by former PBA star Jerry Codiñera, will debut against Montaña Pawnshop in the opener at 2 p.m.

"Just like the previous stagings of the tournament, I’m very sure that the coming Unity Cup will be one tough but exciting tournament," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad. "The entry of TeleTech adds glow to the league."

Aside from Williams, who emerged as the Finals MVP the last time, and Santos, coach Koy Banal is also banking of the court wizardry of Kim Valenzuela and the spunk and hustle of Mark Isip, Jason Misolas and Gerard Jones in the shaded lane.

The Spinners, who are gunning for their third title, are also boast of deadly snipers in Joel Co, RJ Rizada and the vastly improving Jeff Chan.

Even the coaches believe that Magnolia remains as the team to beat in the coming tournament due to its size and depth.

"Magnolia is a formidable squad, they (Spinners) have the size and depth. Not only that, they have a bevy of shooters," said one veteran coach.

Depending champion Rain or Shine collides with Harbour Centre the following day in what could be the team’s farewell stint in the country’s premier amateur league. Rain or Shine, winner of six title, will bring its act in the pro league beginning in October.

Toyota Otis and Hapee-PCU, two teams which have undergone massive build up, also clash on March 26.

Even the TeleTech Titans are no pushover.

To make sure that their maiden campaign would be a successful one, Codiñera has acquired some of the league’s rising stars like Don Villamin and Ronnie Bughao and a slew of veterans, among them Francis Mercado, Jay-R Estrada, Ariel Capuz, JR Aquino and Axel Dorouelo.

"We’re just new but the boys want to prove something," said Codiñera. "We’ll do everything to make our debut a memorable one."

gameface_one
03-18-2006, 01:42 PM
Santos out to end PBL career with victory

First posted 00:41am (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the March 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


WHEN THE 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup kicks off on March 25, it will mark the final amateur stint of several top players, including Magnolia’s Arwind Santos.

“I have one more conference to show them that I’m ready (for the pro league),” said Santos in Filipino at the Scoop sa Kamayan session on Padre Faura yesterday.

Although Santos already awed pro scouts many times over, the former Far Eastern University star wants to leave in grand fashion by leading the Magnolia Spinners to their second straight title.

“My focus now is the PBL,” said Santos, who bagged his second straight UAAP Most Valuable Player plum last year. “I already finished my playing years in FEU and I was able to reach my goal, which is to get the championship.”

Magnolia will battle Granny Goose at 4 p.m., following the Montana-TeleTech opener at 2 p.m. next Saturday at the San Andres Gym.

“Our training and practice sessions are ongoing,” said Magnolia team governor Chito Loyzaga.

“It seems hard to win back-to-back. But it’s the challenge given to the coaching staff and players, for them to show what they’re made of.”

Magnolia rose from a 0-2 deficit in the recent best-of-five finals series versus Rain or Shine to bag the Heroes Cup.

gameface_one
03-19-2006, 06:49 PM
Eman hottest item in PBL tug-of-war
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/19/2006


The tug-of-war for Samigue Eman, a prized 6’10" talent from the South, is on.

Rain or Shine and Montaña Pawnshop have both started laying claim on the top prospect from University of Mindanao a week before the PBL season-opening conference unfolds.

Sources said the league has sent Rain or Shine a letter certifying that it owns the rights to Eman, who last played for the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed RP team before it disbanded last year.

The certification came after Eman’s group sought the help of commissioner Chino Trinidad for clarification on what team he should play for this conference.

"He’s really raring to play in the PBL and he’s confused on what team he should really play for, whether it’s for us Rain or Shine or for Montaña. So he asked the help of the commissioner’s office," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria.

Montaña management, however, contested Rain or Shine’s hold on Eman and strongly made an appeal to the PBL early this week.

"We want to make it clear that the Montaña team owners did not ever release Eman to any other team," said newly appointed Montaña manager Jun Abrahan.

"We made an appeal and we’re leaving it up to the commissioner’s office," he added.

According to Austria, he was told that suspended Montaña mentor Robert Sison has given up Eman to Rain or Shine as early as last December.

"I was told he (Sison) released Eman to us last December, he signed a letter to prove it," Austria said.

Sison neither confirmed nor denied this.

Eman first made heads turn several years back when as a UM standout had 10 rebounds and eight blocks in a Battle of Champions game.

His team lost that game but for Eman, not the admiration of some PBL teams including John O, which acquired him four years ago before the team disbanded.

gameface_one
03-19-2006, 06:56 PM
PBL fives fuss over 6-9 Eman
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 19, 2006


There’s a brewing confusion on who owns the rights to 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman in the Philippine Basketball League.

Montaña Pawnshop and Rain or Shine both claim that the former University of Mindanao standout belongs to their respective teams less than a week before the PBL Unity Cup fires off.

A source said the league informed Rain or Shine that it owned the rights to Eman, who became available after the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed RP team disbanded last year.

This development occurred after Eman’s handlers tried to clarify the issue with PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad, as the player was confused about which team he should suit up for in the coming conference.

"He’s really raring to play in the PBL, and he’s confused on what team he should really play for, whether its for us or for Montaña, so he asked the help of the commissioner’s office," said Rain or Shine mentor Leo Austria.

But the Montaña management contested the claim of Rain or Shine, adding that their acquiring of Eman’s rights was "doubtful" and strongly appealed it early this week to the commissioner’s office.

"We want to make it clear that the team owners did not ever release Eman to any other team," said newly-appointed Montaña manager Jun Abrahan. "We made an appeal and we’re leaving it up to the commissioner’s office."

gameface_one
03-20-2006, 09:50 AM
Sison leaves fancied Jewels for Tortillos
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/20/2006


Montaña Pawnshop’s loss is Granny Goose’s gain.

Robert Sison officially resigned as coach of the Jewels while accepting a coaching job for the Tortillos in time for the PBL season-opening conference set on Saturday at the San Andres Gym.

Sison, however, will coach Granny Goose on interim basis since Jun Tan, who re-assumed the coaching job last week as replacement for Joe Lipa, still has a commitment back home in Cebu City.

"He’ll (Sison) be coaching the team because I still have a commitment in Cebu but I’ll be present every game," Tan yesterday told The STAR.

Tan will take the head-coaching job as soon as his commitment is over, which could be mid-April.

"I submitted my irrevocable resignation to Montaña and I’m not in any way connected with them anymore," said Sison, suspended two weeks ago for his differences of opinion with team owners.

"There were offers when other teams found out that I’m available and I’ve settled with Granny Goose," he added.

Sison said he resigned because he don’t want to be dragged into the controversy involving Samigue Eman, a 6-10 talent from the South.

There were reports that Sison was suspended after he gave up Eman last December without the knowledge of Montaña owners. Nel Parado took over as his replacement.

"I released Eman to Welcoat in my full capacity as the head coach of Montaña that time," revealed Sison, who steered the Jewels to their first ever title two years ago.

"It was merely a gesture of thanks to then PBL chair Raymund Yu of Welcoat for helping us push for our appeal to the board for (Alex) Compton to play for two more conferences," he added.

He also cited the rumored trade between Eman and Compton, a versatile, do-it-all guard who is playing his last conference, as of the reasons for his suspension.

"I was not in favor of giving up Compton for Eman, that’s one of the reasons," Sison said.

Sison coached the Negros Slashers to a pair of second place efforts in the defunct MBA before joining the Jewels three years back.

He declined a consultancy job at Teletech, an American-owned call center company accepted last week as a guest team.

bchoter
03-20-2006, 10:31 AM
A very unfortunate turn of events for Montaña and coach Robert season who should be credited for steering the team to respectability in the PBL. His squad always exhibited teamwork and class always played their hearts out night and night out.

gameface_one
03-21-2006, 10:31 AM
PBL PREVIEW
Well-rounded Harbour five now a threat

First posted 00:07am (Mla time) Mar 21, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A19 of the March 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


WHEN IT came to whipping opponents, Harbour Centre was as efficient and exciting as any other team in the league the last time out. In fact, they emerged as the No. 1 scoring team -- thanks mainly to a bevy of prolific and explosive scorers.

With Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Rob Reyes at the helm, the Port Masters normed an impressive 77 points a game. But when it came to shutting down foes, they were found wanting.

Hopefully, not anymore.

With new defensive muscles in the shaded lane, the Port Masters should be considered as one of the teams to beat in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup which unfurls this Saturday at the San Andres gym in Malate.

“We have no problem with our offense the last time but we really struggled on the defensive end. We hope we can do better this time,” said team owner Mikee Romero. “We learned from our mistakes the last time, so we hope we can plug the holes by acquiring several players whom we feel are tailor-made for us.”

Romero was referring to the acquisition of several role players led by 6-foot-5 Allan Gamboa, 6-foot-4 Rico Maierhofer and former pro Gec Chia, who are expected to provide experience and stability to the team.

“We like our chances this time but our success will all depend on my players’ performance. LA is determined to leave the amateur ranks as a winner so I just hope that will work wonders for us,” said Romero.

Tenorio, who was elevated as team skipper, will be playing his last tournament in the country’s premier amateur league and he’s likely to dish out his best to boost his stock when he joins the pro league this October.

Aside from Gamboa, Maierhofer and Chia, a former Ateneo star, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent has also acquired former La Salle star Ryan Araña and veteran guard Chico Lanete.

“Gamboa, Araña, Maierhofer, Lanete and Chia will surely boost our campaign this time. Araña is a good finisher in transition while Lanete can also hit from the outside,” said Gallent.

Harbour Centre, according to team manager Erick Arejola, has also retained the services of beefy forward Jerwin Gaco, Chad Alonzo, Jerome Paterno, Jenkins Mesina and JA Coching.

Aside from Lanete, Gallent is also counting on the hustle and offense of Earn Saguindel and Ryan Dy.

gameface_one
03-21-2006, 10:42 AM
Well-rounded Harbour team ready to pull a PBL surprise
Manila Bulletin On-line
Mar. 21, 2006




WHEN IT came to lighting up opponents, Harbour Centre was as resilient and exciting as any other team in the league the last time out. In fact, they emerged as the No. 1 scoring team — thanks mainly to a bevy of prolific and exciting scorers.


With Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Rob Reyes at the helm, the Port Masters normed an impressive 77 points a game. But when it came to shutting foes down, they were a bit disappointing.

Well, not anymore.

With the infusion of muscles in the shaded lane, the Port Masters should be considered as one of the teams to beat in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup which unfurls this Saturday at the San Andres gym in Malate.

"We have no problem with our offense the last time but we really struggled on the defensive end, we hope we can do better this time," said team owner Mikee Romero. "We learned from our mistakes the last time so we hope we can plug the holes by acquiring several players whom we feel are tailor-made for us."

Romero was referring to the acquisition of several role players led by 6-foot-5 Allan Gamboa, 6-foot-4 Rico Maierhofer and former pro Gec Chia who is likely to provide experience and stability to the team.

"We like our chances this time but our success will all depend on my players’ performance. LA is determined to leave the amateur ranks as a winner so I just hope that would work wonders for us," said Romero.

Tenorio, who was recently elevated as team skipper, will be playing his farewell tour in the country’s premier amateur league and he’s likely to dish out his best game to boost his stock when he joins the pro league this October.

Aside from Gamboa, Maiehofer and Chia, a former Ateneo star, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent has also acquired the services of former La Salle star Ryan Araña and veteran guard Chico Lanete.

"Gamboa, Araña, Maierhofer, Lanete and Chia will surely boost our campaign this time. Araña is a good finisher in transition while Lanete can also hit from the outside," said Gallent.

Harbour Centre, according to team manager Erick Arejola, has also retained the services of beefy forward Jerwin Gaco, Christian Luanzon, Chad Alonzo, Jerome Paterno, Jenkins Mesina and JA Coching.

Aside from Lanete, Gallent is also counting on the hustle and offensive creativities of Earn Saguindel and Ryan Dy.

But for the team to succeed, the Port Masters must come up with solid defensive rotations to accomplish their goal: Reach the championship round.

"We lacked maturity the last time, but with the presence of Chia and Gamboa, palaban na ang mga bata," said Arejola.

gameface_one
03-21-2006, 10:45 AM
Harbour counting on new role players
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 21, 2006


Harbour Centre vowed to beef up its defense to compliment its offensive firepower when it struts its wares in the 2006 Philippines Basketball League Unity Cup, which unfurls this Saturday at the San Andres gym in Malate.

"We have no problem with our offense the last time, but we really struggled on the defensive end. We hope we can do better this time," said team owner Mikee Romero, whose Port Masters are considered one of the dark horses in the league.

"We learned from our mistakes the last time so we hope we can plug the holes by acquiring several players whom we feel are tailor-made for us," he added.

Romero was referring to their signing of several role players, led by 6-foot-5 Allan Gamboa, 6-foot-4 Rico Maierhofer and former pro Gec Chia, who is likely to provide experience and stability to the team.

"We like our chances this time, but our success will all depend on my players’ performance. LA [Tenorio] is determined to leave the amateur ranks as a winner so I just hope that would work wonders for us," said Romero.

Tenorio, who was elevated as team skipper, will be playing his farewell tour in the country’s premier amateur league, and he’s likely to dish out his best game to boost his stock when he joins the pro league this October.

Besides Gamboa, Maiehofer and Chia, a former Ateneo star, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent has also acquired the services of former La Salle star Ryan Araña and veteran guard Chico Lanete.

"Gamboa, Araña, Maierhofer, Lanete and Chia will surely boost our campaign this time. Araña is a good finisher in transition while Lanete can also hit from the outside," said Gallent.

Harbour Centre, according to team manager Erick Arejola, has also retained the services of beefy forward Jerwin Gaco, Chad Alonzo, Jerome Paterno, Jenkins Mesina and JA Coching.

Gallent is also counting on the hustle and offensive creativities of Earn Saguindel and Ryan Dy.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:40 AM
Painters seeking grand PBL exit

First posted 03:57am (Mla time) Mar 23, 2006
Inquirer




Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the March 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer



THAT SORRY collapse in the Heroes Cup title series will be the motivation for Rain or Shine in its bid for a grand exit from the Philippine Basketball League.

Rain or Shine will be playing its last tournament in the PBL when the Unity Cup opens this Saturday and new coach Leo Austria believes that he has a smarter team after that harrowing experience against Magnolia, a foldup which they plan to use as a rallying point to end 10 fruitful years in the league in style.

“We learned valuable lessons from that defeat and the boys are ready to redeem themselves,” said Austria. “For us, it’s just a part of our history. We have to move on if we want to succeed in the next level.”

The next level is a long-cherished stint in the Philippine Basketball Association, where Austria will make his return hopefully with a winning feeling from a successful title defense in this tournament.

The Elasto Painters blew a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series opposite the Magnolia Ice Cream Wizards, a defeat which Austria believes can happen to the best of them.

“Let’s say that it was a wasted opportunity,” Austria, who sat on the bench as consultant in that series, said. “Maybe, Magnolia was destined to win the title.”

Team owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que are both convinced their boys will use that setback as motivation before they make the jump to the big league in October.

The Elasto Painters won six of 12 finals appearances in the league.
THAT SORRY collapse in the Heroes Cup title series will be the motivation for Rain or Shine in its bid for a grand exit from the Philippine Basketball League.

Rain or Shine will be playing its last tournament in the PBL when the Unity Cup opens this Saturday and new coach Leo Austria believes that he has a smarter team after that harrowing experience against Magnolia, a foldup which they plan to use as a rallying point to end 10 fruitful years in the league in style.

“We learned valuable lessons from that defeat and the boys are ready to redeem themselves,” said Austria. “For us, it’s just a part of our history. We have to move on if we want to succeed in the next level.”

The next level is a long-cherished stint in the Philippine Basketball Association, where Austria will make his return hopefully with a winning feeling from a successful title defense in this tournament.

The Elasto Painters blew a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series opposite the Magnolia Ice Cream Wizards, a defeat which Austria believes can happen to the best of them.

“Let’s say that it was a wasted opportunity,” Austria, who sat on the bench as consultant in that series, said. “Maybe, Magnolia was destined to win the title.”

Team owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que are both convinced their boys will use that setback as motivation before they make the jump to the big league in October.

The Elasto Painters won six of 12 finals appearances in the league.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:56 AM
Painters aim to leave PBL with a bang
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 23, 2006


Is Rain or Shine ready to forget its ignominious collapse in the finals of the recent Heroes Cup? Some Philippine Basketball League pundits say it would take time before the team could finally erase that painful memory.

But Elasto Painters coach Leo Austria thinks otherwise. Not only are they ready to put that memory behind, they are also itching to prove they have what it takes to play now in the pro league.

Besides, the stakes are higher for Rain or Shine this time since they will be defending the title they won at the expense of Montaña Pawnshop last year. The Welbest franchise launches its title-retention bid on Sunday against a retooled Harbour Centre.

The 2006 PBL Unity Cup starts on Saturday at the San Andres gym in Malate.

"We learned valuable lessons from that defeat, and the boys are ready to redeem themselves," Austria said. "For us, that was already part of our history. We have to move on if we want to succeed in the next level [the pros]."

Rain or Shine came close to winning its seventh title last February after beating Magnolia Ice Cream in Games 1 and 2 of their best-of-5 title series.

But disaster struck, allowing Magnolia to author one of the league’s most thrilling comeback stories.

Austria, however, shrugged off that defeat, believing it could happen to anyone, even for some of the toughest teams in the Philippine Basketball Association or the US National Basketball Association.

"Let’s say that the opportunity was wasted, but still it could happen to anyone. Maybe, Magnolia was destined to win the title," said Austria, who took back the coaching job after coach Caloy Garcia voluntarily stepped down.

Team owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que are both convinced their boys will use that setback as a rallying point and cap their magical stint in the country’s premier amateur league on a high note.

Rain or Shine will be joining the pro league in October, and the owners are looking forward to a grand exit—via perhaps another championship.

In their almost 10 years in the league, the Elasto Painters have played in 12 finals series and won six times.

Austria, the former Shell mentor, anchored his optimism on the fact that his boys, especially Jun Jun Cabatu, Ronjay Enrile, Marvin Ortiguerra and Eugene Tan, have been playing well during the team’s practices.

Yu and Que are also hoping their other players, like Jay-R Reyes, Gilbert Malabanan and Jay Sagad, would step up after so-so performances in the last three games of the title series.

Heroes Cup Most Valuable Player Jojo Tangkay is also hoping to atone for his unsportsmanlike conduct that led to his suspension in Game 5 of their title series.

Also expected to provide firepower for the team are Erwin Sta. Maria, Paolo Orbeta, Champ Alastre and Martin Urra.

gameface_one
03-24-2006, 01:44 PM
Montaña remains a force to reckon with
Manila Bulletin On-line
Mar. 24, 2006




MONTAÑA PAWNSHOP took a blow early following the exit of some of its key players and the resignation of Robert Sison, the very same coach who helped the Davao-based squad win its first-ever title two years back.


But make no mistake about it, the Jewels remain as strong and vibrant as ever.

Interim coach Reonel Parado acknowledges that the current squad isn’t as formidable as before but he believes the Jewels are still capable of pulling off a surprise when the 2006 PBL Unity Cup kicks off tomorrow at the San Andres gym in Malate.

"We’re not as strong as before but we’re competitive. Andyan pa rin ang character ng mga bata," said Parado, who will lean much this time on his young guns following the departure of beefy forward Francis Mercado and shooter Ariel Capus.

Team owners Armando and Conchita Quibod are also convinced that the new faces in the team — 6foot-7 Laurence Bonus, 6-foot-5 Ronald Lamoncha and Allan Evangelista — would play a big role in the team’s bid to win its second title.

Despite the transfer of Mercado and Capus, team manager Jun Abraham is satisfied with the program Parado deftly put in place.

"The Quibod family is very supportive to the team and they are happy with way Parado is running the show despite the limited time he had to prepare the team," said Abraham. "They are hoping that we can do better this time."

The Jewels finished a disappointing sixth the last time. They won the 2004 Open Championship but the Jewels settled for a runner-up finish in the Unity Cup last year.

But the team’s success depends in large part on whether Alex Compton can still weave the magic that made him one of the league’s top shooters. Though Compton is still hurting, he will remain a marked man when the Jewels collide with TeleTech in the opening.

Reed Juntilla, who is known for his vast repertoire of shots, is likely to emerge from the huge shadow of Compton this time.

The two are surrounded by skilled big men, including the 6-foot-6 Alwin Espiritu, 6-foot-6 Karl Kenneth Bono, 6-foot-5 Al Magpayo, and 6-foot-4 Paul Guerrero.

Other members of the team are shooter Eric dela Cuesta and the exciting combo of Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara and Art Atablanco who are expected to alternate in directing the plays for the Jewels.

One good thing about the Jewels is that they have luxury of going big in the backcourt duo to the presence of Compton and Juntilla.

If the Montaña Jewels can get their act early, the Davao-based squad can be as dangerous as any other team in the league.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:03 AM
Steady Jewels edge Granny five
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/29/2006

Montaña proved steadier down the stretch to down Granny Goose, 66-58, yesterday and seize the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Alex Compton and Eric dela Cuesta each fired 15 points while Ken Bono added 13 but it was Al Magpayo’s clutch shooting that carried the Jewels past the Snack Masters for their second straight victory.

Magpayo scored five of his 11 points in the final quarter, including a crucial triple in the stretch that secured the win for the Jewels while dealing the Snack Masters their first loss in two starts.

Magpayo, an ex-pro, was 0-of-6 before sinking that crucial trey.

"The reason why we’re here is to win, nothing personal," said Montana interim coach Nel Parado, alluding to the grudge match with Granny Goose coach Robert Sison.

Earlier, Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream drew big games from Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos as it waylaid Teletech, 57-46, to even its record to 1-1.

Williams, the finals MVP last conference, dished out a double-double job with 22 points and 18 rebounds while Santos had nine points, 11 rebounds and three shot blocks that erased the stigma of the Spinners’ sorry 55-64 loss to the Snack Masters.

"All the guys came out with their A-game. Our earlier loss was really a wake-up call for us," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal.

Former pro Nino Gelig fired 16 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Jerry Codiñera-mentored Titans from absorbing their second straight setback.

Down, 46-47, early in the last canto, the Jewels held the Snack Masters scoreless while scoring six points of their own to take a 52-47 advantage.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:12 AM
Jewels foil former coach
Spinners turn back Titans


First posted 03:30am (Mla time) Mar 29, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the March 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BEATING their former coach wasn't the motivation, but the Montaña Jewels came well prepared for the Granny Goose Tortillos yesterday.

Turning to veterans Alex Compton and Eric dela Cuesta, the Jewels thwarted the resilient Tortillos, 66-58, to claim an early 2-0 lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Manila.

"We're here to win, that's our mission," said Jewels coach Nel Parado, who replaced Robert Sison two weeks ago. "We always play our best. We came well prepared for this game."

Compton and Dela Cuesta shot 15 points apiece, while hefty center Ken Bono contributed 13 markers.

Sison recently quit Montaña over disagreements with the management. A week later, Sison crossed over to Granny Goose to be its new head coach.

Earlier, the Magnolia Spinners again banked on Kelly Williams' imposing presence to drub newcomer TeleTech Titans, 57-46.

The 6-foot-7 Williams, last conference's Finals MVP, poured in 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Spinners to their first win in two games.

"Our loss last Saturday was a wake-up call," said coach Koy Banal after the Spinners recovered from an opening-day loss, 64-55, to Granny Goose. "I gave them a lesson on mental toughness and it paid off."

The turning point for the Jewels came when Al Magpayo buried a triple to lift the seasoned squad ahead for good, 59-53, with 1:37 left.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:17 AM
Jewels sparkle, grab PBL lead

Manila Bulletin On-line, Mar. 29, 2006

Games Tomorrow (San Andres Gym, Malate) 2 p.m. - Hapee-PCU vs Harbour Centre 4 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Toyota Otis

By rey c. lachica

THE VINTAGE Jewels sparkled again.


Alex Compton and Erick dela Cuesta, the old guards of Montaña Pawnshop, gave former coach Robert Sison something to think about yesterday as the Jewels tripped Granny Goose Tortillos, 66-58, and gained the early solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Compton and De la Cuesta shared the scoring honors with 15 points but it was the latter who struck hardest, coming through with two crucial defensive stops down the stretch to hand Sison, who stepped down as Jewels coach just two weeks before the start of the tournament, his first setback in the tournament after steering the Snackmasters to a stunning win over Magnolia Ice Cream in the opener.

Also shining for Montaña were Kenneth Bono and Al Magpayo who combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Jewels streaked to their second straight win.

Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis, which have 1-0 records, try to catch up with the Jewels when they clash tomorrow.

In the first game, Kelly Williams produced another huge numbers as Magnolia Ice Cream rebounded from a crushing opening day setback with a 57-46 win over TeleTech .

A big letdown in the team’s 55-64 loss to Granny Goose Tortillos last Saturday, the 6-foot-7 Williams proved too hot to handle, knocking in a game-high 22 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in 35 minutes of play to lead the Spinners to their first win in the tournament.

Montaña coach Neil Parado downplayed the importance of their win over Sison.

"Lahat naman ng teams gusto manalo, it just happened na si coach Robert ang kalaban naming ngayon. Coach Robert is a good friend of mine," Parado stated.

For a while, the Jewels appeared headed for a breezy win when they took a 44-29 lead late in the second quarter but the Snackmasters methodically clawed their way back in the contest behind the red-hot shooting of Abby Santos and JR Quiñahan.

After a long chase, the Snackmasters threatened to turn the game around when Santos completed a three-point plat shoved them to within 56-59, with still 92 ticks left.

But Compton hit two free throws in the next play and Dela Cuesta translated a steal into two charities to seal the win, 63-56, barely 27 seconds remaining.

The 6-foot-5 Quiñahan, who shed some 20 unwanted pounds to make himself fit for the tournament, led the Snackmasters with 12 points. But he was scoreless in the final four minutes.

Williams was ably supported by Arwind Santos who tossed in 9 points and hauled down 11 rebounds as the Spinners outlasted the Titans in a low-scoring game marked by poor shooting by both squads.

5FootCarrot
03-31-2006, 07:56 AM
I just want to say that I am tremendously relieved that Junjun Cabatu has gone back to his original hair color. I wouldn't wish his horrendous highlights and/or "skunk 'do" on anyone.

*pause for beat*

Wait, maybe I would... ;D

gameface_one
03-31-2006, 09:51 AM
Eman delivers in the clutch
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/31/2006

Big man Samigue Eman lived up to the hype, coming up with big plays down the stretch to power Rain or Shine past Toyota Otis, 73-67, yesterday as the Elasto Painters gained a share of the lead with Montaña Pawnshop in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Jay-R Reyes showed the way for Elasto Paints with 16 points but it was the 6-foot-10 University of Mindanao standout who made things happen for the Elasto Painters in the fourth quarter.

Eman, who last played in the PBL for John O three years ago, scored eight points, including two pressure-packed foul shots that gave Rain or Shine the lead for good and a crucial putback off a Marvin Ortiguerra miss that secured the victory for the team.

He also had three rebounds, one assist and one shot block — all in the fourth quarter — and likewise made his presence felt in the defensive end by deflecting several Toyota attempts, including a driving lay-up by Boyet Bautista at endgame.

"He really played a big role in this game especially on the defensive end," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria referring to Eman.

"My role is to help the team in every way I can," said Eman in Filipino. He saw action in 16 minutes.

Earlier, Jason Castro fired 21 points as Hapee Toothpaste-PCU beat Harbour Centre, 68-63, to notch its first win in two outings.

Castro, who finished runner-up to Jojo Tangkay in the 2006 Heroes Cup MVP race, drained all but one of his five triples for the Teeth Sparklers.

gameface_one
03-31-2006, 09:53 AM
Painters down Sparks, secure tie for top spot

First posted 02:39am (Mla time) Mar 31, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A33 of the March 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


RAIN OR SHINE'S tall frontcourt put up another dominant display in a 73-67 victory over Toyota Otis that gave the Elasto Painters a share of the lead in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the San Andres gym in Manila.

Jay-R Reyes and Marvin Ortiguerra combined for 29 points even as 6-foot-10 rookie Samigue Eman made his presence felt on both ends of the court in the final stretch.

"We won over Toyota the hard way," said coach Leo Austria after the Elasto Painters joined Montaña on top at 2-0. "The players were inspired and motivated with the arrival of Eman, but Reyes also stepped up."

Earlier, Jason Castro reprised his lead role as Hapee-PCU forged a 68-63 win over Harbour Centre.

Coming off a 25-point performance, Castro shot 21 points, including two crucial baskets in the final two minutes, to boost the Teethmasters to their first win.

But coach Junel Baculi said the Teethmasters still have a lot of work to do.

"We're still groping for form," said Baculi.

"But kudos goes to Robert Sanz, Jason and Gabby (Espinas)."

Hapee-PCU, Toyota Otis, Magnolia and Granny Goose wound up tied at 1-1, while Harbour Centre and TeleTech remained winless in two games.

Back-to-back baskets from Jojo Tangkay, last conference's Most Valuable Player, sparked a 14-2 rally in the final period that gave the Painters a 63-57 lead from 49-55.

The Painters remained on top for good at 67-63 behind Ortiguerra and Eman, a 24-year-old standout from the University of Mindanao who joined the Painters only three days ago.

Toyota Otis' Fil-Am sensation Joe Devance shot a game-high 17 points on top of 10 rebounds.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE-PCU 68 -- Castro 21, Belga 12, Sanz 10, Nailon 5, Moreño 4, Espinas 4, Guevarra 4, Gonzales 3, Baculi 3, Solis 2, Razon 0, Canlas 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 63 -- Chia 10, Yeo 9, Tenorio 8, Araña 8, Alonzo 7, Reyes 7, Maierhofer 6, Gaco 4, Gamboa 4, Paterno 4, Coching 3, Saguindel 0, Lanete 0, Mesina 0.

Quarters: 18-23, 35-33, 52-49, 68-63

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 73 -- Reyes 16, Ortiguerra 13, Tangkay 11, Eman 8, Enrile 7, Tan 6, Malabanan 4, Cabatu 4, Orbeta 2, Sagad 2, Sta. Maria 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 67 -- Devance 17, Aldave 14, Bautista 6, Daa 6, Andaya 4, Rodriguez 4, Aban 4, Coronel 4, Casio 3, Fajardo 3, Larong 2, Cabahug 0, Baluyot 0.

Quarters: 17-16, 34-31, 49-53, 73-67

gameface_one
03-31-2006, 09:58 AM
Painters win as 6-10 Eman passes test
By rey c. lachica

SAMIGUE EMAN could be the man Rain or Shine has been looking for.


The 6-foot-10 from Davao proved his worth yesterday as he helped the Elasto Painters to a 73-67 win over the stubborn Toyota Otis Sparks and into a share of the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Malate.

Though it was JR Reyes who topscored for the Elasto Painters, the day belonged to the comebacking Eman. The beefy center banged in eight points, including four in the most crucial stage of the game, and collared three rebounds in 16 minutes of action as Rain or Shine tied Montaña Pawnshop for the lead at 2-0.

In the first game, Hapee-Philippine Christian University, behind its swarming defense anchored on Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz, held Harbour Centre to just three points in the final five minutes to hack out a 68-63 win.

Eman, who last played for John O three years ago, towered over the rest as he came through with two pressure-packed free throws that shattered a 57-57 count. He also had a block, an assist and a putback that padded their lead to 69-63 with less two minutes left.

For his performance, Rain or Shine Coach Leo Austria gave Eman a high grade.

"He passed his fist test with flying colors. Sa sampu, I can give him 8 dahil three days pa lang siya sa team," said Austria. "Kaunting play pa lang ang binibigay ko sa kanya, mahirap ma-pressure ang bata."

Austria expects Eman to be more productive in future games.

Even Eman himself was satisfied with his performance, saying: "Okey lang dahil maganda ang laro ko ngayon. Sana mas maganda pa rito ang gagawin ko sa susunod."

The win was a revenge of sort for Hapee which was swept by Harbour in their quarterfinal series in the Heroes Cup last month.

Castro topscored for the Teethmasters for the second straight time, tallying 21 points.

gameface_one
03-31-2006, 10:09 AM
Hapee-PCU shuts down Port Masters for 1st win
abs-cbnnews.com

Hapee-Philippine Christian University turned to its defense in the final five minutes to turn back Harbour Centre, 68-63, on Thursday in the Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

Employing a swarming defense behind Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz, the Teethmasters limited Harbour Centre to just three points while exploding for nine to notch their first win in the tournament and somehow avenge their quarterfinal defeat to the Port Masters in the Heroes Cup last month.

The scores:

HAPEE-PCU 68 – Castro 21, Belga 12, Sanz 10, Nailon 5, Guevarra 4, Moreñ0 4, Espinas 4, Gonzales 3, Baculi 3, Solis 2, Canlas 0, Razon 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 63 – Chia 10, Yeo 9, Tenorio 8, Araña 8, Reyes 7, Maierhofer 6, Paterno 4, Gamboa 4, Gaco 4, Coching 3, Alonzo 0, Lanete 0, Mesina 0, Saguindel 0.

QUARTERS: 18-23, 35-33, 52-49, 68-63.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:27 AM
Rain or Shine seeks leadership vs Hapee

First posted 00:02am (Mla time) April 01, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the April 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


RAIN OR SHINE may be loaded with veteran cagers, but coach Leo Austria still gets excited over a prized new recruit.

Austria hopes Samigue Eman's imposing 6-foot-10 presence will make a difference once again when Rain or Shine shoots for the solo lead against Hapee-PCU in the PBL Unity Cup today at the San Andres Gym.

"I know the potential of this guy, that's why we never had second thoughts in getting him," said Austria of Eman, who played a key role in Rain or Shine's second victory Thursday.

While the defending champions gun for their third straight win at 2 p.m., Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre will try to recover from recent losses at 4 p.m.

With their big men again taking charge, the Elasto Painters scored a 73-67 win over Toyota Otis and claimed a share of the lead with the Montaña Jewels.

The Painters banked on the 6-7 Jay-R Reyes and 6-5 Marvin Ortiguerra, who teamed up for 29 points.

Eman, who suited up for the disbanded RP-Cebuana Lhuillier team and the University of Mindanao, figured prominently on both ends of the court in the closing minutes.

But Austria knows that the Painters should be cautious against Hapee-PCU's bevy of shooters, led by last conference's top scorer Jason Castro.

Castro poured in 21 points, including two key baskets in the final stretch, in Hapee-PCU's 68-63 win over Harbour Centre.

However, coach Junel Baculi said the 1-1 Teethmasters have yet to reach top form. "Hopefully, as the days go along we'll be able to adjust," he added.

Meanwhile, Montaña Jewels center Ken Bono was named as the league's Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:30 AM
Teethmasters out to ruin Painters’ perfect record


Defending champion Rain or Shine guns for a third straight win and solo leadership when it battles longtime rival Hapee-Philippine Christian University Saturday in the Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Malate.

The Elasto Painters are locked in a two-way tie for the lead with Montaña Pawnshop, and a win over a team they are itching to beat will put Rain or Shine on top of standings.

Game time is set at 2 p.m. with focus expected to fall on again on Rain or Shine’s prized find in Samigue Eman.

Clashing in an equally exciting game at 4 p.m. are Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre, with the Port Masters determined to barge into the win-column after dropping their first two games.

The Port Masters lost to Hapee, 63-68, the last time out but coach Jorge Gallent is confident they can finally nail down their first win against the Sparks of coach Louie Alas. But for the Port Masters to prevail, LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo must step up big.

The Rey Oben-owned Toyota Otis and Hapee, owned by Cecilio Pedro and Jack Huang, are carrying 1-1 win-loss card.

Meantime, Kenneth Bono of Montaña Pawnshop got the nod of the PBL Press Corps as Player of the Week by coming up with a double-double performance in the team’s first two wins.

In his debut for Rain or Shine where they scored a 73-67 win over Toyota Otis, the 6-foot-10 Eman did a splendid job on both ends of the court, scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking thrice in just 16 minutes of play.

Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria, however, expects a different a storyline next time for Eman, who last played for John O three years ago.

"I’m fully satisfied with his game although he played only for 16 minutes. I expect him to be more productive next time," said Austria. "With what he showed in his first game for the team, I know he would become a star someday."

While most of Austria’s plays were centered on his old guards—Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguerra and Jun Jun Cabatu—Eman, who hails from Davao, still managed to share the limelight with his gutsy plays and intimidating presence.

"He’s quick for his size, that’s why he’s scary," said a long-time PBL habitué. "The kid has complete skills, he’s got great footwork and he knows how to bang inside. He’s got great timing [in blocking shots] too."

But against the Teethmasters, who are known for their defense, Eman will have to exert more effort. Hapee-PCU Coach Junel Baculi is expected to put rugged Beau Belga on Eman so that top gun Gabby Espinas will be more productive offensively.

For additional firepower, the Teethmasters, managed by Bernard Yang, will also rely on Jason Castro and Robert Sanz. After two games, Castro is averaging a league-best 22 points.

Games Saturday (San Andres gym)

2 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Hapee-PCU

4 p.m. – Harbour Centre vs Toyota Otis

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:33 AM
Painters aim for solo lead
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Rain or Shine guns for a third straight win and solo lead when it battles longtime rival Hapee-Philippine Christian University today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Malate.


The Elasto Painters are locked in a two-way tie for the lead with Montana Pawnshop, and a win over a team they are itching to beat will put Rain or Shine on top of standings.

Game time is set at 2 p.m. with focus expected to fall on again on Rain or Shine’s prized-find in Samigue Eman.

Clashing in an equally exciting game at 4 p.m. are Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre with the Port Masters determined to barge into the win-column after dropping their first two games.

The Port Masters lost to Hapee, 63-68, the last time but coach Jorge Gallent is confident they can finally nail down their first win against the Sparks of coach Louie Alas. The Rey Obenowned Toyota Otis and Hapee, owned by Cecilio Pedro and Jack Huang, are carrying 1-1 win-loss card.

But for the Port Masters to prevail, LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo must step up big.

Meantime, Kenneth Bono of Montana Pawnshop was named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps by coming up with double-double performance in the team’s first two wins.

In his debut for Rain or Shine where they scored a 73-67 win over Toyota Otis, the 6-foot-10 Eman did a splendid job on both ends of the court, scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking thrice in just 16 minutes of play.

Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria, however, expects a different a storyline next time for Eman, who last played for John O three years ago.

"I’m fully satisfied with his game although he played only for 16 minutes. I expect him to be more productive next time," said Austria. "With what he showed in his first game for the team, I know he would become a star someday."

While most of Austria’s plays were centered on his old guards – Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguerra and Jun Jun Cabatu – Eman, who hails from Davao, still managed to share the limelight with his gutsy plays and intimidating presence.

"He’s quick for his size, kaya nakakatakot," said a long-time PBL habitué. "Kumpleto ang bata, maganda ang footwork at marunong gumamit ng katawan. May timing na rin siya."

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 04:58 PM
Elasto Painters rip Hapee
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Defending champion Rain or Shine got the needed lift from its big men to whip Hapee Toothpaste, 66-48, Saturday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres gym.

Six-foot-10 Sumague Eman and 6-foot-3 Junjun Cabatu combined for 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Elasto Painters stretched their winning streak to three and deal the Teeth Masters their second loss in three starts.

"We have seen our superiority in height and that’s really our big advantage. The boys even wanted to have more playing time because they felt it was not enough. But I told them that we are not going to develop the players but the team," said Elasto Painters coach Leo Austria.

Both Eman and Cabatu starred in a 14-5 run that enabled the Elasto Painters to build a big 17-point lead, 34-17, still 1:44 remaining in the second period.

"At the start of the game, I told them to limit the production of Jason Castro because that’s how I see it, he could be our problem," added Austria, who will also handle the team as soon as the Elasto Painters join the PBA in October.

The 5-foot-8 Castro, who averages 22 points a game, was limited to only 17 points, thanks to the tight guarding of veterans Eugene Tan and Ronjay Enrile.

Only Castro and Robert Sanz finished in double figures for the Teeth Masters as even top gunner Gabby Espinas, the NCAA 2004 MVP, was held only to just six points by Eman and 6-foot-7 Jay-Arr Reyes.

"Eman is a big factor and he can still improve. I am still expecting more from him," stressed Austria of his prized-recruit.

Jojo Tangkay, the 2006 Heroes Cup MVP, scored a triple to stretch the Elasto Painters’ lead to its biggest, 40-21, only three minutes gone in the third quarter.

Cabatu topscored for the Elasto Painters with 18 points, while Tangkay made 12. Malabanan had 11. The Davao City-native Eman finished with 9 points, a lone steal and two blocks.

Meanwhile, the scheduled double-header today featuring newcomer TeleTech against Granny Goose at 2 p.m. and Magnolia against Montana at 4 p.m. will be held at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City due to the unavailability of the San Andres gym.

In the second game, Toyota Otis nipped Harbour Centre, ,76-74, to take solo second a 2-1. The Port Masters fell to 0-3.

Scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 66—J. Cabatu 18, Tangkay 12, Malabanan 11, Eman 9, Tan 4, Reyes 4, Ortiguerra 3, Sta. Maria 3, S. Cabatu 2, Enrile 0, Orbeta 0

HAPEE 48—Castro 17, Sanz 11, Espinas 6, Razon 4, Belga 3, Baculi 3, Guevarra 2, Bucao 2, Gonzales 0, Moreno 0

Quarters: 20-12; 36-21; 48-33; 66-48.

TOYOTA 76—Aldave 16, Aban 14, Devance 10, Bautista 9, Larong 5, Casio 5, Rodriguez 4, Coronel 4, Andaya 3, Daa 2, Cabahug 2, Fajardo 2.

H. CENTRE 74—Yeo 19, Reyes 16, Tenorio 11, Arana 7, Alonzo 7, Maierhofer 4, Luanzon 4, Chia 2, Coching 2, Gaco 2, Gamboa 0, Lanete 0.

Quarters: 15-12, 31-32, 55-55, 76-74.

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 05:00 PM
Cabatu helps Painters take solo lead
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/02/2006

Rain or Shine dominated Hapee Toothpaste-PCU at the paint as it carved out a 66-48 victory yesterday to seize the solo lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Jun Jun Cabatu, one of the three amateur players the franchise is expected to automatically elevate in the PBA this September, scored a game-high 18 points – half of which coming from behind the arc — and collared eight rebounds to lead the Elasto Painters to their third win in as many games in the tourney.

"We know we’re taller and we made good use of it," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria.

The Elasto Painters imposed their strength underneath the basket, hauling down 48 rebounds as against their rivals’ 37.

Marvin Ortiguerra, Jar-R Reyes and 6-foot-10 slotman Samigue Eman accounted for most of the team’s rebounds while also logging two blocks each in their dominating job at the paint.

"Giving Jason Castro a hard time to get his points was another factor," said Austria of excellent defensive job on the Hapee ace scorer whom they limited to six points below his average of 23 a game.

Ex-pro Gilbert Malabanan led the attack for Rain or Shine early on before Cabatu took over.

Largely behind the efforts of Malabanan, the Elasto Painters took a 20-12 lead at the close of the opening quarter.

In the other game, Toyota Otis edged Harbour Centre, 76-74, to move up to solo third place with a 2-1 (win-loss) slate.

It was the Port Masters’ third straight loss.

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 05:01 PM
Rain or Shine dumps Hapee

First posted 03:25am (Mla time) April 02, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the April 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m.—TeleTech vs Granny Goose
4 p.m.—Magnolia vs Montaña

FLAUNTING its lethal form from start to finish, Rain or Shine whipped Hapee-PCU, 66-48, to claim the PBL Unity Cup’s solo lead yesterday at the San Andres Gym.

The Elasto Painters cruised to their third straight victory behind Junjun Cabatu, who collected a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds.

Last conference’s Most Valuable Player Jojo Tangkay and Gilbert Malabanan also teamed up for 23 points to keep the Painters ahead by double figures for most of the game.

“The supremacy of our big men, it’s obvious that’s our advantage,” said Painters coach Leo Austria. “We also stopped Jason Castro in the first half. If we limit his production to 70 percent, I knew it [would be] enough for us to win in double digits.”

Castro, who averaged 23 markers in the last two games, shot 14 of his 17 points in the second half to pace Hapee-PCU.

Montaña will try to join Rain or Shine at 3-0 when it battles Magnolia at 4 p.m. today.

In the second game, Toyota Otis narrowly escaped struggling Harbour Centre, 76-74, to improve to 2-1.

Jonathan Aldave powered the Sparks in the crucial stretch, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period. Sparks coach Louie Alas, though, wasn’t exactly satisfied.

“It was an ugly win, we had 30 turnovers,” noted Alas.

Hapee-PCU slipped to 1-2, while Harbour Centre skidded to its third straight loss.

The scores:

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 66—J. Cabatu 18, Tangkay 12, Malabanan 11, Eman 9, Reyes 4, Ortiguerra 3, C. Cabatu 2, Enrile 0, Orbeta 0, Sagad 0, Alastre 0, Robles 0, Urra 0.
HAPEE-PCU 48—Castro 17, Sanz 11, Espinas 6, Razon 4, Belga 3, Baculi 3, Bucao 2, Guevarra 2, Moreño 0, Gonzales 0, Canlas 0, Nailon 0, Garrido 0.
Quarters: 20-12, 36-21, 48-33, 66-48

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 76—Aldave 16, Aban 14, Deveance 10, Bautista 9, Casio 5, Larong 5, Rodriguez 4, Coronel 4, Andaya 3, Daa 2, Cabahug 2, Fajardo 2.
HARBOUR CENTRE 74—Yeo 19, Reyes 16, Tenorio 11, Araña 7, Alonzo 7, Luanzon 4, Maierhofer 4, Chia 2, Coching 2, Gaco 2, Gamboa 0, Lanete 0.
Quarters: 15-12, 31-32, 55-55, 76-74

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 05:04 PM
Rain or Shine wrests lead
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By rey c. lachica

FOR A change, Rain or Shine triumphed with nary a trouble this time.


Pushed to the limit in their first two wins, the Elasto Painters threw the full weight of their vaunted offense in the first half to score a runaway 66-48 win over long-time rival Hapee-Philippine Christian University and grab the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

With Jun Jun Cabatu and Jojo Tangkay presiding over Rain or Shine’s bristling assault, the Elasto Painters stretched a slim 20-12 first quarter lead to a 40-21 lead early in the third quarter en route to their third straight win in as many outings.

The Teethmasters, who beat Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat) in an riveting finals series three years ago, dropped to 1-2.

In the second game, Toyota Otis nipped Harbour Centre,76-74, to take solo third at 2-1. The Port Masters fell to 0-3.

In a game marked by several twists and turns, the Sparks proved steadier down the stretch — thanks mainly to the gutsy plays of Jonathan Aldave and Boyet Bautista who combined for 12 of the team’s 22 points in the final quarter. Aldave paced the Sparks with 16 points.

The Port Masters had two chances to turn the game around but the Sparks were not to be denied this time following their sorry setback to Rain or Shine last Thursday. Joseph Yeo led Harbour Centre with 19 points.

Cabatu, one of the league’s fast rising stars, led Rain or Shine’s mighty assault, tallying 18 points, 9 of them in the second quarter where the Elasto Painters pulled away for good.

Tangkay, the MVP of the last conference, was also hot on both ends of the court as he produced 12 points aside from holding Hapee top gun Jason Castro to just 17 points. The wily guard normed 23 points in the team’s first two games.

"We had a good start because my big men played so well today," said coach Leo Austria. "I’m glad that we executed our game plan almost perfectly."

So dominant were the Elasto Painters they had the game wrapped up at the end of the third quarter.

And Eman?

He was impressive as he was during his maiden game for the Elasto Painters. He wound up with 9 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 18 minutes of action. He tallied only eight points and three rebounds the time.

"I would like to use him more kaso medyo lumaki ka agad ang aming lamang. Pero he’s improving, kita mo may steal at assist pa siya," said Austria of his 6-foot-10 guard from Davao.

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:20 AM
Jewels regain share of lead; Titans prevail

First posted 02:42am (Mla time) April 03, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the Apr. 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


AL MAGPAYO unloaded 22 points as the Montaña Jewels repulsed the Magnolia Spinners, 68-60, to gain a piece of the lead in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Magpayo provided the offensive punch with the injured Alex Compton going scoreless in 24 minutes of action, hitting a clutch three-pointer that gave the Jewels a decisive 64-58 lead, with less than two minutes to go.

Top rookie draft pick Larry Rodriguez also delivered, contributing 13 points as the Jewels climbed into a tie with the idle Rain or Shine Painters at 3-0.

Earlier, newcomer TeleTech battled back from 18 points down to register its first victory with a convincing 78-69 decision of Granny Goose.

Trailing 33-51 at the start of the third period, the Titans, mentored by rookie coach Jerry Codiñera, came up with a 20-1 bomb starring Ariel Capus to grab the lead at 53-52.

Capus scored 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Titans improved to 1-2 in a tie with Magnolia, Hapee-PCU and Granny Goose.

"I didn't expect to win this early," said Codiñera. "The boys just worked hard."

The Tortillos were still up, 65-60, early in the fourth quarter when the Titans orchestrated a 12-2 rally that put them on top for good at 72-67.

The scores:

First Game
TELETECH 78 -- Capus 20, Bughao 13, Duncil 9, Gelig 9, Doruelo 7, Latoreno 6, Estrada 6, Mendoza 4, Villamin 2, Sierra 2, Magdadaro 0, Mercado 0.
GRANNY GOOSE 69 -- Cruz 16, Quiñahan 10, Ibañes 9, Latonio 8, Ababon 8, Dela Peña 5, Santos 4, Grijaldo 4, Saldua 3, Alfad 2, Concha 0, Cervantes 0, Gavino 0, David 0.
Quarters: 14-23, 33-48, 55-59, 78-69

Second Game
MONTAÑA 68 -- Magpayo 22, Rodriguez 13, Espiritu 10, Dela Cuesta 6, Guerrero 6, Juntilla 5, Vergara 3, Baguion 2, Bonus 1, Bono 0, Compton 0.
MAGNOLIA 60 -- Santos 12, Co 12, Williams 11, Valenzuela 9, Te 5, Isip 5, Jones 4, Chan 2, Misolas 0, Bobeo 0.
Quarters: 20-19, 41-35, 52-47, 68-60

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:24 AM
Jewels share lead; Titans post first win

The Philippine Star 04/03/2006

Al Magpayo rediscovered his form and fired 22 points to power Montaña Pawnshop to a 68-60 win over fancied Magnolia Ice Cream and into a share of the lead with Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivares Gym in Paranaque.

Magpayo, drafted in the PBA but never really got to play, scattered nine of his season-high output in the fourth quarter that sealed the Jewels their third straight win as they joined the Elasto Painters on top of the leaderboard.

"Big game," said Montaña coach Nel Parado, referring to Magpayo’s performance. "He really played like the Al Magpayo we all know."

Rookies Larry Rodriguez and JR Attablanco also came up with a pair of heads-up games for Montana.

Rodriguez, a lanky 6-foot-4 top rookie draft pick from Philippine Maritime Institute, shot 13 points, including six in a pivotal third quarter run when Montaña thwarted Magnolia’s repeated rallies..

Earlier, TeleTech rode on an explosive fourth quarter run to turn back Granny Goose, 78-69, yesterday and snap its two-game losing skid.

Responding to the challenge of coach Jerry Codiñera, the Titans came through with a lightning-quick attack in the final four minutes of play and completed their surge from deficits of as many as 15 points in the third quarter for the victory.

Codiñera admitted later that he did not expect to get his first win this early. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:27 AM
Titans give Codiñera 1st victory as coach
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By rey c. lachica

THE TITANS finally made their move, while the Jewels continued to shine.


Responding to the challenge of brand-new coach Jerry Codiñera, the TeleTech Titans came through with a lightning-quick assault in the final four minutes yesterday to hack out an impressive 78-69 come-from-behind win over Granny Goose Tortillos in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque.

Titan’s feat, however, was overshadowed by the Montaña Jewels’ stunning 68-60 win over Magnolia Ice Cream, a victory that enabled them to join Rain or Shine on top of the standings at 3-0.

Protecting a slim 71-69 lead, Al Magpayo, slowly recovering his deadly touch, unleashed a killer blow, knocking in a booming trey that all but took the sting out of the Spinners with a little over two minutes left.

The 6-foot-5 Magpayo finished with 22 points, including 9 in the pivotal fourth period where the two teams engaged each other in a thrilling shootout.

Alex Compton, playing despite a nagging calf injury, was scoreless in 24 minutes of play but this hardly mattered as Magpayo took the scoring cudgels. He also grabbed six boards and dished out three assists in 31 minutes of action.

With the win, the Titans joined Magnolia, Granny Goose and Hapee-PCU at 1-2.

The Titans started slow, falling behind as many as 15 points early in the third quarter before going full throttle at the most crucial stage of the game to snap a two-game losing run and finally savor the sweet taste of victory.

The win was so sweet for Codiñera who did not expect to get his first win this early. And for that, he felt like he won a million bucks in a lottery.

"Honestly, I did not expect to get my first win this early. Ganito pala ang feeling ng manalo as a coach," said Codiñera. "I have to give it to the boys for all their efforts, everybody contributed for this win."

It was actually doubly satisfying for Codiñera as the win came at the expense of good friend, Robert Sison.

"Considering the status of coach Robert, this is big," said Codiñera who credited the team’s resilience and resolve for refusing to give up despite a sluggish start.

bchoter
04-03-2006, 10:49 AM
Seems like there's trouble brewing in the Magnolia camp as shown by the incident between coach Banal and Kelly Williams during the Magnolia-Montana game.

5FootCarrot
04-04-2006, 07:51 AM
Is it just me or should Jerry Codiñera not have said that he didn't expect to win so soon? Sure, he said stuff about how great it feels to win as a coach and gave props to his players, but his statement also implied that he wasn't confident in his players going into that last game.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:47 AM
Painters, Jewels duel for solo lead

The Philippine Star 04/04/2006

One win streak will be snapped as Rain or Shine and Montana Pawnshop clash today in a duel of unbeaten teams even as TeleTech tries to stay on line against Toyota-Otis at resumption of the PBL Unity Cup at the FEU gym.

The Elasto Painters slammed the Hapee-PCU Teeth Sparklers, 66-48, while the Jewels humbled the Magnolia Spinners, 68-60, over the weekend to notch their third straight wins and set up an early clash of the fancied teams at 2 p.m.

Expect the Painters to lean on the likes of big men Jun Jun Cabatu, Marvin Ortiguerra, Jay-R Reyes and Samigue Eman as they go up against Montana’s talented frontcourt crew composed of Al Magpayo, Ken Bono, Alwyn Espiritu and rookie sensation Larry Rodriguez.

"It’s going to be a fierce battle inside," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria, out to hand the Wellbest-owned franchise its seventh title before moving to the PBA this September.

"Rain or Shine is a big team. Our big guys must work harder inside if we want to win this game," Montana mentor Nel Parado said.

Rain or Shine dominated Hapee-PCU the last time out as Cabatu, Ortiguerra, Reyes and Eman scored, rebounded and blocked shots almost at will to post that runaway victory.

But for sure, they will have their hands full against the Jewels.

While Espiritu and Bono are expected to use their heft in defending the lane, Magpayo and Rodriguez will take care of the team’s offense.

After a pair of disappointing games, Magpayo finally connected and fired 22 points while Rodriguez, a lanky 6-foot-4 top rookie draft pick from Philippine Maritime Institute, had a career-high 13 points.

Froilan Baguion is a doubtful starter for Montana after spraining his ankle in his team’s last game while Alex Compton is playing with a strain in his calves.

Meanwhile, the Titans hope to come up with a follow up to their big 78-69 win over the Granny Goose Snack Masters last Sunday, their first in three starts as they take on the Toyota Sparks at 4 p.m.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:53 AM
Jewels clash with Painters for solo lead

First posted 03:14am (Mla time) April 04, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the April 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BOTH COACHES tote clean slates. They are confident of their respective rosters. They are raring to do battle.

Still unscathed in three games, the Montaña Jewels and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters clash for the solo lead in the PBL Unity Cup at 2 p.m. today at the Far Eastern University gym in Manila.

Coach Leo Austria said his dominant frontline keyed Rain or Shine's early winning streak, while mentor Nel Parado credited the leadership of the Montaña veterans.

The Toyota Otis Sparks will also vie for a piece of the second spot when they battle the unpredictable expansion crew TeleTech Titans at 4 p.m.

The consistent plays of big men Marvin Ortiguerra, Junjun Cabatu, 6-foot-7 Jay-R Reyes and new 6-foot-10 recruit Samigue Eman have powered the Painters' strong start.

"I'm sure that any team they enter, they'll be among the key players," said Austria. "I have many frontliners, so they have to show their worth. It's a healthy competition. Every time they go inside the court, they perform."

Parado, in only his third week as Jewels head coach, has been relying on his veterans led by Al Magpayo and Alex Compton.

