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04-04-2006, 09:02 AM
Tagaytay vs Iligan today





TAGAYTAY CITY - Expansion team Batang Tagaytay guns for its second northern division victory against Iligan today in the main game of another Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship doubleheader at the Convention Center here.


NBC executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s Tagaytay cagers expect rough sailing from Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders in the 4 p.m. contest.

Gov. Manny Pinol’s North Cotabato Braves also face tough opposition when they collide with the Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila squad earlier at 2 o’clock.

The Braves are running second in the southern division, behind reigning champion Ozamiz Cotta, with two wins in one loss, while the Manilans dropped their first two games despite the presence of collegiate stars Danny Pribhdas and Magnum Membrere.

Eduardo Allado Jr., who averaged 16 points in the Braves’ twin victories after scoring a basket in his new team’s opening game, is expected to lead North Cotabato’s northern swing.

Membrere, Phribhdas and veteran Nani Epondulan will spearhead the Manilans.

Tagaytay, which surprised Pangasinan Hundred Islands in its debut, pins its hopes on burly playmaker Nino Marquez, Tito Reyes, Bosyo Diaz and Arden Guiyab.

The Crusaders hope to post their second win in three games behind last year’s MVP Christian Nicdao, Derrick Hubalde and Marlon Kalaw.

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04-06-2006, 01:23 PM
Iligan five nips host Tagaytay
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TAGAYTAY CITY - Iligan leaned on its steady free-throw shooting to nip host Batang Tagaytay, 87-85, in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-National Basketball Conference national championship at the International Convention Center here.

Ferdie Go and Derrick Hubalde, who combined for 33 points, carried the cudgels for the Firefly Lightings-backed Crusaders who improved their Southern Division record to 2-1. The team is backed by Mayor Lawrence Cruz and manager Freddie Siao.

With the hosts ahead at 69-67, 7:19 into the final quarter, Go drilled four straight points, followed by Hu-balde’s three-pointer and conversions from the line to put the Crusaders ahead at 81-78, time down to 1:16.

The cagers of Mayor Bambol Tolentino of Tagaytay, also the NBC executive vice president, tied the count at 85 in the final 30 seconds, but Hubalde’s charities off Arden Guiyab spelled the difference.

Paolo Malonzo’s attempt to extend the contest bounced off the rim as time expired.

Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila finally barged into the win column by turning back Gov. Emmanuel Piñol’s North Cotabato Braves, 104-92, in the other game.

Nani Epondulan was his usual deadly self, scoring 23 points for coach Lawrence Chongson’s Manilans, who improved to 1-2 in the tourney supported by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

gameface_one
04-08-2006, 09:57 AM
North Cotabato Braves stun host Taguig in NBC

First posted 11:44pm (Mla time) April 07, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the April 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


TAGUIG CITY -- North Cotabato got back on the winning track by holding off host Forward Taguig, 71-68, Wednesday in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the CP Tinga gym here.

Edu Allado starred anew for Gov. Manny Pinol's Braves by firing 21 points, including back-to-back triples at the 7:18 mark of the final canto that gave North Cotabato a 69-55 advantage.

The Braves lost to Bacchus/Harbour Centre last Tuesday at the start of their northern swing in the tournament supported by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature's Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"Nanibago sila nuong unang game namin sa (They were listless during our first game at) Lyceum," said North Cotabato coach Buboy Tanigue after his boys scored their third win in five games. "Alam naming malakas ang Taguig kaya ang instruction ko, depensahan lahat (We knew how tough Taguig is, so my instruction was to defend each
one of them)."

Mayor Lawrence Cruz's Iligan Crusaders beat the Laguna Pistons of Gov. Teresita "Ningning" Lazaro, 83-75, in the other game.

The Crusaders banked on Marlon Kalaw, Ferdie Go and last year's MVP Chris Nicdao in scoring their third win in four games.

Kalaw, Go and Nicdao tallied 21, 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Yesterday's game at the Urdaneta Sports Center in Pangasinan pitting NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla's Spring Cooking Oil-Para¤aque against Iligan and the Braves versus the Pangasinan Hundred Islands were still being played at press time.

The Cooking Oil Masters were gunning for their third straight win.

The scores:

ILIGAN 83 -- Kalaw 21, Go 15, Nicdao 14, Omiping 12, Hubalde 4, Gandarosa 3, Taguines 2, Ayodelle 2, Canoy 2,Espinosa 2, Matias 2.

LAGUNA 75 -- Nuqui 20, Roda 9, Intano 9, Proceso 7, Alminario 7, Nolasco 6, Domingo 6, Baylon 5, Natividad 4, Sy 2.

Quarters: 28-14, 50-33, 62-57, 83-75


N. COTABATO -- Allado 21, Entrata 14, Clar 6, Martinez 6, Jawod 6, Regalado 4, Ligue 3, Cabanog 3, Binas 2, Culdora 2, Reyes 2, Dagatan 2, Tamayo 0, Del Norte 0.

TAGUIG 68 -- Vicoria 15, Reguera 12, Uy 9, Gragasin 9, Legaspi 8, Castro 5, Patrimonio 3, Lapinid 3, Abad 2, Lustistica 2, Dela Rosa 2, Dulay 0, Lozano 0, Santiago 0.

Quarters: 26-21, 37-36, 58-53, 71-68

gameface_one
04-09-2006, 08:37 AM
North Cotabato spoils Pangasinan debut
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Games today (C.P. Tinga gym, Taguig) 6 p.m. – Laguna vs Forward Taguig ————————




URDANETA — North Cotabato spoiled Pangasinan’s home debut Friday night by outlasting the Hundred Islands cagers, 85-82, in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the Sports Center here.

With Edu Allado tightly guarded by the Pangasinenses, Rey Biñas stepped up to lead the Braves of Gov. Manny Piñol and Mayor Efren Piñol to their fourth win in six games in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Earlier, Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Iligan crusaders completed a sweep of their northern swing by dealing NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla’s Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque its first loss in three games, 73-64.

Marlon Kalaw led all scorers with 16 points as the Firefly Lightings-backed Crusaders raised their record to 4-1.

With Hundred Islands still ahead, 75-69, at the 6:04 mark of the fourth quarter, Biñas scored six straight points and Jun Tamayo knocked in back-to-back baskets to push the Braves ahead, 79-75, time down to 4:17.

The Braves were ahead 85-82 when Jovy Sese missed a side jumper with 4.3 ticks left. Elvis Tolentino grabbed the rebound left, but his pass to a teammate at the 3-point area was intercepted by Biñas.

gameface_one
04-11-2006, 03:52 PM
Taguig five regains old form, rips Sta. Rosa

First posted 02:44am (Mla time) April 11, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the April 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


TAGUIG CITY -- Forward Taguig flashed its old form to rout the Laguna-Sta. Rosa Pistons, 89-75, Sunday night in the Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the CP Tinga gym here.

With their first win in two games, Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Taguig cagers tied idle Batang Tagaytay for second place in the northern division while dealing the Pistons of Laguna Governor Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro and Santa Rosa City Vice Mayor Joey Catindig Jr. their third straight loss.

After a slow start which saw them ahead by only four, 42-38, at the turn, coach Danny Gavierres’ Taguig boys exploded with 24 points while limiting their rivals to 10 in the third period to break the contest wide open.

The tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel takes a Holy Week break. Action will resume on April 18 here with Laguna-Sta. Rosa facing Batang Tagaytay at 4 p.m. and Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque meeting Forward Taguig at 6.

The scores:

TAGUIG 89 -- Gragasin 19, Victoria 14, Abad 11, Legaspi 8, Santiago 6, Lustestica 6, Constantino 5, Castro 4, Patrimonio 4, Uy 3, Dulay 3, Dela Rosa 2, Aclon 2, Magsambol 2.

LAGUNA 75 -- Nuqui 20, Domingo 13, Proceso 11, Intano 9, Alminario 7, Natividad 6, Uy 4, Nolasco 2, Baylon 0.

Quarters: 19-18, 42-38, 66-48, 89-75.

gameface_one
04-11-2006, 03:52 PM
NBC: Taguig routs Laguna
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TAGUIG CITY — Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Forward Taguig flashed its old form to rout the Laguna-Sta. Rosa Pistons, 89-75, Sunday night in the Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the CP Tinga gym here.


With their first win in two games, the Taguig cagers tied idle Batang Tagaytay for second place in the northern division while dealing the Pistons of Gov. Teresita "Ningning’’ Lazaro and Mayor Joey Katindig their third straight loss.

After a slow start which saw them ahead by only four, 42-38, at the tum, coach Danny Gavierres’ Taguig boys exploded with 24 points while limiting their rivals to 10 in the third period to break the contest wide open.

The tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel takes a Holy Week break.

Action will resume on April 18 here with Laguna Sta. Rosa facing Batang Tagaytay at 4 p.m. and Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque meeting Forward Taguig at 6.

The scores:

Taguig 89 — Gragasin 19, Victoria 14, Abad 11, Legaspi 8, Santiago 6, Lustestica 6, Constantino 5, Castro 4, Patrimonio 4, Uy 3, Dulay 3, Dela Rosa 2, Aclon 2, Magsambol 2.

Laguna 75 — Nuqui 20, Domingo 13, Proceso 11, Intano 9, Alminario 7, Natividad 6, Uy 4, Aquino 3, Nolasco 2, Baylon 0

Quarterscores: 19-18, 42-38, 66-48, 89-75.

gameface_one
04-23-2006, 02:08 PM
Taguig nips Parañaque
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TAGUIG CITY — Ex-pro Marlon Legaspi sparkled in his NBC debut Friday by helping Forward Taguig hold off Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque, 81-78, in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-National Basketball Conference championship at the C.P. Tinga gym here.


With Marc Victoria taken out of the ballgame after sustaining a nose cut Following a mid-air collision with Spring’s Mar Reyes midway in the third period, Legaspi took over the chores from the post, scoring eight straight points for a 79-74 edge, 1:07 remaining.

From there, the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla were able to score only from the stripes, with their last points coming from Marvin Yambao. Louie Abad finished the job for Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Taguig squad, sinking all his free throws before Spring’s Mark Yee pegged the final count at the buzzer.

Taguig’s second win in three games gave it a share of top spot in the northern division with Tagaytay in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring, Regent Foods, Spring Cooking Oil, Firefly Lightings and Prime Channel.

Earlier, Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila rolled to its third straight victory after a 0-2 start by downing the Laguna-Sta. Rosa Pistons, 79-69.

gameface_one
04-25-2006, 07:45 AM
Ozamiz five nips Iligan in NBC tilt

First posted 01:41am (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


ILIGAN CITY -- Defending champion Ozamiz repulsed Firefly Lightings-backed Iligan, 72-69, Sunday to remain as the only unbeaten team in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the packed MSU-ITT gym here.

Billy Bansil sparkled in the playoff period to lead the Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog to their straight victory in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Bansil finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds as he helped deal the crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz and team manager Freddie Siao their third loss in seven games.

The Crusaders started strong and erected double-digit leads. But Ozamiz hit its stride in the second canto, going on a 12-0 run to move ahead, 35-33, and then settled for a 38-35 halftime edge.

Last season’s MVP, Christian Nicdao, and Ferdie Go sparked a 13-0 drive by Iligan to tie the score at 66, but the Ozamiz cagers steadied down the stretch to pull through.

Iligan tied Gov. Manny Piñol’s North Cotabato Braves at second place in the southern division.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 72 -- Bansil 19, Alberto 10, Basco 10, Sampilo 9, Alvarado 7, Liangco 5, Guerrero 4, Cavan 2, Yabut 2, Lapera 0, Cabigkis 0.

ILIGAN 69 -- Go 20, Nicdao 12, Hubalde 11, Ayodelled 11, Omiping 8, Sagad 2, Matias 2, Gandarosa 2, Canoy 2, Baguio 2, Kalaw 1, Taguines 0.

Quarters: 15-21, 38-35, 60-46, 72-69

gameface_one
04-25-2006, 07:54 AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Pangasinan Hundred Islands lost to Iloilo Warriors in basketball
By Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre
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URDANETA CITY -- The Pangasinan Hundred Islands team playing in this year's National Basketball Conference (NBC) experienced another debacle in its hometown

This time, it bowed to the Iloilo City Warriors, 89-101. It was the Warrior's first win this season. The game was held at the Urdaneta City Sports Center Sunday night.



Their next game in Pangasinan is scheduled on May 11. Team manager Rosendo So said the game will be held either in Dagupan City or in Lingayen.

Despite the 1-3 win-loss standing, officials of the Pangasinan Basketball Corporation (PBC), which owns the team, are not losing hope.

So acknowledged that the Islanders lack teamwork. He attributes this to the team being young. "Our team is only new in the NBC compared to other teams that are playing in the league for almost three years. So, there is only a need for our players to practice more," he said.

So said the team was formed five days before the conference started. In the pool are eight Pangasinense players, one player each from the towns of Umingan, Basista, Villasis, Manaoag, and San Carlos City and three from Urdaneta City.

He said part of PBC's plan is to have an all-Pangasinan team in the future.

According to him, they are now forming the Pangasinan Amateur Basketball Association (Paba) that would scout and train underexposed but good Pangasinense basketball talents. In charge of the try-out is former Villasis mayor Ramon Morden.

"There is no age bracket in the NBC, but in the Pangasinan Amateur Basketball Association, players who would like to undergo a try-out must be aged 18 to 25 years old," he said.

Aside from So, other members of PBC are Representatives Arthur Celeste of the province's first district, Amado Espino of second district, Generoso DC, Tulagan of the third district, House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. of the fourth district, Mark Cojuangco of the fifth district, and Conrado Estrella III of the sixth district; Mayors Hernani Braganza of Alaminos City, Julian Resuello of San Carlos City, Amadeo Perez Jr. of Urdaneta City; and Dagupan City Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez.

Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin Lim is reportedly interested in joining the PBC.

gameface_one
04-27-2006, 08:06 AM
North Cotabato trips Tagaytay
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KIDAPAWAN, North Cotabato – Aided by a momentary break caused by hard rains outside the packed provincial capitol gym here, Gov. Manny Pinol’s North Cotabato Braves recovered their form to roll back the visiting Batang Tagaytay cagers, 83-64, Tuesday night in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship.


The Tagaytay squad of NBC vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino was enjoying a double-digit lead when leaks rendered the floor slippery, forcing officials to halt the match.

When the game resumed, the Braves furiously fought back behind their gunners, led by Marvin Martinez and Edu Allado, to grab the lead at the turn, 37-31.

The Braves never looked back after that.

Playmaker Nino Marquez, who sparked Tagaytay past Valencia Golden Harvest at the start of its southern swing the other day, still top-scored with 18, but he had difficulty producing throughout the match.

The Braves raised their record to 5-3 in the southern division of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Action resumes today with Taguig facing Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila at 5 p.m. at the EAC gym in Manila and defending champion Ozamiz Cotta meeting Valencia at 6 pm at Valencia’s gym.

The scores:

N. Cotabato 83 – Martinez 16, Allado 13, Tamayo 11, Regalado 9, Cabanog 8, Reyes 6, Ligue 5, Binas 4, Coldura 4, Jawod 3, Dagatan 2, Fortun 0, Del Norte 0

Tagaytay 64 – Marquez 18, Robillos 13, Genido 9, Mallari 7, Finuliar 6, Mendoza 5, Reyes 5, Guiyab 2, Pelejera 0, Jorge 0

Quarters: 12-15, 37-31, 58-47, 83-64

gameface_one
04-29-2006, 08:27 AM
Ozamiz five makes it 4 straight

First posted 11:57pm (Mla time) April 28, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the April 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


REIGNING champion Ozamiz extended its winning streak to four by spanking Valencia, while Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila nipped Forward Taguig to move on top Thursday in the Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball tourney in separate venues.

Boyet Guerrero sparkled with 22 points as Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog's Ozamiz cagers toppled Mayor Jose Galario Jr.'s Valencia Golden Harvest, 99-88, in Valencia City to improve its Southern division record to 4-0.

Over at the CP Tinga gym in Taguig City, the Manilans came from behind to subdue Mayor Freddie Tinga's Taguig squad, 71-68, and wrest the Northern division lead at 4-2.

Ozamiz remained the only unbeaten team in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature's Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 99 -- Guerrero 22, Bansil 19, Basco 16, Sampilo 12, Liangco 8, Cavan 6, Lianga 5, Cabigkis 5, Yabut 2, Delina 0, Caylan 0, Alvarado 0, Lapera 0.

VALENCIA 88 -- Cruz 14, Cabili 13, Berami 12, Cummings 10, Braga 9, Celiz 9, Navales 8, Clavel 4, Cesar 2, Taligatos 2, Adams 2, Arguero 0, Dumapig 0.
Quarters: 23-22, 53-50, 75-73, 99-88

BACCHUS/HARBOUR 71 -- Membrere 15, Buenafe 12, Jay Cuevas 11, Pribdhas 11, Sta. Cruz 9, Coyukang 7, Pile 3, Masbang 2, Hardin 1, Retaga 0, Jun Cuevas 0.

TAGUIG 68 -- Gragasin 12, Legaspi 11, Patrimonio 8, Constantino 8, Castro 8, Reguera 7, Abad 7, Dulay 5, Magsambol 2, Lapinid 0, Lustestica 0.
Quarters: 12-32, 33-47,52-57, 71-68

gameface_one
05-02-2006, 09:59 AM
Pagadian dribblers trounce Parañaque

First posted 02:28am (Mla time) May 02, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the May 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE PAGADIAN Explorers extended Spring Parañaque’s woes by beating the Cooking Oil Masters, 84-76, Saturday night in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the San Dionisio multipurpose gym in Parañaque City.

Former pro Peter Naron mocked Spring’s defenses to score 22 points and power the Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co past the Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla.

The Explorers improved their southern division record to 4-2 while dealing Spring-Parañaque its third straight loss after starting with two wins in the tournament sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring, Regent Foods, Spring Cooking Oil, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Over at the USA gym in Iloilo City, Batang Tagaytay of NBC executive president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino dropped a 29-13 bomb in the third quarter to hold off the Iloilo Warriors, 76-74.

With Tito Reyes, Jimboy Robillos and Niño Marquez leading the assault, Tagaytay overcame a 38-42 halftime deficit to move ahead, 67-55.

The scores:

PAGADIAN 84 -- Naron 22, Gatumbato 14, Flores 12, Daja 11, Cortez 9, Salud 9, Marata 3, Omandan 2, Quilo 2.

PARAÑAQUE 76 -- Morante 12, Reyes 12, Capobres 9, Yee 9, Neo 8, Epondulan 6, Yambao 6, De Castro 6, Barnson 4, Manuel 2.

Quarters: 22-22, 41-40, 60-57, 84-76

TAGAYTAY 76 -- Reyes 14, Robillos 12, Marquez 11, Guiyab 11, Mallari 10, Genido 7, Mendoza 6, Pellejero 3, Jorge 2, Finuliar 0, Mordeno 0.

ILOILO 74 -- Senierez 19, Sanz 10, Balgos 10, Sinco 9, Bautista 7, Leonida 5, Antenor-Cruz 5, Sencil 4, Poral 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 38-42, 67-55, 76-74

gameface_one
05-03-2006, 09:11 AM
Pangasinan tries to stop NBC skid
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ILIGAN CITY – Pangasinan’s Hundred Islands try to end a two-game losing skid today when it takes on Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Iligan Crusaders at 7 p.m. in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the MSU-IIT gym here.


Coach Jun da Jose’s Pangasinenses will bank on slotman Randy Lopez, Louie Aquino and playmaker Jun Balares in their bid to improve their 1-3 card in the northern division of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"There’s no other way for us but to go up,’’ said Coach da Jose. "We need to start winning lest we get buried in the cellar.’’

The Crusaders, though, are slightly favored. Carrying the load for Iligan are last year’s MVP Christian Nicdao, gunners Derrick Hubalde, Ferdie Go and Ollan Omiping, and playmaker Marlon Kalaw.

The Crusaders, managed by Freddie Siao, will gun for their fifth win in eight games in the southern division.

The Pangasinenses have a tough three-game schedule in their southern swing. They play unbeaten Ozamiz Cotta on Friday and Pagadian Explorers on Saturday.

gameface_one
05-08-2006, 08:33 AM
Pangasinan trips Pagadian
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PAGADIAN CITY — Pangasinan Hundred Islands waxed hot from start to finish to stop Pagadian’s four-game winning streak, 81-74, in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the city gym here.


The Hundred Islands of the Pangasinan Amateur League led by its president Mayor Hernani Braganza and team manager Rosendo So thus ended its tough three-game swing on a winning note and improved its record to 2-5.

The Pangasinenses raced to a 25-19 lead and never looked back as they dealt the Explorers their first loss after streaking to four straight victories since Bong dela Cruz took over as their coach.

The Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co missed the services of ex-pro Bong Marata, who was benched by Dela Cruz for disciplinary measure after missing a practice game.

Big men Randy Lopez, Reromar Menor and Louie Aquino combined for 41 points and 24 rebounds to propel Pangasinan to victory.

The Explorers suffered their third loss in seven games in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Without Marata, former pro Peter Naron and Lou Gatumbato had to carry the load for Pagadian. But their efforts fell short as the Pangasinenses led in all quarters.

Last Friday, defending champion Ozamiz preserved its unbeaten record by blasting Pangasinan, 90-79, at the Gov. Agel Medina Sr. Gyn in Ozamiz City.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:48 AM
Harbour Centre beats Valencia
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TAGUIG CITY — Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila stepped up in the payoff period to turn back Valencia Golden Harvest, 86-72, and solidify its northern division lead in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the C.P. Tinga gym here.



Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Magnum Membrere broke the backs of Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia cagers, scoring most of his 15 points when it mattered as Bacchus/Harbour overcame 19-21 and 32-36 deficits in the first two quarters.

After a nip-and-tuck third canto which ended at 54-all, coach Lawrence Chongson’s Manila squad waxed hot at the start of the fourth and opened a 69-58 advantage with 3:08 remaining.

Valencia never seemed to get its groove back, taking the final blow in the first two minutes after assistant coach Nolie Tagsip was thrown out for incurring two technicals.

From there, the Manilans cruised to their fifth straight win in seven games in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"We weren’t thinking of our winning streak going into the game because we might jinx it,’’ said coach Chongson. "I just told the boys to play their usual game and be wary of what Valencia will throw our way dahil gigil silang makaisang panalo sa north.’’

Valencia will try to salvage a win in its northern swing when it plays struggling Pangasinan Hundred Islands tomorrow at the Dagupan Astrodome.

gameface_one
05-12-2006, 07:51 AM
Bacchus-Harbour scores

First posted 02:34am (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


BACCHUS/HARBOUR CENTRE-MANILA stepped up in the payoff period to turn back Valencia Golden Harvest, 86-72, the other night and solidify its northern division lead in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the C.P. Tinga gym.

Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Magnum Membrere broke the backs of Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia cagers, scoring most of his 15 points when it mattered most as Bacchus/Harbour overcame 19-21 and 32-36 deficits in the first two quarters.

After a nip-and-tuck third canto which ended at 54-all, coach Lawrence Chongson’s Manila squad waxed hot at the start of the fourth and opened a 69-58 advantage with 3:08 remaining.

Valencia never seemed to get its groove back, taking the final blow in the last two minutes after assistant coach Nolie Tagsip was thrown out for incurring two technical fouls.

The scores:

BACCHUS/HARBOUR 86 -- Membrere 15, Hardin 15, Retaga 13, Sta. Cruz 10, Jay Cuevas 9, Coyukang 7, Pribdhas 5, Jun Cuevas, Padilla 4, Pile 2, Masbang 2.

VALENCIA 72 -- Cruz 12, Braga 12, Cummings 11, Celiz 10, Navales 7, Clavel 6, Berami 6, Cabili 4, Adams 2, Romaguera 2.

Quarters: 19-21, 32-36, 54-54, 86-72.

gameface_one
05-13-2006, 09:59 AM
Spring outguns Tagaytay five to end losing streak
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TAGAYTAY CITY — Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque ended a three-game losing skid Thursday night by subduing Batang Tagaytay, 65-58, in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championships at the International Convention Center here.


Mar Reyes of Spring was the only player to finish in double figure with 17 points in the see-saw battle which saw 12 lead changes. But that was enough to give NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla’s Cooking Oil Masters their third win in six games.

NBC executive avice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s Tagaytay squad fell to 4-4 in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"It’s a good thing the boys’ morale was not dampened by our three straight losses. Playing Tagaytay was not easy. Hopefully, we’d be able to keep winning again,’’ said Spring coach Efren "Yong’’ Garcia.

Tied at 56-all at the 6:32 mark of the payoff period, the Cooking Oil Masters leaned on Aldrin Morante, Nani Epondulan and Rodel Manuel to take a 63-58 advantage going into the last two minutes.

Spring’s pressure defense then prevent Tagaytay from executing its plays.

The scores:

Spring-Parañaque 65 — Reyes 17, Morante 9, Epondulan 8, Manuel 7, De Castro 6, Capobres 6, Yee 6, Neo 4, Barnson 4

Tagaytay 58 — Robillos 11, Mallari 10, Mendoza 9, Guiyab 7, Moreno 5, Reyes 5, Caceres 3, Marquez 3, Genido 3, Moody 2

Quarters: 16-17, 33-31, 48-49, 65-58

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05-16-2006, 09:00 AM
Pagadian rips Bacchus/Harbour

First posted 06:31am (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


PAGADIAN CITY -- The Pagadian Explorers pulled Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila back to earth with a crushing 104-72 victory Sunday night in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the city gym here.

Barely 24 hours after downing defending champion Ozamiz Cotta, the Manilans of businessman Mikee Romero and coach Lawrence Chongson came out smoking again before settling for a 28-25 first-quarter lead.

The Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co waxed hot in the next 10 minutes to turn the game around and win by a record 28-point margin, the highest so far in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings and Prime Channel.

Ex-pro Peter Naron barrelled his way inside while PBL veteran Lou Gatumbato quarterbacked the Explorers, who turned a three-point deficit into a 13-point lead at the break.

With its fifth win in eight games, Pagadian tied idle North Cotabato for third place in the southern division.

The scores:
PAGADIAN 102 -- Naron 26, Daja 11, Singco 11, Pamaran 10, Marata 10, Gatumbato 10, Ayuk 10, Quilo 8, Cortez 2, Omandam 2, Singedas 2, Salud 0, Lanutan 0.
BACCHUS/HARBOUR 74 -- Hardin 24, Pribdhas 14, Jun Cuevas 13, Membrere 7, Coyukang 7, Sta. Cruz 4, Retaga 3, Jay Cuevas 2, Reyes 0, Padilla 0, Masbang 0, Pile 0.
Quarters: 25-28, 55-42, 77-62, 102-74.

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05-17-2006, 09:40 AM
NBC invited to international cagefests
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THE NATIONAL Basketball Conference (NBC) has been invited to play in two international tournaments – one in Taiwan and the other in Thailand.





