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09-16-2006, 11:52 AM
‘Surprise package’ from PBL
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Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Kelly Williams will not be there when the Philippine Basketball League opens its 25th season in November.

But it’s all right.

The league, according to Commissioner Chino Trinidad, is ready to deliver and unwrap another surprise package to its fans, one that would make the departure of its marquee players just an ordinary occurrence.

"We’ve been doing that ever since, we gave them the chance to grow and nurture their careers. That’s our role," said Trinidad. "Now it’s time to look for someone we can help, and who knows, they can be of service to the country in future international events."

There’s no need for Trinidad to look somewhere else.

For one, Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University is being trumpeted this early as the next important player of Magnolia Ice Cream.

There’s also JC Intal of Ateneo, Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano of University of the East, Yousif Aljamal of San Beda, Roby David of Philippine Christian University and Jonathan Fernandez of National University.

Ken Bono of Adamson is also expected to throw his weight around. Actually, the 6-foot-5 Bono and the high-leaping Intal are contesting the Most Valuable Player award in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

Don’t forget the players from the South—they still are a force to reckon with in local basketball.

Intal may suit up for Harbour Centre, which is chasing its second straight title. The Port Masters, starring Yeo and Tenorio, beat Toyota Otis in the recent Unity Cup finals.

"We’re hoping to get him," said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero. "He’s the kind of player we want, very exciting and athletic."

The Port Masters are also eyeing some promising players, including one from the South, to cushion the impact of the exit of Yeo and Tenorio.

Villanuena, a 5-foot-11 guard from Bulacan, can bring stability to the team orphaned by Williams and Santos, who emerged as first and second picks in the recent pro league draft.

Besides his leadership, Villanueva is also deadly shooter from afar. He averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Tamaraws, and he’s expected to produce the same solid numbers when he joins Magnolia in the coming tournament, fittingly dubbed as the Silver Cup.

"We in the Magnolia camp is now excited to have him in the team. He’s a good player, we need a player of his caliber," said team manager Peter Martin. "With Jonas around, we’ll hope we can make it to the semis again."

The Wizards won the Heroes Cup last year but failed to make the Final Four of the Unity Cup in June.

Martin said Villanueva is not really a flashy player but he can surely make things happen for his team with his resolve and speed.

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09-21-2006, 11:38 AM
PBL accepting draft applicants

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:00am (Mla time) 09/21/2006

Published on Page A26 of the September 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League, hoping to discover fresh talents after the exodus of its amateur stars, is now entertaining rookie applicants for its 2006 season-opening tournament.

Deadline for submission is on Oct. 10 at the PBL office at the Tektite Tower in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The league will also conduct a rookie camp two days before the Oct. 13 draft.

“There are a lot of raw talents in the country so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but for the country,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

Crossing over to the pro league after productive stints in the PBL were LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo of 2006 Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre, Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams of Magnolia Ice Cream and a slew of veterans from powerhouse Welcoat Paints.

Several UAAP standouts including point guard Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University and the slam-dunking JC Intal of Ateneo de Manila University are among the top prospects in the rookie draft.

Trinidad, however, strongly encouraged players from the Visayas and Mindanao to join the draft.

The PBL season-opener, billed as the Silver Cup, will kick off in November.

One of the teams badly needing fresh recruits is Harbour Centre, which is now seeking out replacements for Tenorio and Yeo, who have both climbed to the pros. The Port Masters are reportedly eyeing Intal.

“We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio,” said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. “With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good players.

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09-21-2006, 11:45 AM
PBL draft application starts
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THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League (PBL) is now accepting applicants for the Rookie Draft as the country’s premier amateur cage league girds up for the grand opening of its 2007 season.

With the exit of the league’s marquee players, Commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident a new batch of exciting players will emerge from among the prospective applicants.

"There are a lot of raw talents in the country so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but also for the country," said Trinidad. "Right now, I’m trying get in touch with some of my friends in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao to help us find players who we can help."

The draft day for the season-opening tournament that will be called Silver Cup will be held on Oct. 13. Deadline for the submission of application forms will be on Oct. 10.

The league, as usual, will hold its own rookie camp two days before the draft day to allow prospective rookies to show their stuff to the coaching staff of the participating teams.

Badly hit by the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, Harbour Center is now scouring for suitable replacements as the Port Masters chase for another championship after winning their first championship last June

"We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio," said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. "With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good ones."

One of the players being eyed by Harbour Center is JC Intal – Ateneo’s prolific scorer. Intal is the hottest candidate for the MVP plum in the UAAP.

Jonas Villanueva, the sweetshooting guard of Far Eastern University is expected to leadMagnolia Ice Cream along with Jeff Chan this time.

Other teams in the league, including TeleTech and Toyota Otis, are now busy rebuilding their squads to enhance their title bids for the coming tournament slated in November.

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09-21-2006, 11:51 AM
PBL hopes to restock stars via Draft

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The Philippine Basketball League is now accepting applicants for the Rookie Draft, as the country’s premier developmental cage league girds up for the grand opening of its 2007 season.

With the exit of the league’s marquee players, Commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident that a new batch of exciting players is expected to emerge from among the prospective applicants.

"There are a lot of raw talents in the country, so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but also for the country," Trinidad said. "Right now, I’m trying to get in touch with some of my friends in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao to help us find players who we can help."

The draft day for the season-opening tournament that will be called the Silver Cup will be held on October 13. Deadline for the submission of application forms is on October 10.

The league will hold its own rookie camp two days before the draft day to allow prospective rookies to show their stuff to the coaching staffs of the participating teams.

Badly hit by the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, Harbour Centre is now scouring for suitable replacements as the Port Masters chase another championship.

"We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio," said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. "With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good players.

One of the players being eyed by Harbour Centre is JC Intal, Ateneo de Manila University’s prolific scorer. Intal is the hottest candidate for the Most Valuable Player plum in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

Jonas Villanueva, the sweet-shooting guard of Far Eastern University, is expected to be the spearhead of Magnolia Ice Cream along with Jeff Chan.

Other teams in the league, including TeleTech and Toyota Otis, are now busy rebuilding their squads to enhance their title bids for the coming tournament. The Manila Times

AnthonyServinio
10-04-2006, 10:34 AM
I thought the coming tournament was called the SILVER CUP in honor of PBL All-Time Great Silver Villafuerte of Casino Alcohol! ;D :D

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10-06-2006, 08:18 AM
40 aspirants join PBL Rookie Camp
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SOME 40 aspirants, most of them budding collegiate stars, will be joining the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Rookie Camp on Oct. 11 at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

Among the players tipped to perform well in the one-day camp aimed at showcasing their stuff are Gilbert Buyco of the University of the Philippines, Jim Bruce Viray of San Sebastian College, Dyreldale Mendoza of University of Perpetual Help Dalta System and John Derick Dizon of Manuel Luis Quezon University.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad expects the number of participants to swell on Monday which is the deadline for the submission of application forms.

Considering that most leagues in Metro Manila, even the small ones, have their own fast-rising players, Trinidad is confident that this year’s batch will be ranked among the best since the rookie camp was introduced six years ago.

For one, most of the stars of NCAA and UAAP, including the newly-crowned University of Santo Tomas Tigers are also expected to join the camp and the Rookie Draft slated Oct. 13.

Though they have yet to file their application forms, Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez of National University are projected to be among the top picks in the rookie draft.

Trinidad, however, is not discounting the possibility that a new hero from the South will emerge in the coming tournament fittingly called Silver Cup.

Former PBA player Joey Guanio will supervise the rookie camp scheduled from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Late entries will no longer be accepted. For more details please call Lanie Sagayap at 667-3008-09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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10-08-2006, 09:47 AM
PBL holds rookie camp


Inquirer
Last updated 05:14am (Mla time) 10/08/2006

Published on page A27 of the October 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A GEM from the south. Stars from the recent UAAP season. These are the guys Chino Trinidad is waiting for to show up once the Philippine Basketball League’s rookie camp gets going on Oct. 11 at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

And even as the PBL chief waits for them to sign up for the camp, he already has a handful of potential superstars eager to strut their wares.

University of the Philippines frontliner Gilbert Buyco, San Sebastian’s Jim Bruce Viray, Perpetual Help’s Dyreldale Mendoza and MLQU’s John Derick Dizon lead the list of close to 40 aspirants tipped to make the camp home to the most talented rookie batch in years.

“It looks promising,” said Trinidad.

And those at the wings who are expected to declare their intentions soon make the camp even more mouth-watering for team scouts who will watch the camp that will be run by former pro Joey Guanio.

“We’re expecting a lot more standouts to submit their application soon,” said Trinidad.

Among those who are tipped to join the camp include the youth standouts of reigning UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas and other standouts from the collegiate varsity league that just wrapped up its season recently.

Far Eastern U’s Jonas Villanueva, and the talented NU pair of Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez are expected to join the camp and emerge top picks during the draft.

But what has Trinidad excited nowadays is the fact that a new standout from the south may emerge from the camp and make a name for himself in the coming PBL tournament, the Silver Cup.

The rookie camp is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Entries that fail to meet the Monday deadline will no longer be accepted.

For details, call Lanie Sagayap at 667-3008 or 09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302-A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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10-11-2006, 10:48 AM
PBL Rookie Camp opens gates today
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A UAAP star out to prove a point and a slam dunk champion lead a slew of exciting players that will show their stuff in today’s PBL Rookie Camp at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Bonbon Custodio, who was inexplicably benched by the coaching staff of the University of the East Warriors in their Final Four series with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, is one among the more than 70 players eager to strut their wares in the country’s premier amateur league.

This early, Custodio, who normed close to 18 points for the Warriors, is expected to bloom as one of the league’s marquee players following the exit of several former stars, among them Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Gabby Espinas and Kelly Williams.

"He’s one of the promising players in the amateur ranks these days," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad.

Elmer Espiritu, another UE player who gained instant fame after edging out Ateneo’s JC Intal in the slam dunk contest of the Bantay Bata 163 UAAP vs NCAA Showdown last Saturday, is also joining the camp to be run by former pro Joey Guanio from noon to 5 p.m.

Three other players from UE -- Mark Anthony Borboran, Lawrence Briones and Kelvin West Gregorio, and 9 from National University, including Jonathan Fernandez, Michael Salvado, Edwin Asoro and Javon Malcontento have also confirmed their intention to join the one-day camp.

Other notables taking part in the camp are Philippine Christian University’s Lei Mar Navarro and Robby David, Adamson’s Paul Dhanro Gonzalgo and Marvin Poloyapoy, MLQU’s John Derek Dizon, and University of the Philippines’ Gilbert Buyco and Galen Cancha.

But unlike the last time out that produced a pair of 6-foot-7’s, the tallest applicant for this season’s batch is only 6-foot-5 in Gilbert Tenorio of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Trinidad also hopes that a new standout from the South may emerge from the Rookie Draft and make a name for himself in the coming PBL tournament, fittingly called Silver Cup.

After the camp, the league will hold its Rookie Draft on Friday at the PBL office starting from 10 a.m.

For details, call Lanie Sagayap-Halili and Bell Marasigan at 667-3008-09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302-A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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10-12-2006, 11:56 AM
2 new teams join PBL’s Silver Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:25am (Mla time) 10/12/2006

Published on Page A22 of the October 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AMATEUR cage action gets more competitive as two new teams join the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More will be competing in the season-opening tournament billed as the Silver Cup starting Nov. 11.

The league board approved the inclusion of the two squads as guest teams yesterday.

Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, which will be back after a 2-year absence in the league.

“We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the PABL (Philippine Amateur Basketball League),” said owner Jean Henri Lhuillier.

Mail and More, one of the flagships of the Lina Group of Companies, will announce its head coach soon.

“We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals in the league,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

Both teams aim to beef up their rosters by tapping marquee collegiate players during the rookie draft tomorrow.

The newcomers hope to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for supremacy.

Deadline for submission of application for aspiring rookies has been extended until noon today.

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10-12-2006, 12:00 PM
2 guest teams to boost PBL Cup

The Philippine Star 10/12/2006

The Philippine Basketball League board yesterday approved the inclusion of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More as guest teams for the season-opening PBL Silver Cup firing off Nov. 11.

The return of the Cebu-based Cebuana Lhuillier to the PBL fold is expected to further boost the popularity of the country’s premier amateur basketball league, the team being one of the pillars of amateur basketball in the south.

Mail and More, on the other hand, hopes to build a competitive team even as it vows to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for PBL supremacy.

Mail and More is one of the firms under the Lina Group of Companies.

"Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More are welcome additions to the family," said commissioner Chino Trinidad. "We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals in the league."

This marks the first time that Cebuana Lhuillier will be playing in the league after 20 years of absence with owner Jean Henri Lhuillier already excited with the prospects of pitting his team against the finest squads in Manila.

Boasting of talented players, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala hopes to serve notice of its bid early and at the same time re-trace its basketball history.

"We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It is only fitting that we come back to basketball through the PBL," said Lhuillier

Mail and More, meantime, is eyeing to tap the services of some marquee players in the UAAP to form a fighting team.

Meantime, the league announced that the aspiring rookies will have until 12 noon today to submit their application forms for the Rookie Draft tomorrow.

Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala while Lawrence Chongson will handle Mail and More.

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10-12-2006, 12:07 PM
Lhuillier, Mail & More to play in PBL tourney
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EXPECT BIGGER crowds and much livelier action when the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) opens shop next month with the staging of the Silver Cup.

This is so after the Board approved yesterday the inclusion of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail & More as guest teams for the season-opening tournament slated Nov. 11.

The comeback of the Cebu-based Cebuana Lhuillier is expected to further boost the popularity of the country’s premier amateur basketball league being one of the long-time pillars of amateur basketball in the South.

The same is true for Mail & More which hopes to build a competitive team right away to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for PBL supremacy.

Mail & More is one of the flagships of the Lina Group of Companies.

"Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail & More are welcome additions to the family," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad. "We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals in the league."

This marks the first time that Cebuana Lhuillier will be playing again in the league after 20 years of absence but owner Jean Henri Lhuillier is already excited with the prospects of pitting his team against the finest squads in Manila.