"Our first win gave us the confidence," said Parado, who replaced Robert Sison. "We always come well-prepared, but we're lucky to have the leadership of our veterans like Alex."

Rain or Shine easily demolished Hapee-PCU, 66-48, for their third straight win last Saturday. Montaña kept pace with the defending champions by turning back Magnolia, 68-60, the next day.

Toyota Otis will shoot for a second straight win after a tough 76-74 victory against Harbour Centre. In that game, Jonathan Aldave stepped up for the Sparks, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period.

"We committed 30 errors but we still managed to pull through," said Sparks coach Louie Alas. "It was an ugly win, but we were able to put the ball where we wanted."

TeleTech, too, pulled off a surprise 78-63 win over Granny Goose last Sunday.

"If we could come up with the same intensity and cohesion, then we have good chances of scoring another win," said rookie mentor Jerry Codiñera. "As I said before, we can't rely on one player, what we need is another concerted effort."

The league newcomers impressively overcame an 18-point deficit behind Ariel Capus, who scored 11 of his 20 points in the pivotal third quarter.

The Titans also got a big lift from the hustle and scoring of rookie Ronnie Bughao, Mel Latoreno and Nino Gelig. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 09:00 AM
Solo lead at stake as Jewels, Painters clash





WHICH TEAM will sparkle the brightest? Will it be Rain or Shine or the Montaña Pawnshop?


This will be known today when the Elasto Painters and Jewels dispute the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

With both teams out to protect their immaculate records, having won their first three games, expect an intense and rugged encounter when they collide at 2 p.m.

While the Elasto Painters have an awesome frontline combination in 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman, 6-foot-7 JR Reyes and a pair of 6-foot-5 in Marvin Ortiguerra and Jun Jun Cabatu, the Davao-based Jewels can’t be taken for granted as they boast of an exciting backcourt combo in Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara and Alex Compton.

Eman will be the center of attraction again as both teams had earlier battled intensely for the right to own the services of the vastly-improving center from Davao.

Clashing at 4 p.m. are TeleTech, which is eyeing a follow-up to its breakthrough 78-69 win over Granny Goose Tortillos last Sunday, and Toyota Otis in a game expected to be as thrilling as the Rain or Shine-Montaña tussle.

In his first two games with Rain or Shine, Eman averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, figures enough to satisfy coach Leo Austria and owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas is hoping they could sustain the momentum they gained after hacking out a gut-wrenching 76-74 win Harbour Centre last Saturday. The Sparks are carrying a 2-1 card.

Although he described their latest success as ugly, Alas believes they are on the right track.

"We committed 30 errors but we still managed to pull it through. It’s an ugly win but the boys are doing their best," said Alas. "We were able to put the ball where we wanted it."

But against the Titans, the Sparks need more firepower from Joe Calvin Devance, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Jonathan Aldave to notch their first back-to-back wins in a long while. In the last conference – the Heroes Cup – the Sparks finished with a dismal 3-8 record.

TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera is likewise upbeat of their chances, judging the way his charges played the last time.

"If we could come up with the same intensity and cohesion, then we have good chances of scoring another win. As I said before we can’t rely on one player, what we need is another concerted effort," said

Codiñera who hopes to draw another inspired performances from Ariel Capus, Ronnie Bughao, Niño Gelig and Mel Latoreno.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 09:08 AM
Painters, Jewels collide for PBL top spot Tuesday
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Rain or Shine will lean on its tall frontline while Montaña Pawnshop is expected to count on its backcourt men when they clash for the solo lead Tuesday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the FEU gym.

Game time is 2 p.m. with both teams hoping to improve their win-loss mark to 4-0.

While the Elasto Painters have an awesome frontline combination in 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman, 6-foot-7 JR Reyes and a pair of 6-foot-5s in Marvin Ortiguerra and Jun Cabatu, the Davao-based Jewels can’t be taken fort granted as they boast of exciting backcourt crew of Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara and Alex Compton.

Eman will be the center of attraction again as both teams had battled intensely for the right to own the services of the up-and-coming center from Davao.

Battling at 4 p.m. are TeleTech, which is eyeing a follow-up to its breakthrough 78-69 win over Granny Goose Tortillos last Sunday, and Toyota Otis in a game expected to be as thrilling as the Rain or Shine-Montaña tussle.

In his first two games with Rain or Shine, Eman averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, figures enough to satisfy coach Leo Austria and owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas is hoping they could sustain the momentum they gained after hacking out a gut-wrenching 76-74 win Harbour Centre last Saturday.

Although he described their last win as ugly, Alas believes they are on the right track.

"We committed 30 errors but we still managed to pull it through. It’s an ugly win but the boys are doing their best," said Alas. "We were able to put the ball where we wanted it."

But against the Titans, the Sparks need more firepower from Joe Calvin Devance, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Jonathan Aldave to notch their fist back-to-back wins in a long while.

TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera is likewise upbeat of their chances, judging by the way his charges played last time.

"If we could come up with the same intensity and cohesion, then we have good chances of scoring another win. As I said before we can’t rely on one player, what we need is another concerted effort," said Codiñera who hopes to draw inspired performances anew from Ariel Capus, Ronnie Bughao, Niño Gelig and Mel Latoreno.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:15 AM
Jewels foil former coach
Spinners turn back Titans


First posted 03:30am (Mla time) Mar 29, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the March 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BEATING their former coach wasn't the motivation, but the Montaña Jewels came well prepared for the Granny Goose Tortillos yesterday.

Turning to veterans Alex Compton and Eric dela Cuesta, the Jewels thwarted the resilient Tortillos, 66-58, to claim an early 2-0 lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Manila.

"We're here to win, that's our mission," said Jewels coach Nel Parado, who replaced Robert Sison two weeks ago. "We always play our best. We came well prepared for this game."

Compton and Dela Cuesta shot 15 points apiece, while hefty center Ken Bono contributed 13 markers.

Sison recently quit Montaña over disagreements with the management. A week later, Sison crossed over to Granny Goose to be its new head coach.

Earlier, the Magnolia Spinners again banked on Kelly Williams' imposing presence to drub newcomer TeleTech Titans, 57-46.

The 6-foot-7 Williams, last conference's Finals MVP, poured in 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Spinners to their first win in two games.

"Our loss last Saturday was a wake-up call," said coach Koy Banal after the Spinners recovered from an opening-day loss, 64-55, to Granny Goose. "I gave them a lesson on mental toughness and it paid off."

The turning point for the Jewels came when Al Magpayo buried a triple to lift the seasoned squad ahead for good, 59-53, with 1:37 left.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:17 AM
Hurting Baguion boosts Jewels to 4th straight win

First posted 02:27am (Mla time) April 05, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the April 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FROILAN Baguion hardly looked injured.

Playing with a sprained ankle, Baguion clustered 10 points in the stretch to bail out the Monta¤a Jewels, 60-58, over Rain or Shine yesterday for the lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the Far Eastern University Gym.

"I didn't know Froilan would step up," said coach Nel Parado, after the Jewels rolled to their fourth straight win. "Who would have thought he'd play that well? It was a big game for him."

Sidelined in his last game, the 5-foot-8 Baguion, who twisted his ankle in a win over Magnolia on Sunday, finished with a team-high 14 points and seven assists.

The Elasto Painters absorbed their first loss to slip to 3-1 for second place, in a tie with Toyota Otis which scored a 72-69 overtime decision over the TeleTech Titans in the second game.

Boyet Bautista shot seven of his 13 points in extra time to lead the Toyota Otis Sparks, who posted their second win in a row.

Baguion opened his scoring tear by completing a three-point play to level the game for the last time at 53, with 2:48 remaining.

Heading into the final minute, Baguion buried a three-pointer and sailed inside for a layup to keep the Jewels on top, 58-53.

The Painters surprisingly could not connect, before Jojo Tangkay nailed two free throws to cut the deficit to three, 58-55.

Baguion gave the Jewels more breathing room by making two charities, 60-55, heading into the final 39 seconds. The Painters failed to convert in their final play after a Junjun Cabatu triple had ended scoring for the Painters.

The scores:

First Game
MONTAÑA 60 -- Baguion 14, Dela Cuesta 10, Juntilla 10, Bono 8, Magpayo 7, Compton 5, Rodriguez 2, Vergara 2, Guerrero 2, Espiritu 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 58 -- Tangkay 23, Ortiguerra 14, Reyes 6, Malabanan 4, Sta. Maria 3, Cabatu 3, Enrile 2, Sagad 2, Eman 1, Tan 0, Orbeta 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 27-33, 41-44, 60-58

Second Game
TOYOTA OTIS 72 -- Bautista 13, Daa 13, Aldave 11, Casio 11, Andaya 8, Devance 5, Aban 4, Baluyot 3, Larong 2, Coronel 2, Rodriguez 0, Cabahug 0, Fajardo 0.

TELETECH 69 -- Capus 13, Estrada 12, Mercado 10, Gelig 7, Doruelo 7, Latoreno 7, Bughao 5, Duncil 4, Magdadaro 2, Mendoza 2, Delgado 0, Sierra 0, Villamin 0.

Quarters: 13-12, 32-22, 42-48, 63-63, 72-69

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:20 AM
Hurting Baguion powers Jewels

The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

Froilan Baguion bucked an ankle injury and fired 10 of his 14 points in the stretch as Montaña Pawnshop stunned defending champion Rain or Shine, 60-58, yesterday to seize the solo lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

Baguion, who sprained his ankle in his team’s 68-60 win over the Magnolia Spinners Sunday, sprang back to life in time to power the Jewels to the pulsating victory, their fourth in as many games. He also had seven assists and one steal.

"I wasn’t expecting him to step up because he sprained an ankle in our last game," said Montaña coach Nel Parado in Filipino.

Montaña also shone in defense as it held the fancied 6-10 Samigue Eman to just one point after scoring 17 in his first two games. Eman, a standout of the Univ. of Mindanao, took just three attempts from the field and missed all of them

In the other game, Toyota Otis rallied from eight points down in regulation then hung tough in overtime play as it turned back Teletech, 72-69.

It was the Sparks’ third win in four outings as they caught up with the Painters at No. 2. The Titans fell took their third defeat against a win.

Jojo Tangkay, the 2006 Heroes Cup MVP, sizzled with 23 points but failed to deliver the goods when the Painters needed them most.

The Painters dominated the boards, 48-29, but turned the ball over 24 times as against the Jewels’ 11. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:24 AM
Montaña has last laugh in battle of bitter rivals
Manila Bulletin On-line


By rey c. lachica

RAIN OR Shine beat out Montaña Pawnshop for the services of 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman but it was the Jewels who had the last laugh yesterday.


The Jewels turned to Froilan Baguion, the smallest guy on the court, in the final two minutes and then tightened up their defensive screws to bring down the Elasto Painters, 60-58, and seize the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

Hardly a factor in the team’s first three wins, Baguion went berserk at the most crucial stage of the game, knocking in10 straight points, including a trey and a three-point play to rescue the Jewels from the jaws of defeat.

In the other game, Toyota Otis also leaned on its small guys – Boyet Bautista and Jayvie Casion – down the stretch to score a 72-69 overtime win over TeleTech and gain a share for second to third places with Rain or Shine at 31.

Bautista, standing only 5-foot-8, scored seven of his 13 points in the extra five minutes, while Casio added two-pressure packed charities to ward off the spirited challenge of the Titans. The Jerry Codiñera-mentored Titans dropped to 1-3.

Despite the scare they encountered, the Sparks are now assured of improving on their record in the Heroes Cup. They wound up with a dismal 3-8 mark the last time.

Even coach Neil Parado was surprised with the performance dished out by the 5-foot-7 Baguion, a guard from National University.

"I did not expect him to play like that after suffering a sprain in our game against Magnolia Ice Cream last Sunday. He was amazing," said Parado of his wily guard who finished with 14 points, seven assists and a rebound in 23 minutes.

Aside from Baguion, Parado paid credit to the team’s swarming defense, especially the one applied on Eman.

"Our first priority was to contain Eman and their other scorers like Jun Jun (Cabatu), Marvin (Ortiguerra) and Jojo. Though we had little success against Jojo, we managed to limit the production of Eman and Cabatu."

The 6-foot-5 Cabatu, who averaged 12-67 points in the team’s first three wins, scored only three points after making only four attempts. And Eman was held to just one point in 15 minutes of action after averaging 8.5 in his two games for Rain or Shine.

Parado, however, refused to revel in their victory against Rain or Shine, saying: "We want to bring back our glory days inch by inch. Hindi lang naman Rain or Shine ang gusto naming talunin, sana manalo kami sa lahat."

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:20 PM
Harbour eyes first win vs. Magnolia
abs-cbnnews.com

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent is having a hard time getting a good sleep the past few nights.

With a 0-3 win-loss record, one could easily understand Gallent’s predicament. But what observers can’t understand is how a team as talented as Harbour Centre could lose a game to less fancied squads in the ongoing 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup.

This has puzzled everybody, even Gallent himself.

Despite having some of the finest young players in the land—LA Tenorio and Jec Chia of Ateneo and Joseph Yeo, Rico Maierhofer, Ryan Arana and Jerwin Gaco of La Salle—they still dropped their first three games.

Gallent, however, is still convinced they can bounce back from those setbacks and start their own winning streak again. But it must begin today when they clash with the dangerous Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners at 4 p.m. at the FEU Gym.

Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are Granny Goose Tortillos and Hapee-Philippine Christian University in a game expected to be as entertaining as the Harbour-Magnolia showdown.

Magnolia, Tortillos and Hapee have all similar 1-2 cards, making their games today very crucial. All of them want to win their last two games before the league takes a break starting Wednesday next week in observance of the Holy Week.

"We need to win our next two games so we may have peace of mind during the Holy Week," said Hapee team manager Bernard Yang. "That’s why the boys need to play all out."

Yang and coach Junel Baculi are hoping that Gabby Epinas will finally step up this time after so-so performances in the team’s first three games. Jason Castro, Mark Moreno and Robert Sanz are again expected to deliver the goods for the Teethmasters.

For the Snackmasters, Albert Tan, head of Tortillos’ basketball operations, said JR Quiñahan must get sufficient support from Jett Latonio, Marvin Cruz and Kelvin de la Pena in order to beat the Teethmasters.

"It’s always a challenge to face Magnolia, so we have to prepare very hard. We must have to contain their big men like Arwind [Santos] and Kelly [Williams] to win," said Gallent.

With their athleticism, Santos, Williams, Mark Isip and Jason Misolas can shoot and slash. To prevent them from scoring, Harbour’s big men like Rob Reyes, Allan Gamboa, Maierhofer and Gaco must come up with a rock-solid defense to have a fair of chance of beating the Spinners.

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:28 PM
Jewels edge Painters, snatch solo PBL lead
abs-cbn-news.com

Froilan Baguion, the smallest guy on the court, waxed hot in the final two minutes as Montaña Pawnshop brought down powerhouse Rain or Shine, 60-58, on Tuesday and seized the solo lead in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the FEU Gym in Manila.

Bouncing back from his so-so performance in the team’s first three wins, Baguion strung up 10 straight points, including a booming trey and a completed three-point play, to rescue the Jewels from the jaws of defeat.

Even coach Nel Parado was surprised with the performance dished out by the 5-foot-7 guard from National University.

"I did not expect him to play like that after suffering a sprain in our game against Magnolia Ice Cream last Sunday. He was amazing," said Parado of his wily guard who finished with 14 points, seven assists and a rebound in 23 minutes of action.

Besides Baguion, Parado paid credit to the team’s swarming defense, especially on Rain or Shine center Samigue Eman.

"Our first priority was to contain Eman and their other scorers like Jun Jun [Cabatu], Marvin [Ortiguerra] and Jojo [Tangkay]. Though we had little success against Jojo, we managed to limit the production of Eman and Cabatu."

The 6-foot-5 Cabatu, who averaged 12.7 points in the team’s first three wins, scored only three points after making only four attempts, while Eman was held to just a free throw in 15 minutes of action after averaging 8.5 in his two games for Rain or Shine.

Parado, however, refused to revel in their victory against Rain or Shine. "We want to bring back our glory days inch by inch. Hindi lang naman Rain or Shine ang gusto naming talunin, sana manalo kami sa lahat."

Baguion’s heroics began with a three-point play off Tangkay that tied the count at 53-53, and he followed it a huge trey with time winding down on their shot clock, which drew wild applause from the crowd.

But his scoring assault did not end there.

In the other game, Toyota Otis also leaned on its small guys—Boyet Bautista and Jayvie Casion—down the stretch to score a 72-69 overtime win over TeleTech and gain a share of second to third places with Rain or Shine.

The scores:

MONTAÑA 60—Baguion 14, Dela Cuesta 10, Juntilla 10, Bono 8, Magpayo 7, Compton 5, Rodriguez 2, Vergara 2, Guerrero 2, Espiritu 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 58—Tangkay 23, Ortiguerra 13, Reyes 6, Malabanan 4, Sta. Maria 3, Cabatu 3, Enrile 2, Sagad 2, Eman 1, Tan 0, Orbeta 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 27-33, 41-44, 60-58.

Games Wednesday (FEU gym)

2 p.m. – Granny Goose vs. Hapee-PCU

4 p.m. – Harbour Centre vs. Magnolia

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:50 PM
Slipping Harbour Centre, Magnolia part ways today
news.inq7.net


First posted 03:40am (Mla time) April 06, 2006
Inquirer


Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the April 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (FEU Gym)
2 p.m. -- Granny Goose vs Hapee-PCU
4 p.m. -- Harbour Centre vs Magnolia

PLAYING below expectations, Magnolia Ice Cream and Harbour Centre will try to recover from their poor starts when they clash in the PBL Unity Cup today at the Far Eastern University gym in Manila.

While Magnolia vies for the fourth spot, Harbour Centre will try to arrest its three-game slide at 4 p.m.

Granny Goose and Hapee-PCU will also shoot for a comeback at 2 p.m. after their weekend losses.

Magnolia, Granny Goose and Hapee-PCU tote similar 1-2 cards, while Harbour Centre remains as the only winless squad at 0-3.

Magnolia, last conference's champion, has been struggling on the floor with a poor 29 percent shooting norm in its first three games. Even the scoring averages of the Spinners' top gunners have dipped considerably.

League star Arwind Santos normed 10 points on a mere 23.7 percent field-goal shooting while Jeff Chan, named as the Pivotal Player in the last finals series, delivered only 4.7 markers per game on a 15.1 percent shooting average.

Yet Portmasters coach Jorge Gallent maintains that the Spinners will always remain a threat.

"It's always a challenge to face Magnolia, so we have to prepare very hard," said Gallent. "We have to contain their big men like Arwind and Kelly (Williams) to win."

Although Harbour Centre remains in the cellar, two of its mainstays finally broke out of their scoring slump.

Jasmine W. Payo

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:57 PM
Harbour Centre eyes first win
mb.com.ph


HARBOUR CENTRE coach Jorge Gallent is having a hard time getting a good sleep the past few nights.

With a 0-3 win-loss record, one could easily understand Gallent’s predicament. But what they can’t understand is how a team as talented as Harbour Centre could lose a game to even the less fancied squad in the ongoing 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

This puzzled everybody, even Gallent himself.

Imagine having some of the finest players in the land — LA Tenorio and Jec Chia of Ateneo and Joseph Yeo, Rico Maierhofer, Ryan Arana and Jerwin Gaco of La Salle — and they still dropped their first three games?

Despite that, Gallent is still convinced they can bounce back from those setbacks and start their own winning streak again. But it must begin today when they clash with the dangerous Magnolia Ice Cream

Spinners at 4 p.m. at the FEU Gym.

Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are Granny Goose Tortillos and Hapee-Philippine ChristianUniversity in a game expected to be as entertaining as the Harbour-Magnolia showdown.

Magnolia, Tortillos and Hapee have all similar 1-2 cards, making their games today very crucial. All of them want to win their last two games before the league takes a break starting Wednesday next week in observance of the Holy Week.

"We need to win our next two games para may peace of mind naman kami pagdating ng Holy Week," said Hapee team manager Bernard Yang. "Kaya kailangan all-out ang mga bata sa laro."

Yang and coach Junel Baculi are hoping that Gabby Espinas will finally step up this time following so-so performance in the team’s first three games. Jason Castro, Mark Moreno and Robert Sanz are again expected to deliver the goods for the Teethmasters.

For the Snackmasters, Albert Tan, head of Tortillos’ basketball operations, said JR Quinahan must get sufficient support from Jett Latonio, Marvin Cruz and Kelvin dela Pena in order to beat the Teethmasters.

"It’s always a challenge to face Magnolia, so we have to prepare very hard. We must have to contain their big men like Arwind (Santos) and Kelly (Williams) to win," said Gallent.

With their athleticism, Santos, Williams, Mark Isip and Jason Misolas can shoot and slash. And to prevent them, Harbour’s big men like Rob Reyes, Allan Gamboa, Maierhofer and Gaco must come up with a rock-solid defense to have a fair of chance of beating the Spinners.

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 02:03 PM
Montana 60 : Rain or Shine 58
mypbl.com

Froilan Baguion, the smallest guy on the court, came through with a whirlwind assault in the final two minutes yesterday as Montaña Pawnshop brought down powerhouse Rain or Shine, 60-58, and seized the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

Almost forgotten after a so-so performance in the team’s first three wins, Baguion strung up i10 straight points, including a booming trey and a completed three-point play to rescue the Jewels from the jaws of defeat.

Even coach Neil Parado was surprised with the performance dished out by the 5-foot-7 guard from National University. “I did not expect him to play like that after suffering a sprain in our game against Magnolia Ice Cream last Sunday. He was amazing,” said Parado of his wily guard who finished with 14 points, seven assists and a rebound in 23 minutes of action.

Aside from Baguion, Parado paid credit to the team’s swarming defense, especially on Eman. “Our first priority was to contain Eman (Samigue) and their other scorers like Jun Jun (Cabatu), Marvin (Ortiguerra) and Jojo.

Though we had little success against Jojo, we managed to limit the production of Eman and Cabatu.” The 6-foot-5 Cabatu, who averaged 12-67 points in the team’s first three wins, scored only three points after making only four attempts.

And Eman was held to just a charity in 15 minutes of action after averaging 8.5 in his two games for Rain or Shine. Parado, however, refused to revel in their victory against Rain or Shine, saying: “We want to bring back our glory days inch by inch. Hindi lang naman Rain or Shine ang gusto naming talunin, sana manalo kami sa lahat.”

Baguion’s caper began with a completed three-point play off Jojo Tangkay that tied the count at 53-53, and followed it up a huge trey with time winding down on their shot clock, a shot that drew wild applause from the crowd.

But his whirlwind assault did not end there. After another Rain or Shine miscue, Baguion scored on a drive that stretched their lead to 58-52 with 82 ticks left before Tangkay ended the teasm’s long scoring spell with two charities.

But the little dynamo quickly retaliated, going straight to the basket in the hope of making another crucial basket. Though he missed his shot, he drew a foul to cap his splendid one-man show with two charities.

The Elasto Painters had the chance to either send the game into overtime or win it outright after a triple by Jun Jun Cabatu but the ball stayed too long on the hands of Tangkay and failed to make a decent shot.

Tangkay paced the Elasto Painters with 23 points. Baguion also got big help from Erick dela Cuesta and Reed Juntilla who drilled in 10 points each. Alex Compton tallied only five points on 2-of-9 shooting but his leadership and hustle was felt for most of the game.


The scores:

First Game

Montaña Pawnshop 60 – Baguion 14, Dela Cuesta 10, Juntilla 10, Bono 8, Magpayo 7, Compton 5, Rodriguez 2, Vergara 2, Guerrero 2, Espiritu 0.

Rain or Shine 58 – Tangkay 23, Ortiguerra 13, Reyes 6, Malabanan 4, Sta. maria 3, Cabatu 3, Enrile 2, Sagad 2, Eman 1, Tan 0, Orbeta 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 27-33, 41-44, 6-58.

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 02:05 PM
Toyota-Otis 72 : Teletech 69
mypbl.com

Toyota Otis also leaned on its small guys – Boyet Bautista and Jayvie Casion -- down the stretch to score a 72-69 overtime win over TeleTech and gain a share for second to third places with Rain or Shine.

Bautista, standing only 5-foot-8, scored seven of his 13 points in the extra five minutes, while Casio added two-pressure packed charities to ward off the spirited challenge of the Titans.

The Jerry Codiñera’mentored Titans dropped to 1-3.

With the win, the Sparks are already assured of improving on their 3-8 win-loss record in the Heroes Cup.

Second Game

Toyota Otis 72 – Bautista 13, Daa 13, Casio 11m Andaya 8, Devance 5, Aban 4, Baluyot 3, Larong 2, Coronel 2, Rodriguez 0, Cabahug 0, Fajardo 0,

TeleTech 69 – Capus 13, Estrada 12, Mercado 10, Doruelo 7, Latoreno 7, Gelig 7, Bughao 5, Duncil 4, Magdfadaro 2, Mendoza 2, Delgado 0, Sierra 0, Villamin 0.

Quarters: 13-12, 32-22, 42-48, 63-63, 72-69.

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 02:15 PM
Hurting Baguion powers Jewels
philstar.com

The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

Froilan Baguion bucked an ankle injury and fired 10 of his 14 points in the stretch as Montaña Pawnshop stunned defending champion Rain or Shine, 60-58, yesterday to seize the solo lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

Baguion, who sprained his ankle in his team’s 68-60 win over the Magnolia Spinners Sunday, sprang back to life in time to power the Jewels to the pulsating victory, their fourth in as many games. He also had seven assists and one steal.

"I wasn’t expecting him to step up because he sprained an ankle in our last game," said Montaña coach Nel Parado in Filipino.

Montaña also shone in defense as it held the fancied 6-10 Samigue Eman to just one point after scoring 17 in his first two games. Eman, a standout of the Univ. of Mindanao, took just three attempts from the field and missed all of them

In the other game, Toyota Otis rallied from eight points down in regulation then hung tough in overtime play as it turned back Teletech, 72-69.

It was the Sparks’ third win in four outings as they caught up with the Painters at No. 2. The Titans fell took their third defeat against a win.

Jojo Tangkay, the 2006 Heroes Cup MVP, sizzled with 23 points but failed to deliver the goods when the Painters needed them most.

The Painters dominated the boards, 48-29, but turned the ball over 24 times as against the Jewels’ 11. — Joey Villar

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:30 PM
Williams hot as Spinners zap Harbour

April 07, 2006
Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer

KELLY Williams was brilliant in the fourth quarter last night, shooting 11 of his 23 points in the crucial period to lead Magnolia to a 63-57 decision of Harbour Center in the PBL Unity Cup at the Far Eastern University gym in Manila.

The Most Valuable Player in last conference's finals, Williams bailed out the Spinners with baskets in the clutch as Magnolia evened its record to 2-2. Williams also snared 15 rebounds and finished with three blocks.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Port Masters, who remained the only winless team in the field.

"The players showed class down the stretch," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal. "The pressure was there because both teams wanted to win.

"We experienced that kind of pressure in the finals last conference and we used it to our advantage today."

The Spinners turned a precarious 51-50 edge into a 61-54 gap behind the heroics of Williams, the high-flying center who also owns a decent shot from beyond three-point range.

Magnolia actually joined Granny Goose in fourth spot after the Tortillos thwarted Hapee-PCU, 76-71, in the first game.

The Tortillos ended a two-game losing streak behind Kelvin dela Peña and Dennis Concha, who shared team honors with 17 points each.

"We're still struggling because the team is still adapting to my system," said coach Robert Sison, who transferred to Granny Goose after quitting Montaña last month.

Idle Montaña has the early lead with a 4-0 card, followed by Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis at 3-1 slates. Hapee-PCU slipped to 1-3.

Dela Peña was also a fourth quarter hero, shooting seven points in the fourth period for Granny Goose to foil the Teethmasters' late comeback anchored on Gabby Espinas.

Espinas, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, fueled Hapee-PCU's run to cut what was a 63-50 lead by the Tortillos to 65-60.

The scores:

First Game GRANNY GOOSE 76 -- Dela Peña 17, Concha 17, Quiñahan 10, Saldua 10, Grijaldo 8, Santos 7, Latonio 5, Alfad 2, Ibañes 0, Cruz 0, Cervantes 0.

HAPEE-PCU 71 -- Espinas 18, Sanz 17, Castro 14, Gonzales 13, Moreno 2, Belga 1, Guevarra 0, Solis 0, Razon 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 38-28, 55-48, 76-71

Second Game MAGNOLIA 63 -- Williams 23, Co 11, Santos 9, Chan 9, Valenzuela 3, Isip 3, Misolas 2, Barcellano 2, Cutler 1, Bombeo 0, Te 0, Dela Cruz 0, Jones 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 57 -- Gaco 13, Yeo 10, Tenorio 9, Reyes 8, Arana 7, Saguindel 3, Coching 3, Alonzo 2, Chia 2, Paterno 0, Maierhofer 0, Gamboa 0.

Quarters: 22-16, 29-26, 42-44, 63-57

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:30 PM
Granny, Magnolia back in groove
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/07/2006

Granny Goose leaned on Kelvin dela Peña’s endgame heroics as it trounced Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 76-71, yesterday to snap a two-game slump in the PBL Unity Cup at the Far Eastern U Gym.

Dela Peña fired 17 points including seven in the fourth quarter that sealed the Snack Masters’ second win against the same number of losses.

It was a fitting gift to Granny Goose coach Robert Sison, who turned 39 yesterday.

Dela Peña’s triple early in the final period gave Granny Goose a 63-50 lead but Hapee closed the gap at 74-71 on a run sparked by Gabby Espinas.

Granny Goose shut down Hapee-PCU the rest of the way, dealing the Lamoiyan-owned franchise a third setback against a win.

Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream drubbed Harbour Centre, 63-57, also for its second win in four games later in the day.

Fil-Am Kelly Williams exploded for 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and added 16 rebounds to lead the Spinners past the struggling Harbour Centre side.

The high-leaping Williams strung up five straight points in a 7-0 blitz the Spinners unleashed to break the back of the Port Masters at endgame.

Harbour Centre remained winless in four matches.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:32 PM
Granny, Magnolia overpower rivals
By Rey C. Lachica
www.mb.com.ph


GRANNY GOOSE Tortillos gave coach Robert Sison a fitting birthday present yesterday while Magnolia Ice Cream celebrated another awe-inspiring performance from Kelly Williams in the PBL Unity Cup at the Far Eastern University gym.

Drawing big games from Kelvin dela Peña, Dennis Concha and Jett Latonio, the Snackmasters ended a two-game losing run with a 76-71 win over Hapee-PCU.

Williams, on the other hand, waxed hot in the final quarter, scoring 11 of the team’s 20 points to power the Spinners to a 63-57 win over a hard-luck Harbour Centre squad.

"Although we struggled a bit, I’m glad we pulled it through. Napasarap tuloy ang birthday ko," said Sison. "They’re still adjusting to my system."

Despite the win, Sison said his players still need more seasoning, saying: "Kulang pa sa maturity. But I’m confident that with the help of my coaching staff, we can bring their game to a higher and mature level."

Williams finished with 23 points as he atoned himself from a dull performance in the team’s 60-68 setback to Montaña Pawnshop last Sunday.

Unable to break Magnolia’s defense, the Port Masters were held to just one field goal in the first five minutes while Williams feasted on the token defense put up by Rob Reyes. Williams also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

Granny Goose’s lack of maturity was evident late in the game when the Snackmasters almost squandered a huge-13 point lead.

But thanks to the torrid outside shooting of Dela Peña, Concha and Latonio and the strong inside plays of the 6-foot-5 RJ Quinañan, the Snackmasters managed to steady the ship and spoil the 18-point performance of Gabby Espinas.

In what could be his finest game so far, the lanky center did almost everything on the court, scoring, rebounding and hustling. But his one-man show in the fourth — he scored 10 points — went down the drain. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Dela Peña and Concha tallied three 3-point shots each to finish with similar 17 points while Quiñahan and Eder Saldua also had identical 10 points.

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04-07-2006, 12:34 PM
Magnolia 63 : Harbour Centre 57
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Kelly Williams put on a big fourth quarter show to power Magnolia Ice Cream to a 63-57 win over a hard-luck Harbour Centre.

A big letdown in the team’s 60-68 loss to Montaña Pawnshop last Sunday, Williams exploded for 23 points, 11 of them in the fourth period where the Spinners rattled the Port Masters with their solid zone defense.

Unable to break Magnolia’s defense, the Port Masters were held to just one field goal in the first five minutes while Williams feasted on the token defense put up by Rob Reyes. Williams also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

The scores:

Second Game

Magnolia 63 – Wiulliams 23, Co 11, Santos 9, Chan 9, Valenzuela 3, Isip 3, Barcellano 2, Misolas 2, Cutler 1, Bombeo 0, Te 0, Jones 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Harbour Centre 57 – Gaco 13, Yeo 10, Tenorio 9, Reyes 8, Araña 7, Saguindel 3, Alonzo 3, Maierhofer 0, Paterno 0, Gamboa 0, Lanete 0.

Quarters: 22-16, 29-26, 42-44, 63-57.

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04-07-2006, 12:35 PM
Granny Goose 76 : Hapee PCU 71
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GRANNY GOOSE Tortillos made the birthday of coach Robert Sison doubly significant yesterday as the Snackmasters ended a two-game losing run with a close 76-71 win over in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the FEU Gym.

With Kelvin dela Peña, Jett Latonio and Dennis Concha at the firing end, the Snackmasters repulsed Hapee’s repeated rallies in the final quarter to even their record to 2-2 and gave Sison something to celebrate on his 39th birthday.

“Although we struggled a bit, I’m glad we pulled it through. Napasarap tuloy ang birthday ko,” said Sison. “They’re still adjusting to my system.” Despite the win, Sison said his players still need more seasoning, saying: “Kulang pa sa maturity. But I’m confident that with the help of my coaching staff, we can bring their game to higher and mature level.”

Granny Goose’s lack of maturity was evident late in the game when the Snackmasters almost squandered a huge-13 point lead. But thanks to the torrid outside shooting of Dela Peña, Concha and Latonio and the strong inside plays of the 6-foot-5 RJ Quinañan, the Snackmasters managed to steady the ship and spoil the 18-point performance of Gabby Espinas of Hapee.

In what could be his finest game so far, the lanky center did almost everything on the court, scoring, rebounding and hustling. But his one-man show in the fourth – he scored 10 points – went down the drain. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Dela Peña and Concha tallied three 3-point shots each to finish with similar 17 points while Quiñahan and Eder Saldua also had identical 10 points in a mighty show of force.

The Snackmasters appeared headed for a runaway win after Dela Peña knocked in his third triple that gave them a 63-50 lead early in the fourth.

The Teethmasters, however, rallied to within 71-74 through the baskets of Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz with still 28 ticks left. But the Dela Peña rose to the occasion again, hitting two free throws to finally seal the win.

The scores:

First Game

Granny Goose 76 – Dela Pena 17, Concha 17, Quiñahan 10, Saldua 10, Grijaldo 8, Santos 7, Latonio 5, Alfad 2, Ibañes 0, Cruz 0, Cervantes 0.

Hapee-PCU 71 – Espinas 18, Sanz 17, Castro 14, Gonzales 13, Canlas 6, Moreño 2, Belga 1, Guevarra 0, Solis 0, Razon 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 38-28, 55-48, 76-71.

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04-08-2006, 09:59 AM
Jewels seek 5th straight vs Sparks

First posted 03:55am (Mla time) April 08, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the April 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SO WHAT keeps the Montaña Jewels going?

Just plain hard work, according to coach Nel Parado, who will seek a fifth straight win when the Jewels tackle the Toyota Otis Sparks in the PBL Unity Cup at 4 p.m. today at the San Andres Gym.

"We just prepare well for every game," said Parado. "Right from the start, we've always said we're here to win."

Meanwhile, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will try to recover from their first loss when they oppose the rookie TeleTech Titans at 2 p.m.

After posting only three wins in the recent Heroes' Cup, Toyota Otis has already matched that record in four games to join title favorite Rain or Shine in second place.

And coach Louie Alas believes that his Sparks, the cellar dwellers in the last two conferences, can keep up with the seasoned Jewels.

"We can match up with their backcourt, but their advantage is their experience," said Alas. "Most of their starters are PBA draftees, plus there's Alex Compton."

Parado, too, had singled out Compton's performance as one of the key factors in the Jewels' strong start.

"Even if he doesn't score, there's his leadership inside the court," said Parado. "He does many things for us, especially in assists."

The Jewels proved to be the superior team when they battled the Elasto Painters for the solo lead last Tuesday.

Even with a sprained ankle, the 5-foot-8 Froilan Baguion took charge in the closing minutes to lead the Jewels past the towering Painters, 60-58.

Baguion, named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps, shot 10 straight points in the last three minutes.

The heavily favored Painters are expected again to turn to Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguerra, Jay-R Reyes and new 6-foot-10 recruit Samigue Eman.

Tangkay, last conference's MVP, scored 23 points in his last outing. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-08-2006, 10:04 AM
Jewels stake clean card vs Sparks
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/08/2006

Montaña Pawnshop seeks to extend its streak to five games as it takes on a dangerous Toyota Otis side today in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivares Gym.

Atop the heap with four victories, the Jewels collide with the Sparks, currently tied with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at second spot on 3-1 (win-loss) slates, at 4 p.m. hoping to keep their lofty perch.

"We’re here to win, that’s our purpose," said Montaña coach Nel Parado.

Froilan Baguion played big in their last game, leading Montana to a 60-58 upset of defending champion Rain or Shine Tuesday at the FEU gym.

The former National University point guard is again expected to play a key role as the Jewels stake their clean slate against the Sparks.

"He showed that in our last game, he’s really one of the best point guards in the league today," said Parado in Filipino

Baguion, a member of the NU squad which defied the odds and made it to the UAAP Final Four five years ago, will be up against Boyet Bautista, whom he has beaten for the Player of the Week honors.

Bautista, a guard out of Letran, shone in the Sparks’ 72-69 come-from-behind triumph over the Teletech Titans.

In the other game, the Painters shoot for a fourth win as they battle the Titans at 2 p.m. Teletech, for its part, aims to improve on its 1-3 card.

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04-09-2006, 08:27 AM
Painters trim Titans in PBL
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Jojo Tangkay displayed an MVP-like performance on Saturday as Rain or Shine outlasted TeleTech, 71-65, in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Making amends from his anemic stint in the team’s stunning loss to Montaña Pawnshop on Tuesday, Tangkay dished out an all-around show, scoring a team-high 17 points, including a booming trey in the last three minutes that was enough to cushion TeleTech’s spirited comeback.

"I told him to relax himself and that was the key. He created so many plays for his teammates," said coach Leo Austria of the last conference’s MVP who also grabbed three rebounds and the same number of assists and steals in 36 minutes of action.

Jay-R Reyes was also impressive, he posted his first double-double performance, tallying 12 points and 13 rebounds, five of them offensively, as the Elasto Painters dominated both ends of the court.

Though the Elasto Painters dictated the tempo of the game, they still needed one big effort down the stretch to finally stop the Titans.

In the second game, Toyota found an unlikely hero in Patrick Cabahug as the Sparks scored a 73-65 come-from-behind win over Montana Pawnshop and forced a three-way tie for the lead.

Cabahug, nephew of former PBA star Elmer Cabahug, scored all his 10 points in the final quarter highlighted by two huge 3-point shots as the Sparks completed an amazing comeback from 20-point deficit in the third quarter.

With their dramatic win, the Sparks gained a piece of the lead with Rain or Shine and the Jewels at 4-1.

The scores:

First game:

RAIN OR SHINE 71—Tangkay 17, Reyes 12, Orbeta 10, Cabatu 9, Malabanan 7, Sta. Maria 6, Ortiguerra 5, Tan 3, Eman 2, Sagad 0, Enrile 0.

TELETECH 65—Latoreno 17, Mercado 13, Gelig 11, Capus 8, Duncil 6, Doruelo 4, Estrada 2, Villamin 2, Bughao 2, Tolentino 0, Mendoza 0, Aquino 0, Sierra 0.

Quarters:21-12, 33-29, 55-44, 71-65.

Second game:

TOYOTA 73—Aban 15, Cabahug 10, Devance 10, Andaya 8, Aldave 7, Bautista 6, Fajardo 4, Coronel 3, Daa 3, Rodriguez 3, Baluyot 2, Casio 2, Oreta 0, Larong 0.

MONTAÑA 65—Juntilla 15, De la Cuesta 10, Baguio 9, Bono 8, Bonus 6, Rodriguez 6, Compton 4, Vergara 4, Evangelista 2, Espiritu 1, Guerrero 0, Atablanco 0, Magpayo 0.

Quarters: 6-25; 26-44; 46-55; 73-65.

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04-09-2006, 08:28 AM
Rain or Shine, Toyota Otis join leader
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/09/2006

Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis pulled off contrasting victories yesterday to forge a three-way tie in the lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Gym.

The Elasto Painters slammed the Teletech Titans, 71-65, while the Sparks whipped the Montaña Jewels, 73-65, for their fourth win both in five outings.

Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis thus joined Montaña atop the heap.

Heroes Cup MVP Jojo Tangkay led the Elasto Painters with 17 points but it was Jay-R Reyes who made things happen on both ends with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

"We kept our focus and we managed our lead well," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria.

"We didn’t give up, that’s the key," said Toyota Otis mentor Louie Alas.

Unlike in their stunning loss to Montana Pawnshop last Tuesday, Tangkay dished out an all-around performance, scoring a team-high 17 points, including a booming trey in the last three minutes that was enough to cushion TeleTech’s spirited comeback.

"I told him to relax himself and that was the key. He created so many plays for his teammates," said Austria.

Reyes also posted his first double-double performance.

Though the Elasto Painters dictated the tempo of the game, they needed one big effort down the stretch to finish off the Titans.

Rain or Shine raced to a commanding 65-52 lead on Tangkay’s triple – his only basket from beyond the arc – with still over four minutes.

Just when everybody thought the game was over, the Titans, starring Mel Latoreno and Francis Mercado, unleashed a vicious 9-3 run to cut Rain or Shine’s lead to 61-68, with 44 seconds left.

But it proved to be their last gallant stand as Eugene Tan hit two pressure-packed charities to seal the win 70-61, only 31 seconds remaining.

Latoreno paced the Titans with 17 points while Nino Gelig and Mercado combined for 24 points.

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04-09-2006, 08:30 AM
Sparks gain tie for lead

First posted 04:47am (Mla time) April 09, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


Games Today (Olivarez Sports Center, Parañaque)
2 p.m.-Granny Goose vs Harbour Centre
4 p.m.-Magnolia Ice Cream vs Hapee-PCU

TOYOTA Otis found an unlikely hero in Patrick Cabahug yesterday as the Sparks scored a come-from-behind 73-65 win over Montaña Pawnshop to join a three-way tie for the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Cabahug, nephew of former PBA star Elmer Cabahug, scored all his 10 points in the final quarter, including two 3-point shots as the Sparks completed an amazing comeback from 20 points down in the second quarter.

With their dramatic win, the Sparks gained a piece of the lead with Rain or Shine and the Jewels at 4-1.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas also credited the team's stifling defense for their victory.

Actually, it was an all-Cebuano show for the day as Jojo Tangkay produced an MVP performance to help the Elasto Painters score a 71-65 win over TeleTech.

The Sparks got off to a slow start, scoring only six points in the first quarter and fell behind as many as 20 points, 22-42, late in the second quarter. They slowly inched their way until Cabahug finally caught fire.

Unlike in the team's stunning loss to the Jewels last Tuesday, Tangkay dished out an all-around performance this time that included a team-high 17 points.

The scores:

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 71-Tangkay 17, Reyes 12, Orbeta 10, Cabatu 9, Malabanan 7, Sta. Maria 6, Ortiguerra 5, Tan 3, Eman 2, Sagad 0, Enrile 0.
TELETECH 65-Latoreno 17, Mercado 13, Gelig 11, Capus 8, Duncil 6, Doruelo 4, Estrada 2, Villamin 2, Bughao 2, Tolentino 0, Mendoza 0, Aquino 0, Sierra 0.
Quarters: 21-12, 33-29, 55-44, 71-65.

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 73-Aban 15, Cabahug 10, Devance 10, Andaya 8, Aldave 7, Bautista 6, Fajardo 4, Coronel 3, Daa 3, Rodriguez 3, Baluyot 2, Casio 2, Oreta 0, Larong 0.
MONTA¥A 65-Juntilla 15, Dela Cuesta 10, Baguio 9, Bono 8, Bonus 6, Rodriguez 6, Compton 4, Vergara 4, Evangelista 2, Espiritu 1, Guerrero 0, Atablanco 0, Magpayo 0.
Quarters: 6-25, 26-44, 46-55, 73-65.

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04-09-2006, 08:32 AM
Sparks trip Jewels
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TOYOTA OTIS found an unlikely hero in Patrick Cabahug yesterday as the Sparks scored a riveting 73-65 come-from-behind win over Montaña Pawnshop and forced a three-way tie for the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


In what could be his breakout game, Cabahug, nephew of former PBA star Elmer Cabahug, scored all his 10 points in the final quarter highlighted by two huge three-point shots as the Sparks completed an amazing comeback from 20-point deficit in the third quarter.

With their dramatic win, the Sparks gained a piece of the lead with Rain or Shine and the Jewels at 4-1.

"I have to give it to Patrick. Good thing he sparkled when we needed it most," said coach Louie Alas who also credited the team’s stifling defense for their victory.

So overpowering was Toyota Otis’ defense that they held the Jewels to just 10 points in the payoff period.

The Sparks got off to a slow start, scoring only six points in the first quarter and fell behind as many as 20 points, 22-42, late in the second quarter. They slowly inched their way until Cabahug finally caught fire.

Actually, it was an all-Cebuano show for the day as Jojo Tangkay produced an MVP performance to help the Elasto Painters score a 71-65 win over TeleTech.

Unlike in the team’s stunning loss to the Jewels last Tuesday, Tangkay dished out an all-around performance this time, scoring a team-high 17 points, including a booming trey in the last three minutes that was enough to cushion TeleTech’s spirited comeback.

"I told him to relax himself and that was the key. He created so many plays for his teammates," said coach Leo Austria of the last conference MVP who also grabbed three rebounds and the same number of assists and steals in 36 minutes of action.

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04-10-2006, 10:58 AM
Hapee sparkles without coach
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/10/2006

Hapee Toothpaste-PCU gave Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream little room to operate as it came away with a 77-60 victory yesterday to keep its flickering hopes alive in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Gym.

Jason Castro, runner-up to Rain or Shine’s Jojo Tangkay in the MVP race last conference, waxed hot in the first half as the Teeth Sparklers dominated the Wizards to set the tone for the rout. He finished with 13 points.

What made it a happy win for Hapee was that the Teeth Sparklers did the feat sans coach coach Junel Baculi and Rob Sanz, out with gout problems and an injured jaw, respectively.

But team consultant Jun Noel proved up to task, shuffling his men with the touch of a magician as the Teeth Sparklers jumped the gun on the Wizards early and never looked back.

Ronnie Bucao, a rookie out of University of Visayas, played like a veteran as he scored 11 points, made four assists and snared two rebounds to help power the Lamoiyan-owned franchise to the victory.

The Wizards fell to 2-4 (win-loss).

Earlier, Harbour Centre leaned on Joseph Yeo’s game-long heroics, including a crucial triple in overtime play as it pulled the rug from under Granny Goose, 84-81, to notch its first victory after four setbacks.

Yeo sizzled with 27 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Port Masters.

Yeo’s biggest moment came in the extra period when he drained in a triple with 22.7 seconds to shove Harbour Centre to an 82-81 lead.

Granny Goose failed to score the rest of the way as it bungled its final two possessions to likewise drop to 2-3.

"We won finally," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "I have to give it to Joseph (Yeo) for comingthrough with the huge basket in overtime."

Up 73-72 in regulation, Granny Goose’s Mike Bravo missed giving the team the needed cushion as he muffed two foul shots, enabling Harbour to send the game into overtime.

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04-10-2006, 11:01 AM
Harbour Centre wins, finally
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Hapee-PCU scuttles Magnolia



IT TOOK five games and an extra five minutes before Harbour Centre finally scored its first win yesterday. But it was worth waiting.


Drawing big games from Joseph Yeo and Robert Reyes, the Port Masters outlasted Granny Goose Tortillos in a thrilling battle down the stretch for an 84-81 overtime win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Facing the prospect of another meltdown, Yeo rose to the occasion, knocking in a huge three-point shot that put them on top for good, 82-81, with less than 20 ticks left.

Hapee-Philippine Chistian University posted the first blow out win in the tournament by crushing Magnolia Ice Cream, 77-63, in the second game.

Bucking the absence of coach Junel Baculi, the Teethmasters came through with an avalanche of baskets early in the final quarter to turn a close and entertaining contest into a rout.

With the win, the Teethmasters, handled by veteran Jun Noel, improved to 2-3, the same records of the Spinners and Snackmasters.

Yeo’s trey was enough to atone himself after flubbing two crucial free throws in the waning moments in the regulation. He finished with a conference-high 27 points following an impressive 3-of-7 shooting from the three-point area.

He also had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action in what could be his finest performance so far in the season-ending tournament. His awesome show also made up for the distressing performance of LA Tenorio who was held scoreless in 20 minutes of play.

While Yeo repeatedly shattered Tortillos’ defense with his wide array of moves, the 6-foot-7 Reyes was a tower of power in the shaded lane, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. His power inside plays was strong felt in overtime where he scattered four points and helped foil several Tortillos’ plays.

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04-10-2006, 11:04 AM
Harbour prevails at last
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Harbour Centre drew big games from Joseph Yeo and Robert Reyes to outlast Granny Goose, 84-81, in overtime Sunday and post its first win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Yeo knocked in a huge three-point shot that put them on top for good, 82-81, with less than 20 ticks left.

That trey was enough to atone himself after flubbing two crucial free throws in the waning moments in regulation. The former La Salle star finished with a conference-high 27 points following an impressive 3-of-7 shooting from the 3-point area.

He also had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action in what could be his finest performance so far in the season-ending tournament. His awesome show also made up for the sluggish performance of LA Tenorio who was held scoreless in 20 minutes of play.

While Yeo repeatedly shattered the Tortillos’ defense with his wide array of moves, the 6-foot-7 Reyes was a tower of power in the shaded lane, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. His inside plays was strongly felt in overtime where he scattered four points and helped foil several Granny Goose plays.

"Finally, naka-isa rin. I have to give it to Joseph who came through with a huge basket," said a visibly relieved coach Jorge Gallent. "The last four games was a puzzle for me but the boys did not give up, they really persevered and worked so hard."

In the last game, Hapee-Philippine Christian University crushed Magnolia Ice Cream, 77-63, to improve to 2-3, the same record of the Spinners and Snack Masters.

The scores:

First game:

H. CENTRE 81—Yeo 27, Lanete 19, Arana 13, Reyes 10, Gaco 6, Coching 4, Gamboa 2, Launzon 2, Kaierhofer 0, Tenorio 0, Chia 0, Alonzo.

G. GOOSE 81—Grijaldo 14, Saldua 13, Dela Peña 12, Ibañez 11, Quiñahan 9, Concha 8, Santos 5, David 5, Cruz 3, Alfad 1. Latonio 0, Bravo 0, Gavino 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 31-33, 56-57, 73-73, 84-81.

Second Game:

HAPEE 77—Castro 13, Espinas 12, Bucao 11, Gonzales 8, Baculi 7, Moreño 7, Belga 6, Solis 4, Garrido 4, Guevarra 3, Nailon 2, Canlas 0, Razon -0, Sanz 0, Amparado 0.

MAGNOLIA 60—Chan 17, Santos 12, Co 9, Williams 7, Jones 7, Isip 6, Te 1, Bombeo 1, Valenzuela 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cutler 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 38-31, 54-43, 77-60.

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04-11-2006, 03:50 PM
Painters target solo lead vs Tortillos

The Philippine Star 04/11/2006

Rain or Shine tries to break away from a three-way tie for the lead with Toyota Otis and Montana as it takes on Granny Goose today at the resumption of the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Malate.

Although the Elasto Painters, toting a 4-1 (win-loss) card, are heavily favored over the Tortillos in their 4 p.m. encounter, coach Leo Austria remains wary of the Snackmasters, saying they remain a threat and have what it takes to beat fancied teams like Rain or Shine.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre and TeleTech, both carrying 1-4 win-loss records, part ways in the cellar as they clash at 2 p.m. with the Port Masters seeking a second straight win after pulling off a dramatic 84-81 overtime victory over Granny Goose Tortillos last Sunday.

Jojo Tangkay is again expected to lead Rain of Shine’s bid after the last conference’s MVP sizzled with 17 points and made a good account of himself in other departments in the team’s 71-65 victory over the Titans last week.

"I’m satisfied with what Tangkay showed the last time out, he was almost everywhere. It’s a sign of being a good player," said Austria who also expects another fine performance from Jay-R Reyes who posted his first double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

But Granny Goose’s 6-foot-5 RJ Quinahan, Abby Santos and Alfie Grijaldo must play aggressively on both ends of the court to have a chance of beating the Elasto Painters who boast of an awesome frontcourt combination.

Aside from the 6-foot-7 Reyes, Rain or Shine also boasts of talents in Jun Jun Cabatu, Marvin Ortiguera, 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman and a number of role players who are all capable of coming up with big games on a given night.

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04-11-2006, 03:53 PM
Painters gun for lead vs Tortillos

First posted 04:16am (Mla time) April 11, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A20 of the April 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


RAIN OR SHINE may have recovered from its first loss, but coach Leo Austria remains cautious as his Elasto Painters shoot for the solo lead against the Granny Goose Tortillos in the PBL Unity Cup today.

“All the teams are strong now and Granny Goose is a dangerous team because it has a complete arsenal,” said Austria.

The Painters, who share the lead with the Toyota Otis Sparks and the Montaña Pawnshop Jewels, will vie for their fifth win at 4 p.m. at the San Andres gym in Malate, Manila.

Earlier, Harbour Centre shoots for its second straight win against newcomer TeleTech at 2 p.m.

With Jojo Tangkay coming off one of his best all-around performances, the Painters are heavily favored to claim the top spot before the league takes a one-week break in observance of Holy Week.

“I’m satisfied with what Tangkay showed the last time out, he was almost everywhere,” said Austria of last conference’s Most Valuable Player.

Tangkay delivered 17 points on top of three rebounds, three assists and three steals in Rain or Shine’s 71-65 triumph versus TeleTech last Saturday.

Austria also credited Jay-R Reyes, who led the Painters’ dominating frontcourt with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Harbour Centre, too, turned to its own team star to finally end its four-game losing skid last Sunday.

After struggling in his early games, Joseph Yeo powered the Portmasters to an 84-81overtime victory over Granny Goose.

Yeo scored a conference-high 27 points and collected seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. The former De La Salle University mainstay capped his heroics by nailing a key three-pointer in the final seconds of the extra period.

“We hope this will be the start of our winning streak,” said coach Jorge Gallent after Harbour Centre tied TeleTech at 1-4.

The Titans, though, have shown that they can keep pace with the league heavyweights after dropping their last three games by slim margins.

TeleTech fell short in its 71-65 loss versus Rain or Shine, but Mel Latoreno kept his rookie squad within striking distance for a game-high 17 points.

Consistency has also been a problem for the Tortillos, who slipped to 2-3 with Magnolia and Hapee-PCU.

New coach Robert Sison, though, drew some impressive individual performances from his wards, including Alfie Grijaldo, who posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-11-2006, 03:55 PM
Painters eye solo lead; Port Masters vs Titans
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RAIN OR Shine shoots for win No. 5 and the solo lead when it battles Granny Goose Tortillos today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.


The Elasto Painters, who are currently locked in a three-way tie with Toyota Otis and Montana Pawnshop at 4-1, are heavily tipped to prevail over Granny Goose Tortillos when they clash at 4 p.m.

Harbour Centre and TeleTech, both carrying 14 win-loss records, part ways beginning at 2 p.m. with the Port Masters seeking a second straight win after pulling off a dramatic 8481 overtime victory over Granny Goose Tortillos.

Though Granny Goose Tortillos is coming off a sorry setback, Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria won’t take the Snackmasters for granted, saying: "All the teams are strong now and Granny Goose is a dangerous team because it has a complete weapon."

Austria is again pinning his hopes on Jojo Tangkay who sizzled with 17 points in the team’s 71-65 victory over the Titans. The MVP of the last conference also contributed in other departments as he proved to his critics that he’s not just a one-dimensional player.

"I’m satisfied with what Tangkay showed the last time out, he was almost everywhere. It’s a sign of being a good player," said Austria who also expects another fine performance from Jay-R Reyes who posted his first double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Granny Goose’s 6-foot-5 RJ Quinahan, Abby Santos and Alfie Grijaldo must play aggressively on both ends of the court to have a better chance of beating the Elasto Painters who boast of an awesome frontcourt combination.