No less than Hua Lien Probation Association president Lin Yo-Chih invited NBC, through president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla, to compete in the Hua Lien Probation Basketball Championship on May 25-28 in Hua Lien, Taiwan.

The NBC Selection has also been requested to defend its title in the Crown Prince’s Cup tournament on June 26-July 2 in Hatyai, Songkha, Thailand.

"We’re honored to be invited to these two international events. We’ll definitely do our best to bring honors to the country,’’ said Padilla.

The NBC board has decided to send a selection of the best players in the northern division to play in Hua Lien. The best cagers in the southern division will carry NBC’s colors in Thailand.

"We’re looking forward to show our Asian neighbors that we’re still a power to reckon with in the region,’’ said NBC executive vice president and Tagaytay City Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

Last year, the NBC selection bannered by PBA slamdunk king Nino Canaleta, Samigue Eman, Marlon Kalaw and Mar Reyes came close to making the Taiwan finals.

This time, NBC has contracted American Geremy Gerald Robinson to reinforce the team. Robinson helped the RP-Spring Cooking Oil team to seventh place in the 2002 ABC Champions’ Cup, improving on the eithth place finish of two other RP squads – Beeper 150 and Pasig Pirates – in the 1998 and 1999 events.

In the 9th Crown Prince Cup last year, the NBC team led by Tribu Sugbu, Mantawi Sparkling Knight and Spring players swept the tourney which featured national teams from Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore and South Korea’s top collegiate team.

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05-18-2006, 08:59 AM
Iligan wallops Harbour Centre
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ILIGAN CITY — Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Iligan Crusaders dealt Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila its second straight setback with a masterful 85-70 victory Tuesday in the 2005 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the packed MSU-IIT gym here.


Last year’s MVP Christian Nicdao played his best game to lead the Firefly Lightings-backed Crusaders to their seventh win in 10 games with 25 points on an eye-popping 11-of-13 shooting plus 11 rebounds.

After dealing defending champion Ozamiz Cotta its first loss in the southern division, the Manilans of businessman Mikee Romero and Coach Lawrence Chongson sputtered in the fourth quarter and ended their southern swing with another blowout loss, their fourth in 10 games.

Nicdao scored 11 of his points in the payoff period, which saw Ozamiz overcome a 59-61 deficit to pull away in the closing minutes and remain behind southern division leader Ozamiz in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Bacchus/Harbour Centre momentarily wrested the lead in the second quarter with a 9-0 run after Iligan had jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game.

Iligan managed to inch ahead at the break, 41-40, before the Manilans grabbed the upperhand again, 61-59. But Nicdao came to Iligan’s rescue, scoring the big shots.

The scores:

Iligan (85) – Nicdao, 25, Omiping 15, Matias 14, Go 9, Kalaw 9, Ayodelle 5, Sagad 4, Hubalde 2, Gandarosa 0, Taguines 0, Baguio 0.

Bacchus/Harbour (70) – Sta. Cruz 15, Hardin 11, Pribdhas 11, Membrere 10, Jay Cuevas 9, Coyukang 5, Retaga 4, Reyes 3, Jun Cuevas 2, Masbang 0

Quarterscores: 23-20, 41-40, 59-61, 85-70.

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05-19-2006, 08:39 AM
Gahol keys Taguig win over Pangasinan

First posted 04:55am (Mla time) May 19, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A34 of the May 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BRYAN Gahol played the hero’s role in the clutch as Forward Taguig outlasted the resilient Pangasinan Hundred Islands, 80-74, Wednesday night in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the CP Tinga gym in Taguig City.

Rysal Castro topscored with 17 points but it was Gahol, filling in for a still-injured Marc Victoria, who delivered the key blows for Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Taguig cagers.

With the scores tied at 55, the former Red Bull Barako banged in eight straight points for a 63-55 Taguig edge before Pangasinan staged its own mini rally to come within 61-63, 5:31 to go.

It became a shootout between Gahol and Pangasinan’s Elvis Tolentino going into the last two minutes with the Hundred Islands still breathing down Taguig’s neck, 67-68, with 51.5 seconds left.

From there, Gahol, Castro and Louie Abad put all the stops before allowing Tolentino to peg the final count as the buzzer sounded.

Cotta binge continues

Earlier, defending champion Ozamiz Cotta started its northern swing on a high note by blasting winless Laguna-Sta. Rosa of Gov. Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro and Mayor Joey Katindig, 102-74.

Taguig and Ozamiz tightened their lead in the northern and southern divisions, respectively.

Taguig raised its record to 5-2 while Ozamiz improved to 6-1.

The scores:

First game:
OZAMIZ 102 -- Basco 19, Guerrero 12, Yabut 12, Liangco 12, Cavan 11, Alberto 11, Sampilo 10, Bansil 6, Lapera 4, Ilanga 2, Libatog 2, Alvarado.

LAGUNA 74 -- Domingo 12, Nuqui 11, Natividad 9, Intano 9, Vivero 8, Aquino 7, Nolasco 6, Alminario 6, Prior 4, Baylon 2, Sy 0.

Quarters: 32-22, 58-41, 83-59, 102-74

Second game:
TAGUIG 80 -- Castro 17, Gahol 14, Abad 9, Reguera 9, Legaspi 9, Gragasin 7, Dulay 5, Constantino 4, Patrimonio 4, Uy 2, Lustestica 0.

PANGASINAN 74 -- Tolentino 18, Aquino 12, Yambao 9, Rol Menor 8, Ico 8, Tiongson 7, Catacutan 4, Rom Menor 4, Balares 2, Ruiz 2, Cortel 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 41-36, 55-55, 80-74

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05-21-2006, 11:20 AM
Ozamiz trips Tagaytay
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TAGAYTAY City — Defending champion Ozamiz came from behind totrim Batang Tagaytay, 95-91, for its second straight road victory in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the International Convention Center here.


Marlon Basco produced another sterling all-around performance of 24 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one assist to power Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz Cotta cagers to their seventh win in eight games in the tourney supported by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring, Regent Foods, Spring Cooking Oil, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Tagaytay suffered its fifth setback in nine games.

Ozamiz was trailing the Tagaytay squad of NBC executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino, 79-88, with 5:10 remaining when it mounted a rally to tie the count at 88.

MC Caceres completed a three-point play to give the lead back to Tagaytay with 43 seconds left, 91-88. But BillyBansil’s three-pointer, followed by Milfred Sampilo’s undergoal stab proved to be the "killers’’ as Tagaytay failed to score in the ensuing plays.

Basco’s free throws off Rodel Mallari’s foul finalized the count.

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05-23-2006, 09:45 AM
Valencia five posts record win margin

First posted 03:24am (Mla time) May 23, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the May 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


VALENCIA CITY -- Valencia Golden Harvest posted the most lopsided victory so far in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship Sunday night by blasting the visiting Laguna-Sta. Rosa Pistons, 110-74, at the city gym.

Dino Cabili sparkled with 21 points as the Golden Harvest, handled by assistant coach Noli Tagsip and city sports coordinator Rico Ocho scored their second straight win and fourth in nine games.

The Pistons of Gov. Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro and Sta. Rosa Mayor Joey Katindig suffered their eighth straight loss.

Valencia started strong, opening a 31-18 first-quarter lead and never looked back to finish with a record 36-point margin.

The Pistons played minus slotman Val Domingo and coach Vic Sanchez, who are part of the Spring Cooking Oil-backed NBC Selection that will fly to Taiwan today to compete in the Hua Lien cagefest.

The scores:

VALENCIA 110 -- Cabili 21, Braga 20, Cruz 16, Cummings 10, Navales 10, Nailon 5, Clavel 4, Dumapig 2, ROmaguera 2, Berami 1, Celiz 0.

LAGUNA 74 -- Alminario 19, Proceso 12, Nuqui 10, Nolasco 9, Natividad 5, Prior 5, Vivero 3, Mamangon 3, Intano 3, Sy 2, Baylon 0, Aquino 0.

Quarters: 31-18, 52-44, 80-60, 110-74

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05-26-2006, 09:51 PM
Guanhu Cup Invitational Roster
Teams: 10 (All seven SBL teams will participate.)
Date: May 24-28
Place: Hualien, Taiwan

Philippines Spring Cooking Oil(NBC SELECTION)

Coaching staffs: Lawrence Chongson, Efren Garcia, Victor Sanchez

Name, Ht., Po., Nationality
Marlon Kalaw 5'10" Guard Filipino
Nino Marquez 5'11" Guard Filipino
Harold Sta. Cruz 6'3" Forward Filipino
Kenneth Coyukang 6'5" Center Filipino
Jason Cuevas 6'3" Forward Filipino
Valentin Domingo 6'6" Center Filipino
Mar Reyes 5'10" Guard Filipino
Rodel Manuel 6'3" Forward Filipino
Randy Lopez 6'5" Center Filipino
Benedicto Membrere 5'10" Guard Filipino
Efren Garcia Jr. 5'9" Guard Filipino
Geremy Gerald Robinson 6'3" Forward American


Guanhu Cup Day 1 - Spring Cooking Oil dropped two straight
Chen Hsin-an played his first SBL game, although not an official one, in more than a year donning Yulon uniform and scored 27 points in Yulon's 102-87 win over Dacin in 2006 Guanhu Cup International Invitational Tournament, which invited 10 teams to the eastern city of Hualien.

Call it bad luck. Jet-legged Spring Cooking Oil from the Philippines, which didn't arrived in Hualien until early Wednesday, suffered two losses in the first day.

The tournament, which entered its fifth year, was organized by local Basketball Committee of Hualien County. Three foreign teams -- Spring Cooking Oil, Kyong Hee University from South Korea and Osaka Evessa of Japan's BJ League, along with all seven SBL teams participated the tourney that runs from May 24-28.

Guanhu Cup Day 2 - Yulon routed Videoland

Led by Chou Shih-yuan's 20 points, Yulon routed Videoland 90-61 Thursday and took a 2-0 lead in Group A of the 2006 Guanhu Cup Invitational. Taiwan Beer and Kyong Hee University tied for the lead at 2-0 in Group B.

**May 25 Results:
Yulon 90, VL 61
Spring Cooking Oil 89, ETSN 86
TB 98, YMY 97
Dacin 96, BOT 90
Kyong Hee Univ. 104, YMY 83

**Prelim Standings:
Group A: TB 2-0, Kyong Hee Univ. 2-0, YMY 1-2, Spring Cooking Oil 1-2, ETSN 0-2
Group B: Yulon 2-0, Evessa 1-0, Dacin 1-1, BOT 0-1, VL 0-2

gameface_one
06-01-2006, 08:17 AM
Spring cagers invited to Bahrain tourney
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Multi-titled basketball club Spring Cooking Oil has been invited to play in the 4th Bahrain-Philippines Goodwill Games on June 15-18.


Organized by the Bahrain Basketball Association, the goodwill tournament will also feature Bahrain’s national team, the US Navy team based in Bahrain composed of former collegiate players and ex-pros and a selection from the Filipino community.

"It is an honor to be invited to carry the Philippine colors in the event," said Spring Cooking Oil team owner and national shooter Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla. "I hope my boys would be able to perform well before the thousands of Filipinos who are working there."

The Cooking Oil Masters, back-to-back PICAA Open champions and one of the strong contenders in the ongoing National Basketball Conference, will be beefed up by professional cagers EJ Feihl, Nelson Asaytono, Jherome Ejercito, Long David and Eric Gascon.

The other Spring players are Danny Capobres, Chito Victolero, Aldrin Morante, Nani Epondulan, Mar Reyes, Rodel Manuel, Gilbert Neo and Marvin Yambao.

Feihl, Ejercito and Asaytono had seen action with three-time champion Red Bull in the Philippine Basketball Association.

gameface_one
06-04-2006, 12:38 PM
Ozamiz, Iloilo defeat NBC rivals
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OZAMIZ CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz dealt Forward Taguig its second straight road setback, 85-78, Friday in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


Ozamiz blanked Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Taguig cagers in two minutes and 21 seconds after the 11th and last deadlock at 76 with 2:59 left to seal its eighth win in 10 games.

Over at Pototan, Iloilo, the Iloilo Warriors shocked NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla’s Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque squad, 84-75 at the municipal gym.

The Warriors improved to 3-4 while dealing Parañaque its fourth loss in nine outings in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Gerry Cavan and Marlon Basco combined to give Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz boys a 66-60 lead going into the fourth period after trailing 38-45 at the turn.

For Iloilo, it was Elbin Leonida’s playmaking which spelled the difference.

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06-05-2006, 07:27 AM
Pagadian overruns Taguig 5
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PAGADIAN CITY - Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers maintained their fiery performance at home by beating the skidding Forward Taguig cagers, 77-69, Saturday in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the city gym here.

Ping Daja exploited the absence of Taguig’s big men to set a league record 23 rebounds, surpassing the 22 held by reigning MVP Christian Nicdao. Daja also finished with 18 points, three blocks and a steal.

Ex-pros Bong Marata and Peter Naron ably backed Daja with 20 and 12 points, respectively. Marata also had 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

With their seventh win in 10 games, the Explorers tied idle Iligan for second place in the southern division of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"Ping [Daja] was unstoppable inside. We needed this win badly going into the playoffs. We’ll definitely give Iligan and Ozamiz a run for their money," Pagadian coach Segundo "Bong" de la Cruz said.

Mayor Freddie Tinga’s Taguig squad fell to third in the northern division at 5-5 after dropping three straight games in the south.

Ex-pros Rysal Castro and Bryan Gahol tried to hold the Fort FBR Taguig to no avail. Taguig sorely missed big men Marion Legaspi and Allen Patrimonio and gunner Joel Gragasin, who was injured in the team’s loss to Iligan.

gameface_one
06-12-2006, 11:54 AM
Tagaytay nips Taguig, enters semis
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TAGUIG CITY - Batang Tagaytay clinched the last semifinal seat in the northern division of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship Saturday by nosing out Forward Tagaytay, 77-76, in a nip-and-tuck game at the C.P. Tinga gym here.

Rodel Mallari played his best game of the season so far, banging in 27 points, but it was Nino Marquez’s fourth quarter heroics that saved the day for the Tagaytay dribblers of NBC executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

Nicole Uy’s pressure-packed free throws off MC Caceres gave Taguig a 76-75 lead in the last 7.1 seconds. But in the ensuing play, Marquez quickly raced down the floor and eluded Taguig’s players for the buzzer-beating shot that left the whole Taguig bench stunned.

"I just told the boys to hold on until the end," said coach Lito Aguilar after Tagaytay posted a 6-5 record in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Playoff action starts in the southern division today with Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Iligan Crusaders hosting the Iloilo Warriors at 6 p.m. at the MSU-HT gym in a knockout match. The winner will advance to the next round against second-seeded Pagadian.

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06-13-2006, 08:08 AM
Spring Oil cagers off to Bahrain tilt
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MULTI-TITLED AMATEUR basketball club Spring Cooking Oil flies to Bahrain on board Qatar Airways today to compete in the 4th Bahrain-Philippines Goodwill Games on June 15-18.


"The boys are in high spirits,’’ team owner and national shooter Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla said yesterday after hosting a send-off party.

The back-to-back PICAA Open champion Cooking Oil Masters will be bannered by ex-professionals Chito Victolero and Danny Capobres.

Other members of the team are Aldrin Morante, Nani Epondulan, Mar Reyes, Rodel Manuel, Gilbert Neo and Marvin Yambao.

Spring will be coached by Efren "Yong’’ Garcia, who steered the Cooking Oil Masters to top spot in the northern division of the ongoing 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national championship.

Spring Cooking Oil is also being supported by Parañaque Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana.

"I am looking forward to a good showing by the boys, especially before our kababayans there,’’ said Padilla.

Organized by the Bahrain Basketball Association, the goodwill tournament will also feature Bahrain’s national team, the US Navy squad based in Bahrain composed of former American collegiate players and ex-pros and a selection from the Filipino community.

The Bahrain cage group sent its invitation directly to Spring owner Padilla, is also president of the National Basketball Conference.

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06-14-2006, 07:25 AM
Iloilo ousts Iligan in NBC
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ILIGAN CITY — The Iloilo Warriors produced the biggest shocker so far in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship Monday by knocking out the Firefly Lightings-backed Iligan Crusaders, 81-74, before a stunned crowd at the MSU-IIT gym here.


With the win, the Warriors of the Iloilo Basketball League supported by Toyota-Iloilo and Mayor Jerry Trenas barged into the south division semifinals of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"I just knew we could pull it off. We came into this game believing we can win on the road,’’ said Iloilo coach John Trompeta. "But our mission is not over. I hope we can keep the momentum into the next round.’’

The Warriors, who dropped three straight games before meeting the Crusaders and finished last in the south at 3-8, next play the second-seeded Pagadian Explorers in a best-of-three semifinal series.

Beatch 78-86 by Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders in the classification round, the Warriors put up a stiff defense to limit Iligan to a measly eight points in the final quarter.

Not even the partisans fans could pump life to the Crusaders, who shot 24-for-76 from the field for a woeful 32 percent.

In contrast, the Warriors made 32 of 72 attempts for a 45% clip.

Former West Negros College Mustang Ruel Balgos played another big game to lift Iloilo to victory. The 6-foot-5 beanpole fired 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting, grabbed 17 rebounds and had three blocks.

Ex-FEU Tamaraw Rhagnee Singco ably backed Balgos with 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ollan Omiping paced the Crusaders with 16 points while Marlon Kalaw and Derrick Hubalde shot 13 each. But last year’s MVP Christian Nicdao and frontline partners Ronnie Matias and Melvin Taguines combined for only 20 markers.

Playoff action continues tomorrow with three games. It will be Valencia against North Cotabato in the south and Pangasinan Hundred Islands against Forward Taguig and Laguna-Sta. Rosa against Bacchus/Harbour Centre in the north.

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06-17-2006, 12:26 PM
Pangasinan, Valencia in semis
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A COUPLE of reversals marked wildcard playoff matches in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship Thursday with favored Forward Taguig and North Cotabato getting the door.


Mayor Freddie Tinga’s former Northern Division champion Taguig fell to the Pangasinan Hundred Islands, 68-71, at the C.P. Tinga gym in Taguig City while Gov. Manny Pinol’s North Cotabato Braves succumbed to Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest 72-75 also at its own court in Amas, Kidapawan.

The shocking wins shoved Hundred Islands and Golden Harvest into the semifinals of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Valencia will go up against defending champion Ozamiz Cotta while the Pangasinenses, backed by the Pangasinan Amateur Basketball Association led by its president, Mayor Hernani Braganza, will face North’s top team, Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque, in the semis.

Alex Bognot, playing only his third game with Pangasinan, came up with an all-around performance of 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals to help knock Taguig out of the playoffs.

"It was a earned win, but I’m happy we’ve gone this far,’’ said Pangasinan tactician Jun Dajose.

Former Find of the Year Julius Navales fired a triple in the final second of the nip-and-tuck contest to provide the margin in Valencia’s triumph.

Rex Ligue scored for the Braves to tie the count at 72 but Navales eluded North Cotabato’s defense and finally sank a triple after four failed attempts.

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06-18-2006, 05:04 PM
Spring Cooking Oil rules Bahrain caging

The Philippine Star 06/18/2006

MANAMA, Bahrain – The Philippines’ Spring Cooking Oil basketball team pulled a first-class upset Friday by crushing Bahrain’s national team, 87-67, to win the fourth Bahrain-RP Goodwill Games title at the Juffair Youth Center here.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla jumped to early leads of 11-0 and 15-1 before taking a commanding 33-14 first-quarter advantage and never looked back.

A capacity crowd of mostly Filipino migrant workers cheered lustily throughout as the Filipinos outgunned and outhustled their taller rivals.

Ex-collegian Aldrin Morante shot six-of-six from the three-point range and topscored with 22 points while dishing out seven assists. Former Red Bull star Nelson Asaytono had another big night, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds, while ex-pro Danny Capobres contributed 17 points, including a triple which doused cold water on Bahrain’s rally that narrowed the gap to 73-63.

"The boys fought hard. They did not let our countrymen down," said coach Efren "Yong" Garcia. "Defense was the key. We pressed them from the start and limited their gunners. After three quarters, they could score only 46 points."

Team owner Padilla, a consistent national shooter, congratulated his boys from Manila. "You did our country proud," said Padilla. "I’m happy that you were able to entertain our kababayans and prove to them that we Filipinos are still among the best in Asian basketball."

Bahrain Basketball Association president Sheik Mohammed and Philippine Ambassador Pablo Maglaya presented the trophy to Spring delegation head Tito Palma and coach Garcia.

The Filipinos are scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. today.

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06-18-2006, 05:09 PM
Iloilo beats Pagadian for 1-0 lead
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POTOTAN, Iloilo - The Toyota-Iloilo Warriors scored another shocking victory Friday night, this time taking the scalp of the Pagadian Explorers, 86-83, to draw first blood in their best-of-three southern semifinal series in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the Astrodome here.


The Warriors of the Iloilo Basketball League and Mayor Jerry Trenas, who finished at the bottom of the southern division at 3-8, banked on Francis Sanz’s basket in the final 29 seconds to break an 83-83 tie and surge ahead, 1-0.

"I couldn’t ask for more. I just wish this team would go all the way,’’ said coach John Trompeta, who was scheduled to leave for the United States to join his family. "I’m leaving with a heavy heart since I want to finish this conference. But I couldn’t postpone my trip.’’

Over at the C.P. Tinga gym in Taguig City, Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila beat Laguna-Sta. Rosa, 74-68, to gain the semifnals of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

The Manilans of businessman Mikee Romero and Coach Lawrence Chongson led from start to finish.

Trailing most of the way, the Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co went to veteran playmaker Lou Gatumbato, who fired three consecutive triples in the last two minutes to tie the game.

But bull-strong Sanz bailed out the Warriors with his undergoal stab while Elben Leonida sank a free throw in the last five seconds to finalize the count.

The Warriors try to close out the series next Thursday at the Explorers’ homecourt in Pagadian City.

The scores:

Iloilo 86 — Sinco 26, Balgos 16, Senierez 15, Sanz 13, Leonida 7, Sencil 4, Bautista 3, Poral 2, Unarce 0, Sina-on 0

Pagadian 83 — Marata 22, Orquillas 18, Naron 10, Gatumbato 10, Daja 9, Singedas 8, Cortez 2, Quilo 2, P. Sinco 2, Omandam 0, Lanutan 0, Ayuk 0

Quarters: 20-19, 40-37, 64-59, 86-83

* * * *

Bacchus/Harbour 74 — Membrere 13, Masbang 12, Retaga 10, Pridbhas 9, Sta. Cruz 8, Coyukang 6, Aquino 4, Cuevas 4

Laguna 68 — Alminario 15, Domingo 11, Nuqui 8, Proceso 6, Intano 6, Nolasco 6, Mamangon 4, Roda 4, Natividad 4, Aquino 2, Prior 2

Quarters: 19-12, 41-35, 55-51, 74-68.

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06-20-2006, 07:29 AM
Ozamiz cagers grab lead
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VALENCIA CITY - Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta outsteadied Valencia Golden Harvest, 86-83, Sunday night to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three semifinal series in the southern division of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the packed city gym here.


Marlon Basco hit an undergoal stab in the dying seconds to give Mayor Reynaldo Parjinog’s cagers the road win.

After Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia squad inched ahead, 84-83, Basco eluded his guard to provide the difference in the close contest.

Ozamiz guns for the clincher today when it faces Valencia anew at its homecourt.

Basco dished out another sparkling all-around performance with 24-points on eight-of-12 shooting, 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

Billy Bansil also came up with a double-double finish (21 points and 10 rebounds) to back up Basco in the match sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"Marlon (Basco) bailed us out tonight. But we have to exert more effort to finish the series early,’’ said Ozamiz head coach Albert Calvo.

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06-20-2006, 07:30 AM
Ozamiz cagers draw first blood in NBC semis

First posted 04:08am (Mla time) June 20, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the June 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


VALENCIA CITY -- Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta outsteadied Valencia Golden Harvest, 86-83, Sunday night to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three semifinal series in the southern division of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at this city’s packed gym.

Marlon Basco hit an undergoal stab in the dying seconds to give Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s cagers the all-important road win.

After the Valencia squad of Mayor Jose Galario Jr. inched ahead, 84-83, Basco eluded his guard to provide the difference in the close contest.

Ozamiz guns for the clincher today when it faces Valencia anew at its home court.

Basco dished out another sparkling all-around performance with 24 points on eight-of-12 shooting, 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

Billy Bansil also came up with a double-double finish (21 points and 10 rebounds) to back up Basco.

“Marlon (Basco) bailed us out tonight,” said Ozamiz head coach Albert Calvo. “But we have to exert more effort to finish the series early.”

The scores:

OZAMIZ 86 -- Basco 24, Bansil 21, Cavan 11, Sampilo 10, Ilanga 9, Liangco 6, Guerrero 3, Lapera 2, Delina 0, Alberto 0, Libatog 0, Cabigkis 0, Caylan 0.

VALENCIA 83 -- Cabili 18, Cruz 14, Navales 12, Berami 9, Adams 8, Celiz 6, Concha 4, Clavel 4, Nailon 4, Cummings 2, Cesar 2, Braga 0, Dumapig 0, Taligatos 0.

Quarters: 26-24, 52-45, 65-60, 86-83

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06-23-2006, 07:34 AM
Valencia ties semis series
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OZAMIZ CITY - Valencia pulled a big surprise by downing defending champion Ozamiz Cotta, 81-75, and sending their best-of-three southern division semifinal series to the limit the other night in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Golden Harvest went to last season’s Find of the Year Eliazar Berami to force the winner-take-all game 3 after Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers had prevailed 86-83 in the opener.

Berami, a 6-foot-3 forward from Holy Cross-Davao College scattered a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Valencia bucked the partisan crowd and the height advantage and experience of the Ozamiz boys.

Over in Pagadian City, Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers repulsed the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 80-76, to also even their separate best-of-three series.

With four seconds left and two ticks left in Pangadian’s shotclock, Bong Marata made a quick basket that surprised his defenders to seal the win.

After a close third quarter, the Warriors came within one point of the Explorers twice, the last time at 75-74 on Francis Sanz’s basket that ended a three-minute Iloilo drought.

Valencia 81 — Berami 23, Cesar 10, Navales 9, Cabili 9, Cruz 8, Nailon 7, Concha 6, Clavel 5, Adams 2, Cummings 2, Dumapig 0, Romaguera 0, Braga 0, Celiz 0

Ozamiz 75 — Basco 18, Bansil 17, Guerrero 12, Ilanga 10, Alberto 6, Cavan 5, Sampilo 5, Liangco 4, Caylan 0, Libatog 0, Delina 0, Yabut 0, Alvarado 0, Lapera 0

Quarters: 13-18, 38-39, 60-58, 81-75

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Pagadian 80 — Marata 25, Daja 12, Naron 12, Gatumbato 12, Ayuk 6, Orquillas 5, Quilo 5, Salud 4, Pamaran 2, Sinco 0, Lanutan 0, Singedas 0, Cortez 0, Omandam 0

Toyota-Iloilo 76 — Balgos 22, Sanz 12, Leonida 12, Sinco 10, Senierez 9, Bautista 5, Sencil 2, Sina-on 2, Poral 2, Unarce 0

Quarters: 25-19, 46-41, 65-63, 80-76

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06-24-2006, 01:21 PM
Spring, Tagaytay gain NBC semifinal berths
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SPRING Cooking Oil-Parañaque and Batang Tagaytay triumphed anew Thursday to storm into the national crossover semifinals of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC basketball championship.