With so many exciting players in its fold, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala also hopes to rekindle its love affair with basketball fanatics starting next month.

"We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It is only fitting that we come back to basketball through the PBL," said Lhuillier Mail & More, meantime, is keen on getting the services of some marquee players in the UAAP to form a fighting team.

Meantime, the league announced that the aspiring rookies will have until 12 noon today to submit their application forms for the Rookie Draft tomorrow.

Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

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10-12-2006, 12:15 PM
Lhuillier back in PBL; Mail and More enters

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Expect bigger crowds and livelier action when the Philippine Basketball League opens shop next month with its Silver Cup tournament.

This comes after the Board approved Wednesday the inclusion of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More as guest teams for the season-opening event slated November 11.

The Cebu-based Cebuana Lhuillier’s comeback is expected to boost the popularity of the country’s premier developmental basketball league, being one of the pillars of basketball in the South.

The same is true for Mail and More, which hopes to build a competitive team right away to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for PBL supremacy. Mail and More is one of the firms of the Lina Group of Companies.

"Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More are welcome additions to the family," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad. "We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals for the league."

Cebuana Lhuillier returns to the league for the first time in two decades, but team owner Jean Henri Lhuillier is already excited with the prospects of pitting his team against the finest squads in Manila.

With so many exciting players in its fold, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala also hopes to rekindle its love affair with basketball fanatics starting next month.

"We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. It is only fitting that we come back to basketball through the PBL," Lhuillier said.

Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

Mail and More, meantime, is keen on getting the services of some marquee players in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines to form a fighting team.

Meantime, the league announced that aspiring PBL rookies have until noon today to submit their application forms for the Rookie Draft on Friday. The Manila Times

AnthonyServinio
10-12-2006, 08:33 PM
This marks the first time that Cebuana Lhuillier will be playing again in the league after 20 years of absence but owner Jean Henri Lhuillier is already excited with the prospects of pitting his team against the finest squads in Manila.

With so many exciting players in its fold, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala also hopes to rekindle its love affair with basketball fanatics starting next month.

"We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It is only fitting that we come back to basketball through the PBL," said Lhuillier Mail & More, meantime, is keen on getting the services of some marquee players in the UAAP to form a fighting team.
* * *CORRECTION: The Lhuillier team that competed in the old PABL was M. LHUILLIER, which is a very different company owned by current BAP Chairman Michel J. Lhuillier, the uncle of Jean Henri Lhuillier.* M. Lhuillier still maintains a competitive basketball team in the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association.

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10-13-2006, 12:25 PM
Red Warriors, Tam loom as PBL top picks

The Philippine Star 10/13/2006

The 1-2 punch of the University of the East and a talented guard from the Far Eastern University loom as the possible top picks when the Philippine Basketball League holds its Rookie Draft today at 10 a.m. for the coming Silver Cup.

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Anthony Borboran, which stood out as among the exciting players in the recent UAAP basketball tournament, will vie with former Tamaraw top gun Jonas Villanueva for the No. 1 pick overall which is owned by Magnolia Ice Cream.

Magnolia has plenty of choices to make since a total of 125 players have made themselves available for today’s draft to be held at the PBL office on West Tower of the Phil. Stock Exchange Center in Pasig City.

This year’s batch, according to commissioner Chino Trinidad, is the deepest and perhaps the most talented in years, considering that some rising stars from Cebu have also signified their intention to play in the country’s premier amateur league.

Aside from the three high-scoring players from UAAP, also joining the draft are Lei Mar Navarro and Robby David of Philippine Christian University, John Derek Dizon of MLQU and twin Fil-Australians Andre and Jonathan Plonsker.

Leading the Cebuanos is 6-foot-3 forward Jayford Rodriguez while nine players from National University, led by Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez and two from Adamson, including the son of former pro player — Paul Danro Gonzalgo — also in the list, each one hoping to carve a name in the league.

Rodriguez, the star of University of Visayas, David and Navarro are expected to be taken by Hapee Toothpaste.

The three other UE players — slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu, Kelvin Gregorio and Lawrence Briones — are also up for grabs.

Harbour Centre, which is chasing another title after its breakthrough win in the Unity Cup, is eyeing Asoro and Fernandez to bolster its offensive rotation following the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo.

"Masyadong malalim ang pagpilian ngayon, tiyak na mahihirapan ang mga teams ngayon," said Trinidad. "Halos kumpleto ngayon."

Magnolia, already a proud winner of two titles in the last five conferences, earned the right to pick first after sending Kim Valenzuela to TeleTech in exchange for the Titans’ first and second rounds picks.

The order of the drafting, however, will be finalized late in the afternoon due to several transactions among the participating teams.

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10-13-2006, 12:39 PM
UE, FEU cagers loom as top PBL draft picks
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THE 1-2 punch of the University of the East and a wily guard from the Far Eastern University loom as the possible top picks when the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) holds its Rookie Draft today for the coming Silver Cup.

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Anthony Borboran, who stood out as among the exciting players in the recent UAAP basketball tournament, will vie with former Tamaraw top gun Jonas Villanueva for the No. 1 pick overall which is owned by Magnolia Ice Cream.

Magnolia has plenty of choices to make since a total of 125 players have made themselves available for today’s draft to be held at the PBL office on West Tower of the Phil. Stock Exchange Center in Pasig City.

The drafting starts at 10 a.m.

This year’s batch, according to Commissioner Chino Trinidad, is the deepest and perhaps the most talented in years, considering that some rising stars from Cebu have also signified their intention to play in the country’s premier amateur league.

Aside from the three high-scoring players from UAAP, also joining the draft are Lei Mar Navarro and Robby David of Philippine Christian University, John Derek Dizon of MLQU and twin Fil-Aussies Andre and Jonathan Plonsker.

Leading the Cebuanos is 6-foot-3 forward Jayford Rodriguez while 9 players from National University, led by Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez and two from Adamson, including the son of former pro player – Paul Danro Gonzalgo – also in the list, each one hoping to carve a name in the league.

Rodriguez, the star of University of Visayas, David and Navarro are expected to be taken by Hapee Toothpaste.

Three other UE players – slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu, Kelvin Gregorio and Lawrence Briones – are also up for grabs.

Harbour Centre, which is chasing another title after its breakthrough win in the Unity Cup, is eyeing Asoro and Fernandez to bolster its offensive rotation following the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo.

"Masyadong malalim ang pagpilian ngayon, tiyak na mahihirapan ang mga teams ngayon,’ said Trinidad. "Halos kumpleto ngayon."

Magnolia, already a proud winner of two titles in the last five conferences, earned the right to pick first after sending Kim Valenzuela to TeleTech in exchange for the Titans’ first and second rounds picks.

The order of the drafting, however, will be finalized late in the afternoon due to several transactions among the participating teams.

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10-13-2006, 12:56 PM
UE stars top PBL rookie draft entries

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The 1-2 punch of the University of the East and a gritty guard from the Far Eastern University loom as the possible top picks when the Philippine Basketball League holds its Rookie Draft Friday for the coming Silver Cup.

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Anthony Borboran, who were among the exciting players in the recent University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball tournament, will vie with former Tamaraw top gun Jonas Villanueva for the No. 1 pick overall, which is owned by Magnolia Ice Cream.

Magnolia has plenty of choices to make since a total of 125 players have made themselves available for today’s draft, to be held at the PBL office at the West Tower of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Pasig City. The drafting starts at 10 a.m.

This year’s batch, according to Commissioner Chino Trinidad, is the deepest and perhaps the most talented in years, considering some rising stars from Cebu are also eyeing to play in the country’s premier developmental league.

Besides the three high-scoring UAAP players, also joining the draft are Lei Mar Navarro and Robby David of Philippine Christian University, John Derek Dizon of Manuel Luis Quezon University and Filipino Australian twins Andre and Jonathan Plonsker.

Leading the Cebuanos is 6-foot-3 forward Jayford Rodriguez, while nine players from National University, led by Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez, and two from

Adamson — including the son of a former pro player, Paul Danro Gonzalgo—are also in the list, with each one hoping to carve his name in the league.

Rodriguez, the star of University of Visayas, David and Navarro are expected to be taken by Hapee Toothpaste.

The three other UE players—slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu, Kelvin Gregorio and Lawrence Briones—are also up for grabs.

Harbour Centre, which is chasing another title after its breakthrough win in the Unity Cup, is eyeing Asoro and Fernandez to bolster its offensive rotation after the exit of its star players LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo.

"The draft is too deep this time, so the teams will have a hard time choosing. The list is pretty much complete," said Trinidad.

Magnolia, already a proud winner of two titles in the last five conferences, earned the right to pick first after sending Kim Valenzuela to TeleTech in exchange for the Titans’ first- and second-round picks.

The order of the drafting, however, will be finalized late in the afternoon owing to several transactions among the participating teams.

greenarcher
10-13-2006, 07:35 PM
Villanueva is PBL top pick
MAGNOLIA ICE Cream completed a casting coup as the Spinners grabbed two of the finest UAAP players during yesterday's PBL Rookie Draft even as team manager Peter Martin announced their new tie up with NCAA champion San Beda for the coming Silver Cup.

Already a power to reckon with after getting the core of the Red Lions, Magnolia expectedly made Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University as the overall top pick and University of the East top gunner Bonbon Custodio the No. 3 pick, thus making the Spinners the team to beat in the season-opening tournament.

Villanueva and Custodio will thus play along with San Beda's Alex Angeles, John Paul Escobal, Reigo Gamalinda, Kevin Ray Espinosa, Jed Micah Evangelista, Rogemar Menor, Kristoffer Taupa, Eduardo Tecson, Jay Taganas and possibly the 6-foot-8 Samuel Ekwe. Magnolia also boasts of Jeff Chan, another star player from FEU who can play both inside and outside with dexterity.

Martin, however, stressed that their tie-up with San Beda is only for a two-year program since FEU is still in the rebuilding stage. FEU disbanded its squad following a disappointing showing in the recent UAAP tournament.

"Most of the FEU players are new, they're not yet eligible to play in the PBL that's why we're tapping the services of San Beda players," said PBL Chairman and San Miguel Corporation representative to the Board Chito Loyzaga.

The Spinners also surprised the other participating teams when they picked Japeth Aguilar in the second round of the dispersal draft. Aguilar is reportedly playing for western Kentucky, a Division I school in the US NCAA.

"Malay mo bumalik si Japeth from the States after two years, so amin ang rights niya," said a beaming Martin, who also took Alfie Grijaldo of Granny Goose from the dispersal draft.

The dispersal draft was necessitated following the non-participation of Montana Pawnshop and Granny Goose Tortillos this conference. A total of 21 players were drafted, not counting the players directly picked by the teams through tie-ups.

Mark Borboran, the high-leaping forward from UE, was taken as No. 2 pick by Hapee-Philippine Christian University team manager Bernard Yang, while Sista, which took the place of Rain or Shine, drafted another UE star in Kelvin West Gregorio (No. 4).

John Dereck Dizon of MLQU went to Toyota Otis as the No. 5 pick, slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu, also of UE, to Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala (No. 6) and Eric Tamayo of Polytechnic University of the Philippines to Mail and More (No. 7).

Only Harbour Centre did not pick in the regular draft after getting Montana's Al Vergara and Reed Juntilla from previous transactions. Harbour Centre, owned Mikee Romero with Erick Arejola as team manager, will have National University as its collegiate partner.

Cebuana Lhuillier, back in the league after 20 years of absence, also caught a big fish in the dispersal draft after acquiring UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono of Adamson. They also took UP's Ira Buyco, Leomer Losentes and Michael Jan Rabor from the regular draft.

Eder Sadua, Kelvin dela Pena and Jino Ferrer - all former Granny Goose players - were also drafted by Cebuana Lhuillier which will be handled by Luigi Trillo.

JR Quinahan, also of Granny Goose, was taken by Mail and More along with Erick dela Cuesta, Arwin Espiritu and Josant Cervantes from dispersal draft. Its other rookies are Daryl Dale Mendoza and Paul Dhanru Gonzalgo.

Aside from picking veterans Al Magpayo, Paul Guerrero and Dennis Concha from the dispersal draft, TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera also drafted Glen Cacha, Marvin Poloyapoy and James Miller.

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10-14-2006, 12:26 PM
Mukhang hindi magandang pagsamahin sa isang team si Jonas, Pong at Bonbon.

Pwera na lang kung mag point gaurd si Jonas, that way hati na lang sa playing time sa combo guard si Pong at Bonbon. Pati nga pala si Menor at Tecson e naglalaro din as combo guard. Tsk tsk. This will be a team oozing with talent. Ang tanong - may chemistry kaya?

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10-14-2006, 01:03 PM
Magnolia gets brightest from UAAP, NCAA

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:55am (Mla time) 10/14/2006

Published on page A25 of the October 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT was an easy decision.

“We’ve always wanted him,” said team manager Peter Martin after Magnolia Ice Cream selected Far Eastern University standout Jonas Villanueva as the top overall pick during the PBL Rookie Draft yesterday.

“He’ll be a starting guard for sure. His leadership is going to be a factor. Coach Koy (Banal) always had in mind that Villanueva will start for us.”

Three varsity stars from the University of the East Warriors, selected in succession, will also debut in the PBL Silver Cup next month for different teams.

Versatile forward Mark Borboran went to Hapee, Bonbon Custodio to Magnolia and Kelvin Gregorio to Sista.

“We’re very excited with our rookies,” said Martin after Magnolia also formalized its tieup with 2005 NCAA champion San Beda Red Lions, who also have Banal as coach.

Magnolia elevated several San Beda key players including Pong Escobal, Rogemar Menor and Jay-R Taganas.

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10-14-2006, 01:04 PM
Villanueva Magnolia’s PBL top pick

The Philippine Star 10/14/2006

Magnolia completed a casting coup as it grabbed two of the finest UAAP players during yesterday’s PBL Rookie Draft even as team manager Peter Martin announced their new tie-up with NCAA champion San Beda for the coming Silver Cup.