Aside from the 6-foot-7 Reyes, Rain or Shine can also rely on Jun Jun Cabatu, Marvin Ortiguera, 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman and a bevy of role players who are all capable of lighting up the scoreboard on a given night.

After exploding for a conference-high 27 points, Harbour’s top gun Joseph Yeo is expected to be a marked man for the Titans who are out to snap a twogame slide.

The match-up between Yeo and TeleTech’s Nino Gelig, two of the league’s exciting players - with their vast repertoire of shots, is expected to add spice to the game that both teams desperately want to win.

LA Tenorio is also out to redeem himself after a scoreless performance the last time out.

Meantime, the league takes a week-long break starting tomorrow in observance of the Holy week.

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04-12-2006, 01:31 PM
Dela Peña rescues Tortillos; Port Masters score
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/12/2006

Kelvin dela Peña turned from goat to hero as he banged the game-winner with less than a second to go in the contest as Granny Goose Tortillos shocked defending champion Rain or Shine, 62-61, yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

After Heroes Cup MVP Jojo Tangkay buried an off-balanced jumper with 3.9 seconds left, dela Peña drove past Tangkay then threw a harried shot over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman that hit the board before sinking in with 0.6 seconds remaining, sparking a wild Granny Goose celebration.

The Elasto Painters failed to launch a decent shot as time expired, sealing the Snack Masters’ third victory against the same number of losses.

Aiming for the solo lead at the start of the match, Rain or Shine instead found itself dropping to third place after absorbing its second setback against four victories, leaving Montaña Pawnshop and Toyota Otis atop the heap with identical 4-1 (win-loss) slates.

"It was really intended for him," said Granny Goose coach Robert Sison referring to the 6-foot guard out of Mapua who played high school ball in Calgary, Canada.

Dela Peña, who finished with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, earlier threw a three-point shot, hoping to draw a foul from Tangkay with Granny Goose up, 60-59, with 14 seconds left in the match..

But the ploy backfired and Tangkay instead flicked a fade -away jumper from the other end to shove Rain or Shine to a 61-60 lead before dela Peña redeemed himself with his make-or-break shot.

Earlier, Harbour Centre unleashed a fourth quarter siege as it trounced Teletech, 77-63, for as the Port Masters scored their second straight victory after four straight losses.

Joseph Yeo and Jerome Paterno led the attack with 17 and 16 points, respectively, although it was the unlikely pair of Ryan Arana and LA Tenorio who sparked the breakaway.

Arana and Tenorio, rivals in the UAAP, combined for 13 of their 25 points in the final quarter as Harbour Centre turn what had been a close contest into a rout.

It was the Titans’ fifth loss against a win.

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04-12-2006, 01:35 PM
Tortillos nip Elasto Painters

First posted 03:05am (Mla time) April 12, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the April 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TUESDAY (San Andres Gym)
2 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Magnolia
4 p.m. -- Hapee-PCU vs Montaña

TWO MAGNIFICENT shots capped the game with Kelvin dela Peña making the one that truly mattered.

Dela Peña buried a running jumper with time about to expire, lifting Granny Goose to a 62-61 victory over defending champion Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the San Andres gym in Malate, Manila.

The Elasto Painters seemed headed for the win after Jojo Tangkay, last conference's Most Valuable Player, fired a fallaway jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining.

But Dela Peña, the top rookie in the National Collegiate Athletics Association last season, broke through the Painters' defense to nail the winning shot with just six-tenths of a second left on the clock.

"That was the play, it was a well-executed play," said coach Robert Sison after the Tortillos foiled the Painters' bid for the solo lead. "It was a big win since we were coming off a heartbreaking loss from Harbour Centre."

Dela Peña finished with a game-high 15 points for the Tortillos, who improved to fourth place at 3-3. Alfie Grijaldo contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Rain or Shine slipped to second place at 4-2, half-a-game behind the 4-1 cards of early leaders Montaña and Toyota Otis.

Earlier, Harbour Centre came out firing in the second half for a 77-63 victory over league rookie TeleTech.

Joseph Yeo, who set a conference-high of 27 points last time out, shot a team-best 17 markers this time to lead the Portmasters to their second straight victory after an alarming 0-4 start.

Jerome Paterno stepped up off the bench with 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks to back up Yeo with point guard LA Tenorio, scoreless the last time up, finishing with a brilliant all-around effort of 12 points, 10 boards, eight rebounds and three steals.

The Portmasters dealt the Titans their fifth defeat against a lone victory.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 77 -- Yeo 17, Paterno 16, Arana 13, Tenorio 12, Gaco 7, Lanete 5, Reyes 4, Chia 3, Maierhofer 0, Gamboa 0, Luanzon 0, Coching 0.

TELETECH 63 -- Latoreno 13, Gelig 9, Capus 7, Doruelo 6, Mercado 6, Mendoza 5, Sierra 5, Estrada 4, Tolentino 3, Delgado 3, Bughao 2, Villamin 0, Duncil 0.

Quarters: 16-12, 32-35, 55-50, 77-63

Second Game

GRANNY GOOSE 62 -- Dela Peña 15, Grijaldo 14, Quiñahan 11, Ibanes 7, Cruz 7, Latonio 4, Saldua 2, Santos 2, Alfad 0, Concha 0, David 0, Gavino 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 61 -- Tangkay 15, Reyes 14, Malabanan 7, Eman 6, Ortiguerra 6, Cabatu 4, Orbeta 4, Sagad 2, Enrile 2, Tan 1, Sta. Maria 0.

Quarters: 14-8, 22-27, 43-51, 62-61

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04-12-2006, 01:36 PM
Tenorio lifts Harbour
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Granny Goose stuns Rain or Shine



LA TENORIO bounced back from a dismal performance the last time out while Ryan Araña struck heavily in a big fourth quarter show to power Harbour Centre to a smashing 77-63 win over TeleTech yesterday in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.


Held scoreless in the team’s 84-81 overtime win over Granny Goose Tortillos last Sunday, Tenorio posted his first double-double performance, scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists to help the Port Masters notch their second straight win after dropping their first four games.

Harbour’s victory, however, was overshadowed by Granny Goose Tortillos’ heart-stopping 62-61 win over Rain or Shine — big thanks to Kevin dela Peña’s endgame heroics.

Dela Peña’s driving basket with .6 of a second left atoned for his earlier miscue where he hurriedly launched a basket from the 3-point area that led to Jojo Tangkay’s spectacular basket, 61-60, barely 3.4 ticks left.

But the Snackmasters refused to wilt under grinding pressure as dela Peña, who finished with 15 points, attacked the basket to score the game winner.

"It was a well-executed play. That was a big win against Rain or Shine coming off a sorry lost to Harbour Centre," said coach Robert Sison. "It’s good Kevin atoned himself well."

Rain or Shine’s defeat — its second in four games — left Toyota Otis and Montaña Pawnshop on top of the standings at 4-1.

The Snackmasters improved to 3-3.

Tenorio was specially hot in the fourth where he scattered seven points, while Araña, who had 13, delivered six points as the Port Masters ripped the game wide open.

"Finally, the boys woke up from a deep slumber. Our defeats earlier were a good wake up call," said owner Mikee Romero. "Coach Jorge (Gallent) did a good job shuffling his boys."

Protecting a slim 55-50 lead at the end of the third, the Port Masters came through with seven unanswered points at the start of the payoff period to rip the contest wide open.

The Titans fell to 1-5 as they absorbed their third straight defeat.

Sustaining his fiery form, Joseph Yeo topscored for the Port Masters again with 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting. He also had six feeds, four rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes of action.

Gallent attributed the team’s victory to his players’ renewed confidence and unselfish plays, saying: "We moved the ball so well this time unlike in our previous plays. We’re improving inch by inch in almost all departments."

Also sparkling for the Port Masters was Jerome Paterno, who canned eight points in the third quarter. He finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Mel Latoreno paced the Titans with 13 points but the team’s other big guns failed to deliver.

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04-13-2006, 10:09 AM
Yeo stops alarming Harbour Centre slide in PBL

First posted 02:08am (Mla time) April 13, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A20 of the April 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TUESDAY (San Andres Gym)
2 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Magnolia
4 p.m. -- Hapee-PCU vs Montana

SLICK guard Joseph Yeo took the responsibility of bringing hope to his struggling squad.

With his team's confidence plummeting after four straight losses, Yeo displayed awesome form to lead Harbour Centre to two straight wins in the PBL Unity Cup.

And it seems the Portmasters' fortunes are bound to improve with Yeo averaging 22 points, six assists, 5.5 rebounds and two steals this week.

"I'm glad that everybody stepped up, especially Joseph, who is our key in our past two wins," said coach Jorge Gallent after the Portmasters recovered from their alarming 0-4 start.

Yeo unloaded a conference-high 27 points, including a clutch triple with 21.7 seconds left, to lift the Portmasters past the Granny Goose Tortillos, 84-81, in overtime last Sunday.

The former De La Salle University star also collected seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in an all-around effort.

Yeo remained hot two days later, scoring a team-high 17 points on top of six assists and four rebounds to pace the Portmasters to a 77-63 triumph over the TeleTech Titans.

"We need a go-to guy and he's trying his best, not only in offense, but in other facets of his game," said Gallent of the six-foot Yeo, cited as the Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps.

The league takes a weeklong break in observance of Holy Week.

Action resumes on Tuesday when the Montaña Jewels and Toyota Otis Sparks try to keep their tie for the lead against separate opponents.

Toyota Otis will battle last conference's champion Magnolia at 2 p.m. while Montaña tangles with Hapee-PCU at 4 o'clock.

The Jewels and the Sparks are on top with 4-1 cards followed by Rain or Shine at 4-2. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-13-2006, 10:13 AM
Explosive Yeo fires up Harbour Centre

The Philippine Star 04/13/2006

Joseph Yeo is doing a yeoman’s job for Harbour Centre.

Yeo came through with a pair of sterling games to power the Port Masters to two straight victories that snapped a four-game skid to get back on track in the PBL Unity Cup.

The La Salle standout has an average of 22 points, six assists, 5.5 rebounds and two steals in Harbour Centre’s victories over Granny Goose, 84-81, in overtime over the weekend and TeleTech, 77-63, Tuesday.

The scrappy Yeo thus emerged the unanimous choice for Player of the Week honors in the tournament.

"Joseph Yeo was the key in our last two wins," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

Yeo showed his full potential when he scored 27 points in lifting Harbour Centre past Granny Goose, including a triple in the extra period that secured the team’s first win in the season. — Joey Villar

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04-13-2006, 10:14 AM
Harbour 5 breezes to win over TeleTech
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Ryan Araña and L.A. Tenorio combined for nine points in the final four minutes as Harbour Center posted a 77-63 win over the TeleTech Titans on Tuesday to notch its second straight win in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the new San Andres Civic and Sports Center.

The 6-foot-1 Arana and 5-foot-8 Tenorio led the Port Masters’ strong wind-up, connecting on three triples that improved their standing to 2-4 win-loss and dealt the Titans their fifth setback in six matches.

"My boys played with much better teamwork now. They moved the ball well and showed strong determination," said Harbour Center coach Jorge Gallent, whose team posted its first win after four losses over Granny Goose, 87-84, on Sunday.

The Port Masters started strong as Joseph Yeo and Robbie Reyes combined for 9 points in an 11-7 exchange, giving them a 16-12 advantage after the first period.

"After our four straight losses, we have a long discussion and we viewed the tape of our previous matches. From there we identified our weaknesses and corrected it," Gallent added.

Harbour’s victory, however, was overshadowed by Granny Goose Tortillos’ heart-stopping 62-61 win over Rain or Shine—big thanks to Kevin de la Peña’s end-game heroics.

De la Peña’s driving basket with 0.6 of a second left atoned for his earlier miscue, where he hurriedly launched a basket from the 3-point area that led to Jojo Tangkay’s spectacular basket, 61-60, barely 3.4 ticks left.

But the Snackmasters refused to wilt under grinding pressure as de la Peña, who finished with 15 points, attacked the basket to score the game-winning basket that saw Granny Goose supporters burst into frenzied celebration.

The Titans, with Melchor Latoreno and Niño Gelig at the helm, outscored the Titans 18-11 in the next 8 minutes to regain the upper hand, 32-28, still two minutes left in the second quarter. But that was their last time on the driver’s seat as Harbour got its game going in the second half.

Yeo topscored for the Port Masters with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Jherome Paterno finished with 16. Arana settled with 13 points, with 12 more for Tenorio.

The Scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTER 77–Yeo 17, Paterno 16, Arana 13, Tenorio 12, Gao 7, Lanete 5, Reyes 4, Chia 3, Gamboa 0, Luanzon 0, Coching 0.

TELETECH 63–Latoreno 13, Gelig 9, Capus 7, Doruelo 6, Mercado 6, Mendoza 5, Sierra 5, Estrada 4, Tolentino 3, Delgado 3, Bughao 2, Villamin 0.

Quarters: 16-12, 32-35, 55-50, 77-63.

Second Game

GRANNY GOOSE 62–Dela Peña 15, Grijaldo 14, Quinahan 11, Ibañes 7, Cruz 7, Latonio 4, Saldua 2, Santos 2, Alfad 0, Concha 0, David 0, Gavino 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 61–Tangkay 15, Reyes 14, Malabanan 7, Eman 6, Ortiguerra 6, Cabatu 4, Orbeta 4, Sagad 2, Enrile 2, Tan 1, Sta. Maria 0.

Quarters: 14-8, 22-27, 43-51, 62-61.

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04-14-2006, 09:45 AM
Yeo keeps Harbour afloat in Unity Cup
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JOSEPH YEO is one of the talented and exciting players in the PBL right now.


The high-leaping guard of Harbour Centre is capable of scoring spectacular shots just like Samboy Lim before and he’s also deadly from beyond the 3-point arc. Despite his myriad moves, one needs to control him to make him more productive for the team.

And that was what Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent exactly did. He tamed the Tiger of the Port.

Gallent’s patience and perseverance did wonders for the Port Masters as they posted their first back-to-back wins in a long while after dropping their first four games.

Gallent attributed the team’s sudden surge to Yeo’s improved performance and maturity, saying: "He’s such a talented guy but you have to remind him always to pace himself well. I’m glad he’s doing great in our last two games, he’s passing the ball well and he’s not forcing his shots now."

"We need a go-to guy and he’s trying his best, not only in offense, but also in other departments," added Gallent.

For his brilliant all-around performance the last two games, Yeo was unanimously voted as Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps. He beat out Toyota Otis’ Patrick Cabahug, Rain or Shine’s Jojo Tangkay, and Granny Goose Tortillos’ Kelvin dela Peña for the weekly award.

In their last two games, the former La Salle star averaged 22 points, 6 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2 steals. He was spectacular in the team’s dramatic 84-81 win over Granny Goose last Sunday where he tallied 27 points, including a huge 3-point shot in the final 21 seconds which turned out to be the dagger into the heart of the Snackmasters.

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04-17-2006, 08:34 AM
Codiñera still adjusting to new role

First posted 05:53am (Mla time) April 17, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A35 of the Apr. 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ADJUSTING to his new role has been among the concerns of TeleTech rookie coach Jerry Codiñera.

In less than two months, the veteran player-turned-coach had to learn the different demands of his new job.

"Coaching is a lot different," said Codiñera, the former star center of Purefoods in the professional league Philippine Basketball Association. "It's a more personalized work. I'm more of a psychologist. But I'm also just a conduit. I'm only trying to guide them."

Codiñera, actually, has been patient with his team. As the league newcomers, the Titans have registered only one win in six games in the PBL Unity Cup. But the defensive whiz named as one of PBA's all-time greats isn't roughing his team up for it.

"It's unfair to my players if I expect too much," said Codiñera.

In fact, no one understands more than Codiñera that his roster of unheralded players needs more time to adapt.

"My players are adjusting to their newfound roles," said Codiñera, who's been turning to Ariel Capus, Nino Gelig, Ronnie Bughao and Mel Latoreno. "They didn't get enough minutes before. This is a big transition for them."

Codiñera admittedly felt surprised when the Titans stunned Granny Goose for their first victory last April 4. Overcoming a huge 18-point deficit, the rookie squad pulled off a 78-63 triumph over the Tortillos.

"I didn't expect to win this early," said the 6-foot-5 Codiñera.

Yet, Codiñera said he's also impressed that his Titans displayed competitiveness against league veterans Montaña, Rain or Shine and Magnolia in the past weeks.

In their five setbacks, the Titans dropped their games by an average margin of only 7.5 points.

"I try to inculcate into my players that we can compete as long as we play hard, even if we're undersized," he said. "We're still trying to correct bad habits. We're coming up with the necessary adjustments."

Meanwhile, action resumes tomorrow with league leaders Montaña and Toyota Otis vying to stay on top in their respective matches.

Totyota Otis will tackle last conference's champion Magnolia at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. battle between Montaña and Hapee-PCU.

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04-18-2006, 09:23 AM
PBL leaders in acid test
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TOYOTA OTIS tries to resume its winning drive when it battles dangerous Magnolia Ice Cream while Montaña Pawnshop hopes to get back on the winning track today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.


The Sparks and Jewels are currently tied for the lead at 4-1, and winning another game will boost their bids for the two outright semis berths.

The Sparks and Spinners collide at 2 p.m. while the Jewels take on a resurgent Hapee-Philippine Christian University squad at 4 p.m.

The Sparks are the hottest team right now, having won their last three games, highlighted by a 73-65 come-from-behind win over the Jewels where the Louie Alas-mentored Toyota Otis rallied mightily from a huge 20-point deficit to post one the league’s heartwarming comeback stories.

Though his charges are now playing with renewed confidence, Alas won’t take the Spinners lightly, saying: "I have respect for them (Spinners). They have a tall and formidable frontline so you can’t take easy when you are up against them."

Besides, history favors Magnolia.

The Sparks have beaten the Spinners only once in 9 previous meetings and that’s why Alas and company are eager to score one over the Arwind Santos-led Magnolia squad although some of Alas’ key players, including Boyet Bautista and defense specialist Erick Rodriguez, are doubtful starters.

"I just hope na law of averages ang mangyayari sa amin ngayon," said Alas. "Though some of my players have various injuries, we will still play as hard as we can. We won our last three games because of our concerted effort, especially on defense."

High-leaping Aaron Aban and Joe Calvin Devance are two of the most consistent performers for the Spinners in their first five games but Alas is expected to give Patrick Cabahug and JV Casio some extended minutes following their explosive showing the last time out.

But if Kelly Williams plays with the same fire and passion he displayed in team’s first two wins of the tournament, then the Spinners have a good chance of redeeming themselves following an embarrasing 60-77 loss to the Teethmasters.

That runaway win enabled the Teethmasters to snap a two-game slide for a 2-3 record, the same slate of the Spinners.

"Sana tuloy-tuloy na ang panalo ng mga bata," said team manager Bernard Yang who expects another solid all-around performance from Jason Castro.

Aside from Castro, Gabby Espinas, Robert Sanz, Mark Moreno and Joefferson Gonzales are the other men Montaña coach Neil Parado must contain.

With their crushing defeat the last time out, Alex Compton, Reed Juntilla, Froilan Baguion, Al Magpayo and Erick dela Cuesta are expected to come out strong against the Teethmasters.

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04-18-2006, 09:25 AM
Sparks, Jewels try to stay ahead of field
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Toyota Otis and Montaña Pawnshop try to keep their share of the lead when they take on separate rivals Tuesday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andre Gym in Malate.

The Sparks and Jewels are currently tied on top with 4-1 cards each, and winning another game will certainly boost their bids for the two outright semis berths.

The Sparks face the Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners at 2 p.m., while the Jewels face the resurgent Hapee-Philippine Christian University squad at 4 p.m.

By winning their last three games, including a 73-65 come-from-behind triumph over the Jewels, the Sparks are currently the hottest team in the league.

Though his charges are now playing with renewed confidence, Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas won’t take the Spinners lightly, saying: "I have respect for them. They have a tall and formidable frontline so you can’t take easy when you are up against them."

Besides, history favors Magnolia.

The Sparks have beaten the Spinners only once in nine previous meetings, and that’s why Alas and company are eager to score one over the Arwind Santos-led Magnolia squad, although some of his key players, Boyet Bautista and defense specialist Erick Rodriguez, are doubtful starters.

"I just hope that the law of averages favors us today," said Alas. "Though some of my players have various injuries, we will still play as hard as we can. We won our last three games because of our concerted effort, especially on defense."

High-leaping Aaron Aban and Joe Calvin Devance are two of the most consistent performers for the Spinners in their first five games but Alas is expected to give Patrick Cabahug and JV Casio some extended minutes after their explosive showing the last time out.

But if Kelly Williams plays with the same fire and passion he displayed in team’s first two wins of the tournament, then the Spinners have a good chance of redeeming themselves following an embarrassing 60-77 loss to the Teethmasters.

That runaway win enabled the Teethmasters to snap a two-game slide for a 2-3 record, the same slate of the Spinners.

Jason Castro, Gabby Espinas, Robert Sanz, Mark Moreno and Joefferson Gonzales are the other men Montaña coach Neil Parado must order his wards to contain.

With their crushing defeat the last time out, Alex Compton, Reed Juntilla, Froilan Baguion, Al Magpayo and Erick de la Cuesta are expected to come out strong against the Teethmasters.

Games Saturday (San Andres gym)

2 p.m.–Toyota Otis vs. Magnolia

4 p.m.–Hapee-PCU vs. Montaña

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04-18-2006, 09:26 AM
Sparks, Jewels seek to keep lead

First posted 02:47am (Mla time) April 18, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


AFTER halting the Montaña Jewels’ four-game winning run, Toyota Otis is looking at claiming another big victim.

Hoping to sustain their strong start, the Sparks aim to stay on top of the PBL Unity Cup when they clash with the Magnolia Spinners at 2 p.m. today at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

Dropped into a share of the lead with their conquerors, the Jewels will also try to keep their piece of the lead when they take the floor at 4 p.m. versus the Hapee-PCU Teethmasters.

Tail-enders in the last two conferences, the Sparks will come into the game with history not on their side.

To secure a fourth straight win, Toyota would have to go through a Magnolia side it has beaten only once in nine previous meetings.

“They have a tall and formidable frontline so you can’t take it easy when you are up against them,” said Toyota coach Louie Alas.

With veteran point guard Boyet Bautista and forward Erick Rodriguez listed as doubtful because of injuries, the Sparks, who share the top spot with the Jewels at 4-1, will again bank on center Joe Devance.

The 6-foot-7 Devance is averaging 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.

“Though some of my players have various injuries, we will still play as hard as we can,” said Alas. “We won our last three games because of extra effort, especially on defense.”

Expected to lead Magnolia’s offensive charge is Fil-Am Kelly Williams, the finals Most Valuable Player last conference.

But after norming 16.7 points in his first four games, Williams was woeful the last time out, his 2-of-27 shooting led to the Spinners’ downfall at the hands of the Teethmasters.

Montaña, led by Alex Compton and Froilan Baguion, will also try to recover from its first setback in five games.

Overcoming a huge 20-point deficit, Toyota Otis forged a come-from-behind 73-65 victory over Montana. Patrick Cabahug delivered off the bench, scoring 10 points in the final period.

Guard Ronald Bucao also provided an unexpected lift in Hapee-PCU’s 77-60 triumph over Magnolia.

While Jason Castro and Gabby Espinas delivered their usual numbers, Bucao contributed 11 points and four assists.

Castro remains as the league top scorer by norming 18 points per game, while Espinas maintains a double-double average of 11 markers and 10 boards. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-18-2006, 09:27 AM
Toyota, Montaña try to remain at helm

The Philippine Star 04/18/2006

Streaking Toyota Otis guns for its fourth straight victory as it battles Magnolia even as Montaña tries to regain its winning ways against Hapee-PCU at resumption of the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

The Sparks pulled the rug from under the Jewels, 73-65, last week to post their third straight victory for a share of the lead with their victim on 4-1 (win-loss) slates.

Though the Sparks have been playing with renewed confidence and vigor, Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas remains wary of the Spinners in their 2 p.m. encounter.

"I have respect for them (Spinners). They have a tall and formidable frontline so you can’t take it easy when you’re up against them," said Alas.

Besides, Magnolia has beaten Toyota eight times in their last nine meetings that’s why the Sparks are raring to score one over the Arwind Santos-led Magnolia squad.

Both the Spinners and the Teeth Sparklers and the Spinners are tied at fifth spot on 2-3 cards with the winner in their 4 p.m. clash joining Granny Goose Snack Masters in fourth place.

The Jewels remain confident despite blowing a 21-point third quarter lead and eventually losing to the Sparks.

"We’re still in high spirits, we’re not thinking of that loss anymore," said Montaña coach Nel Parado.

Montaña will be up against an unpredictable Hapee-PCU squad, which shocked Heroes Cup champion, 76-60.

"They’re taller and more experienced but we’re quicker so we’ll try to outrun them," said Hapee-PCU mentor Junel Baculi.

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04-19-2006, 08:42 AM
PBL UNITY CUP
Aces Compton, Santos come to the rescue

First posted 03:18am (Mla time) April 19, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the April 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ALEX Compton shot eight of his 16 points in extra time and the Montaña Jewels thwarted Hapee-PCU, 90-81, yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Still suffering from a nagging right calf injury, Compton powered the Jewels to the solo lead with their fifth win in six outings.

"He had a good game, I'm surprised that he played that well because he hasn't fully recovered," said Montaña coach Nel Parado.

Veteran forward Eric dela Cuesta also contributed 16 markers for the Jewels, who nearly came apart in the second half.

The Jewels also found it tough to secure the victory. Trailing by three in the dying seconds, it took a three-pointer by Robert Sanz in the last 7.1 ticks of regulation to give Montaña another shot at the solo leadership.

Earlier, Magnolia Ice Cream turned to Arwind Santos in the final period to quell Toyota Otis's late rally and post an 81-77 victory.

Heating up just in time, Santos unloaded 12 of his 17 points in the fourth canto after a relatively silent first three quarters.

"Arwind is like that, if you give him space to shoot, he'll take it," said coach Koy Banal after Magnolia improved its slate to 3-3. "He's composed and confident."

Kelly Williams also played true to form, collecting 16 markers and 13 boards after a miserable shooting performance in his last game.

Toyota Otis slipped to second place and joined Rain or Shine at 4-2.

The scores:

First Game

MAGNOLIA 81 -- Santos 17, Williams 16, Valenzuela 15, Isip 12, Misolas 7, Chan 6, Barcellano 4, Jones 2, Rizada 2, Te 0, Co 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 77 -- Devance 29, Aldave 16, Aban 9, Andaya 8, Coronel 4, Casio 4, Larong 3, Oreta 2, Daa 2, Baluyot 0, Cabahug 0, Bautista 0, Alcaraz 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 45-32, 62-48, 81-77

Second Game

MONTAÑA 90 -- Compton 16, Dela Cuesta 16, Baguion 13, Bono 12, Juntilla 10, Vergara 8, Rodriguez 6, Espiritu 4, Guerrero 3, Magpayo 2, Evangelista 0.

HAPEE-PCU 81 -- Castro 19, Espinas 15, Moreno 11, Sanz 10, Bucao 9, Gonsales 6, Solis 4, Guevarra 4, Belga 2, Canlas 1, Nailon 0, Razon 0, Garrido 0.

Quarters: 20-13, 40-28, 52-48, 68-68, 90-81

gameface_one
04-19-2006, 08:48 AM
Jewels alone at top after Sparks stumble
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By rey c. lachica

FOR SURE, Alex Compton can now make a full-length video of his end-game heroics.


The 6-foot guard added another highlight to his storied career in the PBL yesterday by coming through with another razzle-dazzle performance to lift Montaña Pawnshop to a spine-tingling 90-81 overtime win and into the solo lead in the 2006 Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

In another fine display of marksmanship, Compton tallied 16 points, including eight in extra five minutes. His only 3-point shot for the day turned out to be Montaña’s knockout punch as it gave the Jewels an 83-76 lead with only 60 ticks left.

Compton, who is still recuperating from a right calf injury, was not the only one who shone for the Jewels. Almost everybody contributed for Montaña’s cause, especially Erick dela Cuesta, who also fired 16 points.

Earlier, Magnolia Ice Cream, getting another big game from Arwind Santos in the final quarter, reaffirmed its mastery over Toyota Otis, 81-77.

With the win, the Jewels improved their record to 5-1 and revved up their bid to claim one of two outright semis berths. The Teethmasters, who rallied from several 16-point deficits to force the game into overtime, dropped to 2-4 in a tie with Harbour Centre.

"Kahit na ako nabigla sa performance ni Alex, alam ko may iniinda pa siya sa paa. Pero ganyan talaga si Alex," said coach Neil Parado. "He’s really a gem of a player."

Froilan Baguion and Kenneth Bono also made their presence felt as they combined for 25 points that enabled the Jewels to recover from their crushing defeat to the Sharks.

Held to just two points in the first half, the 6-foot-4 Santos, scored 12 of his team’s final 19 points to help the Spinners stop Toyota Otis’ smoldering comeback in the fourth quarter where it rallied from a 16-point deficit to set up a wild and exciting finish.

With the win, their third in six games and 9th overall over the Sparks dating back to two years ago, the Spinners redeemed themselves following the team’s 77-60 loss to the Teethmasters the last time out.

The Sparks dropped to second place at 4-2 in a tie with idle Rain or Shine.

"We relied much on our defense in the final half and thanks we got a big game from Santos despite his struggling start," said coach Koy Banal, who confessed that they experienced scary moments at the height of Toyota Otis’ mighty rally.

"They (Sparks) have the right attitude as shown in their last game so you can’t take easy when you’re playing against them," added Banal. "You see, we did not stop competing in each possession, especially in the final half."

gameface_one
04-19-2006, 08:50 AM
Spinners still hold sway over Sparks
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Games Wednesday (Olivarez Sports Center, Parañaque)

2 p.m.–TeleTech vs Hapee-PCU

4 p.m.–Granny Goose vs Toyota Otis

Magnolia Ice Cream, getting another big game from Arwind Santos in the final quarter, reaffirmed its mastery over Toyota Otis, 81-77, on Tuesday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Held to just two points in the first half, the 6-foot-4 Santos exploded for 12 of the team’s final 19 points to help the Spinners stop Toyota Otis’ smoldering comeback in the fourth quarter.

The Sparks had rallied from a huge16-point deficit to set up a wild and exciting finish.

With the win, their third in six games in the tournament and 9th over the Sparks in 10 meetings since two years ago, the Spinners somehow redeemed themselves after the team’s stinging 77-60 loss to Hapee-PCU on April 9.

The Sparks dropped to second place at 4-2 in a tie with idle Rain or Shine. Montana Pawnshop, the current leader at 4-1, was still playing Hapee-PCU at press time.

"We relied much on our defense in the final half and thanks we got a big game from Santos despite his struggling start," said coach Koy Banal, who confessed they experienced scary moments at the height of Toyota Otis’ mighty rally.

"They (Sparks) have the right attitude as shown in their last game, so you can’t take it easy when you’re playing against them," added Banal. "You see, we did not stop competing in each possession, especially in the final half."

Magnolia’s great resolve was typified by Santos and Kelly Williams who knocked in big baskets each time the Sparks threatened to grab the driver’s seat.

Almost given up for the dead after falling behind by 16 points, 44-60, late in the third, the Sparks, starring Joe Calvin Devance, rallied to within 69-70 with still three minutes left.

But Santos buried a triple and added a crucial charity to ease the tension, 78-73, with only 42 seconds remaining.

The result could have been different if not for some costly errors by the Sparks, including an own goal in the third quarter. Toyota coach Louie Alas also missed the services of Erick Rodriguez, while Boyet Bautista was used only for five minutes due to various injuries.

Magnolia’s victory also negated Devance’s splendid performance. He tallied a conference-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting and also finished with 9 rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

He did all that despite a bum stomach.

The aggressiveness of the Spinners was more evident in the first half, where they dominated both ends of the court to score 14 second change points on the way to a 45-32 lead at halftime.

Kim Valenzuela led Magnolia’s early surge, making all his three attempts from the two-point region and adding one from way beyond the 3-point arc to finish the half with 11 points.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 81 – Santos 17, Williams 16, Valenzuela 15, Isip 12, Misolas 7, Chan 6, Barcellano 2, Rizada 2, Te 0, Co 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 77 – Devance 29, Aldave 16, Aban 9, Andaya 8, Coronel 4, Casio 4, Larong 3, Oreta 2, Daa 2, Baluyot 0, Cabahug 0, Bautista 0, Alcaraz 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 45-32, 62-48, 81-77.

gameface_one
04-20-2006, 10:03 AM
Sparks shoot for solo second versus Tortillos

The Philippine Star 04/20/2006

Toyota Otis and Granny Goose seek to move closer to solo leader Montana Pawnshop as the two clash today in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Tied with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on 4-2 (win-loss) slates, the Sparks shoot for a win against the Tortillos in their 4 p.m. duel that would push them to solo second behind the Jewels (5-1).

A loss, however, would relegate Toyota Otis, which lost to Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream, 77-81, Tuesday, to a share of third place with Granny Goose, which totes a 3-3 card.

"It was a tough loss," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas referring to their recent loss where they climbed from 16 points down in the third quarter only to lose focus in the stretch.

"We just hope to learn from it and play harder than before," he added.

The Snack Masters, on the other hand, hope to ride on the crest of their stunning 62-61 triumph over the Painters before the Lenten break.

"If we can play like that again, we’ll have a chance against Toyota Otis," said Granny Goose mentor Robert Sison.

All eyes are expected to focus on Kelvin dela Pena, who banged in a floater over the outstretched arms of 6’10" Samigue Eman with less than a second to go that sealed the win.

"Although he’s still new to the team, he has already contributed to the team in so many ways," said Sison of the six-foot guard who played high school ball in Calgary, Canada before going to Mapua last year.

Meanwhile, former La Salle standout TY Tang will return to the league, this time suiting up for TeleTech against Hapee Toothpaste-PCU at 2 p.m.

Tang, a diminutive but lightning quick guard, is expected to provide stability to the Titans’ backcourt having taken part of La Salle’s two UAAP championship squads.

"He’s a fine player, he will be an asset to the team. With him, we hope we could stop our losing streak," said TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera.

The Titans have dropped five of their first six games while the Teeth Sparklers fared a little better with a 2-4 record.

gameface_one
04-20-2006, 10:04 AM
Tortillos face Sparks; TeleTech meets Hapee

First posted 03:32am (Mla time) April 20, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- TeleTech vs Hapee-PCU
4 p.m. -- Granny Goose vs Toyota Otis

IF COACH Louie Alas would have his way, there should be no more end-game rallies for the Toyota Otis Sparks.

Thus, the Sparks will try to get off fast and finish strong when they tackle Granny Goose Tortillos in the PBL Unity Cup at 4 p.m. today at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

"We have to play smart basketball from start to finish. We have to start well and not just play catch-up," said Alas, noting that the Sparks have been relying on comeback efforts in their last three games.

A key acquisition, though, has buoyed the hopes of the cellar-dwelling TeleTech Titans going into their 2 p.m. date with the Hapee-PCU Teethmasters.

TY Tang, the 5-foot-8 starting point guard of the De La Salle University Archers, will be suiting up for the Titans starting today.

"He's a fine player; he will be an asset to the team," said coach Jerry Codiñera. "We hope to stop our losing streak with him."

Toyota Otis displayed resiliency after pulling off come-from-behind victories against TeleTech and the league-leading Montaña Jewels.

But luck ran out on the Sparks when their rally fell short versus the Magnolia Spinners, 81-77, last Tuesday.

Despite the explosive performance of Filipino-American Joe Devance, the Sparks saw their three-game winning streak end as they fell into a tie with Rain or Shine for second place at 4-2.

The 6-foot-7 Devance delivered 29 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

Kelvin dela Peña shone in Granny Goose's 62-61 triumph over defending champion Rain or Shine, scoring 7 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner.

The Tortillos seek their fourth win with Dela Peña teaming up with big men JR Quiñahan and Alfie Gijaldo. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
04-20-2006, 10:10 AM
TeleTech aims to stop skid
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EXPECT ANOTHER explosive action today as Granny Goose Tortillos battles Toyota Otis while TeleTech hopes to stop its bleeding when it battles Hapee-PCU in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Though Toyota Otis has a better win-loss record (4-2) over Granny Goose Tortillos which has a 3-3 mark, the Snackmasters are still slightly favored to prevail when they clash at 4 p.m.

For one, the Snackmasters are coming off a dramatic 62-61 win over Rain or Shine last week — big thanks to Kelvin dela Pena’s heroics, while the Toyota Otis Sparks suffered a heartbreaking 77-81 loss to Magnolia Ice Cream only two days back.

The TeleTech Titans, on the other hand, will be banking on new recruit and former La Salle star TY Tang to end an alarming three-game skid.

The Titans are languishing at the cellar with a 1-5 record while the Teethmasters dropped to 2-4 after absorbing a stinging 81-90 overtime loss to league-leading Montaña Pawnshop the other day.

The 5-foot-8 Tang is expected to provide stability and poise to the Titans having played in two UAAP championships for the Archers. He’s not only adept in setting up the team’s offense but he’s also armed with a deadly touch from way beyond the 3-point arc.

Even TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera is convinced that Tang will play a key role in the team’s maiden campaign, saying: "He’s a fine player, he will be an asset to the team. With him, we hope we could stop our losing streak."

But for the Titans to prevail, Nino Gelig, Mel Latoreno and Ariel Capus have to raise their game several notches, especially the way they make their shot selection.

Save for a crushing 63-77 loss to Harbour Centre the last time out, the Titans have forced their opponents to play aggressively in the end game to secure the win.

Hapee coach Junel Baculi must again squeeze the best out of his seasoned players in Gabby Espinas, Robert Sanz, Mark Moreno and Jason Castro to absolve themselves from their defeat to the Jewels.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas is confident they can bounce back from their sorry defeat to the Spinners although he sees a tough and rugged encounter.

"We have to play smart basketball from start to finish to have a better chance against Granny. We have to start well and not just play catch-up," said Alas, noting that they came from behind to win two of their last three wins.

gameface_one
04-20-2006, 10:13 AM
Tortillos, Titans try to move up ladder
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Expect another explosive twinbill in the Philippine Basketball League on Thursday as Granny Goose Tortillos battles Toyota Otis while TeleTech takes on Hapee-PCU in the 2006 Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Though Toyota Otis has a better win-loss record (4-2) over Granny Goose Tortillos (3-3), the Snackmasters are slightly favored to prevail when they clash at 4 p.m.

For one, the Snackmasters are coming off a dramatic 62-61 win over Rain or Shine last week, big thanks to Kelvin de la Pena’s heroics, while the Toyota Otis Sparks suffered a heart-breaking 77-81 loss to Magnolia Ice Cream only two days back.

The TeleTech Titans, on the other hand, will be banking on new recruit and former La Salle star Tyrone Tang to end an alarming three-game skid.

The Titans are languishing at the cellar with a 1-5 record while the Teethmasters dropped to 2-4 after absorbing a stinging 81-90 overtime loss to league-leading Montaña Pawnshop on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-8 Tang is expected to provide stability and poise to the Titans, having played in two University Athletics Association of the Philippines championships for the Archers. He’s not only adept at setting up the team’s offense; he’s also armed with a deadly touch from way beyond the 3-point arc.

Even TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera is convinced that Tang will play a key role in the team’s maiden campaign, saying: "He’s a fine player, he will be an asset to the team. With him, we hope we could stop our losing streak."

But for the Titans to prevail, Nino Gelig, Mel Latoreno and Ariel Capus have to raise their game several notches, especially the way they pick their shots.

Save for a crushing 63-77 loss to Harbour Centre the last time out, the Titans have forced their opponents to play aggressively in the end game to secure the win.

Hapee coach Junel Baculi must again squeeze the best out of his seasoned players in Gabby Espinas, Robert Sanz, Mark Moreno and Jason Castro to absolve themselves from their defeat to the Jewels.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas is confident they can bounce back from their sorry defeat to the Spinners, although he sees a tough and rugged encounter.

"We have to play smart basketball from start to finish to have a better chance against Granny. We have to start well and not just play catch-up," said Alas, noting that they came from behind to win two of their last three wins.

Despite a bum stomach, Joe Calvin Devance was awesome the last time out, scoring a conference-high 29 points. But he has to exert extra effort against the tough-guarding Snackmasters to duplicate his scoring outburst.

Dela Pena, JR Quinahan, Alfie Grijaldo and Marvin Cruz will again spearhead the offense of the Snackmasters.

Games Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center, Parañaque)

2 p.m.–TeleTech vs. Hapee-PCU

4 p.m.–Granny Goose vs. Toyota Otis

gameface_one
04-21-2006, 08:13 AM
Small is big for Otis
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By rey c. lachica

The smallest guy in the lineup stood tallest yesterday.


Boyet Bautista came through with a magnificent one-man show late in the game to lift Toyota Otis to a pulsating 68-67 win over Granny Goose Tortillos and into solo second in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The 5-foot-7 Bautista scored Toyota Otis’ final eight points, including a tough lay-up with just seven ticks left in powering the Sparks to their fifth win in seven starts.

Earlier, Hapee Philippine Christian University deepened the wounds of TeleTech yesterday as the Teethmasters handed the Titans a 68-63 setback.

Banking heavily on the backcourt tandem of Jason Castro and Mark Moreno, the Teethmasters made a decisive run in the third period and then withstood Teletech’s spirited challenge late in the game to close out its first-round campaign on a high note.

With the Sparks trailing 60-62, Bautista ignited a wild celebration for Toyota Otis supporters when he buried back-to-back 3-point shots that gave them a 66-64 lead.

Although the Snackmasters managed to grab the lead following a three-point play by Jireh Ibanez and two free throws from Alfie Grijaldo, the Sparks were not to be denied.

Like a tornado, Bautista blew past his defenders to score the game-winning shot. The win was a fitting rebound from their setback to Magnolia two days ago.

Bautista finished with 13 points — all in the final half.

JR Quinahan tallied 28 points for Granny Goose but was scoreless in the final quarter.

After a quiet performance in the first half, the 5-foot-10 Castro went berserk in the final quarter, scoring 11 of his 19 points in leading the Teethmasters to their third win in seven games.

The Titans absorbed their fourth straight defeat for a 1-6 record. They need to win all their remaining five games to have a chance of playing in the quarterfinal round.

"I have to give it to my players, especially Jason and Mark who delivered the big baskets when we needed them most," said coach Junel Baculi. "But we have to play harder in our next games if we want to advance in the next round."

gameface_one
04-21-2006, 08:16 AM
Sparks edge Tortillos; Hapee wins

First posted 02:37am (Mla time) April 21, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the Apr. 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BOYET Bautista caught fire down the stretch as the Toyota Otis Sparks slipped past Granny Goose Tortillos, 68-67, in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Bautista unloaded eight of his 13 points in the final two minutes, including the winning layup in the last 7.1 seconds, as the Sparks claimed solo second with a 5-2 record.

The Sparks spoiled the huge effort of Tortillos center JR Quiñahan, who finished with a game-high 28 markers and 11 rebounds.

Earlier, Jason Castro continued his strong play to power Hapee-PCU to a 68-63 victory over the TeleTech Titans.

Castro shot 11 of his 19 points in the final quarter as the Teethmasters improved to 3-4.

TeleTech took its fourth straight loss.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE-PCU 68 -- Castro 19, Solis 10, Espinas 8, Sanz 7, Moreno 7, Belga 7, Baculi 6, Guevarra 4, Nailon 0, Bucao 0, Gonzales 0, Razon 0.

TELETECH 63 -- Duncil 16, Mercado 8, Sierra 7, Capus 7, Latoreno 7, Doruelo 5, Mendoza 5, Tang 5, Gelig 2, Estrada 1, Villamin 0, Magdadaro 0.

Quarters: 15-20, 27-30, 43-40, 68-63

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 68 -- Devance 15, Bautista 13, Aban 12, Aldave 10, Larong 5, Oreta 4, Daa 4, Casio 3, Andaya 2, Coronel 0, Cabahug 0.

GRANNY GOOSE 67 -- Quiñahan 28, Ibañes 11, Latonio 10, Santos 5, Cruz 5, Grijaldo 4, Dela Peña 2, Alfad 2, Concha 0, Ferrer 0, Bravo 0, David 0 Gavino 0, Saldua 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 34-29, 49-51, 68-67

gameface_one
04-21-2006, 08:16 AM
Bautista binge ignites Sparks
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/21/2006

Boyet Bautista uncorked an eight-point splurge in the final two minutes as Toyota Otis edged Granny Goose, 68-67, yesterday to close in on Montana in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Bautista flicked two straight triples that turned a 60-62 deficit into a 66-62 lead with over a minute remaining in the contest although the Tortillos strung up five unanswered points to regain control, 67-66.

But the 5’10" Letran standout drove past Kelvin dela Pena off a Mark Andaya screen in the ensuing Toyota offensive and then launched baseline shot over the outstretched arms of Abby Santos that went in.

With 7.7 seconds left, Dela Pena, who scored the game-winner in Granny Goose’s 62-61 win over Rain or Shine before the Lenten break, threw a wayward shot before Andaya foiled Alfie Grijaldo’s putback as time expired, triggering a celebration at the Toyota bench.

The victory thus hiked Sparks’ record to 5-2, staying just half-a-game behind the pacesetting Montana Jewels (5-1).

Earlier, Hapee Toothpaste-PCU leaned on the backcourt duo of Jason Castro and Mark Moreno as it downed TeleTech, 68-63, to clinch its third win against four losses.

Castro scattered 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter while Moreno added seven, including a triple and three foul shots, in the final 29 seconds to seal the win for the Dolphins.

"I have to give it to Jason and Mark, they delivered the big baskets when we needed it most," said Hapee-PCU mentor Junel Baculi.

Holding a shaky 59-58 lead, Hapee went to Moreno, who drained a shot from behind the arc before the Bacolod City native, who also had five boards and five assists, added three more charities to cap his endgame heroics.

gameface_one
04-22-2006, 10:13 PM
Jewels try to keep lead

First posted 04:46am (Mla time) April 22, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the April 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer



INTERIM coach Nel Parado didn't expect the Montaña Jewels to adapt quickly to his system, but he hopes the Jewels will continue their cohesive play when they face Harbour Centre in the PBL Unity Cup today.

"I didn't expect that we'll have a good start," said Parado, who was tapped as interim coach less than two months ago. "But I've always thought Harbour Centre is a good team. From the start, I picked them as one of the top teams."

The Jewels will vie to keep the solo lead at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. battle between last conference's finalists Rain or Shine and Magnolia Ice Cream at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Veterans Alex Compton and Eric dela Cuesta keyed the Jewels' bid for the solo lead at 5-1 after nipping Hapee-PCU, 90-81, in overtime last Tuesday.



Joseph Yeo proved to be instrumental in Harbour Centre's resurgence, averaging 22 points in the Portmasters' back-to-back victories. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
04-22-2006, 10:16 PM
Harbour eyes upset vs Montaña
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SURPRISE LEADER Montaña Pawnshop tries to cement its hold of the lead when it battles dangerous Harbour Centre today while Rain or Shine and Magnolia Ice Cream renew their brewing rivalry in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Enjoying perhaps their finest start since joining the league in 1998, the Jewels are determined to add the Port Masters to their growing list of victims when they clash in the opening game of an exciting twin bill beginning at 2 p.m.

A Montaña victory will boost the Jewels’ bid to claim one of two outright semis berths. With a 5-1 record, the Jewels need to win only three of their next five games to assure themselves of a playoff for the second semis berth.

But the Jewels will have their hands full against the rejuvenated Harbour Centre squad, having won its last two games, the latest was a smashing 77-63 win over TeleTech two weeks ago - thanks to the inspired performances of LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo.

Rain or Shine, on the other hand, is out to settle an old score against Magnolia at 4 p.m. in a game expected to be as exciting and emotional as their title series in the Heroes Cup last February.

The Spinners made history in that compelling title series when they rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win the championship — their second since rejoining the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

Adding color to their rivalry is the expected shootout between Rain or Shine’s Jojo Tangkay and Magnolia’s main man in Arwind Santos. Aside from their scoring prowess, the two figured in a heated confrontation that led to Tangkay’s suspension in the deciding Game 5 of the series.

Santos said he has long forgiven Tangkay who was found guilty of hitting the wiry 6-foot-4 forward in Game 4, but the desire to beat one of the most successful teams in league history remains burning.

Also worth watching is the marquee match-up between Montaña’s Alex Compton and Yeo.

Despite a right calf injury, Compton sizzled with 16 points to lead Montaña to a thrilling 90-81 overtime win over Hapee-PCU.

After a so-so performance in the team’s first four games, Yeo has raised his level of game several notches to the delight of coach Jorge Gallent. Yeo normed 22 points in the team’s last two games.

Though coach Leo Austria has a slew of big men, led by the 6-foot-10 Samigue Eman, 6-foot-7 JR Reyes and a combo of six-foot-5 in Jun Jun Cabatu, Marvin Ortiguera and Jay Sagad, someone from the team must stop Kelly Williams from dominating the shaded lane.

Magnolia has yet to win back-to-back games but coach Koy Banal hopes that their 81-77 win over Toyota Otis last Tuesday would be the start of their winning run. But to beat Rain or Shine, Banal said they have to work doubly hard, especially on the defensive end.

gameface_one
04-23-2006, 02:02 PM
Montaña nips Harbour, retains Unity Cup lead

First posted 03:28am (Mla time) April 23, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A32 of the April 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


MONTAÑA Pawnshop thwarted Harbour Centre's gritty comeback in the final five minutes yesterday to score a heart-pounding 69-66 win and cement its hold of the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

On the verge of another collapse, the Jewels leaned on Alex Compton to post their second straight win and sixth overall in seven games as the Davao-based squad closed out its first round campaign on a high note.

Compton canned two pressure-packed charities in the final 15 seconds and then helped the team foil Harbour Centre's last offensive.

While Montaña had to go through the wringer, Rain or Shine's victory over Magnolia Ice Cream was swift and easy.

Behind the inspired plays of Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguera and Samigue Eman, the Elasto Painters came through with an explosive fourth quarter to turn a close contest into a rout, 63-52.

Rain or Shine gained a share of second place with Toyota Otis at 5-2, while Magnolia dropped to 3-4 in the company of Hapee-PCU and Granny Goose Tortillos.

Ortiguerra topscored for Rain or Shine with 14 points, but it was the 6-foot-10 Eman who provided the highlight of the game - a towering dunk that sent the crowd in frenzied celebration.

The Jewels appeared headed to a runaway win after posting a 62-45 lead early in the fourth. But the Port Masters clawed their way back into the fight.

Held scoreless in the third, Joseph Yeo of Harbour Center recovered and tallied 16 in the fourth, highlighted by three straight triples that moved them to within 66-67 with still 25.1 seconds left.

Harbour Center fell to 2-5.

The scores:

First Game

MONTAÑA 69-Vergara 16, Bono 12, Baguion 11, Compton 6, Rodriguez 6, Juntilla 6, Espiritu 3, Guerrero 3, dela Cuesta 3, Magpayo 3.

HARBOUR CENTRE 66-Yeo 24, Tonerio 8, Arana 6, Alonzo 5, Maierhofer 5, Paterno 4, Reyes 4, Coching 3, Gaco 2, Chia 2, Saguindel 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 37-34, 57-41, 69-66.

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 63-Ortiguerra 14, Tangkay 11, Malabanan 8, Tan 8, Eman 6, Reyes 6, Urra 2, Sagad 2, Enrile 2, Cabatu 2, Sta. Maria 2, Orbeta 0, Alastre 0.

MAGNOLIA 62-Williams 15, Chan 10, Co 8, Misolas 5, Isip 5, Valenzuela 3, Rizada 3, Santos 2, Barcellano 1, Jones 0, Te 0.

Quarters: 12-17, 32-29, 44-42, 63-52.

gameface_one
04-23-2006, 02:07 PM
Montaña survives Harbour
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By rey c. lachica

MONTAÑA PAWNSHOP survived Harbour Centre’s barrage of three-point shots in the final five minutes yesterday to eke out a thrilling 69-66 decision and solidify its hold of the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


In posting their second straight win and sixth overall in seven games, the Jewels had to lean again on the steady hands of Alex Compton to close out their first round campaign on a high note.

Compton essayed the hero’s role again — just like the many times he rescued the team from the jaws of defeat — by sinking two pressure-packed charities in the final 15 seconds and then helped the team foil Harbour Centre’s last offensive attack to prevail.

While Montaña had to go through the wringer, Rain or Shine’s victory over Magnolia Ice Cream was swift and easy.

Behind the inspired plays of Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguera and Samigue Eman, the Elasto Painters came through with an explosive fourth quarter show to turn a close contest into a rout, 63-52.

"Kahit elimination pa lang to, maganda panalo na to dahil Magnolia ang kalaban," said coach Leo Austria.

"We have to play a lot harder in the second round."

With the win, Rain or Shine gained a share for second to third places with Toyota Otis while Magnolia dropped to 3-4 in the company of Hapee-PCU and Granny Goose Tortillos.

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04-23-2006, 02:09 PM
Jewels stop Harbour five
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Montaña Pawnshop thwarted Harbour Centre’s gritty comeback in the final five minutes to score a heart-pounding 69-66 win on Saturday and cement its hold of the lead in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Facing the specter of another collapse, the Jewels leaned on the steady hands of Alex Compton to post their second straight win and sixth overall in seven games, as the Davao-based squad closed out its first-round campaign on a high note.

The Port Masters fell to 2-5.

Compton canned two pressure-packed charities in the final 15 seconds and then helped the team foil Harbour Centre’s last offensive attack to prevail.

"I was afraid that we will lose again after taking a huge lead but thanks we managed to hang on and beat one of the strong teams in the league," said coach Nel Parado. "Good thing the boys didn’t panic too much."

For a while, the Jewels appeared headed to a runaway win after posting a 62-45 lead early in the fourth, but the Port Masters refused to give up the fight easily as they clawed their way back, inch by inch, to give the Jewels a big scare.

Held scoreless in the third after scoring eight in the first two quarters, Joseph Yeo recovered his bearing as he tallied 16 points in the fourth, including three straight triples that moved them to within 66-67 with still 25.1 seconds left.

The Port Masters had the chance to send the game into overtime with a triple, but they failed to get that opportunity as the Jewels tightened their defensive screws.

Unable to find Yeo, Chico Lanete was forced to shoot from the three-point area—a move that surprised even coach Jorge Gallent.

Still, they hoped that a miracle would come.

But they were frustrated, as Lanete terribly missed his target, allowing Montana camp to heave a big sigh of relief.

The scores:

MONTANA 69 – Vergara 16, Bono 12, Baguion 11, Compton 6, Rodriguez 6, Juntilla 6, Espiritu 3, Guerrero 3, de la Cuesta 3, Magpayo 3.

HARBOUR CENTRE 66 – Yeo 24, Tonerio 8, Arana 6, Alonzo 5, Maierhofer 5, Paterno 4, Reyes 4, Coching 3, Gaco 2, Chia 2, Saguindel 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 37-34, 57-41, 69-66.

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04-24-2006, 09:04 AM
Toyota Otis zooms past TeleTech
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/24/2006

Toyota Otis uncorked another strong finishing kick to complete a stirring fightback from 23 points down as it turned back TeleTech, 82-80, yesterday to seize solo second spot in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Fil-Am Joe Devance fired 27 points, including the go-ahead basket down the stretch that sealed the Sparks’ sixth victory in eight games to close in on leader Montaña, which paces the field with a 6-1 (win-loss) slate.

The former University of Texas-El Paso — a Division I school — standout also had nine rebounds.

Boyet Bautista, who powered the Sparks to a come-from-behind 68-67 victory over Granny Goose Thursday, got the rest of the job done, scoring a season-high 16 points, including 12 from behind the arc.

More importantly, the spitfirish Bautista set up Devance in the closing seconds of the match for the clincher.

"I don’t know what happened, but I’m happy that we didn’t give up," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

In the other game, Granny Goose overpowered Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 66-54, to notch its fourth triumph against the same number of setbacks.

The Teeth Sparklers fell to their fifth defeat against three wins.

It was the fourth straight game that the Sparks rallied after trailing by 20 points or more. They won three, including two over the heavily favored Jewels and Snack Masters.

On the other hand, it was a sorry loss for the Titans, who led by as many as 23 points, 49-26, early in the third period only to disintegrate in the clutch in the face of the Sparks’ torrid run. TeleTech reeled to its seventh loss against a win.

After a spirited chase, the Sparks finally caught up with the Titans at 75-all on a breakaway lay-up by Bautista.

JV Casio and Jojo Duncil had a pair of foul shots each to knot the count anew at 77-all but a Devance basket and a Bautista free throw shove the Sparks to an 80-77 advantage.

Ariel Capus faked off Jireh Ibanez for a long trey that tied the score for only the fourth time in the game at 80-all before Bautista and Devance finished off the Titans with their drive-and-draw play.