The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana outlasted the Pangasinan Hundred Islands, 73-65, at the Lyceum gym while NBC executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s Tagaytay cagers overpowered Bacchus/Harbour Centre-Manila, 92-87, before a packed crowd at Tagaytay’s International Convention Center.

Nani Epondulan poured in 25 points but it was Larry Rodriguez’s fourth-quarter heroics that enabled the Cooking Oil Masters to sweep the series with Pangasinan in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

With the Pangasinenses leading 60-56 early in the final canto, Rodriguez ignited a 14-0 run to help Spring-Parañaque pull away 70-60 going into the last two minutes.

Eric Araman tried to get Pangasinan back into the fight with back-to-back baskets, but that proved to be his team’s last big stand.

Arden Guiyab and Nino Marquez combined for 53 points to propel Tagaytay to victory at home.

Tagaytay led from start to finish, taking the turn at 51-41 after jumping to a 35-29 first-quarter edge.

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06-25-2006, 07:34 AM
Ozamiz, Pagadian in NBC semis
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OZAMIZ CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta and expansion team Pagadian hurdled their respective rivals Friday to join Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque and Batang Tagaytay in the crossover semifinals of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship.


Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers leaned on twin towers Marlon Basco and Billy Bansil to ward off Valencia’s fierce rally in the stretch, 82-73, and earn a date with Tagaytay.

Over at Pagadian City, the Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co posted a convincing 99-85 victory over the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors to arrange a semifinal meeting with top northern division team Spring-Parañaque.

Basco collected 20 points and 13 rebounds while Bansil finished with 17 markers, five rebounds and three steals.

Francis Sanz tried to keep the Warriors in the game, scoring 14 in the first half. But he got into foul trouble and had to sit out most of those second half.

Ex-pro Peter Naron produced a game-high 28 points plus five boards, two assists and two blocks to power the Explorers into the next stage of the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Bong Marata and Arian Daja ably backed Naron with 20 and 13 points, respectively. Marata also had eight assists while Daja collared 12 rebounds.

The crossover semis will start on July 6.

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06-30-2006, 07:46 AM
Ozamiz vs Tagaytay in NBC semis
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AFTER hurdling stubborn Valencia Harvest in the southern division playoffs, defending champion Ozamiz has now focused its attention on Batang Tagaytay which it meets in the crossover semifinals of the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship on July 6 in Tagaytay City.


Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers have openly expressed their desire to win back-to-back titles in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring, Regent Foods, Spring Cooking Oil, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

But they must first overcome NBC executive vice president and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s boys in their best-of-three series.

Ozamiz pins its hopes on Marlon Basco and Billy Bansil, while Tagaytay, which knocked out Bacchus/Harbour Centre of businessman Mikee Romero and coach Lawrence Chongson in the northern semis, is leaning on ex-Ozamiz stars Nino Marquez and Arden Guiyab.

Guiyab, who tallied a career-high 30 points in Tagaytay’s clinching win over Bacchus/Harbour Centre, will have his work cut out against Bansil and Basco. But he is expected plenty of support from Rodel Mallari and Jimboy Robillos.

Marquez is expected to figure in a shootout with Ozamiz gunners Gerry Cavan, Boyet Guerrero and Melfred Sampilo.

Top northern division team Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque is pitted in the other semifinal series against expansion team Pagadian Explorers.

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07-02-2006, 09:05 AM
Spring, Pagadian start best-of-three
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SPRING Cooking Oil-Parañaque steps up its bid for the NBC title which has eluded it for three years now when it meets expansion team Pagadian in a best-of-three semifinal series in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship on July 6 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.


The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana think this is the best time to strike, but they must first hurdle the tough Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co.

Fresh from winning the 4th Bahrain-Philippines Goodwill Games, Spring-Parañaque hopes to start big behind veterans Marvin Ortiguera, Larry Rodriguez, Danny Capobres, Marvin Yambao, Mar Reyes and playmaker Aldrin Morante.

"The boys are hungry to win (an NBC) title,’’ said coach Spring-Parañaque coach Efren "Yong’’ Garcia.

The Cooking Oil Masters swept Pangasinan, 2-0, in their first playoff outing in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

But Pagadian could prove tough to handle. Coached by Segundo "Bong’’ dela Cruz who steered FEI-Cavite to a second-place finish last year, the Explorers are bannered by ex-pros Bong Marata, Peter Naron and Michael Orquillas and PBL veteran Lou Gatumbato.

"I have a high respect for Spring’s players. But my team has all the tools to overcome them. I expect a total war in this series,’’ said Dela Cruz.

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07-05-2006, 08:08 AM
Spring-NBC five whips Thailand nat’l squad



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Last updated 00:39am (Mla time) 07/05/2006

Published on Page A24 of the July 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

HATYAI, THAILAND -- The Philippines’ NBC Selection crushed Thailand’s national team, 106-81, Saturday and settled for fifth spot in the 10th Crown Prince International basketball tournament here.

Ex-pro Marvin Ortiguerra led six other Filipinos in double figures as the Spring Cooking Oil-backed team dominated the game from the start.

“Although they failed to win the title, I’m happy with the boys’ showing,” said Spring Cooking Oil team owner and NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla.

Iran’s national team ruled the eight-team tournament, followed by Thailand’s Hi-Tech Ballclub,India’s national squad and the China Chuazhong University.

The Spring-NBC team was also supported by Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, Tagaytay City Mayor Bambol Tolentino, Firefly Lightings and Toyota-Iloilo.

The scores:

SPRING-NBC 106—Ortiguerra 19, Kalaw 12, Guerrero 12, Reyes 10, Mallari 10, Capobres 10, Cavan 10, Senierez 8, Rodriguez 6, Yambao 5, Matias 4.

THAILAND 81—Delip 14, Terawut 13, Pipat 13, Nattanit 13, Ataporn 9, Bunchai 8, Chaiwat 4, Pitak 4, Vichai 3.

Quarters: 33-27, 66-42, 84-57, 106-81

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07-06-2006, 08:17 AM
NBC crossover semis on today
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TAGAYTAY CITY – Two games featuring the four best northern and southern division teams in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship will kick off the best-of-three crossover semifinal series today at the International Convention Center here.


Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s Batang Tagaytay will test defending champion Ozamiz Cotta Shrine at 1:30 p.m., while the Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque cagers of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana will go up against expansion team Pagadian at 3:30.

The Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog are slightly picked over the host despite the transfer of last year’s MVP Christian Nicdao to the Iligan Crusaders, while the Cooking Oil Masters and Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers are expected to figure in a nip-and-tuck contest all the way.

Games 2 – and 3, if necessary – in the series will be played in the south (Ozamiz and Pagadian).

This is the first time in the tourney that the top two teams in two divisions were pitted against each other. In the past, the top teams dispute the division titles with the winners clashing for the NBC national crown.

"This way, the champion team can proudly say it’s truly the best,’’ says NBC Sec Gen Tito Palma of the innovation in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings and Prime Channel.

Ozamiz pins its hopes on Marlon Basco and Billy Bansil while ex-Ozamiz stars Nilo Marquez, Arden Guiyab and Rodel Mallari lead Tagaytay.

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07-13-2006, 08:53 AM
Spring-Parañaque 5 eyes NBC final slot
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PAGADIAN CITY - Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque guns for the second finals berth Thursday when it faces expansion team Pagadian in Game 2 of their best-of-three series in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-National Basketball Conference national championship at the city gym here.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and Vice-Mayor Anjo Yllana of Parañaque are slightly favored in the 6 p.m. contest.

If Spring-Parañaque repeats its 82-75 victory over Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers in Game 1, it would arrange a crown showdown with last year’s winner, the Ozamiz Cotta.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine clinched the first finals slot by winning Game 2, 81-70, over Batang Tagaytay on Monday for a sweep of the other crossover semifinal.

This is the first time in three years that the Cooking Oil Masters have gone this far in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

"Pagadian is the league’s second-best team in the classification round based on its win-loss record. It is capable of coming back. We have to be ready for that," said Spring-Parañaque coach Efren "Yong"Garcia.

Philippine Basketball League veterans Larry Rodriguez and Marvin Ortiguerra are expected to lead the Cooking Oil Masters’ bid.

The Explorers are leaning on ex-pros Peter Naron, Bong Marata and Michael Orquillas and PBL veteran Lou Gatumbato.

"We lost control of the game in the end," said Pagadian coach Segundo "Bong" de la Cruz. "The boys need to stay focused."

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07-16-2006, 07:55 AM
Pagadian in NBC finals
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PAGADIAN CITY — Expansion team Pagadian completed a big comeback by subduing Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque, 98-95, Friday to arrange an all-south national finals in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC basketball championship here.


Trailing most of the way, Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers surged ahead in the payoff period behind Bong Marata and Mike Orquillas to earn a shot at defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in the best-of-three finals starting on Monday, July 17.

Nani Epondulan exploded for 24 points and helped the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana control the game in the early going. But Epondulan failed to deliver when his team needed him most.

"This is the fruit of our hard work. Despite trailing, my boys did not give up. We’ll now have to think of Ozamiz,’’ said Pagadian coach Segundo "Bong’’ dela Cruz.

The Explorers lost 75-82 in the opener, but levelled the series Thursday and clinched the second finals seat Friday before their ecstatic partisan fans.

The absence of Rodel Manuel and injured Gilbert Neo hurt Spring-Parañaque in the series sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

The Cooking Oil Masters led 58-46 at the turn and were still ahead 73-69 going into the final quarter. But Marata, Orquillas and Naron ignited a fierce rally that helped the Explorers turn the game around.

Marata finished with 22 points, while Orquillas, Lou Gatumbato and Naron added 18, 16 and 14, respectively.

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07-16-2006, 08:03 AM
NBC finals: Pagadian battles Ozamiz cagers



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Last updated 03:30am (Mla time) 07/16/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAGADIAN CITY—Expansion team Pagadian found its range in time to subdue Spring Cooking Oil-Parañaque, 98-95, Friday and arrange an all-south national finals in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC basketball championship here.

Playing catch-up most of the time, Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers surged ahead in the fourth quarter behind Bong Marata and Mike Orquillas to earn a shot at defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in the best-of-three finals starting tomorrow.

Nani Epondulan exploded for 24 points and helped the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and Vice Mayor Anjo Yllana control the game in the early going. But Epondulan failed to deliver at crunch time.

“This is the fruit of our hard work,” said Pagadian coach Segundo “Bong” Dela Cruz. “Despite trailing, my boys did not give up. We’ll now have to think of Ozamiz.”

The Explorers lost, 75-82, in the opener, but leveled the series Thursday and clinched the second finals seat Friday before their ecstatic hometown crowd.

The absence of Rodel Manuel and injured Gilbert Neo hurt Spring-Paranaque in the series sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Fightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

The Cooking Oil Masters led 58-46 at the turn and were still ahead 73-69 going into the final quarter. But Marata, Orquillas and Naron ignited a fierce rally that helped the Explorers turn the game around.

Marata finished with 22 points, while Orquillas, Lou Gatumbato and Naron added 18, 16 and 14, respectively.

The scores:

PAGADIAN (98)—Marata 22, Orquillas 18, Gatumbato 16, Naron 14, Sinco 7, Daja 6, Salud 6, Ayuk 3, Cortez 0, Unabia 0, Omandam 0, Pamaran 0
PARAÑAQUE (95)—Epondulan 24, Capobres 15, Rodriguez 13, Yambao 10, Morante 8, Reyes 7, Yee 5, Ortiguera 4, Bamson 4, Cuenca 3, De Castro 2, Tiongco 0

Quarters: 23-28, 46-58, 69-73,98-85

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07-20-2006, 08:03 AM
Pagadian routs Ozamiz, nears NBC crown



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Last updated 05:20am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A22 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAGADIAN CITY -- Expansion team Pagadian routed defending champion Ozamiz Cotta, 97-80, Tuesday night to draw first blood in their best-of-three series for the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball title at the city gym here.

Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers pushed Ozamiz frontliners Marlon Basco and Billy Bansil away from their comfort zones to move within a victory of clinching the crown in their debut in the nationwide tournament.

The Ozamiz gunners were miserable in offense, especially from the 3-point territory, where they canned only one of 15 attempts.

“Right from the start, we pushed Billy (Bansil) and Marlon (Basco) away from their comfort zones, and let their shooters attempt from the perimeter,” said Pagadian coach Segundo “Bong” dela Cruz. “Luckily, the strategy worked.”

Basco and Bansil combined only for 7-of-20 shooting as Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s
Cotta Shrine Cagers fell behind by as many as 32 points, 89-57, at the start of the final canto.

The Explorers led from start to finish but they broke away only in the third period, when they outgunned their rivals, 32-14.

Ex-pros Peter Naron and Bong Marata led Pagadian with 22 points apiece. Marata shot 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc and 9-of-10 from the stripes.

Backcourt partners Michael Orquillas and Lou Gatumbato also contributed with a combined 26 points.

The Explorers can end the series today when they meet Ozamiz anew at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

Dela Cruz is out to settle the score with Ozamiz, which beat FEI-Cavite, then handled by Dela Cruz, in last year’s national finals.

“We have done what we have to do at home,” said Dela Cruz. “The pressure is now on them but Ozamiz is capable of coming back.”

Melfred Sampilo led Ozamiz with 15 points.

The scores:

PAGADIAN 97 -- Marata 22, Naron 22, Orquillas 16, Gatumbato 10, Daja 8, Singedas 7, Singco 5, Salud 4, Ayuk 3, Unabia 0, Dayota 0, Cortez 0, Quilo 0, Omandam 0, Pamaran 0.

OZAMIZ 80 -- Sampilo 15, Basco 13, Delina 12, Ilanga 12, Bansil 8, Yabut 6, Alberto 4, Lapera 2, Cavan 2, Caylan 2, Mario Basco 2, Liangco 2, Guerrero 0, Libatog 0, Alvarado 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 50-43, 82-57, 97-80.

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07-22-2006, 10:06 AM
Ozamiz ties NBC semifinal
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OZAMIZ CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta led from start to finish to trim expansion team Pagadian, 74-66, Thursday night and level their best-of-three series for the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball crown at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers took a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they limited the Explorers’ top two gunners - ex-pros Peter Naron and Bong Marata – to 11 points each, only half of their combined output when Pagadian took game 1, 97-80.

"We were embarrassed with the way we played in Pagadian in game 1. I just told the boys that, as defending champions, we should be more aggressive," said Ozamiz coach Albert Calvo. "They responded pretty well."

Ozamiz Cotta and Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers were disputing the title at presstime yesterday.

Marlon Basco flashed his old form to pace Ozamiz with 19 points and spoil Pagadian’s title bid in the tourney sponsored by Panasonic, Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, Spring Cooking Oil, Regent Foods, Firefly Lightings, Molten and Prime Channel.

Ozamiz was outrebounded 43-49, but it showed better teamwork, finishing with 19 assists against Pagadian’s seven. The Ozamiz cagers also forced the Explorers to commit 17 turnovers, blocked 10 shots had a 6-2 edge in steals.

Pagadian’s tough backout blocked 10 shots and had a 6-2 edge in steals.

Pagadian’s tough backout duo of Michael Orquillas and Lou Gatumbato tried to rally their team, but their combined 33-point performance fell short.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 74 — Basco 129, Cavan 10, Sampilo 9, Alberto 8, Liangco 8, Guerrero 5, Ilaga 4, Echavez 2, Yabut 1, Alvarado 0, Delina 0, Salud 3, Singco 2, Cortez 0, Dayota 0, Ayuk 0, Omandam 0, Pamaran 0.

PAGADIAN 66 — Orquillas 18, Gatumbato 15, Naron 11, Marata 11, Daja 6, Salud 3, Singco 2, Cortez 0, Dayota 0, Ayuk 0, Amandam 0, Pamaran 0.

Quarters: 21-14, 38-32, 59-55, 74-66.

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07-24-2006, 09:38 AM
Ozamiz Cotta NBC champion
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OZAMIZ CITY — Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz Cotta clobbered crosstown rival Pagadian, 105-83, Saturday night and became the first back-to-back champion in three years in the Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball tournament.


The Cotta Shrine cagers exploded 34 points in the third quarter to break away from a nine-point lead at the turn in game 3 of the crown showdown before a joyous jampacked crowd at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.

Ex-pro Marlon Basco proved his worth as the conference’s Most Valuable Player, firing 19 points to lead Ozamiz’s hot shooting night of 51% (49 of 96) from the field.

Ozamiz never had an offensive shortage as Basco got plenty of help from his teammates.

Bob Cozy Ilanga, son of former Crispa Redmanizer Willy "Nonoy" Tanduyan, finished with 13 points and four assists in only 13 minutes of action, while Egay Echavez, who played for the Ginebra Gin Kings in the last PBA quarterfinals, tallied 14.

"This (championship) is a fitting gift to our city, which is celebrating the Cotta Shrine’s 250th year anniversary this month," said an ecstatic Mayor Parojinog.

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08-20-2006, 12:31 PM
Tribu Sugbu set for NBC return
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 08/20/2006

After missing the National Basketball Conference first conference from March to July this year, Tribu Sugbu is bracing for NBC return come the second conference set from September to November.

This was confirmed by Tribu Sugbu team owner Lito S. Gillamac, who will venture in partnership with former Cebu City Sports Commission chairman Jonathan Guardo this time.

"We want Tribu Sugbu's return a big hit in Cebu. We want to have a big impact so that the Cebuanos follow the NBC games and support Tribu Sugbu," said NBC secretary-general Tito Palma, who is set for a meeting with Gillamac and Guardo this Tuesday at the City Sports Club-Cebu.

After the meeting, Palma said they will call for a press conference to announce some developments emanating from the league.

Tribu Sugbu won the inaugural season of the NBC in 2004 but was dethroned last year by its South Conference neighbor Ozamiz Cotta, who went on to make history as the first back-to-back champions ever of the NBC.

Before its layoff this year, Tribu Sugbu topped two of the three NBC pre-season games staged in Antipolo and in Valencia. It settled for second place behind North Cotabato in the Pagadian leg helf from January 11-14.

As of the moment, Tribu Sugbu coach Al Solis is now in the process of completing his line-up. He said it will be a lean, but mean roster composed of Randy Sevilla, Gaylord Santos, Alex Cainglet, Vergel Abelong, Marvin Mercado, Kim Calo, Don Yabut, Miguelito Ducay, Doroteo Almacin and last year's CESAFI MVP Mark Ababon of the UV Green Lancers who later made it to PBL under the banner of Granny Goose Tortillos.

In a press statement, Guardo confirmed he considers thoroughly the idea of joining the NBC.

"We are studying the merits of joining the league and how it can help the company," said Guardo, the chief executive officer of Osaka Iridology and Arthro.

"I still haven't decided on Tito Palma's proposal, but we will come up with the final decision next week," said Guardo, who is quite impressed with Palma's running the Community-based league since its inception three years ago.

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08-22-2006, 07:48 AM
Four NBC standouts make it to the pros



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Last updated 06:12am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FOUR National Basketball Conference (NBC) veterans finally realized their dreams of making it to the Philippine Basketball Association after they were picked in the second round of the annual rookie draft Sunday.

The four are Mark Magsumbol, MC Caceres, Ronjay Enrile and Magnum Membrere.

Magsumbol, who played for first NBC champion Tribu Sugbu and Zanorte Hornbills before suiting up for the San Jose Skyrockets in the American Basketball Association, was picked 13th overall by Sta. Lucia Realty.

Caceres was chosen 14th overall by the Coca-cola Tigers, while Enrile and Membrere were 17th and 19th picks of Coca-cola and Red Bull, respectively.

Caceres, who played for Spring Cooking Oil of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla before joining Batang Tagaytay of NBC executive VP and Mayor Bambol Tolentino, was impressive during the PBA camp.

“MC (Caceres) was one of our go-to guys. He even helped my team gain the national semifinals,” said Tolentino.

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08-22-2006, 07:49 AM
Spring Tagaytay cagers score, boost crown bid



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Last updated 06:12am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SPRING Tagaytay kept its composure in the payoff period to subdue Lyceum of the Philippines, 95-90, and boost its quarterfinal bid in the 10th Danny Espiritu Cup basketball tournament recently at the Lyceum gym.

Danny Capobres, Nani Epondulan, Arden Guiyab and Mar Reyes scored in double figures to help the combined Spring-Tagaytay squad of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and Mayor Bambol Tolentino level its record at 3-3.

Skytex Foam halted 5th Avenue Telecom’s winning streak at three, 86-79, while Laptop Pawnshop trimmed Banal na Pagaaral, 107-102, in other games.

Skytex waxed hot from start to finish, leading by as many as 20 points, 45-25, at halftime as it dealt 5th Avenue its first loss in four games while raising its record to 3-2.

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08-22-2006, 07:53 AM
4 NBC players drafted in PBA
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FOUR NBC (National Basketball Conference) veterans have realized their dreams of making it to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after they were picked in the second round of the annual rookie draft Sunday.


The four are Mark Magsumbol, MC Caceres, Ronjay Enrile and Magnum Membrere.

Magsumbol, who played for first NBC champion Tribu Sugbu and Zanorte Hornbills before suiting up for the San Jose Skyrockets in the American Basketball Association, was picked 13th overall by the Sta. Lucia Realtors.

Caceres was chosen 14th overall by the Coca-Cola Tigers, while Enrile and Membrere were the 17th and 19th picks of Coca-Cola and Red Bull, respectively.

Caceres, who played for Spring Cooking Oil of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla before joining Batang Tagaytay of NBC executive VP and Mayor Bambol Tolentino, was impressive during the PBA camp.

"MC (Caceres) was one of our go-to-guys. He even helped my team gain the national semifinals,’’ said Mayor Tolentino.

Both Enrile and Membrere saw action with Bacchus/Harbour Centre in the first NBC conference this year. Enrile was an explosive scorer during his college stint with the Letran Knights while Membrere rejoined his former Ateneo teammates like Rico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier at Red Bull.

"We’re happy to have played a part in further honing the skills of these four players,’’ Padilla said. "We wish them luck. We hope more NBC stars make it to the PBA.’’

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08-26-2006, 12:14 AM
Tribu Sugbu confirms NBC return; Arthro/Skygo to banner Cebu squad
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 08/24/2006

It's definite. Tribu Sugbu will return to the National Basketball Conference (NBC) fold under the banner of Arthro-Skygo.

The deal was formalized through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between co-team owners Lito "Sirlitz" Gillamac, Jr. (Skygo) and Jerry Guardo (Arthro) and NBC secretary-general Tito Palma the other day at the City Sports Club-Cebu.

Witnessing the MOA signing were Tribu Sugbu coach Al Solis and Mel Capparos, a representative of Athletes for Christ in Excellent Service (ACES) where some of Tribu Sugbu players are members.

Arthro, a new product endorsed by the Guardo family which also owns Osaka Iridology, is a food supplement.

About the team's composition, Solis said Tribu Sugbu is ready and very competitive although he is still scouting for at least two legitimate centers.

Solis is eyeing the services of former PCU Dolphin Joel Solis and 6-foot-9 behemoth Don Yabut, who previously played with the FEU Tamaraws, to complete their roster.

Solis said it is not difficult to convince Yabut as the latter had already played for Tribu Sugbu when they won two NBC pre-season games in December last year in Antipolo and last January in Valencia, Bukidnon.

Solis said the official lineup will be known on or before the September 2 final meeting in Manila where Guardo and Solis are invited to join.

The league's season-ending conference, which will be known as the NBC National Cup, is set to kick off on September 9 in North Cotabato.

Aside from Tribu Sugbu, the other teams joining the NBC cage wars are Iloilo, Pagadian, Iligan, Valencia, North Cotabato and two-time champion Ozamiz Cotta in the Southern Conference and San Juan-Bacchus, Batang Tagaytay, Forward Taguig and Pangasinan 100 Islands in the Northern bracket.

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09-16-2006, 11:45 AM
Cotta start drive for NBC title
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Games Saturday

1 p.m. – Opening ceremony

2 p.m. – Tagaytay-Spring Oil vs. Valencia

4 p.m. – Ozamiz vs. North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN, North Cotabato - Veterans and young stars pit their skills Saturday with the opening of the National Basketball Conference, the country's premier regional cagefest.

Called the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup, the tourney kicks off with a doubleheader pitting defending champion Ozamiz Cotta against host North Cotabato at 4 p.m. and Tagaytay-Spring Oil against Valencia at 2 p.m. at the provincial capitol gym here.

The opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.

Based on their roster, the Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog appear to be the team to beat. But they might have their hands fill against Gov. Manny Pinol’s and team manager Mayor Efren Pinol’s North Cotabato Braves, who recruited ex-pros Tonyboy Espinosa and Henry Fernandez in the offseason.

Ozamiz, shooting for a third straight title, is loaded with talents like reigning Most Valuable Player Marlon Basco, Rulof Liangco, Gerry Cavan, Bruce Dacia, Leo Bat-og and Christian Nicdao.

"We look forward to another successful conference," said NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla.

The league’s executive vice president, Mayor Bambol Tolen-tino of Tagaytay is likewise optimistic, saying: "more PBA [Philippine Basketball Association] material could come from the present crop of players."

Five NBC reliables have made it to different PBA teams in the last rookie draft. They are Mark Magsumbol, MC Caceres, Magnum Membrere, Ronjay Enrile and Ollan Omiping.

Spring Oil-Tagaytay is favored over the Valencia Golden Harvest in the opener of the tourney presented by Sulpicio Lines and supported by Molten and Nature’s Spring Mineral Water.

The other teams in the Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup are Bacchus/Harbour Centre-San Juan, Tribu Sugbu, Forward Taguig, Pagadian Explorers, Laptop Pawnshop Bulacan and Osmeña-Cebu.

After a single round classification, teams from seventh to 10th will clash in two wildcard matches, with the winners joining the fourth and fifth-placers in facing the twice-to-beat-armed top four squads in the quarterfinals.

Four teams will then advance to the semis, where the No. 1 seed faces No. 4 and Nos. 2 and 3 clash in separate best-of-three series. The winners will collide in another best-of-three series for the title.

All playoff matches will be played in neutral venues.

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09-18-2006, 07:45 AM
Cotta upend Braves in NBC opener



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Last updated 01:29am (Mla time) 09/18/2006

Published on page A37 of the September 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato -- Bidding for a third straight title, Ozamiz got off to a big start at the opening of the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup tournament Saturday by downing host North Cotabato, 76-67, at the packed provincial capitol gym here.