Already a power to reckon with after getting the core of the Red Lions, Magnolia expectedly made Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University as the overall top pick and University of the East top gunner Bonbon Custodio the No. 3 pick, thus making the Spinners the team to beat in the season-opening tournament.

Villanueva and Custodio will thus play along with San Beda’s Alex Angeles, John Paul Escobal, Reigo Gamalinda, Kevin Ray Espinosa, Jed Micah Evangelista, Rogemar Menor, Kristoffer Taupa, Eduardo Tecson, Jay Taganas and possibly the 6-foot-8 Samuel Ekwe.

Magnolia also boasts of Jeff Chan, another star player from FEU who can play both inside and outside with dexterity.

Martin, however, stressed that their tie-up with San Beda is only for a two-year program since FEU is still in the rebuilding stage. FEU disbanded its squad following a disappointing showing in the recent UAAP tournament.

"Most of the FEU players are new, they’re not yet eligible to play in the PBL that’s why we’re tapping the services of San Beda players," said Chito Loyzaga, PBL chairman and San Miguel Corporation representative to the board.

The Spinners also surprised the other participating teams when they picked Japeth Aguilar in the second round of the dispersal draft. Aguilar is reportedly playing for western Kentucky, a Division I school in the US NCAA.

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10-14-2006, 01:05 PM
FEU star Villanueva is PBL top pick by Magnolia

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Magnolia Ice Cream completed a casting coup as the Spinners grabbed two of the finest players from the University Athletics Association of the Philippines during Friday’s Philippine Basketball League Rookie Draft.

This developed as Magnolia team manager Peter Martin announced their new tie-up with National Collegiate Athletics Association champion San Beda College for the coming PBL Silver Cup tournament.

Already a power to reckon with after getting the core of the Red Lions, Magnolia expectedly made Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University as the overall top pick and University of the East top gunner Bonbon Custodio the No. 3 pick—making the Spinners the team to beat in the season-opening tournament.

Villanueva and Custodio will play alongside San Beda’s Alex Angeles, John Paul Escobal, Reigo Gamalinda, Kevin Ray Espinosa, Jed Micah Evangelista, Rogemar Menor, Kristoffer Taupa, Eduardo Tecson, Jay Taganas and possibly the 6-foot-8 Samuel Ekwe.

Magnolia also boasts of Jeff Chan, another star player from FEU who can play both inside and outside with dexterity.

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10-14-2006, 01:05 PM
PBL Draft

FEU’s Villanueva emerges top pick

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MAGNOLIA ICE Cream completed a casting coup as the Spinners grabbed two of the finest UAAP players during yesterday’s PBL Rookie Draft even as team manager Peter Martin announced their new tie-up with NCAA champion San Beda for the coming Silver Cup.

Already a power to reckon with after getting the core of the Red Lions, Magnolia expectedly made Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University as the overall top pick and University of the East top gunner Bonbon Custodio the No. 3 pick, thus making the Spinners the team to beat in the season-opening tournament.

Villanueva and Custodio will thus play along with San Beda’s Alex Angeles, John Paul Escobal, Reigo Gamalinda, Kevin Ray Espinosa, Jed Micah Evangelista, Rogemar Menor, Kristoffer Taupa, Eduardo Tecson, Jay Taganas and possibly the 6-foot-8 Samuel Ekwe.

Magnolia also boasts of Jeff Chan, another star player from FEU who can play both inside and outside with dexterity.

Martin, however, stressed that their tie-up with San Beda is only for a two-year program since FEU is still in the rebuilding stage. FEU disbanded its squad following a disappointing showing in the recent UAAP tournament.

"Most of the FEU players are new, they’re not yet eligible to play in the PBL that’s why we’re tapping the services of San Beda players," said PBL Chairman and San Miguel Corporation representative to the Board Chito Loyzaga.

The Spinners also surprised the other participating teams when they picked Japeth Aguilar in the second round of the dispersal draft. Aguilar is reportedly playing for Western Kentucky, a Division I school in the US NCAA.

"Malay mo bumalik si Japeth from the States after two years, so amin ang rights niya," said a beaming Martin, who also took Alfie Grijaldo of Granny Goose from the dispersal draft.

The dispersal draft was necessitated following the non-participation of Montaña Pawnshop and Granny Goose Tortillos this conference. A total of 21 players were drafted, not counting the players directly picked by the teams through tie-ups.

Mark Borboran, the high-leaping forward from UE, was taken as No. 2 pick by Hapee-Philippine Christian University team manager Bernard Yang, while Sista, which took the place of Rain or Shine, drafted another UE star in Kelvin West Gregorio (No. 4).

John Dereck Dizon of MLQU went to Toyota Otis as the No. 5 pick, slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu, also of UE, to Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala (No. 6) and Eric Tamayo of Polytechnic University of the Philippines to Mail and More (No. 7).

Only Harbour Centre did not pick in the regular draft after getting Montana’s Al Vergara and Reed Juntilla from previous transactions. Harbour Centre, owned Mikee Romero with Erick Arejola as team manager, will have National University as its collegiate partner.

Cebuana Lhuillier, back in the league after 20 years of absence, also caught a big fish in the dispersal draft after acquiring UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono of Adamson. They also took UP’s Ira Buyco, Leomer Losentes and Michael Jan Rabor from the regular draft.

Eder Sadua, Kelvin dela Pena and Jino Ferrer – all former Granny Goose players – were also drafted by Cebuana Lhuillier which will be handled by Luigi Trillo.

JR Quinahan, also of Granny Goose, was taken by Mail and More along with Erick dela Cuesta, Arwin Espiritu and Josant Cervantes from dispersal draft. Its other rookies are Daryl Dale Mendoza and Paul Dhanru Gonzalgo.

Aside from picking veterans Al Magpayo, Paul Guerrero and Dennis Concha from the dispersal draft, TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera also drafted Glen Cacha, Marvin Poloyapoy and James Miller.

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10-15-2006, 07:05 PM
Henkel to uphold Welcoat tradition in PBL
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 10/15/2006

The giant German company Henkel will make its debut in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Silver Cup, opening on Nov. 11, and SISTA Super Sealers coach Caloy Garcia said the goal is to uphold Welcoat’s championship tradition.

After capturing six titles in 12 finals in 10 PBL seasons, Welcoat has turned over its franchise to Henkel and moved to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). There is a close relationship between Welcoat and Henkel. Welcoat’s owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que hold the distribution rights to SISTA, a popular Henkel sealant brand for household and industrial use.

Henkel is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the Philippines this year and SISTA’s entry into the PBL is a milestone that will position the brand squarely in the market. More than 50,000 employees work in over 125 countries for Henkel which operates in three strategic areas of competence — home care, personal care and adhesives, sealants and surface treatment. Some of its brands are Dial soap, Fa shampoo, Schwarzkopf personal care products and Pril dishwashing liquid. Henkel is a Fortune Global 500 company with annual sales of about $20 billion and was established in 1876 by Fritz Henkel in Aachen, Germany.

"We are out to build a competitive team," said Henkel human resources and administration manager Armando Hicarte who is holdover Welcoat representative Oliver Tanbonliong’s alternate in the PBL Board of Governors. "Our first objective is to qualify for the semifinals and if we make it to the Final Four, maybe a championship will not be too much to hope for. We’re thankful that Welcoat is helping us out in the transition process. We’re hoping the Welcoat championship tradition extends to us."

Hicarte, a high school and college varsity cager at Christ the King Seminary before transferring to La Salle where he earned a psychology degree in 1983, said SISTA is now holding tryouts to form its team.

Center Samigue Eman was the first to be signed up. Among the players in Garcia’s shopping list are Gerald Layug and Martin Urra of St. Benilde, Kyle Misa and Fritz Bauzon of Perpetual Help and Marvin Yambao of Assumption Pampanga.

"We’re looking for players who will embody Henkel’s vision and values," said Hicarte. "We’re not just putting a premium on playing skills. We want players who can bond with the community, who play with a passion and who believe in Henkel’s philosophy of being customer-driven, committed to excellence and dedicated to sustainability and corporate social responsibility."

SISTA team assistant manager Jude Roque, one of national coach Chot Reyes’ understudies, said he couldn’t ask anything more from Henkel. "The company is very supportive and very excited," said Roque. "Now, it’s up to the team to give back to Henkel and the community."

Henkel’s head office is in Alabang and a plant facility is located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

"We are an open family company," said Hicarte. "Our employees are part of one big family. We hold basketball, bowling and badminton competitions for our employees. We just held a Family Day at the Enchanted Kingdom. Our coaching staff and players toured our office to meet our employees. Commissioner (Chino) Trinidad was our guest during our 30th anniversary program in Alabang last May. Our ‘smile’ program addresses friendship initiatives where we provide assistance to victims of natural disasters, initiate corporate volunteering projects, involve ourselves in community work and support national and international social issues."

Hicarte said so far this year, Henkel has donated P2.5 million to victims of the Leyte landslide tragedy through the Kapuso Foundation, financed scholars in the University of the Philippines and La Salle with the Semi-Conductors and Electronics Institute of the Philippines and supported the Bethlehem House of Bread in Bulacan.

Garcia, 28, is also the St. Benilde coach and a Welcoat assistant coach in the PBA. When there is a conflict in schedule, Garcia said his priority is SISTA. His Super Sealers assistant is Dexter Llamas. Team manager is Henkel corporate trading and supply and logistics head Jaciel Orandain.

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10-21-2006, 12:20 PM
Ace Bulldogs join H Centre in PBL Cup

The Philippine Star 10/21/2006

Harbour Centre, which topped the season-opening conference early this year, has tied up with National University with key Bulldogs Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez expected to lead the bid of the Port Masters in the PBL Silver Cup unfolding next month.

Team owner Mikee Romero said Asoro and Fernandez’s entry will somehow boost Harbour Centre’s roster following the departure of LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Rob Reyes and Rico Maierhofer, who powered the Port Masters’ to victory over the Toyota Otis Sparks in the last PBL tournament.

Tenorio and Yeo are already in the pros while Reyes left for the United States after his PBA application was denied due to documentation problems. Maierhofer, for his part, has begged off to concentrate on his stint with the La Salle Archers.

"We’re happy with the partnership, we’re excited to have these players (Asoro and Fernandez), who I think are two of the best in the UAAP," Romero told The STAR yesterday.

The Port Masters also now own the rights on the members of the NU squad, including promising big man Joseph Lingao-Lingao, should they decide to play in the PBL in the future.

Romero said he would also tap NU mentor Manny Dandan next season to help head coach Jorge Gallent. — Joey Villar

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10-25-2006, 11:14 AM
UAAP, NC champs to fire up PBL wars
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/25/2006

The Philippine Basketball League will serve as the extension of the UAAP and NCAA leagues as it opened its doors to collegiate champions Santo Tomas and San Beda for the PBL Silver Cup unfolding Nov. 11 at the newly built San Juan Coliseum.

A total of nine teams are taking part in the conference, including guest squads Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, Mail and More and Kettlecorn, from which commissioner Chino Trinidad sees the emergence of a new crop of stars.

"The highlight of this conference is that the UAAP and NCAA champions will be seeing action," said commissioner Chino Trinidad in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant.

The defending champion Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream has taken the core of the Lions, the reigning NCAA champions, while the Tigers, the UAAP champions, will banner the Kettlecorn squad through RFM top honcho Joey Concepcion.

The two teams are expected to parade their top players headed by 2006 rookie MVP Sam Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian, and Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal of San Beda and Allan Evangelista, Finals MVP Jojo Duncil and Dylan Ababou of UST.

As in the past, the PBL was again left without its resident attractions following the departure of Kelly Williams, Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Gabby Espinas, to name a few, to play in the pro league.

But the likes of Aljamal and company along with a new batch of rookies led by top overall pick Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern are raring to show their wares in a league that traditionally serves as a stepping stone for aspiring PBA players.

"We always feel good that most of the PBA stars of today have somehow played in the PBL," said Trinidad.

"This conference, we have a bunch of talents that have the potentials to be PBA superstars someday, they could be the next LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Kelly Williams or Arwind Santos," he added.

RFM, which was a former member in the late 80s and early 90s, was accepted back by the league one of three guest teams and ninth this conference.

The franchise, which will be managed by Elmer Yanga, joins Magnolia, Harbour Centre, Toyota Otis, Hapee Toothpaste, TeleTech and fellow guest squads Cebuana Lhuillier and Mail and More.

Although Kettlecorn came in late, Trinidad said he expects the team to be competitive.

"Knowing its attitude, I expect UST to spring some surprises," said Trinidad.

It will also mark the first time that Koy Banal of San Beda and Magnolia and Pido Jarencio of UST and Kettlecorn will have a chance to play against each other.

PBL Games will be spread out to different venues, including the school gyms of UST, Letran, FEU and San Beda, and will be aired live every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on Studio 23, television giant ABS-CBN’s UHL channel.

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10-25-2006, 11:23 AM
RFM backs UST Tigers; Magnolia enlists Ekwe


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:46am (Mla time) 10/25/2006

Published on Page A30 of the October 25, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

COLLEGIATE battles will cross over to the Philippine Basketball League when the PBL Silver Cup tips off on Nov. 11.

UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and NCAA titlist San Beda College Red Lions are expected to be the top draws after the schools’ recent tie-up with two giant food and beverage corporations.

“For the first time, we have the best of the UAAP and the best of the NCAA competing as teams,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad at the PSA Forum yesterday.

After talks with an international airline didn’t push through, RFM Corporation came in to back UST’s entry in the premier amateur league.

The Tigers, who are in a week-long vacation in Beijing, China and Hong Kong, will carry popcorn product Kettle Corn as its team brand.

San Beda agreed to a two-year pact with Magnolia Ice Cream of San Miguel Corp.

Trinidad also announced the inclusion of San Beda import Sam Ekwe in the Magnolia roster.

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10-25-2006, 11:25 AM
PBL stars gone, here comes next batch
mb.com.ph





CELEBRATING ITS silver anniversary, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) vows to continue developing promising players in the next 25 years.



The undertaking begins on Nov. 11 when the league’s season-opening meet – the Silver Cup – kicks off at The Arena in San Juan with a promise of a bigger and exciting tournament with the presence of UAAP and NCAA champions.