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04-24-2006, 09:06 AM
Sparks pull off another come-from-behind win





MAKE TOYOTA Otis as the league’s comeback kid. The Sparks again rallied from a huge 23-point deficit yesterday to score a stirring 82-80 win over a hardluck TeleTech squad and grab solo second at the start of the second round of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


And just like their dramatic 68-67 win over Granny Goose Tortillos last Thursday, the Sparks leaned again on the gutsy plays of Boyet Bautista, the team’s little dynamo, to post their sixth win in eight starts and register the biggest come-from-behind win so far.

They also came back from a 20-point deficit to beat Montaña Pawnshop in the first round.

The Snackmasters vented their ire on the Hapee-PCU Teethmasters by scoring a 66-54 win in the second game for a 4-4 record.

With JR Quinahan imposing his will inside the paint, the Snackmasters got off a fine start while limiting the Teethmasters to a paltry four points – the lowest output in any quarter so far. The Teethmasters never recovered after that and fell to 3-5.

The 5-foot-7 Bautista made a clutch play when needed most, coming up with a perfect assist on Joe Devance in the shaded lane to score the game-winning basket only seven ticks left.

Devance topscored for the Sparks with 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field aside from contributing 9 boards and two assists. Bautista wound up with 16 points highlighted by four triples.

Also shining for Toyota Otis was Marco Fajardo who ignited a blistering third quarter comeback with a rare four-point play.

The setback was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Jerry Codiñera as the Titans appeared to have sewn up the win after leading as much as 49-26 early in the third. The Titans fell to 1-7.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas was surprised with their win, saying: "Hindi ko nga alam kung paano nangyari. But again it was a total team effort although I have to credit Marco for fuelling our comeback."

After a hard chase, the Sparks finally caught up with the Titans at 75-all – thanks to two free throws of Aaron Aban and another courageous drive by Bautista.

The Titans took an 80-77 lead left but Ariel Capus knocked in a long trey to level the count for only the third time, only 18.2 seconds remaining.

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04-25-2006, 07:44 AM
Jewels stake solo top spot vs Painters

First posted 01:40am (Mla time) April 25, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 25, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


OFF TO its finest start, Montaña Pawnshop tries to keep the solo lead when it kicks off its second-round campaign against Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

After a mediocre performance in the last conference, the Jewels dominated the first round with a 6-1 card, its best start since joining the league in 1998.

“I did not expect that we would emerge on top,” said Jewels coach Nel Parado. “I thought that if we’d be in the middle, it would still be okay. But the hard work, patience and perseverance of my players are paying off.”

Unlike early leaders Montaña and Rain or Shine, Magnolia Ice Cream and Harbour Centre will try to recover from a poor first-round performance when they clash at 2 p.m.

Coach Leo Austria hopes for consistency in Rain or Shine’s second encounter with Montaña at 4 p.m.

The Jewels leaned on the heroics of Froilan Baguion to slip past the Elasto Painters, 60-58, in the first round.

“We led most of the game, even taking a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but we still came out losers. I can’t forget that loss,” said Austria.

The Painters have been banking on last conference’s Most Valuable Players Jojo Tangkay and their intimidating roster of big men.

Veteran forward Marvin Ortiguerra proved instrumental in giving the Painters their fifth win, scoring 14 points in their 63-52 victory over Magnolia last Saturday.

The Jewels, in contrast, have been banking on their streaky shooters led by Alex Compton, Baguion and Al Vergara.

Guards have been leading Harbour Centre’s campaign, but they failed to pull it off in the closing minutes against Montaña last Saturday.

Joseph Yeo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter as he unloaded 16 points, including three straight triples, in Harbour Centre’s 69-66 conquest of Montaña.

Magnolia edged Harbour Centre, 63-57, in their first-round match. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-25-2006, 07:47 AM
Painters seek revenge, piece of lead vs Jewels

The Philippine Star 04/25/2006

Rain or Shine takes on pacesetting Montana today, raring to avenge its frustrating setback in a game it dominated in their first round clash and gain a share of the lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Coach Leo Austria said his wards’ 58-60 loss to Montana still rankles and the Elasto Painters have vowed to go flat out in their 4 p.m. encounter not only to redeem themselves but also to seize a piece of the lead with the Jewels and the idle Toyota Sparks.

"We led most of the game, even taking a 10-point lead in the fourth but we still came out losers. I would never forget that setback," said Austria, referring to their first round loss to the Jewels.

Montana paces the field with a 6-1 (win-loss) mark while Rain or Shine is in third with a 5-2 mark, half a game behind Toyota Otis, which totes a 5-2 slate.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream tangle at 2 p.m. with the Port Masters out to get even with the Spinners. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses that saw the Spinners drop to 3-4 and the Port Masters fall to 2-5.

The Jewels surprisingly topped the first round elims with a 6-1 record — their finest start since joining the league in 1998.

Even coach Nel Parado expressed surprise at their new found strength that toppled the much stronger teams and emerged as the No. 1 team in the first round.

"I did not expect that we will emerge on top. But all the hard work, patience and perseverance of my players are paying off," said Parado.

Meantime, Boyet Bautista of Toyota Otis was selected as Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps.

The 5-foot-7 Bautista stood tallest among a bevy of fine performers for the week as helped the Sparks to two big wins, the latest was an 82-80 win over the TeleTech Titans.

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04-25-2006, 07:52 AM
Painters eye revenge
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RAIN OR Shine coach Leo Austria admits he suffered a lot when they lost to Montaña Pawnshop in the first round.


Austria considered their 60-58 loss as one of the cruelest setbacks he suffered as a coach in years, saying: "We led most of the game, even taking a 10-point lead in the fourth but we still came out as losers. Hindi ko talaga makakalimutan ang talong iyon."

So expect the Elasto Painters to pull out all the stops when they clash with the Jewels today in a game with so much at stake in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Austria and company are not only determined to seek revenge but they’re also itching to gain a piece of the lead in their game that will start at 4 p.m.

Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream meet at 2 p.m. with the Port Masters out to get even with the Spinners. Both teams are coming off disappointing setbacks that saw the Spinners drop to 3-4 while the Port Masters fall to 2-5.

A Rain or Shine victory will enable the Elasto Painters to forge a three-way tie for the lead with

the Jewels and idle Toyota Otis. Rain or Shine, owned by the family of Raymond Yu and Terry Que, are sporting a 5-2 slate.

The Jewels surprisingly topped the first round elims with a 6-1 record - their finest start since joining the league in 1998.

Even coach Nel Parado could not explain it well how they managed to fashion out those victories against the much stronger teams to emerge as the No. 1 team in the first round.

Meantime, Boyet Bautista of Toyota Otis was selected as Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps. The 5-foot-7 Bautista stood tallest among a bevy of fine performers for the week as helped the Sparks to two big wins, the latest was a stirring 82-80 comeback win over the TeleTech Titans.

The Jewels will go into today’s game emboldened by a 69-66 win over the Port Masters the last time out. But the Elasto Painters seem to be more fired-up and inspired having beaten Heroes Cup finals tormentor Magnolia, 63-52, last Saturday.

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04-25-2006, 07:59 AM
Painters, Austria aim for revenge vs. Jewels
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Rain or shine coach Leo Austria admits he suffered a lot when they lost to Montaña Pawnshop in the first round.

Austria considered their 60-58 loss as one of the cruelest setbacks he suffered as a coach in years. "We led most of the game, even taking a 10-point lead in the fourth but we still came out as losers. I really won’t forget it," he said.

So expect the Elasto Painters to pull out all the stops when they clash with the Jewels on Tuesday in a game with so much at stake in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

Austria and company are not only determined to seek revenge, they’re also itching to gain a piece of the lead in their game that will start at 4 p.m.

Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream meet at 2 p.m., with the Port Masters out to get even with the Spinners. Both teams are coming off disappointing setbacks that saw the Spinners drop to 3-4 and the Port Masters fall to 2-5.

A Rain or Shine victory will enable the Elasto Painters to forge a three-way tie for the lead with the Jewels and idle Toyota Otis. Rain or Shine, owned by the family of Raymond Yu and Terry Que, is sporting a 5-2 slate.

The Jewels surprisingly topped the first-round eliminations with a 6-1 record—their finest start since joining the league in 1998.

Even coach Nel Parado could not explain it well how they managed to fashion out those victories against the much stronger teams to emerge as the No. 1 team in the first round.

"I did not expect that we would emerge on top. I would have been content for us to finish in the middle of the pack. But all the hard work, patience and perseverance of my players are paying off," said Parado.

Meantime, the PBL Press Corps selected Boyet Bautista of Toyota Otis as Player of the Week.

The 5-foot-7 Bautista stood tallest among a bevy of fine performers for the week as helped the Sparks to two big wins, the latest an 82-80 win over the TeleTech Titans.

The Jewels will go to the court emboldened by a 69-66 win over the Port Masters the last time out. But the Elasto Painters seem to be more fired-up and inspired having beaten Heroes Cup finals tormentor Magnolia, 63-52, last Saturday.

The match-up between Jojo Tangkay, Rain or Shine’s top gunner, and Alex Compton, Montana’s go-to-guy, is expected to provide further excitement to the game.

Besides Compton, the other concern of Austria is deadly backcourt tandem of Froilan Baguion and Al Vergara.

The 5-foot-8 Baguion emerged as the biggest star for the Jewels during their first round win over the Elasto Painters. He scored the team’s final 10 points behind his gutsy drives.

With the intensity displayed by his big men, especially Marvin Ortiguerra and Samigue Eman, Austria is hopeful they can erase the bitter memory of their first round loss to the Jewels.

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04-26-2006, 08:34 AM
Painters overcome Jewels in overtime
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By rey c. lachica

MARVIN ORTIGUERRA has indeed blossomed into a clutch shooter.


The beefy 6-foot-5 forward provided the spark while Erwin Sta. Maria supplied the needed firepower as Rain or Shine outsteadied Montana Pawnshop in a gripping shootout to eke out a 94-86 overtime and force a three-way tie for the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Ortiguerra, who tallied 21 points, sent the game into overtime with a triple from a broken play and then fueled Rain or Shine’s blistering start in the extra period with a completed three-point play to turn the game around.

"It was a hard win but we have to take it. Montana is for real, di sila basta-basta kalaban and they proved it," said coach Leo Austria. "But the experience of my boys, especially Marvin and Erwin spelled the difference."

The 6-foot-2 Sta. Maria was equally spectacular, coming off the bench to lead the Elasto Painters with 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the 3-point zone.

Though he missed all his two free throws he was 2-of-2 from the 2-point zone.

Earlier, Kelly Williams produced another double-double performance as Magnolia Ice Cream reaffirmed its mastery over Harbour Centre, 74-65.

With the win, the Elasto Painters gained a piece of the lead with the Jewels and Toyota Otis at 6-2.

The Jewels got off to a roaring start, taking a 25-11 lead but the Elasto Painters rallied slowly but surely to set up a wild and thrilling finish.

Also shining for Rain or Shine was Jojo Tangkay who fired 20 points, including five in overtime.

Al Magpayo paced the Jewels with 19 points while Baguion added 14.

The Jewels appeared headed for another repeat after leading, 77-74 with 32 ticks left but Ortiguera rescued the Elasto Painters with a 3-point shot.

A big letdown in the team’s stinging defeat to Rain or Shine the last time out, the 6-foot-7 Williams did almost everything on the court as he tallied 22 points and grabbed 11 boards as he helped the Spinners scuttle Harbour’s late surge.

"On-and-off kami sa first round, para kaming fluorescent lamp na matagal mag-ilaw. This second round, we wanted to be a bulb na para umilaw ka agad," said coach Koy Banal.

Banal also hoped that the win - their fourth in eight outings - would be the catalyst they needed to start a winning streak.

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04-26-2006, 08:35 AM
Painters outlast Jewels in OT
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/26/2006

Rain or Shine, drawing big games from an unlikely pointmaker in Erwin Sta. Maria, rallied to beat Montaña, 94-86, in overtime yesterday to grab a share of the lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Coming off the bench, Sta. Maria drained six of the eight shots he took from behind the arc to finish with personal season-high 22 points as he helped power the Elasto Painters to force a three-way tie at the helm with the Jewels and the Toyota Otis Sparks with 6-2 (win-loss) slates.

"If not for him, we would have lost this game," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria referring on his 6-foot-1 Mapua standout.

Marvin Ortiguerra also shone for Rain or Shine, firing 21 points, including a triple with 2.2 seconds to go in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Jojo Tangkay, the Heroes Cup MVP, then took over in extra period as he scored five of his 20 points in that stretch to finish off the Jewels.

Earlier, Magnolia Ice Cream banked on its tall frontline as it trounced Harbour Centre, 74-65, to even its card to 4-4.

Kelly Williams took charge for the Spinners as the high-leaping Fil-Am churned out a 22-point, 11-rebound effort.

Mark Isip also had 15 points while last year’s MVP Arwind Santos scored six of his 10 points in the fourth to secure the victory for Magnolia.

"We hope we can sustain our strong start here in the second round," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal, whose charges finished a disappointing 3-4 (win-loss) slate in the first round.

Joseph Yeo had 12 points but no other player from Harbour Centre managed to come up with a double digit score as the Port Masters reeled to their sixth setback against two wins.

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04-26-2006, 08:35 AM
Painters gain tie for lead

First posted 00:31am (Mla time) April 26, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the April 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ERWIN Sta. Mariz sizzled off the bench to lift Rain or Shine over Montaña Pawnshop, 94-86, in overtime yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Sta. Maria pumped in a personal conference-high 22 points built on a 6-of-8 shooting from the three-point area as the Elasto Painters forged a three-way tie for the lead at 6-2 with the Jewelers and the idle Toyota Otis Sparks.

Marvin Ortiguerra also shone for Rain or Shine, knocking in the game-tying triple with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, en route to a 21-point effort.

Earlier, Kelly Williams hardly looked injured as he poured in 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Magnolia Ice Cream past Harbour Centre, 74-65.

Williams, who’s still nursing an ankle injury, joined hands with Mark Isip and Arwind Santos in the second half as the Spinners improved their mark to 4-4.

“It was almost a won game for Montaña, but our experience showed, especially Ortiguerra. And if it wasn’t for Sta. Maria, we would not have won this game,” said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria.

The Painters zoomed past the Jewels with an 11-2 spurt, capped by back-to-back triples from Sta. Maria and Jojo Tangkay, to take an 88-79 advantage in the extra period.

Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, 16-30, the Painters leaned on Sta. Maria and Ortiguerra to mount a comeback in the second half.

“I hope we can sustain our strong start in the second round,” said coach Koy Banal. “We had three good wins in the first round, but we couldn’t sustain it. We’re just waiting for back-to-back wins.”

Only Joseph Yeo, who shot 12 points, finished in double figures for the Portmasters, who slipped to 2-6.

The Spinners orchestrated a 10-0 spurt to take a 57-47 lead early in the fourth period after a 47-47 deadlock in the closing minutes of the third quarter.

The Portmasters rallied but couldn’t get any closer than five points, 67-62.

The scores:

First Game

MAGNOLIA 74 -- Williams 22, Isip 15, Santos 10, Misolas 7, Chan 6, Valenzuela 4, Jones 4, Rizada 3, Te 3, Co 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 65 -- Yeo 12, Gaco 9, Reyes 9, Arana 7, Tenorio 6, Chia 5, Alonzo 4, Maierhofer 4, Gamboa 4, Lanete 3, Coching 2, Luanzon 0, Paterno 0.
Quarters: 22-21, 37-31, 51-47, 74-65

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 94 -- Sta. Maria 22, Ortiguerra 21, Tangkay 20, Reyes 12, Eman 12, Malabanan 5, Enrile 2, Tan 0, Cabatu 0, Sagad 0, Orbeta 0.

MONTAÑA 86 -- Magpayo 19, Baguion 14, Bono 11, Juntilla 9, Dela Cuesta 8, Compton 8, Rodriguez 8, Guerrero 3, Espiritu 2, Vergara 0, Bonus 0.
Quarters: 11-25, 36-47, 56-61, 77-77, 94-87 (OT)

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04-26-2006, 08:41 AM
Spinners stamp class on Port Masters anew
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Kelly Williams produced another double-double performance on Tuesday as Magnolia Ice Cream reaffirmed its mastery over Harbour Centre, 74-65, in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

A big letdown in the team’s stinging defeat to Rain or Shine the last time out, the 6-foot-7 Williams did almost everything on the court, as he tallied 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to help the Spinners scuttle Harbour’s late surge.

"We were on-and-off in the first round, like a fluorescent lamp that takes a while to light. This second round, we wanted to be a bulb that lights up right away," said coach Koy Banal.

The Magnolia mentor also hoped that the victory, their fourth in eight outings, would be the catalyst for a winning streak.

"I hope this would jumpstart everything for us," said Banal, who is out to give his team its second straight title and third PBL crown overall since rejoining the league in 2003.

The Spinners snapped a 47-47 count by unleashing 10 straight points while forcing the Port Masters to shoot tentatively, that led to three airballs.

The Spinners even bloated their lead to 65-53 on two free throws by Williams with still over three minutes left.

But the Port Masters refused to give up, as they came through with a 9-2 run that pushed them to within 62-67, only 40 ticks left.

That proved to be their last stand, as Arwind Santos hit two more free throws to finally take the sting out of the Port Masters.

Santos and Mark Isip, who combined for 25 points and 13 boards, ably supported Williams.

Joseph Yeo was the only player from Harbour to score in double figures, as the rest struggled in the face of Magnolia’s tight defense.

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04-27-2006, 07:56 AM
Austria sees no easy tiffs for Painters in Unity Cup

First posted 02:30am (Mla time) April 27, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the April 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


COACH LEO Austia believes there are still no easy games ahead for Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup even after toppling league-leader Montaña Pawnshop.

"You can't take it easy against any team in the league right now. Every team is strong," said Austria as Rain or Shine tackles the struggling Hapee-PCU today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Para¤aque.

While Rain or Shine shoots for its third straight win at 4 p.m., Toyota Otis will also vie to keep possession of first place in its 2 p.m. match versus Harbour Centre.

"Hapee is coming off a defeat so I'm sure coach Junel (Baculi) will find ways to motivate his players to beat us," said Austria.

Rain or Shine is coming off a huge 94-86 overtime win versus Montaña last Tuesday. Erwin Sta. Maria provided the unexpected boost as he came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points on a 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

The former Mapua standout shared scoring chores with Marvin Ortiguerra and Jojo Tangkay as the Elasto Painters rallied in the extra period.

Toyota Otis also staged its own comeback win to repulse TeleTech, 82-80, last Sunday. Point guard Boyet Bautista played the hero's role for the second straight game as he spearheaded the Sparks' recovery from a 23-point deficit.

Rain or Shine crushed Hape e-PCU, 66-48, while Toyota Otis had a tougher time in disposing Harbour Centre, 76-74, in their first-round encounters.

Although Jason Castro averages a league-leading 17.1 points per game for Hapee-PCU, team star Gabby Espinas is coming off his worst offensive performance this conference.

Espinas scored just three points on a 1-of-8 shooting from the field in the Teethmasters' 54-66 setback to Granny Goose. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-27-2006, 08:03 AM
Painters tackle Hapee 5; Sparks face Port Masters
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Buoyed by its victory over erstwhile solo leader Montaña Pawnshop, Rain or Shine tries to score another big one over Hapee-PCU, even as Toyota Otis shoots for its third straight win Thursday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Teethmasters were beaten black and blue by the Elasto Painters, 48-66, in the first round, but Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria expects a close and exciting encounter this time when they clash at 4 p.m.

"You can’t take it easy against any teams in the league right now. All are strong," said Austria after steering the Elasto Painsters to a vengeful 94-86 overtime win over the Jewels last Tuesday, when they shot an impressive 51 percent from the field.

"Hapee is coming off a defeat so I’m sure coach Junel [Baculi] will find ways to motivate his players to beat us," added Austria, who is hoping to draw the same firepower from his players, especially Marvin Ortiguera and Erwin Santa Maria.

The Toyota Otis Sparks also try to boost their bid for one of two outright semis when they tangle with slumping Harbour Centre starting at 2 p.m.

Though the Sparks beat the Port Masters in the first round, 76-74, coach Louie Alas is likewise wary about their chances, believing Harbour Centre is just waiting for the right time to explode.

Considering its depth and experience, Harbour Centre was one of the four teams favored to advance into the semis. But things are not looking good for them now.

LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo must step up big time before the Port Masters run out of time. Big men Jerwin Gaco, Robb Reyes, Rico Maierhofer and Jerome Paterno must also do their share to end an alarming skid.

Adding color to the Harbour Centre-Toyota Otis showdown is the backcourt duel of Tenorio and Boyet Bautista. The 5-foot-7 Bautista was spectacular in the team’s last two wins, thus earning the Player of the Week award from the PBL Press Corps.

Toyota Otis’ Joel Calvin Devance is also expected to give Harbour coach Jorge Gallent more headaches.

Devance sizzled with 27 points in the team’s 82-80 win over TeleTech in a game where the Sparks rallied mightily from a huge 23-point deficit.

Ortiguera and Sta. Maria typified Rain or Shine’s torrid shooting. While it was Ortiguerra who sent the game into overtime with a long trey from a broken play, Sta. Maria settled the outcome of the game.

Sta. Maria came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points on an astounding 6-of-8 shooting from the 3-point zone. Ortiguerra tallied four triples on the way to 21 points. In all, the Elasto Painters converted 35 of 69 tries from the field.

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04-27-2006, 08:05 AM
Painters, Sparks hope to keep PBL top spot
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BOUYED BY its victory over erstwhile solo leader Montaña Pawnshop, Rain or Shine tries to score another big one over Hapee-PCU even as Toyota Otis shoots for its third straight win today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


The Teethmasters were beaten black and blue by the Elasto Painters in the first round, 48-66, but Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria expects a close and exciting encounter this time when they clash at 4 p.m.

"You can’t take it easy against any teams in the league right now. Lahat malalakas," said Austria after steering the Elasto Painsters to a vengeful 94-86 overtime win over the Jewels last Tuesday where they shot an impressive 51 percent shooting from the field.

"Hapee is coming off a defeat so I’m sure coach Junel (Baculi) will find ways to motivate his players to beat us," added Austria, who is hoping to draw the same firepower from his players, especially Marvin Ortiguera and Erwin Sta. Maria.

The Toyota Otis Sparks also try to boost their bid for one of two outright semis when they tangle with slumping Harbour Centre starting at 2 p.m. The Sparks are currently tied for the lead with the Elasto Painters and Jewels at 6-2.

Though the Sparks beat the Port Masters in the first round, 76-74, coach Louie Alas is likewise wary about their chances, believing Harbour Centre is just waiting for the right time to explode.

Considering its depth and experience, Harbour Centre was one of the four teams favored to advance into the semis. But things are not looking good for now as they could only win two games in eight starts.

LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo must step up big time before the Port Masters run out of time. Big men Jerwin Gaco, Robb Reyes, Rico Maierhofer and Jerome Paterno must also do their share to end an alarming skid.

Adding color to the Harbour Centre-Toyota Otis showdown is the backcourt duel of Tenorio and Boyet Bautista. The 5-foot-7 Bautista was spectacular in the team’s last two wins, a feat that earned him the Player of the Week award from the PBL Press Corps.

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04-28-2006, 07:33 AM
Painters prevail, wrest solo lead

First posted 01:55am (Mla time) April 28, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the April 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


RAIN OR SHINE pounced on Hapee-PCU's crucial error down the stretch to post a 62-59 squeaker and grab the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City yesterday.

Nursing a slim 60-59 edge, the Elasto Painters watched the Teethmasters' usually dependable Jason Castro give it all away with a wild pass. The win was Rain or Shine's seventh in nine matches.

Jun Jun Cabatu sealed the victory for the Elasto Painters with two free throws off Gabby Espinas with only 14 seconds remaining.

Heroes Cup Most Valuable Player Jojo Tangkay led Rain or Shine with 13 points, 12 of them in the second half, while Marvin Ortiguerra and Jay-R Reyes combined for 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"It was a close win, it was so hard but I told you, all the teams now are strong," coach Leo Austria said in Filipino. "Good thing, they (Teethmasters) turned the ball over."

Earlier, LA Tenorio got the better of his showdown with Boyet Bautista as Harbour Centre exacted a vengeful 80-71 victory over Toyota Otis and kept its quarterfinals bid alive.

Humbled the last time out, Tenorio made sure there would be no more meltdown just like what happened in their first meeting won by the Sparks, 76-74. The 5-foot-8 spitfire came through with a 3-point shot in the final two minutes to take the sting out of the Sparks.

The former Ateneo de Manila University ace finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the three-point area, and grabbed five boards to help Harbour Centre to its third win in 9 starts.

The Sparks, who scored an 82-80 come-from-behind win over TeleTech the last time out, slipped to 6-3.

Bautista, the team's hero in their last two wins, wound up with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

"That's the Tenorio I've known before, sharp and quick," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I'm so glad that LA and Joseph (Yeo) played their usual roles just like during their UAAP days. I hope to get more from them in our future games."

The high-leaping Yeo also made good account of himself, finishing with a game-high 17 points on an impressive 8-of-16 shooting from the field. He also dished out six assists, grabbed four boards and stole once in 32 minutes of action.

The Sparks fell behind by 18 points midway in the second quarter as Harbour's Chico Lanete waxed hot, scoring 10 of his 14 points.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 80 -- Yeo 17, Tenorio 15, Lanete 14, Arana 11, Gamboa 8, Gaco 7, Maierhofer 4, Alonzo 2, Saguindel 2, Chia 0, Paterno 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 71 -- Devance 16, Bautista 13, Aban 11, Andaya 7, Fajardo 6, Daa 5, Aldave 4, Casio 4, Cabahug 3, Larong 2, Corobel 0, Alcaraz 0, Oreta 0, Rodriguez 0.

Quarters: 20-17, 44-32, 67-57, 80-71.

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 62 -- Tangkay 13, Ortiguerra 12, Reyes 10, Cabatu 8, Sta. Maria 6, Malabanan 4, Sagad 4, Eman 3, Enrile 2, Orbeta 0, Tan 0.

HAPEE 59-Espinas 13, Moreno 11, Belga 9, Castro 8, Solis 6, Sanz 6, Guevarra 4, Baculi 2, Canlas 0, Gonzales 0, Garrido 0.

Quarters: 13-10, 29-22, 46-43, 62-59.

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04-28-2006, 07:37 AM
More shine than rain for Painters
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By rey c. lachica

THE TRIP to the top was long and tedious, but it was gratifying for Rain or Shine.


The Elasto Painters pounced on two crucial turnovers by Hapee-PCU to eke out a thrilling 62-59 win and grab the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Behind 59-60, the Teethmasters had two chances to either tie or grab the lead but the usually dependable Jason Castro self-destructed, committing a throwing error, thus blowing their chances of scoring an upset win.

"It was a close win, it was so hard but I told you, lahat ng teams ngayon malalakas," said coach Leo Austria. "Good thing, they (Teethmasters) turned the ball over."

Jun Jun Cabatu sealed the win for the Elasto Painters with two free throws off Gabby Espinas’ foul 14 seconds remaining.

Hapee failed to score in the ensuing play — no thanks to Rain or Shine’s swarming defense that saw Sanz miss his three-point attempt.

Earlier, LA Tenorio got the better of his marquee showdown with Boyet Bautista yesterday as Harbour Centre exacted a sweet 80-71 revenge over Toyota Otis and kept its quarterfinals bid alive.

Jojo Tangkay led Rain or Shine with 13 points while Marvin Ortiguerra and Jay-R Reyes combined for 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Humbled the last time out, the 5-foot-8 Tenorio made sure there would be no more meltdown like what happened in their first meeting as he came through with a crucial 3-point shot in the final two minutes to take the sting out of the Sparks.

The former Ateneo ace finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the three-point area and grabbed five boards to help Harbour Centre post its third win in 9 starts.

The Sparks, who scored a dramatic 82-80 come-from-behind win over TeleTech the last time out, slipped to 6-3.

Bautista, the team’s hero in their last two wins, wound up with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

"That’s the Tenorio I’ve known before, sharp and quick," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I’m so glad that LA and Joseph (Yeo) played their usual roles just like during their days in their UAAP days. Hope to get more from them in our future games."

The high-leaping Yeo also made good account of himself, finishing with a game-high 17 points on an impressive 8-of-16 shooting from the field. In a fine display of all-around game, he also dished out six assists, grabbed four boards and stole once in 32 minutes of action.

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04-28-2006, 07:40 AM
Port Masters drown Sparks behind Tenorio
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LA Tenorio got the better of his marquee showdown with Boyet Bautista on Thursday as Harbour Centre exacted sweet revenge over Toyota Otis, 80-71, and kept their quarterfinals bid alive in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Centre.

Humbled the last time out, the 5-foot-8 Tenorio made sure there would be no meltdown by the Port Masters like in their first meeting, as he came through with a crucial 3-point shot in the final two minutes to take the sting out of the Sparks.

The former Ateneo ace finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point area and grabbed five boards to help Harbour Centre post its third win in nine starts.

The Sparks, who scored a dramatic 82-80 come-from-behind win over TeleTech the last time out, slipped to 6-3.

Bautista, the team’s hero in their last two wins, wound up with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

"That’s the Tenorio I’ve known before, sharp and quick," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I’m so glad that LA and Joseph [Yeo] played their usual roles just like during their days in their UAAP days. I hope to get more from them in our future games."

The high-leaping Yeo finished with a game-high 17 points on an impressive 8-of-16 shooting from the field. He also dished out 6 assists, grabbed 4 boards and stole once in 32 minutes of action.

The Sparks fell behind by 18 points midway in the second quarter as Harbour’s Chico Lanete waxed hot, scoring 10 of his 14 points. But the Sparks came through with several spurts that enabled them to close in at 67-73 on a power play by Joe Calvin Devance.

But Tenorio, who terribly missed an earlier attempt from near the free throw area, came through with a knockout punch—the 3-pointer that all but dashed the Sparks’ flickering hopes.

Gallent said the win was a big morale-boosting one since they will be facing Rain or Shine on Sunday.

"We hope this would be the start of our winning streak," said Gallent, who was delighted with the team’s 13 fastbreak points and another 14 on second chances.

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04-29-2006, 08:28 AM
Jewels gun for share of lead vs Titans

First posted 11:57pm (Mla time) April 28, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the April 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


AFTER yielding the solo lead to Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup, the Montaña Jewels will try to recover their winning groove versus struggling newcomer TeleTech Titans today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Jewels will again vie for a piece of the top at 2 p.m. behind the leadership of Alex Compton and Froilan Baguion.

Granny Goose and Magnolia Ice Cream, meanwhile, will try to overcome their surprisingly erratic performances this conference. Toting similar 4-4 cards, both teams will vie for their first back-to-back victories at 4 p.m.

Coach Koy Banal remains hopeful that his Spinners, last conference's champion, will find their winning form.

"Our game has been on and off, so we hope to be more consistent," said Banal after the Spinners opened their second-round campaign with a 74-65 triumph against Harbour Center.

"We're just waiting for our back-to-back wins, that's our hump that we have to overcome."

The Tortillos are expected to turn to big man JR Quiñahan, Kelvin dela Peña and Jett Latonio, who topscored with 16 points in their recent 66-54 win over Hapee-PCU.

The Jewels, who sport a second-best 6-2 card, are coming off a disappointing 86-94 overtime loss to Rain or Shine last Tuesday. After taking control most of the game, the Jewels couldn't find their scoring touch in the extra period. Jasmine W. Payo

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04-29-2006, 08:33 AM
Montaña seeks share of PBL lead
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MONTAÑA PAWNSHOP tries to get back on the winning track when it battles TeleTech today while Granny Goose Tortillos eyes a repeat over Magnolia Ice Cream in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Though the Jewels are coming off a stinging 86-94 overtime loss to Rain or Shine last Tuesday, the Davao-based squad is still favored to prevail over the Titans when they tangle starting at 2 p.m.

The Jewels, who are sporting a second-best 6-2 record, beat the Titans 65-62 in the opener last April 23.

Granny Goose Tortillos and Magnolia Ice Cream, both carrying similar 4-4 records, part ways at 4 p.m.

A Montaña victory will enable the Jewels to tie Rain or Shine for the lead. The Elasto Painters vaulted in front following the team’s close 62-59 win over Hapee-PCU last Thursday.

With a 1-7 record, the Jerry Codiñera-mentored Titans must win at least four of their last six games to avoid being eliminated. The last two teams after the elims will be booted outright while the top two will advance outright to the semis.

Alex Compton, Froilan Baguion, Kenneth Bono, Al Magpayo and Reed Juntilla are expected to carry the scoring load for the Jewels while Niño Gelig and TY Tang will spearhead the assault for the Titans.

Odds are just about event for both the Spinners and Snackmasters since both teams also coming off similar big wins. The Spinners trounced Harbour Centre, 74-65 behind another monstrous performance of Kelly Williams.

The Snackmasters, who are bidding to improve on their third place finish in the Heroes Cup, will go into the game likewise emboldened by a 66-54 win over Hapee-PCU last Sunday.

Since Magnolia has yet to win back-to-back games, coach Koy Banal is expected to use it as the team’s rallying point to start a run of their own.

"On and off ang laro namin, so we have to be consistent this time in the hope of catching up with the frontrunners," said Banal. "Dapat parang bulb kami na madaling umilaw ka agad." But that won’t be easy.

The Snackmasters, bannered by RJ Quinahan, Jet Latonio, Abby Santos, KC dele Peña and Marvin Cruz, surprised the Spinners with their deliberate half-court offense to score a 64-55 victory the first time they clashed this conference.

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04-29-2006, 08:34 AM
Montana seeks share of lead against Titans
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Montana Pawnshop tries to get back on the winning track when it battles TeleTech while Granny Goose Tortillos eyes a repeat over Magnolia Ice Cream on Saturday in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Though the Jewels are coming off a stinging 86-94 overtime loss to Rain or Shine on Tuesday, the Davao-based squad is still favored to prevail over the Titans when they tangle starting at 2 p.m.

The Jewels, who are sporting a second-best 6-2 record, beat the Titans 65-62 in the opener on April 23.

Granny Goose Tortillos and Magnolia Ice Cream, both carrying similar 4-4 records, part ways at 4 p.m.

A Montana victory will enable the Jewels to tie Rain or Shine for the lead. The Elasto Painters vaulted in front after their close 62-59 win over Hapee-PCU on Thursday.

With a 1-7 record, the Jerry Codiñera-mentored Titans must win at least four of their last six games to avoid being eliminated. The last two teams after the elims will be booted outright while the top two will advance outright to the semifinals.

Alex Compton, Froilan Baguion, Kenneth Bono, Al Magpayo and Reed Juntilla are expected to carry the scoring load for the Jewels, while Nino Gelig and TY Tang will spearhead the assault for the Titans.

Odds are just about event for both the Spinners and Snackmasters since both teams also coming off similar big wins. The Spinners trounced Harbour Centre, 75-64, behind another monstrous performance by Kelly Williams.

The Snackmasters, who are bidding to improve on their third place finish in the Heroes Cup, will go into the game also emboldened by a 66-54 win over Hapee-PCU last Sunday.

Since Magnolia has yet to win back-to-back games, coach Koy Banal is expected to use it as the team’s rallying point to start a run of their own.

"We’re playing on and off, so we have to be consistent this time in the hope of catching up with the frontrunners," said Banal. "We should be like a light that turns on with just a flick of the switch."

But that won’t be easy.

The Snackmasters, bannered by RJ Quinahan, Jet Latonio, Abby Santos, KC de la Peña and Marvin Cruz, surprised the Spinners with their deliberate half-court offense to score a 64-55 victory the first time they clashed this conference.

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04-30-2006, 08:11 AM
Jewels regain luster, trip Teletech in PBL Unity Cup

First posted 03:18am (Mla time) April 30, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the April 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


A GUTSY Al Vergara buried a three-pointer with barely a second left to lift the Montaña Jewels to a thrilling 64-63 escape over the Teletech Titans in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Vergara's unlikely game-winner from the left corner with seven-tenths of a second remaining capped a mighty comeback by the Jewels from seven points down inside the final two minutes.

The win, their seventh in nine games, boosted the Jewels back into the lead with idle Rain or Shine.

"In the stretch that we needed points, I put Vergara in," said coach Nel Parado of the 5-foot-7 point guard, who scored a game-high 17 points on a 3-of-3 shooting clip from beyond the arc.

"The (last) play was not for him but he took the shot and nailed it. We really needed the win and the players showed it."

It was the sixth straight loss in a 1-8 card for the Titans, who blew a huge lead for the second straight game.

Alex Compton contributed 14 points for Montaña, including a key triple with 48.3 ticks left that got the Jewels back in the fight.

In the second game, Granny Goose started out strong and coasted to a 65-45 victory against an out-of-sync Magnolia Ice Cream side.

Leaning on a balanced attack, the Tortillos scored their first back-to-back wins for a fourth-best 5-4 record.

"It was a big win against Magnolia. We had a good game thanks to our defense," said Tortillos coach Robert Sison.

With Magnolia unable to buy a basket, Granny Goose zoomed to a 32-9 advantage late in the second quarter.

The Spinners, who scored a measly 16 points in the first half, slipped to 4-5.

Larry Rodriguez opened the fourth period with seven straight points to push the Jewels ahead, 54-52.

The scores:

First Game

MONTAÑA 64-Vergara 17, Compton 14, Bono 13, Rodriguez 9, Baguion 4, Guerrero 3, Espiritu 2, Dela Cuesta 2, Atablanco 0, Magpayo 0, Juntilla 0.

TELETECH 63-Mercado 12, Sierra 7, Doruelo 7, Magdadaro 6, Tang 6, Gelig 5, Latoreno 5, Capus 4, Duncil 4, Tolentino 3, Villamin 2, Estrada 2, Mendoza 0, Labitag 0.

Quarters: 10-18, 26-41, 47-52, 64-63

Second Game

GRANNY GOOSE 65-Saldua 8, Concha 8, Iba¤es 8, Alfad 7, Santos 7, Latonio 6, Cruz 6, Dela Pe¤a 5, Grijaldo 4, Qui¤ahan 2, Ferrer 2, David 2, Gavino 0, Chua 0, Ababon 0.

MAGNOLIA 45-Williams 15, Santos 12, Isip 4, Dela Cruz 3, Co 3, Rizada 3, Jones 3, Barcellano 1, Misolas 1, Natividad 0, Bombeo 0, Te 0, Valenzuela 0.

Quarters: 19-8, 34-16, 53-33, 65-45

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04-30-2006, 08:21 AM
Montaña nips TeleTech
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By rey c. lachica

THIS TIME, it was Al Vergara’s turn to shine for Montaña Pawnshop.


The wily 5-foot-8 guard buried a long corner three-point shot with just .7 second left yesterday as the Jewels scored a thrilling 64-63 come-from-behind win over a hard-luck TeleTech Titans and gained a share of the lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

In a game dominated mostly by the Titans, the Jewels showed great resolve as they fought back fiercely from 26-41 hole to score another heart-warming comeback win to tie idle Rain or Shine for the lead at 7-2.

Equally impressive was Granny Goose Tortillos which scored a 65-45 victory over Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream in the second game.

No one from the Snackmasters scored in double figures but their swarming defense was enough to reaffirm their mastery over the Spinners, who were held to a conference low 45 points.

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05-01-2006, 10:57 AM
Harbour Centre breaks long slump

The Philippine Star 05/01/2006

Chico Lanete and LA Tenorio joined forces in a bristling endgame assault yesterday as Harbour Centre checked its five-game slump in its head-on matches with Rain or Shine, 59-56, in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Center in Parañaque.

Lanete and Tenorio combined for 19 points, including clutch baskets at the finish, leading the Port Masters to their fourth win in 10 games.

Ending Rain or Shine’s mastery of their personal rivalry, Harbour Centre enabled Montaña Pawnshop to gain the solo lead in the standings with a 7-2 card, relegating the Elasto Painters to joint second place with the Toyota Otis squad on identical 7-3 slates.

Toyota Otis whipped Hapee PCU, 69-59, in the other game.

"Finally, we succeeded against Rain or Shine. I told the boys that if they want to play in the quarterfinals then we have to beat Rain or Shine and they did," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

With the Port Masters facing the prospect of another endgame meltdown, the 5-foot-11 Lanete took matters into his own hands, burying a booming trey that terribly hurt the Elasto Painters.

Tenorio, who had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals, joined Lanete in the attack later on as the Port Masters went on to seal their first win over the Elasto Painters in their last six games.

"Nakabawi rin kami sa kanila. With this big win, I hope we could play much better in our next game," said Gallent, who also drew a fine performance from the 6-foot-6 Robert Reyes.

Aside from coming up with a solid defensive effort, Reyes contributed 11 points that helped make up for the so-so showing of top gun Joseph Yeo. The former La Salle ace was held to just four points – a far cry from his average of 16 points a game.

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05-01-2006, 10:57 AM
Portmasters halt Painters by 3
Toyota Otis raps Hapee-PCU five


First posted 03:10am (Mla time) May 01, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the May 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BACKUP point guard Chico Lanete drained a three-pointer with 40.3 seconds left as Harbour Centre stunned league-leader Rain or Shine, 59-56, in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Portmasters scored their first franchise win over the seasoned Elasto Painters despite the absence of team star Joseph Yeo, who was ejected with 2:28 minutes left in the third period for hitting Gilbert Malabanan..

"Finally after six tries, Harbour Centre won versus Rain or Shine," said coach Jorge Gallent. "Lanete won it for us despite a sprained ankle."

Jay-R Reyes finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while LA Tenorio delivered another all-around performance with 11 markers, 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals.

In the second game, Toyota Otis regained control in the fourth quarter to post a 69-59 victory over Hapee-PCU.

The Sparks tied Rain or Shine for second place at 7-3, behind Montaña Pawnshop (7-2). Harbour Centre picked up its second straight win for a 4-6 slate, while Hapee-PCU dropped to 3-7.

Despite Yeo's ejection, the Portmasters stubbornly held on to the lead until Marvin Ortiguerra and Reyes teamed up to trim the deficit to a point, 54-53.

An Ortiguerra triple finally pushed the Painters on top for the first time, 56-54, with 1:42 left.

But Lanete responded with a clutch triple to push the Portmasters ahead, 57-56, with only 40.3 ticks left. Tenorio then nailed only one of his three free throws for 58-56, giving the Painters a chance to turn the game around.

But the Painters missed their last three attempts, including Eugene Tan's potential winning triple in the dying seconds.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 59 -- Reyes 11, Tenorio 11, Alonzo 8, Lanete 8, Dy 5, Gaco 4, Maierhofer 4, Yeo 4, Gamboa 2, Arana 2, Coching 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 56 -- Ortiguerra 15, Reyes 10, Enrile 9, Malabanan 7, Tangkay 7, Sta. Maria 4, Tan 3, Cabatu 1, Orbeta 0, Sagad 0, Eman 0.

Quarters: 16-10, 27-19, 42-39, 59-56

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 69 -- Rodriguez 10, Aldave 9, Casio 9, Coronel 8, Oreta 7, Devance 7, Bautista 5, Daa 4, Alcaraz 4, Fajardo 4, Baluyot 2, Larong 0, Cabahug 0.

HAPEE-PCU 59 -- Sanz 23, Solis 10, Espinas 8, Castro 5, Amaparado 4, Garrido 2, Moren0 2, Bucao 0, Guevarra 0, Gonzales 0, Razon 0, Baculi 0.

Quarters: 17-15, 36-26, 48-41, 69-59

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05-01-2006, 11:02 AM
Harbour sinks Rain or Shine
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By REY C. LACHICA

ALMOST WRITTEN off after a string of heartbreaking setbacks, Harbour Centre reintroduced itself big time yesterday.


And what a relief it was for coach Jorge Gallent, and of course to Montaña Pawnshop coach Nel Parado.

Beaten five times by the same time since joining the league two years ago, Gallent drew big games from his small guys — LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete — as the Port Masters scored a thrilling 59-56 win over Rain or Shine and boosted their quarterfinals bid in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Gym in Parañaque.

With Harbour’s victory, the Jewels grabbed the solo lead at 7-2 as the Elasto Painters slipped to 7-3. It was the fourth win in 10 games for Harbour Centre.

Toyota Otis also gained a tie for second to third places with Rain or Shine by also scoring a vengeful 69-59 win over Hapee-PCU in the second game.

The Sparks rode on the splendid performance of Erik Rodriguez, especially in the second quarter, had the Teethmasters their seventh setback in 10 games.

"Finally, we succeeded in beating Rain or Shine. I told the boys that if they want to play in the quarterfinals then we have to beat Rain or Shine and they did," said Gallent who was delighted with the performances of his small guys.

Though the 5-foot-8 Tenorio came through with a double-double performance, scoring 11 points and dishing out the same number of assists in 28 minutes of play, it was Lanete who spelled the big difference.

With the Port Masters facing the prospect of another meltdown after losing the lead 56-54, the 5-foot-11 Lanete took matters into his own hands, burying a booming trey which turned out to be the dagger into the hearts of the Elasto Painters, 40 ticks left.

The Elasto Painters had several chances to regain the lead but Erwin Sta. Maria missed his 3-point shot in the next play and Marvin Ortiguera also failed on his follow-up bid that led Tenorio to the stripe with 10 seconds remaining.

Tenorio, who also had four rebounds and two steals, managed only a split of his charities but the Elasto Painters’ outside shooting failed them again as Erwin Sta. Maria and Ortiguerra missed one after another.

Tenorio pegged the final count with another split.

The win was actually a revenge of sort for the Port Masters after being swept by the Elasto Painters in their semis series in the Heroes Cup.

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05-01-2006, 11:15 AM
Port Masters snap jinx vs ‘Rain’
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Chico Lanete and LA Tenorio combined in an explosive endgame assault Sunday as Harbour Centre beat Rain or Shine for the first time in six games, 59-56, giving Montaña Pawnshop the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

With Harbour’s victory, the Jewels, sporting a 7-2 card, managed to grab the solo lead without a sweat. The Elasto Painters slipped to 7-3. It was only the fourth win in 10 games for Harbour Centre, but more importantly, the Port Masters finally ended their jinx.

Aside from being swept in their semis series in the Heroes Cup in February, the Port Masters also lost to the Elasto Painters in three previous meetings.

"Finally, we succeeded in beating Rain or Shine. I told the boys that if they want to play in the quarterfinals then we have to beat Rain or Shine and they did," said Gallent, who was delighted with the performances of his small guys.

The 5-foot-8 Tenorio was again brilliant, drilling in 11 points and dishing out the same number of assists in 28 minutes of play. But the day simply belonged to Lanete.

With the Port Masters facing the prospect of another meltdown after losing the lead 56-54, the 5-foot-11 Lanete took matters into his own hands, burying a booming trey that proved to be the pivotal basket with 40 ticks left.

The Elasto Painters had several chances to regain the lead, but Erwin Sta. Maria missed his 3-point shot in the next play and Marvin Ortiguera also failed on his follow-up bid that led Tenorio to the stripe with 10 seconds remaining.

"I hope we could play much better in our next game," said Gallent, who also drew a fine performance from the 6-foot-6 Robert Reyes.

Besides coming up with a solid defensive effort, Reyes also contributed 11 points that made up for the so-so showing of top gunner Joseph Yeo.

The former La Salle ace was held to just four points—a far cry from his average of 16 points.

The scores: First Game

Harbour Centre 59 - Tenorio 11, Reyes 11, Lanete 8, Alonzo 8, Dy 5, Yeo 4, Gaco 4, Maierhofer 4, Gamboa 2, Araña 2, Coching 0.

Rain or Shine 56 - Ortiguerra 15, Reyes 10, Enrile 9, Malabanan 7, Tangkay 7, Sta. Maria 4, Tan 3, Cabatu 1, Eman 0, Sagad 0, Orbeta 0. Quarters: 16-10, 27-19, 42-39, 59-56.

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05-02-2006, 09:57 AM
Jewels try to pull away from pack

The Philippine Star 05/02/2006

Montana tries to firm up its hold of the lead as it battles Magnolia even as TeleTech eyes a repeat over Granny Goose Tortillos today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

With the stroke of luck, the Jewels (7-2) found themselves on top of the heap again — thanks to Harbour Centre’s surprise 59-56 win over Rain or Shine last Sunday.

Although Magnolia is coming off a 45-65 loss to Granny Goose Tortillos, Montaña coach Nel Parado won’t take the Spinners lightly.

"We have 50-50 chance in the game because Magnolia is coming off a loss," said Parado, whose wards also beat the Spinners, 68-60, in the first round. "But just like other teams in the league, we’re prepared against them. It’s a must win for us."

Gametime is at 4 p.m.

Meantime, Granny Goose Tortillos and TeleTech clash in the 2 p.m. opener with the Snackmasters installed the overwhelming favorites against a squad out to snap a six-game losing streak.

But TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera is hoping they could beat the Snackmasters again. TeleTech’s only win so far came at the expense of the Snackmasters, 78-69.

A Montaña victory will give the Jewels a cushion over Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis, which tote similar 7-3 marks.

With a 4-5 record, the Spinners are also in a must-win situation as they try to revive their bid for one of two automatic semis berths.

Although he acknowledges Magnolia’s depth and experience, Parado believes that their cohesiveness will give them the edge over the Spinners.

But to repeat over the Spinners, Parado said they must come up with another concerted effort, especially on the defensive end to prevent Magnolia’s 1-2 punch Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams from doing their thing.

Parado is also counting on Kenneth Bono, Reed Juntilla and the wily Froilan Baguion.

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05-02-2006, 10:02 AM
Jewels stake solo lead vs Spinners

First posted 05:20am (Mla time) May 02, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE MONTAÑA Jewels will try to keep the solo lead against the inconsistent Magnolia Spinners in the PBL Unity Cup at 4 p.m. today at the San Andres gym in Manila.

“It’s hard to read Magnolia; its performance has been up and down,” said Jewels coach Nel Parado of last conference’s champion, which surprisingly hasn’t scored back-to-back wins.

“But just like with the other teams in the league, we’re prepared against them,” added Parado.

The Granny Goose Tortillos are also cautious in their 2 p.m. tussle versus the TeleTech Titans.

Although struggling in its league debut, TeleTech’s lone victory came against Granny Goose, 78-69, in the first round.

“It’s a must-win for us,” said Tortillos coach Robert Sison. “We can’t take them lightly. They have a bunch of big players and I think (Titans mentor Jerry) Codiñera is getting the rhythm of coaching.”

The impressive campaign of the Jewels, who hold a league-best 7-2 record, has been anchored on point guards Froilan Baguion and Al Vergara.

Last Saturday, it was Vergara’s turn to rescue the Jewels. He shot a game-high 17 points, including the winning triple with barely a second left, as Montaña nipped TeleTech, 64-63.

In contrast, the Spinners are coming off their worst performance this conference. With lead scorer Kelly Williams struggling offensively, the Spinners absorbed a lopsided 45-65 loss versus Granny Goose last Saturday.

The Tortillos cited their balanced scoring attack in the recent win that propelled them to fourth place at 5-4.

“We don’t have the talent of other teams,” said Sison. “Our lineup isn’t that strong compared to the others, so we always have to work hard.”

The Titans, on the other hand, have to work on their end-game poise after blowing huge leads in their last two games.

The league’s last seed suffered another collapse as it blew a 15-point halftime advantage and fell to Montaña.

Meanwhile, league officials announced yesterday a one-game suspension for Harbour Centre star Joseph Yeo.

The former La Salle gunner was thrown out for hitting Rain or Shine’s Gilbert Malabanan late in the third period of their match last Sunday.

The mercurial Yeo, marked all night by a rotation of Paintmaster guards, could not get his rhythm and was held to just four points.

Harbour Centre’s Chico Lanete and Rain or Shine’s Marvin Ortiguerra tied for the Player of the Week citation. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-02-2006, 10:03 AM
Montaña stakes top billing vs Magnolia
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By REY C. LACHICA

BEING ON top is sometimes scary. Montaña Pawnshop coach Nel Parado realized this situation after feeling the pressure of being the leader in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup.


"Nakaka-pressure pala dahil lahat ng teams ngayon kami ang target," said Parado after the Jewels got back the solo lead - thanks to Harbour Centre’s 59-56 win over erstwhile leader Rain or Shine last Sunday.

The resolve of the Jewels will be put to another serious test when they go up against Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Ice Cream today as the race for two outright semis berths heats up at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

The Jewels, sporting a 7-2 win-loss record, surprised the Spinners, 68-60, the first time they clashed this conference. Parado is wary about their chances this time.

Game time is set at 4 p.m. with the Spinners out to redeem themselves following a stinging 45-65 defeat to Granny Goose Tortillos last Saturday.

Clashing in the first game beginning at 2 p.m. is in-form Granny Goose and TeleTech.

Having won their last two games, including a breezy win over the Spinners, the Snackmasters are the overwhelming favorites against a squad raring to snap a six-game losing streak.

But they can’t take the Titans lightly.

TeleTech’s only win in the first round came at the expense of Granny Goose Tortillos, 78-69.

"Fifty-fifty ang chances naming ngayon dahil galing sa talo ang Magnolia at malamang ibubuhos ang galit sa amin," said Parado. "But just like other teams in the league, we’re prepared against them. It’s a must win for us."

The Jewels must also take note that the Spinners have yet to lose back-to-back games this conference.

A Montaña victory will give the Jewels enough cushion as Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis are not far behind in the standings with similar 7-2 marks.

With a 4-5 record, the Spinners are also in a must-win situation if they want to revive their bid for one of two automatic semis berths.

Although he acknowledges Magnolia’s depth and experience, Parado believes that their amity will be their cutting edge over the Spinners.

"Ang maganda sa team namin ngayon ay nagkakaintindihan kami, dahil halos kalahati sa team ay naging player ko rin before kaya magaan dalhin ang team at madali silang makasabay sa sistema ko," said Parado referring to Alex Compton, Al Vergara, Al Magpayo, Erick dela Cuesta and Alwind Espiritu.

But to prevail again over the Spinners, Parado said they must come up with another concerted effort, especially on the defensive end to prevent Magnolia’s 1-2 punch Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams from wrecking havoc.

Parado is also counting on Kenneth Bono, Reed Juntilla and the wily Froilan Baguion.

Meantime, Harbour Centre’s Chico Lanete and Rain or Shine Marvin Ortiguera have been named as co-Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps.

Fully recovered from a calf injury, Compton is also expected to shine for the Jewels this time. He was held scoreless the last time out but his creative plays have helped the Jewels’ cause a lot.

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05-02-2006, 10:10 AM
Jewels not taking Spinners lightly
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Games Tuesday (San Andres Gym, Malate)

2 p.m. – Granny Goose Tortillos vs TeleTech

4 p.m. – Montaña Pawnshop vs Magnolia Ice Cream

Montaña Pawnshop tries to cement its hold of the lead when it battles dangerous Magnolia Ice Cream even as TeleTech eyes a repeat over Granny Goose Tortillos on Tuesday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

With a stroke of luck, the Jewels found themselves on top of the standings again, thanks to Harbour Centre’s masterful 59-56 win over Rain or Shine last Sunday.

Although Magnolia is coming off a crushing 45-65 drubbing at the hands of Granny Goose Tortillos, Montaña coach Nel Parado won’t take the Spinners lightly—despite the fact they also beat the Spinners 68-60 in the fist round.

"Our chances to win are 50-50 now because Magnolia is coming off a loss, and I’m sure they’ll vent their ire on us," said Parado. "But just like other teams in the league, we’re prepared against them. It’s a must win for us."

Game time is set at 4 p.m. with Granny Goose Tortillos and TeleTech clashing in the first game at 2 p.m.

Meantime, Harbour Centre’s Chico Lanete and Rain or Shine’s Marvin Ortiguera have been named as co-Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps.

Having won their last two games, including a breezy win over the Spinners, the Snackmasters are the overwhelming favorites against a squad raring to snap a six-game losing streak.

But TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera is hoping they could beat the Snackmasters again. The Titans’ only win in the first round came at the expense of Granny Goose, 78-69.

The Jewels must also take note that the Spinners have yet to lose back-to-back games this conference.

A Montaña victory will give the Jewels enough cushion as Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis are not far behind in the standings with similar 7-2 marks.

With a 4-5 record, the Spinners are also in a must-win situation if they want to revive their bid for one of two automatic semis berths.

Although he acknowledges Magnolia’s depth and experience, Parado believes that their newfound unity will be their edge over the Spinners.

"The good thing about my team now is that all players are on one page. It helps that half of the team played for me before, that’s why it’s easy for the players to understand my system," said Parado referring to Alex Compton, Al Vergara, Al Magpayo, Erick de la Cuesta and Alwind Espiritu.

But to prevail again over the Spinners, Parado said they must come up with another concerted effort, especially on the defensive end to prevent Magnolia’s 1-2 punch, Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams, from wreaking havoc.