Reigning MVP Marlon Basco came up with a double-double performance to power Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers past the Braves of Gov. Manny Piñol and team manager Mayor Efren Piñol.

Basco scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as he almost single-handedly thwarted the Braves’ furious rally.

Spring-Tagaytay shared opening-day honors with Ozamiz by subduing Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest, 68-62, in the other game.

Nani Epondulan exploded for 23 points to carry the load for the Spring-Tagaytay squad of National Basketball Conference president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and vice president and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino in the tournament sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten and Holiday Plaza-Cebu.

Action continues today with Ozamiz and Spring-Tagaytay clashing at 6 p.m. and North Cotabato and Valencia squaring off at 8 p.m.

Ozamiz jumped to a 22-10 lead, but the Braves rallied behind Rex Ligue, Tonyboy Espinosa and Eduardo Allado Jr. to close within four, 53-49, going into the payoff period.

Basco then came into the picture to preserve Ozamiz’s triumph.

Aldrin Morante and Danny Capobres ably supported Epondulan with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Nat Cruz, a 6-foot-7-forward, was the only double-digit scorer for Valencia with 15.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 72 -- Basco 12, Dacia 9, Bansil 9, sampilo 8, Alberto 6, Cavan 6, batog 5, Liangco 4, Lapera 2, Alvarado 2, delina 2, Nicdao 2, Libatog 0.

NORTH COTABATO 67 -- Ligue 16, Jawod 13, espinosa 10, Allado 8, fernandez 5, Tanigue 4, Cabanog 3, Dagatan 2, Manalac 2, Tamayo 2, Martinez 2, Clar 0.

Quarters: 22-10, 36-27, 53-49, 72-67

SPRING TAGAYTAY 68 -- Epondulan 23, Morante 16, Capobres 11, Neo 6, Mallari 5, Finuliar 1, Genido 0, Tajonera 0, Guiyab 0, Bamson 0, Cuenca 0.

VALENCIA 62 -- Cruz 15, berami 8, cesar 7, Cummings 6, Concha 6, Adams 5, Dragon 4, Valaes 3, Nailon 2, celiz 2, Braga 2, Clavel 1.

Quarters: 21-14, 33-32, 49-49, 68-62

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09-18-2006, 07:46 AM
Cotta and Spring win opening tiffs
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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato - Bidding for a third straight title, Ozamiz got off to a big start at the opening of the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Saturday by downing host North Cotabato, 72-67, at the packed provincial capitol gym here.

Reigning MVP Marlon Basco came up with a huge double-double performance to power Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers pars the Braves of Gov. Manny Piñol and team manager, Mayor Efren Pñnol.

Basco scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as he almost single-handedly thwarted the Braves’ furious rally.

Spring-Tagaytay shared opening-day honors with Ozamiz by subduing Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest, 68-62, in the other game.

Nani Epondulan exploded for 23 points to carry the load for the Spring-Tagaytay squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino in the tourney sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten and Holiday Plaza-Cebu.

Action continues Monday with Ozamiz and Spring-Tagaytay clashing at 6 p.m. and North Cotabato and Valencia squaring off at 8 p.m.

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09-20-2006, 09:29 AM
Tagaytay-Spring stuns Ozamiz
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VALENCIA CITY — Tagaytay-Spring Oil served notice as a serious title contender by beating back-to-back champion Ozamiz Cotta, 88-78, Monday for its second straight victory in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the city gym here.


The Tagaytay-Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and his executive veep, Mayor Bambol Tolentino, led from the start but had to buck the disqualification of key players Guiyab, Jeff Tajonera, Jeff Finuliar and Rodel Mallari in the final canto to prick the bubble of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s favored cagers.

Nani Epondulan added 17 to his 23-point outburst in Tagaytay-Spring’s victory over Valencia Saturday to spoil the 19-point, 11-rebound performance of reigning MVP Marlon Basco in the young tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

The North Cotabato Braves of Gov. Manny Pinol and team manager Mayor Efren Pinol bounced back from a tough loss to Ozamiz by subduing Mayor Jose Galalo Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest, 83-79, in the nightcap.

Tagaytay-Spring faces another big test tomorrow when it meets comebacking Arthro/Sjygo-back Tribu Sugbu in Talisay City, Cebu.

While Tagaytay-Spring waxed hot to open a 74-49 lead in the third quarter, Ozamiz’s usually reliable stars kept on throwing bricks, shooting a dismal 15-of-71 from the field, including one-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Braves leaned on ex-pro Tonyboy Espinosa to frustrate the Golden Harvest, who got a big 20-point performance from last year’s top rookie, Eliazar "Buboy" Berami.

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09-20-2006, 09:49 AM
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tagaytay beats Ozamiz in NBC
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VALENCIA CITY -- The Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil made known its serious bid to snatch the title away from the Ozamiz Cotta with an 88-78 victory Monday night to remain unbeaten in the 2006 NBC National Cup at the city gym here.

Taytay led all the way and had to buck foul troubles to ward off a spirited rally by the back-to-back champions in the pay-off period.


Arden Guiyab fouled out midway through the quarter followed by Jeff Tajonera, Joel Finuliar, and Rodel Mallari in the final canto as Marlon Basco wreaked havoc in the paint.

However, the team of NBC Presiden Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and NBC EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino was not to be denied despite Basco's 19-point and 11-rebound performance.

Nani Epondulan, who had 23 against Valencia, continued his scoring spree, this time, churning in seven of his team-high 17 points in a torrid third quarter as Tagaytay posted the game's biggest lead at 25 points, 74-49.

While Tagaytay was shooting from all angles, the Cotta Shrine squad of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog dismally threw bricks as it managed to convert only 22-of-71 from the field including 1-for-15 from the arc.

Meanwhile, in the nightcap, the North Cotabato Braves downed the Golden Harvest, 83-79, to barge into the win column.

The Braves extended Valencia's losing spell despite a big 20-point effort from last season's Rookie of the Year Eliazar "Buboy" Berami, who was San Beda rookie Pong Escobal's teammate at the Holy Cross of Davao.

Tonyboy Espinosa manned the Braves' backcourt splendidly scattering 12 points on top of four assists and two rebounds.

The Braves of Governor Manny Piñol joined Ozamiz at second with a 1-1 record while the Golden Harvest of Mayor Jose Galario, Jr. occupies the cellar at 0-2 in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature's Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and its official cable carrier Prime Channel.

League-leader Tagaytay will be put to another test as it battle the comebacking Arthro/Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu at 8 p.m. on September 21 in Talisay City in Cebu.

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09-20-2006, 09:51 AM
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Action-packed Socsksargen cage tilt opens
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- It was yet the first game of the season but it was as intense as any championship game when defending champion Dole Juicers barely routed the Royals – the Inaugural Conference’s last finisher – 102-100 in an extended game last Saturday evening at the Oval Plaza covered court here.

The Socsksargen Basketball League 2nd Conference-Double D Cup Commercial Basketball Tournament enjoyed the support of Congressman Arthur “Dodo” Y. Pingoy, Jr. of the 2nd District of South Cotabato who committed to provide P200,000 for the prizes.


The opening match was closely fought from the beginning with the Royals edging by two points at the end of the first quarter, 26-24. The Juicers however took the initiative away from the Hoteliers to close the first half in their favor, 42-40.

Coming in full strength, the Royals wrested back the lead at the end of the third, 64-62, before both squads settled in 88-all for the regulation game, forcing a five-minute overtime.

The Royals, under alternate team governor and head coach Jonathan Tayoto, had all the chances to chalk the season’s first game but a series of errors and lack of luck brought it down to a 100-102 finish to give the Juicers an opening advantage.

The Juicers under the tutelage of veteran commercial player Jun Allera, alternate team governor and head coach, earlier planned to forfeit their first game due to an internal problem but eventually smoothened the kink.
Highwaymen beat Miners

In the second game, the renamed South Cotabato Highways beaten the Tampakan Copper, 82-70, but not without difficulties.

The lost of 6’4 center Kim Madera to the Saints (formerly Rebels) did not matter to the Miners under their new Head Coach Rey Pingoy, also sports and events coordinator of the Sagittarius Mines Inc. which owned the team, as they closed the half to their favor, 45-41.

The Highwaymen of team governor Arnulfo Flores advanced just a point, 58-57, to close the third. The Miners had a chance to lead in the fourth but was unable to stop the Highwaymen from widening the gap to 82-70 at the end.

“We indeed lost the game but we are happy with the performance of our boys,” declared Coach Pingoy after the game.

Thursday’s games would be another round of actions as newcomer i-Cloud Company would encounter with the Saints in the first game at 5:30 p.m. as its debut in SBL – the second big league tourney it joined after trying its luck in the Manny Pacquiao-sponsored MGBA Open Invitational Basketball Tournament last year also at Oval Plaza covered court.

Alternate Team Governor and Head Coach Leo Venancio have been working his ass out to ready the team for the season.

The Saints under Team Governor Tony Boy Veneracion, SBL Board chairman, has not taken the Japanese company-supported squad for granted as he took time tonight to drill the reorganized squad right at the Oval Plaza hoop house.

In the second game, the Sarangani Migs of Team Governor Julius Montemayor, SBL Board vice chairman, would take revenge against Dr. Kit Campos’s MMC Medex which beat them at its own backyard in the championship of the recent Dribol sa Kasadyaan 2006 Invitational Basketball Tournament in Alabel town.
Banga, South Cotabato

On Saturday, the first out-of-town game in the 2nd District of South Cotabato would be staged at the new Banga Municipal Gym in the presence of Congressman Pingoy and municipal officials to be led by Mayor Isidro Janita.

A motorcade around town at 2 p.m. would prelude a formal opening that would signal the coming of big league basketball in the district.

Banga Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Virgilio S. de Leon is coordinating the preparations for the events.

Joel S. Dimput, officer-in-charge of the 2nd Congressional District Office, is likewise orchestrating the staging of the weekend games in rotation also at the towns of Norala, Sto. Niño, and Tantangan.

Assigned to the first outing are arch rival MMC Medex and Saints. In the second setting, the Dole Juicers would face home team South Cotabato Highways.

The Provincial Government of South Cotabato, through Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, is also supporting the SBL 2nd Conference-Double D Cup.

The SouthPhil Arts and Sports Promotion that spearheaded the formation of SBL is handling the promotion and marketing side of the tournament. (Press release)

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09-21-2006, 06:55 PM
Tribu faces Tagaytay-Spring
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TALISAY CITY, Cebu – Comebacking Tribu Sugbu, backed by Arthro and Skygo, faces an acid test in its debt today when meets early leader Tagaytay-Spring Oil in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup at the city gym here.


Odds are even in the 8 pm match where the Tagaytay-Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and NBC executive vice president and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino hopes to win for the third consecutive time.

The Cebuanos, the first NBC champs who have returned after a one-conference leave, are raring to kick off their bid for a second title.

"The boys are hungry for action. This (game) will be an early test for us," said Tribu coach Al Solis.

Solis is counting on old reliales Marvin Mercado, Dorote Almacin, Alex Cainglet and Ronald Bucao to spearhead Tribu’s campaign in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

Also suiting up for the team of Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac Jr., are Randy Sevilla, Gelord Santos, Vergel Abelong, TJ Caparros, Jros Ceniza and former PCU Dolphin star Joel Solis.

Tagaytay-Spring, which beat Valencia and defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in its first two outings, leans on PBL veteran Nani Epondulan, Gilbert Neo, Rodel Mallari, Danny Capobres, Aldrin Morante and Mar Reyes in eyeing a 3-0 start.

"I’m happy with my team’s first two games. But we can’t afford to relax against Tribu," said Tagaytay-Spring mentor Efren "Yong" Garcia.

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09-23-2006, 02:38 PM
Spring Oil spoils Tribu’s NBC debut
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TALISAY CITY, Cebu — Tagaytay Spring Oil steadied in the closing minutes to spoil the debut of Arthro/Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu, 75-70, Thursday night in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the jampacked city gym here.


Ex-PBL players Danny Capobres and Nani Epondulan provided the big shots in the closing minutes to power the Tagaytay Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and his executive veep, Mayor Bambol Tolentino, past the comebacking Cebuanos of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac Jr.

It was the third straight win for Tagaytay Spring in the 10-team tourney sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

Capobres’ basket at the 2:26 mark gave Tagaytay a 71-67 lead but after rookie Jerome Gadiane answered with his third triple, Epondulan knocked in a jumper and then Aldrin Morante sank two charities with 21 seconds left to seal the win which gave Tagaytay Spring Oil a firm hold on top spot.

Six-foot-five banger Rodel Mallari held his ground against "Baby Shaq’’ JR Quinahan, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to pace Tagaytay Spring.

Tagaytay Spring jumped to a 27-17 lead in the second quarter, but Gadiane and Quinahan mounted a fierce rally to keep the Cebuanos in the game, which was marked by three deadlocks and 17 lead changes.

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09-23-2006, 02:46 PM
Tagaytay ruins Tribu Sugbu-Arthro
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 09/23/2006

Buoyed by its nearly flawless perimeter shooting, the visiting Tagaytay Springs left Skygo Tribu Sugbu-Arthro in a mess after pulling off a close 75-70 victory in the 2006 Spring National Basketball Conference (NBC) National Cup played Thursday night the Talisay City gym.

Tagaytay, now 3-0 in their southern tour after beating Valencia and defending champion Ozamiz, leaned on its field shooting and successfully warded off the onslaught of Tribu's big men including including 6-8 Don Yabut, Ronald Joseph Quiñahan and Randy Sevilla.

It was center Rodel Mallari, who lorded it over against Tribu Sugbu's big men, leading Tagaytay with 17 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes inside the floor.

Big men Danny Capobres and Jeff Tajonera also joined Mallari in the scoring spree, churning in 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Tagaytay had the game under its control all the way and took a 38-33 spread at the half. Both teams engaged into a see-saw battle in the entire third period but Tagaytay ended it with a 53-52 edge.

Heads-up play by Tagaytay guards Aldrin Morante, Mar Reyes and Nani Epondulan forced Tribu Sugbu to scramble for defense, erasing a 60-55 deficitk, and a triple by Tribu Sugbu's Jerome Gadiane made the crowd alive as the host team came within a hairline, 70-71, in the final two minutes of the fourth period.

After Epondulan's basket that gave Tagaytay of coach Yong Garcia a 73-70 lead with still plenty of time to spare, Ronaldo Bucao missed back-to-back attempts from behind the arc and then Morante gave some breathing space for Tagaytay by sinking in two charities for a 75-70 count down to just 21 seconds, thus, putting away a dash of hope for Tribu Sugbu, who lost a homecourt debut for the first time since 2004.

Last year, the wards of coach Al Solis also lost in their debut but it was played in Ozamiz then bounced back in Cagayan de Oro.

Playing without Alex Cainglet, who opted to play in the MVBA, left a vacuum for Tribu Sugbu's outside shooting. It was Quiñahan, who topscored with 16 points while Gadiane finished with 15 points.

Without Cainglet, Solis fielded in PBL veteran Joel Co, who had identical eight points with that of Marvin Mercado.

The scores:

Tagaytay (75) - Mallari 17, Capobres 14, Morante 11, Tajonera 11, Epondulan 8, Guiyab 4, Barnson 4, Reyes 3, Genido 2, Neo 2

Arthro-Skygo Tribu Sugbu (70) - Quiñahan 16, Gadiane 15, Bucao 10, Co 8, Mercado 8, Sevilla 5, Ababon 4, Yabut 2, Almacin 2 Halftime: 38-33

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09-25-2006, 10:17 AM
PAGADIAN CITY -- Ex-PBA star Nelson “The Bull” Asaytono banged in 29 points Saturday night as the Pagadian Explorers nipped defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in overtime, 96-93, in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the packed city gym here.

Asaytono scored 10 of his output late in regulation and in overtime as Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers dealt Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers their second straight setback in the tournament sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

The victory also avenged the Explorers’ loss to their crosstown rivals in the First Conference finals a few months ago.

After Bong Marata tied the game at 85 with 15 seconds left, Ozamiz failed to score in its last play, paving the way for the tournament’s first extended contest.

Asaytono’s drive and Marata’s 3-pointer gave Pagadian a 90-85 lead, but former MVPs Christian Nicdao and Marlon Basco scored in succession as Ozamiz moved within one.

But Asaytono came to the Explorers’ rescue, scoring vital free throws which decided the contest. He spiced his NBC debut with 11 rebounds and eight charities.

The scores:

PAGADIAN 96 -- Asaytono 29, Naron 24, Marata 12, Mamaclay 10, Orquillas 7, Rosales 7, Quilo 6, Singco 4, Unabia 0, Singedas 0, Pamaran 0, Omandam 0.

OZAMIZ 93 -- Guerrero 27, Basco 15, Dacia 14, Bansil 10, Sampilo 9, Bat-og 6, Nicdao 4, Alberto 4, Alvarado 2, Lapera 2, Libatog 0, Delina 0, Liangco 0, Cavan 0.

Quarters: 15-27, 42-42, 62-67, 85-85 (reg.), 96-93

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10-02-2006, 01:02 AM
Tribu Sugbu wins at last
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
The Freeman 10/02/2006

After a dismal 0-2 start, the Arthro-Skygo Tribu Sugbu literally rose from the grave after escaping with a 64-61 victory over the North Cotabato Braves in the 2006 NBC National Cup last Saturday at the North Cotabato gym.

Unmindful of the tiresome land trip from Valencia-Bukidnon to North Cotabato and the agony of its 80-82 defeat to the Golden Harvest the other night, Tribu Sugbu kept its focus in the game to avoid what would have been its worst start in the NBC.

Tribu Sugbu mounted a solid defense that held off ex-pro Tata Fernandez to only eight points, while Mark Ababon had to sacrifice his points to handcuff slippery guard Boboy Tanigue to only five points.

Joseph Ronald Quiñahan topscored for Tribu Sugbu with 18 points, while Doroteo Almacin added 14 markers.

It was very timely for Almacin to contribute since Alex Cainglet is no longer with the team. Another gunner, Joel Co, also did not play because he has to attend some pressing matters in Cebu.

Nyok de Guzman, who finished with six points, ably assisted Quiñahan at the post as well as Marvin Mercado and Randy Sevilla. Quiñahan scored 16 points in two games that they lost.

Ex-pro Tony Boy Espinosa carried the offensive load for the Braves with 16 points.

The scores

Tribu Sugbu (64) - Quiñahan 18, Almain 14, Bucao 8, De Guzman 6, Mercade 5, Abelong 5, Caparros 3, Gadiane 3, Sevilla 2

N. cotabato (61) - Espinosa 16, Tamayo 10, Ligue 9, Fernandez 8, Tanigue 5, Dagatan 4, Mañalac 3, Allado 3, Martinez 3

Quarterscores: 16-17; 37-35; 54-49; 64-61

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10-03-2006, 01:12 PM
Tribu trips North Cotabato
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KIDAPAWAN CITY — Arthro-Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu snapped a two-game skid in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil NBC National Cup basketball tournament Saturday by turning back the North Cotabato Braves, 64-61 at the provincial capitol gym here.


The Cebuanos of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac leaned on JR "Baby Shaq" Quinahan and Doroteo Almacin to repulse the Braves’ rally and post their first win in three games in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Cebu Holiday Plaza-Hotel and Prime Channel.

Tonyboy Espinosa and Edu Allado strung up the Braves’ final six points for a 61-60 lead with 52 seconds remaining.

But Quinahan and Almacin struck back to grab the upperhand and for the Cebuanos. A travelling violation by Arnel Manalac in the last seven seconds sealed the Braves’ sorry setback.

Quinahan collected 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting, rabbed 11 rebounds and had a conference-high seven blocks. Almacin, last year’s most improved player, chipped in 14.

Espinosa led the Braves of Governor Manny Piñol with 14 points and seven assists but failed to get enough support from his teammates.

The Braves try to bounce back today when they host the debuting Montana Pawnshop-Davao of businessman Armando Quibod.

Over at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila, two teams – the Cellular Pawnshop of businessman Paulo Ybanez and the Bacchus/Harbour Centre-San Juan of Mikee Romero and coach Lawrence Chongson – square off at 7 pm as they open their respective bids in the country’s premier regional cagefest.

The scores:

TRIBU 64 — Quinahan 18, Almacin 14, Bucao 8, De Guzman 6, Abelong 5, Mercado 5, Caparros 3, Gadiane 3, Sevilla 2, Armoneda 0, Sayud 0, Santos 0

NORTH COTABATO 61 — Espinosa 14, Ligue 9, Fernandez 8, Tamayo 8, Allado 6, Tanigue 5, Dagatan 4, Manalac 4, Martinez 3, Cabanog 0, Raymundo 0, Jawod 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 37-35, 54-49, 64-61

gameface_one
10-03-2006, 01:13 PM
Tribu five downs North Cotabato for 1st NBC win



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Last updated 03:08am (Mla time) 10/03/2006

Published on page A22 of the October 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

KIDAPAWAN CITY-- Tribu Sugbu snapped a two-game skid in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil NBC National Cup basketball tournament Saturday by turning back the North Cotabato Braves, 64-61, at the provincial capitol gym here.

The Arthro-Skygo-backed Cebuanos of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac leaned on JR “Baby Shaq” Quiñahan and Doroteo Almacin to repulse the Braves and post their first win in three games.

Tonyboy Espinosa and Edu Allado strung up the Braves’ final six points for a 61-60 lead with 52 seconds remaining.

But Quiñahan and Almacin struck back to grab the upperhand for the Cebuanos. A travelling violation by Arnel Mañalac in the last seven seconds sealed the Braves’ setback.

Quiñahan collected 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and had a conference-high seven blocks. Almacin, last year’s most improved player, chipped in 14.

Espinosa led the Braves of Gov. Manny Piñol with 14 points but failed to get enough support from his teammates.

The Braves try to bounce back today when they host the debuting Montañna Pawnshop-Davao of businessman Armanado Quibod.

Over at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila, two teams -- the Cellular Pawnshop of businessman Paulo Ybanez and the Bacchus/Harbour Centre-San Juan of Mikee Romero and coach Lawrence Chongson -- square off at 7 p.m. as they open their respective bids in the country’s premier regional cagefest.

The scores:

TRIBU 64 -- Quiñahan 18, Almacin 14, Bucao 8, De Guzman 6, Abelong 5, Mercado 5, Caparros 3, Gadiane 3, Sevilla 2, Armoneda 0, Sayud, Santos 0

NORTH COTABATO 61 -- Espinosa 14, Ligue 9, Renandez 8, Tamayo 8, Allado 6, Tanigue 5, Dagatan 4, Mañalac 4, Martinez 3, Cabanog 0, Raymundo 0, Jawod 0

Quarters: 16-17, 37-35, 54-49, 64-61

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10-05-2006, 09:06 AM
Harbour makes inspiring debut
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BACCHUS/HARBOUR CENTRE-San Juan made an auspicious debut while North Cotabato bounced back by scoring lopsided victories Tuesday in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament.


The San Juan cagers of businessman Mikee Romero and Mayor JV Ejercito gave a rude welcome to new member Cellular Pawnshop by cruising to a 71-52 win at the San Juan gym.

Over at the capitol gym in Kidapawan City, Gov. Manny Pinol’s North Cotabato Braves whipped another first-timer, Montaña Pawnshop-Davao, 79-68, to level their record at 2-2 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

Hot-shooting Henry Fernandez and Angelus Raymundo combined for 32 points to propel the Braves to victory after their heartrending 61-64 setback to Tribu Sugbu last Saturday.

With ex-pro Tonyboy Espinosa’s superb quarterbacking, the Braves raced to a 24-16 firstquarter lead and never looked back.

Businessmen Armando Quibod’s Jewelers came to within seven at the break, 31-38, but the Braves exploded with 26 points in the third period to pull away, 64-41.

Bacchus/Harbour banked on old reliable Ronjay Buenafe and new recruit Robert Sanz to take control of its game with Cellular Pawnshop, 41-29, at halftime.

Action returns to the San Juan gym today with Bacchus/Harbour testing unbeaten Tagaytay Spring at 5 p.m.

The scores:

San Juan (71) – Buenafe 18, Sanz 17, Coyukang 7, Pribdhas 7, Gamboa 6, Aquino 5, Masbang 4, Sta. Cruz 3, Retaga 2, Alminario 2, Williams 0, Reroma 0

Cellular (52) – Salud 11, Taligatos 8, Aquino 5, Lopez 5, Aclon 5, Balares 4, Ober 3, Go 3, Dulay 2, Tiongson 2, Kalaw 2, Codamon 2, Ico 0, Dela Rea 0, Cortez 0

Quarterscores: 19-11, 41-29, 54-43, 71-52

Second Game

North Cotabato (79) – Fernandez 18, Raymundo 14, Espinosa 12, Ligue 11, Manalac 9, Cabanog 3, Tamayo 3, Allado 3, Martinez 2, Etrata 0, Dagatan 0

Montana (68) – Jatico 12, Gonzaga 11, Ayson 11, Atablanco 10, Abanis 8, Quibod 5, Dawala 5, Daja 4, Bajenting 2, Bonifacio 0, Cachuela 0, Edrinal 0

Quarterscores: 24-16, 38-31, 64-41, 79-68

bleachertalk
10-05-2006, 04:12 PM
Is "Baby Shaq" Quiñahan staying with Tribu Sugbu for the whole season & not playing in the PBL anymore?

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10-15-2006, 07:26 PM
Tribu, Ozamiz clash in NBC today
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CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur – Reigning champion Ozamiz Cotta and first NBC titlist Tribu Sugbu square off today in a much-awaited contest highlighting the 150th Foundation Day of this town.


Both teams, touted as among the strong contenders in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament, are struggling early. But the 6 pm contest is still expected to be a thriller, much like when the two teams clashed for the crown twice in the past.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers appear to have the slight edge because of an intact lineup. But the Cebuanos of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac have also assembled a tough squad led by beefy 6-foot-5 slotman JR Quinahan, who is called "Baby Shaq."

"We’re happy to host an official NBC game here," said Mayor Guardo. "Our people are excited to see some of the finest cagers from the South (Visayas/Mindanao)."

NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla readily agreed to have the game played here. "This is what NBC is all about. We do everything to bring our players to the fans, wherever they may be."

Aside from Quinahan, coach Al Solis leans on the backcourt tandem of Ronaldo Bucao and Doroteo Almacin.

Ozamiz pins its hopes on MVP’s Marlon Basco and Christian Nicdao, Bruce Dacia, Gerry, Cavan, Melfred Sampilo and Lou Gatumbato.

gameface_one
10-24-2006, 11:14 AM
Tribu Sugbu finally wins at home
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 10/23/2006

Hosting its third home game, the Arthro-Skygo Tribu Sugbu found its mark by scoring an 89-76 victory over the visiting Cellular Pawnshop-Bulacan in the National Basketball Conference (NBC) National Cup at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

In improving its win-loss record to 2-3, Tribu Sugbu, which is 1-2 at home, will face another tough challenge tonight against the star-studded Osmeña-Cebu, owned by Cebuano former senator John H. Osmeña at the Cebu Coliseum where Tribu Sugbu won all 14 games during its championship season in 2004.