A total of nine teams is taking part in the conference, including guest squads Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, Mail and More and Kettlecorn, from which commissioner Chino Trinidad sees the emergence of a new core of rising stars.

UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas will represent Kettlecorn, a product of RFM, one of the originals of the league, known then as Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL).

Magnolia Ice Cream, also a pioneer member of the league, will be bannered by San Beda plus several top hotshots, among them University of the East’s Bonbon Custodio and Far Eastern University’s Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan.

As in the past, the PBL opens the new season orphaned by the departure of the previous year’s top attractions. Among them are Kelly Williams, Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Gabby Espinas who are now rising stars of the PBA.

But the PBL says that will be no problem as others will surely rise to the occasion.

"Pitong taon na akong tinatanong lagi tungkol diyan every time na umaakyat ‘yung mga players namin sa PBA. Ang sa amin naman, ito na ‘yung pagkakataon for the new players to rise and continue to develop their games," said Trinidad, who graced the PSA Forum yesterday at the main function room of the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

Among those expected to shine this season are reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ken Bono, Jason Castro of Philippine Christian U, National U’s Edwin Asoro, Santo Tomas’ Jojo Duncil and San Beda’s Yousif Aljamal and guest player Sam Ekwe, the MVP of the NCAA.

Bono is suiting up for Cebuana-Lhuillier, Castro remains with Hapee-PCU, Asoro will play for Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre, Villanueva and Chan see action together with Aljamal and Ekwe for Magnolia, whose core is made up of players from NCAA titlist San Beda, while Duncil, key player of the Santo Tomas Tigers that annexed the 2006 UAAP championship, wears the Kettlecorn uniform.

The rest of the field include Toyota Otis, Sista, which took the place of Rain or Shine, and Teletech.

"Our challenge to the players is for them to continue developing their games, kasi sila rin naman ang gumagawa ng career nila, we just provide them with a venue to showcase it," said Trinidad in the same forum sponsored by PAGCOR, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chief Ali Atienza.

"That’s the reason why we adopted again the previous catchphrase of the PBL na ‘We’re future begins.’ Alam naman natin na lahat yan hindi nagsimula sa amin, pero para sa isang player, ang first big step mo starts with the PBL. You have to pass the portals of the league bago ka maka-akyat sa PBA," Trinidad added.

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10-27-2006, 09:47 AM
Eman ready to fly
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SURROUNDED BY several established stars at Rain or Shine, the 6-foot-8 Samigue Eman was hardly noticed in his comeback stint during the Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup early this year.


But with the departure of JR Reyes, Jun-Jun Cabatu and Jay Sagad – all standing 6-foot-5 and above - to the pro league, expect the Davao pride to take the limelight as he anchors the campaign of the Sista Super Sealants in the coming Silver Cup.

"This is the best time for Eman to shine because the last time he was just a reliever. We have so many veteran big men in our team (Rain or Shine) before so he had a limited playing time," said coach Caloy Garcia. "I’m confident he can lead the team this time."

That will not pose a problem for Eman.

He has the tools to become one of the stars in the league which is again teeming with exciting rookies with the likes Jonas Villanueva, Bonbon Custodio and NCAA sensation Samuel Ekwe – all playing for powerhouse Magnolia Ice Cream and a slew of equally dependable players from the South.

Despite limited exposure, Eman still averaged 5.5 points, 5.89 rebounds and 2.8 blocks a game the last time out.

Quick and aggressive, Eman is certainly a big threat at both ends of the court. With his elongated hands, he emerged as one of the league’s top shot blockers.

Not only that, his outside shooting has improved tremendously. He was 2-of-3 from the three-point zone during a recent tune-up game.

"I told him to harness his outside shooting dahil hindi kumo 6-foot-8 siya, hindi na siya titira sa labas. Sa Europe, kahit malalaki nila deadly sa labas, yan ang gusto kong mangyari sa kaniya," said Garcia.

Sista, one of the leading consumer products of Germany-based Henkel, took over the place of Rain or Shine (Welcoat) which is now playing in the pro league. Welcoat is the sole distributor of Sista in the country.

But to keep the winning tradition of Welcoat, Garcia said they have to work doubly hard and play as a team.

The team lost a key player in Yousif Aljamal as team officials, led by Henkel marketing head Darwin Florendo and Jude Roque, gave away their right to the power forward in support to San Beda College’s two-year development program.

Magnolia recently forged a two-year tie-up with San Beda, and since Aljamal has still one playing year left for the Red Lions in the NCAA, he has no option but to play for the Spinners.

Aside from Eman, Garcia is also pinning his hopes on Marcy Arellano, Eder Saldua, Martin Urra, Lawrence Bonus, Kelvin Gregorio, Paul Chua, Chris Robles, Jester Eduen, Gilbert Malabanan and Jam Alfad.

Despite the presence of Eman, Garcia would love Sista to be known as a run-and-gun team. Arellano and Gregorio - both from University of the East - are expected to provide additional firepower to the team.

Considering the stiff competition in the league, Garcia said he would be happy if the Sista Super Sealants wound make it to the semis.

"It’s going to be an uphill battle for us, but we’ll do our best every game," said Garcia.

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10-27-2006, 09:48 AM
Magnolia taps Ekwe-led Lions for PBL Silver Cup


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:10am (Mla time) 10/27/2006

Published on Page A32 of the October 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MAGNOLIA ICE CREAM may have scored a casting coup but coach Koy Banal is not entirely worry-free going into the PBL Silver Cup set to start Nov. 11 at the San Juan Coliseum.

Height is still a concern for Banal even if Magnolia now has San Beda College’s prized 6-foot-8 center Nigerian Sam Ekwe.

“We are a short team,” said Banal. “Even with Sam, if you compare us with other teams, they have a legitimate 3-man (small forward) who stands at 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5.”

Ekwe and the stars of NCAA titlist San Beda Red Lions now grace the roster of Magnolia plus a handful of other varsity stars, although Banal said there’s still a lot of hard work to be done.

“We’re quick, but almost half of them are rookies in the PBL (Philippine Basketball League),” said Banal, who also coaches San Beda College. “We’re still working on the chemistry of the team. But it’s not that hard. The players that we picked have the right attitude and they can easily go well with the other players.”

Magnolia, which partnered with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws when Banal was still the team’s head coach, boosted its lineup by picking up flashy guard Bonbon Custodio of the University of the East and FEU point guard Jonas Villanueva in the recent rookie draft.
Also in the lineup are Lions top gunner Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal, Ogie Menor, Alex Angeles, Riego Gamalinda and Jay-R Taganas.

But most of the attention will be on Ekwe, the imposing slotman who led the NCAA both in rebounds and blocks in his debut this season.

Ekwe averaged 8.5 points, 13.8 boards and 2.8 blocks per game to clinch the NCAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year plums.

“There will be changes in the complexion of the PBL because you have a 6-foot-8 who gets all the rebounds and contests all the shots,” observed PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad. “But at the end of the day, basketball is still a team sport.”

“He can be an added attraction to the league,” added PBL executive director Butch Maniego. “It’s also one way for our big men to improve their skills further.”

Joining Magnolia in the nine-team field are last conference champion Harbour Centre, Toyota Otis, Sista, Hapee, Teletech, Mail and More, Cebuana Lhuillier and Kettle Corn.

“I’m excited about this conference,” said Banal. “It will be a challenge for the San Beda players to bring their level of play to the level of the PBL.”

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10-28-2006, 10:08 AM
Veterans lead Silver Cup bid of Titans

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:53am (Mla time) 10/28/2006

Published on page A25 of the October 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WILL the addition of veterans in a young team click?

Coach Jerry Codiñera hopes it does when his beefed up TeleTech Titans see action in the PBL Silver Cup starting Nov. 11.

“We really need veteran players,” said Codiñera at the Scoop sa Kamayan session yesterday. “The veterans, unlike collegiate players, quickly know how to react. Having them also gives us flexibility when it comes to our starting unit. ”

Consultant Robert Sison said recruitment was among the Titans’ focus during the off-season.

“We started with the recruitment of players from champion team Montaña,” he noted.

Sison, who steered the Jewels’ title run last year, brought in former wards Al Magpayo, Ariel Capus, Francis Mercado and Paul Guerrero after Montaña took a leave of absence from the league this conference.

Other acquisitions from champion squads include point guard Kim Valenzuela from Magnolia, Eugene Tan from Rain or Shine and Robert Labagala, who will debut with the Titans after wrapping up his stint with Champions League titlist University of the East.

Black Storm

Codiñera also revealed that the Titans will introduce an interesting new system called the Black Storm.

“There will be no hand signals,” said Codiñera, the former Purefoods star named among the 25 all-time best players in the pro league. “It’s a quick transition from offense to defense. It will depend on ball movement, it’s a read and react system. ”

TeleTech vice president and general manager Maulik Parekh, board representative Andrew Araneta and team manager Benjie Castillo believe that the Titans will do better than their four-win debut last conference.

“Our goal this year is to go all the way to the top,” said Parekh. “The reason that we’re very confident is that we added talents in our team.”

Completing the Titans seasoned roster are Alfie Grijaldo, Mel Latoreno, Don Villamin, Jay-Arr Estrada, Jose Magdadaro Jr. and Axel Doruelo.

“Having a veteran lineup makes our job easier,” said Codiñera. “And with our new system, we’ll try not to be predictable.”

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10-28-2006, 10:12 AM
Titans boast of solid cast in PBL Cup

The Philippine Star 10/28/2006

Looking good and confident with a more solid roster on its second conference in the PBL, TeleTech is eyeing no less than a championship in the PBL Silver Cup, which unwraps on Nov. 11 at the San Juan gym.

Their level of confidence on a high following the acquisition of veterans Kim Valenzuela, Al Magpayo, Alfie Grijaldo and University of the East guard Rob Labagala. TeleTech management expects no less than a championship finish by the end of the season-opening tournament.

"We’re going all the way to the top," said TeleTech general manager and vice-president for Philippines Maulik Parekh during the weekly Scoop sa Kamayan yesterday where the entire Titans roster was formally presented.

"We’ve added more talent to the team. We have a more solid lineup this time," he added.

TeleTech won a total of four games but failed to make past the elimination in its maiden conference. — Joey Villar

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10-28-2006, 10:16 AM
Teletech Titans hope to make giant strides

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THE TELETECH Titans are hoping the busy off-season would result in giant strides in their coming PBL Silver Cup campaign beginning Nov. 11.

Their level of confidence on a high following the acquisitions of veterans Kim Valenzuela, Al Magpayo, Alfie Grijaldo and University of the East guard Rob Labagala, the Titans’ hierarchy expects no less than a championship finish by the end of the season-opening tournament.

"We’re going all the way to the top," declared Teletech general manager and vice-president for Philippines Maulik Parekh during the weekly SCOOP sa Kamayan yesterday where the entire Titans roster was formally presented.

"We’ve added more talent to the team. We have a more solid lineup this time," he added.

Aside from the four, also tapped by the team for the season are Axel Doruelo, Paul Guerrero, Dennis Concha and Eugene Tan to go with holdovers Francis Mercado, Jay-Arr Estrada, Jose Magdadaro Jr., Ariel Capus, Melchor Latoreno and Dondon Villamin.

Also joining the bandwagon is Robert Sison as team consultant. Sison piloted Montana to the 2005 PBL Open Championship.

"We’ll go for the championship," said coach Jerry Codinera, who also appeared in the weekly session sponsored by ACCEL together with team manager Benjie Castillo and Teletech PBL Board representative Andrew Araneta.

"And I believe winning championship begins in practice," added the basketball great, noting how intense the Titans had been in training.

In its maiden conference last season, Teletech won a total of four games and failed to make past the eliminations.

Gone with the team are swingman Nino Gelig, playmaker TY Tang and UAAP season 69 Finals MVP Jojo Duncil.

But the arrival of new stalwarts such as Magpayo and Grijaldo is more than enough to compensate for their absence, according to Codinera.

"Mas naging flexible ‘yung starting unit namin. Lumakas ang backcourt ng team, pati na ‘yung rebounding," Codinera pointed out.

Castillo sees reigning Unity Cup titlist Harbour Centre and Magnolia, which tied up with 2006 NCAA men’s basketball champion San Beda recently, as among the teams to beat this conference.

"They are the two best competitors this season," said the Teletech team manager.

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10-28-2006, 10:23 AM
Teletech to make waves

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The Teletech Titans are hoping the busy off-season would result in giant strides in their coming PBL Silver Cup, which opens on November 11 at the San Juan gymnasium.

The Titans’ level of confidence soared high following the acquisitions of veterans Kim Valenzuela, Al Magpayo Alfie Grijaldo and University of the East guard Rob Labagala.

"We’re going all the way to the top," declared Teletech general manager and vice-president for Philippines Maulik Parekh during the weekly SCOOP sa Kamayan Friday where the entire Titans roster was formally presented.

"We’ve added more talent to the team. We have a more solid lineup this time," he added.

Aside from the four, Coach Jerry Codinera also tapped the services of Axel Doruelo, Paul Guerrero, Dennis Concha and old hand Eugene Tan in addition with holdovers Francis Mercado, Jay-Arr Estrada, Jose Magdadaro Jr., Ariel Capus, Melchor Latoreno and Dondon Villamin. Also joining the bandwagon is Robert Sison as team consultant. Sison piloted Montaña to the 2005 PBL Open Championship.

"We’ll go for the championship," said coach Jerry Codinera, who also appeared in the weekly session sponsored by ACCEL together with team manager Benjie Castillo and Teletech PBL Board representative Andrew Araneta. "And I believe winning championship begins in practice," added the basketball great, noting how intense the Titans had been in training.

In its maiden conference last season, Teletech won a total of four games and failed to make past the eliminations.

Gone with the team are swingman Nino Gelig, playmaker TY Tang and UAAP season 69 Finals MVP Jojo Duncil. But the arrival of new stalwarts such as Magpayo and Grijaldo is more than enough to compensate for their absence, according to Codinera.