Parado is also counting on Kenneth Bono, Reed Juntilla and the wily Froilan Baguion.

Fully recovered from a calf injury, Compton is also expected to shine for the Jewels this time. He was held scoreless the last time out but his creative plays have helped the Jewels’ cause a lot.

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05-03-2006, 08:56 AM
Jewels dazzle Spinners, stay on top of PBL heap
Tang lifts TeleTech Titans over Granny Goose


First posted 03:12am (Mla time) May 03, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the May 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE MONTAÑA Jewels, drawing steady fire from their starting forwards, fought off a late charge by the Magnolia Spinners to score an 85-79 victory yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

Al Magpayo and Eric dela Cuesta combined for 39 points as the Jewels blew the Spinners away with an 80-66 lead in the last quarter and keep an iron grip on the tournament's solo lead.

"We came well-prepared and I give credit to all the boys," said coach Nel Parado after the Jewels improved their league-best record to 8-2. "It was pure hard work."

Earlier, TY Tang rescued TeleTech from another late-game collapse with a jumper and two free throws as the league's rookie team nipped Granny Goose, 76-74.

The Titans, who lost their last two outings by blowing huge leads, seemed headed for another breakdown until Tang took over in the final 32 seconds of the match.

"We had to look at ourselves because of our meltdowns in the third and fourth quarters," said rookie coach Jerry Codiñera, whose Titans bungled a 17-point lead, 65-48, early in the fourth period. "The team is improving. We're continuing to develop our character."

The Titans posted only their second victory in 10 games -- both against Granny Goose, which slipped to 5-5. Magnolia Ice Cream fell into a tie with Harbour Centre at 4-6.

JR Quiñahan sparked the Tortillos' rally from 17 points down with Jireh Ibañes' jumper tying the match at 70, 1:52 left.

After another deadlock at 72, Tang buried a jumper that gave the Titans the lead with only 32.1 ticks remaining, and then iced the match with a pair of charities 13 seconds later.

The scores:

First Game

TELETECH 76 -- Gelig 14, Doruelo 12, Tang 11, Mercado 9, Villamin 9, Estrada 7, Latoreno 3, Sierra 3, Magdadaro 3, Dizon 2, Capus 2, Duncil 1, Tolentino 0.

GRANNY GOOSE 74 -- Ibañes 14, Grijaldo 13, Quiñahan 11, Cruz 10, Santos 8, Latonio 5, Dela Pe¤a 4, Saldua 3, Alfad 2, Concha 2, Ferrer 2, Ababon 0.

Quarters: 17-8, 36-34, 61-46, 76-74

Second Game

MONTAÑA 85 -- Magpayo 21, Dela Cuesta 18, Juntilla 11, Bonus 10, Rodriguez 10, Bono 6, Baguion 4, Guerrero 3, Vergara 2, Compton 0.

MAGNOLIA 79 -- Valenzuela 24, Santos 22, Te 11, Williams 8, Co 6, Jones 4, Dela Cruz 2, Isip 2, Barcellano 0, Misolas 0.

Quarters: 24-24, 46-40, 66-52, 85-79

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05-03-2006, 09:00 AM
Cuesta clutch hits bail Jewels out

The Philippine Star 05/03/2006

Montaña banked on Eric dela Cuesta’s clutch shooting as it turned back Magnolia Ice Cream, 85-79, yesterday to stay on top in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym.

Dela Cuesta fired eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to power the Jewels to their eighth victory in 10 outings, ahead of the Toyota Otis Sparks and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters with 7-3 (win-loss) cards.

Preparation was the key to Montaña’s latest victory.

"We really prepared for this game and the boys responded well to the gameplan," said Montaña coach Nel Parado.

The Spinners, the Heroes Cup champions, reeled to their sixth loss against four wins to remain at fifth spot.

Earlier, TeleTech bucked a sputtering windup as it survived Granny Goose, 76-74, to keep its flickering quarterfinal hopes alive.

Ty Tang, enlisted early in the conference to provide backcourt stability, drained a crucial jumper down the stretch to seal what was only the Titans’ second win in 10 games.

Tang, a former La Salle standout, finished with 11 points in ending the American-owned call center franchise’s six-game losing skid.

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05-03-2006, 09:10 AM
Montaña repeats over Magnolia
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By REY C. LACHICA

MONTAÑA PAWNSHOP must be for real.


The Jewels proved that their first round win over Heroes Cup titlist Magnolia Ice Cream was no fluke as old reliables Al Magpayo and Erick dela Cuesta joined hands in leading the team to a repeat 85-79 win that enhanced their bid for an outright semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

Magpayo came through with another big game, scoring 21 points as he imposed his will inside the paint and out — a performance that also rubbed off on his teammates, especially dela Cuesta.

Dela Cuesta tallied 18 points, six of them — all from the 3-point zone — in a mighty third quarter run that saw the Jewels post a commanding 66-52 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

"It’s another huge win for us. My players are simply amazing," said coach Nel Parado. "That’s teamwork for you."

Earlier, TY Tang finally made his presence felt for TeleTech as the Titans scored a 76-74 win over Granny Goose Tortillos, a feat that ended an agonizing six-game losing streak.

Aside from Magpayo and dela Cuesta, three other Jewels scored in double figures, a testament to the team’s new-found cohesion — thanks mainly to the creative plays of Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara, and Reed Juntilla.

Just like in their 68-60 win in the first round, Alex Compton failed to buy a single basket but his leadership was a big factor. He was even seen helping Parado in plotting plays for the team. Magpayo scored 22 points the last time against the Spinners.

Montaña’s pesky defense held the usually high-scoring Kelly Williams to just eight points — a far cry from his averaged of 15.78 points.

The 5-foot-7 guard stood tallest for the Titans, draining in the team’s final four points, including two pressure-packed charities to finally unnerve the Snackmasters.

In posting only their second win in 10 starts, the Titans showed resilience and big heart to ward off Granny Goose’s furious comeback in the final quarter.

The Snackmasters, who absorbed a 69-78 setback to the Titans in the first round, fell to 5-5.

"We’re working very hard on the mental aspect of my players. Thanks, nakalusot kami ngayon," said a coach Jerry Codiñera. "But this time, I have to salute my boys for not giving up. They really want to win that’s why they gave everything."

Montaña Pawnshop, drawing big games from old reliables — Al Magpayo and Erik dela Cuesta — scored an 85-79 win over Magnolia Ice Cream to boost its bid for a outright semis berth.

With the 6-foot-5 Magpayo scoring at will inside the paint and out, the Jewels pulled away in the third which they protected to notch their 8th win in 11 games.

The Jewels need to win two of their last three games to gain a playoff for the second outright semis slot.

The scores:

First Game

TELETECH 76 — Gelig 14, Doruelo 12, Tang 11, Mercado 9, Villamin 9, Estrada 7, Latoreno 3, Sierra 3, Magdadaro 3,Dizon 2, Capus 2, Duncil 1, Tolentino 0.

GRANNY GOOSE 74 — Ibanez 14, Grijaldo 13, Quinahan 11, Cruz 10, Santos 8, Latonio 5, Dela Peña 4, Saldua 3, Alfad 2, Concha 2, Ferrer 2, Ababon 0.

Quarters: 17-8, 36-34, 61-46, 76-74.

Second Game

MONTAÑA 85 — Magpayo 21, Dela Cuesta 18, Juntilla 11, Bonus 10, Rodriguez 10, Bono 6, Baguion 4, Guerrero 3, Vergara 2, Compton 0.

MAGNOLIA 79 — Valenzuela 24, Santos 22, Te 11, Williams 8, Co 6, Jones 4, Dela Cruz 2, Isip 2, Misolas 0, Bombeo 0.

Quarters: 24-24, 46-40, 66-52, 85-79.

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05-03-2006, 09:15 AM
TeleTech repeats over Tortillos five for only 2nd win
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Ty Tang finally made his presence felt for the TeleTech Titans.

The 5-foot-7 guard scored the team’s final four points, including two pressure-packed charities, as the Titans reaffirmed their mastery over Granny Goose Tortillos, 76-74, Tuesday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

In posting only their second win in 10 starts, the Titans showed resilience and big heart to ward off Granny Goose’s furious comeback in the final quarter.

The Snackmasters, who absorbed a 69-78 setback to the Titans in the first round, fell to 5-5.

"We’re working very hard on the mental aspect of my players. Thankfully we got through," said coach Jerry Codiñera. "But this time, I have to salute my boys for not giving up. They really want to win that’s why they gave everything."

The Titans got off to another fine start, leading as many as 17 points, the last time at 65-48 early in the payoff period before the Snackmasters launched a murderous 22-5 run that saw them tying the count at 70-all.

But unlike in their previous games, the Titans refused to be intimidated this time.

The two teams were tied again at 72-all following a gutsy move by Granny Goose’s Marvin Cruz. But Tang retaliated quickly, scoring on a jumper that gave them a 74-72 lead.

In the next play, the Snackmasters went for a quick basket but Jireh Ibañez missed his driving lay-up that led paved the way for Tang’s two charities with only 19 ticks left.

Besides the courageous performance of Tang, Codiñera also made special mention on the team’s defense in dying seconds that foiled Granny Goose’s initial attack.

Niño Gelig broke a long scoring slump to finish with 14 points while Tang added 11 points.

The fleet-footed Ibañez paced the Snackmasters with 14 points while Quinahan and Alfie Grijaldo combined for 24 points, most of them came during the height of their rally.

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05-04-2006, 08:15 AM
Rain or Shine, Toyota Otis eye solo 2nd

First posted 05:19am (Mla time) May 04, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the May 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT SEEMED like Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria was just being modest.

"Any team can win this conference," said Austria before his defending champion Painters tackled the struggling Harbour Centre in the PBL Unity Cup last Sunday.

True enough, Harbour Centre scored an upset win, 59-56, over Austria's veteran squad.

Rain or Shine tries to bounce back from that stinging loss today when the Painters collide with the Toyota Otis Sparks for solo second spot at 4 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

"Every game is important for us and if we can beat Rain or Shine, that will be a good indication for our team," said Sparks coach Louie Alas.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre tackles Hapee-PCU earlier at 2 p.m. minus leading scorer Joseph Yeo, who will serve a one-game suspension for a wayward elbow thrown at Rain or Shine's Gilbert Malabanan.

The absence of Yeo, who averages 14.8 points per game, is expected to cripple Harbour Centre and coach Jorge Gallent could only hope that the Portmasters would respond the same way they did after Yeo's ejection late in the third quarter of their winning match versus Rain or Shine.

Second-stringer Chico Lanete stepped up big for the Portmasters down the stretch, burying a key three-pointer with only 40 seconds left.

"When Yeo was thrown out, it was a wake-up call for the players," said Gallent. "I hope we'll again play as a team."

Harbour Centre and Hapee-PCU, both loaded with collegiate stars, are trying to avoid elimination as the last two placers of the round.

In contrast, the top two squads will earn outright semifinal berths.

Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis, holding similar 7-3 cards, have been fighting for this semifinal incentive along with idle league-leader Montana Jewels.

The Elasto Painters, who edged the Sparks, 73-67, in the first round, will try to score a repeat behind their intimidating frontline.

Marvin Ortiguerra and Jay-R Reyes, who teamed up for 25 points in their last outing, have been leading Rain or Shine which has a clear height advantage over Toyota Otis.

With only four games left in the double round-robin phase, Hapee-PCU cannot afford to drop a fourth straight game. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-04-2006, 08:18 AM
Semis race heats up for Painters, Sparks

The Philippine Star 05/04/2006

The race for the two outright semis berths shifts into high gear today as Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis clash even as Harbour Centre goes for its third straight win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Tied for second to third places at 7-3, the Elasto Painters and Sparks are expected to go flat out when they collide at 4 p.m. in a game expected to go down-to-the-wire.

Though the Elasto Painters beat the Sparks in the first round, 73-67, coach Leo Austria won’t take the Sparks lightly, saying they had to go through the proverbial eye of the needle to get past the Louie Alas-mentored squad.

Alas, on the other hand, hopes his wards will play a lot better and smarter this time in a bid to get back at the Elasto Painters who are out to cap their amateur campaign on a high note.

"Every game is important for us, if we can beat Rain or Shine that will be a good indication for the team," said Alas. "Rain or Shine is a tough team but we will do everything to beat them."

Tangling in the first game at 2 p.m. are Harbour Centre and Hapee-PCU. The Port Masters and the Teethmasters tote 4-6 and 3-7 (win-loss) cards, respectively.

Harbour Centre is coming off impressive back-to-back wins, including a stunning 59-56 win over the Elasto Painters last Sunday. But the Port Masters will have their hands full against Teethmasters who are seeking to end a four-game losing skid.

However, Harbour Centre will be playing without top gunner Joseph Yeo who will be serving out his one-game suspension.

The high-leaping Harbour Centre guard was slapped a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct last Thursday.

Without Yeo, who averages close to 15 points, coach Jorge Gallent is expected to rely on Chico Lanete, LA Tenorio, Jerome Paterno, Jay Coching and Robert Reyes.

"We have to make do with what we have in the team. Joseph is our main man but if we can put our acts together then we have a good chance," said Gallent, who is out to avenge their 63-68 loss to the Teethmasters the last time out.

Hapee coach Junel Baculi must draw big games from his big guns — Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz to stop their bleeding.

Austria’s biggest concern is how to stop the dynamic duo of Boyet Bautista and Joe Calvin Devance.

The 6-foot-7 Devance, who is making his final tour of duty as an amateur, is averaging 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while the wily 5-foot-7 Bautista had normed 9.78 points.

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05-04-2006, 08:19 AM
Battle for semis slots intensifies
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THE RACE for the two outright semifinal berths intensifies further today as Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis try to cancel each other’s throat even as Harbour Centre goes for its third straight win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Tied for second to third places at 7-3, the Elasto Painters and Sparks are expected to pull all the stops when they clash at 4 p.m. in a game anticipated by many to be as emotional and exciting as their previous game.

Though the Elasto Painters beat the Sparks in the first round, 73-67, coach Leo Austria won’t take the Sparks lightly, saying they went through the proverbial eye of the needle before getting past the Louie Alas-mentored squad.

Alas is hoping that his boys will play a lot better and smarter this time in the hope of getting back at the Elasto Painters who are out to close their storied amateur campaign on a high note.

"Every game is important for us, if we can beat Rain or Shine that will be a good indication for the team," said Alas. "Rain or Shine is a tough team but we will do everything to beat them."

Clashing in the first game at 2 p.m. are Harbour Centre and Hapee-PCU. The Port Masters have a 4-6 record while the Teethmasters have dropped to 7th at 3-7 after losing their last four games.

The Port Masters are coming off impressive back-to-back wins, the latest was a stunning 59-56 win over the Elasto Painters last Sunday. But the Port Masters will have their hands full against Teethmasters who are seeking to end a four-game losing run.

Apart from Hapee’s hunger, Harbour Centre will be playing without top gunner Joseph Yeo who will be serving out his one-game suspension.

The high-leaping Harbour Centre guard meted out a one-game suspension for his unsportmanlike foul committed on Gilbert Malababan last Thursday.

Without Yeo, who averaged close to 15 points, coach Jorge Gallent is expected to rely much on vastly-improvingt Chico Lanete, LA Tenorio, Jerome Paterno, Jay Coching and Robert Reyes for the scoring load.

"We have to make do with what we have in the team. Joseph is our main man but if we can put our acts together then we have a good chance," said Gallent, who is out to avenge their 63-68 loss to the Teethmasters the last time out.

Hapee coach Junel Baculi must draw big games from his big guns – Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz to stop their bleeding.

Austria’s biggest concern is how to stop the dynamic duo of Boyet Bautista and Joe Calvin Devance. The 6-foot-7 Devance, who is making his final tour of duty as an amateur, is averaging 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while the wily 5-foot7 Bautista had normed 9.78 points.

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05-04-2006, 08:32 AM
Toyota takes on ‘Rain’ 5
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The race for the two outright semis berths shifts into high gear Thursday when Rain or Shine and Toyota Otis try to go for each other’s throat, even as Harbour Centre goes for its third straight win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Tied for second to third places at 7-3, the Elasto Painters and Sparks are expected to pull out all stops when they clash at 4 p.m. in a game anticipated by many to be as emotional and exciting as their previous game.

Though the Elasto Painters beat the Sparks in the first round, 73-67, coach Leo Austria won’t take the Sparks lightly, saying they went through the

proverbial eye of the needle before getting past the squad mentored by Louie Alas.

Alas is hoping that his boys will play a lot better and smarter this time in the hope of getting back at the Elasto Painters, who are out to close their storied amateur campaign on a high note.

"Every game is important for us, if we can beat Rain or Shine that will be a good indication for the team," Alas said. "Rain or Shine is a tough team but we will do everything to beat them."

Clashing in the first game at 2 p.m. are Harbour Centre and Hapee-PCU. The Port Masters have a 4-6 record while the Teethmasters have dropped to 7th with a 3-7 card.

The Port Masters are coming off impressive back-to-back wins, the latest was a stunning 59-56 win over the Elasto Painters on Sunday. But the Port

Masters will have their hands full against Teethmasters, who are seeking to end a four-game losing run.

Harbour Centre will be playing without top gunner Joseph Yeo who will be serving a one-game suspension.

The high-leaping Harbour Centre guard was meted a one-game suspension for his unsportsmanlike foul against Gilbert Malabanan the other Thursday.

Without Yeo, who averaged close to 15 points, coach Jorge Gallent is expected to rely on vastly improved Chico Lanete, LA Tenorio, Jerome Paterno, Jay Coching and Robert Reyes for the scoring load.

Hapee coach Junel Baculi must draw big games from his big guns—Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz to stop their bleeding.

gameface_one
05-05-2006, 07:22 AM
Sparks defuse Painters rally

The Philippine Star 05/05/2006

Toyota Otis rode on a big third quarter run and then came through with key shots down the stretch to down Rain or Shine, 67-61, yesterday and move into solo second place in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Joe Devance, who played college ball for Division I University of Texas-El Paso, dished out another MVP-like performance, scoring 21 points, including 13 in the third quarter that gave the Sparks enough cushion to hold on to their eighth win in 11 outings.

Montaña Pawnshop paces the field with an 8-2 (win-loss) slate.

Aaron Aban and Emerson Oreta took over from where Devance left off as they combined for 11 fourth quarter points to thwart the Elasto Painters’ fightback.

Defense also did it for the Sparks.

"We surprised them with our zone defense, it’s the first time we used it against them," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

Truly, Toyota Otis used the zone to the hilt as it outscored Rain or Shine in the third quarter, 24-13, to turn a 29-30 deficit at the break to a 53-43 advantage going into the final period.

"We’ve players who made the shots that mattered to us in the stretch, that also helped," Alas said. The Painters skidded to 7-4 win-loss card.

Earlier, Harbour Centre bucked the absence of Joseph Yeo as it repulsed Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 69-64, to move up to fifth place and remain in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.

Chiko Llanete, formerly of Granny Goose, sizzled with 16 points, including six in the fourth quarter when the Port Masters survived a rally by the Teeth Sparklers to seal their fifth win against six losses.

Yeo, currently No. 2 in league scoring with an average of 16 points a game, served his one-game suspension for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the teams stunning victory over Rain or Shine.

"It’s not too late for the team to explode, we are doing it step by step and we are getting better game by game," said Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent.

Jason Castro, the league’s scoring leader, had 17 points for the Lamoiyan-owned Franchise, which absorbed an eight loss against three triumphs.

gameface_one
05-05-2006, 07:23 AM
Sparks trip Painters; Harbour Centre wins

First posted 03:26am (Mla time) May 05, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the May 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TUESDAY (San Andres Gym, Malate, Manila)
2 p.m. -- Magnolia Ice Cream vs TeleTech
4 p.m. -- Montaña Pawnshop vs Granny Goose

THE KILLER shots came from unexpected sources for Toyota Otis yesterday.

Emerson Oreta and JV Casio knocked in a triple each down the stretch as the Sparks bested Rain or Shine, 67-61, in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With the Sparks protecting a slim 59-54 lead, Oreta, hardly a factor in the team's previous wins, rose to the occasion by burying a triple that gave them a 62-54 advantage.

Rain or Shine's Gilbert Malabanan countered with a tough layup but it went for naught as Casio drained another triple that took the sting out the Elasto Painters, 65-56, only 1:16 left.

Earlier, Harbour Centre leaned on Chico Lanete anew to nip Hapee-PCU, 69-64, and post its third straight win.

Lanete, last week's co-Player of the Week, scored 10 points in the second quarter and then added six points from rainbow territory in the payoff period to strengthen Harbour Centre's bid for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.

Their fifth win enabled Harbour Centre to climb to 5-6, while the Snackmasters absorbed their fifth straight loss and dropped to 3-8.

"We surprised them with our zone defense," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas. "I'm happy, too, with the performance of Emerson."

With their 8-3 record, the Sparks must win three of their remaining four games to clinch an outright semis berth. The Painters fell to 7-4.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 69 -- Lanete 16, Gaco 13, Tenorio 9, Arana 9, Mairhofer 6, Reyes 5, Alonzo 4, Coching 2, Chia 2, Gamboa 2, Saguindel 1.

HAPEE-PCU 64 -- Castro 17, Moreno 12, Gonzales 11, Espinas 10, Belga 5, Sanz 5, Solis 2, Nailon 2, Bucao 0, Razon 0, Canlas 0, Guevarra 0, Baculi 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 36-27, 53-43, 69-64

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 67 -- Devance 21, Aban 15, Oreta 12, Casio 5, Andaya 4, Daa 4, Cabahug 2, Alcaraz 2, Bautista 2, Fajardo 0, Aldave 0, Coronel 0, Baluyot 0, Rodriguez 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 61 -- Malabanan 17, Tangkay 11, Ortiguerra 11, Cabatu 5, Tan 5, Enrile 5, Sta. Maria 4, Reyes 2, Eman 1, Orbeta 0, Sagad 0, Urra 0.

Quarters: 16-16, 29-30, 53-43, 67-61

gameface_one
05-05-2006, 07:28 AM
Toyota Otis clinches win with treys
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By rey c. lachica

EMERSON ORETA and JV Casio hit back-to-back triples yesterday as Toyota Otis scraped past Rain or Shine, 67-61, in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


The Elasto Painters appeared headed for another come-from-behind win when they rallied from 12-point deficit to move within 54-59 with still a little over three minutes left.

But Oreta rose to the occasion, burying a triple to give the Sparks a 62-54 breather. Rain or Shine’s Gilbert Malabanan retaliated quickly with a tough lay-up but that proved to be their last stand as Casio buried another triple that finally unnerved the Elasto Painters, 65-56, 1:16 remaining.

Earlier, Harbour Centre, getting another solid performance from Chico Lanete, streaked to its third straight win by outlasting Hapee-PCU, 69-64.

Lanete, who emerged as co-player of the week last week, tallied 10 points in a back-breaking run in the second quarter and then added six points - all from the 3-point zone - in the payoff period to keep Harbour Centre’s bid for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.

With their win - their fifth overall - Harbour Centre jumped to fifth place at 5-6. The Snackmasters absorbed their fifth straight loss to drop at 3-8 - their bid for a quarterfinals berth now in peril.

"We surprised them with our zone defense. I’m happy, too, with the performance of Emerson," said Coach Louie Alas. "We have to keep playing this kind of game para makapasok sa semis ka agad."

By improving their record to 8-3, the Sparks must win three of their remaining four games to clinch an outright semis berth. The Elasto Painters fell to 7-4.

As expected, Joe Calvin Devance, the leading candidate in the MVP race, led Toyota with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and block. He was ably assisted by Aaro Aban and Oreta who combined for 27 points.

"We lost the slashing of Joseph but Chico stepped up big. His outside shooting helped us a lot," said Gallent who will take a brief holiday in the powdery sands of Boracay starting today. "We have a long break so it’s better to take a short vacation."

Yeo was suspended for one game for hitting Rain or Shine’s Gilbert Malabanan last Sunday.

Lanete’s fifth triple of the game highlighted Harbour’s bristling 8-0 run that gave the Port Masters a 64-52 lead, enough to cushion Hapee’s spirited comeback.

gameface_one
05-05-2006, 07:30 AM
Toyota Otis spills Rain or Shine
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Games Tuesday (San Andres Gym, Malate)

2 p.m. - Magnolia Ice Cream vs TeleTech

4 p.m. - Montana Pawnshop vs Granny Goose

Toyota Otis leaned on the clutch baskets of Emerson Oreta and JV Casio down the stretch as the Sparks outlasted Rain or Shine, 67-61, Thursday in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Protecting a slim 59-54 lead, Oreta, never a factor in the team’s previous wins, suddenly rose to the occasion, burying a triple to give the Sparks a 62-54 breather.

Rain or Shine’s Gilbert Malabanan retaliated quickly with a tough lay-up but that proved to be their last stand as Casio drained another triple that finally took the sting out the Elasto Painters, 65-56, only 1:16 remaining.

Earlier, Harbour Centre, getting another solid performance from Chico Lanete, streaked to its third straight win by outlasting Hapee-PCU, 69-64.

Lanete, who emerged as co-Player of the Week last week, tallied 10 points in a back-breaking run in the second quarter and then added six points—all from the 3-point zone—in the payoff period to keep Harbour Centre’s bid for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.

With their win—their fifth overall—enabled Harbour Centre to jump to fifth place at 5-6. The Snackmasters absorbed their fifth straight loss to drop further behind at 3-8—their bid for a quarterfinals berth now in peril.

"We surprised them with our zone defense. I’m happy, too, with the performance of Emerson," coach Louie Alas said. "We have to keep playing this kind of game so we can enter the semis quickly."

By improving their record to 8-3, the Sparks must win three of their remaining four games to clinch an outright semis berth. The Elasto Painters fell to 7-4.

As expected, Joe Calvin Devance, the leading candidate in the Most Valuable Player race, led Toyota with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and block. He was ably assisted by Aaro Aban and Oreta who combined for 27 points.

"We lost the slashing of Joseph but Chico stepped up big. His outside shooting helped us a lot," said Gallent, who will take a brief holiday in the powdery sands of Boracay starting today. "We have a long break so it’s better to take a short vacation."

Yeo was suspended for one game for hitting Rain or Shine.

The scores:

First Game

Harbour Centre 69 - Lanete 16, Gaco 13, Tenorio 9, Arana 9, Mairhofer 6, Reyes 5, Alonzo 4, Coching 2, Chia 2, Gamboa 2, Saguindel 1.

Hapee-PCU 64 - Castro 17, Moreno 12, Gonzales 11, Espinas 10, Belga 5, Sanz 5, Solis 2, Nailon 2, Bucao 0, Razon 0, Canlas 0, Guevarra 0, Baculi 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 36-27, 53-43, 69-64.

Second Game

Toyota Otis 67—Devance 21, Aban 15, Oreta 12, Casio 5, Andaya 4, Daa 4, Cabahug 2, Alcaraz 2, Bautista 2, Fajardo 0, Aldave 0, Coronel 0, Baluyot 0, Rodriguez 0.

Rain or Shine 61—Malabanan 17, Tangkay 11, Ortiguerra 11, Cabatu 5, Tan 5, Enrile 5, Sta. Maria 4, Reyes 2, Eman 1, Orbeta 0, Sagad 0, Urra 0. Quarters: 16-16, 29-30, 53-43, 67-61.

gameface_one
05-08-2006, 08:29 AM
Magpayo is PBL’s best for week
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AL MAGPAYO is slowly but surely getting back into the groove.


And that perhaps explains why Montaña Pawnshop is now just a heartbeat away from taking the first outright semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

"Al (Magpayo) is getting into the groove, malaking bagay yung contribution niya and I just hope na masundan pa yung magandang laro niya against Magnolia," said Montaña coach Nel Parado. "Nagmature na rin siya at hindi na mainitin sa laro."

In their game against the Spinners, Magpayo came through with a 21-point performance to power the Jewels to an 85-79 win, thus handing Magnolia its first back-to-back setbacks in a long while after winning the Heroes Cup last February.

He also had eight rebounds and passed out two assists to win the Player of the Week award for the first time this conference.

Toyota Otis’ Joe Calvin Devance also produced standing performance last week but Magpayo’s effort against the likes of Magnolia’s Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos stood out as the week’s best.

Though Devance was edged out by Magpayo for the weekly honor, the 6-foot-7 Toyota Otis center appears to have an inside track for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

He boosted his bid for the coveted plum by posting an efficiency rating of 19.10. And if the former University of Texas-El Paso standout continues to play like that, he could be the league’s next MVP. If he gets it, he will surely boost his stock in the coming PBA Annual Draft.

Devance is the current leader in the scoring department with 15.8 points a game. He is also fourth in rebounding with an 8.90 average.

Running second – but far away – is Fil-Am Kelly Williams of Magnolia Ice Cream with 17.56, followed by Heroes Cup MVP Jojo Tangkay, Jason Castro of Hapee Toothpaste-PCU and Marvin Ortiguerra also of Rain or Shine with 14.40, 13.90 and 13.70, respectively.

Rounding up the top 10 were Hapee-PCU’s Gabby Espinas (13.40), Rain or Shine’s Jay-R Reyes (11.40), Granny Goose’s Joseph Quinahan (12.67), Montaña Pawnshop’s Ken Bono (12.56) and Magnolia’s Arwind Santos (11.78).

Other statistical leaders were Harbour Centre’s LA Tenorio (assists), Montaña’s Eric dela Cuesta (steals) and Rain or Shine’s Samigue Eman (blocks).

gameface_one
05-09-2006, 10:29 AM
Coach lauds Jewels dazzling run in Unity Cup

The Philippine Star 05/09/2006

When Nel Parado took over as coach of Montana Pawnshop this conference, the amiable coach never imagined they would be leading in the standings at this crucial stage of the elims.

"It really did not cross my mind that we would be on top of the heap at this stage, I though we would just be in the middle," said Parado. "Perhaps, the boys just want to prove something that’s why they’re working very, very hard."

With an 8-2 record, the Jewels also have an excellent chance of clinching the first outright semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

"Our players are inspired because of the all-out support provided by our bosses in Davao. We just hope we could sustain our momentum," said team manager Jun Abraham.

But first they have to hurdle Granny Goose Tortillos again when they clash in the featured match at 4 p.m.

Also worth watching is the 2 p.m. tussle between the rejuvenated TeleTech squad and Magnolia Ice Cream.

After losing five straight games despite leading much of the game, the Titans seem to have rediscovered how to win again as they beat the Snackmasters, 76-74, the last time out. The Snackmasters were the only squad the Titans managed to get past in the first round.

For the Titans to advance into the quarterfinal round, they have to win their last four games.

gameface_one
05-09-2006, 10:35 AM
Montaña battles Granny Goose
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WHEN NEL Parado took over as coach of Montaña Pawnshop this conference, the amiable coach never imagined they would be leading in the standings at this crucial stage of the elims.



"It really did not cross my mind that we would be on top of the heap at this stage, I thought we would just be in the middle," said Parado. "Perhaps, the boys just want to prove something that’s why they’re working very, very hard."

With an 8-2 record, the Jewels also have an excellent chance of clinching the first outright semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

"Our players are inspired because of the all-out support provided by our bosses in Davao. We just hope we could sustain our momentum," said team manager Jun Abraham.

But first they have to hurdle Granny Goose Tortillos again when they clash in the featured match at 4 p.m.

Also worth watching is the 2 p.m. tussle between the rejuvenated Teletech squad and Magnolia Ice Cream.

After losing five straight games despite leading much of the game, the Titans seem to have rediscovered how to win again as they beat the Snackmasters, 76-74, the last time out. The Snackmasters were the only squad the Titans managed to get past in the first round.

For the Titans to advance into the quarterfinal round, they have to win their last four games.

But it won’t be easy.

For one, the Spinners are also aching to get back on the winning track after absorbing their back-to-back defeats after a long while. The Spinners, who ruled the Heroes Cup last February, must also win their last four games to claim one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals.

The Spinners have enough weapons in their arsenal but the team’s biggest problem is consistency. Even Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos have been playing "on-and-off" this conference to the dismay of their fans.

The Jewels, on the other hand, have never ceased to amaze their fans by scoring one big win after another.

With veterans Al Magpayo, Erick dela Cuesta and Reed Juntilla at the helm, the Davao-based squad have won their last two games, including a big 85-79 win over the Spinners.

Alex Compton may not be scoring much for the Jewels lately but his creative plays and leadership have immensely helped his team. Also expected to deliver goods for the Jewels is vastly improving Kenneth Bono, promising rookie Larry Rodriguez and the backcourt tandem of Froilan Baguion and Al Vergara.

The showdown between Bono and JR Quinahan is expected to provide further excitement to the game. Both beefy players stand 6-foot-5.

gameface_one
05-10-2006, 06:56 AM
Granny Goose trips Montaña

First posted 11:29pm (Mla time) May 09, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on Page A26 of the May 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GRANNY GOOSE certainly redeemed itself in grand fashion.

After getting swept by cellar-dwelling TeleTech, the Tortillos toppled the league-leading Montaña Jewels, 88-73, in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the San Andres Gym.

"Our one-week preparation did us well," said Tortillos coach Robert Sison. "(Our losses to TeleTech were) because of immaturity, we still need that killer instinct."

Explosive off the bench, Alfie Grijaldo fired eight of his 18 points in the decisive stretch in the fourth period to help the Tortillos keep the fourth spot at 6-5.

Giving up its solo lead, Montaña fell into a tie for first place with Toyota Otis at 8-3.

Earlier, the Magnolia Spinners only needed Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos to put up their typical numbers to forge an 88-79 victory over the TeleTech Titans.

The Spinners, coming off rare back-to-back losses, recovered their rhythm with Williams scoring a game-high 26 points plus 13 rebounds.

More than improving Magnolia's record to 5-6, coach Koy Banal hopes last conference's champions have snapped out of their slump.

"I hope the team finally realized what it takes to win a ball game," said Banal.
While Magnolia revived its bid to advance into the next round, TeleTech's own quarterfinal chances just got slimmer after dropping to 2-9.

The scores:
First Game
MAGNOLIA 88--Williams 26, Santos 22,Valenzuela 10, Rizada 7, Chan 5, Co 4, Misolas 4, Almeda 3, Te 3, Barcellano 2, Bombeo 2, Jones 0, Isip 0.

TELETECH 79--Capus 18, Latoreno 13, Gelig 9, Doruelo 8, Tang 7, Villamin 7, Duncil 6, Tolentino 5, Estrada 4, Mercado 2, Dizon 0, Sierra 0, Magdadaro 0.
Quarters: 20-25, 44-42, 62-60, 88-79
Second Game

GRANNY GOOSE 88--Grijaldo 18, Saldua 15, Concha 12, Quiñahan 8, Latonio 7, David 7, Cruz 6, Santos 6, Ibañes 4, Ababon 3, Ferrer 2, Alfad 0, Dela Peña 0.

MONTAÑA 73--Magpayo 15, Compton 14, Rodriguez 12, Vergara 7, Bonus 5, Dela Cuesta 5, Baguion 4, Atablanco 4, Guerrero 3, Espiritu 2, Juntilla 2, Evangelista 0, Bono 0.
Quarters: 20-22, 37-36, 59-56, 88-73

gameface_one
05-10-2006, 06:59 AM
Granny Goose stuns Montaña
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By REY C. LACHICA

GRANNY GOOSE Tortillos threw the race for two outright semis berths wide open as the Snackmasters got back at erstwhile solo leader Montaña Jewels, in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.



Putting their crushing setback to TeleTech behind, the Snackmasters sized up the Jewels in the first three quarters before lowering the boom in the fourth behind the forays of Alfie Grijaldo, Jett Latonio and Dennis Concha to finally exact sweet revenge.

Protecting a 78-71 lead, Latonio, who tallied only two points in the first three quarters, suddenly caught fire, rattling off five straight points, including a three-point shot, to that clinched the contest and boost their record to 6-5.

Despite their defeat, only their third in 11 games, the Jewels remained on top, this time sharing the honor with idle Toyota Otis.

Montaña’s loss, likewise, made the race more exciting as four teams, including Rain or Shine, remained very much in contention for the two outright semis berths.

Earlier, Magnolia Ice Cream waxed hot in the final quarter behind the fiery performances of Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams to snap a two-game losing run, 88-79, and boost its quarterfinals bid.

The win was doubly satisfying for coach Robert Sison as it was his first victory over his former team.

"Montana is a very matured team, so I told the boys that we have to bring our A-game and they responded well. We also played well defensively and that’s helped us a lot," said Sison, who got 18 points from Grijaldo.

Concha was at his best in the fourth by drilling 9 of 12 points.

The 6-foot-4 Santos dished out an MVP performance this time, scoring 13 of his 22 points while Williams added six in a decisive run to finally put away the determined challenge of the Titans in a win that revived Magnolia’s bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals round.

"We’re just trying to survive and I’m glad we got the win," said coach Koy Banal. "Finally, they realized what it takes to win a ball game again."

Averaging only 11.5 points in the team’s last two games, the 6-foot-7 Williams played consistently from start to finish on the way to scoring a game-high 26 points.

So impressive were Williams and Santos they finished in double-double figures, grabbing 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively, as the Spinners dominated the Titans in the shaded lane.

Aside from their torrid shooting, making 28 of 62 tries for a 45 percent shooting clip, the Spinners also outrebounded the Titans, 52-44.

"I’m glad the team shot well today from the field," said Banal.

From a 60-60 count entering the final quarter, the Spinners dropped a telling 15-4 bomb to take a comfortable 75-64 lead. They Spinners never relinquished the lead after that to boost their record to 5-6 in a tie with Harbour Centre for 5th and 6th places.

With the loss, the Titans practically kissed their quarterfinals bid goodbye with a 2-9 record.

The Titans fought furiously in the first three quarters only to lose steam in the final quarter behind the inspired plays of Santos and Williams.

gameface_one
05-10-2006, 07:06 AM
Spinners turn back TeleTech
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Magnolia Ice Cream waxed hot in the final quarter behind the fiery performances of Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams to snap a two-game losing run, 88-79, at the expense of TeleTech and boost its quarterfinals bid in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

The 6-foot-4 Santos dished out an MVP-type performance this time, scoring 13 of his 22 points, while Williams added six in a decisive run to finally put away the determined challenge of the Titans in a win that revived Magnolia’s bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

"We’re just trying to survive, and I’m glad we got the win," said coach Koy Banal. "Finally, they realized what it takes to win a ball game again."

Averaging only 11.5 points in the team’s last two games, the 6-foot-7 Williams played consistently on the way to scoring a game-high 26 points.

gameface_one
05-11-2006, 10:27 AM
Sparks seek lead, but Tortillos stand in way
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Toyota Otis eyes the solo lead against Granny Goose Tortillos Thursday as the race for two outright semifinal berths heats up in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Sparks are currently tied for the lead with Montaña Pawnshop at 8-3, and coach Louie Alas is hoping they could get the crucial win today to boost their bid for one of the two semis slots.

The Sparks need to win two of their last three games to clinch a spot in the Final Four, while the Snackmasters must hurdle their last three games to have a chance of earning an automatic semis berth.

Propped up by their stunning 88-73 win over the Jewels just two days ago, the Snackmasters are also confident of getting back at the Sparks when they clash at 4 p.m. Granny Goose totes a 6-5 mark.

Clashing at 2 p.m. are Hapee-Philippine Christian University and TeleTech, with the Teethmasters determined to snap an alarming five-game losing run.

With a 2-9 record, the Titans are practically out of the quarterfinal race unless they win their last three games. Hapee-PCU, just like the Titans, can’t also afford to lose another game since they are also candidates for an early vacation with a 3-8 record.

The top placers after the two-round eliminations will automatically advance to the semis, while the last two finishers will get the boot. The No. 3 and 4 finishers will enjoy twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals against Nos. 6 and 5 teams, respectively.

Both Alas and Granny Goose coach Robert Sison expect another close and exciting showdown.

Make it a bruising encounter, too.

Sison is fully aware of Toyota Otis’ tough defense but he’s not intimidated.

"We have to prepare hard, we know how they play. I just hope we could sustain our momentum," said Sison, who expects another fine shooting game from Jett Latonio, Dennis Concha and Alfie Grijaldo.

Behind the exploits of Boyet Bautista and Joe Calvin Devance, the Sparks scored a gripping 68-67 win over the Snackmasters in the first round.

Still, Alas is wary of Granny Goose’ deliberate half court offense and mid-sized players who are all capable of scoring from way beyond the three-point arc.

"We have to contain their shooters, otherwise we will be in trouble," said Alas, who is also pinning his hopes on Aaron Aban, Jonathan Aldave, Dennis Daa and Erik Rodriguez.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:47 AM
Toyota keeps moving forward
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By REY LACHICA

The toyota Sparks cleared one major obstacle in their bid to claim the first semis berth by downing Granny Goose Tortillos, 73-64, to grab the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.



In posting their third straight win and ninth overall in 12 starts, the Sparks leaned on the clutch shooting of JV Casio down the stretch to repel Granny Goose’s smoldering comeback and inch closer to earning one of two outright semis berths.

After the Snackmasters moved to within 62-64 behind the efforts of Alfie Grijaldo and Eder Sadua, Casio, a 5-foot-9 La Salle guard, scored on a tough lay-up which touched off a killer 6-0 run, 70-62, barely 62 ticks left.

"I have to give it to the boys for not giving up," said coach Louie Alas. "But our mission is not yet over. We have to win another game to formalize our entry to the semis."

Toyota Otis’ last two assignments will be against the league’s giants.

The Sparks will face Montaña Pawnshop tomorrow and Heroes Cup titlist Magnolia Ice Cream on May 18.

For a change, TeleTech refused to collapse this time as the Titans claimed another victim in Hapee-Philippine Christian University, 76-72, and kept their flickering quarterfinals hopes alive.

The Titans squandered a huge 12-point lead late in the third period but managed to hang tough to notch their third win in 12 games, thus reviving their faltering bid to advance into the next round.

Though he failed to practice the day before due to a bum stomach, Joe Calvin Devance still top-scored for the Sparks with 17 points but it was Casio and Aaron Aban who made the difference.

Casio added 11 points, four of them helped the Sparks defuse the Snackmasters’ comeback. Aban also wound up with 11 points as supplied the Sparks the needed energy in the fourth quarter with his hustle.

Toyota Otis’ victory dashed Granny Goose’s bid for one of two outright semis berths as the Snackmasters slipped to 6-6.

"We complemented our solid defense with our good shooting. But I’m happy with our win, at least we proved that we have the heart," said coach Jerry Codiñera. "Nabubuo na ang confidence ng mga bata, kunting tiyaga pa."

But it’s going to be a tall order for the Titans to advance into the next round.

First, they have to beat Rain or Shine on Saturday and hope that they will beat Harbour Centre by a huge margin next week.

But if the Port Masters prevail in one of their last three games, the Titans will be eliminated outright.

The same thing goes for the Teethmasters who suffered their sixth straight loss for a 3-9 record. In their case, they must also hurdle their last two games, including against Magnolia Ice Cream. They must also hope that the Spinners will drop their two other games — which is quite impossible.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:47 AM
Toyota zooms in on semis

The Philippine Star 05/12/2006

Toyota roared to its third straight win as it trounced Granny Goose Tortillos, 73-64, last night and zeroed in on the first semifinal berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

JV Casio and Aaron Aban combined in the Sparks’ crucial surge down the stretch where they blanked the Snackmasters, 6-0, to stretch their lead to 70-62 heading into last 1:08 of the contest.

With the win, the Sparks improved to 9-3 for the solo lead, needing only to win one of their last two games to claim one of two outright semis berths.

The Snackmasters slipped to 6-6, thus jeopardizing their bid for an automatic semis berth.

Earlier, TeleTech blew a 12-point lead in the third period but recovered in time to pound out a 76-72 victory over Hapee-PCU yesterday and keep its flickering quarterfinal hopes alive.

The Titans went to their defense when their offense began to sputter.

Francis Mercado scattered 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter while Niño Gelig and Dondon Villamin tallied 13 points apiece to help power the Titans to only their third victory in 12 games.

"We complemented our solid defense with our good shooting. But I’m happy with our win, at least we proved that we have the heart," said coach Jerry Codiñera.

But making it through the next round via the backdoor would be tough for the Titans.

First, they have to hurdle Rain or Shine on Saturday and hope that they beat Harbour Centre by a huge margin next week.

But if the Port Masters prevail in one of their last three games, the Titans will be eliminated outright.

The same thing goes for the Teethmasters, who took their sixth straight loss for a 3-9 record. Hapee must also sweep its last two games, including against Magnolia Ice Cream. They must also hope that the Spinners will drop their two other games — quite impossible.

Both the Port Masters and Spinners tote similar 5-6 records.

The Teethmasters managed to knot the count at 70-all after a long and hard chase starting in the third quarter. But the Titans refused to give as Francis Mercado came through with a clutch basket and Axel Doruelo hit two free throws following a costly error by Ronald Bucao with 23 seconds remaining.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:48 AM
Toyota Otis takes No. 9 for solo lead

First posted 02:24am (Mla time) May 12, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on Page A30 of the May 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


TOYOTA OTIS leaned on a strong finish to hold off the Granny Goose Tortillos, 73-64, taking the solo lead for the first time with its third straight win in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

JV Casio and Aaron Aban joined hands in a 6-0 run that finally put away the Snackmasters, 70-62, only 68 ticks left.

With the win, the Sparks improved to 9-3 and now need only to win one of their last two games to claim one of two outright semis berths.

The Snackmasters slipped to 6-6, their bid for an automatic semis bid now in peril.

In the other match, TeleTech bucked another collapse and tripped Hapee-PCU, 76-72, to keep its flickering quarterfinals hopes alive.

The Titans squandered a huge 12-point lead late in the third period but managed to hang tough to notch their third win in 12 games.

“We complimented our solid defense with our good shooting,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.

But it’s going to be a tall order for the Titans to advance to the next round.

They need to beat Rain or Shine on Saturday and then Harbour Centre next week while also hoping the Portmasters lose all their three matches.

The same thing goes for the Teethmasters, who suffered their sixth straight loss for a 3-9 record.

In their case, they must also hurdle their last two games, including that against Magnolia Ice Cream. They must also hope that the Spinners will drop their two other games.

Both the Port Masters and Spinners tote 5-6 records.

The Teethmasters managed to knot the count at 70-all after a long and hard chase starting in the third quarter.

But the Titans stood up to the challenge as Francis Mercado came through with a clutch basket and Axel Doruelo hit two free throws with 23 seconds remaining.

The scores:

First Game

TELETECH 76 -- Mercado 16, Gelig 13, Villamin 13, Doruelo 8, Capus 8, Tang 5, Mendoza 4, Latoreno 4, Magdadaro 3, Estrada 2, Sierra 0, Tolentino 0.

HAPEE-PCU 72 -- Bucao 16, Castro 13, Moreno 12, Espinas 11, Solis 8, Belga 6, Sanz 4, Razoon 2, Gonzales 0.

Quarters: 11-13, 35-29, 56-51, 76-72.

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 73 -- Devance 17, Casio 11, Aban 11, Daa 8, Coronel 6, Alcaraz 5, Andaya 4, Fajardo 3, Rodriguez 2, Oreta 2, Larong 2, Bautista 2, Aldave 0, Baluyot 0, Cabahug 0.

GRANNY GOOSE 64 -- Cruz 14, Latonio 10, Alfad 8, Ibanes 8, Grijaldo 7, Dela Peña 6, Quiñahan 4, Santos 3, David 2, Saldua 2, Ababon 0, Ferrer 0, Concha 0.

Quarters: 21-17, 39-30, 57-44, 73-64.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:52 AM
TeleTech subdues Hapee-PCU five for third win
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For A change, TeleTech refused to collapse this time, as the Titans claimed another victim in Hapee-Philippine Christian University, 76-72, and kept their flickering quarterfinals hopes alive in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Titans squandered a huge 12-point lead late in the third period but managed to hang tough to notch their third win in 12 games, reviving their faltering bid for the next round.

"We complimented our solid defense with our good shooting. But I’m happy with our win, at least we proved that we have the heart," said coach Jerry Codiñera. "Their confidence is growing, but they need a little more work."

But it’s going to be a tall order for the Titans to advance into the next round.

First, they have to beat Rain or Shine on Saturday and hope they will beat Harbour Centre by a huge margin next week.

But if the Port Masters prevail in one of their last three games, the Titans will be eliminated outright.

Same thing goes for the Teethmasters, who suffered their sixth straight loss for a 3-9 record. In their case, they must also hurdle their last two games, including one against Magnolia Ice Cream.

They must also hope that the Spinners will drop their two other games—which is quite impossible.

Both the Port Masters and Spinners tote similar 5-6 records.

The Teethmasters managed to knot the count at 70-all after a long and hard chase starting in the third quarter. But the Titans refused to roll over and die as Francis Mercado came through with a clutch basket and Axel Doruelo hit two free throws following a costly error by Ronald Bucao with 23 seconds remaining.

DREDD
05-12-2006, 08:24 AM
sir i was'nt able to watch the game last day can u pls. update me, what happen to jojo duncil? bkit d po siya naka pag laro? salamat po....\Ü/

gameface_one
05-13-2006, 09:59 AM
Toyota’s mission not so impossible
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TOYOTA OTIS is on a mission. After finishing dead last in the Heroes Cup last February, the Sparks try to make a little history when they go for the first automatic semis slot against Montaña Pawnshop today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Gym in Parañaque.


With a league-leading 9-3 record, the Sparks need only to beat the Jewels in their 4 p.m. grudge showdown to nail down the first of two outright berths in the Final Four, and perhaps erase some of the bitter memories of their eighth-placed finish the last time out.

Rain or Shine, fresh from an eight-day rest, collides with the Teletech Giants (3-9) at 2 p.m. with the Elasto Painters out to snap a two-game losing run.The Elasto Painters are very much in the running for an outright semis berth with their 7-4 mark.

But they can’t take the Titans lightly.

The Titans, for one, are coming off an impressive 76-72 win over Hapee-Philippine Christian University. The Elasto Painters also went through the wringer before toppling the Titans the first time they encountered, 71-65.

Today’s game is a make or break for the Titans. Another setback will mean early vacation for the newcomers.

Expected to lead for Rain or Shine are Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguerra and Ronjay Enrile while TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera will rely on the experience of Francis Mercado and Ariel Capus and court wizardy of TY Tang and Axel Doruelo.

With their massive transformation from one struggling squad into a chief title contender, the Sparks have earned a title of the "Miracle team."

For a team that won only three times in 11 games in the previous conference, the Sparks’ win-loss record, including an amazing comeback win over Teletech – they rallied mightily from a 23-point deficit – is already a major achievement.

But the Sparks don’t intend to relax.

In fact, coach Louie Alas is preparing to wage an all-out war against the Jewels whom they beat 73-65 last April 6 at the FEU gym.

"It’s going to be a war for sure," said Alas. "They lost the last time so I’m sure they comeback strong."

Although he’s getting decent numbers from Joe Calvin Devance, JV Casio, Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista, Alas will still rely on his vaunted defense against the hot-shooting Montaña squad.

Both teams have an equally exciting backcourt combination – Casio, Bautista and Christian Coronel for Toyota Otis against Froilan Baguion and Al Vergara of Montaña. But much of Montaña’s success will depend largely on Alex Compton.

The Sparks must cover Compton tightly. If he’s not on the offensive mode, Compton can create plays for his teammates.

gameface_one
05-13-2006, 10:01 AM
Toyota Otis eyes first semis berth
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Toyota Otis is on a mission.After finishing dead last in the Heroes Cup in February, the Sparks try to make a little history when they go for the first automatic semis slot against Montaña Pawnshop Saturday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Gym in Parañaque City.

With a league-leading 9-3 re-cord, the Sparks need only to beat the Jewels in their 4 p.m. grudge showdown to nail down the first of two outright berths in the Final Four, and perhaps erase some of the bitter memories of their eighth-placed finish the last time out.

Rain or Shine, fresh from an eight-day rest, collides with the TeleTech Giants (3-9) at 2 p.m. with the Elasto Painters out to snap a two-game losing run.

The Elasto Painters are very much in the running for an outright semis berth with their 7-4 mark. But they can’t take the Titans lightly.

The Titans, for one, are coming off an impressive 76-72 win over Hapee-Philippine Christian University. The Elasto Painters also went through the wringer before toppling the Titans the first time they encountered, 71-65.

Saturday's game is a make or break for the Titans, as another setback will mean an early vacation for the newcomers.

Expected to lead for Rain or Shine are Jojo Tangkay, Marvin Ortiguerra and Ronjay Enrile while TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera will rely on the experience of Francis Mercado and Ariel Capus and court wizardry of TY Tang and Axel Doruelo.

With their transformation from a struggling squad into a title contender, the Sparks have become the league’s latest miracle team.

For a team that won only three times in 11 games in the previous conference, the Sparks’ win-loss record, including an amazing comeback win over TeleTech—they rallied mightily from a 23-point deficit—is already a major achievement.

But the Sparks don’t intend to relax.

In fact, coach Louie Alas is preparing to wage an all-out war against the Jewels whom they beat 73-65 on April 6 at the FEU gym.

"It’s going to be a war for sure," said Alas. "They lost the last time so I’m sure they comeback strong."

Although he’s getting decent numbers from Joe Calvin Devance, JV Casio, Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista, Alas will still rely on his vaunted defense against the hot-shooting Montaña squad.

Both teams have equally exciting backcourt combinations—Casio, Bautista and Christian Coronel for Toyota Otis against Froilan Baguion and Al Vergara of Montaña. But much of Montaña’s success will depend on Alex Compton.

The Sparks must cover Compton tightly. If he’s not on the offensive mode, Compton can create plays for his teammates.

gameface_one
05-14-2006, 07:44 AM
TeleTech storms Rain or Shine, stays alive

The Philippine Star 05/14/2006

TeleTech played true to form yesterday to stun Rain or Shine, 90-76, and keep its slim quarterfinals hopes alive in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque.

With almost everybody chipping in, the Titans outplayed their rivals in practically all departments to post their first back-to-back wins in the league and leave the defending champions stunned in disbelief.

"This is a big win for us, I’m sure na tataas naman ang self-confidence nila," beamed TeleTech coach Jerry Codiñera. "We failed to stop Jojo (Tangkay) but we managed to stop their other key players and that was huge."

But for the Titans to advance to the next round, they must beat Harbour Centre next week by at least 15 points and hope that the Port Masters will also drop their two other games.

With the loss, Rain or Shine slipped to 7-5, its outright semis bid now in peril.

Codiñera also paid tribute to their great defensive effort in the fourth where they limited Tangkay to just four points.

Ariel Capuz led the Titans with 17 points, including 11 in the second quarter where they started to pull away. The Titans took a 49-40 lead early in the third quarter but the Elasto Painters, starring Tangkay and Eugene Tan, managed to knot the count at 56-all.

But that proved to be the best the Elasto Painters could do as Mel Latoreno hit a side side jumper and Axel Doruelo capped the third quarter salvo with a booming triple for a 61-56 lead.

The Titans were never threatened from there as Doruelo and TY Tang buried a triple each in a fiery 16-7 assault to rip the game open, 77-63, with over five minutes left.

Despite the stormy winds outside, the Titans were simply hot, tmaking 32 of 62 tries for an impressive 52 percent shooting clip from the field.

In the second game, Montaña Pawnshop held off Toyota Otis, 69-63, and regained the solo lead with its 9th win in a dozen games. The win also enhanced the Jewelers’ bid for one of two outright semis berths.

The Sparks absorbed their fourth loss against nine victories.Villamin chipping in 15 points.

Tangkay scored 25 points in a performance that drew raves from Codinera.

"Magaling na bata, lahat na klaseng shots halos ginawa na niya. Dapat talaga mabigyan pa siya ng second chance na makalaro sa PBA," said Codinera of Tangkay who also hauled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

A big disappointment for Rain or Shine were Marvin Ortiguera, Jun Jun Cabatu and JR Reyes. The three combined only for 18 points.

gameface_one
05-14-2006, 07:45 AM
Jewels shine brighter than Sparks
mb.com.ph


By REY C. LACHICA

MONTAÑA PAWNSHOP weathered Toyota Otis’ repeated rallies yesterday to score a morale-boosting 69-63 win and regain the solo lead in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


Eric dela Cuesta and Reed Juntilla made sure there would be no more meltdown this time around as they hit one big basket after another in the final three minutes to exact sweet revenge over the Sparks.

But more than getting back at the Sparks — they prevailed 73-65 in the first round after falling behind by 20 points in the first half — the Jewels’ victory, their ninth in 12 games, enhanced their bid for one of two outright semis berths.

Despite the defeat, their fourth against nine wins, the Sparks still remained in the hunt for a semis berth. Even if they win only one of two remaining games, the Sparks can make it to the semis.

In the first game, TeleTech played true to form as the Titans scored a stunning 90-76 win over Rain or Shine and kept their slim quarterfinals bid alive.