Gametime is 7 pm.

Tribu Sugbu of coach Al Solis went off to a horrendous 13-0 start and proceeded to dominate the game all the way. It was only the first home victory by Tribu Sugbu co-owned by Jerry Guardo and appliance magnate Lito "Sirlitz" Gillamac.

Bulacan playing coach Nelson Sergio had seen enough on Tribu's early uprising and had to press the timeout buzzer to stop the bleeding. It was answered by Ryan Ico, who scored a three-point play basket for the visitors, 3-13 at the 6:16 mark of the first period and that time Joseph Ronald Quiñahan had already committed three blockshots.

Ico, the main offensive weapon for Bulacan, finished with 17 points while teammates Bernard Go made 14 points and Richard Tiongson had 10 points for the 0-4 Bulakeños of team owner Paolo Ybañez.

Leading at the half with a 50-31 spread, Tribu Sugbu relaxed a little defensively in the third period, allowing Bulacan to spurt a 12-4 run to come within a striking distance, 52-62, with still over one more period to work on.

However, Tribu Sugbu picked up where it left off and blew hot again in the entire fourth period to restore the lead to as high as 24 points, 85-61, down to the final 4:23 of the ballgame.

Again, Bulacan took its last ditch rally outscoring Tribu Sugbu, 15-2, mostly garbage shots with the latter already assured of winning via a 13-point margin, 89-76.

"Kulang lang ang Bulacan ug experienced players pero lisod to kumpyansa-an," Solis said whose wards were having a well-balanced offensive led by 2005 CSAFI MVP Mark Ababon, the hometown hero of Minglanilla, who topscored with 12 points.

Also adding 11 points each were Quiñahan and Doroteo Almacin, who will be out of commission tonight due to a minor sprain on the left ankle he incurred at 6:23 of the third period the other night.

Solis also said "I think nakatabang namo ang daug sa Bulacan in terms of team standing pero dili na puede maoy kuha-an og basis sa among strength. I can only determine it if we win against Osmeña."

He said that Osmeña is so strong for Tribu Sugbu to deal with being the Espiritu Cup champion. It is mentored by Bing Victoria, younger brother of PBA's Boybits Victoria.

The scores

Tribu Sugbu (89) - Ababon 12, Quiñahan 11, almacin 11, Gadiane 9, Ceniza 8, Mercado 6, Co 6, Sevilla 6, Berame 5, Caparros 5, Ramoneda 4, De Guzman 4, Bucao 4, Santos 2

Bulacan (76) - Ico 17, Go 14, Tiongson 10, Aclon 8, Sergio 6, Delarea 5, Turato 4, Aquino 3, Taligatos 2, Giron 2, Salud 2

Quarter scores: 25-14; 50-31; 74-55; 89-76

gameface_one
10-25-2006, 11:19 AM
Arthro/Skygo wallops Osmeña-Cebu in NBC
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 10/25/2006

The Arthro Kontra-Arthritis/Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu smothered the still incohesive Osmeña-Cebu, 86-77, for its first back-to-back wins in the 2006 NBC Spring National Cup the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Tribu Sugbu surprised the Manila-based visitors of former Cebuano senator John Osmeña by starting the game with a 16-0 blast, surpassing its 13-0 start when it defeated the Cellular Pawnshop-Bulacan two nights ago in Minglanilla.

Nearly flawless both from the field and at the post, Tribu Sugbu shrugged off the presence of Osmeña tall men led by former CBF-PBL MVP and ex-pro Marlon Legaspi, who turned out to have been dominated by the younger Rino Berame.

Apart from Berame's intimidating presence at the post, Jerome Gadiane had a consistent outside shooting to lead Tribu Sugbu with 17 points spiked with three triples. Berame ably backed him up with 16 points.

Ronaldo Bucao also had a big night, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half as he wowed the crowd with his crafty drives against the tall Osmeña-Cebu frontline that was also beefed up by 6-foot-6 Alwyn Espiritu and 6-foot-5 Bernard de Guia.

"We now start to realize the Berame factor. He was not around during our first two losses because of the Collegiate Champions League," said Jerry Guardo, who co-owns Tribu Sugbu with businessman Lito "Sirlitz" Gillamac.

"I'm very happy to see the team is now more cohesive and competitive. The players already jell with each others and have adjusted to our system," added Guardo.

After Espiritu's split charities that put Osmeña-Cebu into the tally board, 1-16, the visitors scored a cluster of points including an 11-0 run to pull within nine, 14-23, from 20 points down, 3-23, at the 3:44 mark of the first period.

Trailing by just a hairline, 38-39, with 40 seconds before halftime, UC's Jonathan Canceran would have given Osmeña-Cebu its first lead must missed his attempt.

The best Osmeña-Cebu could muster was to tie the count at 42-all as Gadiane hit back-to-back triples to put Tribu Sugbu back in control, 50-44.

Later, Mark Ababon, Bucao, Berame and Randy Sevilla joined the scoring spree to restore Tribu Sugbu's 15-point lead, 66-51.

The scores

Tribu sugbu (86) - Gadiane 17, Berame 16, Bucao 15, Quiñahan 9, Co 9, Ababon 6, Sevilla 4, Mercado 4, Caparros 2, Ceniza 2, Santos 2

Osmeña-Cebu (77) - Legaspi 15, Moody 11, Marquez 11, Abellanosa 9, Espiritu 8, Hardin 6, Reguera 4, Zablan 3, De Castro 2, Canceran 2

Quarterscores:25-16; 41-38; 66-51; 86-77

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11-09-2006, 09:36 AM
Arthro/Skygo raring to defend turf in NBC; Faces San Juan and Pagadian in back-to-back home games
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 11/09/2006

A well-rested Arthro/Kontra Arthritis and Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu braces for another back-to-back home games against the Bacchus Energy Drink-San Juan and the league-leading Pagadian Explorers in the National Basketball Conference (NBC) 2006 Spring National Cup.

After saving energy for more than two weeks, Tribu Sugbu of coach Al Solis will plunge back into usual business on the hardcourt as it plays host to the visitors from San Juan on November 10 at the Danao City Sports and Civic Center.

The following day, Tribu Sugbu of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac faces an acid test against the Pagadian Explorers at the Cebu Coliseum.

Sporting an even 3-3 win-loss record, Tribu Sugbu still has to deliver its best, hoping that winning ways will continue to blossom after two straight victories at home late last month against Cellular Pawnshop-Bulacan, 89-76, and Osmeña-Cebu, 86-77.

Playing without its top pivotman Joseph Ronald Quiñahan and slippery guard Ronaldo Bucao who left for the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Tribu Sugbu will be forced to utilize whatever resources it has left.

Thus, Tribu Sugbu hopes to squeeze good games from Mark Ababon, Joel Co, Jerome Adiane, Doroteo "Tiyoy" Almacin, Marvin Mercado, Nyok de Guzman and Randy Sevilla to bolster its winning chances. They are also lucky that Alex Cainglet decided to re-unite with his former teammates. Another recruit may soon join the Arthro-Skygo squad in either Bernie Ursal, a former Tribu Sugbu himself, or UV back-up center Eduardo Arda.

Bacchus-San Juan of coach Lawrence Chongson is a tough team to beat. Tribu's duel against Bacchus is as important as the game against Pagadian because a victory will surely boost the morale of the players.

Bacchus will parade Dodi Sta. Cruz, JR Aquino, Randy Lopez, Marlon Kalaw, RJ Masbang, Jason Alminario, JR Retaga, Tristan Codamon, Ramsy Williams and Danny Pribhdas.

A major test and headache for Tribu Sugbu will be against the Explorers of Pagadian, who are led by former pro standouts in Nelson "The Bull" Asaytono and Michael Orquillas.

gameface_one
11-18-2006, 06:09 PM
Arthro/Skygo eyes five-game sweep
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 11/18/2006

The Arthro/Kontra Arthritis and Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu hopes to complete a five-game winning streak 8 pm when it host one more home game against the visitors from Montaña Pawnshop- Davao in the National Basketball Conference (NBC) 2006 Spring National Cup at the Inawayan Sports Complex.

Having accomplished a four-game win streak, including a defaulted game by the Bacchus Energy Drink, Tribu Sugbu could own the best winning streak in the league with a win over Montaña tonight.

Sporting a 5-3 win-loss record (20-4 at home), Tribu Sugbu of coach Al Solis could still make it into the top two and take a bye during the quarterfinals depending on the performances of the other teams from the South. The farthest it could land will be at third place overall and that will save them from going into the playoffs.

And the way things are, it seemed like Tribu Sugbu is no longer affected with the departure of Joseph Ronald Quiñahan and Ronaldo Bucao to the PBL because those left behind have shown enough spirit to lift their team to its current status.

Mark Ababon, for example, had been showing big time moves in big time games particularly against the Pagadian Explorers, whom they beat last week, 82-80, pacing with 25 points and brining ex-PBA star Nelson "The Bull" Asaytono early into the shower room with five fouls.

Ably backing-up Ababon is silent operator Jerome Gadiane, a cool guy blessed with hot shooting hands who can very well compliment to Joel Co, Doroteo Almacin, Vergel Abelong and Gaylord Santos.

The towering 6-8 Rino Berame is also a hero in his own right because his presence in the post is just enough to intimidate the rivals from making shots at the undergoal.

Berame is on top of the center rotation for Tribu Sugbu aside from Randy Sevilla, Marvin Mercado and Nyok de Guzman. Tribu Sugbu is also getting support from Solis' crew from ACES in the likes of Ross Ceniza, TJ Caparros and Enting Ramoneda.

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11-25-2006, 11:11 PM
Ozamiz outguns Osmeña 5 in OT
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OZAMIZ CITY — Reigning champion Ozamiz Cotta outplayed Osmena-Cebu in the extension period to score a 79-74 win Wednesday and maintain their lead in the 2006 Spring Cooking oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


It was the sixth win in eight games for Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers, putting them a half-game ahead of Spring Tagaytay and North Cotabato in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

Osmeña-Cebu bounced back after two overtime losses by shading Valencia Golden Harvest, 80-75, also in extra time Thursday night in Valencia City.

Ariel de Castro scored six of his 16 points in overtime to give the team of former Senator John Osmeña its forth victory in 10 games.

Osmeña-Cebu could have won it in regulation but Rocky Clavel fished a foul with two seconds remaining and forced the extension with two pressure-packed charities.

"The two painful losses came back to mind when Rocky (Clavel) hit those free throws. But I told the boys this is our chance to redeem ourselves and they responded," said Osmena-Cebu coach Bing Victoria.

De Castro, Nino Marquez and Marlon Legaspi hit their striders in the third canto to take a 53-50 lead going into the payoff period.

Marquez and James Zablan helped De Castro ward off Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Golden Harvest in overtime.

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11-26-2006, 05:57 PM
Quezon cagers nip Taiwanese
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LUCENA CITY — Villa Anita-Quezon nipped Eastern Antelopes-Taiwan, 76-75, in a keenly fought match Friday to seize solo leadership in the Gov. Willie Enverga-NBC International Invitational Cup basketball tournament at the Quezon Convention Center here.


Ex-pro Paeng Santos’ buzzer-beating put back off a miss by Ogie Gumatay lifted the Quezonians to their second straight win in the four-team tourney presented by Spring Cooking Oil and supported by Sulpicio Lines, Nature’s Spring and Molten.

Santos led his team with 28 points on top of three assists and two rebounds.

Earlier, Montana-Davao beat Garuda Panasia-Indoensia, 74-68, to tie the Taiwanese at second with a 1-1 record. The Indons are winless in two games.

Taiwan was actually leading at 67-65 going into the turn for home when Santos and Leo Villar drilled in three straight triples to wrest the lead at 74-67 with 52 seconds left.

The visitors got second wind Yu Ming Yang and Ching Hen Au Yang scoring eight unanswered points to wrest the lead at 75-74 in the last 13.3 seconds. In the ensuing play, Gumatay’s attempt bounced off the rim and fell into Santos’ hands that went for the Hail Mary shot as time expired.

Ryan Abanes starred for the Davao Jewelers with 20 points, five assits and two rebounds.

The scores:

First game

DAVAO 74 — Abanes 20, Lamocha 16, Gonzaga 11, Cachuela 7, Jatico 6, Atablanco 6, Dawal 4, Ayson 4, Daja 0, Quibod 0, Bajinting 0

INDONESIA 68 — Purwanto 21, Rachmat 12, Tiara 11, Sigar 8, Pebyanto 6, Budianto 6, Dondda 3, Permata-Sura 3, Agustinus 2, Somantri 2, Gandhi 2

Quarters: 16-20, 41-34, 56-54, 74-68

Second game

QUEZON 76 — Santos 28, Gahol 14, Veranga 8, Agapito 7, Vilar 6, Buenaventura 6, Feihl 6, Mendoza 4, Gonzales 2, Gumatay 2, Menor 2, Reyes 1, Malonzo 0

TAIWAN 75 — Yang 20, Thomas 15, Au Yang 14, Cheng 11, C. Wu 4, Hsin 4, Huang 2, Hsiao 2, Chen 2, Hsu 1, Hung 0, H. Wu 0

Quarters: 16-19, 36-36, 54-54, 76-75

gameface_one
12-03-2006, 07:17 PM
Arthro/Skygo trounces Indons in Talisay hoop
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 12/03/2006

The Arthro Kontra Arthritis and Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu bounced back from their loss to the Tagaytay Highlanders, but not without going through a scare before pulling past Panasia Garuda-Indonesia, 72-69, in the Talisay City Invitational Cup the other night at the Talisay Sports Complex.

After a 69-73 debacle during their game against Tagaytay where they blew away several chances to steal the win in the the closing seconds of the match, Tribu Sugbu came up with a balanced offensive this time, hitting their targets with pinpoint accuracy to baffle the visiting Indons of coach Boysie Zamar.

While it was only Randy Sevilla who scored in double figures with 12 points, Tribu Sugbu was spreading its wealth from the field.

Indonesian guard Agustinus Dapas Sigar posted a game-high 18 points, while 6-of-8 skyscraper Agustinus Mendrik and Gandhi each had 11 points in a losing cause.

Tribu Sugbu coach Al Solis said their Talisay sojourn was a good tune-up for their upcoming match Pagadian Explorers at the start of the 2006 NBC-Spring National Cup quarterfinals on December 6.

The scores

Arthro-Tribu (72) - Sevilla 12, Co 9, Berame 9, Abelong 8, Gadiane 8, Santos 7, Almacin 5, Ababon 4, Dennison 2, Mercado 2, Caparros 2, Arda 2, Ceniza 2

Garuda-Indonesia (69) - A. Sigar 18, Gandhi 11, Mendrik 11, Octoviano 9, Gagan 9, Donnda 5, Teddy 3, Indra 3, Cokorda 2

Halftime: 36-39

gameface_one
12-05-2006, 02:23 PM
Arthro Kontra Arthritis-Skygo vs Pagadian in NBC quarters
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 12/05/2006

The Arthro Kontra Arthritis and Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu sails off for Pagadian City tonight for their quarterfinal showdown with the Pagadian Explorers in the 2006 NBC-Spring National Cup.

Although they defeated Pagadian during the elimination round here, 82-80, Tribu Sugbu head coach Al Solis said they are hard-pressed in this set-up knowing that the Explorers are a tough nut to crack at home.

At fourth place overall with a 6-3 win-loss record and having a twice-to-beat advantage over the 5-4 Pagadian, coach Solis said he can only have a sigh of relief if they pull an upset over the Explorers at home.

"It is very hard to win in Pagadian, but it's not impossible," Solis said.

Should Pagadian forges a rubbermatch, the burden does not end there for Tribu Sugbu as they will travel back to Cebu where the playoff will be played at the Cebu Coliseum.

"Inig-biyahe namog pauli sa Cebu kapoy gihapon. Ang conseulo lang diha kay mo-biyahe man sad padung dire and Pagadian," added Solis.

Considering Tribu Sugbu advanced outright to the next round, still it is not time for them to celebrate because they have yet to face the top seed and back-to-back national champions Ozamiz Cotta (7-2) in a playoff to determine the top four.

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12-10-2006, 02:45 PM
Tagaytay springs into NBC semis

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SPRING-TAGAYTAY crushed Osmeña-Cebu, 67-51, Friday night to become the first semifinalist in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup Basketball tournament at the San Juan gymnasium.

After failing to take advantage of their twice-to-beat incentive by losing 58-64 Thursday, the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP and Mayor Bambol Tolentino bounced back with fury to seal a semifinals date with the winner between North Cotabato and Valencia.

Danny Capobres waxed hot in the payoff period, drilling in 10 of his 16 points highlighted by backto-back triples to give Spring a decisive 55-40 spread with 5:22 to go.

Billy Moody and Nino Marquez tried to turn around, rallying former Senator John Osmeña’s team witin eight, 47-55, in the last two minutes.

But that proved to be the Cebuano’s last gallant stand as Capobres fired two more triples before Nani Epondulan and Mar Reyes sealed the contest.

Valencia and North Cotabato are playing at presstime yesterday in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

The scores:

SPRING-TAGAYTAY 67 — Capobres 16, Epondulan 16, Mallari 8, Reye 7, Tajonera 6, Neo 4, Genido 3, Morante 3, Guiyab 2, Yambao 2, Finuliar 0, Barnson 0

OSMEÑA-CEBU 51 — Moody 13, Marquez 10, Legaspi 10, Reguera 7, Espiritu 6, De Castro 5, Santos 0, Hardin 0, Zablan 0

Quarters: 17-18, 31-27, 39-33, 67-51

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12-10-2006, 02:48 PM
Spring-Tagaytay five drubs Osmena-Cebu, gains semis


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Last updated 07:09am (Mla time) 12/10/2006

Published on page A31 of the December 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SPRING-TAGAYTAY trounced Osmeña-Cebu, 67-51, Friday night to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the San Juan gymnasium.

After failing to capitalize on their twice-to-beat advantage by losing 58-64 Thursday, the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP and Mayor Bambol Tolentino bounced back with fury to seal a semifinals date with the winner between North Cotabato and Valencia.

Danny Capobres waxed hot in the payoff period, drilling in 10 of his 16 points highlighted by back-to-back triples to give Spring a decisive 55-40 spread with 5:22 to go.

Billy Moody and Niño Marquez tried to turn things around, rallying former senator John Osmeña’s team within eight, 47-55, in the last two minutes.

But that proved to be the Cebuano’s last stand as Capobres fired two more triples before Nani Epondulan and Mar Reyes sealed the contest.

Valencia and North Cotabato are playing at press time yesterday.

The scores:

SPRING-TAGAYTAY 67—Capobres 16, Epondulan 16, Mallari 8, Reyes 7, Tajonera 6, Neo 4, Genido 3, Morante 3, Guiyab 2, Yambao 2, Finuliar 0, Barnson 0.

OSMEÑA-CEBU 51—Moody 13, Marquez 10, Legaspi 10, Reguera 7, Espiritu 6, De Castro 5, Santos 0, Hardin 0, Zablan 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 31-27, 39-33, 67-51

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12-20-2006, 12:00 PM
Ozamiz draws first blood vs Spring cagers



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Last updated 02:32am (Mla time) 12/20/2006

Published on page A29 of the December 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILIGAN CITY—Back-to-back titlist Ozamiz Cotta drew first blood in its best-of-three championship series with Spring-Tagaytay Monday night by scoring a slim 73-70 victory in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the MSU-IIT gym here.

Last conference’s MVP Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia and three other Cotta Shrine cagers scored in double figures to turn back the gutsy Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino after trailing 35-37 and 53-54 in the second and third quarters.

Basco topscored with 14 points, Dacia added 12 and PBL veteran Lou Gatumbato, Leo Bat-og and Elbert Alberto chipped in 10 apiece as Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz dribblers moved a win away from recording NBC’s first three-peat.

Nani Epondulan led Spring-Tagaytay with a game-high 16 points.

Game 2 is scheduled today at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

Ozamiz surged to a 20-12 first quarter lead, but Spring-Tagaytay erupted for 25 points in the second canto to lead 37-35 at the turn.

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02-07-2007, 03:21 PM
NBC welcomes cage unification
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"THE BASKETBALL community can now move forward as the Philippines tries to regain its former top ranking in Asia."


Thus said national athlete and NBC (National Basketball conference) president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla as he bared yesterday the regional league’s full support to the unified Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP).

NBC, which was represented by its executive vice president, Mayor Bambol Tolentino in the Unity Congress held last Monday at Dusit Hotel is composed of 16 provincial and city teams from all over the country.

"We are happy with this development (unification). All our members expect the new BAP-SBP leadership to further strengthen basketball in the country," added Padilla, the 42-yearold national pistol champion since 1978.

NBC is set to start its fourth season on March 10 at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City with expansion teams Villa Anita-Quezon and MP Pacman Gensan providing the initial fireworks.

Other NBC members are grandslam champion Ozamiz Cotta, Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil. Montana Davao. Tribu Sugbu pagadian Explores Valencia Golden Harvest, Iligan Crusaders, North Cotabato Braves and Bacchus-Harbour Centre.

Long before the rift between SBP and BAP erupted, Padilla had written PBA Commissioner Noli Eala of his organization’s willingness to join Pilipinas Basketball, the body originally recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee after it expelled BAP.

The troika of Padilla, Tolentino and secretarygeneral Tito Palma runs the affairs of NBC.

gameface_one
02-07-2007, 06:31 PM
NBC looks forward to a bigger, better season
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WITH A NEW TV partner and a marketing arm, the National Basketball Conference board of team owners is looking forward to a bigger and better season. Solar-Basketball TV and Waffle Marketing presented its plans for the coming fourth season of the country’s premier regional basketball league in a meeting mostly attended of team representatives from the south last Saturday in Dynasty Court Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City,. Representatives from eight teams were present pleased with the league’s new vision. Rely San Agutsin, Solar-BTV Marketing Manager together with Waffle’s Auty Villarama and Peeya delos Reyes, stressed that the league scored big in terms of media exposure is concerned. “We are very excited to have the NBC as part of the Basketball TV lineup. We are true believers of the league's regional concept and all efforts should be focused on taking the NBC to a higher level“, said Rely San Agustin, BTV Marketing Manager. NBC Secretary-General Tito Palma, who represented NBC President Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla, in the meeting believed that the league will grow with its new partners. “Solar-Basketball TV is the country’s undisputed basketball channel and we’re honored to be part of their group. NBC will be its first local basketball show and we’re inspired to make the games more exciting. With Waffle Marketing’s vast experience, we’ll never go wrong,” Palma said. An NBC Game of the Week will air in Solar-BTV once a week while all other games will be shown on cable’s Viva Prime Channel. Aside from strengthening the league’s coverage, the board also tackled the preparations for the grand opening on March 10 in Lucena City . Present in the meeting are Pagadian Explorer’s Rocky Chan and Joseph Sapong, Montaña-Davao’s Helino Abrahan., Jr. and head coach Dodong Cagampang, Iligan Crusaders’ Crisie Perfecto, Valencia Golden Harvest’s Rico Ocho, MP-Pacman Gensan’s Lito delos Reyes, Villa Anita-Quezon’s Robin Mendoza and head coach Angel Vergeire and Tagaytay Spring’s Pat Pello. Representatives from Iloilo Warriors, Tribu Sugbu and defending champion Ozamiz Cotta failed to attend the meeting due to various reasons but sent a word of their participation int he coming season. Another board meeting is set on Feb. 17 in Manila to finalize the details of the league’s opening.

gameface_one
03-10-2007, 09:45 AM
Pacman’s team in NBC debut today
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LUCENA CITY — A twinbill will kickoff the National Basketball Conference’s fourth season today at the Quezon Convention Center here.


Expansion teams MP Pacman-Gensan and Villa Anita-Quezon will provide the fireworks shortly after the 2 p.m. opening ceremonies.

The other match at 4:30 pm pits last year’s runnerup, Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino against Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers, second-placers in the 2006 first conference.

"We’re excited to host the NBC opening. Hopefully, our team will be able to make a good start," said Anita-Quezon team owner Willie Enverga.

The opening of the country’s premier regional cagefest supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo.com, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Nike, Spring Cooking Oil and Viva Prime Channel will be aired on Basketball TV tomorrow.

Boxing icon Pacquiao will not be able to watch his team because he’s training for his fight next month, but Padilla, Mayor Tolentino, other team representatives and guests will grace the occasion.

Villa Anita, which topped the first NBC International Invitational Cup here last year, will be bannered by ex-pros Bryan Gahol, Oliver Agapito and Ruel Buenaventura, while Pacquiao’s Warriors will lean on Mindanao stars Jeffrey Locsin, Norberto Farichillen, Donald Tadena and Louie Medalla.

The Cooking Oil Masters will have their hands full against the Explorers, who will parade a star-studded cast composed of playing coach Peter Naron, Nelson Asaytono, Bong Marata, Mike Orquillas, Maui Huelar and Melvin Mamaclay.

Tagaytay-Spring mentor Efren "Yong" Garcia will lean on twin towers Marlon Legaspi and Rodel Mallari, Nani Epondulan, Nino Marquez and Ryan Regalado.

Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta and eight other teams will play two rounds in the elimination, with the top two earning automatic semifinal slots. The last three will be eliminated while the fifth and sixth squads will meet teams 3 and 4 in the best-of-the-three quarterfinal, respectively.

kaybee07
03-17-2007, 09:05 AM
Quezon, Tagaytay cagers draw first blood
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LUCENA CITY, Quezon -- Host Quezon Villa Anita and Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil struck the first “knockout” blows as the 2007 NBC National Cup unwrapped Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center here.

Ex-pro Bryan Gahol and Paolo Malonzo sparkled in the closing minutes as Gov. Wilfredo Enverga’s Villa Anita cagers held off Manny Pacquiao’s Warriors, 71-64, in the opener before a big hometown crowd.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino then banked on the tough backcourt duo of Ryan Regalado and Nino Marquez to subdue Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers, 76-73, in the other match.

Trailing by as many as 11 points, the Warriors grabbed the lead 61-59, midway in the last quarter.

But Gahol’s two baskets sandwiched a Malonzo triple in a torrid 7-0 run to put Quezon back in the lead.

Quezon then held Pacman scoreless in a two-minute stretch before Apol Coronado broke through with a triple in the dying seconds.

The Explorers, who threatened to wipe out a 12-point deficit, were hurt by consecutive turnovers in the last two minutes.

They also missed the services of injured former pros Nelson Asaytono and playing coach Peter Naron, who decided to concentrate on his bench assignment.

The scores:

First Game
QUEZON 71 -- Gahol 14, Mendoza 12, Vilar 10, Buenaventura 9, Zuniga 4, Agapito 4, Gonzales 2, Veranga 2, Drio 2, De Guia 1, De Leon 0, Menor 0.