"Mas naging flexible `yung starting unit namin. Lumakas ang backcourt ng team, pati na `yung rebounding," Codinera pointed out.

Castillo sees reigning Unity Cup titlist Harbour Centre and Magnolia, which tied up with 2006 NCAA men’s basketball champion San Beda recently, as among the teams to beat this conference.

"They are the two best competitors this season," said the Teletech team manager. -- Frank Calapre

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10-29-2006, 10:24 AM
C. Lhuillier, Mail and More keep modest targets

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 06:06am (Mla time) 10/29/2006

Published on page A26 of the October 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THEY’RE teams built around the recent PBL rookie and dispersal drafts.

So not surprisingly, guest teams Cebuana Lhuillier and Mail and More have kept their expectations modest. “We have to make do with the talent that we have, we’re the last team to assemble,” said Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo.

Cebuana Lhuillier acquired UAAP Most Valuable Player Ken Bono from Montaña.

Mail and More also found a reliable big man in JR Quiñahan, Granny Goose’s main threat in previous conferences. Montaña and Granny Goose released their players in the recent dispersal draft after filing a leave of absence in the Silver Cup, which tips off on Nov. 11.

“We’re overlooked, but we like it that way,” said Mail and More mentor Lawrence Chongson. “We’re just low key, no fanfare, no promises.”

Aside from Bono, Cebuana Lhuillier also enlisted Ateneo standouts Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, Mapua top gunner Jofferson Gonzales and veterans Eric dela Cuesta, Emerson Oreta and Abby Santos.

“Even if we have highly touted players, this is a more physical league, there’s more banging,” said Trillo, the youngest coach in the league at 31.

Mail and More picked UAAP slam dunk champion Elmer Espiritu and Jorel Cañizares of the University of the East, Emilio Aguinaldo College star Ronjay Buenafe, Mapua’s Jerby del Rosario and University of the Philippines’ Nestor David.

“More than the talent, it’s the desire that I’m looking for,” said Chongson. “The UAAP and the NCAA just finished, and since most of them are collegiate players, we’re expecting that everyone’s still conditioned.”

Chongson and Trillo hope that their young squads will overcome early tournament troubles.

“We’re nobodies, but we love the underdog tag,” said Chongson. “Hopefully we’ll just surprise everyone.” Both coaches also point out that time isn’t on their side. With only two weeks left before the season fires off, Chongson has yet to finalize Mail and More’s 15-man roster.

“Right now we have a pool of 21,” he said. “Half are rookies in the PBL. But we’ll be a pressing and running team. We want them to hustle, to disrupt the opponents’ offense.”

Trillo noted that team chemistry is still an issue for Cebuana Lhuillier, which only had a week of practice so far.

“We’ll just try to be adaptable,” he said. “We’ll give Ken the ball, but we’ll make sure we run as well. We want it balanced.”

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10-31-2006, 11:17 AM
Taken from Yehey Sports.

Four P's: Pride, Puso, Palaban and PBL
By: Coach Pat Desiderio | YEHEY! Contributors
31 October 2006 | 10:15 AM

The UST Tigers new campaign.

Manila -- Their UAAP championship trophy already stashed away, in a trophy room in the España campus. Their commemorative banners and T-shirts are long gone, too.

The UST Tigers are ready to move on.

A new league. A higher level. A new task.

The Tigers returned to the court 6 am. Friday morning, tipping off practice for the Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup, having just returned from a celebratory Beijing and Hong Kong trip the night before. Minus Coach Pido Jarencio who is assisting under Chot Reyes at San Miguel Beer in the PBA.

UST will carry the Kettle Korn Tigers colors as they represent the RFM Corporation in this PBL Conference. It will be a tough dirt, tarmac, and snow-like course ahead; but with the same “Never say die attitude” the team had in the UAAP, they may pull off another surprise.



I spoke with Kettle Korn Tigers and UST assistant coach Beaujing Acot and we discussed the teams' preparations as well as the recent championship win. Acot, is the Deputy Head Coach and is an integral part of the coaching staff in its UAAP title campaign. Part of a revamped Coaching staff, where all new faces were former players and alumni of UST.

Coach Beaujing in fact, started his coaching career at UST, as the Head Coach of the UST College of Commerce Women's Basketball team and assistant of the College of Commerce Men's team. Since then, he was involved in all levels of Philippine Basketball and his contributions to the game are far too many to mention in this writeup.

How is this for a Coaching Resume?:? University of Asia and the Pacific Women's Basketball Coach? Arellano University Assistant Coach? Philippine National Team for Busan Asian Games (2002) Assistant Coach? University of the East Assistant Coach? RP-Cebuana Lhuillier Assistant Coach? Bennedictine International School-QC Head Coach;? and former PBA Technical Supervisor for Referees (resigned due to Pido Jarencio's hiring at San Miguel)and many more camps, clinics, international gigs and administrative duties.

Not to take away any credit from Coach Jarencio, I believe Assistant Coach Beaujing Acot is an integral piece of the championship puzzle. He has enormous and limitless ideas on how to develop College teams into title contenders. To describe his responsibilities at UST, Coach Acot says: “I am the Defensive Coach of the UST Tigers, I did all means necessary to feed Coach Pido information and a game plan that best suits the team. Our defensive combinations were a huge part of the championship.”

Acot is big on Team Discipline and Values, as he emphasized that without the discipline and values, they would have never made it; “I am in charge of the discipline of the players on and off the court. The values of Respect and Hard Work were core values to the team. Our players also have to be transparent on how they feel about the team, they are continually encouraged to speak up.” he says.



As our discussion went on, Coach Beaujing and I agreed that UST won the championship because of a simple system that works. My take is, since UST only had 4 months to prepare for the UAAP season, that they did not resort to forced learning but they were huge on creating mis-matches and countering the speed of their opponents. While the other teams like Ateneo and UE had established systems, UST played the game in simplicity, taking what is given them and playing to their opponents weaknesses. Coach Acot elaborates, “We tried to make the rules plain and simple, as up until the Finals we were still in the learning process, especially on the defensive end where the concepts were different from the previous Coach.”

UST which has predominantly young talented players in Jervy Cruz, Jojo Duncil, Dylan Ababou, Mark Canlas and Chester Taylor, they are very inexperienced in terms of Playoff experience. This prompted the UST Coaching staff to play to the talent they have and not to demand anything they know the players can't do. “We did not bother to ask or demand things from the players that we never taught in practice. It is unfair to demand from the guys something they never had knowledge of or have limited know how.” says Coach Acot.

In the PBL, the Tigers will definitely be in for a challenge, as a young team but with the confidence of champions. “We will continue to teach and focus on the players skills despite playing in the PBL” , according to Acot. This means, the long and grinding road to defending its UAAP championship begins in the PBL Silver Cup.

Four P's continue to be on the Tigers minds; Pride, Puso, Palaban and the PBL.

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11-07-2006, 11:21 AM
Harbour eyes back-to-back titles

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HARBOUR CENTRE lost several key players, including LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, to the pro league a couple of months ago that it almost crippled its roster.

Small wonder, the players Harbour Center will be parading in the PBL Silver Cup this Saturday at The Arena are entirely new – but not necessarily untested.

Major makeover aside, Harbour Centre still looks and sounds as formidable and exciting lot – just like the previous Unity Cup which the Port Masters ruled at the expense of Toyota Otis in one classic title showdown.

The only difference now is, coach Jorge Gallent will have lots of offensive options, and surely, that will be a bad news for their rivals for the coming season-opening tournament..

Admired by many for its never-say-die attitude, the Mikee Romero-owned Harbour Centre is ready to deliver a new package to its legion of fans when it opens its title campaign against Hapee Toothpaste.

"Before we have Mark (Cardona) and then came LA and Joseph, now we have a mixture of young and veteran players who are stunningly in top playing conditions right now," said Romero.

Romero and Gallent are perhaps referring to new recruits Reed Juntilla, Al Vergara, Marvin Ortiguerra, Ron Capati and the players taken from National University – Jonathan Fernandez, Joseph Lingao Linga and Edwin Asoro.

Also in the team are vastly-improving Chico Lanete, Jenkins Mesinas, Ryan Arana, Jerwin Gaco, Allan Gamboa, Chad Alonzo, Angelus Raymundo, Jay-A Coching, Ryan Dy and Earn Saguindel.

With no more Tenorio and Yeo to turn to, team manager Erick Arejola said they are ready to give Juntilla, Lanete and Arana all the opportunities to shine this time.

The 6-foot-1 Arana played under the shadow of Yeo last conference, but with the way his playing right now, he would finally get his wish this time – a longer playing time.

Juntilla and Fernandez, according to Gallent, have different styles, but they both blessed with a deft shooting touch from afar.

The 6-foot-2 Fernandez, one of UAAP’s underrated players, is capable of scoring in bunches from three-point zone. He has a lightning trigger and sometimes ruthless with his deep bombs.

Juntilla, on the other hand, is a proven warrior even during his Hapee Toothpaste days. His evolution into one of the league’s top shooters is for everyone to see. His pullup and penetration skills are his strengths.

For their defensive rotation, Harbour Center can again rely on Arana, Alonzo, Gaco, Gamboa and Capati.

Having all the ingredients it needs, it’s no wonder why Harbour Centre is again a solid title contender.

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11-07-2006, 11:21 AM
Fil-Am leads Kettle Korn in coming PBL campaign

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By WAYLON GALVEZ

MAGNOLIA’S LOSS may be Kettle Korn’s gain.

The Joey Concepcion-owned Kettle Korn has acquired the services of Fil-American Josh Urbiztondo, a playmaker who will make his debut in the 2006 PBL Silver Cup set to open on Saturday.

The 6-foot former Fresno Pacific University guard will join a team that needs a tall but dependable shooting guard.

Originally drafted by the Spinners in the recent Rookie Draft, the 23-year-old Urbiztondo is expected to give Kettle Korn stability in the backcourt rotation for UAAP champion coach Pido Jarencion.

"He’s a hardworking player, we like his work ethic. He’s a type of player who can orchestrate the plays and hustles on defense," said Jarencio of his prized guard.

During his senior year (2005-06), Urbiztondo played in all 29 games of FPU Sunbirds, a member school of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

In the Sunbirds’ website, Urbiztondo finished second in scoring with 11.5 points and 3.5 assists a game.

A native of San Francisco, he’s the second of two sons of Gail and David Urbiztondo, a Filipino who hails from Bulacan.

A business management graduate, Urbiztondo is expected create an impact in the league right away.

Prior to his stint with the Sunbirds, he helped the Hillsdale High School Knights to a pair of league championships in his four seasons.

"I’ve seen some plays in the PBL and it’s quite tough, physical. Although I played in the US where they played with so much intensity, it’s totally different here," said Urbiztondo. "But that’s fine with me. My concern is to help the team. I guess I can contribute in scoring and defense."

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11-08-2006, 11:20 AM
Kettle Korn parades Fil-Am, UST Tigers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/08/2006

Kettle Korn, one of the three guest teams seeing action in the PBL Silver Cup starting on Saturday at the San Juan Gym, will parade not only the core of the UAAP champion Santo Tomas squad but also a Fil-Am sensation in Josh Urbiztondo.

Team manager Elmer Yanga made the announcement in Monday‘s official team launching attended by top RFM officials headed by owner Joey Concepcion.

"This is basically our team," said Yanga, who managed the RFM’s PBA team for more than two decades before retiring a few years ago.

"We hope that UST’s winning ways in the UAAP will spill into the PBL," Yanga said.

But focus will also be on Uzbiztondo.

The San Mateo, California-based Urbiztondo played for Fresno Pacific University from 2004-2005 and started in 28 of the 29 games as a senior with norms of 11.2 points, 3.3 assists, 2.4 boards and 1.7 steals a game.

As a junior, Urbiztondo saw action in all 29 games, including 28 starts with averages of a second-best 11.5 points, a team-high 3.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds.

Prior to Fresno, Urbiztondo helped power the Hillsdale High Knights to a pair of league championships in his four seasons and then entered Foothill College before transferring to Fresno.

He was an all-conference selection at both Hillside High and Foothill.

"He’s good, he’ll be a big contributor to the team," said Kettle Korn coach Pido Jarencio, who steered the Tigers to their first UAAP title in a decade, in Filipino.

Joining Urbiztondo at Kettle Korn are 2006 UAAP Finals MVP Jojo Duncil, Japs Cuan, Allan Evangelista, Dylan Ababou, Anthony Espiritu, Joseph Cortez, Mark Canlas, Chester Taylor and Jun Dizon and former Tigers Warren de Guzman and Derrick Hubalde.

The team also tapped former Jose Rizal standout McDonald Santos.

Other teams seeing action in the season-closing conference are Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream, Hapee Toothpaste, Harbour Centre, Henkel-owned Sista Sealant, TeleTech, Toyota Otis and guest teams Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail & More.

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11-08-2006, 11:20 AM
PBL coaches predict 3-way fight

The Philippine Star 11/08/2006

Three teams are expected to figure prominently in the coming Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Silver Cup.

Coaches of the nine teams seeing action in the season-opening meet that begins this Saturday at the New San Juan Arena are one in saying that Magnolia, Harbour Centre and Teletech are the top favorites to win the initial championship offering of the league’s 25th season.

Eight of them appeared in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the main function room of the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila where they made their respective forecast for the conference.

"I rate Harbour, Magnolia and Teletech as the top teams," said coach Luigi Trillo of guest team Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala. "Magnolia, of course, has the core of San Beda and the presence of (Sam) Ekwe will definitely change the game. Teletech, on the other hand, may not be star material, but coach Jerry (Codiñera) is doing a very good job with the team."

Toyota-Otis mentor Louie Alas said the Spinners rank first in his list owing to the "Red Lions connection," followed by Teletech, Cebuana Lhuillier "due to its decent recruitment program" that netted them UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ken Bono and Ateneo stars Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, and Harbour Centre "because of its coach."

Harbour’s George Gallent refused to be carried away by the top billing his Port Masters are getting, stressing he lost four key players — Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio, Rico Maierhofer and Rob Reyes — that helped the team win the Unity Cup title last season opposite Toyota-Otis.