Getting the help of almost everybody, especially from Ariel Capuz, the Titans outrun and outplayed the Elasto Painters in practically all departments to post their first back-to-back wins in the league and reduced the defending champions to tears.

The Sparks fell again by 11 points in the third but they wheeled back into the contest behind the hot shooting of Emer Oreta to close in at 62-67. But Dela Cuesta stopped their last ditch rally with one big basket.

Working behind their brilliant passing and transition plays, the Jewels controlled the match as Toyota’s shooting was firing blanks this time.

Juntilla scored all but one his eight points in the finals quarter.

"This is a big win for us, I’m sure na tataas naman ang self-confidence nila," beamed coach Jerry Codiñera. "We failed to stop Jojo (Tangkay) but we managed to stop their other key players and that was huge."

But for the Titans to advance to the next round, they must beat Harbour Centre next week by 15 points and hope that the Port Masters will also drop their two other games.

With the loss, Rain or Shine slipped to 7-5, its outright semis bid now in peril.

Codiñera also paid tribute to their concerted defensive effort as they limited the Elasto Painters to just 20 points in the fourth while exploding for 29 points.

Capuz led the Titans with 17 points, including 11 in the second quarter where they started to pull away.

gameface_one
05-14-2006, 07:47 AM
TeleTech stuns Painters, gains 2nd straight win
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TeleTech played true to form Saturday, as the Titans claimed the scalp of a certified league giant in Rain or Shine, 90-76, and kept their slim quarterfinals bid alive in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Getting help from almost everybody, especially from Ariel Capuz, the Titans outran and outplayed the Elasto Painters to post their first back-to-back wins in the league and reduced the defending champions to tears.

"This is a big win for us, I’m sure our self-confidence will soar after this," beamed coach Jerry Codiñera. "We failed to stop Jojo [Tangkay] but we managed to stop their other key players and that was huge."

But for the Titans to advance to the next round, they must beat Harbour Centre next week by 15 points, and hope that the Port Masters will also drop their two other games.

With the loss, Rain or Shine slipped to 7-5, its outright semis bid now in peril.

Codinera also paid tribute to their concerted defensive effort as they limited the Elasto Painters to just 20 points in the fourth while exploding for 29 points.

Capuz led the Titans with 17 points, including 11 in the second quarter where they started to pull away.

Five other TeleTech players scored in double figures with Doruelo adding 16 and Dondon Villamin chipping in 15 points.

Tangkay scored almost at will in the first three quarters but was limited to just four points in the fourth. He wound up with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in a performance that drew raves from Codinera.

But a big disappointment for Rain or Shine was the trio of Marvin Ortiguera, Jun Jun Cabatu and JR Reyes, who combined for only 18 points.

The scores:

TELETECH 90—Capuz 17, Doruelo 16, Villamin 15, Mercado 13, Tang 11, Estrada 10, Latoreno 6, Gelig 2, Sierra 0, Mendoza 0, Tolentino 0, Magdadaro 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 76—Tangkay 25, Malabanan 11, Tan 11, Cabatu 8, Sta. Maria 7, Ortiguerra 6, Eman 4, Reyes 4, Orbeta 0, Sagad 0, Urra 0.

Quarters: 17-23, 43-38, 61-56, 90-76.



Games Sunday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m.–Harbour Centre vs. Granny Goose

4 p.m.–Hapee-PCU vs. Magnolia

gameface_one
05-15-2006, 07:37 AM
Tortillos rips Harbour, boosts q’finals bid

The Philippine Star 05/15/2006

Granny Goose Tortillos got back at Harbour Centre, 85-78, yesterday to boost its quarterfinal bid in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

But while Bull-strong JR Quiñahan and Kevin dela Peña made clutch baskets down the stretch, the Snackmasters needed to put up a resolute defense to stop the Port Masters on their tracks and avenge their heart-breaking defeat in the first round.

The 6-foot-5 Quiñahan proved unstoppable in the payoff period as he tallied 11 of his team-high 18 points that helped the Snackmasters recover from a 12-point deficit.

With the win, their seventh in 13 games, the Snackmasters enhanced their bid for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the next round. The loss, meantime, dampened Harbour’s Centre’s own bid as they slipped to 5-7.

In the other game, Magnolia Ice Cream finally posted its first back-to-back wins since winning the Heroes Cup last February by turning back Hapee-PCU, 64-62, to level its record to 6-6.

gameface_one
05-15-2006, 07:41 AM
Tortillos sink Harbour crew; Wizards prevail

First posted 03:32am (Mla time) May 15, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A35 of the May 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE GRANNY GOOSE Tortillos got back at the Harbour Centre Postmasters, 85-78, yesterday and boosted their quarterfinal bid in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Tortillos rallied from 12 points down behind bull-strong JR Quiñahan and Kevin dela Peña and clinched a seventh win in 13 games that kept them on course for one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the next round.

At 5-7, Harbour’s Centre must prevail over giant-killer TeleTech tomorrow to keep its flickering hopes alive.

Magnolia Ice Cream finally posted its first back-to-back wins since winning the Heroes Cup last February by turning back Hapee-PCU, 64-62, in the second game to level its record to 6-6.

Kelly Williams shone for the Spinners with three crucial free throws in the final 60 seconds that doomed the Teethmasters, who bowed out of quarterfinal contention with a 3-10 mark.

Inspired by the presence of his family who came all the way from Cebu, the beefy 6-foot-5 Quiñahan scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the final quarter.

Dela Peña was equally efficient, scoring all his six points in the fourth, including a booming triple that highlighted a 12-0 run and lifted the Tortillos ahead for good, 76-70, with still two minutes left.

The scores:

First Game

GRANNY GOOSE 85 -- Quiñahan 18, Ibañez 14, Cruz 10, Concha 10, Dela Peña 6, Alfad 5, Grijaldo 5, Santos 5, Saldue 5, Ferrer 3, David 2, Latonio 2, Ababon 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 78 -- Yeo 18, Tenorio 15, Maierhofer 14, Lanate 11, Reyes 9, Gaco 6, Conching 3, Chia 2, Gamboa 0, Araña 0.

Quarters: 20-20, 37-42, 60-66, 85-78

Second Game

MAGNOLIA 64 -- Williams 25, Valenzuela 7, Rizada 7, Santos 6, Co 5, Barcellano 4, Isip 4, Misolas 3, Almeda 2, Bombeo 1, Cutler 0, Te 0, Jones 0.

HAPEE-PCU 62 -- Espinas 13, Belga 12, Castro 11, Razon 11, Moreno 8, Gonzales 5, Baculi 2, Solis 0, Bucao 0, Sanz 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 32-31, 51-48, 64-62

gameface_one
05-15-2006, 07:50 AM
Granny Goose nips Harbour Centre
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It was payback time for Granny Goose Tortillos Sunday as the Snackmasters downed Harbour Centre, 85-78, to boost their quarterfinals bid in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

While Bull-strong JR Quiñahan and Kevin de la Peña made clutch baskets down the stretch, the Snackmasters had to lean heavily on their swarming defense to end Harbour Centre’s three-game winning run and avenge their close defeat in the first round.

Inspired by the presence of his family, who came all the way from Cebu, the beefy the 6-foot-5 Quiñahan was almost unstoppable in the payoff period as he tallied 11 of his team-high 18 points that helped the Snackmasters recover from a 12-point deficit.

With the win, their seventh in 13 games, the Snackmasters enhanced their bid for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the next round. The loss, meantime, dampened Harbour’s Centre’s own bid as it slipped to 5-7.

The Port Masters must prevail over giant-killer TeleTechTuesday to keep their flickering hopes alive.

De la Peña was equally efficient, scoring all his six points in the fourth, including a booming triple that highlighted the team’s bristling 12-0 run to grab the lead for good, 76-70, with still more than two minutes left.

After being held scoreless in a six-minute stretch, the Port Masters threatened at 78-80 following three straight charities by Chico Lanete who was fouled by de la Peña in the three-point area.

But de la Peña redeemed himself in the ensuing play as he gutted it out despite Harbour’s sticky defense to score on a tough lay-up with just 27 ticks left.



The scores:

First Game

Granny Goose 85: Quinahan 18, Ibañez 14, Cruz 10, Concha 10, De la Peña 6, Alfad 5, Grijaldo 5, Santos 5, Saldue 5, Ferrer 3, David 2, Latonio 2, Ababon 0.

Harbour Centre 78: Yeo 18, Tenorio 15, Maierhofer 14, Lanete 11, Reyes 9, Gaco 6, Conching 3, Chia 2, Gamboa 0, Araña 0.

Games Tuesday(San Andres Gym, Malate)

2 p.m. TeleTech vs. Harbour Centre

4 p.m. Granny Goose vs. Rain or Shine

gameface_one
05-16-2006, 08:45 AM
Rain or Shine, Granny Goose in vital clash

First posted 04:36am (Mla time) May 16, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


Games Today (San Andres Gym, Malate)
2 p.m.--TeleTech vs Harbour Centre
4 p.m.--Granny Goose vs Rain or Shine

AFTER A STORMY PERFORMANCE THE LAST three games, Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria hopes for a change of fortune when the Elasto Painters battle the unpredictable Granny Goose Tortillos today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.

With so much at stake for both squads, the 4 p.m. encounter is expected to be as exciting and scary as their first round showdown which the Snackmasters won, 62-61, as Kevin dela Peña scored on a layup as time expired.

If Rain or Shine prevails, the Elasto Painters (7-5) would remain in contention for one of two outright semis berths. A loss would pave the way for league-leading Montaña Pawnshop (9-3) and Toyota Otis (9-4) to take the two automatic semis slots even they drop their remaining games.

Another defeat would also jeopardize Rain or Shine's bid for one of two twice-to-beat quarterfinal incentives since Granny Goose and Magnolia Ice Cream are just within striking distance at 7-6 and 6-6, respectively.

Equally important is the 2 p.m. showdown between Harbour Centre (5-7) and TeleTech.

Despite their stinging 78-85 loss to the Snackmasters just two days back, the Port Masters remain in contention for a quarterfinal incentive if can they hurdle their last two games.

At 4-9, the Titans can still make it to the next round if they can beat the Port Masters by 15 points and then Harbour Centre drops its last game against Montaña.

Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
05-16-2006, 08:45 AM
Painters aiming to revive semis bid vs Snackmasters
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After a stormy performance the last three games, Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria hopes they could finally get the much-needed shine Tuesday when they battle the unpredictable Granny Goose Tortillos squad in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

With so much at stake for both squads, their 4 p.m. encounter is expected to be an explosive one, perhaps more exciting than their first-round showdown.

The Snackmasters passed through the proverbial eye of the needle before escaping the Elasto Painters, 62-61, thanks to Kevin de la Peña, who scored on a driving lay-up just as time expired.

If Rain or Shine prevails, the Elasto Painters (7-5 win-loss record) will remain in the thick of things for one of two outright semifinal berths. But if the Elasto Painters lose, league-leading Montana Pawnshop (9-3) and Toyota Otis (9-4) will take the two automatic semis slots, even if they drop their remaining games.

Another defeat will also put Rain or Shine’s bid for one of two twice-to-beat incentives in peril, since Granny Goose and Magnolia Ice Cream are just within striking distance. The Snackmasters tote a 7-6 mark while the Spinners have an even 6-6 record.

Equally important is the 2 p.m. showdown between Harbour Centre (5-7) and TeleTech.

Despite their stinging 78-85 loss to the Snackmasters just two days back, the Port Masters are still contention for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals. But they can only get that incentive if they hurdle their last two games.

With a 4-9 record, the Titans have still a slim chance to make it to the next round. But they must beat the Port Masters by 15 points and also hope that Harbour Centre loses its last game against Montana.

Meantime, the PBL Press Corps named TeleTech’s Ariel Capus Player of the Week for leading the Titans to back-to-back wins last week. The Titans capped their glorious week by stunning the Elasto Painters, 90-76.

"A three-game losing streak is very long for us so I just hope the boys will realize how important is our game against Granny Goose," said Austria. "I just hope everybody will still up and play smartly from start to finish."

But to beat the Snackmasters, Marvin Ortiguerra, Jun Jun Cabatu and JR Reyes—all standing 6-foot-5 or taller—must dish out the form they played in the first round or face the consequence of being left out in the cold, when the team owned by Raymond Yu and Terry Que formally joins the pro league beginning October.

Austria’s other concern is a lack of dependable guards. Ronjay Enrile is a doubtful starter since he has to be with his ailing father.

With Enrile’s possible absence, the Painters signed up guard Marvin Yambao but it’s uncertain whether the wily guard from Pampanga will be ready for today’s crucial match.

Though they beat the Titans by a big margin in the first round, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent won’t take their rivals lightly.

"We have to be aggressive, if they beat Rain or Shine, then we have to prepare very, very hard. Mahirap na baka masilat din kami at di pa makapasok sa next round."

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05-16-2006, 08:46 AM
Granny, Rain in crucial encounter
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AFTER A dull performance the last three games, Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria hopes they could finally get the much-needed shine today when they battle the unpredictable Granny Goose Tortillos squad in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.



With both squads needing a crucial win, their 4 p.m. encounter is expected to be an explosive one, perhaps more exciting and scarier than their first round showdown.

The Snackmasters passed through the proverbial eye of the needle before escaping past the Elasto Painters, 62-61, big thanks to Kevin dela Peña who scored on a driving lay-up as time expired.

If Rain or Shine prevails, the Elasto Painters (7-5 win-loss record) will remain in the thick of things for one of two outright semis berths. But if the Elasto Painters lose, league-leading Montana Pawnshop (9-3) and Toyota Otis (9-4) will take the two automatic semis slots even if they drop their remaining games.

"A three-game losing streak is very long for us so I just hope they boys will realize how important is our game against Granny Goose," said Austria. "I just hope everybody will step up and play smartly from start to finish."

Another defeat will also put Rain or Shine’s bid for one of two twice-to-beat incentives in peril since Granny Goose and Magnolia Ice Cream are just within striking distance. The Snackmasters tote a 7-6 mark while the Spinners have an even 6-6 record.

Equally important is the 2 p.m. showdown between Harbour Centre (5-7) and TeleTech.

Despite their stinging 78-85 loss to the Snackmasters just two days back, the Port Masters are still very much in contention for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals. But they can only avail of that incentive provided they hurdle their last two games.

With a 4-9 record, the Titans have still a slim chance to make it to the next round. But they must beat the Port Masters by 15 points and also hope that Harbour Centre lose its last game against Montana.

Meantime, TeleTech’s Ariel Capuz was named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps for leading the Titans to back-to-back wins last week. The Titans capped their glorious week by stunning the Elasto Painters, 90-76.

But to beat the Snackmasters, Marvin Ortiguerra, Jun Jun Cabatu and JR Reyes - all standing 6-foot-5 and above – must dish out the form they played in the first round or face the consequence of being left out in the cold when the team – owned by Raymond Yu and Terry Que – formally joins in the pro league beginning in October.

Austria’s other concern is lack of dependable guards. Ronjay Enrile is a doubtful starter since he has to be with his ailing father. With the possible absence of Enrile, they signed up guard Marvin Yambao but it’s not yet certain whether the wily guard from Pampanga will be ready for today’s crucial match.

Though they beat the Titans by a big margin in the first round, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent won’t take the rivals lightly.

"We have to be aggressive, if they beat Rain or Shine, then we have to prepare very, very hard. Mahirap na baka masilat din kami at di pa makapasok sa next round."

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05-17-2006, 09:36 AM
Tortillos ruin Painters' semis bid in overtime

First posted 00:03am (Mla time) May 17, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on Page A28 of the May 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


MARVIN CRUZ TOOK FULL CONTROL IN overtime as Granny Goose foiled Rain or Shine's bid for an outright semifinal berth with a 78-73 victory in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

More importantly, the Tortillos clinched the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after wrapping up their elimination campaign with a third-best 8-6 record.

Cruz went scoreless in the fourth quarter but shot nine of his 15 points in the extra period.

JR Quiñahan teamed up with Cruz to finish with 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

"Marvin was awesome," said coach Robert Sison. "We caught Rain or Shine in their off night."

Harbour Centre secured the last quarterfinal berth by nipping TeleTech in overtime, 81-78.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 81--Tenorio 21, Yeo 14, Reyes 11, Maierhofer 8, Chia 7, Gaco 6, Gamboa 4, Arana 4, Coching 3, Lanete 2, Paterno 1.

TELETECH 78--Doruelo 16, Capus 14, Latoreno 12, Mercado 11, Gelig 6, Villamin 5, Tang 5, Estrada 4, Mendoza 3, Tolentino 2, Sierra 0, Duncil 0.

Quarters: 20-21, 38-35, 63-54, 75-75, 81-78 (OT)

Second Game

GRANNY GOOSE 78--Cruz 15, Quiñahan 13, Dela Peña 9, Saldua 8, Grijaldo 7, Santos 6, David 5, Latonio 5, Ibañes 5, Concha 3, Alfad 2, Gavino 0, Ferrer 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 73--Tangkay 26, Malabanan 12, Eman 10, Enrile 8, Cabatu 6, Ortiguerra 4, Yambao 3, Reyes 2, Sta. Maria 2, Orbeta 0, Urra 0.

Quarters: 15-14, 33-29, 43-46, 64-64, 78-73 (OT)

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05-17-2006, 09:37 AM
Yeo lifts Harbour Centre 5 over Titans and to quarters
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Games Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m.–Magnolia Ice Cream vs Toyota Otis

4 p.m.–Montana Pawnshop vs Hapee-PCU

Harbour Centre, getting a big lift from Joseph Yeo, formalized its entry to the quarterfinals Tuesday by downing TeleTech in overtime, 81-78, in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila.

Facing the specter of another collapse, the Port Masters went to Yeo in the final 31 seconds, and the former De La Salle University ace responded with a five-point explosion, including a triple that finally unnerved the Titans.

Yeo’s booming triple, his third in six tries, enabled the Port Masters to tie the game at 78-all. They eventually grabbed the lead for good after the 6-foot-1 guard hit two free throws after a TeleTech miscue with only 21 ticks left.

"We struggled a bit but it’s good we pulled it through," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I have to give it that some of my second stringers stepped up big this time."

With the win, the Port Masters improved their record to 6-7, assuring themselves of a slot in the next round.

The Titans, the league’s newcomers, closed out with a 4-10 mark, a performance they highlighted by beating Rain or Shine once and Granny Goose Tortillos twice.

Though he was hardly a factor late in the game after missing several open shots, LA Tenorio still topscored for the Port Masters with 21 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes of action.

Still, it was Yeo and Jec Chia who made the difference.

Besides the intangibles he provided the team, Chia also shone of the offensive end, knocking in a triple late in the regulation that gave them a 74-68 cushion.

But the Titans rallied mightily to send the game into overtime—thanks largely to a 3-point shot by Ariel Capus with 9.5 seconds remaining.

Yeo missed all his eight attempts from the two-point region but he contributed five charities to finish with 14 points. He emerged as the only double-double performer of the game as he grabbed 10 boards, and also had three assists.

Axel Doruelo paced the Titans with 16 points while Capuz, last week’s Best Player awardee, added 14 points.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE 81—Tenorio 21, Yeo 14, Reyes 11, Maierhofer 8, Chia 7, Gaco 6, Gamboa 4, Arana 4, Coching 3, Lanete 2, Paterno 1.

TELETECH 78—Doruelo 16, Capuz 14, Latoreno 12, Mercado 11, Gelig 6, Tang 5, Estrada 4, Mendoza 3, Tolentino 2, Sierra 0, Magdadaro 0, Duncil 0.

Quarters: 20-21, 38-35, 63-54, 75-75, 81-78.

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05-17-2006, 09:41 AM
Rain or Shine still under the weather
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By REY C. LACHICA

MARVIN CRUZ stood tallest in the extra five minutes yesterday as Granny Goose Tortillos outlasted Rain or Shine, 78-73, a victory that gave Montaña Pawnshop and Toyota Otis free tickets to the semis in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate.





The 5-foot-7 Cruz was awesome in the overtime, scoring 9 of his team-high15 points as the Snackmasters repeated over the Elasto Painters and closed out their campaign at 8-6 - good for third place overall no matter what happens in the last two playing days.

For finishing third, the Snackmasters secured one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the next round and might probably face Harbour Centre.

With no other team capable of reaching 9 wins, the Jewels (9-3) and Knights (9-4) advanced outright to the semis even if they drop their remaining games.

"Marvin was simply great today," said coach Robert Sison of his pint-sized guard who also dished out three assists.

Abby Santos sent the game in overtime with a putback with barely seven ticks remaining and Cruz took charge from there. Earlier, Harbour Centre, getting a big lift from Joseph Yeo, formalized its entry to the quarterfinals by downing TeleTech in overtime, 81-78.

Facing the specter of another collapse, the Port Masters went to Yeo in the final 31 seconds and the former La Salle ace responded with a five-point explosion, including a triple that finally unnerved the Titans.

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05-18-2006, 08:52 AM
Sparks raring to get back at Spinners

The Philippine Star 05/18/2006

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas has already achieved one of his two modest goals in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup: Making it to the Final Four.

But can he achieve the other one?

Alas knows the odds are great but he believes they have now what it takes to end their jinx against Magnolia Ice Cream.

Game time is set at 2 p.m. with the Sparks out to close out their campaign on a high note having secured one of the two outright semis berths Tuesday — thanks largely to Granny Goose Tortillos’ thrilling 78-73 overtime win over Rain or Shine.

Montaña Pawnshop, which also claimed the other automatic semis berth with Grann y Goose’s victory, battles the hapless Hapee-PCU squad at 4 p.m.

"There’s no harm in trying, we’ll try our luck again and hopefully we succeed this time," said Alas.

"Magnolia is one of the toughest squads in the league and beating them will be a great joy.

The Sparks have beaten the Spinners only once in 10 meetings since joining the league two years ago and that explains why Alas is so eager, if not obsessed, to get back at Magnolia.

Actually, it’s not only Toyota Otis, which is desperate to beat Magnolia, it’s almost everybody.

That’s understandable since the Spinners are gunning for back-to-back championships, a feat that had eluded the past champions in the last three years. The last team to win two straight championships was Hapee in 2003-04.

In their last meeting, the Sparks came close to beating the Spinners after rallying from a 16-point down behind the brilliant forays of Joe Calvin Devance.

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05-18-2006, 09:01 AM
Toyota has score to settle
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TOYOTA OTIS coach Louie Alas has already achieved one of his two modest goals in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup: Making it to the Final Four. But can he achieve the other one?


Alas knows the odds are great but he believes they have now what it takes to end their jinx against Magnolia Ice Cream.

Game time is set at 2 p.m. with the Sparks out to close out their campaign on a high note having secured one of the two outright semis berths Tuesday – thanks largely to Granny Goose Tortillos’ thrilling 78-73 overtime win over Rain or Shine.

Montaña Pawnshop, which also claimed the other automatic semis berth with Granny Goose’s victory, battles the downtrodden Hapee-PCU squad at 4 p.m.

"There’s no harm in trying, we’ll try our luck again and hopefully we succeed this time," said Alas.

"Magnolia is one of the toughest squads in the league and beating them will be a great joy.

The Sparks have beaten the Spinners only once in 10 meetings since joining the league two years ago and that explains why Alas is so eager, if not obsessed, to get back at Magnolia.

Actually, it’s not only Toyota Otis which is desperate to beat Magnolia. It’s almost everybody.

Bu that is understandable since the Spinners are gunning for back-to-back championships, a feat that had eluded the past champions in the last three years. The last team to win two straight championships was Hapee in the 2003-04 season.

In their last meeting, the Sparks came close to beating the Spinners after rallying from a 16-point

down behind the brilliant forays of Joe Calvin Devance. But Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams thwarted

their comeback by coming up with big plays down the stretch.

The game is likewise crucial for Magnolia since the Spinners are still very much in the fight for the

other twice-to-beat incentive in the next round.

Interestingly, they’re fighting for that incentive with long-time rival Rain or Shine.

The Snackmasters have already clinched the first twice-to-beat advantage by finishing third in the

double-round elims at 8-6.

Alas is hoping that Devance and Boyet Bautista will regain their deadly from following their disappointing

showing in the team’s 63-69 loss to Montaña last week.

Devance was held to just six points while Bautista

laid a big fat egg.

gameface_one
05-18-2006, 09:03 AM
Spinners try to take heat out of Sparks

First posted 03:10am (Mla time) May 18, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT SEEMED the Magnolia Spinners have to relearn everything in the PBL Unity Cup.

Considered a shoo-in in the title series when the tournament started, coach Koy Banal had to challenge the Spinners “to figure out how to win” to stay in the running.

Relief came for Banal when the Spinners scored their first back-to-back victories last week that boosted their campaign for the second twice-to-beat quarterfinal incentive.

But the Spinners must dispose the overachieving Toyota Otis Sparks at 2 p.m. today to sustain their bid.

Already semifinal-bound, Toyota Otis will be playing pressure-free like the Montaña Pawnshop, which will tackle Hapee-PCU in the second game at 4 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Granny Goose already claimed the first twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals after finishing the elimination round at third place.

Banal said Magnolia, which is contesting the remaining quarterfinal incentive versus Rain or Shine, has to end its inconsistent run.

“That is the hump we have to overcome,” said Banal

Sparks coach Louie Alas, however, feels the Spinners will always be tough to figure out.

Toyota Otis has only beaten Magnolia once in 10 matches since joining the league two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Jewels will be gunning for a sweep over Hapee-PCU after winning their first encounter, 90-81, in overtime.

Ken Bono will be coming off a near-perfect performance -- shooting 7-of-8 from the field -- to finish with 15 points against Toyota Otis last Saturday.

Hapee-PCU dropped out of the quarterfinal race after absorbing its sixth straight loss versus Magnolia.

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05-19-2006, 08:37 AM
Sparks nip Spinners, corner No. 1 seeding

First posted 02:55am (Mla time) May 19, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the May 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


TOYOTA Otis swept into the semifinals on a high note following a morale-boosting 89-85 overtime victory over Magnolia Ice Cream yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Already safely through to the next round, the Sparks refused to take it easy, finally overcoming the Spinners in the extra period to clinch their 10th win in 14 games.

The win not only avenged their first-round loss (81-77) to Magnolia but also the franchise’s first victory over the powerhouse Spinners since joining the league in 2004.

“That’s our purpose, to enter the semifinals on a high note,” said Toyota coach Louie Alas.

Magnolia dropped to 6-7 and will have to face off against bitter rival Rain or Shine (7-6) on Saturday to decide which team gets a twice-to-beat advantage going into the quarterfinals.

The Sparks did very well from the charity lane in the last 39.6 seconds of the extra period, with Boyet Bautista, Jonathan Aldave and Fil-American Joe Devance all nailing two free throws each.

In the second game, Hapee-PCU salvaged something from a bleak conference by ending the eliminations with a 78-74 upset over semifinalist Montaña. The Jewels dropped to 10-3, while the Teeth masters closed out with a 4-10 record.

The scores:

First Game

TOYOTA OTIS 89 -- Aldave 19, Devance 16, Coronel 13, Casio 10, Bautista 8, Andaya 6, Daa 6, Rodriguez 4, Fajardo 3, Oreta 2, Alcaraz 2, Larong 0, Cabahug 0.

MAGNOLIA 85 -- Williams 28, Santos 22, Chan 11, Rizada 7, Isip 5, Misolas 5, Almeda 4, Co 3, Valenzuela 0, Barcellano 0, Te 0, Cutler 0.

Quarters: 18-11, 38-29, 58-49, 79-79, 89-85.

Second Game

HAPEE 78 -- Belga 15, Espinas 12, Castro 12, Moreno 9, Sanz 8, Bucao 5, Canlas 4, Garrido 3, Nailon 2, Solis 2, Razon 2, Amparado 2, Baculi 0.

MONTAÑA 74 -- Compton 16, Juntilla 12, Bono 8, Magpayo 8, Dela Cuesta 6, Rodriguez 5, Bonus 4, Vergara 3, Evangelista 2, Baguion 2, Atablanco 0.

Quarters: 21-24, 35-47, 56-61, 78-74.

gameface_one
05-19-2006, 08:41 AM
Toyota Otis overruns Magnolia

The Philippine Star 05/19/2006

Already assured of an outright semifinal slot, Toyota Otis still played like it was fighting off elimination as it subdued Magnolia, 89-85, in overtime yesterday in the PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres gym in Manila.

The Sparks thus finished their elimination round campaign on a high note — with a 10-4 mark. The victory also avenged the team’s first round loss to Magnolia, 77-81.

"That’s our purpose — to enter the semifinals on a high note. It gives us the confidence going into the semis round," said Toyota coach Louie Alas.

It was only Toyota’s second win against Magnolia in 10 meetings since it joined the league in 2004 and it enabled the Sparks to top the two-round elims following Hapee-PCU’s 78-74 victory over Montaña in the other game.

The Jewels slipped to 9-4, while Magnolia dropped to 6-7.

The Spinners clash with Rain or Shine (7-6) on Saturday in what could well decide which team will gain the other twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters although the Spinners will have to beat the Elasto Painters by 12 points.

In beating the Spinners, the Sparks had to survive a 20-point explosion of Kelly Williams in the fourth quarter.

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05-19-2006, 08:42 AM
Toyota ends elims in style
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By REY LACHICA

TOYOTA Otis will go to the semis oozing with confidence. The Sparks completed their mission in the elims with aplomb yesterday as they finally claimed the scalp of Magnolia Ice Cream, the team they desperately wanted to beat in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


Though the Sparks needed an extra five minutes to end their agony, their 89-85 win over the Spinners was extra special.

"Finally, naka-isa rin kami. Magandang send-off sa amin ito sa semis," said coach Louie Alas. "The boys really played well, especially on the defensive end."

The win — only their second over the Spinners in 11 outings since joining the league two years ago — also enabled the Sparks to top the elims with a 10-4 win-loss record.

That was made possible by Hapee-PCU which ended a seven-game losing run with a stunning 78-74 win over Montaña Pawnshop. The Jewels slipped to 9-4.

The Jewels can tie the Sparks but the Letran-based squad will remain the No. 1 qualifier.

With the loss, the Spinners jeopardized their bid to earn the second twice-to-beat advantage in the next round as they dropped to 6-7 in a tie with the Port Masters.

For them to secure that advantage, they have to beat Rain or Shine on Saturday by 12 points.

In beating the Spinners, the Sparks had to survive a 20-point explosion of Kelly Williams in the fourth quarter before leaning heavily on the steady shooting of Joe Devance and Jonathan Aldave from the free throw line in the final 40 seconds.

Aldave shattered an 85-85 count with two charities off Arwind Santos’ foul and then Devance sealed the win with two more charities after the wiry 6-foot-4 Santos hurriedly launched a three-point shot.

Also shining for the Sparks was Boyet Bautista who came through with a crucial steal in the last three seconds that prevented the Spinners from winning the game.

Aldave led four Toyota Otis players in double figures with 19 points while Devance played true to form this time as he chipped in 16 points. He was held to just six points in the team’s 64-60 loss to Montaña last Saturday.

Behind the exploits of Christian Coronel, the Sparks took a 52-38 lead in the second quarter but the Spinners clawed their way back into the thick of things until Williams went berserk in the fourth.

Williams, who finished with 28 points, was tightly covered in the extra period where he was held to just two points.

The scores:

First Game

TOYOTA OTIS 89 — Aldave 19, Devance 16, Coronel 13, Casio 10, Bautista 8, Andaya 6, Daa 6, Rodriguez 4, Fajardo 3, Oreta 2, Alcaraz 2, Larong 0, Cabahug 0.

MAGNOLIA 85 — Williams 28, Santos 22, Chan 11, Rizada 7, Isip 5, Misolas 5, Almeda 4, Co 3, Valenzuela 0, Barcellano 0, Te 0, Cutler 0.

Quarters: 18-11, 38-29, 58-49, 79-79 (Reg), 89-85 (OT).

Second Game

HAPEE 78 — Belga 15, Espinas 12, Castro 12, Moreno 9, Sanz 8, Bucao 5, Canlas 4, Garrido 3, Nailon 2, Solis 2, Razon 2, Amparado 2, Baculi 0.

MONTAÑA 74 — Compton 16, Juntilla 12, Bono 8, Magpayo 8, Dela Cuesta 6, Rodriguez 5, Bonus 4, Vergara 3, Evangelista 2, Baguion 2, Atablanco 0.

Quarters: 21-24, 35-47, 56-61, 78-74.

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05-20-2006, 07:35 AM
Magnolia, Rain or Shine in vital tiff

First posted 11:57pm (Mla time) May 19, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the May 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT HAS become a surprising turn of events for last conference’s finalists.

While unlikely contenders have secured the top three seats, Rain or Shine and Magnolia face must-win situations at the end of the PBL Unity Cup elimination round today.

And while the prize isn’t exactly an outright berth, it carries an edge that could virtually decide the two squads’ title hopes.

The Elasto Painters and the Spinners will dispute the No. 4 seed, which comes with the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, at 4 p.m. today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Toyota Otis and Montaña claimed the two outright semifinal berths after posting the best records, while Granny Goose copped third place and the first twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

Toting a better quotient, Rain or Shine still has the best shot to claim the quarterfinal incentive.

Yet the Spinners continue to hold out hope. If Magnolia wins by at least 12 points, it will claim the twice-to-beat advantage.

A three-way tie at 7-7 is also a possibility among Rain or Shine, Magnolia and Harbour Centre, which will tackle semifinalist Montaña at 2 p.m.

In such scenario, Rain or Shine will still finish fourth due to its superior quotient. But if the Painters lose by six points, the Spinners will occupy the fourth spot. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-20-2006, 07:43 AM
Rain, Magnolia in crucial game
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RAIN OR SHINE and Magnolia Ice Cream, two teams that figured in a classic finals showdown last conference, dispute the second and last twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Their 4 p.m. tussle could be the start of their best-of-3 title showdown since both teams are likely to face off in the next round with 7-6 and 6-7 win-loss records, respectively.

That’s one possibility.

But if Harbour Centre (6-7) prevails in their 2 p.m. encounter with Montana Pawnshop, and Rain or Shine finally shines this time, the two will clash in the quarters with the Elasto Painters gaining a twice-to-beat privilege.

A three-way tie for fourth to sixth places could occur if Magnolia and Harbour Centre triumph. If Magnolia prevails by six points or more, the Spinners will finish No. 4 and secure the corresponding twice-to-beat advantage.

But if Harbour loses, Magnolia must beat Rain or Shine by 12 points to clinch the No. 4 slot.

In that case, Rain or Shine will slide to No. 5 and has to beat Magnolia twice in the quarters. Harbour Centre, on the other hard, will finish No. 6 and will face No. 3 Granny Goose Tortillos in the other series.

Rain or Shine holds a better quotient over the Spinners and Port Masters. The Elasto Painters beat the Spinners, 63-52, in the first round.

gameface_one
05-20-2006, 07:48 AM
Painters and Spinners set to duel anew
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Rain or Shine and Magnolia Ice Cream, which figured in a classic finals showdown last conference, dispute the second and last twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals Saturday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque city.

Their 4 p.m. tussle could be the start of their best-of-three showdown in the next round since both teams are likely to face off in the next round with 7-6 and 6-7 win-loss records, respectively.

That’s one possibility.

If Harbour Centre (6-7) prevails in its 2 p.m. encounter with Montaña Pawnshop, and Rain or Shine finally shines this time, the two will clash in the quarters, with the Elasto Painters gaining a twice-to-beat privilege.

A three-way tie for fourth to sixth places could occur if Magnolia and Harbour Centre triumph. If Magnolia prevails by six points or more, the Spinners will finish No. 4 and secure the corresponding twice-to-beat advantage.

But if Harbour loses, Magnolia must beat Rain or Shine by 12 points to clinch the No. 4 slot.

In that case, Rain or Shine will slide to No. 5 and has to beat Magnolia twice in the quarters. Harbour Centre, on the other hard, will finish No. 6 and will face No. 3 Granny Goose Tortillos in the other series.

Rain or Shine holds a better quotient over the Spinners and Port Masters. The Elasto Painters beat the Spinners, 63-52, in the first round.

Though the Port Masters beat the Elasto Painters in the second round, 59-56, Rain or Shine still holds a plus-3 advantage on account of their 70-64 win the first time they met this conference.

This marks the first time that both Rain or Shine and Magnolia, widely acclaimed as the league’s giants, will meet in the quarterfinals after battling it out in two epic finals encounters and two equally exciting semis series.

The Spinners, who gallantly fought back from a 0-2 deficit to win the Heroes Cup at the expense of the Elasto Painters in February, are coming off a stinging 85-89 loss to Toyota Otis last Thursday.

But the Elasto Painters’ skid is more alarming after dropping their last four games.

With both teams out to salvage something from what look like a disappointing conference, expect lots of fireworks in Saturday’s crucial match.

Jojo Tangkay and Gilbert Malabanan must work doubly hard this time to snap the skid and keep their bid for a glorious exit from the league.

Rain or Shine, one of the most successful teams in the league, will be playing in the pro league starting this October.

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05-21-2006, 11:18 AM
Painters top Spinners

Gain twice-to-beat incentive in quarterfinals
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By rey c. lachica

JOJO TANGKAY came through with the biggest basket yesterday as Rain or Shine outlasted Magnolia Ice Cream, 74-69, and clinched the second and last twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.





Tangkay showed why he won the MVP plum last conference as he buried a crucial trey with only 14 seconds to push the Elasto Painters to within a win of booking a fifth straight stint in the semis.

The game was turned into a virtual best-of-3 series following Montaña Pawnshop’s 95-84 win over Harbour Centre in the first game.

After Jeff Chan scored on a pull-up jumper that shoved them to within 69-71, Tangkay rose to the occasion, making the game’s biggest shot on a perfect assist by Marvin Ortiguerra to finally put away the desperate challenge of the Spinners.

Aside from snapping a four-game skid — their longest since 2001 — the Elasto Painters likewise completed a two-game sweep of the Spinners, the very same team that upended them in the Heroes Cup finals last February.

"Finally, we discovered how to win again. It’s so sweet," said coach Leo Austria. "I just hope we can keep the momentum till Tuesday.

Already assured of finishing No. 2, the Jewels played a relaxed game in the first two quarters before stepping on the gas in the third to rip the game wide open and finished the elims on a high note.

The Jewels, actually, wound up with the same record with Toyota Otis at 10-4, but it was the Sparks who emerged the top qualifier on account of their superior quotient. The Elasto Painters also finished the elims with an 8-6 mark.

The Port Masters, on the other hard, ended up No. 6 and will face Granny Goose Tortillos in the quarterfinals starting Tuesday.

The Snackmasters must beat the Port Masters only once to advance to the semis having secured the twice-to-beat privilege after finishing third at 8-6.

The winner in the Harbour-Granny Goose series will face the Jewels in the semis which will be a best-of-5 affair.

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05-21-2006, 11:24 AM
Painters claim twice-to-beat edge

First posted 08:58am (Mla time) May 21, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the May 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TUESDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m.—Magnolia vs Rain or Shine
4 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Granny Goose

VETERANS Marvin Ortiguerra and Jojo Tangkay finally came through in the clutch to lead Rain or Shine to a 74-69 victory over Magnolia yesterday and secure a twice-to-beat quarterfinal privilege in the PBL Unity Cup.

Tangkay, last conference’s Most Valuable Player, paced the Elasto Painters’ balanced offense with 13 points, while Ortiguerra stepped up in the second half by drilling in eight of his 12 points at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Coach Leo Austria felt relieved that the Painters, who occupied the fourth spot at 8-6, wrapped up the elimination round with a victory.

“There was complacency among the players,” said Austria. “They think we’re a strong team. But I reminded them that we can’t become a strong team if we do not perform. Hard work, that’s what was missing in our four losses.”

Rain or Shine only needs to score one quarterfinal triumph over Magnolia, which settled for fifth place with a 6-8 card, to advance to the semifinal round.

Third-seeded Granny Goose, which claimed the other twice-to-beat incentive, will face Harbour Centre in the other quarterfinal pairing.

The Portmasters settled for sixth place at 6-8 after bowing to the Montaña Jewels, 95-84, in the first game.

League leaders Toyota Otis and Montaña already claimed outright semifinal seats, but the Jewels still came out firing behind Alex Compton to improve their record to 10-4.

“We need this win going into the semis,” said Jewels coach Nel Parado.

Connecting from long range, the Painters dropped a 16-2 bomb to erase a 38-47 deficit and take a 54-49 lead late in the third period.

Tangkay, Ortiguerra and Ronjay Enrile knocked down key triples in the decisive run that pushed the Painters on top for good.

The advantage kept growing with Enrile, who shot all of his nine points in the second half, and Junjun Cabatu teaming up early in the fourth period for a 66-58 advantage.

Magnolia’s Arwind Santos made it a one-point game, 68-67, after scoring seven of the Spinners’ next eight points heading into the final 1:30.

Ortiguerra and Tangkay soon defused the Spinners’ charge with back-to-back three-pointers to put the game in the bag for the Painters, 74-69, with only 14.6 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

MONTAÑA 95—Compton 16, Bono 15, Magpayo 15, Rodriguez 13, Vergara 8, Juntilla 8, Baguion 7, Dela Cuesta 5, Bonus 4, Guerrero 2, Atablanco 2, Espiritu 0, Evangelista 0.
HARBOUR CENTRE 84—Lanete 13,Yeo 11, Arana 10, Reyes 9, Chia 7, Saguindel 6, Gamboa 6, Tenorio 5, Coching 5, Vicente 4, Alonzo 4, Gaco 2, Maierhofer 2.

Quarters: 16-20, 37-36, 70-63, 95-84

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 74—Tangkay 13, Ortiguerra 12, Reyes 11, Cabatu 10, Enrile 9, Eman 8, Malabanan 5, Sta. Maria 3, Yambao 0, Tan 0.
MAGNOLIA 69—Santos 20, Williams 13, Misolas 9, Rizada 8, Valenzuela 8, Chan 4, Co 3, Almeda 2, Isip 2, Barcellano 0, Jones 0, Te 0.

Quarters: 20-23, 35-40, 56-51, 74-69

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05-21-2006, 11:24 AM
Jewels outshine Port Masters, set for semis
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Montaña Pawnshop just played hard enough Saturday but still won convincingly over Harbour Centre, 95-84, at the end of the eliminations of the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Already assured of finishing No. 2, the Jewels played a relaxed game in the first two quarters before stepping on the gas in the third to rip the game wide open and finished the eliminations on a high note.

The Jewels actually wound up with the same record with Toyota Otis at 10-4, but it was the Sparks who emerged the top qualifier owing to their superior quotient. The Port Masters, on the other hard, ended up No. 6 and will face Granny Goose Tortillos in the quarterfinals starting Tuesday.

The Snackmasters must beat the Port Masters only once to advance to the semis, having secured the twice-to-beat privilege after finishing third at 8-6.

The winner in the Harbour-Granny Goose series will face the Jewels in the semis in a best-of-5 affair.

Though they need to beat the Snackmasters twice, Harbour coach Jorge Gallent is not intimidated.

The Port Masters, for one, are out to erase the stigma they suffered last year where they lost to the Snackmasters for two straight games in their quarterfinal series.

"The boys are raring to settle an old score with Granny Goose," said Gallent. "We have to prepare really hard."

The win likewise boosted Montana’s confidence going into the semis.

"We need this win going to the semis," said coach Nel Parado, who leaned on the razzle-dazzle performance of Alex Compton in the third to pull away for good.

The Jewels took a slim 37-36 lead at the half but they posted several 11-point leads in the third through the efforts of Compton and Al Magpayo, who combined for 11 of the team’s 33-point explosion.

Compton was especially hot in the first quarter, as he drained three triples to finish with 11 points.

Magpayo and Larry Rodriguez took charge in the fourth to scuttle Harbour’s comeback bid.

gameface_one
05-22-2006, 12:08 PM
Tangkay keys big Rain or Shine turnaround

First posted 03:27am (Mla time) May 22, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the May 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TOMORROW (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Magnolia vs Rain or Shine
4 p.m. -- Harbour Centre vs Granny Goose

INSTEAD of losing heart as his team took a four-game slide, Jojo Tangkay just continued to churn out huge numbers for Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup.

And it seemed the pressure even got Tangkay all fired up last Saturday when the Elasto Painters faced a must-win situation against the Magnolia Spinners.

With the twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus at stake, Tangkay clearly energized his team as he hit 12 of his 13 points from beyond the arc to lead the Painters to a 74-69 victory.

“Tangkay and (Marvin) Ortiguerra showed that they’re the veterans of this team,” said coach Leo Austria after the defending champions wrapped up the elimination round with an 8-6 record.

Named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps, Tangkay also remains in the running for a second straight Most Valuable Player citation with averages of 15.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals.

Expectedly, the 6-foot-1 forward will dictate the tempo when the Painters shoot for a semifinal berth versus Magnolia Spinners tomorrow. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-22-2006, 12:11 PM
Rain or Shine’s Tangkay bags weekly honors
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Jojo Tangkay is back in the groove, and so is Rain or Shine. After the team’s lackluster performance the past four games, the Elasto Painters finally rediscovered how to win again, thanks to Tangkay’s game-long brilliance.

Tangkay’s heroics came at the most opportune time since Rain or Shine badly needed a win to revive its faltering campaign after losing four straight games—its longest skid since 2001.

Facing the specter of another collapse, Tangkay steeled his nerves and went on to score the game’s biggest shot, a booming trey in the last 14 seconds that lifted Rain or Shine to a spine-tingling 74-69 win over Magnolia Ice Cream. So crucial was that shot that Rain or Shine secured the second and last twice-to-beat advantage over the Spinners in the next round. Their game was transformed into a virtual best-of-three series following Montaña Pawnshop’s 95-84 win over Harbour Centre.

For stopping the team’s bleeding, Tangkay was named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps.

Aside from knocking in four triples, the sweetshooting Tangkay also hauled down 4 rebounds, had 3 assists and stole twice in 27 minutes of action.

The intangibles he provided have also inspired his other teammates, especially Marvin Ortiguerra, Ronjay Enrile and Eugene Tan, to do their share for their cause.

If Tangkay continues to shine, there’s no doubt that Rain or Shine’s farewell tour will be a resounding success.

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05-23-2006, 09:46 AM
Rain or Shine, Granny Goose eye semifinals

First posted 04:41am (Mla time) May 23, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ARMED with twice-to-beat incentives, Rain or Shine and Granny Goose try to complete the semifinal cast with victories over separate rivals in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Elasto Painters will try to make it two-in-a-row over the Magnolia Spinners at 2 p.m. while the Tortillos seek a fourth straight Final Four berth against the Harbour Centre Portmasters at 4 o’clock.

Rain or Shine downed Magnolia, 74-69, last Saturday to finish fourth in the eliminations with an 8-6 card and claim the second twice-to-beat privilege in the process behind Granny Goose.

Granny Goose also finished with the same card as Rain or Shine but was ranked third and clinched the first twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinal playoffs.

Already in the semifinals are surprise leader Toyota Otis and Montaña which topped the double round robin with similar 10-4 records.

After ending their four-game slide, Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria said the Painters cannot afford to be complacent now.

“With our losses in this conference, we learned the hard way,” said Austria. “The players were complacent. I hope they learned their lessons.”

But the Painters know too well that the twice-to-beat advantage is no guarantee to a semifinal trip, especially with Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos pacing the Spinners.

In the finals of the last conference, Magnolia overcame a 0-2 deficit versus Rain or Shine to bag the Heroes Cup championship.

Harbour Centre also had a similar unfortunate experience versus Granny Goose in the same tournament.

Then tagged as the heavy favorites, the Portmasters blew a twice-to-beat advantage in last year’s quarterfinals against the Tortillos.

“The boys are raring to get even with Granny Goose,” said Portmasters coach Jorge Gallent.

The two squads split their elimination encounters with Harbour Centre, scoring an 84-81 overtime triumph in the first round and Granny Goose responding with an 85-78 victory in the second round.

After starting the season with four straight losses, the Portmasters managed to recover behind the backcourt trio of Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete to nail the last quarterfinal slot.

The Tortillos are hoping for another quick entry into the semifinals with JR Quiñahan, Marvin Cruz and Jireh Ibanes at the helm. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
05-23-2006, 09:46 AM
Painters go for semis; H Centre out to foil Granny

The Philippine Star 05/23/2006

Rain or Shine and Magnolia collide in Game 2 of their quarterfinals series at 2 p.m. with the Elasto Painters gunning for a sixth straight stint in the semifinal round of the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Granny Goose Tortillos likewise shoots for a fourth straight stint in the semis as it tackles Harbour Centre squad at 4 p.m.

The Snackmasters finished No. 3 in the two-round elims to gain the first twice-to-beat privilege against the No. 6 Port Masters.

The Harbour Centre-Granny Goose showdown will be as explosive as the game between the Elasto Painters and the Spinners.

The Port Masters, for one, are out to erase the stigma of their setback to the Snackmasters last year when they blew away their twice-to-beat advantage in the same stage.

"The boys are raring to get even with Granny Goose," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, confident of his chances on a team built around LA Tenorio, Joseph Gaco, Robbie Reyes and Ryan Araña.

The Elasto Painters, bidding to leave the league for the pros in spectacular fashion, claimed the other advantage when they beat the Spinners, 74-69, at the end of the elims last Sarturday, a victory that snapped their four-game skid. It was actually the start of their best-of-three series.

While the Spinners have a roller-coaster performance in the elims, the Elasto Painters sputtered after sweeping their first four games.

gameface_one
05-23-2006, 09:47 AM
Rain, Magnolia in vital clash; Harbour Centre eyes revenge
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RAIN OR Shine and Magnolia Ice Cream are both permanent fixtures in the semis and finals in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) the last five conferences.


This time, however, only one will make it to the semis, and perhaps even to the finals.

Rain or Shine, the defending champion, and Magnolia, the reigning Heroes Cup champion, clash in Game 2 of their quarterfinals series at 2 p.m. with the Elasto Painters gunning for a sixth straight stint in the semis.

In the second game, Granny Goose Tortillos also eyes a fourth straight stint in the semis when it tackles the dangerous Harbour Centre squad at 4 p.m.

The Snackmasters finished No. 3 in the two-round elims, thus securing the first twice-to-beat privilege against the No. 6 Port Masters.

The Harbour Centre-Granny Goose showdown will be as explosive as the game between the Spinners and Elasto Painters.

The Port Masters, for one, are out to erase the stigma they suffered to the Snackmasters last year where they blew away their twice-to-beat advantage in the same stage.

"The boys are raring to get even with Granny Goose," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, his confidence further boosted by the solid showing of LA Tenorio, Joseph Gaco, Robbie Reyes and Ryan Araña in the team’s last five games.

The Elasto Painters, who are bidding to leave the league in spectacular fashion, claimed the other advantage when they beat the Spinners, 74-69, at the end of the elims last Sarturday, a victory that enabled them to end a four-game skid.

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05-24-2006, 07:16 AM
Painters avenge loss, gain semis seat
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By REY C. LACHICA

THE STORMY weather is over for Rain or Shine — at least for now.



The Elasto Painters put the bitter memory of their shocking meltdown in the Heroes Cup finals three months back by outsteadying Magnolia Ice Cream in another thrilling battle, 65-60, to clinch a semifinals berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Working behind an aggressive offense and ferocious rebounding, the Elasto Painters, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, made a decisive move late in the third and then hang tough in the fourth through the clutch shooting of JR Reyes, Eugene and Gilbert Malabanan to cap their dominance over the Spinners this conference.

In the second game, Harbour Centre turned to Joseph Yeo in the final half to beat No. 3 qualifier Granny Goose Tortillos, 59-51, and force a rubber match for the fourth and last semis berth.

After a distressing shooting in the first two quarters, Yeo exploded for 11 in the third and added five in the fourth as the Port Masters repulsed the Snackmasters who came into the game armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

"We’ll go for the win tomorrow. Overall, our defensive effort made the difference," said Gallent. "Joseph played superbly in the second half. If he can dish out that kind of game, we have a good chance."

It will be Rain or Shine’s sixth straight stint in the semis since three years ago. But more than that, the Elasto Painters ousted the very same team that blotted their seemingly impressive record in the league.

"It was sweet, at least we exacted sweet revenge over Magnolia," said coach Leo Austria. "Finally, the boys realized how strong they are if they put their focus on the game."

gameface_one
05-24-2006, 07:19 AM
Painters top Spinners for semis berth

The Philippine Star 05/24/2006

Rain or Shine beat Magnolia Ice Cream in a game that meant so much for both teams, 65-60, yesterday to clinch a semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Elasto Painters stood to the challenge to hold off the Spinners and claim the win that mattered most as they finally slew the ghost of their heartbreaking finals series defeat to their arch rivals last February.

Big baskets from Gilbert Malabanan, Eugene Tan and Jay-R Reyes and a solid defensive stance in the clutch helped carry the Painters to the victory.

"It was sweet, at least we exacted revenge over Magnolia," said coach Leo Austria. "Finally, the boys realized how strong they are if they can only put their focus on the game."

In the second game, Harbour Centre turned to Joseph Yeo in the final half to beat No. 3 qualifier Granny Goose Tortillos, 59-51, and force a rubber match for the fourth and last semis berth.

After dismal shooting in the first two quarters, Yeo exploded for 11 in the third and added five in the fourth as the Port Masters repulsed the Snackmasters.

"We’ll go for the win tomorrow. Overall, our defensive effort made the difference," said coach Jorge Gallent. "Joseph played superbly in the second half. If he can dish out that kind of game, we have a good chance."

The Elasto Painters will face No. 1 seed Toyota Otis in the semis — a best-of-5 affair — starting Tuesday next week.

gameface_one
05-24-2006, 07:20 AM
Painters advance; Tortillos stopped

First posted 02:13am (Mla time) May 24, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the May 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


TAKING full control at the defensive end, Rain or Shine shut down Magnolia Ice Cream in the last three minutes to post a 65-60 victory and secure a semifinal berth in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

“Our defense worked, we knew their shooters will be hitting from the outside,” said Painters coach Leo Austria. “Everyone stepped up including Gilbert Malabanan and Jay-R Reyes, who showed again that he can finish games.”

After Jojo Tangkay shot 13 of his 15 points in the second period, the trio of Malabanan, Reyes and Ronjay Enrile took over the Painters’ offensive charge in the second half.

The Painters will clash against the top ranked Toyota Otis in a best-of-five semifinal series starting Saturday.

In the second game, Harbour Centre extended its own quarterfinal series against Granny Goose with a 59-51 win.

Joseph Yeo drilled in all of his 16 points in the second half to lead the Portmasters to a knockout quarterfinal match versus the Tortillos on Thursday. The winner will battle the second-seeded Montaña Jewels.

“We played a poor first half, we only had one assist, but we were only down by two,” said Portmasters coach Jorge Gallent. “During the halftime break I told them to share the ball more.”

Booking their sixth straight semifinal appearance didn’t come easy for the Painters. Heading into the final six minutes with an eight point lead, 57-49, Arwind Santos spearheaded the Spinners’ comeback to tie the contest at 58.

After Enrile put the Painters on top with a triple, 61-58, Santos’ free throws again made it a one-point game, 61-60, with 3:11 minutes remaining.

But that turned out to be the final basket for the Spinners. The Painters trailed by as many as 10 points early in the second period, 15-25, before Tangkay almost single-handedly cut the deficit to three points, 32-35, at the half.

Austria noted that the Painters finally evened it up after losing to the Spinners in the finals series last conference.

“It was a good revenge for us,” said Austria.

The scores:

First Game
RAIN OR SHINE 65 -- Tangkay 15, Malabanan 13, Enrile 11, Ortiguerra 7, Reyes 6, Yambao 5, Tan 4, Cabatu 2, Eman 2, Sta. Maria 0.

MAGNOLIA 60 -- Santos 15, Williams 15, Valenzuela 9, Rizada 8, Misolas 4, Chan 3, Almeda 2, Isip 2, Co 2, Te 0, Jones 0.

Quarters: 15-18, 32-35, 52-47, 65-60

Second Game
HARBOUR CENTRE 59 -- Yeo 16, Chia 9, Tenorio 9, Gamboa 8, Maierhoffer 6, Reyes 3, Araña 3, Alonzo 2, Lanete 2, Coching 1, Gaco 0.

GRANNY GOOSE 51 -- Quiñahan 14, Cruz 9, Santos 8, Latonio 6, Alfad 5, Ibañes 4, Ferrer 3, Concha 1, Grijaldo 1, David 0, Gavino 0, Saldua 0, Dela Peña 0.

Quarters: 22-17, 22-24, 43-35, 59-51

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05-24-2006, 07:34 AM
Rain or Shine gains semis
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Rain or Shine beat Magnolia Ice Cream in a game that meant so much for both teams, 65-60, on Tuesday to clinch a semifinal berth in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Just as expected, the game turned into a war of attrition, but this time the Elasto Painters stood up to the challenge and finally kicked the ghost of their heartbreaking finals series defeat to the Spinners in February.