MP PACMAN 64 -- Coronado 22, Rol Menor 11, Locsin 10, Tadena 5, Celiz 4, Dennison 4, Medalla 3, Callo 2, Recustodio 2, Farochillen 1, Roda 0.
Quarters: 24-17, 36-33, 54-50, 71-64

Second Game
TAGAYTAY SPRING 76 -- Regalado 22, Marquez 16, Bolocon 9, Legaspi 7, Mallari 7, Tajonera 6, Munoz 3, Barnson 2, Reyes 2, Salud 2.

PAGADIAN 73 -- Mamaclay 22, Huelar 11, Villaver 9, Orquillas 9, Saludsod 8, Daja 6, Cortez 4, Pamaran 2, Sinco 2, Omandam 0, Quilo 0, Arquero 0, Ayuk 0.
Quarters: 20-19, 38-39, 67-55, 76-73

kaybee07
03-17-2007, 09:12 AM
Spring trips Gensan
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TAGAYTAY CITY – Spring Cooking Oil-Tagaytay came from behind to subdue MP Pacman Gensan, 70-63, Monday and assume solo leadership in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the packed Tolentino Sports Center here.

Marlon Legaspi uncorked seven of his 14 points in the payoff period to power the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino to their second consecutive victory in as many games.

Earlier, Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers nipped first-day winner Quezon Villa Anita, 78-75, to level their record at 1-1 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Philippines, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Nike, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Manny Pacquiao’s Gensan Warriors appeared headed for their first win when they controlled the match three-fourths of the way after surging to a 20-6 first quarter lead.

But the 6-foot-5 Legaspi, who played for Shell and San Miguel in the PBA, sparked a 11-2 Spring windup to deal the Warriors their second straight setback.

The scores:

Pagadian 78 – Mamaclay 14, Daja 13, Saludsod 11, Orquillas 11, Villaver 10, Sinco 7, Quilo 6, Huelar 4, Ayuk 2, Arquero 0, Pamaran 0

Quezon 75 – Gahol 22, Buenaventura 14, Mendoza 8, Vilar 8, De Guia 6, Malonzo 4, Drio 4, Gonzales 4, Agaoito 3, Veranga 2

Quarterscores: 18-13, 44-39, 56-54, 78-75


Spring 70 – Legaspi 14, Reyes 11, Mallari 10, Tajonera 9, Salud 6, Cenita 6, Marquez 4, Regalado 4, Bolocon 2, Barnson 2, Munoz 2

Gensan 63 – Menor 15, Tadena 12, Medalla 11, Coronado 8, Locsin 6, Recustodio 3, Dennison 3, Mejorada 0, Callo 0, Sumangpon 0, Celiz 0

Quarterscores: 12-22, 28-38, 49-55, 70-63

kaybee07
03-26-2007, 05:39 PM
Quezon battles Valencia in NBC tourney

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VALENCIA CITY -- Expansion team Quezon Villa Anita begins a three-game road trip in Mindanao Tuesday by facing Valencia Golden Harvest in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament here.

Quezon Gov. Wilfredo Enverga’s cagers are expected to bounce back from a heartbreaking 75-78 loss to Pagadian in the 7 p.m. contest. But host Golden Harvest is keen on making a big start in the tournament.

Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia squad will parade an almost intact lineup plus new recruits Ian Saladaga, Jason Malcontento and Mong Magdadaro.

The core of Julius Navales, Nat Cruz and 2005 Rookie of the Year Eliazar Berami will have a solid supporting cast this time as Valencia hopes to make it big in the nine-team series.

“Management has formed a solid team,” said team consultant Rico Oco. “We’re looking forward to favorable results.”

Coach Noli Tagsip’s main concern is how to stop ex-pro Bryan Gahol, who has been averaging 18 points per game for Quezon.

Two other ex-pros -- Ruel Buenaventura and Robin Mendoza -- are backing up Gahol.

So far, Spring Cooking Oil-Tagaytay is on top of the heap with 2-0 card, followed by Pagdian (2-1) and Quezon (1-1).

Grand slam champion Ozamiz Cotta, Iligan and Montana Pawnshop-Davao are the other teams which have yet to see action.

Meanwhile, the NBC extended its partnership with Molten through its marketing arm Waffle Marketing.

Waffle Marketing president Auty Villarama and NBC secretary general Tito Palma sealed the tie-up with Sonia Trading’s managing director Anil Buxil.

kaybee07
03-26-2007, 05:42 PM
Valencia trips Quezon in NBC meet

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VALENCIA CITY -- Valencia Golden Harvest thwarted visiting Quezon Villa Anita’s spirited rallies in the payoff period to hack out an 82-77 victory Tuesday night in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the packed gym here.

Dennis Concha knocked in 24 points while Rocky Clavel and Nat Cruz added 17 each as Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s cagers started hot in the community-based tourney.

With Concha and Clavel delivering the goods, Valencia erected a 10-point lead, 61-51, in the last three minutes of the third quarter and then withstood fierce rallies by Quezon Gov. Wilfredo Enverga’s cagers to pull the shock win.

Eliazar Berami, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, went scoreless after limping out with a sprained ankle in the third quarter, but another Valencia rookie, Ian Saladaga, came to the rescue by scoring 12 points.

“The Quezon players are all veterans, but we were able to fend them off,” said Valencia coach Noli Tagsip.

The scores:
Valencia (82) -- Concha 24, Cruz 17, Clavel 17, Saladaga 12, Adams 6, Bolias 4, Cesar 2, Dragon 0, Malcontento 0, Berami 0, Maraon 0

Quezon (77) -- Gahol 15, Buenaventura 12, Vilar, Mendoza 8, Malonzo 8, De Guia 8, Veranga 5, Menor 4, Gonzales 2, Agapito 2, Drio 1, Zuniga 0

Quarters: 24-23, 42-40, 61-53, 82-77

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04-01-2007, 05:18 PM
Spring Oil stakes unbeaten record
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FRONTRUNNING Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil stakes its unbeaten record in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament today when it faces slumping Quezon Villa Anita at the Tolentino Sports Center in Tagaytay City.


The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP and Tagaytay Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino are slightly favored to chalk up their third consecutive triumph in the 4 p.m. contest.

Over at the MSU-IIT gym in Iligan City, the Iligan Crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz gun for their second straight win against Montana Pawnshop-Davao at 6:30 p.m.

The Quezon cagers of Gov. Wilfredo Enverga will try to end a four-game losing skid which started at the Tolentino Sports Center gym.

"Mahirap na kalaban ‘yung galing sa losing streak kasi all-out sila para manalo," said Tagaytay Spring coach Efren "Yong" Garcia. "I warned the boys not to be overconfident."

Quezon Coach Angel Vergeire will lean on Bryan Gahol, Robin Mendoza and Leo Vilar in his bid to improve the team’s 1-4 record in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Sun Cellular, Caltex, Firefly Lightings, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

The Firefly/Iligan Crusaders supported by Sen. Ralph Recto are also slightly picked over the Davao Jewelers of businessman Armando Quibod.

The Crusaders started their campaign last week with a come-from-behind victory over Manny Pacquiao’s MP Pacman Gensan squad.

Ex-pro Bong Marata are expected to lead the Crusaders together Harold Sta. Cruz, Fil-Am guard Rich Hardin and Marlon Kalaw.

The Jewelers will rely heavily on the backcourt tandem of Henry Fernandez and Bob Cozy Ilanga.

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04-03-2007, 12:20 PM
NBC leaders Spring Oil, Iligan cagers down rivals


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Last updated 05:29am (Mla time) 04/03/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Last year’s runner-up Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil nipped slumping Quezon-Villa Anita, 80-77, Sunday to assume solo leadership in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Tolentino Sports Center in Tagaytay City.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino leaned on Nani Epondulan and Jeff Tajonera to post their third straight victory.

The Firefly-Iligan Crusaders scored a masterful 96-72 win over the visiting Montaña Pawnshop-Davao Jewelers to tie idle Valencia Golden Harvest for second place.

The Crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz broke away in the payoff period en route to their second victory in the tournament, initial offering of the country’s premier regional basketball league.

Valencia tries to catch Tagaytay-Spring when it plays host to Pagadian at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Crusaders, also supported by Sen. Ralph Recto, outgunned the Jewelers 52-39 in the final half to turn the tight contest into a rout.

The scores:

First Game
SPRING 80 -- Epondulan 19, Regalado 12, Mallari 11, Legaspi 7, Marquez 5, Salud 4, Bolocon 3, Reyes 3, Cuenca 0, Muñoz 0.
QUEZON 77 -- Gahol 24, Mendoza 11, Buenaventura 11, Drio 10, Agapito 6, Veranga 6, De Guia 4, Malonzo 3, Gonzales 2, De Leon 0, Vilar 0, Zuñiga 0.
Quarters: 23-19, 43-41, 59-59, 80-77

Second Game:
ILIGAN 86 -- Go 16, Marata 15, Hardin 11, Mangahas 7, Booker 6, Guiyab 6, Ayodelle 4, Gatchalian 4, Sta. Cruz 4, Paterno 2, Santos 2, Cabili 2, Oliveros 0, Baguio 0.
DAVAO 72 -- Fernandez 17, Canlas 9, Ayson 7, Ilanga 7, Lamocha 6, Dawal 5.
Quarters: 15-16, 34-33, 60-54, 86-72

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04-05-2007, 09:28 AM
Pagadian turns back Valencia
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VALENCIA CITY – Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers snapped Valencia’s two-game winning run by scoring an emphatic 86-73 victory Tuesday night in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the city gym here.


After a tight first half marked by eight lead changes and deadlocks, the Explorers broke away for good in the third quarter behind Melvin Mamaclay’s hot hands.

Mamaclay finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steal as the Explorers raised their record to 4-1 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Mike Orquillas orchestrated Pagadian’s offense and chipped in 15 points, mostly in the third when the Explorers opened a 17point lead, 60-43.

Mayor Jose Galario’s Golden Harvest lost their touch in the second half and failed in their bid to catch idle leader Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil (3-0).

"Nag-switch kami sa zone ‘nung makita kong minamalas sila sa threepoint zone," said Pagadian playing coach Peter Naron.

Dennis Concha and Nat Cruz starred for Valencia with 19 and 16 markers, respectively.

buko4
04-08-2007, 02:55 PM
anyone who has the schedule of spring tagaytay?

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04-12-2007, 12:47 PM
Firefly Iligan wins again in NBC



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Last updated 12:05pm (Mla time) 04/11/2007


Game today, April 11, 2007:
Valencia City Gym
7 p.m. - Iloilo vs. Valencia

Six-foot-five slotman Ruel Balgos put up a sterling basketball show but failed to save the winless Iloilo Warriors from absorbing a 90-95 loss to the Firefly Iligan Crusaders on Monday in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the MSU-IIT gym in Iligan City.

Balgos, playing out of the West Negros College (WNC), erupted for a league-record 38 points, breaking the old record set by Sonny Manucat, who had 34 points in the league’s inaugural season in 2004.

Balgos shot 12-for-24 from the field, 14-for-15 from the freethrow area and also had 15 rebounds, two steals and a block but the Warriors still failed to notch their first win and dropped to 0-2 (win-loss).

Marlon Kalaw and Dino Cabili played the spoiler's role by scoring crucial baskets in the dying minutes that sealed the Crusaders' third win in as many starts for a tie at the top of the standings with Tagaytay.

Ferdie Go led the Crusaders with 20 points, while Cabili added 16. /Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

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04-25-2007, 10:24 AM
Valencia five gets back at Pagadian



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PAGADIAN -- Valencia Golden Harvest exacted sweet revenge on Pagadian’s Explorers Monday night by scoring a come-from-behind 81-70 victory in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament here.

Trailing for three quarters, Valencia made its move in the payoff period as Nat Cruz and rookie Ian Saladaga combined in a 6-0 run to turn a 64-67 deficit into a 70-67 lead.

After Pagadian’s Maui Huelar tied the game with a triple at the 4:11 mark, the Golden Harvest held the Explorers scoreless while scoring the game’s final 11 points to avenge a 73-86 loss at home three weeks ago.

It was the fourth win in six games for the Golden Harvest of Mayor Jose Galario Jr.

“Sinabi ko sa mga bata na huwag magmadali sa opensa at kumayod lang ng husto sa depensa (I told them not to rush their offense but exert more on defense),” said Valencia coach Noli Tagsip. “Yun talagang depensa namin ang crucial factor sa panalong ito (Our defense was the crucial factor in our win).”

The Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co dropped half a game behind third running Valencia at 4-3.

The 6-foot-7 Cruz paced Valencia with 20 points while Eliazar Verami and three others also scored in double figures.

The NBC Game of the Week is aired at 6:30 p.m. every Friday over Basketball TV.

The scores:

VALENCI 81 -- Cruz 20, Berami 12, Concha 11, Saladaga 11, Adams 10, Dragon 6, Clavel 6, Bolias 2, Cesar 2, Malcontento 1, Nasiad 0, Mella 0.

PAGADIAN 70 -- Villaver 14, Huelar 11, Mamaclay 9, Daja 9, Orquillas 9, Cortez 6, Saludsod 4, Sinco 3, Quilo 3, Singedas 2, Pamaran 0, Asquero 0, Naguit 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 31-41, 54-60, 81-70

gameface_one
04-27-2007, 08:51 AM
Iligan cagers keep top spot
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ILIGAN CITY – The Firefly-Iligan Crusaders solidified their hold on first place in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament Wednesday by nosing out grandslam champion Ozamiz Cotta, 92-90, at the MSU-IIT gym here.


With their fifth victory in as many games, the Crusaders, also supported by Sen. Ralph Recto, took command in the league backed by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

The Crusaders are now two games ahead of idle Tagaytay Spring, the only other unbeaten team at 30.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers suffered their first loss in two games.

Over in Roxas City, expro Henry Fernandez sank the winning triple as businessman Armando Quibod’s Montana PawnshopDavao Jewels toppled the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 8582.

The Jewelers improved to 2-3 as they avenged their 79-84 loss to the Warriors 12 days ago.

gameface_one
05-01-2007, 11:24 AM
Pagadian five turns back Ozamiz; Quezon prevails



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Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 05/01/2007


OZAMIZ CITY -- Pagadian City Explorers sizzled in the payoff period to topple grand slam champion Ozamiz Cotta, 77-74, Sunday in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.

The backcourt tandem of Maui Huelar and Mike Orquillas combined with John Villaver to propel the fiery comeback of Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers against the Cotta Shrine five of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

Over in Lucena City, Quezon Villa Anita snapped a five-game losing skid by beating Montaña Pawnshop-Davao, 80-69.

It was the fifth win in eight games for the Explorers but only the second for Quezon.

Orquillas and Villaver paced the Explorers, who dealt Ozamiz its second loss in three games.

Businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewellers threatened in the third period behind Henry Fernandez and Tonyboy Espinosa, but Bryan Gahol got able support from recruits Jeff Sanders and Danny Capobres to preserve Quezon’s victory.

Action resumes Tuesday with unbeaten Tagaytay Spring facing Davao at the Oreta Sports Complex in Malabon.

The scores:
QUEZON 80 -- Gahol 14, Sanders 13, Malonzo 10, Mendoza 10, Gumatay 7, Capobres 7, Veranga 5, Buenaventura 4, Vilar 4, Atablanco 3, Agapito 2, Dela Cruz 1, Drio 0.
DAVAO 69 -- Fernandez 15, Ayron 15, Espinosa 13, Jawod 5, Gonzaga 4, Braga 4, Abanes 4, Ilanga 3, Lamocha 2, Quibod 0.
Quarters: 22-14, 35-33, 53-53, 80-69

* * *
PAGADIAN 77 -- Orquillas 13, Villaver 13, Singedas 10, Cortez 9, Saludsod 9, Daja 7, Mamaclay 5, Huelar 4, Pamaran 3, Naron 2, Sinco 2, Arquero 0, Naguit 0.
OZAMIZ 74 -- Basco 18, Cavan 18, Dacia 13, Gatumbato 12, Bansil 8, Nicdao 6, Sampilo 2, Libatog 2, Balares 0, Alberto 0, Alvarado 0, Tiongson 0.
Quarters: 21-6, 43-36, 56-57, 77-74

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05-01-2007, 12:07 PM
Pagadian upsets grand slam champ
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OZAMIZ CITY — Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers sizzled in the payoff period to topple grand slam champion Ozamiz Cotta, 77-74, Sunday in the 2007 NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


The backcourt tandem of Mui Huelar and Mike Orquillas combined with John Villaver to propel the Explorers’ fiery comeback against the Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

Over in Lucena City, Quezon Villa Anita snapped a five-game losing skid by beating Montaña Pawnshop-Davao, 80-69.

It was the fifth win in eight games for the Explorers but only the second in seven outings for Quezon in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo, Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV, and Viva Prime Channel.

Orquillas and Villaver paced the Explorers, who dealt Ozamiz its second loss in three games.

Businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewellers threatened in the third period behind Henry Fernandez and Tonyboy Espinosa, but Bryan Gahol got able support from new recruits Jeff Sanders and Danny Capobres to preserve Quezon’s victory.

Action resumes today with unbeaten Tagaytay Spring facing Davao at the Oreta Sports Complex in Malabon. This is the first time NBC is holding a game in Malabon.

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05-02-2007, 09:47 AM
Toyota Iloilo hopes to change fortunes
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POTOTAN, Iloilo — The Toyota-Iloilo Warriors try to climb out of the cellar today when they host Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest at the sports complex here.


Tagged as the underdogs in the 6 p.m. contest, the Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and IBL will be out to surprise their visitors, who are running third with a 4-2 card.

Slotman Ruel Balgos, a consistent double-double performer, is again expected to lead the Warriors, who dropped a close 82-85 decision to Montana Pawnshop-Davao in their last outing.

Valencia has turned out to be a revelation in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Led by sensational rookie Ian Saladaga, 6-foot-7 Nat Cruz and 2005 Rookie of the Year Eliazar "Buboy" Berami, the Valencia cagers have been shocking some of the top teams in the league, including the Pagadian Explorers.

"We have to stop (Ruel) Balgos. That’s our plan tonight," said Valencia coach Noli Tagsip.

Valencia beat Iloilo in their first meeting, 105-97, despite a sterling 28 points, 17 rebound performance by Balgos.

gameface_one
05-02-2007, 09:51 AM
Gahol, three others, help Quezon-Villa

arrest five-game losing slump in NBC


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Last updated 12:43pm (Mla time) 05/01/2007


Bryan Gahol and his three new teammates helped Quezon-Villa Anita end an alarming five-game skid with an 80-69 drubbing of Montaña Pawnshop-Davao last Sunday in the 2007 NBC National Cup at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

Gahol finished with 14 points, while new recruits Jeff Sanders, Danny Capobres and Ogie Gumatay combined for 27 points for Quezon, which bagged just its second win in seven games.

Aside from Gahol, Capobres, Sanders and Gumatay, Robin Mendoza also shone bright for Quezon with his 10 points and seven assists.

Henry Fernandez and Dado Ayson scored 15 markers each, Tonyboy Espinosa added 13 for the Jewels, who absorbed their fourth loss in six games.

In the other game, the Pagadian Explorers nailed their fifth win in eight games by upsetting defending champion Ozamiz Cotta, 77-74, at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. Gym in Ozamiz City. Ozamiz dropped to 1-2 (win-loss).

BOX SCORES:
QUEZON (80)- Gahol 14, Sanders 13, Malonzo 10, Mendoza 10, Gumatay 7, Capobres 7, Veranga 5, Buenaventura 4, Vilar 4, Atablanco 3, Agapito 2, Dela Cruz 1.
DAVAO (69)- Fernandez 15, Ayson 15, Espinosa 13, Jawod 5, Gonzaga 4, Braga 4, Abanes 4, Ilanga 3, Lamocha 2.
QUARTERSCORES: 22-14, 35-33, 53-53, 80-69.

PAGADIAN (77)- Orquillas 13, Villaver 13, Singedas 10, Cortez 9, Saludsod 9, Daja 7, Mamaclay 5, Huelar 4, Pamaran 3, Naron 2, Sinco 2.
OZAMIZ (74)- Basco 18, Cavan 18, Dacia 13, Gatumbato 12, Bansil 8, Nicdao 6, Sampilo 2, Libatog 2.
QUARTERSCORES: 21-6, 43-36, 56-57, 77-74. /Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova

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05-08-2007, 08:15 AM
Spring Cooking Oil wins



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MANILA, Philippines -- Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil posted a coast-to-coast 77-68 victory over visiting Valencia Golden Harvest Sunday night in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Oreta Sports Center in Malabon City.

Rodel Mallari sparkled anew for the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino by producing 16 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

The Cooking Oil Masters improved their record to 5-0, half-a-game behind idle leader Iligan, 6-0.

Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia cagers dropped to 5-3. They were led by Buboy Berami and Jester Adams, who had 14 points apiece.

“It’s a team effort,” said Tagaytay Spring coach Efren “Yong” Garcia of the victory. “The boys had some lapses but they made up for it with a strong defense.”

Spring led 64-53 going into the fourth quarter, but Valencia closed to within 61-67 at the 4:44 mark behind Adams’ fiery shooting.

Mallari, Marlon Legaspi and Jeff Tajonera erupted for 10 points to put the game away, 74-61, with less than a minute left.

The tournament is being supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

The scores:
TAGAYTAY-SPRING 77 -- Mallari 16, Marquez 13, Victolero 10, Tajonera 10, Legaspi 9, Munoz 6, Bolocon 5, Epondulan 3, Reyes 2, Salud 2, De Castro 1, Cuenca 0
VALENCIA 68 -- Berami 14, Adams 14, Cruz 12, Dragon 9, Concha 7, Saladaga 6, Clavel 3, Bolias 2, Cesar 1, Mella 0
Quarters: 19-9, 39-32, 64-53, 77-68

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05-09-2007, 07:59 AM
Ozamiz subdues Montana
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DAVAO CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta came from behind to subdue Montana Pawnshop-Davao, 79-76, Sunday in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Holy Cross College gym here.


Gerry Cavan fired his conference-high 24 points on 5-of-8 shooting to propel Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers to their second victory in four games while dealing businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewelers their seventh loss in nine outings.

Former MVP Christian Nicdao came up with his best game so far to help Ozamiz avert what could have been its third straight loss in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

All the teams want to beat us since we’re the defending champions," said Ozamiz coach Albert Calvo. "We’re still far from our usual form."

The scores:

OZAMIZ 79 — Cavan 24, Nicdao 13, Dacia 10, Basco 9, Tiongson 6, Bansil 6, Alberto 4, Gatumbato 3, Alvarado 3, Balares 1, Sampilo 0

DAVAO 76 — Fernandez 23, Abanes 3, Ilanga 9, Lamocha 7, Espinosa 6, Ayson 5, Jawod 4, Dawal 4, Edrinal 2, Canlas 2, Braga 1

Quarters: 19-22, 38-44, 62-59, 79-76

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05-11-2007, 09:04 AM
Ozamiz overcomes Iloilo
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OZAMIZ CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz rode on PBL veteran Bruce Dacia’s 33 points to rip the visiting Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 102-91, Wednesday night in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


Dacia converted 11 of his 14 field attempts, including 3-of-4 from the arc, to give the Cotta Shrine cagers their third win in five games in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Once Dacia got going, ably supported by former MVP’s Marlon Basco and Christian Nicdao, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz squad began pulling away after barely edging ahead in the first, 27-25.

Businessman Robert Uy’s Warriors had five players in double figures, led by Ruel Balgos, but they still ended up dropping their eighth win in nine outings to remain mired in the cellar.

Over at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon-Villa Anita dealt Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest their second straight loss, 69-55, to improve its record to 3-5.

Bryan Gahol and Ogie Gumatay combined for 32 points as the Quezonians of Gov. Willie Enverga led from start to finish.

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05-14-2007, 08:03 AM
Pagadian five blasts Iloilo, ends Balgos double-D run



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PAGADIAN CITY -- The Pagadian Explorers moved up to solo third in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Friday by crushing the Toyota Iloilo Warriors, 86-77, at the city gym here.

John Villaver and Erian Daja combined for 41 points to power Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers to their sixth win in 10 games in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Yahoo Philippines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, BasketballTV and Viva Prime Channel.

The Warriors of businessman Robert Uy suffered their ninth loss in 10 outings.

Warrior Ruel Balgos’ string of double-double performances came to an end as he was outplayed by Daja at the post. Balgos managed to score only 11 points and grab five rebounds.

Pagadian opened up several double-digit leads and never looked back after surging to a 30-16 first-quarter lead.

The tourney takes a break to give way to the May 14 polls. It will resume play on May 22 with a pair of explosive games pitting Tagaytay Spring against Quezon Villa Anita and defending champion Ozamiz Cotta against Montaña Davao.

The scores:
PAGADIAN 86 -- Villaver 21, Daja 20, Orquillas 14, Sinco 8, Saludsod 8, Pamaran 5, Cortez 5, Naron 3, Asaytono 0, Naguit 0, Quilo 0, Mamaclay 0, Arquero 0.
ILOILO 77 -- Senieres 18, Guanco 17, Laborte 15, Baglos 11, Leonida 7, Sina-on 4, Singco 4, Sencil 4, Cortel 1, Tizon 0.
Quarters: 30-16, 55-39, 70-55, 86-77

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05-28-2007, 08:33 AM
Pacman five snaps Iligan victory run



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ILIGAN CITY -- Aware that their boss Manny Pacquiao is hurting after a stinging loss in the political arena, the GenSan MP Pacman cagers gave the champ some consolation by ending the six-game winning streak of erstwhile unbeaten Iligan, 83-73, Saturday in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the MSU-IIT gym here.

A barrage of three-pointers froth Donald Tadena and Louie Medalla in the first quarter set the tone for Pacman’s stunning victory.

Mayor Lawence Cruz’s Crusaders, also backed by Sen. Ralph Recto, rallied behind Bong Marata but they could not sustain their run.

It was Pacman’s third win in seven games.

The Crusaders remained on top at 6-1.

“It feels great to win again,” said GenSan coach Ramon Pido. “Nasunod ang game plan namin. Naunahan namin sila and I think that was the key.”

Meanwhile, the NBC game of the week is aired at 6:30 p.m. every Friday on BasketballTV.

The scores:

GENSAN 83 -- Medalla 15, Coronado 11, Dennison 11, Celiz 10, Mejorada 9, Farochillen 8, Recustodio 7, Tadena 6, Loesin 6, Ramos 4.

ILIGAN 73 -- Marata 21, Mangahas 13, Guiyab 8, Kalaw 7, Sta. Cruz 7, Cabili 4, Magdadaro 30, Hardin 2, Gatchalian 2, Ayodelle 2.

Quarters: 26-16, 44-37, 58-50, 83-73

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06-01-2007, 05:43 PM
Ozamiz cagers overpower Montaña Davao



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OZAMIZ CITY -- Defending Grand Slam champion Ozamiz Cotta continued its steady climb in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Wednesday by trouncing Montana Davao, 94-87, at the Angel Medina Sr. gym here.