"I lost some of my star players and just like the other teams, we’re just beginning to blend," said Gallent in the public sports program sponsored by Pagcor, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council (Masco) chief Ali Atienza.

But the Port Masters remain a formidable unit after acquiring Reed Juntilla and Al Vergara to go with veterans Chico Lanete, Ryan Arana and Erwin Gaco.

They actually beat the Spinners during a pre-season tune-up game, a victory which Gallent easily downplayed.

"First of all, 50 percent pa lang ang Magnolia at that time. Besides, pre-season games are nothing," added the Harbour mentor.

Codiñera echoed the same sentiment, saying his Titans are just a "decent team" that retained eight stalwarts from their previous campaign.

Hapee-PCU, handled by league veteran coach Jun Noel, also mentioned the same three teams as among the favorites, plus Toyota-Otis

Guest team Kettle Korn, bannered by the nucleus of the Santo Tomas squad that won the UAAP men’s basketball title and a reliable Fil-Am is also not expecting much in its inaugural conference.

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11-09-2006, 09:31 AM
Hapee hoping to relive happy days in PBL
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With two rising stars on its roster, expect Hapee Toothpaste to make a good run in the coming PBL Silver Cup.

The acquisition of No. 2 pick Mark Borboran of the University of the East and Larry Rordriguez of the Philippine Maritime Institute augurs well for the Cecilio K. Pedro-owned franchise’s bid to end a string of misfortunes that started last year.

"We are hoping to revive our happy days that’s why when the opportunities presented, we immediately took Borboran and Rodriguez," said team manager Bernard Yang. "With them around, we have a good chance,"

When Hapee Toothpaste returned to the league last year—it took a one-year leave the Teeth Masters never had a chance to enjoy the success they had before.

Backstopped then by Rich Alvarez, LA Tenorio, Peter June Simon and Allan Salansang—all playing now in the pro league, Hapee Toothpaste scored back-to-back titles in 2003. They never won a title since then.

Jun Noel, the most senior among the 9 coaches in the league, said Borboran and Rodriguez, both standing 6-foot-3, are tailor-made for the team’s run-and-gun game.

"They fit well to my system that’s why I’m confident of our chances this time," said Noel. "Besides, I also have high respect for my other players. Most of them are matured enough to play against the best players in the league."

Despite his lean frame, Rodriguez is an effective inside operator as what he demonstrated in the Unity Cup where he helped Montaña Pawnshop barge into the Final Four. He has also a good stroke from the perimeter area.

The high-leaping Borboran will play at small forward but his opponent can’t leave him open for he’s capable of hitting treys.

"They’re two of the hottest players around and I’m confident they can make up for the departure of Gabby Espinas," said Yang, who is also pinning his hopes on Robert Sanz and Jason Castro.

Also in the team are guards Mark Moreno, Robbie David, Liztian Amparado and Ronald Bucao of University of Visayas, big men James Razon, Beau Belga and Philip Butel.

The team also acquired the rugged Ardy Larong, Roel Hugnatan, Lemar Navarro and Ian Garrido. Noel will have Philippine Christian University coach Joel Dualan, Bong Sales and Bong Pineda as assistant coaches. The Manila Times

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11-10-2006, 10:53 AM
Angeles is new PBL chairman
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GIL ANGELES, the amiable Board representative of Toyota Otis, has assumed the chairmanship of the Philippine Basketball League starting with the Silver Cup which opens shop tomorrow at the new San Juan Arena.


Angeles, 53, took over the position previously occupied by Chito Loyzaga of San Miguel Corporation (Magnolia Ice Cream). Loyzaga served the league for one year.

"I’m grateful for my fellow board members for the trust they gave to, rest assured I’ll do everything to keep the programs they started," enthused Angeles. "I will work vigorously to entice other companies to join the league so that they can also help aspiring cagers achieve their dreams."

Cecilio K. Pedro, owner of Hapee Toothpaste, and Mikee Romero, CEO of Harbour Centre, were named vice chairman and treasurer, respectively.

"Mr. Raymund Yu and Mr. Loyzaga did so many things for the league, they gave players and owners the window of opportunities. It’s now time for me, with the help of Toyota Otis owner Mr. Rey Oben, to give my share in making the league truly a haven for amateur players," said Angeles. "PBL is the springboard for amateur players.

Angeles is expected to bring his business acumen and savvy in the league being a long-time general manager of the flourishing Cosco Philippines Shipping, Inc., which is also owned by Oben.

"Mr. Pedro has a very good vision for the league and if we can have more teams in the league then that’s exciting. Not only we can help blossom their careers but we can also help prepare them to become a better citizen. If there’s a national team to be formed, we can also help."

Angeles also vowed to work hand in hand with the Commissioner’s Office, headed by Chino Trinidad, in order to sustain the growth the league has gained the past years.

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11-11-2006, 12:40 PM
PBL Silver Cup kicks off today


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Last updated 03:20am (Mla time) 11/11/2006

Published on page A28 of the November 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A FEW days before the start of the PBL season, Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent looked surprised when rival coaches still considered his Port Masters as a potent contender.

Yet Gallent insists it will still be a test of team chemistry when Harbour Centre battles Hapee-PCU on the opening match of the PBL Silver Cup today at The Arena in San Juan.

“Just like other teams, we’re only beginning to blend,” said Gallent of the Port Masters who will kick off their bid for a second straight title against the Teeth Masters at 2 p.m.

“Of course there’s pressure on our part,” said Gallent. “First, because we’re coming off a championship and everybody expects us to win again. And second, we lost four key players from that championship squad.”

Chemistry will be less of a problem for the Magnolia Spinners when they tackle the Sista Super Sealers at 4 p.m.

The opening ceremony at 1 p.m. will feature Bowling Hall of Famer Paeng Nepomuceno as guest of honor.

Magnolia scored a casting coup after acquiring the stars of NCAA champion San Beda Lions led by 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal and Pong Escobal. The Spinners further beefed up their roster by drafting FEU’s Jonas Villanueva and UE’s Bonbon Custodio.

The Super Sealers will turn to UE’s Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio and Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa although they will miss 6-foot-10 center Samigue Eman for a month due to health reasons.

The Port Masters, who bagged the Unity Cup title, still have a lethal offensive cast even with the departure of LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo to the pros. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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11-11-2006, 12:43 PM
PBL Silver Cup begins; Spinners, Sealants face off
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/11/2006

Nigerian Sam Ekwe and the triumphant San Beda Red Lions bring their act to a tougher, bigger stage as Magnolia Ice Cream takes on Henkel-owned Sista Sealant in today’s start of the PBL Silver Cup at the San Juan Arena.

Ekwe, the 2006 rookie MVP who powered the Lions to this year’s NCAA crown, will get most of the attention when the Spinners and the Super Sealants collide in the main game of a two-game offering at 4 p.m.

"I told them the PBL is a far different league than the NCAA so they need to be more physically and mentally prepared here," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal, who steered the Mendiola-based school to its first title in 28 years.

Harbour Centre, one of the teams tipped to contend for this year’s crown, likewise plunges into action as it tackles Jason Castro and Hapee Toothpaste-PCU at 2 p.m.

A colorful and elaborate opening ceremony set at 1 p.m. will formally usher in the season-closing conference with no less than bowling legend and Asian Games-bound Paeng Nepomuceno as guest of honor.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad and league chair Efren Angeles of Toyota Otis and the rest of the nine-team PBL family will also be in attendance to welcome and honor one of the country’s top sporting icons.

BJ Manalo, former La Salle standout, will do the invocation while winners in the Little Big Star search and popular band Sponge Cola will provide the entertainment numbers.

Focus is then expected to shift to Ekwe.

"He’s a pretty exciting player, he should help the league attract interest," said Angeles, who took over the PBL chairmanship from Chito Loyzaga of Magnolia, referring to the power-slamming Nigerian.

Ekwe, along with San Beda teammate Yousif Aljamal and Francis Barcellano of Far Eastern U, should be enough to fill the void left by Kelly Williams, Arwind Santos and Mark Isip, who are now carving their names in the PBA landscape.

Bring in the prolific troika of Bon Bon Custodio of University of the East and Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern U and you have a champion team in the making.

"This (Magnolia) is a very strong team but we’ll give them a big fight," said Sista coach Caloy Garcia, who put in 6’9" Samigue Eman in the injury list.

With LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Rob Reyes and Rico Maeirhofer gone, the Port Masters were left in shambles. Tenorio and Yeo are now in the pros, Maeirhofer recalled by La Salle and Reyes returned to the United States.

Compounding Harbour’s woes is JC Intal, who opted not to play this season to either play in a semi-pro league in the US or concentrate on his studies at Ateneo.

Thankfully, the Mikee Romero-owned franchise got the talented pair of Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro from adopted school National U and a veteran crew of Reed Juntilla, Al Vergara, Marvin Ortiguerra and Ron Capati in trades, dispersal and rookie drafts.

"Of course, there’s pressure on our part, first, because we’re coming off a championship and everybody expects us to win again. And second, we lost four key players from that champion squad," said Harbour Centre coach George Gallent.

Hapee, which will now be coached by Jun Noel, also lost Gabby Espinas to the pros but more than made for it with Castro still in the fold and its recent acquisitions of University of the East hotshot Mark Borboran and Larry Rodriguez.

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11-11-2006, 12:46 PM
Harbour vs Hapee kicks off PBL


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THE CURRENT crop of college basketball stars headlines the dawning of a new era for the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) which unwraps its 25th season with a big festivity and a pair of exciting matches at the New San Juan Arena today.

Fancied Harbour Centre parades a new-look team against Hapee-PCU at 2 p.m. while the San Beda-reinforced Magnolia Ice Cream battles Sista in the 4 p.m. main game of the afternoon doubleheader kicking off the season-opening Silver Cup.

A colorful and elaborate opening ceremony set at 1p.m. precedes the twinbill, with Commissioner Chino Trinidad, Chairman Gil Angeles of Toyota Otis and the rest of the PBL family in attendance to welcome bowling great and guest of honor Paeng Nepomuceno.

Former college and league stalwart BJ Manalo will do the invocation while entertainment numbers will be provided by the winners in the Little Big Star search and popular band Sponge Cola.

Then the limelight shifts directly to the four teams.

With key players Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio, Rico Maierhofer and Rob Reyes no longer around and pressed to duplicate its championship feat in last season’s Unity Cup, Harbour Centre sought for help and found one in National University, with whom it agreed to tie up and netted top guns Jonathan Fernandez, Joseph Lingaolingao and Edwin Asoro.

The Port Masters then tapped Reed Juntilla, Al Vergara, Marvin Ortiguerra and Ron Capati to shore up a roster many believe will still be a force to reckon with.

"Of course, there’s pressure on our part, first, because we’re coming off a championship and everybody expects us to win again. And second, we lost four key players from that champion squad," said Harbour Centre coach George Gallent.

Like the Port Masters, the Teeth Sparklers also lost its top player Gabby Espinas, but picked up two talented youngsters in return in the persons of University of the East’s Mark Borboran, the league’s No. 2 pick, and Larry Rodriguez of Philippine Maritime Institute.

Together, they join Jayson Castro, Rob Sanz and the core of the Philippine Christian U team that finished runner up in the last NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Adding experience and wisdom to the young, talent-laden Hapee-PCU five is new coach Jun Noel, a veteran mentor best remembered as the man behind the bench of the highly-popular Mama’s Love team in the early days of the PBL’s forerunner, the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL).

NCAA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Rookie of the Year Sam Ekwe and the Red Lions of San Beda will be at the forefront of Magnolia’s bid to win another title following the departures of star players Arwind Santos, Kelly Williams and Mark Isip.

As if the NCAA champions are not enough, the Spinners further beefed up its line-up by signing top pick Jonas Villanueva from Far Eastern U and Bonbon Custodio of UE.

"Sobrang lakas ng team. But we’ll give them a good fight," said Sista coach Caloy Garcia about their highly-touted opponents.

With Welcoat’s winning legacy looming behind, Sista is definitely compelled to duplicate the feat of its sister team.

But Garcia and the rest of the squad will have to do it without their main-man Samegui Eman, out for at least a month due to health reasons.

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11-12-2006, 01:22 PM
IN HUDDLE
RFM’s Joey C is back in PBL

By Beth Celis
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Last updated 06:33am (Mla time) 11/12/2006

Published on page A26 of the November 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SINCE our paths crossed more than two decades ago in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (now PBL), RFM’s Joey Concepcion has been actively involved in a big way with basketball.

Until a couple of years or so when the Concepcions sold Pop Cola to San Miguel Corp. lock, stock and barrel.

The deal included the Concepcions’ PBA franchise which was valued at P125 million, the highest franchise cost in the history of the PBA so far, boasts Joey, who’s back in the PBL through guest team Kettle Korn, a new business venture.

Composed of UAAP champion UST Glowing Tigers, the Kettle Korns paraded with the eight other PBL teams during the opening yesterday of the Silver Cup at the new San Juan gym called “The Arena.”

Joey completely faded from the basketball scene after his PBL team Sunkist folded up following the sale of Pop Cola.

Joey, who was in the lineup of the very first RFM team that played in the PABL in the ’80s, said he liked the concept of having a college squad playing in the PBL.

This, plus the reasonable cost of maintaining a team in the amateur league, are what lured him to reactivate his role in basketball.

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Going back to the PBA, however, is another story.

The professional league no longer holds as much attraction to him as it did 18 years ago when it was at the peak of its popularity and the cost of a franchise was very affordable.

Joey acquired the RFM franchise back in l988 for only P1.2 million, would you believe? Now the going price is P60m.

“There’s just too much competition now,” said the young business tycoon, referring to the other forms of entertainment that have sprouted in the ’90s: computer games, the Internet, reality shows, shopping malls.

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“The market is changing. While the PBA used to attract the A-B market, it now caters to the CD, the masa. That’s why they have to rethink their positioning as well as marketing to attract this segment,” Joey said.

Joey believes the UAAP is so popular because the teams have a basic connection with the fans.

“It’s a connection between classmates and schoolmates who are linked by their alma mater. They stay linked even in their old age. But I think the PBA should stick to what they are right now, except that they have to create more drama in the games, in the rivalries. Kulang din sa storya ang mga players.”