Big baskets from Gilbert Malabanan, Eugene Tan and Jay-R Reyes and an excellent defensive effort made the difference this time.

"It was sweet, at least we exacted revenge over Magnolia," said coach Leo Austria. "Finally, the boys realized how strong they are if they can only put their focus on the game."

But their win over Magnolia would amount to nothing if they fail to keep the title they won over Montana Pawnshop last year.

"It could be doubly special if we win the championship," said Austria.

The Elasto Painters will face No. 1 seed Toyota Otis in the semis—a best-of-five affair—starting either Thursday or Saturday.

Showing none of the fire and passion they showed in winning three straight games in the finals of the last conference, the Spinners were outrebounded by the Elasto Painters this time, 46-39.

Austria’s also credited the team’s offensive rebounding for the win, saying: "That was one of the deciding factors why we won the game."

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 65 – Tangkay 15, Malabanan 13, Enrile 11, Ortiguerra 7, Reyes 6, Yambao 5, Tan 4, Cabatu 2, Eman 2, Sta. Maria 0.

MAGNOLIA 60 – Santos 15, Williams 15, Valenzuela 9, Rizada 8, Misolas 4, Chan 3, Almeda 2, Isip 2, Co 2, Te 0, Jones 0.

Quarters: 15-18, 32-35, 52-47, 65-60.



Game Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center)

3 p.m. - Granny Goose vs. Harbour Centre

gameface_one
05-25-2006, 02:44 AM
Granny, Harbour face off for last semifinal slot

The Philippine Star 05/25/2006

Harbour Centre and Granny Goose Tortillos dispute the fourth and last semis berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Expect Harbour to lean on Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio, who came up with superb games in the team’s 59-51 victory over Granny Goose to force a sudden death in their quarterfinal series.

After an atrocious shooting in the first half, Yeo came alive in the second half, drilling in 11 points and adding five more in the fourth to cap the team’s stirring come-from-behind win.

Tenorio was equally impressive as he orchestrated the team’s offense. He tallied 9 points, six rebounds and three rebounds as he totally outfoxed the taller Kevin dele Peña of Granny Goose.

The rubber match was necessitated after Granny Goose Tortillos secured a twice-to-beat advantage for finishing third in the elims with an 8-6 mark.

Gametime is set at 3 p.m. with the momentum clearly on Harbour’s side.

"We’ll go for it. If Joseph and LA will make their shots from the outside we have a very good chance," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. "I’m very sure they will make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for them. The boys are really determined to win the series."

The Port Masters, for one, are out to slay the ghost of their heartbreaking loss last year when they blew away their twice-to-beat advantage to the Snackmasters in the same stage.

"Lahat sila gusto makabawi, so I hope they will give their best from start to finish," said Gallent.

The winner in the series will face No. 2 Montana Pawnshop in the best-of-5 semis starting on Tuesday.

Toyota Otis and Montana claimed the two outright semis berths after finishing 1-2 in the elims.

Rain or Shine clinched the third semis berth by beating Magnolia Ice Cream, 65-60, a victory that enabled the defending champion to bury the bitter memory of their shocking collapse in the Heroes Cup last February.

Rain or Shine will face Toyota Otis in the other semis series.

Despite their win the other day, Gallent refused to be swayed, saying: "It’s hard to beat Granny Goose for two straight games. I have high respect for their coach and to their players."

gameface_one
05-25-2006, 02:46 AM
Harbour, Granny dispute semis slot
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JOSEPH YEO and LA Tenorio, two star players from different schools that have storied rivalry, will be sharing a common "battle cry" today.


Out to boost their respective stocks when they try to join the pro ranks sometime in October, La Salle’s Yeo and Ateneo’s Tenorio are again expected to sizzle when Harbour Centre and Granny Goose Tortillos dispute the fourth and last semifinals berth in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Yeo and Tenorio, Harbour’s 1-2 punch, dished out a solid performance in the team’s 59-51 victory over Granny Goose to force a knockout game in their quarterfinal series.

After an atrocious shooting in the first half, Yeo suddenly caught fire, drilling in 11 points and adding five more in the fourth to cap the team’s stirring come-from-behind win.

Tenorio was equally impressive as he deftly orchestrated the team’s offense. He tallied 9 points, six rebounds and three rebounds as he totally outfoxed the taller Kevin dele Peña of Granny Goose.

The do-or-die match was necessitated after Granny Goose Tortillos secured a twice-to-beat advantage for finishing third in the elims with an 8-6 mark.

Game time is set at 3 p.m. with the momentum clearly on Harbour’s side.

"We’ll go for it. If Joseph and LA will make their shots from the outside we have a very good chance," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. "I’m very sure they will make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for them. The boys are really determined to win the series."

The Port Masters, for one, are out to slay the ghost of their heartbreaking loss last year when they blew away their twice-to-beat advantage to the Snackmasters in the same stage.

"Lahat sila gusto makabawi, so I hope they will give their best from start to finish," said Gallent.

The winner in the series will face No. 2 Montaña Pawnshop in the best-of-5 semis starting on Tuesday.

Toyota Otis and Montana claimed the two outright semis berths after finishing 12 in the elims.

Rain or Shine clinched the third semis berth by beating Magnolia Ice Cream, 65-60, a victory that enabled the defending champion to bury the bitter memory of their shocking collapse in the Heroes Cup last February.

Rain or Shine will face Toyota Otis in the other semis series.

Despite their win the other day, Gallent refused to be swayed, saying: "It’s hard to beat Granny Goose for two straight games. I have high respect for their coach and to their players."

full battle gear
05-25-2006, 11:14 AM
It’s bust or s’finals for Harbour Centre, Granny Goose

First posted 03:30am (Mla time) May 25, 2006
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by Jasmine Payo



Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the May 25, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TAGGED as underachievers in the conference, Harbour Centre will try to sustain its timely turnaround in the PBL Unity Cup today.

The Portmasters will try to make it two in a row against Granny Goose at 3 p.m. today in their quarterfinal duel for a semifinal seat at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Payback is certainly in the minds of Harbour Centre which lost its twice-to-beat advantage to the same Granny Goose in their quarterfinal clash here last year.

Granny Goose was favored to easily secure its fourth straight semifinal seat but a driven Harbour Centre crew showed up last Tuesday and scored a 59-51 triumph to extend the series to the limit.

The winner of the knockout match will face second-seeded Montaña in a best-of-five semifinal series starting Saturday.

Rain or Shine earlier arranged a semifinal showdown against league-leader Toyota Otis after disposing off Magnolia Ice Cream, 65-60, in their own quarterfinal match.

“I’m very sure they will make adjustments but we’ll be ready for them,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

League stars Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio confidently took control of the Portmasters’ offensive charge last Tuesday.

“If Joseph and LA could make their shots from the outside, we have a very good chance,” said Gallent.

While everything clicked for the Portmasters in the second half, the Tortillos completely lost their touch.

No one was more visibly upset than coach Robert Sison, who berated his players in the team’s final huddle.

“I’ve never lost a twice-to-beat advantage,” he said.

full battle gear
05-26-2006, 11:43 AM
Look who’s going to PBL semifinals

The Philippine Star 05/26/2006

Just a month ago, making it past the elimination round of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup appeared far from Harbour Centre’s reach.

Look where the Port Masters are now.

Banking on a strong first half, Harbour Centre survived the best Granny Goose could offer and hacked out a convincing 73-60 win yesterday to book the last semifinal slot in the season-ending tournament.

The Final Four immediately begins tomorrow also at the Olivarez College Sports Center, giving the Port Masters less than 48 hours to prepare against No. 2 team Montaña Pawnshop in their own best-of-five series.

But coach Jorge Gallent doesn’t see any problem with his team playing its third game in the last five days.

"We’ve won two straight big games, so the morale of the team is high right now. I guess we just have to sustain it, never mind if we play again tomorrow," he said.

Hardly given a second look after struggling for most of the conference, Harbour wasn’t even favored to make it this far after making the quarterfinals needing to beat Granny Goose, the No. 3 team at the end of the eliminations and the same squad that ousted them in the playoffs last conference, twice in a row.

But suddenly things began to change when they beat the Snack Masters last Tuesday, 59-51, to set the stage for their do-or-die encounter.

"We had a bad start (this conference)," admitted Galent. "But even when we were losing, we still believed."

And believe they did.

The Port Masters’ three-pronged guard of L.A. Tenorio, Joseph Yeo and Chico Lanete combined for 45 points —half of the team’s output — and repeatedly buried the Snack Masters with their deadly penetrations and timely outside shots.

Lanete, the former Granny Goose stalwart, torched his former team for 16 points in 16 minutes of play.

Yeo had 15 while Tenorio added 13, six assists and three steals.

Yeo and Tenorio were at their best in the first half when they anchored Harbour’s running game. A jumper by Yeo to start the second period engineered a big 20-8 run by the Port Masters, which Tenorio capped by a booming three-pointer.

gameface_one
05-27-2006, 11:50 AM
Sparks, Jewels battle fired-up foes in Final 4

The Philippine Star 05/27/2006

Toyota Otis and Montaña hope to come out strong from a week-long rest as they play two teams trying to keep the momentum of their big victories in the quarterfinals as semifinal action in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup fires off today the Olivarez College Sports Center.

"A week’s rest is good enough to prepare us physically and mentally for our semifinal series with Rain or Shine. Sobrang lakas itong kalaban namin," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, whose Sparks battle the high-powered Elasto Painters in the 4 p.m. main game of today’s Final Four doubleheader.

The Jewels, for their part, clash with the Harbour Centre Port Masters in the first semifinal game, a best-of-five affair, set at 2 p.m.

For finishing the elimination round as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams, the Sparks and Jewels earned outright berths to the Final Four, while they watched the Elasto Painters and Port Masters battle for the two remaining semis slots.

But at the same time, the incentive also rendered them out of action at least for seven straight days.

Montaña last played exactly a week ago when it defeated Harbour Centre, 95-84, while Toyota Otis had an even longer rest, playing its last game May 18 yet following a rousing 89-85 overtime win over Magnolia.

Alas said the break could work either way, although he’d rather look at the positive side of the matter.

"Ang disadvantage baka medyo rusty kami, kasi we haven’t played for nine days. Pero ang kagandahan naman, napahinga ’yung mga players ko na may iniinda like sina (Aaron) Aban and Boyet (Bautista)," he said.

Rain or Shine and Harbour Centre went through the harder route and have less time to prepare for the semis playoffs.

The Elasto Painters cut short Magnolia Spinners’ Final Four bid behind a 65-60 win. The Port Masters on the other hand, negated the twice-to-beat edge of Granny Goose Snack Masters with back-to-back victories including the 73-60 semis clinching triumph Thursday night.

gameface_one
05-27-2006, 11:51 AM
Toyota, Montaña slight semis’ picks

First posted 11:46pm (Mla time) May 26, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. -- Montaña vs Harbour Centre

4 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Rain or Shine

TOYOTA Otis, the revelation of the tournament, tries to sustain its inspired form against Rain or Shine at the start of their best-of-five semifinal series today in the PBL Unity Cup.

“They’re in high spirits, they’re well motivated,” noted coach Leo Austria, whose Elasto Painters will be the slight underdogs against the Sparks in their 4 p.m. duel at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Montaña Jewels, who clinched the No. 2 semifinal seeding behind the Sparks, will also face the similarly inspired Harbour Centre Portmasters in the other semis showdown earlier at 2 p.m.

Barely making it to the quarterfinal playoffs, the Portmasters overcame Granny Goose’s twice-to-beat advantage to complete the Final Four cast.

So expectedly, coach Jorge Gallent plans to stick to his game plan that turned the Portmasters into formidable contenders after a dismal start.

“We’re doing very little adjustments for the game against Montaña,” said Gallent. “They have deadly shooters, so we just have to stay in the game. If not, it will be hard for us to beat Montaña.”

Coach Nel Parado knows that the Jewels’ elimination-round sweep of the Portmasters hardly matters since Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete have been unstoppable for Harbour Centre recently.

Although the Jewels have been turning to Alex Compton for leadership, Montaña’s strength lies in its balanced offense. In fact, none of the Montaña players averages in double figures this conference.

Fil-Am center Joe Devance will power Toyota Otis’ bid to show its domination of the eliminations was no fluke. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
05-27-2006, 11:54 AM
Explosive semifinal games in PBL seen
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BOTH TOYOTA Otis and Montaña have not played competitive basketball for over a week now.


But the top two seeded teams are raring to play in the semifinals of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup that unfolds this afternoon at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

"A week’s rest is good enough to prepare us physically and mentally for our semifinal series with Rain or Shine. Sobrang lakas itong kalaban namin," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, whose Sparks battle the high-powered Elasto Painters in the 4 p.m. main game of today’s Final Four doubleheader.

The Jewels, for their part, clash with the Harbour Centre Port Masters in the first semifinal game set at 2 p.m.

Both are best-of-five series.

For finishing the elimination round as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams, the Sparks and Jewels earned outright berths to the Final Four, while they watched the Elasto Painters and Port Masters battle for the two remaining semis slots.

But at the same time, the incentive also rendered them out of action for seven days.

Alas said the break could work either way, although he’d rather look at the positive side of the matter.

"Ang disadvantage baka medyo rusty kami, kasi we haven’t played for nine days. Pero ang kagandahan naman, napahinga `yung mga players ko na may iniinda like sina (Aaron) Aban and Boyet (Bautista)," he said.

Rain or Shine and Harbour Centre went through the harder route and have less time to prepare for the semis playoffs.

The Elasto Painters cut short Magnolia Spinners’ Final Four bid behind a 65-60 win. The Port Masters on the other hand, negated the twice-to-beat edge of Granny Goose Snack Masters with back-to-back victories including the 73-60 semis clinching triumph Thursday night.

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent said plunging into the semifinals right away would do good to his team, especially with the Port Masters currently on a roll.

"We just have to keep our intensity going since the morale of the boys are high right now," said Gallent, whose Harbour squad is playing its fourth game in eight days.

Meanwhile, Toyota Otis and Rain or Shine leveled their head-to-head match up at 1-1.

"Parehong-pareho ito. Mabigat ang laban," said Alas.

Of keen interest in the Sparks-Elasto Painters series is the plays of Toyota’s Joe Devance and Rain’s Jojo Tangkay, easily two of the top contenders for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

gameface_one
05-27-2006, 11:56 AM
Sparks, Jewels eager to begin semis duels
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Toyota Otis and Montaña Pawnshop have not played competitive basketball for over a week now.

But the two top-seeded teams are raring to go and ready to play in the semifinals of the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup that unfolds Saturday afternoon at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

"A week’s rest is good enough to prepare us physically and mentally for our semifinal series with Rain or Shine. Our opponents are very, very strong," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, whose Sparks battle the high-powered Elasto Painters in the 4 p.m. main game of today’s Final Four doubleheader.

The Jewels, for their part, clash with the Harbour Centre Port Masters in the first semifinal game set at 2 p.m.

Both are best-of-five series.

For finishing the elimination round as the No. 1 and 2 teams, the Sparks and Jewels earned outright berths to the Final Four, while they watched the Elasto Painters and Port Masters battle for the two remaining semis slots.

But at the same time, the incentive also rendered them out of action for at least seven days.

Montaña last played exactly a week ago when it defeated Harbour Centre, 95-84. Toyota Otis had an even longer rest, playing its last game May 18, a rousing 89-85 overtime win over Magnolia.

Alas said the break could work either way, although he’d rather look at the positive side of the matter.

"The disadvantage is we might be a little rusty, because we haven’t played for nine days. The good thing is, my players with injuries, like [Aaron] Aban and Boyet [Bautista]," he said.

Rain or Shine and Harbour Centre went through the harder route and have less time to prepare for the semis playoffs.

The Elasto Painters cut short Magnolia Spinners’ Final Four bid with a 65-60 win. The Port Masters on the other hand, negated the twice-to-beat edge of Granny Goose Snack Masters with back-to-back victories, including the 73-60 semis-clinching triumph Thursday night.

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent said plunging into the semifinals right away would do good to his team, especially with the Port Masters currently on a roll.

"We just have to keep our intensity going since the morale of the boys are high right now," said Gallent, whose Harbour squad is playing its fourth game in eight days.

Montaña swept its two meetings with Harbour, although Gallent said he is not keen on making major adjustments against the no. 2 seeded team.

"If any, it would be minimal. I think what we have to be wary about is their shooters. We definitely have to contain them for us to have a chance," said Gallent, referring to the Jewels’ bevy of perimeter shooters, among them are Alex Compton, Al Magpayo, Al Vergara, Eric dela Cuesta and Red Juntilla.

gameface_one
05-28-2006, 03:41 PM
Toyota Otis nips Rain or Shine; Portmasters triumph

First posted 04:55am (Mla time) May 28, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A32 of the May 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TUESDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m.—Rain or Shine vs Toyota Otis
4 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Montaña

CONTINUING its string of solid plays, top-ranked Toyota Otis repulsed defending champion Rain or Shine, 64-59, yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Joe Devance poured in six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, while Aaron Aban finished with eight markers including two clutch free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining that sealed the win.

“It was a collective effort,” said Sparks coach Louie Alas. “Our goal was to limit their offense to 65 points, which we did.”

Harbour Centre claimed the other semis opener after averting a late-game collapse to down Montaña Pawnshop, 85-79.

The Portmasters seemed headed for a blowout win with a comfortable 34-point cushion, 63-29, but nearly blew the huge advantage as the Jewels rallied to trim the margin to just four points, 83-79, in the final minute.

Understandably, Portmasters coach Jorge Gallent was furious despite the upset victory against the second-seeded Jewels.

“The players relaxed too much,” said Gallent. “When we had the big lead, the players stopped their attack. We have to correct that in our next game.”

Fast becoming the most effective sixth man in the tournament, Chico Lanete delivered a game-high 21 points highlighted by a clutch jumper and two buffer free throws in the final minute for Harbour Centre.

“Good thing Chico bailed us out in this game,” noted Gallent.

With the Portmasters still up at 81-71, Alex Compton strung up four points to push the Jewels within six, 81-75.

But Lanete fired a jumper at the 1:09 mark for 83-75 then the backup point guard completed his heroics by nailing his free throws with 9.7 seconds remaining after the Jewels threatened at 83-79.

Lanete and Ryan Araña fueled the Portmasters’ 23-3 rally that staked them to a 42-23 lead after trailing at 19-20 in the second period.

The Jewels rallied behind Eric dela Cuesta, Paul Guerrero and rookie Larry Rodriguez in the second half to bring the deficit down to 11 points, 74-63, midway in the fourth period.

Then Ronjay Enrile buried a triple that pushed the Painters within 58-56 with 48 seconds remaining. Jasmine W. Payo

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 85—Lanete 21, Reyes 16, Yeo 12, Arana 11, Chia 7, Coching 6, Maierhoffer 6, Tenorio 4, Gaco 2, Gamboa 0.
MONTAÑA 79—Rodriguez 14, Compton 14, Vergara 13, Magpayo 9, Dela Cuesta 8, Bono 7, Baguion 6, Guerrero 6, Bonus 2, Buenafe 0, Espiritu 0, Atablanco 0.

Quarters: 19-17, 56-25, 68-44, 85-79

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 64—Devance 12, Aban 8, Rodriguez 7, Bautista 6, Coronel 6, Andaya 5, Aldave 5, Casio 5, Daa 4, Fajardo 4, Oreta 2.
RAIN OR SHINE 59—Tangkay 16, Ortiguerra 11, Enrile 9, Reyes 6, Tan 5, Cabatu 2, Sta. Maria 2, Malabanan 1, Yambao 0.

Quarters: 12-14, 31-27, 48-37, 64-59

gameface_one
05-28-2006, 03:44 PM
Harbour, Toyota take Game 1

The Philippine Star 05/28/2006

Guard Chico Lanete played big for Harbour Centre yesterday as the Port Masters waged a breakaway in the second quarter and avoided an endgame collapse in beating the Montaña Jewels, 85-79, in Game One of their PBL Unity Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Lanete came up with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists as he sizzled in Harbour Centre’s second-quarter siege and endgame escape act that gave the team the crucial head start in the series.

"After getting the big lead at halftime, the boys relaxed and held their punches. Thanks to Chico, Montaña wasn’t able to steal the game," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

"I’m happy with the win but not with the attitude shown by the boys toward the end. We have to correct that if we’re to win this series," Gallent added.

Coming from a weeklong rest, the second-seeded Jewels started out flat and needed a fiery chase to get back in the thick of things in the fourth quarter.

Efforts by Larry Rodriguez, Alex Compton and Al Vergara carried Montaña to within four at 79-83 after trailing by 31 at the turn.

But Lanete would come to Harbour Centre’s rescue, disallowing Montaña to get closer.

Lanete, a prized guard out of Lyceum, himself sealed their win with two free throws with 9.7 ticks left.

Counting their two key victories in their quarterfinal tiffs with Granny Goose, Harbour Centre has won three in a row.

Toyota Otis likewise had to survive a scare at endgame as it downed Rain or Shine, 64-59, in the opener of their own best-of-five semis duel.

gameface_one
05-28-2006, 03:45 PM
Lanete stops Ports Masters' big collapse
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Chico Lanete came to the Port Masters’ rescue just in time.

With the hotshot guard out of Lyceum at the firing end, Harbour Center aborted what could have been an embarrassing endgame collapse as it pulled off an 85-79 win Saturday over Montana in the opener of their 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup semifinal series at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

Lanete finished with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He also tallied 8 rebounds and 4 assists while scoring 12 in a big second-quarter rampage by the Port Masters.

But it was his clutch baskets down the stretch that kept a rallying Montaña five at bay and gave Harbour a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five affair.

Game 2 is set Tuesday also at the same venue in Parañaque City.

"Good thing Chico bailed us out in the end," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, whose Port Masters led by as many as 63-29 late in the third quarter.

"We relaxed too much with the big lead. We didn’t want to attack and score anymore. We have to correct that in our next game," he added.

Toyota Otis also survived a big scare from Rain or Shine to score a 64-59 win later in the day for a similar 1-0 edge in their own semifinal series.

The Sparks saw their 10-point fourth quarter lead cut down to 60-59 in the final 11 seconds, but Aaron Aban doused cold water on the Elasto Painters’ comeback by sinking two free throws that sealed the win for Toyota Otis.

Joe Devance had 12 points and eight rebounds to show the way for the Sparks, who were outrebounded by the Elasto Painters, 45-35, but shot better from the floor at 39 percent. Rain or Shine was held to 30-percent shooting.

Game 2 of both semifinal series is set Tuesday.

Playing their first game in a week, the No. 2-seeded Jewels struggled in the early part of the match and never had their game going until the final quarter, when the trio of Larry Rodriguez, Alex Compton and Al Vergara caught fire.

Free throws by Vergara cut down the deficit to 77-83 with under a minute to play.

It was down to four later on after Al Magpayo sank two more shots from the foul line after an unsportsmanlike foul by Harbour’s Ryan Arana.

Suddenly, the Jewels appeared on the verge of pulling off what could be the biggest comeback of the conference.

But Lanete—and a bungled Montana opportunity—wouldn’t allow that to happen.

A missed three-pointer by Magpayo at the other end paved the way for two pressure-packed Lanete free throws with 9.7 seconds left that sealed the win for Harbour.

Counting their two key victories in their quarterfinal match-up with Granny Goose, Harbour Centre has now won three in a row and is not showing any signs of slowing down.

The sweet-shooting Lanete was at the helm of it, as he led a crucial second period breakaway when Port Masters outscored the Jewels, 37-8, for a big 31-point lead at the half.

The lead ballooned to its biggest at 34 on a Joseph Yeo basket with 4:32 to go in the third period.

Rob Reyes added 16 points and 9 rebounds while Yeo had 13 for the Port Masters.

Rodriguez and Compton each had 14 in a losing cause for the Jewels, who shot a poor 36 percent from the floor (29-of-80) compared with the 43 percent of the Port Masters (31-of-72).

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:50 AM
Harbour, Toyota eye repeat wins
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HARBOUR CENTRE and Toyota Otis, two teams out to establish themselves as the league’s new powers, gun for commanding 2-0 leads against their separate rivals in the semifinals series of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Their confidence boosted by their impressive 85-79 win over Montana Pawnshop in Game 1 of their best-of-5 series, the Port Masters are again expected to flaunt their deadly run-and-gun game when they collide with the Jewels at 4 p.m.

Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and vastly-improving Chico Lanete will again carry the brunt for the Port Masters who are bidding for their first finals stint since joining the league last year.

Toyota Otis is also hoping for the same result when the Sparks collide with defending champion Rain or Shine at 2 p.m.

But Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis will have their hands full this time since the Elasto Painters and Jewels – permanent fixtures in the finals the last three conferences — are expected to make major adjustments to equalize the series.

"I do expect coach Nel (Parado) to make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for it. We just have to play smart from start to finish," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I don’t want what happened to us the last time."

In their game last Saturday, the Port Masters, cheered on by youthful owner Mikee Romero, appeared to have the game sewn up as early in the first half after taking 56-25 lead. But they almost blew it away after falling into a maze of errors and poor shot selection.

"I was so mad at that stage but thanks to Lanete. I have to credit him for his clutch shooting," said Gallent of his veteran guard who finished with a game-high 21 points on top of four rebounds and four assists.

Harbour’s Robb Reyes will also be a marked man after chipping in 16 points on an impressive 3-of-4 shooting from the field. He also played a key role in holding Al Magpayo to just 9 points.

The Sparks, on the other hand, will again rely on pro-bound Joe Calvin Devance and a slew of supporting players who can make things happen for the Louie Alas-mentored squad.

Just like Gallent, Alas also expects the Elasto Painters to make some adjustments so they won’t fall to a 0-2 hole in the series.

"If they make some adjustments then we’ll do the same," said Alas. "I just hope we could sustain the momentum we gained in our victory the last time out."

Though the Elasto Painters enjoy a big advantage in height, the Sparks have the speed and boundless energy to rely on.

Aside from Devance, Alas is also pinning his hopes on Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban, JV Casio and Mark Andaya.

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:52 AM
Toyota Sparks, Harbour Centre 5 eye two-to-nil edge

The Philippine Star 05/30/2006

HARBOUR CENTRE and Toyota Otis, two teams out to establish themselves as the league’s new powers, gun for commanding 2-0 leads against their separate rivals in the semifinals series of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Their confidence boosted by their impressive 85-79 win over Montana Pawnshop in Game 1 of their best-of-5 series, the Portmasters are again expected to show their deadly run-and-gun game when they collide with the Jewels at 4 p.m.

Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and fast-improving Chico Lanete will again carry the brunt for the Portmasters who are bidding for their first finals stint since joining the league last year.

Toyota Otis is also hoping for the same result when the Sparks collide with defending champion Rain or Shine at 2 p.m.

But Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis also expect to have their hands full this time since the Elasto Painters and Jewels "permanent fixtures in the finals the last three conferences" are going to make major adjustments.

"I expect coach Nel (Parado) to make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for it. We just have to play smart from start to finish," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I don’t want what happened to us the last time."

The Portmasters, cheered on by youthful owner Mikee Romero, appeared to have the game sewn up last Saturday as early in the first half after taking 56-25 lead.

But they almost blew it after committing a maze of errors and poor shot selection in the ensuing half until Lanete provided key hits to finish with 21 points on top of four rebounds and four assists.

Harbour’s Robbie Reyes will also be a marked man after chipping in 16 points on an impressive 3-of-4 shooting from the field. He also played a key role in holding Al Magpayo to just nine points.

The Sparks, on the other hand, will again rely on pro-bound Joe Calvin Devance and a slew of supporting players who can make things happen for the Louie Alas-mentored squad.

Alas also expects the Elasto Painters to make some adjustments so they won‚t fall to a 0-2 hole in the series.

"If they make some adjustments then we’ll do the same,"said Alas. "I just hope we could sustain the momentum we gained in our victory the last time out."

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:55 AM
Sparks, Portmasters seek 2nd wins

First posted 03:03am (Mla time) May 30, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE TOYOTA Otis Sparks and Harbour Centre Portmasters try to move closer to a championship showdown when they shoot for a second straight victory in their respective semifinal assignments today in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Sparks collide with the defending champion Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 2 p.m. while the Portmasters tangle with the Montaña Jewels at 4 o’clock.

“We need to improve on the execution of our offense because we’re becoming very predictable,” said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, who won the opener of the best-of-five duel with a 64-59 decision.

For coach Jorge Gallent, consistency will be Harbour Centre’s main concern following the Portmasters’ near collapse after building a 34-point lead.

“We have to play smart from start to finish,” noted Gallent. “I don’t want what happened to us the last time.”

The Portmasters scraped through, 85-79, as backup point guard Chico Lanete, capped a game-high 21 points with a key jumper and two free throws in the final minute.

“I have to credit Lanete for his clutch shooting,” said Gallent.

The Sparks had a more balanced offensive performance in their Game 1 triumph.

Although Joe Devance didn’t deliver his usual numbers, the top Filipino-American center figured in key plays as he scored six of his 12 points in the final quarter.

“I just hope we could sustain the momentum we gained in our victory the last time out,” added Alas.

The Elasto Painters hope to regain their firepower with only Ronjay Enrile delivering consistently in the closing minutes of Game 1.

Shooting woes also hit the Jewels in Game 1, allowing the Portmasters to erect a 34-point cushion, 63-29, in the second quarter before Alex Compton and rookie Larry Rodriguez led Montaña’s second-half comeback.

Lanete, acquired from Granny Goose this conference, has been providing huge offensive support to backcourt stars Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio in the playoffs.

Filipino-American Rob Reyes also stepped up in the Portmasters’ third straight win, contributing 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:57 AM
Harbour, Toyota eye 2-0 leads
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Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis, two teams out to establish themselves as the league’s new powers, gun for commanding 2-0 leads against separate rivals in the semifinals of the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Their confidence boosted by an impressive 85-79 win over Montaña Pawnshop in Game 1 of their best-of-five series, the Port Masters are again expected to flaunt to their deadly run-and-gun game when they collide with the Jewels at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and the improving Chico Lanete will again carry the brunt for the Port Masters who are bidding for their first finals stint since joining the league last year.

Toyota Otis is also hoping for the same result when the Sparks collide with defending champion Rain or Shine at 2 p.m.

But Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis will have their hands full this time, since the Elasto Painters and Jewels—permanent fixtures in the finals the last three conferences—are expected to make major adjustments.

"I do expect coach Nel [Parado] to make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for it. We just have to play smart from start to finish," said coach Jorge Gallent. "I don’t want what happened to us the last time."

In their game last Saturday, the Port Masters, cheered on by youthful owner Mikee Romero, appeared to have the game sewn up as early in the first half after taking 56-25 lead. But they almost blew it away after falling into errors and poor shot selection.

"I was so mad at that stage but thanks to Lanete. I have to credit him for his clutch shooting," said Gallent of his veteran guard who finished with a game-high 21 points on top of 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Harbour’s Robb Reyes will also be a marked man after chipping in 16 points on an impressive 3-of-4 shooting from the field. He also played a key role in holding Al Magpayo to just 9 points.

The Sparks, on the other hand, will again rely on pro-bound Joe Calvin Devance and a slew of supporting players who can make things happen for the Louie Alas-mentored squad.

Just like Gallent, Alas also expects the Elasto Painters to make some adjustments so they won’t fall to a 0-2 hole in the series.

"If they make some adjustments then we’ll do the same," said Alas. "I just hope we could sustain the momentum we gained in our victory the last time out."

Though the Elasto Painters enjoy a big advantage in height, the Sparks have the speed and boundless energy to rely on.

Besides Devance, Alas is also pinning his hopes on Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban, JV Casio and Mark Andaya.

Games Tuesday (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Toyota Otis
4 p.m. – Harbour Centre vs Montana Pawnshop

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:13 PM
Sparks near PBL finals
Jewelers level semis series vs Portmasters


First posted 03:26am (Mla time) May 31, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the May 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TOMORROW (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. -- Montaña vs Harbour Centre

4 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Rain or Shine

BOLSTERED by an early shooting spree, Toyota Otis made the defending PBL Unity Cup champions look ordinary.

The Sparks led by as many as 26 points in overwhelming the surprisingly off-form Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 71-55, to claim a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Sparks again delivered a collective offensive effort rather than rely solely on Filipino-American center Joe Devance and now stood within a win of their first ever championship stint since joining the league in 2004.

Jonathan Aldave paced the balanced attack by scoring all of his 13 points in the second half. Aaron Aban chipped in 10 markers and seven rebounds.

The Elasto Painters just couldn’t get their shots to fall as they wound up with a horrendous 25 percent shooting clip.

The Sparks rolled to a 26-point lead at 55-29 early in the fourth quarter before reigning Most Valuable Player Jojo Tangkay pumped in 16 of his game-high 25 points in the last seven minutes to push the Painters within eight, 63-55.

But Toyota Otis insured the win by nailing six straight free throws for a 69-55 edge, with only 4.7 seconds left.

“We’re on target in our objective, which is to make it to the championship,” said Sparks’ coach Louie Alas.

In the second game, the seasoned Montaña Pawnshop turned to rookie Larry Rodriguez to level its own semifinal series with Harbour Centre following an 86-82 triumph.

After Froilan Baguion drilled in a team-high 17 points in the first three quarters, Rodriguez unloaded 10 of his 11 points in the final period as the Jewelers got back at the Portmasters.

The scores:

First Game

TOYOTA OTIS 71 -- Aldave 13, Aban 10, Devance 9, Oreta 9, Bautista 8, Rodriguez 7, Alcaraz 6, Casio 5, Daa 4, Coronel 0, Larong 0, Andaya 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 55 -- Tangkay 25, Ortiguerra 12, Yambao 6, Eman 4, Cabatu 4, Sagad 2, Enrile 2, Tan 0, Malabanan 0, Orbeta 0, Sta. Maria 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 14-8, 27-17, 52-29, 71-55

Second Game

MONTAÑA 86 -- Baguion 17, Magpayo 16, Juntilla 11, Rodriguez 11, Dela Cuesta 10, Vergara 8, Bono 6, Guerrero 5, Atablanco 2, Buenafe 0, Espiritu 0, Bonus 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 82 -- Tenorio 15, Yeo 15, Chia 12, Lanete 10, Maierhoffer 8, Reyes 8, Coching 5, Gamboa 4, Alonzo 3, Araña 2.

Quarters: 27-27, 44-45, 60-59, 86-82

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:16 PM
Toyota routs Rain for 2-0 lead; Montaña ties series
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By REY LACHICA

TWO DOWN, one to go for the roaring Toyota Otis Sparks. Showing great resolve and bottomless energy, Toyota Otis walloped Rain or Shine, 71-55, and inched closer to a dream finals stint in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup before another huge crowd at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.



The Sparks got off to a slow start but when they hit their stride in the third canto, there was no stopping them as they took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semis series.

The Sparks, who took Game 1, 64-59, can advance to the finals with another win on Thursday.

In the second game, Montaña Pawnshop evened its separate series with Harbour Centre by scoring an 86-82 win — thanks mainly to rookie sensation Larry Rodriguez and Reed Juntilla.

The 6-foot-5 Rodriguez, his lean frame belying his brute strength in the shaded lane, scored all but one of his 11 points in the payoff period to keep their finals bid alive. Juntilla figured prominently in the first half to also finish with 11 points.

"We’ll try our best to finish the series but Rain or Shine still remains a dangerous opponent," said Coach Louie Alas, who again credited the team’s pesky defense for their unexpected easy win.

"Mukhang off-night ang Rain or Shine, their outside shooting did not click this time," said Alas who showered his team with glowing words for the hustle and unselfish plays they displayed that helped them unnerve Elasto Painters.

The Jewels played minus Alex Compton but his absence hardly mattered at all as almost everybody contributed to their cause.

"It’s all about heart," said coach Nel Parado.

While the Sparks came through with a wave after wave of attacks in the third, the Elasto Painters could not shoot the ball straight, making just 4-of-20 from the field in that fateful quarter.

Jonathan Aldave and Boyet Bautista struck hardest in that stage as they scattered seven points each while Aaron Aban added four as the Sparks took a sizable 52-29 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

The setback pushed Rain or Shine further to the wall as it needs to sweep its remaining games to keep its bid for a grand exit alive. The Elasto Painters are making their farewell tour after 10 years of successful campaign in the league.

So spirited were the Sparks they dominated the boards, grabbing 59 rebounds, 22 of them offensively. In sharp contrast, the Elasto Painters managed to collar only 39 boards despite their decisive height advantage — no thanks to their anemic performance.

With their dominance in the shaded lane, the Sparks tallied 15 points on second chance against only two for Rain or Shine. The Sparks posted their biggest lead at 55-20 on a booming trey by Joe Devance.

In all, the Elasto Painters had a horrendous shooting clip from the field, making only 17 of 67 tries for 25 percent against 34 percent for the Sparks (25-of73).

Jojo Tangkay did score 25 points but the bulk of it came when Toyota Otis’ lead was already beyond reach.

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:17 PM
Sparks near first ever finals; Jewels tie series
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 05/31/2006

Toyota Otis shackled Rain or Shine with a pesky defense in the first three quarters then went on to fashion out a 71-55 victory yesterday and move in the threshold of a first ever finals appearance in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivares Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Sparks held the Elasto Painters to just 29 points in the first three quarters while scoring almost at will on the other end before they cruised along in the final period to seize a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal showdown.

"Just like what I’ve said before this game, we’ll have a chance of beating Rain or Shine if we can limit their score to below 60 and we did it today," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, architect of Letran’s title romps in the NCAA in 2003 and 2005.

"But I’m disappointed with my players because they’re celebrating early and the series isn’t over. Knowing Rain or Shine and coach Leo (Austria), they’re capable of bouncing back so we have to be prepared," he added.

In the other game, Montaña Pawnshop bucked the absence of Alex Compton as it tripped Harbour Centre, 86-82, to even their own series at one game apiece.

With Compton out with back spasm, the Jewels leaned on the Froilan Baguion-Al Magpayo tandem as they repulsed the Port Masters this time. Harbour took the series’ opener, 85-79.

"The other guys stepped up in the absence of Alex and I hope we’ll continue to play like that because Alex is going to be out for another week," said Montaña mentor Nel Parado.

Baguion and Magpayo combined for 33 points for the Jewels, who also drew 11 points each from Reed Juntilla and Larry Rodriquez while Eric dela Cuesta tossed in 10 points.

Down 60-65 early in the last period, the Jewels called on Rodriguez who unleashed a 10-point splurge to fuel a run that gave Montaña the lead for good.

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:26 PM
Sparks clobber Elasto Painters
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This time, youth prevailed over experience. Showing lots of spunk and courage, Toyota Otis clobbered Tuesday a listless Rain or Shine squad, 71-55, and moved within a heartbeat of reaching its first finals in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup Tuesday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

After a slow and tentative start, the Sparks suddenly caught fire in the third, stringing up 11 straight points in a five-minute stretch to rip the game wide open for a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semis series.

The Sparks, who finished a disappointing eight and last in the Heroes Cup, can clinch a finals berth if they prevail again on Thursday. They took Game 1, 64-59.

"We’ll try our best to finish the series but Rain or Shine still remains a dangerous opponent," said coach Louie Alas, who again credited the team’s pesky defense for their unexpected breezy win.

"It looked like an off night for Rain or Shine, their outside shooting did not click this time," said Alas, who showered his team with glowing words for the hustle and unselfish plays they displayed that unnerved Elasto Painters.

While the Sparks came through with a torrent of baskets in the third, the Elasto Painters could not shoot the ball straight, making just 4-of-20 from the field in that fateful quarter.

gameface_one
06-01-2006, 08:16 AM
Toyota shoots for finals berth
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TOYOTA OTIS tries to erase the ignominy of its last-placed finish in the Heroes Cup just a few months back when the Sparks gun for a first-ever finals stint against Rain or Shine today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


The Sparks and Elasto Painters, the defending champions, clash at 4 p.m. with the Intramuros-based squad out to nail the first finals berth in the season-ending tournament.

"We’ll try to close it out, the team is well-motivated," said Toyota coach Louie Alas, who is hoping to win his first-ever title in the country’s premier amateur league after winning several titles in

the NCAA and the now-defunct MBA.

The Sparks took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semis series with a rousing 71-55 victory in Game 2 last Tuesday where they outrun and outfoxed the more experienced Elasto Painters.

Harbour Centre and Montana Pawnshop try to break a 1-1 standoff in their own semis series when they clash again at 2 p.m. The Jewels took Game 2, 86-82, through the inspired plays of rookie Larry Rodriguez and veteran Al Magpayo in the payoff period where they combined for 17 points, enough to stave off Harbour Centre’s strong challenge.

Veteran Alex Compton remains a doubtful starter for the Jewels due to back spasm. If the Port Masters can exploit Compton’s absence, they are expected to cruise smoothly.

Harbour Centre’s success, however, depends largely on the performance of Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio. The two struggled offensively as they combined only for 4-of-17 shooting from the 3-point area.

Behind the spirited plays of Aaron Aban, Boyet Bautista, Jonathan Aldave, Joe Devance and JV Casio, the Sparks practically dominated the taller Elasto Painters in almost all departments, especially in the rebounding where they took a 59-39 advantage.

While the Sparks played with lots of passion and fire the last time out, the Elasto Painters were a complete opposite - just like a second rate, fumbling squad.

Alas, however, refused to count them out.

"They (Elasto Painters) are very strong squad. I know they will try to bounce back but we’ll be ready," said Alas. "We have to play as hard as we can because it’s hard to give them a chance to recover."

In recent league history, only Magnolia Ice Cream managed to climb back from a 0-2 hole to win a best-of-5 series. Interestingly, the Spinners did the rare trick at the expense of the Elasto Painters in the Heroes Cup finals.

Rain or Shine owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que are hoping to duplicate Magnolia’s incredible achievement.

"The series is not yet over, we’re still confident we can come back," said Yu and Que.

gameface_one
06-01-2006, 08:18 AM
Sparks go for first final stint vs Painters

The Philippine Star 06/01/2006

Toyota Otis shoots for its first ever finals stint as it tries to complete its sweep bid over Rain or Shine in Game 3 of their semifinal showdown in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Banking on solid defensive play, the Sparks walloped the Elasto Painters, 71-55, Tuesday to gain a 2-0 edge and move in the threshold of making the finals for the first time since entering the league two years ago.

"The team is inspired and well motivated right now, so we’ll try to close it out if we can," said Toyota Otis mentor Louie Alas, who has steered teams to titles in the NCAA and the defunct MBA but not in the PBL.

Alas, however, expects Rain or Shine to come out strong.

"Knowing Rain or Shine and coach Leo (Austria), I expect them to bounce back, they’re capable of doing that and we have to be really ready," said Alas.

Montaña Pawnshop and Harbour Centre, on the other hand, gun for the go-ahead win as they resume their own series that was reduced to a best-of-three affair following the Jewels’ 86-82 Game 2 win.

The Jewels did it without top gun Alex Compton, who remains a doubtful starter due to back spasm.

"He’ll be out again but I know the other guys will step up again just like what they did in Game 2," said Parado.

He was referring to Froilan Baguion, Al Magpayo, Reed Juntilla, Larry Rodriguez and Eric dela Cuesta, who dished out solid games to propel the team to the victory.

Baguion and Magpayo combined for 33 points while Rodriguez, a rookie out of Philippine Maritime Institute, made things happen at crunch time by scoring 10 of his 11 points.

"This is a team full of role players, Larry is one of them. If the other guys could play their roles well, we’ll have a chance of taking Game 3," said Parado.

Game 4 is set on Saturday and a decider, if necessary, is on Tuesday at the same venue.

Although down 0-2, the Painters, who will be joining in the pro-ranks this October, vowed to fight back and extend the series.

"It’s not yet over," said Rain or Shine mentor Leo Austria, who has fought numerous championship battles winning three crowns.

gameface_one
06-01-2006, 08:24 AM
Sparks seek clincher vs Painters

First posted 03:45am (Mla time) June 01, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the June 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Harbour Centre vs Montaña
4 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Rain or Shine

TOYOTA Otis knows only too well that a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five series is not a done deal.

“We’ll try our best to finish the series, but Rain or Shine still remains a dangerous opponent,” said Sparks coach Louie Alas.

Hoping to sustain its strong offensive showing, Toyota Otis will gun for the first slot in the finals against Rain or Shine in the PBL Unity Cup at 4 p.m. today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

It could be the farewell game in the league for coach Leo Austria, but he remains upbeat for a Painters’ comeback.

“It’s a mental game, it’s possible to recover from a 0-2 deficit,” said Austria, who will still call the shots for the franchise when it debuts in the Philippine Basketball Association this September.

While the Sparks shoot for a semifinal sweep, the Montaña Jewels and the Harbour Centre Portmasters will go for the crucial 2-1 advantage in their own semifinal match earlier at 2 p.m.

“We’ll have little adjustments,” said Jewels mentor Nel Parado. “I expect more from Froilan (Baguion) and Al (Vergara) in Game 3 since Alex (Compton) won’t play.”

Compton didn’t see action in Game 2 after suffering from back spasms in the series opener, yet the Jewels still prevailed, 86-82, last Tuesday.

Just like the Jewels, Alas knows that any veteran team can easily bank on its experience to recover from dire situations.

He noted that in last conference’s Finals series, Magnolia Ice Cream bounced back from a 0-2 hole versus Rain or Shine to claim the Heroes Cup title.

“We have to play as hard as we can because it’s hard to give them a chance to recover,” noted Alas. “We’ll try to close it out, the team is well-motivated.”

Trying to come back from a 71-55 rout in Game 2, Austria said the Painters failed to execute an offense with only Jojo Tangkay and Marvin Ortiguerra finishing in double figures.

The Jewels, meanwhile, snapped the Portmasters’ three-game winning streak Tuesday behind Larry Rodriguez, who scored 10 of his 11 points in the final quarter. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
06-01-2006, 08:28 AM
Sparks look to sweep Painters, enter finals
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Toyota Otis tries to erase the ignominy of its last-placed finish in the Heroes Cup just a few months back when the Sparks gun for a first finals stint against Rain or Shine Thursday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Sparks and Elasto Painters, the defending champions, clash at 4 p.m., with the Intramuros-based squad out to nail the first finals berth in the season-ending tournament.

"We’ll try to close it out, the team is well-motivated," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, who is hoping to win his first title in the country’s premier amateur league after winning several titles in the National Collegiate Athletics Association and the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.

The Sparks took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semis series with a rousing 71-55 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday, where they outran and outfoxed the more experienced Elasto Painters.

Harbour Centre and Montaña Pawnshop try to break a 1-1 standoff in their own semis series when they clash again at 2 p.m.

The Jewels took Game 2, 86-82, through the inspired plays of rookie Larry Rodriguez and veteran Al Magpayo in the payoff period, where they combined for 17 points, enough to stave off Harbour Centre’s strong challenge.

Veteran Alex Compton remains a doubtful starter for the Jewels due to back spasms. If the Port Masters can exploit Compton’s absence, they are expected to cruise smoothly.

Harbour Centre’s success, however, depends largely on the performance of Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio. The two struggled offensively as they combined only for 4-of-17 shooting from the 3-point area.

Behind the spirited plays of Aaron Aban, Boyet Bautista, Jonathan Aldave, Joe Devance and JV Casio, the Sparks practically dominated the taller Elasto Painters in almost all departments, especially in rebounding where they took a 59-39 advantage.

While the Sparks played with lots of passion and fire the last time out, the Elasto Painters were a complete opposite—looking like a fumbling, second-rate squad.

Alas, however, refused to count them out.

"They (Elasto Painters) are very strong squad. I know they will try to bounce back but we’ll be ready," said Alas. "We have to play as hard as we can because it’s hard to give them a chance to recover."

In recent league history, only Magnolia Ice Cream managed to climb back from a 0-2 hole to win a best-of-5 series. Interestingly, the Spinners did the rare trick at expense of the Elasto Painters in the Heroes Cup finals.

Rain or Shine owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que are hoping to duplicate Magnolia’s incredible achievement. "The series is not yet over, we’re still confident we can come back," said Yu and Que.

Games Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m.–Harbour Centre vs Montana Pawnshop

4 p.m.–Toyota Otis vs Rain or Shine

freak
06-01-2006, 11:15 PM
nice game from the harbour center kanina.. stig!

gameface_one
06-02-2006, 06:37 AM
Toyota Otis zooms into finals
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By REY C. LACHICA

THERE SEEMS to be a changing of the guards in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).





Toyota Otis reinforced its billing as the league’s newest power as the Sparks gave pro-bound Rain or Shine a harsh send-off, scoring a 71-56 win to complete a three-game sweep of their semifinals series and clinch their first-ever finals in the Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Toyota’s desire to win the series was apparent even during their practice the other day.

"I only wanted a light practice para di sila ma-burn out but they made it hard because they really wanted to close out the series," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas. "The motivation was already there, so it was not hard for me to prod them."

After a tense battle in the first three quarters, the Sparks lowered the boom in the payoff period behind the powerful inside plays of Mark Andaya and outside sniping of JP Alcaraz and Marco Fajordo to rip the game wide open that spoiled Rain or Shine’s farewell stint in the league.

Toyota Otis’ sudden metamorphosis from whipping boys to title contenders surprised everybody, even Alas.

"Ngayon lang sila naglaro ng ganito. But they really worked hard for it,"said Alas, obviously relieved from their disastrous eighth place finish in the Heroes Cup.

The Sparks now wait for their finals opponent — Harbour Centre or Montaña Pawnshop.

Harbour Centre, another team on the rise, gained a 2-1 lead in their separate best-of-five series as the Port Masters registered a gripping double overtime 95-93 win over the Jewels.

As if they had a date waiting, the Port Masters got off to a fast start, racing to several 25-point leads in the second half behind the red-hot shooting of Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Rico Maierhofer but they slowed down in the final half that allowed the Jewels to stage a mighty comeback.

The Jewels managed to razed Harbour’s huge lead and forced the first overtime with an awkward 3-point shot by Al Vergara as time expired.

But in the end, it was the steady hands of Yeo and gritty defense that spelled the difference.

The 6-foot-7 Andaya set the tone for a rout by scoring back-to-back baskets that saw the Sparks taking a 53-39 lead early in the fourth.

The Elasto Painters never recovered after that as they finally relinquished the title they won at the expense of the Jewels last year.

With the loss, Rain or Shine suffered the fate of Tanduay and Red Bull who lost their finals game series before turning pro in the late 90s.

Rain or Shine owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que accepted the defeat graciously, saying: "They played better than us so they deserved to be in the finals."

gameface_one
06-02-2006, 06:38 AM
Sparks gain first PBL finals slot
Harbour Centre takes 2-1 advantage vs Montaña


First posted 03:34am (Mla time) June 02, 2006
By Musong R. Castillo
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Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the June 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THIS TEAM, its members at least, will get a better send-off.

With its core set to leave at the end of the tournament, Toyota Otis swept pro-bound Rain or Shine in their best-of-five semifinal series in the PBL Unity Cup after breaking away near the end of the second quarter for a 71-56 victory.

The Sparks ran the Elasto Painters to the ground nearing the halftime break to establish double-digit leads at the onset of the second half and cruise to victory which gave Toyota the first seat in the race-to-three title series that starts next week.

“We had an unbelievable practice yesterday (Wednesday),” Toyota coach Louie Alas said in Filipino. “I saw in practice that the boys really wanted to win this game and make the Finals, because most of them will be leaving (the league) at the end of the tournament.”

A late spurt in the final two minutes of the second period gave the Sparks a 39-31 lead entering the third, before Toyota held the Painters scoreless for the final 3:30 of the period and to two free throws in the first 90 seconds of the fourth.

That opened up a 53-39 lead and the Sparks cruised along the rest of the way.

The Sparks also denied the Painters a chance to book a glorious exit in their last Philippine Basketball League tournament before making the jump to the professional Philippine Basketball Association next year.

Rain or Shine got the same harsh send-off that Red Bull and Tanduay got before going to the PBA. The Red Bull Barako lost in the semifinals, ironically to Welcoat, while the heavily favored Tanduay Rhum Masters were humbled by Dr. J in the Centennial Cup Finals.

Meanwhile, the Harbour Centre Port Masters worked extra hard -- doubly hard, actually -- to gain a 2-1 edge over the Montaña Jewels earlier, going through two overtimes before pounding out a 95-93 decision.

Harbour Center actually blew a 25-point lead in the third quarter before going through the wringer and putting a foot into the Finals, which will also be the first in three conferences for the rising franchise.

“It’s just a little advantage,” said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent, who took over midway in the last conference. “We still have to find out what has been happening to us in all the second halves (of the first three games) of the series.”

Like in Game 1 where they built leads of as many as 32 points but which they narrowly pulled out, the Port Masters yesterday even found themselves in the precarious position of forging the second extension.

Guard Ryan Arana hit a three-pointer with 4.4 seconds left to force a second OT before nailing a difficult reverse that put the Port Masters on top to stay 89-87, 2:33 left.

The scores:

First Game
HARBOUR CENTRE 95 --Yeo 22, Tenorio 15, Chia 12, Paterno 11, Maierhofer 11, Reyes 6, Arana 5, Laneta 5, Gamboa 3, Coching 3, Saguindel 2.

MONTAÑA 93 -- Vergara 24, Magpayo 21, Rodriguez 15, Baguion 14, Juntilla 14, Dela Cuesta 3, Bono 2, Compton 0, Espiritu 0, Bonus 0, Guerrero 0.

Quarters: 24-8, 43-20, 55-45, 73-all, 82-all, 95-93.

Second Game
TOYOTA OTIS 71 -- Devance 13, Andaya 10, Bautista 10, Aban 7, Coronel 7, Alcaraz 5, Fajardo 4, Daa 4, Rodriguez 3, Casio 3, Oreta 3, Aldave 2, Larong 0, Cabahug 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 56 -- Cabatu 17, Eman 12, Reyes 9, Tangkay 6, Sagad 5, Orbeta 3, Ortiguerra 2, Sta. Maria 2, Malabanan 0, Yambao 0, Enrile 0, Tan 0.

Quarters: 21-17, 39-31, 47-38, 71-56.

gameface_one
06-02-2006, 06:44 AM
Sparks sweep ‘Rain,’ enter finals
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Harbour Center squandered an early 25-point lead but recovered in time to post a close 95-93 double-overtime win over Montaña Pawnshop Thursday for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.

Ryan Araña buried a triple with 4.4 seconds left to send the game into a second overtime, while Joseph Yeo scored three crucial points in the final extension as the Port Masters moved a win away from the finals—which it could do on Saturday—in just its first year in the league.

Harbour Center won Game 1, 85-79, but the Jewels, which missed the services of ace shooter Alex Compton owing to back spasms, took the second game, 86-82, to tie the series.

"We hope to end the series on Saturday. But we have to play harder next time. The boys seemed to be relaxing after leading by more than 20 points in the second period," said Port Masters coach Jorge Gallent.

Gallent was referring to a 52-27 lead his wards held with 5:31 left in the second quarter, only to find itself struggling to win when Al Vergara of Montaña connected on a buzzer-beating triple to send the match into the first overtime, 73-73.

"Our lead in the series is only a little advantage. We really have to make several adjustments to avoid lackluster play, especially in the end game," added Gallent, who is also seeking his first finals appearance as a coach.

Three more deadlocks ensued after the first overtime until Reed Juntilla and Al Vergara scored a basket each to put the Jewels on top, 82-79, only 13 seconds remaining.

But the Port Masters could not be denied, as Arana scored the tying triple with only 4.4 ticks to go.

"Both teams are almost equal in strength. Although they [Montaña] has the experience, our boys showed toughness especially in the critical stretch," Gallent stressed.

Montana, seeking its third finals appearance since joining the league in 2002, will also be making adjustments in the fourth game on Saturday.

The Scores:

HARBOUR CENTER 95 – Yeo 22, Tenorio 15, Chia 12, Paterno 11, Maierhofer 6, Reyes 11, Lanete 3, Coching 3, Saguindel 2.

MONTANA 93 – Vergara 24, Magpayo 21, Rodreguiuez 15, Baguion 14, De la Cuesta 14, Bono 3, Guerrero 2, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 24-8; 43-20; 55-45; 73-73; 82-82; 95-93.

gameface_one
06-02-2006, 06:44 AM
Sparks reach first PBL final
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 06/02/2006

Toyota Otis put up another gem of a defense on Rain or Shine and came away with a 71-56 rout yesterday to clinch its first ever finals appearance in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Fil-Am Joe Devance fired 13 points while Boyet Bautista and Mark Andaya tossed in 10 points apiece but it was the team’s stifling defense that keyed the victory for the Sparks, who completed the sweep of the fancied Elasto Painters and sent the franchise into its first championship appearance since joining the league two years ago.

"It feels great," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, after steering the team to victory, a virtual repeat of their 71-55 romp in Game 2 of their best of five series Tuesday.

Defense again did it for Toyota Otis, which held the dethroned champions to less than 60 points for the second straight game.