Bruce Dacia led Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers with 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks.

Ozamiz used a balanced scoring attack to make it two in a row over the visiting Jewelers in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, BasketballTV and Viva Prime Channel.

It was Ozamiz’s fourth win in six outings, moving it to solo fourth ahead of Valencia Golden Harvest.

The Jewelers trailed by only one on the first quarter, 24-25, and even tied the count at 44 with 45 seconds left in the second.

The last time Davao threatened Ozamiz was at 87-84 early in the payoff period.

Businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewelers try to improve their 208 record when they play the Pagadian Explorers at 7 p.m. today in Pagadian.

The scores:
Ozamiz (94) -- Liangco 14, Dacia 14, Basco 12, Bansil 12, Alvarado 10, Cavan 6, Gatumabto 6, NIcdao 5, Sampilo 4, Delina 1, Alberto 1, Balares 1
Davao (87) -- Ilanga 17, Fernandez 14, Lamocha 13, Araman 11, Espinosa 6, Jawod 6, Braga 5, Ayson 4, Dawal 4, Abanes 3, Canlas 2
Quarters: 25-20, 49-44, 77-67, 94-87

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06-03-2007, 09:55 PM
NBC’s Marquez makes Air21 grade; Pagadian wins
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CRACK TAGAYTAY-SPRING Cooking Oil playmaker Niño Marquez made it to Air21 in the PBA yesterday, a development that overshadowed Pagadian’s 84-52 rout of Montana Davao in the ongoing NBC National Cup basketball tournament Friday night in Pagadian City.


The 5-foot-10 Marquez, who helped the Cooking Oil Masters post a 5-1 record in the NBC so far, was picked by Air21 from the free agent pool to replace injured Gary David in time for the Express’ game against Ginebra San Miguel today.

"Niño (Marquez) is a big loss to out team. But we’re very happy that he has finally realized his dream of playing in the NBA," said Tagaytay-Spring co-owners NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and his EVP, Mayor Bambol Tolentino. "We wish him well in his PBA stint."

Marquez is averaging 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the NBC in the ongoing NBC Cup. He joins former Spring teammate MJ Caceres and fellow NBC stars Egay Echavez, Ronjay Enrile, Mark Magsumbol and Magnum Membrere in the PBA.

Meanwhile, the Explorers (7-4) improved their chances for a top three finish in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

After a tight first half, the Explorers hit their strides in the last 20 minutes to crush businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewelers, whose usually fiery backcourt duo of Henry Fernandez and Tonyboy Espinosa was shutout after going 0-for-20 from the field.

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06-04-2007, 07:38 AM
NBC CAGING
In-form Ozamiz spills Iligan five



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Last updated 06:44am (Mla time) 06/04/2007


OZAMIZ CITY -- Last year’s grand slam titlist Ozamiz is finally back in championship form.

After struggling in the early part of the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament, the Cotta Shrine cagers knocked Firefly-Iligan out of first place with a convincing 96-84 victory Saturday at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.

Billy Bansil and Orly Alvaradao ably backed Marlon Basco as the charges of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog turned a tight contest in the first three quarters into a rout.

With a 5-2 record, Ozamiz trails idle frontrunner Tagaytay Spring (5-1) and Iligan (6-2) in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Philippines, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

“Bumabalik na yung dati naming (We’ve got back our) chemistry,” said Ozamiz coach Albert Calvo. “Pagkatapos bumagsak kami sa (After we fell to) 1-2, I challenged the boys to play like true champions.”

Basco knocked in 23 points while Bansil and Bruce Dacia had 15 each as Ozamiz limited Iligan to 13 points in the fourth quarter and held Bong Marata, who scored 32 when Iligan won 92-90 in their first meeting, to only five points.

New recruit Nat Cruz paced the Crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Harold Sta. Cruz had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 84 -- Basco 23, Bansil 15, Dacia 15, Sampilo 13, Alvarado 9, Gatumbato 7, Alberto 5, Cavan 4, Nicdao 3, Balares 0, Liangco 0.

ILIGAN 71 -- Cruz 20, Go 17, Sta. Cruz 14, Saladaga 10, Hardin 7, Marata 5, Mangahas 5, Gatchalian 4, Ayodelle 2, Guiyab 0, Magdadaro 0, Kalaw 0.

Quarters: 27-27, 49-46, 71-69, 96-84

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06-06-2007, 09:42 AM
Montaña upsets Pagadian
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DAVAO CITY — Montaña Pawnshop-Davao rewarded its loyal fans Monday by downing favored Pagadian, 94-90, in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Almendras gym here.


Henry Fernandez spewed fire from the start as businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewelers snapped a five-game losing streak in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Fernandez shot 7-of-15 from the floor and sank 10 of his conference-high 13 free throws to lead all scorers with 28 points.

Junel Jawod and Tonyboy Espinosa ably backed Fernandez as the Jewelers posted their third win in 11 games.

Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers, who led early in the first half, had five players in double figures, but the Jewelers proved steadier at crunchtime.

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06-08-2007, 09:30 AM
Pacquiao cagers pull NBC shocker
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s MP Pacman GenSan pulled a big surprise in the ongoing Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Wednesday night by edging the Pagadian Explorers, 66-63, at the Lagao gym here.


Jeffrey Locsin produced big plays at crunchtime to improve GenSan’s record to 4-4 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines. Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

GenSan trailed from the start as ex-pro Nelson Asaytono waxed hot for Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers. But Pacquiao’s boys stayed within striking distance and finally struck hard in the payoff period to deal Pagadian its sixth loss in 13 games.

"This was a test of character for us. Hindi kami nag-give up. Collectively, our team rose above the challenge," said GenSan coach Ramon Pido.

The scores:

GenSan 66 — Locsin 14, Ramos 9, Berami 8, Recustodio 7, Coronado 5, Menor 4, Deligero 4, Medalla 4, Sumampong 3, Celiz 2, Tadena 2, Denisson 2, Mejorada 0, Farochillen 0.

Pagadian 63 — Asaytono 23, Orquillas 12, Daja 8, Mamaclay 8, Saludsod 7, Villaver 3, Huelar 2, Sinco 0, Pamaran 0, Ayuk 0, Quilo 0, Cortez 0

Quarters: 11-19, 30-30, 44-50, 66-63

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06-12-2007, 08:38 AM
Montaña nips Iligan in NBC
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DAVAO CITY — Montaña Pawnshop-Davao continued its remarkable comeback in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Sunday by nosing our Firefly-Iligan, 84-83, at the Almendras gym here.


Elongated ex-pro Frederick Canlas made good the second of two tip ins after a miss by Jonel Jawod with 3.4 seconds left to give businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewellers their third straight victory that boosted their record to 4-8.

Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders put the game under protest, claiming there was no more time left when the 6-foot-9 Canlas scored the basket.

The Crusaders’ third loss in six games dropped them to third spot in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball and Viva Prime Channel.

The game was close from the start, with the Jewellers trailing 17-19 and 42-43 in the first 20 minutes. But with veteran Tonyboy Espinosa orchestrating plays, Henry Fernandez and Jawod caught fire in the third quarter to give the Jewellers a 63-59 advantage going into the payoff canto.

Two games pitting Quezon Villa Anita against the Iloilo Warriors and frontrunning Tagaytay Spring against defending champion Ozamiz Cotta were being played yesterday at the Oreta Sports Complex in Malabon City.

The scores:

DAVAO 84 — Fernandez 20, Jawod 15, Ilanga 8, Canlas 8, Lamocha 8, Ayson 6, Abanes 6, Braga 5, Panerio 5, Espinosa 3

ILIGAN 83 — Sta. Cruz 19, Cruz 15, Go 13, Marata 11, Saladaga 7, Guiyab 6, Mangahas 4, Kalaw 4, Hardin 2, Cabili 2, Ayodelle 2

Quarters: 17-19, 42-43, 63-59, 84-83

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06-13-2007, 11:17 AM
Tagaytay nips Ozamis to grab solo NBC lead
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4 p.m. — Iloilo vs Tagaytay
6 p.m. — Ozamiz vs Quezon



TAGAYTAY SPRING exacted some measure of revenge against defending champion Ozamiz Cotta Monday night with an 84-83 victory in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the newly built Oreta Sports Center of Malabon Mayor Tito Oreta.


Ex-pro Marlon Legaspi scored two crucial baskets and put up a defensive gem on Marlon Basco in the final seconds to preserve Tagaytay’s sixth win in seven games and solo leadership.

It was a sweet revenge for the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and his EVP, Mayor Bambol Tolentino,who were swept by Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers in last year’s finals.

"We nearly collapsed in the second half. Buti na lang nag-step up ang mga veteran players ko sa endgame," said coach Efren "Yong" Garcia of Spring which nearly squandered a 15-point first-half advantage.

Larry Rodriguez sparkled in his debut for Spring with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was backed by Mar Reyes, who had 16; Rodel Mallari (13) and Nani Epondulan (10).

Quezon Villa Anita downed the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas, 73-67, in the opener.

Paolo Malonzo scored all of his 14 points in the second half as Quezon evened its records at 5-5 in the tourney backed by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Action shifts to the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City today with the Cooking Oil Masters facing the Warriors at 4 pm and Ozamiz meeting Quezon at 6.

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06-21-2007, 09:04 AM
GenSan stuns Tagaytay-Spring



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GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- MP Pacman-GenSan shocked Tagyatay-Spring Cooking Oil, 69-60, in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Tuesday at the packed Lagao gym here.

Point guard Louie Medalla scored a conference high 20 points, grabbed four rebounds and issued three assists to lead the Warriors of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to their eighth win in 13 games.

Tagaytay-Spring’s third loss in 10 outings dropped it to a second-place tie with defending champion Ozamiz.

GenSan controlled the game from the start, but the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino of Tagaytay City found their mark in the third to take a 48-47 lead into the payoff canto.

Medalla and company regained their touch, however, and charged ahead for good early in the fourth canto.

The community-based tourney is being supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, BasketballTV and Viva Prime Channel.

The scores:

GENSAN 69 -- Medalla 20, Berami 13, Ramos 11, Farochillen 9, Coronado 5, Locsin 4, Celiz 3, Mejorada 2, Denisson 2, Recustodio 0, Tadena 0.

TAGAYTAY 60 -- Rodriguez 15, Legaspi 10, Reyes 7, Tajonera 6, Epondulan 5, Yambao 5, De Castro 4, Victolero 2, Bolocon 2, Mallari 2, Munoz 2, Cuenca 0.

Quarters: 15-12, 35-31, 47-48, 69-60

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06-23-2007, 10:34 AM
Tagaytay Spring spills Davao



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DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil bounced back from a recent unexpected loss by whipping Montaña Pawnshop-Davao, 79-72, Thursday night to gain a first-place tie in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Lagao gym here.

PBL veteran Larry Rodriguez produced another big game to power the Cooking Oil Masters to their eighth win in 11 games.

Rodriguez had 15 points, 14 rebounds and two steals as the team of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league vice president Mayor Bambol Tolentino caught idle Firefly-Iligan at the top after being derailed 60-69 by MP Pacman GenSan in its last outing.

“We were off against GenSan,” said Tagaytay Spring coach Efren “Yong” Garcia. “I told the boys to just work hard since we’re on the road.”

The Jewelers dropped to 7-10.

Iligan and Tagaytay Spring dispute solo leadership at 7 p.m. today in Iligan City.

The scores:

TAGAYTAY 79—Rodriguez 15, Epondulan 12, Reyes 11, Bolocan 11, Tajonera 9, De Castro 8, Mallari 4, Victolero 4, Yambao 3, Muñoz 2, Legaspi 0, Cuenca 0.

DAVAO 72—Fernandez 15, Araman 13, Ilanga 10, Panerio 8, Canlas 8, Espinosa 7, Abanes 4, Quibod 3, Jawod 2, Lamocha 2.

Quarters: 26-19, 41-35, 63-55, 79-72

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06-23-2007, 10:38 AM
Spring cagers bounce back, beat Montana
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DAVAO CITY — Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil bounced back from a recent unexpected loss by whipping Montana Pawnshop-Davao, 79-72, Thursday night to gain a first-place tie in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Lagao gym here.


PBL veteran Larry Rodriguez produced another big game to power the Cooking Oil Masters to their eighth win in 11 games in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Rodriguez had 15 points, 14 rebounds and two steals as the team of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league MVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino caught idle FireflyIligan at the top after being derailed 60-69 by MP Pacman GenSan in its last outing.

"Medyo off ang laro namin sa GenSan. I told the boys to forget it and just work hard since we’re on the road," said Tagaytay Spring coach Efren "Yong" Garcia.

Nani Epondulan, Mar Reyes and Gambi Bolocon backed up Rodriguez with 12, 11 and 11 points, respectively.

Businessman Armando Quibod’s Jewelers dropped to 7-10.

Iligan and Tagaytay Spring dispute solo leadership at 7 pm today at the MSU-IIT gym in Iligan City.

The scores:

TAGAYTAY 79 — Rodriguez 15, Epondulan 12, Reyes 11, Bolocan 11, Tajonera 9, De Castro 8, Mallari 4, Victolero 4, Yambao 3, Munoz 2, Legaspi 0, Cuenca 0

DAVAO 72 — Fernandez 15, Araman 13, Ilanga 10, Panerio 8, Canlas 8, Espinosa 7, Abanes 4, Quibod 3, Jawod 2, Lamocha 2, Braga 0, Ayson 0

Quarters: 26-19, 41-35, 63-55, 79-72

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06-24-2007, 09:48 AM
Tagaytay beats Iligan Crusaders

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06-26-2007, 10:12 AM
Tagaytay-Spring Oil five grabs NBC lead



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ILIGAN CITY—Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil banked on former pro Marlon Legaspi’s heroics to nip Firefly-Iligan, 86-85, and grab solo leadership in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Saturday at the MSU-IIT gym here.

Legaspi buried his fourth triple with 16 seconds left to provide the difference in the cliffhanger.

The Crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz, who are also being supported by former senator Ralph Recto, bungled their last play, enabling the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league VP Mayor Bambol Tolentino to tally their ninth win in 12 games.

“It’s good my veterans stepped up and our defense did not crack in the stretch,” said Spring coach Efren “Yong” Garcia.

Iligan dropped to 8-4 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Philippines, San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Legaspi led all scorers with 20 points. He also finished with six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

The Cooking Oil Masters squandered an 11-point lead when Harold Sta. Cruz and Nat Cruz sparked a fierce Iligan rally. Nani Epondulan and Legaspi fought back for Spring, but the Crusaders still managed to inch ahead, 85-83. Shortly, Legaspi sank his last trey to settle the issue.

Action resumes Wednesday with Pagadian facing crosstown rival Ozamiz at 7 p.m. at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

The scores:
TAGAYTAY 86 -- Legaspi 20, Epondulan 17, Bolocon 11, Mallari 9, Reyes 9, Tajonera 6, De Castro 5, Victolero 4, Cuenca 0
ILIGAN 85 -- Sta. Cruz 14, Cruz 14, Saladaga 13, Go 12, Hardin 11, Kalaw 11, Mangahas 6, Guiyab 0, Marata 0, Cabili 0, Gatchalian 0
Quarters: 15-19, 40-40, 60-52, 86-85

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06-27-2007, 07:25 PM
Tagaytay grabs NBC lead
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Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil has become the leader in the National Basketball Conference team standings after beating Firefly-Iligan Crusaders, 86-85, at the MSU-IIT Gym in Iligan City in a recent game.

Marlon Legaspi came out as Tagaytay’s hero for the night on Saturday as he drilled a three pointer in the 16 seconds of the game to put his team ahead of the Crusaders.

Legaspi churned out 20 points for the Oil Masters to snatch the lead with a 9-3 win-loss card. Iligan, meanwhile, dropped to 8-4.

The Cooking Oil Masters nearly squandered an 11-point lead, 63-52, when Harold Sta. Cruz and Nat Cruz, fired up Iligan with a 14-0 run at the opening of the final canto.

Tagaytay veterans Nani Epondulan and Legaspi, however, foiled the Crusaders' run.

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06-28-2007, 10:54 AM
Ozamiz nips Pagadian 5
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OZAMIZ CITY – Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta nosed out Pagadian, 102-100, and closed in on an outright semifinals berth in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Tuesday at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


Marlon Basco and Orly Alvarado scored the insurance baskets in the dying seconds to propel Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers to their eighth win in 11 outings.

Two consecutive three-pointers from Melvin Mamaclay and Nelson Asaytono which sandwiched Lou Gatumbato’s basket made it 99-97 with 11 seconds left. Pagadian then went on a founding spree, enabling Alvarado and Basco to sink three free throws and ice the game, 102-97, with four ticks left.

Mamaclay banked a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final count.

The loss levelled the record of Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers at 7-7 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Ozamiz faces MP Pacman GenSan at 7 pm tomorrow at the Almendras gym in Davao City.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 102 – Basco 23, Dacia 23, Cavan 10, Gatumbato 10, Nicdao 9, Alberto 8, Liangco 6, Bansil 6, Alvarado 4, Sampilo 2, Libatog 2, Tiongson 2, Caylan 0

PAGADIAN 100 – Mamaclay 31, Asaytono 19, Villaver 17, Naron 9, Orquillas 6, Huelar 4, Daja 4, Saludsod 4. Sinco 3, Quilo 2, Pamaran 1

Quarters: 29-22, 54-44, 76-74, 102-100

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07-02-2007, 09:28 AM
Ozamiz, Tagaytay tied on top of NBC
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Ozamiz Cotta tied Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil at the top of the team standings by hammering out a 101-95 win over MP Pacman-Gensan in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Championship at the Lagao Gym in Davao City.

Ozamiz’s Bruce Dacia churned out 26 points, making 10 of his 17 attempts to lead his team over MP Pacman-Gensan during the clash Friday night.

Melfred Sampilo and Marlon Basco also chipped in for Ozamiz 23 and 17 points, respectively.

Gensan was led by Jaypee Locsin's, who scored 18 points. Four more Gensan players chipped in double figures but could not score enough to prevent an Ozamiz win.

Ozamiz scored its ninth win in 12 outings.

Scores:

Ozamiz 101 - Dacia 26, Sampilo 23, Basco 17, Nicdao 9, Cavan 8, Alvarado 7, Gatumbato 7, Bansil 2, Tiongson 2, Balares 0, Alberto 0.

Gensan 95 - Locsin 18, Ramos 14, Berami 14, Medalla 13, Recustodio 12, Coronado 6, Celiz 4, Tadena 4, Callo 3, Dennison 0.

Quarters: 18-25, 48-43, 70-63, 101-95

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07-03-2007, 08:03 AM
NBC: GenSan five gets back at Ozamiz



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DAVAO CITY -- Less than 24 hours after catching the front-running Tagaytay Spring at the top of the heap in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament, defending champion Ozamiz Cotta tumbled to third place.

The Cotta Shrine cagers fell to boxing hero Manny Pacquiao’s MP Pacman GenSan, 91-99, barely a day after winning their first meeting, 101-93, at the JS Gaisano gym here.

Pacquiao’s Warriors started strong behind the inside-outside tandem of Jaypee Locsin and Apol Coronado and never looked back after surging to a 29-19 first quarter lead.

Locsin and Coronado combined for 38 points while Gensan’s tight defense limited Bruce Dacia, Marlon Basco and Melfred Sampilo to a combined output of 18 points, way below their 66-point production a night earlier.

Ozamiz fell 9-4, behind Tagaytay Spring (9-3) and Firefly Iligan (10-4) while GenSan improved to a 9-6 in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

“We made the right adjustments after our first meeting,” said GenSan mentor Ramon Pido.

The scores:
GENSAN 99 -- Coronado 20, Locsin 18, Mentor 12, Medalla 11, Ramos 11, Dennison 9, Farochillen 7, Celiz 4, Tadena 3, Recustodio 1
OZAMIZ 91 -- Cavan 21, Nicdao 18, Dacia 13, Gatumbato 13, Alberto 11, Bansil 6, Basco 5, Alvarado 2, Liangco 2, Tiongson 0, Smapilo 0, Balares 0.
Quarters: 29-19, 55-44, 73-64, 99-91

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07-04-2007, 09:40 AM
Cooking Oil Masters post 10th victory



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ILOILO CITY -- Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil tightened its grip on the lead in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Monday by spilling the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 91-88, at the University of San Agustin gym here.

Rodel Mallari, Nani Epondulan and the come-backing Niño Marquez sizzled in the Cooking Oil Masters’ searing second-quarter run to overcome the Warriors’ double-digit lead and surge ahead 47-44 at the break.

Mallari and Epondulan scored 11 points each while Marquez, who suited up for Air21 in the pro league Philippine Basketball Association, added 10 to help clinch the 10th win for the squad of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

The Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas fell to 2-11 in the tournament.

Behind Ruel Balgos and Eldrin Senieres, the Warriors waxed hot early to take a 29-19 edge.

But Spring exploded for 28 points while holding down Iloilo to 15 to wrest the upper hand. The Warriors never recovered from that.

The Cooking Oil Masters shoot for their 11th win against defending champion Ozamiz Thursday at the Gov. Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

The scores:

TAGAYTAY 91 -- Mallari 11, Epondulan 11, Marquez 10, Tajonera 9, De Castro 9, Bolocon 7, Rodriguez 7, Legaspi 6, Victolero 6, Reyes 3, Yambao 2.

ILOILO 88 -- Balgos 19, Senieres 17, Dedicatoria 13, Rodriguez 11, Tan 11, Cortel 10, Laborte 4, Guangco 3, Leonida 0.

Quarters: 19-29, 47-44, 74-63, 91-88

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07-04-2007, 09:42 AM
Tagaytay keeps share of NBC lead
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ILOILO CITY — Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil tightened its grip on the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament lead Monday by spilling the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 91-88, at the University of San Agustin gym here.


Rodel Mallari, Nani Epondulan and the comebacking Nino Marquez sizzled in the Cooking Oil Masters’ searing secondquarter run to overcome the Warriors’ double-digit lead and surge ahead 47-44 at the break.

Mallari and Epondulan scored 11 points each while Marquez, who suited up for Air21 in the PBA, added 10 to help the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino clinch their 10th win in 13 games.

The Warriors and businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas fell to 2-11 in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Behind Ruel Balgos and Eldrin Senieres, the Warriors waxed hot early to lead 29-19 after 10 minutes.

But Spring sprung to life and exploded for 28 points while holding down Iloilo to 15 to wrest the upperhand. The Warriors never recovered after that.

The Cooking Oil Masters shoot for their 11th win against defending champion Ozamiz tomorrow at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

The scores:

TAGAYTAY 91 — Mallari 11, Epondulan 11, Marquez 10, Tajonera 9, De Castro 9, Bolocon 7, Rodriguez 7, Legaspi 6, Victolero 6, Reyes 3, Yambao 2

ILOILO 88 — Balgos 19, Senieres 17, Dedicatoria 13, Rodriguez 11, Tan 11, Cortel 10, Laborte 4, Guangco 3, Leonida 0

Quarters: 19-29, 47-44, 74-63, 91-88

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07-07-2007, 09:20 AM
Ozamiz nips Spring Oil 5



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OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines—Melfred Sampilo drained a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift defending champion Ozamiz past Tagaytay Spring, 78-77, Thursday night in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina gym here.

Ozamiz’s victory avenged an 84-83 loss to Tagaytay on June 11 in Malabon City and enabled Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers to top the elimination round at 12-4.

Tagaytay dropped to 10-4 and a second place tie with idle Firefly Iligan in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Trailing 75-77, Ozamiz went to Sampilo, who scored his fourth trey in as many attempts, to foil the bid of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla’s and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino’s Cooking Oil Masters from repeating over the champs.

Tagaytay-Spring was locked in another crucial match with Mayor Sammy Co’s Pagadian Explorers at presstime yesterday.

Sampilo finished with 13 points to steal the show from Marlon Basco and Bruce Dacia, who had 19 and 17, respectively.

The scores:

OZAMIZ 78—Basco 19, Dacia 17, Sampilo 13, Nicdao 6, Alvarado 4, Gatumbato 2, Bansil 2, Alberto 2, Liangco 2, Cavan 1, Tiongson 0, Balares 0.

TAGAYTAY 77—Rodriguez 15, De Castro 11, Marquez 10, Bolocon 8, Tajonera 8, Reyes 7, Mallari 6, Epondulan 6, Yambao 3, Legaspi 3, Victolero 0.

Quarters: 19-14, 33-41, 61-64, 78-77

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07-10-2007, 08:39 AM
Iligan five rallies, pips Tagaytay



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OZAMIZ CITY -- Firefly Iligan’s Crusaders came from behind to nose out Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil, 85-82, Sunday night and move up to solo second in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino controlled the game for 39 minutes, but crumbled in the closing seconds to sustain a big blow in their bid to gain an outright semifinal spot.

A steal by rookie Ian Saladaga led to a fastbreak layup by Arden Guiyab that tied the score at 82.

After Spring failed to score in the next play, it was forced to foul and give the Crusaders the chance to complete their comeback.

“I have to give it to the boys, they refused to lose,” said coach Eric Samsom of the Iligan five which is owned by Mayor Lawrence Cruz and supported by former Sen. Ralph Recto.

Iligan must beat Iloilo in its final game to make it to the semifinals.

The scores:
ILIGAN 85 -- Marata 23, Cruz 19, Mangahas 9, Kalaw 6, Matias 5, Cabili 4, Go 4, Saladaga 4, Ayodelle 3, Hardin 1, Gatchalian 0.
TAGAYTAY 82 -- Mallari 17, Rodriguez 14, Marquez 11, Reyes 9, Legaspi 9, Tajonera 8, De Castro 4, Bolocon 4, Yambao 3, Epondulan 3, Munoz 0, Victolero 0.
Quarters: 19-27, 45-50, 66-69, 85-82

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07-10-2007, 08:43 AM
Iligan downs Spring Oil
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OZAMIZ CITY — Firefly-Iligan’s Crusaders came from behind to nose out Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil, 85-82, and move up to solo second in the 2007 Spring-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Sunday night at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino controlled the game for 39 minutes, but crumbled in the closing seconds to sustain a big blow in their bid to gain an outright semifinal spot.

A steal by rookie Ian Saladaga led to a fastbreak layup by Arden Guiyab that tied the score at 82. After Spring failed to score in the next play, it was forced to foul and give the Crusaders the chance to complete their comeback.

"I have to give it to the boys. They refused to lose," said coach Eric Samson of the Crusaders, who are owned by Mayor Lawrence Cruz and supported by former Sen. Ralph Recto.

Iligan must beat Iloilo in its final game to make it to the semis of the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

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07-12-2007, 12:21 AM
Iligan beats Tagaytay, 85-82, in NBC play
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Firefly-Iligan Crusaders edged Tagaytay Spring Cooking Oil via a come-from-behind win, 85-82, in their recent face-off at the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup, ABS-CBN News learned Wednesday.

Tagaytay, which dominated Iligan for most of the game, collapsed during crunch time during their game Sunday at the Gov. Angel Medina, Sr. gym in Iligan.