The NBA has survived the test of time, he said, because the league has the best players in the world.

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For Hapee Toothpaste, three heads are better than one.

For a while there, I thought the PBL squad had three head coaches in Junel Baculi, Joel Dualan and Jun Noel of Cebu, who were all very active on the floor on opening day of the PBL Silver Cup.

But later at the press room where victorious coach Jun Noel showed up, he explained that he is the designated head coach, while Baculi is consultant and Dualan, his assistant.

A veteran of more than two decades, Jun’s coaching experience dates back to the days of the popular Cebuano team Mama’s Love in the early ’80s.

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11-12-2006, 01:28 PM
Tiny Arellano seals big win for Sealants
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/12/2006

Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe, one of the tallest players in the league, passed the first test in his first PBL game. Marcy Arellano, one of the smallest, spoiled it for him.

Arellano unloaded eight straight points in the stretch as the Henkel-owned Sista Super Sealants shocked Ekwe and the Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners, 77-71, yesterday to jumpstart their campaign in the PBL Silver Cup at the San Juan Arena.

The University of the East standout, who was traded from Harbour Centre in exchange for Marvin Ortiguerra, fired 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter to seal it for the Super Sealants, who were missing the services of ailing 6-9 Samigue Eman.

"He’s a big catch,"said Sista coach Caloy Garcia, who owns a title with Welcoat Paints two years ago, referring to the prolific former UAAP high school MVP.

Khiel Misa added 14 points while Kelvin Gregorio, Arellano’s teammate at UE, scattered 12 including a triple off a feed by Arellano with 16 seconds.

"I thank coach Dindo (Pumaren) for giving me these players,"said Garcia.

Ekwe, the 2006 rookie MVP, gave a sample of what he can really do with 17 big rebounds, six points, five blocks and three assists that impressed Garcia.

"He’s an intimidating presence inside so I told my players to force him to go outside,"said Garcia of Ekwe.

Hapee Toothpaste likewise got into the win column early as it stunned 2006 Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre, 73-68.

Hardly feeling the absence of Gabby Espinas, who is now in the pros, the Teeth Sparklers drew strength from a balanced attack spearheaded by Larry Rodriguez and Ardy Larong.

Rodriguez, formerly of Montaña Pawnshop, fired 19 points before falling into cramps late in the game while Larong, a legend back in Cebu who last played for Toyota Otis, chipped in 15 to lead Hapee.

"There are no superstars in this team, our strength is our team game," said Hapee coach Jun Noel, who is back after coaching the Negros Basketball Association selection to a PABL title in 1989, in Filipino.

Reed Juntilla, drafted from the dispersal, spewed 20 points but the Port Masters just didn’t have enough ammunition in the stretch as they sorely missed LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, now in the PBA.

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11-12-2006, 01:30 PM
Hapee, Sista stun foes

By REY LACHICA
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UPSETS ROCKED the opening of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup as Hapee Toothpaste and Sista defeated their fancied rivals yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

First to pull off the trick was Hapee Toothpaste which scored a 73-68 win over hot favorite Harbour Center, a victory that installed the Teethmasters as one of the favorites in the season-opening tournament.

Not to be outdone, the Sista Super Sealers brought down the Samuel Ekwe-led Magnolia Ice Cream, 77-71 — thanks to the University of the East connection in Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio.

The 5-foot-11 Arellano topscored for the Super Sealers with 20 points, including eight straight in the pivotal stage that saw Sista crawl from a 65-69 hole to take a 73-69 lead.

After Yousif Aljamal pushed the Spinners to within 71-73, Gregorio came through with the game’s biggest basket – a booming three-pointer – that turned to be the dagger into Magnolia’s heart.

In the first game, the Teeth Masters teetered in the brink of collapse, losing an 18-point lead the second quarter in the face of Harbour Centre’s smoldering comeback.

But Castro and new recruit Larry Rodriguez came through with clutch baskets in the final three minutes to ease tension.

Hapee then watched Reed Juntilla and Al Vergara – new addition to Harbour squad – miss their shots with a little over a minute to finally seal the win.

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11-12-2006, 01:32 PM
Hapee surprises Harbour in PBL Silver opening

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Games Tuesday
(Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. – Kettke Korn vs Cebuana Lhuillier
4 p.m. – Toyota otis vs TeleTech

Hapee Toothpaste was never mentioned as one of the favorites prior to the start of the tournament.

Now count them as one.

Showing great resolved down the stretch, which the feisty Jason Castro typified, the Teeth Masters stunned the hot favorites Harbour Centre Port Masters, 73-68, in the opening of the PBL Silver Cup Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

After taking a huge 18-point lead in the second quarter, the Teeth Masters teetered in the brink of collapse in the face of Harbour Centre’s smoldering comeback but Castro and new recruit Larry Rodriguez came through with clutch baskets in the final three minutes to ease tension.

Hapee then watched Reed Juntilla and Al Vergara—new addition to Harbour squad—miss their shots with a little over a minute to finally seal the win—a first for coach Jun Noel after a long absence in the league.

“It’s nice to be back,” said the beaming Noel. “Ang sarap ng feeling kapag manalo ka sa opening game mo, I just hope this will no be the last.”

Living to his billing as one of the players to watch this season, the 6-foot-3 Rodriguez tallied 19 points on an impressive 8-of-10 shooting. He also hauled down 7 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and stole once in a brilliant performance that even Noel was surprised.

“Larry did a good job out there but I’d like to emphasize that the team’s winning attitude really helped us,” said team manager Bernard Yang. “We don’t have stars players on our roster, what we have is a big fighting heart.”

The Port Masters threatened at 61-62 on a three-point play by Jerwin Gaco that saw the pro-Harbour crowd breaking into thunderous applause.

It did not last long, though.

Beau Belga scored on a tough drive and Castro hit a short one before splitting his charities to give Hapee a 67-61 lead, only 3:03 remaining.

The Port Masters managed to cut Hapee’s deficit to 63-67 on a gallant drive by Juntilla but Rodriguez rose to the occasion again to bail Hapee out of trouble.

Harbour then lost its bid to turn the game around when Ron Capati missed his two free throws and Juntilla missed an open shot from the three-point zone.

The scores:

Hapee 73—Rodriguez 19, Larong 15, Castro 11, Belga 10, Borboran 8, Butel 4, Moreno 2, Bucao 2, Hugnatan 2, David 0, Sanz 0, Razon 0.

Harbour Centre 68—Juntilla 20, Gaco 10, Vergara 10, Ortiguerra 8, Capati 6, Asoro 3, Alonzo 3, Coching 0, Saguindel 0, Lenete 2, Arana 1, Fernandez 0, Mesina 0.

Quarters: 10-11; 36-22; 54-48; 73-68.

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11-14-2006, 10:52 AM
Kettle Korn battles Lhuillier

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THE CLASSIC UAAP title showdown between University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo will be somehow recalled today as Kettle Korn collides with Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala in the resumption of the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Ateneo’s Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer, still smarting from their shocking loss to the Tigers in last month’s UAAP Finals, are expected to go allout when their Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala team battles the España-based squad in the featured match at 2 p.m.

The Tigers are representing the Joey Concepcion-owned Kettle Korn.

In the other game, the TeleTech Titans, the team that trained so long and so hard in order to put their disappointing performance in the Unity Cup behind, tangles with the Toyota Otis Sparks at 4 p.m.

Upsets rocked the opening day of the tournament last Saturday as Hapee Toothpaste and Sista brought down their fancied rivals at The Arena in San Juan.

The Teeth Masters, drawing inspired performance from new recruit Larry Rodriquez, stunned Harbour Centre, while the Sista Super Sealers downed the Sam Ekwe-led Magnolia Ice Cream.

Badly hit by the departure of several key players, among them MVP winner Joe Calvin Devance, Boyet Bautista and Mark Andaya, the Sparks are hardpressed to duplicate their impressive runner-up finish the last time out.

But Toyota coach Louie Alas in unfazed.

Although Alas admitted they are a little bit short this time, his players, he said, are full of zest.

"I hope our speed, energy and defense can make up for our lack of ceiling," said Alas who is expected to pin his hopes on new recruits Chito Jaime, Floyd Dedicatoria, Patrick Cabahug and JP Alcaraz.

Frustrated by their eight-placed finish in their maiden campaign, the Titans have beefed up their frontcourt by acquiring veteran Al Magpayo and Paul Guerrero. They also took wily guard Eugene Tan and Kim Valenzuela to provide stability to the team.

"I hope we can do better this time with the addition of veteran players on our roster," said coach Jerry Codiñera. "Iba ang takbo ng team if you have veteran players who are sharp and good."
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11-15-2006, 11:22 AM
C. Lhuillier five sizzles in debut; Sparks prevail

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 01:19am (Mla time) 11/15/2006

Published on Page A35 of the November 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEBUTING Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala started hot to scorch Kettle Korn-UST, 99-72, yesterday in the Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Moneymen greeted the Tigers with a 12-0 bomb and their intensity never ebbed up to the final buzzer as they bared their potential to challenge the league’s resident teams.

In the second game, Marvin Cruz took charge in the final minutes to lift the Toyota Otis Sparks to a 68-66 triumph over the favored TeleTech Titans.

Coach Luigi Trillo insisted that the Moneymen only had a couple of weeks of practice for the Silver Cup, though they played as if they’ve been together a long time.

The Moneymen zoomed behind UAAP Most Valuable Player Ken Bono, who drilled in 12 of his 19 points in the first half.

And even with Bono resting on the bench in the closing quarters, Doug Kramer and Don Dulay kept the Moneymen far from reach.

“We only had two weeks but I’m proud of the way they tried to embrace the system,” said Trillo. “Individually, our players are good. So I’m happy we played together.”

Cruz shot seven of his nine points in the last six minutes, including a split free throw that pegged the final tally with 4.5 seconds remaining. The point guard also grabbed a crucial rebound after muffing his second charity to protect the Sparks’ lead.

Assistant coach Ariel Vanguardia called the shots as coach Louie Alas watched on the bench. The Sparks claimed it was part of their game plan.

The scores:
First Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 99 -- Bono 19, Kramer 18, Dulay 13, Abadia 12, Santos 10, Mendoza 6, Escalona 5, Oreta 5, Gonzales 5, Dela Cuesta 5, Yee 1, Buyco 0, Co 0, Tagupa 0, Uy 0.
KETTLE KORN-UST 72 -- Hubalde 15, Evangelista 13, Urbiztondo 9, Santos 6, Cuan 6, Taylor 5, Espiritu 5, Duncil 4, Dizon 3, Canlas 2, De Guzman 2, Allera 2, Cortez 0.
Quarters: 27-7, 45-34, 71-52, 99-72

Second Game
TOYOTA OTIS 68 -- Alcaraz 11, Cruz 9, Dedicatoria 8, Cabahug 7, Rodriguez 6, Daa 6, Baluyot 5,Yabut 5,Jazul 5, Quinday 4, Fajardo 2, Guevarra 0, Jaime 0, Faundo 0.
TELETECH 66 -- Capus 13, Grijaldo 12, Villamin 8, Mercado 7, Estrada 5, Doruelo 5, Magpayo 4, Valenzueka 2, Labagala 1, Concha 0, Tan 0.
Quarters: 15-15, 26-29, 48-46, 68-66

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11-15-2006, 11:26 AM
Cebuana Lhuillier pops Kettle Korn

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Games Tomorrow (UST gym) 2 p.m. — Mail and More vs Harbour Centre 4 p.m. — Hapee Toothpaste vs Kettle Korn


CEBUANA LHUILLIER-PERA Padala announced its comeback in the league with a bang yesterday as the Moneymen waylaid UAAP champion Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, 99-70, in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

With UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono playing together for the first time with former rivals Ateneo’s Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer, the Moneymen got off to an explosive start, taking a commanding 27-7 lead on the way to posting the league’s biggest winning margin in years.

Without Kramer to bother him, the 6-foot-5 Bono sizzled from almost all angles to the delight of a big CL-Pera Padala supporters.

The Adamson star scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from the 3-point zone. He also hauled down eight rebounds as the Moneymen dominated the Tigers in almost all departments.

Toyota Otis, runner-up in the Unity Cup, also opened its title campaign on a high note as the Sparks brought down the TeleTech Titans to forge a four-way tie for the early lead with opening day winners Sista, Hapee Toothpaste and Cebu Lhuillier-Pera Padala. JP Alcaraz and new recruit Marvin Cruz starred for Toyota Otis as they conspired in a blazing finish to beat one of the favorites in the season-opening tournament.

Alcaraz led Toyota Otis with 11 points while Cruz had 9 points, five rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes of action.

Even Kramer had a field day.

He produced 18 points and 9 rebounds - a performance that enabled him to redeem himself after the Tigers beat and embarrassed them in the recent UAAP Finals.

Escalona was also awesome.

He set the team’s offensive plays with almost surgical precision that saw the Moneymen take several 26-point leads early in the fourth before the Tigers eventually gave up the fight. He had only five points but dished out 10 assists.

Actually, almost all players fielded in by coach Luigi Trillo delivered in their own little way for the cause that thrilled their coach even more.

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11-15-2006, 11:35 AM
Moneymen yank Tigers

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Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala announced its comeback in the league with a bang Tuesday as the Moneymen waylaid UAAP champion Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, 99-70, in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

With UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono playing together for the first time with former rivals Ateneo’s Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer, the Moneymen got off to an explosive start, taking a commanding 27-7 lead on the way to posting the league’s biggest winning margin in years.

Without Kramer to bother him, the 6-foot-5 Bono sizzled from almost all angles to the delight of a big Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala supporters.

The Adamson star scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from the 3-point zone. He also hauled down 8 rebounds as the Moneymen dominated the Tigers in almost all departments.

Even Kramer had a field day. He produced 18 points and 9 rebounds—a performance that enabled him to redeem himself after the Tigers beat and embarrassed them in the recent UAAP Finals. Escalona was also awesome.