The Sparks thus arranged a best-of-five title showdown against the winner of the Harbour Centre-Montaña Pawnshop duel set on Thursday at the same venue.

"I don’t mind playing either of them, we’re just happy we’ll have enough time to rest and prepare for the finals," said Alas.

Earlier, Harbour Centre outgunned an Alex Compton-less Montaña Pawnshop down the stretch as it pulled off a heart-stopping 95-93 double overtime victory to gain a 2-1 edge and to also zero in on a first finals stint.

The flashy tandem of Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio combined for 37 points but it was the duo of Jeck Chia and Ryan Arana who made things happen in the second OT when the Port Masters wore down the undermanned Jewels.

"They got lucky, we got lucky but the breaks went our way in the end," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. "We will definitely go for it tomorrow."

Up 50-25 in the third period and ready to cruise along, the Port Masters suddenly went erratic, enabling the Jewels to unleash a series of runs that turned what had appeared to be a one-sided contest into a hotly-disputed game.

gameface_one
06-03-2006, 10:42 AM
Portmasters seek clincher today

First posted 11:47pm (Mla time) June 02, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the June 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAME TODAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
3 p.m. -- Montana vs Harbour Centre

HARBOUR Centre, with prospects of making it to the franchise’s first Finals appearance in the Philippine Basketball League seemingly bright, is keeping its emotions in check.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, especially the mental toughness of the boys,” said coach Jorge Gallent on the eve of Game 4 of the Unity Cup semifinals with Montana today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

“They (my players) tend to relax every time we have a huge lead,” Gallent added. “We have to correct that.”

With a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, the Portmasters seek the clincher at 3 p.m. and a title showdown with a Toyota Otis side that is also in the championship for the first time.

Although undeterred, the Jewels hope to keep the game close rather than rallying from deficits of as many as 34 in Game 1 and 25 in the third game that went to double overtime on Thursday.

“We’ll stick to our regular system on offense and defense,” said Montana coach Nel Parado. “But we have to start out strong so they won’t pull away in the first half. It’s hard to catch up. We also have to finish strong to get that win.”

While the Portmasters have turned to their bench in the series, the Jewels leaned on rookie Larry Rodriguez in their Game 2 win after the draft’s top pick scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth period of an 86-82 win.

The Sparks, who swept Rain Or Shine in their separate Final Four matchup, are not in a hurry to start the series, with coach Louie Alas admitting that a longer rest will do his boys a lot of good.

Toyota clinched the first Finals slot Thursday night with a 71-56 win that did not at all reflect how tough Rain or Shine played. Jasmine W. Payo

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06-03-2006, 10:44 AM
Port Masters seek clincher today

The Philippine Star 06/03/2006

Harbour Centre seeks to arrange a title showdown with Toyota Otis as the Port Masters gun for the second finals berth against Montaña Pawnshop today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Para˜aque City.

The Port Masters took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series by scoring a scrambling 95-93 double overtime win in Game 3 the other day. Another Harbour Centre victory today will give the Mikee Romero-owned squad its first-ever finals appearance.

"We hope we could make it this time," said Romero. "The morale of the boys is so high this time, especially for Joseph (Yeo) and LA (Tenorio) and they’re all determined to close out the series."

Gametime is at 3 p.m.

"The boys are coming in inspired with our Game 3 win although it was a scary one. We just hope that we will be more consistent this time," said team manager Erick˜Arejola.

The winner in the series will face Toyota Otis in a best-of-five title playoff starting on Thursday. The Sparks clinched their first-ever finals in the country’s premier amateur league by sweeping past last year’s champion and pro-bound Rain or Shine.

Harbour Centre enjoys the momentum but the Port Masters can’t afford to be overconfident particularly against the Jewels, who fought back from as many as 25 points down to force two extra periods in Game 3.

The Jewels actually managed to grab the lead after falling behind by 25 points in the second quarter. But timely hits from Yeo saved the Port Masters from ignominy.

However, Montaña remains hopeful of its chances to make it all the way to the finals via backdoor.

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06-03-2006, 10:45 AM
Harbour guns for other finals berth
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HARBOUR CENTRE tries to arrange a dream title showdown with Toyota Otis when the Port Masters seek the second finals berth against Montaña Pawnshop today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


Just like in the first three games of their best-of-5 semis series, today’s game is expected to be another war of attrition, considering how explosive both teams are and how crucial is Game 4 for both of them.

The Port Masters took a 2-1 lead in their series by scoring a riveting 95-93 double overtime win in Game 3 the other day – a game that will go down as one the most excruciating matches in recent years.

Another Harbour Centre victory today – which starts at 3 p.m. – will give the Mikee Romero-owned team its first-ever stint in the finals.

"We hope we could make it this time," said the youthful owner. "The morale of the boys is so high this time, especially for Joseph (Yeo) and LA (Tenorio) and they’re all determined to close out the series."

"The boys are more inspired with our Game 3 although it was a scary one. We just hope that we will be more consistent this time," said team manager Erick Arejola.

The winner in the series will face Toyota Otis in a best-of-five titles series starting on Thursday. The Sparks clinched their first-ever finals in the country’s premier amateur league by sweeping past last year’s champion and pro-bound Rain or Shine.

Obviously, the momentum is on Harbour Centre’s side but the Port Masters can’t afford to relax especially against the Jewels who have this habit of starting slow before pouring the heat in the final half - just like what they did in Games 1 and 3.

In game 3, they fell behind by 25 points in the second quarter but crawled their way to get back into the thick of things. They even managed to grab the lead but timely hits from Yeo saved the Port Masters from what could be an embarrassing collapse.

But the Jewels, especially their coach, Nel Parado, remain unflappable.

"It’s not yet over, we still have a chance," said Parado. "What we have to do now is to give our 110 percent in Game 4."

Even Harbour coach Jorge Gallent acknowledged that they did not gain much from their win the last time out and they still need to work a lot harder to fulfill their date with destiny.

"There’s a lot of work to be done, especially the mental toughness side of my boys. They tend to relax every time we took a huge lead. We have to correct that," said Gallent. "We gained only little advantage from that win."

Parado is expected to lean again on the talismanic Al Vergara, Froilan Baguion, Reed Juntilla, Al Magpayo and rookie Larry Rodriguez in a bid to extend the series. Vergara was simply awesome, scoring 24 points, including an awkward shot from the 3point area that sent the game into first overtime.

For them to advance to the finals, Gallent said they have to limit the production of Vergara and Baguio whose creative plays caused so much problem for the Port Masters.

The Port Masters, particularly Allan Gamboa and Robb Reyes must improve their shooting from the free throw area after missing several attempts in the crucial stage of the game.

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06-03-2006, 10:46 AM
Harbour aims to seal finals date with Toyota
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Games Saturday (Olivarez Sports Center)

3 p.m. – Montaña vs Harbour Center

Harbour Centre guns for the last finals slot when it battles Montaña Pawnshop Saturday in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With a 2-1 lead in the series, the Portmasters are also enjoying the momentum of their 95-93 triumph in Game 3 on Thursday, as they face the more experienced Jewelers at 3 p.m.

Harbour coach Jorge Gallent said he hopes his wards can end the series in four matches to avoid any complications and the pressure if the series goes the full distance against the Jewelers, who have two PBL titles to their credit.

"I hope we can end the series on Saturday, but that means we have to play 110 percent," said Gallent after the Port Masters overcame two overtimes in Game 3.

They also won Game 1, 85-79, but the Jewelers took the next match, 86-82, on Tuesday to tie the series. A Harbour Center win will enable it to arrange a best-of-five title showdown with fellow league newcomer Toyota Otis, which joined the country’s premier developmental league in the last conference of 2004.

The Sparks completed a 3-0 sweep of defending champion Rain Or Shine, 3-0, on Thursday for their first finals appearance in just three conferences in the league.

Gallent said the Port Masters’ double-overtime victory showed the maturity of his youthful players—Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Jec Chia—and their ability to withstand pressure-laden games.

They were leading by 25 points midway in the second quarter, only to struggle before prevailing over Montaña thanks to Yeo, Tenorio and Chia, who combined for 11 points in the final extension.

"That’s what I tell them always, never to relax even with a wide lead. It’s really the weakness that we have to correct if we have to win the series," added Gallent. Frank Calapre

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06-04-2006, 12:31 PM
Harbour Centre in finals, at last
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By REY C. LACHICA

MAKE WAY for the Young Turks.


Games Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Montaña

4 p.m. - Toyota Otis vs Harbour Centre

——————

Harbour Centre, drawing big games from Joseph Yeo and Chico Lanete, crushed Montana Pawnshop, 86-60, yesterday to arrange a dream title showdown with Toyota Otis in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Working behind a sleek running game and rock-solid defense anchored on Rico Maierhofer, Robb Reyes and Chad Alonzo, the Port Masters came through with an avalanche of baskets in the payoff period to turn a close contest into a rout.

"Everybody did well today, especially my three guards, Joseph, Chico and LA Tenorio," said Harbour Coach Jorge Gallent. "I can’t say anymore, they executed our plays very well, especially in the fourth."

Yeo and Lanete shattered Montaña’s defense time and again with their razor-sharp sniping while Tenorio, playing his last tournament as an amateur, was equally impressive as he baffled his guards with his creative plays.

Even Harbour Centre owner Mike Romero was delighted with his team’s brilliant transition plays, especially in the fourth, and he thanked Gallent for his patience and bottomless energy.

"I did not think that we’re going to make it to the finals this time but Jorge was so patient in molding the team to become a title contender," said Romero. "We hope we could sustain our momentum in the finals and win our first title."

Though he failed to buy a single basket in the fourth, Tenorio still emerged as the team’s top scorer with 16 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action.

Harbour Centre, which finished fourth in the Heroes Cup, wrapped up the series, 3-1.

The finals, also a best-of-five series, starts on Thursday.

But more than the offensive spark provided by Yeo and Lanete, Gallent was especially impressed with the way they defended in the last two quarters.

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06-04-2006, 12:32 PM
Harbour sets titular battle with Toyota 5
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BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Two of the Philippine Basketball League’s youngest teams — Harbour Center and Toyota Otis— are finally going to the big dance.

Harbour Center played consistently throughout the game to beat Montaña Pawnshop, 86-60, and earn a titular duel with Toyota Otis for 2006 PBL Unity Cup on Saturday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Ryan Araña, Chico Lanete and Joseph Yeo starred in the Port Masters’ strong wind-up, combining for 18 points in the final quarter to earn the right to face the first finalist Sparks in the best-of-five championship series starting Thursday.

"Everybody played well, and I’m proud of the boys because this is the first time that we played strong in the final half. They really did their job well," said Harbour Center coach Jorge Gallent.

"I’m really glad we made it to the finals. I really have to credit it to coach Jorge. He is a good coach," Port Masters owner Michael Romero added.

It was a seesaw battle in the first three periods, as neither team led by more than six points until Yeo connected on a triple that triggered a fiery 10-2 blast, making it 72-52 with only 3:12 remaining.

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06-04-2006, 12:33 PM
Harbour Centre rips Montaña, gains finals
Faces Toyota Otis for PBL Unity Cup title


First posted 04:35am (Mla time) June 04, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the June 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE team that barely made it to the playoffs just made it to the PBL Unity Cup Finals.

The sixth-seeded Harbour Centre claimed the remaining Finals seat by crushing the Montaña Jewels, 86-60, in Game 4 of their semifinal series yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Before knocking out the second-ranked Jewels, Harbour Centre overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of third-placer Granny Goose to become the lowest-ranked team to enter the championship round.

Harbour Centre will battle Toyota Otis, also a first-time finalist, in a best-of-five title showdown starting Thursday.

Most of the credit clearly goes to Harbour Centre stars LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo. More than just combining for 31 points, the backcourt duo fueled the Portmasters with the leadership and spunk all throughout the game.

The Portmasters also did an excellent job in shutting down Jewels’ veteran guards Al Vergara and Froilan Baguion in the second half.

“Our concern was to prevent their guards from driving and kicking out,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

Unlike in previous games, there were also no more late-game meltdowns for the Portmasters.

“Finally in this series, we clicked in the second half, there were no more collapses,” noted Gallent. “As a coach, I’m happy they followed the game plan. And I think they finally learned their lessons.”

The Portmasters completely made the Jewels look lackluster in the second half.

After topscoring at the half with 10 points, Tenorio drained a three-pointer that triggered the Portmasters’ third-quarter onslaught.

Yeo, who displayed an all-around performance with six rebounds, seven assists and three steals, fueled the Portmasters’ run for a 62-54 lead by the end of the period.

Tenorio teamed up with Chico Lanete, who drilled in nine of his 12 points in the final canto, for a 16-point bubble, 72-56, with 5:44 minutes remaining.

With their seasoned shooters surprisingly misfiring, the Jewels were held to only eight points in the fourth quarter.

Grimacing in pain, Alex Compton played for logged just 18 minutes on a bad back and finished with only two points.

“Finally, we made it to the Finals,” said team owner Mikee Romero, who commended his players for their first Finals stint after only a year in the league.

In the opening minutes, the Jewels seemed to have put behind their crushing double-overtime loss in Game 3.

The Portmasters trailed at 5-12, with Ken Bono scoring seven points in the Jewels’ opening run

Rico Maierhoffer sparked the Portmasters’ 12-0 tear for a 17-12 edge with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Larry Rodriguez and Reed Juntilla delivered the scoring punch in the second canto, leading the Jewels to a 41-40 halftime advantage.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE 86—Tenorio 16, Yeo 15, Lanete 12, Maierhofer 11, Gamboa 9, Arana 8, Reyes 6, Alonzo 4, Chia 3, Paterno 2, Coching 0, Gaco 0, Saguindel 0.

MONTAÑA 60—Rodriguez 13, Juntilla 11, Bono 10, Vergara 9, Magpayo 7, Baguion 4, Compton 2, Bonus 2, Dela Cuesta 0, Buenafe 0, Atablanco 0, Espiritu 0, Evangelista 0.

Quarters: 25-23, 40-41, 62-54, 86-60

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06-04-2006, 12:35 PM
Harbour Centre sails to PBL final

The Philippine Star 06/04/2006

One team is going to have a Cinderella finish in the PBL Unity Cup.

Making good use of its deep bench, Harbour Centre overpowered a hurting Montaña Pawnshop side, 86-60, yesterday to arrange a best-of-five title duel with Toyota Otis.

The Port Masters and the Sparks begin their playoff Thursday at the Olivarez Sports Center, each going for a breakthrough championship in the league.

LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo took turns in delivering the goods for Harbour Centre, combining for 31 points, including 14 in a third-quarter run that paved the way for the team’s breakaway finish.

The Port Masters disposed of the Jewelers in four games in their best-of-five semis duel.

"Finally, we’re in the finals," said an ecstatic Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero.

"It feels great to be in the finals," said coach Jorge Gallent after steering Harbour Centre to the finale in his very first tournament calling the shots as head coach for the team.

Montaña Pawnshop fell in defeat despite the return of top gun Alex Compton.

Compton’s comeback obviously inspired the Jewelers early on with the team even taking a one-point lead, 41-40, at halftime.

It was Compton’s farewell game in the league.

Though still hurting, Compton hustled a lot and came up with big plays that helped Montaña keep the game close in the first half.

But Yeo and Tenorio buckled down to work in the third, and Harbour Centre cut loose from a tight game and went on to complete an emphatic victory.

Eric dela Cuesta’s pulled muscle injury compounded Montaña’s woes.

"I’m proud of my players. We fought till the end despite the injuries," said Montaña mentor Nel Parado.

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06-05-2006, 07:19 AM
Devance, Williams lead PBL ‘most valuable’ race
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TWO FIL-AM standouts have certainly made the most out of their final conference in the Philippine Basketball League.


Toyota Otis’ Joe Devance and Magnolia’s Kelly Williams, expected to be among the top picks in the pro rookie draft this August, have been tagged as favorites to win the Most Valuable Player award in the Unity Cup.

After an unspectacular debut in the Heroes Cup, Devance highlighted his breakout conference with impressive averages of 15.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks – figures that helped the Toyota Sparks claimed their first-ever stint in the finals.

Toyota Otis’ best finish was third when it debuted in the league two years ago.

Williams topped the league both in scoring at 17.4 ppg and rebounding at 12.7 rpg. The former Finals MVP, however, failed to lead the the Spinners past the quarterfinals, thus endangering his chances of winning a regular MVP plum.

Other players vying for the top individual plum include reigning MVP Jojo Tangkay of Rain or Shine (15.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg), Magnolia’s Arwind Santos (13.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and Granny Goose’s JR Quiñahan (11.6ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

Two-thirds of the MVP tally will be based on statistical points, while one-third will be drawn from the coaches, players and media votes.

The MVP plum and other awards will be handed in Game 3 of the Finals

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06-05-2006, 07:25 AM
Williams, Devance lead MVP race

First posted 04:01am (Mla time) June 05, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A32 of the June 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES THURSDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs Montana (Knockout for 3rd)
4 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Harbour Centre (Game 1-Finals)

WHILE TWO TEAMS proved to be the revelations of the PBL Unity Cup, there were no surprises when Joe Devance and Kelly Williams emerged frontrunners in the race for the MVP plum.

Based on statistics, Williams of Magnolia Ice Cream has a slight lead with averages of 17.4 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.

Devance of Toyota Otis is second-best after norming 15.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

But while Williams’s efforts failed to boost Magnolia past the quarterfinals, Devance will continue to be the focal point when Toyota Otis guns for its first title versus Harbour Centre -- also a finals first-timer -- starting Thursday.

The Sparks and the Portmasters will clash at 4 p.m. in the opener of their best-of-five series at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Other contenders for the top individual award include last conference’s MVP Jojo Tangkay of Rain or Shine (15.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg), Magnolia’s Arwind Santos (13.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and Granny Goose’s JR Quiñahan (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

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06-06-2006, 07:33 AM
PBL finals is unique in so many ways
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THE FINALS series between Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup is unique in many ways.



Foremost, it pits the team that first advanced to the semis outright against the squad which made it last. The same thing happened for both of teams on the way to the finals.

Then it features too, the stars of the UAAP against the finest of the NCAA.

Based on those story lines alone, the best-of-five title series that begins Thursday, might easily go down as one of the fiercest and most dramatic championships in the league in recent years.

For Harbour Centre, it will be the combination of La Salle and Ateneo as Archers’ Joseph Yeo, Jerwin Gaco, Rico Maierhofer and Ryan Araña will be playing along side Blue Eagles LA Tenorio and Jec Chia in the finals for the very first time.

Before, perhaps even in one’s wildest dream, it seems impossible for players of two rival schools to play together under one team and fight for the same cause.

But through the dogged determination of Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, Ateneo and La Salle players got their acts together and played as one in their exciting semis series win over Montaña Pawnshop. Of course, they won the series, 3-1.

That alone have turned the skeptics to Romero’s legion of believers.

For the Sparks, owned by lawyer Rey Oben, the dream to relive the glory days of Toyota, one of the two fabled squads in the pro league some decades back, might be realized sooner than expected.

Backstopped by pro-bound Joe Calvin Devance, little dynamo Boyet Bautista, Mark Andaya, Aaron Aban and Jonathan Aldave, the last four being members of the reigning NCAA men’s basketball champion Letran, the Sparks are raring to plunge into action and establish themselves as the emerging power in the league.

Toyota Otis’ big turnaround from a whipping boy to a title contender even surprised its coach Louie Alas.

After finishing dead last in the previous Heroes Cup, the Sparks willed their way to top the elims and then made it to the finals by completing a three-game sweep of deposed champion Rain or Shine in the semis.

That’s already a record of sort for a team that was not even given a slim chance to figure in the finals.

Ironically, this will be the first time in a long while that two PBL teams will be figuring in the finals for the first time, fanning speculations that the 2006 Unity Cup title series could eventually pave the way for the changing of the guards in the league.

It’s hard to tell this early but one thing is certain, the forthcoming finals will be a certified blockbuster series.

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06-06-2006, 07:37 AM
Like NBA, like PBL: Championship clash of first-timers
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 06/06/2006

What do the PBL and the NBA have in common?

The answer. Their finalists are all first-timers.

Here in the Philippine Basketball League, the Letran-backed Toyota Otis Sparks did not only finish with the best record in the elimination, they also completed a 3-0 sweep over traditional champion Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat Paints) in their best-of-five semifinal series to advance into the finals for the first time since their maiden season in 2004.

Their rival, the Pampanga-based Harbour Centre, is also a first-timer in the finals after booting out the Montana Pawnshop Jewels, 3-1 in their own race-to-3 semis.

The PBL best-of-five finals will begin today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City. It will be a classic war of bench tacticians between champion coach Louie Alas of Toyota and rookie mentor George Gallent of Harbour Center.

Going to the National Basketball Association, the Miami Heat dethroned the Detroit Pistons to win the Eastern Conference title and advance into the NBA finals for the first time in 18 years.

The same holds true to the Dallas Mavericks, who disposed off Phoenix Suns to reign as the best in the West and march into the NBA Finals for the first time since the team was formed in 1980.

The other thing in common is that the name of their respective homecourts are similar - the American Airlines Arena in the East for the Heat and the American Airlines Center in the West for the Mavericks.

Miami's chief bench tactician Pat Riley, a three-time NBA Coach of the Year awardee who won six world championships as a coach and player, is pitted with his Dallas counterpart in Avery Johnson, who is making his first finals appearance as coach.

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06-07-2006, 08:22 AM
Toyota Otis, Harbour Centre promise a memorable finals
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COACH LOUIE Alas joked that a portion of the Toyota Otis building will be given to his team if it wins the 2006 PBL Unity Cup title.


Not to be outdone, counterpart Jorge Gallent said a portion of the Harbour Centre awaits the Port Masters should they end up triumphant in the best-of-five title series.

While these may have been said in jest, both coaches revealed just how much is at stake in their finals encounter that begins tomorrow at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

"Equal chances ito. Pareho kaming perimeter team. We have the same strength and weaknesses. So I expect a long series," said Alas in the weekly PSA Forum yesterday where he appeared along with Gallent, and players and officials of both Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre.

"We’ll take everything one game at a time, although I’ll admit na mas lamang sila sa height because meron silang 6’6 and 6’7," said Gallent, obviously referring to the Sparks’ Twin Tower of Mark Andaya and Joe Devance, formerly out of University of Texas in El Paso and the leading candidate for the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) honor.

Andaya and Devance were also in the public sports program sponsored by PAGCOR and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza together with teammates Boyet Bautista, JV Casio, team manager Baby Oben and Toyota Otis Board representative and league vice chairman Gil Angeles.

Harbour Center was represented by stalwarts L.A. Tenorio, Joseph Yeo and Chico Lanete along with team manager Eric Arejola.

"It’s our first time in the finals, and we’re up against a very, very strong team," Angeles said. "But we’re prepared and ready."

Gallent, a key player with Tanduay when it was lording over the PBL during the mid-90s, admitted his team is peaking just at the right place and at the right time, having beaten higher seeded teams Granny Goose (quarterfinals) and Montana (semifinals) on its way to its first Finals appearance.

Still, that doesn’t mean the Port Masters have to take the Sparks lightly.

"Toyota has been no. 1 the whole tournament and they have been consistent at being no. 1," he said.

Alas tried to downplay whatever advantages his Toyota squad has, pointing out that while the Sparks may have boast the bruising duo of Devance and Andaya, Harbour Centre for its part has the young and energetic forward in Rico Maierhofer and Fil-Am Rob Reyes, the league’s Best Defensive Player in the last conference.

He also added that the intangible factors such as injuries and the will to win are also going to play a crucial part in the series.

"Pagdating sa finals puwede ng itapon ang stats," said Alas, architect of Letran’s two NCAA basketball championships in the last three years.

Devance, Tenorio, Yeo, Lanete and Andaya acknowledged that they are turning professional shortly after the PBL season. All of them naturally want to leave the amateur backyard on a winning note.

"It would be nice to win a championship before going to the PBA," said Devance.

"Kahit sino namang player di ba na aakyat sa PBA, gusto mag-champion muna sa amateur," said Tenorio, who, along with Lanete and Yeo, forms the Port Masters deadly, high-scoring backcourt rotation.

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06-07-2006, 08:23 AM
Too close to call in PBL title playoff

The Philippine Star 06/07/2006

For the other PBL coaches, the Unity Cup championship match is a toss-up between Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis with no team holding a distinct advantage over the other.

Those who picked Toyota Otis said the Sparks have a deeper bench and the defensive spunk that normally make a championship squad.

Those who chose Harbour Centre said the Port Masters have more experience and boast of players who can deliver in the clutch.

"It’s a series that is hard to predict but I feel it will go the distance," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal, who steered the San Miguel Corp.-owned franchise to two PBL crowns.

"Toyota had paid its dues so it’s about time for the Sparks to win a championship," he added.

Hapee Toothpaste mentor Junel Baculi, who had 10 final stints, winning seven of them, agreed that this is Toyota Otis’ time to shine.

"They have a deeper bench and they have one of the league’s best players," said Baculi, referring to Fil-Am Joe Devance, a former NCAA 1 University of Texas-El Paso standout who currently leads the MVP race.

That is, Baculi clarified, if the series goes the full route. — Joey Villar

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06-07-2006, 08:24 AM
Players put pro dreams on hold for PBL finals

First posted 02:36am (Mla time) June 07, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the June 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FOR THESE top amateur cagers, the pro league can wait -- at least for a few more weeks.

With their surprise entry into the PBL Unity Cup finals, winning the title is still on top of the list for the stars of Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre.

“I’m not thinking about the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), I want to finish the PBL (Philippine Basketball League) finals first,” said Harbour Centre point guard LA Tenorio at the PSA Forum yesterday at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila. “I want to win a championship before turning pro.”

Toyota Otis’ Filipino-American center Joe Devance, expected to be among the top picks in the PBA rookie draft this August, is similarly focused on the best-of-five championship showdown.

“This is my last conference in the PBL, so I don’t want to be left out,” said Devance, a standout recruit from the University of Texas-El Paso, during the public sports program sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza. “I want to win a championship.

“It would be nice (to be the top draft pick), but it doesn’t matter as long as I make it.”

Even Chico Lanete, the Portmasters’ most effective second stringer, knows how winning the title can boost his stock.

“I’m lucky that coach (George Galent) has been giving me the important plays,” said Lanete. “You have to show that you deserve to go to the PBA.”

Harbour Centre leading scorer Joseph Yeo sees a tight matchup between his own squad, studded as it is with University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) stars, and an opponent bannered by the core of the 2005 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) champions.

“I think it’s going to be a long series,” said Yeo. “We have the UAAP players, while they have the players of Letran (College).”

Behemoth center Mark Andaya pointed out the Sparks’ key advantage. “We have teamwork, we’ve been together longer,” said Andaya.

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06-08-2006, 07:26 AM
Battle of PBL finals first-timers unfolds
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Games Thursday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m.–Rain or Shine vs. Montana Pawnshop

4 p.m.–Toyota Otis vs. Harbour Centre



For being first-timers in the finals, so many good things have been said about Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis.

But can both teams live up to the hype?

That will be partially answered Thursday when the Port Masters and Sparks clash in Game 1 of their best-of-five title series in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup—a championship duel that signals the changing of the guard in the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

From the looks of it, the series has the makings of a blockbuster championship, seeing how both teams persevered and willed their way to reach the finals.

With the hunger of both teams to break into the league’s pantheon of champions, observers expect Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis to do everything to win the crown.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad also expects the series to go the full route, owing to the teams’ character and discipline.

"They are now the league’s emerging powers, so I’m very sure the finals would be as dramatic and fierce as previous championships," Trinidad said.

So expect an intense and rugged encounter when the series begins at 4 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center in Para-ñaque City.

Deposed champion Rain or Shine and Montaña Pawnshop, reduced to supporting roles this time, tangle at 2 p.m. in a knockout match for third place. Frank Calapre

gameface_one
06-08-2006, 07:27 AM
Defense is key in PBL finals
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 06/08/2006

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent said the other day defense will decide the outcome of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Unity Cup best-of-five Finals starting today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat.

The Port Masters face the Toyota Otis Sparks in what promises to be a down-to-the-wire finish. Experts are predicting the championship series to go the full route. The protagonists are a contrast in styles as Harbour is a defensive fastbreaking team while Toyota is a physical squad that likes to set up in the halfcourt.

The common denominator is both teams are defense-oriented, making for a heart-stopping series where every possession is critical.

In the elimination round, the teams split wins with Toyota drawing first blood via a 76-74 squeaker and Harbour gaining sweet revenge in the 80-71 rematch.

Gallent, 36, is up against Sparks coach Louie Alas, 39, in the battle of wits. Both are hungry for victory. Gallent took over the coaching reins from Dindo Pumaren late last year and led Harbour Centre to fourth place in the Heroes Cup. He’d like nothing better than to prove his worth to team owner Mikee Romero. Toyota is also seeking redemption after finishing eighth and last in the Heroes Cup.

The key match-ups in the series are Harbour’s 5-8 L. A. Tenorio versus Toyota’s 5-8 Boyet Bautista at point guard, 5-11 Joseph Yeo versus 6-4 Aaron Aban at two-guard and 6-5 Robbie Reyes versus 6-7 Joe Devance at center.

Reaching the finals was particularly grueling for Harbour Center. The Port Masters got off to a poor start, losing four in a row, and Gallent was put to the test.

"Jorge didn’t know what hit him at that stage," recalled team manager Erick Arejola, a former La Salle guard. "There was grumbling but George stood by his coaching philosophy. No star player for him, everybody had to work and just follow instructions to the hilt. Somehow, his ultimatum to the players did the trick."

Harbour finished the eliminations in sixth spot with a 6-8 record and took on No. 3 Granny Goose in the quarters. Despite a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the Port Masters rose to the occasion and shocked the Tortillos. Then, in the best-of-5 semifinals, Harbour again defied the odds in stunning No. 2 Montaña in four games.

Game 3 of the Montaña series was probably the most exciting in the conference as Harbour squandered a 25-point lead but battled back to eke out a win in double overtime.

Gallent, a former Far Eastern University cager who had a brief stint with Tanduay in the pros, likened the Port Masters to the Phoenix Suns with defense. "We’re also like Ginebra because we never say die and Red

Bull because we’re tough defensively," noted Gallent. He said Toyota plays like the Detroit Pistons, known for their bangers and stoppers.

Gallent’s first coaching achievement came when he piloted a local high school selection to the championship of an international students tournament in Taipei in 1999. His players included James Yap, Paul Artadi, Rey Mendoza, Gaco and Arejola. The Gallent Men, playing as the Nike All-Stars, were unbeaten and trounced teams from Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the US.

Gallent was a Welcoat assistant coach and St. Benilde head coach before moving to Harbour. He said his focus in the Finals will be man-to-man, straight-up defense.

"We hardly play zone," said Gallent. "We like to pressure and score in transition off turnovers. We’ll press Boyet and force him to give up the ball. I think the three things that will decide the series are control of the rebounds, defense and turnover points. We like to run but we’re basically a defensive team. We’re not as big or tall as Toyota but we’re scrappier."

As for Toyota, Gallent said he has the highest respects for Alas who has won titles in the collegiate, amateur commercial and pro levels.

gameface_one
06-08-2006, 07:30 AM
Harbour, Otis ready for a tough series
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FOR BEING first-timers in the finals, so many good things have been said about Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis. But can both teams live up to the hype?


That will be answered today when the Port Masters and Sparks clash in Game 1 of their best-of-5 title series in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup – a finals that signals the changing of the guard in the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

From the looks of it, the series have the makings of a blockbuster championship knowing how both teams persevered and willed their way to reach the finals.

Even jaded observers agreed.

With the hunger and burning desire of both teams to break into the pantheon of champions, they expect Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis to do everything to win the championship – even at all costs.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad also expects the series to go the full route, owing to the teams’ character and discipline.

"They are now the league’s emerging powers so I’m very sure the finals would be as dramatic and fierce as previous championships," said Trinidad.

Gametime is 4 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Deposed champion Rain or Shine and Montaña Pawnshop, reduced to supporting roles, tangle at 2 p.m. for third place.

While Harbour is armed to the teeth, having the stars of rivals La Salle and Ateneo in its fold, the Sparks will bank on their defensive spunk which they are known and feared for.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas claimed that their biggest weapon in the series is their defense. Alas said their defense is tough, not dirty.

"It will all boil down to the defense and the will to win," said Alas who is pinning his hopes on the razzle-dazzle plays of Boyet Bautista, clutch hooting of Jonathan Aldave and Aaron Aban and in the brute force of 6-foot-7 Mark Andaya and 6-foot-8 Joe Devance in the middle.

Though they have a deeper bench than the Port Masters, Alas said the odds are just about even, saying: "Halos pareho lang kami that’s why I expect a long series. But I just hope na walang ma-injured sa amin."

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, also in his first finals as a head coach, echoed Alas’ observation.

While he’s blessed with players capable of hitting from the outside, Gallent puts premium on fluid rotation of the ball and their interior defense.

He will be relying on Joseph Yeo, Ryan Arana, LA Tenorio, Chico Lanete and Rico Maierhofer whose play has improved by leaps and bounds.

But for them to control the game, Robb Reyes and Allan Gamboa must contain Devance whose moves inside the paint have helped carry the team to the finals.

freak
06-08-2006, 08:39 PM
anybody who has the game 1 results? wasn't able to finish the game.. :(

shyboy
06-08-2006, 08:51 PM
Toyota-Otis won by a mile. I never bothered to catch the final score.

gameface_one
06-09-2006, 07:06 AM
Toyota Otis gets spark in Game 1
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By REY C. LACHICA

TOYOTA OTIS used a fast start and resilience of a grizzled warrior yesterday as the Sparks blew past Harbour Centre, 68-51, at the start of their title series in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


Behind the inspired plays of Christian Coronel and sniping of Aaron Aban, the Sparks outrun and outfoxed the bewildered Port Masters to gain a headstart in their best-of-five title series which is expected to go the full route.

But if Game 1 would be used as a barometer, then the Sparks could be heading to a breezy win, perhaps another three-game sweep just like what they did to last year’s champion Rain or Shine in the semis.

While Toyota Otis did all the right moves, Harbour Centre just could not shoot the ball straight as typified by the horrible shooting of the team’s 1-2 punch in Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio.

Of course, the patience they showed on their offense — not to mention the intangibles they displayed — spelled the difference for the Sparks.

Earlier, Rain or Shine salvaged some measure of pride as the Elasto Painters routed Montaña Pawnshop, 90-65, and finished third in the season-ending tournament.

In a game reduced to a free wheeling contest, the Elasto Painters proved to be sharper and deadlier as they used a big second quarter onslaught.

"It’s good to win the first game of a series but it means nothing at this time," said Toyota Otis Coach Louie Alas.

"We have to play a lot better in Game 2 because I know they (Port Masters) will make some adjustments."

It could be a major one.

The Port Masters did a good job on the defensive end but their shooting was awful to the chagrin of coach Jorge Gallent. Their free throw shooting was even miserable, making only 14 of 30 attempts.

Yeo missed all his six attempts from the 3-point zone and converted only 4 of 11 shooting from the two-point region. Even Tenorio was off-night, scoring only 9 points (3-of-10) as he was practically outshone by Coronel.

Coronel tallied 14 points, including a triple that padded their lead to 58-39. Actually, the Port Masters failed to buy a basket for more than six minutes, including the last three minutes in the third. In that period, the Port Masters allowed the Sparks to score six straight points from the free throw area.

gameface_one
06-09-2006, 07:07 AM
Powerful Sparks claim Game 1
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 06/09/2006

Toyota Otis used a stifling defense to put Harbour Centre’s offense out-of-sync as it fashioned out a surprisingly easy 68-51 victory yesterday in Game One of their best-of-five PBL Unity Cup title showdown at the packed Olivarez Sports Center.

The Sparks held the Port Masters to just six points in the first quarter to seize control then kept the momentum throughout behind Christian Coronel and Aaron Aban, who stepped up when Fil-Am Joe Devance went into foul trouble in the final half.

Coronel scattered 13 points in the second and third periods while Aban took over in the fourth by scoring eight of his 14 points as the Sparks gained the headstart in what is billed to be a tight, tense series between two teams of varying characters.

Toyota’s defense, however, could change all that.

"Our collective defense worked, we stopped their top two scorers," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, referring to the prolific, flashy duo of Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio.

Yeo was held to just 10 points after muffing 13 of the 17 shots he took while Tenorio went three-of-10 from the field to finish with only nine points.

Yeo and Tenorio, however, are expected to atone for their so-so games in tomorrow’s Game Two, also at the Olivarez gym.

The Sparks would be more than willing to shackle them again.

"Knowing them, they’re going to fight back, they’ve proven that this conference," said Alas.

Earlier, pro-league-bound Rain or Shine exited in a blaze of glory as it ripped Montaña, 90-65, in their knockout duel for third place.

"It was a nice run for this franchise," said Rain or Shine coach Leo Austria, whose Wellbest-owned team will leave the league to join the PBA this November.

The franchise had been in the PBL for almost a decade, winning six championships including one under Austria, who will also coach its PBA squad.

The league also bid goodbye to Alex Compton, who played his last conference after a four-year stint in the league.

Compton, who steered the Jewels to the 2004 title, was awarded a plaque of appreciation for serving as an inspiration and a role model.

"He’s a complete gentleman, he deserves this special award," said commissioner Chino Trinidad, who personally handed over the special award.

After trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Port Masters fought their way back to within three (37-40), but Coronel and Aban combined in a series of runs that saw the Sparks speed to as many as 21 points, 60-39, early in the final quarter.

A Yeo-inspired 10-0 run cut that lead down to 11, 49-60, but Aban and Devance, a top MVP contender, came through with clutch baskets to thwart Harbour Centre and seal the victory for Toyota.

Playing tough defense, the Sparks broke a 6-all tie with 10-0 blitz to end the opening period ahead, 16-6.

The Port Masters tried to close the gap by pounding it inside, drawing fouls in the process. But they just couldn’t convert on their free throw opportunities, missing seven of 13 attempts in the second period.

gameface_one
06-09-2006, 07:08 AM
Toyota dumps Harbour five

First posted 02:56am (Mla time) June 09, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the June 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAME TOMORROW (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Achievement Awards
3 p.m. -- Harbour Centre vs Toyota Otis

TOYOTA Otis certainly knew what to do in its Finals debut.

Controlling the game from the start and breaking away for good in the second half, the Sparks overwhelmed the Harbour Centre Portmasters, 68-51, last night for a 1-0 lead in the PBL Unity Cup Finals at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

After closing out the third period with an 11-2 tear that turned a slim 40-37 edge into a commanding 51-39 lead, Toyota opened up the fourth with nine unanswered points that broke the Portmasters’ collective backs.

Game 2 is scheduled at 3 p.m. tomorrow with Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas refusing to admit the huge psychological edge gained by his wards in the swashbuckling win.

“It doesn’t mean a thing,” said Alas. “We know the capabilities of Harbour. Granny Goose had the twice-to-beat edge (in the quarterfinals), Montaña was also favored (in the semifinals), but they (Harbour Centre) still managed to win.”

Starting forward Aaron Aban pumped in 10 of his 14 points in the second half to lead Toyota Otis’ balanced charge, which also had guard Christian Coronel shooting 13 and Joe Devance chipping in nine markers.

Harbour Centre labored hard with stars Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio delivering only a combined 19 markers as the team shot a miserable 26 percent and nailed only 14 of 30 free throws.

Earlier, Rain or Shine bowed out of the league with a convincing 90-65 victory over the Montaña Jewels for third place.

Also among the day’s highlight was the Role Model award given to Alex Compton at halftime.

“Even if my basketball career here has ended, I’ve experienced and learned a lot in the Philippines,” a teary-eyed Compton said in Filipino. The Philippine Basketball Association already turned down the genial American’s bid to play in the professional league.

“Officially, they already said no, I got the letter from the PBA last week,” said Compton. “They don’t want to change the rules.”

The 32-year-old Compton logged in a team-high 17 points in 28 minutes of action in his final game in the amateur league.

Aside from his impressive four-year PBL stint, the special tribute cited Compton “for being a gentleman on the court and a great individual off the court.”

The Finals scores:

TOYOTA OTIS 68 -- Aban 14, Coronel 13, Devance 9, Andaya 6, Alcaraz 6, Rodriguez 5, Bautista 5, Fajardo 4, Daa 4, Aldave 2, Oreta 0, Casio 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 51 -- Maierhofer 10, Yeo 10, Tenorio 9, Chia 4, Gamboa 4, Reyes 4, Alonzo 3, Gaco 3, Arana 2, Saguindel 2, Lanete 0, Coching 0.

Quarters:16-6, 36-27, 51-39, 68-51

gameface_one
06-09-2006, 07:09 AM
Sparks whip Portmasters in Game 1
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

What was expected to be a close contest turned into a rout Thursday when Toyota-Otis held Harbour Centre to only six points in the first period en route to a lopsided 68-51 win at the start of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup championship at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Starring Mark Andaya, Aaron Aban and Joe Devance, the Sparks were hot from start to finish to take Game 1 of the best-of-five title playoffs pitting two newcomers in the finals.

"Winning Game 1 doesn’t win the championship. I am expecting a big comeback from Harbour Centre and I won’t take them lightly, knowing their capabilities fully well," Toyota-Otis coach Louie Alas.

"We will do more in the second game. Our collective defense really worked wonders in the first game," Alas added.

Toyota-Otis, which joined the league in 2004, opened the game with a torrid 16-6 run with Aban, Devance and Dennis Daa combining for eight points while limiting the Portmasters’ offense.

The presence of 6-foot-7’s Andaya and Devance intimidated the Portmasters as they shot a poor 31 percent from the field compared to the Sparks’ 45 percent.

The Portmasters also had a low 47 percent norm from the free-throw line against the 77 percent clip of the Toyota Otis.

Game 2 is on Saturday with the Sparks enjoying the big psychological edge after Thursday’s huge win.

Earlier, multi-titled Rain Or Shine ended its campaign in the PBL by mauling Montana Pawnshop, 90-65, to settle for third place. Challenge Cup Most Valuable Player Jojo Tangkay, Jay Sagad and Junjun Cabatu combined for 43 points to lead the Paintmasters farewell performance before the Welcoat franchise joins the Philippine Basketball Association in September.

"I have mixed emotions. First because at least it is over now and a third-place finish is still a decent. But I am also sad that we are leaving the PBL," said Rain Or Shine coach Leo Austria, who will be coaching the team in the PBA.

Welcoat joined the league in 1996 and will be leaving a legacy of six conference titles and 11 appearances.

Montaña’s Alex Compton was also awarded the PBL Role Model award for his exemplary deportment and showing in the league.

Scores:

Toyota 68—Aban 14, Coronel 13, Devance 9, Andaya 6, Alcaraz 6, Rodriguez 5, Bautista 5, Fajardo 4, Daa 4, Aldave 2, Oreta 0

Harbour Center 51—Maierhofer 10, Yeo 10, Tenorio 9, Chia 4, Gamboa 4, Reyes 4, Alonzo 3, Gaco 3, Arana 2, Saguindel 2, Lanete 0

QS: 16-6; 36-27; 51-39; 68-51.

Games Saturday (Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. – Achievements Awards

3 p.m. – Toyota-Otis vs. Harbour Centre

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:08 AM
Toyota Otis eyes No. 2
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BOUYED BY its blowout win the last time out, Toyota Otis guns for a commanding 2-0 lead when it battles Harbour Centre today in Game 2 of their title showdown in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.



But to do it, the Sparks must come up with the same rhythm and synchronization they displayed at both ends of the court that gave them a resounding 68-51 win in the opener of their best-of-5 title series last Tuesday.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas knows how crucial is today’s game and he intends to use the same formula he applied in their last five games which they all won, including a masterful three-game sweep of Rain or Shine in the semis.

Their Game 1 victory was impressive if not spectacular, obviously the product of their excellent discipline.

They were tenacious at the defensive end and very patient on offense, rotating the ball so well until they found an open man to the delight of Alas.

"That’s the discipline we have to maintain. We have to stay focused all the time," said Alas. "Our mission is not over, winning Game 1 doesn’t win us the championship."

But surely they gained an extra motivation for that and their desire to win their first-ever championship must be burning by now.

"Of course it boosted the confidence of my boys so I hope we’ll have another good start, just like we did in Game 1," added Alas.

Before the two squads go to war at 3 p.m., individual players who made big impact in the season-ending tournament will be honored during the Achievement Award set at 2 p.m.

Toyota Otis’ Joe Devance, playing his last amateur tournament, remains the hottest candidate to win the MVP trophy.

Devance, however, is more concerned of their Game 2 clash with the Port Masters rather winning an individual honor, saying: "Right now, winning the championship for Toyota Otis is the most important for me but it’s also cool to win the MVP plum."

For sure, Harbour Centre won’t take their crushing setback sitting down.

Harbour coach Jorge Gallent was furious with his top guns, including Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio, for their so-so performance.

"We have to make a major adjustment and must improve our shooting, especially from the free throw area," said Gallent. "It was embarrassing but I’m confident the boys can bounce back. Malaki ang tiwala ko sa kanila."

The Port Masters shot miserably from the field, converting only 18 of 68 tries for 26 percent against 40 percent for the Sparks (24of-60). Toyota’s shooting cushioned the impact of Harbour’s 51-45 advantage in rebounding.

Being eyed by several teams in the pro league, Tenorio was devoured by Christian Coronel in some instances. He finished only with 9 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

But the biggest let down in Game 1 was Yeo.

He missed all his six attempts from the 3-point area, most of them by wide margins, and made several bad shots that hastened the team’s downfall. If Yeo won’t change his attitude, Harbour will be facing a daunting task to even the series.

Compounding Harbour Centre’s woes was its awful shooting from the stripes, making only 14 of 30 tries against 17-of-22 by the Sparks.

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:09 AM
Sparks to stick to same game plan vs Harbour Centre

The Philippine Star 06/10/2006

Sure, winning Game One of a championship series doesn’t make a champion team. But winning it by a rout should augur well for its title campaign and send the losing squad back to the drawing board.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas knows fully well the importance of Game Two to their title bid as he vows to apply the same formula he used in their last five games which they all won, including a stirring three-game sweep of Rain or Shine in the semis and their emphatic 68-51 victory over Harbour Centre in the opener of the PBL Unity Cup title showdown last Tuesday.

"It’s the discipline that we have to maintain. We have to stay focused all the time," said Alas. "Our mission is not over, winning Game 1 doesn’t win us the championship."

But surely they gained the extra push to go for their first-ever championship.

"Of course it boosted the confidence of my boys so I hope we’ll have another good start, just like we did in Game 1," added Alas.

Gametime is set at 3 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The Sparks used a hard-nosed defense to take the sting out of the Port Masters’ top gunners, particularly Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio.

For sure, Harbour Centre won’t take their crushing setback sitting down.

"We have to make a major adjustment and must improve our shooting, especially from the free throw area," said Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent. "It was embarrassing but I’m confident the boys can bounce back."

The Port Masters shot miserably from the field, converting only 18 of 68 tries for 26 percent against 40 percent for the Sparks (24-of-60). Toyota’s shooting cushioned the impact of Harbour’s 51-45 advantage in rebounding.

Eyed by several teams in the pro league, Tenorio was shackled by Christian Coronel, finishing with only nine points on 3-of-10 shooting.

Worse was Yeo, who missed all his six attempts from the three-point area and made several bad shots that hastened the team’s downfall.

Compounding Harbour Centre’s woes was their awful shooting from the stripes, making only 14 of 30 tries against 17-of-22 by the Sparks.

Meanwhile, players who created a big impact in the season-ending tournament will be honored during the Achievement Award set at 2 p.m.

Toyota Otis’ Joe Devance remains the hottest candidate to win the coveted MVP award.

Devance, however, is more concerned of their Game 2 clash with the Port Masters rather than winning an individual honor, saying: "Right now, winning the championship for Toyota Otis is the most important for me but it’s also cool to win the MVP plum."

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:10 AM
Toyota Otis eyes 2-0 lead

First posted 11:52pm (Mla time) June 09, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the June 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FOR COACH Louie Alas, there was no time to celebrate Toyota Otis’ victory.

Minutes after claiming the Finals opener, Alas was already anticipating the Harbour Centre stars to come out strong in Game 2 of the PBL Unity Cup championship series.

“(Joseph) Yeo and (LA) Tenorio didn’t play their usual game, we have to prepare for the two,” he noted. “They’ll be motivated. We know they can really play well, they’re both pro-bound.”

But the Sparks have their own formidable cast when they shoot for an imposing 2-0 lead versus the Portmasters in their best-of-five title round at 3 p.m. today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Fil-Am Joe Devance, favored to win the Most Valuable Player plum in the 2 p.m. Achievement Awards, failed to log in his usual numbers due to early foul troubles in Game 1.

Yet the Sparks got plenty of support from Aaron Aban and Christian Coronel in the second half.

Alas admitted he liked what he saw in the Sparks’ convincing 68-51 victory in the series opener last Thursday.

“That’s the discipline we have to maintain,” he said. “We have to stay focused all the time. Our mission is not over.”

In contrast, the Portmasters’ offensive game was nowhere to be found. With Yeo and Tenorio typifying the team’s struggles, the young crew shot a horrendous 26 percent on the floor and made only 14 of 30 attempts at the free throw line.

“It was embarrassing,” said Portmasters coach Jorge Gallent. “But I’m confident the boys can bounce back. I have great trust in my players.”

gameface_one
06-11-2006, 07:51 AM
Harbour Centre gets even
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By REY C. LACHICA

THE THREE Musketeers are back and so is Harbour Centre.


Drawing gritty effort from Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete this time, the Port Masters outlasted the Toyota Otis Sparks, 78-63, in an exciting clash between the league’s emerging giants, and evened things up in their title series in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Yeo redeemed himself from a horrible performance in Game 1 by scattering a game-high 25 points with his wide array of wondrous moves, especially in the first half which the Port Masters controlled.

As if it was a cue, Tenorio and Lanete took charge in the final two quarters, scoring threes in wild abandon to rip the game wide open.

With the win, the Port Masters knotted their best-of-5 title series at 1-1. But more importantly, they regained the momentum.

"We played like kids in Game 1 but today we played like big men," said coach Jorge Gallent. "Joseph, LA and Chico stepped up big this time."

And they moved the ball pretty well, this time. Even their defense was impressive.

"We defended well and we rotated the ball with precision this time," added Gallent.

For a while, the Port Masters had the game under wraps early in the fourth after taking a commanding 57-42 on Lanete’s triple. But the Sparks refused to give the fight easily as they crawled to within 54-60 on Boyet Bautista’s back-to-back triples.

But to the horror of Toyota Otis Coach Louie Alas, Bautista, who finished with 15 points, committed a booboo, delaying an inbound pass of Tenorio. Since it was his second time to commit that infraction, he was subsequently slapped with a foul which happened to be his fifth foul with still over six minutes left.

That signaled the end of Toyota Otis.

After another spectacular drive by Yeo, Lanete came through with a crowd-silencing dagger — another triple — that gave the Port Masters 66-56 lead.

gameface_one
06-11-2006, 07:52 AM
Harbour Centre rips Toyota, levels series

First posted 03:05am (Mla time) June 11, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the June 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAME TUESDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
3 p.m.—Toyota Otis vs Harbour Centre (Game 3-Finals)

IT was the same scenario but roles were reversed this time.

The Harbour Centre Portmasters, starring their streak-shooting backcourt trio, overwhelmed the Toyota Otis Sparks, 78-63, to level the best-of-five PBL Unity Cup title series at 1-1 yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Portmasters snatched control quite early, with Joseph Yeo firing 17 of his 25 points in the first half. LA Tenorio then took over, pouring in 12 of his 16 markers in the last two quarters with backup guard Chico Lanete drilling in 11 of his 14 points in the final period.

“Joseph and LA stepped up, the guys that didn’t play well in the first game,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. “Our defense played out well. Our big men, our backcourt, everyone played well.”

The Portmasters recovered from their horrendous 26 percent shooting in Game 1 which the Sparks won, 68-51.

This time, he Sparks could hit only 29 percent of their shots.

Toyota Otis, though, still kept fighting after the break. Trailing 24-32 at halftime, the Sparks opened the third period with a 6-0 run to cut the lead by two, 32-30.

But Rob Reyes, who scored all of his eight points in the third quarter, powered the Portmasters out front anew, 47-39.

Tenorio continued the Portmasters’ scoring tear with an undergoal stab, followed by a three-pointer. The star point guard then capped his solo show with a running jumper for 54-42 at the end of third period.

Then it was Lanete’s turn to get hot, burying two triples in the opening minutes to stretch the lead to 60-46.

But the Sparks quickly trimmed the lead to 60-54 behind an 8-0 burst that included two triples by Boyet Bautista.

The Sparks thought they found a late-game hero, but, unfortunately, Bautista fouled out with 6:44 minutes left.

Visibly shaken, the Sparks wilted as the Portmasters stormed beyond reach at 73-58 with 2:30 remaining.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE 78—Yeo 25, Tenorio 16, Lanete 14, Reyes 8, Maierhofer 4, Gaco 4, Coching 3, Chia 3, Dy 1, Arana 0, Alonzo 0, Gamboa 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 63—Aban 17, Bautista 15, Coronel 8, Andaya 7, Aldave 6, Devance 6, Alcaraz 2, Daa 2, Fajardo 0, Rodriguez 0, Oreta 0, Casio 0.

Quarters: 12-10, 32-24, 54-42, 78-63

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06-11-2006, 07:53 AM
Harbour Centre gets back
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 06/11/2006

Harbour Centre, drawing huge games from its backcourt players, got back at Toyota Otis, 78-63, last night in Game Two of their PBL Unity Cup best-of-five title showdown at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete redeemed themselves from their poor showing in Game One, spearheading Harbour Centre’s fiery attack that led to their big comeback from a 51-68 loss in the series opener.

Now tied with one game apiece, the Port Masters and the Sparks fight for the pivotal second win in the series in Game Three Tuesday in the same venue.

"My guards played like big men," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, referring to the Yeo, Tenorio and Lanete who combined for 55 points.

While Yeo took care of things in the first half where he scored the bulk of his game-high 25 points, Tenorio and Lanete got the job done in the second half.

Tenorio led a blistering run in the third quarter that increased their 36-32 lead to 54-42 while Lanete starred in their fourth-quarter surge that secured their win.

The Port Masters made a big turnaround from their mediocre stint in the series opener, shackled by the Sparks’ pressing defense.

"We distributed and shared the ball well. That was one of the keys," said Gallent on their improvement offensively.

The two teams figured in a fierce showdown in the first half marked by five deadlocks and the same number of lead changes.

But the Port Masters strung up eight unanswered points late in the second period to seize a 32-24 advantage at the break.

Earlier, Toyota Otis’ Joe Devance, getting tremendous boost from media and player votes, beat fellow Fil-Am player Kelly Williams of Magnolia Ice Cream for the Most Valuable Player plum.

Williams actually led statistical point race but Devance topped the balloting to win the coveted individual award.

Devance, a former University of Texas-El Paso standout, garnered 443.28 MVP points, way ahead of Williams with 357.58.

Devance and Williams could become among the top picks in the coming PBA Rookie Draft should they complete necessary papers affirming their Filipino citizenship.

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06-11-2006, 07:57 AM
Port Masters equalize
abs-cbnnews.com

BY FRANK CALAPRE, Correspondent

Joseph Yeo poured in 17 points in the first half as LA Tenorio and Chico Lanete—collectively called the Three Musketeers—lifted Harbour Center past Toyota Otis, 78-63, Saturday to level the best-of-five championship series for the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Unlike in the first game they lost by a big margin, 51-68, the Port Masters played good defense against the Sparks, particularly on Mark Andaya and tournament Most Valuable Player Joe Devance, who were limited to seven and six points, respectively.

Yeo finished with 25 points on top of 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a lone steal on Boyet Bautista, which he converted into a layup to pad the Port Masters’ lead to 43-34, still 3:49 left in the third period.

"In the first game we played like boys, now in the second we played like big men," said head coach Jorge Gallent of Harbour Center, which like Toyota Otis is seeking their first title in the premier developmental league.

The Port Masters led most of the way since an early 9-4 blast triggered by Yeo in the first five minutes.

"We just played very much like a team. I told the boys particularly Joseph and LA that you will be going to the pros in September. This is your last in the PBL, so give it your best. Thankfully they responded," added Gallent.

The Sparks try to seize the upper hand again on Thursday, when Gallent expects Toyota Otis to make the necessary adjustments.

The Scores:

HARBOUR CENTER 78–Yeo 25, Tenorio 16, Lanete 14, Reyes 8, Maierhofer 4, Gaco 4, Coching 3, Chia 3, Dy 1, Arana 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 63–Aban 17, Bautista 15, Coronel 8, Andaya 7, Aldave 6, Devance 6, Alcaraz 2, Daa 2, Fajardo 0, Rodriguez 0.

Quarters: 12-10; 32-24; 54-42; 78-63.