Crusader Ian Saladaga made a crucial steal that led to a lay up by Arden Guiyab, breaking an 82-tie.

Tagaytay failed to convert in the next play, prompting a desperation foul. The Crusaders sealed the game at the free throw line.

The Crusaders are now in second place with an 11-4 mark behind Ozamiz (12-4). Tagaytay fell to third place at11-5.

The Scores:

Iligan 85 - Marata 23, Cruz 19. Mangahas 9, Kalaw 6, Matias 5, Cabili 4, Go 4, Saladaga 4, Ayodelle 3, Hardin 1, Gatchalian 0.
Tagaytay 82 - Mallari 17, Rodriguez 14, Marquez 11, Reyes 9, Legaspi 9, Tajonera 8, De Castro 4, Bolocon 4, Yambao 3, Epondulan 3, Muñoz 0, Victolero 0.

Quarters: 19-27, 45-50, 66-69, 85-82.

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07-13-2007, 07:03 AM
Iligan seek semis versus Iloilo
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ILOILO CITY -- The Iligan Crusaders gun for an outright semifinals berth in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Friday when they play the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors at the San Agustin gym here.

The Crusaders of Mayor Lawrence Cruz and supporter former Sen. Ralph Recto are favored in the 6:30 p.m. contest.

If they win, they will join idle defending champion Ozamiz in the semifinals.

The Crusaders earned a shot at the second semifinal slot after turning back Tagaytay Spring, 85-82, last Sunday.

Spring posted an 11-5 mark at the end of the eliminations in the tournament.

“We’ll definitely play tonight seeking an outright semis berth,” said Iligan team manager Freddie Siao. “I told the team not to be overconfident, especially now that Iloilo has beefed up its roster.”

The Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas will bank on Ruel Balgos, Eugene Tan, Floyd Dedicatoria and Erick Rodriguez.

The Crusaders will be bannered by veteran Bong Marata, Nat Cruz and Harold Sta. Cruz.

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07-15-2007, 11:26 PM
Iloilo stuns Iligan
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ILOILO CITY — The Toyota-Iloilo Warriors outplayed Firefly-Iligan in overtime to hack out a surprising 84-76 victory at the end of the elimination round in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Friday night at the University of San Agustin gym here.


Ruel Balgos and Eldrin Senieres combined in a torrid fourth-quarter run to erase a 10-point Iloilo deficit and shove the Warriors ahead, 73-70, in the final minute of regulation. But a three-pointer by Ferdie Go with five seconds left sent the game into overtime.

The Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas would not be denied, however, as they limited Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders to only three points in the extra period while scoring 11.

Despite the loss that tied it with Tagaytay Spring at second at 11-5, Iligan still clinched the second semifinal spot to a better quotient.

Iloilo finished with a 412 mark in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Ozamiz and Iligan drew byes in the eliminations, while the rest of the contending teams will figure in knockout matches.

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07-16-2007, 06:44 AM
Warriors beat Crusaders, 84-76, in OT

The Toyota-Iloilo Warriors outgunned the Firefly-Iligan Crusaders, 84-76, in overtime in their recent game at the University of San Agustin Gym, Iloilo City during the closing match of the National Basketball Conference’s classification round.

Warriors Ruel Balgos and Eldrin Senieres led a final quarter rally to grab a 73-70 lead during the closing minutes of the game Friday night.

Iligan’s Ferdie Go fired a three-point bomber with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

The Warriors, however, held off the Crusaders during the extra period.

Iloilo now sports a 4-12 win-loss slate for the league’s classification campaign.

The Crusaders, however, still have the league’s second outright semis berth with a superior quotient joining Ozamiz Cotta at 12-4.

The Warriors will face Montaña Pawnshop-Davao (6-10) on July 19 in the wildcard round.

The Scores:

Iloilo 84 - Balgos 19, Senieres 18, Dedicatoria 12, Tan 8, Cortle 8, Laborte 6, Guanco 3, Guerrero 3, Leonida 2.

Iligan 76 - Go 20, Saladaga 19, Gatchalian 7, Marata 5, Guiyab 5, Mangahas 5, Matias 4, Cabili 3, Cruz 1.

Quarters: 17-17, 29-36, 48-58, 73-73, 84-76 OT.

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07-24-2007, 09:30 AM
Iloilo nips Tagaytay, gains semis



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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines -- The Toyota-Iloilo Warriors continued their amazing run in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball playoffs Sunday by ousting fancied Tagaytay Spring in overtime, 88-86, at the Corpus Christi gym here.

The Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas led 78-75 with six seconds remaining, but Nani Epondulan, who drew a foul from Iloilo’s Floyd Dedicatoria from beyond the arc, sank three free throws to extend the match.

“I couldn’t believe we made it again,” said Uy. “I hope we go all the way this time.”

The Warriors scored six points at the start of the overtime and never looked back to book a semifinal meeting with defending champion Ozamiz on Wednesday, July 25, at the Gov. Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

The scores:

ILOILO 88 -- Senieres 26, Balgos 18, Tan 11, Dedicatoria 9, Pelopero 8, Sencil 6, Leonida 5, Laborte 3, Guanco 2.

TAGAYTAY 86 -- Marquez 27, Epondulan 15, Rodriguez 13, Mallari 9, Tajonera 8, Reyes 4, Yambao 3, Bolocon 2, D. Castro 2.

Quarters: 24-20, 44-42, 61-66, 78-78 (Reg), 88-86

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07-27-2007, 08:48 AM
Ozamiz wins semis opener
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OZAMIZ CITY — Defending champion Ozamiz Cotta remained on track for a fourth straight title in the Spring Cooking Oil NBC National Cup basketball tournament Wednesday night by blasting the Pagadian Explorers, 114-92, at the start of their best-of-three semifinal series at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym here.


After a tight first quarter, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers began pulling away from Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers. Ozamiz led 57-41 at the turn and put the game beyond recall, 82-59, going into the payoff period.

Bruce Dacia and Gerry Cavan sparked Ozamiz’s breakaway and finished with 29 and 20 points, respectively, as the champs moved a step closer to the finals.

Ozamiz posted a record of 36 assists in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Orly Alvarado compiled a personal high 14 assists while ex-PBL pointguard Lou Gatumbato added nine as they outplayed the whole Pagadian team, which finished with only 20 assists.

Meanwhile, Firefly-Iligan and Toyota-Iloilo playing in game 1 of the other best-of-three semifinal series at presstime.

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08-08-2007, 10:32 AM
Iloilo ties NBC semis series
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ILOILO CITY — Toyota-Iloilo’s gritty Warriors steadied in the stretch to hold off Firefly-Iligan, 93-89, and level their best-of-three semifinal series in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the University of San Agustin gym here recently.


Former JRU Heavy Bomber Floyd Dedicatoria played his best game in the conference as he scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds to propel the Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter Mayor Jerry Trenas to victory.

Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders and the Warriors clash again tomorrow to dispute the second finals seat in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo! Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

The winner will meet defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in the best-of-three titles series which starts on Aug. 11.

The scores:

ILOILO 93 — Dedicatoria 28, Balgos 16, Senieres 16, Guerrero 12, Laborte 7, Tizon 5, Leonida 4, Cortel 3, Pelopero 2 2, Sencil 0, Tan 0

ILIGAN 89 — Go 27, Cruz 17, Mangahas 12, Saladaga 9, Kalaw 8, Sta. Cruz 7, Guiyab 4, Hardin 3, Matias 2, Cabili 0, Marata 0

Quarters: 19-19, 47-42, 73-61, 93-89

ILOILO 19 28 26 20 — 93

ILIGAN 19 23 19 28 — 89

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08-11-2007, 07:16 AM
Iligan plays Ozamiz for NBC nat’l title
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ILIGAN CITY — Nat Cruz scored the biggest shot of the night with barely a second left to help Firefly-Iligan nip the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors, 68-66, Thursday at the packed MSU-IIT gym here and arrange a best-of-three title showdown with defending champion Ozamiz Cotta in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament.


Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders and the Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog open their series at 6 p.m. today at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

Ozamiz is seeking its fourth straight crown in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV, and Viva Prime Channel.

After trying the game for the last time at 65 with a split at the stripes with four seconds left, veteran Bong Morata grabbed the rebound and attempted. His shot was too strong, but the ball went to Cruz, who quickly put it in for only his second field goal of the night.

"This is sweet. Nat (Cruz) didn’t give up on the last play. It’s the best win for us so far in this conference," said Iligan mentor Eric Samson.

The loss was a big blow to Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and strong supporter of Mayor Jerry Trenas, who came all the way from the wildcard phase to inch a game away from the finals after beating Iligan in game 1 of the semis series.

ILIGAN 68 — Matias 12, Saladaga 12, Cabili 12, Hardin 6, Cruz 6, Marata 6, Guiyab 4, Go 4, Kalaw 2, Gatchalian 2, Sta. Cruz 2, Mangahas 0.

ILOILO 66 — Balgos 18, Senieres 16, Tan 11, Dedicatoria , Leonida 3, Guerrero 3, Sencil 2, Laborte 2, Guanco 2, Sina-on 0, Pelopero 0, Cortel 0, Tizon 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 41-38, 52-49, 68-66.

ILIGAN 19 22 11 16 — 68

ILOILO 16 22 11 17 — 66

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08-12-2007, 08:02 AM
Iligan wins, faces Ozamiz



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ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—Nat Cruz scored with barely a second left to lift Firefly-Iligan past Toyota-Iloilo, 68-66, Thursday at the MSU-IIT gym here and arrange a best-of-three title duel with reigning titlist Ozamiz Cotta in the 2007 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament.

Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders and the Cotta Shrine cagers of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog open their series at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

After tying the game for the last time at 65 with a split at the stripes with four seconds left, veteran Bong Morata grabbed the rebound and attempted. His shot was too strong, but the ball went to Cruz, who quickly put it in for only his second field goal of the night.

“This is sweet. Nat (Cruz) didn’t give up on the last play,” said Iligan coach Eric Samson. “It’s the best win for us so far in this conference.”
The loss was a big blow to the Warriors of businessman Robert Uy and Mayor Jerry Trenas, who came from the wildcard phase to inch a game away from the finals after beating Iligan in Game 1 of the semis series.

The Warriors trimmed Iligan’s 41-31 lead to 38-41 at the turn.

The scores:

ILIGAN 68—Matias 12, Saladaga 12, Cabili 12, Hardin 6, Cruz 6, Marata 6, Guiyab 4, Go 4, Kalaw 2, Gatchalian 2, Sta. Cruz 2, Mangahas 0.

ILOILO 66—Balgos 18, Senieres 16, Tan 11, Dedicatoria 9, Leonida 3, Guerrero 3, Sencil 2, Laborte 2, Guanco 2, Sina-on 0, Pelopero 0, Cortel 0, Tizon 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 41-38, 52-49, 68-66

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08-15-2007, 12:26 PM
Iligan five survives Ozamiz Cotta, captures NBC Cup



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ILIGAN CITY -- The Firefly-Iligan Crusaders crowned themselves the new NBC Cup champions Monday night by nosing out three-time titlist Ozamiz Cotta, 81-79, at the packed MSU-IIT gym here.

The Crusaders withstood a fierce rally by the Cotta Shrine cagers to sweep the best-of-three series and foil Ozamiz’s bid for a fourth straight championship.

Ozamiz cut Iligan’s 80-73 lead to one on back-to-back triples by Marlon Basco and Bruce Dacia with 15 seconds left. But Arden Guiyab split his charities off a Billy Bansil foul and the Crusaders escaped with the upset as Orly Alvarado’s desperation triple rimmed out at the buzzer.

It was actually the first-ever championship for Mayor Lawrence Cruz’s Crusaders in the country’s premier regional cagefest which was first dominated by Tribu Sugbu and then Ozamiz of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

Marlon Kalaw had a big hand in making this happen as he scattered 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and issued five assists after scoring 12 in the first game, which Iligan won, 88-83.

The Cotta Shrine dribblers refused to give up, however, and grabbed the lead, 63-61, going into the payoff period on the snipings of Dacia and Bansil.

Bong Marata, suiting up for his hometown Iligan after a stint with Pagadian last year, won MVP honors in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Yahoo Phils., San Miguel Beer, Caltex, Sun Cellular, Firefly Lightings, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, Molten, Nature’s Spring, Basketball TV and Viva Prime Channel.

Basco, a former two-time MVP, Dacia, Iloilo’s Ruel Balgos and Iligan’s Harold Sta. Cruz joined Marata in the Mythical Team while Ian Saladaga, also of Iligan, was named Rookie of the Year.

“It’s a collective effort,” said Iligan team manager Freddie Siao. “It’s a big honor to win our first crown at the expense of the defending champions. We thank our supporters for keeping their faith and our team owner Mayor Lawrence [Cruz].”

The scores:
ILIGAN 81 -- Kalaw 21, Matias 12, Go 10, Mangahas 8, Saladaga 7, Cruz 7, Marata 7, Sta. Cruz 5, Guiyab 3, Cabili 1, Hardin 0.
OZAMIZ 79 -- Basco 18, Dacia 18, Cavan 16, Sampilo 10, Gatumbato 8, Nicdao 5, Bansil 3, Liangco 1, Delina 0, Alvarado 0, Caylan 0, Tiongson 0, Balares 0.
Quarters: 29-17, 52-39, 61-63, 81-79

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08-26-2007, 08:05 AM
Spring Oil joins Taiwan cagefest
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REDEMPTION WILL be on his mind when former national coach Boysie Zamar handles anew the NBC (National Basketball Conference) Spring Cooking Oil basketball team in the annual Kwan Hu Invitational Cup tournament in Hua Lien, Taiwan on October 3-8.


Two years ago, Zamar and his all-Filipino Spring Cooking Oil squad nearly made it to the finals of the import-laced tourney organized by Hua Lien Probation Basketball Association. Zamar’s boys lost in double overtime to the European-reinforced Jeotai team and missed the finals.

Zamar is bent on making up for that heartbreaker, bringing along with him this time Firefly-Iligan’s Marlon Kalaw, MVP of the recent NBC finals, and Dondon Villamin and Mar Reyes, holdovers from that 2005 NBC team.

Joining the NBC Spring quintet are Larry Rodriguez, member of the Harbour Centre squad which won the SEABA Champions Cup; Jeff Tajonera, ex-pros Nino Marquez, Marlon Legaspi, Nelson Asaytono, EJ Feihl and NBC Mythical Team player Bruce Dacia.

"We have formed a balanced team. We are now negotiating for two American imports at least 6-foot-5 above to reinforce the team," said NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla.

Zamar is still in Indonesia where his team Aspac Putra is disputing the Indonesian Basketball League title against Satria Muda.

The former UE Warriors mentor will be in Manila on September 15 to take over the team’s practice now being supervised daily by Spring coach Efren "Yong" Garcia at the Malabon Sports Center.

NBC secretary general Tito Palma will head the delegation while Garcia will act as Zamar’s assistant.

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10-19-2007, 11:40 AM
Spring cagers in Penang tilt
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NBC-Spring Cooking Oil flies to Malaysia this morning to compete in the 2007 Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian basketball invitationals starting tomorrow.


Backed by Spring team owner Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and outfitted by Champion Sportswear, the Filipinos will see action against national teams from Thailand, India, Singapore and Malaysia, Iran’s national youth squad, China Basketball League’s Tianjin and Indonesia Basketball League titlist Satria Muda.

The tourney hosted by Penang Basketball Association (PBA) will end on October 27. It offers trophies and cash prizes.

No less than PBA president Ooi Khoon Yeong personally extended the invitation to NBC and Padilla.

Former national coach Boysie Zamar will handle the NBC-Spring squad, with Efren "Yong" Garcia assisting him.

The NBC-Spring team will be composed of Marlon Kalaw, Mar Reyes, Dondon Villamin, Ariel de Castro, Jeff Tajonera, Nani Epondulan and ex-pros Nino Marquez, Marlon Legaspi, EJ Feihl, Nelson Asaytono and Danny Capobres.

"The best teams in Southeast Asia will be playing but I expect the boys to put up a good fight," said Padilla as he wished the players luck on the eve of their departure.

Many of the teams are using the event as part of their preparation for the Southeast Asian Games in December.

"I hope the team will do well and give joy to the Filipino OFWs in Malaysia," said NBC executive vice president and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

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10-24-2007, 11:05 AM
Spring Oil cagers dump Indonesians
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PENANG, Malaysia — NBC-Spring Cooking Oil bounced back from an opening-day loss to Thailand by blasting Indonesia Basketball League champion Satria Muda-Britama, 81-62, Monday in the 2007 Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian invitational tournament at the Han Chiang indoor stadium here.


Ex-pros Nelson Asaytono and EJ Feihl and Dondon Villamin waxed hot from the start to power the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino to the lopsided triumph.

Outfitted by Champion Sportswear, NBC-Spring lost its touch in the final half after leading 37-29 at the turn and fell to Thailand’s national team, 73-82, in one of the opening matches.

"I told the boys to forget our heartbreaking loss to Thailand and simply focus on offense and defense," said NBC-Spring coach Boysie Zamar.

He added that the win gave his team the confidence it badly needs as it goes up next against Iran in the tough tourney. The Iranians clobbered Thailand, 100-74 also Monday.

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10-27-2007, 09:14 AM
NBC-Spring 5 bows to Iranians
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PENANG, Malaysia — NBC-Spring Cooking Oil fell to a quick, tall Iranian National Youth team, 88-100, Thursday and bowed out of the 2007 Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian basketball invitational tournament at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium here.


The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla put up a good fight and appeared to have a good chance of surviving the elimination round despite the absence of injured ex-pro Nelson Asaytono as they trailed by only three, 67-70, going into the payoff period.

But the Filipinos began to crumble when Nani Epondulan, Danny Capobres, EJ Feihl, Nino Marquez and Dondon Villamin started fouling out one after the other, enabling the Iranians to pull away early in the fourth.

"Ang laki ng kalaban," noted NBC-Spring coach Boysie Zamar. "Medyo tagilid pa ang tawag ng mga referees."

Informed in Manila of the Champion-backed squad’s loss, Padilla said: "Despite the defeat, I’m proud of the boys because they fought hard and gave their best."

The Iranians marched into the semifinals as the only unbeaten team.

Marquez earned some consolation for NBCSpring by winning the three-point competition. He knocked in 12 of 15 attempts to beat eight other contestants.

The scores:

IRAN 100 — Naeni 20, Amjad 20, Ebrahiminia 14, Salmani 13, Baheran 11, Shirjang 6, Kazemi 6, Farman 6, Zadeh 4

NBC-SPRING 88 — Marquez 26, Villamin 21, Capobres 15, Feihl 6, Epondulan 6, Reyes 4, Kalaw 4, De Castro 2, Austria 2.

Quarters: 25-14, 43-41, 70-67, 100-88

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11-10-2007, 07:23 AM
NBC: Pagadian faces Zamboanga Latinos



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Last updated 11:42pm (Mla time) 11/09/2007


PAGADIAN CITY--The National Basketball Conference's pre-season kicks off Saturday with the Pagadian Explorers of Rene "Dodong" Pamaran and Mayor Sammy Co facing possible expansion team Zamboanga Latinos here.

The Explorers have recruited former PBL Alwin Espiritu, ex-De La Salle and Cagayan Rapids cager Mark Benitez, FEU's Jay Sierra and Cyril Santiago, and Arellano University's Orly Daroya.

Pagadian will be handled by Alvin Grey.

The Latinos will be composed of Alvin John Munio, Rolando Junie Navarri Jr., Jose Carlo Araojo, Christopher Concepcion, Michaelo Mendoza, Emrey Ramirez, Tan Tan Pareno, Ether Chua, Darwin Cordero, Joemie Alvarez, Bong Botin and Rey Dumapig.

Reynold Langyon is team manager and Edny Morones coach.

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11-28-2007, 08:17 AM
Pacman, Pagadian arrange all-South NBC cage finals
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TAGAYTAY CITY — MP Gensan Pacman and Pagadian scored contrasting victories Monday night to arrange an all-South finals in the 2007 Tagaytay-NBC International Invitational Cup basketball tournament at the Tolentino Sports & Activity Center here.


Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s Warriors came from behind to trim Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil, 79-75, after Mayor Sammy Co’s Explorers had blasted Montana Pawnshop-Davao, 98-82, in the semifinals of the tourney backed by Spring Cooking Oil, Molten, Champion Sportswear, Sulpicio Lines and Nature’s Spring.

Gensan and Pagadian were fighting it out for the crown at presstime last night.

Rolly Menor led the Warriors with 20 points but it was Miller Dennison’s fourth-quarter heroics that carried MP Pacman past the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

With Tagaytay leading 64-53 early in the payoff period, Dennison banged in nine straight points to move Gensan within 62-64 at the 5:58 mark.

Arden Guiyab and Danny Capobres retaliated to make it 72-67 near the turn for home, but Menor, Arian Daja and Jomer Rubi combined for eight points to propel GenSan to a 75-71 advantage with 1:15 left.

Tagaytay refused to yield as Jeff Tajonera sank a triple to tie the count at 75, but Pacquiao’s boys scored back-to-back baskets to finalize the count.

Percius Sinco and Peter Naron sparked the Explorers’ lopsided triumph over the Jewelers with 19 and 14 points, respectively.

The scores:

PAGADIAN 98 — Sinco 19, Naron 14, Villaver 10, Orquillas 10, Quilo 9, Benitez 8, Santiago 7, Pamaran 6, Espiritu 6, Latoreno 4, Ayuk 4, Saludsod 2

DAVAO 82 — Fernandez 13, Clavel 13, Ayson 11, Dawal 11, Braga 10, Abanes 9, Poloyapoy 6, Quibod 4, Lamocha 3, Jawod 2

Quarters: 24-28, 52-38, 77-55, 98-82

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GENSAN 79 — Menor 20, Ladena 14, Dennison 11, Rubi 9, Daja 8, Farochilen 6, Coronado 5, Lumantas 2, Ramos 2, Recustodio 2, Medalla 0

TAGAYTAY 75 — Capobres 25, Marquez 14, De Castro 14, Yajonera 9, Guiyab 8, Reyes 3, Villamin 2, Yambao 0, Cuenca 0

Quarters: 22-16, 32-34, 53-59, 79-75

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11-29-2007, 09:57 AM
Explorers turn back Pacman five, claim NBC Invt’l crown



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Last updated 07:10am (Mla time) 11/29/2007


TAGAYTAY CITY—IT WAS A MATter of pride, with a little bit of vengeance thrown into it.

With that, the Pagadian Explorers squeaked past Manny Pacquiao’s MP Gensan Pacman Warriors, 79-74, Tuesday to rule the 2007 Tagaytay-NBC International Invitational Cup basketball tournament at the Tolentino Sports and Activity Center here.

Mel Latoreno powered the Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co to victory with a game-high 25 points.

But it was more than just the offensive heroics of the former UST standout that saved the day for Pagadian.

“I told my players that this game is all about pride,” said Pagadian coach Bong dela Cruz. “They (Warriors) beat us in the eliminations and we don’t want that to happen again. I’m glad we turned the tables in the game that mattered.”

The explorers buried 12 straight points in a telling run midway through the fourth period, one that broke a 58-all count and gave Pagadian a 70-58 spread in the battle between the two southern-based squads.

Gensan halted the run as Apol Coronado completed a three-point play off Rex Quilo, but by then things were pretty much over.

Still, the Warriors of the country’s boxing icon threatened at 74-73, 17.3 seconds left, but Latoreno and eventual MVP Percius Sinco drove the cushion baskets that made it 79-74.

Sinco was joined by Michael Orquillas, Gensan’s Rolly Menor, Davao’s Dado Ayson and Tagaytay’s Danny Capobres in the Mythical Team.

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12-16-2007, 09:35 AM
Oil Masters, Explorers set up NBC title clash



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Last updated 10:41pm (Mla time) 12/15/2007


PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines--Spring Cooking Oil-Tagaytay and Pagadian's Explorers trounced their respective rivals Friday night to arrange a little showdown for the Pagadian-NBC Invitational Cup basketball tournament here.

The Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and EVP/Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino turned back Gerry Guardo's Arthro-Cebu, 91-79.

Spring banked on the heroics of Nani Epondulan, Ariel de Castro and Mar Reyes who combined for 55 points.

The Oil Masters will be seeing action in their first finals of the tournament hosted by Mayor Samuel Co.

In the second game, the first three-overtime contest in the four-year history of NBC saw Pagadian survive Zamboanga, 127-121.

Peter Naron and John Villaver led the Explorers with 23 and 19 points, respectively.

Playmaker Peng Concepcion paced the Latinos with 22 markers.

The NBC started playing in Pagadian at the start of the year as it staged the pre-season series on Jan. 11-15. The five-day tournament lured six teams led by inaugural national champion Tribu Sugu.

The scores:

First Game
SPRING 91--Epondulan 20, De Castro 19, Reyes 16, Yambao 9, Cuenca 9, Tajonera 7, Villamin 5, Guiyab 4, Legaspi 2.

ARTHRO 79--Justiniani 15, Ursal 12, Almacin 10, Mercado 10, Cainglet 8, Ababon 7, Bucao 6, Berami 4, Legaspi 2.

Quarterscores: 17-31; 43-52; 67-69; 91-79

Second Game
PAGADIAN 127--Naron 23, Villaver 19, Saludsud 18, Benitez 12, Espiritu 12, Sinco 7, Ayuk 6, Singedas 5, Pamaran 3, Quilo 2.

ZAMBOANGA 121--Concepcion 22, Daroya 19, Parreno 17, Ramirez 17, Briones 12, Alvarez 11, Necisito 7, Navarro 4, Dumpaig 4, Sebastian 4, Botin 4.

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12-17-2007, 01:56 PM
Explorers top NBC Invt’l Cup



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Last updated 00:03:00 12/17/2007


PAGADIAN CITY -- THE PAGADIAN Explorers finished strong to beat Spring Cooking Oil-Tagaytay, 90-82, on Saturday and capture the Pagadian-NBC Invitational Cup basketball tournament at the city gym.

John Villaver paced a blistering fourth-quarter rally by the Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co to trim the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and EVP/Mayor Bambol Tolentino, who led three-fourths of the way.

Villaver had 25 points to lead three other Explorers in double figures.

“We struggled for 30 minutes, but we luckily got our rhythm down the stretch,” said Pagadian coach Alvin Grey.

Villaber’s consistency in the tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Molten, Spring Cooking Oil and Champion Sportswear earned him the MVP award.

The scores:
PAGADIAN 90—Villaver 25, Naron 21, Espiritu 14, Quilo 12, Saludsud 4, Singco 4, Benitez 4, Santiago 3, Sierra 2, Pamaran 1.

SPRING 82—De Castro 16, Epondulan 16, Tajonera 13, Reyes 11, Guiyab 8, Legaspi 8, Yambao Jr. 5, Villamin 5.
Quarters: 19-21, 41-48, 61-63, 90-82