He set the team’s offensive plays with almost surgical precision that saw the Moneymen take several 26-point leads early in the fourth before the Tigers eventually gave up the fight. He had only five points but dished out 10 assists.

Actually, almost all players fielded in by coach Luigi Trillo delivered in their own little way for the cause that thrilled their coach even more.

"Kenneth, Macky and Doug played very well but you can’t discount the support of the whole team. And I am glad they did their share," said Trillo.

The win evoked sweet memories from the team that dominated the league during its infancy stage when the Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala was still backstopped then by the exciting Samboy Lim.

"It’s good to open our campaign with a win. Even with a short period to build the team our boys showed they can play well together," said Cebuana Lhuillier -Pera Pedala owner Jean Henri Lhuillier. "We’re glad to be back on winning note."

The Tigers showed some flashes of brilliance in the second quarter where Josh Urbiztondo and Derrick Hubalde knocked in a triple each to close in the gap at the end of the half, 34-45.

Scores:

CL-Pera Padala 99—Bono 19, Kramer 18, Dulay 13, Abadia 12, Santos 10, Mendoza 6, de la Cuesta 5, Escalona 5, Oreta 5, Gonzales 5, Yee 1, Buyco 0, Co 0, Tagupa 0, Uy 0.

Kettle Korn 70—Hubalde 15, Evangelista 11, Urbiztondo 9, Cuan 6, Santos 6, Taylor 5, Espiritu 5, Duncil 4, Dizon 3, Canlas 2, de Guzman 2, Allera 2, Ortiz 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarters: 27-7; 45-34; 71052; 99-70.

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11-16-2006, 11:55 AM
Hapee-PCU guns for lead today


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Last updated 03:56am (Mla time) 11/16/2006

Published on page A23 of the November 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE HAPEE-PCU Teeth Masters shoot for the early lead against the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers today in the PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

Inspired by their 73-68 conquest of the Harbour Centre Port Masters last Saturday, the Teeth Masters are slightly favored in their 4 p.m. date with the Tigers, who are hoping for a change of fortune in their return to their own turf.

The Port Masters will try to bounce back earlier when they collide with guest team Mail and More Comets at 2 p.m.

“Hopefully we’ll just surprise everyone,” said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson.

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11-16-2006, 11:58 AM
Mail and More debuts vs Harbour

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HAPEE TOOTHPASTE guns for the solo lead when it battles Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, while Mail and More debuts today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

Emboldened by their impressive 73-68 win over hot favorite Harbour Centre in the opener, the Teeth Masters are heavily favored against the Kettle Korn Tigers when they clash in the featured match at 4 p.m.

The Mail and More Comets, bannered by rising Cebuano star JR Quiñahan, are expected to encounter stiff challenge when they battle the Port Masters at 2 p.m.

The Teeth Masters are currently locked in a four-way tie with Sista, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Toyota Otis.

Material-wise, the Port Masters have a decisive advantage over the Comets but coach Jorge Gallent, perhaps puzzled by his team’s lackluster performance the last time our, isn’t taking any chances.

"I don’t know whey they acted like that, mga beterano naman sila pero they played as if they don’t know each other," said Gallent. "Mukhang nagkakahiyaan pa sila, kaya dapat makabawi kami ngayon.

Certainly, it won’t be easy.

For the Port Masters to beat the Comets, Gallent should squeeze the best from former La Salle star Ryan Araña and Chico Lanete. The two played awful against the Teethmasters.

Aside from the 6-foot-6 Quiñahan, also expected to play key factors for the Comets are high-flying Ronjay Buenafe, Michael Bravo and Jorel Canizares.

The 6-foot-1 Buenafe emerged MVP in the recent Uni-Games in Bacolod City. Hapee will again employ its lethal run-and-gun game anchored on Larry Rodriguez, Jason Castro and Mark Borboran against the UAAP champions.
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11-16-2006, 12:05 PM
Hapee eyes solo lead; Mail & More debuts

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Hapee Toothpaste guns for the solo lead when it battles Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, while Mail and More debuts Thursday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

Emboldened by their impressive 73-68 win over hot favorite Harbour Centre in the opener, the Teeth Masters are heavily favored against the Kettle Korn Tigers when they clash in the featured match at 4 p.m.

The Mail and More Comets, bannered by rising Cebuano star JR Quiñahan, are expected to encounter stiff challenge when they battle the Port Masters at 2 p.m.

The Teeth Masters are currently locked in a four-way tie with Sista, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Toyota Otis.

Material-wise, the Port Masters have a decisive advantage over the Comets but coach Jorge Gallent, perhaps puzzled by his team’s lackluster performance the last time out, isn’t taking any chances.

"I don’t know whey they acted like that, they are all veterans but they played as if they don’t know each other," Gallent said. "It seems that they are still adjusting to each other but I know they will bounce back."

Certainly, it won’t be easy.

For the Port Masters to beat the Comets, Gallent should squeeze the best from former La Salle star Ryan Araña and Chico Lanete. The two played awful against the Teethmasters.

Besides the 6-foot-6 Quiñahan, also expected to play key factors for the Comets are high-flying Ronjay Buenafe, Michael Bravo and Jorel Canizares. The 6-foot-1 Buenafe emerged MVP in the recent Uni-Games in Bacolod City.

Hapee will again employ its lethal run-and-gun game anchored on Larry Rodriguez, Jason Castro and Mark Borboran against the UAAP champions.

After a brilliant 20-point and 7-rebound performance against the taller and more experienced Port Masters, Rodriguez is expected to be a marked man.

Kettle Korn coach Pido Jarencio, for sure, will have a hard time finding a player to match Rodriguez’s skill.

If they could contain Rodriguez, the Tigers will also have to stop the cat-quick Castro who is also dangerous outside and inside. The Manila Times

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11-17-2006, 11:20 AM
Hapee-PCU rips Kettle; H. Centre up

By Musong R. Castillo
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Last updated 03:09am (Mla time) 11/17/2006

Published on page A32 of the November 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JASON Castro scored 15 points and dished out 10 assists, leading Hapee-PCU to an impressive 93-66 whipping of Kettle Korn-Santo Tomas for the solo lead in the PBL Silver Cup at the University of Santo Tomas gym yesterday.

In winning for the second straight time, the Teeth Masters held the Tigers, the reigning UAAP titlists, to seven points in the third quarter to finish the game pulling away.

Hapee led by as many as 32 points, 89-57, after a Lei Navarro short stab in the middle of the fourth period to deal the Tigers a second straight loss.

The Tigers, who are campaigning in this tournament with basically the same team that won the UAAP crown but without Jervy Cruz because of eligibility technicalities, led after the first period and was tugging at the coattails of the Teeth Masters until the third period.

Harbour Centre notched its first victory against a defeat earlier, breaking loose from debuting Mail and More starting the third period for a 76-61 win.

Guards Chico Lanete and Al Vergara paced the Port Masters with 14 points each with former La Salle big man Jerwin Gaco backing them up with 13 and Ron Capati winding up with nine.

Lanete hit nine of his total in the final half, while Vergara poured in eight in the fourth period for Harbour Centre, the champion in the Unity Cup which lost its nucleus, including Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Rob Reyes, among others, to the pro ranks.

The Comets got 13 points from burly former University of Visayas standout JR Quinahan and 10 from Nestor David, but Mail and More, despite leading, 22-16 after the first period, steadily fell behind with no one able to step up.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 76—Lanete 14, Vergara 14, Gaco 13, Capati 9, Alonzo 6, Asoro 5, Arana 4, Mesina 4, Coching 3, Gamboa 2, Ortiguerra 2, Juntilla 0, Saguindel 0.

MAIL & MORE 61—Quiñahan 13, David 10, Yambao 8, Espiritu 6, Coyukang 5, Prbhdas 4, Viray 3, Te 2, Buenafe 2, Canizares 2, Bravo 2, Aquino 2, Del Rosario 2.

Quarters: 16-22, 38-33; 53-45; 76-61.

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11-17-2006, 11:21 AM
Portmasters thwart Comets
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 11/17/2006

Harbour Centre’s second unit came up with stirring efforts in the second quarter, sparking a decisive run that carried the Unity Cup titlist to a 76-61 thrashing of newcomer Mail and More in the PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym yesterday.

Jerwin Gaco, Edwin Asoro and Richard Alonzo provided instant firepower coming off the bench, and the Portmasters overcame a sluggish start to rebound from a four-point defeat to the Hapee Teeth Masters on opening day Saturday.

Starters Chico Lanete and Al Vergara picked up from where their reserves left off in the second half, sustaining Harbour Centre’s drive as the Portmasters spoiled the Comets’ debut in the league.

"The boys are starting to pick up their game. They worked a lot more better today compared Saturday where each one wanted things done their own way," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

Lanete and Vergara scored 14 points apiece with Gaco adding 13 and Ron Capati chipping in 9. JR "Baby Shaq" Quinahan paced Mail and More with 14.

Quinahan, the promising Cebuano player who also logged eight rebounds, four blocks and one assist, came out smoking and the Comets took control early on, enjoying a six-point lead at 22-16 at the close of the opening quarter.

But the Portmasters swayed the tide on their favor in the second quarter with Gaco, Asoro and Alonzo leading their attack. Harbour Centre won by a big margin as it poured on the heat in the next two quarters.

Robert Sanz tossed in 17 points while Jason Castro dished out a double-double game with 15 points and 10 assists as Hapee Tooth Paste made it two in a row with a 93-66 rout of Kettle Korn in the second game.

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11-17-2006, 11:23 AM
Hapee grabs early lead

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Games Tomorrow (The Arena, San Juan) 2 p.m. — CL-Pera Padala vs Sista 4 p.m. — Toyota Otis vs Mail & More

By REY LACHICA

CHANCES ARE, Hapee Toothpaste will have another happy season.

The Teeth Masters proved their victory over Harbour Centre was no fluke as they demolished the Kettle Korn Tigers, 93-66, to grab the solo lead in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the UST gym.

Jason Castro produced a double-double performance while Robert Sanz and Larry Rodriguez took turns in breaking Kettle Korn’s defense with their torrid sniping as Hapee notched its second straight win.

Earlier, Chico Lanete recovered his shooting touch yesterday as Harbour Centre spoiled the debut of Mail and More, 76-61.

Castro mocked various defenders thrown at him to finish with 15 points and 10 assists.

Sanz highlighted his 17-point performance with three treys while Rodriguez chipped in 11 in a big follow-up to his 20-point showing in their win over the Port Masters.

The Tigers fell to 0-2.

A flop in the team’s 68-73 upset loss to Hapee Toothpaste in the opener last Saturday, Lanete joined hands with Jerwin Gaco in Harbour Centre’s breakaway in the second quarter that set the tone for the win.

Limited to two points against Hapee, the 5-foot-11 Lenete sizzled with 14 points to share the scoring honors with Al Vergara — himself a newcomer on Harbour Centre’s roster.

With Vergara hitting six points and Gaco adding four, the Port Masters rallied from a 16-22 first quarter deficit to seize the initiative — thanks largely to aggressive plays and rock-solid defense as typified by the 6-foot-4 Gaco and Ron Capati.

"They were aggressive at both ends and they opened the communication lines that’s why were able to recover from a slow start," said coach Jorge Gallent. "Pero ang importante, naguusap na sila sa loob."

The day’s revelation was Gaco.

Noted for his defensive prowess, Gaco did nearly everything — rebounding, defending, scoring and assisting.

The former La Salle enforcer finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, three steals and an assist in 18 minutes.

A three-point shot by Lanete gave Harbour Centre its first sizable lead at 49-37 late in the third quarter.

The Comets, however, refused to roll over and die as JR Quiñahan sparked a furious run that saw them close in at 50-55 early in the pivotal period.

But it proved to be their last stand as Lenete and Vergara conspired in a bristling 7-0 run that all but took the sting out of the Comets.

Hounded by Capati, Gaco and Allan Gamboa, Quiñahan was held to just 13 points and eight rebounds.

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11-17-2006, 11:25 AM
Comets fall to Harbour Centre

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Chico Lanete recovered his shooting touch Thursday as Harbour Centre spoiled the debut of Mail & More, 76-61, in the 2007 Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup at the UST gym.

A big flop in the team’s shocking 68-73 loss to Hapee Toothpaste in the opener last Saturday, Lanete joined hands with Jerwin Gaco in Port Masters’ telling break-away in the second quarter that set the tone for a runaway win.

Limited to just two points the last time out, the 5-foot-11 Lanete sizzled with 14 points to share the scoring honors with Al Vergara—himself a newcomer on Harbour Centre’s roster.

With Vergara hitting six points and Gaco adding four, the Port Masters rallied from a 16-22 first-quarter deficit to seize the initiative—thanks largely to aggressive plays and rock-solid defense as typified by the 6-foot-4 Gaco and Ron Capati.

"They were aggressive at both ends and they opened the communication lines that’s why were able to recover from a slow start," said coach Jorge Gallent. "But what is important is they are communicating with each other on the floor."

The day’s revelation was Gaco.

Long noted for his defensive prowess, Gaco was almost everywhere—rebounding, defending, scoring and assisting.

The former La Salle enforcer finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist in only 18 minutes of action. His hustle and energy provided underneath also helped the cause of the Port Masters.

A three-point shot by Lanete gave Harbour Centre its first sizable lead at 49-37 late in the third quarter.

The Comets, however, refused to roll over and die as JR Quiñahan sparked a furious run that saw them close in at 50-55 early in the pivotal period.

Scores:

Harbour Centre 76 – Lanete 14, Vergara 14, Gaco 13, Capati 9, Alonzo 6, Asoro 5, Arana 4, Mesina 4, Coching 3, Gamboa 2, Ortiguerra 2, Juntilla 0, Saguindel 0.

Mail & More 61 – Quiñahan 13, David 10, Yambao 8, Espiritu 6, Coyukang 5, Prbhdas 4, Viray 3, Te 2, Buenafe 2, Canizares 2, Bravo 2, Aquino 2, Del Rosario 2.

Quarters: 16-22, 38-33; 53-45; 76-61.

Games Saturday
(The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m. – CL-Pera Padala vs Sista
4 p.m. – Toyota Otis vs Mail More